Making the Most of Autumn on a Budget

Adulting, Author: Gauri Bhatia

Ahhhh, autumn. Crisp leaves, brisk wind, the smell of… pumpkin spiced everything, even Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds (I see you, Trader Joe’s)! We know how to make the most of fall, but now let’s make the most of fall on a budget.

 

Leaf peeping
The grand old tradition of watching some leaves change and enjoying the vibrant reds, oranges and browns that come with the change of the season.

For those in the New York area:

  • Central Park: that’s free and absolutely gorgeous!
  • The High Line: that’s also free and beautiful! And fun!
  • Head upstate along the Hudson and enjoy the views. The leaf changing happens north to south, so right now is the perfect time to head north of Manhattan!
  • If you’re not in the New York area, here’s a great list of places across the country to see leaves changing.
  • If you wait until November, you should see the leaves change around the Washington, D.C./Virginia area.

Pumpkin spiced coffee
No need to go to Starbucks for your PSL fix. Trader Joe’s sells a box of Pumpkin Spice Coffee K-Cups for around $5 and a can of the coffee grounds for around $10! Equally delicious, but way less expensive!

Pumpkin everything else!
Pumpkin pie!
Pumpkin cookies!
Pumpkin ravioli!
Pumpkin Spiced Pumpkin Seeds!
Pumpkin Beer and Cider!

Pumpkin and apple picking
It’s not free, but it’s quite cheap! Just google where they are in your community, or go for a drive and stumble across one — we’re sure you’ll see some beautiful foliage as well.

 

Give back to the community

  • Collect cans for those in need.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
  • Start a coat drive in anticipation of the winter.
  • Get creative — there are a variety of ways to get involved! Check your newspaper and the internet for more!

Enjoy the season by simply sitting outside!
Preferably by a fire pit with s’mores but really anything will do!

The Best Spotify Playlists – for When it Gets Dark Early

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

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As much as we love fall, it also signals the start of the days getting shorter. Whether at work or home (still in bed, not ready to get up), the early dark sky could require some extra motivation — and these playlists can help.

  • Ed Sheeran (user: Brya Pilbrow)

At a glance, an entire playlist dedicated to one artist can seem a bit overwhelming…but just bear with me. I don’t know if it’s the dreary weather or the need to bundle up, but there’s something about fall that changes my musical preferences from upbeat party jams to slower, more guitar-driven ballads. While the sun starts to set earlier by the day, you can curl up with a hot beverage and allow Ed Sheeran to sing you songs about long nights out in the city, relaxing nights at home or even those lovely Autumn Leaves.

 

  • I Love Acoustic Covers (user: Matt Johnson)

With the leaves and weather changing, why not let the songs you’ve grown to love all summer take on a new life with these acoustic offerings?

 

  • Halloween Themes/Horror Soundtracks (user: Double J Music)

Most people will tell you the scariest part of any good horror movie is its haunting and suspenseful soundtrack. As much as I loathe scary movies, I can recognize the music from movies like Halloween or the X-Files with ease. This Spotify user has compiled an up-to-date (it even includes the theme from Stranger Things) and comprehensive playlist ideal for any Halloween soiree…or if you just want to scare yourself a little at the gym.

 

  • Autumn Lounge (By Spotify)

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/5PNe0prImXjbSF6GBoMX7m

Need a seasonal soundtrack to listen to while you relax with your adult coloring book, study for an exam or fall asleep? Spotify’s got you covered with this quiet, modern, mostly instrumental collection. Perfect for a road trip on which you can enjoy the fall scenery too!

 

  • Morning Drive (By Spotify)

If you’re anything like me, getting out of bed when it still looks like the middle of the night is no easy task. I relish my 20 minute commute simply because it allows me to set my mind to all the things I want to accomplish that day.

Nothing helps you to wake up and feel like you can conquer the world (or at least make it to lunch in one piece) quite like the proper musical accompaniment. For the best music to blast during your hectic commute, look no further than this well-rounded playlist.

The Best Spotify Playlists for When it Gets Dark Early

Author: Kerrin Frappier, Entertainment

As much as we love fall, it also signals the start of the days getting shorter. Whether at work or home (still in bed, not ready to get up), the early dark sky could require some extra motivation — and these playlists can help.

