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October Greatness :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

October Greatness

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October’s coming to an end. Before it does, we want to share a few of it’s great happenings with you. Get the scoop on everything from farming to collaborations.

 

CoLab authors?

Two of our CoLab collaborators joined forces and released new book Nappy & the First Day of Kindergarten. The book is available on Amazon and has great reviews so far!

The author, Arnitris Strong, is the creator and founder of blessedbethetie.com and seeks to strengthen the ties that bind through healthy dialogue and signature mommy and daughter events. The illustrator, Beth Allen, is the CEO and founder of Beth Allen Art and finds it easier to speak in colors and shapes than words.

We’re proud of you, ladies! Continue to soar.

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Source: Adventures of Nappy.

 

ICYMI: Farm Visits for You

Our community had such a positive experience engaging with the farmers in the Hospitality Suite at #BYOE15 that the Flinchbaugh and Haynie Farms want to extend invitations to you to visit their farms! Both farm tours will include lunch and transportation.

October 31 at Flinchbaugh Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam, PA – You and your family will experience an educational farm tour that outlines how their farm serves as a hub for local foods – a mix of locally grown and prepared food items from farmers and nearby food processors. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with Andy and his family. Transportation will leave Maryland mid-morning & return early afternoon so trick or treating is still on.
November 15, 2015 at PJ & Lisa Haynie’s in Reedville, VA — You and your family will get to visit a working farm to learn from the farmers about some of the crops they grow and challenges they face. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with P.J. and his family.
 If you are interested in more information or touring either (or both) farms, please email Janice Person at janice._person@monsanto.com
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FREE Joint Venture Webinar

Leveraging the strengths of each party to maximize the reach, earning potential and relationships of the joint venture is a business model that works.  The great news is that anyone can enter into a joint venture and build a successful collaboration.

For those of you who were at #BYOE15, you had an opportunity to hear about the ins and outs of successful collaborations from Boni Candelario (with some real-world examples from yours truly).  We’ve spent weeks brainstorming the best way to share with you the blueprint for an amazing collaboration experience and we’re proud to say that we’ve imagined an 8-week virtual program to get you from Idea to Joint Venture, featuring subject matter experts, best practices, mentorship and more.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 8pm ET, join Stacey, Boni and Terrance Gaines (BrothaTech) for a FREE online training about the basics of collaborations and Joint Ventures, and what that can look like for bloggers and social media influencers, along with details about the 8-week program. We’re calling it the Empire Builder’s JV Insider Circle and it’s AWESOME.

Learn more here.

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This is how you should react to bad news!

Have you ever received really bad news — like being fired or dealing with the loss of a client retainer — and was unsure of how to react? Inc shares 5 easy tips on how to confidently handles those instances and flip them for your benefit. Our favorite tip is to ignore half truths.

Confidence is like a Teflon-coating that wards off half-baked attacks on your character and on your skill level. You know you have proven experience, so when there’s some made-up stories about your work performance or a social media attack, you brush it off because you know the real story. One tip here is that, it’s OK to focus on the part of the half-truth that’s true. Maybe you do need to get a little better at attending meetings. Maybe you need to brush up on your writing skills. Fine. Focus on what you can do to change and don’t try to control the outcome that results from what someone made up about you. (By the way, this is why I typically ignore hyper-critical comments on social media. Usually, the person has an agenda or doesn’t have the whole story.)

 

Read the entire article here and share your favorite tips with us.

 

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Source: Inc.

 

October Greatness :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Friday Fun: Blogalicious Style

Blogalicious Style for Fridays & Beyond

Today we want to inspire you with fashion. We went to our very own ‘Blogalicious Style‘ Pinterest board for these fly outfits and pieces. Find something you like, add your style to it and enjoy a festive night on the town on us. Here are our top 3 pieces.

Shoe Style: Pointy Toe Leopards

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These shoes scream date night! Pair them with your favorite jeans and bag and enjoy the classic dinner and a movie with your significant other. You might find these leopard print shoes at Target, Belk’s or Steve Madden.

 

Her Style: Denim & Ankara

 

Denim rocks because you can wear it with almost everything. Here’s an example of pairing denim bottoms with a denim top, all while looking comfortable yet fierce. The Fashionista Next Door added her personal style to the mix with an ankara clutch, bold lips and shoes, and loose curls. Get some denim at Old Navy, Forever 21, Nordstorms or Saks.

We love this look! What would you add to it?

