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It’s National S’mores Day!

Image from Girl Scouts facebook page
Image from Girl Scouts facebook page

Today is National S’Mores Day and as a Girl Scout leader and I am so excited that I’ll be able to spend this day at Girl Scout Day Camp making S’mores and celebrating all things Girl Scout!

These heart-warming gooey treats are the true definition of everyone’s campfire favorite. Loretta Scott Crew is credited with the first recorded recipe in a 1927 Girl Scout publication. She reportedly made the S’mores for a group of Girl Scouts while by the campfire.

in addition to making the world a better place, let’s make the world a more delicious place by trying out some great inventive S’mores recipes.


 You can stick with the classic recipe or step it up using some of your leftover cookies in your freezers (come on, I know you have some in there. If you don’t – be sure to stock up next cookie season). Try using Your Caramel deLites®, Thanks-a-Lot® or Lemonades® instead of the traditional graham crackers & chocolate OR try some of these recipes from a Taste of Home. The following recipes were orginally posted on Girlscouts.org blog.



S’mores Frosted Crispy Bars
Delightful Caramel Bars
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling


1/4 cup butter, cubed
1 package (10-1/2 ounces) miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
1-1/2 cups Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®, crushed
1 cup milk chocolate chips

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme

1/4 cup crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®
2 milk chocolate candy bars (1.55 ounces each)
In a 6-qt. stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows; cook and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal and crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot®. Fold in chocolate chips. Press into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan. Cool to room temperature.

For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme on low speed just until blended. Spread over bars. Sprinkle crushed Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot® over frosting. Cut into bars. Break each candy bar into 12 pieces; place a piece on each bar. Yield: 2 dozen.



S’mores Ice Cream
Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + freezing

1-1/2 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup marshmallow ice cream topping
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
10 Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies, coarsely chopped, divided
Preheat broiler. In a large bowl, whisk milk, cream, marshmallow topping and salt until blended. Arrange marshmallows in a single layer in a nonstick foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Broil 5-6 in. from heat 20-40 seconds or until golden brown. Cool slightly; freeze while processing ice cream.

Meanwhile, fill cylinder of ice cream maker no more than two-thirds full. Freeze milk mixture according to manufacturer’s directions, adding half of each of the chopped Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows during the last 5 minutes of processing. (Ice cream maker may be very full.)

Transfer ice cream to freezer containers, allowing headspace for expansion. Freeze 2-4 hours or until firm. Serve with remaining Thanks-A-Lot cookies and toasted marshmallows. Yield: 2 quarts. Makes: 16 servings.



S’mores Peanut Butter Pudgy Pie
Nutty Caramel Turtles
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.

2 slices cinnamon bread
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs®, crumbled
1 tablespoon miniature marshmallows
Place one slice of bread in a greased sandwich iron. Spread with Nutella; sprinkle with crumbled Girl Scout Peanut Butter Patties® / Tagalongs® and marshmallows. Top with remaining bread slice. Close iron.

Cook over a hot campfire for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Yield: 1 serving.



S’mores Summertime Cheesecake
Shortbread Fudge Tiramisu
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling

1 cup Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils®, crushed
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk, divided
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, mix Girl Scout Shortbread / Trefoils® crumbs, cracker crumbs and sugar; stir in melted butter. Press onto bottom and 1 in. up sides of a greased 9-in. springform pan. Place pan on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate chips with 3/4 cup milk; stir until smooth. Pour into crust; freeze just until chocolate is set, about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in marshmallow creme, cornstarch, vanilla and remaining milk. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until blended. Pour over chocolate. Return pan to baking sheet.

Bake 65-75 minutes or until center is almost set. Sprinkle with marshmallows. Bake 6-8 minutes longer or until marshmallows are light brown. Cool on a wire rack 10 minutes. Loosen sides from pan with a knife. Cool 1 hour longer.

Refrigerate overnight, covering when completely cooled. Remove rim from pan. Yield: 16 servings.

 If you have a favorite S’mores recipe, please share it using the#NationalSmoresDay hashtag.

all images and recipes courtesy of Girlscouts.org & Girl Scouts Facebook page.


Young Authors’ Faire

Young Authors' Faire“Celebrate Your Story” at The 14th Annual Young Authors’ Faire on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Young Authors’ Faire is a community literacy showcase celebration for students that include opportunities to engage in hands on activities, learn about literacy programs, meet authors, illustrators, storytellers and more.

