16 Autumn Songs for an Old School Vibe

The fall season is a wonderful time to curl up under a fuzzy blanket and listen to music. Earbuds limit the noise, no distractions, just you and your favorite tunes. Are you looking to add an “old school” music to your autumn playlist?

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  1. September SongFrank Sinatra
  2. Autumn Leaves-Nat King Cole
  3. Autumn in New York-Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
  4. Autumn Serenade-John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
  5. Indian Summer – Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Autumn Waltz-Tony Bennett
  7. Autumn Nocturne-Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  8. September-Frank Sinatra
  9. It Might as Well Rain Until September-Carole King
  10. Shine on Harvest Moon-The Four Aces
  11. ‘Tis Autumn-Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
  12. The Last Leaf-The Cascades
  13. See You In September-The Happenings
  14. Catch a Falling Star-Perry Como
  15. September In the Rain-Dinah Washington
  16. Falling Leaves-Glen Miller and His Orchestra

Put your feet up, sip a hot cup of tea, and enjoy these old songs about the fall season.

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Family-Friendly Fall Activities: Scavenger Hunt

Fall is a wonderful time to go hiking. The cooler weather and changing leaves provide the perfect nature setting. Are you trying to get your young children to enjoy the outdoors too? Try an autumn-themed scavenger hunt.

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The simple idea of finding items in nature can inspire young children to love the outdoors. The excitement of checking off finds allows children to interact on the trails. Do you need inspiration for your scavenger hunt list?

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  1. Red leaf
  2. Squirrel
  3. Wildflower
  4. Acorn
  5. Yellow leaf
  6. Insect
  7. Brown leaf
  8. Spider web
  9. Orange leaf
  10. Mushroom
  11. Smooth rock
  12. Animal tracks
  13. Pinecones
  14. Dried pine needles
  15. Green leaf
  16. Small sized bird (Sparrows)
  17. Large sized birds (Egrets, Cranes, Eagles)
  18. Feather
  19. Bark
  20. Leaf in Water
  21. Bird’s nest
  22. Woodpecker holes
  23. Frog
  24. Bumpy rock
  25. Something you like
  26. A cloud shaped like an animal
  27. Empty snail shell
  28. Beehive
  29. Seed Pod
  30. Tree stump
  31. Bunny
  32. Moss on a rock
  33. Rocks in water
  34. Snake
  35. Mud puddle

Of course, you will have to make your list to match nature items in your location. Have fun! Happy searching!

25 Drawing Prompts for Fall

The fall season brings cooler temperatures and rainy days. Drawing is a great rainy-day activity. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, and drawing paper are available at your local dollar store. The inexpensive materials allow you to get creative and stay within budget. Yes, later you can invest in other drawing tools to help enhance your artistic side. If you are looking to keep within the fall theme, check out the following drawing prompts for Autumn.

  1. Self-Portrait in a Fall Scene
  2. Apples
  3. Trees
  4. Leaves
  5. Corn Stalks
  6. Corn Maze
  7. Harvest
  8. Pumpkin Patch
  9. Pumpkin
  10. Gourds
  11. Cornucopia
  12. Scarecrow
  13. Owl
  14. Bonfire
  15. Hay Bale
  16. Hayride
  17. Pinecone
  18. Hot Beverage
  19. Tradition
  20. Weather
  21. Mushrooms
  22. Football
  23. Pie
  24. Family & Friends
  25. Artist’s Choice

Enjoy your fall season! Get creative!

50 Photo Prompts for Fall

It’s here! Fall is officially here! Autumn provides numerous chances to tap into your creative side. Get outdoors. Enjoy the changing leaves. Let your inner photographer surface with these photo prompts for fall.