Natural Style: Warm Colors

 

Raincoats are in, it seems! We like how this model pieced a light green one with warm fall colors. It works well together and makes her skin shine. Browse women’s raincoats at JC Penney, Macy’s or Zappos!

 

Find more fashion tips and inspiration by following us on Pinterest. You’ll find outfit suggestions for our conferences along with day to day garments. You’re invited to share your personal style tips with us, too. Leave us with your fashion rules and best photos; you might find yourself pinned on our board next.

 

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Target & Tools :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Target & Tools

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We’re talking about Target, undoubtedly your favorite place to shop, and tools to help you manage your online business with ease. Bonus: parenting hacks and grants for parent entrepreneurs. This is your weekly round up.

 

Target + Used Clothes = Store Credit

Target partnered with ThredUp, an online consignment store, and will begin accepting “high-quality, children’s or women’s clothing, bags, and shoes” in return for store gift cards. Before you dump your used goods off to your local Target, you should know that items can be dropped off at select Target stores or shipped via FedEx or UPS. (They’ll pay for shipping.)

There doesn’t seem to be an earning system in place yet.

 

There’s no minimum amount that will be paid to people who donate their used stuff, so there’s always a potential to earn nothing.

 

One thing we do know is that gift cards will be delivered via email, which will increase only shopping for retailing giant Target. The reviews are mixed; some customers are ecstatic about this collaboration while others wonder what’s really in it for them. So we’re asking you: How do you feel about Target accepting your “high quality” used clothes in exchange for online gift cards?

Read more about it on Yahoo!.

 

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Source: Yahoo!.

 

Tool Salad = Mind Blown!

“Wow, a curated list of 197 online marketing tools!” — Tool Salad

A quote we wholeheartedly agree with!

Have you found yourself wondering what systems and apps you need to run your business or blog? Need a new email marketing system or payment processor, but aren’t sure where to start? What about stock photos for your website? If you need it, Tool Salad has it!

Tool Salad seems to have gathered the specific needs of online entrepreneurs and influencers and categorized them in a way that is visually pleasing and user friendly. Now, you can learn for yourself “what else is out there” and pick and choose what works for YOU! Just visit ToolSalad.com to see what we mean.

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Grants for Parentpreneurs?

Yes, this is a thing. Here’s what we learned:

  • The First Years Grant Program will provide up to $50,000 total funding to various businesses who: Have a child(ren) under 5 years of age OR are expecting a child by 12/31/15, and running your own business or have a concept to start a business.
  • Individual grants will range from $1,000-$10,000 and will be dispersed at the sole discretion of The First Years based on set criteria.
  • Applications will be accepted through October 31, 2015.
  • Funding will be dispersed by 1/31/16.

Am you eligible for a grant?

 

  • First things first: Review the program rules closely. You must submit all documentation required along with your application via email or mail, as outlined in the application. Your application will be denied if it is incomplete or if your organization does not meet eligibility requirements. You will receive a response confirming that your application has been submitted.
  • Open to parent entrepreneurs who are running (or have a concept to start) their own business and who are currently expecting or have a child(ren) under 5 years of age by 12/31/15.
  • Eligible businesses can be S-Corps, C-corps, LLCs, partnerships or sole-proprietorships.
  • Currently 501(c)3 corporations or other not-for-profit organizations are NOT eligible.
  • Only companies with fewer than 20 employees are eligible for grant consideration.
  • Companies/concepts must be in operation for fewer than 5 years by December 31, 2015.

 

With all things, there are rules. Educate yourself on what’s required at The First Years. You can find company info here.

DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31st!

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Source: The First Years.

 

“How was your day, son?”

Sara Goldstein realized the question, “how was your day?” sucked. She says that it is, “Far from a conversation starter, it’s uninspired, overwhelmingly open ended, and frankly, completely boring.” We agree and are glad she wrote 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?” 

A few of our favorite alternative questions:

10. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?

 

11. What challenged you today?

 

16. Did anyone push your buttons today?

 

26. What is one thing you hope to learn before the school year is over?

 

Read the entire article here.  Thanks, Sara!

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Source: Parent.co.

 

What’s your favorite round up moment?

