40 Ideas for Your Fall Bucket List

Fall ushers in cooler weather, football games, tailgating, and changing leaves. The season is a great time to enjoy everything Autumn. Gather your friends and family to make a fall bucket list. If you need inspiration, check out the following ideas for your fall bucket list.

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  1. Go apple picking.
  2. Watch cider pressing.
  3. Bake a homemade apple pie.
  4. Go on a hayride.
  5. Go to a pumpkin patch.
  6. Hike in a state or national park.
  7. Host a bonfire.
  8. Make a fall wreath.
  9. Eat pumpkin spice waffles or pancakes.
  10. Make a DIY bird feeder.
  11. Press wildflowers.
  12. Make a scrapbook of your summer adventures.
  13. Rake fallen leaves into large piles and jump in.
  14. Take a fall family or friends’ professional photo.
  15. Go on a nature walk.
  16. Photograph the colorful foliage.
  17. Eat pumpkin cheesecake.
  18. Have a fall picnic.
  19. Eat a Carmel apple.
  20. Go to a football game.
  21. Go to a homecoming parade
  22. Make homemade apple jelly, apple butter, or apple sauce.
  23. Make a scarecrow.
  24. Visit a fall-themed festival.
  25. Host a game night.
  26. Do fall crafts.
  27. Drink pumpkin spiced latte.
  28. Go star gazing.
  29. Go to a farmer’s market for fresh vegetables and fruit.
  30. Make an entire meal from your farmers’ market finds.
  31. Decorate with items from nature.
  32. Make homemade chili and bread.
  33. Go Geocaching.
  34. Host or attend a fall scavenger hunt.
  35. Visit a brewery or winery.
  36. Build a blanket fort.
  37. Host a movie night.
  38. Read by the fireplace on a cold autumn night.
  39. Plant autumn flowers.
  40. Light fall candles

Have a fantastic autumn season!

How to Celebrate Going Back to Hogwarts

Imagine you are eleven years old, did you get your Hogwarts letter? It’s time to go back to Hogwarts. Every year, millions of Harry Potter fans also known as Potterheads recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. J.K. Rowling, the creator of the beloved series, said it best, “Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

 Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, enjoy your journey back to Platform 9 ¾.

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  • Reread the Series: Snuggle under a fuzzy blanket with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Or use September 1st to start rereading the entire series.
  • Listen: Are you trying to study? Clean house? Or other tasks that keep you from reading? Listen to your favorite Harry Potter book.
  • Watch: Host a movie night. Watch your favorite Harry Potter movie (or all). An impromptu movie night is a perfect way to celebrate going back to Hogwarts. Along with the Harry Potter series, you can watch Fantastic Beasts or the new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special reunion.
  • Music: Do you have a long commute to school or work? Turn up your favorite Harry Potter soundtrack to pass the time. Or tune out the rest of the world by putting your headphones on and enjoying the sounds of the Wizarding World.
  • Get Crafty: Did you recently view a Wizarding World craft online? Today is the perfect day to let your creative side shine brightly. From potion bottles to ornaments for your Christmas tree, making crafts is a great way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. The best part is you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter as you craft.
  • Food & Beverages: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with an entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
  • Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
  • Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.

Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”

Benefits of Bowling

Did you know today, August 13, 2022, is National Bowling Day? Beginning in Rome and Greece, the sport of bowling is over 4000 years old. Here, in America, bowling is a favorite past-time for millions of people.

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Bowling is a billion-dollar industry with leagues, competitions, and tournaments. But you do not have to bowl a 300 game to enjoy the sport. The overall health benefits of bowling may surprise you.

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  • Weight Loss: Bowling requires lifting, bending, and other movements to get the ball down the lane. Every time, you step up to bowl, you use your arms, shoulders, wrists, and leg movements to hopefully get a strike. When you bowl on a regular basis, the amount of exercise increases your chances to lose weight and gain muscle strength.
  • Reduce Health Risks: Failing to exercise on a regular basis poses numerous health risks. Regular exercise lowers your risk of stroke, diabetes, and heart failure. Bowling and other regular exercise routines increase bone density and help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. If you bowl once a week in combination with other forms of exercise routines, you gain optimal health benefits.
  • Eye-Hand Coordination: Bowling requires eye-hand coordination and large motor skills. The sport requires focus, concentration, and the ability to strategize your bowling technique.
  • Family Oriented: Bowling is an easy sport to learn. Modern bowling alleys have automatic scoring systems that display overhead. The new computerized scoring allows everyone to focus on the game. 
  • Socialization: Whether you join a league or participate in “open bowl”, bowling is a social sport. Put away your electronic devices and phones. Soon, you will be cheering the strikes, and laughing at the gutter balls. Being with friends or family members is a great stress reliever.

