How to Make Your Home a Haven

What makes your home a haven? What makes it cozy, relaxed, or enjoyable to come home to? In a Pinterest-perfect world, you come home to a clean house, with little to no chores needing done or errands that need run, and your fridge is fully-stocked with exactly what you need to make your family a delicious + healthy meal? EH. Wrong answer, at least in my house. Ever since finding out that I’m pregnant, I have been struggling to keep up with my to-do-list, and the short list of things that actually do get accomplished, I can usually thank my husband for helping out with. I just don’t have the energy I did, and I am going to bed earlier, making the amount of time to get things done in the evenings shorter.

A “haven” can mean different things to different people. To me, it’s the overall vibe in the household. Is it peaceful? Is it happy? It is relaxing? Is it chaotic?

I’m learning that things that aren’t all that important can wait and that some things still have to get done in order to make my home run smoother. And there are some things I like to do to make my home feel more inviting and “homey.”

 Around the house, I like to keep it festive + fresh! You guys, when I have my house decorated for the seasons or a holiday, I feel like I’ve got my stuff 100% together. I’ll admit: I’m pretty festive! I love to decorate, celebrate, and plan parties. My husband recently re-did our old, red brick fireplace/mantle with stone, tile, and barnwood. I’ve had so much fun learning how to decorate it. I also love to switch out decorative pillows & throws with the seasons… it gives a little ‘oomph’ when you walk in the door. He is always (and I mean ALWAYS) working on some kind of renovation project at our house, so I just work around it.

  I also never go grocery shopping without a list! 9 times out of 10, I’ve got a fairly well-planned out list in hand when I walk into the store. I’ve tried doing it the other way– just buying random ingredients and hoping for the best when it comes to meal time and it just does not work for me. I ended up never having what I needed and making an excessive amount of grocery store trips per week. So now, I pick out a few recipes online, and make my list based on that. I don’t always stick to it completely, but it at least gives me something to go off of. It also makes evenings go smoother  for me and leaves the question of “what’s for dinner?” already answered!

Little things like lighting candles, keeping up with laundry, framing some photos and hanging them, and buying fresh flowers can easily spruce things up, set the tone, or make me feel more refreshed!

At the end of a long work day, I just want to be home…  And while I do like a clean house, it really doesn’t matter if there are dishes from this morning in the sink. Life isn’t perfect and despite the to-do’s and chores, I’m just thankful to come to my husband every day, mess, projects, and all!

What do you do to make your own home more “homey?” Comment below! Amanda and I would love to hear it!

Get That Brew Right | At-home Coffee Tips

Coffee + adulthood just go together, don’t they?! It’s a must if you want to keep up with your neverending list of responsibilities. I didn’t start drinking coffee until I started my first job after college. Some days, I had to be at work at 4am, so that nasty office coffee kept me awake for those long 9 hr days.  Hard to believe that was almost 8 years ago! When I drink coffee now, unless I’m desperate, it has to be GOOD!
 I caught an episode of The Kitchen on Food Network with a segment all about coffee a few weeks ago and had to try out their recommendations.

So I headed to the store and loaded up on all the necessities required for some fancy coffee brewin’ and talked the hubby into playing photographer for the afternoon while O napped.

We just recently started grinding our own coffee beans at home and it really makes a difference! The smell of the coffee beans is amazing! I love opening the container up every morning.

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Easy Flavored Coffee: Drop a cinnamon stick – whole or broken in half – into your coffee filter with the ground coffee, then brew as usual. I was short on cinnamon sticks the first time I tried this out, so  I used ground cinnamon in place of the cinnamon sticks. I have to say, the sticks added more flavor, but the ground cinnamon worked just fine if you’re looking for something simple to spice it up a little.

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Simple Caramel Cafe au Lait: Place a square of your favorite caramel-filled chocolate bar in the bottom of a coffee mug. Pour the hot coffee directly over the chocolate, then add warm milk or cream and stir until the chocolate dissolves. You could take this in so many directions! White Chocolate with peppermint would be great, Hazelnut and chocolate… ooooh, the possibilities are endless! And now I want chocolate! 😉

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Vanilla Syrup: Simple syrups are so easy to make and add a kick of flavor to your tea or coffee. For the vanilla syrup, you will need to heat a vanilla bean pod, sugar and water in a saucepan until the mixture comes to a simmer. Let the liquid cool till it thickens into a syrup. You can make the homemade syrup a bit sweeter and store in a mason jar, adding the syrup to your iced or hot drinks whenever you want!

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Maple Whipped Cream: Now, this is a personal concoction I came up with during the holidays! I used maple syrup in place of white sugar to sweeten my coffee and would kick it up with heavy whipping cream as a special treat. Blend together heavy whipping cream, maple syrup and just a bit of white sugar until it forms peeks. I would drop big spoonfuls into my coffee. This really could qualify as a dessert! If you ONLY try one of these coffee recipes today, do yourself a favor and add some maple whipped cream to your next cup-a-joe!


I would love to know if you try any of these tips + which one was your favorite. Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to make a jazzed up coffee at home, without running out to grab one everytime a craving hits! You can find us on Instagram @thewildrevival

 

If you try any of the coffees, make sure to use #TWRBrews and let us know what you thought!  
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