I don’t know about you, but fall is definitely my favorite season! It’s the perfect temperature of not too hot and not yet too cold and the foliage really lifts my spirits! I know it’s technically still summer for a few more weeks but I’ve put together a fun list of things that signal the start of the fall season for me (Disclaimer: You won’t see football on my list)! If you don’t live in an area where you can experience the changes of the season, I would certainly recommend visiting somewhere that does to experience the magic of fall.
- Pumpkin coffee is available at Dunkin Donuts (the pumpkin donut is pretty awesome too). I just drank my first of the season and was loving it. For the record, my other go-to cold weather drink at Dunkin Donuts is the “Dunkaccino” – part hot chocolate, part coffee: enough said!
- Halloween costumes are out in the stores. I know there are people out there who really get into Halloween. As a kid, I had fun but dressing up was not something that I got super excited about. I do get excited to think about what my son can be each year, based on what he’s interested in. I also enjoy going to the school to see him walk in his parade. ( BTW, my son wants to be a dinosaur, but that’s what he was last year!)
- New episodes of my TV shows start. I’m already excited to see the beginnings of some of my favorite shows – any other “This is Us” fans out there? I’ll also check out some new shows if they sound interesting to me. I don’t get a ton of time to watch TV, but after my son goes to bed, I take an hour or two to watch and it is my “me” time. Can’t wait!
- You smell fireplace in the air and the first signs of crispness in the air- We had a few cooler days at the end of August that started to make it feel like fall, but we haven’t yet really seen this type of weather, and I am waiting to smell that fireplace smell!
- Apple / pumpkin picking! There are so many nice orchards in our area, it has become an annual tradition to get together with our friends and see our children play together. It has become something that I truly look forward to doing each fall season. Sometimes, it’s easier to plan time to visit with our friends at this time of year versus the summer, with everyone’s crazy schedules and vacations!
- “New Year’s” resolution – In my opinion, this time of year has more of a “fresh start” appeal to it than Jan 1. I find myself thinking about trying new things, maybe getting a new haircut, and wanting to get more organized. And then actually DOING it!
- Urge to purge – Similar to #6, with a new season comes a desire to get more organized. I typically go through all my clothes at the start of each season to get rid of what I’m not going to use and take a brief inventory of what I have and what I may need to get in my collection for the cooler weather. Thanks to Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, I think I am in good shape for my fall wardrobe, but I’m sure I’ll find other things to buy! At this time of year, I also like to change up my home décor to give it a fresh, cozy look! Usually some wreaths, new candles and hand soap and towels can really breathe new life into the house.
- Cravings for baked goods – I’m not proud of this, but as the temperatures get colder, my “go to” comfort foods include hot beverages and baked goods! Somehow, a salad just isn’t as appealing as it is in the summer. I just devoured a package of mini pumpkin muffins this week. Note: I am not suggesting that every craving is going should be satisfied! I don’t want to undo all the hard work I’ve put in at the gym the rest of the year!
- Panic about holiday shopping – Wait, how many shopping days until Christmas? Each year I vow to get ahead of the holiday rush because once Halloween comes and goes and then Thanksgiving, it’s crunch time to get everything done. And, for me, to truly enjoy the season, I like to reduce my stress as much as possible. Sometimes, with all of the rushing around trying to create the “perfect” holiday, it’s so easy to lose sight of what the holidays are about in the first place.
- Back to school – Several years ago, before I was a mom, I remember seeing this Staples commercial set to the song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year ” by Andy Williams showing a mom gliding down the isle with her cart with a carefree smile on her face. Now, I get what that commercial was trying to convey! It truly is a great time of year! I love my son to death, but with him now in school for the whole day, there is so much more I can get accomplished!
I’d love your comments about what your favorite seasons are and why! Whatever your favorite time of the year, best wishes to you for a fabulous September!