Super Duper Cheap Back To School Clothes

Happy Back To School! For the first time in eleven long years, all six of my kiddos are in school—five in elementary and one in preschool! (Please pause for Party Rock Anthem) That means that I now have dedicated time to get back to spending some quality time over here at Thrive while my kids have a blast … Read more Super Duper Cheap Back To School Clothes

Kids Summer Break Sewing Project: Silly Pillows

Well, despite my hours of dedicated research on Pinterest, my kids still arrived at ‘bored’ last weekend. *Sigh* It’s only been a couple of weeks and apparently all the park trips, splash pads and kid crafts just aren’t cutting it anymore. And movies, coloring and playing outside were also nixed. Bummer. But those stacks and stacks … Read more Kids Summer Break Sewing Project: Silly Pillows

How NOT to paint a vinyl floor–Epic FAIL

Thanks for your kind comments on my door painting fail – so glad I’m not the only one who’s screwed up a DIY project. And I’ll give a quick disclaimer right now: painting your floors can look AWESOME and is a great solution for a cheap face lift until you can replace flooring outright. However … Read more How NOT to paint a vinyl floor–Epic FAIL

What Not To Toss Weekend: Busted Calculators & Remotes

How many of you have wound up with one of those freakishly large calculators or remotes from the dollar store? Kid #2 proudly came home with the calculator version and it lasted all of a day before it cracked in half on the first drop. Time to toss that bad boy, huh? Wait! Don’t toss that! … Read more What Not To Toss Weekend: Busted Calculators & Remotes

Primitive Valentine’s Hearts Door Hanging

Here’s the latest entry in the unofficial please-help-me-figure-out-what-the-heck-to-put-on-my-door quest. And for the record, I’m really into the simple, fast projects as of late and this was no different. I think the start to finish was under thirty minutes with minimal mess. Want to make your own? For this project you’ll need: See? I told you this was … Read more Primitive Valentine’s Hearts Door Hanging