Saturday, January 20, 2018

Why selling cookies is important

As most of you know it is almost cookie time for our region.  This is a very important time for the girls.  Unfortunately our girls and us leaders are defeated before we have even gotten started.

As you know our service area has raised the price of cookies per box, while others have yet to raise theirs.  Other service areas also start sales before our girls.  Before sales start an email is sent out with cookie etiquette to the leaders.  The idea behind the email is to be respectful of you service area.  Other areas have not started to sell so do not take over their area before they get to sell.

So not only has this happened it has also happened with cheaper per box regions selling in our area.  Now are these girls in violation of any rules, no, but our girls are now upset due to the fact that not only has someone been selling in this area we are now going to be asked why are yours $5 a box when others are $4.

Now you may say what does your child learn from just another fundraiser?  Well there is a big difference.  As leaders we do not just hand them the order form and tell them to sell.  At meetings we teach them money management.   We give them paper money and boxes of cookies and THEY make the sale and make the change.  We teach them how to keep inventory as well.  They earn badges for this as well as selling the cookies.  And as you can see below it is not just an easy project to earn the badges that goes with the cookie sales.



When you run a business, you need to know all about your customers: who they are, how to talk to them, and how to make them happy.
Purpose: When you've earned this badge, you'll know how to find customers, make them happy and help your cookie business grow.
Steps to complete "Meet My Customers"
  •   STEP 1 Find out where your customers are
  •   STEP 2 Talk to some customers
  •   STEP 3 Practice handling money and making change
  •   STEP 4 Role-play good customer relations
  •   STEP 5 Thank your customers



You will be using your cookie money to do lots of fun things with your Brownie friends, but you also can use some to help others, too!
Purpose: When you've earned this badge, you'll know what it means to "give back."
Steps to complete "Give Back"
  •   STEP 1 Find out about businesses that give back
  •   STEP 2 Set a giving goal
  •   STEP 3 Involve your customers
  •   STEP 4 Practice giving back
  •   STEP 5 Tell your cookie customers how they helped


Here are 10 great reasons to support the girls when they sell cookies:

1.  The girls set goals and work towards that goal.

2.  They are young entrepreneurs.  Once they set that goal they figure out a sales plan.  How are they going to sell their cookies and where.  They take pride in this goal.

3.  They are getting out in the community.  We are not "exploiting" the girls by having them out in front of the local stores, we have them out in the community making connections.  Our troop is always looking for ways to donate our time and making these connections we find needs in the community.  I can't count the amount of people who know us just because of girl scouts.

4.  Our girls are learning to use their voices.  When they sell cookies they are working through any shyness they may have.  They know how much per box, what cookies they are selling and if any are vegan or better for diabetics.

5.  A big question we get.  Where does the money go?  So here is the break down
     $2.65 goes to the council for activities, volunteer training (yes leaders have mandatory training) and camps.  There are tons and tons of summer camps for the kids
      $1.16 goes for the cost of the cookies, program material and cookie events
      $.19 goes towards the cost of the girls rewards they earn
      $1.00 - $.075 goes to the troop

6.  The girls learn safety.  You will never see a girl scout with out supervision or a buddy.

7.  Girls learn how to use the internet responsibly.  They have a cookie website they upload a video and picture too.  They set their goals on this site as well.

8.  Older girls help train the younger.  The older girls learn how to be a role model and mentor to younger girls.

9.  Besides all the managing of money, setting goals, working hard on a business plan and spending almost 6 weeks working hard they also get to have fun.  They get to eat cookies, do fun things with thee money they earn, donate and feel good about giving back to the community, and help make the world a better place. 

10.  They also learn about the soldiers over seas.  Another part of the program is the share a cookie program.  Even if you do not like or need the cookies you can donate a box to be sent over seas to soldiers.

So the next time you see the girls out selling remember the real reason behind it.    We are not just making the girls "push" cookies for a fundraiser.  We are teaching them life skills they can use as they grow up.

