5 Ways To Welcome The Cold Months

Millennial Motherhood - 5 Ways To Welcome The Cold Months

Find 5 ways to the cold weather and not see it simply as the gloomy, wet, cold Autumn & Winter.

For years I’ve only really appreciated and celebrated the arrival of Autumn, I feel like Autumn is the season, besides Spring time that we actually acknowledge that nature around us is changing, going to “sleep” and therefore our bodies, too, are undergoing some type of transformation. This is why I think we should indeed find beautiful ways to welcome the cold weather and not simply see it as another day on the calendar.

Life begins again when it gets crisp in the fall.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Autumn started officially at the end of September and it officially became time to turn on the heat the first week of October. Pumpkins, cool breezes, and the aroma of autumn candles are here. Or, in my case have been here since late August! The beauty of the leaves turning red, orange, and yellow decorate the streets. Cedar Hill Road along with other streets near by are my favorite to drive down in the cold months to see all the beautiful leaves. The joy of fall is on its way and there is no better way to celebrate the occasion than with food, fun, and whimsical visions of weekend bliss in the pumpkin patch or roaming the local corn mazes.

Here are 5 ways to welcome the colder months, to embrace it with warm hugs & delicious eats.

Enjoy the present.

See the season as a whole and coherent experience, colored in with light and tone and temperature and smell and texture and taste. Give it chance and look at it as a time to rest mentally, and create new memories. Identify the very best thing possible about fall for you," Explore the richness of such a beautiful time of the year. Give it chance and look at it as a time to rest mentally, and create to new memories. I always feel that from September to December is the time we see family most & create memories.

Eat better.

Time to enjoy pumpkin flavored coffee, bread, waffles, pies, you name it! You can also check out the Vegan Pumpkin Cheese Cake I made! We can also look forward to spices like nutmeg and cinnamon more on foods. Pumpkins are healthy! They have fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, copper, niacin, iron, and are low in sodium. There are nutritional foods to look forward to as well. Sweet potatoes, all sorts of squash, pears, apples, and leafy greens are in season. This is a great time to check out your local farmers market. Our farmers market The Root Cellar has an amazing selection and we’re fortunate to live close by.

Get outdoors.

Embrace the fall and the outdoors with a road trip or a hike to enjoy the season and the bright colors, and crisp air. There is more you can do, and you can't just sit in a corner. Your body needs exercise, fresh air, and a change of scenery. The fall has plenty to offer.  There will be festivals, shows, apple pickings, and corn mazes to go to. There will be many local events to check out, so don't be a couch potato!

Fall cleaning.

Bring the outdoors in. Buy bright yellow orange mums to decorate the inside of the house and outdoors. "Look for indoor plants that work double duty, like English Ivy--they are not only beautiful and can make you happy but clean the air as well," Apartment Therapy offered. Open the windows to get some fresh air, and start cleaning. Get rid of clothes, shoes, old papers, and other items just creating clutter. See what you can give away to help others. Cleaning will make you feel better and the organization will help when you bring out all your fall favorites. Give the house a fresh start, and you too, will feel this way about the change of the season.

Start cooking healthy.

Fall is a great time to cook soups, apple pies, and use all the fresh ingredients fall offers. There is nothing better than cooking from scratch. It is important for your health. Avoid prepackaged foods that are loaded with salt and sugar. You can check out my cozy vegan mushroom soup here!

Make time to prepare more healthy meals ahead of time, if the schedule is too packed. You don't have to be an expert. Start off with a soup, or a simple salad that uses local produce. Broccoli salad is one of my favorites. Nothing beats a tasty cashew sauce. So creamy, So delicious.