Day 2 of 31
Welcome to day two of Blogtober!
With the seasons changing, daily activities have to adapt to the weather outside, and it’s the perfect time to welcome new opportunities.
In the middle of Summer, can I carve a pumpkin whilst drinking a pumpkin spice latte? Not likely – but in Autumn, pumpkins become a main ingredient in pretty much everything!
In June, can I walk down the street and listen to the leaves crunching beneath my feet? Nope! In October, however, these red and orange leaves cover the ground like spilt confetti.
In order to use Autumn as an excuse to try new things, I’ve compiled a kind of ‘bucket list’ for the month of October. So, if you’re wondering what you’re going to do with your day now that Summer’s over, keep reading.
- Paint a Pumpkin
I’ve always loved carving pumpkins, and my mum has always hated the mess that comes along with doing so; unfortunately, there’s not really any way of carving a pumpkin without covering the countertop in slippery seeds and pumpkin guts, so unless I give up my pumpkin carving tradition, the messiness is inevitable.
This year, however, after spending god knows how many hours scrolling through Pinterest, I’ve seen pictures of pumpkins which have been painted, rather than carved.
The paintings look far better than my failed attempts at carving intricate designs into such an awkward canvas, and there’s much less mess, so this Autumn I’d love to experiment with pumpkin painting instead.
- Bake using Pumpkin Ingredients
As someone who doesn’t like coffee, no matter the flavour, I do feel like I’m missing out every Autumn when Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in season.
Pumpkin flavours are probably the ultimate way to get into the Autumn spirit, but that’s something I’ve never experienced.
So, instead of missing out, I’d love to find some recipes involving pumpkins – perhaps in the form of cookies, cakes, or pies!
- Eat Homemade Soup
The last time I made my own soup was in a middle school cookery lesson when I was probably eleven or twelve years old. I paired up with a girl called Summer and came up with a lovely vegetable soup recipe, consisting of (from what I can remember) broccoli, carrots, potato, and various other vegetables. It tasted great, despite being very, very green.
This Autumn, when the weather starts getting a little gloomy, I’d like to make some sort of chicken and vegetable soup, instead of buying it in a can.
- Have a Halloween Get Together with Friends
Whenever I’ve been to a Halloween party, it’s always been hosted by family or friends. I’m not a party person, as such, and I certainly don’t have a big enough house or friendship group to throw a massive party, but I’d love to have a quiet evening in with a few close friends.
I’ve been planning it for a while, and hopefully, I’ll be spending Halloween at home with my boyfriend, best friend and her boyfriend, watching scary movies, and eating way too many sweets.
- Participate in Blogtober
As I mentioned in my introduction post to Blogtober, I’ve experienced a blogging slump in the past few months. My old blog, ‘Thirteen Purple Roses’, did fairly well for the short amount of time I used it, and I posted much more frequently than I do now.
For this reason, participating in Blogtober this Autumn seemed like a good way of getting some inspiration and uploading some posts to get me back into writing and blogging.
- Watch Classic Halloween/Horror Movies
I’ve seen a fair few horror movies in the past few years, but my Netflix Watch List is longer than ever, and I’ve had countless movie recommendations from family and friends.
This Halloween I’d love to make a short list of horror movies, ones which are considered iconic or classic, and actually watch them…probably with someone else…I scare easily.
- Go on More Long Walks
My boyfriend and I went through a phase of taking my two little dogs on long walks through the woods and over the hills, a short drive from my house. However, with work, college, and a short weekend trip away, we kind of got out of the habit.
Long walks are a great way to get out into the fresh air, instead of being cooped up in my bedroom; and with the beautiful autumn scenery popping up, painting the trees all sorts of reds and oranges, I’d love to take more regular walks, and snap some photos along the way!
- Get Back into Reading
Like writing, reading is something I’ve stopped doing over the past few months. Last year, I read so many books and wrote all the time, but for whatever reason, I no longer have the inspiration or motivation.
This October, I’d love to get back into reading, and have more quiet-reading-time to myself. I’d love to read a lot more next year and start using my Kindle again too, so starting now gives me enough time to get back into a routine!
I have a few books which are practically begging me to read them, and a sister who’s begging me to hurry up with one in particular so she can read it herself, so I’d better get a move on!
- Embrace Self-Care
As the weather gets colder, and the days get darker, it becomes much more important to me to take care of my hair, skin, and mental health.
Cold weather, rain, and wind ruin my hair, and I always end up with a horrible cold. Every Autumn I end up falling even more in love with warm baths, fluffy blankets, and cosy socks!
Self-Care is important all-year round, but over the next month, I’d love to incorporate it into my day to day life as much as possible, and really embrace comfort and happiness.
- Enjoy an Autumn-Inspired Date
Over the past few weeks, I’ve read so many blog posts about Autumn-inspired date nights, or Autumn activities to enjoy with your significant other.
My boyfriend and I do go on a reasonable amount of dates, and we’re always going out for dinner with our friends, but I’d love to come up with some ideas of things he and I can do on our own, even indoors, which won’t cost too much money.
There are some great suggestions on Pinterest that involve a quiet night in, baking treats or cooking nice dinners, all of which are themed around Autumn and Halloween, incorporating seasonal recipes.
Perhaps I could even kill two birds with one stone and do some Autumn baking with my boyfriend!
And that’s it! There’s a list of ten things to do this Autumn, in the form of an Autumn Bucket List. Hopefully, this was helpful if you were looking for ideas for your own Autumn Bucket List!
Have you done any of the things on this list? What are some things on your Autumn Bucket List? Do you have any movie/book/Autumn suggestions for me? Leave your answers in the comments!
I’ll be back tomorrow with another Blogtober post, but until then, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post.