 

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See You on the Farm! A Special Invitation from Our Blogalicious 2015 Partner…
Blogalicious 2015 may be over but the fun is still harvesting with one of our conference sponsors: Monsanto. Because our community had such a positive experience engaging with the farmers in the Hospitality Suite,  Flinchbaugh and Haynie Farms want to extend invitations to you to visit their farms! This time of year, farmers are busy with harvest & have a lot to show you! Both farm tours will include lunch and transportation (details TBD).
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October 31 at Flinchbaugh Orchard & Farm Market in Hellam, PA – Harvest & Halloween go hand-in-hand! Several of you visited with Andy and he’d love for you to see his family farm. You and your family will experience an educational farm tour that outlines how their farm serves as a hub for local foods – a mix of locally grown and prepared food items from farmers and nearby food processors. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with Andy and his family. Transportation will leave Maryland mid-morning & return early afternoon so trick or treating is still on.
November 15, 2015 at PJ & Lisa Haynie’s in Reedville, VA — P.J.’s got a lot going on that he’d like to show you: harvesting soy beans, planting winter wheat, and preparing fields for winter. You and your family will get to visit a working farm to learn from the farmers about some of the crops they grow and challenges they face. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and have a delicious lunch with P.J. and his family.
 If you are interested in more information or touring either (or both) farms, please email Janice Person at janice._person@monsanto.com
Whether you can attend one of the DC area events or not, we would like to continue the farm to plate conversation. Catch Janice Person on Twitter as @JPlovesCOTTON.
Blog Tip: Be True to Your Voice

Be True to Your Voice

Stay true to yourself and your voice. People don’t care to follow sites so much as they care to follow people.

Chris Pirillo, founder and CEO, LockerGnome

 

The blog-a-verse is crowded, so speaking in your voice is the best thing you can do to build an authentic brand and cult following who loves you. It’s easy to get distracted by what other bloggers are doing; how they blog, what they blog about, the way their audience responds to them and the cool things they do as a result of their blogs. But what we know for sure is that underneath all of those things is that that blogger’s true self is being manifested on their blogs in every post.

 

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Another blogger who advocates the importance of the writer’s voice is Jeff Goins. He says that your voice is the most important, yet over-looked part of blogging:

Writing isn’t about picking the right topic; it’s about finding the right voice. What matters, what readers really resonate with, isn’t so much what you say, but how.

 

Your voice is the most important thing that you can (and should) bring to the table. No one has experienced what you have and further more, no one can tell those stories better than you. When you speak, blog and connect in your voice, you’re reaching your audience where they are and are essentially growing with them. Think about how important that can be for you and your readers.

 

Tips on Being True to Your Voice

  • Reflect on those moments in your life where you’ve learned important lessons. How did you come to learn that lesson? What led you there? Why is that instance important to you now?
  • Identify why blogging in your voice may be difficult. Get to the root of why this is a pain point for you. Next, write about THAT! Share your findings with other bloggers who might shy away from blogging in their voice,too. Not only will this create a supportive environment, but this, too, will build your tribe.
  • Write without judgement. It’s important that your story is told as true as it happened, so write dirty: without editing, overthinking, skipping information and judging yourself. Then, proofread and edit your words the next day without skimping on the most important element — your voice.

 

How do you stay true to your voice?

Friday Fun: Be Happy!

It’s Friday and we thought it’d be nice to share a few fresh and fun images with you! Celebrate today (or this weekend) because you made it to the end of the week. You deserve it.

 

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Source: Quote Ideas.

 

Indulge in your plans to the fullest.

 

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Source: Quotes Gram.

Find your sanity this weekend!

 

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Source: Quotes Gram.

 

Happy Friday to you!

 

Friday Fun: Be Happy!

Dussehra & Desserts :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Dussehra & Desserts

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Get into this week’s round up as we talk about Dussehra, desserts, writer problems and award ceremonies. We bet this will be one of your favorite round ups to date!

 

Black Weblog Awards

Nomination time for the Black Weblog Awards has come! Many of your favorite blogs might be in competition to win an award in categories like Best New Blog of the Year or Best Writing in a Blog right now. But before you get too excited (or confused), let us explain what this event is all about.

Their mission: To showcase and recognize the best and brightest in the Black blogosphere in over 30 different categories.

“The Black Weblog Awards was founded in 2005 to give recognition to Black bloggers (and those of the African diaspora) which were largely overlooked by other Internet award events online. What started out as a barely-known event has now grown into an international showcase. With participants from over 90 countries, the Black Weblog Awards stands out as one of the most widespread Internet award events for Black bloggers.

“To date, the Black Weblog Awards has recognized nearly 200 blogs in over 30 categories. The Awards has also been featured in several mainstream and online media outlets, including NPR, CNN, and others. Winners of the Black Weblog Awards have also went on to appear in other media outlets, like MSNBC, the Huffington Post, BET, and many others.”

Talk about an example of creating your own path! Head over to the Black Weblog Awards website now and vote for your favorite blogs today. First round ends on October 20.

