Jewelry Badge

Our second Girl Scout event of the weekend was a Jewelry class at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  They offer a few Girl Scout programs and this is the second one we have done.  (We did a drawing class back in November) 

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Purpose: When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to make different kinds of jewelry.

1. Get to know the tools of the trade:

           * Visit a jewelry store or jewelry artist.

            * Visit a museum with an exhibit on jewelry.

            * Invite a jewelry maker to talk to your group.


2. Make jewelry with metal:

            * Make a chain-loop necklace or bracelet.

            * Make a pendant with a photo or “caged” stone.

            * Make earrings by twisting wire into a shape.


3. Turn everyday objects into jewelry.

            * Make a bead bracelet.

            * Make two necklaces with different kinds of cord.

            * Make jewelry from nature.


4. Create jewelry inspired by another culture:

            * Friendship ring from Ireland.

            * American Indian animal jewelry.

            * Name pendant from England.


5. Make a sparkling gift:

            * Make jewelry for a friend.

            * Make jewelry for the girls in your troop.

            * Make jewelry for a relative.


World Thinking Day 2014


World Thinking Day occurs on February 22 of each year.  This is a day for celebrating Girl Scouts/Girl Guides all over the world.  This is a day to celebrate all the friendships and sisterhood with all Girl Scout/Guides!


My Troop decided to research and present England and our service units World Thinking Day event.  The girls went above and beyond what the other troops did.  

The girls created a display which included information on Girl Guiding in the UK, their uniforms, the Promise and Motto.  They also included requirements of some of the badges they can earn in the UK.  I think the Chocolate badge is my favorite!  They had a Circus Skills badge, which is pretty awesome too.


The display included a map with important cities and information on landmarks.

One of the girls researched games and found a fun one that EVERYONE enjoyed playing.  It is called “Red Letter” and the instructions have been included below.  Try playing it with your Girl Scout troop!  It requires quick thinking skills.  This also includes a pic of their SWAP!


For our Snack, we had English Breakfast Tea with Sugar Cubes!  We had to refill the teapot many of times.


The girls even created a craft!  They taught the other Girl Scouts how to make pipe cleaner crowns.  The girls got really created and all the bright colors went first.  The only colors we had left over were brown and black.  (So now to think of a craft including brown and black pipe cleaners)


The girls did all the work themselves.  They are taking pride in their troop.  We, as leaders, do give them guidance.  They take their leadership roles very seriously.

 Next up for Girl Scouts, the Get Moving! Journey!

Here are some other displays that were at the event:

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And here is Alli and I:

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A little St. Joseph exploring on President’s Day!

I was off work, the kids were out of school, what’s better than doing a little exploration?

We started the day off with the Valentine’s Day party for the MOMS Club® of Kansas City/Gladstone Chapter.  Even though all my kids are much older then the majority of those children, we went anyway.  The kids had fun, had some good food and Peyton played a little with the other kids.  Alli made some bracelets.  It warms my heart to know, that this chapter of MOMS Club® is now flourishing again.  I founded this chapter in 2007.  I am not involved as much now, but I love going and seeing how much people are enjoying.  Are you interested in being involved in a MOMS Club®?  Check out the link here.  I am sure there is one in your area, or take a chance if it’s something you like and found your own. 

After winning one of the raffle baskets full of Mary Kay items, we headed up to St. Joseph, Missouri.  It was about a 45 minute drive from where we were.  It wasn’t a bad drive. 

Our first stop was the Pony Express Museum.  I had a coupon for a buy one, get one free admission. (it’s on the website).  When we went in, we were told it was family day!  It ended up being completely free!  What a great surprise!  Free stuff is always awesome.  We roamed around the museum.  It was pretty comprehensive and had some amazing artifacts.  I enjoyed reading about something, I didn’t know a lot about.  There was a working well, that was dug for the Pony Express.  They had an archeological dig that showed the foundations of the Pony Express Buildings.  Alli and Peyton attended a session in a one room school house.  The teacher explained to them about the time period, games they would play and what they would be learning.  Gasp!  People had to write in cursive, print was just for books!  I love that.  We need to get back to that.  I know I can hardly read some of the hand written items I get at work.  

