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All the Fall Vibes: A List

If you’re like me – I am super excited for this fall season. It doesn’t last super long unfortunately, so we have to do what we can while the season lasts! I’ve compiled a list of all things fall, so you can get some ideas too.

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  1. Should I start with the most obvious one? Pumpkin picking! I looooove pumpkin season. It’s that time of year to pick out pumpkins to decorate your house with, gourds to decorate your room and then later on in October, pumpkins to carve!!
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2. Visit your local harvest festival. I know that where I live, there are so many different harvest festivals going on from city to city. I love going around and looking at all the vendors while sipping some hot apple cider and soaking in that autumn weather. Depending on what kind of market it is, you can find jams and spreads, candy apples, corn on the cob, some cute fall apparel and accessories etc. A lot of vendors are people like you and I, just showing the world what they can make.

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3. Take a walk in a park with lots of trees. Certain parks have GORGEOUS trees of all different colours. It’s such a great time to take daily walks and embrace the autumn weather and colours. If you’re in Toronto, one of the best places to go would be High Park. High Park is such a beautiful park, every single season. But especially during the fall and spring. Definitely a must-see.

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4. Baking!!! God, I love baking. It’s definitely a new found hobby with the whole quarantine happening. I’ve been trying to bake healthy versions of foods such as gluten-free, lactose-free and refined sugar-free muffins and cookies. I’m gluten and lactose sensitive so that’s the only reason why I’ve chosen to make my recipes like that. But gluten and dairy is not bad for you and does not need to be something you restrict if you don’t have to! But anyways, this is the time to get some baking in. Apple pie? Sign me up.

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5. HALLOWEEN MOVIES. Do I need to say any more?! This is what I LIVE for during this fall season. There are so many classics on Netflix right now such as: Hocus Pocus, Hubie Halloween, Rebecca, Cadaver, Goosebumps, Oculus, Sinister, Coraline and more. There’s so many different movies to watch depending on the level of horror/thriller you’re looking for.

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6. Corn Maze! I love these. It’s a lot more fun to do it either with your S/O or a few friends. Debating which ways to go and getting lost is so fun and sure to be a great activity to add to your list.

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7. If you’re an animal lover like me, visiting farm animals or a petting zoo can be so fun this season. If you’re going East, there is one about an hour and a half from Toronto called the Big Apple. They have activities there, farm animals, indoor market etc. You can even feed the animals and pet them! So fun for the family.

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8. Although Toronto has cancelled all of their fall events such as Oktoberfest, you can host your own! Be aware of the COVID guidelines, but invite a few friends and do a potluck, decorate the house, put on some halloween tunes and drink some spooky drinks. It’s cheaper, more personal and could be more fun depending on how you execute it. Have fun!!

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9. Find a nice bike trail & ride bikes with a friend or S/O! Get your bike riding in before the winter season comes, exploring the town you live in could be super fun especially if you find a spot that you’ve never seen before. Or, if you don’t have a bike or don’t want to bike – hike! I love hiking especially on hike trails or large conservation areas. The trees and wildlife are always so pretty. If you’re in the GTA, a beautiful spot is Heber Down Conservation Area.

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10. Collect leaves and press them for a scrapbook later. I used to do this a TON when I was younger. I was so fascinated by how the leaves would change colour and the different colours based on the type of leaf. They’re super pretty and look great for scrapbooks, book marks, coasters, framed etc.

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11. Pick up a new hobby – candle making! With all different kinds of scents this season, this could be way better than your typical bath and body works candles because YOU made them. AND, with the lovely time we live in – Amazon Prime ships to you the next day so it’s easy to get started.

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12. Dress up in your cutest ‘fit, pack a basket of food and a soft blanket and grab your bff or S/O and go on a picnic. You could even grab coffees or hot apple cider on the way to your destination and don’t forget to snap a pic. Such a cute date idea.

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13. Last but not least, shopping. I LOVE FALL DECOR! You can go to a Marshalls, Winners, Homesense or even Dollarama and grab some cute fall decor for an affordable price. I love decorating my room with cute fall leaves (fake, of course), fall themed pillows, ceramic pumpkins or even real ones! Also, decorate your front porch with a super cute fall-themed welcome mat, a hay bale, pumpkins, sunflowers etc. You can find some great decor ideas on Pinterest. I’m obsessed.

