What does your home sound like? I'm a big believer that music soothes the savage beast. Whether that's my kids or me, I'll leave to you to decide.
I just know that when we reach the witching hour (that hour before dinner), turning on some music makes things a little better.
There are times when I'm cooking dinner and I can feel the tension rising. If I stop to listen, I'll usually realize that I have the news on the TV (loud enough to hear it in the kitchen) and the kids are ramping up their noise to compete with it. Everyone is hungry and we're ready for daddy to get home.
My irritation is rising by the minute and The Hubster usually walks in the door just as I'm about to explode.
I have found that the simple act of turning off the TV and turning on some music changes the mood. My mom bought us one of those under cabinet cd players like this onefor our kitchen a few years back. Thanks Mom! And I like to think that walking into a house with some tunes playing feels really welcoming.
I'll leave the tunes selection to you but two of our faves are:
Jack Johnson - Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George (The kids remember the music from the movie and Jack Johnson chills me right out. A total crowd-pleaser.)
Are you on board with our Make Your Home More Welcoming Challenge? You can start whenever you're ready. Check out Challenge 1 and Challenge 2.
Stay tuned. Fun with pumpkins and gourds coming later today.