Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #5

A Holiday Tradition is something you recreate year after year. Repetition of a similar event culminates into one big happy memory for children and adults alike. A really huge, expensive gift - say an electric Barbi car or Jeep Grand Cherokee…

On Fear

I have to give my first Toastmasters Speech tomorrow and I'm scared, I announced at dinner last night. Everybody gets scared Mommy. It's okay to be scared. But, brave is when you are scared but you do it anyway. What's your speech about?…

Seamstress Apprentice

This is Ainsley's first sewing project, a really cute hot pad. Lately, now that I have a functional kitchen I don't loath, I've resurrected this foundation of knowledge about cooking. I can cook. Well. I can make, like, anything I would want…

Top 20 Women Bloggers

Check out All Diva Media's list of 20 Women Bloggers to Watch in 2009. I'm on the list. How exciting. Thanks DJ!

Soccer Season Over

Soccer season is over. Ainsley played on a local church league this year. No scoring, no winning, only one team to play against. I think we'll consider putting her in a competitive league next year. I see no point in pretending not to keep…
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Body Competence vs. Body Talk

(photo courtesy: Shaping Youth) The more I use my body the better I feel about it. The less active I am, the worse I feel about my body. There is a definite cause and effect relationship. My feelings follow my actions. No matter how much…

Local Culture: Partake

The grandparents came to town and we took them to the Community Dance. Live band plays Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. Bring your own drinks and snacks or buy some there. $5 adults, kids are free. So, we're the only people there not collecting…

Exclusive Gender Segregation Interview

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in a group podcast with several different women about the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against a Kentucky School Board for gender-segregating an algebra class in a public junior high.…

Shaping Youth Girl Week

Amy Jussel from Shaping Youth is doing "All Things Girl Week" from Nov. 1-8 and sites/finds/media offerings that are 'positive picks' pertaining to empowering girls of all ages. The Girl Revolution will be included. Other worth-your-time samplings…

Meaningfully Frugal Christmas Tip #4

Allow me to juxtapose two parenting positions here. There is parenting from a sense of lack.Parenting from a sense of lack would be to hang on to and maybe even hoard clothing or toys your child doesn't use.To over-indulge children with the…

Advertise Here for Christmas Sales

If you are a company who believes you have a product that will empower girls - or at least not hinder girls' empowerment and you want to advertise on this site please contact me at traceesioux@yahoo.com. You can put a groovy little 125 x 125…
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Real Girls, Real Pressure: Dove Self Esteem Report

“Low self-esteem among girls and young women has reached a crisis level,” said Dr. Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D., a psychologist and self-esteem expert who collaborated on Real Girls, Real Pressure a report on the state of girls' self-esteem…