Top Posts of 2012


I’m a sucker for the year-in-review type shows and posts. Honestly, I think it’s because I enjoy a condensed version of the best stuff. Since I’ve been scrolling through lots of other blogs who are featuring their “Most Popular Posts of 2012,” I thought we could share our own here at Thriving Home!

Top Posts of 2012 from Thriving Home: Reader’s Favorites

According to Google Analytics, the following posts received the most visits:

10. Powerball Cookie Recipe

Rachel says: Powerball Cookies are a healthy, real-food snack. Careful, it’s hard to stop at just one!

9. 50 Simple Ways to Sneak Fruits & Veggies into Kid Favorites

Rachel says: One of the ways I ensure my kiddos, who can certainly be picky at times, are getting enough produce is to sneak extra fruits and veggies into just about every meal. Here are 50 tricks and recipes I’ve picked up over the years.

8. All-Natural DIY Drano: Safe and Effective Toilet Declogger 

Rachel says: I was one happy home owner upon discovering this simple, cheap, and safe DIY Drano solution!  That’s because a plumber visit costs at least $150 and Liquid Plumbr and Drano scare the snot out of me.

7. How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

Rachel says: Why did I wait so long to do this?  For years I’ve either been buying way over-priced safe hand soap or cheap unsafe soap.  Those days are over. This past weekend, I used three simple ingredients to make my own non-toxic foaming hand wash.  It is the perfect consistency, smell, and price!

6. How to Make a Bow-Tie

This simple tutorial will help you make a bow tie out of any fabric you have on hand. These are great to make for a baby boy shower or for any other boy-themed party you may be throwing.

5. How to Clean Uggs (the cheap and easy way!)

Have a pair of Uggs that need a clean up? I did. I was so happy to discover that they can be cleaned with simply vinegar and water. Check out this tutorial to see how!

4. How to Hem Jeans and Keep the Original Hem

I’ve saved TONS of money simply by using this simple sewing trick. If you have a pair of pants or jeans that need to be taken up, check out this tutorial before you spend money on a seamstress.

3. Fun Christmas Game for Couples

Rachel says: This “Rate Your Mate” game had our small group rolling! Even though we’ve labeled it a Christmas game, it can be used at any time of the year for any couples get-together. Prepare to laugh hard!

2. Recipe for Christmas Tree Water

This post’s popularity took me by surprise. I had no idea people would be so interested in the common household ingredients that would help keep their Christmas tree alive longer. It’s a good one to book mark for the future!

And the post popular post on Thriving Home of 2012 is…

1. Baby Boy Football Blanket Tutorial

Thanks to Pinterest, thousands of people have checked out this project. It’s a step-by-step sewing tutorial of how to make a football blanket in the shape of a football. The best part about is is you can customize it for your favorite team! This makes a GREAT baby gift if you have some basic sewing skills.

So there are some of YOUR favorite posts of the year. We have our personal favorites that we think deserve a shout-out.

Some of Polly’s Favorite Posts of the Year

Cloth Diapering 101

I like this post because I think (or at least I hope) it brings some clarity to the cloth diapering world. Many are intimidated or grossed out by the idea of cloth diapers and my hope is that by knowing a little bit more about it, a mama can make a more informed decision on if it is right for their family.

Top 10 Tips on How to Sell Your Stuff on Craigs List

In this post I share some of my insider secrets on how to sell your stuff on Craigs List. I’ve sold a ton of stuff through the site and have picked up some tips that are worth sharing.

How to Resolve Conflict the Right Way 

I thought Rachel’s post on resolving conflict in a Biblical way is a fabulous post that is applicable to EVERYONE. I have thought back to the content of this post many times and have benefited so much from her vulnerability and lessons she has learned in friendships. I also LOVED the fact that we got feedback from readers saying they reconciled some relationships as a result of this post.

Make Your Own Fourth of July Wreath

This was one of my favorite crafts of the year. It was super easy and is a great project to do with a friend.

 Antique Chair Makeover

This was my favorite furniture makeover of the year. I was so excited to find this unique chair at a garage sale and to give it a fresh new look. It’s still a little too tall for my little gal but I imagine she’ll be using it pretty soon!

10 Tips for Throwing a Great Garage Sale

Last Spring, Rachel and I threw a pretty successful garage sale. We both made more than we expected to and go rid of a ton of stuff! In this post I share some of the tips I have learned from going to a ton of sales and from having a few of my own.

Some of Rachel’s Favorite Posts of the Year

10 DIY All-Natural Household Products

This post includes all my personal favorite DIY cleaning product recipes in one place. Grab a friend and make a hoss load of some of one or more of these, and you’ll be saving money and protecting your family from toxins.

A Must-Read for Moms: Loving the Little Years

For the love of all moms enduring the “little years”, I implore you to pick up this short, poignant parenting book! Some of the author’s phrases and illustrations still ring in my ears regularly…and that’s a good thing for this sometimes overwhelmed and impatient momma of three.

10 Hospitality Tips and Tricks

Unlike Polly, I don’t consider myself to be a naturally hospitable person. I’d like to be, though, and I found some of Polly’s and her mom’s suggestions to be very helpful toward that end.

Sneaky Exercise for Busy Moms

I used to spend hours a day at the gym or on the trail before having kids. So, I had to learn quickly how to balance caring for small kids at home and still taking care of my body. Here’s my conclusion about the best way to balance both well, including lots of practical ideas.

4 Mistakes I’ve Already Made As a Parent

We all make mistakes as imperfect parents. Here are just a few I have already realized I’ve made. I hope they can spare you the same mishaps with your own children.

A Non-Traditional Father’s Day Gift

I loved and used Polly’s simple, cheap yet thoughtful gift to give your father or husband on Father’s Day.

Recipe Index

Ok, this is cheating. Our Recipe Index isn’t just one post, it’s a collection of TONS of my favorite, healthy recipes for the past four years, as well as some of Polly’s more recent ones. I refer to the Recipe Index several days a week.

Happy New Year to you all! Thanks for making 2012 a great first year of blogging for us!


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