Hand Lettering and Bullet Journaling Class

Journaling Badge, Step 2

Looking at beautiful hand lettering pieces brings me such joy, so when we were looking for a class to “learn from others” about journaling, we thought a Bullet Journal or hand lettering class would be perfect. In Chicago, the land of many classes, we were able to find one that allowed us to do both! With a little water color painting lesson thrown in to boot.

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Benefits of Journaling and Types of Journals

Journaling Badge, Step 1 Part 2

So far we’ve learned the difference between a diary and a journal, about famous journal keepers like Darwin, and about the history of journaling. Today we will be discussing the benefits of journaling for adults and students and the many different types of journals. We also take a trip to our local bookshop to check out their journal selection.

The benefits of practicing journaling on a regular basis are numerous. Read on to find out what they are and be sure to watch our video below to learn how journaling has benefitted us personally.

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The History of Journaling and Famous Journals

Journaling Badge, Step 1

This week we are excited to learn all about the long history of journaling, the many benefits journaling provides, different types of journals, and some very famous journals that have been turned into books and movies! Later we will be taking a lettering class to incorporate some new skills into our bullet journaling repertoire. To finish off the Journaling Badge, we will select the perfect journal to gift to some very special people!

We have been journaling in one form or another for many years. Recently, we have been obsessed with Bullet Journaling and its creative and flexible format. A recent trip to our local bookshop introduced us to the many different types of journals available today. There seems to be a journal for every personality type out there! This post will cover the history of journaling, famous journal keepers, and books and movies inspired by journals.

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Journaling Badge

Our next badge was inspired by our desire to dig deeper into a practice we already enjoy: journaling. Doing the research for our Journaling Badge taught us about different types of journals people keep, the benefits of daily journaling, and the history of when humans started keeping journals. We learn about a few famous journal-keepers and the first published journals.

Join us over the next two weeks as we learn about the benefits and history of journaling, take a hand lettering class in Chicago, and give the gift of journaling to a few loved ones. We’ll share with you our favorite types of journals to keep and take you along on our hand lettering class.

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Vegan Spritz Cookies

As we are working on the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, I thought it would be fun to take a dive into one of our family’s favorite cookies: the Spritz Cookie. These almond flavored cookies are synonymous with Christmas to me! Turns out, they are a Christmas favorite for many others as well. Read on to learn more about Spritz Cookies and watch the video below to hear about our family tradition, see how to make Spritz Cookies yourself, and learn how we’ve managed to veganize this holiday classic.

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Cookie Baking Party Tips

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 3

To complete Step 3 of the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, we got together for a cookie baking party! We gathered a few family members and baked Snickerdoodles, Mexican Wedding Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies, Spritz Cookies, and Iced Sugar Cookies. Read on and watch the video below to hear our tips for hosting your own cookie baking party.

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Cookie Decorating Class

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 2

To complete Step 2 of the Cookie Connoisseur Badge we took a cookie decorating class at a local coffee shop! Emilee from Wildflour Cookie Co. taught us how to use royal icing in various colors to create borders and fill in the cookies. In cookie connoisseur terminology this is called “pipe and fill”. Emilee is beyond talented and her Instagram is pure joy. Go check it out for some cookie inspiration!

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! Cookie decorating classes seem to be plentiful these days and are also offered as e-courses online. You could also take a class that teaches you how to bake various types of cookies.

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Holiday Curiosities

On Fridays, we share a roundup of what we’ve been learning, watching, reading, and listening to outside of our badge topic for the week. We call this feature “Friday Curiosities” and this black cat is our curiosity mascot of sorts! Since we are in the midst of our holiday season, we thought it would be fun to post a holiday-themed curiosities roundup about holiday traditions and other questions we have about the holidays.

This edition of Friday Curiosities covers the holiday tradition of wassailing, a creepy holiday character, baby Yoda and Life Day, and holiday traditions around the globe.

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Cookie Research: History, Techniques, and Fun Facts

Cookie Connoisseur Badge, Step 1

cookie connoisseur badge

We are full swing into the holiday season around here. We can’t think of a better time to earn a badge all about cookies! We love everything cookies: cookie baking, cookie decorating, cookie tasting, cookie giving, and cookie swapping!

Although we’ve been cookie fans for a very long time, we did not know much about the history of cookies, how cookie recipes have changed over time, or how to decorate with royal icing. Join us as we become cookie connoisseurs! Follow along and research your favorite cookies, practice cookie decorating with royal icing, and learn some exciting cookie history and fun facts.

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Cookie Connoisseur Badge

Just in time for holiday baking, our next badge is the Cookie Connoisseur Badge! Join us over the next couple weeks as we learn the history of cookie baking, tips and techniques for decorating cookies, and how holiday baking has evolved over the years.

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

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