2013 vs. 2014

It’s a few days into the brand new year of 2014, but not too late (yet!) to assess the past year via blog posts, as is my tradition (See 2012 and 2011.)

Last Family Photo of 2013

Last Family Photo of 2013

January: I was busy studying for the Texas Bar Exam and regretting my decision to go to law school in the first place. Jaye was busy learning gorilla noises (video cuteness!). But we survived the month, partly through using Google for Household Management.

February: I finally finished our awesome new Modern Glamour Bedroom. Jaye learned to say her own name and to say “mama.” Jaye and I had fun making some fingerpainted toddler valentines. And of course, there was more studying for the Texas Bar Exam, which I took at the very end of February.

March: I shared Jaye’s Toddler Easter Basket with a gardening theme, our favorite restaurant EVER, and a comparison of the same living room decorated by 2 different people! We also took an awesome family vacation to the Wisconsin Dells where we stayed with another family at an indoor waterpark!

April: We made our rental feel more like home with two fun DIY wall art projects: fingerpainted canvas art and canvas quote art. Jaye enjoyed Easter, with her first Easter egg hunt and dyeing Easter eggs. And my round-up of the 20 Best Free Printable Mother’s Day cards was super popular on Pinterest!

May: Jaye finished her first year of MDO, and the comparison from her first and last day was astounding. I wonder if it will feel like that big of a jump this year, too. The “biggest” thing from this month was that we bought our second home (!), sharing sneak peek “before” pictures and why buying a house is a terrible idea. I also started a Project Life album and created a free Project Life printable.

June: A crazy busy month since Jaye and I spent a week in Austin and we closed on our new house and moved! But I did manage to sneak in a small spice storage organizing project, a round-up of free printable Father’s Day cards. Jaye and I also started a new adventures and blog post series involving Richardson park reviews.

July: Jaye potty-trained! We also visited the Fritz Park Petting Zoo and got started on a few small updates to our new home. And we spent at week at Surfside Beach with Phil’s brother and his family.

August: Jaye turned two. We celebrated her birthday at Gymboree, which is pretty much her favorite place to go. Phil also had a birthday. And Phil and I celebrated 6 years of marriage! There were also, of course, home decor improvements: a new credenza/coffee bar, a DIY cork picture display, and an awesome Ikea hack for displaying kid artwork. August is the beginning of consignment sale season in Dallas, so I reviewed some new consignment sales and created a Dallas consignment sale guide.

September: My favorite post from this month is A Day in the Life of Jaye at 25 Months. In terms of adventures, Chris  and Laura came for a visit; also, Grant and Rachel visited with their kiddos and we all had an awesome time checking out the new Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure garden. On the home front, I made an awesome Zucchini Risotto, finished the laundry room reveal, and collected some fun Granparents Day crafts and cards.

October: Phil and I enjoyed a nice kid-free weekend in Austin with Chris and Laura, and my new upgraded wedding ring arrived! Jaye and I had a blast exploring the new Bake and Play Cafe in the Lake Highlands area. We started our bathroom remodel with this Modern Playful Bathroom mood board. I did some organizing– making DIY drawer dividers, crafting– making Jaye a DIY Maisy Mouse costume for Halloween, and cooking– making Cornbread Chili cups.

November: In November, there was not much blogging. In fact, almost none at all. Only a sponsored post that I’m pretty embarrassed about. But it was all for a good reason! At the end of October, I started a part-time job! I found a great job working with a solo attorney doing everything from oil and gas, to contract disputes, to business deals, and landlord problems. Also, Chris and Laura had a baby! I was so lucky and excited to be there for his birth. At the end of the month, we traveled to Wisconsin for Thanksgiving and had a nice time staying in a cottage along the Mississippi River.

December: The first holiday season as a working momma added some challenges. But eventually all the presents were wrapped. Jaye had a wonderful Christmas. It was such a joy to watch her enjoy her new presents. She was so excited about everything that she had to open it and play with it right away. From Phil and I she got: new big blocks, puzzles, a doctor kit, a train set, and a cool dress-up trunk. She loves using that Dr. kit and going “fishing” with her new puzzle. I don’t have any Christmas wrap up post. But I did share the awesome Pirate Nursery that Laura made for Griffin.

Quick Stats:

  • The two most read posts this year were Painting Canvas Quote Art and Creating a Headboard Out of Foam Board.
  • Visitors came primarily through Google Searches. 2nd place was Direct Visits and 3rd place goes to Pinterest.
  • The “pin” that brought the most visitors for the blog was this one for my post about photo tile coasters.
  • The search query that brought the most visitors to the blog was “chicken tikka masala”
  • The top 3 locations of blog visitors was: Texas, California, and Minnesota.