1. GO APPLE PICKING

For years my family and I would pick a weekend and set aside all other plans to go apple picking at Heckman Orchards at the first sign of the crisp, fall air. Apple pie, apple cider, candy apples. Everyone thinks pumpkins are the ultimate fall food, but personally, I think apples are highly underrated.

In addition to being DELICIOUS, apples contain a natural antioxidant known as quercetin. For those of you that are not familiar with this antioxidant, quercetin has been known to heal a leaky gut (look forward to my future post on gut health!), act as an anti-inflammatory, reduce blood glucose levels, reduce symptoms of arthritis, reducing blood pressure and even boosting the immune system!

This is the time of year where everyone is starting to take their vitamin C and get their flu shots, but what many people do not know is that they can help protect themselves from the flu with something as simple, cheap and delicious as apples! I guess it’s true, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away 😉
2. DRINK CHAI TEA

Cinnamon. Ginger. Cloves. Cardamom. Pepper. Fennel. Apart, these are nothing but spices. However, combine them together with a traditional black tea and you get a pleasant drink that tastes as good as fall feels. As the air starts to cool and the days begin to get shorter, a warm drink in the evening before bed can feel like pure comfort.

Just like apples, chai tea has been known to boost the immune system. This is yet another reason to drink it this fall. But, I know that a lot of folks don’t enjoy this specific variety of tea. For those of you thank don’t, no worries. You can still enjoy the comfort of a warm, immune boosting drink in the evening by heating up a mug of apple cider!
3. MAKE PUMPKIN PIE

I’ll be the first person to admit that pumpkins are HIGHLY overrated, especially by the younger generations. I don’t like the way they taste, or the texture. One thing I do love about them, though, is the way that they smell. Making a homemade pumpkin pie will not only make for a fantastic fall dessert at family dinners, but it will also fill your home with a pleasant, delicious and sweet fall aroma.
4. GO HIKING

In many areas, one of the first signs of autumn is the absolutely stunning view of leaves changing colors and falling. While this is beautiful everywhere, I find that it is even more breathtaking when you take time to enjoy those beautiful warm colors up close and personal. Spending time in nature has been known to decrease stress, but doing so while in a forest of breathtaking colors can also boost happiness. (Okay, maybe not for everyone, but for me this holds true!)
5. GO ON A FALL PHOTO SHOOT

Throughout the entire season you see people posting photos on social media of the beautiful fall scenery. What I find even more beautiful, though, is when I see them in the photos truly enjoying and embracing the season. Grab a friend, head to a nearby hiking trail and shoot a few photos of each other. Pose for some, take a few of just the views and snap a few when your pals aren’t even looking.
6. MAKE A SCARF

While there are a million and one things you could be doing this time of year to fully embrace the essence of the season, don’t forget to take a moment and relax. Wait until the next rainy October evening, grab a ball of yarn, light a candle, throw on a spooky movie and crochet/knit yourself a nice, cozy scarf. There is no hiding the fact that fall will soon come to an end, thus bringing winter upon us, so why not prep for the season a little early?
7. BURN FALL CANDLES

This right here, ladies and gentleman, is one of my all time favorite things about fall. Around mid-August Bath & Body Works releases their fall candle line and I go to town like a white girl at Starbucks the day they release their pumpkin spice lattes. I have no shame in the fact that as soon as I have any one of those amazing autumn scented candles in my hand, my house is filled with the seasonal aromas for 3 months straight. There is something so AESTHETIC about Fireside, Caramel Apple or even Leaf scented candles that takes me back and puts my mind at ease.
8. DECORATE FOR FALL

I’m not talking Halloween here, folks. I’m talking leaf garland, pumpkins, gourds, orange flower arrangements, pine cones and hay bales. Creating the ideal autumn environment in your home will help you feel warmth and comfort as the air begins to transform to that cool, crisp autumn feeling.
9. HAVE OR ATTEND A BONFIRE

Gathering around a fire with a few of your best friends, roasting marshmallows – and each other – is the best way to ring in the season!
10. BUY SPOOKY POSH

Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about naturally based products. In today’s day in age, more and more people are educating themselves of the potential dangers of sulfates, Phthalates, parabens, etc. That is one of the many reason why I LOVE Perfectly Posh (we will save that for another blog post). Every year around mid-September, they release not only fall a fall line, but also a Halloween line! This year they’ve incorporated pumpkin enzymes and, let me tell you, my skin is loving it!
11. GO FOR A SCENIC DRIVE

