Parenting

Easter Scavenger Hunt Printable (FREE!)

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Looking for ways to make Easter extra special at home this year? Use our printable Easter Scavenger Hunt to add some extra fun to the day! This simple Easter scavenger hunt is geared towards preschool…
Pictures of the best children's bibles recommended by age level

Best Children's Bibles For All Ages

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Recommendations from a seasoned Children's Ministry Director of the best children's bibles for every age (and how to avoid all the bad ones).
30+ Journal Prompts for Kids (FREE PRINTABLE)

30+ Journal Writing Prompts for Kids (+ Free Printable)

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Promote creative thinking, attention span, and writing skills using these original 30+ Journal Writing Prompts for Kids that are written by an award-winning elementary teacher.

8 Hy-Vee Hacks Every Parent Should Know

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Many years ago when I started having children, I quickly realized that grocery shopping with small people in tow can be a nightmare. I knew I had to hit a small…

15 Meaningful Easter Books

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Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies.…

101 Meals to Take to New Moms

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Looking for meal ideas for new moms? We've created the ultimate list of meal ideas for new parents! You'll want to bookmark this one, friends! Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I remember.…

11 Healthy Make-Ahead Meals for Little Eaters

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Why Make-Ahead Meals for Babies and Toddlers? Making freezer meals for babies will save time, money, and stress over the long run. It's a beautiful thing to have a stash of healthy meals for your…

How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Stored Baby Clothes

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Looking for a way to get yellow stains out of baby clothes after storage? I've stumbled on the PERFECT solution! Read on to learn how to save those baby clothes! (Tip- be sure to read the comments too!…

31 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

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We've put together a list of fun, adorable and easy Christmas crafts for kids to get your family in the holiday spirit. Bonus, they will keep your children occupied while you check things off YOUR to-do…

15 Books That Share the REAL Meaning of Christmas

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"In a culture that uses this season to get children to dream about how their lives would be made better by possessing a certain material thing, where Christmas has been reduced to a shopper's nightmare…

15+ Advent Resources for the Whole Family

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This year, Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. The true reason we celebrate Christmas - that God sent His only Son for us - can get lost in the hustle and bustle of preparations for the holiday. Advent…

Little People, Big Feelings: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Regulate Emotions

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When we think about strong emotions less as a behavior issue and more as a skill to be learned, it’s easier to provide a warm responsive environment. Try these 5 tips to coach your kids as they learn to manage complex feelings.

Fun Idea to Do With Kids While You Wait

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Every parent of preschool and elementary kids has been there. The dreaded wait...at a restaurant, the doctor's office, an amusement park, you get the idea. Kids start to whine. Your head starts to hurt. Well, we have a really fun idea to do while you wait, and it doesn't involve a device!

Road Trip Cards: Fun Games and Questions for the Whole Family

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Ditch the screens! These cards will turn road trips into fun, family time. From laugh-out-loud silly stories to name-it competitions, get ready for all ages to be entertained.
kid lunch boxes and bento boxes

Best Lunch Boxes and Bento Boxes on Amazon (2019 Edition)

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We've vetted the best lunch boxes and bento boxes for kids of all ages on Amazon for 2019. Free shipping on all. Perfect for back to school season.

Top 10 Safe and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids (2019 Edition)

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Did you know most of the sunscreens for babies and children on the market are filled with harmful chemicals, from endocrine disruptors to cancer-causing ingredients? If you want to keep your child safe from the sun's damage and safe from toxic sunscreen ingredients without breaking the bank, pick up one of our curated Top 10 Safest and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids this year. We've done all the research for you!

Best Bibles for Tweens & Teens

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What are the best Bibles for a tween or teen? After years of working in youth ministry, we have narrowed down what we think are some of the best Bibles for tween or teen girls and boys. With our tips…

Traveling with Kids: Tips, Tricks, & Activities

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Traveling with little ones can be challenging. With a little planning ahead though, a long trip with young children can be a lot smoother. Check out our traveling tips, tricks, and activities below! I've…

A Father's Day Gift Idea That Your Man Will LOVE

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Hint hint: Dad doesn't want another money clip for Father's Day. We have a fun and original idea that has already proven to be a great gift: Give him a Bacon Steak Sampler! Even better news: we've…

Winc: Wine Delivered to Your Home!

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Winc delivers wines that are curated to your taste and delivered to your doorstep. Perfect for the busy mom who enjoys a glass of wine at the end of the day! Affiliate link included. Opinions are…
30+ Journal Prompts for Kids (FREE PRINTABLE)

Start a Summer Journal for Kids (+ FREE Printable of 30+ Writing Prompts)

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As I mentioned in our 7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home, I want to be intentional about the way we use our time in the summer. Today I'd like to share about a really cool resource…
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10 Read Aloud Books for Kids Who Hate Reading

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Every child loves books. They just don't know it yet. For the kid in your life who says they hate reading, here are 10 read aloud books that are sure to change his or her mind.

