Live Well

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

One Small Change to Save Money and Waste {Plus a Mighty Deal for You!}

Sponsored by MightyNest Small changes around the house can really start to add up when it comes to living healthier, saving money, and preserving our environment this year. But, sometimes it’s hard to know where to even start, right? One small but very doable change we’re both working toward is ditching the paper towels and using reusable dish …Read More

That Time I Hugged Our Trashman…

You guys, I just have the SWEETEST story that must be shared. A few months ago, I shared a sweet video of my kids giving our hardworking trashmen granola bars. Since then, my 3 year old son, Tyler has continued to make it a weekly habit to greet these guys with a treat of some …Read More

“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

“Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?” My 6-year-old’s anxious question pierced my heart. It wasn’t the first time one of my children had asked this of me. I remember asking my parents that same question around his age. How do I want to respond his question? What does my child want me to say? “Never, …Read More

Hy-Vee's Market Grille restaurant pleasantly surprised us in 5 ways.

5 Ways Market Grille Surprised Us

 Sponsored by Hy-Vee Columbia. If you’re a mid-Missouri local, this post is for you. Maybe you heard that two of the Hy-Vee stores in Columbia have now opened a restaurant called Market Grille. And, maybe like me, you were skeptical when you first heard it. A restaurant in a grocery store? Really? Why would I go …Read More

That One Time I Won a $500 Noonday Shopping Spree

I’m not really someone who enters into giveaways often. I do recognize the irony of the fact that I write for a blog that holds a few giveaways a year. I’m so thankful you guys enter them because if there were a bunch of Polly’s out there, our giveaways would be a total flop. I’m working …Read More

Tailgating Made Easy with Hy-Vee

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) It was the first game of the season and the weather was perfect. I mean PERFECT. The idea of tailgating with some friends was now coming to fruition and we needed some good ‘ol delicious tailgate food. Problem is, almost all of us have young families and just don’t have the …Read More

3 Books I Couldn’t Put Down This Summer (+ A Bonus One)

For the first time in my 9-year parenting journey, this is the first year I’ve finally felt not quite so tired at night. And so…I have found time and energy at night to read again. Don’t get me wrong. I have always had a book or magazine on my end table. But at only 1-2 pages a …Read More

Laura started losing her hair in high school and has lived most of her college and 20 somethings years as a bald woman in a culture that worships beauty. Her story is incredibly encouraging! Read on and share with others!

I Lost All My Hair…and Gained Something Greater

I first saw Laura Hockett at a week-long church event that I help run called Kids Club. She had a huge smile on her face, was leading a group of elementary kids in some cheers, and, most notably, was completely bald. I thought, “Wow, this girl is going through chemo, but she’s serving at church!?” But, …Read More

Favorite Summer Things Giveaway ($600+ Value)

It’s here! It’s here! Our annual Favorite Summer Things Giveaway is finally here! We’ve worked months and months to line up some fabulous goodies for you to win. I can’t wait to tell you about everything. But first, what makes this giveaway even better is that 12 other bloggers are doing the same thing on …Read More

HUGE NEWS + A $100 Giveaway to Celebrate! (Giveaway Expired)

You can read more about our process of getting a cookbook publishing deal here and here. Thriving Home readers, we love you. We love your encouraging comments, your shared enthusiasm for good food, your appreciation for authenticity, and your loyalty to Thriving Home. We love that some of you have been with us since our …Read More

Lessons From My Kids’ Confiscated Toys

Guest post by Nathan (Rachel’s husband) Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic toy weapons. What do all of the things in this picture have in common? Taken together, they look like either (a) the evidence room …Read More

5 Things We’ve Learned About Blogging This Year

Four years ago, when Rachel and I stepped into the world of blogging for business, we had no idea how little we didn’t know. Now, several years in, Rachel and I still feel like we are on a learning curve. Yes, we’ve figured out how to turn our hobby into a part-time job for both of …Read More

A carbon monoxide scare that hit a little too close to home.

A Carbon Monoxide Scare that Hit Close to Home

A Rude Awakening It was Friday morning around 6am that my sister and her husband woke up to a strange alarm going off in their home. Both were a little foggy and disoriented by the early-morning wakeup call coming from their basement but realized that the situation needed to be dealt with. They pried themselves out …Read More

Christmas Decor

I Always Miss the Mark During Advent, and Yet…

The angel’s words to the shepherds so long ago really are true: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) …Read More

The Four Marriage Killers & Ways to Avoid Them

Writing about marriage is not something that comes naturally for me. I tend to hover near topics that revolve around the home, kids and food. These are comfortable for me to blab about and to share with the world. But, for some reason, I get a little hesitant when sharing about marriage. If we aren’t …Read More