Holidays and Traditions

Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

Hey there, Thriving Home readers! My name is Julie and I blog over at Happy Home Fairy. One of my favorite things to do on my site is create fun FREE Printables that help sweet mamas like you build a happy home! Polly and Rachel asked if I would share a few of my Summer …Read More

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

Although a while back, I swore off a Pinterest birthday party for my kids, here I am. I found a pocket of creative time this past year and dove head-first into my 7-year-old son’s request for a Science Birthday party. I won’t lie. The research and preparation took a long time. That’s because I wanted …Read More

holiday activities

6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together over the holidays with your kids, with friends or at extended family gatherings. Enjoy!

Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we’ve talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation that kept coming up was …Read More

Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Party Games

Updated and reposted from October 2013. I love thinking of and running games for kids…really people of any age. (Some favs on our blog are Homemade Apples to Apples, The Question Game, and Rate Your Mate.) So, when I saw Katie’s awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my …Read More

fathers day gift idea

Thoughtful Father’s Day Gift Idea

I wanted to share about a DIY Father’s Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks before Father’s Day, I asked my two siblings to send me 5-10 things that they have …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Blow Up That Balloon Experiment

As I’ve mentioned in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we did three different hands-on science experiments for my son’s 7th Science Birthday Party. All three worked well and were a huge hit with the kids (check out Experiment #2 and Experiment #3.) The first experiment we did was called Blow Up …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Crazy Cupcake Concoctions

As I’ve been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son’s 7th Science Birthday Party. One of my favorite parts of the party, to be honest, was the easiest cake idea ever. You could do this for any birthday party really. Our little scientists …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: How to Make Slime

As I’ve been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, I planned three science experiments for the kids including making slime. There’s just no way around it: Slime is cool. Kids and adults alike love messing with this goo. Plus, making slime provides a hands-on way to learn about polymers (more …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party: Mentos and Diet Coke Experiment.

Science Birthday Party: Mentos and Diet Coke Explosion

As I’ve been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, I planned three science experiments for the kids including this grand finale, the Mentos and Diet Coke Explosion. It. was. pure. awesomeness. My dad captured the action well in this series of shots… I explained to the kids that they were …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

As I’ve been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son’s 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I’ll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over junky candy and useless party bag toys! As children arrive at the Science Birthday Party, hand them this …Read More

valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I’ve known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still continues. The mom told me that her kids used to get candy at the end, but …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party: How to make a science lab photo booth.

Science Birthday Party: Lab Photo Booth

As I mentioned in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, part of our decor and activities included the Lab Photo Booth. This cute photo session helped our little scientists loosen up when they arrived at my 1st grade son’s Science Birthday Party. Near the photo booth, we set out a box of …Read More

10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

The Christmas spirit doesn’t have to stop after December 25! Here are a few easy ideas to do with family throughout the Christmas break, especially at gatherings. 1. Make a birthday cake for Jesus at Christmas. Here is our go-to Homemade Chocolate Cake recipe from Ina Garten. We make it every Christmas. We call this …Read More

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part series. Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents to hide the amazing, life-changing Christmas story in their little hearts this time of year. Although, I’ve listed …Read More

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Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 2): The Shepherds

Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus’ Birthday Party in this four-part series. Today I’ll share Part 2 of our four-part series that I hope will help you begin to shape your toddler’s or preschooler’s view of what the Bible tells us happened …Read More

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Our Hand-Picked 2013 Gift Guide for Children: Toys, Books, and Music

As we said last year and probably will every year…the last thing we want to do is to make Christmas about the stuff. We value and celebrate Christmas because it reminds us of the greatest gift humanity has been given: Jesus. Hopefully the joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts on Christmas will ultimately …Read More