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Fall Bucket List: 20 Things To Do in the Fall

By Kristan Kremer on September 26, 2016

Fall Bucket List: 20 Things To Do in the Fall

The leaves are changing colors and the days are getting shorter! There's a crisp cool breeze that's cooling off the hotness of summer and that means one thing: pumpkin spice lattes, comfy sweaters, football, and boots! (Okay, so that was more than one thing!)

Fall Bucket List | 20 Things to do This Fall

Fall Bucket List

Fall is quickly approaching, lucky for me it's my favorite season! Fall weather brings fall activities and lots of fall festivities to write in my planner!

20 Things to do this Fall. Writing these in my planner now!

I have 3 kids and we love doing outdoor activities in fall. Some as simple as walking or going and visiting new parks. Others include October festivals for Halloween and, of course, the apple orchard and the zoo. Here's my list of things that are a must for fall:

20 Things To Do in the Fall

1. Apple Orchard
2. Pumpkin Farm (we like to check out two different ones, we do the big one and find usually a small town one to support as well.)
3. Farmers Market
4. You Pick Farmers Market is always fun as well - make sure to wear boots (gets muddy) and nothing too fancy! You will definitely be getting a little dirt under your nails.
5. Make crockpot applesauce with the apples you picked at the apple orchard. Here's a great, easy recipe to follow.
6. Make apple cider. Here's one of my favorite recipes.
7. Make caramel apples, my personal favorite! We like to use Reese's pieces, M&M's, crushed candy bars and sprinkles. The  toppings list can go on, there are endless possibilities!
8. Attend a fall festival - one of our favorites is at a local amusement park. They have a dress up for Halloween and go trick or treating the whole month of October.
9. Family Photos!! If you want the most beautiful shots you can dream of, the October sun and backdrop is unimaginably perfect! Book now most photographers fill up early.
10. Go hiking! Some of the most amazing things you can do in fall are free and beautiful! We have a beautiful state park that is a couple of hours away from us in Illinois! Starved Rock State Park is beautiful, full of waterfalls and in the fall, the colors of all the trees are just perfect!
11. Make a scarecrow! I'm all about DIY! Go to the thrift store, get a flannel, some overalls, a hat, and grab some hay (most craft stores, Home Depot and Menards have this in stock during the fall). Get to stuffing! Put him (or her) on the porch or in the yard!
12. Make it a night in of SCARY MOVIES (or kid-friendly scary movies!) Some of our favorites are : Hotel Transylvania, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, Coraline, The Legends of Sleepy Hallow, Beetle Juice, Corpse Bride and Harry Potter to name a few! For the adults, definitely Halloween movies and Saw, throw in some Freddy with that too! FREAKY!!
13. Rake leaves and jump in them! Collect some different colorful ones for an art project!

Check out this fall bucket list with 20 things to do in the fall with your kids. I need to write some of these down now so I don't forget!

14. Make a colorful art project and frame it! For kids, something simple as a leaf wreath or a hand tree with leaves is an adorable keepsake. Here are some great ideas. 
15. Go to a haunted house!!!
16. Make an apple pie or pumpkin pie! (YUMMM) Here's a classic recipe for an apple pie.
17. Go to a football game! Whether it be a high school team, college game or NFL! Go out for a fun day of tailgating with some family or friends! GO TEAM GO! 🏉
18. Roast s'mores, grab some blankets and sit out and enjoy the chill of the fall with a good roasting.
19. My personal favorite is to carve or decorate pumpkins! I like to decorate the whole house in pumpkins - real and fake!
20. Go trick or treating. If your kids are grown, go with grandkids, neighbor kids, whoever! Whether it's cold, soggy, wet or even snowing. Bundle up, grab a Pumpkin Spice Latte and get to walking! Have fun!

Happy Fall Y'all!

Fall Bucket List | 20 Things to do This Fall...Gotta write these down in my planner. My kids will love these!


This guest blog post was written by Jamie Lee, mother, entrepreneur and photographer at Reveal Photography. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.

Post-Grad Planning

By Katie Poppe on May 24, 2016

I've always had a planner for school, usually the one they give you for free on the first day of classes. I didn't really "discover" the planner community until halfway through my senior year of college when I decided I needed some physical organization system better than my iPhone calendar. Now, I've been out of college for almost a year and I don't want to give up this way of life, which has helped me enormously, just because my schedule isn't as busy as it used to be. It took some adjustment, but I think I've finally got the hang of post-grad planning.

I remember the planners that I used to have way back when... dates and lines, nothing really special. My teacher had to sign at the end of every day of school and my parents had to sign once I finished my homework. In high school came the real planners with the pretty patterns and the stickers and the color-coordinating system for classes. No one really used a cellphone to schedule things yet. It didn't hit me until college that organization was a thing that a lot of people struggled with, including myself.

In college, I used my phone for my schedule all the time. But where did I put my homework assignments or my clubs meeting notes? Honestly, they were just scribbled in a notebook and most likely forgot about. When I saw people decoratively planning in larger planners, it made me realize that this could be a system that worked for me.

I was a fan of the vertical-style layouts at first (Layout A & C): great for schedules and making list of assignments and tasks. Towards the end of college, I realized that a horizontal style layout (Layout F) worked better for the small amount of classes I had left. 

After graduation, I went into a planning funk. I didn't have any more classes to plan for, just my work schedule which was the same every day. I didn't really need a planner anymore. It's not like I had a family to plan for. It's taken me a while, but I finally realized that classes aren't the only thing I could plan for.

If you're struggling on what to use your planner for post-grad, here are some ideas:

  • Work schedule
  • Meetings
  • Workout schedule
  • Meal planning
  • Vacation planning
  • Cleaning/chore schedule
  • Bills/Payments
  • Daily thoughts
  • Instagram/photo challenges
  • Habit tracking
  • Weekly to-do lists
  • Other activities (if you are involved in other things)

Once I got settled into my post-grad life, things started happening more. I had more meetings at work. I became a youth leader for my church. I started working out routinely. I even started planning out blog posts (hey, look at that). I may have even gone out of my way to do something I wouldn't normally do, just so I could write it in my planner. 

It might not happen the minute you graduate, but eventually you'll get the hang of it. 

I'd love to hear how you transitioned your planner from school to the real world, so be sure to leave a comment!

This blog post was written by Victoria Lee Werth for the Limelife Planners Media & Creative Team. For more information about Victoria visit her on Instagram @missengineerdesigns. Please share and repost this blog entry with your friends! All we ask is that you give credit to Limelife Planners and the post author.