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Source: Black Weblog Awards.

 

Simple Questions for Writers

Seth Godin took to his blog to remind us that writers write! And if you own and create content for a blog every week, that includes you, too. You know how easy it is to get distracted with the latest blog tips and trends, but our most important job is to write well for our readers. Seth asked four simple questions that writers should ask themselves every time they pick up a pen…or open their laptops.

 

1. What is it for?

2. Who are you?

3. Who is it for?

4. Will is spread?

 

The post is simple and easy to read, so read it entirely here.

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Source: Seth Godin.

 

Happy Dussehra

We want to wish our Hindu tribe members a Happy Dussehra! ‘Dussehra’ is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in various forms across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. This day marks the end of Durga Puja so people immerse the idols and go to each others’ house and exchange gifts and sweets.

Shreya Biswas takes to India Today to explain the history of Durja Puja, Lord Ram and ‘Akaal Bodhon’. Read the full article here.

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National Dessert Day

Is there such a thing as National Dessert Day? Why, yes there is. If you’ve been looking for a reason to enjoy a cookie, cupcake or slice of cheese cake, today is your day to cash in. Restaurants across the country are making it easy for you to indulge by offering sweet deals for sweet treats. 6 ABC News has a list of restaurants who are waiting for you at the door.

And just because, we’re sharing the results from the day’s own hashtag #NationalDessertDay on Twitter. You’re welcome.

Which dessert will you have?

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Source: 6abc.

 

Dussehra & Desserts | Be Blogalicious

Blog Tip: Greet Your Audience

Greet Your Audience

Greeting your audience is monumental for your blog’s growth! The people who read your blog, share your posts and follow you on social media deserve your gratitude and humility. But how do you greet your audience and what does that truly mean? We have a few tips below.

 

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Why You Should Greet Your Audience

Millions of blogs are created daily, so your readers’ decision to click on yours is worthy of praise. Greeting your audience shows that you appreciate them and acknowledge their interest in your blog. And when people are appreciated, they eagerly return…with friends!

 

How to Greet Your Audience

  • When your blog receives comments or shares, respond to each gesture with thanks.
  • Leave room in your blogging schedule to have “moments” with your people. You can do this by posting an engaging question on social media or by sharing a personal + uplifting problem that others can relate to.
  • Ask your readers what they want! Whether your blog is about how to hit tennis balls or homeschooling 101, it’s important that you understand you are providing a service. In order to provide better service, you must welcome feedback from those you’re serving. Gather responses through a survey or by retrieving data from blog and social media comments. From there, create content that serves those interests.
  • Use fun + eye catching images to say hello. They’re great to look at, break up content and present an opportunity to be pinned!

 

6 Ways to Grow Your Blog Audience by Social Media Examiner

 

These small gestures will build a genuine connection between you and your audience, which can easily translate into an authentic brand with die hard followers.

So, how do you greet your audience?

 

Blog Tip: Greet Your Audience | Be Blogalicious

I Stand #WithMalala

“There’s a moment when you have to decide whether to be silent or stand up.” – Malala Yousafzai

Such wise words from such a brave, but youthful spirit.  If you haven’t yet seen the film, “He Named Me Malala” — make that a priority — the payoffs are huge. We had the honor of screening the film at Blogalicious Weekend 2015 last month and had the experience of being moved to tears, laughter and to a place of inspiration and gratitude…all by the powerful story of this young woman and her father.

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Eighteen year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has as her personal mission to “enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.” Something that so many of us take for granted. As my own 6th grader is coming into her own at school – middle school to be exact! – by making friends, playing the saxophone in the performance band, rolling her eyes at her math homework, and having spent the last 3 days at Outdoor School – it’s impossible to imagine her being denied any and all of those experiences simply because she’s a girl.

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And yet.

Malala’s Story

Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, ran a school in Swat Valley near her childhood home in Pakistan. His passion for education influenced Malala’s zest for learning and she looked forward to attending school every day, but the opportunity was stripped from her by the Taliban military. In 2009, the military’s hold on Swat intensified, deepening Malala’s fears that her school would be attacked or bombed.

Think about that for a second.

Death threats. Bombs. All to keep girls from learning.  It’s truly inconceivable in a place where we will most likely have a woman presidential candidate very soon.  In her zealousness to see change, Malala began to speak out against the Taliban’s harsh control with the support of her father, who’d seen several of his friends killed for doing the same thing. Despite their fear, they continued to shed light on the Taliban’s acts of terrorism, first through blogging for the BBC Urdu blog and then in a documentary made for The New York Times.

