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5 to THRIVE: 5 Fall To-Dos You Really MUST Try!

5 to THRIVE: 5 Fall To-Dos You Really MUST Try!

Fall is in full swing, and we want you to make the most of this season by enjoying life’s simple pleasures – even some of the cliché ones!

Pull your family away from their busy lives to enjoy these Five Fun Fall To-Dos:

  • Have a campfire and eat s’mores
  • Watch something spooky
  • Make a Halloween costume
  • Decorate your porch
  • Enjoy homemade apple cider

Enjoy gooey, delicious marshmallow-and-chocolate sandwiches!

White Rabbit, White Rabbit, White Rabbit! Don’t mind the smoke; chant your way to enjoying a cozy family campfire one chilly fall evening. It’s absolutely the perfect way to wrap up your day, and you’ll quickly become the favorite parent when you whip out the s’more supplies!

You can’t go wrong with a classic s’more. However, you can one-up the Cub Scouts this year by adding some dazzle to this sticky dessert! Some other interesting s’more ingredients to top your marshmallow include the following:

  • Peanut butter
  • Caramel
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Even bacon!

This fall, leave the electronics inside, debate how to best roast a marshmallow, and talk about what the plans are for tomorrow. You can turn this cozy activity into a family meeting without anyone even noticing!

“It’s all just a bunch of hocus-pocus!”

Movie marathons are awesome when you’re a couple, but they get harder once you have kids. Everyone argues over what to watch. The popcorn is half-burned, and your youngest is practicing for a gold medal in gymnastics on the couch you’re trying to relax on.

Realistically, I wouldn’t expect your kids to sit through all nine Star Wars movies, but I bet you can find a spooky Halloween flick that most will enjoy!

The Sanderson Sisters in Hocus Pocus are a favorite among many families. The PG rating and spurts of adult humor tend to be a good compromise. Parenting tip here: Decide how to define the word virgin before watching with kids.

Whether you watch Charlie Brown’s It’s the Great Pumpkin, Jason, or anything in between, you can turn a dreary fall day into a memorable tradition – one that includes snacks!

Make a DIY Halloween costume!

We may not all be good with a sewing machine (or even own one), but there are plenty of creative Halloween costumes that anyone can create!

Coming from a parent who has made her fair share of quick costumes, do yourself a favor and buy overalls this fall. The number of costumes you can make from overalls is ridiculous:

  • Farmer
  • “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”
  • Minion
  • Mario/Luigi
  • Chucky
  • Scarecrow

Making a costume is just fun and breaks up the monotony of your day. It can also save you some serious cash because Spirit Halloween really rakes in the dough this time of year!

Make your porch the envy of the neighborhood!

When you’re driving along, do you ever play that game where you silently judge other people’s porches and decide what you would do differently? Of course, then you get home and applaud yourself for the perennial mums that came back this year, thinking, “Damn, look at me being all festive!”

Make yourself a contestant in the porch-judging game this year and create a space that you’re proud of! You can even use it to take some of those super cute family fall photos.

There’s one advantage to decorating a little late for fall (isn’t it crazy that Christmas decor is out in September?). All your autumn decor can probably be found on clearance now! You really don’t need to spend a fortune, and there are lots of super simple ways to spruce up your porch this fall!

  • A little goes a long way; you don’t need 50 pumpkins!
  • Make your porch pop with color! Don’t be afraid to add purples, blues, and whites to your fall decorations.
  • Invest in an oversize wreath that can be saved for next fall – it’s probably the easiest way to give your porch a POP!
  • Use mums – you really don’t need a green thumb to keep them alive, and they come in lots of different colors!

With one day’s bit of work, you’ll have a beautiful porch you can be proud of! The inside of your home might be a disaster, but at least you’ll have your porch looking fine.

Try your hand at hot apple cider this fall!

My favorite “homemade” hot apple cider recipe is my favorite because I buy the apple cider already made! You basically use store-bought apple cider, add a few ingredients, and heat it on the stove. And everyone loves it!

Cheesecloth is the only weird thing you need. Luckily, it’s something you can find in most grocery stores (or buy online).

If you want to try your hand at being Martha Stewart this fall and make honest-to-God homemade apple cider, this recipe is amazing because you can use a slow cooker, and you don’t need an apple press.

Trying new recipes is a great way for the family to bond and enjoy a (hopefully) tasty treat!

Fall family fun is better when you’re organized!

Fall is a gorgeous time of year and perfect for creating new memories and traditions. To truly make the most of the season, you need to be organized. And what better way to stay organized than a command center?

The Ashley has the perfect set up to keep a busy family on pace. Here is what this 1THRIVE Wall Organizer includes:

  • Monthly blackboard
  • Weekly blackboard
  • Blank slate
  • Corkboard
  • Hooks
  • Two metal cups
  • Two liquid chalk markers

Every item is designed to help you plan ahead, stop procrastinating, and enjoy your time as a family.

You know you’ll never make it to the pumpkin patch unless you plan for it, so get THRIVING on your organization and enjoy this beautiful fall!

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