Is Rinse Aid in Your Dishwasher Really Beneficial?

Dishwasher rinse aid is a relatively new concept to me. I don’t recall seeing or hearing about rinse aid products when I was a child, nor do I recall there being a special spot in the dishwasher where you were supposed to deposit one of these products. I’ve ignored the rinse aid reservoirs in … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways to Refresh Yourself Midday

I’m always excited to get some things done and to have a little “me time” when I put my daughter down for nap in the afternoon. Unfortunately, on many days I don’t get anything accomplished during her nap because I find myself feeling tired and having trouble focusing. Thankfully, there are a … [Read more...]

Healthy, Easy-to-Prepare Breakfast Options

You, the readers who comprise the community here at Of The Hearth, often ask thought-provoking questions in your comments and emails. It’s likely that these questions are shared by many readers, so I’ve decided to answer some in posts. I hope you will contribute by adding your input in the … [Read more...]

How to Get Toddlers to Enjoy Vegetables

By the time most children enter toddlerhood, they’ve tasted enough flavors to realize that some foods taste a lot better than others! This, combined with their inability to sit still for long periods of time, often turns toddlers into picky eaters. Vegetables are frequently the first foods … [Read more...]

Why and What to Read to Babies

It felt very natural to read to my daughter throughout her first year. Though she didn’t understand many of the words in the books, I figured that reading provided an opportunity to cuddle, to instill in her a love for reading, and to foster her intellectual development. It turns out that I … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Innovative Disaster Preparedness Tools and Equipment

Do you ever come across a tool or piece of equipment that is so innovative that you think it is pure genius? As I’ve done research for my own family and for these Dare to Prepare posts, I’ve come across some of these products. I’m going to share a few with you today. You can roll up your … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: 8 of the Best Foods to Keep in Your Disaster Preparedness Kit

As part of National Preparedness Month (observed every September), I like to take a straightforward look at various disaster preparedness topics (see the series page for a complete list of the topics we’ve explored previously). This year, as I update my family’s preparedness plan and … [Read more...]

Getting Exercise as a Busy Homemaker

I’ve noticed that exercise occupies a precarious position in the minds of many women I know. Some shun it because they view it as vain, believing it is only a means of losing weight to become more attractive. Others worship it, spending hours each week pushing themselves to extremes to prove they … [Read more...]

Healthy Snacks for Road Trips

We’re about to spend three long days on the road as we move across the country. I find it challenging to be cooped up in the car for long periods of time like this, but snacks somehow make the experience more tolerable. Instead of absentmindedly consuming tons of high-fat, high-sugar, and/or … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Increase Your Consumption of Vegetables

Do you love vegetables or do you view them as necessary evils? I really enjoy a number of them, but there are also many that I don’t like. My husband enjoys far fewer than I do, so we struggle to eat recommended amounts of these very important foods. Because the health benefits of diets rich … [Read more...]