Natural Living

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

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!

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All-Natural DIY Drano: Safe and Effective Toilet Declogger

It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano recipe really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick two different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets–no pun intended.) Let me tell you, I was one happy homeowner upon discovering this simple, cheap, and safe DIY

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Pique Tea: Possibly the World’s Healthiest Beverage

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 made it past the typical white tea bag and adding a little cream for comfort.

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Healthy Living Small Step #8: Invest in Resources

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Confession I’m a quitter. When I get overwhelmed by something or don’t understand it, I have a tendency to just give it up altogether. I hate feeling dumb or inadequate. When I

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Healthy Living Small Step #7: Rethink How You Make Coffee

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. I have a coffee dilemma. Maybe you do too. The dilemma in my conscience for years has been a struggle between my great love of morning coffee vs. the dangers of plastic in my coffeemaker. You see,

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Healthy Living Small Step #6: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Making your own household cleaner really is super easy. You can not only save money but also avoid any extra chemicals you may not want floating around your house. Why Make Your Own Cleaning Products?

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Healthy Living Step #5: Create a Weekly Meal Plan

Healthy Living Small Step #5: Create a Weekly Menu Plan

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Last Monday, we talked about the small healthy step of moving toward a diet of more homemade, real food. Have you tried to go just ONE day without processed food yet? It’s been a game changer for

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Healthy Living Small Step #4: Sneak in Exercise

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. I doubt I need to convince you that exercise is a mandatory part of good health. But, if you’re like me, the problem isn’t knowing I need it. The problem of exercising regularly is 3-fold in my

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Healthy Living Small Step #3: Ditch the Tupperware

  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 our full disclosure policy here. Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward

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10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living: Step One

Healthy Living Small Step #1: Go One Day Without Processed Foods

Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series here. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Our Family’s Journey Toward Real Food My husband and I used to be fast food and convenience food (think store-bought frozen pizzas and lasagnas) junkies a little over a decade ago.

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DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

This DIY, natural cleaning spray is a great way I’ve been using my essential oils for cleaning. Just like the carpet/room freshener  I previously shared about, I love the simplicity of what is in the product and oh-my-gracious, how I love the smell. Best thing about it is, it SAFE.

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DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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 smelling nice. Just the other day, I walked into

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Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

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 having somewhat of a moral dilemma wondering if I was dabbling

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What Should I Freeze My Meals In?

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 our full disclosure policy here. Is it possible to be a freezer cooking evangelist? If so,

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10 Things I Would Like from MightyNest

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 parents were alarmed by what research revealed about the everyday products that we

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

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 best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer.

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diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids

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Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

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 read it. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from the article in hopes

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how to start a freezer club

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

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 healthy meals at home regularly? No time to cook homemade meals during the week? I’ve got

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why eat flaxseed

Why Eat Flaxseed?

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 this powerful plant food. You may also be

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DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you won’t forget it. They put a healthy fear in you that results in a lifelong avoidance. Well, children don’t have the luxury of life experience and in this case, they went right into a little play house where a HUGE wasp

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How to Freeze Peaches

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 stock up on and freeze peaches for later use and every

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What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links of products that I personally use and/or fully support. I give you full permission to make fun of me for this. My husband for sure does already. Want to know what I fall asleep reading many nights of the week, besides cooking magazines? Articles

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How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

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 few blueberries each year but still have some growing to do. After doing some major research about

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One Baby Step to Make a Difference in the Environment

One Baby Step to Make a Difference in the Environment

In the past few years we’ve attempted to take baby steps towards being a little more kind to the environment. We try to use reusable grocery bags, and snack bags,  cloth diaper our little one, use pyrex or tupperware instead of Ziplocks, recycle, and buy in bulk. By no means are we perfect

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3 Key Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthier

3 Key Ways To Save Money and Eat Healthier

I’m about to make a statement that you might strongly disagree with.  But, I’ll do it anyway…and hopefully convince you. I think having healthy homemade food (vs. eating processed convenience food or fast food) for most meals is doable and is a huge benefit to you and your family. Not

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Pedometer Challenge Part 3: How to Kick It Up a Notch

