Thrive on Black Friday 2015


Today is the day!! The BLACK FRIDAY sale at THRIVE is well underway and there are DEALS galore to be had! Take a look at the deal sheet for Black Friday below, and then visit my site to order. There are also some packages that can be ordered only through me, so if you have […]

Tricks for Banishing the WITCHING HOUR


My eyes glance at the clock. My breathing starts to speed up and my heart starts to race. It gets harder to breathe…..My muscles tighten and then I hear the garage door open. Hyperventilation. Panic. Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE my kids. LOVE them. I honestly believe….. “Children are an heritage of the Lord and […]

Recipe: Southwestern Chicken & Rice Soup-In a Jar!


Last month I went to my mom’s house and helped her fix a bunch of meals in jars. Using shelf stable Thrive ingredients to create some meals put together in advance, are just the thing to make life a little easier. It’s incredibly lovely to have a yummy, healthy dinner on the table in 20 […]

Recipe: Magnificent Stuffed Peppers


  I love not shopping….like, LOVE. It’s so nice to have a Home Store, where I buy and store stuff in advance to have on hand when I need it, thereby eliminating most emergency trips to the store. Such a stress reducer! This morning I went out into my garden and found eight beautifully ripe green bell […]

Recipe: Healthy Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles at with no artificial colors or flavors!

Just a quick post today to share one of our family summer favorites…   The summer is winding down but there’s still plenty of requests for Popsicles at my house! My hubby tells me that one of the ways families and kids make some extra money in Peru is by making these Chupetes or popsicles, […]

Preserving: Drying Herbs


A few years ago I realized I needed to do something with my huge Oregano bush, so I started drying it and saving it. The coolest thing was realizing a year later that I hadn’t purchased any oregano from the store and had been using my OWN! This got me thinking this year….I want to […]

DIY Skin-Loving Deodorant


  Ya’ll know I love a good DIY, and I’m kinda a crunchy granola mamma, too. Early this year I decided that I wanted to try making my own deodorant. The aluminum and other ingredients in commercial antiperspirants are controversial and since my grandmother died recently from advanced Alzheimers, let’s just say if I could find […]

How To Find Balance In Your Life As A Busy Mom


I love the, so when they contacted me about whether or not I’d be interested in having them do some guest posts on my blog, I was thrilled. My role as a mom is the most important one in my journey as the essential homemaker, because everything I do is based on raising great people. […]

The Art of Time Management

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I struggle….I mean STRUGGLE with time management. There is so much going on….things that need doing, places I have to be, 1/2 a million kids with different stories that distract. As a person who is easily overwhelmed, organization and time management are critical to my productivity, and well, my general well being. But that doesn’t translate […]

Pinterest: My Most Popular Pins


I love Pinterest, don’t you? I know some people get intimidated by the sheer volume of info on Pinterest and the whole idea that one must “keep up with the Mrs. Joneses” of the world. Fortunately, I don’t fall into either category, so Pinterest and I have a close relationship. So close, in fact, that […]

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