8 Ways to Make The Most of Fall
Fall is officially my favorite.
What started as an unusually rainy season has settled into being the magical season I live for. Sunny days, the leaves looking like fire, & the air crisp… everything bursting with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for this time. Give me a cozy spot with a view of the changing leaves, a good book & a something hot to sip on, & I’ll be the happiest girl you ever did see.
In an attempt to make the most of Autumn, I made a little list of things I want to do before the season is over.
What’s on your list?
The changing colors of the leaves never lasts long enough & shortly after they drop, the temperatures follow suit. Get outside while you still can, & enjoy the bright colors first hand! Take a walk… have a bonfire… go for a drive… whatever you do, don’t miss this beautiful time of year! And, of course: cozy sweaters are mandatory.
It’s sweater weather, no doubt… but the Fall season is the perfect time of year to add some cozy to your home, as well as your closet. Whether you’re curling up with a good book or snuggling together on the couch for a movie night, now is the time to add more coziness to your home with some new knit throws & textured pillows.
Host a Tailgate at Home.
My husband’s favorite part of the Fall season: FOOTBALL. We’re huge Iowa Hawkeyes fans & when the game is at Kinnick, we’re most likely there. However, the away games present us with the perfect opportunity to host a tailgate at home! Invite your family & friends over, put out some game day themed food or Fall recipes & treats. Not that into football? While I personally can’t relate… game day gatherings make for the perfect opportunity to socialize with friends!
Visit a Pumpkin Patch.
The pictures of your friends with their kiddos visiting local pumpkin patches & apple orchards are undoubtedly filling your feeds lately… but, you don’t have to have kids to enjoy this sort of field trip! Granted, I have no idea what to do with the pumpkins or apples… but, spending the afternoon sipping hot cider, walking hand-in-hand with Hubs all over the orchard makes for some pretty festive Fall memories to cherish!
Light Fall Scents.
Full disclosure: I’m not typically a candle kind of girl. My allergies (nor my cats!) have never allowed me to burn them consistently. But there’s something about Fall that makes me break the rules, especially when entertaining, in the name of making my home extra cozy.
While a little pumpkin spice is always nice, I typically am drawn to the richer, muskier scents versus the sweet ones. What is your favorite fall flavor for your home?
I’m so lucky to have married a man that enjoys spending time in the kitchen! Especially with our recent diet changes, (did you see my post?: What Happened When I Went Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free & Mammal-Free.) cooking requires a little creativity, on our part. When it comes to what we crave this time of year, there’s nothing better than a delicious bowl of chili on a crisp & cool Fall evening. Yum!
Get Back to Journaling Gratitude.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to take note of all we’ve been blessed with & express our gratitude. I’ve posted about this before: I love the idea of a journal, & I have attempted to get into the habit of keeping a gratitude journal on multiple occasions. I haven’t been awesome at it… but I still fully believe in the power of keeping one. Try taking a few minutes every evening to jot down two or three amazing moments from your day & things you are thankful for, & watch how your life changes for the better.
Pay It Forward.
In the spirit of being grateful & giving, it’s the perfect time to “pay it forward.” The next time you’re in the Starbucks drive-thru for a PSL, pay for the car behind you. Spend some time volunteering or donate to a charity with a cause you care about. There are so many ways to pay it forward, give back & make someone else’s day.