Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2015: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Happy New Year!

I’ve been blogging for almost 6 years now and this is one post I’ve done every year since 2010. It’s a wrap up of the year with a list of my favorite posts of the year. I love writing this one because it gives me a chance to go back through all my posts and find not only favorites, but also gives me a chance to see what I like to blog about and what I want to blog more (or less) about.

Here are links to my favorites from the past years:

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2014: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2013: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2011: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best Of 2010: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

And now on to my favorite posts of 2015!

January

My Boy Describes how much I love reading with Ethan, and listening to him read.

February

Celebrating Second Chances I write about my brother’s struggle with addiction, and a poem that I wrote for him that I’ve never shared with anybody other than family before.

March

Disciplining A Child Who Has Attitude That’s my Lila. I still read this regularly!

April

Wishing For Just One More Afternoon At the Park I cry every time I read it.

How Often Do Kids Need A Bath? The answer might surprise you!

May

Summer Lovin’ All about my love for summer.

June

Things That Make Me Happy :)

Tips For How To Cut An Onion Without Crying And I still use several of these tips!

July 

Waiting For Fireworks One of my favorite pictures of Mia.

Healthy Salads: Berries With A Sweet Twist This fruit salad is DELICIOUS, healthy, and easy.

Taking the Kids To The Pool: Things Every Kid and Parent Says I think that just about says it all!

August 

Happy 6th Birthday Girls!

Happy 8th Birthday Ethan!

Because I love writing these posts on their birthdays every year!

September

Waiting My favorite piece of fiction I wrote this year.

October 

Chicken Pesto Pizza YUM!

November 

Guess what? I don’t have one for the month. Blogging burnout, and my writing showed it.

December

How to Make Edible Shot Glasses Always a crowd pleaser at holiday parties!

And that’s a wrap, people! 2015 was full of change; the kids all started going to school full time, we did a major remodel on the entire downstairs of our home, and Jason got a job promotion which flipped our schedules completely. It was a good year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!

What were your favorite posts for 2015?

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2014: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years now and this is one post I’ve done every year since 2010. It’s a wrap up of the year with a list of my favorite posts of the year. It gives me a chance to go back through all my posts and find not only favorites, but also gives me a chance to see what I like to blog about  and what I want to blog more (or less) about.

Here are links to my favorites from the past years:

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2013: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2011: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best Of 2010: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

And now on to my favorite posts of 2014!

January

Italian Sausage & White Bean Dip Yep, it’s a recipe, but it’s a good recipe that I get asked to make all the time. I get asked for the recipe all the time too!

Crazy Things I Did While Trying to Get Knocked Up I originally wrote this post for Scary Mommy, and then kept it here instead. I can’t believe I did some of these things!

February

Time Flies (It Really Does) I can’t believe how fast the girls grew up and that they are in kindergarten already.

One of My Favorite Sounds: Waves Listening to waves ranks right up there with listening to my kids laugh and hearing them say I love you.

March

Lila’s Lesson: How To Apologize the Right Way Our kids teach us things every day. And Lila taught me something very important.

April

My Next Tattoo: And I Am Happy Those 4 words have a very special meaning to me.

May

Why 4 Year Olds ROCK And so do 5, 6, a d 7 year olds.

June

Wordless Wednesday: What Happens When You Get Away Without The Kids The picture says it all.

July 

Our Palm Desert Vacation It’s cold right now! This post makes me excited to go back to Palm Desert next summer.

August 

Happy 5th Birthday Lila and Mia!

Happy 7th Birthday Ethan!

Because I love writing these posts on their birthdays every year!

September

Sorry Y’All Talking about depression and mental illness is very important. 

A Love Note to Ethan Like I said, the kids teach me something everyday.

The Last Time They grow up so, so fast.

Get Your Recipe Featured On Mommy of a Monster! I love sharing recipes, and I opened up my doors to let you all share yours here, too. The offer still stands!

October 

Why We Love “Love You When You Whine”  It’s a great reminder after a rough day. Like today.

