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Calling all STEM Lovers and Girl Empowerment Supporters (GLI/STEM Academy)

I love to volunteer. Thankfully, over the last five years, I’ve had the ability to do a lot of it. One of my passions is educating girls in STEAM fields: science, technology, engineering, art and math.

Even though I don’t actually work in any of those fields, I feel like I had given up on it early. My grades stayed at As and Bs throughout high school and in college (except one class) in those fields. I didn’t consider it a possibility because I didn’t know anyone else going into it. I wanted friendship and comradery and I just didn’t see it in those fields.

How I wish I made a different choice. How I wish I followed some of those passions instead of what was expected of me. What I can do is help the next generation understand that they aren’t pigeonholed into one field and they can do more than they ever dreamed.

One of the organizations that I work with regularly is the WFPBC.

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County

The Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County (WFPBC) will host our 8th Annual Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy (GLI/STEM) twice in 2017.  The first program will be held on May 20, 2017 at Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens. An additional program day will be held in September at the Palm Beach State College campus in Belle Glade (Date TBD).


The free and interactive programs provide training and support for underserved girls in PBC.  The program is aimed at developing middle and high school girls’ leadership skills and passion in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  We will provide this program for 300 girls in 2017 with your help.

The WFPBC is looking for companies in the STEM fields to participate in the two 2017 programs in a number of different ways. If you can help us by volunteering in one or all of the ways below or even connecting us with a company or local STEM professional you know, we’d greatly appreciate the support.


We invite companies and organizations to set up a table during breakfast to provide information about the work you do.  We also ask that you have someone at the table to answer questions and speak with participants.

STEM Project Workshops

We are looking for volunteers to lead workshops. Each will guide a group of girls through a STEM-based project.  Some examples include building a bridge from food products or building a robot or designing a website.  The student groups will work with the project leaders from your company.

Women in STEM Careers Lunch Program

We are looking for women who are currently working in a STEM career to share their experience and passion with participants during the lunch hour as part of a “speed mentoring” program.  


STEM Follow-Up Field Trips

We are identifying local STEM activities where girls and their parents can come as a follow-up field trip in PBC.  Maybe your company can arrange a tour of your facility or you are a nature preserve or a museum with special STEM exhibits.


After-School Programs & Internships

We are identifying after-school STEM programs where girls can receive continuing enrichment and we also want to share STEM internship programs with the girls. 


Please complete this short online form https://tinyurl.com/GLISTEM2017 to share your interest in participating in the 2017 Girls Leadership Institute & STEM Academy.  You can learn more about WFPBC on our website WomensFoundationPBC.org.  If you have any further questions please contact 561-206-2319 or email Alex@WomensFoundationPBC.org.


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The #Minions Have Invaded! (Minion Inspired Birthday Party on the Cheap)

Two months in the making, I dreamed of the perfect little birthday party for my little Butterfly. Her first birthday was perfect for me, but fell short for extended family. Determined not to repeat the same mistake, I had to mesh my desire to keep things fairly low key (and frugal) while inviting a host of family and friends.

My little Minion Butterfly has been talking Minion, asking Minion and loving Minion since seeing the movie The Minions this summer. So I decided that we’d have a Minion Inspired Birthday Party. The great thing about the Minions is that they are based on two colors: blue and yellow.

Minion Inspired Birthday Party on The Cheap
Minion Wallpaper © Copyright Richard Croft and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

As always, every time I headed to Wal-Mart and Target, I checked out the clearance section. I’m not one to question, but I found napkins and plates on sale for just a dollar a pack. I figured I could stop by the Dollar Tree and fill in the gaps. Blue and yellow items are easy to find. I picked up napkins, plates, bowls, spoons, and cups.

From left to right in the graphic above:


Yellow cup
Electrical tape
Googly eyes
Minion stickers
Black marker to write their name
Elmer’s Glue

I’m not big on goodie bags, but I big on crafts for the kids. So, I came up with customizing their own cup. The black electrical tape was the simplest way to make a solid black line around the cup without drawing or using tape. I pretaped all of the cups. At the party, the children had the options of getting one large googly eye or two small ones and up to three stickers. They also wrote their name on their cup.

