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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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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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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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Yes, the Fonz kissed little old me – cookie baker.

Henry Winkler came to Bainbridge Island last Sunday to read from his children book series (Hank Zipzer) about a boy with dyslexia.  And I was there handing out My Kids’ Cookies at the event and listening to him speak.

Words to describe him: intelligent, eloquent, funny, entertaining, adorable and engaging.

After speaking about himself, his childhood as a NYC kid in the public school system, his career, his family, Happy Days, and more, he read from his latest (and last) book in the series. Then he sat down to sign autographs.

Over 400 people of all ages showed up to hear him speak and at least half that number got in line for an autograph.  He took time with each person, posed for photos, chatted with the kids and was so very gracious.

Now to explain how I got my kiss.

I gave the Fonz a cookie.  I sent a double rich white chocolate cookie in a gift box back to Mr. Winkler before he was introduced.  While he was busy signing books, I stepped up to take his picture.  He turned to me.  This was our conversation:

Henry: “Hi there, Did you make the cookie?”

Me: “Yes.”

Henry: “Thank you, it was delicious.”

Me: (smiling like a loon.)

At the end of the book signing, I hopped on the line to get my book autographed and get a picture with him.  He pulled me towards him and planted a wonderful kiss on my left cheek.  Then he posed and I got my treasured photo.

Thank you Fonzie!!!

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The following is a letter to the editor of the Bainbridge Review:

Cancer benefit proves to be a huge success – On March 19 at Grace Church, over 400 people gathered to share hope.  Bill and I were so thankful that such a large circle of friends and community gathered to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research and treatment.

At last count, our donations exceeded $100,000 and were still climbing! We were astounded and so proud of everyone’s efforts to raise this much money for Dr. Jim Olson’s lab.  The energy and the love present among all those heroes at Grace that night was palpable.

Special thanks go to our speakers who spoke of hope and heroes: mountaineer Ed Viesturs, brain cancer survivor Cheryl Broyles, and Dr. Olson, pediatric oncologist/researcher, whose lab in Seattle ws the benefactor of Hannah’s Hopefull Hearts. Bill Harper of Grace Church moderated the evening’s program while John Kaminski ran the successful paddle call for donations.

We were very grateful to these local businesses and individuals who sponsored HHH, enabling us to host such a wonderful evening: caterer Sharilyn Nodsle of Seasons of Thyme Catering, Grace Church, the Wilson family, the Helm-Pitinga family, Town & Country Market, Bainbridge Bakers, My Kids’ Cookies, Pegasus Coffee, BI Taxi, cycling instructor Kathi McMahon and Island Fitness, and Connie Mears of The Bainbridge Review.

For two and a half years, since our daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, we have been deeply touched by countless acts of kindess and love towards our family.  Hannah’s Hopeful Hearts provided an even bigger way for friends and community to give in a way which will go directly to the fight against childhood cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Olson Lab.

Even though brain cancer has been our family’s worst nightmare, we are blessed to live on an island where love and compassion are alive and well, giving an 11-year old girl and her family HOPE.

With deep gratitude, Hannah, Andrew, Ryan, Adam, Alexis, Reba and Bill Hunt

The kindness and generosity of people is amazing.

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There’s a new website in town – BainbridgeBusinessWomen.com.

Bainbridge Island, WA, located in Puget Sound west of Seattle, is a short ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  Although our island is small (just over 23,000 people and approximately 9400 families) that’ s still alot of buying power.  (Most recent demographics on Bainbridge.)

The brainchild of me – Barbara Reininger (My Kids’ Cookies) – Bainbridge Island has an abundance of women owned businesses.

It began as a small idea.  After purchasing a listing in an annual publication in the Bainbridge Review called Women in Business, I decided to hold a get together inviting all the other women that were in the publication.  I soon realized that there were many, many more Bainbridge business women that either didn’t know about the annual list or choose to use their marketing dollars in other ways.   The next networking meeting was open to any B.I. business woman.  Word spread and soon there were lots of female entrepreneurs who wanted to be part of this growing group.

In a past life (pre-cookie baker), I worked in the domain industry.  So, I purchased yet another domain (50+ domains and growing), with the idea of creating an inclusive comprehensive resource for finding whatever you need on Bainbridge Island, while also creating a way to advertise and support other island women owned businesses.

While I’m pretty darn great at baking, creating an attractive and functional website was beyond my range of skills.  Along came Debbie Hulbert, Executive Insight, Inc. Another B.I. business women, she graciously offered to join technology forces with me and create the website.  The result is Bainbridge Island’s resource for women-owned products and services.  From cookies to CPAs, we hope you find what you’re looking for.

Wander our site and see the variety of products and services you can get on the island.  We’d love to get every business listed on the site.  Pretty simple membership requirements: be a woman and own a B.I. business.  If you know of someone that should be listed, point them our way.  If you find a local business through the site, let the owner know how you found them.  And thanks for taking your time to read about our new resource site.

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