Big News! I’m Part of the 2014 Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project!  Me. In Scary Mommy’s book. Need I say more?

November 

Guess what? I don’t have one for the month. It was a rough month, and I guess my writing showed it.

December

Freeze Frame Because being able to stop time would be so nice sometimes.

And that’s a wrap, people! 2014 was a much better year than 2013, and I’m hoping 2015 is even better.

What were your favorite posts for 2014?

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2013: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

I’m coming up on my 4th year of blogging (what?!?) and I can’t believe how fast time flies! One thing I’ve done consistently over the years is wrap up each year with list of my favorite posts of the year. It gives me a chance to go back through all my posts and find not only favorites, but also gives me a chance to see what I like to blog about  and what I want to blog more about.

Here are links to my favorites from the past years:

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2011: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Mommy of a Monster’s Best Of 2010: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

And now on to my favorite posts of 2013!

January

3 Bloggers I’d Like To Get Kicked Out of a Bar With This is a fun one because it still holds true. I would still love to get kicked out of any bar, anytime, with all of these bloggers!

I AM SO TIRED OF YELLING!, then followed up with How To Stop Yelling At Your Kids: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Sanity. I don’t even think I need to say more.

February 

Secret Loving was written about how I have to sneak in snuggles with Ethan now, and I hate that he’s getting so big.

March

Dealing with Death: The Upside of Death My brother’s best friend died in March, and it was so hard to deal with. But sometimes there is an upside to death.

1,000,000 Questions A Day Because the kids ask a lot of questions, most of which I can’t answer.

April

Revolt Fitness Program: First Uprising Results I was SO proud of myself for sticking to a workout program for 6 weeks! Starting up again tomorrow. I let myself go the last half of the year and my body (and mind) needs to get back into shape.

May

My Big Fat Crazy Family “Cause the biggest things in life are your friends and family” – Aaron Lewis

Our First Visit From The Tooth Fairy Ethan lost his first tooth! It was exciting, but sad, too. “It’s like little pieces of him being a little boy are going to start falling away.”

June

What I’ve Been Up To Since I Haven’t Been Blogging I blogged one time in June! It felt good.

July

I only blogged once in July too! But there’s a reason for it that I explain in September…

August

Tips for Explaining the Loss of a Pet To Kids While on vacation, one of our dogs died. This is how we helped the kids get through it.

September

Crawling Out of the Darkness: What Depression Feels Like This explains why I only blogged a few times over the summer.

October

I Can’t Find the Words Sometimes – even for someone who loves words – when you are asked to tell somebody how you feel, the words just won’t come.

Sometimes Good Enough Really Is Good Enough This is basically everything that I want to focus on in 2014. Less is more for me this year.

I Don’t Do Blood My first, although I’m sure not last, experience with taking Ethan to get stitches.

November

Mia’s Sixteen Cents: The Parenting Lesson My Daughter Taught Me This may be my favorite post of the year!

What To Expect When You Are Struggling With Infertility: Shame I was asked to guest post at What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and I chose a topic that nobody ever talks about: infertility shame.

December

The Sparkle Box: A Must Read Christmas Story For Your Family This book was a life changer for my family!

My Favorite Holiday Tradition This tradition has been going on since my mom was a child!

What were your favorite posts for 2013?

Good Parenting Advice: How To Stop Yelling at Your Kids

Remember a few weeks back when I told you about when my lovely four year old daughters decided that ripping the paint off of the walls in their bedroom sounded like a good idea? I am probably lucky that I didn’t have a heart attack when I discovered it.

I am also lucky that I didn’t have a heart attack last night when I discovered that they found some paint in our home office (a room that they are not allowed into), and proceeded to paint the walls, bed frame, sheets, and pillow covers on Lila’s bed with dark blue puffy paint.

And if we are being honest, it’s also really amazing that I didn’t lose my voice from all the yelling I did. After yelling and yelling and yelling, trying to clean up puffy paint with no success and then sending them to bed, I felt guilty for my flip out.

