Fall Bucket List 2020- COVID Safe

No matter where you are, Autumn can be such a fun time for traditions. One we always do in the New England area, is apple picking. This may seem crazy to some, to pay an inflated price to pick your own apples, but it is such a fun Fall activity, and we do it every year. With activities looking very different due to COVID, our bucket list for the season changed a bit. Less parties (unless virtual), no Harvard football game, and trick or treating on Beacon Hill is out. BUT there are still so many fun and cozy traditions to be made! Here’s our pandemic friendly Fall bucket list: 

Fall Bucket List

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  • S’mores by the fireplace
  • Paint pumpkins
  • Make pumpkin spice golden milk
  • Take a nature walk to see Fall leaves
  • Cozy up for a read-a-thon day
  • Take family photos 
  • Visit a corn maze
  • Make a gratitude tree
  • Go thrifting for a few new cozy Autumn pieces for wardrobe or home (online or in-person where safe)
  • Bake butternut squash bread
  • Go for a scenic drive
  • Apple picking with cider donuts
  • Have a food prep day and stock freezer with chile, soups and breads
  • Mail a care package to a loved one
  • Vote
  • Have a candlelit dinner
  • Collect leaves, pinecones, and acorns and make a fall craft
  • Throw a football at the park
  • Donate a coat to a coat drive
  • Learn about ancestors for dia de los muertos
  • Have a game night with family/roommates

DIY Fizzing Toilet Cleaning Pods

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I have a quick and inexpensive DIY for you! I saw this recipe and tutorial on Pretty Providence and knew I wanted to try it. Once you get all the ingredients, these cost cents to make a batch, and are whipped up in just a few minutes of hands on time. Below is my experience, and some tips.

Recipe from Pretty Providence, very slightly adapted with my notes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup citric acid (sometimes can be under the name ‘Sour Salt’, or “lemon salt”. I ended up finding mine at a local Armenian store, as the grocery stores near me did not carry it. Some grocery stores carry it, or Amazon is always a good bet). 
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar (white)
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
  • 15 to 20 drops your choice of essential oil (lavender, rosemary or peppermint. I like peppermint for it’s strong, fresh scent). 
  • silicone candy molds. You can also hand shape into little discs, or use mini muffin tins, but make sure to line the tins with paper cupcake holders. These pods dry hard, and it is very difficult to get them out of hard molds. I learned through experience. 

Instructions

  1. Add baking soda to a mixing bowl and break up clumps. Baking soda naturally cleans and eliminates odors, making it the perfect base for the fizzies. Add the citric acid (see my notes above) and stir. The citric acid is what adds the fizz to these cleaners.

  2. In a small glass bowl, mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide, which will work together to help clean your toilet. Now SLOWLY drop by drop, add vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda. If you add it all at once, you’ll have a big mess due to the reaction between the baking soda and citric acid!

  3. Now add the essential oil and gently mix. This is just for scent, so you can choose any scent you like. I used peppermint.

  4. Use a half teaspoon to scoop the mixture into your candy molds, and press in gently with your fingers. You don’t want to fill them completely full, because this will expand. They really do puff up, it’s fun to watch. Let dry for at least 6 hours or overnight.

  5. Place the pods in glass jar and keep them sealed near your toilet. (I just used the open bowl for photo’s sake 😉 Make sure you label them and keep them out of reach of children, as with any cleaning supplies, natural or not. Whenever your toilet needs a little freshening, just drop one of these in!

    Photos of my process below.

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Done, and ready to freshen! With a little bit of fizzing action to boot 😉

Reader Spotlight-DIY Blanket Ladder

Melia, one of our sweet readers (and sister! ;), decided to go all in with DIY this month with us! Side note, she is one of the most creative, artistic, and crafty of us six sisters. We definitely were inspired by her this month.

Melia just moved into a larger apartment, from a tiny studio, so wanted to make a few pieces for her new space. Here is one of those projects, which she made for next to nothing! Color me impressed.

Tools and Supplies (mostly gathered from extra bits and pieces around the house. Also can be bought at any home improvement store).

  • 2, 2×4 pieces of wood-about 71 inches long (adjust to what size you want your ladder)
  • 2, 1×4 pieces of wood-21 inches long
  • Small finishing nails
  • Wood glue
  • Sander/sandpaper
  • Wood stain that also acts as a sealer

 

Directions:

Sand all wood, then start building! (I love when a tutorial starts that easily).

The top rung of the ladder should be about 8.5 inches from the top, and then about 11 inches in between each of the next three rungs. That should leave roughly 16 inches on the bottom (if using the 71 inch long lengths).

Use wood glue to attach your rungs to each side piece of wood, and let dry slightly. Then nail each piece securely, using small finishing nails.

If desired, distress the wood somewhat at this point (can also do some after staining). Bang it up with tools, sand the corners, and make little marks in the wood with a screwdriver to help give it an older look.

Wait for the wood glue to dry completely, then stain entire ladder. Can continue to distress after stain dry if desired, or just sit back and enjoy your work!

Time: 2-3 hours.

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And done!! Look how amazing that is! All from extra bits and pieces around the house. It will be perfect for blankets, or towels and other linens. Hopefully this can inspire you to try your own DIY project.

 

What projects have you been working on lately?

Simple Yoga Mat Spray

At our Yoga and Cheese party last month, we had all the supplies out for people to make their own Yoga Mat spray. It was a simple and fun project, and one anyone can do at home! Here’s what we did:

 

1 Part Witch Hazel

1 Part Water

5-10 drops essential oil (we suggest lavender, orange, or peppermint)

 

Mix in a small spray bottle, spray on mat and wipe.

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You are welcome to use the labels we made for your bottles (right click and save to print):

orange

lavendar

peppermint