The Top 13 Posts of 2013

Top 13

As we wrap up 2013, I thought it’d be fun to share the top 13 posts of the year with you.

It’s fun to look back and see the variety of things I’ve shared this year, and what captured the most attention. Since I moved my entire site over the summer, these may not be as accurate as they would have been otherwise, but we’re going to go with it anyway. Healthy recipes, household tips, and holidays dominated this year!

Here they are, in reverse order from #13 to #1: the top 13 posts of 2013!

13. Halloween and Reformation Day Resources

This simple list of resources was a big hit!

Halloween & Reformation Day Resources

12. More Than a Holiday: A 25 Day Christmas Devotional for the Whole Family

A new family devotional that’s perfect for every age and stage caught a lot of attention this holiday season!

11. Simply Scrumptious Blender Oat Pancakes

This is an old recipe that I spruced up and republished a few months ago. These are hands-down our favorite pancakes ever! They’re a frequent request from the kids and simple to make.

Simply Scrumptious Blender Oat Pancakes from

10. Honey ‘n Spice Cookies: A Healthier, Delicious Alternative to Sugar Cookies

This alternative to traditional sugar cookies uses whole grain flour and honey. It’s super simple to make and the dough is the perfect consistency to roll out, cut, and decorate for whatever occasion you need! Plus, they’re super tasty!

Honey 'n Spice Cookies: An Alternative to Sugar Cookies

9. Tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites

These little treats are one of our favorite go-to desserts for guests or to take to a party. Or, just to whip up quickly to enjoy ourselves! They’re Karate Kid’s specialty!

Tasty Chocolate Peanut Butter Coconut Bites (

8. Five Benefits of a Strict Grocery Budget

It’s been a tough year for us financially, and we’ve had to stick to a super strict budget in every area. The grocery budget is one of the biggest items, and one that we have the most control over. Instead of getting frustrated with the tight budget, I decided to focus on the positive aspects of having to be so strict!

Five Benefits of a Strict Grocery Budget

7. Pink Zebra Sprinkles: A Safer Alternative to Potentially Toxic Scented Candles

I love to make my house smell yummy and inviting, but I don’t love the health risks associated with most conventional candles and home fragrance options. I’m opting for a simple essential oils diffuser and homemade alternatives, but if you just can’t give up those home fragrances, you should check out Pink Zebra. This company is taking steps in the right direction, and I hope we’ll see more positive efforts from them in the future.

A Safer Alternative to Potentially Toxic Scented Candles: Pink Zebra Sprinkles

6. {Better Than Starbucks} Chocolate Chai Tea Latte

I’m not a huge coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a nice cup of hot tea. Tea and chocolate – how can you go wrong with that? Plus, this version of the popular Starbucks drink has only healthy ingredients!

"Better Than Starbucks Chocolate Chai Tea Latte

5. A Kitchen Tip: Five Reasons to Grate Your Own Cheese!

This is actually an old post that I wrote back in 2009, but it’s enjoyed a huge surge in traffic in recent months! We’ve been grating our own cheese for years now and don’t miss the bagged stuff at all! Here’s why.

Grate Cheese

4. Zone Cleaning for the Whole Family

I used to have one mega-cleaning day a week, when I cleaned the entire house from top to bottom. Once children started coming along and the schedule started filling up, that wasn’t feasible anymore. Over the years I developed a method of dividing the house into zones and focusing on one zone at a time. Here’s how we do it.

Zone Cleaning for the Whole Family

3. Delicious Lacto-Fermented Cherry Tomatoes

We had an overabundance of cherry tomatoes from our garden this year! More than we had time to process or preserve, and more than we could eat and give away! So, we decided to try fermenting them! Fermented foods have awesome health benefits, and the process is quick and simple. Here’s how we did it.

2. Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood (Mom’s Bookshelf)

Such an encouraging book for “moms in the trenches”!

Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood (A Review from

1. The Best Crockpot Granola

I was first given this recipe for granola in the crockpot by a fellow mom on an email list years ago when my oldest two were just preschoolers. It used vegetable oil and other refined ingredients, so I tweaked it to use healthy oil and honey. We’ve been making it ever since! It’s simple to make and delicious! This is our alternative to store bought breakfast cereal, and it makes great granola bars too!

I’m looking forward to another year with all of you and wishing you a wonderful 2014! Happy New Year!

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