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Ah! Fall—you love it or you hate it. Personally, I’m in the first group because I don’t like to be hot. So when that time of year rolls around and I can bring out all my cute coats, play in the leaves and eat pumpkin all day long, I’m happy.

I know that not everyone likes fall, however, and that some people are affected by the drops in temperature and light. So I thought I’d share my #TeamFall tips for having a great time with your family! Bring on the pumpkin spice latte!

1. Make candy poppers with leftover Halloween candy

Younger, this was one of my favourite post-Halloween activities. What better way to use up leftover candy than to give it away gift-wrapped in empty toilet paper rolls!

All you need to do is take the rolls, stuff them with candy and then wrap them up with tissue paper, wrapping paper, or leaves decorated beforehand by the children. This is a great idea for the Holidays too!

Here’s an example to get you started on your candy poppers.

2. Cooking as a family

I love to cook and I try to involve my children as much as possible. While my one-year-old son is the designated leftover eater, my daughter is becoming increasingly helpful for making recipes.

It’s the best time of year, because it’s harvest season—time to make tons of homemade jam (apple or pumpkin) and to can produce. I let my daughter cut big pieces with her wood knife made especially for kids. Anyway, since it’s for jam, the size of the pieces is not that important.

3. Binge watch Harry Potter

You’re going to say that you can binge watch Harry Potter at any time, to which I say, “Yes, I know!” In any case, I advise you to prepare for this kind of weekend by renting a projector, stocking up on homemade Butterbeer (lots of recipes online—often a mix of cream soda, caramel and butter. This one and this one, for instance. There are even vegan recipes!) and many other theme snacks. this one


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4. Get outdoors as much as you can

Since it’s not as hot and you can still have a great time outdoors in the fall, give all your favourite activities a shot. Enjoy the fall colours and breathe in the fresh mountain air, go camping, or even check out the zoo! It’s vital to appreciate nature’s beauty, with the added bonus that there are often fewer people around than in summer.

fall trees

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5. Get ready for winter with DIY bath bombs

I love taking baths and my children do too. I often try to make special baths, but bath bombs get a little expensive in the long run. A way to get around this is to make them yourself. The recipes, like this one and that one, are so easy to make that you can even get the children to give you a hand. And while you’re at it, why not prepare a few Christmas gifts at the same time and put them in the candy poppers? As you can see, you can put gifts in almost any container—there are no hard and fast rules!

bath bombs

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