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How Do You Get Autumn Ready?

Ideas for Making the Most of the Autumn

Autumn” – it’s just such a cosy sounding word isn’t it conjuring up images of warm drinks, the last of the warmer days and the crunch of fallen leaves.

It’s also the time for a lot of fun celebrations, depending on your beliefs and location on the planet. Here in the UK, we have the Harvest Festival at the end of September, Halloween at the end of October, which is followed shortly after by Bonfire Night on 5 November. In the USA, there is of course Thanksgiving celebrated rather than Bonfire Night. After this, thoughts soon turn to the winter and Christmas Holidays in our house.

Before then, why not make the most of this Autumn to try a couple of the following autumn-inspired ideas:

  • Cook a warming soup, a stew or casserole
  • Visit a pumpkin patch/apple orchard
  • Try a pumpkin latte
  • Bread baking/cake making
  • Go to a professional bonfire and/or firework display
  • Watch scary movies
  • Organise your autumn/winter wardrobe
  • Go on a nature walk to take in the changes
  • Decorate the house seasonally/have a Halloween party
  • Trick or treat
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Knitting
  • Rake leaves
  • Stargaze
  • Toffee Apples
  • Warm apple cider
  • Bat-watching
  • Gratitude journal
  • Getting the garden ready for winter

So there’s a few things to do to welcome in the change of a new season should you wish to. Re-organising and updating the wardrobes has already started in our house with the kids heading back to school this week. Looking forward to a pumpkin latte too – that always feels soothingly autumnal.

Which one do you feel inspired to try?

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Ten Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Rainy Day Stuff

Coming from Manchester, England, a place fairly well known for its grey days and rainy weather, and having lived here all my life, I sometimes have to get inventive when the kids are off school and the weather decides to put a dampener on the day.

Out of Term Entertainment

It’s currently half-term and many kids are still off school here at the moment for another week, with the forecast for the rest of the week being “unsettled”.

Whether you’ve got kids or are a big kid yourself, here’s my run-down of 10 things to try on a rainy day:

Go for a Welly Walk

Kids (and big kids!), often love splashing in puddles on a wet day. Take a brolly and wear your wellies, even if it’s a quick walk round the block. It’s a chance to get some fresh air and tire them out – who knows, you might even enjoy it.

Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

I strongly recommend doing number 1 first and then coming in, wrapping up in some warm clothes and sipping hot chocolate and marshmallows to warm back up again. Very cosy.

Curl Up With a Good Book

Or film, whatever you prefer. You can incorporate number 1 and/or 2 above to make a day of it or just curl up in your jammies!

Spring Clean

Another option is to make the most of the bad weather to de-clutter the house. It doesn’t have to be the whole house, maybe just a room or a DIY job you’ve been meaning to get done. The benefit of doing this on a rainy day is that your not stuck in doors on a sunny day doing it.

Break Out the Board Games

Most of us have at least one board game or a pack of cards lying about the house but how often do we get them out in this digital-age with technology and new games and apps always at our fingertips? Monopoly anyone?

Bake a Cake

Of course it doesn’t have to be a cake – anything warm and cosy will do. Maybe a batch of home-made bread or pie. Kids love to get creative in the kitchen so maybe a home-made pizza and then that’s dinner sorted too!

Listen to the Rain

Many people find it very relaxing to listen to the sound of the rain as attested to by the multitude of apps available for this very activity. Just sitting and relaxing or meditating to the sound of the rain can be very soothing to the soul. Might struggle getting the kids to try this one!

Get Crafting

Again not something you see as much of nowadays with the abundance of technology around us, but I’ve yet to see a child turn down a fun crafting activity. It doesn’t have to be messy or expensive and it can be a fun way for adults to get in touch with their inner child – kids or no kids! It could by Play-doh, Kinetic Sand, painting, gluing and sticking…

Face-Paints/Makeovers

Why not break out the face paints and/or make up and give each other a brand new look!

Paper Aeroplane Tournament

This one’s my favourite, fun for all ages! Of course again, feel free to get creative – it doesn’t have to be paper aeroplanes. It could be a wind-up toy race or an origami competition for example.

So there you have it – my top ten ideas for a Rainy Day. Try one at a time or turn it into a challenge and take them all on. How many can you get through before the rain stops?