Greatest Hits: Top 10 Posts of 2015

These are the “greatest hits”; the top ten blog posts of the year from! Enjoy this highlight reel, and take a look back over the changes on the blog and in my life this past year.These are the "greatest hits"; the top 10 blog posts of the year from!

What a beautiful year was 2015! We welcomed our son into the world on April 2nd. (Here’s his birth story!) That was the best part. I also said what I wanted to say about simplifying in my new book, Your Simple Home Handbook, which was released on March 13. (Yeah, I was cutting it close to Little Dude’s birth day there!!)

In the fall, we said goodbye to our cabin and moved down the driveway to rent my parents’ basement! It’s been a good change for us, as this new apartment has space for Little Dude to crawl and was much easier to baby-proof.

As we continue our second year of living in Alabama, we’re thankful for deepening friendships, greater appreciation of where we live, and lots of time spent with nearby family.

Big things happened on the blog in 2015. I got a completely new site design from Simply Designs, (something I’ve always wanted to do!) and indexed all of my blog posts in this Table of Contents.

As I like to do every year, I went back through the blog to see which posts were the most popular over the past year. The following 10 posts were the most read and shared posts that I wrote in 2015.

This is a great gift guide for sisters! I love buying presents for my sisters, and there are some really good ideas here for Christmas or birthday!

10. 20 Gift Ideas for Sisters

I have three sisters by blood, and three sisters-in-law, so I’m no stranger to sister gifts! It was really fun compiling this list of gift ideas, and I know I’ll be pulling from it myself for Christmas and birthdays!

This maple custard looks amazing! I love how it's sweetened with just maple syrup--it's a simple and elegant dessert!

9. Maple Custard Cups

The next time you need a dessert that’s simple yet elegant, try this AMAZING maple syrup sweetened custard!

My view is that marriage and child-raising are blessings, and we need to encourage people on the brink of these stages rather than plant fears and doubts.

8. What I Wish People Wouldn’t Say to Newlyweds and New Moms

Before I got married and before I had my son, I discovered that there are a lot of “jokes” about marriage and parenting that have a cynical tint to them, and I think we should rethink the message that they send to young couples and parents. This post had some wonderful input from readers, both in the comments section and on my Facebook page.

It's easy to collect too many of these items! Time to declutter and simplify!

7. 10 Things You Probably Have Too Many Of

From my experience simplifying my whole home, observing other people’s homes, and hearing feedback from readers, there are certain items that we tend to collect an inordinate amount of–more so than others. If you want to spend a profitable hour bringing more breathing space to the corners of your home, pick a few of these categories to declutter.

These 10 ingredients are used by the food industry to make products look tastier, last longer, and be more flavorful. Unfortunately, they're also linked to serious health problems.

6. Avoid These 10 Ingredients (Your Body Will Thank You!)

Ingredient labels used to be a complete mystery to me. I knew there were certain ingredients I probably shouldn’t be eating, but I had no idea what they were or what alternatives to look for. Over the years, I’ve learned to de-code those labels a bit. Here are some of the top ingredients we try to avoid in the grocery store.

This is a great list of things to include in a guest room to make it warm and welcoming! When I have overnight guests, I like to make sure the guest room has everything they might need during their stay.

5. 19 Things Your Guests Wish You Had in Your Guest Room

Oddly enough, this post was actually controversial when I shared it on Facebook! Some people found this list too extreme! However, there were a lot of helpful comments left on the actual post; readers had some great things to add!

Get list of practical ideas for maintaining the home--even in busy seasons! You can be a great homemaker, even when life is moving in the fast lane(:

4. The Busy Girl’s Guide to Keeping the Home

This is simple homemaking for busy seasons! It’s what I clung to when I was deep in book-writing and baby-birthing last spring!

Great tips for building a frugal and versatile maternity wardrobe!

3. 6 Tips for Building a Minimalist Maternity Wardrobe

I was surprised that clothing was one of my biggest challenges when I became pregnant! It was hard to keep up with the changes of expansion…and truth be told, I was a little worried about looking frumpy for 9 months! Here’s what I learned about building a simple but solid maternity wardrobe.

10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Freezer Ideas -

2. 10 Make-Ahead Breakfast Freezer Ideas

This was one of my first forays into freezer cooking. It really is helpful to have ready-made food handy for a quick meal! I’m hoping to do more freezer cooking this year.

Great list of healthy pregnancy snacks! I've been so hungry my whole pregnancy...and snack food options that are good for me and baby are always welcome!

1. 21 Healthy Snack Ideas for Pregnant Mamas

Not only was this the most popular post of 2015, it’s the most popular post on my entire blog to date! It went crazy on Pinterest, and continues to surprise me each month with how many new readers it brings to the blog!

My Favorite Posts

Some of the posts that didn’t make the list were actually my personal favorites to write! Here they are:

Why Every Homemaker Should Dress for the Job She Wants

My 27 Favorite Heroes, Heroines, and Villains from Classic Lit

Why I’ll Be Taking Fewer Pictures from Now On

10 Ways to Help a New Mom

Thank you for your readership!

P.S. Here are the Top Posts of 2014 and the Top Posts of 2013!


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