7 Steps to Make Your Summer Count with Kids at Home

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If your kids will be at home with you, by themselves, or with a sitter this summer, don't let that precious time go to waste. With just a little forethought, you can intentionally help them grow in ways that might not be possible during the school year. Here are seven steps to make your summer count when you have kids at home.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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For the past few years, I've had an ongoing problem. I could never remember gift ideas for ME! I'd constantly see things that I'd think, "Ooh, I'd love that!" And then it would quickly be erased from…
Easter lunch on table with salad, ham, hash brown casserole, and wine

Easter Menu Plan Made Easy

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An impressive, yet simple Easter meal for a crowd. Just follow our easy 4 step Easter Menu Plan!

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Child's Heart for Easter

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What comes to mind when your children think about Easter? I wish I could say that my kids get excited about the fact that Jesus conquered death and sealed the deal on eternal life through him,…

Our ADHD Journey Thus Far

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­Last week, I was talking to a friend who had suspicions that one of her children has ADHD. She was overwhelmed and didn’t even know what the first step to take was. My heart was bursting with empathy…
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3 Lessons from Moving Across the Country

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By Erin Hawley, Contributor Our family has recently relocated for my husband’s job.  There have been some difficult moments as we moved our two small children away from their school, friends,…

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Faith and Family

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These 5 New Year's resolutions to grow your faith and family may be the most meaningful ones of your entire life.

The Ultimate Family Gift Guide 2018

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Our Holiday Gift Guide only includes the BEST. We have lots of ideas for every age but only included something if we have personally used it and loved it or it has come highly recommended by a trusted…

How Losing 2 1/2 Months of Sleep Taught Me About God’s Love

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Today’s post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…
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7 Tips for Praying with Your Kids at Bedtime

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 by Nathan Tiemeyer, Pastor at The Crossing (and Rachel's husband). This post was first published on Every Square Inch. Many of us probably think it’s a good idea, at least in theory, to pray with…

Childlike Remembrance: A Lesson From My Little Ones About the Heart of God

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Today's post comes from my friend and author, Erin Hawley. Not only is she a great storyteller, but she has a knack for translating simple observations of her young kids into deep spiritual truths that…

Top 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know

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I always say, there are plenty of things I do as a parent that I'm sure I'll regret. But, I'm confident in one thing...I won't regret spending time reading to my children. Thanks to the example and advice…
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10 Bible Verses Every Parent Needs to Know

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by Keith Simon, Co-Lead Pastor of The Crossing. First posted at Every Square Inch. Jesus: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” God didn’t design…

3 Devotional Books for Elementary Kids We Are Loving

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If I get one thing right as a parent...it's not to get them the right education. It's not to make sure they play the right sports. It's not to help them avoid pain at all cost. And it's not even to make…

7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

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Today's post comes from our long-time blogging pal, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy. If your poke around on Julie's blog, you can't help but feel uplifted, encouraged, and empowered as a mom. She's got LOADS…

Motherhood Instinct Gone Wrong

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Motherhood instinct is a powerful thing. It has served myself and millions of other moms well since the beginning of humanity. Moms tend to just know. Know when a kid is really sick or just faking. Know…

8 Things I'm Loving

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I have a recipe that I need to share. But to be honest, I just didn't have the energy to go there. I'm in a writing mood and combing through ingredient formatting and editing Pesto Burger photos just wasn't…
Happy Mother's Day

3 Things I Want to Tell Every Mom (+ Mother's Day Goodies for You!)

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Our goal at Thriving Home from the very beginning has been to encourage and equip moms to thrive at home. Polly and I know that what you do day in and day out isn't always seen or appreciated. We also…

Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

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My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche…

Table Talk Cards

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Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them…

One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning…

Christmas Tree Troubles

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Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted…

Two Ways to Prepare Your Heart and Your Kids' Hearts for Christmas

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Last night in my church small group, a few of the members expressed their concerns about getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. I'm right there with them. While I know that…

Grow the Faith of Your Family with Seeds Family Box {Giveaway Expired}

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

4 Reasons a Cooking Birthday Party at Hy-Vee Is a Steal of a Deal

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A kids' cooking birthday party at Hy-Vee is a hidden gem. Every kid (ages 6-10) absolutely loved this hour and a half of hands-on cooking and eating fun. And it was the most low-stress, enjoyable birthday…

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…
Before you fire off an email or social media post, be sure to read this article about some great ways to encourage your teacher.

How NOT to Encourage Your Child's Teacher

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By Jennifer Shackelford, Contributing Author Friends, I have determined that there are two types of people in this world. Those whose phone looks like this....(Yes, this is my home screen. Yes,…

3 Ridiculous Arguments I Continue to Have with My Preschooler

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I absolutely love the things that come out of preschoolers’ mouths. There are too many one liners to keep track of. The stream of thought dialogue is innocent, precious, and sometimes, down right hilarious.…

I'm Not the Mom I Thought I'd Be

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Yesterday, I was in a flurry of busyness. I was attempting to bring some order to the office in our new home but my productivity was being thwarted by my three little people who sensed my distraction.…

We Need to Tell Our Kids That It's Hard to Follow Jesus

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Photo credit: All photos in this post are property of The Crossing, Columbia, MO. See originals here. I just spent the past year with a team at my church writing and producing a curriculum for our one-week…
These easy and fun summer learning activities are perfect for elementary-aged kids.

