Wednesday, October 5, 2016

7 Things to Do In The Fall

It's finally sweater weather! The Indian summers are gone, the leaves are changing and starting to fall, and I've renewed my love with pumpkin spice lattes. Autumn is by FAR my favorite season, but it also feels like the shortest... by the time the weather decides to stick to the 60's, we have about a month or two to enjoy it before the Thanksgiving decorations come down and everyone starts prepping for Christmas. 

That means it's up to us to knock out our autumn bucket list before the season gets away from us! Here are some of our favorite things to do in the fall:

1. Challenge a corn maze - One big advantage of living in corn country is corn mazes. I've always wanted to rush my way through one, but I didn't have the opportunity until just after Celine was born and we visited Solsma's Corn Maze. I got hooked! It was just as much fun as I had hoped, even when pushing an ill-equipped stroller. This is a new fall staple for us. I can't wait until the girls are old enough to enjoy it for themselves. (Hint: If you get lost, touch the side with only your left hand and eventually, you'll get out ;) )

2. Get some FRESH produce - I swear you can taste the difference between grocery store produce and farm to table. Saturday mornings are perfect for busting out the stroller and browsing the freshest fruits and veggies (soup season, amiright??) and supporting locals at the same time. Win win!

3. Pick some apples at an orchard - Joel and I actually took our wedding photos in an apple orchard, but unfortunately that year it was after a snow or two so the fruit was mostly picked over. However, there are always TONS of activities with families in mind, not to mention loading up on apples for bobbing at Halloween parties. 

4. Stock up at a pumpkin patch - We added Emma's Apple Orchard to our fall bucket list this year because I have heard some AMAZING things and Celine is finally getting big and brave enough to attempt some activities. However, this one is only open until October (or as long as apples are left) so we'll have to get a move on if we're going to make it ;)

Our attempts at carving last year... mine is the one that looks nervous, Joel's is the fun one. Pretty much sums up our experience of parenting thus far.
5. Get some fresh air - Fall is near the end of the 5k/10k/half mile/etc season, but if you're looking in the right places, they're not all done yet! The last 5k of the year in our area (unless I'm missing some?) is the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. don't worry, it's in the morning, so you're free to refill on calories at dinner ;)

6. Satisfy your sweet tooth - Halloween is not that far away anymore, which means we'll be buying candy for neighbor children and probably end up eating most of it ourselves (hey, it's not our fault our street is not a trick-or-treating hot spot!). However, some churches have started a Trunk-or-Treat (which I have not heard of until last year), where people decorate the back of their cars and meet in the church parking lot instead of having the kids all over town. It's a great way for families to spend time together too, instead of waiting at home for someone to show up. Even though our kids have been too young to get what's going on so far, we still get into it.

7. Read under a tree - Allergies aside, this is my favorite time to be outside. I like to grab a few things from the Rotary Book Sale (hello, Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables series!) and perch myself on a blanket while the weather is pristine. And I mean, come on, look at the LOADS of books!

BONUS: Libraries also host movies, signings, and crafts for the fam, but those are all year round here! :)

Now I realize this might totally look like an ad to come and move to northwest Iowa but I assure you, it's not (do it anyways, it's amazing here). This is not a sponsored post. I just love how many different things are in the area that are budget-friendly, family-friendly, and help me get out of the house before I'm cooped up like the Ingalls family until spring. If you're interested in checking out some local fall events in your area or you're hosting an event, check out Eventbrite's lists and resources.

Happy autumn everyone!!

And camp/bonfires. Always.



  1. We live in the Midwest as well and do almost all those things every fall - haven't read under a tree yet though. Might pass on that because I'll be covered in orange ladybug/beetles and stink bugs. Ack!! We are totally going to try the smores with a fudge stripe cookie though!! We have a cookout and outdoor movie night this weekend, so I'll make sure to stock up on those cookies with our smores ingredients. Happy fall!!!

    1. Oh man, I'm lucky we haven't dealt with bad bugs yet! And those amores are my favorite. You'll have to let me know what you think :) Enjoy!!

  2. I love everything about your posts, but my favorite part of this one is the baby dressed as Miss America's flower(s). #perfection

    1. Ha ha ha!! Thanks! That costume was actually a hand-me-down, so we planned around it. Also Joel didn't feel like going all out, so we went with something minimally costume-y. It was super fun!

  3. I love everything about your posts, but my favorite part of this one is the baby dressed as Miss America's flower(s). #perfection