10 Reasons Why Fall is (Secretly) the Best Season

The last day of summer can't come soon enough, IMO.

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Don’t get me wrong, summer is great in many ways, but between the record heat and never-ending beach traffic, I’m ready to trade my swim trunks in for a warm, cozy sweater. If you’re like me and ready to wave goodbye to the dog days of summer, check out my 10 favorite things about fall.


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Beautiful fall colors in New Hampshire

Easily my favorite thing about fall is the array of color leaves turn as cool weather settles in. The golden yellows, vibrant oranges and fiery reds light up entire forests, and some destinations attract thousands of visitors during this time of year. Check out these fabulous photos of fall foliage from HGTV fans, and you’ll be daydreaming of October in no time.

Outstanding Trees for Fall Color

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Blazing Beauty

Leaves of the coral-bark Japanese maple are yellow in spring, then green, then a blaze of golden orange in the fall.

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Fancy Leaves

Unusual, fan-shaped, green leaves are the hallmark of the maidenhair tree. Leaves turn golden-yellow in the fall.

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Oriental Sweet Gum

The Oriental sweet gum is a small variety whose maplelike leaves turn fiery crimson, yellow and orange in fall.

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Berry Beautiful

Late spring brings white flower clusters on the Japanese mountain ash. Then red berries appear as fall nears with great leaf color.

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Robust Color

The sargent rowan tree offers white flowers in spring that give way to red berries, and bright orange and crimson fall foliage.

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Chinese Tupelo

Slender leaves of the Chinese tupelo are bronze when young, dark green in summer, then many-hued in fall.

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Persian Ironwood

The Persian ironwood is a spreading, deciduous tree with dense foliage turning yellow and red in fall.

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Staghorn Sumac

The staghorn sumac is unique with stems that are velvet-coated. In fall, leaves are rich ruby, gold, and amber.

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Smokebush can grow as a shrub or be pruned to grow as a small tree. Purple smokebush is often used in lime-rich gardens because of their purple-pink plumes, their striking red, purple leaf display in the autumn, and how they thrive in the chalky, lime conditions.

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Witch Hazel

Yellow leaves in fall and yellow blossoms in late fall make witch hazel a cool-weather garden superstar.

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Bright yellow leaves distinguish this shrub or small tree.


This lovely tree more known for its spring blooms features reddish-purple leaves in fall.

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Stewartia monodelpha is a slow growing deciduous tree with symmetrical pyramidal crown developing into vase shaped outline as it matures. Green leaves turn to rich red color in fall. Smooth cinnamon brown bark adds great winter interest.

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes

DIY Pumpkin Latte

DIY Pumpkin Latte

What makes this recipe unique is the addition of pumpkin puree in lieu of pumpkin syrup. Pumpkin is a powerhouse of nutrition packing fiber, potassium, iron and vitamin  A. 

I admit, the pumpkin-flavored-everything craze has gotten out of hand lately, but the PSL remains one of my favorite cold-weather beverages. Instead of waiting in line at that popular coffee chain, though, make your own PSL at home with this recipe (misspelled name on the cup not included) and enjoy the taste of fall whenever you want.

Patio + Fire Pit

Small Rustic Fire Pit

Small Rustic Fire Pit

A small fire pit embedded in a stone patio and circled by wooden chairs creates a rustic feel.

Who wants to have dinner on the patio or sit around the fire pit when the heat index is 110 degrees? Certainly not me. Fall is the perfect time to take advantage of your outdoor space and serve dinner on the patio or hang out with friends and family around the fire pit.

12 Fresh Porch Decorating Ideas for Fall

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Good First Impressions

Forest-green paint, pops of cranberry red and cozy creature comforts turn a bland porch into a warm and welcoming spot just in time for fall.

Refresh Your Exterior

Updating your home's exterior paint can be intimidating, but there's a quick way to simplify it. When choosing new colors, remember that a color scheme consisting of three or four coordinating hues works well for most exteriors. Given this home's lack of ornate detail, three shades of earthy greens are used on the siding, trim and doors.

