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

Make your own faux layered shirts from leg warmers or socks!

Holy easy project, Batman. This was such a fun no-brainer—a trifecta, really, of circumstances that yielded kid #3 something like 50 new shirt combos: #1 – it’s dang cold outside #2 – baby girl has lots of these in her closet #3 – I’ve got a bunch of these left over from past projects: Women’s … Read more Make your own faux layered shirts from leg warmers or socks!

What Not To Toss Weekend: Make mittens & hats from old sweaters!

Remember this little sweater that became a cardigan? Well it’s too small for kid #6 and has a few stains here and there which makes passing it down to younger kids a no-go. Time to trash that striped number, right? Wait! Don’t toss that! With a little Edward Scissorhands love, that sweater or cardigan can yield mittens … Read more What Not To Toss Weekend: Make mittens & hats from old sweaters!

Bee Mine Valentine’s Day Printable & Free Silhouette File

Have you seen this super cute Valentine’s Day printable designed by Aly over at Entire Eventful? Love, love the chalk board goodness. Well Aly asked a few of us bloggers to put our own spin on her fun design—a sort of “One Printable, Five Ways” type of thing. And because I’m a Silhouette nerd, I had all kinds of fun … Read more Bee Mine Valentine’s Day Printable & Free Silhouette File