 Many bowling alleys offer pizza and other snacks which is perfect for family night, date night, or just out with friends.

Ways to Celebrate National Sea Serpent Day

Did you know today, August 7th is National Sea Serpent Day? A sea serpent or sea dragon is a fascinating mythological creature. The mention of sea serpents brings up images of enormous legendary creatures of the deep seas. The myths and lore are fascinating.

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Ways to Celebrate Sea Serpent Day

Whether you believe sea serpents existed or not, celebrating the mythological creatures can be a fun activity for you and your entire family. If you need ideas for celebrating National Sea Serpent Day, check out the following.

Host a Family Movie Night

The sea holds marvelous mysteries and tales for every age. Movies use the unknown to entice the watcher.

Of course, there are numerous other movies focusing on creatures from the deep. But the horror-inspired sea serpent movies may not be for all family members.

Sea Inspired Snacks

Yes, you can create an entire dinner based on foods from the sea. Or you make simple snacks to go along with your movie night. For example, the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers are an ideal treat for sea-themed movie nights. Serving pretzels can easily represent driftwood and green licorice turns into seaweed bunches. Blue Hawaiian Punch (Polar Blast) is the perfect glass of seawater.

Read a Book

Go to your local library or bookstore to find books about sea serpents. The myths and legends are perfect reading material.

Go to the Beach

Even if you are nowhere near the open sea, going to the beach is a great way to celebrate National Sea Serpent Day. Search for shells, sea glass, and other goodies. Remember to follow all the rules of public places.

Host a Craft Day

Gather your craft supplies to host a craft day or afternoon. Use different materials to create sea serpents and their habitant. Check out your local dollar store if you do not have craft supplies. The inexpensive arts and crafts items are great for an impromptu day of creating.

  • Your Pet Sea Serpent: Create a sea serpent out of clay, dry, and paint. Don’t forget to name your new sea serpent.
  • Get Creative: Draw or paint a sea serpent. Use large-size white poster boards. The extra space is perfect for an entire scene centering on your sea serpent.
  • Quick Crafts: Use construction paper, googly eyes, and other materials to create a sea serpent

Sea serpent art is only limited by your imagination.

Write a Your Own Tale

Write your own story about a sea serpent. If you have younger children, ask them to tell a story to you. Write down their imaginary world with a sea serpent. The simple task creates a lasting treasure.

Summer Bucket List for Your Dog

Did you create a bucket list for yourself or your family for the summer? How about your dog? A bucket list does not necessarily mean a grand adventure for just humans. The main point of a bucket list is trying something new. If you need inspiration, check out the following list of ideas for a summer bucket list for your dog.  

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Before going anywhere new, research the guidelines for bringing your pet. Many travel areas understand dogs are valuable family members. Other destinations may not be pet friendly. Researching or calling is the best way to learn the rules for bringing your faithful four-legged companion.

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  1. Hit the Trails: Get outside. Go to your favorite hiking spot or find a new one. Spend the day exploring.
  2. Camp Out: Pet-friendly campgrounds cater to pets by offering dog runs or other play areas. Researching is the best way to find the best campground for you and your dog.
  3. Go to the Dog Park: Dog parks are exciting for your four-legged companion. Dogs love socialization and play. Try to visit your local dog park regularly. Next, go to a dog park. Different play areas are a new adventure for your dog.
  4. Pet-Friendly Hotel: Do you and your dog need a relaxing night away? Go to a pet-friendly hotel for the night or the entire weekend. Many hotels strive to include family pets in their accommodations. Order room service. Enjoy a night of relaxation with your fur baby.
  5. BBQ Time: Grill steak or chicken for you and your pet to enjoy. Or host a dog-friendly BBQ for your friends and their pets.
  6. Spend Time at the Lake: If your dog loves to swim, head to your local pet-friendly lake. Pack a lunch. Spending time at the lake is an activity your entire family will enjoy.
  7. Pet-Friendly Backyard: Redesign a portion of your backyard with your dog in mind. Install a dog activity area with ramps for running, add a small child’s swimming pool, a watering station, shade area, dog run, and more.
  8. Professional Photo: As a pet owner, you probably have hundreds (or thousands) of photos of your pet with your family. Not to mention, the extra selfies of you and your pet together. But do you have a professional photo?
  9. Cuddle Time: Watching your favorite videos, sitting on your couch, and cuddling with your pet is a great way to spend an evening.

Coming up with a summer bucket list for your dog is a great family activity. Enjoy all the different ideas together.

50 Family-Friendly Rainy Day Activities

During the summer months, everyone enjoys being outdoors. Unfortunately, the weather may not always cooperate with your outdoor plans.  On rainy days, you may hear those words, “I’m bored.” If you are looking for family-friendly rainy-day activities, check out the following for inspiration.