Add Potted Trees

Bring a lush element of life to your door by flanking it with potted magnolia trees. During the fall months, magnolias will add a nice woodsy shade of green to your entry. Plus, many types of magnolias are evergreen.

Modernize Your Planters

When coordinating an autumnal color scheme, think outside the box. Modern, black planters can be used year round, and cranberry-red flowering annuals are an easy way to add a touch of fall flair. When mixed together, black, dark green and cranberry red create a bold palette that is appropriate but unexpected for fall.

Add Ambience With Edison Bulbs

Bring a touch of vintage charm to your entry by replacing standard bulbs with Edison bulbs in outdoor light fixtures. Although Edison bulbs are more costly, they add warmth and create ambience. Once the holiday season is over, simply replace the Edison bulbs with standard ones.

Swap Out Your Welcome Mat

Small changes can make a big impact, especially in small spaces. Consider changing up your porch's welcome mat each season for a fresh look. In keeping with the warm gray tones of this porch's outdoor decor, a graphic lattice-patterned mat is swapped in.

Add a Graphic Underfoot

Area rugs can instantly make any outdoor space feel more inviting. To add softness underfoot just outside the door, a patterned indoor-outdoor rug is added. The hues in the rug also tie in with the gray, black, forest green and cranberry color scheme.

Just Add Paint

Bring the style and comfort of Adirondack chairs to your porch, and consider giving these classic wooden chairs a fresh look with a coat of black or white paint.

Give House Numbers a New Look

Add an element of surprise to your porch or exterior entry with a DIY planter box dressed with integrated house numbers. To coordinate this planter with the rest of the fall decor, it is painted an eye-catching cranberry tone.

Refresh the Look of Your Pergola

A common issue faced by homeowners with wooden pergolas is maintenance. When pergolas are stained, they require yearly or biyearly re-staining or resealing; however, if you paint a pergola in the same tones as your home's exterior, it creates a more cohesive look and requires much less maintenance.

Bring in Breezy Draperies

One of the quickest and most effective ways to spruce up an outdoor living space is by adding lightweight drapery panels. Here, the hard lines of the pergola are softened with charcoal drapes that make the porch feel more cozy while also separating it from the nearby grilling deck.

Pull in Seasonal Hues

Cranberry sauce is one of the most popular culinary elements of Thanksgiving. Put a decorative spin on cranberry tones by using them as accents for your porch's fall decor through seasonal flowers and plants.


Photo by: Photography by Bethany Nauert; Styled by Erica Reitman and Paige Geffen

Photography by Bethany Nauert; Styled by Erica Reitman and Paige Geffen

Fall means football. And whether you follow college or the pros, everyone can agree that a good tailgate is the best way to prep for the big game. Now, everyone has their go-to recipes, but there’s always room to add more food if you ask me. Check out these 12 recipes that are so good they’ll even bring opposing fans together.

Throw a Game-Winning Tailgate Party

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Rustic Chic Tailgate

As football season kicks off, it’s a great time to start planning a fun tailgate for your family and friends. Pack up the car with delicious, crowd-pleasing drinks and treats, and gather some blankets and games for a chic, vintage-inspired party you'll remember for years to come.

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Trail Mix To Go

Set up a trail mix bar area with all the toppings — we used granola, yogurt-covered raisins, dried cranberries, dried bananas and chocolate chips, but don’t be afraid to get creative. Pack it in clear plastic bags tied with some jute thread, and place them into a container — like this galvanized metal tool caddy — for easy transport.

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Walking Tacos Recipe

Make taco meat ahead of time (or grab some fresh off the grill), and pack it up with the rest of your fixings. Not only are walking tacos delicious and filling, but they’re easy to take as you head to the stadium to watch the game.

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Walking Tacos Recipe

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Vintage Supplies

For a true vintage look, shop at local thrift stores for supplies. We found a large wicker basket to store food, drinks and some wool blankets during transport and that doubles as a small table during the tailgate. Vintage lawn chairs and stools provide seating for the group.

