Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Badge: Money Sense

2. Best Investments:
a. CD=Certificate of Deposit
You give the bank an amount of money to purchase a $5000.00 guaranteed CD with a 6 month maturity that pays 3 % interest. I will make $150.00 in 6 months. This is a safe place to put your money. Can start with a minimum of $100.00
b. Savings Account
It is a place where you put your money in the bank and you get some money back in interest. Usually, very little. Minimum you can start saving with $5.00.
c. US Savings Bonds
Bonds pay interest every 6 months until they mature. They mature in 30 years. Minimum purchase is $100.00.
4. Cash or Credit?
Bicycle Cost: $225.00

Credit Card Interest Rate** Cost of interest **Cost for Bike
9% **$22.50 ** $272.50
12%** $30.00 **$295.00
18% **$45.00 **$295.00

5. Ups and Downs of the Market
I chose the Disney Stock.
Disney Stocks symbol is DIS.

8. Reality Check
Mortgage 1,000
Utilities 400
Sat TV 110
telephone 130
water 50
car 335
food 575
clothes 200
entertainment 50
health insurance 565
property taxes 200
repairs 150
Total month exp. $3,765

9. Money Doesn't Always Matter:
Free things to go and do!

  1. Explore Ocala National Forest. This natural habitat is unknown territory to the casual visitor, but locals are already making the most of this eco-tourism opportunity. The National Forest is home to real Florida swamps, a 60-mile hiking trail and you can even catch a glimpse of a real Florida gator in the streams and lakes.
  2. Go on An Alligator Hunt. Get up close and personal (all right, not thisclose) with real Florida alligators! The Black Hammock Adventures tours on Lake Jesup is the place to see alligators and birds in their natural habitat.
  3. Make It a Movie and Popcorn Night - outdoors! Make your way to Winter Park, a semi-upscale hub just north of Orlando, to watch classic movies in Central Park downtown. The second Thursday of each month is free movie night, and all you need is your picnic gear and a blanket to settle in for movie night.
  4. Lake Eola Park: This downtown Orlando centerpiece offers 43 acres for exploration and recreation, including fountains, a walking path, playgrounds, swans to feed and swan shaped paddle boats and gondolas (for a slight fee.)
  5. Harry P. Leu Gardens: Admission is free on Mondays. Guests can enjoy three miles of walkways, rose gardens, a butterfly garden, ancient oak trees, and more.
  6. Cornell Fine Arts Museum: This museum showcases over 6,000 art pieces ranging from the Renaissance to the Baroque period. Art lovers of all ages will not want to miss one of the oldest collections in all of Florida.
  7. Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art: Home to the most comprehensive collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany. There is also an extensive American Pottery collection, as well as 19th and 20th century paintings collection. Admission is free on Fridays.
  8. Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida: An informative center dedicated to remembering the millions if people that were lost during the rule of Nazi Germany.
  9. Fort Christmas Historical Museum & Park: Visit the full size replica of Fort Christmas, including seven restored pioneer homes and showing pioneer life from the 1870s through the 1930s. Key themes are homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping.
  10. Old Town: On Saturday nights a free rock-n-roll concert and a parade of 300 vintage cars are offered.
  11. Disney’s Boardwalk: Stroll along Disney’s boardwalk for a charming step back in time, complete with water views and street entertainers.
  12. The Town of Celebration: Visit this Disney-made town where you can admire the gorgeous houses, well-groomed yards and magic of Disney living. Depending on when you visit, you may see machine generated snow or falling leaves.
  13. Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture GardensThis Winter Park museum and gardens were the retirement home of internationally acclaimed sculptor, Albin Polasek. Exhibits change throughout the year, but you will always find a nice selection of sculpture, photography and art in addition to the beautiful gardens. Admission to the gardens is free of charge.633 Osceola Drive in Winter Park.
    Tuesday thru Saturday: 10-4, Sunday: 1-4, Sept - June
  14. Uptown AltamonteYou may know the this popular spot by it's prior name, Crane's Roost Park. The City of Altamonte Springs has recently added an entire shopping, dining and entertainment complex along the lake. On just about any given evening you will find free entertainment including live music, karaoke, comedians and street performers.Exit I-4 at 436 and head east about 1/4 mile, Uptown Altamonte will be on your left.
  15. Big Tree ParkThis Longwood park's main attraction is "The Senator", a 3500 year old Bald Cypress, one of the oldest and largest trees in America. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of nature. West of U.S. 17-92 on General Hutchinson Parkway
    Open daily from 8 am till sunset.
  16. You don't need a ticket to enjoy Walt Disney World's fantastic firework spectacular Wishes. Resort guests can enjoy the show from the Transportation and Ticket Center, or catch the free ferry or monorail over to the Magic Kingdom park entrance for an up-close view.
  17. Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour
    154 South Beach St., Daytona Beach