20+ Excellent Summer Learning Activities for Elementary-Aged Kids

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I want my summers at home with my kids to count. Every May, I spend some time thinking about how I can make an impact in my children's lives over the summer months. I've written quite a bit on setting…
Round up of easy summer learning activities for preschoolers

20+ Summer Preschool Learning Activities

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Summer is a-coming! All of my little ducklings will be back in the nest and quickly clamoring for things to do. So, in theory, I'm OK with my kids facing a little boredom. It forces them to be creative…

Resource for How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex (Ages 3+)

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5 year old: "Mom, how do the eggs get in the mama bird's belly?" Mom: "Um, well, (frantically trying to formulate an answer that will not spur more questions) the daddy puts them there." (Not my…
If I could go back to the beginning, here are six pieces of advice I would give myself as a new stay-at-home mom.

6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself as a New Stay-At-Home Mom

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.…

5 Lessons I've Learned This Year as a Mom of Three

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My sweet "Clay-Bay-Bay" just turned one. It seems so cliche to say that this year has gone fast but it also feels wrong to not say it. We have officially completed an entire year with three kids,…

Two Questions to Ask Your Child Every Day

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Dinner time is far from picture perfect these days. While I do have hopes of one day sitting around the table and talking about the happenings of the day, our current meal times are a combination of…

Keeping the Big Things Big (and the Small Things Small)

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“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…

Why Mommy Meltdowns are OK Sometimes

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A few weeks ago I was having a hard day. Minor things had been chipping away at me all day long and my resistance was low. When my infant refused to go down for an afternoon nap I hit my tipping point…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

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When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…

"Will you and Daddy ever get divorced?”

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"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…
How We Use Our 5 Minute Ride to School

How We Use Our 5 Minute Drive to School (+7 Devotional Resources for the Car)

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Every Monday through Friday my husband or I load our three kids, ages 6, 8, and 9, into our gray Honda Odyssey (along with every other middle-aged, suburban parent, right?) at 7:20 a.m. to head to school. Our…

"Seeds of Christmas" Album and DVD Review

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*This post is sponsored by Seeds Family Worship but opinions are all mine! Well, they've done it again. Seeds Family Worship has come out yet again with another scripture led, kid-favorite, easy on the…

5 Reminders for the Sleep Deprived Mom (or Dad!)

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My third kid was about two months old and I was TIRED. So very tired. The newborn honeymoon stage had worn off only to be replaced by an accumulation of sleep deprivation. One night, after already being…

The Gift of a Granola Bar

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Monday mornings are a big deal around our house. Reason for all the excitement? Trash day. My kids not only love trash day because of the huge trucks that give them a honk and a wave but they have…

Character is Caught, Not Taught

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As a child of the 80s, I grew up watching my dad get his newspapers out of those huge, metal dispensers. I loved putting the quarters in for him and the immediate ability to pull a previously-locked…

A Third Kid is Like...

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"So, how is life with three kids?" is a common question I've been getting these days. It's such an innocent question that I can answer in one sentence or in three hours. And, as with most things in…
This well-done, biblical devotional book is perfect for families with elementary and teenage children. Parents will find it easy to use all year round.

Book Review of "One Year of Dinner Table Devotions"

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Do you know what one extensive study shows to be the three crucial factors in teenagers retaining their faith through high school and beyond? The first and second of those three factors…
Do you know how to tell a good devotional resource from a mediocre or even a bad one? It's important to ask at least three questions before purchasing faith-building devotionals or children's Bibles for your family.

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Family Devotional (Plus 25+ Recommendations!)

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As a children's ministry staff member at my church for the past 16 years and a mom of three elementary-aged kiddos, I'm always on the look out for great faith-building resources for parents. Devotional…

Dig In

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My kids’ room was a mess. They had been playing hard and managed to undo any type of organization I had attempted to create in the past 4 years. While I was thankful for the extended conflict-free play…

One of My BEST Postpartum Soreness Tricks

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After having three babies, I've managed to pick up a few tips and tricks when it comes to recovering from childbirth. Because of some complications with a two-vessel umbilical cord, my first baby was…

'Tis the Season...to Not Keep Up with Life

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I like a clean home. Not a spotless clean but a tidy clean. My home is far from perfect or clutter-free but I always felt like I had somewhat of a handle on things. I'm just a person who is usually on…
5 Creative Ways to Get Kids in the Kitchen

5 Creative Ways to Get Your Kids in the Kitchen This Summer (and Why It’s So Beneficial for You and Them!)

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Sponsored by Frigidaire Gallery® Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking…

Something I Didn't Expect to Happen After My Third Child Was Born

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As we've welcomed each of my three kids into our family, each one has taught us new things about ourselves, parenting and raising children. With each child has come unexpected delights, challenges and…

10 Ways to Cultivate Grateful Hearts in Your Kids

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Cultivating gratefulness and fighting against entitlement is a constant battle in our hearts and in our home. Here are 10 ways we're trying to help our kids be more thankful and content with what they…
Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

Book Review: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read…

He's HERE! Clayton's Birth Story

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He’s here! He’s here! If you follow any of my social media, you have known that for a few days now that baby Clayton was born on March, 23 at 7:01 pm. He was born three weeks early but is my biggest…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 3): 6 Things I Would Go Back and Tell Myself

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Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this blog series first. Before I wrap up this series with 6 practical helps for stay-at-home moms, I feel compelled to tell you three things I'd like to say to you face-to-face…

