The Best Parenting, Crafting & Education Posts of 2015

Karen Patten

2015 was an amazing year in so many ways! For me, Spoil My Family was born in May and I have loved it ever since. I have been blessed with such a wonderful community here and I am so grateful for each and every one of you!

Here you will find an amazing link up of all of the best posts of 2015 in parenting, education, and crafting! www.themidlifemamas.com

The years go by faster and faster. My boys are growing so fast – as I’m sure your little ones are. I’d love for you to spend a few minutes here today and review some posts that were your favorites this year and maybe some that you missed.

The Most Read Post on Spoil My Family in 2015:

I wrote 7 Things I Didn’t Expect About Raising Boys with my friend Hillary at The Cole Mines. Hillary wrote a similar post about her two girls. It was such a fun contrast! I was surprised and it was so fun to see that so many people enjoyed reading the post. Boys are the bomb! I truly enjoy having boys – they are special and unique and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

When I found out I was having a boy, a million thoughts ran through my head. What I've learned is that mothering boys isn't everything I was expecting... www.themidlifemamas.com

The Most Popular Parenting Posts on Spoil My Family in 2015:

Want to Help Your Child Have Fewer Hard Times? was a post written as part of my 31 day series in October on many aspects of sugar and its impact on both children and adults alike.

Have you heard the saying "You're child isn't giving you a hard time, he's having a hard time?" Want to learn how to help your child have fewer of those hard times? Try this. www.themidlifemamas.com #sugarsensitive #write31days #sugar #sugaraddict #sugaraddiction #childrenandsugar

Need a Translator to Interpret Child Behavior? was written about an amazing gift that you can give your children. Children often display their bodies’ needs in their behavior although they are not able to articulate what they need. Sometimes their behavior can be confusing for adults. But what if you had a translator? Here it is!

How many times have you thought: Why did you do that? What were you thinking? Wouldn't it be great to have your own personal translator to interpret child behavior? Here's your translator! www.themidlifemamas.com

The Most Popular Essential Oil Posts on Spoil My Family in 2015:

Scented Candles: A Dirty Little Secret discloses why you aren’t making a healthy choice for your family and what a better choice is to enjoy the pleasantries of scented candles and still maintain your family’s health.

Are your scented candles releasing toxins into your home? Carcinogens? Find out the best alternatives and still keep your home wonderfully scented! www.themidlifemamas.com

Clean Laundry Naturally Without Toxic Chemicals shows you the toxins contained in most commercially available laundry detergents and how you can do laundry without toxins and very cost effectively!

Traditional laundry products emit volatile organic compounds, several of which are classified as carcinogens. Want to know how to eliminate them and what to replace them with? www.themidlifemamas.com

The Most Popular Holistic Health Posts on Spoil My Family in 2015:

31 Days to Annihilate Sugar Addiction – I took this crazy challenge in October to write on one topic for 31 days straight. (I still have a couple to finish up!) I chose to write about the physical and emotional complexities of sugar while displaying its health dangers. I covered many aspects of sugar consumption – it’s a great way to start your new year.

Information, Knowledge, Understanding, Tips, Hacks, Tricks - You'll get it all over the next 31 days. Kick your sugar addiction to the curb! www.themidlifemamas.com

The Worst Thing You Can Do To Your Immune System I saw so many posts in the fall about “boosting” you immune system that I felt I had to explain what “boosting” your immune system really means, why you don’t want to do it, and what you should do instead to make sure that your immune system is functioning at its very best!

"Boosting" your immune system may cause more harm than good. So how do you keep your system in tip top shape year round? www.themidlifemamas.com

The Most Popular Recipe Posts on Spoil My Family in 2015:

Best Roasted Brussels Sprouts I just love brussels sprouts! They’re best in the cooler months – but I love them year round. Here’s one of my favorite ways to prepare them.

Here Are Some Great Tips for Getting Your Children to At Least Give the Brussels Sprouts the Old College Try

Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Muffins: Things You Don’t Want Your Children to Know These are staples in our house! They are healthy and they are delicious. Both of my boys come running when these come out of the oven! They are a terrific snack or as part of a wholesome breakfast! Enjoy 🙂

Delicious and healthy chocolate, chocolate chunk muffins. These are a wonderful go to for grab n' go breakfast before school or a great afternoon snack. www.themidlifemamas.com

The Kid Blogger Network is made up of amazing bloggers across the world. This post showcases the very best of 2015 in the categories of Education, Parenting, and Crafts. I have been lucky to have met several of these talented and creative women in person and I consider many more to be “online friends.” I have great respect for this network of creative women and I owe many of them so much for the success of Spoil My Family to date. I have great things planned for 2016 and can’t wait to keep connecting and sharing posts!

As promised, there are so many great bloggers that have added their post to this party – you will find some great take aways! These are some of the very best posts across the parenting blogsphere on gentle parenting, education, and kids crafts. We’ve added them all to a Pinterest Board for you to keep them forever after you’ve read them!

Follow MaryAnne at Mama Smiles ‘s board The Best of 2015 on Pinterest.Linky best-posts-2015   The Best PARENTING POSTS of 2015:

 

 

The Best EDUCATION POSTS of 2015:

 

 

The Best CRAFTING POSTS of 2015:

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Shelah on January 2, 2016 at 10:26 am

    What a great year you have had. There are so many great posts that I just can’t pick one favorite..



    • Karen Patten on January 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thank you so much! I love your site 🙂



  2. Christina @There's Just One Mommy on January 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    You have some great posts! I gave up using scented candles when I had little ones, but i still have a cabinet full of them. I”m off to read about why I may not want to burn those babies.



    • Karen Patten on January 2, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the site!



  3. Clare;s Little Tots on January 2, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Great posts. I love the one about parenting boys. i have a 3 year old girl and 8 month old boy and he surprises me all time and it’s definitely been different to what I was expecting!



    • Karen Patten on January 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      I always love asking my friends who have one boy and one girl – how are they different? So glad you liked the post!



  4. My Bored Toddler on January 5, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I will be making those muffins! A great collection of posts from last year!



    • Karen Patten on January 6, 2016 at 10:30 am

      I just made them! Thank you 🙂



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