Fall into Autumn

Fall into Autumn

{My article below appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of South Jersey MOM. You can find it on page 12 of the magazine.}


Fall into Autumn

 

My favorite season is upon us. I have so many wonderful memories of fall as a child: jumping into piles of leaves, the crisp cold air, the beautiful colors, and of course, the holidays. Fall is packed with holidays and special occasions, Columbus Day, Halloween, Veteran’s Day, and Thanksgiving. It’s certainly a season filled with gratitude, scented candles, and enough tasty treats to fulfill your sweet tooth. The scent in the air alone is enough to lift your mood, although all I need is a Pumpkin Spice Latte to put a smile on my face. There is something so nostalgic about the fall and I get just as excited for the season now as I did when I was a kid.

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Now that I have a family of my own, I make sure we fill our fall days with family fun and memories. There are so many exciting things to do in the fall.  When the leaves change, that is the best time to get out into nature, take a walk along a hiking trail and observe the beautiful colors with your children and explore. Pick up some acorns, decorate them, and put them in a glass jar. Collect colorful leaves and preserve them so you can enjoy the beauty of the autumn months long after the season has ended. The changing fall foliage is always a delight and never fails to impress. Now is a good time to really tap into your crafty side. If you’re not super crafty have no fear. You don’t have to look too hard to find easy, fun projects to do with the kids. Painting pine cones and making pine cone bird feeders is something we really enjoy, and the pumpkins, oh the pumpkins! There is definitely no shortage of farm activities across South Jersey; pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes are abundant.

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Head out to one of your local farms for a hayride to pick your favorite pumpkins and go apple-picking as well. Then you can have fun decorating your pumpkins (check out my latest no-carve pumpkin craft here) and also whip up some homemade apple pie. There is something to be said about baking in the fall. There are so many recipes, and with Thanksgiving around the corner you can really get creative. Be sure to include the kids. It’s so much fun to bake with them. They love to be a part of the finished product and they are learning mathematics at the same time. There are also many great no-bake dessert recipes they can make by themselves with little supervision.

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Now on to my personal favorite fall activity, the festivals. Be sure to check your local area for listings because you don’t want to miss them. South Jersey MOM will be at Duffield’s Farm Market on October 22nd, with vendors, food, music, kids activities and, of course the corn maze and fabulous pumpkin picking. Oktoberfest in Historic Smithville is one we always attend. The village is hopping with crafters, a food court, music, kids’ activities, train rides, and hundreds of visitors ready to celebrate the fall. Halloween at Batsto, “Haunting of the Pines,” is also great fun for the kids and occurs on the Sunday before Halloween. The kids get to dress up in their costumes and trick-or-treat throughout Batsto Village, enjoying games and activities. The cost of admission is free, not to mention the food at these festivals is amazing.

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Overall, there’s fun to be had by all in the fall, so be prepared to grab your sweater, hot chocolate, and S’mores, and take advantage of the spectacular season!

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