50 Fall Photo Prompts

  1. Selfie in a Fall Scene
  2. Apples
  3. Picnic
  4. Harvest
  5. Hayride
  6. Farmer’s Market
  7. Back to School
  8. Fall Attire
  9. Pumpkin Patch
  10. Pumpkins
  11. Trees/Woods
  12. Leaves
  13. Colors
  14. Sunset
  15. Cider Mill
  16. Orchard
  17. Cider
  18. Football
  19. Tailgate
  20. Nature
  21. Bonfire & S’mores
  22. Sunflowers
  23. Corn Stalks
  24. Homecoming
  25. Parade
  26. Marching Band
  27. Celebration
  28. Family
  29. Rain
  30. Scarecrow
  31. Warmth
  32. Traditions
  33. Corn Maze
  34. Candy Corn & Other Fall Treats
  35. Caramel Apples
  36. Pies
  37. Trails
  38. Candles
  39. Landscape
  40. Friends
  41. Pumpkin Spice
  42. Gourds
  43. Far Away
  44. Black and White
  45. Cool Breeze
  46. Up-Close
  47. Oktoberfest
  48. Fall Décor
  49. Water
  50. Photographer’s Choice

30 Autumn Quotes

Are you ready for the fall season? Are you looking for Autumn inspiration? Check out the following quotes. Every word helps bring out the Autumn vibes.

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  1. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henri David Thoreau
  2. “It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” Sarah Addison Allen
  3. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” J.K. Rowling
  4. “Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.” George Eliot
  5. “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
  6. “I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.” Dodinsky
  7. “Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  8. “Another fall, another turned page…” Wallace Stegner
  9. “Every leaf speaks bliss to me / Fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Brontë
  10. “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. “And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves…” Virginia Woolf
  12. “There is something so special in the early leaves drifting from the trees–as if we are all to be allowed a chance to peel, to refresh, to start again.” Ruth Ahmed
  13. “The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves. We have had our summer evenings; now for October eves!” Humbert Wolfe
  14. “Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” Unknown
  15. “Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the Moor.” Irish Proverb
  16. “Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.” Rémy de Gourmon
  17. “It’s the first day of autumn! A time of hot chocolatey mornings, and toasty marshmallow evenings, and, best of all, leaping into leaves!” Winnie the Pooh, “Pooh’s Grand Adventure”
  18. “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus
  19. “The first breath of autumn was in the air, a prodigal feeling, a feeling of wanting, taking, and keeping before it is too late.” J. L. Carr
  20. “I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.” Leif Enger
  21. “A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.” E.E. Cummings
  22. “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” Unknown
  23. “It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.” Diana Gabaldon
  24. “The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” Andrea Gibson
  25. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery
  26. “The heart of autumn must have broken here, and poured its treasure upon the leaves.” Charlotte Bates
  27. “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” Victoria Erickson
  28. “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot
  29. “Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile.” William Cullen Bryant
  30. “A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”  Unknown
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Enjoy the fall season!

30 Fall Hashtags

Hashtags draw attention to your social media posts. The official start of Autumn is just around the corner. Are you looking for fall-themed hashtags to add to your posts on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, or Facebook? Check out the following list of fall hashtags for inspiration.

  1. #Autumn (Simple but effective)
  2. #Autumn2021
  3. #Fall
  4. #Fall2021
  5. #FallSeason
  6. #Leaves
  7. #AutumnColors
  8. #Nature
  9. #FallColors
  10. #FallDecor
  11. #FallTrees
  12. #ColorfulTrees
  13. #Trees
  14. #FallisHere
  15. #ColdDay
  16. #ColdFallDay
  17. #FallVibes
  18. #AutumnVibes
  19. #AutumnSky
  20. #FallWeather
  21. #WarmAutumnDays
  22. #ColdAutumnNights
  23. #AutumnDays
  24. #SweaterWeather
  25. #FallFoilage
  26. #Cozy
  27. #FallFootball
  28. #ILoveAutumn
  29. #FallFun
  30. #CelebrateFall

Simple Ways to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

The first official day of Autumn is approaching quickly. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fall season brings cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and earlier sunsets. Are you looking for simple ways to celebrate the Autumn Equinox? Check out these family friendly activities to welcome the fall season.