And that got me thinking. I knew I had a post from the past that my wonderful friend Dr. G had guest posted for me with advice on how to stop yelling at your kids. So I dug through my posts and found it: How To Stop Yelling At Your Kids: Tips To Help You Maintain Your Sanity.

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If this is a problem in your house too, head over and read Dr. G’s tips…I PROMISE you they will help. Remember, being a mom is a learning process and making mistakes is part of the deal. Don’t beat yourself up over the mistakes you have made, will make, or continue to make. Just work on improving your parenting skills daily. We are all rocking at this mom gig!

Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2012: My Favorite Posts Of The Year

Last week, I told you that one of my favorite posts to write in last year around this time was  Mommy of a Monster’s Best of 2011. This will be the third year now that I’ve done this. I went back through each month of the year and picked my favorite post of the month. It was fun to do because I found some posts that I really liked and had forgotten about, and ones that I wanted to share again.

I’m doing it again this year, and I want you to join me! Link up anytime through January 5th, grab the button, and slap the button on your post. Visit other’s who link up too. I can’t wait to see your favorites!

Here are mine…enjoy!

January

Fronts and Daisy  Nicknames are huge in our family, and they continuously change. This post updated you on the kids’ nicknames, including a couple that were given to the girls by Ethan.

Tater Tot Casserole Recipes People love tater tot casseroles apparently because this was one of my top 3 most popular posts of the year. It was also the recipe that made me want to start regularly sharing recipes. And it’s still a family favorite, too!

February 

5 Moments I Would Live Over Again These are the moments that strike me every time I think about them. The ones that changed who I am as a person.

March

Oh How They Change: Our Family In Pictures Just looking at how much the kids have changed from last year at this time until now is amazing! I love looking back through old photos.

The Scents of Summer It’s amazing to me how strongly smells can take you back to a certain place in your life; how they represent so much.

April

50 Shades of Grey: Who Is Your Christian? This will come as no shock to anybody, but people also want to know who is playing Christian Grey in the movie, which made this one of my most popular posts of the year. I have since changed my list a little and have a few other guys I’d love to see in the role. Who is your Christian?

May

Why Two Year Olds Shouldn’t Wear Lipstick I think the title speaks for itself.

The Brazil Butt Lift: Does It Really Work? My most popular post of the year. I had no idea that this would be the post that would get me the most traffic I’ve ever gotten…otherwise I would have NEVER posted before and after pictures!

June

We’ve Got A Graduate In The House! Ethan graduated from preschool, and I was so excited for him. And just noticed his tan. And can’t believe how much he’s changed in 6 months.

July

Why I Love Playing Words With Friends No, it’s not to improve my vocabulary…it’s all about friendship.

We Are Back From Camping, Who Wants To Do My Laundry? We are actually gearing up to go again in 2013 and the kids are already how much longer until we go!

August

The Wall The first fiction I had written all year. I really need to do it more regularly.

Happy Birthday Girls I can’t believe they are 3!

September

Our 10th Wedding Anniversary Weekend Getaway Why can’t we do this every month?

It Was A Princesses’ Night Out It was all for the girls, and they loved it.

October

Belly Laughs Belly laughs with Lila. There’s nothing better in the world than a good laugh!

November

Sounds of Silence A spooky story just for Halloween. More fiction. I really need to write more this upcoming year.

My Blankee, Or Rather The Kids’ Blankies My kids love their blankies, and this is when I realized how much Ethan was growing up.

I Am Thankful A whole month’s worth of reasons to be thankful.

December

A New Version of Lil’ Jon’s Get Low And I still laugh every time I watch it!

And Then I OD’d On Cuteness The girls’ first dance recital. The cutest thing ever.

Now go find your favorite posts from this year, grab the button code from my sidebar, and link up!

Mommy of a Monster

There aren’t any rules – you can do what I’m going to do and share your favorite posts every month of the year or you can pick one post that was you feel was the most important one you wrote for the entire year. Or maybe you want to do it by categories: your funniest post of the year, the one that got the most comments, the one your readers liked most…or maybe it was a post written by somebody else. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it!

Happy New Year!

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