My husband and I have come to a crossroads. We’ve been debating how to proceed in regards to purchasing books: Should we continue purchasing print books or should we begin purchasing books in an electronic format? In my household, we’re all bibliophiles. Subsequently, we have hundreds of books. After a year and a half in our current … [Read more...] about Should I Start Buying Ebooks Instead of Print Books?
A couple of weeks ago we considered the secret to getting everything done. In short, if we want to complete everything on our to-do lists, then we have to change our schedules so we’re only trying to complete 24 hours’ worth of tasks in each day. Some of us may be able to accomplish this by getting more organized and rearranging when we … [Read more...] about 4 Strategies for Prioritizing Everything You Need To Do
I don’t know that I’ve ever felt completely satisfied when I crossed the last item off of a to-do list. This is because I have another list—whether written down or in my mind—looming. This is the nature of life. If we’re going to eat, then we have to menu plan, grocery shop, and cook. If we’re going to wear clean clothes, then we have … [Read more...] about The Secret to Getting Everything Done
A couple of weeks ago I was visiting with some friends about how busy life seems. We all agreed that when we were single and first married, we thought we were busy (and, to be fair, we did have many important things that occupied our time). However, now that we’re in the trenches of parenthood, we can’t believe that we felt so busy back then! … [Read more...] about Finding Time for Friendship
One of the most frequent questions I get asked here on Of The Hearth is if my cleaning schedule really works. The answer is simple: Yes, it absolutely works. Every room in my house gets cleaned on a regular basis. However, once I clean a room, several days will pass before I clean it again. Due to the activities of everyday life, things … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Keeping Your House Tidy Between Cleanings
Now that you’ve survived your flight or road trip with your toddler, you’re facing a new challenge: A hotel stay. Just like when you travel with your toddler, you don’t have to merely grin and bear it. You can have a genuinely enjoyable hotel stay. How? Check out these things that we’ve found to be useful. Having a good stay at a hotel … [Read more...] about Tips for Having an Enjoyable Hotel Stay with Your Toddler
Now that you’ve survived your flight or road trip with baby, you’re facing a new challenge: A hotel stay. Just like when you travel with your infant, you don’t have to merely survive. You can have a truly enjoyable hotel stay. How? Check out these things that we’ve found to be useful. Having a good stay at a hotel with baby Create a … [Read more...] about Tips for Having an Enjoyable Hotel Stay with Your Baby
This last summer, when I was 36 weeks pregnant, our AC stopped working. It was June and we live in southeast Texas, so you can imagine how hot it was in our house! I’ll never forget how two gracious friends invited us to stay with them until technicians were able to fix our AC. They had no warning, but these friends welcomed us into their … [Read more...] about How to Have a Hospitality-Ready Home