Fall Foliage Across America – Hit the Road

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Fall Foliage Across America

From orange pumpkins and yellow mums at farmers markets to the brightly-colored foliage that graces the woodlands of America, just about any family can appreciate the beauty that fall has to offer through the great outdoors.

Pick a sunny weekend, pack the car, invite the family along, pack a picnic lunch, and bring the camera to ensure that the fall scenes freeze in time to enjoy for years to come.

Here are just a few popular fall foliage sites and destinations across America where families can enjoy nature its fullest this time of year.

State Parks and National Forests

State parks and national forests boast some of the best nature and hiking trails out there, as well as some of the best foliage and family fun.

All across Vermont, one thing is clear this time of year – fall is here. Woodford State Park in Vermont is a 398-acre park that borders Massachusetts and offers several hiking and nature trails to please the nature-lover and foliage enthusiast.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State contains a West Coast version of fall’s array of color. The park’s trails span over 1,200 miles and go through woodland areas with scenic views. The U.S. Forest Service recently reported positive fall color around sites such as the Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams Ranger Districts.

The Minnesota Valley State Park in Jordan, Minn. is a mid-westerner’s destination. During fall, there are 41 miles of hiking trail available to adventure-seekers and foliage enthusiasts. Enjoy viewing the reddish-orange-colored Sumac or other plant varieties.

Foliage Routes

Get together with family members to map out an individualized foliage routes or visit state websites that can provide routes for discovering the best places to experience fall’s beauty.

The Ozark National Forest in Arkansas has brilliant colors in the fall. Take a look at the state’s collection of candy corn-colored Maple and Dogwood trees. To find some of the best foliage, drivers are encouraged to tour throughout the northern part of the state, including Bull Shoals, Yellville and Flippin, along the tree lines of the Ozark Mountains.

Maine is also a state filled with lovely displays of foliage this time of year. To experience fall-tinged Maples and mountains, the Maine Office of Tourism recommends a driving tour through Naples, Sebago Lake State Park, and Grafton Notch State Park, into the White Mountain National Forest, and through Lovell and Fryeburg. Many regions in the state are already experiencing some of their peak times of foliage color.

Scenic Drives

The Natchez Trace, which is a roadway that cuts through the South between Natchez, Miss. and Nashville, Tenn., is one example of an area in the country filled with the colors of nature especially during fall. One portion of the scenic drive takes travelers through the northwest corner of Alabama with 33 miles of fall beauty.

Not far from the Natchez Trace in the northwest part of Alabama, Joe Wheeler State Park in Rogersville, Ala. is a southern sample of the array of foliage to find. Drive along U.S. 72 or meander through the park in Lauderdale County.

Fall in Love with Fall

No matter the time of year, nature across America is abundant with beauty, but especially in fall, the colorful foliage outside is to be appreciated. Take the time to bring the family together outdoors, take a nice drive, and discover all there is to love about nature during fall.

15 Family Activities for Fall

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Many people love the fall season where you start to smell apples and pumpkins everywhere, feel the cool brisk breeze upon your face and watch as the leaves fall from the trees. This time of year is a great time to get outside to do some fun family activities.

