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Would you believe…. that one of My Kids is turning 17? 

Would you believe… for Christmas we adopted Max, a 9 year tabby from our local shelter?

Would you believe… my daughter suggested that instead of our normal My Kids’ Cookies sale for her birthday, we donate a portion of sales to PAWS of Bainbridge Island so that other pets like Max can continue to be cared for until they find their new home?

Would you believe… for all online orders placed from now through Friday, January 14th, we’ll be donating 17% of sales to PAWS?

Would you believe…you can get a free cookie for your dog? For local pet lovers, drop off canned or bagged pet food at our cookie shop during January. We’ll drop it off at PAWS for you and your donation will earn you a free dog cookie for your favorite pooch.  We’re located at 400 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, WA.

Would you believe… I love my kids, cookies and pets?

Barbara Reininger
My Kids’ Cookies

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What’s better than eating bread pudding? Eating bread pudding and helping others too..

That’s what the 5th Annual Bainbridge Island Pro-Am Bread Pudding Bake-Off is all about. After skipping last year, it’s once again time to enter this fun contest that benefits Helpline House.

Mark you calendars and get your entry form ready. You can pick up entry forms at My Kids’ Cookies & Coffee Shop or The Island Gallery (right next door) – both on the corner of Winslow & Ericksen in downtown Bainbridge Island.

You don’t have to enter a bread pudding to have fun. Just come with an empty stomach and an open heart and you can taste away the evening of the event.  And, since we do Chicago politics, you can stuff the ballot box for your favorite entry.  Remember, it’s all in fun and for a great cause.

Contest is Friday, February 4th from 6-8pm
All amateur entries must be prepped and baked in My Kids’ Cookies kitchen on 2/3 or 2/4.  Reserve your time slot soon by calling 206-780-3091

$20/entry fee
$1/per tasting fee at the event

All proceeds benefit Helpline House.  Any questions, feel free to call and ask – 206-780-3091.

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Join the celebration this Saturday, November 27th, and support your locally owned, independent businesses as downtown Winslow celebrates SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY on Bainbridge Island.

Small businesses across the country are joining more than a dozen advocacy, public, and private organizations in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday recognizes the importance of small businesses to the overall economy and local communities, emphasizing  that small business is the heartbeat of local communities and the engine of the US economy and serving as a day to support the small, independently owned businesses that help preserve the unique character of our towns’ main streets across America.

Over the past two decades, small businesses created 65 percent of net new jobs. In addition, for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.

Here are the top five reasons to support a small business on Small Business Saturday:

Pass these five reasons around your community —

1. Buying local creates jobs:

We all want more jobs, but no one seems to be able to create them.  Buying  local is YOUR chance to do something about it.

Did you know that half of all employees in the U.S. work for small business, and that small businesses create 60 percent of all new jobs? By participating in Small Business Saturday you foster job creation in a very real and tangible way.  Buy local, create a job.

2. Small business fosters community:

If you go downtown in your city, the community you will likely find is one of small business owners. When a downtown has a bustling small business district, it is usually said there is a strong community there. By buying local then, and supporting your neighborhood small businesses, you are fostering a strong community in your community.

3. Buying local keeps the dream alive:

A small business is someone’s dream.  Being an entrepreneur is a risky enterprise that usually happens when someone’s passion is so overpowering they cannot help but start their own business.

By supporting small business, you are allowing someone to live the dream another day.

4. Buying local boosts your local economy:

There is an economic ripple effect that occurs when you support a small business.  First of all, as indicated, it fosters jobs; the owner needs to hire people to service his customers.

But the economic ripple goes far beyond that. There are the employees with money in their pocket; they spend that money with other small businesses. Moreover, there is the business owner with profit in her pocket. She spends that on buying more goods to sell, on taking care of her family, and on growing her business. Then, there is the business. That business pays taxes, which helps build roads and fund schools and the police.

Buying local creates an economic cycle that helps everyone.

5. Buying local creates a ripple in society: Think about throwing a pebble into a still pond. It creates a concentric circle that starts small and then ripples out bigger and bigger, right? Well, that is exactly what happens when you support a local small business, and this ripple is different than the economic ripple. This is a spiritual/psychological ripple.

When a small business person succeeds, it is noticed. It may be a child who sees that dreams do come true. Or it may be the entrepreneur’s neighbor, who sees the successes and decides that he could do it too. The ripple grows.

One successful small business begets others. New entrepreneurs create more entrepreneurs. Enthusiasm breeds imitation. Suddenly, that blighted block downtown is bustling with energy.

And it all starts, literally, when you choose to spend some money at a local small business.

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Project Wishbone & Project Dog Bone = Free My Kids/Dogs Cookies

On Bainbridge Island, we’re fortunate to have two local organizations that provide wonderful help and service to human and pets –  Helpline House and PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.

A small way we’re able to help these organizations is to encourage generosity in others.  We can do that through baking.  From now until Thanksgiving, My Kids’ Cookies is sweetening the incentive to support these organizations.  Anyone that brings in canned food donations for people or pets will get a FREE cookie for them or their dog.  And we’ll drop all the donations off to the organizations in time for Thanksgiving dinner.

Wishing everyone a bountiful Thanksgiving!

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There’s a nice piece in a local paper about our new retail location right in downtown Winslow on Bainbridge Island.    My Kids’ Cookies Takes the Retail Plunge.

We also are smiling over the fun art work on our walls.  Nationally known local artist Sally Prangley has bedecked our walls with her whimsical mirrors and clocks.  You can visit our shop and head home with treats for your belly and your walls.

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We’re thrilled to be among the 2010 Best of Bainbridge winners. Bainbridge Islanders voted My Kids’ Cookies in the Best Desserts and the Best Places to Host a Kid’s Birthday categories. Thanks to everyone that enjoys our treats and our birthday parties.

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This is the fourth year I’ve taken my kids to sleep away camp.  Now full into their teen years (16/15), they seem to have reached the point where my entertaining them during the lazy summer months is over.  Give them a laptop and Wii and they’re content to spend the days zoning in front of one or the other, that is after sleeping until whenever (an early rise is around 11am). Which is why I’m glad that they go to camp – a forced fresh air and technology free zone.

So, for the fourth year, my husband and I are seeing the distant signs of what it will be like to be empty nesters.  Yes, I have 3 years until my youngest is off to college, but…

The first time they went off, hubby and I looked at each other and thought – now what?  With the world revolving around raising your kids, it’s not that often you get free time, especially an extended amount of it.

Now that we’ve settled into our annual 3 week vacation from parenting, it’s wonderfully relaxing.  Obviously, all the ‘no-things’ are great: NO laundry, NO cooking, NO stray socks/dirty dishes/wet towels/crumbs where they shouldn’t be.  We’re enjoying some ‘relationship’ time that we look forward to and enjoy.

However, the silver lining has a cloud.  We see the beginning of the end of one stage of our lives – the day to day life of parenting.  This is the part of parenting that you don’t realize will affect you until it happens.  While it’s still a few years away, we seem to be going faster down that road.  A 3 week camp stay will morph into a few months away from home for the semester.  Then it will be occasional weekends when they’ll come home for a visit.  All of which is the life of a mom on the inevitable path to having grown children. Sigh.

For today, I’ll sit back and enjoy my 3 weeks off and then embrace them with a vengeance when they come home, thankful for the years I have left before the nest truly is empty.

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