It’s the last day of 2015 and I thought it would be nice to reflect back on the top 10 posts of 2015. It’s definitely been a year of change on the blog. I updated the blog template, took on more blogging sponsorships, joined more blogging support groups, and recently switched over the mailing list to MailChimp (this is still a work in progress). As in life, the blogging world is ever changing and there is always something new to learn. Thank you to all of you that have stuck with me during the 2015 year.
Top 10 Posts of 2015
I’m not even going to lie, this Back to School Teen Pre-Cycle & Beauty Survival Kit was one of the most difficult posts to write. Why? Well, it was a behind the scene blogging issue that I don’t want to get into, but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Who knew that this simple post on creating a teen pre-cycle kit would be so popular?! There was also a lot of conversation on some of the pinned images of this post, many from teens. I think creating this bag is a great way for moms to open the conversation on the menstruation cycle with their girls and definitely helped me talk about it with my youngest girl.
The Vintage Doily Dream Catcher craft post was such a fun post for me. This craft was created when my younger sister came to visit during the summer. We had a chance to visit a vintage craft fair and picked up a few vintage doilies and ribbons to create several bohemian themed dream catchers.
My kids are macaroni salad lovers and I shared a Hawaiian Style Loaded Macaroni Salad recipe this year. There’s enough stuff in this salad to make a mini meal and can be made ahead for large parties. Just make sure you add more milk/mayo before serving because the macaroni will soak up a lot of liquid.
This Spread Cheer – Holiday Cookie Baskets was a sponsored post on behalf of Betty Crocker and one that I had so much fun doing. Any post that involves spending time with my kids is something I enjoy and baking cookies is no exception. Plus, I love the idea of Betty Crocker’s #SpreadCheer campaign – spread cheer with a simple gesture of cookies to brighten someone’s day! Seriously folks, these sugar cookies were so easy to make and they tasted awesome!
I can’t even tell you how nice it was to have a freezer of make ahead breakfast meals for the kids. This round-up of 30+ Make Ahead Breakfasts has definitely helped me streamline the morning chaos when it comes to feeding the kids before school.
Here’s another one of my kids’ favorite things to eat, Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Peppermint Frosting. This is made store bought cake mix and combined with fresh ingredients to make a super moist and tasty cupcake.
I participated in a Homemade Kids Ornament blog hop and I shared how to create a Rustic Tree Popsicle Stick Ornament Tutorial. These are super easy to make with dollar store popsicle sticks and you can go crazy decorating the trees any way you like.
This was the first year I hosted a blogger ornament exchange. In the end, there were over 70+ bloggers that shared their ornament shopping trip or craft on the exchange. If you would like to see all of the ornament created, head over to 2015 Ornament Exchange page. It was quite a task and I thank all the participants that helped make this a success.
This year, I joined Shirley at Intelligent Domestications for the 12 Days of Christmas Series. It was 12 days of all things Christmas and two posts from the series made the top 10 – 12 Days of Family Friendly Games & 12 Days of Christmas Free Printables.
2015 has been a great year in blogging and I look forward to trying new things during the 2016 year and hope you will join me in the journey of new things too!