Damask Mod Podge Easter Eggs

My quest to bring Spring to the freakishly red upstairs continues. Today’s attempt:  Make An Easter Tree Or as I like to call it, “One last holiday display from my ready-to-retired stick tree that keeps hanging around.” (See it for other holidays here and here). But as soon as I drug out those bright plastic eggs and saw just how violently they clashed … Read more Damask Mod Podge Easter Eggs

100+ Simple Halloween Costumes That You Probably Have In Your Closet

Ah, Halloween. I love seeing all those fun costumes at the stores, but they’re not cheap.  And with six kiddos to outfit, it turns out that I’d rather pass on spending $120-$200 for a night of trick-or-treating and funnel that money towards Christmas instead. So I say, “Rock-what-ya-got!” If you … 1. Shop Your Closet … Read more 100+ Simple Halloween Costumes That You Probably Have In Your Closet

Brave and Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and … Read more Brave and Beautiful

Halloween Lanterns

I’m always on the lookout for fun holiday projects in keeping with the Thrive Philosophy:   No money. No shopping.  No problem. And just in time for Halloween, I’m sharing five of my favorite post from the Thrive archives this week before new projects post in October.Check out these frightfully cute lanterns! Perfect for adding … Read more Halloween Lanterns

Music, Videos, Activities and Scriptures for a Christ-Centered Christmas

Each year as the Christmas decorations go up, I try and help my children focus on the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ: his life, his death, his love for each of us. I compiled this listing of my family’s favorite media—free music to download, videos and devotionals to watch, pictures to color and cards … Read more Music, Videos, Activities and Scriptures for a Christ-Centered Christmas

How To Make A Travel Schedule Board: Great for special needs children and road trips

Why make this? When my oldest was diagnosed with Autism nine years ago, we soon realized how critical structured, predicable routines were. They made a night-and-day difference in my son’s behavior that he began to thrive around.  To help our son (who was three at the time) and our younger, non-reading children understand those routines, … Read more How To Make A Travel Schedule Board: Great for special needs children and road trips

Make Your Own FREE 4th of July Pillows from scraps and Easter bunnies!

  So … summer. It’s time to actually spruce up the ‘ol front porch for the 4th. Turns out, though, I’m fresh out of décor for the 4th of July or porches in general. And as usual, my budget is zero dollars and zero cents. That means I’m left with whatever I can make out of my classy … Read more Make Your Own FREE 4th of July Pillows from scraps and Easter bunnies!

Make Your Own Mass Rad Graduation, Birthday or Celebration Balloons

Graduation. End of the year. It’s almost here. Time for teacher appreciation gifts, commencement bouquets and graduation parties. ** Cue dollar store décor–that blessedly cheap haven of all things seasonal.** Well, seasonal and completely generic. Or not …. I figured if I only had a few bucks to throw towards celebrating I might as well … Read more Make Your Own Mass Rad Graduation, Birthday or Celebration Balloons