How do you raise inspired, self-confident, empowered girls without squelching their creativity, without smothering them with hugs and kisses, without keeping them locked in their room until their 18 in fear of what they might be exposed to? The answer is a lot of patience, a lot of love, and most of all connecting with them on their level through craftiness and fun. We have learned way too many times that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, welcome to our village—where crafty is contagious!
Club ChicaCircle is a fun, entertaining and safe online space for tween girls and their families. We share creative ideas and fun activities for tweens, scout and girl-get-together inspirations, while inviting users to also share their own crafty and creative ideas. Our daughters, Maggie and Miranda, are our inspiration, our number one fans, and our most honest critics. You will see their influence and ideas throughout the site.
It all started with a vision of building a safe, inspiring online space to share with our girls who are growing up so fast and have so much creative energy. Maggie & Miranda who are in their tween years, are too young for Facebook and too old for Webkinz. They are already more computer savvy than we ever imagined – which drove our sideline interest in ChicaCircle to an imperative. What was so novel and high-tech to us at their age – is nowhere near what they have at their disposal today.
Our girls love crafts, YouTube videos, playdates with their friends, soccer and most of all – they still enjoy doing projects with us, their moms. They are fascinated by the Internet – but we are not ready to release them to the full expansiveness of its content. Whether it is time to plan a birthday party or crafty sleepover, help them earn a Girl Scout badge, or start to teach them how to cook – where can they go for inspiration? Club ChicaCircle, of course!
How can we build a site that is interesting to them, as well as us? You are never to old or too young to be crafty together. We know there are loads of crafty moms out there, and we want to hear from you too. We would love to hear your ideas on how you share with your tween. Club ChicaCircle is an ever-expanding community curating creative tween-inspirations from around the Internet and from around the Globe.
Club ChicaCircle is not just for tweens- although all content is intended to be tween-safe with positive can-do attitude ideas and examples. We, as adults and moms, moderate all postings to see if it interests us, as well. We welcome your ideas and thoughts for creative inspiration too.
At Club ChicaCircle, you will find ideas on craft projects, party planning and Girl Scout badge activities. If you want a little help taking your project or party to the next level – check out our shop. We will soon offer craft and party kits to make it easy and fun.
We hope you enjoy Club ChicaCircle as much as Maggie and Miranda.
You can always contact us at:
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Pauline Molinari is the creative magic behind Club ChicaCircle with a long bibliography of young adult & children’s titles bearing her creative talents- whether from art direction or end-to-end production. You will find her titles in all major bookstore chains – usually in the form of a kid’s creative kit (a how-to book bundled with materials to complete the play activity). Her office is filled with pictures of her daughter Maggie, children’s books, coloring tools and paintings (her own). Pauline is based in Mission Viejo, CA, where the sun is almost always shining. Her husband, Peter, thankfully keeps her energized with Starbucks and gourmet cooking.
Lynnee Jimenez manages business operations for Club ChicaCircle. She is most comfortable with her label maker and checklist in hand. Her background in finance and management with companies of all sizes- from start-up mode to Fortune 100- give her grounding. You will find her balancing life with her tween daughter, Miranda, or her twin-toddler sons while also rooting on the University of Illinois teams from afar in Palo Alto, CA. She shares a passion of hiking the Grand Canyon with her husband, Ed.
We are Midwest gals – growing up just outside of Chicago – which exposed us to quilting, crafts, cooking, jello molds and real Chicago Vienna Beef. We are busy, young-at-heart moms with a passion for raising empowered young ladies to become inspired adults.