We’re smack dab in the middle of fall, which is probably the best of all the 4 seasons. Argue all you want but whatever pumpkin laced baked good fall is selling, we want to buy every last bit. It’s Fall!! Some of our favorite episodes have been filmed in the fall, like Cider Farm, and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and Stacking Wood. We have brainstormed as well about several other episodes we would love to make, all in the spirit of fall.
While we plan on making some more fall-themed episodes in the future, we realized that our brainstorming sessions could be their own resource for families wanting to make the most of this season. Here are some of the ideas we’ve had for episodes, or even just an idea for some kind of magical fall scene. We aren’t making these this year, but we reserve the right to make one or more in the future… So think of this as one part Olive Us episode sketch ideas, and one part fun activities to do this fall. We’d love to hear your favorite Fall activities, especially if you have ideas for an episode that makes the most of this season!
Hayride- You gotta get on one of these. First of all, a hayride usually leads to a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own, bring it home, and carve it up, but we’ll talk more about that later. Kids love hayrides, it’s science! There’s the bumping along the dirt road, the jostling for seats, and simple thrills in the ride. Bonus points if your hayride of choice ends with hot apple cider and/or hot chocolate and donuts. Donuts are a must. Negative points for scary elements like haunted forests and headless horsemen. Though we like the eery, windy, and harvest-y elements, we’re not going for the scary, spooky, or creepy parts. Scarecrow: Yes. Vampire: No.
Visit to the pumpkin patch – Maybe we’re being a little obvious with this one, because where else will you procure the pumpkins for which to carve into jack-o-lanterns? The grocery store? Please. Get out there and find the real thing. They grow on vines, kids will totally dig it, and compete to find the biggest, weirdest, smallest, best overall pumpkin, but after the hayride of course.
Fall leaves – A good old-fashioned nature walk to look for leaves of unusual size and coloring is simple and lovely. It doesn’t need to take long, but once you or your child start looking closely at different leaves, a whole new world opens up. There’s a lot of variety out there so turn it into an adventure–maybe weave some leaves together, or make a fairy house. When you’ve got a pretty good selection, bring them home and do leaf rubbings or make pretty mobiles to hang from your now bare leafed trees. Nature + art = match made in heaven.
Bonfire – A good backyard bonfire is the perfect way to enjoy the season. Imagine the different faces looking at the bonfire and looking at each other–you feel some kind of connection with this ritual in connection to the harvest–like we’re basking in the bounty of what our work has produced. You could always take it one step further and have the aforementioned bonfire up in the actual mountains, that is, if you’re close to any. Mountains and bonfires are best friends provided all the proper precautions are in place of course: fire rings, extinguish fully when finished, that sort of thing. Safety first, we love safety! That being said, enjoy a s’more for Olive Us, really, it’s the least you could do.
Fall Baking – Some of our favorite things to make together seem to coincide with Fall. If you’re not baking apple pies with all of the seasonal apples, there’s something wrong with you. Just kidding! But we do love pie, don’t you? Nutmeg and cinnamon plus apples and sugar are a guaranteed family friendly treat. Get the kids involved! They’ll be eager beavers to get on the other end of that pie. Let us note that nothing smells as good as a warm kitchen with a pie or a loaf of pumpkin bread in the oven, you’re creating memories here! And if pumpkin’s not your jam then we’ve probably got bigger issues… Who hates pumpkin? That’s crazy talk.
And there you have it, a few Olive Us episode sketches/family fall favorite activities to carry you through the very best this season has to offer. Remember to bundle up, layers are your friend, it’s getting chilly out there! Have fun, stay safe, be awesome. Hooray for fall!
PS: If any of these inspire you to make a video, or go on an outing and take some photos, we’d love to see what you made. Send us your video or photos! Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty shows her pottery-work for the “I made this” campaign.
