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…

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…
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…

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…

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…

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.…
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.…

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,…
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

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…

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…

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…
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…

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,…
homemade laundry detergent ingredients

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Making homemade laundry detergent is easier than you might think. You'll save so much money and know that you're using a safe option for your family.

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…
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…
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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…