If you would like to support our troop here is a link to Bailey's sales:



Friday, October 13, 2017

The best probiotic around

Do you take a probiotic?  If so what kind?  I have been through at least 10 before I found one that I actually saw results from.  Not all are created equal that is for sure.

So first, what is a probiotic?  A probiotic is an organism that helps contribute to health and balance of your intestinal tract.  It can also be referred to as "friendly", "beneficial", or "good" bacteria that you need in your intestinal tract to help fight off illness and disease.  

Now you may be wondering what my favorite one is.  


Probio5

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I know you are now saying, "What makes yours so better than mine?"  Well let me tell you, A LOT.  Like I said before I have taken my fair share of probiotics and I did not see any of the results that I am seeing like I did from this product.  


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Lets start with the ingredients.  

Probio5 contains enzymes that help to break down yeast and fungal organisms.  These enzymes are micro encapsulated and break down the protein layer of the yeast and fungal organisms.  Once the outer layer is broken down the the chitosinase in Probio5 can then destroy the fungus and yeast.  

Probio5 Friendly Flora:  This beneficial flora  contains "friendly bacteria" that assists in supporting the body's need for a balance probiotic in the digestive tract.  This flora is delivered in a micro encapsulated system that ensures that they reach the intended destination in the digestive tract.  

Vitamin B6:  B6 is required by enzymes involved in protein metabolism and is also essential for red blood cell metabolism.  B6 also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by the blood.  If your body is oxygenated well it is more resistant to yeast and fungi.

Grape Seed Extract:  This is one of the most powerful antioxidants that will fight free radicals in the body.  It is 20x more powerful than vitamin C and 50x stronger than vitamin E.  It is also a potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory substance.  

Probio5 probiotics:  If your bodies probiotics are not sufficient, your bodies absorption is impaired.  This can lead to the growth and support of yeasts and fungi.

5 powerful probiotics:   Lactobacillus Sporogenses, L. Acidophilus, L. Plantarum, B. Longum, and S. Boulardii.l

You may be asking, "How many CFUs are in Probio5?"

At the time it is manufactured, there are 2 billion probiotic live cells in 1 capsule of Probio5.  


Now you may be saying "so what if I don't have enough "good" bacteria in my intestine?"

Did you know that 80% of your immune system is in your gut and 95% of your mood enhancing hormones are produced there?  If your gut is not healthy and working properly your immunity is going to suffer and most likely your mood as well.  Another interesting fact that your mood enhancing hormone, seratonin, turns into your sleep hormone melatonin at night.  This means your sleep can be affected as well.  
 


Many, many things can damage your gut bacteria.  One of the biggest ones is antibiotics.  It can take your gut a year to recover after one round of antibiotics.  Other things that can kill off the "good" bacteria include artificial sweeteners, stress, and even the environment in which you live.  



Now for a little of my story.  Our house always has environmental issues every spring and fall.  Myself, my daughters, and my son.  Without fail we are in the doctors office getting antibiotics or inhalers.  This year has been different.  I myself am on Probio5 as well as one of my daughters who has skin issues.  I started her on it first because she is my allergy daughter.  Multiple allergies, skin issues, and sensitive stomach.  Poor thing gets it from her mom who has all the above plus IBS.  The weather has shifted and low and behold we are fine, my 2 others are not.  The only common factor, we started on Probio5 and they are not.  I can also say that skin issues that we have are also clearing up as well.  

So guess who is starting everyone on Probio5...  This momma!!  If one pill can ward off the nastiness that hits our house in the spring and fall I am all in!!!!!




**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.**




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A supplement saved my life

Hello, hello!!!!!  I wanted to get a blog together and tell you all about an all natural supplement.  This one supplement was the single turning point in my life that turned me down the road to health.  

So lets go back about 4 months or so.  This puts us in June.  In June I was working longer than normal hours at the shelter because we had hit busy season, Ronnie had left for 2 weeks for military training, the girls had softball games and girl scout camp during this 2 week period of him being gone and i had the house to tend to.  So a lot on for one momma, but I could handle that.  Then I get to talking to my mom who tells me that my dad has not eaten in 3 months or so.  ( History about dad ).  At that point what little stress I had multiplied by 20!  

