Making Your Home a Haven: Week 1

I’m participating in Women Living Well’s 31 day Fall Challenge this month, in which we learn a few simple ways to make our homes a haven.

Courtney’s tip this week was to buy a large candle and light it at the beginning of every day to make our homes feel more cozy. She also suggested that we say a prayer for peace in our home every time we notice the candle burning.  I just loved this idea, because in my mind, nothing seems to make a home feel more inviting than when you see a candle glowing as you walk inside, plus we could certainly use some more peace in our home.


I placed my candle right inside the entry to our home.  We have this funny little wall right inside the door…it’s actually part of the kitchen, as there are cabinets and a breakfast bar behind this wall.

The dresser was my husband’s as a boy…I just sanded and painted it and added some new drawer pulls.  Unfortunately, the paint I chose to use sort of blends into the wall, so it doesn’t pop out as much as I would like.  I was trying to match the color of our coffee table, which looks great against the darker wood of the floor.


I put out all my fun little Thanksgiving decorations (most of which I purchased at Hobby Lobby (with my 40% off coupon!).  The candle was a gift from my mom, who shares my love of all things country/cottage.  It is maple pancake scented and it’s just divine!  I get hungry for pancakes when this candle is burning 🙂

I don’t know if my husband or kids have really noticed anything different this week with the candle burning, but I like to think that it’s such a subtle little difference and that they feel it without noticing it.

This week, in order to promote peace in our home, I’ve tried to shout less and talk more gently.  Many time, instead of walking upstairs to tell my kids something, I just shout up, which in turns causes them to shout the answer down to me.  Usually we never hear each other, so we shout again….in the end, I usually have to just go up to them to talk to them directly.  It’s such a mess.

The candle serves as a great reminder to slow down, take a few extra seconds to walk up a few stairs and actually look them in the eyes and speak to them.

I’m excited to see what Courtney has in store for us next week.  Make sure to come back and see how you too can turn your home into a haven 🙂

**I hope you’ve enjoyed this Making Your Home a Haven challenge as much as I have. To see other posts in this series, head over to my Making Your Home a Haven page, where you will find my other posts from this year and previous years.

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5 thoughts on “Making Your Home a Haven: Week 1”

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    Danielle @ Cozycakes Cottage

    I LOVE this! I think your entryway looks so warm, welcoming, and cottage-ey! So I’m guessing I’m a week behind? But no fear! I shall just combine week 1 and 2. 🙂 And, of course, you made me laugh about the shouting. I could “hear” it. I’m a loud talker especially at home so sometimes I feel like my poor girl thinks I’m always yelling at her although I’m not. Yikes! xxx Have a wonderful weekend, Erin!

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        Danielle @ Cozycakes Cottage

        hahaha! If only you saw my home right now. If only. 🙂 I’m doing the challenge right now and writing it up. Thank you so much for introducing me to it!

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    Erin, this area looks great. We burn candles in our home when I can keep an eye on my son as he likes to pick them up. We have a one that smells like sugar cookies. Always makes me hungry too.

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