Alright, alright. I know what you’re thinking. “This chick is obsessed with fall!” Well, you’re right. I grew up in the Pocono Mountains and I can confirm that there is absolutely no better feeling than the cruising down old country back roads, listening to some good music and simply taking in the breathtaking mountain views when they are covered in an array of reds, yellows and oranges.
12. GO TO A FARMERS MARKET

While farmers markets are most commonly viewed as a summer activity, I find that right at the end of the season is the best time to go. Around mid-September, a lot of farmers markets will begin to hold end of the year specials, festivals and parties — and they’re a blast!
13. GO PUMPKIN PICKING

These next 2 I like to add together and make a day of. Getting together with friends or family and heading to a pumpkin patch, maybe even on with a hay ride and corn maze, makes for the perfect fall outing. Plus, you can make another day of carving them into Jack-O-Lanterns!
14. VISIT A CORN MAZE

I’m actually going to steal a little section that I had written on a previous post for this one, simply because it fits so well. The way that it aids in describing what I love about corn mazes is absolutely fantastic. The best part? It doesn’t even have to do with the maze!

“It’s a Saturday afternoon, mid-October. You’re 13. You’ve been planning a trip to the local corn maze with your friends all week. Your mom pulls up, hands you a few dollars for the pumpkin patch and tells you to be safe. You buy a cup of cider and take the hay ride down to the maze and there you find a group of your favorite people. You sit down on a hay bale next to your best friend and finally you stop to take in the moment. You look around and realize how truly blessed you are. Listen to the children running around, feel the crisp chill in the air, take a sip of your warm, sweet cider. Now, imagine the smell. A mixture of hay, crisp leaves and…. autumn. “


15. ATTEND A HARVEST FESTIVAL

If you live in a rural area, I’m sure you are aware that fall is the time of year where farmers begin to harvest their crops. Around the time of the harvest moon, you will begin to see harvest festivals popping up all over the place. I love these festivals because the atmosphere is usually very different than your normal festival or farmers market. Walk into a harvest festival and you will meet some of the kindest, most genuine people of your life.
16. CARVE A JACK-O-LANTERN


For some reason, Jack-O-Lanterns are often times referred to as a children’s activity. I don’t know about you, but to this day, I LOVE carving pumpkins! Not only just carving, though. Painting pumpkins, or drawing on them.. maybe add a little glitter. I absolutely love getting creative and this makes for the perfect seasonal activity to look forward to all year.
17. WATCH FREEFORMS 31 NIGHTS OF HALLOWEEN

There are a few channels that play Halloween movies throughout the month of October, but there is something about Freeforms (formerly known as ABC Family) 31 days of Halloween specials that keep me coming back for more. If you’re looking for kid friendly holiday classics throughout the entire month of October, Freeform is the way to go!
18. WATCH HOCUS POCUS AND PRACTICAL MAGIC

For any 90s baby, Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic are the ultimate family friendly classics. I have no shame in the fact that they are both constantly playing on my tv throughout the fall, and honestly the end of summer too!
19. HAVE A HALLOWEENTOWN MARATHON

With that being said, any 2000s baby will love all of the Halloweentown movies to the core! Children of all ages can embrace the season with there fun, family friendly Halloween movies!
20. DECORATE FOR HALLOWEEN

Orange and purple string lights, spider webs, skeletons, fake blood stains and fog machines. Nothing makes me feel happier – and spookier – than a well decorated house in October!
21. EAT CANDY CORN

Candy corn is a Halloween staple in my house, and if you ask me, fall just isn’t the same without them!
22. MAKE HALLOWEEN COOKIES

When people think of Halloween, the first thing that comes to mind normally is not cookies. However, I believe that cookies with pumpkins on them will make your soul undeniably happy. Even the pre-packaged ones in the grocery store that you just throw on a pan and cook are absolutely delicious!
23. WATCH IT’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN CHARLIE BROWN

The. Ultimate. Classic.