This is the second year that we are partnering with the Orange County Public Libraries at three regional locations, including: Aiso Viejo, La Habra, and Tustin.

Each Location has an afternoon of fun activities and performances scheduled:

Aliso Viejo Preformers include: Cowboy Ken  DreamShapers, Author: Anna Hayes, and activities by Chuck Jones Center for CreativityZaner-BloserLakeshore Learning

La Habra performers include: Ina Buckner BarnetteDreamShapers, Author: Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit! & The Day the Crayons Came Home)  and activities by RIFSoCalDiscovery Cube Orange CountyLakeshore LearningTJ Ticket, Ticket to ReadVoyager Sopris LearningRead ConmigoLa Habra Girl Scouts

Tustin Performers include: Illustator Joe CepedaMichael McCarty,  Dreamshapers and activities by Orange County Children’s Book FestivalKids Talk RadioOccupy Mars Learning AdventureRIF SoCalPBS SoCalLakeshore LearningOnce Upon a StorybookInside the OutdoorsIrvine Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast



Girls Scout Ranger Program

Yesterday, as approximately 5, 000 Girl Scouts and 1,000 volunteers were ready to to walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for the annual “bridging” ceremony. Girl Scouts USA announced a partnership with the National Park Service to launch the “Girl Scout Ranger Program”.


This joint venture connects Girl Scouts with National Park Service sites throughout the United States, including monuments, seashores, and urban sites  Girls will learn about their national parks; the mission of the National Park Service; help protect the nation’s natural, cultural, and historical resources while earning badges, patches, take action projects and completing a Journey.

Troop leaders and parents will be able create their own unique park experience while taking part is such activities as: hiking, biking, wildlife watching and guided interpretive tours.

National Park Service website has a list of participating parks that offer trails, programs or patch programs for Girl Scouts. If you don’t see a park near you, don’t get discouraged. National Park Service states that it is a working list and that not all parks offering opportunities for Girl Scouts may be included in the list. If you have a particular park in mind, contact the park directly.

For more information visit  Girl Scout Blog: Girls Scouts Partner With National Park Service to Give Girl Scouts Everywhere Access to the Outdoors


Leader Appreciation Week

VolunteerhaveHeartLast week was leader (volunteer) appreciation week. I am the leader of a Brownie Girl Scout Troop – that I often refer to as my Brilliant Brownies. I love my troop, they are a great group of girls but I must be honest in saying that many times this year I have contemplated quitting. So, leader appreciation week weighed heavy on my heart.

In addition to some added responsiblities in my life this year. I have the thoughts that probably run through most leaders minds: “I can’t keep up this pace”, “I have no idea what to plan”, “Didn’t we just have a meeting?”, “Am I giving them what they need to benefit from this badge?” or “Will the girls be inspired by this?”. But, for every time I think any of those doubting thoughts or get to feeling exhausted, I am rewarded ten fold by these amazing girls. I am often awestruck by their understanding of what is important in life and their social awareness. Each and every one of them is inspiring and holds something special something that I can learn from.

If I had to explain each of my 10 Brilliant Brownies the words would be: outspoken and energetic, humble and sweet, shy and curious, talkative and kind, outgoing with a sunny disposition, determined and headstrong, a giving heart and a team player, playful and sensitive, talented and ambitious, consistent smile and an easy-going personality.

During the week, I was treated to some very kind words and gifts from the Mom’s of my troop but what stood out was a card given to me by one of my Brownies. Her beautiful words made me tear up. At a time when I was feeling defeated, her words brought me joy and strength.

The truth of the matter is – as much as the girls might think I am leading or inspiring them, it is actually I that am being led and inspired by them. Outside of my faith, family and wonderful friends –  volunteering for Girl Scouts has made one of the biggest impacts on my life. I am blessed to be in the presence of these incredible girls and look forward to the challenge for years to come.


Happy Birthday Girl Scouts!!!

GS_birthdayToday is the 103rd Birthday of Girl Scouts! On March 12, 1912, in Savannah Georgia, Juilette Gordon “Daisy” Low organized the first Girl Scout troop made up of 8 girls.

Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, believed in the power of every girl and today Girl Scouts is 2.8 million Girls strong!

