Thanksgiving Guide: Make-Ahead Recipes, Family Activities & More

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we want to make the holiday as easy as possible for you! Here are some ideas you might find helpful. In this post you'll find family activities, a menu…

A Father's Day Gift Idea That Your Man Will LOVE

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Hint hint: Dad doesn't want another money clip for Father's Day. We have a fun and original idea that has already proven to be a great gift: Give him a Bacon Steak Sampler! Even better news: we've…
Easter lunch on table with salad, ham, hash brown casserole, and wine

Easter Menu Plan Made Easy

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An impressive, yet simple Easter meal for a crowd. Just follow our easy 4 step Easter Menu Plan!

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Child's Heart for Easter

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What comes to mind when your children think about Easter? I wish I could say that my kids get excited about the fact that Jesus conquered death and sealed the deal on eternal life through him,…

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Strengthen Your Faith and Family

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These 5 New Year's resolutions to grow your faith and family may be the most meaningful ones of your entire life.

Table Talk Cards

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Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them…

One of My Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Growing up, every Christmas morning we had monkey bread. While the sticky sweet recipe is delish, what makes the monkey bread so special is the tradition behind it. The thought of our Christmas morning…

Christmas Tree Troubles

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Gather round, friends. I have a Christmas tale for you that is sure to bring some jolly to your day. It is a tale of a young mother who had large Christmas tree ambitions. Ambitions that were thwarted…

15 Books That Share the REAL Meaning of Christmas

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"In a culture that uses this season to get children to dream about how their lives would be made better by possessing a certain material thing, where Christmas has been reduced to a shopper's nightmare…

Two Ways to Prepare Your Heart and Your Kids' Hearts for Christmas

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Last night in my church small group, a few of the members expressed their concerns about getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. I'm right there with them. While I know that…

4 Reasons a Cooking Birthday Party at Hy-Vee Is a Steal of a Deal

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A kids' cooking birthday party at Hy-Vee is a hidden gem. Every kid (ages 6-10) absolutely loved this hour and a half of hands-on cooking and eating fun. And it was the most low-stress, enjoyable birthday…

10+ Halloween School Party Ideas

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Need some ideas for a Halloween school party? Or even some game ideas for a Halloween party coming up? Keep reading... Am I the only one who draws a blank when it comes to brainstorming up school…
Jesus' Birthday Cake

A Birthday Party for Jesus on Christmas Night

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When the gift opening frenzy is over, all toys have been played with, and everyone has sufficiently stuffed themselves on Christmas dinner..there's still one more Christmas tradition my children can't…

"Seeds of Christmas" Album and DVD Review

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*This post is sponsored by Seeds Family Worship but opinions are all mine! Well, they've done it again. Seeds Family Worship has come out yet again with another scripture led, kid-favorite, easy on…
You'll never regret giving this thrifty, yet meaningful gift this Christmas.

Giving the Gift of Time To Our Kids for Christmas

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Guest post by Erin Anderson. Being six years younger than my sister, I always wanted to be more than an annoying little sister. That’s likely why I still remember when she invited me at the age…
Free Printables for Summer

FREE Fun Printables for Summer

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Hey there, Thriving Home readers! My name is Julie and I blog over at Happy Home Fairy. One of my favorite things to do on my site is create fun FREE Printables that help sweet mamas like you build a happy…
Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party

Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide

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Although a while back, I swore off a Pinterest birthday party for my kids, here I am. I found a pocket of creative time this past year and dove head-first into my 7-year-old son's request for a Science…

6 Easy and Fun Activities for Holiday Gatherings

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  Updated from December 2013. Want to spice up that next family gathering or Christmas party? Try a game or activity to get everyone involved. Here are some of our favorites to do together…

"Good News of Great Joy!" Family Christmas Devotional (Only $4.99!)

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What story will most capture your child’s heart this holiday season? Children begin to form their understanding of what Christmas is about from very early on. The only real question is who or what will…
Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

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Last weekend I had a girls weekend with my college besties. As we've talked about before here and here, getting away with girlfriends is refreshing for the soul. We had a blast (and almost got snowed in!!) The…
Easy Halloween Party Games

3 Easy Elementary Halloween Party Games

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I love thinking of and running games for kids...really people of any age. Over the years I've worked with kids in various settings--camp counselor, babysitter, teacher, children's ministry director,…

Thoughtful Father's Day Gift Idea

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I wanted to share about a DIY Father's Day gift I put together for my dad a few years ago. It took a little preliminary work but the thoughtfulness and time put into it was totally worth it. Weeks…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Blow Up That Balloon Experiment

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As I've mentioned in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we did three different hands-on science experiments for my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. All three worked well and…
Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Crazy Cupcake Concoctions

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As I've been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son's 7th Science Birthday Party. One of my favorite parts of the party, to be honest, was…