2013 was a big year for this blog, bringing in well over 1 million pageviews! A blog is only a great as its readers, and I truly appreciate the insightful comments (particularly apparent in my two most popular posts from the year), as well as your sharing my posts. Thank you!!! Now, let’s count down to my most popular post, starting with Lucky #13:
I can’t take personal credit for this post; I simply chronicled what I saw at my son’s preschool game day. It’s full of wonderful, fun, accessible outdoor activities for kids that were too good not to share. I am so grateful for all of the wonderful teachers in my children’s lives!
Compiled at the request of a friend, this list includes some of our favorite activities that are safe for babies who love to put everything in their mouths. My favorite part of this list is that most of the activities will also appeal to older kids – perfect for parents who need ideas of ways that their children can play with baby siblings!
This fun twist on the classic “inflate a balloon using vinegar and baking soda” trick was a hit with my kids – and on Pinterest!
I love books, and so do my kids! Here are a few of my secrets for raising kids who love to read – something, that, in my house, as translated to three of my four kids teaching themselves to read so far!
I don’t write about it much on this blog, but I am pretty passionate about baby gear! I love baby wearing, and this post explains the different types of baby carriers, and how I have found them most useful.
We have enjoyed so many variations on this activity in our home! I did learn this year that some kinds of tempura paint smell really weird when they get mixed in plastic bags! So, we’ll be sticking with food coloring, gel, shampoos, and my favorite Crayola washable paints for this activity.
My hope is to raise children who are kind, and I think understanding and being able to process emotions is a great place to start developing empathy. This post features a few things I am doing to teach my kids emotional intelligence.
This method of making hard-boiled eggs is by far my favorite – and it turns out there are quite a few people on the internet looking for advice!
It’s always exciting to have a new baby in the house – but a lot of changes, too! This post focuses on things we have done that eased the transition for siblings, including many ideas from my own parents (who had 9 opportunities to introduce a younger sibling to the family!)
The best part about having siblings is that you can have built in friends for life! My nine siblings are my best friends, and I’m thrilled to see my kids growing up close as well.
I fell in love with science long before I met Mike (let alone my kids) so I’m happy to have this post make the top three! It got more than a little help by being featured in this lovely Buzzfeed post featuring science experiments that are fun for adults as well as kids! Thanks, Buzzfeed!
I wrote this tutorial after my sister asked if I could make a weighted blanket for my nephew. I was very happy with the method I had come up with for making the blanket, and I’m even happier to see that it has been used for so many people! If you are interested in making one, be sure to read through the comments, as readers have offered many helpful suggestions.
This post, crowd sourced by several of my favorite bloggers, was a bit hit in 2012 and continues to be popular. Let’s face it, all parents face sleep deprivation at some point or another, even the best sleep trainers among us! And, when you’re exhausted, sometimes you need some help remembering how to cope. I love the advice in this post, as well as in the comments!
What posts did you most enjoy from this blog – or another blog – in 2013? If you blog, which of your posts were most popular?