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Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

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Topics: Arizona,art,crafts,photographs

Flower Fun Spring Photos

I’ve been spending the last several days with my daughters playing around with our green screened photographs from the photo shoots we’ve had recently.  Here are a couple fun pics of them in flowers (and we got even better ones of our friends!).  Happy Spring! 🙂

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Topics: art trading cards,ATCs,games,Girl Scouts,homeschooling,how to,Unschooling

How to: Make Your Own Board Game

Come up with an idea: What are your interests?  Love flowers, animals, movies, baseball?  Choose whatever your fancy is and that can be the theme for your board game.  Combine ideas if it would make for a fun game. Make the board: This can be the really fun part.  The board itself can be made […]

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Topics: crafts,Girl Scouts,holidays,how to,photographs,Unschooling

How to Make: Moon Cycle Calendar 2009

For the Solstice this year, I’ve decided to make Lunar Calendars with my older Girl Scouts.  I went back and forth several times on how to do this and decided to do the following: Cut out one of each of the moon cycles from Science Netlinks. [Hint: number the moons and draw up arrows on […]

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Topics: crafts,Girl Scouts

How to: Make a Super Cool Zipper Purse

I made up the following directions, based on experimentation. For my older Girl Scout troop of 10-13 year olds, each girl took 3-4 hours to make her purse. None were very experienced at sewing, so consider this a “beginners” how-to (I just made two purses with flaps in about 3 hours time – writing this […]

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Topics: Girl Scouts

Merit Badges for ME

I’ve been a Girl Scout Leader now for seven years. Three or four years ago, my troop got together and surprised me with a vest of my own. I’d made little off hand comments to the parents and girls about how I wished I could earn badges, too. They are all so pretty and I […]

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Topics: art,crafts,Girl Scouts,homeschooling,how to,Unschooling

How to: Make a Super Cool Sewn Checkered Pillow

I’ve been enjoying making pillows since I was twelve and received my first sewing machine. I’ve recently shared my love of pillow making with my Girl Scout troops. We made simple 4 square checkered pillows. My 7.5 year old daughter loved it so much, she made one completely by herself the next day. Here is […]

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Topics: art,art trading cards,ATCs,crafts,Girl Scouts,how to,photographs

How to: Tie Dye with Sharpies

Here are the photographs first, then the directions. These photographs are a year old and don’t show the full extent of our dyeing, but they’ll give you an idea of what the possibilities are. I first got the great idea of dyeing fabric with Sharpie markers from one of my favorite kid’s science catalogs, Steve […]

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Topics: Arizona,empowerment,favorites,Girl Scouts,Harry Potter,magic,mindful parenting,photographs,saguaro,travel,Tucson,Unschooling,vegan,Webkinz,writing,zen

Top 10: Favorite Reasons I’m Glad I Started this Blog

Happy LEAP Day! Leap Day is one of my all time favorite days. It’s a Bonus day that always makes me think of rainbows and smiles! To celebrate this occasion, I’ve made a list of my favorite reasons I’m glad I started this blog. I’m also giving each of my daughters a “leaping” Webkinz (different […]

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Topics: games,Girl Scouts,party

Girl Scout Jeopardy!

Part of bridging to a new level in Girl Scouts is helping to plan (or completely planning) a ceremony. My daughter, in preparation of bridging from Junior Girl Scouts to Cadette Girl Scouts decided to plan our ceremony last month (she doesn’t actually bridge until May). She, with my husband’s and my help, planned a […]

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Topics: art,art trading cards,ATCs,books,crafts,empowerment,games,Girl Scouts,homeschooling,party,Unschooling,vision boards,writing

Discovering Your Hidden Talents and How to Find New Hobbies

I’ve met a lot of people lately who are feeling stifled and uncreative. They’ve been working hard at parenting, other caregiving (of parents, friends, or other relatives), or in their careers. I hear women, in particular, say there is no time for themselves. No time for pleasure or creativity. No time for peaceful fulfillment of […]

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