Barista Badge

Our next badge captures the aroma of a lazy weekend morning. We are excited to announce that our next badge is focused on coffee! A barista is a person who prepares and serves coffee drinks. In this badge, we focus on more than just making coffee drinks, but the history of coffee, the flavor profiles of coffee, and the tools and terminology associated with coffee. And of course, we will teach you to make some great coffee drinks. We also invite you to follow along with us as we go to a “cupping” or coffee tasting class.

If you are interested in earning the Barista Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us.

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Creating a Home Yoga Studio

Step 3: Yogi Badge

Doing yoga at home is a special kind of satisfying. There is nothing like contorting your body into new shapes in the privacy of your own home. Home yoga is even better when you have everything you need for a yoga session at your finger tips.

As Elizabeth and I were working on our Yogi Badge I realized I was missing something that could really up my yogi game. A dedicated space to practice yoga right in my own home! A quick search gave us lots of inspiration and we were ready to create yoga spaces in our own homes.

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DIY Yoga Mat Bag

Yogi Badge, Step 3

Katie and I learned to sew when we were little kids. Making something from scratch is such a satisfying and gratifying feeling. When my old yoga mat bag was too small for my new, thicker mat, my first thought was to make a new one, custom fit to my mat! We created a video to show you how to make one too. This is a very easy project with no zippers, complicated patterns, or difficult stitching involved. You could even sew one by hand if you want!

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30 Days of Yoga

Yogi Badge, Step 2

Because Elizabeth and I have taken many different yoga classes over the years, we decided to do an at-home 30 day yoga challenge for our Step 2 of the Yogi Badge. YouTuber Adriene Mishler offers a free 30 Day Yoga program every January to her viewers. Because we strategically planned this badge to coincide with the new year this was the perfect option for our Step 2 of the Yogi Badge.

In Step 1 of the Yogi Badge we researched the ancient history, types, and terminology of yoga. Read all about it here. We also dove into the benefits of yoga and basic poses. We were ready to move past the research and focus fully on the practice of yoga. As we entered 2020, you could say that we were ready for a challenge. One that would benefit our mind, body, and spirit.

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Common Yoga Poses and Benefits

Yogi Badge, Step 1

The benefits of yoga poses are many. Regular practice benefits yogis both physically and mentally. This “feel good” result keeps bringing people (us included!) back to the mat to engage in this ancient practice.

Interested in learning more about the ancient practice of yoga? Our last post covered the history and types of yoga and yoga terminology.

In today’s post, we discuss the benefits of yoga and the common postures associated with the practice.

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Yoga History, Types, and Terminology

Yogi Badge, Step 1

As winter sets in we naturally slow down, take inventory, and reflect on life. Some associate this time of year with increased focus on self-improvement and better health. Yoga practice provides an excellent opportunity to cover all of these bases.

We have been yogi’s (that is, someone who practices yoga) for many years. I still fondly remember my first yoga classes at the library of our local public school. The dim lights, soft music, and refreshing stretches were just what a frazzled mom needed. I was hooked. Although I love the yoga classes of today, learning about yoga’s very long and rich history for our Yogi Badge felt like an overwhelming task. But I did it! And I boiled it down to the good stuff for you. Join us as we stretch and dip our toes into the ocean of yoga history, different types of yoga practiced today, and commonly used yoga terminology.

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Yogi Badge

Just in time for a fresh start in a new year, our next badge is all about yoga! Join us as we earn the Yogi Badge over the next couple weeks. We’ll cover the timeline, types, and terminology of yoga. We’ll explore the many benefits of yoga and learn some beginner and basic poses. Then, we’ll take a 30-day yoga challenge and let you know how it goes, how we feel, and what we learned. Finally, we’ll create custom and easy-to-make yoga mat bags and design and set up dedicated yoga space in our homes.

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Highlights from 6 Months of Earning Badges

The past 6 months have been a blast. We earned 11 badges on topics ranging from travel to wine tasting to cookie decorating. To celebrate, we put together a video recapping our experiences earning badges over the past half-year. We describe what stuck with us from each badge, the highlights of each badge, and even a badge fail or two! Scroll down to watch the video or click on any of the badge icons below to learn more about the topic.

Earning these 11 badges has taught us a ton. What badges do you think we should complete over the next 6 months? We would love to hear your ideas. Comment below, send us a message, or reach out on Facebook or Instagram!

Tracking Yearly Goals in a Bullet Journal

Journaling Badge, Step 3

Katie and I have been setting a whole mess of yearly goals for the past three years. We’ve been diligently tracking our progress toward those goals in our Bullet Journals, which I truly believe has increased our ability to achieve them. In this post, we’ll share how we are tracking our 20 goals for 2020, give you some ideas for yearly goals in case you haven’t set any yet or just are curious about our goals, and recap our success in achieving 2019’s goals.

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Gift Idea: Give the Gift of Journaling

Journaling Badge, Step 3

My favorite gifts to give are things I love and use myself. After reflecting on all the journals we keep, and the many benefits of journaling, we thought it would be nice to give the gift of journaling to others.

To complete Step 3 of the Journaling Badge , we decided to gift a few journals to some very special people. We visited a local bookstore to peruse the many journal options available. We found a few perfect journals that felt right for our friends. Then, we created a card to send along with the journals to make the gift of journaling personal.

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