Located in the historic Riverfront Marketplace, Angell & Phelps Chocolates has been a Daytona Beach tradition since 1925. Take a free, guided, 30-minute tour through the chocolate-making process. Tours begin at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each Monday through Friday.

18. Sun Splash ParkSouth Atlantic Ave.and Revilo Blvd., Daytona Beach

This oceanfront park features an interactive water fountain, decorative walkways, a shaded playground, volleyball courts, picnic areas, restrooms, outdoor showers, two beach access ramps and a Coca-Cola sponsored "cool zone." The four-acre facility also provides free, off-beach parking. Open sunrise to sunset.

10. How much is a dollar worth?
Here is an awesome currency calculator link!
USA Great Britain Pound Japan
1.00 .6284 94.813
1.00 .6224 95.029
1.00 .6269 96.767
1.00 .6079 96.543

Badge: A Healthier You

1. Healthy Bones
Calcium Rich Foods
* Yogurt, plain
* Yogurt, fruit
* Milk, low fat or nonfat
* Milk, whole
* Cheese, including American, ricotta, cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese
* Milk shakes
* Eggnog
* Salmon
* Tofu
* Rhubarb
* Sardines
* Collard greens
* Spinach
* Turnip greens
* Okra
* White beans
* Baked beans
* Broccoli
* Peas
* Brussel sprouts
* Sesame seeds
* Bok choy
* Almonds
Calcium Enriched
* Calcium-fortified breakfast cereal, including General Mills Whole Grain Total, Total Raisin Bran, Total Cranberry Crunch, and Total Honey Clusters, all of which have 100% DV of calcium per serving!
* Calcium-fortified orange juice
* Calcium-fortified soy milk
* SunnyD with Calcium (most SunnyD products don't have calcium, so look for the one that does if your child needs extra calcium in his diet)
* Instant oatmeal
* Calcium-fortified bread or English muffins
* Calcium-fortified drink mixes such as Pediasure or Carnation Instant Breakfast
* Other calcium-fortified breakfast cereals, including General Mills Golden Grahams (350 mg)

2. Strong Bones
Walking, Bike Riding, Running, jump rope, hiking, push ups, are all of the activities I have done.

3. Talk to Me
Info found at
I actually cut and pasted this in for Jayda...I thought this was important info to include!!!
If you or a loved one has anorexia or bulimia, call the National Eating Disorders Association’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-931-2237 or click here for free referrals, information, and advice.

Eating Disorders:

Symptoms of Anorexia:

* Refuse to keep a normal body weight
* Intense fear of gaining weight, despite being underweight
* Distorted view of one’s body or weight,
* Denial of the dangers of one’s low weight

Eating and food behavior signs and symptoms of Anorexia:

* Dieting despite being thin – Follows a severely restricted diet. Eats only certain low-calorie foods. Bans “bad” foods such as carbohydrates and fats.
* Obsession with calories, fat grams, and nutrition – Reads food labels, measures and weighs portions, keeps a food diary, reads diet books.
* Pretending to eat or lying about eating – Hides, plays with, or throws away food to avoid eating. Makes excuses to get out of meals (“I had a huge lunch” or “My stomach isn’t feeling good.”).
* Preoccupation with food – Eats very little, but constantly thinks about food. May cook for others, collect recipes, read food magazines, or make meal plans.
* Strange or secretive food rituals – Often refuses to eat around others or in public places. May eat in rigid, ritualistic ways (e.g. cutting food “just so”, chewing food and spitting it out, using a specific plate).

Appearance and body image signs and symptoms:

* Dramatic weight loss – Rapid, drastic weight loss with no medical cause.
* Feeling fat, despite being underweight – May complain about being overweight in general or just “too fat” in certain places such as the stomach, hips, or thighs.
* Fixation on body image – Obsessed with weight, body shape, or clothing size. Frequent weigh-ins and concern over tiny fluctuations in weight.
* Harshly critical of appearance – Spends a lot of time in front of the mirror checking for flaws. There’s always something to criticize. They’re never thin enough.
* Denies being too thin – Refuses to believe that his or her low body weight is a problem, but may try to conceal it (drinking a lot of water before being weighed, wearing baggy or oversized clothes).

