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

I’m sure you’ve all seen the ‘Best Of’ lists that are all over the blogosphere right now. Some people are posting their best pictures of 2010, best posts, some are doing recipes, and one of my favorite bloggers – Gigi at Kludgy Mom – put together a Top 50 Chick Bloggers of 2010…and I am happy to announce that I made the list! Yay! I’m under the “Marvelous Moms” category. So check out her list because you’ll see lots of familiar names, and you’ll find some new ones to check out, too!

So back to the Best Of…I decided to do the ‘Favorite Posts of 2010’ with a twist. I’ll give a list of my favorite posts by month as well as your favorite Mommy of a Monster post. This was determined very scientifically (not really at all scientific, but it sounds very intriguing doesn’t it?): by the number of comments left. That’s how I determined the most popular post of the month.

Here goes!

January & February 
None because I didn’t start blogging until March

My Favorite: My Nana 
This is the second post I ever wrote. My Nana had just passed away and it’s a post about her life: being married for 61 years with 9 kids, 30 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Talk about Super Mom!

Your Favorite: What Nobody Tells You About Motherhood Before You Have Children 
The title speaks for itself, but could I have possibly made it any longer?!

My Favorite: That Kid’s Got A Mouth Like A Long Haul Trucker 
Seriously, what’s up with my never ending titles? This one is funny. It’s about Tater’s potty mouth.

We Just Don’t Do It Right
This was a post I wrote for National Infertility Awareness Week. I was so relieved to find out that we were not alone in our quest to have babies.

Your Favorite: ‘Anonymous’ Left Me My First Negative Comment
Still one of my most viewed posts, even though most people don’t comment on it. The comment was left in regards to my post about Tater’s potty mouth.

My Favorite: The Wedding Of My Dreams
A post about our wedding and how we got a very lucky twist in regards to our honeymoon.

Your Favorite: You Know You’re A Mom When-sDaze
Most of the comments were about relating to the bomb blowing up in the toy room before 7 am and the button on jeans never being buttoned.

My Favorite: Dad-isms
My dad is quite the character, so for Father’s Day we put together a poster full of all of his most famous words of wisdom (or bullshit, depending who you ask).

Your Favorite: Cuz I Gotta Have Faith
Written about how I lost faith in God after my mother-in-law passed away.

I Don’t Feel Like Being A Mom Today
If I remember correctly, this was the first time I was 100% honest in admitting that being a mom sometimes sucks. This was the post that made me realize that people want to read about the negative part of being a mom too because it makes them feel not so alone when they feel the same way.

My Favorite: Pictures That Should Be Framed & Hanging, But Aren’t
And after seeing this post again, I think I have to do another one because now there are even more pictures that I’d love to hang!

Your Favorite: I’m Back…Kinda
I opened up about my battle with depression, and COULD NOT BELIEVE the amazing amount of support that I got from you all. That support helped me more than I can ever say.

My Favorite: The Birthday Party
Celebrating Tater’s 3rd birthday and the twins’ 1st birthday.

Your Favorite: Baby Jail
I laugh every single time I see these pictures!

My Favorite: White Trash Backyard Bash
This party was SO much fun! And believe it or not, this post is the most viewed post on my entire blog. I get more traffic from Google from people searching “white trash party” than any other key word searches.

Your Favorite: The Doggy/Baby Door
Note To Self: People like seeing pictures of the twins in action. Post more twin pictures.

My Favorite: A Long Awaited Brief Encounter
A piece of fiction that I wrote about introducing my mother-in-law to the kids. I’d give just about anything for this to really be able to happen.

Your Favorite: Stuck In An Elevator
A piece of fiction that had you guys believing it was real. It was a good one!

My Favorite: Mommy of a Monster Bracelet Giveaway
I mean really, how many people can say they have a piece of jewelry named after them! (Thanks again Betsy!)

Your Favorite: Bloggy Burn Out
I’ll admit, this is one of my favorites, too. And this is another post that proves that writing about negative things that happen in life isn’t bad…it’s relatable and proves to others that when they feel the same way, they are not alone.

My Favorite: The New Tattoo
I finally get a chance to show off my newest tattoo!