We’ve loved the response to “Oscar’s Project“. One theme we keep hearing is how empowering it is for kids (and people in general) to make things, and see others make things. We agree! And we want to celebrate it! We want to see your little makers in the act. Snap a quick pic or video with your child showing off his or her project and saying “I made this!”. We’ll compile the entries into a sort of Olive Us short video–with lots of kids showing off things they’ve made. We’re already doing flips we’re so excited to see what your hands have put together. We’d love to include you! Email entries to email@example.com for a chance to get featured!
To enter: Take a picture or video of your child showing off his or her project. If you make a video, your child should say: “I made this.” –and that’s all. Though you can show what it is, or how it works in the video, please don’t describe what it is, or how it works. (Watch the video with Oscar for an example.)
If you take a picture, hold a sign that says “I made this” while also showing your item (see the picture of Betty for an example).
And that’s it! We would love to see what you have made! We think this video will be really inspiring for lots of people, and we would love to include you in it!
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Here! It’s Here! We’re thrilled to be releasing Oscar’s Project today. One of the aims of Olive Us is to show kids doing simple yet meaningful activities–activities that are meaningful to them. This episode highlights how a project that takes some planning and work brings Oscar pride and joy. What do you think his project is? Watch to find out!!
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Here! It’s Here! We’re thrilled to be releasing To the Sea! today.
The last episode we released was Saying Goodbye, And, as the name suggests, it was a farewell to a life in France; a life that launched Olive Us a few years ago. To the Sea! is taking our first steps–a bit shaky sometimes–into a new life. If life is a series of Hellos and Goodbyes, this is Hello. We love this episode, and hope you will too. Watch To the Sea! now!
Thank you for joining us for this new chapter! This is also the first episode filmed by Life in Digital. We met Gusto when we moved to Oakland, and he was so excited to be a part of the show, and to give it his own signature as well. We have loved working with him, and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve created together!
Hooray! We hope your summer has been amazing, and filled with your pick of relaxation and/or adventure!
Big News! We’re thrilled to be releasing a new video next week! Woo Hoo! It has been a while since we have released a new episode, but we’re really excited about this one, and all the new episodes we’ll be releasing over the next few months. We’ll be dropping some hints about the episode all week!
Here’s the first hint for what this next episode is about. You may recognize that this illustration is taken from a previous episode. If you don’t recognize it, maybe you should head on over and watch Tongue Twisters right now. OK, here’s the hint:
(Crab illustration by Rebecca Ricks).
What could it mean? Oh, what could ti mean?! Is the suspense too much? Yeah, it is for us too. We can’t wait!!! A new episode is almost here!
From “Garden Day”–1st season in France, and “Lost Theater”–last season in France.
Hooray! We have released all the episodes filmed in France–we’ll be releasing more filmed in the U.S. in the coming weeks, but wanted to pause briefly to celebrate this feat. We hope you’ll join in the celebrating, and if you do, you can win, too!
To join in the celebration, follow these 3 steps: 1. Post your favorite episode(s) of Olive Us on your blog, or your Facebook wall/timeline. 2. Let us know that you posted your favorite episode by commenting on this post, and 3. Include a link to your post when you comment. (Don’t like commenting? You can instead send a link to your post to firstname.lastname@example.org.) Next Thursday, on June 12 (you don’t have much time), we’ll randomly select a winner who will receive a $150 gift certificate on Amazon! Woo Hoo!
Episode 1: Garden Day
Episode 2: I’m Hungry: Tzatziki
Episode 3: Lemonade Stand
Episode 4: Helping Dad
Episode 5: How to Visit a French Bakery
Episode 6: Spring Cleaning
Episode 7: How to Buy Eggs from a Petite Farm
Episode 8: How to Set up a Study Space
Episode 8.5 Kitchen Clean Up Dance Party
Episode 9: Pique-nique
Episode 10: Carwash
Episode 11: Ghost Town
Episode 12: Rock Climb
Episode 13: Pottery Lesson
Episode 14: Hand Cookies with Grandma
Episode 15: Christmas Tree Hunt
Episode 16: Betty in Paris
Episode 17: I’m Hungry: Snoball Cookies
Episode 18: Stacking Wood
Episode 19: Cider Farm
Episode 20: How to Be 2
Episode 21: Shadow Puppets
Episode 22: Kish
Episode 23: Le Petit Chaperon Rouge
Episode 24: Meet Olive Us
Episode 25: Fruit and Veggie Kebabs
Episode 26: Let’s Visit Holland: A Mini Flower Lesson!
