Natural Living

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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meal ideas for a one year old

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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Exercise Ideas You Can Do Anywhere

Exercise Ideas You Can Do Anywhere

I often visit my parent’s house which is in a small town on a lake. I love going home but find that I have a hard time staying on track with working out when I am there. There is no gym and if I want to run it is along

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All-Natural DIY Drano

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 home owner upon discovering this simple, cheap, and safe

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homemade laundry detergent ingredients

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Guest post by Jess from Twenty-Something and Not Counting I’ve been making homemade laundry detergent for about 4 years now. Though I was a little nervous it might not work well or might take too long, I decided to give it a whirl. I made it once and never looked

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Born-to-Run - A Review

Born to Run: A Book Review

I’m not sure if I would classify myself as “a runner.” I like to run and pound out a few miles a few times a week. It’s a hobby that helped me lose weight and keep it off. I’ve tried twice to train for a half marathon only to be taken

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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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$3 Worth of Beans Gets You All This (+ Taco Salad Recipe)

With food prices skyrocketing in the past few years, I’ve had to think of cheap creative ways to continue to make healthy, mostly organic, real food for my family.  It’s not easy.  Dried beans are a tremendous help, though! Last week, I accidentally cooked WAY too many dried beans.  I

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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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Going Green…Kinda

Going Green…Kinda

“It seems quite inexplicable to me that there are some Christians who claim to love and worship God, to be disciples of Jesus and yet have no concern for the earth that bears his stamp of ownership. They do not care about the abuse of the earth, and indeed by

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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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DIY Reusable Snack Bags – Go Green!

DIY Reusable Snack Bags – Go Green!

I’ve become more and more aware of how many plastic bags and Ziplocks our home goes through. It’s a crazy amount that is only increasing as our family grows. I don’t like to think how many must be in landfills taking thousands of years to decompose. I realize there are some

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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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