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This week, I’ve found some awesome books and toys that will help your little lady become a strong woman!

 

For Your Teen (and you)! 

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This book covers an array of issues that teenage girls deal with today: body image, friends and bullies, divorce, and anxiety. According to the synopsis on Amazon, the author’s goal is to show young girls that they are stronger than they think and CAN overcome obstacles in their lives: Parents, schoolwork, boyfriends, college . . .it’s enough to make any teenage girl wish she could just snap her fingers and make it all go away. But with the click of her heels, she’ll soon discover that the means to dealing with stress were always within her power. Dealing with the Stuff That Makes Life Tough helps teenage girls find the wisdom within to overcome stress in their lives.

 

 

For Your Nature-Lover

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This activity pack comes with an activity journal full of outdoor and science activities! There’s even space for your little botanist to adopt a tree and track its progress for an entire year!

 

For Your Super Hero 

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It did my heart good to see so many little girls dressed up as super heroes this Halloween! I can’t even tell you how many little Wonder Women  I saw out trick-or-treating because I lost count! Give your little hero a pal to snuggle with and someone to tag along on her amazing adventures! Get it here!

 

For Your Activist in Training

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This board book is full of amazing women throughout history and modern time that have influenced change for the better! This Little Trailblazer features Rosa Parks, Maria Tallchief, Malala Yousafzai, and Florence Nightingale (among others)! A definite must-read for your little revolutionary!

 

 

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Halloween is almost here! I’m not so much into the whole gory, scary, parts of Hallowen–I just lurves the cosplay part of it! I’ve always loved dressing up in costumes. Especially well thought out costumes or creative costumes. I mourn for girls nowadays because, as Mean Girls showed us, Halloween has changed A LOT.

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This is why I’m so excited that A Mighty Girl has a complete list of costumes that will empower and inspire young girls! I mean, just look at these awesome costumes!

 

Rockford Peach 

“There’s no crying in baseball!”

Rockford Peach Costume

 

Amelia Earhart

For your adventurous little girl!

Amelia Earhart Costume

 

Astronaut

Because girls like space, too!

Astronaut Costume

 

Ghostbuster’s Movie Costume

Because she ain’t afraid of no ghost!

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Hermione Granger

For your brave Gryffindor!

Hermione Costume

 

Supergirl 

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s {insert your girl’s name here}!”

SuperGirl Costume

 

What are some of your favorite Halloween costumes? Is your little one dressing up like any of these? Share in the comments below!

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One of my favorite shows to binge-watch here lately is Drunk History. Yes, its funny to see these inebriated comedians tell historical stories, but the reason I like it is it makes me research these stories to find out more about the people who are highlighted. The other night, I watched an episode about the Pinkerton Detective Agency. One of the detectives was a woman named Kate Warne.

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Kate Warne was born in 1833. Little is known about her life prior to working with the Pinkerton Agency. In 1856, Kate was left a widow at the age of 23 and saw an ad in a local Chicago newspaper for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. When she showed up at the agency and asked to speak to Allen Pinkerton, he believed she was looking for clerical work. However, Kate explained that she would best suited as a detective. After all, men tended to flap their gums and brag about things they probably ought not to brag about when a pretty woman is around. Intrigued, Pinkerton brought Kate on as a detective. He even chose her over his own brother!

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Soon after being hired on, Kate was assigned to look into embezzlement happening at the Adams Express Company. She was able to befriend the wife of the prime suspect, finding out condemning evidence about the couple, and ultimately bringing about justice to the tune of $50,000!

Not long after, The Pinkerton Agency was hired to protect president-elect Abraham Lincoln on his tour from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. When a plot was uncovered that a rogue group was planning to assassinate the next president, Kate set her own plan into action. She and Pinkerton convinced Lincoln to cut his tour short and he put his life in their hands. Kate decided that they would disguise Lincoln as her “invalid brother” and smuggle him onto a train. During the long, overnight train ride it is said that Kate did not sleep at all. Because of her tenacity and determination to keep the President safe, she inspired the Pinkerton Agency’s slogan: “We never sleep”.

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Kate Warne continued her spy and detective work throughout the Civil War and after through the Pinkerton Agency. In 1868, Kate died suddenly of pneumonia with her dear friend Allen Pinkerton by her bedside. Years later, when Pinkerton passed away, he was buried next to her at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

Thank you, Kate, for your bad-a legacy!

 

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The other day, while looking up where I could find some of my favorite bath bombs, I found out the the makers of said bathtime treats were not only sisters but TEENAGE sisters! There story was too amazing not to share!

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When Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were 10 and 11 years old, they decided to make bath bombs for a science experiment. After the girls saw the fun in creating (and using) their creations, they decided to open up a boot at a local art fair. Their start-up cost was around $350–which was graciously lent to them by their mother–and they were able to pay her back (and make over $350 in profit) their first day at the fair! The girls were selling out of their bath bombs so quickly, they couldn’t make them fast enough!

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Because of their success, the girls’ parents were eventually able to quit their jobs and run DaBomb Fizzers full-time! Dad runs the financial aspect of the company, Mom manages marketing, and Caroline and Isabel are co-chief creative officers (they create and test the bath bombs–all of which come with a surprise inside) as well as act as the faces of the company!

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The girls not only love what they do, but they love that they are in a position to give back. One of their bath bombs, the Earth Bomb, gives a portion of its profit to The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that helps keep the world’s oceans clean!

These girls have not only made bathtime more fun, but are an inspiration to young people everywhere that they have the potential to make their dreams happen! Way to go, girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you ever wondered what it could be like to be a “Bond Girl”? Well, two women knew what it was like to BE Bond—centuries before the British sex-pot spy was ever created!

