The leaves are turning color, the kids are back in school, and the hearty soup recipes are coming out of the cupboard. It’s time to bench the surfboard and the bikini in favor of your favorite reading spot and a cup of tea, but why not bring a bit of festive fall spirit into your home while you’re at it?

Here are five easy ways to do it.

1. Candles

In the season with the warmest hues, what could be warmer than candles? Maybe pick up a candle with a festive scent. Perhaps pumpkin spice? Apples and cinnamon? There are plenty of options to choose from. Alternatively, try dressing up a mason jars with leaves or a coat of paint to make your own crafty candle holder.

2. Centerpieces

If ever there was a season for centerpieces it’s fall. Zip…

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best places to live in santa cruz county if you love to hike

From clean Ocean air to the cascading slopes of the coastal mountains, Santa Cruz has everything an outdoor enthusiast could ask for. This area is home to some of the best hiking trails in the great state of California, which could be just minutes from your home in the Santa Cruz area! Here’s your exclusive guide to where you should live in Santa Cruz County if you love to hike.

Boulder Creek

This small mountain town is an idyllic escape from the busy city and your gateway to endless hiking trails with everything from easy walks to multi-day trips. Just one hours from Silicon Valley and half-hour from Santa Cruz, residents are immersed in an autonomous community where the past comes to life with unbeatable charm. The downtown consists of…

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