Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl

Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl
1996-CampDeerLakeI’m sharing this IndieGOGO campaign from Girl Scouts of Western Washington. I’m not sharing it because Girl Scouts of Western Washington hasn’t met their goal to raise back the $100,000 donation a narrow-minded person asked for returned after learning that Girl Scouts is #ForEVERYGirl and supports transgender girls.
Quite the opposite – I’m so proud of what they have raised instead – $337,892! That allows more than 1600 girls from low-income families to participate in Girl Scouts. This touches me very personally, even though this is a council I’ve never had any interaction with before this campaign
I was one of those girls that needed this kind of help. I had to have “camperships” to go to Girl Scout camp nearly every year, and I’m sure there were years that I couldn’t have gone had my aunt not worked for the council & pulled strings to fit me into whatever session had a cancellation. There were years that my leader paid the $8 registration fee so I could stay in the troop. When I was having problems with my step-mom and grounded, I was still thankfully allowed to go to my weekly Girl Scout meetings. I was taught skills I’d never have learned at home or school.
ShirleyI had the same leader from my first Brownie meeting in 1st grade to my last Senior meeting in 12th grade. I wish I’d done better to keep in touch with her when I went to college because she’ll never know how immensely grateful I am for her to have given me one of the few normal, positive, stable things in my life growing up (though I’m sure she had an inkling).
I have a… different… relationship with my mom than most women. But I have to say that one of the best things she ever did for me was get me involved with Girl Scouts, even though she hadn’t had a great experience in Scouts herself. She let me try.
And I found a place where I could be myself. It didn’t matter if I wore 2nd hand clothes, or had a weird haircut, or couldn’t bring snack sometimes. I never had to worry about fitting in. Or being popular. I just had to be friendly, and open, and thoughtful, and strive to serve others who needed more than I did, and be the best person I could be. Girl Scouts was always a safe place where no one judged anyone and we accepted everyone for who they were, no matter where they came from, what challenges they faced, what special needs they had, or what went on in their lives outside of our time together.
Girl Scouts HAS to be #ForEVERYGirl. Every girl needs some of that kind of positivity. Some don’t always get it from family or school or friends. They need it from somewhere. And I’m so happy to have contributed to this campaign to help hopefully change the lives of 1,689 girls for the better and return the favor that Girl Scouts did for me to themGirlScoutUniform-SashBack.
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Review: Quick Stitch Sewing Kit

Review: Quick Stitch Sewing Kit

quickstitchdisclosureWe don’t have to tell you that the Girl Scout motto is “Be Prepared”.  The motto, as explained in the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, means “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.”  One of the things we can often forget in our quest to be prepared are that rips and tears can happen, and sometimes a safety pin is not enough!

Here at Girl Scout Guide we were given a Quick Stitch Sewing Kit complimentary to review.  Having a sewing kit on hand is very important in all activities and travel – from troop camping trips to day trips, weekly meetings to awards ceremonies.  You never know when a badge might come loose or an inconvenient hole may need a few quick stitches on the trail.

Product Specs

Quick Stitch Sewing KitThe Quick Stitch Sewing Kit is compact for sure – measuring at 4.5 x 0.8 x 4.8 inches it weighs just 3.7 ounces according to my package scale.  It’s easily slim enough to fit unobtrusively in any duffle bag, backpack, or suitcase.  It contains 24 stainless steel needles in 8 sizes contained in a plastic case, 12 spools of thread in assorted colors, stainless steel scissors, a seem ripper with plastic cover, 2 aluminum needle threaders, a tape measure, 2 straight pins, 3 white opalescent buttons, a safety pin, and a thimble.  It retails on Amazon for $11.95.

The kit we received was actually missing it’s thimble, which isn’t a big deal to us because none of us use one, but it might be a big deal to you if yours comes up missing.


For all that’s contained within this kit, it’s remarkably lightweight.  It doesn’t add any bulk to a day pack or even a larger purse, though it might be somewhat cumbersome for a fanny pack or smaller purse if you travel light on troop outings.  It is relatively thin, so it can easily tuck into some pockets out of the way within those larger bags.

Quick Stitch Sewing KitA distinct downside is that there’s only one lonely safety pin.  Being the all-stars of any travel emergency, safety pins are invaluable when on the go, so we recommend tossing a few extra into your kit before heading out.  While small, there’s still plenty of room within the zippered walls of this kit to hold some extras.

The stainless steel scissors are a HUGE bonus and very easily justify the price.  Yes, you can get less expensive travel sewing kits, but those flimsy scissors won’t work if some serious repairs are needed while out with your troop on a hike, day trip, or other situation where you may not have a real pair of scissors around otherwise.  The seem ripper is also handy to clean up a mending job and not necessarily have to do more serious repairs once you get back home.  It’ll be like it never happened!