 

During the American Revolution, a spy operation called the Culper Spy Ring functioned from 1778 to 1780 from NYC (which, at the time, was occupied completely by the British) all the way through Connecticut and west to none other than General George Washington’s headquarters at Newburgh, NY.

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The key spies operating the Culper Ring were Benjamin Tallmadge (Washington’s Intelligence Chief), Abraham Woodhull, Robert Townsend, John Jay, Caleb Brewster, and two women: Anna Strong and one known only as “Agent 355”.

 

Anna Strong would receive and distribute encoded messages to fellow members of the Culper Ring by hanging a black petticoat on her wash line when a message was ready. She would also include different colors of handkerchiefs to signal where and when the messages would be delivered. Go, Anna!

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There is much speculation, however, to the identity of Agent 355 but there is no denying her involvement or importance in the Culper Ring.

 

Agent 355, it is believed, was a member of higher society being born into a wealthy, British-supporting family. She lived in New York City and had easy access to members of British society as well as British officers.

 

Whenever she could, Agent 355 listened in on conversations between the officers—in that time, men held the belief that women were to have the same political views as their husbands (or, if unmarried, fathers) so they took no special precaution to censure their conversations. Because of this and her “beguiling charm”, Agent 355 was able to pass on sensitive information through the Culper Ring to General Washington. She is even credited with assisting in the outing of Benedict Arnold as a traitor!

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Agent 355–a woman on a mission!

 

Both of these ladies have been featured on the AMC series, Turn. Ever watched it? For more information on these awesome ladies, click here!

 

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The other day, the kiddos and I were walking around Walmart and, because I bribed Huff the Tot with looking at the toys if she behaved, we found ourselves on the doll aisle. I let her do her thing and then heard her shout, “Mommy! Look! It’s Leia!” And sure enough, there was Princess Leia, in all her awesome glory! Turns out, Hasbro has just released a bunch of all female Star Wars action figures called Star Wars: Forces of Destiny!

There’s Princess Leia in her Hoth gear with R2D2:

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The princess rockin’ her look from Endor (complete with a cute ewok sidekick):

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Rey from The Force Awakens: 

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Rey and BB8:

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(I LOVE the freckles!)

 

Sabine Wren:

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And (my fave) Jyn Erso from Rogue One!

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This is super exciting to me! I feel like, in the action figure department, female characters really get the raw end of the deal. Store shelves are packed with male characters from super hero/nerd culture films, but their equally bad-a female counterparts get fewer figures. Plus, not only can you snag some of these for your little BAMF-girl in training, but there are also books all about the lightsaber-wielding ladies as well:

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Hashtag, intergalactic girl power!

 

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Last Thursday, my family and I were hit by a devastating loss. Our sweet little miniature pinscher, Pinny Lane, passed away.

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We knew it was coming. She was plagued with health problems: diabetes, cataracts/eyesight loss, hearing loss, pancreatic tumors, and kidney problems. Even though we knew it was coming it was still tough.

Last Monday I took her to the vet and she said that even though it hurt her heart to say it, she believed euthanization was necessary. Very reluctantly, and with heavy hearts, we made the appointment for last Thursday at 4:30.

The kids and I had somewhere to be at 9:30 that morning. On our way, I decided to stop at my sister’s house to check on Pinny. When I walked inside, the house was silent. There was no patter of little paws coming to greet me. I turned from the kitchen into the living room and saw her laying on her pillow, with her favorite pink blanket over her. At first, I thought she was sleeping.

I called out her name, but she didn’t move. I gently shook her pillow. When she didn’t stir, I knelt down, searching her chest to see if it rose and fell. It didn’t. I reached out and touched her–she was gone.

As I went back to the car and my kids, I started thinking about that sweet little pup and everything she meant to my family…

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Pinny was given to me by an ex-boyfriend while we were still together back in 2004. At the time, she stayed at his house. This was fine with my family–they didn’t get along with the guy and certainly didn’t want a dog at their house that reminded them of him. The relationship was…awful. And that’s being nice.

There was emotional/mental abuse, manipulation, and controlling behavior. When I finally broke up with him, I decided that I was taking Pinny with me. She was mine, after all, and I wanted to be the one to care for her.

She came home with me and my dad set up a little fenced in area for her in the backyard. Soon after, my grandpa built her a dog house. I always thought it was so cute the way she’d fluff her blankets to cover the hole of her little house. Eventually, when the weather changed, Pinny became an inside dog.

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There was a point that my family was still a little reluctant to take her in. But soon after, Pinny got sick–I still don’t really remembered what happened. What I do remember is my mom and sister crying on the back porch and praying over that little black and brown dog. She quickly solidified her place as a member of the family after that!

We moved to a new house on the other side of town a few months later and Pinny Lane slept with me in my bed. When Huff the Hubs and I got married in 2011, neither one of us wanted to keep her cooped up in a tiny apartment, so she went to live with my sister, Bridget. And that’s where Pinny has been ever since.

Pinny has been such a great companion to Bridget. Bridget spoiled her rotten and loved her deeply. There were so many times I’d see her wrap that sweet dog in a blanket and hold her like a baby. But that’s what she was–Bridget’s baby.

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Pinny has held such a huge part of our hearts for so long and means so much to my family. We credit her with bringing my family back together again after I was in such a bad relationship that fractured our family dynamic (it’s no wonder the name Penny means “weaver”!).

She was an enormous blessing and will be forever missed.