It’s going way too fast: 45 links for savoring fall

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Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

It’s already mid October, and I hesitate to even write that, because that just doesn’t seem possible. Wasn’t it just springtime?

Ask people to name their favorite season. Without fail, I’ll bet you fall is the most common response. Be it college football, sweater weather, crunching leaves, or pumpkin lattes, there’s something just about everyone can find to love.

My problem with fall, however, is that it’s just so darn busy. Not sure if it’s the start of the school year or what, but I always start off with these lofty ambitions to for fall-ish activities, and then I blink, and it’s Christmas.

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found more fall ideas for crafts, decor, food, and activities than I could ever possibly accomplish. I’m motivated and inspired.

Here are my favorite fall finds around the Internet—nothing specifically Halloween or Thanksgiving, just celebrating the season itself. I know I won’t do all of these, but these are great ideas nonetheless. I’ll be satisfied doing three or four.

And of course, add your own favorites in the comments.

Crafts


Photo from Made

Decor


Photo from Nesting Place

Activities for kids


Photo from Loves of Life

Food and drink


Photo from Gimme Some Oven

I’ve got a block party this weekend (yep—unbeknownst to us, we moved to a street that actually holds block parties!), so I’m hoping to whip out one of these recipes, then maybe sit in a lawn chair and work on one of these crafts. Yeah, I’ve got a book to work on, but… it’s fall. It’s lovely and crisp and colorful. Here’s to a slightly slower autumn.

What’s your favorite fall activity? Care to share a link for a tutorial, craft, recipe, or decor project? Add below in the comments!

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  1. We had fun with a beechnut ball: http://micha-morethanwords.blogspot.com/2011/09/bucheckerkugel.html
    Micha´s latest post: Vorräte

  2. Love this list compiled here…I’m doing a preschool theme of ‘Fall’ and there are so many great ideas here. (I’m still working on my acorn collection to make that wreath from ‘Made.’

    We made this falling leaves picture-featured on Crafty Crow-and the kids loved it. http://www.thecraftycrow.net/2011/10/falling-leaves-picture.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+typepad%2FiTVx+%28The+Crafty+Crow%29

    Thanks again for compiling all these great ideas!
    Nicole @ Burning Bushes´s latest post: 490 Reasons to Pray for Faith Today

  3. Thanks for linking up my pumpkin spice latte. And for all these amazing ideas and links. I don’t know what project to start first! :)

  4. Loving Fall! I find that if I try at least one new recipe a week, I tend to enjoy it much more! We have a big Halloween party each year with tons of kids and some of these recipes would be too much fun to include! Here’s to the parents out on the lawn chairs, cuddled up under blankets, around the fire pit….ahhhh….can’t wait!!
    Stacey´s latest post: I Hit My Head on the Value of Old Friends

  5. Fall means to return to baking for me, and I love it! Today I posted my go to bread recipe, and last week focaccia http://www.townsend-house.com/2011/10/caramelized-onion-focaccia.html We do more than bread baking around here too…but I haven’t written any posts about our apple endeavors yet :-) These links look awesome! Can’t wait to look at them further!
    Heather´s latest post: bread and a recipe

  6. I love this post, Tsh! Fall is my absolute season, but you’re right – it goes way too fast! This approach of being more intentional in ENJOYING it is smart. And it’s inspiring me to finally sit down and make a fall bucket list for my own family. Thanks!
    Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect´s latest post: I Bet You Think This Song is About You

  7. This is a great list! I just started a brand new website in September called Homemakers Challenge – it’s purpose is to inspire and challenge homemakers in their role. Beginning Monday we’ll be sharing some Fall homemaking ideas–Pinterest is such a bottomless pit of goodness!
    Thank you for sharing your finds with us, Tsh! :)
    Christin @ Homemakers Challenge´s latest post: I Hate Guilt {a word from Sarah Mae}

  8. This year, fall has meant doing some major work painting trim on the exterior of our home to get ready for winter. (It’s usually more about bike riding and pumpkin farms!) I’m glad we’re doing it though; we’re doing the work ourselves for the first time and it’s going a lot more easily than I would have thought. It will save us from having to have the exterior painted letting us go ahead and pay the mortgage off first – whoo hoo!
    Mary´s latest post: More on Mr. Bank

  9. Tsh, you’re right! I was just reflecting on how all of a sudden the leaves had changed – right under my nose!

    Here’s another fall tradition in our household – a family fitness one! It’s one that will get the whole family running, giggling and having fun!

    http://fitfamilytogether.com/heres-a-great-way-to-get-your-family-running-and-giggling-in-the-fall
    Enjoy!
    Sarah @ Fit Family Together´s latest post: Ultimate Guide For Better Brain Health

  10. It is going way too fast. All the stores are putting out Christmas decorations, and it is stressing me out. I have not even finalized my list. Holy moly!
    Seriously Sassy Mama´s latest post: It’s A Roundup, And Why This Chair?

  11. i love some of these ideas! what a great compilation. can’t wait to try some of them! thank you!
    kristin´s latest post: Candy Corn Shake (A Healthy Version): Kids in the Kitchen

  12. Oh my! Terrifically inspiring! Just wishing I had time to read half of the posts you linked to, not to mention actually do them. :-)
    Hannah D.´s latest post: A Weekend Mission

  13. Love all these ideas! I want to do something cute with pine cones and pumpkins. Looking at your links gives me the urge to craft!

  14. I like the pumpkin drink cooler. I have passed this link on.

  15. Can’t wait to try some of these…thanks for posting a few of your favorites!

  16. These fall recipes look delicious. I just stocked up on some canned pumpkin so I am ready to get in the kitchen!
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)´s latest post: Clothes in the closet

  17. I just love fall. The colors of nature, the crock pot cooking, pumpkin recipes and the lead up to some great Holiday’s like Halloween and Thanksgiving. That pumpkin spice latte recipe is something I’m gonna try; I bet it’s bettter than Starbuck’s.
    Judy´s latest post: Maternity Halloween Costumes

  18. Thank you so much for linking to my wreath, Tsh! You made my day! I can’t wait to look through some of these other fabulous projects for fall. This is definitely my favorite season!

  19. Nicely organized spat of ideas you have here. Trying to cram some fall fun into my family’s schedule here too. Because simply putting a pumpkin on our front stoop is not decorating for the season apparently (according to my 9 year old)
    Kristy´s latest post: The Bedtime Story

  20. Thank you for putting this list together. We are definitely savoring fall but it doesn’t looks as pretty as the beautiful photos included in this article because our almost four year old triplets, almost two year old little boy and their mom don’t have the crafting skills for some of the ideas to turn out as beautifully. However, we will have a beautiful time together. Yesterday we had the greatest time exploring a Farm and experiencing all of their activities for kids. So happy to have this list to refer to for some new ideas of things to do this fall.
    Triplet Mom Plus One´s latest post: Preparing For The Stomach Bug To Hit The Rest Of Our Family

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  1. [...] 45 Links for Savoring Fall @ Simple Mom – some wonderful ideas! I’ve already pinned quite a few of them. I wish we could sit around and craft all day! That would be fun. [...]

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