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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best of Honey We're Home 2014 & Thank You

How are y'all doing now that Christmas is a few days behind us?  We're still moving slow and on "vacation" while my son is home from school this week.  But, we're starting to pick up steam and I'm sure by next week will be all ready for the cleaning and organizing that comes with the start of a new year.  I already pulled out my 2015 planner and can't wait to get writing in it.

I'm always amazed to look back at the end of the year to see what we've done and accomplished in the previous 12 months.  Of course, having a blog where you document much of your home life makes it easy to reflect and see what's happened along the way.  I did an analytics search to see which Honey We're Home blog posts were the most popular in terms of how many times the post was viewed and found the following Top 10:

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014 

1 |  Home Decor Progress After 4 Years
This post shares all the early photos of our home from when we first moved in and our walls were bare to where we are now with drapes and rugs and grown-up furniture.  It's amazing to see how much we've done and how the once empty house has become home to our small family of three.  I've gotten more comfortable with my decorating style over the years, but find that I still question myself from time to time and sometimes make quick decorating decisions, and other times linger for months.



2 |  Prepping for Busy Weekday Mornings
I guess there's lots of households with parents and kids running around in the morning just trying to get out the door in one piece.  This post is one of the most popular on my blog and shares the tips we still use on weekday morning to make things run smoother. 

Each new year finds me full of energy regarding cleaning and organizing our home, so it's no surprise that "home organizing solutions" was the first post of 2014.  I have more organizing posts lined up for January 2015 too. 

4 |  Organized Boutique Closet
My closet was one of the first rooms to get exposure on other blogs which helped grow my blog. In 2014, I painted some of it glossy light pink and rearranged/reorganized it to fit my needs.  Now, it's like a boutique I can "shop" in each day as I'm getting ready.  I plan to go through all my clothes again soon to weed out what I don't need/doesn't fit as I haven't done that in a long time. 

Early last year we purchased our breakfast room rug and it tied the room together along with the woven shades and barstools.  The bar counter is where our son eats breakfast and plays with legos or watches his iPad daily.  It's not pictured, but there is a constant chaos of crumbs and lego limbs below those barstools.  We were exited that Pottery Barn posted our breakfast room on their blog as that's where the table is from. 

6 |  Clean & Clear Kitchen Counters
Last year, after putting away all the Christmas decor, I was relieved to make clean and clear spaces throughout our home so it could breathe again.  I left many spaces bare for a long time until I was ready to bring fresh life and decor in.  I'm not eager to put away Christmas this year, but I will do a deep cleaning and bring in white flowers as has become tradition every January.

7 |  All the Paint Colors in Our Home
I finally listed all the paint colors in our home and actually refer to it myself from time to time.  I hope you find this post a useful reference.


8 |  Wardrobe Wednesday - Stitch Fix Review
My friend referred me to Stitch Fix, a service that sends you five pieces of clothing every month based on a style/size profile you fill out.  I still subscribe to the service, and sometimes I keep everything they send, and sometimes I send a few things back.  Overall, I like the surprise and what they've sent me. 

This little mudroom got organized in January and also made it's way into the pages of a real, live book authored by my friend Cyndy at The Creativity Exchange.  I'm honored to be included in the book! 
10 |  Popular Pins - Financial Edition - image via Helicopter Mom
Are y'all thinking savings and finances each January?  I know I am.  This post has great money saving tips and fun things to do for free.

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Below is a month-by-month look at some of the progress we've made at our house in 2014 and other popular posts.

january

I busted out the paint to continue the stripes in our entryway around the corner under the stairs.  It might be my favorite project of 2014. 

february

Like I mentioned before, sometimes it takes me a really long time to bite the bullet and make a major furniture purchase like a pair of chairs for our sitting room.  This room didn't get the proper seating for nearly 4 years.  These chairs made the room feel complete and I'm happy with the purchase. 

march

Paining white stripes on these black curtains was the biggest DIY pain in the rear.  You can read all the drama on the post, but I love how they turned out in the end.

april 

What I Wore to Dallas
One of the blog conferences I went to this year focused on fashion and was a blast.  I'm still scratching my head on how I got invited because I'm no "fashion blogger", but I had a good time hanging out with my "home blogger" friends.  It kinda felt like we crashed the party.  ;) My post on what I wore that weekend was one of my most popular posts this year.  