Second stop in St. Joe was the St. Joseph Museum, which included a Doll Museum, Native American Exhibit and Civil War Medicine Exhibit as well as the Glore Psychiatric Museum.  I wasn’t impressed.  The kids weren’t either.  The first thing you notice is the smell.  It wasn’t pleasant and it didn’t go away.  It just lingered.  Yuck!  The Doll Museum was neat, my daughter enjoyed looking at it.  I couldn’t find the Civil War Medicine Museum, that’s what I would have wanted to see.  The Glore Museum has really pretty advertisement, but it’s not all it cracked up to be.  I enjoyed things like that, but I didn’t enjoy the museum.  The set up was cluttered.  There wasn’t anyone there telling you about anything.  It was just kinda blah.

After our Museum stop, we headed to eat at Applebee’s for an early lunch.  Then, set off for Camp Winding River where a large Encampment will be taking place in May.  I will write all sorts of things about that later!  I am super excited!

Anyway, that was our day in a nutshell.

Subscription Box Review: KLUTCH Club

Is there anything better than getting surprises in the mail?  Of course not!  KLUTCH Club is my monthly mail surprise!  You get a box jammed full of fitness and health-orientated items.  A lot of them are full sized and well surpass the amount you pay for the box.  They send emails with codes for free shipping, reduced priced boxes and even a free box!

For half off the February Box use: zzloveklutch

For a $2 Booster Box use: zznyflash

To get a free best of box, use the code: FREEKLUTCH (you are still responsible for shipping costs)

If you want to try it out, use the link here:  Klutch Club

Here is a preview of the February Box!  I think this will be the best one yet!  It’s all about the HEART!



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How To Use:Drink one bottle 30 minutes prior to sleeping.




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How To Use:It’s ok to eat the entire bag of popchips. It’s not okay to eat the bag itself.



What It Is:These organic, Fair Trade, non-GMO Guayusa tea packets contain guayasa, a potent herb brewed by the indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Manitoba Harvest


What It Is:Easy to use Hemp Hearts, packed with 10 grams of protein per serving, omegas, fiber and other nutrients. In addition, a packet of HempPro 70, the world’s first easy-to-mix hemp protein powder, which contains 20 grams of protein.

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How To Use:Sprinkle Hemp Hearts on your salads, cereal, yogurt, or eat straight from the bag. Try HempProtein mixed with water or almond milk for a simple protein shake, or add it to your favorite smoothie recipe, hot cereal or baked good for an extra protein boost.



What It Is:LOCA by Oogave diet soda is made with a touch of organic agave nectar mixed in with stevia for a perfect balance of sweetness.

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How To Use:Pop that top and drink up.


Bottle Bright


What It Is:Bottle Bright’s all-natural, biodegradable tablets bubble away stains and odors, then after they’ve cleaned all the crannies in your favorite beverage container, they break down to inert natural substances.

Why We Chose It:No one likes cleaning that grimy thermos or musty water bottle. Don’t stress, just throw in a Bottle Bright tab for the easiest cleaning job you don’t have to do.

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Raw Revolution


What It Is:Gluten-free, vegan Raw Revolution organic food bars which contain sprouted superfoods in every delectable bite.

Why We Chose It:Maintaining a healthy diet is key to maintaining a healthy heart, which is why we love nutrient-dense and minimally processed products such as these food bars. Plus, they’re tasty!

How To Use:You know the drill.



What It Is:Pouches filled with a natural blend of three fruits, chia seeds, acerola cherry and a dash of lemon juice. Just 6 simple ingredients – no added sugar, preservatives, or colorings.

Why We Chose It:Each Smooch is only 70 calories but a good source of fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and omegas. Packed in a convenient grab-and-go re-sealable pouch, these make for a great snack to keep your diet healthy!

How To Use:Smooch at work. Smooch at the gym. Smooch in the car. Smooch at yoga. Hold base of spout, twist off cap and Smooch.


Do you do Vitamins and Supplements?

I do.  Most Roller Derby Atheletes do.  Here is what I take and some explanations of why. 

Vitamin D:  D helps keep your bones strong.  It doesn’t stop there though.  Here is a wonderful article that explains:

Calcium: For bone, muscle and immune system

Biotin: Derby girls get their pictures taken a lot.  I know I don’t want to look at my picture and think I look hideous.  Biotin helps with your skin, hair and nails.

Cinnamon:  helps with Sugar Metabolism, heart and circulatory health.

Fish Oil:  Heart Health

Glucosamine and Chondroitin: This helps with Joint Health, it also helps with the bruising.

It’s Vital – Minerals: Aquamin, Sea Minerals and Vitamin K

Daily Women’s Vitamin to cover anything I missed above.

What vitamins do you take and why do you take them?