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 2): 8 Reasons It's Worth the Sacrifice

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You may want to read Part 1 of this blog series first. FYI, there may be some affiliate links within this post. "I must choose to do those things that will give satisfaction as I view my life as a whole,…
On Being a Stay At Home Mom

On Being a Stay-At-Home Mom (Part 1): The Job With No Accolades

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Nine years ago when my first child was born, my husband and I decided that I would not work full-time anymore and would instead stay home (most of the time) with our children during their preschool…

Bed-Resting (Part 2)

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So, here we are. On bed rest. (If you want the backstory to how I got here, hop over to yesterday's post.) If I'm being completely honest with myself, the idea of being on bed rest for the last few weeks…

Bed-Resting (Part 1)

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Hey Friends. Polly here. Because I can get a little chatty when I write personal posts like these, I've decided to break this up into two different posts: 1) The backstory to how I ended up on bed rest…
Storm the Castle: A Mini Catapult Launching Game

Storm the Castle: A Mini Catapult Launching Game

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My 5-year-son and I made up this game one afternoon that we called "Storm the Castle". We had so much fun together, as you can see in our snippet of video at the bottom. A bonus was that he was…

The Mighty Mundane

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As an expectant mom, I doubt I’m alone when I confess that I have some anxieties and fears about the unknowns of what the future holds. Along with the excitement and anticipation of a new baby, there…
You'll never regret giving this thrifty, yet meaningful gift this Christmas.

Giving the Gift of Time To Our Kids for Christmas

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Guest post by Erin Anderson. Being six years younger than my sister, I always wanted to be more than an annoying little sister. That’s likely why I still remember when she invited me at the age…
5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

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There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I'm fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our…

Five Reasons My Strong-Willed Child is a Blessing

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I'm currently in a pretty large women's Bible study filled with moms. What I've learned from listening to moms in all stages--some with their first infant, to some with kids in college--is that most…

Polly's Big News

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Woot woot!! I've been dying to share fun our news with you all.  Today is finally the day! In April, my husband and I will be officially outnumbered by children. You guys. Now that I can openly talk…

Pacifier, Be Gone!

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The time had come. My 2 year old, pacifier-loving son has reached a point in his manhood that takes much courage. Much strength. Much hardship. It was his time. His time to lose the pacifier. Every…
When Motherhood Gets Messy

When Motherhood Gets Messy

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This guest post by Rebekah, from Barren to Beautiful, has touched my heart. It had me laughing and crying all in the same 5 minutes. Rebekah has a true gift of sharing her heart and providing much-needed…
Mom Hack from Thriving Home
Free resources in leading children in daily Bible study.

FREE Resources for Leading Your Children in Daily Bible Study

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Guest post by Holli Best. For the past few years my husband and I have tried to uphold some sort of daily spiritual pattern as a family. Some months are better than others. Really taking the time to…
Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

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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…
No time for grumps--perspective for motherhood

No Time for Grumps

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This morning I was woken up at 5:30 a.m. by my dog, who sleeps under our bed, scratching. And scratching. And scratching. I still have no idea why we let our 70 pound lab/Shepard mix sleep under our bed…
Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

Does Having a Loving Family Give a Child an Unfair Advantage?

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Guest post by Keith Simon, our friend and pastor at The Crossing, as well as, father of four children. This post was originally posted at Every Square Inch. Inequality is in the news. There’s…
Make This Summer with Your Kids Count - How to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in kids' lives.

Make This Summer with Your Kids Count

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Don't waste your summer with kids at home. It's never too late to think about how to use these summer months intentionally. Here's how to create intentional summer goals that will make a difference in…
encouraging Bible verse cards just for moms

Mother's Day Special: 50% Off Verse Cards for Moms

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If you're looking for a thoughtful, last minute gift idea for a mom, we have an idea for you! For one week only we are offering 50% off our Bible verse cards. (This is our biggest discount of the year…

These are the Best Days

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The following post is from a college friend of mine, Justin Ricklefs. His warm and authentic reflections on family, marriage and relationships have captured the heart and attention of many readers. Reclaiming…
Rainy Day Activity with marshmallows and toothpicks is one of the simplest learning activities for many ages.

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

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This activity isn't rocket science...but it might further your child toward that career. Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! You mean hand my child those sharp pointy objects!? They will poke their…

Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Boy

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*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn…

Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

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We've been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something... stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting…

Where is God When You Can't Get Pregnant?

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Today's post has been prayed for, labored over, talked about and worked on for weeks and weeks. Rebekah from Barren to Beautiful has poured her heart and soul into these words and we have high hopes that…

My Preschooler's Favorite Counting Game

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I wanted to share a super easy counting game that is great for toddlers and preschoolers. This number learning game is something you can put together at home and will keep your kiddo busy. When I was…

"Do You Sometimes Just Cry?"

