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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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,…