Blogging

Thriving Home Was On the News!

Hey friends! Just wanted to share something fun that we got to be part of. We were recently on the news! Last week a story about Thriving Home and our cookbook writing aired on KOMU. It was a fun segment to be part of and to see come to life.

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New Blogger Shoutout: Mom’s Growing Home

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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Build a Blog That Will Thrive!

Have you ever wondered if you could make money blogging? Do you have questions about what it takes to create and maintain a blog as a part-time or full-time job? Want the inside scoop on what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home? Want to see exactly where we make

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New Blogger Shoutout: Write Them on My Heart

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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Newbie Blogger: Transformed 4 More

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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How to Avoid Blogger Burnout

I love being a blogger. Love it. I love the flexibility of the job. I love working from home. I love making money while I’m sleeping. I love the people and businesses that it’s connected me to. I love that it draws me out of mommy-land and keeps my skills

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Thinking About Starting a Blog? Now is the Time!

We love blogging. We love helping people blog. We love getting potential bloggers like yourself set up on the right track to find the joy and success that we have found in this hobby-turned business. If you’re wanting to start a blog, the very first thing to do is to

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Blogging Basics lays out 15 simple steps toward earning income from a blog. Each short chapter gives one action point for laying a solid and successful foundation for your site. Mompreneurs, Rachel and Polly, built their blog Thriving Home five years ago and now both have generous part-time incomes and flexibility with their families as a result. This might be the cheapest and most valuable blogging resource out there for new mom bloggers!

Join Our Thriving Bloggers Group

Want to learn how to start, grow, and make money from a blog? We’d love to show you how! You see, after sharing our blogging story about a year ago, we’ve been getting emails weekly seeking our advice on all sorts of blogging aspects. We’ve really enjoyed helping others get started in

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Shout Out to Some New Bloggers!

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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Blasts from the Past: Great Posts You’ve Likely Missed

It’s not uncommon for me to stumble across a post I had written three or four years ago that I have completely forgotten about. My guess is if I have forgotten about these posts, you have too. Or perhaps you weren’t around these parts when they were posted. (Shout out

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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

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Shout Out to the Newbie Bloggers: September 2015

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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Shout Out to the Newbie Bloggers: August 2015 Edition

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand spankin’ new blogs a jump

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I Spy…

Rachel and Polly in the magazine stands! Yep. You can find yours truly popping out behind magazine stands and in the checkout isles at your store–well at least, some of your stores. We have been featured in specialty print magazine that is all about freezer cooking. While we primarily share about

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Shout Out to the Newbie Bloggers: Round 1

Shout Out to the Newbie Bloggers: Round 1

One of our growing passions about blogging as a part-time job is helping new bloggers get a strong start. We’ve learned so much along the way and love to help others take the next step in their blogging careers. In an effort to give some brand-spankin-new blogs some face time and

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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

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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

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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?

Want to start making money on your own mom blog? Get started here now! 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

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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

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Dear World: Meet Hammer & Moxie

Hey People. Polly here to give a quick intro to this post. Yes, this is a guest post but hang with me. Don’t click away. Just don’t. I have personal, invested interest in you checking out these guest posters because, well, they are my family! Well, one originally is anyway

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Thriving Home 2014: A Year in Review

It’s always fun to take a step back and look at the year as a whole. Rachel and I have had so much fun on this blog as it has continued to grow, morph and evolve. We are so grateful you have joined us in this crazy journey. Here is

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Real Food Menu: September 7-14

Real Food Menu Plan: October 26-November 1

  Dinner Sunday: Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes (a new recipe from Rachael Ray) (Note: I just made these with a few tweaks, and they are delicious!!) Monday: Mini Italian Burgers, Oven Fries, green salad Tuesday: leftovers/clean out fridge or freezer Wednesday: Pizzadillas Thursday: Brown Rice Bowls (rice + black

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Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps {Freezer Meal}

  It’s a curious thing how my blogging works most weeks. I find myself “writing” elaborate, detailed posts about a parenting issue or a book I’m reading or even a theological issue from time to time in my head A LOT. Sometimes I even start jotting notes down throughout the

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Behind the Blog: What Do You Wish Readers Knew?

We are wrapping up our week long series: Behind the Blog. It’s been fun taking a trip down memory lane and sharing about what goes on behind the scenes at Thriving Home. In case you missed a post we’ve covered: “How Did Thriving Home Start?” “How Do you Divide Up

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Thriving Home bloggers, Polly and Rachel, interview their husbands about what it's like to be married to a blogger. Hilarious!

Behind the Blog: What Do Your Husbands Think?

We are in the 4th post of a week long series of Behind the Blog. This week we are giving you a peek behind the scenes of Thriving Home and hopefully answering a few common questions. So far we have covered: How Did Thriving Home Start? How Do you Divide

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Behind the Blog: How Do You Make Money?

Update: We wanted to make sure you knew about our podcast interview over at Food Blogger Pro. In the interview we chatted about how to have a successful blog as a partnership. We explain how we started, how we work together as a team, and how we keep the working

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Behind the Blog: How Do You Divide Up The Work?

