2013 in Review

What an amazing year it’s been!  It’s hard to believe how much has happened here on Organizing Life with Littles in the last six months.  I’ve decided to do an all-inclusive review for those of you who have just joined us (or for those who just like to be sentimental like me).

In JULY, I wrote my very first blog post.  Originally, the blog was started to help out a few friends who were coming to me with the same organizational or child-related questions.  I had six readers to start with, most of which I knew in person.  I resolved to just post an occasional thing on the side when I had time.  I wanted to be helpful, but had no idea how God would bless me and my blogging endeavors in the coming months.  Since July, I’ve gone from six readers and an average of 17 views a day to nearly 400 subscribers and 85k average views a month.  You’ve totally knocked my socks off, people!  My first series was on Keeping Our Household Budget under $300 a Month.

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In AUGUST, I went on to explain how I was {relaxed-ly} pre-schooling my then 2-year old, Gabriel.  I wrote about how I Structured His Day, Made Time to Read, my Toddler Training Goals, and my Favorite Teaching Resources.  I also explained why I think the television can be used as a valuable teaching tool and not just a time-waster.  I wrote about Organizing Toddler and Baby Toys, and wrote up a Guide to Outside Play (for the Non-Outdoorsy Mom).

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 SEPTEMBER opened with my first ‘inspirational’ post Overcoming Mom-Guilt, where I share how I’ve come to terms with ‘not being able to do it all’.  I shared my routine for Conquering the Laundry, collected some budget Date Ideas for $15 or Less, and wrote about how I Organized my Prayer Time.  I gave a Complete Tour of my Home Management Binder, shared some laughs with my 2-Year-Old Quoteables, and shared my Super Relaxed and Budget Cloth-Diapering routine.

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 In OCTOBER, I posted every day for my 3-week Organized Mom Challenge (which, if you haven’t looked at yet, is a great way to start off the new year!)  I also gave a Sneak Peek into some of the future blog post ideas I have coming soon!  I wrote up my Low-Maintenance Memory Keeping series, where I shared how I organize Family Photos into Yearbooks, Pregnancy Journals, and how I document Baby and Toddler Milestones.  I also shared my thoughts on the Christian’s hope in death and miscarriage in A Mother’s Greatest Fear.

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 In NOVEMBER, I shared a post on Recipe Organization, ranted on why I believe Motherhood is Hard, But it Doesn’t Have to Be THAT Hard, and gave out some practical parenting advice for establishing Predictable Bedtimes, Morning Wake-times, and problem-solving with a Nap Rebel.  I shared 6-Ways to Make Money as at Stay-At-Home Mom, wrote up a list of what I was doing to Prepare for Pregnancy, and shared some Exercise Tips for the Busy Mom.

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 DECEMBER opened with the creation of my Brand New, Shiny, Just-Out-of-the-Wrapper FACEBOOK PAGE!  I wrote a short, sentimental piece on Matthias Turning One (sniff, sniff), shared some Tips for Making Sick Days Easier, and had my first Guest Post on some Counter-Cultural Advice for New Moms.  I tried my hand at a bit of Christmas poetry, in A Tale of Prophecy, shared our Yearly Budgeting System for Gifts, and wished you all a Merry Christmas with our Family Pictures taken this year.  Lastly, I shared my Month-By-Month Plan for the Entire {Coming} Year.

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So that’s that.  A half-a-year of amazing blessing and organizational loveliness.  Again, I’m so grateful to have had you along for the ride.  My readers are THE BEST and I love each one of you.  Every time I wake up in the morning to a new comment, it brightens my day a bit more.

Here’s to a wonderful 2014!

4 thoughts on “2013 in Review

  1. Lisa says:

    Happy 2014! I found your blog through Pinterest. I absolutely love it. I am now subscribed and look forward to reading your posts. I can’t wait to start my binder. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. May you be blessed even more with this New Year.

  2. Jenn says:

    Hello Kelsey! I want to say thank you for your encouragement and advice. I am a mom to two older (15 & 7) special needs kids and am always looking for any ideas on how to make our live a little easier. Your notebook and budget ideas are fantastic. I hope you and your family have a fantastic year!!

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