January 29, 2010
We thought it would be fun to put together a list of some of our favorite things for 2010….so here it is…our Girls With Dream’s team picks! Do you have other favorites? We’d love to hear about them! Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scarfs (We love plaid)
Music , Movies & Books
Secrets Girls Keep (couldn’t resist putting it on the list)
Nike + iPod Sensor Kate is training for a marathon and uses this to track data while she runs. It records the distance, pace and calories burned.
Clif Mojo bars Kate’s review: An article I read suggested snacking on bars between 150 and 200 calories with at least 4 grams of protein. My favorite flavor is the Mountain Mix. It’s full of almonds, pretzel pieces, raisins and chocolate chips.
sweetriot chocolate..for the socially conscious..yum, yum!!!!
January 29, 2010
Thu’s input on the good life….
You can get high off of drugs or alcohol.. but the best high is being high off life
Falling in love
Laughing so hard your face hurts
Being first in line at the grocery store
Receiving a letter in the mail or an e-mail
Finding out the item you want to buy is on sale
Finding a couple dollars in a jacket you haven’t worn in a while
Your first kiss
Running in the rain
A long hot shower or bubble bath
Putting on clothes after they just got out of the dryer
Waking up to the sunrise
Getting home a minute before your curfew
Turning on the t.v. to see a movie you forgot existed
January 28, 2010
Hey guys! So a few days ago, I was on facebook and doing homework (okay, procrastinating on homework :P) when my friend messaged me. She sent me a link to a website that she started and asked me to get the word out about it. Usually, I don’t do that kind of stuff, but the website sounded cool, so I thought, why not give it a look? I did. And LOVED what I saw.
Operation Sunshine’s main goal is similar to GWD. My friend created it, wanting to make a difference in at least one person’s life. The way she went about it was totally unique, too. Instead of just saying “oh you’re not ugly, you’re cute” on people’s photos, she had a new approach. She got some hot pink sticky notes and wrote messages all over them, saying “You’re beautiful. You’re wonderful” etc.. Then she posted them all over her school in the bathroom walls!
Follow her on her website Operation Sunshine and maybe even do the same thing at your school. See what happens!
January 25, 2010
St. Luke’s Hospital St. Louis is hosting a FREE Girl Talk event Saturday January 30th from 1-4 PM for mothers and daughters ages 11 and older.
Program highlights include:
- Award winning author Carrie Silver-Stock will share “Why Girls Need Dreams” and “For Moms-Secrets Girls Keep: What’s Your Daughter Texting?” Carrie’s new book, Secrets Girls Keep will be available to purchase and signing.
- Winter Skin Care with Dermatologist Amy Ney
- Sleep…Who Needs It? with sleep specialist Angie Randazzo, PhD
- Dance & Fitness Fun with Wii
- Sleep in Style ( a Pajama Fashion Show by Macy’s)
This event is FREE but registration is required: visit St. Luke’s.com or call 314-542-4848
January 22, 2010
We joined up with Artistic Sensations.com to bring teen girls a fabulous room makeover contest! First you voted to redo Tori’s room (one of our team members at Girls With Dreams) and then you entered to win!
Olivia from St. Louis is the lucky winner of the new room! In this fun video you can listen to Kim, teen decor expert, talk about how we will transform Olivia’s room. Next, listen to Olivia talk about her new room!
A HUGE THANKS to Artistic Sensations and Kim Gellman and her team, for donating a new bedspread, shaggy rug, wall art, wall sticky, and a chair!
January 20, 2010
Did you know that texting while driving is equal to driving drunk? This was a shocking new piece of information I heard on part of the Oprah show I saw while working out this week.
I realize many teens don’t watch Oprah, but I would encourage you to take one minute and check out her new NO PHONE ZONE pledge and help save lives! 6000 people die every year because of distracted drivers, and nearly 500,000 people are injured!!! This was a BIG Wake Up call to me. Oprah shared heart wrenching stories of people who lost loved ones because of texting or talking on cellphones. One little girl, about the same age as my son, was killed about 15 pedals from her home as she was riding her bike. These accidents are preventable if we would put our cell phones down!