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DIY Bar Setup

Two thrifted shelves serve as the bar area. A portable over-the-door hook holds bottle openers and other cocktail tools. For decor, cut several strands of yarn and string across the top of the car or make this easy tissue tassel garland in your favorite team's colors.

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Apple Cider Punch Recipe

Apples are at their peak of freshness during fall, so they're the perfect big-batch cocktail for your tailgate party. Serve in small plastic bottles for easy transport and consumption.

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Apple Cider Punch

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Meatball Sub on a Stick

A fun take on the Italian classic, meatball subs on a stick turn this typically messy meal into an easy tailgate menu item.

Make This: Meatball Sub on a Stick Recipe

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Vintage Dishes

The meatball skewers fit perfectly into vintage wood corn on the cob dishes.

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Collapsable Seating

Collapsible leather stools are not only comfortable, they're also easy on the eyes. Pick up a few and keep them safely stored in your trunk. Since they take up very little space once collapsed, you won't have to sacrifice any of your vehicle's storage.

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Fall Sangria Recipe

Update your favorite summer beverage with some fall fruits. Bring a big batch of sangria in a jar, and serve individual portions using cups in a muffin tin.

Make This: Fall Sangria Recipe

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Pack Up Blankets

Provide plenty of blankets for when the temperature drops during night games.

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Spiked Thai Coffee

The robust coffee flavor and creamy texture will warm you right up and will give you energy for those late-night games.

Make This: Spiked Thai Coffee

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Label Food Items

Save yourself a ton of time explaining what each platter is by marking your mobile culinary creations with moss, toothpicks and tiny paper flags. Here, guests can easily find what they're looking for thanks to the flags and bold green tone of the moss.

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Makeshift Lawn Jenga Set

No need to haul heavy wood pieces to your tailgate — make your own Jenga set with shipping boxes covered in wrapping paper in your favorite team's colors.

Make This: DIY Lawn Jenga

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Soup Cannisters

Bring along a few different types of soups, and serve them out of portable insulated containers. Skip the spoons, and serve from cups instead.

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No-Sew Pillow Cover

Support your favorite team with no-sew pillow covers. These pillows double as extra padding for your seat at the tailgate and as a cushion while enjoying the game at the stadium.

Make This: No-Sew Team Pillow

Tailgate Survivial Kit

As the party comes to a close and you and your guests head inside the stadium, give everyone their own tailgate survival kit packed with cold soda, sunscreen, trail mix, napkins and moist towelettes. The kit will also come in handy when the game is over and your squad heads back to the truck for an after-game celebration.

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Halloween Trick-or-Treat Station for Kids

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Station for Kids

Be sure to help the littlest trick-or-treaters get the right amount of goodies. Designate someone to man this Halloween trick-or-treat station so that there are enough treats to go around.

Believe it or not, Americans spend billions on Halloween every year. From fun costumes to tasty treats, there’s no limit to the effort some will go to celebrate. My trick-or-treating days are long gone, but I still enjoy carving pumpkins, putting up spooky decorations around the house and even mixing a Halloween cocktail (or two).

15 Creep-Tastic Halloween Wreaths

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You're Being Watched

Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It's best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.

Upcycle Hardware Essentials

Bright orange tow rope makes it a snap to craft a cheery orange wreath you can display from Halloween through Thanksgiving. Just swap out the saying on the mini pumpkins for an easy holiday update. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions

Rock a Skeletal Style

Give a plastic skeleton a fresh take on the afterlife as a minimalist wreath. Disassemble the skeleton by removing the thread, wire or string used to hold the pieces together. Next, attach bones to a wire wreath form using craft wire, overlapping and interlacing the bones. As a creepy finishing touch, wire the skull to the wreath's bottom so its sockets are approximately eye-level with trick-or-treaters.

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Proceed With Caution

Danger ahead! Put caution tape to decorative use as a yellow-and-black crime scene wreath. Pick up a roll of caution tape from your local hardware store and a foam wreath form at the craft store. Wrap the caution tape around the form, ensuring the letters face out. Use strong tape or straight pins to secure the end of the tape to the wreath's back. Complete the look with a caution tape bow.

