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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

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

How to Make 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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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

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

Truth for Trials: NEW Printable Verse Cards

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

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

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 it serves as a great alternative to pumpkin pie if …Read More

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

Healthy Living Small Step #7: Rethink How You Make Coffee

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. I have a coffee dilemma. Maybe you do too. The dilemma in my conscience for years has been a struggle between my great love of morning coffee vs. the dangers of plastic in my coffeemaker. You see, plastic can break down over …Read More

Healthy Living Small Step #6: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Making your own household cleaner really is super easy. You can not only save money but also avoid any extra chemicals you may not want floating around your house. Why Make Your Own Cleaning Products?

Healthy Living Step #5: Create a Weekly Meal Plan

Healthy Living Small Step #5: Create a Weekly Menu Plan

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Last Monday, we talked about the small healthy step of moving toward a diet of more homemade, real food. Have you tried to go just ONE day without processed food yet? It’s been a game changer for our family the past several …Read More

Healthy Living Small Step #4: Sneak in Exercise

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. I doubt I need to convince you that exercise is a mandatory part of good health. But, if you’re like me, the problem isn’t knowing I need it. The problem of exercising regularly is 3-fold in my life: Time: Finding the time …Read More

Healthy Living Small Step #3: Ditch the Tupperware

  Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series here. If I were to say, “The next step to healthy living is to ditch all the plastic you have in your kitchen,” my guess is you’d scoff a bit and click over to a different site that is a bit …Read More

10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living: Step One

Healthy Living Small Step #1: Go One Day Without Processed Foods

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series here. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Our Family’s Journey Toward Real Food My husband and I used to be fast food and convenience food (think store-bought frozen pizzas and lasagnas) junkies a little over a decade ago. When I worked full-time and …Read More