Life is Meant for Living

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“Busy is not the new black. ” ~ The Grass Stain Guru

Sometimes, all you need is a picture or a simple quote to stir something inside you. In this case, a wee blog post. Earlier today, the folks at Free Range Learning posted this graphic on their Facebook page

And I had an immediate reaction: I stinkin’ LOVE this!

It’s so true. Society today has gotten to the point where we have frankly become a bit ridiculous with our level of busy. With our need to multi-task and be connected across multiple platforms 24 hours a day.  People seem to judge you if you are not busy enough — or if your children are not involved in umpteen different activities.

I’m calling bullshit, people. That’s right. Bullshit.

  • You are not winning life if you are so busy you cannot enjoy it.
  • Your children are not winning childhood if they have no time to actually have some fun and enjoy it.

Slow down and put some life into living. Unplug and really connect. Stop over-scheduling yourself, your kids, and family. Go outside and play.

Life happens when you are too busy to notice. So slow down and notice. 

 

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

 

Project Wild Thing Trailer — Taking #Playoutdoors to Scale

More red poppies

 

I’ve been at this game of connecting children (and their adults!) to nature for a long time. One of the things that I have always said was missing in our efforts is a true marketing and media campaign.

Sound daft? It’s not. Let’s face it — marketing works for a reason.

I am so excited to see the film, Project Wild Thing! Watch the trailer below, and I’m sure you will be as well.

Cheers to David and all of those involved in the film. Be sure to check out the webiste.

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

PSA: Can’t Miss Summer Fun

 Watermelon

 

Here they come — those incredible summer days and nights we dream of most of the year are upon us and will pass us by quicker than I care to think about.

So consider this a little Public Service Announcement from your friendly neighborhood Grass Stain Guru

GO OUTSIDE & PLAY.

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. No excuses. And seriously, the air conditioning will be waiting for you…and will feel even better when you go outside and get your play on!

  1. Catch fireflies
  2. Run through the sprinkler or have a wet sponge fight
  3. Roast the perfect marshmallow or challenge yourself to come up with a gourmet s’more recipe
  4. Head to a nearby fishing hole.  Take a child who has never had the opportunity and watch their eyes light up.
  5. Try geocaching
  6. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  7. Camp. Backyard, tree house or nearby county or state park — it doesn’t matter as long as you sleep outside
  8. Eat a popsicle under a shade tree and play The Cloud Game
  9. Find a nearby trail and hike when the sun is not too high — early in the morning or at dusk
  10. _________________ (Use your imagination and share in the comments section! What’s your #10?) :-)

Oh, and why not spice up your summer with a tasty adult popsicle or three?! Check out my friend Jerry James Stone’s recipe for Mango Fruit and Tequila Popsicles with Serrano. Noms! Don’t worry, he has lots of great non-boozey recipes, too. :-)

When September comes and the kids head back to school and the summer light starts to fade, you will have such fond memories of time spent in the pursuit of play — and making the most of this gorgeous planet that we call home.

Trust me — this fact will make you happy. The end.

Don’t miss out. Mother Nature has something great waiting for you…

See ya outside! ~ The Grass Stain Guru

PS: And because I am a former camp counselor, I can’t help but play this clip from my beloved, Meatballs. And yes, as a matter of fact I am ready for the summer! Are you ?!

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