Busy, busy, busy

I thought summer was supposed to be about lazy days? Days full of lemonade, summer fruit, and playing outside. Oh wait. That's what summer was supposed to be like as a little one. As a big one, summer doesn't exist in that realm anymore. Now, it's still full of errands, to-do lists, must-do lists, and oh nuts! I-forgot-to-do-lists! Those are the kinds of summer days that make our Arizona heat less bearable. 

I don't know about you, but those kinds of summer days for me actually began in late April. Ha! The spring was crazy. We at GIRLS CAN! CRATE have been bussssyyyyyy. We are so excited that our crates will soon be in the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona store! Our subscriber base is growing! And in our personal lives, things are buzzing right along....we've got a baby on the way, one of us just moved into a permanent house, and another is recently engaged and in the midst of wedding planning! All of this is incredibly wonderful. We celebrate it and are thankful for it all, professionally and personally. But sometimes those wonderful things can start to become one more thing to do or get through and you kind of lose track of what you really love to do. 

Take blogging, for example. I, Kristen, love sitting down and telling you all why we chose the woman we chose. If you've noticed, those posts have been absent for the last two months. It's not because we weren't excited about our featured ladies. On the contrary, they, Ava DuVernay and Eugenie Clark, were some of the women we were most excited about. But....time slipped away, to-do lists beckoned, planning for new undertakings, and all that jazz kept me from writing. 

But, huzzah! I'm back. And I'm excited to be writing. We've got loads of news to share and loads of amazing women to introduce little ones to! It's going to be a great summer. We just sent out our Adventurous Ichthyologist crate celebrating Dr. Eugenie Clark and her work with sharks. Yes, sharks! Megan and I love sharks! Megan is definitely more obsessed than I am, but still....they're incredible creatures!! And then to meet a woman who fearlessly got in the water with them because she fell in love with them as a child is just too cool!!

What else is going on? This July we're sending out a surprise crate! We figured that nowadays most surprises aren't all that great...the tax bill from the IRS, the unexpected root canal, and well, you get the picture...so why not send out a fun surprise for little ones and their families?! It's going to be great. Then, in August we're celebrating the Girl Scouts and their awesomeness by introducing littles to its founder, the fearless and trailblazing Juliette Gordon Low! The Brownie inside of me is pretty darn excited about that one! 

So, yeah. Lots has been going on, lots is going on, and all of it has been great! We are beyond thrilled by the feedback we've been getting from subscribers, bloggers, and more. We can't wait to share some of it. 

Well, it's 115 degrees in Tucson today. So, this girl's gonna prep some blogs and then hit the pool to cool down. How's summer going where you are? What are you most excited about? We hope whatever is on your docket, it'll be a fantastic summer!! For us, it's going to be 'crate'! 

Meet this month's FEATURED non-profit, Camp Reel Stories!

Don't you just love going to the movies and losing yourself in a great story? Have you ever wondered about how a film is made?  Well, this month we're celebrating the life and work of filmmaker Ava DuVernay and introducing little ones to the art and science of filmmaking in the Illuminating  Filmmaker crate, on sale now through May 15th.  And what better way to celebrate this amazing woman and exposing girls to film than partner with a fantastic nonprofit who is doing the big work of making filmmaking more accessible to girls! So, friends...meet Camp Reel Stories!

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Extra! Extra! Read all about Nellie Bly!

Anyone out there ever read the ValueTales books growing up like I did? They were some of my favorite books---stories about real women and men who'd changed our world and the traits that helped them to do that. Heeeyyy....maybe a seed was planted then for GIRLS CAN! CRATE? But I digress...I loved reading those stories. And Nellie Bly's was my favorite. 

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Overcoming Mountains: Celebrating Junko Tabei

During our one year anniversary celebration last September/October, we put out the call to our Facebook community to share with us a fearless female they'd like to see in a crate. This month, we are introducing little ones to the woman who we were introduced to through a Facebook friend. And we could not be more excited for little ones to meet The Independent Mountaineer, Junko Tabei. 

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Beyond Beauty: Celebrating Madam C.J. Walker

When we first created GIRLS CAN! CRATE we wanted our crates to be such that ANY little girl that picked up our crate could relate to something about our featured lady. Perhaps the field she was in resonated with the little girl, or the character trait she embodied, or maybe the lady looked like the little girl, or maybe she was a fascinating woman. Something, anything...that's what we wanted. So when it came time to plan out our year and think about who we'd like to feature in February and for Black History Month we kept coming back to Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur and self-made millionaire. But, it wasn't for the reason you'd probably expect...

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Still A Girl: An Interview

I love Instagram. I can easily swipe through my feed and see images that cause me to laugh, think, wonder, and pause. Plus, part of my job is looking through our Instagram feed for GIRLS CAN! CRATE and c'mon, how awesome is that!? It makes me happy that so many of the people that we follow are people, groups, and organizations that also want to raise up this next generation of girls to know that they can be and do anything. One of the feeds that we follow is Still A Girl.  Do you know about them? If you don't, you should...and thanks to our interview with its creator, Martine, you will. 

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Discovering More Women in Archaeology

The Self-Starting Archaeologist crates are out of our office and have been arriving in mailboxes all over the U.S. and in Canada. We are so excited for little ones to meet the inspiring Bertha Parker Pallan and, perhaps, uncover a love for archaeology. Studying Bertha, I began to think about and wonder about all of the other female archaeologists that we may not have heard of in school or on the History Channel. So, I turned to TrowelBlazers, the best site I've found to learn about kick butt women in archaeology. Let's meet some some of those ladies now, shall we?

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