Back when I first started blogging, I did "Saturday Shopping" posts but had gotten away from it.  This year, I expanded my blog content to include regular fashion posts and it's been fun and well-received.  I'm a bargain shopper at heart and almost always shop online, so now I do a "Weekend Steals & Deals" post on Fridays.  I had been doing the research at home anyway all along, so now I'm sharing my good deals on the blog. These posts are also a way to earn money through affiliate links.  If you make a purchase from one of my links, I'll earn a small commission.  I'm not getting rich on these posts (I imagine you have to be a full-time fashion blogger posting outfits everyday or have a huge following or post very expensive items to really make a good living from it), but it is extra income that helps and I definitely appreciate everyone who shops through my links.  It feels like shopping with a friend when I share the things I've bought with you and when you let me know what you got.  Lately I've been experimenting with having a professional snap my fashion photos because I want to have good quality photos on my blog, but sometimes a quick selfie is just easier and more in the moment.  

may

DIY Envelopes
My crafty side seems to get going in the Spring/Summer and this post on DIY envelopes gave me something fun to do with my collection of pretty paper.

june

My home office is where I do the majority of my blogging and the room has evolved from grey and yellow to black and white with pops of color.  I'm more than thankful to have a room all to myself, although I enjoy having my son hang out in here with me while I'm at my desk. 

july 

Thank you so much for helping me decide on a paint color for our dining room.  I wanted to bring in a pale blue/grey/green and your comments helped tremendously.  

august

What a transformation a roll of marble contact paper makes! This was the simplest project this year with the biggest impact. 
Painted Wooden Boxes
My geometric wooden box still lives in my office and now hold the remote for a small t.v. I added to the room. 

Storing & Organizing Kids' Artwork
The paper piles that grow and grow and grow when you have kids.  I finally dedicated some time to purging, organizing and preserving my son's artwork.  I guess y'all also struggle with this because it was a popular post this year too. 

My son sure is a lucky kid to have such a cool red desk in his room.  Although he's only 4, he let's me know he has to go sit at his desk and do his "work".  The desk has held up well, but I moved it to in front of his window for more symmetry and to free up more space in the corner. 

Here you can see how our new paint turned out in the dining room and how the room looks with a trio of mirrors instead of the single one that was there previously.
september

10 Steps to Better Blog Posts
This post breaks down everything from prepping for a blog post to editing the photos.  Good stuff if I do say so myself. 

I'm a lazy painter, but managed to paint all three doors in our mudroom this year (the other two lead to the pantry).  I kept the door on the hinges and show you step-by-step how I painted the door in this post. 

october 
I got a late start on our Fall decor, but once I got going, I really liked the simple touches.

november
Weekend Steals & Deals | Boots and Booties
You are my people.  This post with affordable boots and booties was a hit.  Some of these shoes are still on sale. 
We didn't end up doing all the activities in each of the pouches (or we did them on different days), but we at least pulled out the card and read the activity.  I think my son enjoyed just seeing what we were "supposed" to do as much as he would've enjoyed actually doing it.  And the hershey's kisses didn't hurt. 

december 

Our Christmas Tree
We did something different with our tree this year in adding the words.  Our tree is still up and we don't have plans to take it down anytime soon.

Our Christmas Decor
This room was my favorite in terms of Christmas decor this year.  I love the color scheme and my son helped me hang the snowflakes.  We had two great big family dinners here recently and I think we all lingered at the table a little longer because it was such a great space to relax in. 

Yep, it's that time again!  This posts links to 10 FREE printable 2015 calendars.  

