Hey! Welcome to October.....even though it's a couple of weeks in, I'm starting to notice the changing colours of the leaves and the crisp air in the mornings more now. I love sitting outside with a tea, when I get home from work and enjoying the last of the warm weather. Take a look at my complete guide to fall fun, for ideas on what to do this month:
1. Decorate A Pumpkin.
Why not decorate a pumpkin and make it pretty instead of carving it! I would love to do this with gold pens and black paint, even spray painting polka dots or writing messages in fancy script. You can use them to create Autumn centrepieces or arrange to make fall outdoor decorations. There are some amazing ideas for gorgeous pumpkin decor from one of my favourite magazines Good Housekeeping . I also found ideas on Pinterest, of pretty pumpkins, painted in white and various shades of grey.
2. Take A Bike Ride Or Autumn Walk.
Taking some time out at the weekend to go for a bike ride or a walk in the crisp Autumn air will help you to relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape at this time of the year. I love the changing colours of the leaves and hearing them crunch when you walk over them. Thats one thing I really miss about England, the great places to go for Autumn walks. Especially in Northumberland, where the National Trust provide so many places you can go to enjoy the season.
3. Bake Something
I really love to bake at this time of the year - apple pies, cookies and other sweet treats! I need the recipe books though, or help from Pinterest. I love looking through the recipes on Pinterest and from magazines like Sweet Paul. With wonderful photography and mouth watering recipes, this magazine is a must read! (They also have a make it section! - I Love it!)
4. Decorate Your Home For Fall
If you go on an Autumn walk, collect pine cones and other cool forest finds that you can turn into striking fall decor. You can make pine cone garlands, fall wreaths and fall table centerpieces. if you love crafts, there are many ideas out there that will give you fall decorating ideas. I found some excellent ideas from Country Living Magazine. There are also many pretty ideas from Southern Living Magazine. I like to get my home ready by adding rugs, comfy throws and pillows. We also like to start getting the wood burner ready and adding fall scented candles to the living room. I love the Yankee candles and my favourite fall scents are: Apple Pumpkin, Harvest, Crisp Morning Air and Autumn Leaves. They just smell so good!
5. Read A Novel
Now that I have more time to be indoors, I plan on reading more. I have just downloaded some new books for my Kobo (what would I do without that little guy!) including: The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth, Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, The Vampire Academy Collection by Richelle Mead and Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey. It’s a bit of a diverse collection but I really like the fantasy fiction as well as all sorts of other stuff. I’m still reading the first Outlander book at the moment, by Diana Gabaldon. So I’m grabbing a tea, my Kobo and a fluffy blanket to get cozy on the sofa and read….!
6. Knit Something Cozy
This is the perfect time of year to get knitting! Find a new project and make something cozy to wear, there are so many free patterns out there, you will be spoilt for choice! Try knitting some cosy socks, that will keep you warm all through the cold months. I love knitting socks, it's so relaxing, mainly because you don't have to think too much until you get to the shaping for the heel!
7. Go On A Picnic
This is the best time to eat outside, it’s not too hot, the bugs are leaving and you can enjoy the changing scenery. Pack up a tasty picnic and take your friends and family somewhere beautiful for a relaxing afternoon. For Autumn picnic recipes to try, check out the top ten picks from Jamie Oliver and make something delicious! Well something better than a ham sandwich and crisps!
8. Make Caramel Apples
I used to love eating caramel apples when I was a kid, well the outside mainly and then chucking it away, when you started to get more bites of apple! There are so many impressive looking recipes for caramel apples on Pinterest, from glittering candy to black, finished with ribbon bows. Here is a great recipe for caramel apples from Martha Stewart - do these look yummy or what?!
9. Enjoy A Bonfire
Autumn is a great time of year to have a bonfire, burning wood from your garden tidy up and inviting friends over for a ‘bonfire party’. Eating comfort food like chilli or hot dogs and drinking apple cider and relaxing will make a fun evening for all! For amazing photos and ideas of how to host the best fall bonfire party, take a look at this blog post from Brit+Co.
10. Wear Your Favourite Sweater
I love switching my wardrobe around at this time of the year, packing away my summer clothes and getting out my shirts and sweaters. One of my favourite sweaters is a huge oversized chunky knit I bought recently from asos. I love to wear it and just feel like I am cocooned in this warm envelope of yarn! Worn over leggings, with boots and wearing a slouchy beanie, this is my go to outfit for fall/winter.
Whatever you are going to do for fun this Autumn, I hope you stay cozy and feel happy!
Do you have any Autumn plans to share? xoxo
*All images not referenced are taken kindly from Pinterest*