About Me

“Michelle, you should start a blog,” my husband says to me. “That’s funny,” I responded, “I’ve been writing things I would post if I had a blog for a month now.”

That’s how it started.  My poor husband was sick of me pestering him with all my thoughts and suggested I share them with the world instead of him.  Now here I am: small town Ohio girl, stay-at-home mom, wife, and lover of all things thrifty exposing myself to the world in hopes that my advice, recipes, and other thoughts help you in your day-to-day life. (You can read more about how I started my blog on my first post: Welcome to The Hart of it All.)

Michelle Hart from The Hart of it All


I grew up in a small town called Piqua, Ohio.  After high school I went to Wright State University to fulfill my life long dream of being a teacher.  I graduated with a bachelors and masters in Language Arts and Social Studies for Middle Childhood Education.  Just before I had started college I started dating an older man (my mother was horrified).  At nearly nine years my senior I created quite the stir at family functions.  Then one day at school I had gone to get lunch and my car battery died. My boyfriend rescued me and suddenly he was acceptable in my parents’ eyes.  It is a good thing my battery died because after five years of dating Mr. Hart proposed and I said, “YES!” Another year later and we were married on a rainy April afternoon.  We moved about a mile away from my parents house in Piqua and are working on renovating our “starter house.”  In 2013, my dad got sick and we found out he had lung cancer.  The doctors gave him a few months to live.  That same year I started my first teaching job.  After fighting the administration over many issues, I was left stressed and drained.  I quit my job to pursue a classroom that required less politics and more teaching but while I was searching my dad’s health was declining.  After a year and a half of fighting my dad was being called home.  I called off Mykonos search and took the year to grieve.  During that time we figured out we could manage the house on one income and in January 2015 we decided to start trying for a baby.  In May, just before Mother’s Day, I got my big fat positive. In January of 2016 I had a beautiful baby girl and have been a stay-at-home mom ever since!

Things I love

  • Spending time with my family
  • Going to church
  • Cooking, baking and eating
  • Crafting and sewing things for my home and family
  • Shopping at thrift stores and garage sales
  • Binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu