I love to have a candle lit in the house. To me, that makes a house feel like a home, probably because my Mom always had a candle lit and a prayer going for someone. When I first became a SAHM, I discovered Tart Warmers.
You just buy the wax tarts and some cheap tealights and your house smells so wonderful. If you get the good Yankee Candle tarts, you can reuse them over and over until their scent is gone. Some people prefer the electric tart warmers, but I like using the tealights instead just in case I forget to unplug it.
My 6th baby is my Dyson.
I don't like to do a lot of chores (me and dusting don't mix), but vacuuming is something I love to do, and this Dyson makes it so easy to get instant gratification when you can see all the dirt it just pulls up (even when you think the floor didn't look that bad). Then you just dump it into the trash can and you're done. They are expensive, but a great investment.
Colleen + Dyson 4 eva.
Because a pee-free toilet seat makes Mama happy. And when Mama's happy...well, you know the rest.
Throw pillows and blankets.
See that throw pillow on the couch? It's from IKEA and I love them (I have two). It seriously turned my couch from a place to sit into a place to relax. And we keep a few blankets/comforters in our family room so that everyone can cuddle and get cozy while watching TV.
Meal Planning and Cookbooks.
Whenever we have company coming over, I look through my favorite cookbook, plan out the meals we will have, buy all the groceries, and really pour myself into creating something nice for our guests. This is also why I get stressed out :) But I do love taking the time to show that we thought about our guests, and are excited to have them over. And who are even more important than guests? Our families. When I treat my family the same way, they feel really loved and well-taken care of and that makes a happy home!
Your turn...what tips help make your home a cozy one?