Frolic Friday: Back in the Saddle

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TGSG Note: You may have noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a break lately. Sadly, I was not in a hammock on an island, but on what I am calling a “Flake Break.” Sometimes, when life gets too hectic, you just have to give yourself permission to flake-out.

We adults are a lot like kids that way — we need down time, play time, time to relax, and time to just be.

So, if you haven’t just been in awhile — go ahead. I will write you a note. :-) Bethe

OK, it’s that time again — Frolic Friday! Time to let your hair down, blow off some steam, and have some fun.

Some of us are knee-deep in a very cold winter, so getting outside may not be high atop our list. But, even a few minutes outside can help boost your energy and improve your mood. Besides, it gives us a good excuse to make hot chocolate.

This weekend, why not…

  • Get your bird on! Go on a nest hunt. Winter is the perfect time to look for bird (and squirrel) nests. They are much easier to spot with all the leaves off the trees. While your at it, why not start a Winter Bird List? Alison Kerr tells you how over at Loving Nature’s Garden.
  • Got the winter blues? Start dreaming up a spring garden! Check out seed catalogs or take a trip to the library and let your imagination run wild in the gardening section. Have kids? Get them in on the action, too! They can draw their fantasy garden or make a diorama.
  • Looking for a fun nature-related craft? Make a gorgeous Winter Tree Silhouette, like those featured on the Frugal Family Fun Blog.

As always, it doesn’t matter what you do, just make some time for play and connecting with nature this weekend. It’s good for big and little kids alike!

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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Frolic Friday: Cold & Snow Edition

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TGSG Note: I’ve had a busy few weeks on the road for my day job, so tickled to have good friends to pitch in! Thanks to the lovely Karen Wilde for giving us these great Frolic Friday ideas. See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

It’s December – nearly time for snow and I bet some of you are already blanketed in the white stuff.

Snow days are perfect days for getting some play outdoors action. Who can forget that first flake drifting from a grey sky? It seems almost everyone, especially children, LOVE SNOW!

Ideas for Snow Days:

Wrap up warm – Thick socks, no jeans, warm hats and big jackets are de rigour for snow days, keeping you toasty to enjoy all the fun.

Grab a sled – or a swimming tube or even a tin tray and get out to the nearest hill. There’s nothing quite like the excitement of whizzing down a hill before plowing into a bank of the white stuff.

Build a Snow Fort – If the snow is REALLY deep you can pack it down with your feet and cut it out to make blocks. Snow forts are perfect for hiding behind when you…

SNOWBALLS!! – Run, quick, it’s flying through the air, get behind the snow fort!

Build a Snowman – old scarves, buttons, carrots and floppy hats. How tall can you make your Snowman?

Unplug, get outside and have some FUN. Some people never see snow. If you’re lucky enough to get some this Winter, make the most of it and go play outdoors! You can always warm up with hot cocoa afterwards.

Karen WildeGuest blogger bio: Karen Wilde is passionate about re-connecting to nature and living a wild life outdoors. She writes for the Natural Pathways blog and can often be found under a debris shelter in the Kent woodland. She also freelances and edits the Green Pepper website.

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Frolic Friday: Forecast for FUN!

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You did it – made it to the weekend. Congratulations, and Happy Frolic Friday! Time to “let your hair down” and go #playoutdoors!

Why not…

  • Get a good long walk or bike ride in. Watch and listen for wildlife native to your area.
  • Make a thermos of hot cocoa or hot cider and go stargazing in the backyard or in a favorite outdoor spot. (@rshreeves just reviewed Taza organic Mexican chocolate at Mother Nature Network. Yum!)
  • Check out a local nature center for programming — they offer nature crafts, night hikes, animal lectures and more.

As always, it doesn’t matter what you do — just unplug, and get out there and have some fun. Time in nature is a great way to reconnect with yourself and your family and friends.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

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