Update: We wanted to make sure you knew about our podcast interview over at Food Blogger Pro. In the interview we chatted about how to have a successful blog as a partnership. We explain how we started, how we work together as a team, and how we keep the working

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Behind the Blog: How did Thriving Home start?

We commonly get questions from our readers and friends about what happens behind the scenes at Thriving Home. How did it start? How do you have time to do it? How do you make money? What do your husbands think? And so on… It would take a monster post to

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Life Style

One of the best thing about blogging is we simply write about what we do and learn along the way. In this section of life style posts, you’ll find our top 10 posts of the year that were about day-in and day-out living. 1. Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner   2.

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Recipes

2013 Top Ten Posts: Recipes

So we’ve shared with you our top 10 posts of 2013 but thought it’d be fun to break it down a bit more. Here are the 2013 top 10 recipes from Thriving Home! 1. Pumpkin Spice Latte 2. Mini Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese Frosting 3. Chicken Parmesan Casserole 4.

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Top 10 Posts of 2013

Top 10 Posts of 2013

We’ve had quite the learning curve year here at our little labor of love called Thriving Home. Rachel and I continued to chug from the blogosphere fire hydrant of information, learning more and more about photography, web-hosting, social media, partnering with advertisers and affiliates, and simply how to create quality

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He’s a Trooper

He’s a Trooper

Men, here is what happens when you are married to a blogger: Instead of getting to eat his dinner hot, he has to hold a white board at a certain angle on it so I can get good lighting for a photo. Thanks for being such a trooper and supporting

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Link Love

Link Love

  Here is another round-up of links I’ve enjoyed for one reason of another.   A Song for the Suffering (with John Piper) A Christian’s suffering is never meaningless. This video is worth passing on to someone who may be hurting or in need of comfort today. Shane Barnard understands

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10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

10 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

As I continue my journey towards healthier living, I am constantly learning more and more ways to make our food and recipes healthier. Some examples are: choosing whole wheat flour recipes instead of white, using flax seed as an ingredient whenever possible, using bananas as a sweetener instead of sugar, using

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Top Posts of 2012

Top Posts of 2012

I’m a sucker for the year-in-review type shows and posts. Honestly, I think it’s because I enjoy a condensed version of the best stuff. Since I’ve been scrolling through lots of other blogs who are featuring their “Most Popular Posts of 2012,” I thought we could share our own here

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Kid-Friendly, Healthy, and Simple Breakfast Recipes

Kid-Friendly, Healthy, and Simple Breakfast Recipes

Hi everyone! You might think I’d be blogging about simple dinner ideas today according to the image above, huh? Nope. I’m actually sharing some of Thriving Home’s most popular family-friendly and freezer-friendly breakfast recipes over at Simplified Pantry today. That’s because Mystie at Simplified Pantry has already written a book

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Check It Out!

Check It Out!

So, I’m pretty excited because my post 10 Helpful Tips on How to Sell on Craigslist got noticed by Blogher. If you aren’t familiar with the blogging world, Blogher is a huge advertising/affiliate site. Not sure how they sniffed this post out but I’m glad we are on their radar! They

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Blog Love: Rachel’s Current Favs

Blog Love: Rachel’s Current Favs

This post was a hard one for me. There is so much great (and bad) content online now. I am a lover of blogs and find it amazing that we can learn from one another around the world in such an informal way today! I divided my Blog Love into

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Blog Love: Polly’s Current Favs

Finding a well-written, good blog to follow is quite a task. Search engines usually don’t know where to point you so usually you’re at the mercy of what you stumble on or what friends are talking about. Today and tomorrow, Rachel and I are going to be sharing a few

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$3 Worth of Beans Gets You All This (+ Taco Salad Recipe)

With food prices skyrocketing in the past few years, I’ve had to think of cheap creative ways to continue to make healthy, mostly organic, real food for my family.  It’s not easy.  Dried beans are a tremendous help, though! Last week, I accidentally cooked WAY too many dried beans.  I

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Everywhere Improv: Stop by for a Laugh

Want a good laugh? Spend some time on the Improv Everywhere site. Over Easter weekend my family gathered around the TV and watched scene after scene until our faces hurt from laughing. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.

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Blog Planner

Blog Planner

For me, blog ideas come in waves. There are seasons where I can’t get enough time in the day to carry out all of my ideas and projects and then there are dry seasons where I wonder if I’ll ever have anything to blog about again. I need to do

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Simple Holiday Decorating

Simple Holiday Decorating

Here’s a thrifty decorating tip: put something colorful in a vase! It can work for almost any holiday or occasion. When my blogging buddy, Rachel, offered me these decorative balls, I snatched them up with this idea in mind. I used this vase that was recycled from an arrangement of

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little kids at home

My Not So Edited Life

Ironically, as much as I love it, social media like blogs, Facebook, and Pinterest overwhelm me at times.  I can sometimes feel like I’m falling so short of where I should be as a mom, homemaker, wife, Christian, etc.  People–me included–post ideas, pictures or status updates that often show the

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