Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!

Ah yes. September. The season of snowflakes, jingle bells, Hallmark movies, and… HOLD UP! When it comes to Christmas countdowns, my attitude sits firmly between Yosemite Sam and Scrooge. It doesn’t bring me joy to know there are 110 days until Christmas. School has just started, it’s still technically summer, and people are already neckContinue reading “Elfcapades & Hijinks: Tips, Tricks, and Calendars!”

Cub Scouts: Rank Tracking Sheets

Here we are – the beginning of a brand new Year in Scouting! Surely you’ve set goals for your Den and yourself as a Leader (right?) and are excited to kick off the year with fun, engaging, interesting meetings and activities. There’s a leadership motto in Scouting that I need all of you to reciteContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Rank Tracking Sheets”

Sheet Pan Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple and Veggies

Our family LOVES salmon! It is in my weekly meal plan in one form or another; usually as salmon patties, sometimes as a sheet pan recipe. Coming up with new, healthy and interesting recipes is always a challenge, especially when I try to find ways to make those recipes fit our crazy schedule. We’ve beenContinue reading “Sheet Pan Dinner: Teriyaki Salmon with Pineapple and Veggies”

A Mother’s Musings of Westmoreland State Park

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. – Albert Einstein One of the goals of this blog is to thoughtfully share the experiences and adventures my family embarks upon that I truly believe bring us closer to one another in the hopes that I inspire other families to go outside andContinue reading “A Mother’s Musings of Westmoreland State Park”

Room Parent Survival: The Basics

Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort.– Walt Disney It’s true, people, we are in this thing together so we may as well learn from one another. This is my 9th straight year serving in the role of Room Parent in my kids classrooms and, since the youngestContinue reading “Room Parent Survival: The Basics”

Cub Scouts Bobcat

5 Tips for Setting-Up New Scouts to Successfully Earn Their First Rank Until the introduction of the Lions program in the last several years, the Bobcat Rank was the very first rank your Scout could earn in the Cub Scouting program. Introduced in 1938, the “Bob Cat pin” was intended to serve as an entry-levelContinue reading “Cub Scouts Bobcat”

Sheet Pan Dinner: BBQ Turkey Kielbasa and Veggies

One of the greatest challenges busy families face is sitting down together for a healthy meal. I don’t need to list all of the scheduling issues that get in the way, we’re all intimately familiar with what they are. According to a data brief published by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2018, betweenContinue reading “Sheet Pan Dinner: BBQ Turkey Kielbasa and Veggies”

Start Smart: Adventures in Student Planning

For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. -Benjamin Franklin For summer-loving kids, there are very few consolations for the end of these warm vacation months; new sneakers, school supplies, and seeing friends on the first day are the long list, and feeling nervous about being unprepared or overwhelmed sucks the joy outContinue reading “Start Smart: Adventures in Student Planning”

Cub Scouts: Den Leader Binder Organization Tips

Sure, I’m a Scouter, but first I’m a nerd. Two of my favorite things are Tolkien and organization, which alone should paint a fairly accurate picture of who it is that’s advising you right now. Do you remember being a kid and getting brand new school supplies? It was exhilarating and took the edge offContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Den Leader Binder Organization Tips”

The Age of Bags: Why my Kavu Mini is a back and life saver!

We are in the age of bags. I have a bag in my coat closet that’s full of other bags. It’s a thing that happens to women when they become mothers because you’re suddenly incapable of schlepping around everybody’s stuff in your purse. At first you start using your baby bag to carry everything forContinue reading “The Age of Bags: Why my Kavu Mini is a back and life saver!”