Feeling Thankful…

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Somehow, it’s November. The speed in which years seem to pass amazes me. This fact – this feeling of, “where does the time go,” has got me thinking. It’s time to slow down a bit. To stop and make sure I am enjoying the ride.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to slow down and be thankful for our families. Big or small. Quiet or loud – family and friends make it all worth it.

And as I like to say, the family that plays together, stays together!

So, at this special time of year, give yourself permission to slow down and enjoy some good old fashion family fun.

Here are five fun ways to spend time together as a family:

1.       Go take a hike! Autumn colors and cool days make it the perfect time to check out a favorite trail or discover a new one. Click here to find a trail near you.

2.       Collect acorns, colorful leaves and other natural treasures. The kids can help you make a centerpiece for your holiday table or a wreath for the door.

3.       Read Leaf Man or another fall favorite children’s book aloud as a family. Make spiced cider and make your own Leaf People out of construction paper.

4.       Have family game night! Dust off a favorite board game or card game and pop some popcorn. Unplug, laugh and play.

5.       Give back. As a family, choose a charity to help out this holiday season. Whether it’s collecting toys or food for a charity drive, participating in a park cleanup or visiting a nursing home together, a very natural part of being thankful is giving back.

What are some ways that your family likes to play together?

The great folks at SC Johnson Shout and I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons – filled with play, laughter and time with the ones you love. For more ideas on fall fun activities, visit http://www.facebook.com/shoutlaundry.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Disclosure: The Grass Stain Guru is a proud partner of Shout and is quite happy to share the sandbox with them! I am excited to be the spokesperson of Shout’s Go Play campaign, dedicated to promoting play as a vital part of a healthy, happy childhood.

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