15 Family Activities for Fall

15 Family Activities for Fall

  1. Go apple picking. This is a great way to experience the true season of fall with your family and have a nice treat later on.
  2. Jump in leaves. Get outside to rake up the lawn with your family. Create a pile of leaves and have fun jumping into them together.
  3. Decorate your home. Gather up the craft supplies and create some beautiful fall décor pieces with your family.
  4. Setup the front porch. If you have a front porch, get some beautiful pumpkins and scarecrows set up on the porch for passer byers to see.
  5. Craft it up. The fallen leaves of the season make for great crafting fun with the family. Leaf rubbings are a favorite for many.
  6. Take a fall foliage tour. Search your local area to see if any fall foliage tours are available to experience with the family this season.
  7. Attend a fall festival. There are many events in the fall season called Fall festivals where you can enjoy a family fun day.
  8. Bake it up. Gather the family up into the kitchen as you have a fun bake up with the focus being only fall style recipes or desserts.
  9. Visit a candle shop. This may not be suitable for younger kids but it’s a fun way to find some friendly scents to make your home smell like fall.
  10. Take a walk into the woods. Gather up the family, pack up some sweaters and head into the woods to experience nature during this beautiful season.
  11. Have a fall scavenger hunt. Create a list of items for the family to find. The person who finds everything on the list first wins a special treat.
  12. Get lost in a corn maze. Pack up the family and head to a local corn maze where you can enjoy being a kid again with the whole family.
  13. Plan a weekend getaway. Research bed and breakfast locations that offer a nice view of fall foliage and stay a weekend there with the kids.  I love driving this time of year.  The weather is usually perfect for driving with the windows down and the fall foliage makes any drive enjoyable.
  14. Take holiday photos. Create your own family photo session where you gather the kids around to capture them experiencing this fall season.
  15. Watch spooky movies. So as long as your family enjoys a little spooky time you can have a movie date with the family watching spooky movies.

There you have it, 15 family activities for fall that you can enjoy whether it’s raining outside or not. Between baking in the kitchen, heading out to a corn maze or crafting it up while the fireplace it is lit, you will be sure to enjoy this fall season with your family using this list of ideas.

Fall Date Ideas

Fall Date Ideas

5 fun ideas for a perfect date this fall

Tired of the same old restaurant and movie date? You and your significant other would love to take advantage of the beautiful fall season but don’t know what to do or where to go? Luckily for you, I have 5 fun ideas for a perfect date this fall!

Go hiking
Looking for a budget-friendly way of spending time with your love while burning some calories? Going on a hike is an excellent idea! Wherever you may live, there is certainly at least one trail accessible nearby. Focusing on the same goal, you and your date will be totally in sync while observing the beauty of nature. Benefiting from getting a good workout, your body will release endorphins (happiness hormones) to keep you in a good mood. Combine that with being in great company and you are set to have the most amazing date!

Try apple or pumpkin picking
If exercising while on a date is not a good fit for you two, you can have a wonderful time at the apple orchard or the pumpkin patch. It is still an excellent way of discovering nature while being able to have a conversation and connect with each other. Think about it: with all the apples you and your significant other are going to bring home, you can keep the date going by baking a delightful apple pie! You could also start carving your pumpkin and use the leftovers to make delicious pumpkin bread. Possibilities are endless!

Get lost in a corn maze.
They aren’t just for kids!  Have a fun day making your way through a giant corn maze.  Some are even “smart mazes” and incorporate your cell phone into the game.  If you and your husband are braver than I and up for something spookier, consider finding a “haunted” corn maze one evening.

Ride a horse
How about something totally different than the typical fall excursion? Ever thought of going horseback riding with your love? Even if both of you are completely new to this activity, it can be very interesting to take a lesson together and help each other out. If you are still unsure, hire an experienced guide who will take you on a slow and peaceful ride on the trails or in the woods. Feeling more adventurous? Try trotting or even galloping when you are more secure on the horse. 100% sure to impress your date!

Stop by the State Fair
Fall is usually fair time in many states. Fairs are perfect for a date because there are activities for all ages and interests. You can share a (fried!) meal with your sweetheart, cheer on a piggy at the races or admire arts and crafts exhibitions. Turn to the carnival side for a friendly competition and win a cute teddy bear for your love. Get the adrenaline rushing by going on one of those really fast rides! Don’t forget to end this amazing date on a romantic note by riding the Ferris wheel!

Whether you and your significant other are getting to know each other or have been together many years, going on a date that is out of the ordinary is an excellent way to discover new things about your partner. With these 5 fun date ideas, you can learn new skills, enjoy nature and have a blast together! Your fall season will be truly unforgettable!

Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

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Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

This Caramel Pumpkin Trifle brings delicious fall flavors together in an easy and elegant dessert!  It’s like eating fall in a cup.  This is a great dessert to make in individual servings or in a big trifle dish for the holidays.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner you know!

