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The Ultimate Family Gift Guide 2018

Our Holiday Gift Guide only includes the BEST. We have lots of ideas for every age but only included something if we have personally used it and loved it or it has come highly recommended by a trusted source. Shopping Tip: To put a little more money in your pocket,

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Top 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know

I always say, there are plenty of things I do as a parent that I’m sure I’ll regret. But, I’m confident in one thing…I won’t regret spending time reading to my children. Thanks to the example and advice from wise friends ahead of us on the parenting journey, we started

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7 Fun Ways to Get Ready for Back to School

Today’s post comes from our long-time blogging pal, Julie, from Happy Home Fairy. If your poke around on Julie’s blog, you can’t help but feel uplifted, encouraged, and empowered as a mom. She’s got LOADS of free printables that I know you’ll love. With back to school season upon us,

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8 Things I’m Loving

I have a recipe that I need to share. But to be honest, I just didn’t have the energy to go there. I’m in a writing mood and combing through ingredient formatting and editing Pesto Burger photos just wasn’t blowing my skirt up this morning. So, I’m giving myself the

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Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche but oh-so-true statement. As with every birthday that comes, I find

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15 Books That Share the REAL Meaning of Christmas

“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 and a retailer’s dream, it is vital to draw the wonder of our children away from

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5 GREAT Road Trip Activities for Kids (Cheap Ideas too!)

As I mentioned in a previous post, my family just returned from a trip to Florida. From mid-Missouri, the trip takes around 16 hours, depending on how quick your stops are. We had initially planned to stay in a hotel half way there but since our kids, four and six

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“Seeds of Christmas” Album and DVD Review

*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 the ears of parents, wonderful album. Except this time, it’s a bit different. It’s CHRISTMAS themed! Teaching

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15 meaningful Easter books that will help you and your family focus on the meaning of the holiday

15 Meaningful Easter Books

Easter is such a happy holiday. Bunnies. Egg hunts. Special Easter Sunday dresses (and an excuse to put little boys in vests or ties). Easter brunch with the family. Fun candies. Spring time. It really is one of my favorite holidays. Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program,

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How to Get Yellow Stains Out of Stored Baby Clothes

A rumbling-tumbling-jumping belly, achy back, out of breath…all the time, decreased appetite, and hating 95% of clothing can only mean one thing: the third trimester! It’s game time baby. The nursery is starting to take shape and I’m starting to knock off some to-do’s before baby #3 arrives. Since we

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5 Devotional Books Our Family is Loving

5 Devotional Books Our Family Is Loving

There are so many things my husband, Nathan, and I find ourselves regretting that we do or say as parents. But, one that I’m fairly confident we will not regret is taking the time to read to our children–especially books that encourage them to have a bigger, truer view of our

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Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Boy

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  This little man is turning

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14 best educational toys

The 14 Best Hands-On Educational Toys We Own

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  Every year around Christmas and

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10 Things I Would Like from MightyNest

Welp, I’ve got a good start on my Christmas list! I’ve been eying out the site, MightyNest for days. The more I look at it, the longer my wishlist gets. (Dang it!) Similar to Rachel’s story, these parents were alarmed by what research revealed about the everyday products that we

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Family Christmas Celebration

Santa or No Santa?

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 weekend was full of laughs, good food and great conversations. One conversation

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Much Love for Lana at Art and Soul Photography

Along with our site being updated, you may have noticed that our pictures have been updated as well. We were lucky to snag our friend, Lana Ekland at Art and Soul Photography to take the job. I’ve actually have known Lana for over five years now because once upon a

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A Safe, Cheap, and Effective Sunscreen for the Whole Family

Updated from May 2013. I thought this post might be helpful again for those moms out there like me who want a safe, effective, and cheap sunscreen… Every year I find myself doing new research on the best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer.

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A Mother’s Day Special: 25 Encouraging Verse Cards

We’ve got a Mother’s Day special for you on a very special and inexpensive gift! About a year ago, Polly and I had our uber-talented designer friend, Christine Busch, design an adorable little set of 25 printable verse cards called On the Job Meditations for Moms…because, well, we personally needed

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safe way to show youtube videos

Mom Hack: Safest Way to Show Youtube Videos to Kids

Do you like to watch Youtube videos with your kids? Or are you a teacher in some capacity and show Youtube videos to children? If so, you may find this tip helpful that my friend, Christine, sent me. SafeShare.TV provides the safest way to show Youtube videos to kids. Generating

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favorite toys for two year olds

Moms’ Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Note: *Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  Here’s a mommy pet peeve

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Birthday Banner

Birthday Banner

(The following is a sponsored post by Banner Envy) This weekend was a blast. We celebrated my daughter’s second birthday along with her buddy Eleanor. The weather was perfect and the munchkins had a blast in our back yard (inexpensive) birthday party. I was fortunate enough to have one of

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Glimpses of Grace

Glimpses of Grace

If you’ve been around Thriving Home a bit, you know we love books and to recommend good reads to our readers. (Most of the books we’ve recommended can be found in our store so if you are looking for a good read, check it out.) I’m excited to add another book

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A Review of My Panasonic Bread Machine

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been going a little crazy with the bread machine recipes. Ever since I got my bread machine four months ago we’ve continually had some type of bread, pastry, or pizza around the house or in the freezer. I love the ease of dumping a

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Olliblocks: A Mom’s Review

Olliblocks: A Mom’s Review

While we for sure have our share of toys that light up, play music, and even dance around, I’m always on the hunt for toys that encourage creativity and thinking. Since creative toys are sometimes hard to find, I was excited when I stumbled onto Olliblocks on Pinterest.  After poking around

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Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need to Register For?