I know, I’ve been talking a lot about the classics. There is just something so nostalgic about Halloween to me. Maybe its seeing children dressed up in their adorable little outfits that throws me back to a time much simpler, or maybe its a distant memory of sitting on the living room floor in my costume, sorting through a sack of candy I’d just collected form the neighbors and watching It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown with a feeling of content… and a little bit of a sugar rush. I have watched this movie for as long as I can remember, it just wouldn’t feel like Halloween without it.
24. GO TO A HAUNTED HOUSE

Y’all. For YEARS I was that girl who refused to go to a haunted house because, to be completely honest, I was a baby. I was convinced that I would just be paying money to have my greatest fears thrown in my face and I’d leave bawling my eyes out and incredibly embarrassed. That was until I did finally give them a change. I was about 16 years old and a few friends had invited me to the Hotel of Horrors. I had decided that it was time I face these fear and if I left crying, so be it. I was no longer going to allow fear and potential embarrassment let me pass up memories with some of my favorite people.

and.
guys.
I LOVED IT.
25. GO ON A HAYRIDE

My very first memory of going on a hay ride was when I was bout 8 years old. My best friend, Alexandra, lived about 4 houses down from me and we were ALWAYS together. So, it wasn’t abnormal for her family to invite me along on the occasional family outing. Every year they had taken a haunted hay ride through a forest which led them to a seasonal dinner. The year I had gone I had a blast, aside from being scared out of my mind (which, in hindsight, may have actually been what caused my irrational fear of haunted houses). Ever since, I have loved hay rides – both haunted and regular!
26. MAKE A SCARECROW

Scarecrows. Are. So. Cute.
That’s kind of a weird thing to say, I know. SCAREcrows are CUTE?! But, it’s true. For most people, they just go buy a few to put around the garden if they want them. But, for me? I love home made scare crows! This is yet another thing that brings me back to a childhood place of poor innocence. Every October, the elementary school that I attended would have truck loads of hay delivered and we would bring old clothing to school and we would spend the day stuffing and decorating these scarecrows. While it may not seem like a children’s activity, trust me when i say that stuffing old jeans with hay will be a blast for you and your child!
27. ROAST PUMPKIN SEEDS

A lot of people just throw out the innards of their pumpkins when they are carving Jack-O-Lanterns, but personally, I LOVE throwing the seeds on a cookie sheet, topping them with salt and pepper and baking them for a little bit. Not to mention, in you toss these, you are missing out on a bucket load of health benefits! Pumpkin seeds are high in omegas, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber!

28. MAKE STEW OR CHILI

As soon as the crisp, fall air rolls in, I love to throw together a large pot of stew – a lot of people like chili, but personally I’m not a fan. Whichever dish you choose, just know that not only will it fill your home with a savory aroma, but it will also help you feel like fall straight to the core.
29. MAKE HOME MADE SOUP

While autumn is filled with a million amazing things, one not so amazing thing is that it’s the start of cold and flu season. Get ahead of the flu with home made soup that includes a bone broth, as it is a known combat for that and the common cold!
30. MAKE A LIST OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE THANKFUL FOR

Family, friends, health, a roof over your head, food on the table… just to name a few. I make a list every year of thing that I’m thankful for to remind myself, going in to the crazy holiday season, that no matter how frustrated I get, things could always be worse. I am a firm believer that things could always be worse, and I spend every day being thankful for what I have. So, if that is you, don’t let that stop you from taking note of everything you have to be thankful for this season.
31. HOST OR ATTEND A FRIENDSGIVING

For many people, their friends are just as important to them as their family. If you are one of those people, gather together with your friends for a Friendsgiving event!
32. WATCH A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING

Another classic!
33. ATTEND A HOLIDAY PARADE

As much as I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV every year, it just doesn’t live up to actually being at a holiday parade. What could possibly be better than watching dancers and marching bands, children playing and gathering candy thrown at them, music and…. Santa! (I know, I’m getting a little ahead of myself here, but the finale is always the best!)
34. TAKE A FAMILY THANKSGIVING PHOTO

Take a look at that list of things that you are thankful for. Your family is on that list, right? While everyone is gathered together for the holiday, don’t forget to capture those memories. Snap a few photos throughout the day so you can see everyone in action, and rally everyone up for one large family photo. It’s not often that you are all together like that, so don’t let those moments just pass you by.
35. GO BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

Black Friday is a transition day from fall to Christmas time, and life is about to get a little crazy for the next month. So, don’t forget to treat yourself as you’re out shopping for your loved ones. You deserve it ♥