Purging signs and symptoms:

* Using diet pills, laxatives, or diuretics – Abuses water pills, herbal appetite suppressants, prescription stimulants, ipecac syrup, and other drugs for weight loss.
* Throwing up after eating – Frequently disappears after meals or goes to the bathroom. May run the water to disguise sounds of vomiting or reappear smelling like mouthwash or mints.
* Compulsive exercising – Follows a punishing exercise regimen aimed at burning calories. Will exercise through injuries, illness, and bad weather. Works out extra hard after bingeing or eating something “bad.”

Helping a person who has Anorexia:
Encouraging an anorexic friend or family member to get treatment is the most caring and supportive thing you can do. You can’t force a person with an eating disorder to change and you can’t do the work of recovery for them. But you can help by offering your compassion, encouragement, and support throughout the treatment process.

Health Problems Anorexia:
Side effects of anorexia are:
* Loss of menstrual periods
* Lack of energy and weakness
* Feeling cold all the time
* Dry, yellowish skin
* Constipation and abdominal pain
* Restlessness and insomnia
* Dizziness, fainting, and headaches
* Growth of fine hair all over the body and face

Symptoms of Bulimia:
* Out-of-control binge eating
* Inappropriate behavior to prevent weight gain
* Self-worth is excessively influenced by weight and physical appearance

Binge eating signs and symptoms

* Lack of control over eating. Inability to stop eating. Eating until the point of physical discomfort and pain.
* Secrecy surrounding eating. Going to the kitchen after everyone else has gone to bed. Going out alone on unexpected food runs. Wanting to eat in privacy.
* Eating unusually large amounts of food with no obvious change in weight.
* Disappearance of food, numerous empty wrappers or food containers in the garbage, or hidden stashes of junk food.
* Alternating between overeating and fasting. Rarely eats normal meals. It’s all-or-nothing when it comes to eating.

Purging signs and symptoms
* Going to the bathroom after meals – Frequently disappears after meals or takes a trip to the bathroom to throw up. May run the water to disguise sounds of vomiting.
* Using laxatives, diuretics, or enemas after eating. May also take diet pills to curb appetite or use the sauna to “sweat out” water weight.
* Smell of vomit. The bathroom or the person may smell like vomit. They may try to cover up the smell with mouthwash, perfume, air freshener, gum, or mints.
* Excessive exercising – Works out strenuously, especially after eating. Typical activities include high-intensity calorie burners such as running or aerobics.

Side effects of bulimia include:
* Weight gain
* Abdominal pain, bloating
* Swelling of the hands and feet
* Chronic sore throat, hoarseness
* Broken blood vessels in the eyes
* Swollen cheeks and salivary glands
* Weakness and dizziness
* Tooth decay and mouth sores
* Acid reflux or ulcers
* Ruptured stomach or esophagus
* Loss of menstrual periods
* Chronic constipation from laxative abuse

Questions to ask about Bulimia:
Ask yourself the following questions. The more “yes” answers, the more likely you’re suffering from bulimia or another eating disorder.

* Are you obsessed with your body and your weight?
* Does food and dieting dominate your life?
* Are you afraid that when you start eating, you won’t be able to stop?
* Do you ever eat until you feel sick?
* Do you feel guilty, ashamed, or depressed after you eat?
* Do you vomit or take laxatives to control your weight?

How to help someone with Bulimia:
If you suspect that your friend or family member has bulimia, talk to the person about your concerns. Your loved one may deny bingeing and purging, but there’s a chance that he or she will welcome the opportunity to open up about the struggle. Either way, bulimia should never be ignored. The person’s physical and emotional health is at stake. You can’t force a person with an eating disorder to change and you can’t do the work of recovery for your loved one. But you can help by offering your compassion, encouragement, and support throughout the treatment process.

4. Tell me what you think!
See survey on right side of the blog!!! Fill it out!!!

6. Preventable or Inevitable?
Copied from directly.

How is basal cell carcinoma prevented?Avoiding sun exposure in susceptible individuals is the best way to lower the risk for all types of skin cancer. Regular surveillance of susceptible individuals, both by self-examination and regular physical examination, is also a good idea for people at higher risk. People who have already had any form of skin cancer should have regular medical checkups.

