Happy 5th Birthday to the Hearth and Soul Hop

The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party
Welcome to the 5th Birthday celebrations of The Hearth and Soul Hop Link Party!

The Hearth and Soul Hop is the link party that celebrates all things home and family – family and comfort food recipes, healthy and sustainable living posts, homemaking, gardening, kids, crafts and DIY. We love thought-provoking, encouraging and inspiring posts too.

Five years ago, a group of bloggers started The Hearth and Soul Hop to celebrate “food from the hearth to feed your soul”. I became a participant in the hop almost as soon as it began and a few months later was thrilled to be invited to join as a co-host.

I have so enjoyed watching the hop evolve into the celebration of hearth, home and family that it is today and I’m so grateful to everyone supports the hop. I know some of you have been with us from the beginning as well!

Swathi and I are happy to be here continuing the tradition begun by the founders of the hop – all of whom have moved on to exciting new chapters in their blogging and writing careers – and we hope you will join in the celebrations with us today! Both Swathi and I are hosting giveaways to mark the occasion – but more about that later!


First, I want to share this week’s features:-

How to Make a Summer Adventure Book from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom at The Hearth and Soul Hop

A great summer project for kids – How to Make A Summer Adventure Book from Jill at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom

Skinny Buttermilk Ranch via Life Currents at The Hearth and Soul Hop

and a wholesome, summery Skinny Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from Debi at Life Currents

Thank you so much to everyone who shared posts last week and to everyone who has been a part of the Hearth and Soul Hop over the last five years!

And now for our giveaways! Swathi and I are each hosting separate giveaways. I’m offering one lucky reader an Amazon Gift Certificate for $50 (US, Canadian or Australian dollars or £40 for UK readers). All you have to do to enter is leave a comment sharing what you love about the Hearth and Soul Hop – or if you are new here, how you found us! Follow me on FacebookTwitter or Pinterest and subscribe to my newsletter in the box below the linky for additional entries – just let me know in the comments that you have done so. Of course if you already follow me and/or subscribe, please just remind me that you do so in your comment.

This gives you the potential for 5 entries to my giveaway – I’ll number the entries in order of receipt and will then select a winner via Random Number Generator. (For example, if you are the first person to comment and you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and subscribe to my newsletter you will have entries number 1 through 5.) Be sure to enter before the hop closes on Friday! Winners will be announced at next week’s Hearth and Soul hop. Once you have linked up here and left a comment, please be sure to visit Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen so you can enter her giveaway too!

Okay, on with this week’s party! I can’t wait to see what you will share this week!

The Hearth and Soul Hop Linky party is co-hosted by me, April of AprilJHarris.com and Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen.

*Please share up to three posts only*

Please link directly to your post – not to your home page. New or older posts are all welcome as long as they are relevant to the party.

Please follow us on social media and/or include a link back to one of the hop hosts through worded link or a badge (code is in the sidebar). 

Follow April on

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Let me know if you’ve followed so I can follow back. Also I would love it if you would subscribe to my weekly newsletter in the box below the linky.

Follow Swathi on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and Google+.

By linking to the hop you are giving permission for your properly credited posts and photographs to be featured here on AprilJHarris.com as well as on social media. You are also giving permission for us to email you a reminder of the hop. (You can unsubscribe from these reminders at any time.)

If you have any questions please contact me at april@apriljharris.com.

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Article by April Harris

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April is a writer, recipe developer, frequent traveller and blogger sharing travel, food, and style. Based in the south of England, April is a British Canadian who is passionate about family, hearth and home, healthy living (with treats!) and the transformative power of travel.
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  1. Happy Party-versary !! (♡˙︶˙♡)
    5 years is definitely an achievement
    I hope this party continues for a very long time

  2. Happy Birthday Hearth and Soul! I’m so glad I saw your post on facebook today. This used to be my favourite hop. I have gotten out of the habit of linking but over the past year or so.

  3. Happy Party Versary! 5 years is a big deal! Congratulations and thanks so much for hosting all these years!

  4. Hi April, Happy anniversary to hearth and soul. From last few weeks my comments are not appearing on Hearth and soul blog hop party, I do not know the reason.

  5. Happy 5 Years!
    Hearth and Soul was one of the first link parties that I attended after I started blogging 5 years ago next month and have been coming ever since. There aren’t to many parties that started that year that are still going. Thanks for keeping it going it is a great party.
    Miz Helen

  6. Five years is very impressive in this day and age to do anything that long. Congrats.

  7. Happy Birthday to Hearth and Soul Blog Hop! It’s one of the very first parties I started going to! 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway, April! I’m following April J Harris on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Stumble Upon. I subscribe to the newsletter (joymcelroy@hotmail.com).

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

  8. April of course I already follow you on Twitter, Google +, and Facebook. But back to the important stuff, what I like about this hop is your sweet spirit. It really does shine though online. Happy 5th Anniversary to you and Swathi.

  9. Happy Birthday Hearth and Soul! I’m one of the old-timers – I remember when you started this link up!

  10. Happy birthday! Five years in the blogging world is a LONG time! I appreciate the blog party because I always find such wonderful ideas.

  11. Happy birthday! A 5 year old link party is an amazing accomplishment!

  12. Wow congrats on five years with this blog party! Thanks so much for hosting this fun party and enjoy your week.
    Julie xo

  13. Happy Birthday to Hearth and Soul! Thank you to you and Swathi for hosting a wonderful party! To another great 5 years!
    LuAnn 😉

  14. Hi April,
    Congratulation on the 5th anniversary of Hearth and Soul. I am already following you on four social medias.
    I like this party because you always come and see the recipe on my blog and give nice and encouraging comments on it.
    Please include me in.

  15. Hello cute lady! Thank you for hosting such a amazing party! Please join us at our party. We Pin and Tweet Everything! Lou Lou Girls

  16. Thanks so much for hosting:-)

  17. Happy Birthday to Hearth & Soul! And as always, thank you for hosting!

  18. Happy anniversary to the Hearth and Soul, April, That is great ! Thank you too for hosting!

  19. April, what I love most about the Hearth and Soul Hop is you and Swathi! I don’t know how you both manage to handle the hop so well at the same time you’re also writing great blog posts!

  20. Oh and I follow you on Pinterest! I’m @delightfulrepas.

  21. And I’m subscribed to your weekly newsletter!

  22. BIG congrats April! Well done! I am so happy for your blog hop to celebrate 5 years today! HIP HIP!!! HIP HIP!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!! As they would say here! Here’s to 5 more years and many more!

  23. tigerfish says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary! I am making new food discoveries at Hearth and Soul every week. Thanks for being such a great wonderful host.

  24. tigerfish says:

    Just followed you on Facebook 🙂 thanks


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