Wednesday, October 6, 2010

27 Fun things to do in October!!!

I recieved this and thought I would share... I want to try to do many of these with the family this October... Life tends to get too busy... We all need to take a step back and enjoy the little things God has given us!!!  Enjoy!!!

October is finally here and for most of the country that means we’re finally starting to feel Fall weather. Some of us even have to wear sweaters! We’re all about being intentional and we know that sometimes  ideas and activities for creating memories for and with our families takes a little bit of thought and effort. We’ve put together an amazing list of memory making ideas for you this month so you don’t have to! All you have to do is choose one (or ten!) from the list and concentrate on making those memories. Have fun! Every MOMent counts!
1.  Celebrate National Dessert Month, National Apple Month, and National Pizza month on Sweetest Day (Oct. 16) by making a Taffy Apple Pizza .
2.  Bake Apples (The easy way and without tears)
3. Take a nature walk with your family and collect colorful leaves, acorns and twigs. Fill a wooden bowl or basket with your fall treasures, small gourds or mini pumpkins and sprinkle in a little fall-scented potpourri.
4. Invite a widow or older single neighbor or friend to join you on a trip to the pumpkin patch or orchard. Take lots of pictures of your little pumpkins enjoying the produce!
5. Take a snapshot for your family Christmas card and develop early to beat the holiday rush and get early bird specials.
6. Design a photo calendar for yourself or grandparents for Christmas gifts.  Websites such as Vistaprint, Snapfish, Lulu and many others have fun backgrounds and are easy to upload and design.

7. Serve  Hot Spiced Cider with your popcorn on your family movie night or after raking leaves.
8. Honor your mother-in-law with a letter thanking her for the gift of her son and give it to her on October 24, National Mother-In-Law Day.  Put aside any differences you may have and focus on her positive attributes:  an attentive grandmother, that great pumpkin pie she makes, her loyalty to her family.
9. Raise awareness for the fatherless by planning an Orphan Sunday event for November 7th at your church, with your small group, or your family.  Visit the Orphan Sunday website for ideas and resources on how you can speak up for the fatherless.
10. Celebrate the Statue of Liberty’s birthday on October 28 with a fun crown and torch craft and Lady Liberty cupcakes.
11. Take a leisurely scenic drive.  Visit America’s Byways for a map of different routes near you, festivals and travel tips.
12. Plan a weekend away in a remote cabin with your husband to unwind and enjoy nature.  Make sure your cabin has a fireplace and don’t forget the hot chocolate!
13. Give your kids a stack of fall leaves and encourage them to design a picture around the leaves.  Does that leaf look like a bird wing?  Or the feet of a deep sea monster?
14. Tailgate in your driveway or living room.  Make the great tailgating food but avoid fighting the crowd with young kids.
15. Pull out your slow cooker and try some new recipes like Slow Cooker Taco Soup or Slow Cooker Tapioca Pudding.
16. Wrap a glass vase with twine, using spray adhesive or a hot glue gun to secure.  Fill the vase with tall wild grasses or twigs with colorful leaves still attached.
17. Tie twine or cotton string to the end of several fall leaves and hang at varying lengths across a window by taping the other end of the string to the top of the window trim or tying to the curtain rod.
18. Introduce your family to the seasonal joy of pumpkin ice cream!  Visit your local ice cream vendor, buy Edy’s at the grocery store for a limited time, or make your own!
19. After the nature walk to collect leaves, make crayon rubbings by placing the leaves under the paper and scribbling back and forth with crayons until the imprint of the leaf is revealed…the kids will think it’s magic!!
20. Put leaves and crayon shavings in between a folded piece of wax paper, iron on low heat , it makes a “stained glass” effect.
21. Rake the leaves together as a family and enjoy jumping in them together… take pictures and video.
22. Find a favorite spot where the colors of fall are beautiful, create a tradition and go there each year to take photos of your kids/family… before we moved, we had a special “stump” that we went to each year.

23. Make Dinner in a Pumpkin.
24. Bake pumpkin seeds with lots of butter , salt, a little garlic salt….200 degrees keep an eye on them for how long it will take to slightly brown
25. Make individual pumpkin pie in a cup with your kiddos
26. Make cards of encouragement with your kids and deliver them to someone with breast cancer.
27. Get a Mammogram.

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