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It’s low 70’s today and it feels so good! Besides loving summer (duh), fall is also one of my favorite seasons. Sorry winter – you didn’t even qualify. However, because today has me in the orchard going, blanket wearing mood – it has me thinking about my top 5 favorite ways to enjoy the fall season.
Fall Top 5 List
After the dog days of summer, fall is the perfect time to get outside and have some fun or stay inside with a warm beverage to snuggle. Really – it’s the best of both worlds. While we love traveling around to take in all of the beautiful fall colors, they only peak for a few short weeks. So here are our top five tips for enjoying fall at home with things can be enjoyed all season long. These are just my favorite tips, be sure to add yours at the end!
1 . Start With a Good Book.
After a long day of homeschooling my kids and working on my blog, there is nothing better than pulling my hammock out into the warm sunshine and taking the time to read alone. The cool fall breeze paired with losing myself in a good book are all I really need to unwind. Also, because the season is switching from summer to fall, the temperatures are cooling making my time cuddled up in the hammock super comfy.
If you’re looking for a good book to read, I was recently sent a new book preview from Mark Woods titled Lassoing the Sun; A Year in America’s National Parks. The book offers travel lovers like me an inside look at one man’s experience as he spends a year hoping around the national parks. Not only does he learn more about the national parks, but he learns about life, loss, and himself along the way. You can pick this book up on Amazon. Just be prepared to get a serious case of wanderlust while reading it – I surely did.
2. Create Your Own Plaid Fringe Blanket.
In the spring I made a nice light weight blanket during a sponsored post and it has come in handy on more than one occasion. I not only adored this handmade blanket during the cooling spring evenings but found that it was the perfect weight of a blanket throughout the summer and now also going into the fall. Really any time that I wanted to snuggle up without roasting – I grab for this blanket.
Because this DIY project is so versatile, light-weight, warm, and plaid it also makes the perfect accessory for a brisk fall morning. For a complete DIY blanket tutorial click here.
3. Spend Time Outdoors While Keeping the Mosquitos Away
I simply cannot make it through the fall without a couple trips to an orchard. In fact, my family has a tendency to travel around to several different orchards each season. We find fun in sampling each locations homemade donuts – just to see which one has the best taste.
Since the weather has cooled to what I believe is peak perfection, it’s very common that we’re finding ourselves spending even more time outside NOW than we did during the summer months. Unfortunately, I think the mosquitos are enjoying the change in weather as well because they have been coming out for us in droves!
Luckily, we recently received a couple free samples from Mosquitno in the mail which allowed us to keep mosquitos away with a simple sticker applied to our shirt! How cool is that? We’ve found ourselves using these citronella based stickers at any other time we feel those pesky mosquitos biting – like at the orchard.
The company also carries a line of mosquito repellant bracelets that come in both adult and child sizes. Find out more at mosquitnoband.com and use coupon code DJ10 to save 10% off your order. Offer valid through Oct. 15, 2016.
4. Invest in a Good Slow Cooker.
Seriously. We use ours almost every single day during the fall season and even throughout the winter. Because of this, over the years I have collected quite a few scrumptious recipes that have now become our favorites. Here are a few links to my favorites:
Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup – get the full recipe here.
Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Soup – get the full recipe here.
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Nachos – get the full recipe here.
5. Always Be Ready With a Stack of Puzzles.
This is something we always keep stocked up on throughout the cooler months. Since the sun starts to set earlier and earlier, we use this extra evening time to connect as a family around a puzzle. Each night we all gather together, with some hip tunes playing on our vinyl record player, and we each work busily on the task at hand. Each time we finish a puzzle we glue it together. Each member of the family gets a turn to pick out the next puzzle we will work on once the one we have is complete. This is something we all truly enjoy and I hope the memories will last a lifetime.