10 Gobble, Gobble-worthy Things to be Thankful For

Let’s think of this post as our virtual Thanksgiving table, shall we? So let’s join hands and all share what we are thankful for.

Besides the obvious and critical items, of course:

  • stretchy pants
  • pie
  • cheesy basic cable Christmas movies (best enjoyed in stretchy pants while eating pie)
  • leftovers
  • the fact that as much as we love them, relatives will eventually leave (let’s just hope there is pie left)

OK, I’ll start…

10.  The smell of the sidewalk after a warm summer rain.

9.  The sound of leaves crunching under my feet on a fall hike.

8.  SQUIRRELS (squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!)

7.  The feeling of mud between my toes and grass beneath my feet.

6.  Crocuses sticking their colorful heads up out of the cold earth, reminding me that spring really will come.

5.  Staring at the ocean and understanding what forever looks like.

4.  The feeling of sun on my face and breeze in my hair.

3. The smell of lilacs and honeysuckle.

2.  The fact that I was raised as a Free Range kid and allowed to develop my own sense of self, love of the natural world and the type of resiliency and capacity for wonder that allows me to be a happy adult.

1.  All of my outdoor play and nature friends out there across the globe.  How amazing is it to grow up to do what you love and connect with others who believe in what you do? THANK YOU!

Thank you all for being in my world. Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings, or to those from elsewhere — a great big beautiful day! (Um, filled with pie.)

See ya outside!  xoxo – The Grass Stain Guru                      

10 Things the Grass Stain Guru is Thankful For

Empire State of Turkey

Let’s think of this post as our virtual Thanksgiving table, shall we? So let’s join hands and all share what we are thankful for.

OK, I’ll start…

10.  The smell of the sidewalk after a warm summer rain.

9.  The sound of leaves crunching under my feet on a fall hike.

8. SQUIRRELS. (Seriously, they bring me endless joy.)

7.  The feeling of mud between my toes and grass beneath my feet.

6.  Crocuses sticking their colorful heads up out of the cold earth,          reminding me that spring really will come.

5. Staring at the ocean and understanding what forever looks like.

4. The feeling of sun on my face and breeze in my hair.

3. The smell of lilacs and honeysuckle.

2. The fact that I was raised as a Free Range kid and allowed to develop my own sense of self, love of the natural world and the type of resiliency and capacity for wonder that allows me to be a happy adult.

1. My readers and the #playoutdoors and #GoPlay family on Twitter (you know who you are)! How amazing is it to grow up to do what you love and connect with others who believe in what you do? THANK YOU!

Thank you all for being in my world. Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings, or to those from elsewhere — a great big beautiful day!

See ya outside!  xoxo – The Grass Stain Guru

Creative Commons License photo credit: Sugar Daze (f/k/a LittleMissCupcakeParis)

Feeling Thankful…

LifeCreative Commons License photo credit: Will Folsom

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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