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Published April 3rd 2016
Fun, frugal and family friendly Autumn activities
Autumn is a pretty magical season; the wind becomes chilly but the sun is still happy to embrace earth for the majority of the day, nature is lusciously abundant in colours and crunchy leaves accompany our every step. It is nature's way of easing us into Winter's harshness, so here are ten things you can do to slowly immerse yourself into the cosy parts of your home, mind and soul.
1.Autumn clean Many people do "Spring cleans" so what is an Autumn clean? Well, it simply means to prepare your home for the colder months, bring out the fluffy rugs and pillows, stock up with good quality coffee, tea or chocolate, dig up some recipes, organise and book your friends for a pot luck party, put candles around the place and enjoy your new hibernating cave.
Go to a nearby park, forest or green space and collect pebbles, branches, pine cones, straw, tree bark and leaves. Think of a craft you could make with these natural materials and let the kids participate. Then you can display it around home or give it to others as gifts.
3.Host a pot luck party There are so many great Autumn recipes out there to inspire your inner cook so gather with friends and let everyone contribute with a pot or dish of something home made. Sharing food over a big casual table with friends or family is guaranteed to warm you up!
4.Make your own skin care Browse the internet or your nearest library for some great homemade skin care recipes. Most of them are easy to make and use cheap ingredients you can find at any grocery store. You can package them in recycled jars or containers and give as gifts or use them up during the rest of the year.
5.Bake the season Autumn is so full of staple spices and flavours with apples, quinces, cinnamon, nutmeg, berries and pumpkins. These are all rich in colour, aromas and of course taste! Bake your favourite old recipe or make something completely new. Great classics include pumpkin pie, apple pie, any pie, quince paste, fruit punch and roast vegetables,
6.New crops If you are lucky and energetic enough to have a vegetable patch at home, think of something new you would like to grow this season. Spend time in the garden and enjoy the last few rays of sunshine and perhaps a little harvest too!
7.Picnic at the park Picnics are great fun and inexpensive too. You can make them as quick or long as you like! Make some tasty food, bring a good old Frisbee or ball and enjoy a day outdoors with your family, friends or as a romantic date.
8.Walk through nature
The colours of this season can be quite intense with orange, maroons and dark browns. Nature will surprise you with every step you take! Look at the detail of everything, mesmerise yourself with insects, plants and how the light filters through them. You don't have to go to a forest or big reserve, the park around the corner can do the trick if you look closely and wonder in nature.
9.Markets Local markets are a great source of inspiration, ideas and produce to fuel your Autumn activities. You can chat to vendors and get tips from them, find new earthy decorations or enjoy some fresh food or coffee and simply browse through while you warm your bones up.
10.Build a fire If you have a chimney or dedicated fire pit, this one is easy, if you don't, check with your local council on fire restrictions and regulations. Once you have the safety side of things under control, you can collect some wood during a walk and build a fire, use the fire to roast food like corn or marshmallows.
If you have any other fun frugal Autumn ideas, pop them in the comment box below.