I think it’s safe to say that summer is officially over. And as much as I loved the summer months and time spent with my babies, there is something about the arrival of Autumn and the return to everyday routine that makes me feel calm and centred.
Hands down, this is one of my favourite times of year. I love summer, I do, but I also really don’t mind Autumn either. It is a feast for the senses; the sound of crunching leaves, the smell of warming soups, the taste of hot chocolate, the warmth of cosy jumpers and the feel of the crisp morning air.
I’ve already spotted the ever-growing conkers and red berries. The leaves have started turning and the nights are most definitely getting darker. There’s a definite smell of Autumn in the air and I’m super excited for all the fun things the boys and I can get up to this season.
So I thought I’d share with you ‘Our Autumn Bucket List’
*Jump in a pile of leaves – this is just a given…right? The photo opportunities would be great as well.
*Bring out the uggs – this marks the “official” first day of autumn for me, goodbye flipflops…hello uggs!
*Go pumpkin picking -We’ve never done this before but a local farm is offering PYO pumpkins this year so my sister and i will be taking the kids at some point before Halloween.
*Carve a pumpkin – naturally!
*Drink hot chocolate – complete with whipped cream and marshmallows.
*Watch a scary movie – I am the Queen of horror flicks and there’s nothing like a scary movie to get you in the mood for Halloween.
*Do some leaf art – Harry did some leaf art at preschool last week and absolutely loved it so i really want to re-create this idea at home for him and Riley.
*Jump in muddy puddles – If it’s good enough for Peppa Pig, then it’s good enough for us as well.
*Bake Halloween cookies – No Halloween would be complete without some spookilicious cookies and it’s the perfect excuse to get the boys involved with some baking in the kitchen.
*Throw a Halloween party – We’re taking part in an exciting campaign with Tesco this year so will be throwing a pretty spooktacular Halloween party very soon. Watch this space!
*Watch fireworks – I took Riley to watch a firework display last year and he loved it, so i would like to do the same again this year, but with Harry too.
*Go on an autumn scavenger hunt – Time to dig out the wellies and go on a hunt for leaves, acorns, conkers, pine cones, twigs and berries.
*Light sparklers – Bonfire night wouldn’t be complete without some sparklers.
*Make pumpkin soup – I have never made (or eaten) pumpkin soup before but i’m told it’s a great way to use up the leftovers and i’m all for reducing food waste.
*Pick apples – There’s an orchard in the field where my mum keeps her horse and the boys have been asking me for weeks to take them up there for some apple picking so this had to go on the list.
*Wear baggy sweaters – It’s all about the baggy sweaters, warm knits and extra layers for this years A/W wardrobe.
*Collect conkers – Didn’t everybody do this as a kid? I have such fond memories of collecting conkers and playing games with them in the school playground. I’m pretty sure such games are banned now but i’d love to recreate them at home with the boys.
*Burn an autumn candle – Autumn is my favourite time of year for scented candles and i can’t wait to try the new “Autumn Night’ one from Yankee Candle.
*Read by the fire – There’s nothing better than sitting in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of vino in the evenings.
*Do some autumn-themed crafts – I have been pinning like crazy on Pinterest and hope to do a tleast one autumn-themed craft a week with the boys.
And that’s it. I think we’ve got a good mixture of things to keep us busy during Autumn and we’ve actually managed to cross some of these off the list already.
If you fancy giving some of these a go yourself, then you are more than welcome to download a copy of our Autumn Bucket List.