It Works! How to Remove a Broken Lightbulb with a Potato

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We are all about using natural, whole foods around here at Thriving Home. Even when it comes to home maintenance. OK, not really. But this was the case with a broken lightbulb that we couldn't remove…

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…
3 Key Ways to Save Money and Eat Healthier

3 Key Ways To Save Money and Eat Healthier

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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 Tips for Throwing a Successful Yard Sale

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I don't know if I should admit this but I associate spring time with garage sales. As the snow (finally) melts away, I have begun to see more and more sale signs popping up on Fridays and Saturdays. This…

Stools with So Much Potential!

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  Most people would look at these stools and think, "Gross." Since they came from my grandparent's house I wasn't too grossed out by them but they were in serious need of a makeover. The funny…

Grandma's Dresser Transformed into a Changing Table

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Let the nesting begin! Ah, who's kidding. I'm in a continual state of nesting whether I'm pregnant or not. This week's warm weather allowed me to start and finish Baby 2.0's changing table. I prefer…

Why I Won't Throw My Kid a Pinterest Birthday Party

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I have a confession to make. My son just turned 6 this week. And...I dropped the ball, so to speak, on planning a big basketball birthday party like he had originally asked for. There are so many moms…
DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

DIY Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

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With six little grimmy hands running around my house, our stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher get embarrassingly nasty. Fingerprints are everywhere! Want to see? And these pictures…

Cloth Diapering Update

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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,…

DIY Baby Girl Onesies

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If I would have known how easy these baby girl onesies were to make, I imagine my daughter's drawer would have been full of them. This is a fun project for someone with beginning sewing skills. It also…
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…
Fourth of July Wreath

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

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After seeing a Fourth of July fireworks stand being set up yesterday, I got really excited for the upcoming holiday! So when I stumbled on this wreath idea from Capital B, I got motivated and…

How to Transform a Onesie into a Dress

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It's amazing how fast babies grow out of their clothes. There were so many cute outfits that my little lady only wore once or twice. It was painful for me to pack barely used clothes away not knowing if…
homemade laundry detergent ingredients

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

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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.

Toddler Activity Bags: How to Throw a Busy Bag Swap {Guest Post}

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Got a busy toddler? I just came back from a "Busy Bag Exchange" equipped with 11 different activities to keep a toddler busy. Since my friend, Ashley, is the coordinator of the Busy Bag Exchange, I asked…

Decorating Tip: Another Use for Painters Tape!

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I love to change our home decor up and move things around. In the early days of living in our house, I cut corners when hanging things on our walls and didn't used the plastic anchors that hold the screws…
New chair with silhouette shape

Antique Children's Chair Makeover

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This chair makeover might be my favorite furniture makeover I've ever done so far. That's a pretty bold statement but I can't remember a piece starting out so rough and turning out so great! I stumbled…

10 Tips for Throwing a Great Garage Sale

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Tis the season for garage sales! In fact, instead of going out and hunting for great treasures for my home, this past weekend, I threw a garage sale of my own. Rachel jumped on board and put some of her…

Mailbox Makeover

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I love spray painting things. LOVE IT. It is easy, fast, cheap and gives big results. This is a project I've been itching to get to for a while. Our mailbox was beginning to show rust and was in much need…

Chair Changes

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What is it with numbering things? Everywhere I turn, it seems like someone is numbering a household item and making it look cool. I'm not quite sure I get it. What's funny though is that I've jumped on…

Playdate Skirt Tutorial

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I absolutely love little skirts on baby girls. Now that my little gal is in cloth diapers, her booty needs a little more room so I'm on a mission to make loads of skirts. I named this the "Playdate Skirt"…

Five Minute Fabric Flowers

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Looking for a cheap and easy craft project? One that takes close to five minutes once you get the hang of it? Look no further, my friends. You can see my little lady modeling my newest creation below.…

Give Old Pillows New Life!

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Want to freshen up some old throw pillows? Don't throw them out! It is a lot easier to makeover an old pillow than you would think. All you need is fabric and some very basic sewing skills. To see…

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

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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…