My dad tends to listen to me and not to mom.  She needed my help.  Not only with dad but taking care of the garden and mowing the yard at her house.  I had no clue what I was going to do.  Even with Ronnie returning home there was no way I could handle all of this, because I knew it meant dragging him to drs appointments.

As I sat at home and worried I came across a post from a friend.  It was for a pill, with independent clinical research studies that help reduce your stress and anxiety*, promote relaxation*, and improve your mood*.  



The clinical research caught my attention along with the improves happiness and reduces stress.  SIGN..  ME.. UP..  I was so desperate I messaged and asked how do I get a bottle.

Now I have been a Plexus skeptic for years.  I have avoided it and avoided it.  I was desperate for some help though.  Little did I know how much this one pill would change my life.  

So fast forward a week.  I have pills in hand.  I started to take them.  Ronnie comes home we discuss the situation and decide I have to leave the shelter.  There is no way I can work there, take care of us and take care of dad.  So now I am having to tell the girls I can finish out the month but I can not work there any longer.  Another huge stress factor.  

About a week into the pills I notice that I am actually having more regular bowel movements.   Yes I know we do not discuss these things, but you know what I am :).   This is something for me that is in no way shape or form normal.  I am not what you would call a "regular" gal.  So I go and read on the product some.



The more I read the more I realize this is actually a probiotic, but I already take a probiotic.  My probiotic sure does not make me regular, but this one did in a weeks time span.........  Interesting.  At 2 weeks I notice my stress level has come down some.  I am not as snippy with the kids as I was before.  Before starting this product the kids would quickly irritate me for no reason and I could not explain why.  

Now 3 weeks in, I am making phone calls to multiple doctors, doing research on my dad, talking to people who have been through this before, taking care of my house, the kids, my yard, dads yard, dads garden.........  And I am doing it all almost completely  stress free.  The only difference in my life, one little pill.  


One pill lead me to Plexus, and now I have a new life.  I now take more of the Plexus products and could not be happier or healthier.  I will go into details about some of the other products soon.  I just wanted to share this story with you and let you know that you do not have to dive head first into all the products.  Taking one or two may just change your life.  





*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not designed to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Crock Pot Bread

If you need a quick and easy bread recipe here is one for you.  It is a crock pot bread.  I have made 2 variations of it at this point.  I am thinking you can customize it in a lot more ways, but wanted to share with everyone.  


This is a picture as it is cooking.


This is a picture after we ate some :)

The recipe is super simple:



2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 cup warm water
1 pack instant yeast
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp rosemary or thyme (this is the part I think you could customize)

Mix the water, yeast, and sugar and cover for 5 mins. (it will begin to bubble)

Once that is ready, mix it with the rest of the other ingredients with a dough hook until it is soft/elastic in texture (apprx. 5 mins).

Line the crock pot with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.  Cook on high for 1 hour.


I am anxious to try this recipe and maybe add cheese in with the mix or other herbs.  I have made one loaf with rosemary and now one with thyme.  Both were very yummy.  :)


Friday, September 29, 2017

Montgomery County Illinois

I am sure by now you have seen that the county is making cuts.  Did you see the cut made to Animal Control?

They were completely CUT from the entire budget.  They now have to run off of an inheritance that they received.  Why??  Montgomery County Animal Control is the red headed step child of the county, always has been.  They are not liked nor accepted.  But to completely cut them from the budget?!?!

What happens when the money runs out you might ask.  The doors close.  You read that right.  CLOSED.  Now mind you that it is per state law that each county has an animal control. 

I am not sure how they can legally do that, but I have been doing research in free time looking into different things.

Did you know that the County has been paying for advertisements for this great and new CTI line that is coming to town supposedly.  To the tune of a $6,000 check??  I think more people need to start reading the minutes from County meetings and paying attention to exactly what is being done in these meetings.  The more I read the more irritated I get. 