Holiday-Hopping Wreath

A grapevine wreath covered with double-sided felt leaves will add festive fall color to your front door from Halloween until Thanksgiving. Learn how to make your own.

Be Fashion Forward

Wrap chevron fabric around a foam wreath form to craft this trendy wreath that will add a big graphic punch to your front door, living room, kitchen or anywhere. Learn how to make the bat garland.

Get Caught in the Web

Picture frames as wreaths? Sure, why not! Grab an old picture frame from a flea market or garage sale and update it with spray paint in a bold color. Next, remove the glass and artwork. Use string or yarn to create the spiraling look of a spider web then attach the web to the frame's back side with double-sided tape.

Mini "Pumpkin" Wreath

Although the tiny orange shapes covering this wreath look like diminutive pumpkins, they're actually putka pods. A great stand-in for mini pumpkins, the dried organic seed pods don't deteriorate, so your wreath can be displayed year after year. Get crafting to make your own.

Monstrous Welcome

Welcome Halloween guests with a friendly, furry monster wreath. To craft it, you'll need one yard of black faux fur, small balls in assorted colors and 8-10 sets of plastic vampire teeth. Cover a foam wreath form with the faux fur, securing the ends with strong tape or T-pins. Attach the balls and vampire teeth to the fur with hot glue. Finally, use black and white paint pens to add a slit pupil to each of the eyes.

Stylish Serpents

Create a soft and swirly serpent wreath with yarn and bendable toy snakes. First, cover a foam wreath form entirely with black yarn. Next, gather three to five bendable, cloth-covered toy snakes (plastic and rubber snakes work too), wrapping them tightly around the form. Be sure to position their heads in different directions to give the wreath a sense of motion.

Creepy Crawlies

Pick up an oval grapevine wreath and a bag of assorted plastic bugs at your local craft store. Use the bugs to add color and shape to the wreath, attaching them with hot glue.

All Chained Up

Embrace a bit of the macabre with an iron shackle wreath. Search online or at local antique/thrift stores for authentic iron or steel shackles. Pick up a twig or grapevine wreath from the craft store, then wrap and drape the chain around it. Adorn the wreath with a faux black crow or raven for an added eerie touch.

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Give arachnophobes the heebie-jeebies with a spider's nest wreath made with bunched gauze, ribbon and plastic spiders. First, loosely wrap a spool of pure white medical gauze (or cheesecloth) around a foam wreath form until completely covered. Next, attach a few plastic spiders to one side of the wreath with craft or hot glue. Hang the wreath with a black velvet bow looped through the top. For an added gruesome touch, glue on a pair of skeletal hands.

Go for the Glam

Glam up your front door with an over-the-top black feather wreath. Use feathers in a contrasting color and menswear-inspired ribbon for a fashion-forward embellishment. Get crafting to make your own.

Flying Bats

Add a little battitude to your front door with this wreath. To craft it, you'll need a foam wreath form, charcoal-gray yarn, black craft foam, black ribbon, floral wire and a hot glue gun. First, wrap the foam wreath form with yarn, ensuring that none of the foam shows through. Next, print this bat template in various sizes and trace the pattern onto black foam, cutting out the shapes with scissors. Poke a small hole through the top of each bat with floral wire then wire bats onto wreath, positioning them so they look like they're in flight. Finally, wrap black ribbon around the top of wreath for hanging.

Back-to-School Time

DIY Locker Decorating Ideas for Teens

DIY Locker Decorating Ideas for Teens

Keep your locker organized and stylish with these DIY decorating and storage ideas.

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Michelle Edgemont

When I was a kid I always looked forward to going back to school (even if I didn’t say so out loud). Whether I was boarding the big yellow bus or driving to campus, I always looked forward to meeting new people and learning new things. To help those headed back to class this fall, we have a special Back to School section with tips to help you stay organized and display some of your personal style at the same time.

