I love Fall.
The crisp mornings.
Everything about it makes me happy (except pumpkin flavored coffee. Ew.) But I live on the Central Coast of California, which means I don’t really experience seasons. There’s hot, hotter, cooling off …. nope still hot, and rain. However, I refuse to let this stop me from enjoying all things Fall.
1. Get your house clean, and do something each day to keep it clean
This might seem like an odd thing to list first, but for me it’s been foundational. Fall is a time when you want your home to be cozy and inviting. And nothing says inviting more than a clean home. Plus, with Christmas just around the corner, take some of that extra stress off your plate and get your home clean now! It doesn’t take too long to get a house clean, and if you just do a little bit each day, you can maintain that feeling of clean forever!
2. Get out the Fall Decor!
Now that you have a nice clean home, put out some festive decor! My personal favorite thing to do is pick up a bouquet of wildflowers that are arranged in a fall theme. Trader Joe’s is a fantastic place for these kind of arrangements, though you can find them most anywhere that sells flowers. Something else that I like doing (although I haven’t gotten to it this year yet) is picking up some little pumpkins and tastefully placing them on shelves or tables.
3. Light yummy smelling candles
This is literally my favorite thing. I do this all year, not just in the Fall. I LOVE it when my house smells yummy, and candles are such an easy way to do that. Two of my favorite Fall candle scents are Hazelnut Cream and Mulled Cider, both from the generic brand at Walmart. Interestingly enough, the generic brand smells stronger and lasts longer than some of the name brands that I purchased from Walmart. So save your money and get generic!
4. Wear layers, and lots of fall colors – orange, brown, green, golds, and black.
What you wear really helps determine how you feel. Not to mention, its fun to change up the color palate a little bit. Need I say more?
5. Go to a pumpkin patch
A quintessential Fall thing to do. Regardless of geographical location, most cities have a pumpkin patch within driving distance, or even set up a parking lot as a temporary patch during the season. If you have kids, make a family fun-day out of it! Let each person pick a pumpkin in proportion to their size and create a family of pumpkins. Little ones love getting to pick their own special pumpkin.
6. Keep your house shut up for as long as possible each morning to keep the morning chill
So, where I live, it gets really cold at night (40 and below), but then it warms up to like the 80s during the day. One thing that I have found that helps me feel like Fall is if I keep all my windows and shades shut tight to trap in the evening cold. This usually lasts till at least after lunch before it gets stuffy and I need to open a window.
7. Go apple picking
Another Fall classic. This is something my family would do just about every year growing up. We would drive to an apple orchard about an hour away from where we lived. It was local and family owned and operated, and my mom would usually make a field trip out of it. The owners would usually read a story and give us a small lesson on how apples are grown. Then, we were set loose on the orchard to pick whatever was in season. We would come home with bag and bags of fresh, yummy apples ready for baking! If you need ideas for how to use all your apples, check out this recipe round up from I Heart Naptime!
8. Make fall-themed meals and treats
Fall has its own set of flavors that we all seem to associate with this season. Take advantage of that! No matter what the weather outside is like, things like apple cider, pumpkin bread, and caramel corn all let your tastebuds know that it is Fall. If you want some ideas, check out these recipe round ups!
9. Add your favorite fall-themed flavorings to your coffee.
This doesn’t need much commentary. For coffee fans, especially Starbucks fans, Fall and Winter are the golden months of coffee flavors. While the stereotypical favorite Fall flavor is pumpkin spice, I personally think it tastes disgusting. My favorite fall flavor is salted caramel mocha. However, to each his or her own. Get your favorite fall flavored drink and savor it!
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