Get Outdoors

Being outdoors is the best way to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

  • Go hiking: Check out your local, state, or national park for nearby hiking trails. Most hiking areas post the difficulty of the trail. Basic trails are great for young children or just starting to hike.
  • Go on a nature walk: The fall foliage is perfect for taking pictures. You can easily turn your nature walk into a learning experience for your children or yourself.
  • Watch the Sunrise or Sunset: Spend time watching the day begin or end. Sipping a nice cup of tea or hot cocoa is bonus.
  • Go on a fall picnic: Pack a lunch and head out to the park for a fall picnic.
  • Bonfire night: Host a bonfire for family and friends. Don’t forget the S’mores. A warm bonfire on a crisp fall evening is a great way to start the season.  
  • Stargaze: Spend a cool, crips evening looking at the stars. Don’t forget the hot cocoa.
  • Outdoor Photo Shoot: Grab your camera or hire a professional for an outdoor photoshoot.

Get Crafty

Doing crafts does not require a large expense. Many dollar stores have fall accents perfect for crafty use. Or use items found in nature.

  • Fall wreath
  • Leaf rubbings
  • Center pieces
  • Door hangers
  • Mason jar crafts

Consider making an extra craft item to give away. A small center piece or door hanging could really cheer up someone’s day. 

Make a Harvest Meal

Plan a meal with an Autumn theme. Check out your local farmer’s market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Apples, corn, squashes, tomatoes, and other root vegetables are bountiful this time of year. Turn your abundant harvest goodies into delicious dishes.

  • Homemade Cornbread
  • Apple Bread
  • Apple Crisp
  • Stuffed Squash
  • Butternut Soup
  • Tomato Soup

These are only a few ideas to add to your harvest meal to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

The Autumn Equinox brings numerous changes to the landscape. Step back and recognize the changing season. Make a gratitude list. Be grateful. Enjoy the moment, winter is coming.  

A Quick History of Labor Day

In the United States, millions of people celebrate Labor Day with a 3-day weekend, parades, picnics, travel, family gatherings, and parties.  But do you know the history of Labor Day? The holiday has roots dating back to the 1800s. The beginning of the labor movement was fueled by violence and death.

Why Celebrate Labor Day?

Are you wondering why we celebrate Labor Day every year? Labor Day celebrates the ongoing accomplishments and daily contributions of the American worker to the economy. It’s the average working person’s holiday.

How Did Labor Day Begin?

Labor Day, recognized every first Monday in September, did not have celebratory beginnings. In fact, the holiday originated from poor working conditions during the Industrial Revolution. During the time, workers, the extremely poor, migrants, and young children, spent 12 hours a day, 7 days a week in unsafe working environments.

The unsanitary, poorly ventilated mills, factories, and coal mines took a toll on the American workforce. Eventually, the exploited workers participated in protests, strikes, and rallies. The workers demanded better working conditions and higher compensation for their hard labor.

The protests were not peaceful. Violent encounters between the police and strikers were prevalent during this period. Ultimately, the unrest turned deadly. In Chicago, the Haymarket Riot of 1886 resulted in the death of several people, policemen and protestors.

The First Labor Day Parade

Unlike today’s celebrations, the first Labor Day parade did not have floats, festive music, clowns, or attractions. The parade comprised of 10,000 workers from New York. Marching from City Hall to Union Square, the workers took the day off without pay to bring attention to the dismal working conditions.

Making Labor Day Official

Despite the march in New York, Labor Day did not become official until years later. During the time more American laborers died in unsafe working environments and violent protests. At one point, troops were sent to Chicago to break up the Pullman strike, a boycott of railway cars. The clash between troops and workers resulted in more deaths.

Finally, to repair the damage, Congress introduced an Act for the District of Columbia and other areas recognizing the daily efforts of American workers. The recognition began to grow in other states. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland turned the act into law.

As you sit down to enjoy a BBQ or watch a parade, take a moment to thank the workers who started the holiday over a century ago.

Staycation Ideas for Labor Day Weekend

It’s here the long 3-day holiday weekend. Millions of people will travel this weekend, the unofficial end of summer. Did you decide to stay home for the long Labor Day weekend? Don’t worry; there are still plenty of things to do close to home. Many of these staycation ideas are free or have minimal costs.