DIY Locker Decorating + Organizing Ideas

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Locker #1: Neon Dreams

For those who can’t get enough color in their life, this bright, cheerful locker design is for you. The trick to making your locker colorful without going overboard is to pick one main color. For example, we used 60 percent teal decor, while the remaining 40 percent was balanced with other bright hues. This will add a cohesive yet fun look to any drab locker.

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LED Lights

Battery-operated twinkle lights are a must-have for any colorful and whimsical locker. These are hung with clear, adhesive hooks that come with removable sticky tabs. Hide the battery pack in the bottom of your locker, and string the lights up in a random pattern.

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Temporary Wallpaper

Removable wallpaper is very easy to find. Here, I used a fun teal dot pattern to cover the inside of the door and the back of the locker.

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Simple Storage

Think outside of the box when organizing your locker. This small set of drawers is perfect to gather all of the things that may end up at the bottom of your locker, like earbuds, tickets, keys and extra pencils.

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Upgraded Notebooks

If you love color then you definitely need colorful binders. Basic white binders are upgraded with strips of neon masking tape and strips of cardstock.

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Dressed-Up Erase Board

Take a simple magnetic wipe-off board and make it your own by decorating it with washi tape. Need a place for your markers? Hot-glue small magnets onto the lids. They'll stick right on your locker and be within reach at all times.

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DIY Pencil Boxes

These pen and cell phone storage containers were upcycled from food boxes. The pen cup was a granola bar box, and the cell phone holder was a spaghetti box. You can personalize these to any size and shape that you need for all of your school supplies.

Make It: Cut any cardboard box into the size you need, then cover it with patterned paper. (It’s just like wrapping a present with one end open.) Glue a magnet onto the back.

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Mini Notebooks

Mini notebooks are the perfect size for the inside of your locker. They're great to write quick notes to friends or write down a to-do you don't want to forget. Buy a pack of strong, tiny magnets to attach things to your locker while keeping a modern aesthetic.

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Locker #2: Monochromatic Style

For the student who prefers modern minimalism, this chic black-and-white locker is full of DIY ideas to increase your productivity and organization. It's easy to shop for because anything that's black or white will coordinate with this look. A bunch of white binders, black notebooks and a few patterns here and there will perfectly pull this style together.

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Polka-Dot Stickers

Removable, vinyl polka dots create a whimsical interior for your locker. Stick on the dots in a random pattern for a fun decor idea that no one else will have in their school space.

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Chalkboard Contact Paper

Use removable chalkboard contact paper to create a useful space inside your locker door for notes and lists. Washi tape creates lines for your to-do list. Each week, create your to-do list for Monday through Friday using the chalk.

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Chalk Cup

You’re going to need somewhere to put all of that chalk for your locker chalkboard. A white, magnetic cup is the perfect solution.

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Daily Calendar

Update a simple magnetic wipe-off board by creating a frame with black & white washi tape. It’s now a personalized and one-of-a-kind place for your weekly assignments.

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DIY Photo Display

Create an instant photo display by spray-painting clothespins and gluing magnets on the back.

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Decorated Bin

Simple, plastic bins are great for catching all of your school supplies. Make it match your locker with a few pieces of black masking tape. Instant upgrade!

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Locker #3: Chic Metallics

Make yourself smile every time you open your locker by decorating it with gold and silver accessories that are practical and super cool. And no metallic locker is complete without disco balls! Removable adhesive hooks will easily and quickly hang two disco balls from the ceiling of your locker.

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Duct Tape Stripes

Create a fun, striped pattern on the inside of your locker with silver and gold duct tape. Accent the wide stripes with a few thin stripes of gold glitter tape.

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Mini Cork Boards

Take a regular piece of corkboard and cut it into small squares. Use double-stick tape to attach the cork board to the inside of your locker. Pin notes from friends and assignment reminders. It’s even better when you use fun, metallic push pins. Plus, a few push pins can double as hooks for keys.

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Magnetic Clips

A bag of metal magnetic clips are an easy way to organize the inside of your locker. Use these budget clips to hold onto lunch money, ear buds, hair ties and more.

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Alphabet Letters

Yes, alphabet letters were originally made for babies. But a coat of gold spray paint makes them the coolest accessory for your locker. Spell out your name and a few of your favorite sayings.

