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Cayenne Pepper Hot Chocolate

Treat yourself to a sweet dessert drink with a kick.

Prepare your hot chocolate as normal. I prefer to use Almond Milk instead of regular milk, but that’s just my preference, so get 1 cup of that, and bring to a boil. In your mug, mix together hot chocolate mix, it’s the easiest thing, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne pepper, you can add more or less depending on your tastes.

Pour the milk into the mug once boiling, and mix well, then enjoy!

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Spend An Hour Outside

Sometimes it’s hard for us to get that Vitamin D, so try to take an hour each day weeding, laying out in the sun, reading a book, whatever you like to do, and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful fall weather.

Start Your Christmas Baking Early

To make the holidays a little less hectic, get started now. Christmas cookies can be frozen, so can the dough, which will give you more time for festivities when the holidays arrive.

Fall Cleaning

I don’t know about everyone else, but fall to me symbolizes a time of new beginnings. We’re entering the most wonderful time of the year, and that brings a sense of magic, wonder, and miracles. The best way to start this season off, especially since you’ll likely have family and friends visiting, is with some fall cleaning.

I started my fall cleaning recently, and especially this weekend, have been super busy. Here are some steps to perfecting your fall cleaning.

  • Open the windows. Make sure the AC is turned off, and let that beautiful fall weather in. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the cooler weather, and save a little bit on your utilities bill.
  • Light some fall candles. These are a must, and my favorite are from Bath & Body Works, the three wick ones, they usually have a great deal on them, and wonderful fall scents.
  • Start in one room and work your way back. I always try to start at the front of the house, and work my way back to the bedrooms, leaving those for last. This way, I’m getting all of the higher traffic rooms.
  • Clear the clutter first. In each room, pick up mail that’s been left, move your laptop to your desk, pick up any discarded shoes or jackets, etc.
  • Deep clean. You’ll want to mop, dust, vacuum, and wipe down everything. I mean light switches, door handles, all of the above. Take some glass cleaner and clean the windows, get it all clean and sparkling. Make sure if you have hardwood furniture to use a furniture polish made for it. Vacuum not just the floors, but the furniture too, especially if you have pets. If you want to take it one step further, call a furniture cleaner to come in and have the couches cleaned professionally. You’d be amazed what’s on your furniture that you didn’t even know about. For an all-natural cleaner, use hot water and vinegar on the floors, it smells good, and if you have pets, you don’t have to worry about them walking through some of the mixture and getting hurt from it.
  • Play some music. Cleaning is always a little more fun with music, so turn it up and get down to business!
  • Get some fresh flowers. Once the cleaning is done, and you’ve worked your way through the house, go get some fresh flowers. You can get a bouquet from Aldi for $4-$5 so it doesn’t even have to cost much. They’ll look beautiful and bring some added freshness to your newly cleaned house.
  • Organize the pantry and closets. That’s right, you’re not done just yet. Go through your closet, and go through your pantry. Get rid of things that are expired, don’t fit, not used.
  • Don’t forget the ceiling fans. Make sure to dust the fans and lights too, and while you’re at it, change out your air filter, especially if it’s been more than a couple of months.

Some people prefer to do their heavy duty cleaning in the spring, but I think getting the house prepared for the holidays is important too. So make sure to take some time one weekend, and get it done. It won’t be fun, but it will definitely be worth it, especially when your friends and family rave about how amazing your house looks. Plus, decorating a clean house is easier than trying to work around clutter.

Take Some Me Time

Make sure to take some time for yourself. Whether it’s sitting down for 10 minutes of peace and quiet without your cell phone or enjoying a new face mask and bubble bath, make time for some me time.

Join a Club

Adulting can be hard, so find a good outlet. Join a club, volunteer, join a sports league, take a yoga class. Whatever you enjoy doing, find a group that also enjoys it. You’ll make new friends, and improve yourself.

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