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How to make the most out of fall




Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the chilly weather, colorful trees and cozy fashion. However since I live in Finland where even the summer is usually quite cold and rainy, people around me always seem to dislike fall a lot. As soon as the weather starts to cool people start complaining about how it's too cold and how they wish it was still summer.

As a firm lover of the fall season, I wanted to list some awesome things to do during this time of the year. Let these fun ideas inspire you to live the greater fall ever!

This list includes everything from diy tutorials to activities and I guarantee you won't be bored.

1. A picnic in the forest

Picnics are typically seen as summer activities but can be just as fun in the fall. Pack your picnic basket full of hot soup, fresh bread and hot cocoa to keep you warm. Grab a few more blankets than you would in the summer so you can both sit on them and wrap yourself in them. Get your friend group together and head outside for the coziest picnic ever. Just make sure you're wearing enough warm clothes!

2. Throw a Halloween party

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I take it very seriously. For me, halloween starts on the first day of September and ends on actual halloween. The best way to celebrate is obviously to throw a themed party for your friends or family.
I will be writing a whole post on how to throw a kickass halloween party as we get closer to October, but for now I've collected some links for you so you can start getting inspired!

Harry Potter inspired pumpkin pasties by Popsugar
Gilded insect plaques by The gathered home
Diy potion bottles by Buzzfeed


3. Turn your home into a cozy nest

Is there anything better than sitting in a cozy house wrapped up in a blanked with a cup of tea while it's raining outside?
Decorate your home with candles, pillows, throw blankets and warm colors to set the mood for fall. You don't have to invest a ton of money into home decor either. If you just look at what you have lying around with fresh eyes you'll find that a lot of it can be used as material for diy projects.

Here are some of my favorite ideas for up-cycled diy fall decor:

Sweater pumpkins by Jill Ruth & Co
Fall wreath made out of soda cans by Hometalk
Diy blanket ladder by Naptime decorator


4. Collect and preserve craft supplies from nature

Nature is full of colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones and berries during this time of the year. Take advantage of them! You can collect leaves and press them so you can later use them as decorations for making cards and other crafts. Pinecones, rowan branches and acorns make adorable decor as they are and you can even make your own jam out of forest berries.

Here are some of my favorite ideas:

Rowan and apple jelly recipe by Delishably
Yarn and tree branch wall hanging by The good times home store
Acorn napkin rings by New england


5. Have a diy spa day with your friends

Hosting a diy spa day for your friends is both fun and relaxing. You can also just do this alone to relax after a long week. 

Here are some ideas for what to include:

  • If your house has a sauna, heat it up!
    • Spending some time in a hot quiet sauna is very relaxing and is believed to be a great way to detox too. Add some essential eucalyptus oil to the water for a fresh scent.
  • Light some scented candles
    • Check out tip number six for some awesome diy candles!
  • Make some diy face masks 
    • Blend some fresh banana, oatmeal and honey together to create a simple moisturizing face mask. 
    • Mix together coffee grounds and honey to create an exfoliating and energizing mask.
  • Create a manicure station
    • Get a small tray and fill it with nail polish, hand cream, nail files, cuticle oil and an exfoliating hand scrub to create your own little manicure station.
    • You can make your own exfoliating scrub by mixing sea salt and coconut oil. Add a few drops of essential oil for scent, if you'd like. 
  • If you have a bathtub, make some diy bath salts
    • Mix together Himalayan salt, dried flowers and just a few drops of lavender oil for a soothing bath salt.
    • Mix sea salt and lemon juice for an energizing bath salt.
  • Warm up your towels by blowing them with a hairdryer for a few moments. Be careful not to burn them!
  • Make your own herbal tea
    • My favorite combination is equal parts dried mint, green tea and dried chamomile.


6. Make some cute candles

Homemade candles are a great way to add a touch of coziness to your home and they smell amazing too! 
Making them is a fun activity to do either with friends or by yourself and if you get a little carried away and end up making more than you need you can always save them for Christmas and give away as presents.

Here are a few of my favorite tutorials for homemade candles:


7. Read a book or two

Fall is the perfect season for starting a new book. You can take your book anywhere with you and read it on the bus, at coffee shops, on your lunch break and of course at home. Keep a stack of books on your nightstand so you won't forget about them. I can only speak for my self, but whenever I put an unfinished book back into the shelf I just completely forget about it and never finish it. That's why I always have a bunch of them next to my bed and they look pretty cute too!

I'm not very good at recommending books, but I am myself currently reading The Master and Margarita by Mihail Bulgakov and I've enjoyed it very much so far. Perhaps give it a go if you haven't read it yet?


I hope you enjoyed these ideas for making the most out of your fall and found them helpful!
Sharing your thoughts in the comments is appreciated!

With love,

Saara



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