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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Should I Care About Shopping Fair Trade?

So, what’s the deal with Fair Trade? This is something I’ve been asking myself for a while now. I catch wind of bits and pieces about it here and there but have never really sat down with someone who knows more than me on the subject and picked their brain. Until now. Before we dive …Read More

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How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract at Home

When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It’s a battle of values, right? Save money or eat real foods (and pay a bit more for it). Even though …Read More

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Stay in Touch: Get New Posts Delivered Straight to Your Inbox

We are a little behind the times around here. In fact, we probably should have done this, well–umm, in 2012 when we started Thriving Home. No time like the present, right? We wanted to let you know that you can (and should) sign up to get our new posts delivered directly to your inbox. FAQ …Read More

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About the Noonday Collection & Why I Hosted a Trunk Show

This weekend I turned 33. Unlike the past few years, I think I’ll actually remember how old I am thanks to a friend of mine pointing out that I am at the age that Jesus was when he died. Thanks, Erin. Despite the birthday year with a death stigma, I will say, I had a …Read More

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Truth for Trials: NEW Printable Verse Cards on Sale Now

About 7 years ago, my toddler son was so sick he couldn’t sleep without waking up with blood in his diaper several times a night. He was so weak from not eating and his joints hurt so much that he reverted to crawling again. Nathan and I and our doctors had no idea what was going on. It …Read More

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Hy-Vee Freezer Cooking Classes: Why We Are BIG Fans

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Hy-Vee but opinions are all mine!  You guys. Last night, we had so much fun at a freezer cooking class at Hy-Vee. Before I launch in to tell you all about why I am digging this new method of freezer cooking, take a peek at this video to give …Read More

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Pumpkin Dump Cake

I honestly cannot remember how I stumbled on this pumpkin dump cake recipe over 5 years ago. What I do know is that I make it multiple times each fall and winter. It is by far one of my husband’s favorite desserts I make and serves as a great alternative to pumpkin pie if you’re …Read More

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A Head Shaving Party for Darcie

This post is a long time coming. I started on it this spring, but due to many turn of events I never finished it. Well, it’s high time I told you more about my friend Darcie’s story. Because, well, she’s a pretty amazing woman and a picture of God’s faithfulness through trials in our lives. …Read More

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Healthy Living Small Step #8: Invest in Resources

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Confession I’m a quitter. When I get overwhelmed by something or don’t understand it, I have a tendency to just give it up altogether. I hate feeling dumb or inadequate. When I can’t do something well, I …Read More