Your Guide To Everything Pumpkin This Fall

Your Guide To Everything Pumpkin This Fall

Vegan or not, you're surely going to love these must-have fall pantry items.
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It will officially be fall on September 22, and if you're like me, your favorite part of fall is anything that includes pumpkin (spice). With the season only a few weeks away, here's a guide to all of my favorite vegetarian and vegan-friendly fall items.

1. Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter actually contains no butter or dairy. However, it does contain honey, so vegans beware.

2. Dandies Pumpkin Marshmallows

The best thing about these marshmallows are that they contain NO animal ingredients—thats right, no gelatin! They are 100 percent vegan and taste amazing. You can find them at Whole Foods and certain Target stores, but if you want to save your gas, you can also buy them online.

3. Lenny and Larry's Complete Cookie

I love Lenny & Larry's cookies. Not only are they 100 percent vegan, but they contain 16 grams of protein per cookie and are delicious. Their Pumpkin Spice cookie is a must-have for anyone who has a sweet tooth but doesn't want to feel guilty afterwards. You can find their cookies at Publix, GNC or you can order them online.

4. So Delicious Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk

I am not a fan of coconut milk, but Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk doesn't count, does it? Its vegan and just like the company's name, so delicious. You can find it at many large retailers such as Publix and Wal-Mart.

5. Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin

All of Yankee Candle's products are vegan with the exception of their beeswax taper candles. If you love candles and pumpkin, why not? It makes every room smell like you're walking right into fall.

6. Pumpkin Spice Oreo's

Peta lists Oreo's on their "Accidentally Vegan Food List" and their Pumpkin Spice cookie is also dairy-free. However, Oreo does say that there is a chance that cookies may come into contact with milk through cross contamination. These cookies are the bomb and can be found in many large retailers such as Target and Wal-Mart.

7. Betty Crocker's Pumpkin Spice Cookies

As long as you bake these with the proper egg substitutes (crushed bananas are what I usually use), you end up with delicious pumpkin spice cookies. The mix is vegan and the end result is so irresistibly yummy. You can find the mix in major retail stores such as Publix or Target.

8. Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte

This one is for coffee lovers. Califia Farms Pumpkin Spice Latte is absolutely to-die-for. Although Starbucks' PSL is not vegan, Califia Farms version is. Buy one (or six) from retailers such as Publix and Target.

9. Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice

Archer Farms has a ton of pumpkin spice products that happen to be vegan. If you don't want a ready made latte, you can use their pumpkin spice ground coffee to make your own. They also have K-Cups for Keurig users. You can find their products at Target.

10. Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Thomas Pumpkin Spice Bagels are vegan. Use your favorite spread and taste a bit of heaven with every bite of these limited edition bagels. You can find them at Walmart or online, and you won't regret it.

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Plan These 13 Dates For Your Girlfriend This Fall And Thank Me Later

Listen up, guys.

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If you are a boy and you are reading this, plan one of these dates and you'll make your girlfriend the happiest person alive. Yeah, you can thank me later.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

This may be super basic but who doesn't want a cute little pumpkin around Halloween time. Usually, you will take a hayride to the pumpkin patch which is always a nice time to spend together. It will also be really cute seeing how excited she gets over finding the perfect little pumpkin.

2. Go on a hayride.

If you go to a pumpkin patch you may have the opportunity to go on a hayride and you definitely should! You will get to see all around the farm and the scenery is usually beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing colors!

3. Go apple picking.

This date will always allow for a cute photo shoot opportunity and everyone will be able to see your Insta post later captioned "the apple of my eye." Also, if you love apples what better place to get them then a local farm where you pick them yourself! Make sure you check your local farm to see when your favorite apples will be ready for harvest!

4. Bake something together.

There are so many amazing recipes for fall, apple pie being one of them. Which will be the perfect thing to bake with your S.O. after apple picking (two dates in one)!

5. Go to a local festival.

No matter where you are from there are probably a ton of local festivals around you throughout the fall. Whether it is a food festival, fall fest, music festival or even a lantern festival all of them are usually a perfect date. You can experience new things together and enjoy the fall weather.

6. Go to a football game.

Whether it is high school, college, or a professional football game any football is good football in the fall. Between a fun tailgate and an exciting game, if you are into sports football is the way to go.

