Valdosta Daily Times


September 16, 2012

The Fall of the House of Pumpkin

VALDOSTA — For those of you who follow me on Twitter (@VDT_Brittany), you saw that I broke the scarf barrier on Wednesday, opening up boot and scarf season for all women in Valdosta! You’re welcome. However, since we’re approaching the end of September, you not only need to fall up your fashion, but your la maison (that’s fancy talk for house) as well.

Sure, making your home smell like the Great Pumpkin filled himself with cinnamon and then exploded all over your house isn’t a budgetary necessity, but as you saw with Tuesday’s Facebook daily budget tip, budgeting isn’t just about knowing your financial limitations and accepting your current state, but about knowing how to give yourself a little “bonus” every now and then.

Since I’m obviously not getting more money coming my way anytime soon and my student loan bills make me rock in the corner and cry, my little “bonus” to maintain my lucid states of sanity have been to fill my nose (not literally, I think it’s illegal to snort potpourri) and my home with sensual smells of fall.

While I’m addicted to Febreeze like a Kardashian to sequined spandex, it can get pricey, especially when you spritz it as much as I do. So, here are some budget-friendly ways to make your home smell like unicorns and magic for virtually nothing.

Potion Pot

No, this isn’t a new street drug for you to worry about. It’s the most delicious way to fill your home with Septembery goodness.

First, fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil. While the water boils, add some apple juice, cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer until the aroma fills your house.

To be safe, set the timer for 30 minutes. After that point, top off the water and continue to boil to further fill home or take the mixture off the stove. Don’t boil for more than 30 minutes without checking the pot and topping off with water. The goal is to make your home smell like fall, not literally make your house fall from fire.

I recommend this method if you’re preparing for a party and you want your guests to walk in smelling the scent. This is not a good everyday method.

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