Well here is the Busy Mums October To Do List – with just a few things to try and get round to doing.
Revisit those back to school routines.
Now the nights are beginning to draw in and everyone is back at school, review how well the last few weeks have gone. Are there little routines that you promised to implement in the new school year that have been put on the back burner, if so now is a good time to revisit your back to school routines.
Give your self some time off.
Whether it is an evening, an afternoon or just an hour – reward yourself with some time off before half term.
Get your winter wardrobe ready.
Dig out your winter woollies and make sure the rest of the family have their warm winter clothes to hand. Make sure your boots and winter coats are ready to wear. Throw or give away anything that does not fit, you do not like, or did not wear last winter.
Plan your winter outfits.
Work out what your wardrobe staples will be over the cold winter months. Hang outfits together if possible.
Go clothes shopping.
Whether you like to shop on-line or visit your local shops now is a great time to invest in a few items for your winter wardrobe – as the new winter stock is just arriving in the shops. However try to shop when you know what is missing from your wardrobe – and when you have worked out what you exactly need.
Take an autumn walk.
Even when the weather has turned wet and windy there is something very cosy about accepting the seasons just the way they are. If it is damp and wet there are bright red toadstools in the woods or even the brown ones are pretty magical. These surreal looking mushrooms and fungi are very pretty to look at and ideal for creating imaginative fairy stories for young and even not so young children. Make sure your children don’t touch these plants and fungi as they are very poisonous.
Make a leaf picture.
Still on the theme of autumn and the great outdoors. How about getting the kids to collect the prettiest leaves and make them into a picture.
Sweeping up the leaves (with gloves on)
Having a leaf fight can be a good way to pass an hour after school or at the weekend and help with clearing those pesky leaves from the garden.
Collecting conkers and horse chestnuts.
Chestnuts for roasting, conkers for playing with – and both will deter spiders if they are put where spiders dare to venture.
Get ready for Half Term.
Many theme parks are still open and often have special deals on at this time of the year.
Halloween is just around the corner.
Get the kids involved with Halloween crafts and activities. Making outfits or masks. Cooking Halloween cookies or cakes with ghoulish decorations. Make pumpkin lanterns and a pumpkin pie or soup with the contents of your pumpkin. If you are throwing a Halloween party even if it is just a small low key party you can now order the Ultimate Halloween Party Pack Filled With All kinds Of Decorations Paper Plates Cups Blow up Scaries Pumpkin Ghost Scary Blood Wall Decorations – that are great value.
If you are planning a bonfire party on the 5th November why not start making your Guy Fawkes now.
Get out your winter recipe books.
Soups and stews can be made in double quantities and frozen and eaten for an easy evening supper. If you are still missing James Martin ex of Saturday morning cooking on the BBC then his cook book has some great recipes to cook as winter approaches James Martin’s Great British Winter Cookbook. There are more than 100 easy recipes, including all our winter favourites plus everything you need for a traditional British Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year. It also includes easy-to-follow time plans for Christmas Day and New Years Day. I would say a good investment.
Plan for Christmas.
Work out your budget for Christmas and email everyone you buy presents for and ask what they would like for Christmas. Buy the odd non perishable present. Try if you can to wrap them and put them away. Record what you have bought and how much you have spent in a place you can review this easily. (Just in case in a few weeks time you forget).
Have a happy October.