Girl Scouts of Orange County serves more than 22,000 girls in Orange County who are supported by nearly 15,000 adult members, leaders, advisors and mentors. Girl Scouts help make our community a better place to live by contributing more than 500,000 hours each year to community service, addressing important issues such as poverty, homelessness, child and eldercare programs, animal welfare and the environment. – Girl Scouts Orange County

Every community needs Girl Scouts! During my daughters experience as a Girl Scout and My troop’s experience they have helped their community. She and/or they have made and donated Chemo bags, brought awareness for Monarch butterflies, donated toys, art supplies, books, collected food for Second Harvest Food Bank, packaged food for Second Harvest Food Bank, Stuffed and donated Easter Eggs, Donated Candy for local churches Easter Hunts, Donated to and raised awareness of the needs of the Ronald Mc Donald House, Collected & donated clothes, Donated Christmas stockings filled with toys, crayons, coloring books and everyday personal hygiene items for local kids…I know I’m missing some of donations and take action projects we’ve completed along the way.

This is one troop’s impact on their community alone! The impact of Girl Scouting reaches into the community and builds socially aware young women. Read some of these amazing facts from girlscoutsoc.org:

  • Approximately one in every two adult women in the U.S. has at some point been a member of Girl Scouts.
  • 66% of female leaders in government, business, education, medicine, science and their communities were Girl Scouts.
  • 92% of female astronauts and 68% of women in Congress were Girl Scouts.
  • Of Girl Scout alumnae, 63 percent consider themselves competent and capable, compared to 55 percent of non-alumnae.
  • Girl Scout alumnae report a significantly higher household income ($51,700) than non-alumnae ($42,200).

To all the volunteers that have made this 103rd birthday celebration possible – Thank you!

Thank you for believing we can build a world full of girls filled with Juliette Gordon Low’s vision – helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.


It’s World Thinking Day!


Yesterday, my Girl Scout troop took part in an annual Girl Scout event called “International Fair”. International Fair is in celebration of World Thinking Day. Each Year on the 22nd of February, Girl Scouts and Girl Guides around the World celebrate World Thinking Day.


At the fourth World Conference of the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Movement in 1926, delegates from around the globe agreed that February 22nd would be known as a special day for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world.


The delegates chose February 22nd for Thinking Day because it was the birthday of both Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who was World Chief Guide.


Girl Guides and Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with a global action theme by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts which is based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 2015 theme  is “to develop partnerships for development,”.


I love that World Thinking Day reminds out girls that Girl Scouts and Girl Guides is part of a Global community. At our local service unit, we celebrate by taking part in the “International Fair” event. Troops each chose a country to represent, decorate a booth, provide a snack representative of their country and if they would like, sing a song, perform a dance or a skit


This is probably my favorite event of the year because it gives the girls an oppurnity to learn so much about other countries history, traditions and of course try all kinds of different food (we all know how much I love food).

wpid-2015-02-22_08.30.50.jpgIf you have a Girl Scout or Girl Guide in your life, you can continue to support World Thinking Day and Share Your Guiding Light and do something that will rock social media!

Here’s how: All Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world will be challenged to find a creative way to share their #guidinglight. The light of a candle has been used for years by Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world to feel connected, and now it’s your chance to connect, share, and shake the world and social media with your Girl Scout spirit!

All you have to do is think of a way to show the world your #guidinglight. You can simply light a candle, or you can get creative and use the sun, your laptop, a lantern, the torch on your phone, a spark from two pieces of flint, or even a campfire! You can also get your family and friends to participate!

Take a selfie, upload it with a message to share with this worldwide movement, and challenge someone else or a whole country to do the same!

Share your picture using the #guidinglight hashtag.
Tag: @girlscouts, @wagggs_world

The action can be simple or you can take it to a higher level and make it part of a big World Thinking Day celebration or fundraising activities for the Juliette Low Friendship Fund.

The social media push will start on February 21 with a video message from the WAGGGS World Board Chair Nicola Grinstead. The action will circle the globe, starting on the morning of February 22 in either Kiribati or New Zealand, and ending at midnight in Alaska or Hawaii, where we will close the #guidinglight challenge with a film featuring as much of the content you’ve created as possible. We can all watch and see the size, unity, and strength of our global movement and sisterhood. Tune in every hour on social media to see how widely the #guidinglight has spread throughout the world.


Cookies are Going Online!

Girl Scout Cookies sales are going online!


I think it is essential that our girls sell products online and I am so glad GSUSA has finally taken this step with cookies sales.

