I just got back from my very first time camping with my Girl Scout troop as a Troop Leader. Although my whole body is sore and I could've used about four more hours of sleep this morning, I had a blast! My girls are Brownies and it was their first time at camp and their first overnight as a troop. It was a pre-programmed event held at a Girl Scout property. We are lucky enough to be a 40-minute drive away from a Girl Scout camp. I am very sad to find out that they have the place for sale and this is the last year they'll be able to have programming at the camp. Next year we'll have to drive almost two hours!
Tarot cards evoke a range of different emotions in people. Some people think they are a powerful tool of their religion, while other people think they are tools of the devil. If you're a nonbeliever like me, you might be slightly annoyed at tarot cards because the charlatans they so often represent. But I'd like to take a chance to paint tarot cards in a different light: a powerful tool for self-reflection and journaling. If you don't believe in spirits and mysticism, then tarot cards are basically playing cards. They have four suits with numbers and a court (king, queen, etc). Then, there are 22 more cards that tell a story and represent different points on the journey of life.
In the meantime, I feel like I need to do more fun things at home, as well. My boys don't really need me to make up fun stuff for them to do. They're teenagers, so they don't appreciate craft time the way my 8-year-old daughter does. My almost-two-year-old sings along to almost every single Sofia the First song, so we've been watching more than our share of Netflix this summer. As always, I've gone to Pinterest for inspiration. I had some ideas on an old board I pinned some time in the past, and I found some new ideas. Check them out:
I was very excited to make Red Pepper Pasta. I discovered butternut pasta recently, which was amazing. That lead me to avocado pasta, an instant family favorite that I'm going to be making way more than I should. With these veggie-pasta creations under my belt, I thought Red Pepper Pasta was going to be amazing! But we all say meh. We ate it and we were full, but we didn't love it. I think I could have done a better job. I had a bag with shallots in it that I ordered on Monday, but I searched high and low and could not find them anywhere. So I ended up using dried shallots, and I might have added too many.
I don't remember ever NOT wanting to be a novelist. I always assumed I'd need a day job, too, but ever since I was a little kid I wanted to write books. I've lost track of the number of manuscripts I've started and discarded. Maybe about five serious attempts. I write 50-150 pages, set it… Continue reading My Plan to Finally Get This Novel Written
I'm excited about this week's meal plan. Only one recipe is a recipe that I've made for my family before, so I've got four new challenges this week.
Basically, all you have to do is pick different ingredients across a range of categories: oats, sweetener, fruits, nuts, extra add-ins, and stuff to hold it together (like butter or peanut butter). You mix it all together and then bake it until it's brown. Since it's so customizable, it's fun, easy to do with whatever you happen to have on hand, and interactive for your kids. It's also so easy to make your kids could pretty much do it themselves with a little oven help.
I love bullet journaling and there is no tool, app, thing, or system I've ever used that has made me feel more productive + happy + energized + optimistic about life in general. When I was in college, I used a detailed to-do list system that was actually quite similar to the original, minimalist bullet journal the system was inspired by. Now, I love to use more intricate designs and spreads that I'll come back to again and again. I'm about to move into a new bullet journal. I want to share with you the system I'm currently using to organize my life centered around my goals and the things I want to achieve.
Baked Pesto Chicken- This first time I made it, I used the same kind of tomatoes that Kristyn did. This time, I used some tomatoes left over from a recipe I made earlier in the week. I liked the original recipe better because these grape tomatoes were a little too sweet. It's a super easy recipe to make. You just arrange the ingredients in your pan and bake it, no babysitting required.
I've dabbled and experimented with lots of different ways to organize my bullet journal. I love to think up different systems, spreads, and sections. But the truth is that I love to come up with new rules more than I like to live by the old ones. My bullet journal becomes a compost pile of the things running around inside my head and I constantly want to move it around and examine it.