It’s been a tough year, 2020! But it’s time to rejuvenate, get cozy, take your self-care up a notch and just enjoy autumn. I’ve curated a bucket list with lots of self-care ideas for you to make autumn come alive. I’ve attached a printable version which you can put it up in your home and make checking off things a big family experience!
Decorate Your Home or Small Spaces
Autumn wreath with fresh flowers
You could use a lot of eucalyptus with hints of a deep red and orange flowers because at the end of the day we all love fresh flowers around our home.
If you’re good at drawing/painting then go ahead and decorate your home with your own designs. Above all it will add that sense of personalisation!
This is such a great idea, you can get creative with colours too! Check out the link below the picture to see how to create these beauties.
Printable Autumn Signs
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to spice up your home this autumn simply use printables everywhere! Download+Print+Frame and you’re all set!
Make Autumn Drinks
Apple Hot Toddy
A go to autumn self-care drink that warms you up!
295 ml apple juice with no added sugar (unsweetened)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
8 whole cloves
1/2 Tbsp honey for each glass (you could add more if you like it sweeter)
118 ml whiskey (you used honey whiskey) or bourbon
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 slices of apples (for garnish)
3 pieces of lemon peels (for garnish)
2 to 3 glasses
Makes 2-3 drinks
Step 1. Combine apple juice, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Step 2. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and allow spices to steep for about 12-15 minutes.
Step 3. While you wait, grab glasses and add 1/2 tbsp of honey in each one.
Step 4. Add whiskey and lemon juice and stir to combine.
Step 5. Strain spices and add apple juice mixture to each glass and stir to combine. You can add more honey if you prefer it sweeter.
Step 6. Serve with cinnamon sticks, apple slices, star anise and lemon peels.
Maple Cinnamon Latte
1/4 cup hot espresso or strongly brewed coffee
1-2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch ground cinnamon plus more for garnish
3/4 cup milk steamed, dairy or non-dairy
Step 1. Pour the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in the bottom of a wide mug.
Step 2. Pour in the hot espresso and stir to combine.
Step 3. While holding the mug slightly to the side at a 45˚ angle, slowly pour the steamed milk in the center to fill the mug and add a thin layer of the foam to the top.
Step 4. Decorate the top with an additional pinch of cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.
Get Creative with Halloween Arts/Crafts
Halloween Dream Catcher
Halloween isn’t just for the kids, this one is for the adults. It’s classy and minimalistic too.
Carve a Pumpkin
Our pumpkins probably look different than these but get the most odd shaped ones, carve out the inside and make funny or spooky faces on them. The kids will love these
Again this is a cheap and easy way to bring in the spooky feeling with printables around your home.
Printable Halloween Banner
Put this banner out on your front door or in the living room to feel a little festive!
Bake Autumn Favorites
The smell of cinnamon just reminds me that winter is close. It’s such a versatile spice and the best one to use during this season.
Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
This season brings so many fruits and vegetables! Although we get apples all throughout the year now, we don’t necessarily make apple crisp all the time! It’s so easy! Try it!
Make Seasonal Recipes
Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons
Who doesn’t love croutons!! But grilled cheese croutons OMG!!! This is a must try autumn self-care dish.
3 separate tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped onion
2 cup pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. honey
Freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp. mayonnaise
4 slices white bread
slices of your favourite cheese (cheddar works great)
chopped fresh parsley for the garnish
Step 1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil; sauté garlic and onions for 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 2. Stir in pumpkin, broth, heavy cream, and honey and season with salt and pepper.
Step 3. Bring to a boil and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. Turn off heat and melt remaining butter for a silky consistency, then cover with lid and keep warm.
Step 4. Preheat a frying pan on medium-high heat. Spread each piece of bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise and place on the pan, mayonnaise-side down.
Step 5. Top with layers of a good cheese you prefer (cheddar is a good one for grilled cheese) and cover with remaining bread. Cook until golden brown, flipping as needed. Cover skillet to melt cheese.
Step 6. Transfer to a cutting board and cut each grilled cheese into 8 pieces.
Step 7. Divide soup into bowls, top with grilled cheese croutons, garnish with parsley and drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately.
Stewed guava with custard
Guavas are mainly in season during this time. This recipe is so close to my heart, it was my grandfather’s recipe! There’s so much warmth and love in this recipe.
1 1/2 cups water
2 tbs sugar
4 sticks cinnamon
Custard (ready-made powdered custard)
Step 1. Wash your guavas.
Step 2. Slice them up into wedges.
Step 3. Scoop out all the seeds.
Step 4. In a medium sized pot add sugar, water, cinnamon and guavas.
Step 5. Cook on low to medium heat for 12 minutes or until the guava is softish
Step 6. Serve warm with cold custard!
Roasted corn on the cob
Roast your corn on the stove on an open flame, rub some butter, salt, chilly powder and lime. Mumbai Street Style!
Make Indoor S’mores
I talk about indoor s’mores in my Themed Birthday Party Food Ideas go check it out.
I’ve listed out a few movies for the whole family to watch. A romantic one, mainly to show you how autumn looks in different countries and in addition some spooky ones for Halloween.
You’ve Got Mail
The Addams Family
Do an Autumn Inspired Look
Have fun and put together an autumn inspired outfit and click pictures even if you have nowhere to go.
Family Halloween Costume Photo Shoot
Since halloween is going to be different this year, make some costumes for you and your family and do a mini photo shoot. Check out @annawithlove on Instagram for This Game of Thrones family costume shoot is so fun and more costume inspo!
Check out the link below to get more ideas.
Ladies in addition you could do really cool halloween make up looks too.
Or better yet a funky nail look!
Let Nature Take Over
Take a nature walk down your street or a park close by and photograph your journey. You’ll be surprised to see how much you haven’t seen down your own street.
Take a hike if you can, it’s so green out there right now!
Or simply just walk in the rain, get your feet wet and sip on some hot chai after.
I hope you get a chance to tick at least one thing off the bucket list this autumn. In conclusion you deserve some autumn self-care, do it for yourself and for your family!
See you soon busy bee!