Thank You to My Blog Referrers

Since the beginning, blogs have grown largely through the support of other bloggers.  It's my belief that you only grow when you share and spread the love.  This year, many friends led you my way: 


Centsational Girl

5 Blogs to Read in 2015 (+1 Instagram Account)

I'm still a blog fan and blog reader and wanted to share a few favorites with you for (maybe) something new for you to read this year.

The Makerista - Gwen and her family just moved into a new home and I can't wait to see what she does with the fresh space.  She has a talent for pulling together things in new, unexpected ways and photographing them beautifully. She also does a lot of bargain shopping/DIY projects.

Jenny Collier - Jenny's blog is full of encouragement, free printables, photography tips, and home decor/projects.  You'll love it all. 

Jillian Harris - Jillian is the female co-star of Love It or List It, Too and her newly launched blog is good!   It's a editorial in style, but she shares food, decor, fashion and beauty at her site.  She's just too cute and has a spunky personality. 

Jenna Sue Design - Jenna Sue is remodeling their home while running a design business in California.  She "slow blogs" meaning, not super often, but always quality posts.  You have to see her kitchen remodel.  

Ashlee Proffitt - Ashley's blog is so clean and pretty.  She's got a shop and also does branding and design.  And she shares her faith often, being a pastor's wife and mom.  

The Grey Gang - okay, this one isn't a blog- she went on a blog sabbatical in 2013 and now just posts on Instagram.  But she's good for a momma's soul.  Very vulnerable and posts out loud the things I tend to keep inside or shared at home between friends.  I'll post more of my favorite Instagram accounts on my own Instagram soon. 


Thank You READERS!

Last, but never least, thank you for your readership and support throughout the years.  2014 has been a hard year with my Dad battling cancer, but it makes me not take anything for granted and so thankful for every blessing.  My blog is one of those blessings and this weekend, as I pulled this post together, a welcome distraction from the hard parts of life.  My Dad is doing better lately so we're getting a reprieve from the white knuckle days.  I don't want my blog to be a downer, so I keep lots of stuff behind the scenes, but please know that the parts I get to share with you make this blog so much better.  Without your readership and comments, this blog would be a lonely place.  I know your time is limited, y'all are busy, and you have a million blogs you could read.  That you choose to spend a portion of your day with me is very special and I appreciate it.  Here's a big virtual hug from me in Houston, to you, wherever you call home.

May 2015 be your best year yet! 

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7 comments:

  1. yay for such a beautiful year! saying a little prayer for your family tonight Megan. I've enjoyed following your blog over the years since our kiddos were babies. Have a great night! -Andrea @andreamworley

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  2. Hi Megan, I've been a long time reader but this is the first comment I've left. I love your blog and your house but the only issue I have is I'm unable to purchase any of the gorgeous things you've used in your home as I live in Australia! On a serious note, I wish you and your family all the best as your father continues his battle with cancer. As my mother had thus horrible disease I know how hard it can be with the never ending doctors/hospital visits always praying for good news. Here's hoping 2015 is happy and healthy for you all. Tracy

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  3. Hi Megan, I look at the posts above and is seems as though I read them a couple of weeks ago. Time has been going by so fast. Loved looking at your year in review. I will pray for your dad. We walked that journey with our young son. I miss my boy so much. Sounds like your dad is doing better. Thank God!!

    I hope 2015 brings you and your family much health, happiness and most of all love!

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  4. I am somewhat new to your blog so this was a perfect post to kind of catch up on everything! :) Plus, we just moved into a new house - you've provided me with a lot of decorating inspiration!

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  5. Megan, I just love reading your blog! It's a breath of fresh air. Thank you for continuing to delight us readers! You're a gem!

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  6. Hi sweet Megan! Loved this 2014 wrap up and I also wanted to let you know that i'm going to keep your father in my prayers. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer this year and is finished her last radiation treatment tomorrow. Let's chat soon. All my love to you and your family, Desiree

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