Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful couple of holidays with family and friends. Ours was nice and low key with family from out of town. We’ve been battling colds, so we’ve tried to keep it to ourselves. It seems like so many people were sick this Christmas! Not fun.
Today I’m sharing my Top 10 posts of 2017. I’m always curious what posts will be a hit and which ones will go over like a led balloon. I get a hunch on which ones will be successful, but sometimes I’m completely surprised.
Anyway, here were the most-read topics:
10. Kindness behavioral chart and treasure chest
After The Great Summer of Bickering I implemented this kindness chart for the boys. I finally decided I could walk into that time together rolling my eyes or I could look at it as an opportunity to teach them. This time that they are home together as kids could very well determine how they treat each others as adults. I want to teach them to be kind and respectful to their parents, each other, and everyone they come in contact with. Get the rules and rewards I use in this post.
9. The ultimate Christmas planner
Having a tight budget means you have to organize and plan where each penny goes and start early! That’s exactly why I created this planner to give to you. Take a peek here. I will be offering it again next year with a few more additions!
8. 5 best ways to clean a shower and keep it clean
I’ve found five powerful ways to get my tile shower clean and keep it clean longer — months longer! I’m sharing a secret ingredient you’re missing in your all natural vinegar and water cleaner, as well as a DIY shower spray recipe that is magic. Read all about it in this post.
7. Most-pinned baby checklists and ideas
Here are printable checklists for your third trimester, registry, hospital bag and diaper bag. Also included are the best lullabies, baby book ideas, how to make baby food and a printable “baby is sleeping” sign for the front door. All together these posts have about 462,000 pins! Get all my best baby posts here.
6. 1 week schedule to clean and organize the house
My unorganized summer ways left my house in a dirty, unorganized mess! (Seriously, you can see in the embarrassing pictures.) In this post I focused on one space for an hour. I had a clean house in a week without being overwhelmed. Get the printable schedule here.
5. Ideas to organize your home office and budget
At the beginning of each year I do few things in my home office to start fresh. In this post I’m sharing what I do to get our finances, office space, computer, calendar and school papers in order for a clean slate. Get all my tips and a printable checklist here.
4. Hurricane Irma brought us to our knees
A hurricane slammed into our city, going directly over our house and has changed us in unforeseen ways. In this post I’m talking about the mental game of evacuating, the aftermath, helping others and how it forced a self assessment of faith. This is my honest story.
3. How I organize my house with kids
Perfect is not my goal, but simple is! The more we simplify our life, the faster we can get to the good stuff — spending time together. On top of spending loads of time at home, our house has a very open floor plan — meaning our living room, dining room, kitchen, office area/playroom is all in one space! It is impossible to relegate kids’ stuff to one area. Here is exactly how I handle it.
2. Plant wall in the bathroom
I’ve wanted to do a plant wall in this bathroom for about two years and it’s finally done! I have been eyeing beautiful plant walls on Pinterest, plotting and planning for this blank wall in our master bathroom. It has artificial and real plants. Here’s how I did it and where I got the plants.
1. Bible verses to color
And finally, my winner this year was the post with Bible verse color pages. One of our summer activities was to memorize scripture as a family. I designed 11 free printables to color and help teach kids Bible verses. Each week, after they color them, they can hang them in their room and we can recite them together before bed at night. Get your free printables in this post.
Did you have a favorite post this year? What would you like to see more of?
Thank you so very much for reading along, offering encouragement and giving me your own tips this year. I feel like I’ve gotten to know so many lovely people through House Mix this year. I love talking to you! Leave a comment any time. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The thing I love most about blogging is connecting with you!