One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

A simple DIY trick to help with postpartum delivery soreness. So simple and SO helpful.

After having three babies, I’ve managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was a cesarian. My next two came into the world VBAC style (Tyler’s story & Clayton’s story). The truth is, there really isn’t a non-violent way for a baby to enter the world. Both hurt. Like, real bad. Thanks for that, Eve.

After having experience with both, I for sure prefer the healing up from a VBAC over cesarian BUT a VBAC does not come without its aches and pains. This is why I think the world needs to know about this postpartum trick.

I can’t take credit for the idea. It actually was given to me by my friend, Mary Kate, who is a labor and delivery nurse. I have no doubt she will be happy to know her nugget of wisdom is being passed on to sore mommies everywhere.

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: June 27-July 3

June 27-July 3, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Friday at Thriving Home (

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

These weekly menu plans are a resource for our readers from all around the world! If you happen to be a local reader, though, we’ve provided you with the latest deals that line up with this week’s menu from our favorite grocery store, Hy-Vee.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Our Bedtime Routine… Gone Wrong

bedtime routineThree year olds.

Man, they are tough.

Like, bring you to the brink of a crazy-person tough.

We love them because they are ours and they are pretty darn cute–especially when they sleep. But oh my goodness. Three year olds.three year old

Something has happened in our home with our three year old that I should probably not share. It’s slightly embarrassing. Yet, last night in the company of good friends (and after a glass of wine), we pulled back the curtain. We shared what our toddler’s bedtime routine has morphed into these past few weeks. And everyone was laughing. Like, belly laughing. Even us because we didn’t realize how ridiculous it was until we actually articulated each step to another human. Since we all could use a good chuckle in our lives, I figured I would share with you the nonsense we have found ourselves in. Even if it is at the expense of losing some parenting credibility.

Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee

How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

Summer of 2016 will forever be remembered in my life as, “The Summer of Iced Coffee.”

I’m serious.

Anywhere from around 1:00-3:00 pm, I start to feel sorry for my tired self. I’m tempted to throw a little pity party for my tired self. I remember how many times I was up last night with a newborn or other kid shenanigans. I reminisce on the days when my kids actually napped. I start fantasizing about a long, uninterrupted nap and then feel even more sorry for myself when I realize it’s probably not going to happen for at least another five years.

But then. I remember.
How to make iced coffee at home. A super simple and affordable way to perk up from that afternoon slump! | Thriving Home

I have iced coffee in the fridge.

It’s not a big deal, but, it’s kind of a big deal.

So, sleepy mama friends of mine, perk up. Iced coffee is on the way. Here’s how to make your own batch that can hang out in the fridge for weeks–weeks I tell you!

How to make your own iced coffee

New Blogger Shoutout

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers.

In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump start, we will regularly introduce a few select ones to you. These bloggers are getting their own special feature because they signed up for their site through our Blogging Basics Series.

I’m excited to introduce to you, Alexis. She is the author of The Lexicon Writing Blog. I love the idea of a writing blog. It’s something unique and different and I think makes her stand out in the saturated world of new bloggers. She’s got some great ideas for aspiring writers. Swing by and check her out!


circle logo


My name is Alexis Truitt and I’ve been writing stories since I learned my letters. More than anything, creating stories is my passion. After a few years of distraction from writing and storytelling, I felt the need to get back into the groove of writing daily and consistently. The Lexicon Writing Blog was born from my own need to keep myself focuses on the thing I love most!

Now, The Lexicon Writing Blog exists to help you create the novel you’ve always wanted to read. You’ll find writing help for everything from character development and creating your writing space to inspiration for your next plot idea and tips and tricks for writing every single day.

Follow me on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog for weekly writing prompts and keep an eye out for my upcoming weekly newsletter, coming soon!