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That One Time I Won a $500 Noonday Shopping Spree

I’m not really someone who enters into giveaways often. I do recognize the irony of the fact that I write for a blog that holds a few giveaways a year. I’m so thankful you guys enter them because if there were a bunch of Polly’s out there, our giveaways would be

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Tailgating Made Easy with Hy-Vee

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) It was the first game of the season and the weather was perfect. I mean PERFECT. The idea of tailgating with some friends was now coming to fruition and we needed some good ‘ol delicious tailgate food. Problem is, almost all of us have young families

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Laura started losing her hair in high school and has lived most of her college and 20 somethings years as a bald woman in a culture that worships beauty. Her story is incredibly encouraging! Read on and share with others!

I Lost All My Hair…and Gained Something Greater

I first saw Laura Hockett at a week-long church event that I help run called Kids Club. She had a huge smile on her face, was leading a group of elementary kids in some cheers, and, most notably, was completely bald. I thought, “Wow, this girl is going through chemo, but

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Favorite Summer Things Giveaway ($600+ Value)

It’s here! It’s here! Our annual Favorite Summer Things Giveaway is finally here! We’ve worked months and months to line up some fabulous goodies for you to win. I can’t wait to tell you about everything. But first, what makes this giveaway even better is that 12 other bloggers are

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HUGE NEWS + A $100 Giveaway to Celebrate! (Giveaway Expired)

You can read more about our process of getting a cookbook publishing deal here and here. Thriving Home readers, we love you. We love your encouraging comments, your shared enthusiasm for good food, your appreciation for authenticity, and your loyalty to Thriving Home. We love that some of you have

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Lessons From My Kids’ Confiscated Toys

Guest post by Nathan (Rachel’s husband) Water balloons. The missing ear of a stuffed animal. A Pez dispenser. A doll (inevitably) missing its clothing. Two old iPhones. And both medieval* and futuristic toy weapons. What do all of the things in this picture have in common? Taken together, they look like

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5 Things We’ve Learned About Blogging This Year

Four years ago, when Rachel and I stepped into the world of blogging for business, we had no idea how little we didn’t know. Now, several years in, Rachel and I still feel like we are on a learning curve. Yes, we’ve figured out how to turn our hobby into a

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A carbon monoxide scare that hit a little too close to home.

A Carbon Monoxide Scare that Hit Close to Home

A Rude Awakening It was Friday morning around 6am that my sister and her husband woke up to a strange alarm going off in their home. Both were a little foggy and disoriented by the early-morning wakeup call coming from their basement but realized that the situation needed to be dealt

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Christmas Decor

I Always Miss the Mark During Advent, and Yet…

The angel’s words to the shepherds so long ago really are true: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the

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The Four Marriage Killers & Ways to Avoid Them

Writing about marriage is not something that comes naturally for me. I tend to hover near topics that revolve around the home, kids and food. These are comfortable for me to blab about and to share with the world. But, for some reason, I get a little hesitant when sharing

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Should I Care About Shopping Fair Trade?

So, what’s the deal with Fair Trade? This is something I’ve been asking myself for a while now. I catch wind of bits and pieces about it here and there but have never really sat down with someone who knows more than me on the subject and picked their brain.

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How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It’s a battle of values, right? Save money or eat real foods (and pay a bit

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