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The blog helps me make friends. Seriously. People read my parenting posts (or parenting woes), totally relate, want to talk to me about their similar experiences, we connect over harrowing kid stories…

Ball Toss Game: Learning to Add by 10s

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Anybody remember The Bozo Show? I think I just dated myself...big time. But, that's where this ball toss game idea originally came from. My kids, ranging in age from 4-8, love this game on rainy…

When Grace is So Good That It Hurts

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The following post is written by my dear friend, Sara. Despite being 9 months pregnant with her 3rd she is still full of spunk, fun, humor and wit. When she shared this post on her blog, Moves Like Jaeger,…
14 best educational toys

The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

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Seven Things I Swore I'd Never Do as a Parent

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I knew so much more about parenting before I had children. Yes friends, I had it all figured out. I knew the type of mom I'd be, the type of kids I'd raise, the type of foods we eat, the countless…
Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

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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…
preschool math learning game

Preschool Math Learning Game: Twist On the Game of War

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Here's a quick and easy math learning game you can play with your preschooler. My 4-year-old son loves this one. It's a twist on the game of war which will help your child learn the concept of "more…

10 Things I Would Like from MightyNest

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Welp, I've got a good start on my Christmas list! I've been eying out the site, MightyNest for days. The more I look at it, the longer my wishlist gets. (Dang it!) Similar to Rachel's story, these…

6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

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  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…

"Good News of Great Joy!" Family Christmas Devotional (Only $4.99!)

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What story will most capture your child’s heart this holiday season? Children begin to form their understanding of what Christmas is about from very early on. The only real question is who or what will…
Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

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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…

"Mommy, Are You Happy?"

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Mommy Monster has been on the prowl. I've just found myself in a little funk in which I've been quick to anger and acting like a hormonal teenager in the way I have been snippy and quick to anger with…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Elementary Halloween Party Games

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I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. Over the years I've worked with kids in various settings--camp counselor, babysitter, teacher, children's ministry director,…

Bible Learning Cards

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We are all about getting the word out there about toys, products, websites and music that we love. A product that I recently stumbled across (well, actually it was sent to me to try out) was a set of these…

Much Love for Lana at Art and Soul Photography

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Along with our site being updated, you may have noticed that our pictures have been updated as well. We were lucky to snag our friend, Lana Ekland at Art and Soul Photography to take the job. I've actually…
talking to your kids about sex

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Sex

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Guest post by Nathan, Rachel's husband Rachel and I are the parents of three kids, and though the oldest is just starting second grade, we’ve been occasionally discussing how to talk with our…

Preschool Number Learning Game

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This preschool number learning activity is almost too simple to deserve its own post. Anyone can whip this matching game up at almost any time. All you need is some paper and scissors. Depending on…

The One Where I Admit I Can't Do It All

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I've been struggling with headaches for two years now--ever since I was done nursing my my last child. They seem to have gotten more frequent--about once a week I end up in bed. I’ve linked them to…

Field of Dreams: A Family Business Venture

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My mom (i.e. the real pioneer woman) has a dream. It's a pretty cool dream. It might help to see this picture of my mom, me, and my little sister from my childhood first. See, my mom has always had…

A Safe, Cheap, and Effective Sunscreen for the Whole Family

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Updated from May 2013. I thought this post might be helpful again for those moms out there like me who want a safe, effective, and cheap sunscreen... Every year I find myself doing new research on the…

Can Women (and Men) Have It All?

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Guest post by my husband, Nathan. In many respects, Indra K. Nooyi is an enormously successful woman. The 58 year-old CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business on the planet, often…

A Word to the Struggling New Mom

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I recently got together with a sweet friend who has a six month old. It was the first time we had actually talked face-to-face since he was born and the first time I was able to hear firsthand about the…
Mom Hack: The Problem of Legos

Mom Hack: Make Your Lego Problems Go Away

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All moms of boys know the problem of Legos, eh? They breed and then migrate. That's my best guess for how they get under the refrigerator, next to the toilet, and in the van, among about 206 other locations. One…

Making My Summer at Home with Kids Count

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. Today is my 1st grade son's last day of school (finally!). After one last trip to the Dollar Store this morning,…

Stacking Cheerios: A Preschool Counting Game

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My almost-three-year-old has been enjoying all things counting as of late. I've been trying to run with the momentum and find all sorts of things to count. I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest…

Thoughtful Father's Day Gift Idea

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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…

World's Toughest Job

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This video has been going around for a while but I couldn't help but smile and laugh my way through it. Happy Mother's Day.
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Alphabet Soup: Preschool Learning Game

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Dinner is going--pots boiling, oven cranked and chopping knife in hand. And the only thing the kids want is to be near mommy. I mean right on top of me. Know that feeling? Years ago, we coined the…

A Mother's Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

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We've got a Mother's Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25…
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Mom Hack: Safest Way to Show Youtube Videos to Kids

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Do you like to watch Youtube videos with your kids? Or are you a teacher in some capacity and show Youtube videos to children? If so, you may find this tip helpful that my friend, Christine, sent me. SafeShare.TV…
favorite toys for two year olds

Moms' Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

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Put spinach in marinara sauce to add nutrition.

Mom Hack: Sneaky Spinach

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Check out 50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits and Veggies in Kid Favorites for more ideas!

