Top Posts of 2014

It’s been a busy and fun past 12 months. Posts that I wrote last January seem like a lifetime ago so it’s been fun looking back over so many of these top posts of 2014.

Top Posts 2014

The number 1 most popular post this year blew all the others out of water. Can you guess what it is?

I have a second post coming up highlighting the most popular recipes from 2014 – and there are some good ones.

13. How to Organize Owner’s Manuals

This genius idea come from my mom. Our manuals, receipts, instructions are no longer shoved into a file cabinet or random drawers. This makes it so much easier:

Genious way to organize all your owner's manuals. You can find what you need in seconds!

12. When Surviving is the Only Option

Encouragement for those times when our life circumstances are not going to change. Maybe there’s been illness or loss or suffering. When life isn’t going to change our heart and attitudes might have to.

When surviving is the only option and circumstances don't change.

11. 5 Minute Pick Up

It’s crazy how messy even 2 kids can make the house. 5 minutes (or 15 if it’s super messy) can make such a difference. Less clutter = less stress for this mom.

5 Minute Pick Up - a simple way to keep toys and clutter from taking over your house. We love doing this after supper each night.

10. Meal Ideas for a Date Night at Home

Sometimes it isn’t feasible to leave the house for a date. Make a special meal for you and your spouse after the kids are in bed or make a restaurant quality meal for the entire family.

10 great meal ideas for an at home date night

9. The Secret to Financial Success

Budgeting. It’s made a world of difference in our finances and our family. Having a plan for our money helps us not get into money arguments and enables us to meet goals a lot faster.

The Secret to Financial Success! Sitting down and doing this as a couple and actually following through as made a world of difference. You'll want to start today!

8. Reading List for 2014

I love finding new reading material and I guess you do too. I have to admit, I didn’t get near as much read last year as I wanted so many of these are still on my list.

My book list for 2014. Jon Acuff, Elisabeth Elliot, Jesse & Susan Wise and more! Lots of good ideas.

7. Tips for Eating Wheat Free on a Budget

We did a wheat free period to try and help my son’s eczema (and determined the dry winter weather is what makes it flare up the worst). These are suggestions for how to eliminate wheat from your diet without your family protesting and without breaking the budget.

Great (and easy) tips for going wheat free! Make the transition easy on your budget and your family!

6. 20 Whole30 Breakfast Recipes

We complete our first Whole30 in 2014 and breakfasts for the hardest for me to plan for. Here is a great list of healthy breakfast recipes whether you are planning a Whole30 or not.

20 Whole30 breakfast ideas and recipes! Great resource for healthy breakfasts - the hardest for me to come up with recipes for. (My FAVORTIE breakfast casserole is on this list)

5. 16 Whole30 Soup Recipes

I think a lot of us are looking for healthier options to put on the table. I love soups because they make awesome leftovers.

Yum! Great list of soups that are ALL Whole30 approved. Need to check this out for my menu plan this week!

3. Christmas Presents on a Budget

There is so much pressure to put the emphasis on presents at Christmas time. What do you do if you don’t have the money (or simply choose not to to spend a lot)? Here are some great ideas to keep your Christmas spending down as you plan for next year.

11 Tips for buying Christmas presents on a tight budget! Perfect for those of us that need (or want) to spend less this year. Check them out!

2. How to Go from Surviving to Thriving

This struck a cord with a lot of readers. Our lives are busy and things happen that we don’t plan and we find ourselves in survival mode and it’s not fun.

5 steps to go from surviving to thriving

1. How to Drastically Reduce Your Grocery Budget

The most read, most commented on, most pinned post ever on this blog. Groceries are something we all have to buy yet we all want to save money on. These tips are how I keep our grocery budget low without using coupons and while buying real food.

10 super easy ways to drastically lower your grocery budget! I've saved thousands of dollars doing these over the years. GREAT ideas!

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4 thoughts on “Top Posts of 2014

  1. Christa

    Thanks for the update on your top posts. As a new reader, it gave me some great ideas to try this year. I’m especially looking forward to trying out the recipes and budgeting tips!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks, Christa. You are right, I hadn’t really thought of that before but it is a great week for someone to get a highlight of things that have happened on the blog over the past year. Thanks for stopping by!

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