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National Night Out

 

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On August 5th join National Association of Town Watch (NATW) a non-profit organization in celebrating the 31st annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.

In Orange, CA, A Night Out Against Crime will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at TARGET in City of Orange, 2191 N. Tustin Street.

 

In Tustin, CA, National Night Out will take place at the District at Tustin Legacy from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in front of Target. Community Resources will include: Tustin Family & Youth Center, Tustin Police Foundation, U.S. Army: 304th Sustainment Brigade, Lions Heart Tustin Teen Group, Divas Baton Twirlers and Girl Scouts Orange County.

Girl Scouts wear your vest or sash, come to our Girl Scout Booth and get a prize! 

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 To see a map of participating cities near you click here.

To begin your effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Register today to receive your official organizational kit with guidelines, suggestions, and more & stay connected with NATW throughout the year.

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What a powerful video!

In a world where women are judged so harshly by what we look like and music videos of women prancing around barely dressed this video is so very refreshing.

Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, Colbie Caillat, was tired of being photoshopped. She recently released “Try” a song that addresses today’s beauty standards and how women/girls “try” to be liked/accepted based on them.

 I get it, it’s easy to get confused. It’s even easier when women who should stand together against stereotypes of what a woman/girl “should” look like are busy  judging each other. Judgement’s based on clothes, weight, looks, hair. It’s a shame that more women aren’t lifting each other up instead of tearing each other apart.

We should be looking at each other and saying she’s such a wonderful/kind hearted women, she’s so faithful to the lord and her faith, look at how much she gives back to her family/her community.

When we, as women stop judging each other maybe we can force a change in others around us. Maybe we can start focusing on what’s really important. There are very impressionable young girls and boys surrounding us, looking at us, learning from us. Make the right choices of what’s really important in a person and surround yourself with people who feel and act the same way.

I hope you enjoy the video and the powerful message it sends.

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Planning your 4th of July Celebration!

Growing up the 4th of July was always a big celebration for our family. It was my Dad’s birthday and the park nearby had a wonderful firework show that we were able to enjoy from our front yard.

My sister’s and I were able to continue that tradition for years with our kids. I’m now looking for new ways to celebrate with my husband and our younger daughters. I have some great memories of celebrating the 4th of July and I hope that I give them the same. With that in mind, I’m looking for ways to step up our 4th of July celebration and thought I’d share my ideas with you.

This week I’ll be posting some yummy recipes, tips,  and things to remember while celebrating the 4th of July.

First off we need Fireworks. Here are some links for Fireworks shows in Los Angeles County, the Inland Empire from Pomona to Temecula and San Diego County.

Here is great list of 4th of July Celebrations in Orange County from kidsguidemagazine.com

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This weekend while visiting family in San Diego, we got a 4th of July warm up. We went to Mission Bay and viewed the firework show from Sea World. It was such a wonderful evening out. I hope some of the events on these lists will help you plan your 4th of July too.

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Join the Great American Backyard Campout

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The 10th annual Great American Backyard Campout is Saturday, June 28. National Wildlife Federation is encouraging people to camp outside on June 28th, or a night of your choice.

National Wildlife Federation’s Board of Directors and other friends have offered to donate $2 in support of NWF’s wildlife conservation work for every person that participates in this year’s Campout— up to $400,000! You can register at the NWF site. You can camp in your backyard, balcony or a campground. They also provide a Campsite Finder  which offers you the chance to join other camping teams. National Wildlife Federation hopes to connect more people and families with being in the great outdoors.

National Wildlife Federation also has some Camping Tips, games, songs, stories and recipes on their website.

As a Girl Scout leader I must ask that you please don’t forgoet the s’mores. Did you know that s’mores first appeared in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. 

I”ll  keep you up to date on our upcoming camping plans and recipes. We just recently acquired some great camping equipment and I can’t wait to use it.

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Best Family Movies

 

There are some days I just want to stay home and relax with my family. I found this list of 22 Best Family Movies from http://www.the36thavenue.com/

A few of these we’ve seen but there a few I’ve forgotten about and a couple I’ve never heard of.  This list will come in handy during our summer break. Hopefully I can get a few days in here and there for well needed downtime.

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For the complete list visit Best Family Movies

 

 

 

 

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Nature in the Middle of the City.

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 I have to tell everyone about a great spot here in Orange County, the Environmental Nature Center. It’s a hidden gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. This place is absolutely free (great for freegan’s like me). From the outside you would not think it’s as big as it is. They have an outstanding Butterfly house that is open between May 4 and September 26 2014.

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 This place is one of a our favorites. Inside their state of the art green building, they a have a nice little reading corner, an educational area, and a gift shop. Step outside and within a few steps your taking a stream side hike (that our 3 year can lead). Be sure to bring your lunch and something to drink. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the tables set up through the hiking trails.

They have Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge programs available and they are very reasonable. There is such much learning to be done here. It’s big enough to give the kids a outdoor experience and small enough that they can enjoy themselves without getting tired and grumpy.  This is definitely one of my peaceful places and the girls love it.

http://encenter.org/

1601 E.16th St. Newport Beach, CA 92663

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