Low Cost or No Cost Activities for Labor Day Weekend

  1. Go Hiking: Get outdoors and enjoy nature. Find a new trail to hike. Hiking is a great activity for the entire family.
  2. Beach Day: Pack a lunch and spend an entire day at the beach.
  3. Go to a Local Winery: Many wineries allow taste testing. Gather your friends, enjoy the sights, and sample different wines.
  4. Host a BBQ
  5. Classic Game Night: Dust off your favorite Monopoly or other board game for a fun night of friendly competition. Don’t forget the snacks.
  6. Picnic in the Park: Pack your favorite goodies and head to a local park.
  7. Host a Bonfire Night: Don’t forget the S’mores.
  8.  Host a Themed Movie Night: Order pizza, make popcorn, and play your favorite movies.
  9. Do Crafts: It’s never too early to start holiday crafts.
  10. Read a Book: How long has that book been setting on the shelf? Labor Day weekend is a great time to snuggle under a cozy blanket and read.
  11. Go to a Local Sporting Event: Football and other events are a fun activiy for everyone. Don’t forget to tailgate.
  12. Attend a Local Community Event: Parades, concerts, and other events are generally part of the Labor Day weekend.
  13. Volunteer: MDA and other organizations use the 3-day to collect funds. Volunteer to help locally.
  14. Make a Themed Meal: Create a meal based on your favorite movie. Or use the vegetables from your recent trip to the Farmer’s Market.
  15. Go on a Day Trip: Travel close to home. Visit sites in the next town over. Or go on a long car ride.
  16. Go for Bike Ride: Enjoy the sunshine. Before cold weather sets in, get out and ride your bike.
  17. Visit a Local Restaurant or Business: Is there a new cafe, restaurant, or other local business in town? Go check out the establishment. Who knows you may find a new favorite spot.
  18. Be a Hometown Tourist: Visist all the local sites.
  19. Get Organized: Spend time organizing your living space.
  20. Just Relax: There’s no harm in doing absolutely nothing over the Labor Day weekend. Take long naps or sleep in.

Have fun! Enjoy time with family and friends.

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50 Activities for Your Fall Bucket List

The first official day of Autumn is almost here. Are you ready for new Autumn adventures? Gather your family or friends together and enjoy the season. Do you need ideas to add to your Autumn bucket list? Check out the following for inspiration.

50 Fall Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

  1. Decorate
  2. Go Hiking
  3. Go on a Hayride
  4. Go Apple Picking
  5. Fall Themed Puzzle
  6. Build a Scarecrow
  7. Go to a Corn Maze
  8. Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte
  9. Go on a nature Scavenger Hunt
  10. Host a Chili Cook Off
  11. Go Geocaching
  12. Go on a Nature Walk
  13. Host a Bonfire Night
  14. Eat S’mores
  15. Eat a Cider Donut
  16. Drink Apple Cider
  17. Visit a Cider Mill
  18. Go to a Fall Sporting Event
  19. Tailgate
  20. Take Fall Family Photos
  21. Host a Fall Photo Shoot with Friends
  22. Play Football
  23. Jump in a Pile of Leaves
  24. Make Cookies with an Autumn Leaf Cookie Cutter
  25. Purchase a Special Fall Themed Mug
  26. Make Pumpkin or Spice Cupcakes
  27. Make a Homemade Apple Pie
  28. Plan an Autumn Picnic
  29. Plant Bulbs for Spring Flowers (Tulips are beautiful in the Spring)
  30. Make Homemade Applesauce
  31. Light an Autumn Candle
  32. Make Fall-themed Crafts to Giveaway
  33. Go to the Farmer’s Market
  34. Make Caramel Apples
  35. Drink a Spicy Tea
  36. Make Pumpkin Bread
  37. Go to Oktoberfest
  38. Read or Write by Candlelight
  39. Movie Night in your Pajamas
  40. Host a Fall Crafting Session with Friends
  41. Roast Chestnuts
  42. Take a Long Drive to View the Fall Foliage
  43. Make a Fall Wreath
  44. Collect Colorful Leaves
  45. Try a New Soup Recipe (Perfect for a chilly day).
  46. Replace Batteries in Smoke Detector
  47. Make a Corn Husk Doll
  48. Bake Apple Chips
  49. Make Granola or Trail Mix (Great for hiking)
  50. Grab Your Favorite Book and Read Outside

Enjoy the Autumn Season!

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