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Honest review of stitch fix

An Honest Review of Stitch Fix

As a small-town, home-grown lake girl, I grew up wearing swimsuits in the summer and sweatshirts in the winter. In high school, my primary goal when picking out clothes was to hide my figure. I distinctly remember wearing two sports bras at one point. In college, when I lived in the sorority house, a roommate …Read More

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Personalized Books are the BEST Gifts for Kids! (+ You Can Win One!)

Disclaimer: Affiliate links included. This doesn’t affect you or purchase price in any way. It just means that if you decide to make a purchase through our link, you help support Thriving Home because we get a small percentage of the purchase total. So thanks! P.S. All opinions are our own, always! I’m always on …Read More

Tips for a Simple Summer Party-5

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Summer Party

Disclaimer: This article was created in partnership with Frigidaire. Don’t worry, the opinions are all mine! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is grill out with friends. I love the fun atmosphere of being outside, the smell of the grill, kids running around burning energy, yard games, cold drinks, you get …Read More

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Two Things You Should Watch Tonight

Happy Sunday, Friends! Just wanted to drop in a quick post and share two things you should take the time to watch. They are totally unrelated but both really good. 1. The Evolution of the Swimsuit Loved this short talk for so many reasons. Here is the description: Fashion matters. It influences the imagination and …Read More

DIY, all-purpose natural cleaning spray using doTERRA lemon essential oil

DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

This DIY, natural cleaning spray is a great way I’ve been using my essential oils for cleaning. Just like the carpet/room freshener  I previously shared about, I love the simplicity of what is in the product and oh-my-gracious, how I love the smell. Best thing about it is, it SAFE. Why Make Your Own Cleaning Products?

Truths to remember during trials. Life doesn't always go as planned. Here are a few great reminders to hold on to when life get hairy.

A Few Truths to Remember During Trials

Dear readers, life is just HARD sometimes. I don’t know why I’m surprised by trials when they come but I always am. I become all melodramatic when my comfort and easy life is interrupted as if it’s an abnormality. When in fact it’s actually an abnormality to live in the comfort bubble I’ve become accustomed …Read More

8 things I try not to buy

8 Things I Try Not to Buy

A few months ago I shared a post, 8 Things I Never Buy. There were a lot of things that I wanted to add to that post but couldn’t, simply because I sometimes do buy them. As a follow up to the post about things I never buy, here are 8 things I try NOT …Read More

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DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I’m kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place smelling nice. Just the other day, I walked into my sons room and would …Read More

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DIY, All-Natural Hand Sanitizer

Ahh… I’m totally bummed.  Reason I’m bummed is because you’ve come to this page in hopes of finding a recipe for an all-natural hand sanitizer, right? Well, not long ago it was here.  But now it’s not.  Thanks to some lovely new FDA restrictions, I am no longer allowed to share about the particular essential …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

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