Archives for July 2016

5 Morning Activities That Lead to Productive Days

I don’t know how things work in your house, but my family has found that the morning tends to set the tone for the rest of the day. This is why it is so critical for us to be intentional about engaging in morning activities that help us have productive days. Here are five of those … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

To handle a toddler and an infant, I’m using several slow cooker recipes this summer. This simple one uses very few ingredients and is good on its own or great when dressed up with various spices and vegetables. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 ½ lbs. chicken breast tenderloins 3 … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Christ-Focused Advent Traditions

Traditionally, the term “Advent” has referred to the first season of the Christian church year. Advent is a period of prayer, reflection, and fasting that begins four Sundays before Christmas, preparing followers to celebrate Christ’s birth and building expectation for Christ’s final coming. Even … [Read more...]

Gifts for the Newlyweds Who Don’t Need Much

Today’s post is from AnneMarie, a guest contributor from Sacrifice of Love. As summer begins each year, my refrigerator typically begins to showcase at least one or two wedding invitations. Each wedding brings a lot of excitement, fun, and anticipation…and gift-giving. I like giving and … [Read more...]

12 Unsung Posts on Of The Hearth

As a blogger, I’m often surprised at which of my posts are popular and which aren’t. I’ll write some that I think are ho-hum, but you’ll comment on them and share them all over social media. On the other hand, I’ll write some that I think are really interesting and beneficial, but only one or two of … [Read more...]

Fun Hamburger Cookies

A friend of mine who loves hamburgers recently had a birthday. We planned to celebrate with a few snacks. While brainstorming what treats to prepare, I remembered that years ago I saw some little hamburger cookies in one of my cookbooks. I was able to find this recipe online and prepare these … [Read more...]

Christmas in July: Christmas Crafts for Craft-Challenged Folks

Have you ever noticed that craft stores often begin putting out Christmas stuff during the summer months? In this setting, this isn’t necessarily an example of “Christmas creep” or an attempt to boost early Christmas sales. It serves a practical function. If you’re going to complete crafts in time … [Read more...]

What to Include in a Care Package for a Loved One with a Chronic Disease

Living with a chronic disease means facing many challenges. These challenges go beyond the physical consequences of the disease (which are significant enough) and include financial hardships, anxiety, and feelings of isolation. My husband and I are quite familiar with these challenges because … [Read more...]

Another Blessing Has Arrived!

Though I still have posts publishing regularly, Of The Hearth’s social media pages have been pretty quiet this past week because I’ve been a little busy with this precious one: We welcomed our second daughter, Nitara Irene, on June 24th. Nitara means “deeply rooted” and Irene means “peace.” … [Read more...]