#31 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

Well, here is the final day of our 31 Simple Ways Series.  I have loved the journey.  How about you?  Today’s last task definitely takes us to the silly side of things.  But if you do this task, you will be glad . . . it just may take awhile!

So, are you wondering?  Simple Way #31 is to take $10 out of your wallet and put it in a place you know you won’t find it for awhile.  Yes, on purpose!  Think of the delight you’ll have when you discover the cash.  Put it in a jacket, a pair of shorts or some purse you know you won’t be using for awhile!

Then after you have completed your task, go ahead a laugh at yourself that you actually did it!


This post is in honor of my aunt who saves any $5 bill she receives (whether in change from a purchase or someone paying her back for something).  She puts it aside in an envelope and will use it for a big bill of some sort.  

Have a great day and don’t forget to celebrate!

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#30 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

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Simple Way #30

Today, our task is to take our kids, spouse or friends on a surprise trip.  Keep it simple, though.  It could be a trip out for ice cream, a trip to a favorite store or restaurant . . . or maybe even a visit to Starbucks for favorite coffees and the chance to reconnect.

The Best Laid Plans . . . my surprise was going to be to take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese for a fun-filled morning of games.  If you get there when they open, the place is empty!  But more than that, most of the games have tickets coming out of the dispenser.  I’m guessing it is when they turn the machines on . . . either that or the closing employees go around and play all the games.   Can you picture a crazy mom and her two kids running to all the machines for the tickets?  Yeah, that’s us!  

Anyway, Sweet Boy developed an ear infection on the day I had planned to go.  So my surprise will have to wait.  But boy, they are going to be thrilled!

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#29 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

Simple Way #29

Today’s task is to simply reflect on the beauty of creation.  Take in God’s amazing power as you look at the expanse of the sky, the colors of creation . . . or in my case the incredible hush that comes with a fresh snowfall.  Pause and breathe in the beauty.  He spoke and it was created.  Incredible!

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

 

 

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#28 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

We’re on the home stretch!  Today’s Simple Way is to create a Scavenger Hunt for someone you care about.

For this Scavenger Hunt, I made and color-coded clues for my sweet kids.  The first clue was found in their ’14 Days of Valentines’ Mailboxes and they raced all over the house to follow their nine clues.  Sweet Boy’s clues were riddles to be solved, but Sweet Girl’s clues were simply instructions to go here and there.  They loved it!  (And quite frankly, I loved seeing them so excited.)

The Clues for Sweet Boy:

  • I come from cows – I make you strong – Drink me up – You won’t go wrong!
  • I take your clothes – When they’re wet – Spin and dry – For you to get.
  • We go “choo choo” – We have a track – We ride the rails – Here and back
  • I am a table – And I seat 8 – Get the dishes – Before it’s too late
  • They cover your feet – And keep you warm – Here’s where they’re kept – When in clean form
  • Brrr!  It’s cold! – I hold ice – Keep me closed – And you’ll stay nice
  • I shine at night – There are 3 of me – Look up high – And you will see (We have 3 star-lights)
  • I have a bell – I’m just outside – Open the door – I won’t hide
  • Scrub a dub dub – Three men in a _____

The Clues for Sweet Girl:

  • Look under your Princess chair.
  • Look in Mommy’s shower.
  • Look in your clip drawer.
  • Look in your baby’s crib.
  • Look in the Dining Room vase.
  • Look where the cheese sticks are kept.
  • Look in our “elevator.”

And apparently, I purchased an empty box for Sweet Girl’s treasure at the end.  Good thing I keep a “stock o’ junk.”  It was easily replaced with a magnetic Dress Up Belle.  Sweet Boy’s prize was a train whistle (He is super into trains right now!)

Need some other ideas?  Check out:  Scavenger Hunts for Young and Old, Scavenger Hunt for Daddy

Who will you make a Scavenger Hunt for?  

 

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#27 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

Today’s Simple Way is to perform a Random Act of Kindness for someone.  It may be delivering your neighbor’s paper to their door or grabbing a cup of coffee for your co-worker.  Take someone’s shopping cart back to the store for them or maybe you can call a friend and invite her kids over to play for a couple hours so she can have some time to herself.  Bake a treat and have your kids draw a picture then deliver them to someone who is homebound.    Opportunities are all around us!

When our electricity went out and the workers were working on the box in the cold temperatures, I took out some homemade hot cocoa (thanks to All Around My Family Table for the recipe!).  My neighbor often brings up our garbage can for us . . . all simple little things that you can do to show kindness.

What will you do today?

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#26 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

My brother’s climbing trip to Denali (Mount McKinley) in Alaska.

