The Best of Sisters to Sons 2013

December 29, 2013

And then one day I decided to write a blog. So I wrote some sample posts to test it out. And THEN one day, I accidentally posted my sample posts to Facebook. And some people actually liked them. And THEEeen, I wrote 94 more posts and loved every second of writing this little blog. And this is my 95th post……..Thank you! Thank you!…. for reading, commenting, liking, and sharing my blog…. and most importably for making me feel like I am not alone in this whole motherhood gig. Based on my stats (something I have learned to find are very important to bloggers) these were my top 10 posts this year. Enjoy the recap:


10. ish – People love hearing when you admit you aren’t perfect. But even moreso when people admit they aren’t perfect and things still turn out okay. So go ahead. Wipe that paci on your scummy t-shirt instead of sterilizing it and pop it right back in that baby’s mouth. Guess what? They will be just fine. (I’m 98% sure of that.)


2. Trail Etiquette – Okay my hand is still cramped from creating these tedious little drawings in Paintbrush. Whether it was my artistic talent or the fact that you all totally know what I am talking about when it comes to trail running, this post was a popular one! (and is it just me or is etiquette one of the hardest words to spell???)


3. I Can’t – Warning: this post is a little deep. Like poetry. Like therapy. I think I need to go for a run just thinking about this post.


4. Make Ahead Breakfast Casseroles – My favorite part about this post was that I got a video text of a reader making the egg dish – hope it was good! These are my family favorites…. oh, and feel free to be a little heavy-handed on the Grand Marnier.

Christmas Breakfast Casserole

5. 8 Things I Wish My Kids Understood – A simple list that moms and dads resonate with. I seriously think these thoughts on a daily basis…. and when my kids don’t listen, well then I just eat their damn pizza.

brotherly love

6. Why Moms Cry on the First Day of School – This might have been my first sentimental post ever. I usually write about the funny/pull-your-hair-out/messy side of  motherhood, but I let loose on this post causing many to blink a few tears.


7. Elf Fail. Thank God this blasted Elf has been rocketed back to the North Pole for the next 11 months. I have many strengths. Elf-ing is not one of them.

Elf on the Shelf

8. A Little Story About Love – Here was my real tear jerker….A post I almost didn’t publish because (gasp) I sort of admitted my struggles as a mom. My husband read it (he is my proofreader by the way so any grammatical errors can be blamed on him), and he told me to not think, that people would get this, and just to publish it. Minutes later I had emails and texts asking for the tissues.


9. Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers/Preschoolers – Ok I get the popularity factor on this post.  It’s sort of like having a personal shopper, right? Thanks to the grandmother’s and aunts my kids got everything on this list… totally enamored by their new toys I have been able to complete approximately 5 thoughts without being interrupted since Christmas morning. This is good stuff.

Holiday Gift Guide for Preschoolers/Toddlers

and the number one most popular post……

1. 10 Ways I’ve Changed Since Becoming a Mom – a quick little top 10 list that I almost didn’t publish because I thought it was “blah”. Apparently a lot of people also talk in the 3rd person and even more people hear phantom baby cries in the shower…..and for the record, I still hear them. And when I am vacuuming too.


What was your favorite post? What do you want to hear more of in 2014? Want to give me 30 seconds of feedback? Take my quick survey here:

Happy New Year to All!


The Sister with the Sons



  • Heather
    December 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    -ish was one of my favorite posts of the year on ANY blog 🙂

  • Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}
    December 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Super fun! I am working on my Top 10 post right now. I hope you’ll link up tomorrow for my 2013 Blog Recap linky party! 🙂

  • Steph
    December 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Great round up! Loved 8 Things I Wish My Kids Understood.

  • Sarah
    December 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Oh I just bookmarked this so when my rowdy kids relax I can read the ones here that I missed!! Keep up the blogging because I really love your posts!!

  • Colleen (Souffle Bombay)
    December 30, 2013 at 9:43 am

    OMGosh – I love #1 – so true and the photo is adorable too!! #7 made me laugh out loud! Cheers to a fantastic 2014!

  • Carrie @ Chockababy
    December 30, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Love your elf fail – I had one too… or many! haha! 🙂

  • Gina Badalaty
    December 30, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Your elf post had this anti-Elfer cracking up! And I love “Can’t” and “ish”!

  • Caitlin
    December 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Some of these were my favs of yours too!

  • Trish
    December 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Ha! The elf fail. I had many days of Elf fail. many, many days.

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles
    December 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Awesome year! Hoping the next one is even better!

  • Carrie
    January 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I love this look back at your ‘best of’, there’s a few I missed the first time around and I can’t wait to read them. Here’s to a 2014 full of even more wonderful posts!

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