Blogging Basics: Why We Love Blogging As a Part-Time Job

Yesterday began our Blogging Basics series with “Do You Ever Dream of Starting a Blog?“. Stay tuned all week long for more about starting a blog for profit. “So what do you do for a living?” It’s a common question that often comes out during small chat, right? ...more

Blogging Basics: Have You Ever Dreamed of Starting a Blog (and Earning Income from It)?

Have you ever dreamed about starting your own blog? And maybe even earning some extra income from it? Polly and I sure did three years ago ....more

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 26-May 2

A major key to eating healthier and saving money is meal planning. When I plan my meals, I feel less stress throughout the week, spend less time and money at the grocery store, and usually serve my family a fairly well-rounded diet throughout the week. My hope is that my mostly “real food” meal plans each Saturday will help you do the same! P.S. Please don’t feel overwhelmed when you look at my plan ....more

DIY Chalk Paint Vases (or “Look, I Did a Real Live Craft!”)

When it comes to DIY and craft projects, I am not your go-to blogger. I mean don’t confuse me with this crafty girl. But when you have a friend you love and that friend loves to craft…you learn to give it a go ....more

Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know what an essential oil was until 2 years ago when a yoga instructor unexpectedly put it on me in the closing relaxation portion of a class. I remember having somewhat of a moral dilemma wondering if I was dabbling in some type of spiritualism that I didn’t want to associate with but felt simultaneously conflicted when that nice, lavender scent washed over me and made me feel oh-so-relaxed. I liked it but didn’t have much...more

These are the Best Days

The following post is from a college friend of mine, Justin Ricklefs. His warm and authentic reflections on family, marriage and relationships have captured the heart and attention of many readers. Reclaiming the meaning of what matters most is what motivates his writing and it is...more

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 19-25

A major key to eating healthier and saving money is meal planning. When I plan my meals, I feel less stress throughout the week, spend less time and money at the grocery store, and usually serve my family a fairly well-rounded diet throughout the week. My hope is that my mostly “real food” meal plans each Saturday will help you do the same! P.S. Please don’t feel overwhelmed when you look at my plan ....more

Friday Funny: Blame

This video gave me a great big ‘ol chuckle....more

Marshmallows + Toothpicks = Rainy Day Activity

This activity isn’t rocket science…but it might further your child toward that career. Simply give your child toothpicks. Gasp! ...more

Getting to Know YOU: A Quick Survey and FREE Gift

Dear Thriving Home friends, Polly and Rachel here. We know your time is valuable. That’s why we want to make Thriving Home a place that’s truly helpful in your home when you choose to spend time on our site ....more