The Beauty of Female Friendship

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This past weekend I gathered together with a group of 12 women made up of my best friends and various other women connected to our group in one way or another. While our initial reason for getting together…

An Open Letter from a Doula About Her Miscarriage

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Guest post by Holli Best Four years ago this month our family of three experienced a miscarriage. It was my second pregnancy, and we learned we were pregnant around New Years. My confidence was already…

The Oh-So-Average Snow Day

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Sometimes snow days look like this or this or this. But, let's be honest, the majority of the time they don't look like blog or Facebook pictures, do they? After the third impossibly cold snow day in a…

Blessings Too Big by Toby Sumpter

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On the tough days of motherhood I simply can't understand why God says children are a "blessing." I feel like I'm missing something OR he has given the "blessed" kids to someone else. Well, I read this…
Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

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Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Blow Up That Balloon Experiment

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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…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Crazy Cupcake Concoctions

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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…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: How to Make Slime

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

Science Birthday Party: Mentos and Diet Coke Explosion

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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.…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

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

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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…
valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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

Science Birthday Party: Lab Photo Booth

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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…

Indoor Snow Play (for REALLY Cold Snow Days)

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Does your weather look anything like this today? Folks, I live in Missouri, not Alaska. We don't really know what to do with ourselves. We cancel school. My neighborhood streets are barren. Everyone…
10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

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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…

Interview with Author Rachel Jankovic

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Have you heard of author, blogger and mom of six, Rachel Jankovic? She penned two fantastically brief and poignant parenting books I've reviewed: Loving the Little Years and her latest release, Fit to…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 4): Jesus' Birthday Party

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Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men in this four-part series. This final devotional is a bit different than the first three. For the last…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 1): The Story of Mary and Joseph

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Here are Part 2: The Shepherds, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus' Birthday Party of this series. Children begin to develop their understanding of Christmas from very early on. The only real…

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

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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…

9 Truths to Believe When My Child is Suffering

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When our firstborn son was 20 months old and I was 9 months pregnant with our second child, my husband and I sat in silence in the procedure waiting room, nervously awaiting the results of his endoscopy…

Alphabet Train: Toddler Learning Activity

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I'm always looking for creative learning games that my toddler will engage in. Here is a fun one that helps toddlers with letter recognition that we have been doing as of late. I saw it on Toddler Approved…

Game Night: Make Your Own "Apples to Apples"

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It's no secret. I LOVE games. Especially ones that make a group laugh and make memories together, like the Rate Your Mate Game or The Question Game. Today, I've got another DIY oldie but goodie that…

Pass the Truth, Please: Guest Post by Gloria Furman

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I'm excited to share another guest post from our author and friend, Gloria Furman. When we told her about our printable Bible verses, On the Job Meditations for Moms, she offered to share this personal…

The Thankful Tree: A Thanksgiving Craft and Centerpiece

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Here's a craft that I think is worth it: The Thankful Tree. In the rush of preparing a meal, socializing, and entertaining (or restraining?) a house full of little kids, it gave our extended family…

Gift Idea for a New Mom: Nursing Time Box

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Reposted from January 2012 Here's a frugal, easy and useful gift idea for a new mom... A friend of mine had her third baby a few weeks ago and is now at home with the infant and her two other small children.…

Jaw-Dropping, DIY Nursery Decor

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My dear sister is due to have their first baby ANY day now. Poor gal has been instructed to say at home and simply wait. Talk about a long couple of days! She's had a great attitude through her entire…

On the Job Meditations: 25 Encouraging Bible Verse Cards for Moms

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Just one minute of looking up instead of down--at the dirty floors or a crabby kid-- can change your whole perspective as a mom. When you meditate on biblical truth throughout the day--whether…
Family Devotional Cootie Catcher

Easy Family Devotional Activity: Make a "Verse Catcher"

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You know you have a great babysitter when you come home and she's playing "Psalm Catcher" with the kids. Remember those paper thingy-ma-bobbers that we made in grade school called "Cootie Catchers"?…

Apple Butter Weekend: A Family Tradition

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Ever made 150 pints of apple butter at once? Sounds crazy but my family does it every year. "Apple Butter Weekend" has been happening every October for as long as I can remember. It's always something…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We'd watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture…

I'm a Broken Parent Today

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Note: I wrote this cathartic piece for myself earlier this week. I went ahead and posted it today, though, on the off chance there are a few other parents out there who need to these reminders, too. The…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Halloween Game Ideas: Perfect for School Parties!

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Reposted from October 2012 I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie's awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party…
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Easy Craft Idea for Toddlers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft idea to do with the kiddos? Here is one that even a non-crafty person can easily do. Simply use painters tape to create a shape or word and then let your kiddo…

What to Expect When Transitioning from One Kid to Two

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First of all, I think this post's title is a bit misleading. Each family dynamic is different and there is no formula on what to expect when a major transition happens in your life. That being said,…

Calm. Fair. Firm.

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I'm only two years into parenting but one thing I've learned quickly is our little ones get into funks. Every seasoned mom can testify to it and there is almost no way around it. Our kids get into funks…

Make Your FALL at Home with Kids Count (LOTS of Ideas & Resources!)