The weather around here has been crazy.  It’s 76 on the day we get our Christmas pictures and are suffering in our sweaters and the next day it’s in the 50s and the bitter cold wind cuts through us no matter what we put on.  Pumpkin is the perfect dessert for either temperature!  Pumpkin pie can be eaten cold or served warm.  I chose to heat up mine for this dessert and afterwards I realized that I probably should have done it cold for better pictures but it was so good warm! 🙂

This yummy parfait is made with Marie Callender’s pumpkin pie, caramel sauce, graham crackers, and Ready Wip.  My favorite thing about this recipe is how easy it is.  My kids helped me make it and they loved making it as much as eating it.


Caramel Pumpkin Trifle


Directions:  Gather your ingredients and add a heaping tablespoon of crushed graham crackers to the dish.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Add a layer of crushed graham crackers.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Drizzle caramel layer on top of your dessert for a lovely presentation.

Mini Pumpkin Pie

We had some leftover pumpkin pie and made these little pumpkin hearts with cookie cutters.  We added a little Ready Wip on top and sprinkled with cinnamon and they were ready to serve!  These mini pumpkin pies are yummy with hot chocolate.   We add a squirt of Ready Wip and a sprinkle of cinnamon to our Swiss Miss hot chocolate to make it extra special!

I’m not one for making pies, Marie Callender makes all of mine for me.  I figure that make in another stage of life I’ll learn how and make the perfect pies.  For me, stopping by Walmart is a fool-proof way to get a delicious pie and I can spend more of my time with those who mean the most to me.  Easy peasy.

For more delicious inspiration check out these yummy ideas:

Pumpkin Spice Cocoa

Mini Apple Pie

Ways to Refresh Your Home for Fall

Fall is coming!  Ya’ll knew that though, right?  As much as I’m still excited about our upcoming late summer vacation I’m also very excited about the fall season. …and the football, the leaves, the sweaters, the cute boots, and the fragrances of fall that come with it.  Oh, and the fall colors and candles too.  And pumpkins!!  Sigh.  There’s so much to love about fall.  This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Febreze and Swiffer was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Now where was I?  Oh yes, fall is coming!  To help you usher in the fall season I’ve rounded up 5 ways you can help refresh your home for fall.

Burlap Pumpkin

1.  Add some pumpkins.  Real pumpkins, painted pumpkins, ceramic pumpkins, or wooden pumpkins.  Any kind of pumpkins can do!

Febreze fall scent

2.  Refresh the scents.  To help get your home ready for fall Febreze has fall scented air refreshers.  Not only can they get rid of yucky smells you don’t want in your home but they can fill your home with dreamy wonderful scents.  Scents have been known to boost your mood and my family loves how their Big Sur woods air refresher smells.

3.  Hang a free fall printable.  The internet has a lot of free printables and I’m sure if you look you’ll find one just perfect for your home.  “Happy Fall, Ya’ll!” is one of my favorite fall slogans. 🙂

Sweater Pillow

4.  Bring out some throws.  I love my chunky orange blanket and white sweater pillow.  They both scream fall and are extra comfy while snuggled on the couch reading a book.
Swiffer Green Box

5. Give your home a good cleaning.  Spring cleaning is the season that gets the most attention but fall cleaning is just as necessary.  Fall allergies are up and at em and staying on top of household dust and pollen will help keep allergy sufferers happy.  Plus, who doesn’t love a clean and nice smelling home?


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To enter simply leave a comment below and let me know what ways do you refresh your home for fall?

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Outdoor Fall Games for Preschoolers

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Playing in Leaves

My family loves spending time outdoors.  There’s something about hearing the wind blowing, the crickets chirping, and at this time of year, the leaves crunch beneath your feet.  Plus, it’s the best way to get a little energy out of kiddos that have been house bound all day.

My daughter loves to make up games as she runs around the yard.  Those are the best games!  The rules are fluid and change as we go but it’s always fun.

Duck, duck, goose is a family favorite.  We’ve played it by our own rules for so long that I really can’t remember how it’s played correctly.  My daughter’s favorite part is how we describe each duck as we go around tapping heads.  For instance, happy duck, silly duck, or angry duck and we have to make the expression of the name we’re given.  It’s fun but of course any game can be made fun when playing with family!