Your Favorite: Say Cheese
Oh, the goofy faces that kids make when they hear the words “Say Cheese!”

And there you have it! My favorites and your favorites of 2010. This was a really fun post to do, and if you haven’t done one you should…it gives you a chance to go back and review all of your posts through the year, and revisit some memories!

This is my last post of 2010.

Thank you for being such amazing friends and for allowing me to glimpse into your lives to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. I love that we’ve been able to share all of it.

Thanks to those of you who coaxed me into trying to write fiction. I love it. I love everything about it, and I can’t wait to do more. Your words of encouragement mean more than I can ever express.

And to all of you, thank you for your support, your cheers, your tears, and for reading my blog. Because when I started this blog back in March, I was sure nobody would be interested. I’m glad that you have proved me wrong, and pushed me to continue.


  1. Congrats on being on Gigi's list. Well deserved, my friend.

    I like your list. Isn't it funny how you think something you write is going to warrant a lot of comments/buzz/traffic and then it's something totally different that does it.

    I enjoy everything you write and look forward to more.

    I especially love your fiction. Keep it up.

    Wishing you a very happy, healthy and safe new year! xoxo
  2. A very fine list. I haven't been following you for the entire time, so I enjoyed the recap!
  3. Love this list! It is funny how my favorite posts weren't always the ones that got the most comments. In fact, usually they hardly got any! Not sure what that means..
  4. Mommy Needs a Vacation says:
    Love this list!! And congrats on being in the Top 50!
  5. If SHE can figure it out.......... says:
    Way to go for being on the top 50!!! I had to go back and re-read a couple of those posts - I gotta say, that I think baby jail is one of those posts that I will come back to when I need a good laugh! Have a very happy and blessed new year!!
  6. I am so happy that this was the year that I 'met' you and maybe next year, it will be in person.
  7. I feel like we've been friends forever after looking at that list, and yet, it's only been a handful of months! I don't know how we found each other but I'm so glad we did. :)

    It was fun to see your look back!

    I did a little thank you note to my followers last week called The Blogger's Gifts...I want you to read it because your support means a ton to me, too! ;)
  8. Wow, that was a trip down memory lane! Some of my favs on there too....isn't it quite an accomplishment to look back on your year and how you and your blog have evolved??!

    Congrats on making Gigi's list! Very cool....and a very Happy New Year to you, my friend!
  9. You've only been blogging since March? Very impressive! :) Congrats on the Top 50; you deserve it!
  10. Congrats on making the list, too! It's well deserved... Look forward to next year and your adventures with the little darlins'... come visit when you can and check out my Christmas miracle post on my other blog Rockin'Chair Reflections... Angels are all around us. Happy New Year!
  11. This was great. Since I started blogging much later, I missed a lot of those.
    Now I get to go read.
    Congrats on making Gigi's list. You earned it!
  12. Haha..I did a "Memories" post.

    Love reading all your older ones I haven't read before :) Baby Jail is my favorite! lol
  13. Was it hard to pick your faves? I think it would be. Especially those who chose just one per month!
  14. What a great idea! I love your list. I just read your fiction piece about your mother-in-law. It was so, so touching. Loved it.
  15. I still think about the baby jail and doggy door pictures all the time
  16. Belle's Butterfly says:
    My favorite posts barely have any comments. I posted our family's best of 2010 today too. Have a wonderful New Years!
  17. Megan (Best of Fates) says:
    Ooh - it's been such a great year! And I can't believe you started blogging in March, it feels like you've been around forever!
  18. Congrats on making Gigi's list! Awesome!

    I love the Baby Jail post too. Classic!
  19. I'm proud to say I have read every single one of those posts. Happy New Year!
  20. You've only been at this since march?!!! Holy crap! You rock!
    I am so glad that I found you ;)
    Cheers to a wonderful 2011!
  21. So glad you stuck it out. You are one of my favs to read, even when I don't make it over every day.
  22. Lady Estrogen says:
    Glad to have found you through ScaryMommy ;)
    Love your 2010 list!
  23. Great list and congrats on the honor! It is well-deserved! Also? LOVED the white trash party. Your family looks like a hoot!


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