Hi there!  I’m Samantha…

~a lucky wife and a proud Mama
~a stereotypical first-born, type-A perfectionist…who’s far from perfect
~a thinker, an organizer, and an extroverted introvert
~loyal & soft-hearted, impatient & stubborn, witty & meticulous
~inexplicably grateful for God’s grace, because I mess up every. single. day.

I am so excited to welcome you to Five Heart Home!


So what can you expect to find here

in my little corner of the web?

I’ve always enjoyed cooking and especially baking (someone’s gotta indulge this sweet tooth!), but my kitchen creations have definitely evolved since becoming a mother.  Fixing so many meals for so many mouths, day-in and day-out, can be exhausting and uninspiring.  I went from having lots of time to experiment with fancy ingredients to needing to get a meal prepared as efficiently as possible…while simultaneously tripping over a baby on the floor and yelling at two boys to stop throwing a football through the kitchen.  Most of the recipes I share here are quick and simple, utilizing fresh (and, ideally, in-season) ingredients.  On shopping trips, I try to avoid products with ingredients I can’t pronounce.  I make as much as I can from scratch, including a variety of kitchen staples and homemade pantry mixes.  But I’ve figured out lots of shortcuts to make it all doable, and I’m excited to share those with you.  If I can do it, I promise that you can, too!

{Free Printables}
Like many moms, I developed an obsession interest in photography upon having my first child.  Over time, my photography hobby has evolved into lots of experimenting with Photoshop.  As a result, I occasionally create fun, free printables to share with you…touching on everything from organizing to decorating your home to celebrating holidays to making your kids feel extra special.

Why Five Heart Home?


Well, it’s pretty simple.  There are five hearts that make up our home.  Most of the time it’s crazy chaos around here, but at the end of the day, our life is full of love and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Oh, and my favorite number has always been 5.  Convenient, eh?

I’ve been a blog reader/lurker/stalker since my first child was born.  But for much longer than that (like, my whole life), I have loved to create, share, and help people.  I’ve considered starting my own blog many, many times, and it feels great to have finally done so.  Believe it or not, I’m not a big talker, but I’ve always enjoyed writing.  And I have a lot of words in my head that are just waiting to get out (which should be apparent by now if you’re actually still here!), so thank you for humoring me by reading some of them.  My goal here is to make your life a bit easier while bringing a smile to your face.

I’m so excited about this new little site o’ mine, and every sign of growth is beyond thrilling.  My readers are the reason behind this blog, and I appreciate your presence here more than I can express.  I love hearing from you, so thank you for your comments and your e-mails.  You can always reach me at:

Samantha {at} FiveHeartHome {dot} com

If you contact me, I will always do my best to get back to you, and please try me again if I don’t…sometimes that spam folder is sneaky.

I started Five Heart Home in June of 2013. You can view my Top 20 Recipes of 2013 here, and my thoughts and feelings on my first full year of blogging in this Five Heart Home’s 1st Blogiversary post. You can also check out my Top 20 Recipes of 2014 and my 2nd Blogiversary post!

Since 2013, Five Heart Home as been featured in print in Cooking Light magazine and the Austin American Statesman, and online at People.com, MSN.com, BuzzFeed.com, CountryLiving.com, Today.com, HuffingtonPost.com, PopSugar.com, TheKitchn.com, AllYou.com, PBS.org, plus 100s of features per year on various food and lifestyle blogs. :)

If you come across an idea you love or a recipe you want to try, I would be honored if you would Pin it, share it on Facebook, or generally pass it on.  And, of course, if you like what you see here, I would be thrilled to have you stay in touch!

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 Now.  That’s probably more than enough information for most of you out there.  So if you fall into that category, thank you for reading and good day.  But if you’re interested in learning a bit more about the lady behind the blog, read on.  Hey, I’m nothing if not thorough.