Here are a few artful ideas for falling in love with fall.
- Visit a farmers' market. Enjoy shopping outside in the fall air. You might browse or purchase local fresh ingredients to make a favorite dish. I love roasting veggies like carrots, squash and onions with garlic and rosemary.
- Start a journal. Spend a few moments each day reflecting on what you love, what brings you joy and what you are thankful for. Journaling is a wonderful way to connect, reconnect and stay connected with yourself.
- Refresh last year's cardigan sweaters. Have fun searching vintage shops and flea markets for old buttons. Remove the old buttons on your sweater and replace them with the vintage ones. This makes any old sweater a new must-wear piece.
- Make butternut squash soup. Serve it with fresh bread to your friends and family.
- Visit a local pumpkin farm or festival. I love a pumpkin patch, as it is a great place to photograph the family. If you feel like getting creative, purchase a few pumpkins and carve them with decorative touches. This year, I am cutting the top off of pumpkins, cleaning the inside of seeds and simply drilling holes to make a pumpkin lantern. Once I add a candle, the light will shine through as the sun sets.
- Pack a picnic. Head outdoors! Enjoy the crisp fall air, the countryside and the changing color of the leaves.
- Bake cookies. Cut the dough into fall leaf shapes (cookie cutters are readily found at bake shops or online) and invite all the kids (no matter their age) to decorate in orange, red and green icing. Sprinkle colored sugar on top for a beautiful, sparkling treat.
- Take a long walk. During your walk, simply breathe and take in the scenery.
- Host a potluck dinner. Invite friends and neighbors to celebrate good food and the sunset with each other.
- Change your sheets. Change the sheets on your bed from cotton or polyester to a soft and warm flannel. As the nights get colder, these cuddly sheets keep you even warmer and cozier.
- Make a fire. Build a roaring fire in your fireplace. If you don't have one, consider building a fire pit. Invite friends and family to sit around and tell stories. Don't forget the marshmallows!
- Create a fall centerpiece. For an easy and no-cost decoration, fill vases with colorful leaves, seed pods and branches to create an original, one-of-a-kind centerpiece.
- Make caramel apples. Roll your gooey homemade caramel apple in pieces of candy, nuts and chocolate chips to make delicious treats. I also love to cover pretzel sticks with the same deliciously gooey stuff!
Fall is nature's way of resting and ultimately renewing itself. The transition from summer to fall is beautiful, a gift to our senses in every way. This year, make a promise to nurture and comfort yourself so that you, too, can beautifully renew and grow to be all that you can be.What are the simple pleasures that have made you fall in love with fall? Leave a comment below!