I started to use a glue stick, but the eyes didn’t stick very well. Using the Elmer’s glue worked much better when there was liquid in the cup.


Yellow spray paint
Black marker

The pumpkin brought a nice touch melding the birthday party with nearing Halloween. Initially, I tried to paint it with Tempura paint, giving it a matte finish, but the Tempura paint was lumpy and it was hard to make it look a uniform color. The spray paint was much quicker and easier. Tip: Let the spray paint a full 24 hours before trying to write on it. The marker worked much better when completely dry.


Large yellow napkin
Blue fork and knife
Black streamers
Glue stick

I took the large yellow napkin wrapped around the fork and knife (the smaller yellow napkin with the spoon for dessert). I cut the streamer in half which made the black line about 3/4 inch thick. The streamer was about 4 inches in length, just enough to tie it around the silverware. I used the glue stick to glue on the eyes on the black streamer alone.

Princess Minion Goggles:

Printable tiara (I got mine here)
Minion goggle
Modge Podge
Paint brush

I printed and cut out the tiara, then painted the rim of the goggles and the entirety of the tiara with Modge Podge. Then I liberally applied the glitter. After drying over night, I applied a second coat of Modge Podge so the glitter wouldn’t come off.  Then I glued the two pieces together with the Modge Podge. After it dried, then taped it. I have toddlers, so I need back up on top of back up to make sure things stick.



Color Printer

I wanted to giver her a personalized banner. I was going to send these to print at the store, but the estimated cost was about $12. I opted to print them at home from this site.

My Outfit:

Yellow shirt
Jean dress
Minion googles
Blue Makeup (including extra eye shadow)

I figured since my girls were going to be Minions, I should be too! I had a yellow shirt and a jean dress. I added a piece of tulle as a belt to create an empire waist. I used blue eye shadow to create a blue lip. I applied the eye shadow, then coated with a light colored nude gloss.

After all of the planning and set up, cries for early costume wearing and anger that I wouldn’t cave, I was expecting elation when the day of the party came. Instead, it was met with anger, tears and sheer defiance and refusal to put on the entire outfit. Therefore, in their place, Lalaloopsy and Circo® Color Pop Doll will showcase their outfits.

Minion Inspired Birthday Party on the Cheap - Girls
After some cookie bribery, and a couple days later, I was able to get the girls in their costumes.

Minion Butterfly’s outfit:

Yellow shirt
Goggles (from above)
No-Sew Tutu

I got the shirt from H&M. The skirt is a basic elastic headband and glittery navy blue tulle that I got from Walmart. I cut the tulle in half to create a thickness of 3″, slide it through one of the holes in the headband and tie. You can opt not to cut it, and it will create a much fuller skirt. Minion Bee’s outfit was the same, except I used basic blue tulle and only went around the headband once. For a full tutorial, click here.


Of course, I mentioned that this was “on the cheap”, so check out this frugality:


4 Tablecloths* – $4
Birthday banner printables – exact price unknown, estimated price $6
32 Minion plates – $4 (on sale regular price – $9)
24 yellow cups* – $2
2 rolls of electrical tape* – $1
2 rolls of black streamers* – $1
16 Minion napkins – $2 (on sale regular price $4)
24 yellow napkins* – $2
48 utensils (pack of spoons, knives and forks)* – $1
6 small pumpkins – $6
2 Minion balloons – $6
6 regular balloons – $7.74
1 roll of yellow ribbon* – $1
Pack of Minion stickers* – $1
Pack of assorted googly eyes – $1.29
2 packs of Minion goggles – $2.58
Yellow spray paint – $3.49

Grand total = $41.10 for all decorations
* = found at the Dollar Tree


Minion Bunny – needed overalls – on sale at Old Navy: $15
Minion Bee – shirt ($4) and tutu ($3): $7
Minion Butterfly – shirt ($4) and tutu ($3): $7

Costume total: $29

Bounce house – $120

Food – $30

Party for 30 people: approximately $230. If I skipped the bounce house, obviously, this would be a lot less. 

What did you think of my decorating on the cheap? What is your last themed party? Do you have a post describing it? Let me know in the comments.

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