I know there will be those who don’t agree but let’s face it, it’s a digital world. Going online with cookie sales helps balance what they were missing in the cookie sale program.

Girl Scouts will still do face to face sales and booth sales but this takes it to a whole new level. Girls can now learn through a safe venue about ecommerce, online marketing and basic computer skills. From what I understand, the choice that local girl scouts councils have been given  is for girls to have an app or a website that the girls invite their customers to shop through.

I am hoping for the later. With the website option, girl scouts will be able to customize their website and email their customers with links. They will also be able to make and post videos introducing themselves and explain what their troop has planned to do with their cookie sale proceeds.

Customers will pay by credit card and have the option to have the product delivered by their favorite girl scout or shipped to them directly.

I believe this is the start of a whole new platform for girls. Online sells will promote a new awareness and show our girls the power of the internet.

“For almost a century, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has been teaching girls to be leaders in the world of business and finance, and we intend to ensure that legacy continues in the digital age,” Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez said in a statement. “Digital Cookie is a game-changer for Girl Scouts, and a quantum leap forward in the evolution of the cookie program, coupling traditional sales activities with an online sales experience that teaches skills like online marketing and ecommerce, all in a digital space that puts an emphasis on learning, fun, and safety.”


Inventor Badge

One of the badges my Brownies voted on earning this year was the Inventor Badge. Since this would be our only meeting this month, I needed something we could complete all 5 steps in one meeting and still conduct some much needed Girl Scout buisness. This badge worked out perfectly. Inventor_Badge

This badge provides the perfect opportunity encourgae young Girl Scouts to build, think outisde the box and to bring out the “maker” in them.


Here’s what we did:


Step #1-Warm up your Inventors Mind  – I had them work on the “make something out of Circles page from the Inventor Badge packet, I also had cut and pasted together a coloring Page and facts about Ada Lovelace, they could color this if they finished their circles page or take it home.

Opening: Flag salute, Girl Scout Promise and Law

Business: Brainstorming for Holiday Bazaar crafts my Brownies will be making.


Step # 2 – Find Lots of Ways to Solve the Same Problem –  I sent out an email asking my parents to bring their trash to the meeting – I requested toilet paper rolls, paper towels rolls, paper clips, pipe cleaners, oatmeal canisters, rubber bands, yarn spools etc..

I told my Brownies to use the miscellaneous “trash” to create something that could improve something within their life, their community or to make the world a better place. I let them know their invention did not need to be realistic. I did not want to set any boundries. I told them their invention could be as ridiculous as they wanted it to be.I just wanted to give them the freedom to “invent” without limits.

This is where my Brownies completely suprised me, they were so excited to get going! As I was explaining the project to them they began pulling select pieces “trash” for their invention.As they where working on their inventions, I talked to them about 

Step #3 – Make a Needs List  I asked them what we could do to improve our Brownie meetings. What if some one it distracting you, being disrespectful, not listening to the leaders or not following directions. Should we bring back the Kaper chart, songs, friendship circle (yes, songs & the friendship circle have been hard to fit in lately).

Because they were all hard at work on their inventions  – Couldn’t get an answer from them (which is unusual). So, I let them work and brought it up again after a few minutes.

Step #4 – Solve a Problem – My Brownies finally voiced their “needs” list to improve their meetings. They unanimously voted that they missed songs and the friendship circle. They also unanimously voted that they did not want the kaper chart back. I quickly discussed with them that since we would not a have a kaper chart, they would all have to help at meetings, from leading flag salute to cleaning up. 

Step #5 – Share Your Invention – After all the Brownies had completed the inventions (I actually had to rush a few of them to finish), I had each Brownie share what she had invented and how it would help and/or work (this goes back to Step #4). My Brownies invented things from candy holders to a disposable telescope, they all had some really neat inventions.

The Brownies cleaned up and had snack. They also voted on their final Holiday Bazaar crafts.


About half of them left before we had the chance to do our friendship circle but those who remained successfully completed their friendship circle with the help of some Junior – big sister girl scouts who gave us a new way to do our friendship circle – Squeeze and then put your foot in, I like it!


I was very excited about the badge subject but even at that, I once again found my feeling nervous prior to meeting…did I miss anything, did I plan it well enough for them not to get bored? Will the “trash” idea work? All these questions and doubt. I don’t know when I will stop feeling this way! The end result was the meeting went very well.