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  1. Paint rocks (Then, on a warm sunny day, hide the rocks around town).
  2. Make homemade cards.
  3. Bake cookies.
  4. Scavenger hunt or treasure hunt
  5. Draw or paint
  6. Go bowling. Or play pop bottle bowling with younger children at home.
  7. Do science experiments.
  8. Create an indoor sandbox or sand table.
  9. Play board games.
  10. Put together a Lego set.
  11. Create tie-dye t-shirts.
  12. Make play-dough.
  13. Do crafts.
  14. Dance party
  15. Make paper airplanes.
  16. Cook a meal together.
  17. Make a blanket fort.
  18. Tea party
  19. Make Slime
  20. Create paper bag puppets.
  21. Put on a puppet show.
  22. Color in color books
  23. Balloon tennis
  24. Tear up small pieces of paper, then make collages.
  25. Put a puzzle together
  26. Go to the library to find a new book to read.
  27. Paint cardboard boxes to make a town.
  28. Put a model together.
  29. Dress up and go out to eat.
  30. Play multiplayer video games.
  31. Make YouTube or TikTok videos.
  32. Visit a museum.
  33. Indoor hopscotch (use tape)
  34. Visit an aquarium
  35. Visit an art gallery
  36. Make pinecone bird feeders
  37. Do salt paintings
  38. Make yarn collages
  39. Create stained glass tissue paper art
  40. Host a playdate
  41. Create popsicle stick art
  42. Create a sensory bin
  43. Write a story together
  44. Make an indoor obstacle course
  45. Movie marathon
  46. Tape roads on the carpet or floor for car races.
  47. Paint clay pots to plant flowers
  48. Bake cookies to pass out to friends or family.
  49. Volunteer
  50. Play in the rain.

Enjoy your rainy days!

70 Summer Bucket List Ideas

Memorial Day often marks the unofficial start to the summer season. Are you ready for summer adventures and fun? If you are searching for inspiration, check out the following ideas for your summer bucket list.

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  1. Summer photoshoot with family or friends
  2. Create a summer playlist
  3. Go to the aquarium
  4. Go on a picnic
  5. Make homemade lemonade
  6. Go to the zoo
  7. Play mini-golf
  8. Build sandcastles
  9. Go kayaking
  10. Relax on a pool floatie
  11. Visit a nature center
  12. Go for a boat ride
  13. Go hiking
  14. Volunteer
  15. Have a water balloon fight
  16. Go on a road trip
  17. Walk on the beach
  18. Have a bonfire
  19. Eat S’mores
  20. Host a BBQ
  21. Make homemade ice cream
  22. Chase fireflies
  23. Go camping
  24. Go ziplining
  25. Do karaoke
  26. Watch the sunrise or sunset
  27. Attend a music festival or concert
  28. Go Geocaching
  29. Do sidewalk chalk art
  30. Fly kites
  31. Host a movie night
  32. Go to a local fair
  33. Host a game night
  34. Eat breakfast at the beach
  35. Go to the drive-in
  36. Go on a digital detox for 24 hours
  37. Go on a nature walk
  38. Do summer crafts
  39. Make smoothies with fresh fruit
  40. Attend or host a scavenger hunt
  41. Host a tea party
  42. Watch fireworks
  43. Go to the library for summer reading material
  44. Make popsicles
  45. Visit a waterfall
  46. Play Frisbee
  47. Go to a water park or splash pad
  48. Go fishing
  49. Go to an art museum
  50. Visit a national or state park
  51. Paintball fight
  52. Try a new food from a food truck
  53. Visit a new city
  54. Go on a bike ride
  55. Try a new recipe
  56. Build a fort in the backyard
  57. Create a smash journal
  58. Go to a car show
  59. Run through the sprinkler
  60. Make flower crowns
  61. Go tubing
  62. Go to a local carnival
  63. Make tie-dye shirts
  64. Go to a flea market for fresh fruits and vegetables
  65. Make ice cream floats
  66. Make homemade playdough or slime on a rainy day
  67. Dance in the rain
  68. Do random acts of kindness
  69. Create a TikTok or YouTube video
  70. Blow bubbles

Have a great summer!