A recent survey found 71 percent of drivers 18 to 49 admitted to text or talk on the phone when they were driving. I know I had been part of that group. Please take a minute and check out the story about distracted driving and help save a life by signing the pledge!!!
January 14, 2010
This Tuesday a major earthquake occurred near the capital of Haiti. It’s hard to even imagine the complete destruction this earthquake left on an already impoverished country. Haiti needs our help. Just because Haiti is hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where you live, don’t think you can’t make a difference. Can you imagine what it would be like to not know where your closest loved ones are? Or, to not have clean drinking water, food, or even a shelter over your head?
Many agencies are stepping in to help and hopefully they will do so in a way that is uplifting and empowering to the Haitan people. Here are 3 simple ways you can help kids, teens, and families in Haiti.
- Organize a drive at your school or with your religious organization, or troop to collect supplies and/or money for Haiti.
- Donate directly to one of the organizations reaching out. This website has a good list of different organizations and how they are helping. Even if you only have a few dollars to give, that’s great too! You can donate via your cellphone by sending a text message “HAITI” to “90999″ . A donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your mobile phone bill.
- Encourage your friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else you know to reach out and help Haiti too. If we all come together to help, we can make a huge difference!
January 13, 2010
There is a new TV show called ‘What I hate about me’. The show is about women who talk about ten things they hate about themselves and the host helps them fix it.
Now I’m not saying pick out the things you hate about yourself because that’s not right, but we all know there are somethings we wish we could change but we don’t know how. Watching this show you can see how they fix things about the girl. It usually simple things like saying sorry to much, can’t find jeans that fit your body, or simply adding color to your room.
I personally thinks it’s a great show and that you can get anything from it. There has only been two episodes but a new on is on every Saturday 9/8c and they repeat all the time.
Give it a try.
January 12, 2010
Stones into Schools is a must read book! Greg Mortenson’s exciting and heart felt story about how he is promoting peace with books, not bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a story for all ages! I was inspired by the many sacrifices Greg and his team make on a daily basis to help educate children in some of the most remote places in the world.
Education is something so many of us take for granted, while these children and families go to all lengths to study. Children huddle together outside in the cold, in makeshift shelters, and in some of the most difficult situations and locations. Greg shares the details of some of his most dangerous ventures and heroic tales of children.
It’s critical that we all understand the educational plight of people globally and also the direct relationship that educating girls specifically has on promoting peace and increased prosperity in the world. Greg points out that there are still 120 million school age children in the world who are deprived of their right of education!!
I love the action steps that Greg Mortenson suggests, so if you don’t have a chance to read the book, consider taking action!
- Buy Stones into Schools Today!
- Visit http://www.stonesintoschools.com for more information or the Central Asia Institute (the non-profit Greg started that funds the schools and girls education scholarships)
- Suggest the book to a friend, library, bookstore, group, etc..
- Help your school start a Pennies for Peace project. Since 1994, more than 200 million pennies have been raised through this program!
- Make a contribution to the Central Asia Institute. It only costs $1 per month for one child’s education in Pakistan or Afghanistan, a penny to buy a pencil, and a teacher’s salary averages $1.50 a day.
January 7, 2010
After a bad break-up, I have noticed that couples get upset at each other over everything. Most of their fights can be prevented if they accept who the other person is. I believe that too much time is spent picking out the flaws in someone, and you over-look who they truly are.
If you can’t accept someone for who they are, then you should not change them. Everyone has their perfections and imperfections. It’s a habit to pick out faults: someone picking their friends over their girlfriend, working too much, not calling enough. Most people try to change someone’s habits. Instead think about breaking the habit of trying to change someone.
You’ll be happier in your next relationship and so will the person you’re with!