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Happy Tuesday friends! I won’t be mad if you are not super pumped about this blog post, but I have to tell you that *I* am super pumped about this blog post! You guys, I just loooooooove fall. It is my absolute favorite season of the year, and for that reason I LOVE me a fall bucket list! Our family is young and still in the process of establishing what we want our traditions to be, so I find it such a fun challenge every year to come up with a fall bucket list, try to cross everything off the list, and then decide which we want to solidify as family traditions we’ll keep year after year. This is the kind of stuff that makes life fun – know what I mean? It’s what makes life memorable! These are the things we rememberrrrrr! Ok calm down Shannon.
Quick side note about this fall-hued ensemble I have on here: this sweater is just so cute and comes in four colors (I secretly want the tan and the pink real bad too!). And it’s under $100, which for a nice thick sweater isn’t too shabby. I’m also hard core crushing on these open-back booties I have on. They were surprisingly comfy. Fit is true to size for both!
Here’s this year’s Fall Bucket List. What am I missing? Are there other great fall bucket list ideas that I need to add you guys?
Leave a comment and share your brilliance! HAPPY FALL!
Fall Bucket List:
First Day of Fall Party. This has become an annual tradition for us. We just had our fourth First Day of Fall party. 🙂 Every year Chase and I throw a party on the first day of fall to ring in the best season of the year! It’s a ‘bring your own soup’ party! Everyone brings a different flavor of soup or some type of fall food (rolls, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, etc.). And basically we just eat our faces off. And it is glorious.
- Visit a pumpkin patch (or 20). Secretly want to go to every local pumpkin patch this year and decide which one takes the cake!
- Pick apples at an apple orchard. Another ongoing fall bucket list tradition we’ve established now is to visit Apple Hill, California every year around this time (I posted about it last year here). It’s a cluster of apple orchards, and by golly it’s just the cutest little place in all the land. Quintessential fall. I could basically die happy here.
- Go on a hayride. This usually happens at Apple Hill for us.
- Take a fall foliage drive. My favorite location for this is Utah. Back when I was going to school there, we took a weekly drive through the canyons once the leaves changed colors. It is still one of my fondest memories! Luckily I’ll be back in Utah at the end of October this year and you best believe I plan on doing this again.
- Visit a farmer’s market. San Francisco has an amazing farmer’s market on Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building. My mama is coming to town this weekend and we’re going to take the kids and hit that up. I’m stoked!
- Get yourself a new fall candle (or ya know, six of them). Bought this one and this one a couple weeks ago and they’re both already almost gone. Ooops!
- Pull out all your cozy blankets. Most of our big, cozy blankets get folded up and put away during the summer months, so I love pulling those out when fall arrives. I also love buying new cozy blankets each year so that I accumulate a good collection. IKEA has really affordable, yummy blankets. So does Target. I’m coveting this one right now.
- Pull out your fall/winter wardrobe, binge on fall fashion inspo via Pinterest, then pull together some fall looks for yourself. This may sound a little bit like torture to some of you (sometimes I even feel that way, haha), but it can be super fun . And frankly, it’s kind of nice to have some looks already planned out for when you need to look extra cute in a flash.
- Schedule a fall photoshoot. Can be for your entire family or just for you! One thing I’ve learned is: blogger or not, I don’t think people ever regret getting professional photos taken. And they don’t have to cost an arm and a leg either. Find an affordable photog and do the dang thang!
- Bake a pie. Or if you’re like me, just go buy one. Oooooops.
- Carve pumpkins! Nuff said.
- Decorate your front porch for fall. Or shoot – go ahead and decorate the whole house! You can peep our fall decor here).
- Watch You’ve Got Mail. Or watch whatever your favorite fall movie is. You’ve Got Mail is my personal fave, by far!
- Get a fall mani/pedi. Think burgundy’s, deep purples, evergreens, dark pinks, etc. I still haven’t done this yet this season and can’t wait for when I get to!
- Treat yourself to a brand new scarf or sweater… or both. A celebratory ‘it’s fall!’ scarf or sweater is totally approps this time of year if you ask me. For sweaters I’m loving this, this, this and this, and in the scarf department I’m crushing on this and this and this.
- Build a blanket fort in the living room. Blanket forts are so very fall if you ask me!
- Eat donuts and drink hot chocolate in said ^ blanket fort. And by hot chocolate I mean pumpkin spice anything, obvi. I don’t even love donuts but something about them feels very fall to me. So during September through November, bring on the donuts!
- Have a bonfire with s’mores. This sounds so fun to me! We’ve never done this before and I’m not sure how we’ll pull it off, but when there’s a will there’s a way peeps!
- Go on a fall hike. Yasssss. Can’t wait for this. We’re planning on going to the Muir Woods for a little walk/hike action while mama is here this weekend as well. Woot!
- Eat allll the pumpkin things. My personal fave: pumpkin hershey’s kisses!
- Attend a Fall Festival! Hello? What’s a fall-lovers dream? It’s a fall festival, duh! We need to source one of these in our local area to attend.
- Volunteer. Growing up, there were a couple times on Thanksgiving day where we went and volunteered at the soup kitchen. I loved that so much, and I totally want to pass that tradition onto my little babes.
- Bundle up and see a drive-in movie for date night. Doesn’t this sound delightful? Sans kids, obvi! We’ve never done this one but I want to this year!
- Visit a quintessential fall destination. This one is obvi a little more difficult to pull off, but what memories you’d make! I so want to make this an ongoing tradition in our family. What are the fall destinations on my list, you ask? Oh just the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Aspen Colorado (or just Colorado in general), the Yosemite area, Vermont, and North Carolina!
- Keep a gratitude journal. This one is certainly not limited to one or two months of the year, but it sure is a nice thing to focus on around the Thanksgiving/holiday season. This is another one of those things you would never, ever regret doing. Anthro has the cutest journals. I feel like I need this one.
- Fall BBQ. This is another one we haven’t really done before, but doesn’t it sound nice? Reminds me of the movie Fever Pitch where Jimmy Fallon is BBQing for Drew Barrymore in some park in Boston and it looks crisp outside but not cold yet and Drew is in her cute fall outfit and then Jimmy asks her to opening day of baseball season. Remember? Remember guys? Bueller? Bueller?
That’s it! That’s what I got so far for our fall bucket list.
What’s on YOUR Fall Bucket List? Fill me in!