10 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Today, May 8th is Mother’s Day! Did you forget? Don’t worry. There is still time to do something for your mom for Mother’s Day. If you need inspiration, check out the following last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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  1. Mother’s Day Card: Purchasing a greeting card is one of the simplest ways to acknowledge Mother’s Day. If you have time, create your own card.
  2. Go Out to Eat: Take your mom out to her favorite restaurant.
  3. Cook for Your Mom: Take over the kitchen and cook your mom’s favorite meal.
  4. Take Out: Are you on your way to visit your mom for Mother’s Day? Grab her favorite take-out and eat together.
  5. Buy Flowers: A potted plant, cut flowers, or a hanging basket are always wonderful gift ideas for Mother’s Day.
  6. Print and Frame: Do you have cute photos of your mom on your phone or camera? Print and frame your photos. Consider purchasing a collage frame to add multiple photos.
  7. Gift Card: Does your mom have everything she needs? Pick up a gift card for her favorite store, boutique, or restaurant.
  8. Do Something for Her: Does your mom need help to mow the lawn or weeding the garden? Or perhaps, the garage, basement, or spare room needs a good cleaning.  
  9. Class: Has your mom always wanted to attend an art or cooking class? Sign your mom up. Enrichment classes always make good gifts.
  10. Your Time: The best gift is your time. Just go and spend the afternoon with your mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

Today, May 4th is Star Wars Day. Celebrating George Lucas’ Star Wars, May 4th is known as May the Fourth Be with You. For diehard fans, the catch slogan is a clever play on words to the catchphrase “May the Force Be With You.” A general wish of good luck or goodwill as a person leaves to go on a mission.

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Beginning in May 1977, Star Wars enticed theater and drive-in movie goers around the globe. Through the years, other installments were released only to further the storyline. Today, fans enjoy movies, animated series, and an ongoing series, The Mandalorian. Later this month, a new weekly series, Obi-Wan Kenobi will debut. The latest installments add to the excitement of being part of the Star Wars fandom.

  • Binge-Watch: From the first Star Wars, the prequels, and the sequels, there is plenty to binge to celebrate May the Fourth Be With You. Not to mention, the series on Disney+, The Mandalorian, centering on The Child, the show provides hours of entertainment.
  • Read: The Star Wars Universe has numerous books and comics. Grab a favorite or buy a new book.
  • Audio Books: If you are cleaning or doing yard work, try listening to Star Wars. The different stories are brought to life in an entertaining way.
  • Play Games: Do you have a Star Wars-themed video game or board game? Today is the perfect day to play. Gather your family together for game night, make snacks, and enjoy the day.
  • Cosplay Photo Shoot: Using a sheet or blanket as a backdrop, set up your own photo session. Wear your Star Wars apparel, act out scenes, and have fun.
  • Make Crafts: Star Wars is full of unique characters and creatures. Use the different species as inspiration for crafts. For example, make homemade modeling clay (the recipe is on Pinterest). Use the clay to make a Star Wars-themed creature of your own.
  • Cook a Meal or Dessert: Ever tried galactic meatballs or out-of-this-world spaghetti? Adding a space name to any food is an excellent way for children to enjoy the day without a lot of added fuss. Use your imagination to prepare an entire meal or snack with different names.
  • Listen to Soundtracks: The Imperial March by John Williams is a recognizable tune for all Star Wars fans. Turn up the music and enjoy.
  • Lego: Grab a new Star Wars-themed Lego set to put together. Legos are a great family project. You can put the Lego set together while watching the movies.

Happy Star Wars Day! And as always, May the Force Be With You!

Ways to Celebrate International Harry Potter Day

Are you a Potterhead? Did you know today, May 2nd is International Harry Potter Day? According to the Wizarding World timeline, the Battle of Hogwarts occurred on this day in 1998. The history of the day is the reason to celebrate Harry Potter. If you are looking for ways to celebrate International Harry Potter Day, check out the following ideas.

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  • Movie Marathon: Gather your friends or family to have a movie night. Make popcorn, order pizza, or bake some goodies.  Pick your favorite Harry Potter movie or two to watch. Yes, you can binge-watch the entire series.
  • Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the magic of the Wizarding World. Use today to start the series over by reading the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
  • Listen to the Books: If your schedule is too busy to sit and read. Listen to the audio version of the books.
  • Harry PotterThemed Food: In J.K. Rowling’s, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin stated, “Eat, you’ll feel better.” Of course, this was after an encounter with a Dementor. Make Harry Potter-related snacks, chocolate frogs, a cake, licorice wands, or bake an entire feast to go with movie night.
  • Host a Harry Potter Craft Day: Create your own wand. Use clay to make a chocolate frog or Wizarding World coins. The possibilities are endless.
  • Play Games: Host a Harry Potter board game night. Or play video games.
  • Listen to a Podcast: Revisit old favorites or find a new podcast focusing on Harry Potter.
  • Play Soundtracks: Listen to the soundtracks from the movies.
  • Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter-themed Lego set for an impromptu family night creating a piece from the Wizarding World. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, you can find all types of projects to piece together. For added fun, watch the movies while putting the new Lego set together.
  • Online: Find and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.

Remember to have fun! Happy International Harry Potter Day!

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