Fall is a season of harvest and transformation as trees display their vivid array of autumn colors. Make the most of fall’s magical mystique as you make more memories.
Here are some ideas and inspiration to creatively celebrate the magic of fall:
- Take your journal, sketch pad, or easel outdoors to set up at a scenic spot or find a perfect park bench and capture the splendor of the scene.
- Sip and savor the festive flavors of fall like chai, pumpkin spice, apple cider, pecan, and caramel.
- Enjoy listening to nature’s symphony of crickets and frogs, still out and about until hibernation season arrives. Capture their sweet songs on your phone with voice memo or with a field recorder and their music will be ready when you need a nature escape.
- Stay cozy and warm in flannel shirts, sipping a cuppa something comforting.
- Take a nature walk and toss colorful leaves in the air like magical confetti.
- Combine fishing trips with canoeing, kayaking, and camping out in the mountains.
- Identify the constellations and wish on a star while dancing and toasting marshmallows for s’mores by a bonfire.
- Get crafty with colorful leaves, pinecones, acorns, and other natural materials collected on your next nature walk.
- Get a fall beauty and fashion make-over, reflecting the colors of autumn. Get your cues from nature, inspired by the colorful, changing leaves on trees, berries, plants, skies, and earth, and try out a new cut and color and make-up that suits the season. If green eyeshadow is too strong for you, try more subtle shades in a more neutral palette. For a highlighter color, try shimmery metallic gold or matte off-white eye shadows. For more subtle contour shades, try shades of bronze and brown. And for autumnal colors, however bold or subtle, try hues of sunshine yellow, zestful orange, and fiery red.
- You don’t have to be hiking on a trail to snack on an energy boosting, blood sugar stabilizing trail mix. For healthy at-home or on-the-go snacking, combine your fav granola or healthy cereal, nut/seed mix, and dried fruit. Adding in some plain, butter-free popcorn is another option. Try a combination of your favorite granola, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, and raisins.
- Fall in love with the colorful crisp leaves and crisp autumn apples as-is, on your salad, or as baked sweet treats. Keep that kitchen and tummy warm with baking. Here’s a quick and easy recipe for apple crumble/crisp. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and slice or chop your choice of apples and place in a baking dish. Top with granola, raisins and chopped nuts like walnuts, pecans, and/or almonds. Add a few dabs of softened butter mixed with brown sugar or for healthier options, go for coconut oil and maple syrup. Set timer for about 20 minutes and set dish in oven. Check with a fork to see if apples are softened and the granola mixture has melded in.
- Take your yoga mat outside and enjoy body conditioning, including relaxing tai chi, out in nature.
- Decorate with pine cones, fall flowers, gourds and pumpkins, or other elements from nature and add to the ambiance with candles.
- Savor sippables like chai black tea, homemade apple cider, and mulled wine. Try adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves, cardamom pods, star anise, and black peppercorns (optional) to loose black tea. Add vanilla, grated ginger, or orange zest for a flavor boost. For spiced apple cider, boil apple juice or cider with cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice (optional). For mulled wine the Swedish way (known as glögg), boil red wine, port, brandy, and water with orange peel or orange slices, raisins, blanched almonds (optional), cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods, and grated ginger or ginger root slices. Sweeten to taste with honey, maple syrup, or stevia.
Make the most of the splendor of this season. This is your precious time to fall in love with fall!