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!

How to Talk to Family about Embracing Eco-Friendly Holiday Traditions

Change is hard. Changing a whole family group is harder. It is natural for us to resist change, but as the saying goes: “If we don’t adapt, we die,” or in this case, our family traditions do. 

Think about your family traditions for a minute. How long have they been going on? How often have you made changes to them? The ones that last the longest probably tend to adapt to the changing needs of the family over time. 

In my family, we’ve been thinking and talking a lot about being more Earth-friendly during the holiday season. Think wrapping in reusable fabric instead of piles of discarded wrapping paper and e-holiday cards instead of snail mail ones. Below, I’ll walk through how to introduce a eco-friendly changes to traditions around the holidays and gift-giving to your family. 

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Card Game Party: Euchre Tournament, Countdown & Cribbage

Card Games Badge, Step 3

Step 3 of any badge is to take action and share what you’ve learned with others. To complete Step 3 of the Card Games Badge, we hosted a Neighborhood Euchre Tournament, taught a new friend the game of Countdown, and gave up on Cribbage. You can complete Step 3 of this badge simply by teaching someone a card game or planning a card playing party or tournament.   

As stated previously in the Card Games Research Post I already know how to play Euchre…but hosting a tournament for the neighbors was all new to me.  Some simple research and asking others for advice lead me to create ground rules that worked well for the number of people we had attending and our time frame.  

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