Learn how you can enjoy seasonal living today and start living more simply and in tune with the world around you.
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Confession time: I’m a magazine junkie. I have a whole drawer in our end table stuffed full of magazines, some recent and some from years ago! I hate throwing them away.
My favorite kinds are the home & garden types: Martha Stewart Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Country Living, Real Simple, etc.! I’ll pass right by the People magazines and anything else.
One of my favorite things about the home & garden magazines, is how much they embrace the change of seasons and inspire me with each new change.
I have a Martha Stewart mag. out now for the month of October. Its chalk full of spooky, Halloween decor ideas, creative costumes, and seasonal recipes. The cover has the sweetest/spookiest fall scene with cat carved pumpkins and fall trees.
These magazines really know how to get me inspired to live more seasonally and its something I’m working on all the time!
Old fashioned homemakers used to live seasonally out of necessity, and it was just the natural way of life. In our modern world, its not as common because it doesn’t have to be. We can buy an apple at the store any time of year, we can have our A/C cranked up in the thick of summer, and often times I feel like we don’t truly know our seasons.
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Sure the fall decor and festive recipes are a fun part of seasonal living (and I’ll talk about them below), but its also and mostly about what’s happening in nature! Don’t forget to listen to the birds chirping in the spring, watch the leaves change in the fall, and take cues from the outside world by slowing down in the winter.
If you’re wanting to embrace seasonal living and enjoy a simple and seasonal lifestyle, then read along for all of my favorite tips in doing so!
Cook With Foods That Are In Season
One of these easiest ways to embrace seasonal living is by eating foods that are in season. In our modern world it seems like we have all but forgotten what seasonal foods are. We can buy almost any kind of produce we want from the store ANY time of year.
If you are able to, try growing a garden! This will ensure that you’re eating seasonally. You can also choose to shop for your produce at local farmer’s markets, or directly from farmers in your area.
Every month, I share free, monthly, desktop and mobile wallpapers with my readers, along with a home, garden, and personal checklist for the month. I also share a “what’s in season?” each month on these posts! This way we can all plan ahead and eat seasonally as often as possible.
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Once you start to eat seasonally, you’ll have so much fun changing up meals each month and trying new recipes.
Decorate Your Home With The Change of Seasons
I want to encourage you all to decorate! You don’t have to head to the store every season and buy all new home decor (unless you want to)! Just add a few touches in and around your home.
Try decorating your porch for fall, adding fresh flowers in the spring and summer, and seasonal Christmas crafts in the wintertime.
You’ll see in the points below that there are plenty of ways to make your home festive for the seasons without spending too much money. You can decorate with what you can find from outside, your own DIY projects, and even have homemade, seasonal food on display.
Bring The Outdoors In
Make your home feel more seasonal each month by bringing the outdoors in. It’ll help you to remember and appreciate each season!
This may mean bringing in fresh cut flowers in the spring and summer, a galvanized bucket of leaves in the fall, and a homemade evergreen wreath in the winter.
What’s happening outside in the natural world is the easiest cue to follow when it comes to seasonal living!
Embrace The Weather
One of the best things about the changes in seasons is the changes in weather. Its feels so good after a blistering hot summer to feel your first chilly mornings of fall.
Get excited about the different weather changes like kids do. Fully embrace that snow day instead of wishing it away! Make snowmen outside with your kids and then head inside to a warm fire and homemade hot cocoa.
Another way to embrace the weather is to not always keep your home at the exact same temperature throughout the year. If its summer time, enjoy being a little more warm. Shut off the AC occasionally (or often) and just feel the warmth of the summer season! Same goes for the wintertime. Set your heat a little lower, and throw on all of your coziest clothes instead.
Create Seasonally Inspired Projects
There are SO many different fun, seasonally inspired projects that you can do each month to embrace the season you’re in. If you have kiddos, you can get them involved as well, and try to do a seasonally inspired craft each month.
Check out sites like The House That Lars Built, and Brit.co for creative and crafty inspiration that changes with the seasons. And of course, Pinterest!
Put your projects and crafts on display throughout your home, or gift them to friends and family.
Remember Your 5 Senses Each Season
An easy way to remember to live more seasonally is to think about your different senses!
Sight – How can you showcase the beauty of the season in what you see? What are the colors in each season that you want to incorporate in your home and life?
There are so many different ways you can do this, including your home decor, the clothes that you wear, and more. Pay attention to what the natural world looks like throughout the year.
Smell – What are the different smells that you can incorporate into your home each season? Check out the posts below for fun ways to make your home smell amazing.
- Christmas Stove Top Potpourri
- Fall Stove Top Potpourri
- Fall Essential Oil Diffuser Blends
- Spring Stove Top Potpourri
Hearing – Have some seasonally inspired music playing while you’re at home. Head outside and listen to the sounds of nature.
One of my favorite things and a cue for me that spring is right around the corner is when I start to hear the birds chirping early in the mornings at the end of winter. Pay attention to and appreciate these kinds of things.
You could also listen to books on tape that are inspired by the season!
Taste – Again, how can you eat seasonally? Enjoy different meals and recipes during different times of the year.
Touch – Get your hands in the dirt in the summertime. Make and throw a snowball in the dead of winter. Rummage through a leaf pile in the fall. These are all ways that you can embrace your sense of touch throughout the seasons.
Head Outside for Seasonal Activities Each Month or Each Season
I’ve talked a lot about bringing the seasons into your home, but don’t forget to head outside as often as you can as well!
Make a list each season (or each month), of different outdoor activities that you’d like to do that fit that time of year. Writing the activities down will help you to check them off your list!
In the summer this may mean heading to a lake, hosting a pool party, or going for a hike. In the fall you can go apple picking, out to a local pumpkin patch, or even rake leaves.
Now tell me in the comments below, how are you embracing seasonal living? Do you have any other tips?
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