 

 

On October 9, 2012, as Malala and her friends were travelling home from school, a masked gunman entered their school bus and asked for Malala by name. She was shot with a single bullet which went through her head, neck and shoulder. Two of her friends were also injured in the attack. Malala miraculously recovered and is destined to help girls like her around the world receive the education they deserve.

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the surreal experience of joining in on a phone call with Malala herself to hear first-hand about her passion for education equality for girls and the wisdom that she had to share about what her young life has taught her. She was humble and thoughtful and soft-spoken, but there was no mistaking her strength and conviction for her cause. Truly a memorable experience!

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The International Day of the Girl Child

In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th, we’re urged to continuously create a world free of discrimination for young women and girls. The UN Women Organization breaks down the horrors of being a girl child worldwide. From the website:

  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women were married as children (below 18 years of age). More than one in three—or some 250 million—were married before 15. And child brides are often unable to effectively negotiate safe sex, leaving them vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy [1].
  • Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, anadolescent girl dies as a result of violence [2].
  • In emergencies, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to sexual violence, and in some cases, are abducted and exploited for sexual purposes by armed groups [3].
  • Nearly half (44 per cent) of adolescent girls worldwide aged 15 to 19 think a husband or partner is justified in hitting or beating his wife or partner under certain circumstances [4].

 

What You Can Do

Getting involved and advancing this important cause that impacts all of us is easy.

See the Film.  Find the theatre nearest you that is showing the documentary, HERE.

Talk About the Issue with Your Daughter(s). There is even a downloadable Parent Discussion Guide, written by Elena Sonnino – part of our Blogalicious Family!

Share, Share, Share. Write your own blog post on the issue. Share your thoughts on social media. All of the handles, and hashtags and links you need are right here:

 

I stand #WithMalala. For my daughters. For your daughters. For all of us.

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Breast Cancer & Fall Fun :: Blogalicious Weekly Round Up

Breast Cancer & Fall Fun

Learn about what breast self-exams can do for you. Then, finish it off with fun fall activities you can enjoy with your entire family.

 

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Breast Cancer & You

Every October, women celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in droves with donations, marches and wearing pink. They remember those whose lives were claimed by the disease and honor those who are now survivors. While this month is partly filled with festivities and pride, the mission of it all is to encourage women to get screened for breast cancer.

Early detection can be life saving and is something you can do at home. The National Breast Cancer Organization provides guidance on how to perform a breast self-exam and how to create an Early Detection Plan. You can also find and debunk myths about breast cancer on the website, such as mammograms spreading breast cancer or it being contagious. (Read more common myths here.)

What are some symptoms and signs of breast cancer?

According to the National Breast Cancer Organization, some symptoms and signs of the disease are:

  • a change in how the breast or nipple feels
  • a change in the breast or nipple appearance
  • any clear or bloody nipple discharge

A breast self-exam will tell you if you have any of these symptoms. It is recommended that adult women of all ages perform a breast self-exam once a month. Johns Hopkins Medical center states,

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

You can perform your breast self-exam in the shower, in front of a mirror or when lying down. Learn more about self-exams, early detection and the importance of mammograms here.

Have your completed your breast self-exam this month?

 

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Source: National Breast Cancer Organization.

 

Fall Fun for Kids, Adults & Otherwise

To put it plainly, the fall season is fun. We found over 100 fun things to do with your kids, friends or just because.

Of Southern Melle‘s 101 fun things to do this fall list, we’ve rounded up 5 of our favorites:

  1. Go on a hayride
  2. Make caramel apples
  3. Jump in leaf piles and take lots of photos!
  4. Start your Christmas shopping early
  5. Volunteer to babysit for a single mom

 

The Dating Divas compiled a list of 50 fun fall date ideas that your spouse is bound to enjoy! Here’s our top 5 from their list:

  1. Go to the pumpkin patch
  2. Go Halloween costume shopping
  3. Go to a football game
  4. Make a cozy fort for 2
  5. Have a spa night

 

Lastly, we’re including 5 things to do with kids during the fall from Rattles & Heels. Our favorite suggestion? Museums! Check it out:

 

Lets face it, some fall days are just too cold to bear doing outdoor activities even if we planned to. On those brisk fall days, check out a new exhibit at one of your favorite museums or explore the activities at your local children’s museum. Many museums have play rooms where the kids can learn through play and even make a few friends in the process.

 

 

What are your favorite activities to do during the fall?

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Breast Cancer & Fall | Be Blogalicious

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