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By: Rachel Brown

There are things to adore about every season, especially autumn. We have been reveling in pumpkin spice treats, Sunday night football, and, even though the weather isn’t cooperating in most of the country quite yet, dreams of scarves and sweaters and boots. There are so many fun things to do this fall, but in the midst of our busy schedules and mile-high to-do lists, it’s easy to get bogged down in our routines and let the season simply fly by without enjoying it. We hope this post serves as an inspiration to add some fun fall activities to your calendar; after all, before we know it, it will be Christmastime!

Get Outdoors

 There are so many enjoyable ways to spend time outside during the cool, gorgeous autumn months. We are in the throes of football season, so head out to a fun tailgate for your university or alma mater, or snag tickets to a professional game in your city. Treat yourself to an afternoon of apple picking, pumpkin patching, or corn mazing (bonus points: bring along a darling niece, nephew, or neighbor). Go camping (or glamping!) somewhere where you can witness the leaves change, soaking in some fresh air, hiking while exploring your surroundings, and cozying up around a fire.

 Cook a Fall-Inspired Dish

 Pinterest and the blogosphere are abuzz with drool-worthy ideas of fall-themed meals to cook and pumpkin-flavored treats to bake. Jump outside of your cooking comfort zone to tackle a recipe you’ve never tried before. Right now we’ve got these caramel apples, this pumpkin spice latte, this apple crumb cake, and this roasted acorn squash and sweet potato soup on our to-make list.

 Decorate Your House (or Apartment or Dorm Room)

 Get into the autumn (or Halloween!) spirit with a few easy upgrades to your living space. Throw pillows in seasonal colors (think mustard yellow or pale orange) on your couch or for an easy upgrade. Change the linens on your beds to something a little more fall-like by transitioning to flannel sheets, perhaps, or layering a cozy blanket on top of your fluffy duvet. Use mini pumpkins and interesting gourds to create fun centerpieces and unique accents to your bookshelves, coffee tables, and mantles. Bouquets of seasonal flowers serve as gorgeous statement pieces, too!

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about the authorRachel  is the Director of Development for Touch A Life, an organization committed to the rescue and rehabilitation of children who have been exploited and trafficked in West Africa and Southeast Asia. Though she loves working in the non-profit world, Rachel has always been passionate about writing, pursuing opportunities to put pen to paper outside of her day job. Aside from writing for Darling Magazine, she maintains a personal blog, Coffee & Tacos, where she connects with others through food, travel, faith & community. Rachel lives in Dallas, TX, with her husband, their adorably large English mastiff, and a new baby girl, Ruby.

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