Fall is that wonderful time when the earth cools down, the leaves change to brilliant reds and oranges, and there is pumpkin spice everything. It’s that warm and fuzzy magical time where we go from summer vacations to cozy sweater weather. Unless you live somewhere tropical, or in SoCal like I do where we basically have summer year round, fall is a beautifully refreshing season and a great time to spend with family and friends. I was thinking about all of the activities that we get to do this time of year that we weren’t able to do all summer long. As a reminder for myself and all of my amazing readers, I’ve written down a list of some of my favorite fall activities.
There’s nothing more like October than going to the pumpkin patch and sorting through a large selection of orange beauties before scoring the perfect Halloween pumpkin. You then get to take it home and turn your squash into a full on art project. Whether you like to carve a good ‘ole jack-o-lantern with crooked teeth or decorate it with a beautifully intricate mandala, pumpkin decorating is a fall activity that everyone is sure to love. Don’t forget to save those pumpkin guts. Separate the seeds and roast them for a yummy snack.
Speaking of cooking… baking is one of my favorite fall activities. I have tried so many yummy recipes this season from butternut squash banana muffins (btw they are AMAZING) to oh-so-delicious spaghetti squash. I don’t think I will ever crave pasta again after tasting that spaghetti goodness. Just because the holiday season is approaching doesn’t mean we have to blow our summer diets and eat unhealthy, starchy, carby, sugary treats all day long. There are tons of great healthy recipes out there and it’s really fun to experiment in the kitchen. One of my favorite things to do right now is substitute any sugar in recipes with a banana or other fruit. You can also substitute regular milk for almond milk or try using avocado instead of oil. Give it a shot and I’m sure you will not be disappointed. I like the healthy recipes better because they taste so delicious and don’t leave you feeling bloated or even worse, guilty.
Getting Warm & Snuggled Up
There’s nothing better than curling up by the fire in a pair of sweats and fuzzy socks. Add in a cup of coffee or tea and I am one happy camper. One of my favorite things about this time of year is the cooler weather. Snuggling up under the blankets at the end of the day or wearing a cozy chunky knit sweater while you are out and about is such a nice feeling. No more sweating all day long. No more blasting the AC until your electric bill is shockingly pricey. This is the time of year to chill out. No literally.
Taking Weekend Trips
Summer is over and your vacation to The Bahamas has come and gone. You still have the travel bug but you are getting back into the swing of things with work, school, and other responsibilities. Fall is the time for your inner weekend warrior to come out and shine. Just because we are back to reality, doesn’t mean we have to sit at home all weekend. Fall is the perfect time to take that weekend road trip, to go camping in the desert, to visit that friend who you’ve been meaning to see all summer. The weekend is your 48 hour chance to live life and do whatever you please. Go the the redwoods. Have a bonfire at the beach. Get outside & get lost. Don’t forget to wander a bit.
Decorating Your Home
I believe that your home should be one of your favorite spaces in the world. It should be your sanctuary, your own little escape. Daily life can get so crazy and it is so important to come home to a space that is relaxing and inviting. One great activity that you can do this fall is to decorate your home for the holidays. This is something you can do all the way through december with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. There have been so many years that I get so caught up in life that I don’t take the time to do this. With work, school, and so many other commitments I barely have time to do my laundry let alone decorate my home. I urge you to plan out a day in your schedule each month the rest of this year to relax, listen to some good music, and create a space that you truly love. Put some thought into it and it is sure to be your holiday sanctuary.
The last thing you should do this fall is watch the Charlie Brown holiday specials. Because they’re just awesome.
What are your favorite fall activities? Do you have any traditions you like to do this time of year? Favorite recipes? Let’s keep the ideas flowing and share what you love about fall in the comments. Then we can all read and discuss while snuggled up by the fire with a cup a joe. Because isn’t that what fall is for?