It was a great meeting and I was so happy to see how involved they where while “inventing”. I hope that I have encouraged my Brownies to re-think their trash and expanded their minds and their ability to be “makers”.

Consider this badge earned!

Until next time, Happy Scouting!


Home Scientist Badge

I’m a little behind in updating my last Girl Scout meeting. I should be preparing for my next meeting but instead here I am writing about the last one. 

Home Scienctist badgeThis meeting was a Halloween celebration, so the girls came dressed in costume. Last year we had a straight out Halloween party ( while earning the Girl Scout Way Badge), so this year I decided to try to get most of our Home Scientist badge requirements done. Since We  already completed Step 1 – Emulsion last year by making salad dressing, I focused on steps 2, 3 & 4.

I was very excited about this meeting, not only was it our Halloween celebration but it was the end of National Chemistry Week and we would be working on our Home Scientist Badge. There is no way to meeting could go wrong. Right!?!

As my Brownies arrived they first had to share their costumes with each other (very cute) then they created foam pumpkin faces for their pre-meeting activity. From there, we quickly transitioned into our experiments.


Here are the steps we covered 

  • Step # 2-Create Static Electricity– Bend water with a comb

  • Step #3-Dive into Density–Skittles Experiment 

  • Step #4 -Make something bubble up–Halloween Shakes 

Bending Water – I gave each Brownie her own comb, some of girls where able to create the static electricity needed to bend water while other obviously had some great conditioner in their hair, not all of my Brownies were able to bend water but I encouraged them to go home and try rubbing their comb on a clean sock for about 30 seconds and try it again. The following is the procure and why it (should) work.

1. Turn on the faucet and slowly turn down the water until you have a VERY thin stream of water flowing.
2. Take the plastic comb and brush it through your hair ten times.
3. Now slowly bring the comb close the flowing water, (without actually touching the water) If all goes well, the stream of water should bend towards the comb!

What makes it work? When you brushed that comb through your hair, tiny parts of the atoms in your hair, called ELECTRONS, collected on the comb. These electrons have a NEGATIVE charge. Remember that, its important. Now that the comb has a negative charge, it is attracted to things that have a POSITIVE charge. It is similar to the way some magnets are attracted to certain metals.

When you bring the negatively charged comb near the faucet it is attracted to the POSITIVE force of the water. The attraction is strong enough to actually pull the water towards the comb as it is flowing! If you want to try another experiment with your comb, tear up pieces of tissue until they are as a small as you can get them…I mean really small! Then charge your comb again by brushing it through your hair, and bring it close to the tiny pieces of tissue. If the pieces are small enough they will jump off the table to the comb the same way that the water was pulled to the comb.It is all thanks to the wonders of static electricity.

Skittles Procedure – All of my Brownies loved this experiment. It quick and easy. Easy way to have fun with leftover Halloween candy. 

1. Put about 1 cup of very warm water into each of three small bowls.

2. Add 3 red Skittles in one bowl, 3 blue Skittles in another and 3 yellow ones in a third. You can also choose any other colors of Skittles (or M&M’s) except for brown.

3. After about a minute, what has happened to the ‘S’ or ‘m’ letters? What other observations can you make about the water in each bowl?

What makes it work?

The letters on the M&M or Skittles candy do not dissolve in water and are adhered to the candy with an edible glue that dissolves in warm water. Since the letters are less dense than water, the letters peel off and float as the rest of the candy shell dissolves. The colored dyes of the candies will color the water

Halloween Shakes – We made Creamsicle Floats (Orange Soda with vanilla ice cream),  of course they loved them, more important then the taste though was that it was a fun explainion of chemical reactions. The colors are also very Halloween.

What makes it work? 

Soda contains CO2. Over time the gaseous CO2 comes to the surface. The ice cream increases the rate of this CO2 from the soda causing increased fizzing (bubbles). This increased rate is a result of the solvation of ice cream particles in the liquid. The particles serve as nucleation sites for the growth of gas bubbles. The bubbles get large quiet fast thus you observe fizzing.


After our experiments we made Halloween cupcakes. Complete with all the sprinkles, bat wings, candy corn and imagations the cupcakes could handle.


At the end of the meeting we handed out their past meeting projects: art from their painting badge outing, pottery from their Potter badge outing and badge bags with their earned badges.