Preschool Drawing

This week my daughter was working on her handwriting and drawing skills when she made this picture.  She made a picture and “story” about playing outside.  It really is her favorite thing to do with her daddy.

Other fun outdoor fall games:

  • –  Red Light Green Light – A fun variation of this is to pick a letter at the start of each game.  When “red light” is called, the runners have to stop and quickly say a word that begins with that letter. They should come up with a different word each time and if they repeat a word, they have to go back to the start.
  •  Hiking
  • –  Homemade obstacle course
  • –  Geocaching (we haven’t done this yet with kids but I plan to when they get a little older!)
  • –  Nature scavenger hunt
  • –  Mother May I?
  • –  I Spy
  • –  Rake leaves and jump in!
  • –  Hopscotch 
  • –  Sidewalk chalk (here’s my favorite)
  • –  Feed the ducks
  • –  Apple picking
  • –  Build a campfire (with adult supervision!) and roast marshmallow

Does your family enjoy playing outside in the fall?

Things I Love About Fall

This is a fun list to help you appreciate the most wondrous season of all, fall.  Okay, I still prefer summer but I’m choosing to look on the positive side of things.  Fall is a fabulous time of year with a rhythm all it’s own.

Here are the reasons I love Fall:

Fall leaves on the ground

  • – Leaves in every color
  • – Hot chocolate
  • – Sweaters
  • – Corn mazes


  • – Pumpkins
  • – Pumpkin flavored everything
  • Dressing the kids up for “Costume Day” – as my daughter calls it
  • – Boots
  • – Pumpkin decorating
  • – Fall’s sunsets
  • – Fall scented candles
  • – The clear night sky
  • – Apple picking
  • – The colors of fall
  • – Soup – Here’s a Progresso coupon

Pumpkin Patch 2015

  • – Pumpkin patch pictures with the kids
  • – Comfort food
  • – Apple cider
  • – Apple crafts with the kiddos

Pumpkin Painting

  • – Pumpkin art with the kiddos (You can vote for my daughter’s pumpkin here by finding the “Eve’s Pumpkin – Age 4” and checking the vote box. I believe her pumpkin is on the 2nd page.  Thank you!)
  • – Gummy pumpkins
  • – Salted caramel

Family Photos

  • – Annual family photos (If you live near King, NC, you have to check out A Photo By Ashley.  She’s the best!  Here’s a preview of our latest pics taken last week.)
  • – Caramel apples
  • – Trying to catch falling leaves with my kids
  • – S’mores
  • – Last but certainly not least, football!  Goooo Dawgs!

What did I leave off that you love about fall?

Fall Fun Day

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Fall reminds me of thick sweaters, sweet apple cider, colorful leaves, and our annual Fall Fun Day!  We had our fun day this past weekend and was very, well, fun!  The weather was cool, the pumpkins were plentiful, and games abounded.

Fall Coloring

We had tables laid out for kids to color their hearts out.  My daughter especially liked the glitter leaf stickers laying around just begging to be used.

WaterWipes Pumpkin Painting

The kids painted pumpkins using brushes, sponges, and glitter paints.  I may not be a kid any longer but I still love glitter paints.  We tried cleaning up with dry paper towels till it dawned on me that I had a pack of WaterWipes in my diaper bag.  I’m a WaterWipes Ambassador so I’m always prepared!  They were perfect for cleaning up little painted fingers!

Tic Tac TossTic Tac Toss was a favorite among kids of all ages.  The wall was made of felt and the little balls had velcro dots on them.  My son had to wait a long time for the older kids to occupy themselves with other things before he got the chance to play.  He’s obsessed with balls so this was his favorite activity of the day.  I wonder how hard it would be to make this Tic Tac Toss wall for our playroom?  Hmm, maybe that would be a fun and cheap Christmas gift!

Fall Play Doh Fun

Play-Doh is always a favorite!  Kids old and young love Play-Doh with cookie cutters.