Ed Sheeran (user: Brya Pilbrow)

At a glance, an entire playlist dedicated to one artist can seem a bit overwhelming…but just bear with me. I don’t know if it’s the dreary weather or the need to bundle up, but there’s something about fall that changes my musical preferences from upbeat party jams to slower, more guitar-driven ballads. While the sun starts to set earlier by the day, you can curl up with a hot beverage and allow Ed Sheeran to sing you songs about long nights out in the city, relaxing nights at home or even those lovely Autumn Leaves.

 

I Love Acoustic Covers (user: Matt Johnson)

With the leaves and weather changing, why not let the songs you’ve grown to love all summer take on a new life with these acoustic offerings?

 

Halloween Themes/Horror Soundtracks (user: Double J Music)

Most people will tell you the scariest part of any good horror movie is its haunting and suspenseful soundtrack. As much as I loathe scary movies, I can recognize the music from movies like Halloween or the X-Files with ease. This Spotify user has compiled an up-to-date (it even includes the theme from Stranger Things) and comprehensive playlist ideal for any Halloween soiree…or if you just want to scare yourself a little at the gym.

 

Autumn Lounge (By Spotify)

https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/5PNe0prImXjbSF6GBoMX7m

Need a seasonal soundtrack to listen to while you relax with your adult coloring book, study for an exam or fall asleep? Spotify’s got you covered with this quiet, modern, mostly instrumental collection. Perfect for a road trip on which you can enjoy the fall scenery too!

 

Morning Drive (By Spotify)

If you’re anything like me, getting out of bed when it still looks like the middle of the night is no easy task. I relish my 20 minute commute simply because it allows me to set my mind to all the things I want to accomplish that day.

Nothing helps you to wake up and feel like you can conquer the world (or at least make it to lunch in one piece) quite like the proper musical accompaniment. For the best music to blast during your hectic commute, look no further than this well-rounded playlist.

How to Make the Most of Fall

Adulting, Author: Claire Greene

Fall has always been my favorite time of year. Something about the crisp smell in the air, the beautiful color of the leaves, and pumpkin spice always gives me a sense of satisfaction I can’t describe. It’s important to really take everything in, and enjoy all of the beautiful things nature has given us.

 

Get outside 
During the fall, I always like to make sure that no matter how stressed I am or how crazy things may be, that I always get outside for at least a few minutes every day. I smell the air, touch the earth, listen to the crunch of the leaves as I walk and appreciate all of the rich, warm, natural colors of the leaves. Something about fall really awakens all of the senses, and you can feel more in touch with nature than ever before.

Decorate
Since there are so many beautiful, fall colors, fall is the best time to make natural decorations. Go outside and collect some leaves with colors that you love, some acorns that have fallen from the trees and even some wild berries (if you have pets, make sure the berries aren’t toxic first). There are so many ways you can decorate with the natural things you can find right outside the door. Put together a mason jar with acorns, colorful leaves, and dandelions. Not only will this be a reminder of the nature outside, it is a free decoration! You can also create a leaf collage by simply gluing leaves to a piece of paper, stringing acorns and hanging them up on the mantle, or even using a leaf as a bookmark! You can also collect nuts and seeds and leave them in a bowl outside to thank the birds for chirping!

Use the foods in abundance during the season 
There are so many foods that are at their best in the fall. Squashes and apples are full of rich flavor and taste. Cooking with them during their natural seasons will create amazing meals that will awaken your taste buds. Simply mulling apple cider with cinnamon and sage (the scents of the season), or making an apple pie, or even an apple crisp will be a wonderful treat that you will look forward to throughout the day. Butternut squash is at its best during fall as well. Make delicious sweet coconut, butternut squash soup, and a delicious autumn chili chutney using butternut squash, mango and apple cider vinegar. Research recipes using the rich foods of the season, and I promise you won’t be sorry.

 

During the fall, be inspired by Mother Nature. Fall is all about taking a moment and appreciating what is around you. So go ahead, take a break and go for a walk. You just may find some magic on the way.