Orthodox Kid’s Ornament Exchange {Sign-ups 2014}

Every Christmas for the past six years, here on Adventures of an Orthodox Mom, a fabulous group of moms and kids team up and create the most beautiful Orthodox Christmas ornaments and swap them between our families. We have a special box full of the precious ornaments that we’ve received over the years.  The boys… [Continue Reading]

orthodox christmas ornaments

Orthodox Advent Study {download for sale}

Many of you may have already noticed the Advent Study tab at the top of the page.  Thank you so much to all of you who have already purchased a copy, I hope it serves as a great resource for you!  For those of you who have not seen it yet, it is a 6-week… [Continue Reading]

Advent Study

Psalter Group Assignments {Nativity 2014}

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?  I so love this time of year.  The days are shorter and you can feel all of nature slowing down for the winter.  It’s the perfect time for hot cocoa, fireplaces and snuggles on the couch. While Pascha is a more sober fasting period, the Nativity is full of… [Continue Reading]

Blessings Beyond Bars

Blessings Beyond Bars

Some of you may remember a post I wrote around Christmastime about the wonderful hand soap made by the monks at Holy Cross Hermitage that was being sold and part of the proceeds went to The Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry. I mentioned in the post that I thought prison ministries were easily overlooked, they were [Read On]

Psalter Reading

Psalter Group Assignments {Great Lent 2014}

It is Great Lent again!  I can hardly believe it, it still feels like Christmas was just yesterday.  How the days fly…  I spent my first morning reading my kathisma on my front porch.  This is my favorite time of year to lie on the porch swing and soak up the early morning sun while [Read On]


Special Agents of Christ: Spring Training {lenten activity for kids}

It’s been awhile since I’ve come up with new activities for the boys during Great Lent.  We always do our Lenten Treasure Chest, which is really quite fun but I could tell last year the excitement about the activity wasn’t there. So, this year I decided to use one of my favorite books, Special Agents [Read On]


Let us begin the journey…

“The sun hid its rays, the moon and stars were turned to blood, the mountains were afraid, the hills trembled, when Paradise was shut. Adam departed, beating his hands upon his face and saying: ‘I am fallen: merciful Lord, have mercy on me.” -Vesper service of Forgiveness Sunday As we begin our journey toward Pascha, [Read On]

Psalter Group

Psalter Group Sign-ups for Great Lent 2014

Great Lent begins in just a few days and you know what that means, right? It’s time to sign up for the Psalter Prayer Group again! Yay!  I can hardly wait to start tucking that little green book in my bag again. This is one of my favorite things during the 40-day fasts.  It is [Read On]

Detox Water

7-Day Water Detox

Yesterday I started a seven day water detox.  It’s a really simple recipe and is a fantastic way to flush your liver and kidneys of toxins.  It also helps you get rid of extra water weight. Recipe: Pure or Distilled Water Organic Lemon Juice Organic Cranberry Juice Detox Tea (I use Yogi Dandelion Detox) Directions:  [Read On]


modern mom challenge: saying goodbye to copycat fashion and designer labels

being a mom is hard. like, really hard sometimes.  and being an Orthodox mom in a modern world makes it that much more difficult.  that’s why i’ve come up with this modern mom challenge.  think of it as a {pre}spring cleaning checklist for our lives.  we’re going to figure out what’s cluttering up our lives [Read On]

never try to be something you're not.

be yourself.

i was cleaning out some of my bookmarks this morning and i ran across this video from a few years ago.  there is inspiration everywhere if only we look! never try to be something you’re not. that one little difference may make all the difference. i think this is an adorable reminder to be yourself [Read On]

Herringbone Cowl

am knitting: the herringbone cowl

it’s only fair that i tell you about my favorite knit of all time.  no, seriously.  i am constantly knitting but it seems like it’s never actually for me.  hats, cowls, scarves, cup cozies, blankets, sweaters, dishcloths, fingerless gloves, and just about everything else are being cast on and off my needles all the time [Read On]


goals, plans & dreams for 2014

I realize I’m a bit late in posting my resolutions for the new year but I took a little internet hiatus and enjoyed it more than I anticipated.  As much as I heart being a blogger, it’s nice to just live without the fuss of having to document every little thing, ya know?  Seriously, if [Read On]


Hearty Beef Stew Recipe

I love cooking up big pots of stew on cold winter days.  Filling your insides with something warm and hearty just feels so good!  Even my pickiest eater fills his tummy without a fuss on those days.  Last night, I cooked up a rich and hearty beef stew. Now, I know there are a million [Read On]


Tune in to The Dr. OZ Show this Friday to watch me make Avgolemono Soup!

Early last month I received an email from one of the producers of the Dr. Oz Show asking if I’d be interested in filming a segment for one of their upcoming episodes.  At first, I thought it was spam, but DH told me to call the number listed at the bottom of the email to [Read On]