This blog is a place for me to talk about all things Fall related. I'm hoping it'll be a place to help keep me organized and on the path to stress-free holidays (if there is such a thing)!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Halloween Town

Friday, I went and purchased my first building for my Halloween village from Michael's. I'm sooo excited! I really wanted the Manor so I bought that one first and then found the Apothecary. So...I know what I'll be getting with the next 50% coupon I get!
Aren't they cute?

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Autumn Notebook

With summer close to being over and fall just around the corner, I've decided to get a jump on things and get my autumn notebook in order. So...for the past couple of days I've been going through MHH and printing out the great ideas that are over there. I've also been printing out all of the papers I need to get my notebook organized and ready for the Halloween countdown.

So what makes up my notebook?

- I have a section for Autumn birthdays (this is for any family member who I need to purchase something for but isn't part of the immediate family). In here is a sheet for gift ideas and that's it.
- I've chosen to celebrate Grand-parents day so there's a section for that with ideas on gifts or crafts for the kids to make.
- The first day of Autumn is in there. Complete with sheets for menu ideas, activities, and crafts.
- This year we will celebrate Mother-in-Law day (yes, I'm lucky enough to have a good relationship with mine) so there's a sheet for gift ideas as well as activities, just in case I feel like sending her on a scavenger hunt! :o)
- Halloween has a big section. It's filled with crafts, food, costume ideas, activities, BOO'd ideas, and party ideas. The Great Pumpkin Day has it's own page for ideas on what to do when that day rolls around every month.
- Just for fun I think we'll do something for Daylight Savings time ending. So, it has a section with ideas for food, activities and crafts.
- Thanksgiving is also another one with a big section. Here you can find the Thanksgiving countdown, a recipes list, craft ideas, menu ideas, activities for the kiddos, inventory of my decorations and a list of family traditions. There's also ideas on what to do for Turkey Day each month.
- My last section is a list of all the weird and wacky holidays for Fall. This is so that I can pick and choose a new and different holiday for us to celebrate from time to time. I can choose it well in advance and plan activities, food and crafts for it.

Each section divider is color coded so that I can reference that in my calendar.
So, there you have it, my notebook in a nutshell. This is my first year using it so I am hoping that it will keep me on track and ready to face the holidays stress-free!