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Using On Guard to make all natural hand sanitizer

DIY, All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

I’m not a germaphobe. Just today my 3 year old proudly brought a huge earth worm in the house that she dug out of the ground herself (yes, I know, so many questions). When I saw the thing dangling for its dear life in her slimy, dirt caked hands, I quickly scooted her back out …Read More

Survey Results

Survey Results: What YOU Taught Us

Disclaimer: Some affiliate links may be included in this article. A few weeks ago, over 300 of you graciously took a few minutes to fill out our quick survey. (In fact, it’s still not too late, if you want to give us feedback and earn a free gift from our Store.) We loved hearing from …Read More

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Free Online Event: Essential Oils Summit

Hey Everyone. Just wanted to share something coming up that might be helpful to you. As I mentioned in this post, I’ve started using essential oils. The more I’ve learned about oils the more I realize how much I actually don’t know. I’m truly a kindergartner when it comes to essential oils knowledge and usage. …Read More

How to start making money on a blog

Blogging Basics: 5 Ways to Start Making Money on a Blog

Disclaimer: Affiliate links may be included. When you start to see traffic pick up on your site, it can be really exciting. I remember many ecstatic texts and phone calls between Rachel and me celebrating new milestones along the way. What was really fun for us was when we actually started to see a little …Read More

Blogging Basics: How much money do mom bloggers make? (Plus, a step-by-step beginner's guide to set up a blog for profit.)

Blogging Basics: How Much Money Do Mom Bloggers Make?

I admit I googled “How much money do mom blogs make?” a few different times when we first started Thriving Home. You see Polly and I knew from the beginning that we wanted to build a business from our blogging hobby. But, I was skeptical that it was even possible. I wanted proof. Unfortunately, not …Read More

Blogging Basics: Why We Love Blogging as a Part-Time Job -- A week-long series to motivate and equip you to start earning income from blogging.

Blogging Basics: Why We Love Blogging As a Part-Time Job

Yesterday began our Blogging Basics series with “Do You Ever Dream of Starting a Blog?“. Stay tuned all week long for more about starting a blog for profit. “So what do you do for a living?” It’s a common question that often comes out during small chat, right? Usually, my answer is something like, “Well, …Read More

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Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

My Story (so far): I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know what an essential oil was until 2 years ago when a yoga instructor unexpectedly put it on me in the closing relaxation portion of a class. I remember having somewhat of a moral dilemma wondering if I was dabbling in some type of spiritualism …Read More

Survey: Tell us about you!

Getting to Know YOU: A Quick Survey and FREE Gift

Dear Thriving Home friends, Polly and Rachel here. We know your time is valuable. That’s why we want to make Thriving Home a place that’s truly helpful in your home when you choose to spend time on our site. We hear feedback from many of you via email, comments and in person about how you …Read More

Easter Fun-10

Easter Shenanigans

This weekend was a fun one for our family. *Much thanks to my brother in-law for the photos and video! Thursday evening we packed all of our little creatures (two dogs, two kids) into the car and took the circus to my parent’s house for two nights. We were smart parents and left right around …Read More

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Megabus Adventures

This past weekend I embarked on a new adventure: The Megabus.  The Megabus is kind of what it sounds like. A huge bus that takes you places. It travels back and forth between Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis and Chicago.  A bunch of my college friends and I teamed up to throw a baby shower …Read More

Best way to freeze food

What Should I Freeze My Meals In?

Is it possible to be a freezer cooking evangelist? If so, I imagine Rachel and I would slide right into the role. We are constantly talking about how freezer cooking saves time and money, how to start a freezer club, giving freezing instructions on all of our recipes, sharing tips and tricks on how to freeze …Read More

Does god care about infirtility

Where is God When You Can’t Get Pregnant?

Today’s post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that they will encourage many women out there struggling with infertility. Please pass this on to anyone in your …Read More

8 things I never buy

8 Things I Never Buy

I was talking to a friend the other day about tote bags. I know, I lead an exciting life. I need a new one but am having a hard time forking up the money to buy good one. Reason is, I see TONS at garage sales and know I can get one for 1/4 of …Read More


Can “50 Shades of Grey” Enhance Your Sex Life?

Today’s post is a little out of the ordinary for Thriving Home, we know. But with the opening of the movie 50 Shades of Grey this weekend, we wanted to share this thought-provoking and candid post by our friend Kelley. She co-leads the 20 Somethings Ministry at our church with her husband, has been married …Read More

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Video Bloopers: Why Shred Your Own Cheese?

In case you missed it, yesterday I shared Three reasons why you should shred cheese at home. If you read it, you know that in the post I share a little video of how to shred cheese using a food processor. Here it is as a refresher…   Well, what you didn’t see in yesterday’s …Read More


Confessions: My Daughter Head-Butted Me in Public

This post offers no great parenting advice. It offers no book recommendations. It offers no gospel-centered lesson on parenting. No, this post is simply going out to those who have a youngster who is pushing all the right buttons and whose mama just needs to know they aren’t alone. Yesterday I planned a special outing …Read More


Pedometer Challenge Part 3: Kick It Up A Notch!

Updated and reposted from January 2013 Check out Part 1 of the Pedometer Challenge Series to find out how to join in and Part 2 to get motivated to move more. Most of us (not all) could stand to move our bodies more. Yes? I’ve been making the case the past week that wearing a …Read More