Posted by Southwest Beverages on 10/9/2014
Poll a hundred people about their favorite season and most of them will say fall. The time when summer has ended, but the weather is still great is the best time to get out and do something fun. Before you find yourself stuck inside for the winter and your kids get deep into their studies, use this season to spend some quality time with your family. Here are some suggested activities your family will love.
1. Attend a fair.
As the weather becomes mild, many communities schedule annual fairs. Most notably, Renaissance Festivals take place at this time of year. Your younger kids will enjoy seeing all the animals and learning about the days of yore. There are also games, prizes and interesting food.
2. Visit a local farm.
Many farms are active this time of year. Your local orchard will let you pick apples and buy them by the bag. Have your children share in the experience of preparing an apple pie. Take your children to a pumpkin farm. One rule we had with our children when we went pumpkin picking was that they could select any size and shape pumpkin they wished but they had to carry it back to the car (this limits your cost and avoid kids being told, “No, you can’t have that one.”) Some farms even give hayrides for you to enjoy the fall foliage, or corn mazes to get lost in.
3. Have a garage sale.
It’s your last opportunity before the winter to get rid of all your old junk. Garage sales (or tag sales) can be a strong bonding experience as your family works together to put on the event. Clean out your house before you get stuck inside for the winter. Let everyone keep their own proceeds, but try to do something together with the money. As a rule we always required our children to donate 20 % of the proceeds to our church.
4. Organize an outdoor game.
Cool days are the best for rigorous outdoor activity. Before the days become too cold, invite some friends over for a friendly game of touch football or soccer. If you have the equipment, Volleyball or Badminton is fun as well. Or, play the simplest fall game there is: rake a pile of leaves and splash around!
5. Brave a haunted house.
In many parts of the country, haunted houses open long before Halloween. Some are intricately elaborate and take as long as an hour to experience. Haunted hayrides are another fun activity to take part in.
6. Tailgate at a football game.
With football season approaching, there will be plenty of local and professional games to attend. Collect your family and friends and cook out in the parking lot before the game. You’re bound to meet new and interesting people. Here I am last week with a few of the University of Arizona baton twirlers at the Arizona Wildcats game!
7. Start working on your Halloween costume.
The spooky time of the year will appear quicker than you expect. If you prefer to make your own costume, now’s the time to start planning. Consider trick-or-treating as a family with related costumes, perhaps Snow White and her dwarfs, or a group of pirates.
8. Enjoy s’mores around the campfire.
As the evenings become chilly, you’ll enjoy sitting around a fire in the evening. The smoke will keep the bugs away (although they tend to taper down when fall arrives) and you can enjoy some traditional camp out foods like hot dogs, kebabs and s’mores.
9. Warm up with some hot cocoa.
After hours of enjoying the cool outdoors, you’ll want something to warm up. Tasty, Sippity® instant hot cocoa mix is an excellent way to warm your heart, take the chill out of your body and relax after a hard day’s play. Offered in 6 delicious gourmet flavors that will blow your taste buds away. The Comfort-In-A Cup® felling you will experience from sipping your Sippity hot chocolate is the perfect way to enjoy a few quiet moments with your family and/or friends.
10. Start your Christmas wish list.
How often have you been asked by your friends and family what you’d like for the holidays and all you could say was “Oh, I don’t know…” Don’t force them to buy you slippers, or a tie, or cologne again. Sippity® hot cocoa mix is the perfect gift as a stocking stuffer, gift to teachers, bus drivers, mailmen, hairdressers, nurse’s aids, and all the other service providers that assist you in your life (plus it makes the perfect secret Santa gift). Available in 6 gourmet flavors-chocolate, chocolate marshmallow, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate peppermint, chocolate raspberry and the seasonal favorite, pumpkin spice or our flavored cocoa collection box, your recipient will love their Sippity gift because it will last eight days (8 single serve envelopes/box) and they will thank you repeatedly.
Written by Bob Jenkins, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Beverages®
Bob has had the privilege of working for some of America’s largest and well run public and private companies, including Philip Morris, Canada Dry, Dr Pepper, Cadbury Schweppes, Snapple Beverage Corporation, Tasker Capital Corp. and The Water Club and River Cafe –two of New York’s finest fine dining restaurants. He has worked in various capacities as Finance Manager, Controller, Director of Finance, Vice President Finance & Administration, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Bob holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arizona.
Southwest Beverages® is a manufacturer and marketer of two brands of premium quality dry mix beverages: Sippity® hot cocoa mixand Kemosabe® gourmet flavored coffee. All Southwest Beverages® products are uniquely blended flavors that contain all the ingredients necessary for you to enjoy the ultimate hot beverage experience. Simply add water and stir-then sip, savor and enjoy.
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