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Pen Container

This suction cup container is made for the bathroom, but with a coat of gold spray paint and a few extra-strong magnets, it becomes the perfect place to gather loose change and extra pens.

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Catch-All Bin

A white bin is used without the lid to create a catch-all spot for all those little knick-knacks that usually get lost at the bottom of your locker. Make it match all the metallic goodness that’s going on with a few strips of shiny duct tape.

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Cold-Weather Cocktails

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

Warm Apple Pie Cocktail

This holiday cocktail uses Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spice and vanilla. What great way to relax after a long fall day than by having a warm apple pie cocktail.

If the pumpkin spice latte isn’t doing it for you and you need a little bit of an extra kick, these cocktails will warm your hands on a cool evening. Plus, they taste delicious!


Cortland Apples

Cortland Apples

Cortlands are relatives of Macintosh apples.

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Apple picking is kind of a big deal in the fall. Entire weekends are planned around going to the local orchard, and that’s because autumn apples are absolutely delicious. There are countless recipes that call for apples. But instead of making a traditional apple pie, try something a little different this year.

Fall Colors

Spice Up the Guest Room

Spice Up the Guest Room

If cooler fall weather also means hosting weekend guests, swap out lightweight summer bedding for heavier linens in rich fall shades, like pumpkin, russet or gold, as design diva Candice Olsen did here. Changing just a few key pieces is an easy way to refresh a bedroom's look, plus your guests will appreciate bunking in such a well-appointed and cozy room.

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When it comes to a color palette, fall wins hands down (sorry, spring). The foliage I mentioned earlier is a must-see, but what if you want to bring those colors inside your home in a stylish way? Well, you’re in luck. Discover new ways to use fall's trending colors.

Choose Your Own Color Adventure

Cooler fall days are the perfect time to refresh your home with new colors. So, to go bold or not to go bold? The choice is yours. Read on to discover some of our favorite ways to use the freshest hues, from warm neutrals to cool, saturated shades. Design by Candice Olson

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If You Like Neutrals, Try: Cognac

A featured shade on Pantone's fall color report, Cognac is the design equivalent of a cozy blanket: A dose of this color lends warmth to everything from headboards to walls to bedding. Design by BAMO,Inc.

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If You Like Neutrals, Try: Bright White

Take a cue from Scandinavian design: Greet cooler temperatures and shorter days with a coat of fresh white paint. Adding white on the walls or the ceiling will reflect the available light around your space, taking advantage of every last ray of sunshine. Design by Robert and Cortney Novogratz

If You Like Neutrals, Try: Mauve Mist

This pale pink-purple color is a romantic addition to a fall living room or bedroom. The warm, nearly-neutral shade pairs well with deeper purples, natural wood tones and whites, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

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If You Like Neutrals, Try: Aluminum Gray

This warm, inviting shade of gray featured on Pantone's fall color report is reminiscent of weathered barn wood. Pair it with reds, yellows and shades of gray for a fall-perfect combination. Design by Jordan Iverson

If You Like Cheery Pastels, Try: Misted Yellow

A muted, softer shade of summer-favorite bright yellow, this slightly green color featured in Pantone's fall color report is a cheerful addition to a kitchen, dining room or living room. Design by Patty Malone

If You Like Cheery Pastels, Try: Radiant Orchid

Pantone's color of the year transitions seamlessly into fall when paired with deeper purple shades, light browns or deep blues. Design by Robert and Cortney Novogratz

If You Like Bold, Saturated Colors, Try: Sangria

This plummy purple makes a bold statement — perfect for a dining room or entryway. Cover a whole room with sangria-hued paint or patterned wallpaper, or take a more conservative color approach with a floral throw pillow.

