Confessions: Tomatoes, Little Dogs and the Ice Bucket Challenge

polly2Sometimes I get into blog mode and feel like I can only write about helpful things–things that someone will want to pin or share. Recipes, crafts, book reviews and kid ideas are all great. And, probably no one but our friends and family would know about Thriving Home if we didn’t have those. But I know when I read a blog, I enjoy really hearing from the person, even if it’s not necessarily pinnable.

In an effort to revitalize my dormant snarky writing style, I’m going to make an effort to share “confessions” every once in a while. It’s nothing profound. Just me sitting behind my computer screen during my children’s nap time blogging about some happenings in my life.

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Chemicals In Your Home (+ Win $79 Worth of Young Living Products)

6 Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Your HomeSponsored post by Essential Oil Living. The following information in this post has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure disease.

Six years ago, when my son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at only 18 months old, I started a journey of intense research. What could have triggered a disease like this in such a small child? I haven’t found any definitive answers, but along the way I learned that our food system and home environments are laden with potentially harmful chemicals and may contribute to the alarming rise in childhood autoimmune diseases. These chemicals are found in the most common place areas of our home–the laundry detergent, cosmetics, hand soap, household cleaners, teflon in our pans, plastics in our storage containers. The list goes on and on.

If you’re like me, it all gets a bit overwhelming and I want to just forget about it. But, burying our heads in the proverbial sand doesn’t change anything or help anyone, especially the little ones in our care. Instead, consider taking these 6 simple steps to reduce chemicals in your home.

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Pesto Cheese Bread

Pesto cheese breadMy husband gets excited about any meal if it includes his beloved pesto cheese bread. Lets be honest, so do I. It is SO good. It doesn’t rank too highly in the healthy department since it is made with white bread and a generous amount of butter but I thought it was too good not to share.

This makes for a great side to almost any dish. We like it with chicken recipes or pasta recipes.

Want to make your own Cheesy Pesto Bread?

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