Simple Homemade Granola

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This simple granola recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you will find on the Internet. I've been making this exact recipe before Thriving Home even started. It's got 5 main ingredients but you can easily add more if you want to jazz it up. Such a simple, healthy snack!

Pique Tea: Possibly the World's Healthiest Beverage (+ An Honest Review!)

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I've always wanted to be a tea drinker. I've even bought cute tea pots in an effort to motivate myself to dabble and experiment with different flavors, leaves, and brewing methods. However, I never quite…

DIY Drano for Toilets

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano for toilets really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick several different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no…

My Journey Towards Healthier Living

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Like many, my journey towards healthier living has been just that: a journey. It's one that I'm still on. It's been full of ups and downs, inflating and deflating (thanks, three kids!), seasons of…

Babies with Acid Reflux: Help & Encouragement for Moms

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I survived having a baby with acid reflux. I don't use the term survived lightly, nor would other moms whose kiddos had reflux. But we made it. Kicking and screaming, we made it. And now we have a…

Top 10 Safe and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids

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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!

DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I'm kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place…

Essential Oils: A Beginner's Guide

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My Story (so far): I'll be honest, I didn't even know what an essential oil was until 2 years ago when a yoga instructor unexpectedly put it on me in the closing relaxation portion of a class. I remember…

What Should I Freeze My Meals In?

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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…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author One of the first obstacles I found when researching soap-making with kids is the process of mixing oils with lye, a caustic substance. Even though…

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

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I recently read a post on the Gospel Coalition website called "Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?" The information and thoughts shared in the article have been churning around in my mind since I…
how to start a freezer club

How to Start a Freezer Club (and Why You Should)

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means we get a small commission if you make a purchase through one at no additional cost to you. Read more here. Tight budget? Want to eat…
why eat flaxseed

Why Eat Flaxseed?

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I'll be honest, two years ago I had no idea what flaxseed even was. Now I seem to use in it my recipes almost daily. If you're like me you may be wondering why everyone is making such a big fuss about…

How to Freeze Peaches

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If you haven't ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious. Every year I tell myself I am going to…

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving--FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a…

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.…
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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.…
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…
DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer…

Healthy Recipe Ideas for a One Year Old

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Feeding a little one can be so much fun! I love helping my daughter discover new tastes, textures, and combinations. At times, however, it can result in a lot of frustration. As a mom of a little one,…
non-toxic foaming hand soap recipe

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

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Seriously...why did I wait so long to do this?  For years I've either been buying way over-priced safe hand soap or cheap unsafe soap.  Those days are over. This past weekend, I used…

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

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In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we've  become official wannabe hippie pioneer women.  Well, at least I like to think I am.  Polly, have you been converted yet? Below is…