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If You Like Bold, Saturated Colors, Try: Aurora Red

Walking the line just between orange and red, this color is evocative of an autumn maple leaf. Pair it with more shades you'll spot on the fall landscape — think deep reds, yellows and gray-browns — for a can't-miss seasonal update. Design by Greta Goss

If You Like Bold, Saturated Colors, Try: Bright Cobalt

This color is cool and bright all at once. Another color featured on Pantone's fall fashion color report, this shade is a natural with its color-wheel opposite, orange. A dose of white balances the saturated mix. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn

If Your Like Dark, Moody Hues, Try: Cypress Green

As the fall leaves fade, adding a green hue on the walls can evoke a feeling of nature inside the house. Pantone's cypress green pairs well with the year's trendy purple shades; it is equally harmonious with earthy colors like brown and gray. As seen in HGTV Urban Oasis 2011.

If Your Like Dark, Moody Hues, Try: Royal Blue

Extend the summer trend towards blue interiors with this fresh fall shade. A bit brighter than traditional navy, Pantone's royal blue adds vibrancy to fall walls. Balance the dark wall color with light wood tones and white accessories. Design by Emily Henderson

If You Like Traditional Fall Hues, Try: Fire Engine Red

You can't go wrong with a classic! To make bright red seem especially current, pair it with white, warm gray and reclaimed wood tones. Design by Emily Henderson

If You Like Traditional Fall Hues, Try: Burnt Orange

Burnt orange looks fresh for fall when paired with yellow-green artwork, a navy throw and metallic accents. Design by BAMO, Inc.

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If You Like Traditional Fall Hues, Try: Deep Teal

Deep, moody teal is the ideal backdrop for all of fall's traditional reds, oranges and yellows. See how it highlight the map's warm tones? Add it to your walls and your classic fall accent pieces will look just as vibrant. Design by Emily Henderson


Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

What would Thanksgiving be without pumpkin pie? Whip up this signature dessert as the traditional finish to your Thanksgiving meal. Get the recipe.

When fall arrives that means Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and what’s the best thing about Thanksgiving? Some say turkey but it’s really all about the desserts. Cakes and pies line the table, and it’s almost too much to handle…almost. If you’re like me and can’t wait for the first piece of pumpkin pie to be served, check out these 35 irresistible fall dessert recipes and start planning your menu today.

25 Decadent Desserts for Any Occasion

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Chocolate Panna Cotta

Top off the evening with something sweet and chic, like this creamy Italian custard. Your guests will enjoy digging in to each of the three delicious layers — dark chocolate, praline and vanilla. Get the recipe.

Lemon Meringue Tartlets

Topped with a toasty meringue, these tangy citrus treats are the perfect not-too-sweet ending to any meal. Get the recipe.

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Pomegranate Blood Orange Tiramisu

Take advantage of in-season blood oranges to make this irresistible dessert that's sure to impress your dinner guests. Sweet-tart oranges and pomegranates pair perfectly with creamy mascarpone cheese. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Brownie Pudding

This chocolate brownie pudding is the ultimate sinful treat. One part brownie and one part molten lava cake, it's 100 percent delicious. Get the recipe.

Champagne-Glazed Fruit Tarts

These bite-size nibbles are the perfect light ending to a heavy meal. Glaze the mini tarts with leftover Champagne or sparkling wine for a sweet finishing touch. Get the recipe.

S'mores Spiked Pie

Kids may be tempted to dive right in to this take on the fire-side favorite but a heavy dose of bourbon makes this boozy, chocolate dessert adults only. Get the recipe.

Easy Tiramisu

This Italian trifle layers coffee-soaked ladyfingers with a rich mascarpone custard. Marsala wine, Grand Marnier and Kahlua give this traditional confection a sophisticated twist. Get the recipe.

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Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

We promise: You can't eat just one. Super-crunchy, salty, kettle-fried potato chips are the perfect canvas for a thick coating of chocolate. A thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts ensures this treat will satisfy all your cravings at once. Get the recipe.

Cashew Dulce de Leche Cookies

Dress up basic sugar cookies with chopped cashews, cinnamon and creamy dulce de leche for a new spin on a classic. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Tiramisu Layer Cake

Top moist pumpkin-and-spice cake layers with rich mascarpone cream and crunchy amaretti cookies for a seasonal dessert your guests won't soon forget. Get the recipe.

