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Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice: The Perfect Fall Day

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The season of all seasons has arrived and we are all here for it. The days are shorter, the air is crisp and the smells of autumn surround us. There is arguably nothing more comforting than the turn of seasons from summer to fall. Everything simply feels cozier. To capture the essence of this season, try creating the perfect fall day. This is a great idea for a treat-yourself day at the end of a long week when we all deserve a little recharge. Ideas for how to curate this day are down below!

The morning routine

I believe a good morning routine sets the tone for the ENTIRE and this is a hill I am willing to die on. First, I would wake up and make the bed as soon as possible. One little productive task is still a productive task. If you’re anything like me, coffee and breakfast are your best friends in the morning. If you’re a cold brew or iced coffee lover, make it the evening before so that it’s ready to be assembled come the morning. Personally, I love a hot cup of coffee, especially on a chilly autumn morning. Some fall-inspired breakfast options include pumpkin pancakes, spiced muffins or scones, or apple cider donuts! I would pair a sweet option with something like scrambled eggs or Greek yogurt for some extra protein. After breakfast, skincare and makeup, picking out an outfit is essential to move forward with your day.

the activity

After your morning routine concludes, what better way to continue this day than by visiting a local pumpkin patch or apple orchard? You’re sure to get some seasonal produce as well as cute pictures out of this deal. Grab your friends or family and head to a nearby farm or orchard. The pumpkins you pick out can be used for carving or cooking, and the apples have tons of uses as well! Looking up recipes before you go can ensure you get the right kind of pumpkins and/or apples. Some places also have mini gourds to choose from to decorate your house with, which is great for the upcoming fall holidays. Taking pictures at a place like this is definitely a cute addition to your social media feed. It’s also such a great way to spend a few hours outdoors, taking in the fall weather! 

The wind-down

Now that you have your seasonal bounty, you can bake a sweet treat! Making your whole house naturally smell like pumpkin and apples and spices is so much better than using a scented candle (although those are great as well). The evening portion of your day will be a homebody’s dream. As the sun starts to set, you can take this opportunity to set up for a cozy movie night, which is also essential on this perfect fall day. Change into a lounging outfit, bring out the pillows and blankets, and choose your movie of the evening. If you live in a house or apartment that has a fireplace, now would be the perfect time to light it and maximize the fall vibes. There’s something so comforting about a crackling fire nearby.

Hi everyone, my name is Solomiya and I am a junior majoring in Kinesiology at UIUC. Though I study within a STEM related field, I have always loved the arts- especially writing. I am so excited to be on this team and rekindle that writer's spark!