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I want to go somewhere with my family. Not just tread water in the middle of life with little kids. But, sometimes I just get stuck...for long stretches of time treading the water. The start of school…

Parenting Book Review: Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

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10 Things Babysitters Wish You Knew

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I must admit, I'm pretty excited about this post. It took a lot of work and research but I think the information in it is so valuable not only to moms but to our children that our babysitters watch. Just…

Cultivating a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child

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Do you have a little one who is going through this phase of life where every...thing...is...sooooooo...hard--especially following directions from Mom and Dad? Here's a fairly regular morning conversation…

Understanding the Fourth Trimester

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We have a great and very thorough guest post today from our friend, Holli. I SO wish I would have read this before my first baby! It would have explained so much of what I was feeling and helped…

Six Things I Planned to Do Differently with My Second Child: A Follow Up

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About three months ago, I wrote a post about Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child. Now, a little over two months after having my second, I am taking the time to evaluate these previous…

Parenting Inspiration for Real Life

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Recognize this picture? Well, I know most of you probably don't recognize my family, per se, but recognize what's going on here? This was taken several years ago, but I love it because it shows us as…

Birthday Banner

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(The following is a sponsored post by Banner Envy) This weekend was a blast. We celebrated my daughter's second birthday along with her buddy Eleanor. The weather was perfect and the munchkins had a blast…

Fourth of July Craft Ideas

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It's June! It's summer! I'm already seeing some Fourth of July crafts floating around the blogland so I thought I'd throw a few of mine in the mix. Pin it if you like it! Here is a Fourth of July Onesie I…
How to Make a Chore Chart

How to Make a Chore Chart (a.k.a. Swift Kick in the Pants Chart)

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You're probably not like me. You probably don't sweep your kitchen mostly just when you notice the ants beneath the kids' stools nibbling on crumbs. You probably don't check off everything else on your…

Make Your Summer at Home with Kids Count (+ LOTS of Practical Ideas!!)

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Read my much more updated post called "Make Your Summer at Home Count with Kids" here. With my kindergartener finishing school TOMORROW, plus a 2-year-old and 4-old-year old at home already, I've been…

Newborn Gear that I'm Loving (The Second Time Around)

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Help Child with Separation Anxiety

Five Tips to Help a Child's Separation Anxiety

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Thanks so much to our friend, Jess, for guest posting today. After volunteering and working full time in children's ministry for years, Jess has a lot of wisdom to offer on this subject! Take it…

Welcome to the World, Little Tyler!

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As you have probably gathered by now, our little man is finally here! He was born on Monday, April 23 at 9:14 a.m. 7 lbs 3 oz. His arrival couldn't have gone better. I'm not just saying that. I have truly…

Six Things I Will Do Differently with My Second Child

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As I write this post, I am 26 days away from my due date. By the time I actually share this post, it will be even closer. As baby boy gets closer and closer to joining our family, I have been reflecting…

A Review of My Panasonic Bread Machine

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In case you haven't noticed, I've been going a little crazy with the bread machine recipes. Ever since I got my bread machine four months ago we've continually had some type of bread, pastry, or pizza…

DIY Nursery Decor: Trains!

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With a baby boy on the way in about a month, I have been working hard to get his nursery prepped and ready. Since it was previously decorated for a girl, part of this includes making changes to the room…
10 Easter Gift Ideas

10 Easter Gifts That Will Last Longer Than a Chocolate Bunny

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My kids will get a chocolate bunny this Easter. They'll cheer. And they'll eat it in no time. And they'll look really cute with a chocolate ring around their mouths in their Easter clothes. But, we…

Helping the Homeless: On-the-Go Bags

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I once had coffee with a homeless man. It wasn't planned or anything. It just happened when he sat uncomfortably close to me at a Starbucks in Chicago. Here I was sitting in Starbucks with my caramel…

10 Things to Do Before the Baby Arrives

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All through this pregnancy I've felt as though I've had plenty of time to get things ready for Baby 2.0. However, as my due date inches closer and closer, I am starting to feel the time crunch. Here…

Practical Ideas for Teaching Children to Give

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How kids learn to view and use their material possessions from early on has eternal significance in their lives. Today, I want to explore where we as parents can begin when cultivating a giving heart in…

Preparing Our Hearts for Easter: Practical Ideas for Families

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Guest Post by Emily Powell from Just As I Am. Reposted from March 2012. Growing up, Advent and Lent were seasons that not just my church but my family observed. Both were times of anticipation and waiting.…

Advice From a Realtor: Seven Steps to Take Before Selling Your Home

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We're excited to have our friend and experienced realtor, Kim Schwartz, guest posting for us today. Kim has proven to be a valuable resource to myself, Rachel, and lots of our friends in not only finding…
Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappacino)

Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappuccino!)

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Who doesn't love those sugar-filled icy cups of frappy goodness at Starbucks, really? But, at nearly $4 a pop and a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 240 calories in each one (that's the plain coffee ones--I'm…

Seven Practical and Easy Ways to Help a New Mom

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Motherhood confession: I had a very hard time transitioning to motherhood when my first child was born. For a lot of reasons I really struggled to enjoy that season of life. God got me through it and taught…

Packing a Hospital Bag: A Printable Checklist

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If you're a first time expecting mama, you may be wondering what you will need to pack for your stay in the hospital. I know I was.  I also knew the last thing I wanted to be doing while in labor…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…
Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need to Register For?

Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need?

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  Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated…

Tips for Traveling with a Toddler

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We just returned from a great 5 day trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. Even though I didn't get to ski (thank you very much, Baby 2.0), I had a good time in the mountains and spending time with good friends. This…

Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

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I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…

The Action Bible: Almost 6-Year-Old Boy's Review

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"Wow, Mom, I have to tell you how exciting that was! It was scary and exciting. It's my favorite book." (*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services…

The Question Game: Fun for Small Groups

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The fun group game for couples that I posted not long ago for Christmas parties has been really popular. A friend asked me, though, if I had a game that can be played with couples and singles, though.…

Save Money at Christmas: Throw a Toy Swap!