7. Walk or hike around a state park.

No matter where you are from there are always state parks around you! Fall is the perfect time to go on an outdoor because it's not too hot to too cold. The scenery is always beautiful with all of the leaves changing colors. If there is a lake you could always go kayaking or paddle boating!

8. Visit your local farm.

A lot of local farms have fresh veggies, apples, baked goods and of course pumpkins! Also, check and see if your local farm has any fall family days. On those days they usually have a lot of fun activities, animals, hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkins and if you're lucky they'll have amazing apple cider donuts!

9. Stay in for a cozy movie day.

With Freeform starting their 31 days of Halloween this leads to the perfect excuse for a night on the couch. Pick out your favorite Halloween movie, make some popcorn and have some warm apple cider while cuddling up on the couch.

10. Visit a haunted house.

If you are down for something a little scarier then a Halloween movie, check out a haunted house near yours. It could even be a haunted hayride or haunted corn maze.

11. Take her out to breakfast.

Girls are always down for a cute breakfast date. Especially when you can roll out of beds in your sweats and keep them on in the cozy fall weather.

12. Spend a night carving pumpkins.

Once Halloween rolls around you should grab a cheap carving supplies kit, roll up your sleeves, and carve a cute pumpkin together. Whether you write your initials or create a jack-o-lantern it will probably be full of fun memories of pulling out pumpkin guts.

13. Go to a Halloween party.

Take some time and hit up Pinterest for a super cute couples costume and eat all the candy you possibly can!

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6 Fall Favorites To Look Forward To

Fall is truly my favorite season, and it always has been. From exciting events to cooler weather, late September to early December is the greatest time of the year.

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September 23rd marks the first day of Autumn, more commonly known as Fall. Lately, I have found myself daydreaming of Fall more and more often.

1. Seasonal Foods

Apple cider. Pumpkin pie. Homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Of course, the Pumpkin Spice Latte makes the list, too.

S'mores are another yummy treat I seem to have more of in the Fall at bonfires or in my backyard. Although you can have these foods year-round, there is something especially splendid about having them when the apples and pumpkins are in season!

2. FOOTBALL

Especially going to an SEC school, football is taken very seriously. The hype that surrounds a Saturday football game is remarkable.

Lets not forget the tailgating that goes along with home gamedays. At my first college football game, I was shocked to see televisions set up and large tables lined with food fit to serve at a wedding!

3. Halloween

Freeee Candy. Need I say more?

I may be 22 years old, but Halloween makes me feel like a kid again. Dressing up as a superhero or movie character is fun at any age! I love to see how creative people get with their costumes.

Pumpkin carving. Haunted houses. These are a few of the perks that come on October 31st.

As if Halloween season isn't great enough, the day after Halloween is even better because all of the yummy, leftover candy is on sale!

4. Fashion

From sweatshirts and sweaters to warm boots and scarves, fall clothing is hard to beat. Although my closet seems to overflow in the Fall, there is something so satisfying about dressing up in a long sleeve shirt, a vest, and pull up some riding boots over skinny jeans.

Wake up late on a school day? No worries. Comfort color sweatshirts and leggings is an acceptable college outfit.

5. Going to the pumpkin patch

Whether you are 4 or 24, going to the pumpkin patch, riding on a hayride, and picking your very own pumpkin is a special event. Some even have petting zoos with goats, horses, and pigs!

If you've never been to a pumpkin patch, stop what you are doing and start planning your first visit NOW!

6. Thanksgiving 

I feel like this almost goes without saying. When I think of Fall, Thanksgiving is one of the first things to come to mind.

As it is for most southern families, Thanksgiving is a big deal in my house. Our traditions begin the day before Thanksgiving when my mom starts to prepare the food. We get up early on Thanksgiving morning to have "pigs-in-a-blanket" for breakfast and begin cooking again. In between sessions in the kitchen, we pile up on the couch to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then we head over to my aunt's house for lunch, take nap, and wake up in time to watch the Egg Bowl.

Of course, the most important part of Thanksgiving is being surrounded by people who love you and being thankful for all of the blessings God has given us.

With all of these reasons, plus many more, what is not to love about Fall?

Grab your Pumpkin Spice Lattes and get ready for the Fall festivities to begin!

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