Author Archive: Polly

  • Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

    I could have really used this recipe the other day when we put drumsticks on the grill and realized we were out of BBQ sauce. Luckily one of our neighbors had about 1/2 cup left that they graciously let us finish off. BUT, growing up in a food-industrialized world (is that even a term?), I have …Read More

  • Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

    20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

    Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I’m OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative and play together cooperatively more. Yeah boredom!  BUT, in reality, in my home at least, idle …Read More

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    Last Minute Mother’s Day Idea (+ Free Printable Card)

    Two months ago I realized my husband’s birthday was in a week and I had nothing for him. Luckily he likes to shop for himself so I just booked a sitter and we went shopping together. Whew. Crisis averted. But, we get it. Life gets busy and all of the sudden you are scrambling to …Read More

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    Time to Pre-Order Our Cookbook!! (And Snag Free Gifts!)

    Guys. Today is a super exciting day for us. You can probably guess why. Our cookbook is available for pre-order!! (Read all about it or order here.) Because the pre-order sales are so important to the overall outcome of our book’s success, we have put together some fabulous gifts for those who order in advance. Want …Read More

  • Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

    5 year old: “Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird’s belly?” Mom: “Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there.” (Not my best parenting moment). 5 year old: “Does it hurt for the egg to come out?” Mom: “Probably, a little …Read More

  • Fluffy Eggs and Bacon {Freezer Meal}

    I recently inherited a huge box of recipe cards from my grandmother in-law. I had so much fun going through the hundreds of recipes that she had accumulated over her lifetime. While I did end up tossing about 2/3rds of them (generations eat very differently from one to the next!), I did stumble on a few …Read More

  • Cookbook Progress: “The First Pass”

    Things are getting pretty exciting for us, guys. If you haven’t caught wind on social media (Follow us here on IG or here on FB), we have “The First Pass” of our cookbook in our hands. This means we have the first paper copy of our book in our possession. I’m trying really hard to contain …Read More

  • Build a Blog That Will Thrive!

    Have you ever wondered if you could make money blogging? Do you have questions about what it takes to create and maintain a blog as a part-time or full-time job? Want the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home? Want to see exactly where we make our our money from and …Read More

  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

    My sweet “Clay-Bay-Bay” just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids, 5 and under. I get tired even thinking about it. To be completely honest with you all, this …Read More

  • Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches {Freezer Meal}

    Yum-yum in my tum-tum. These mini quiches were a certified crowd pleaser. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe is. I must admit though. This is one of those, “real food meets reality,” recipes. While a real food purist would make their own pie crust, this mama just doesn’t have the time for that. …Read More

  • Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

    Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of sibling squabbles, standing up in chairs, spilled drinks, and complaints. It’s usually all wrapped up with some sort of …Read More

  • New Blogger Shoutout: Write Them on My Heart

    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 …Read More

  • 3 Minute Avocado Toast

    Avocado Toast is so simple that it almost doesn’t feel worthy of a post. When I feel my body itching for some nutrition and I’m not wanting to munch on my kids’ lunch scraps, this is often what I end up making. I mean, can I even call it a recipe? You can probably get the …Read More

  • Puppy Chow

    Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies) is one of my go-to large group treats. This batch was made for a Super Bowl party we attended but I’ve also found it to be a great treat for birthday parties, play dates, or any other group gathering. (Just be mindful of people with nut allergies!). It’s …Read More

  • Blueberry Power Muffins

    It’s no secret that I am a muffin lover. I love that they are easy to make, easy to eat anytime of the day, and easy to freeze. When these Blueberry Power Muffins were suggested by my friend Noelle as a recipe to make in my freezer club, I was excited to give them a …Read More

  • Sour Cream and Cheese Biscuits-4

    Cheddar and Sour Cream Biscuits

    Cheddar and sour cream biscuits. Need I say more? OK, I will. They were great and a super easy side dish. If I would have had green onions on hand I would have tossed a few in there as well but they were good without them. What surprised me was that despite the fact that …Read More

  • Which Cookbook Cover Should We Use? Your Vote Counts!

    As you probably know by now, we have a cookbook in the works that is set to be released this September. Read more about the whole cookbook writing process here if you want. But, we’ve got a big problem, dear friends. We love both of these book covers for different reasons and simply don’t know …Read More

  • Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad

    My family won’t go for Brussel Sprouts. I’ve tried multiple times but they simply turn their noses up at the idea of them before they even try them. Husband included. Since I’m the only one who will eat these green lovelies, I hardly ever buy them. However, last week I was feeling a bit defiant …Read More

  • Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

    “Martha, if your heart stops beating, do you want us to restart it?” I could hardly believe the question that the doctor had just asked my grandmother (technically my husband’s grandmother but family is family.) As much as I was caught off guard by the question, I was even more shocked by her answer. Without …Read More

  • Publishing a Cookbook: Food Photography (Part Two)

    As promised, we are doing our best to keep you in the loop with our upcoming cookbook that is set to be released this fall. So far we have shared about: 1. What our cookbook is all about 2. The First Steps to Publishing a Cookbook 3. Editors and Closing Day 4. Recipe Development 5. Lifestyle Photoshoot After we …Read More