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Daylight Savings’ is drawing close. What wil you do with an extra hour? Make the best of falling back by helping out others and making a li’l difference in the lives of those around you.
Domestic Princess: Wake up early to flip some pancakes and make your parents breakfast in bed to show how you appreciate all that they do for you.
And hey, why not start now? It only takes an hour!!! ☺
Clean-out: Bag up all of those old Beanie Babies and stuffed animals that you played with when you were 8. Donate them to a shelter so a new little girl can have just as much fun playing Tea Party with them as you did. Soaps and suds: Start a free car wash in your neighborhood and let others join in. Who knows, you could make a new friend who lives right down the street! Round them up: Grab a few friends and some trash bags and clean up a park in your area. Afterwards, invite some more friends and have a picnic in your newly cleaned space.
Scrapbook your summer:
You probably took a ton of pics this summer. Don’t let them sit around! Get creative and make pages for each of your friends for memories that will last forever.
Board game frenzy: Spend an hour playing
games at the senior center. Let them tell you stories about their childhood and the kids that they raised. You’ll get some pretty good laughs and stories to share with friends and family ☺.
Sports star: Dig out your old basketballs or lacrosse sticks and share your skills with a neighbor or relative. Teach them your special tricks that will make them the star on the team. Book bash: Clean out your room and basement and collect all of your old books from when you were a little youngster. Bring a sibling along and reread some of your favorites from years ago. Refurbish: Find a few old pillows from around your house and buy a cute new fabric to spice ‘em up a little. Give them to a friend or your li’l sis to help make her room a little more fun. Remember the days: Make a playlist for you and your friends of the great songs you used to list to way back when you were just a kid. The CD will remind you all about the times you had together and the terrible songs that went along with it. But hey, everybody loves to listen to a little ‘NSYNC now and then. Bake sale: Gather all your girls up and on throw on some aprons. Bring out your delicious cookie, cake and brownie recipes and bake till you can’t anymore. Take all of your goods into school the next day, make sure you get permission first, and sell them to raise money for your school’s athletic department or your fave club. A Yummy dinner: Give the rents a night off and whip up a yummy dinner for the whole family.
Swap for the good of it: Invite a few of your friends over and tell them to bring their fall clothes that they’re just not loving anymore. Have a clothing swap and nab a few new pieces for your own fall wardrobe. What no one wants, bag up and drop off at a Goodwill store. Feel the music: Find some friends who can belt it out or can pick up an instrument and host an open microphone night in your backyard. Black out: For one hour live without electricity. Go Green and see what it would be like to live with no lights. Read a book by candlelight. Beauty party: Invite all of the little girls in your neighborhood over and a few of your own friends and have a mini Salon Day. Paint each other’s nails, have makeovers and style their hair. Jammin’: Gather up some friends, their moms and your families’ special jam recipes and have a Jam Party! Decorate the jars to look super cute and give them out as presents or to donate to a food bank. I scream, you scream:Take your best gal and treat her to an ice cream. But, you both have to get a cone instead of a cup, so that way you eat your silverware instead of tossing a cup in the trash. A sweet treat with no waste!
Help your feathered friends: Make a birdhouse to hang in your back yard. Many craft stores sell plain wooden ones, so get artistic and make it unique. Then fill it with bird food and see who stops by! Take pics: If you love to take pics, volunteer to be a photog for an event happening near you. Lots of organizations need photos for their websites, so offer up your services! Spa day with mom: Treat your mom to a much-deserved break and give her a shoulder massage. Then make some DIY facial masks. Grab ideas here and get beautiful together! Write a letter: Do you feel passionate about something in your community? Write a letter about changes you want to see. Soup Kitchen: Get your whole family together and volunteer for an hour at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. It feels really good to help those in need. Get some fresh air: Go on a walk in a woodsy area and bring a nature book with you (try checking one out from the library). Use it to identify the plants and trees around you and get more in tune with nature.
Come clean: Grab your crew, some rubber gloves and a few trash bags and pick up any litter around your ’hood. You’ll feel better knowing that the world is just a teeny bit cleaner, thanks to you. Study a new skill: Now’s the time to get Mom’s help perfecting her amazing brownie recipe or have Dad show ya the proper way to use a drill. Gram and Gramps: Will surely appreciate your help raking up the leaves in their yard. Practice a foreign language: Gather some kids from your foreign class for a coffee. Meet at a local café and make an effort to only speak in a foreign language for the whole hour! Dig for change: Chances are you have coins hidden all over your house. Look under couch cushions, in a junk drawer, and on the floor for loose change and donate it to a charity coin collection box. Plant something: Start a small garden with the seeds of your favorite flower. It may be too late in the year to grow vegetables, but you can pretty up your yard! Library Time: Libraries love volunteers! Stop by and help put books away or clean up at the end of the day.
60 minute fix!