Episode 27: Pétanque
Episode 28: Lost Theater
Episode 29: I’m Hungry: Guacamole!
Episode 30: Spring Flower Bouquet
Episode 31: The Clockmaker
Episode 32: How to Travel
Episode 33: Nursery Rhymes
Episode 34: Painting in Honfleur
Episode 35: Tongue Twisters
Episode 36: Pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel
Episode 37: How to Visit a French Market
Episode 38: Ralph in London
Episode 39: Picnic at the Eiffel Tower
Episode 40: Saying Goodbye
Thank you for celebrating with us!
Don’t worry. That is the name of this episode. We have kind of been putting off releasing this one. It is the final episode filmed in France, we still get emotional watching it. I imagine there was something psychological about wanting to hold onto it–as if we would somehow be more connected to our life in Normandy until this last episode was released. And actually, we intend to film more in France in the future, but this episode feels like a capstone to a chapter in our life–as indeed it is.
And it’s a good capstone. When we were dreaming up what we wanted in this episode, we had a few sites in mind around our home and town–look for what we called the “middle of nowhere tree”, the WWI memorial angel statue, the mural of the market–painted by our landlord, the bridge and river down the street, and a picturesque, typical hedged field of Normandy…and you’ll see there’s more. We’re so happy we could fit in so much! We love this episode. It instantly takes us back, and we hope you love it too. Watch Saying Goodbye now! (and you possibly may need some tissue…)
Thank you for joining us! This episode also makes us feel so grateful for the audience that came along with us, and made this adventure possible. We’re so delighted with what this series has become, and so excited for what’s to come…Stay tuned!
We’re super excited to feature another episode today! Spring and sunnier days are just around the corner, can you feel it? If not, this episode should give you that last push of inspiration. This is also one of the last episodes filmed in France (there is only one more…) But we think it’s a great celebration of the simple pleasures under the watch of Mr. Eiffel. We’re delighted with it, and hope you love it too. Watch Picnic at the Eiffel Tower now!
The majestic tower…
Olive lays out the picnic blanket under the watch of her siblings and the tower.
June finds a friend.
Diligent Caroline finds a moment to bask in the sun…
Betty and June play a little Betty in Paris…
After we released Betty in Paris, we thought it would be fun to make episodes showing each child exploring a famous city somewhere in the world — a mini-video-series within the larger Olive Us series. We like the idea of pairing up each child with a city that fits their personality, or a city that, for whatever reason, strikes a chord for each child. We all loved London, but Ralph in particular kept thinking of fun things we could do with Ralph in London. Where Betty in Paris is a sort of charming, innocent ode to Paris, our approach for Ralph in London was always looking for more gritty, hidden gems of London–punctuated by the familiar sites like Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. This episode is also a venture into more teen-agery terrain–music is more rockin’, Ralph is more independent, etc. He’s not as naive as a younger sibling, but it’s still a kind of self-discovery tour as well. Tiger in a Jar spent a few days prior to the shoot scouting locations, and little nuances (tea and biscuits! phone booth!) We’re delighted with it, and hope you love it too. Watch Ralph in London now!
One of the most important practices that has maintained French culture are the markets. Every town has a market where people cross paths with different foods, items, people, and ideas–as they have for centuries. In fact, a famous lithograph in Normandy depicts the market at Eglise Saint-Germain (the market in this episode) in Argentan from the the turn of the century (pictured below). Watch Maude and Betty retrace in their own way this ancient practice that still brings yummy food, beautiful signs, and a chance to order up to your taste. We hope you love How to Visit a French Market. Watch it Now!