Fall Bucket List 2014

Happy first day of fall!!  I gotta admit…I do love fall.  The vibrant colors, the smell in the air, the crisp chill, hot apple cider, pumpkin picking, cozy sweaters, fingerless gloves, and boots! Since today is officially the first day of fall, let’s take a moment to embrace the new season and make a fall bucket list to fully enjoy the season!

Even though fall means shorter days, colder weather, and winter right on its heels, fall also means slowing down (a little!) and spending time with family and friends.  It also means the world around you explodes with color, comfort food (and stretchy pants!) make a comeback, and football games become the sound of the weekends.  It’s when we start to seek out coziness and prep for the holidays that loom right around the corner.

With the start of each new season, I like to take a little time to think about all the things about the upcoming season that make me happy.   Since I’m a list-making, goal-setting kind of gal, I can’t start a new season without going through this exercise.

I jot down what I hope to do, see, hear, feel, taste, and touch.  I don’t use this as a hard list of things I must do!  I don’t write this with any expectations of accomplishing everything on my list, nor do I put any pressure on myself to check everything off (and for the record, this is NOT a list to include chores…keep your plans to clean out the gutters on another list, okay?).  This just serves to help bring me back to the moment when I start straying down the path of life and all the little things tend to get pushed to the side in favor of obligations and other yucky-adult stuff.

My Fall Bucket List

1. Pick pumpkins
2. Bake my favorite Cranberry, Chocolate Chip, Walnut Bread
3. Go for a hike or walk in the woods while the leaves are all kinds of orange, red, and yellow
4. Eat Apple Cider donuts (even better…make my own!)
5. Drink Hot Apple Cider
6. Watch the Charlie Brown Halloween TV special
7. Decorate my house with fall decor
8. Finish a knitting project
9. Take photos in Central Park, NYC
10. Buy roasted chestnuts from a street vendor in NYC
11. Attend a Fall Festival
12. Roast pumpkin seeds
13. Listen to Thriller on repeat more times than I can count!
14. Participate in a 30 days of Gratitude project in November
15. Bake something Apple flavored
16. Do a DIY/craft project involving acorns
17. Read a book in front of the fire on the first cold night of the season
18.  Paint pumpkins (real or fake!)
19.  Take fall photos
20.  Take a night walk to enjoy the smell of fires burning in the neighbors’ fireplaces

Having this little list helps me to focus and not forget to take some moments to stop and enjoy where I am, who I’m with, and what’s going on around me.

If you’ve never tried it, give it a go!  You may be surprised at how much more you get out of the season by stopping today and really thinking about what it is that you enjoy about the time of year we’re about to embark upon.   It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks that you forget to just stop and appreciate the beauty of all the glorious colors of fall once the leaves start changing!  Even if this isn’t your favorite time of the year, surely there’s something you like about fall :).

If you want some more Autumn inspiration, check out my Pinterest boards!

Autumn: House & Home

Autumn: DIY Projects

Autumn: Recipes


Your turn…what’s your favorite thing about fall?  What are you most looking forward to?


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    I love that photo of the marshmallow pumpkin photo! I almost picked up a bag of them at the store last night. So tempting. It’s funny – I always want them but I don’t want a whole bag of them. I want like 5 and then I’m done. LOL!

    I think what I’m looking forward to most this fall is a bonfire. We didn’t do one at all last year, and I kind of really want to try on on the beach this fall. We’ve often done them at Matt’s parents’ house, which turns into a bunch of his friends from high school drinking moneyshine in the pasture until like 2:00 in the morning. Which, don’t get me wrong – can be a good time but these days I’m about a little more about getting toasty than toasted. I’d also like a fall camping trip to the mountains – it’s been way too many years since I’ve been, and I used to go every year. I’m not sure, though how to make it work. We’ve got a ton of weddings and things to do in October, and while I don’t mind camping into November and have spent the night in a tent when it’s below freezing outside, it’s not ideal.

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      Vicky says

      I buy a bag of these little pumpkins every year and them I’m all set. They’re definitely not something I keep buying throughout the season (and 1 bag will last me for about 2 months!). They so good, but so sweet, only a few are needed to enjoy them :).

      A bonfire! That’s a great one! And on the beach to boot…that’s a great way to spend a chilly night. There’s something so cozy about it. I’ve never been a big camper…I love to go hiking, but this gal needs a bed, bathroom, and electricity for hunkering down for the night! LOL I should try it at least one time though. But, neither my ex-husband or my ex-boyfriends were campers, so I’ve never been offered the chance to give it a go! Hope you get a chance to squeeze it into your busy schedule! :)

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