Simple Way #26 is to Become an Explorer!  Ok, you don’t have to trek any dangerous trails, you won’t have to climb any mountains and there are no raging rapids.  But you do have to think like an explorer and be up for a new adventure.

Well, I may be building this up just a bit.  Let’s bring it down to a simple thing to do:   Go somewhere new.  Take a different route home today.  Visit a new park.  There are lots of possibilities.

Not too far from our house is a little country store.  My husband and I have lived in the area all our lives and have never been to this store.  (In fact, it is one of the things on Dan’s bucket list!)  So one afternoon, we had the time and were up for a new adventure.  I must confess that that thrill of going there after so many years was bigger than the actual visit itself.

The store was cute; filled with lots of trinkets, patriotic crafts and other items to fill the shelves of your house.  They also sold homemade goat’s milk fudge which prompted Dan to look at me eagerly.  He was excited to try it, but also wanted to support the small store.  I tilted my head down and shook it with a quick and violent “no.”  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to support our local, little country store, it was just my rule about purchasing food from a place that has a terribly strong odor of animal urine.  Are you with me?

So while our visit wasn’t all we dreamed, we enjoyed doing something new.  It was an adventure!  And I love adventures shared with those you love.  

Is there somewhere you have always wanted to visit?  Maybe today is the day.  

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#25 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

#25 Simple Way

We are going to celebrate the day by having an indoor picnic.  Grab a blanket, prepare an easy lunch (or dinner) and enjoy something different for today.

The picnic pictured above is at my father-in-law’s house.  And I have to tell you that this picnic was bittersweet.  We have been moving my father-in-law out of his house of 44 years.  The praise is that the house sold in under two months.  But this week has been the final moment where it hit me emotionally.  Really, it started when I was explaining to Sweet Boy that we would no longer be coming to this house and that the new people who bought it would be living there instead.  His reply, “It’s not right.”  Well in theory, I couldn’t agree more.

This is the house my husband grew up in.  All the memories I have of his mom are tied to this house.  It’s the house my kids love to visit their Grandpa and get pickles and peanuts.  (Grandpa always keeps them stocked for my kids!)

As we have been cleaning out the house, we have been reminded of so many great memories.  The too-many-to-count family dinners and birthday parties, my mother-in-law’s music boxes, her incredible cooking through a great and well-stocked kitchen and even her recipe boxes.  The memories have been overflowing and quite frankly, so have the tears.

The blessings abound however.  My father-in-law will be moving into a family member’s house and we really have the best of situations.  He is an amazing man with great faith.  (If you haven’t read the “Story of Perspective” of my mother-in-law’s passing, you’ve got to read it!)  Life around us is constantly changing, but isn’t it wonderful that we serve a God who does not.  

So grab your family and make great memories . . . memories that last beyond the sale of a house.

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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#24 of 31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today

Simple Way #24

When was the last time you blew bubbles?  Maybe last summer?  For me, it was Sunday in the Toddler Room at Church.  It is amazing how bubbles can appease an upset toddler.

Today’s task is definitely on the simple side, but sure to delight your kids.  Our task for today is to enjoy the simple pleasure of blowing bubbles . . . inside or outside.

A couple weeks ago, we went to the Science Center and saw a Bubble Show.  The man took household items and blew bubbles with them.  He took a berry pint container, the top half of a two liter pop bottle, a slinky, a pvc pipe, the top half of a bleach bottle, a pop can with a nail hole in the bottom . . . so many different items . . . even his hands.  It was fascinating and fun.

The Bubble Man made small bubbles, giant bubbles, bubbles inside of bubbles . . . always pointing out that no matter what shape you used to make the bubble, it would always come out as a sphere.  So grab one of the containers of bubbles lining the shelves in your garage (one of many if you’re like me) and bring ’em in.  If you’d like to make your own mix, here is the recipe our Science Center hands out.

DIY Bubble Formula
1 gallon water
1/2 cup Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (regular Dawn works best)
1/4 cup glycerin (OPTIONAL; found in skin care section of most pharmacies)

* Slowly mix all ingredients to avoid forming lots of foam.  Store in a clean, sealed container.  Let solution stand over night.  The Bubble Man told us that it will work best when at least a day old.  And just so you know, it will start to smell rancid when it is too old.

Be a kid at heart and have fun today.  And don’t miss the opportunity to talk about shapes, colors and sizes with your kids.

31 Simple Ways to Celebrate Today is a series designed to help you laugh a little more, act with others in mind and even enjoy a little silliness . . . and most definitely, to cause you to break from the busyness of your life with intentional little moments of fun.

 

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