Best of 2016

What a year!! I can’t believe today marks the end of 2016 and the beginning of another year. I thought it would be fun to just do a little recap from this past year on the blog.

The biggest change for A Crafted Passion is that A Crafted Passion didn’t exist one year ago. This site was still Burlap and Babies and a hodge podge of different posts. One day in March, after finishing another unit of Elite Blog Academy, I woke up and decided things needed to change. I came up with a new name that day and four days later everything was changed, including a full site redesign using a new gorgeous theme from Restored 316.

Now a look back at the most popular top ten posts that were created in 2016.

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Most Popular Posts of 2016 on A Crafted Passion

10. Tips to Throw a Backyard Bridal Shower

This post was a throwback to my best friends bridal shower in 2013, but I had so much fun reliving the shower and sharing all the details with you. Plus, her elopment pictures at City Hall are gorgeous!!

Host a beautiful backyard bridal shower full of lots of DIY ideas, decorations, finger food recipes, and fun games.

9. How to Make a Nursing Cover

This is one of the most practical gifts I’ve made for new moms and are so quick to whip up for a DIY gift the night before a baby shower.

Learn how to make a nursing cover with this simple DIY tutorial. Free pattern included!

8. Silk Tie-Dyed Easter Eggs

I love Easter and dying these eggs is such a fun tradition. I can’t wait to do it with Clara in 2017 now that she’s older and will understand what we’re doing.

Check out how to make these simple silk tie-dyed Easter eggs.

7. Gender Reveal Announcement Ideas

You know me and gender reveals….

When it came time to reveal baby #2’s gender I knew we had to come up with some cute way of announcing it like we did with baby #1. I found so many fun ideas I rounded up the most popular gender reveal ideas into one post.

Love this fun and creative gender reveal with balloons and darts. Pin this popular idea!

6. 20+ Tips for Having a Magical Experience at Disney World with a Baby

Taking my ten month old to Disney World could have been a disaster. Instead, it was one of the most fun vacations we’ve ever had. I never want to forget these tips so I put together a post sharing everything we learned.

20+ tips for having a magical experience at Disney World with a baby. Here's all the tips and tricks I learned from taking our 10 month old to Disney World.

5. How to Build a Workbench

This workbench is such a lifesaver in our garage to help keep us organized and give us a space to work on all our projects.

How to Build a Workbench | Build this simple DIY workbench with easy to follow plans. Click for tutorial!

4. How to Make a Tag Blanket

Another perfect DIY baby shower gift, this tag blanket is easy to make and the babies love them!

Learn how to make a tag blanket in less than 15 minutes. It's a perfect DIY baby shower gift!

3. 11 Natural Ways to Prepare Your Body for Birth

This post was out of the norm for me but it took off on Pinterest and I love that! There’s so many natural ways to prepare your body for birth and I’m so glad I wrote down all these tips to make having my second easier.

Labor can be a scary thing when you aren't prepared. Follow these 11 steps to naturally prepare your body for birth and prepare your baby for life on the outside.

2. 10 Tips for Adorable Monthly Baby Photos

I had so much fun taking Clara’s monthly photos that once they ended a year ago when she turned one year old I knew I should share some tips I learned.

Now that I’ve just started taking Maggie’s monthly photos these are even more practical tips for right now.

10 Tips for taking adorable monthly baby photos to document your precious little one's growth that first year of life.

And the most popular post of 2016 is……..

1. Hot Chocolate Bar Party

Clara’s winter wonderland hot chocolate bar first birthday party was so much fun and I loved putting all the details together and I’m so glad you loved it too!!

A Winter Wonderland Hot Chocolate Bar | Such a cute idea! Complete with FREE chalkboard labels and DIY hot chocolate bar ideas.

So those are the most popular posts from 2016 but there’s a few that didn’t make the list that I loved putting together.

First off, launching The Ultimate DIY Party Planning Tool was a huge task but so amazing!! I loved going through the process of writing an ebook and launching my first product. I absolutely could not have done it without Abby’s Book Boss Course.

These posts leading up to the launch of the ebook are some of my favorite:

Another favorite project that didn’t make the top 10 posts was participating in my first One Room Challenge and turning our guest room into a toddler chic bedroom for Clara.

Check out all the details on that six week project here.

And then there was Instagram. Instagram and I have a love-hate relationship. I love it for connecting with so many people, however, no matter what I seem to do I can’t grow my following. Rather than stressing over the numbers game though, I’ve learned to just have fun with it and do it because I enjoy Instagram. Here’s my top 9 pictures from 2016:

Best of 2016

1. A sneak peek the night before the big One Room Challenge reveal!

2. Announcing baby #2’s gender — we did a balloon and dart gender reveal and it turned out hilarious! Let’s just say none of us have a future in dart throwing.

3. Introducing our little Maggie Grace — read her birth story here!

4. A happy day — almost ORC reveal and a great midwife appointment

5. AND finally the One Room Challenge reveal! See all the details here in case you missed it!

6. Celebrating birthday week in our home — Maggie’s birth, my husband’s birthday, and Clara’s birthday all within 7 days.

7. A simple stool makeover

8. Another sneak peek from photoshoot day of Clara’s toddler chic bedroom

9. Sharing Clara’s vintage kitchen all dressed up

I love how everyone on Instagram loved our One Room Challenge bedroom makeover because I loved it too!

And there we have it! A fun look back at 2016 on A Crafted Passion. I have so many ideas for 2017 and can’t wait to get started!! But until then, what was your favorite part of 2016? Share in the comments below.

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