Life is Meant for Living


“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


PSA: Can’t Miss Summer Fun



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


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 ?!

photo by: viralbus

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

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