So sue me. It’s mid August and I’m already thinking about how I am going to squeeze the best out of this season we call Fall. There’s just something about the feeling of Fall that makes me feel GREAT! The crisp air, the beautiful vibrant colors, the amazing clothing, pumpkins (and every GD pumpkin recipe known to man) and of course Halloween!
If you are a parent, then you will know the drill. Things are expensive and more often than not a simple trip into town costs more than a day’s salary. You get in there, you buy coffee for you and hot chocolate for your little. You can’t DARE leave without a treat for them plus a treat to bring home to daddy! Next you plan on getting a few groceries which immediately turns into $250 on not only groceries but on Fall and Halloween décor along with $5 pumpkins and a Coloring Book that costs more than the pumpkin because it is Halloween themed!
GIVE ME A BREAK!
By the time you get your coffee, your treats, your groceries, gas up and head home, you are eyeballs deep in regret and $300 poorer. But what else were you supposed to do to entertain your children?? “Things cost money” you say! Well yes, they do. But there are a few simple things that you can do around home with your kids that will be full of Fall fun and a heck of a lot cheaper!
1. Grow your own pumpkins. This may sound labor intensive and annoying but trust me, it’s not! As long as you remember to do this in the summer, you are GOLD. Pick up a package of pumpkin seeds from Walmart, Home Hardware or your local Farmers Market and you literally dig up a little row, throw them in, cover them over and watch those babies grow! It’s a great way for you and you kid to get outside and it really gives them a sense of accomplishment. Plus, you save the $5 per pumpkin you would have to spend at a larger store (and the gas to drive there!) BONUS: If you grow more than you need, try having your kid sell them around the community at a decent price! Cha-ching! Carve away or if your child is too young, let them color on their pumpkin with a marker!
NOTE: Even if you have to cave and buy the damn pumpkins, it’s still worth it! Try making a morning out of it and hitting up a local “you-pick” place and let the kids have a blast choosing their own pumpkin!
2. Make Fall Decorations. Dig out your kid’s construction paper. Pick out the orange, red, yellow, brown and black colors, cut them into strips and staple, glue or tape the ends together into loops and make the good old fashioned paper chains! Hang those beauty’s up in the kitchen for a fun Fall theme!
3. Print off Fall/Halloween coloring pages. Most people don’t think of this but how easy is it to type “free Halloween coloring pages” in Google and click print?! Your kids will have a blast coloring and you just saved a gazillion (well, maybe not a GAZILLION) more dollars on buying one!
4. Bake Something. Instead of taking that trip to Tim Hortons and buying cookies and treats to eat and take home (don’t worry, I’m not hatin; this mom LOVES her some Timmies!) get you and your kids suited up in aprons and take an hour to bake some yummy Fall inspired cookies or other goodies together! There’s nothing like the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg or pumpkin to put you in the mood to celebrate Fall!
Speaking of smells..
5. Make your own scented simmer pot. Make your house smell AMAZING but without the cost of purchasing candles, etc. Simply boil a pot of water on the stove and throw in your fav Fall things that you have hanging around the house like a cinnamon stick or ground cinnamon, sliced apples, pumpkin spice, orange slices, cloves, the list can really go on forever! It’s whatever you love! Let that baby simmer and your house will smell amazing for hours!
6. Go Exploring/on a Scavenger Hunt. Yes, if you’re like me you may sometimes think exercise is for chumps, but this one can be really fun! Put your sweaters on and take a walk around outside with your kids. Make up a list of fun outdoor things to find (red leaf, orange leaf, a stick, a pinecone, a flat rock) and when your kids find everything on the list, offer a prize at the end like hot chocolate and a movie!
7. Make your own Hot Chocolate. Since we are already having so much fun today with all of the cool things you’ve done with your kids, why stop now? Try getting your kids to help you make your very own hot chocolate from scratch! It’s so simple and chances are it has ingredients that you will already have in your cupboard.
Home Made Hot Chocolate:
- 2 cups milk powder
- 1/4 cup of cocoa powder (or a little more)
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- tiny pinch of salt
Mix ingredients together and the result is yummy! If you’re feeling really adventurous, melt some chocolate chips and dip your spoon in it. After it dries use it to stir your hot chocolate mix with your hot water. YUM IN MY TUM.
So if your kids aren’t too hyped up after all that sugar, settle them in for some quality Netflix time and watch their favorite Fall or Halloween movie (may I suggest Goosebumps or The Addams Family?)
Wow! Look at you and your brand spankin new “Parent of the Year” Award! It looks good on ya!
Come oooooonn October!! 😀