It’s hard to believe that 2013 ends today. At the start of the new year, we’ll be talking about goals and a renewed focus for 2014, but first, let’s take a look back at my top ten blog posts of 2013. It’s always fun to see what my friends and readers really enjoyed over the course of the year, and if you’ve missed any of these posts, then you have another chance to check them out.
This post went viral in every sense of the word, getting shared repeatedly on Facebook, Pinterest, in mommy forums, and by many bloggers.
Many of you know that I have extreme morning sickness when I’m pregnant and it never goes away. It’s either hyperemesis or just really horrendous morning sickness because I struggle to gain weight, though I am fortunate that I do, in fact, start gaining weight at some point. I’ve gained a total of 12 pounds in two of my pregnancies and 20 in my second (and best) pregnancy. Medicine does not help, and I have days when I vomit repeatedly and stay in bed. My good days are spent cleaning house and getting ahead of the game in preparation for those bad days. Every day is a challenge in some way. I wrote this post for all the moms who feel that no one understands what it’s like. If you’ve ever wondered how to be a friend to someone who goes through this, then this post is for you.
This post struck a chord with those who celebrate Halloween and those who do not.
I love this easy recipe. It’s perfect for fall days and the cinnamon and apple flavors speak of home like few things can. It’s also a great way to use up bread that’s stale and apples that won’t last much longer.
Last year, I wrote a series on why I’m not a huge fan of Babywise anymore, though I do find it helpful to keep my kids on a loose schedule. You can find out which rules I keep and which ones I throw out or modify here in this post.
This frugal and thoughtful gift got a lot of traffic at Christmas, as moms were looking for sweet gifts for family members without breaking the bank. You’ll enjoy making it–it’s a perfect DIY project for non-crafty moms like myself.
Ever wondered how to organize a busy bag swap (or what on earth a busy bag is)? Check this out. Ours was easy and fun.
Dust off your bread machine and put that baby to work! With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, you can have amazing homemade dinner rolls anytime you want.
Did you know that the Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to pay for breast pumps? Some cover hand pumps but others will pay for electric pumps for nursing moms. Last January, I received my $350 Medela pump for free from my insurance company. This post tells you step-by-step how to do that.
If you’ve always wondered how on earth families can afford to have more than one or two children, then this post is for you. With a little bit of resourcefulness and a whole lot of perspective on how we use money, moms can save as much or as little money as they want for their families because babies are only as expensive as we want them to be.
I hope your 2013 was a great year and that 2014 will be an even better time of growth as a mom, wife, and follower of Christ!