Eco Holiday Badge (and a Challenge)

Our next badge is the Eco Holiday Hero Badge! This badge is so important to us, we are devoting the whole month of November to exploring the topic of sustainable holidays.

Join us over the next month as we learn about the impact our holiday traditions have on the environment, easy Earth-friendly alternatives for the harmful holiday-habits we currently have, and how to get our families on board with making changes to our holiday traditions. We will also discuss the many benefits an Earth-friendly holiday brings to all of us! We’ll make DIY gifts, seek out presents that promote sustainability, and shop local. We will speak to experts on sustainable holidays and share a long list of experiences you can give instead of traditional gifts.

Along with this badge, we are issuing an Eco Holiday Challenge. We challenge you to make your holidays a bit greener this year by following a few simple guidelines.

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Moon-Themed Party and Waning Moon Ceremony

Moon Explorer Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the moon explorer badge, we hosted a moon party that consisted of magnificent moon snacks and mesmerizing moon information. We then did some moon yoga, and a waning moon ceremony. We shared all of this with a high school girl scout troop who were having an evening get together.  They were the perfect audience.

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Moon Research: History, Rituals, and Legends

Moon Exporer Badge, Step 1

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The mysterious moon has been the subject of wonder for thousands of years. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the science and the supernatural surrounding the moon!

Step 1 of the Moon Explorer Badge led us on a moon research journey. We learned basic moon facts, read about moon landings and walkers, explored the moon phases and rituals, and of course had to learn about werewolves! For Step 2, we visited our local planetarium and attend a Moon Fest.

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Cozy Fall Cocktails: Apple Pie Martini & Vegan White Russian

Mixology Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the Mixology Badge, we taught family and friends to make two cozy fall cocktail drinks: an Apple Pie Martini and a vegan White Russian! Step 3 of any badge is to take action and share what you’ve learned with others.

We completed this badge by hosting several events – E had friends over one night after work for cocktails, we showed family how to make fall cocktails before a frigid and wet high school football game, and we had apple pie martinis at our annual family “fall fest.” All three events benefited from the fun of making cocktails and a little social lubricant. Below, we show you how to make these two fall drinks and share how we set up our supplies for teaching others.

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Cocktail Making Class

Mixology Badge, Step 2

To complete Step 2 of the Mixology Badge we took a cocktail making class at our local distillery, Red Cedar Spirits! We learned to make the “Bourbon Bun” and an “Apple Pie Martini.”

Step 2 of any badge is to learn from others. Taking an organized class is a great way to do this step if you can find one! Many distilleries offer cocktail making classes a couple times per year. You may also be able to find one on Airbnb Experiences

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Mixology Research: Cocktail History and Tools

Mixology Badge, Step 1

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We had a great time learning all about wine in our first Badge! It upped our wine knowledge immensely and tastings have been more fun as a result. We knew another alcohol-based badge was in our future. We are excited to learn all about cocktail history and how to master the art of mixology!

This badge is a natural fit with my love for hosting gatherings. A gathering with cocktails automatically elevates the event and makes it a bit more special! In this post, you will learn some basic cocktail and mixology history from our research. We will look into common mixology tools (is shaken really better than stirred?) and share fun facts about other cocktail accessories!

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Mixology Badge

We are very excited to announce our next badge… Mixology! Mixology is “the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.” Join us over the next two weeks as we learn the history of cocktails, figure out what various bar tending tools are used for, take a cocktail making class at a local distillery, and host a cocktail party!

If you are interested in earning the Mixology Badge, follow along and complete the steps with us. The Mixology Badge taught us tips for making delicious cocktails and showed us the history of cocktails from Europe to the US and the Caribbean.

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Care Package Packing Party!

Care Package and Correspondence Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the Care Package and Correspondence Badge, we got together for a care package packing party! Kate has tons of great craft supplies, so we met up at her house one night after we had gathered supplies for our care package contents. Below we share care package ideas for fall, college students, and new homeowners.

Kate made a Halloween care package, fall birthday care package, cookie baking care package for a college student (her daughter), and a blue themed care package. I made a first-year college student care package and a new homeowners care package. We captured our progress on our Instagram stories. You can find those videos archived in the Care Package highlight on our main page.

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Care Package Interview: Tips from an Expert!

Care Packages and Correspondence Badge, Step 2

To complete Step 2 of the Care Package and Correspondence Badge we learned from an expert!

Inspired by her designs on Pinterest, we reached out to Rachel from Countdowns and Cupcakes to see if she’d talk with us about care packages. We were delighted that she agreed. She shared care package tips, tricks, and even some mishaps. You can watch a video of our talk with Rachel below. 

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Care Packages and Correspondence Research: History and Tips

Care Packages and Correspondence Badge, Step 1

Do you know anyone who could use a care package to brighten their day?  Join us as we dive into the interesting history of CARE packages, research what makes a good care package, gather ideas for putting them together, and look into the science of correspondence and maintaining relationships.

Care Packages and the art of sending them entered my life last summer as I was preparing myself to send my oldest daughter away to college.  Yes, she was only going to a school that was 100 miles away… but Care Packages from home were a must do for any great parent, right?  

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