Quick Stitch Sewing KitThe variety of threads is nice, though they are rather small spools.  They include your basic primary colors, the required black and white, and even some pastels and browns to cover your bases.  There’s no orange or purple, but if you find yourself using more oranges and purples and less of the other colors, you could probably substitute some spools from cheaper travel kits or throw in a wound bobbin from home.

The zipper is secure, so even if you include some other odds and ends like we’ve recommended, they won’t end up falling out all over your bag waiting to stab you or get tangled up in a zipper.  The kit has hard sides, so you don’t have to worry about those pointy scissors poking through either.


Quick Stitch Sewing KitWhether you’re going out for the day with your troop on an adventure, or spending a few days reconnecting with nature on a camping trip, we highly recommend having this Quick Stitch Sewing Kit on hand.  If the size is a little big for the type of bags you like to travel with, it’s also a handy item to have with your regular meeting supplies or “backstage” for an awards ceremony to fix up your uniform and patches in a pinch.  The price might be a little high for you, but it’s actually on the less expensive spectrum of kits with comparable items inside that are on the market, so it is the best value for your troop budget dollars.

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Family Cyber Monday Deals 2014

Family Cyber Monday Deals 2014

Cyber Monday is here!  What, you thought all the good deals were gone on Friday by 7 am after the hoards got to them in Walmart parking lots around the nation?  Any that have *** before the deal and no end date listed are only valid through the end of Cyber Monday (12/01/14)!  So get in on those deals first!

Cyber Monday SalesAccessories, Apparel, Jewelry, & Shoes

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  • 25% off plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code CYBMON (Ends 12/2)
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  • *** 30% off select items
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  • 25% off with coupon code BFCM2014 (Ends 12/5)
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  • Target
    • *** Save an extra 10% one day only with promo code: CYBER10 on fabulous Home items already  on sale for up to 40% off
    • *** Buy one, get one 60% off Jewelry & Watches for the family
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  • Under Armour
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    • Up to 50% off Cyber Monday Specials (Ends 12/4)
    • Up To 30% Off Regular Prices Storewide + Free Shipping (Ends 12/4)
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  • Julep: 50% off Holiday Gifts (Ends 12/3)
  • Rite-Aid
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    • Up to 50% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping (Ends 12/6)
  • Sally Beauty Supply
    • *** Save 30% on $50 online orders
    • China Glaze Tis the Season Gift Set – $10.99
  • The Perfume Spot: *** 15% off with code C15M

Books, Blu Rays, CDs, DVDs, Movies

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    • *** 2 for $30 Select Hardcover Books
    • *** Save 50% Off Gift Books
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    • *** Up to 40% Off Select Vinyl LP’s
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  • *** 50% off on PLUS. Worksheets, Workbooks and more.
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    • Free shipping on all orders $35+ with code FREESHIP35 (Ends 12/31)
  • Blurb Photo Books
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  • Hancock Fabrics
    • *** Lowest price of the year on sewing machines, fabric cutters, fleece & cotton and much more
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  • Tiny Prints
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    • 30% off all gifts with code TPGIFTS30 (Ends 12/2)
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  • Barnes & Noble
    • *** Get Samsung Galaxy Tab® 4 NOOK 7-inch tablet for only $129.99
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  • GameStop
    • *** Save $150 off Pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S5
    • *** Save $50 off Pre-owned iPhone 5C
    • *** Pre-Owned iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad 4 on sale with prices starting as low as $229.99
    • *** Save $50 on Refurbished iPod Touch Gen 4
    • Up to $75 off GameStop refurbished iPad and iPad Mini (Ends 12/7)
  • iHome Audio: *** 30% Off on entire purchase by entering code: HoHoHo plus Free Ground Shipping
  • *** 47% Savings on the Sony Alpha a5000 20.1MP Interchangeable SLR Lens Camera with 16-50mm OSS Lens
  • Paul’s TV: *** 50% Off TVs, plus get Free Delivery and No Sales Tax [except CA, CO, MA, MI, OH]
  • XShot: *** 15% off Coupon on all XShot products

Food & Drink

  • Bake Me a Wish: Save 20% on orders of $30+ with code DEC20 (Ends 12/5)
  • Char-Broil: *** Get 30% off accessories with code A14BF on orders $75+
  • Farm Fresh to You: *** 50% OFF your first box of farm fresh organic produce delivered right to your doorstep
  • Dancing Deer Baking Co.: 20% Off Sitewide with code AF20
  • Omaha Steaks: *** Save up to 72% + FREE Shipping+ 4 FREE Steaks while supplies last
  • Peeps
    • *** 50% off Christmas Candy + Free Ground Shipping
    • *** Free Gift (Peeps Die-Cut Mousepad) with $50 purchase + Free Ground Shipping
  • Starbucks Store OnlineStarbucks Store Online
    • *** Save 15-50% on Verismo® machines while supplies last
    • *** Get $25 off $70 + free standard shipping with your purchase
  • Teavana
    • *** Buy a Holiday Favorite, get one FREE with code HOLIDAYBOGO
    • Save $25 off $60 + free shipping with code CYBER14 (Ends 12/3)
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  • Wine of the Month Club
    • *** 15% off Gift Baskets
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House & Home

