Girl Scouts, Kids Activities

My First Overnight Camp With My Girl Scout Troops!

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!

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Bullet Journal, Self Reflection

How To Use Tarot Cards for Self Reflection and Journaling

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. 

Kids Activities, Pinterest Inspired

5 Pinterest-Inspired Boredom Busters For That Mid Summer Stretch

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:

Pinterest Inspired, What's Cooking

Red Pepper Pasta: Meh, Says My Family

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.

Bullet Journal, Goal Setting, Writing

My Plan to Finally Get This Novel Written

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

Pinterest Inspired

Homemade Granola Is A Smash Hit

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.