Baby Gear: What Do You Actually Need?

  Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Read our full disclosure policy here. I recently found out a friend of mine is 7

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Polly’s 2013 Booklist

I’m totally hot and cold when it comes to reading. I’ll go months without picking up a book and then when I find one I like, I devour it in 2-3 days only to go back into a book drought for another month or two. This year I’d like to

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Our Hand-Picked 2012 Gift Guide

The last thing we want to do is to make Christmas about the stuff. We value and celebrate Christmas because it reminds us of the greatest gift humanity has been given: Jesus. Our hope is that gifts are given as a reminder of the ultimate gift of salvation he gives

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One More Book Your Toddler Will Love

After reading Rachel’s top 10 book recommendations for toddlers, I felt as though I needed to chime in on what my daughter has been enjoying reading. She is quite the book worm but one book in particular has found its way to the top of the list. It’s a book

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Senuti: Save Your Lost Music!

Senuti: Save Your Lost Music!

A while back I had some computer problems that resulted in me losing a lot of my music on my computer in iTunes. I was really bummed but not totally at a loss because it was all still on my (6 year old) ipod. Well, I noticed the other day

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Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Have a Boy? You Might Want to Get Him This…

Warren and his wife, Shelly, are two people I trust implicitly when it comes to grace-centered theology and parenting. They are just some rock solid people. So when I saw that Warren wrote a rave review of The Action Bible recently at Every Square Inch, I knew what our next

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Blog Love: Rachel’s Current Favs

Blog Love: Rachel’s Current Favs

This post was a hard one for me. There is so much great (and bad) content online now. I am a lover of blogs and find it amazing that we can learn from one another around the world in such an informal way today! I divided my Blog Love into

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books for one year olds

Books for One Year Olds

*Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Here’s our full disclosure.  My 14 month old has

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Rachel’s Picks: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Rachel’s Picks: Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is almost upon us! It’s not too late to make some last minute Amazon or other online orders, though. Here are a few of my picks based on what I know the men in my life like. Steve Jobs – My husband, I and many of our guy

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13.  You should have plenty of time to make and receive an Amazon order for your mom or wife if you do it soon.  Here are a few of my favorite things or “I wants” to get you started thinking… (*Some of the

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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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The Power of Music: Recommendations for Kids and Families

If you haven’t seen this viral video of how listening to familiar music causes this elderly man to respond in amazing ways, it’s worth the 6 minutes. After watching it I thought to myself, “Wait, I’ve seen this happen first hand!” A few years ago I was on a mission

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Mommy Spotlight: Bonnie

Mommy Spotlight: Bonnie

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today’s Mommy Spotlight is my (Polly’s)

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Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Highlights of Our Easter Weekend

Happy Belated Easter from our family to yours!  I don’t share these kinds of posts very often at TH, but I thought today I’d tell you a bit about our Easter weekend and give you a little window into our family’s life.  Here are a few highlights:

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Everywhere Improv: Stop by for a Laugh

Want a good laugh? Spend some time on the Improv Everywhere site. Over Easter weekend my family gathered around the TV and watched scene after scene until our faces hurt from laughing. Improv Everywhere is a New York City-based prank collective that causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.

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Mommy Spotlight: Liz

Mommy Spotlight: Liz

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today, we introduce you to our

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Mommy Spotlight: Holli

Mommy Spotlight: Holli

Whether a first-time mommy or a weathered veteran, we believe every mother has some valuable wisdom that she’s gleaned along this crazy journey we call parenting. Mommy Spotlight highlights a mom who is striving to create a thriving home in her own unique way. Today, we introduce you to my

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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 idea of cloth diapering. At my baby shower, I could tell that many people were skeptical about the

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Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

Guest Post: Reading Aloud With Our Littlest Bambinos

In my years as an elementary school teacher, I saw the benefits of reading aloud to my students everyday first hand. It sparked their creativity, increased their vocabulary and grammar, improved their attention span, stimulated their interest in new ideas, promoted communication skills and gave us a platform to discuss

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In The Kitchen: Rachel’s Faves

In The Kitchen: Rachel’s Faves

Disclosure: Affiliate links included. I am a sucker for kitchen tools and appliances!  These are a few of my favorites that I use regularly in my own home. 1) Microplane 40020 Classic Zester/Grater I use this for all kinds of things, such as… …grating raw carrot or apple for my baby. 

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In the Kitchen: Polly’s Faves

In the Kitchen: Polly’s Faves

My mother is the kitchen gadget queen. I think we had a tool or contraption for EVERY need in the kitchen. I’m not to that point yet, but I do have a few favorite things that I’d recommend. Below are six of my favorite kitchen tools. Check back tomorrow for

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My Reading List

I have a tendency to be rather hot or cold when it comes to reading. Sometimes I have so many books I want to read that I can’t keep track of them all. Other times I’ve got nothing on the reading list and no desire to add to my list

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Stuff We Love for Newborns

Stuff We Love for Newborns

  1. Infant Lounger This was great to have around the house in those first few months. You can plop it down anywhere and it serves as a resting place for your little one. 2. Noise Machine: We live in a one story house, on a busy street, with two dogs, and

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Chew Beads: Inspired by Teething Babies, Worn by Moms

Chew Beads: Inspired by Teething Babies, Worn by Moms

Ever heard of Chew Beads? I hadn’t either until I got some at a baby shower. I didn’t think much of them until my little gal reached a stage where she is desperately grabbing and chewing on any jewelry I wear. After unclamping her jaw for the 56th time from my

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