Here in Connecticut, the shift from summer turns to fall as soon as the kids return to school. The nights get cooler while the day still holds onto that summer warmth. I love opening my windows at night and feeling the cool breeze. I can also get back into my daily self-care routine.
It’s when I return to Putz in the morning and get into my cozy fall routine. That’s why I like New England because it provides us with four glorious seasons and provides me the opportunity to celebrate its arrival. It is the perfect way to freshen up my décor and change things.
It starts with me changing up my kitchen mantel. Yes, I call it a mantel. It’s the one area I add seasonal decorations to in my house. A place where my grandkids don’t need to be around or even my husband. A space dedicated to honoring the things I adore about the season I am in.
I am one of those people who put out Halloween decorations early. I love all things spooky and paranormal, so of course, I need to celebrate it early. I even have my nails painted for Halloween.
An Autumn vibe is all about mindset and how to bask deeper into it. Here is what I do:
Decorate. I arrange my Halloween decorations on my mantel. I have my favorite Halloween decorations that I bring out every year, like my movie monster figurines, but I am always adding to my collection. Not every decoration I own comes out; I usually stick to my kitchen and she-shed.
I pull out my fall pillows and warm, fuzzy throw blankets. I love pillows and blankets, and we go through them a lot. Between my grandkids and my animals, I have had to throw away a few items I could not salvage. But it is an excellent opportunity to replace them with new ones!
I change my bedding, and add pops of color like orange and yellow. I never sleep in bed. I sleep on top of my bedding with a comforter. Why, you may ask? I have animals that sleep with me. My dog eats an occasional chew or treats on my bed. For me, it is easier to clean up, or I would have to wash my sheets daily. This way, I can remove my bed covering and throw it in the wash. Easy peasy. My husband does the same thing. He has his favorite comforter that he wraps himself in.
I center my warm sweaters to the middle of my closet for easy grab for those mornings that are cold and crisp. I do not move my seasonal clothing in and out of my closet. I keep my wardrobe to fit into my closet, but I center my go-to items seasonally.
I started cooking soups at least three times a week. My husband and I love soups, and even though we can eat soup all year round, fall season is when we enjoy it the most. Our favorites are Chicken, lasagna, and Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Soup.
I start to bake muffins and cinnamon rolls. Nothing is like warm Apple Cinnamon muffins or rolls on a cold, damp day. I don’t make them from scratch, but I do alter the recipes from time to time.
I am already moon-obsessed, but it grabs my attention deeply during the Fall. I need to study and admire her more. I am currently using The Moon Deck Oracle cards by Aarona Lea, which I love. Not only are the illustrations beautiful, but the messages are the confirmations and taps on my shoulder that I need.
I order my witchy books and settle in for daily reading. I ordered The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo, Awakening Anne by Kalynn Applewhite, and A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers this year. I also listen to books on Audible and listen to other books while driving or traveling. I will add my overall thoughts about these books on my YouTube channel.
I rewatch my favorite Halloween movies. Ghostbusters (all of them), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, Arsenic and Old Lace, Hocus Pocus, Haunted Mansion, especially the newly released one. It comes out on Disney Plus in October. Fright Night, The Curse of Bridge Hollow, Casper, We Have A Ghost, Practical Magic, and Sleepy Hallow. As you can tell from my list, I like humor in my ghostly shows.
Lastly, I like to decorate my Wonderland 222 journal and planner with fall and Halloween stickers. It is my time to get back into myshe-shed consistently, do a fall junk journal, and do a few mixed-media art pieces. If you want inspiration, check out my Fall Cozy prompt list for October and November.
These are the things I love about Fall and all things cozy.
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Have a spooky, spectacular fall season.
Artist, author and creative entrepreneur. Documenting life using my planners, traveler's notebooks, junk journals and a little mixed media art.