County Board Meeting Minutes

There is a quick link for you to go and read them. 

Need more information, request it here.  I am going to be requested the new proposed budget to look at.

FOIA


So if you are someone who supports Animal Control you need to come out of the wood work and show it!!  They need you now more than ever.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Our area got to experience a solar eclipse yesterday.  There were some intermittent clouds during the beginning phase and then pretty much once we saw totality it was cloud and rained after that.  We were lucky enough to get to see the first phases to totality though.

Solar eclipse glasses were a very hot commodity around here.  We managed to get a pair the day before the eclipse.  There were people selling them on line for 10-20 dollars a pair though!!  It was craziness.

So in order for me to take photos of the eclipse this is what I had to do to the camera.  Not only can you not look at it with the naked eye but it would also burn out the camera lens.  So this was my position.  Looking straight up in the sky to get photos.

Here is my 4 year olds reactions.

Colton's reaction to the eclipse

Colton's reaction to the eclipse


The schools did get glasses for all the kids and did do special worksheets and lessons on the eclipse for the kids.

Even though we got to see alot of this it was still a very neat experience.

Here are some of my edited photos




Friday, August 11, 2017

No Books in School???

It is that time of year again, Back to School.  We recently had our 6th grade orientation night.  While there we were introduced to the staff, classrooms, and the lockers.....  With combination locks..  That is a whole other story for another day lol.

What I wanted to talk about is how the schools run now.  Almost all the schools do not have textbooks anymore.  When I was in school I had a book for each subject.  As soon as my 2 hit school I have yet to see a textbook!!!!


So how do the kids learn?  They have what look like weekly readers in the classroom.  These are what they use to learn whatever it is at that time.  The catch, the school only receives 30 copies of this so it has to stay in the classroom, but the kids use the Chromebooks and can pull them up online.  Ok, this is the scary part to me.  This is how our school runs and we are a small community.  I would consider a high poverty area.  I know lots of other schools run this way as well.  What do the kids do that do not have phones, computers, or internet at home do?  How do they do their homework if they need those?  I have heard some classes have a check out policy so they can take it home, which is great!  Only issue I see is there are over 100 kids that go through that classroom and I guarantee more than 30 probably do not have access to internet.

I know some classrooms do have a  book, but it stays in the classroom since they only have enough for one class.  Math.....  Math is still engaged NY for our school.  This means still just worksheets.  I am not sure what other schools use for math but would love to know!!!!  Our school went to Engaged NY when everything went to common core because this was a free platform if I remember correctly.

I know for one I did not learn math this way.  Pretty  sure most of us did not.  So when our kids bring this home it is like a foreign language to us.  To top it off no textbook to refer to in order to help them.  Where do we get help.....  You guessed it, hop online to look it up. Now I happen to be one of the parents that bought a set of books to help us out, but these books were around $300!!  I paid $300 to relearn math I already learned!!!  These books will get us all the way through college, but still not everyone in this area can drop that kind of money for books on math.



Now, I am a mom who is very active in their kids schooling and I personally know alot of the teachers.  This helps in a big way.  I know what is going on and if I need to I contact that teacher.  Our school does have a great way to stay connected with the teacher and classroom activities, but once again that is all online.  I get we are in a digital age, but I think it is a very high poverty rate as well.  I have a feeling this year will make or break a lot of kids.

I would be interested to hear how other schools are ran and what kind of curriculum that you do.

I really do love our school system.  This is in no way a bash at our school, because I know we are not the only school that does this.  I have had retired teachers come to me and ask me things about school and when I tell them they are floored at how the school system is ran.  It use to be a teacher would spend there summer making lesson plans and getting ready for the year.  Now the lesson plans are pre made for the teachers and they all teach the same thing.  It is good in a way because I can call another mom if need be and ask them something, but also bad because the teachers do not get to personalize their way of teaching.  Now our teachers still try to keep some personal touches in the classroom and I love it!!  I know other schools that they do not.