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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Great Essay. One other this that helps my DH unwind when he walks in is for me to take a few min to make sure that I look my best. If I look all frazzled and looking like I have been fighting with the kids all day, then he thinks that there will continue to be drama.

  2. Wonderful ideas! My husband and I like to take walks together. We can walk through the back of our neighborhood into a park with lovely woodland paths. Being outdoors in this quiet together just the two of us is so intimate.

  3. Thank you for taking the time to talk about this. It is key for so many women and it is our job to create a sanctuary in our home for not only our husband but our family. I recently went to a Home Experience Weekend – which there is a book that talks about the principles, check it out on amazon (Home Experience, Making Your Home a Sanctuary of Love and Peace, by Devi Titus) I have changed the way I serve dinner, create special places in my home and even greet every member of the family each day. It really has made me realize completely what God wants – needs me to be for my family. I finally have a peace truly knowing what my role is and how God sees me and cherishes me as a wife, mom and keeper of my home.

  4. Thanks for these suggestions, which pertain whether or not there are young kids in the house.
    Here’s a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly tip: to do to remove food odors from the kitchen and house, put some white vinegar (or cider vinegar) in a small saucepan with a bit of water (maybe a 1/4 c vinegar and 1/2 water) and let it simmer. If you do this WHILE you are cooking the fish or using heated oil, for instance, it will work even better. Likewise, you can simply put some water in a pan and add what you have: vanilla extract, apple juice or orange juice, cinnamon bits, cloves, etc. You don’t have to bake anything (helps with the waistlines as well as the waste…) but you have a wonderful “baking” smell.

  5. THANKS for this post. All these ideas and tips are super great 🙂 I just got married 2 weeks ago and will keep these suggestions in mind… ALL THE TIME!

  6. Just recently we’ve gone from just hanging out with the team–and by team, I mean the “kids” in the coffee shop/ministry/school/music venue/church we live in the back of–to taking some time to play a card game, just the two of us. It’s been really really nice, and has definitely given things a change of pace for our marriage and romance. ^_^

  7. Thanks for the ideas. I really liked them. Our marriage has been a little stale lately. maybe some of these ideas may help.

  8. Some really great hands-on ideas! Especially about ending the day early … and lighting candles and turning on those lamps …
    A few board games have come out in recent days – and have even replaced the evening news!
    And hot chocolate toward the end of the evening has become a very nice way to wrap up the evening …

  9. Great tips! I especially like the one about leaving the TV off and reading out loud to each other. When we were dating my husband and I would sit on the couch together and do just that…maybe it’s time for me to find a new book for us to share!