Common sense preventive techniques include

  • limiting recreational sun exposure;
  • avoiding unprotected exposure to the sun during peak radiation times (the hours surrounding noon);
  • wearing broad-brimmed hats and tightly-woven protective clothing while outdoors in the sun;
  • regularly using a waterproof or water resistant sunscreen with UVA protection and SPF 30 or higher;
  • undergoing regular checkups and bringing any suspicious-looking or changing lesions to the attention of the doctor; and
  • avoiding the use of tanning beds and using a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and protection against UVA (long waves of ultraviolet light.). Many people go out of their way to get an artificial tan before they leave for a sunny vacation, because they want to get a "base coat" to prevent sun damage. Even those who are capable of getting a tan, however, only get protection to the level of SPF 6, whereas the desired level is an SPF of 30. Those who only freckle get little or no protection at all from attempting to tan; they just increase sun damage. Sunscreen must be applied liberally and reapplied every two to three hours, especially after swimming or physical activity that promotes perspiration, which can weaken even sunscreens labeled as "waterproof."

What are risk factors for developing basal cell carcinoma?

Light-colored skin, sun exposure, and age are all important factors in the development of basal cell carcinomas. People who have fair skin and are older have higher rates of basal cell carcinoma. About 20% of these skin cancers, however, occur in areas that are not sun-exposed, such as the chest, back, arms, legs, and scalp. The face, however, remains the most common location for basal cell lesions. Weakening of the immune system, whether by disease or medication, can also promote the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma. Other risk factors include

  • exposure to sun. There is evidence that, in contrast to squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma is promoted not by accumulated sun exposure but by intermittent sun exposure like that received during vacations, especially early in life. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. The risk of developing skin cancer is also affected by where a person lives. People who live in areas that receive high levels of UV radiation from the sun are more likely to develop skin cancer. In the United States, for example, skin cancer is more common in Texas than it is in Minnesota, where the sun is not as strong. Worldwide, the highest rates of skin cancer are found in South Africa and Australia, which are areas that receive high amounts of UV radiation.
  • age. Most skin cancers appear after age 50, but the sun's damaging effects begin at an early age. Therefore, protection should start in childhood in order to prevent skin cancer later in life.
  • exposure to ultraviolet radiation in tanning booths. Tanning booths are very popular, especially among adolescents, and they even let people who live in cold climates radiate their skin year-round.
  • therapeutic radiation, such as that given for treating other forms of cancer.
9. Keeping Track
One month to a healthier me!
Brush and floss my teeth twice a day.
Skin care
Hair care
Healthy food choices
Get lots of sleep.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

SIGN: The Sign of the Star

1. Try something new. Earn a badge in a topic that you know nothing about or that teaches you a brand new skill.

I completed the Money Sense Badge. See the completed Badge Activities HERE! Click on the word HERE!

2. Boost your self esteem! Do at least 4 activities from the following badges. Jayda completed two of these badges...completing 6 activities for each! Adding to that the 2 others.
The badges are:
Click the name of the badge to go to those completed badge activities.
A Healthier You
Being my Best
Looking my Best Activity 2 and Activity 8.

3. Show off your Talents!
What I did:
I have picked up the art of scrapbooking, my mom has taught me how to scrapbook.
I will demonstrate it to my troop.
What I learned:
I learned about color choices, where to place pictures, and how to embellish a page to create a work of art.

4. Complete 2 activities from "It's Great to Be a Girl" chapter of the handbook.
What I did:
1. I finished the "who I am now" pages of the handbook, pgs. 42-43.
2. I read pages 46-47 in the handbook all about feelings. I did the "Stress Less" Badge to go along with this activity. See the Stress Less Badge HERE!!!
What I learned:
I learned to find the good things inside of me, all feelings are okay and normal, and found new ways to deal with feelings.

5. Complete an activity from I completed three activities from this website because it was so much fun!
What I did:
1. I took the girl scout history quiz. I scored 4/6.
2. I made a Uniquely Me collage on the website and printed it off.
3. I completed the Girl Scout Challenge to earn the Junior Scout Challenge Award, I want that necklace.(See my handbook for the challenge.)
What I learned:
I learned more about the girl scout law and how to use it in my life.