  • Barnes & Noble
    • *** Buy 2, Get 1 Free Hallmark Collectible Ornaments
    • *** Take 50% Off Select Home & Gift Items
  • Blendtec: *** Save $50 + Free Shipping on Blendtec Certified Refurbished blenders
  • Cafepress: *** 30% off everything with code CYBERSAV
  • Groupon: *** Cyber Monday Deals

  • Kitchen Aid: *** Save 17% Countertop Appliances and Kitchenware and Free Shipping with purchase of $50 with code BLACKFRI17
  • Kmart
    • *** 800 thread count Sheet Sets, Queen or King $39.99
    • *** Mongoose Men’s or Women’s Spectra Bikes $99.99
    • Buy One, Get One 50% off Thomas the Train Toys + FREE Shipping orders $59+ (Ends 12/6)
    • 10% off Disney’s Frozen Scooter and other Power Wheels (Ends 12/6)
    • 30-50% off Christmas Trees, Lights & Decor + EXTRA 10% off & FREE Shipping (Ends 12/6)
  • *** 47% Savings on the Shark SE400 Pro Lite Steam Pocket Mop
  • Sears

    • *** Buy select Mattress Sets, Get your choice of a FREE HDTV or Kenmore 10pc Anodized Cookware Set
    • Up to 50% off Tools + FREE Shipping orders $59+  (Ends 12/7)
  • Shindigz
    • *** 50% off Holiday Photo Cards with code XMSCARDS
    • *** 50% off Personalized Candy Bars with code CDYBARS
  • Swoozies: *** 20% off sitewide
  • Target
    • *** Save an extra 10% one day only with promo code: CYBER10 on fabulous Home items already on sale for up to 40% off
    • Free $100 gift card with a $500 Home purchase on top of select sale items (Ends 12/6)
    • Free $10 gift card when you spend $50 on Christmas décor (Ends 12/6)
  • Things Remembered: ***  50% off Personalized Gifts
  • *** Save an EXTRA $15 off orders $175+ at! Use Promo Code: BFCM15
  • Woot: *** Black Friday/Cyber Monday Woot- Off

Things to Do & Places to Go

  • Busch Gardens Tampa
    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    • Buy a 1-year Busch Gardens Pass and get 3 MONTHS FREE when you pay in full (Ends 12/31)
    • Buy a 1-year Busch Gardens & Adventure Island Pass and get 3 MONTHS FREE when you pay in full (Ends 12/31)
  • Busch Gardens Tampa AND SeaWorld Orlando
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    • Buy a 1-year SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens & Adventure Island Pass and get 3 MONTHS FREE when you pay in full (Ends 12/31)
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  • CheapOStay: Save up to $15* with Promo Code BFCM2014 (Ends 12/31)
  • eParks: Enjoy 35% off all Passport to Your National Park items & free shipping on orders $25+ (Ends 12/5)
  • Expedia: *** Cruise Sale: Up to $500 Onboard Credit per Stateroom
  • *** Up to 25% off Mountain Hardwear
  • Sesame Place
    • Sesame Place Season Pass (Ends 12/25/15)
    • Sesame Place Christmas Tickets (Ends 12/25/15)

Toys & Games

  • Barnes & Noble: *** Take $10 Off Every $50 You Spend on Educational Toys & Games
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    • *** Save $10 on Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm now only $9.99 each
    • *** Save up to 50% on with pre-owned console and game bundles
    • *** Save $100 on Xbox One Headset 4 Shot Black now only $49.99
    • *** Save $15 on Xbox One Controller now only $44.99
    • Save up to $70 on select Xbox One Holiday Bundles Starting at $329.99 (Ends 12/2)
    • Save 30% on select gaming and super hero collectible figures (Ends 12/7)
    • Save up to $30 on Elgato game capture devices (Ends 12/7)
  • Hobby Warehouse: *** Free Delivery On Orders Over £10
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    • *** Free Shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase
    • *** FREE Limited Edition Holiday Set with purchase of $99+ while supplies last
    • *** 20% Off LEGO® DUPLO® Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates Never Land Hideout – $19.99
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Luke Skywalker Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Princess Leia Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Han Solo Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Darth Maul Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Chewbacca Magnet – $3.49
    • *** 50% off LEGO Star Wars Yoda Magnet – $3.49
  • *** $99 Polar G Train Set + Free Shipping + Free Polar Book or DVD
  • Sanrio: Free Hello Kitty Holiday Bundle w/ $50 Purchase! Use Code HOLIDAYGIFT (Ends 12/15)
  • Target: Up to 50% on Our Generation Dolls & Accessories (Ends 12/6)

Thank you in advance if you decided to shop through these links.  We greatly appreciate everyone who we helped to shop this weekend.  Your choice to shop through these links doesn’t cost you anything, but it helps us to keep the lights on!

Happy Shopping!

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