Death By Girl Scout Cookies – Losing Weight

Girl Scout cookie season is upon us and I was determined not to buy boxes and boxes of cookies this year. However, I was a Girl Scout as a little girl and believe in supporting the cause. So, I decided to purchase one box, and one box only.

No, I did not purchase those gooey, luscious, striped, caramel and coconut covered Samoas that I love so well. Nor did I fall prey to purchasing those silky tasting Thin Mints. Nope. I was determined to be smarter and wiser this year, seriously focus on my commitment to losing some weight. I purchased the Shortbread cookie that has a thin layer of chocolate on the back – my least tempting ones. My daughter and my niece love chocolate. Either or both were bound to want these cookies. I was feeling rather proud of myself… what a thoughtful mother/aunt I am.

Hah! As fate would have it, both were happy about my purchase until they found out it was the Girl Scout Shortbread cookies. “Any kind but those” they said almost simultaneously. No worries, I thought. I shall give them away to a friend. Day after day those cookies sat on my kitchen counter, beckoning and calling my name each time I walked past. I have GOT to get these cookies out of my house! They are going to be the death of me!

A week passed. Then another. Working on a project at my kitchen table around 1:30am one morning, I got an uncontrollable urge for ‘something sweet’. You guessed it! I unabashedly opened that box and ate two of those cookies. Darn, Sherry. You’ve got to be strong. Now I thought, how can I give anyone a partial box of cookies (Isn’t it amazing how we can rationalize anything if we think about it long enough?). As the other side of fate would have it, a couple more days passed, and those cookies didn’t live to see the light of day outside of my house. Once I opened the box, those cookies didn’t stand a chance!

Lesson learned. While I do believe in supporting causes, I can simply make a donation and walk away… without the cookies in hand. I can also choose to NOT bring sweets and tempting goodies into my home… free choice/free will. Final lesson, getting an insufficient amount of rest can derail your will power.

Have you ever fallen hard for the taste of Girl Scout cookies? Let me hear from you.

Top Three Christmas Ideas For Four Year Old Girls

Yes, it’s that time of the year again: Christmas shopping! Here’s a list of Christmas ideas for four year old girls that will sure put a smile on your little girl’s face on Christmas morning.

1) Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set: The Melissa and Doug toys have garnered dozens of “best toy” and parenting awards over the years, and have been featured widely on television and in national print media.

As you already know, four year old girls just love to pretend they are doing grown-up things. Not only is it fun, but it is also a crucial part of their childhood development.

The Melissa and Doug Slice and Bake Cookie Set will let your little girl pretend to bake, decorate and serve cookies. At the same time, she will learn number concepts, practice fine motor skills and much more.

The Slice and Bake Cookie Set includes a dozen wooden cookies, the toy woken kitchen utensils and a dozen of wooden decorating pieces.

Pros: This set is a high-quality and sturdy wooden toy that is built to last and that offers lots of opportunities for both interactive and independent pretend play. The cost is less than $15 and there are many other kitchen sets that you can add to the collection.

Cons: As you might suspect, it’s a toy containing lots of individual pieces. However, it also includes a very clever and handy storage solution.

2) Zhu Zhu Pets: This is one of the bestselling toys for 2009. There’s a whole series that come with the starter set which makes it easy to expand the collection during the year also. The other toys of the series can be offered for your girl’s birthday or can make great suggestions for grand-parents, godmothers and friends.

Among the other toys included in the series, let’s mention the Add on Garage, Hamster Wheel, Ramp and Slide, the Funhouse, the Surfboard and the Sleep Dome, etc.. As you can see, you can collect and connect all of the Zhu Zhu Pets accessories to make a giant Hamster city.

Pros: These toys will keep your kids entertained for hours. Plus, you won’t have to buy a real hamster with all the expenses and work that come with it.

Cons: If your little girl is really rough on her toys, it’s possible that you may have to reassemble the parts.

3) Vtech Tote and Go Pink Laptop

The Vtech Tote and Go Laptop will program your preschooler for early learning. The Vtech Laptop is just like the computer Mom uses and offers big style for the little learners.

This one of a kind educational product comes with a detachable mouse that is designed for both right-handed and left-handed users and with a colorful keyboard.

You will really appreciate the handle for easy fold-up and go. In addition, the Vtech Laptop contains 30 engaging activities that teach math, music, games and language.

The reviews are unanimous on this one: this is a great educational and learning toy that is durable and offered at an extremely reasonable price (less than $25).

Pros: Very durable and awesome for lefties. It’s a terrific value.

Cons: It didn’t bother the vast majority of the parents, but some said that the monkey can bit a little bit noisy.

11 Things Small Business Owners Can Learn From Girl Scout Cookies

1. Train – The Girl Scouts use cookie sales to teach important life skills. Take advantage of the opportunity to develop your team members…or hire a coach to help you.

2. Start Early – The best cookie sellers start knocking on doors the first day, and deliver their cookies as soon as they arrive. “The early bird gets the worm” seems to work everywhere.

3. Know Your Value – Girl Scout Cookies taste good and you get to help kids in your community. Make sure you provide similar great value to your customers.

4. Remember Your Manners – As you learned as a girl (or boy), always say “please” and “thank you”…to customers (even when they don’t buy), vendors and your team members.

5. Dress The Part – Brownies and Girl Scouts take pride in wearing their uniforms. Make sure everyone in your small business knows they only get one chance to make a first impression.

6. Go Deep – Girl Scouts reach out to family, friends and, of course, their parents’ co-workers. Ask everyone you know for referrals to expand your prospect list and grow your business.

7. Up-Sell – Did you know Thin Mints and Caramel deLites are impulse buys? As you learned in that first retail job, always ask the customer if they would like a belt or tie with that shirt.

8. Differentiate – Girl Scout Cookies are available once each year, and you can freeze them. Can you express what makes your products/services stand out in 13 or fewer words?

9. Rehearse – Young girls are taught to practice their sales presentations in front of family and friends before meeting neighbors. Make sure to practice yours before and selling opportunities.

10. Be Prepared – The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts share this motto. When asked, “For what?” Boy Scouts founder Robert Baden-Powell replied, “Why, for any old thing.” Good advice.

11. Be Careful Crossing Streets – Pretty basic, yes? Keep your eyes focused on the essential parts of your small business. There are lots of cars out there…and they move really fast!