WaterWipes Face Painting

Face painting was a hit with kids of all ages and WaterWipes came in handy to save messy fingers again!  Chemical free wipes make erasing accidental painting errors easy without causing skin irritation.  I love those things! {Visit WaterWipes.com to learn more!}  My daughter chose to get a football on her arm because she loves to watch the Georgia Bulldogs play football with her daddy. 🙂  I think she loves her special time with her daddy more than the does the game.  I love their relationship – so sweet!

Ski ball

An inflatable ski ball?  Yes, oh yes!  With all the rain and high winds we had to improvise from our usual outdoor bounce house.  Wind + bounce house = dangerous!  I had never seen an inflatable ski ball game before but it was a blast.

Our fall is off to a great start!  We still have our annual fall photo session, trip to the pumpkin patch (taking care of that tomorrow!), jack-o-lantern carving, watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and of course Halloween (or Costume Day as my daughter calls it).

What fall traditions does your family have?

Inspiring Monday Linky

Inspiring Monday

Here are the most clicked-through submissions from last week’s party.  I think they’re great!

Little Apple Pies

Handheld Mini Apple Pie Cookies from Savvy Saving Couple

DIY Pumpkin Craft

Easy DIY Pumpkin Craft from Save More Spend Less With Heidi

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Pumpkin Pie Fudge from More Than a Mom of Three

Party Time! This is my second of many, many, many Inspiring Monday link ups and I’m excited to have you here!Ready to Party?

Before we start, please keep in mind:

– It’s nice to socialize with other party guests.
– Link up all of your inspiring posts that you’ve written on YOUR blog. Recipes, crafts, printables, DIY, and homemaking posts are welcome. Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways, etc.
– By linking up to Inspiring Monday you are giving Embracing Homemaking permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs to help promote your post.

Let’s party!

Meringue Pumpkins – Inspiring Monday

Meringue Pumpkins


4 large egg whites (120 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (200 grams) superfine or caster sugar (if you don’t have superfine sugar simply take 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar and process it for about 30 seconds in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
gel orange food coloring

(If you want these to actually taste like pumpkin you can carefully fold 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin purée after you’ve mixed the other ingredients.)


Preheat oven to 200 degrees and move your rack to the middle of your oven.

Using the wish attachment on an electric mixer wisk the egg whites on a low-medium speed until foamy. Next add the cream of tartar and keep mixing until they hold soft peaks when you turn off and remove the wisks.  Add the sugar a little at a time until the meringue holds very stiff peaks.  Now add in the vanilla extract and gel food coloring with a toothpick.  Remember a little goes a long way and you can’t take it back but you can always add more.

Feel a little bit of the meringue between your fingers to see if it feels gritty.  Keep beating it until all the sugar dissolves and it no longer feels gritty.

Grab a cookie sheet and cover it with parchment paper.  Dab a little meringue in each corner of the cookie sheet under the parchment paper.  This will help hold it in place while you pipe.  Add your meringue to a pastry bag fitted with your star tip.

While holding the bag straight up and down, use even pressure to pipe about a two inch round pumpkin, release pressure and gently raise.

Bake the meringues for approximately one hour to one and a half hours.  They should be crisp to the touch.  Then turn off the oven, open the door and allow them to finish trying in there for several hours (I choose overnight because it’s easier with kids).

After several hours (or many hours the next day) draw your pumpkin faces using a Wilton’s edible marker.  With a little patience and a steady hand you can’t go wrong!

These will last several days when stored at room temperature in a closed container. This recipes makes 20-25 pumpkins depending on how generous you are with your piping.  Enjoy!


Party Time! This is my first of many, many, many Inspiring Monday link ups and I’m excited to have you here!Ready to Party?

Before we start, please keep in mind:

– It’s nice to socialize with other party guests.
– Link up all of your inspiring posts that you’ve written on YOUR blog. Recipes, crafts, printables, DIY, and homemaking posts are welcome. Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways, etc.
– By linking up to Inspiring Monday you are giving Embracing Homemaking permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs to help promote your post.

Let’s party!