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Outstanding October

  • October 5, 2014
  • By Brittany
Outstanding October

It’s October! That means crisp fall weather, pumpkins galore, Halloween and colored leaves. Are you planning on dressing up for Halloween this year? Our office is really big into Halloween and we usually do a themed costume (last year we were Care Bears). I’m not sure what we are doing this year but I hope it involves comfortable, loose clothing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Usually October means cramming in last minute nice weather activities before the season-that-shall-not-be-named sets in. This October, however, my plan is to lie low. I’ve been saying that since August but I’ve been way way way too busy and it’s crunch time. I’ve got a list of must-dos (like buy a bassinet so baby has somewhere to sleep!) before Baby B arrives. So my October list is short social-wise and long chore-wise, oh and it involves resting. BUT, that doesn’t mean you should give up on the fun! Here are a few ways to make October Outstanding!

1. Decorate for fall.  I love decorating around the house with both fresh and fake pumpkins.  Recently I’ve found some really interesting squashes at the farmer’s market, which I also use for decoration…well until I eat them that is!

decorate fall Collage

2. Try a pumpkin brew. I’m going to have to pass on this one this year but I do enjoy a good pumpkin brew. I’m not a huge fan of beer in general (blasphemy as my brother brews his OWN beer and is very talented at it) but something about this just says ’tis the season!

3. Try some fall produce like apples, pears, sage, squash or pomegranates. I love all of these flavors. Williams Sonoma’s In Season Guide has some great ideas on how to use some of these things.  The Hubs and I actually went apple picking recently and got ourselves a nice bag of apples to bring home.  

apple picking Collage

apple picking 2 Collage

I made this amazing apple crisp with our bounty!

apple crisp

4. Take your workout outside! Cooler temps mean itโ€™s the perfect time of year for outdoor activities like running, cycling, hiking, touch football or whatever your heart may desire. Don’t waste these last precious days!  My personal favorite is a hike to check out the fall foliage.  

Hiking 2

5.  Drink some cider.  Hot or cold.  It doesn’t matter but it’s a great little treat to get you into the mood for the season!

apple picking 11

6. Support finding a cure for breast cancer.  October is breast cancer awareness month and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved either through a fitness walk, donating time or money.  It doesn’t matter how, just support the cause! 

pilates for pink

Readers, how do you plan to make October outstanding?  Are you big on embracing the seasons?  What are you dressing up as for Halloween this year?

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  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 6, 2014

    I love embracing the season! Since I’m sort of in your neck of the woods right now, I’m experiencing autumn in full effect. Yesterday I went pumpkin picking with my nephews, and tonight I’m making spaghetti squash for my parents to try out!

    PS – I so would love to see you and meet up for a fun workout! But I know that you’re getting to the point where you’re about to pop and are trying to be low key and rest this month… I think I’ll be in the city for a Soul Cycle class next week but I know that cycling isn’t exactly in your workout regimen right now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • FitBritt
      October 6, 2014

      I hope you are having a great time! Cycling is not really my thing right now but I’d be happy to meet for something else like yoga or barre. Or we could just catch up for a coffee/juice. Send me a text or an email with your availability! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica @ Absurd, She Wrote
    October 6, 2014

    I’ve also been enjoying the cooler days – makes running and dog-walking so much more comfortable!

    I’m not typically very crafty or into decorating but something about expecting a baby – maybe it’s nesting – is making me look up wreaths for the front door ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    October 6, 2014

    Happy October! It’s definitely the best time of the year.
    I need to decorate my house for the change of season.

  • Kim
    October 6, 2014

    I love apple crisp – yours looks good!!
    I don’t dress up for Halloween very often but when I worked in the office at my boys elementary school we usually did a theme – one year we were the Scooby Doo characters. My favorite was the year that the principal was a pilot and we were flight attendants – we even went around to the rooms and served drinks and snacks to the teachers and staff.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    October 6, 2014

    I am a season FIEND! Love love love to celebrate the leaves changing ๐Ÿ™‚ I really would love to make a bunch of squash recipes this year. Sage is a good idea too! Never would have thought of that. I’m having an everything-autumn day this weekend aka lots of cider, pumpkin patches and (hopefully) corn mazes. I can’t wait!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    October 7, 2014

    The “season that shall not be named”….ha ha I love it! I’m not looking forward to that season either. Blah. I love fall though and I love decorating for fall and drinking hot cider. YUM!

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