Pineapple Tartlettes

Savory hints of ginger and rosemary add an unexpected flavor to this fresh and fruity dessert while the homemade nut crust is the just-right crunchy contrast to the smooth pastry cream. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Sweet and tart, these sandwich cookies combine two favorite seasonal flavors and taste just as good as they look. Get the recipe.

Limoncello Cupcakes

Send your guests off on a citrus-sweet note by topping light and fluffy cream cheese cupcakes with a homemade limoncello buttercream. Get the recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines

These traditional French cookies are the just-right treat to serve at any fall get-together. They're also the not-too-sweet complement to a cup of tea and party of one. Get the recipe.

Lemon Curd Tart

Tangy lemon curd combined with fresh whipped cream, a homemade pie crust and gorgeous berries make this tart one for the record books. The pie crust is super easy to make, so don't fear. And the lemon curd filling will have you licking the bowl. Get the recipe.

Baklava With Nutella Glaze

This flaky, nutty, layered dessert is easier to make than you might think. Add a homemade Nutella glaze for a chocolatey twist. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Bliss Dacquoise Recipe

This impressive, towering dessert combines the flavors of cranberries and almonds with a decadent white chocolate mousse layered between homemade meringues. Make the components ahead of time and assemble just before serving to really wow your guests. Get the recipe.

Maple Nut Toffee

Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, it's hard to resist snacking on just one more piece. Get the recipe.

Tasty Pecan Tassies

Maple syrup adds a warm flavor to this nutty, bite-size dinner party classic. Get the recipe.

Pumpkin Mousse and Ginger Parfaits

Layers of creamy pumpkin mousse, crunchy graham cracker streusel and dense maple-ginger cake combine to create this delicious after-dinner treat. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Treat your guests to rich cheesecake with the indulgent flavors of chocolate brownies and two kinds of chocolate chips. Get the recipe.

Carrot Cake Cookies Recipe

This iced cookie recipe is a refreshing twist on the classic cake. Best of all, you can spread the homemade cream cheese icing on top of each cookie or layer them to create a sandwich cookie. Get the recipe.

Pecan Pie Tartlets

Pecan pie is a can't-miss treat. Our twist turns them into mini hand-held tartlets, perfect for treating your guests to a dessert buffet or serving after a large meal when just a few bites are all you need. Get the recipe.

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Salted Caramel-Topped Chocolate Brownies Recipe

Top dense, moist chocolate brownies with a gooey salted caramel layer for a decadent dessert worthy of a special occasion. Get the recipe.

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The pilgrims were onto something — dense, spicy pumpkin pie is a tried-and-true crowd pleaser. Our recipe adds a dash of sea salt to bring out the pumpkin's mild sweetness. Get the recipe.

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Fall Garden Vegetable Soup Recipe

Full of fall flavors, this farm-to-table vegetable soup is as healthy as it is delicious.

Host a Fall Farm-to-Table Dinner Party

Celebrate fall's bounty amidst the season's brightest foliage with our step-by-step instructions for throwing an autumn farm-to-table dinner party.

Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Fresh mint and feta are the perfect accompaniments to this smoky red lentil soup that's a satisfying alternative to your seasonal bean favorites.

Onion and Sage Soup

Sage brings this onion soup to life. Have extra bread on hand for dunking.

Creamy Rosemary Leek Soup

Creamy leek soup gets a healthy makeover with Greek yogurt and fried rosemary sprigs. 

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Creamy pumpkin gets a kick with smoky chipotle chiles and a refreshing creme friache and cilantro topping. 

Polish Pickle Soup

Update traditional Polish stew buy swapping out dill pickles with cornichons, and top with fresh dill.

Zucchini Walnut Soup

Showcase seasonal vegetables and herbs from the garden with fresh thyme and lemon zest that bring this soup to life.

Mediterranean Herb Soup

Turmeric and Greek yogurt combine to make a fragrant soup you can eat hot or cold. 

Hungarian Cauliflower Soup

This roasted paprika cauliflower soup comes to life with a dollop of sour cream and fresh notes of parsley and dill.

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