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Repost from Nov. 21, 2011 Want to clean out all the toys that have lost their luster in your house? How about get some free Christmas gifts for your kids? What if you could do both of those things…

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

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Last night my 17 month old daughter choked. She's ok but it was pretty scary. My mom was actually watching my daughter, Adelyn, while I was out with my husband and some friends for my 30th birthday.…
3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

3 Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong

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Note: You may want to read the full blog post on this topic called How to Cultivate a Heart That Obeys: Strategies for Dealing with a Whiny, Insolent Child first. Proverbs 6:23 says, “Correction and…

One More Book Your Toddler Will Love

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After reading Rachel's top 10 book recommendations for toddlers, I felt as though I needed to chime in on what my daughter has been enjoying reading. She is quite the book worm but one book in particular…

Video from Rachel: Top 10 Toddler Books

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Easy Halloween Party Games

Easy and Cheap Halloween Party Game Ideas (+ Free Printable)

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I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. So, when I saw Katie's awesome post at Kitchen Stewardship about Easy School Halloween Party Ideas, I put my own thinking cap on. Over…

Apple Butter Weekend

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I'm excited to share with you all a family tradition of ours that I am pretty proud of. Last weekend we headed to my hometown and joined up with family and friends for "Apple Butter Weekend." I don't…
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50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables into Kid Favorites

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This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here. I'm a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal and serving my family meat that I can trust.…

Lessons from The First Trimester

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Well friends, I'm through the first trimester. Anyone who has been pregnant understands the small celebration that is going on in my head right now. Even though this pregnancy has treated me a bit…

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

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I know there are many of us out there who love to sing the praises of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, especially the new collectors edition (at right) that includes the audio version.…

Cloth Diapering Update

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One of our most visited posts on Thriving Home is Cloth Diapering 101. In this post that I wrote back in February,  I share why I cloth diaper, about the brand I use, how to care for cloth diapers,…
I'm Glad I Left My Family and 10 Reasons You Should Too

10 Reasons I'm Glad I Left My Family and Why You Should, Too

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Yes, I left my family...for two nights this past weekend. Almost two years ago my best friend, Erika, suggested to me and a few other of our friends from the past (I knew all of these girls as early…

Reader Question: How Do I Handle My Picky 2-Year-Old?

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A friend of mine and reader of the blog emailed me a while back with several great questions about helping her picky eater, as well as incorporating healthy foods into their family's diet. These are the…

I Declare War On...

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...my impatience with my kids. That's right. I've HAD it with my impatience. (Yes, my husband already pointed out the irony of my impatience with my impatience.) My little people mean way too much to…

Gift Guide

Top 3 Gifts for Teachers

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After checking out these gift ideas for teachers, be sure to browse through our Holiday Gift Guide for all the other people you love in your life! As we started to put this gift guide together,…

Gift Guide: Grandparents

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Where do we even start to say thank you to the grandparents in our life? A thoughtful gift from the family can be one small way to show our appreciation for their love and support. With help from our…

Gift Guide: Moms

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As a mom, I could spout off a list of gift ideas for everyone in my family. However, when someone asks me what I want, I draw a blank! Relate? I've also learned that if I don't provide some ideas, I end…

Gift Guide: Dads

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Lets talk dads. Maybe it's just me but I find dads hard to buy for. Every year was a struggle to find a gift my dad would like and now I have to find one that my husband, will too! If you struggle as…

Gift Guide: Tween Boys

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Tween boy--roughly the ages of 9-12--is the age of maturing kid and not yet teen. Two of my sons fall in this range, so they helped me quite a bit with this list. We tried to think of a high quality gift…

Gift Guide: Tween Girls

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Tween girl--roughly between the ages of 9-12--is the age of maturing kid and not yet teen. My daughter falls in this range, so she and her sweet friends inspired many of the gifts on this list. From books to games to cute accessories and more, I hope these gift ideas help your tween girl to be a well-rounded gal.

Gift Guide: Boys Ages 5-9

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We believe children inherently have amazing imaginations and that the right toys can fan that flame. We've tried to provide gift ideas for boys, ages 5-9, that we've used in our own homes and that can…

Gift Guide: Girls Ages 5-9

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This gift guide is geared towards the elementary-aged girl. We believe children inherently have amazing imaginations and that the right toys can fan that flame. We've tried to provide gift ideas that…

Gift Guide: Boys Ages 3-5

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Out of all of our gift guides, I found this one was the easiest to put together. Young boys aren't too hard to please and since I have two of them, with the help of my friends, we put together a killer…

Holiday Gift Guide: Ages 0-2

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With three kids apiece, we've been through our share of toys. The last thing we'd want is for you to waste your money and have more stuff that your kids won't use. With the help of some mama friends,…

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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For the past few years, I've had an ongoing problem. I could never remember gift ideas for ME! I'd constantly see things that I'd think, "Ooh, I'd love that!" And then it would quickly be erased from…

Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

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My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche…
14 best educational toys

The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

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Moms' Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

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