Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)

We are officially two days into December, which means it’s time to break out the holly and jolly, make with the merry, and find ways to bring cheer into the lives of our Scouts. There’s that old saying, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” By December, your Scouts might be feelingContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Gift Exchange and Holiday Party Ideas (Achievements, Too!)”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup

It’s November and, as you would expect here in the Northern hemisphere, the temperatures are steadily dropping. We’ve had some unusually low temperatures in Richmond, and even saw some snow yesterday afternoon. Despite my absolute best effort to pretend it’s still summer (like wearing my Tevas and shorts), there’s no denying that we’re heading intoContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Stuffed Pepper Soup”

Cub Scouts: How to Teach the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids

We all know that a great way to connect with our kids is to get them disconnected from all of their electronics, and that Scouts in particular love a good adventure into the woods. The Aims of Scouting are character development, leadership development, citizenship training, and personal fitness; all of which can be achieved inContinue reading “Cub Scouts: How to Teach the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace Principles for Kids”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie

When I think of “warm and cozy,” I think about a hot mug of coffee, my fleece-lined slippers, and snuggling the doggo on the couch with a bowl of chicken pot pie. I have had zero success making a pie crust that wasn’t either super dry or crumbly, so when I stumbled across an iterationContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Much like my recent post about Warm & Cozy: Healthy, Hearty Turkey Chili, and especially on a rainy fall day like today, I am looking for ways to transition into the new, cooler season with family favorite recipes that perk up even the most morose summer-lover. I made chili two ways this week at theContinue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot White Chicken Chili”

Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot Turkey Chili

The seasons have most definitely changed. Anne of Green Gables kind of says it all, “I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.” This from a firm summer girl. The older I get, the more I appreciate fall, but it takes some time for me to warm up to the idea.Continue reading “Warm & Cozy Recipes: Healthy, Hearty Crockpot Turkey Chili”

A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. John Muir Mountaineer and father of our National Parks, John Muir was an early conservationist, a naturalist, an environmental philosopher, and a lover of mountains. His contributions to the preservation of the American wilderness are most evident on the West Coast, specifically Yosemite andContinue reading “A Mother’s Musings on Natural Tunnel State Park”

Scouting Tech: Syncing Your ScoutBook and Google Calendars

There’s no denying the convenience of the ScoutBook calendar function, especially when it’s organized by Pack and Den events. It can be frustrating to hold your annual Pack Committee planning meeting, determine your upcoming Year in Scouting, load it all into ScoutBook, share the heck out of your calendar, and still have families out ofContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Syncing Your ScoutBook and Google Calendars”

Cub Scouts: Den Chief

No one can pass through life, any more than he can pass through a bit of country, without leaving tracks behind, and those tracks may often be helpful to those coming after him in finding their way. Lord Robert Baden-Powell At it’s very core, Scouting is a program built around guiding youth to become independentContinue reading “Cub Scouts: Den Chief”

Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures

Also see my post, Kids Stuff: All About Geocaching Adventure Labs! Picture it; Suburbia, 2014. I had managed to design a fabulous schedule where I could get the kids out of daycare and work from home full-time. It was a gift, one that changed my life in a number of ways for which I willContinue reading “Kids Stuff: Geocaching Adventures”