Pedometer Challenge Part 3: How to Kick It Up a Notch

Check out Part 1 of the Pedometer Challenge Series to find out how to join in andand Part 2 to get motivated to move more. Most of us (not all) could stand to move our bodies more. Yes? I’ve been making the case this month that wearing a pedometer is

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10 Easy DIY All-Natural Household Products

My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 20 months of age. It was terrifying, especially when we had no family history at all. So, I did what I’m guessing many terrified mothers who feel out of control do–I began to research like a madwoman. My goal was to discover what

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How to Peel a Pomegranate

How to Peel a Pomegranate

Did you know that pomegranates are one of the most powerful, nutrient dense foods for overall good health? This anceint fruit is crazy good for you. Health Benefits of the Pomegranate They are the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits They have potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects Pomegranates inhibit

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Seven Benefits of Having a Family Dog

If you can’t tell from my previous post about installing a Pet Peek Window in our fence, we are dog people. Growing up, my family always had 2-4 dogs. My dad hunts and they had lots of land to run around on so it never felt like we were smothered

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Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

Lessons Learned from My Daughter Choking

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. Adelyn was walking around and munching on a snack and apparently just froze

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healthy recipes kids like

50+ Ways to Sneak Fruits & Vegetables into Kid Favorites

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. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try

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Cloth Diapering Update

Cloth Diapering Update

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, and even a slightly embarrassing video of how it all works. My daughter

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Candace’s Transformation Story

Candace’s Transformation Story

Meet Candace. She’s my friend from work. Kids and adults alike love her. (Don’t you already?) She’s truly one of the most beautiful women I know inside and out. Today, I want to share with you about the transformation Candace has gone through over the past two years. It dawned

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

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

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 same questions I was asking, researching, and anxious over only four years ago myself

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

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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 this to the dark stains, but I want to give

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Healthy Recipe Ideas for a One Year Old

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, you’re in the middle of figuring out what your baby likes and

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Meal Planning Made Simple

Meal Planning Made Simple

Once you get in the habit of weekly meal planning, you’ll never go back. Once a week (usually Saturdays) I sit down and write out what we will have for dinner every night the coming week. As of right now I only plan dinners because we usually have enough leftovers

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My Journey Towards Healthier Living

My Journey Towards Healthier Living

True or False: At my peak weight, I was 25 pounds heavier than I am right now. True. True or False: In my last weeks of pregnancy, I weighed only 5 pounds more than I was 8 years ago. True again. Check out some of the pictures I dug up the

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A easy homemade granola recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

For the past few months, my husband has kindly reminded me that I haven’t made my granola recipe in a while. I had good intentions to make it but just added it to the very long to-do list and it never made it to the top. As time went on,

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Start Your Day with a Super Food Smoothie

Here’s how our family greets most mornings of the week… …with a Super Food Smoothie.  It’s such an easy, tasty way to start your day with several servings of fruits, vegetables, and lots of fiber. Here’s the approximate Super Food Smoothie recipe, but feel free to experiment with what you

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non-toxic foaming hand soap recipe

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

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 three simple ingredients to make my own non-toxic foaming hand wash.  It is the perfect consistency, smell,

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Pink Slime, Canned Foods, and Dog Milk

Pink Slime, Canned Foods, and Dog Milk

Note to self:  That has to be the strangest blog post title I have ever typed or will ever type. This post is dedicated to my sweet husband, who has patiently listened to and at times laughed at my passionate rants about America’s food industry over the past several years. 

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Cloth Diapering 101

Cloth diapering. Isn’t that something that hippies who don’t shave their armpits do? OK, so maybe that is stereotyping a bit, but I realized very quickly that not everyone is so keen on the idea of cloth diapering. At my baby shower, I could tell that many people were skeptical about the

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I Heart Trader Joe’s: Why and What We Buy

I Heart Trader Joe’s: Why and What We Buy

I heart Trader Joe’s.  Who doesn’t, really? They’re the full package if you ask me.  Here’s why they’ve stolen my heart and what favorite TJ’s products make a (smallish) dent in my grocery bill. Three Things I Love About TJ’s 1 – They are a competitive, ethical corporation yet retain their

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Babies with Acid Reflux: Help for Moms

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 happy, delightful 7 month old who doesn’t even remember the rough days

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Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

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 my homemade disinfectant recipe, which I found here.  I use this on my kitchen

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