I always freak out a little before meetings but as always, my Brownies seemed happy with their meeting (or maybe it was the sugar). I had fun with the home based science experiments and I had the perfect opportunity to live out Chemistry week at home (I had to try things out before the meeting – that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it).

We still have our last step to complete before earning this badge. Step #5 – “Play with Science”, so maybe we can make some silly putty or slime at our next meeting.

I am so proud of this group of girls, they’ve really bonded and it’s fun watching them grow.

Until next time, Happy Scouting!


Scouting for Food


Saturday, November 8, 2014 is Scouting for Food Day in Orange County. Scouting for Food is a joint collaboration to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Orange County.The program is designed to help alleviate the problem of hunger in Orange County.

Thousands of Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and their volunteer leaders in Orange County will  approach homes requesting food donations. in addition there will be collection sites set-up county wide for you to drop off your food and personal care items donations. ScoutingforFood_FoodItemFlyer_2014_1-page-001

Collection sites will be open on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. All items donated help a families in need within our community. Below is list of collections sites.

LDS Church Locations

LDS CHURCH 674 South Yorba, Orange

LDS CHURCH 30522 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita

LDS CHURCH 10212 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove

LDS CHURCH 2225 North Euclid, Fullerton

LDS CHURCH 4000 West Orange, Anaheim

LDS CHURCH 17500 Bushard , Fountain Valley

LDS CHURCH 5402 Heil, Huntington Beach

LDS CHURCH 17130 Bastanchury, Yorba Linda

LDS CHURCH 23 Lake St., Irvine

LDS CHURCH 23850 Los Alisos, Mission Viejo

LDS CHURCH 28291 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Niguel

Smart & Final Locations





23631 A EL TORO ROAD, EL TORO 92630


707 W. 19TH STREET, COSTA MESA 92627





3430 S. BRISTOL, SANTA ANA 92704







Pretend City – So Many Ways to Play


Recently, my family and I were invited to Pretend City for an special “Educators Night” event. I must say it’s been some time since our last visit and my 8 year was delighted to go back.

 The purpose of of the event was to introduce educators to the different field trips options Pretend City can provide.

Pretend City Children’s Museum is a mini city (community) made up of 17 exhibits that encourages interactive role playing. Each exhibit within the community; the police station, fire station, doctors office, market, restaurant, farm, beach, etc. encourages critical thinking, teamwork, science skills, math concepts, environmental awareness and importance belonging to a community.

wpid-2014-10-15_21.57.31.jpgBoth my 8 year old and my 4 year old girls had a wonderful time. They both enjoyed the roleplaying aspect and I loved how it naturally encourages you as a parent to “play” with your children. Pretend City provides prompts in each exhibit that help you will empathise a social goal.

As far as Field Trips, I must say I never even thought of Pretend City as a field trip option before this event but in fact they have some great ones. Field Trip Flyer 2014-2015-page-002

There are several tailored specifically for Daisy Girl Scouts but many of them would work for Brownies as well, as an example, the “Explore with Us” field trip could prove very useful while completing  the Brownie Quest


Next year my little one will be a Daisy Girl Scout and I’ll be sure to include Pretend City in my planning for earning many of the petals. In the meantime, I will be sure to pass this information along to my service unit and other Daisy Leaders.

They also have some fun upcoming halloween events (posts are coming soon) in addition to their Read for the Record event on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Also, if  you visit during their Way to Play days (the second Friday of each month) with the coupon below, you can get 2 for 1 admission.

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Although, the Educators Night event was a sponsored event I  was not paid in any way, shape or form for this post. I am simply trying to pass along valuable information.


Scout Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Discover an ocean of fun with your fellow scouts!


Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts are invited to complete steps toward their badges with self-led activity sheets that are specifically designed for scouts. You can also purchase a special Scout Discovery Experience, which provides an exclusive educational opportunity and animal interaction.

Scouts, family, and friends, please join us for this self-guided event with optional activity sheets for scouts, along with parent guides, to work toward stewardship-related scout badges. Please check out our free downloadable activity sheet below. Participants are not required to stay for the entire event in order to join in on the fun.

A limited-edition 2014 Aquarium of the Pacific fun-badge will be available for sale in our gift shops. Scouting families will also receive 10% off gift shop purchases the day of the event. Please note: the Aquarium does not provide official scout patches.

Troop-leaders or parents are expected to facilitate the scouts learning experience and guide them through the steps for badge requirements. Some steps cannot be completed at this event and need to be completed at home. Troop leaders and parents, it is advised to review the scout council approved activities for each badge your child wishes to complete prior to this event.