Happy fall y’all. Stay safe & feel free to share with your friends or your S/O to give them some low-key hints/ideas!

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IT IS OKAY TO FEEL UNEASY IN TIMES OF UNCERTAINTY

This whole pandemic has not only set off a whole realm of loneliness for a lot of people, but also a lot of anxiety and uncertainty. If you find yourself unsure of what to do with your life, unable to sleep or sleeping too much, feeling restless – IT IS OKAY. A lot of us have been go-go-go with our jobs, family, relationships, school, side hustles etc. It is totally okay to feel uneasy with how the world is right now. It is not easy for anyone. One of the good things about this isolation period is that the whole world is doing the same thing. Most of us are laid off, at home, unable to see relatives or friends, unable to do our usual routine. It is extremely probable that the pandemic has caused people increasing anxiety, and for people diagnosed with anxiety already – a pretty hard time. “People often don’t realize that their difficulties with focus, memory, sleep and relationships can all be related to anxiety,” says Amelia Aldao, clinical psychologist and founder of Together CBT in New York City. I am here to tell you IT IS OKAY.

So, let’s take a deep breath for a moment. This pandemic is probably going to last a bit longer than we all would like it to and what we need to do is come up with a new routine. Or, if you’re not into routine – just different things to do throughout the day to ensure that we don’t get tangled in all of that anxiety and stir-craziness.

  1. The first thing to do is to limit the amount of news you watch. I know it is a horrific time and that is all that is blasted everywhere, but limiting this is truly what will be best for your own sake and mental health. I am not telling you to completely block it out and act like nothing is wrong, but to limit the amount you watch/read.
  2. Continue with a SCHEDULE/ROUTINE. If you are someone who is normally structured and organized, don’t think of this time as a free-for-all. Keeping a steady schedule despite the circumstances will ensure that you are staying sane and busy.
  3. Which adds to my next point, KEEP BUSY. This can be done in an unlimited amount of ways. Take a bath, journal, draw, paint, garden, work-out, watch movies, get started on a new tv series, read a book or two or three!!!, call up a friend etc.
  4. Wake up and go to bed at your normal time. This one has honestly been one of the hardest ones for me. My sleeping schedule has been out of whack and that causes me so much stress because if I go to bed late, I typically wake up late and then I’m upset that I wasted ___ # of hours of the day. Wake up early still and go to bed at a reasonable time!
  5. If you work from home – try not to overload. With this stress and anxiety, it can become overwhelming and chances are your memory and work ethic is not what it was. Break up tasks, give yourself breaks, drink lots of water and feed yourself properly.
  6. Which goes again, feed yourself properly. I know that because the routine is off, sometimes we may forget to make breakfast or lunch, or maybe just hydrate properly. Try to truly make an effort to nourish your body and eat properly (bonus if it’s healthy!)
  7. Pick up a new skill/hobby. When is the last time you painted? What about gardening? Working out? Is there a task that you’ve been putting off such as painting the basement, redoing the deck? Take this time to do the things that you weren’t planning on doing before while you have the time.
  8. Check up on friends and family. Although you may not be able to go and visit, or maybe you can if you stay 6 feet apart (do not come for me if they change this rule!!!) A simple facetime call can help to stay connected while also checking up on your loved ones. We all need checking up on, especially if we are struggling through this. Take a few minutes and call that person (or multiple people), they will really enjoy your company.
  9. YouTube. I have been catching up on some of my favourite YouTubers lately and I am really enjoying it – especially because there are a lot of them who have decided to post daily vlogs, which gets me excited to watch and gives me something to do every day. Or, if you’re feeling creative – make your own YouTube channel and get recording!
  10. Get yourself ready. I have found that whenever I get out of bed, take a nice shower and do my hair/makeup – I feel way better. I feel like “hey, at least I did that today!”
  11. Take some online courses. Ever heard of Shaw Academy? They have a variety of online classes that you can take that range from marketing, social media and graphic design to beauty, music, finance, photography and more! They are doing a free trial and then if you’d like to continue afterwards it’s $69.99 CAD. It’s interactive, they have Q&A sessions, quizzes, assignments, and unlimited access to all of their courses – so if you wanted to take photography and finance, you can totally do that. Also, this is not an ad, I just really enjoyed their platform. Of course, there are many other platforms that do relatively the same stuff for online courses.

Stay safe, healthy & sane everyone.

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