12 Days of Christmas: Kicking it Grass Stain Guru Style!

It's a marshmallow world ...

Dear beloved readers and friends:

I think this bit of fun deserves a re-posting. After all, what are the holidays with out traditions? I hereby dub this one of TGSGS’s annual holiday posts; so it is written, so it shall be done. ;-)

Thanks for spending this play-filled year with me. For every tree you climbed, fort you built, trail you hiked. For everything that required crayons, glue and glitter. For every Mystery Critter case you cracked. For every belly laugh and gasp of awe-struck wonder you uttered. For every minute of playful spirit you modeled for those around you, I thank you. Gold stars and grass stains to you all! 

Here’s a little fun I’ve cooked up for you this holiday season. xoxo Bethe

On the 12th day of Christmas TGSG gave to me:

12 perfect snowflakes

11 stones a skipping 

10 stars a twinkling

9 children giggling

8 frogs a croaking

7 kites a flying

6 rainbows gleaming

5 forts to build

4 scampering squirrels

3 trees to climb

2 box turtles

And a grass stain on each knee!

No matter what you believe, or don’t, the holiday season is truly special. May yours be filled with much love and laughter, and warmest wishes for a happy, healthy 2013!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru



<— Little GSG with her trusty stick. (Um, and in case you are wondering, I finally grew into that chin.)




Creative Commons License photo credit: seelensturm

My Summer Fling

I have a confession to make: I’ve been having a fling. No, it’s not with Mr. Sex-on-a-Stick, Michael Fassbender (um, sadly) — it’s with summer itself.

Now, I have always loved summer. Swimming, cookouts, lightening bugs — you name it. But this summer feels different. This summer has allowed me to recharge my batteries and reconnect with myself and with friends in ways that I didn’t even know I was missing.

I’ve unplugged a lot more. No really, just look at my plummeting Klout score. (And PS: Screw you, Klout. Life is meant for living. Stop judging me, damn it!) I’ve spent so much time outdoors I barely know what my condo looks like at this point. I’ve been ridiculously social, and even made new friends. One might say I am the version of me I remember from a different time. A happier, healthier me. Quicker with a smile, and slower to be critical.

I like this summer girl. A lot. She is full of Vitamin D and hope.

I share news of my tawdry affair with this season in hopes that — if you haven’t already — you will start your own love affair with Mother Nature’s warmest season. Unplug more. Put on your sunscreen and leave the air conditioning behind more. Wiggle your toes in the sand and grass. Drink beer (or lemonade!) so cold it almost hurts your teeth. Discover a new spot. Recharge and reflect.

Remember, summer will soon fade into fall and you will have to wait a whole year before it’s back in all its steamy glory.

Now if you will excuse me, I have a date with a beach towel and some SPF.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Gone Fishin’

OK, well snorkeling. And swimming. And lazing around on a beach-ing. Who are we kidding, mostly the latter. ;-)

I’m practicing what I preach, peeps. I am unplugging from June 2nd –  June 11th and heading out for a much needed vacation.

No social media. No computer. Not much of anything but the great outdoors and lots and lots of books. Um, and girlie umbrella drinks, but really that should go without saying.  Sounds like heaven.

And clearly, I just had to play this as I head out the door…

Don’t forget to unplug and go outside and play. And often.

Guru O-U-T!  xoxo – Bethe



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