WHERE/WHEN Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 SATURDAY, NOV 1, 2014 | 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Timed ticketing every hour from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Aquarium is open until 6:00 p.m.
COST Child: $7, must be purchased in advance online
Adult: $14, must be purchased in advance onlineMembers: Free with reservation. Members, to book a reservation, call (562) 437-FISH (3474).Upon making a reservation, you will be asked to select one of the following entrance times: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., or 4:00 p.m.
As there is limited capacity, reservations MUST be made online.  
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Girl Scout Brownie Meeting – Painting Badge

paintingBadgeOne of the badges I’ve wanted to tackle for my troop is the Painting Badge but I’ve been putting it off for a while. My Brownies voted on this badge last year. I’ve had my ideas/plan all written out for this badge but I  knew that the supplies needed to earn this badge take a toll on the budget pretty quickly. also the meeting place we had really wasn’t an ideal place to paint at (not to mention the clean up involved).

Well thank goodness for a new art studio that just rolled into town, the Palette Station. They have absolutely saved me when its comes to this badge.


This art studio is very different from other art studios in town. This is a drop -in art studio, with no commitments to scheduled art classes, you use their art supplies, get assistance from an artist, draw, paint, or color whatever is inspiring to you and they clean it all up, for just $10.00 an hour, per person.

I was pretty excited to hear about this studio, not only for my girls but for my Troop. I quickly setup an appointment with the Owner, Ray, he was so accommodating.  I called him told what I needed to accomplish and set up an appointment to talk with him and visit the studio.

When I walked in the following day, I found an inviting and bright location filled with inspiration. He was so prepared when I arrived for our appointment, he already had all the requirements and a game plan for my troop.



When my troop arrived, the Palette Station staff had prepared a beautiful welcome sign for my Brownie Troop (that I will proudly display and use through the year for other troop events). My Brownies where obviously as excited as I was. The Pallette Station staff had arranged three separate areas set up and ready to go.

Girl Scouts – Legacy Painting badge requirements: 

1. GET INSPIRED: Learn more about the paintings you like and the artists who painted them.

2. PAINT THE REAL WORLD: Painting what’s around you is the first step to becoming an artist. Pick one choice and try to painting something from the real world.

3. PAINT A MOOD: Some painters create “abstract” art. They don’t paint objects or people. They use shapes, lines, and colors to paint a feeling or mood.  Pretend you are an artist who is trying to paint an emotion. Paint what you think one of these moods would look like.  Remember, it’s your idea, so it’s OK if other people don’t see it like you do!

4. PAINT WITHOUT BRUSHES: Who says you have to use brushes? Try painting with one of the things below.

5. PAINT A MURAL: A mural is a really big painting that tells a story.  Murals are something painted on buildings (some take up whole city blocks!) Do you have any murals in your town? If not, team up with an adult to look at some online.  Then create a mural on butcher paper (or many pieces of paper taped together).

They started with one of the artist giving them an explanation of art and quick tour, they than moved onto a still life display and painted on canvas, they discussed how to paint a mood using colors and painted and did some finger painting station, lastly they all worked together to create a Troop mural.

Throughout the night, my Brownies were at times very focused , very passionate, very excited and very liberated while working on their art projects.  I loved watching them work on their troop project. All of them were huddled around it, all participating, all them felt free to express themselves without any expectations or preconceived ideas of what their art should look like.


I apologize if this post sounds like an advertisement for this art studio but I have to thank the Palette Station for not only making this badge painless and worry free for me but for making this badge so much fun for my Brownies. They put together an awesome program for us and my Brownies loved it. If you are in or around Tustin/Orange County, this is the place to get this badge completed. They are reasonable and they take care of everything for you.

Congratulations Troop, consider this badge earned!


Project Fair – Let your Kid’s Take Action!

Ripple Kids and SOCO presents a FREE Project Fair on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the OC Mix from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity for your kids (ages 13 and under) to make a difference!  Ripple Kids is an nonprofit homegrown right here in Orange County that specializes in empowering kids to take action within their community.

Participating retailers  have teamed together with Ripple Kids to feature several take action projects for the Project Fair. Choose one or participate in all of them!


There will be live music and don’t forget to try some of the delicious food.

  • Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarch Butterfly Organized by Uni Home Store
  • Pack Meals for Kids in Need with Stop Hunger Now 
  • Make Cards for Seniors and Soldiers organized by Granola Kids
  • Pack Birthday Party Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Party Pepper Uppers 
  • Make Brick Bots for Kids in Need Organized by Brick Share
  • Make Toys for Animals in the Shelter Organized by Paul Mitchell and Girl Scout Troop 1884
  • Make Tote Bags with Recycled T-Shirts Organized by Smocking Birds and Girl Scout Troop 2376
  • Learn About How to Make a Difference in our Oceans and Beaches Stop by the Surfrider Foundation Booth
  • Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets and Cards for Hospitalized Kids Organized by The Max Love Project
  • Pack Art Supply Kits for Kids in Need Organized by Project Hope Alliance

For more information about Ripple Kids, visit www.ripplekids.com.

View video from June event

Want to Volunteer at the Event?

Want to make a difference just by showing up? Sign up to bring items to benefit some of the many great organizations that will be present at the event. Bring gently used Legos for Brickshare or Children’s birthday invitations for Party Pepper Uppers! Click on the button below for details.

Visit for job descriptions and times.

Meet nonprofits and Ripple Kids representing several of our featured causes

Animals – Barks of Love Animal Rescue

Kids – MaxLove Project, Party Pepper Uppers

The Homeless/Hungry – Operation Warm Wishes, Project Hope Alliance

Once you find the cause(s) you’re passionate about, learn more about how you can help with either an established nonprofit or a Ripple Kids project!

Skate Demo Team sponsored by Active Ride Shop

Live Music by School of Rock


Here are some opportunities to help a good cause:

 – Project Donations

Drop a few bucks into the Ripple Kids jar located at each project location and at the Ripple Kids booth to make sure they can continue to help the community.

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted

Ripple Kids T-Shirts – men’s, women’s and kids – $10

Proceeds donated to Ripple Kids

Cash or Credit Cards Accepted


Girl Scout Brownie Potter Badge

potterbadgeFor our second meeting of the Girl Scout Year, my Brownies earned their Potter Badge. This is one of the things the girls elected to do with the money they earned from cookie sales.

We visited Muddy’s Studio to complete this badge. This was a great introduction to the art of clay and creating pottery.

The steps of the badges are as follows:

1. Find some Pottery

2. Get to know Clay

3. Make a simple Pot

4. Make an Art Piece

5. Paint and Glaze

Muddy’s Studio is true professional ceramic studio. Muddy’s Studio a 5,400 square foot, fully equipped studio. We saw some beautiful creations, gorgeous pottery, sculptures and children’s art work.


 To earn their badge my Brownies where each given a ball of clay, they where able to play with clay, get familiar with the feel and the smell of the clay and make some basic shapes. The teacher then proceeded with directing the girls on how to make a pinch pot. Each girl was to complete the process on their own and they all did great!

Next, they turned their inch pots into decorative animals. they each created legs, and faces and attached them to their pinch pots. It is amazing how creative all my Brownies are. Next, they painted their creations. Some with very muted colors are others where filled with colors. The entire process took about two and half hours. Their projects will be ready to pick up in about two weeks, I can’t wait to the finished products.


Clay has been around for thousands of years. People who study history have found ancient clay art and everyday objects. Work your way through these steps to become a clay artist yourself.

From Brownie  – WOW

The purpose of this badge is that once earned, they will be able to make their own projects out of clay. Consider this badge successfully completed!



Nothing but Treats for October


It’s the first day of October and Halloween will here before you know it. It’s been a long time since I’ve been this excited about Halloween but this year it’s different, maybe it’s the effect of all these the oils, Bawhahaha (that was my witch laugh).

We’ve even put up our Christmas tree that will transition from now through December as a Halloween Tree to a Thankful Tree to a Christmas tree, this should be fun!


Things to look forward to this month; lots and lots of Halloween events, the new schedule for the  FREE Jr. Chef classes and Technique classes at Williams-Sonoma, some really great Science/Stem events. (Halloween and Science go so well together), and some awesome educational events.

October is also Red Ribbon month, so you’ll also see several posts about Red Ribbon week/month (I already started with a few of those posts), don’t forget about Kidvasion (kids get free, food, rides and admission)  all over in San Diego this month.

And of course you’ll get to hear all about my Essential Oils and adventures in Girl Scouting. So, get ready because all of my volunteer hats are on!