The Surprising Environmental Impact of Clothing

Last year I read a couple of eye-opening articles about how clothing impacts the environment. The impact of the manufacturing of clothing, our use of clothes, and how we discard unwanted items is pretty shocking! We’re causing significant harm to the environment with items as seemingly innocuous as … [Read more...]

Summer 2016 Preview

Summer is officially underway. This means that life is about to become a flurry of activity for many of us! What will occupy your time? A family vacation or staycation? Completing projects in the yard? Going camping? Attending a family reunion? We’ll be busy with a number of things, the most … [Read more...]

Flag Code Primer for U.S. Households

My daughter and I go for a walk through our neighborhood almost every day. There are many things I love about our neighborhood, including the way many of our neighbors show their pride in our country and their support of our troops by flying the U.S. flag. Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that many of my … [Read more...]

How to Have Respectful Conversations About Politics

The current political scene in the U.S. is unlike any I’ve seen before. Candidates and issues are garnering unprecedented amounts of attention. Regardless of if you are liberal or conservative, it’s likely you will find yourself discussing some political issue with family members or friends … [Read more...]

Book Review: 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy

I hesitated for a brief moment when I was contacted about reviewing a complimentary copy of 25 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask About Love, Sex, and Intimacy by Dr. Juli Slattery. After all, sex isn’t a common topic here on Of The Hearth. It is a very important topic, though, especially in our … [Read more...]

When You Have So Much to Do That You Don’t Know Where to Begin

I’ve been distracted by house hunting and other move-related tasks like getting a new driver’s license, registering my car, and finding a new pediatrician for my little one. Subsequently, I’ve fallen behind on housekeeping tasks and feel somewhat overwhelmed. In fact, it seems like I’m paralyzed by … [Read more...]

Digital Bible or Printed Bible? Does it Matter Which You Use?

A couple of years ago I sat in church feeling a little unsettled at the number of congregants I saw around me using their phones. Were these individuals really sending text messages or checking social media during the sermon? It took me a few weeks to realize that they were actually using their … [Read more...]

Choosing to Have Simple Kids’ Birthday Celebrations

My daughter, Amaris, will turn 1 year old in less than a month. What a bittersweet milestone! Though it may be trendy to celebrate a child’s birthday with an elaborate party that includes a bounce house, mobile petting zoo, food trucks, and party favors, we’re choosing a much simpler … [Read more...]

Finding Peace with the Reality That You Can’t Do It All

A couple of weeks ago my husband started a new job. Instead of seeing him off on his first day with a kiss and an encouraging word, I was asleep in bed. I felt awful when I woke up and realized I had slept through his departure! My 9-month-old daughter was going through a rough phase where … [Read more...]

Ways to Conserve Water Outside the Home

Last week we looked at dozens of ways we can conserve water in the home. Water conservation outside the home is just as important. In fact, given how much water is used in yards, it may be even more important! Water use outside the home is so critical because urban lawn watering is the single … [Read more...]