It's fall and I love it. Every year, I remind myself that THIS is my favorite season. To celebrate, I thought I'd list my top ten favorite things about fall. (And throw in some book recommendations as well. )
Hats are one of my favorite accessories because not only do they look cute, but they keep you warm at the same time! I'm a big fan of WARM and an even bigger opponent of COLD. So hats are one of my favorite things.
Here's a picture of a hat I just bought for Juliet. (This isn't Juliet.) My friend Michelle makes them and sells them on her site bebefleur.com (The gorgeous baby is her daughter, the official model of all things bebefleur.) The hats are handmade and come in several fashionable colors. Juliet wore her bebe fleur hat to the pumpkin patch last weekend and EVERYONE was asking me where I bought it, so here it is, I'm revealing my source. Michelle also makes and sells beautiful headbands in the same style as these hats. (A good book to read with your little hat lover is Do You Have a Hat by Eileen Spinelli.)
2. Taking pics at the pumpkin patch
I had never even been to a pumpkin patch before I had Juliet, but now I look forward to it every year! The orange makes for such great photos--although, if your child is pouting and/or refusing to look directly at the camera while you take her picture, all the orange pumpkins in the world cannot make up for it. We did not get the perfect shot last weekend, so we'll be returning soon for "retakes." There were several other pouty children with crazed parents pleading for them to "look at the camera or there will be no Halloween!" I'm pretty sure I heard one mother say that if her kids didn't smile for the camera, Christmas might even be cancelled. Crazy times at the pumpkin patch.
3. Homemade pumpkin seeds
After the failed pumpkin pictures, we did come home and make some delicious pumpkin seeds with our pumpkin. It was very simple, but very tasty:
Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, rinse them, and let them air dry.
Mix them in some olive oil and salt (about 1 Tbsp oil per cupful of seeds)
Spread them in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
4. Jumping in a pile of leaves
Usually, we don't have enough leaves on our lawn to make a good jumping pile until November, but this year, we've already had TWO good piles. Juliet got her little pink rake out and helped Ben push them into a nice, fluffy pile. This is another one of my favorite picture-taking moments. When I watch Juliet jump in and scream with glee I can't help but remember doing the same when I was a child.
5. Sleeping with the windows open
It is so refreshing to turn the air off, and just open the windows and let in the cool night air. I never sleep better than in those few weeks where it is cool enough to open the windows, but not too cold as to need to turn the heat on.
6. Gathering acorns while we may
We have a gorgeous, giant oak tree in the park down the street from us. We wait all summer for fall to come and the huge crop of acorns. There are so many, we are able to do lots of different things with them. From throwing them into the creek, to filling a basket, to leaving piles "for the squirrels' lunches". One of our favorite books about a squirrel who loves to gather acorns is Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman.
7. Planting Mums
Last year, the rabbits chewed my mums down to the stumps--they bit off all the blooms and ate the stems. I was so angry, but there was nothing I could do. I tried again, this year (with my fingers crossed), but so far, the rabbits have left them alone! Maybe they have found something better to gnaw on in someone else's yard. (Check out my post on Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert for a fun garden activity.)
8. Boots for Juliet
There's nothing cuter than tiny boots. I found these at a local thrift store for $5 total for the both of them! Jackpot.
9. Boots for ME!
I may not have purchased a new fall hat for myself, but you can be sure that I got myself some boots! These are ones I found at the end of last season on the clearance rack. I have been waiting all summer for the chance to wear them...
10. Reading fall-themed books
We just checked out a bunch from the library, be looking for our reviews in the next few weeks! While you are waiting, check out Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed, if you haven't read it yet. It's one of our favorites.
What do you love about fall? Do you have any good fall-themed books or activities that we should check out?
I'm linking up with Amanda at OhAmanda.com--she has a great fashion top ten list today--check it out!