Badge: Stress Less!

Everyone needs to Sress Less everyday!

1. My Personal Stress Relief Kit:
a. my Barney blanket
b. my ipod with my music
c. my nintendo DS
d. my picture of me at one month old with my mom holding me
e. my puzzle book
f. if these do not help...I take a nap!

2. Stress Less Writing
I started a journal that I write in everyday. Especially when I am feeling stress I write. I read pgs. 124-125 and 126-127 and journaled about it in my stress less journal.

3. What are you feeling?
I journaled about how I felt on a Saturday. I started at 8 am.
Here are the feelings I had during the day:
ticked off
unhappy(these were all because I got up too late to get my hair straightened before I had to leave for girl scouts)

4. Do for others:
Cleaned up my baby brother's toys
play with my baby brother so my mom can relax
do the laundry for my mom
scratch my moms back
get baby a sippy cup and snack
set the table for dinner and clean up
help make dinner
I do all these things to help her with her responsibilities.

6. Listen to Music:

My favorite songs to listen and relax is:
(click on link to listen to the music)
Hey there Delilah
Pocketfull of Sunshine
If i had a million dollars
The most relaxing to me is If I had a million dollars.
My brother said not relaxing.
My mom said definitely yes, relaxing!

9. One at a time:
I read page 126-127 about procrastinating.
I actually wrote about this in my journal.

Badge: Being My Best!

1. Set a goal and Reach it!
My long term goal is to earn the bronze award.
In order to meet this goal I am going to complete at least one badge a week, complete the four signs badges, have monthly meetings with my mom to go over my progress, and begin a neighborhood watch program.

2. Name your talents!
I am good at:
being a good friend
getting good grades
being a good class citizen
story writing
playing with my baby brother
girl scouts
empty dishwasher
video games
being a patrol
following rules
taking pictures
playing school
cleaning up
working on computer
3. Keep a journal!
I have begun to keep a daily journal. I write my thoughts, things I stress about, how I am feeling and other things I have to do for badges in it. I like to write!

5. Think Positively!
List Negative thoughts Positive Thoughts Instead
a. I am going to fail a math test. I am going to try my best.
b. I don't want to do my chores now. I will do them, then I can play.
c. I don't think I will be allowed I will ask if I can go to my friends
to go to my friends. house.
d. I hate my brother. My brother gets on my nerves but I still
love him.
e. Do I have to? I will do it.
f. I did bad on my picture. I tried my best on my picture.
g. I am not a good writer. I do all I learn in my writing.
h. My blanket isn't pretty. My blanket might not be pretty but it is
I. I do not have cool clothes. I like my clothes on me.
j. I hate dogs. I love dogs.

8. Feeling Fit to be your best!
Completed page 116 in the girl scout handbook.
When it comes to eating food, it is best to eat a variety of foods!

9. Good Deed!
My family loves to eat corn muffins. I love making corn muffins! I make them and clean up after because it is easy. At the very end, I take them out of the pan. I bring them to the table. Most of all, I enjoy it!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Mom's Turn to Encourage and Boast

Girl Scouts...I love it for Jayda. So many FUN things have gone on this year...with so many more to come. After spending a great deal of time involved in reading her manuals and watching her over this past year, what a wonderful opportunity for her to have as a young girl growing up! I suppose I appreciate it more now that I am the "mother". But way back when...I was a girl scout drop out. I suppose I would have rather run out into the neighborhood and played.
Jayda loves to do things with me and always asks to play a game or something else together. This gives us a great deal of time to do things together!
You will notice that Jayda only worked on two badges outside of the scouting events and yet still accomplished 12 badges total this year! She also participated in alot of other activities which she received patches for completing. These are all on the back of her vest. Jayda also completed her Junior aide badge and community service pin. I look forward to seeing what she does this coming year!
She recently celebrated her awards ceremony followed up with a fun sleepover!
Here is Jayda receiving her awards!

Yesterday, Jayda and I participated in a Memorial Day preparation volunteer opportunity at the local cemetery. We were placing flags on all of the veterans graves. It was an honor to take part in this and to have the opportunity to reflect on the freedoms we have thanks to these veterans! Immediately after this activity, we headed over to a nursing home where the girl scouts participated in a craft with some women from the home. They were all girl scout leaders themselves at one time!

Again, I am looking forward to more exciting times for Jayda and I through the girl scouts!