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Hi world.  After starting, and selling, My Kids’ Cookies, I now am happy to announce that I’ve started a new business – www.RescueDogCookies.com.  Please check out my new site.  If you like, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook and tell your friends about us and how we support shelters that rescue dogs until they can find their forever homes.  Thanks.

If you have a dog you have rescued and/or a shelter you think does a great job of helping dogs find homes, let us know and we’ll add your dog’s photo or the shelter’s link to our site.

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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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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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Experience the joy of a cookie baking party by clicking on our baking party slide show – http://mykidscookies.com/BakingParty.html.

I smile every time there is a baking party here at My Kids’ Cookies Shop.  The kids are always so happy to be allowed to bake in a professional kitchen.  Everyone gets a spoon to taste the dough before it gets scooped onto big baking sheets.  Everyone gets to be creative with how big or small they want their cookies to be.  Everyone goes home with a box filled with the cookies they’ve baked.  Everyone leaves happy.

Kids and cookies – they go together so very well.

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Kids birthdays are milestones in a Mom’s eye.  Turning 1, big party, everyone’s invited.  The guest of honor has no clue what’s going on.  But Mom is happy, exhausted from cleaning the house for the party and cooking up a storm, and glad to be surrounded by family and friends.

A few years later, the party is now at Chuck E. Cheese where youngsters run around and get crazy climbing and playing.  Pizza is served, candles are blown out, cake is passed to everyone.  The guest of honor definitely knows what’s going on as she happily rips open gifts.  Mom is happy, exhausted from watching all the party goers whose parents have dropped them off and are having a coffee break somewhere away from screaming kids, and hoping that Dad is on top of the list of gifts and names for the thank you’s that she’ll have to write.

By 4th grade or so, Mom’s planned a movie party (PG of course).  Everyone invited gets a concession snack pack (popcorn, soda, candy).   The theater is dark, the kids are somewhat quiet.  Mom is happy, exhausted from chauffeuring the kids in the mini-van, doing a head count to make sure everyone is accounted for and regularly checking that no one is choking on popcorn.

Jump to 8th grade. A sleep over for 10.  The doorbell rings and girls swarm in with sleeping bags, pillows, squealing and hugs.  Mom hunkers down for the duration of the invasion.  Pizza is ordered, the classic potato chips and onion dip are consumed (lots by Mom to get through the next few hours). There’s a movie on the t.v. in the family that no one is watching.  Doors slam.  Wii Rock Band and the assorted band members are pounding out a song from Mom’s youth.  The teenagers look at Mom like she’s got two heads when she starts singing along because they’re playing Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who (her favorite band when she was in 8th grade.)  It’s 2 am and after assorted empty threats, Mom gives up on getting everyone to sleep before her.  She says good night, gives them a 3am deadline for lights out, and heads to her bedroom.  Mom’s happy, exhausted (since she knows that there will be numerous menu requests for breakfast in the morning and her short order cook hat will be slipping off her head into the pancake bowl) and falls asleep reminiscing about her 8th grade birthday party.

Life really is good for a Mom.

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