2015 has just come to an end, and we can’t help but reflect back on the past year. We are proud that in 2015 Dallas Moms Blog had over 5.8 million page views, reached more than 2.5 million unique readers, provided supplies and monetary support to 3 different charities and hosted another 10+ events, including a national event with Costco & City Moms Blog Network.
We can only image what’s in store for the next year, and as we begin preparing some great events and posts for 2016, we wanted to share our 10 most popular blog posts (in no particular order) from the past year. They are stories of motherhood, humor, local finds, guidance, humility and so much more. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we did.
A couple of weeks ago I had an experience with my youngest daughter that lasted all of ten seconds but still continues to make me physically ill when I truly think about it. I keep replaying the moments in my head, hoping that I misunderstood the situation, but something tells me that I’m not. I believe I witnessed my precious baby nearly become abducted at the park not even five feet away from me.
2. Why I Got Rid of the Toys by Denaye (As seen on The Today Show)
I vowed there would be no more stepping on Legos in the middle of the night and tripping over blocks. Too many toys are a safety hazard and a sanity hazard. I have to argue that any child would be completely overwhelmed with a selection of toys as lengthy as the Cheesecake Factory Menu.
3. When Is It Okay to Critique Another Mom? by Amanda L.
I just did something that maybe I shouldn’t have done. I told a new mom (by the looks of it) that she was doing something wrong. And I watched as her face went from confusion-to-horror-to-tears. And then I
walked ran away. But if given the chance, I’d do it again.
When I found out that we were having a little girl, I headed straight to Carter’s and bought every teensie, flower-appliqued onesie they carried. No exaggeration. It was a wonder they all fit in her dresser.
But about the time my daughter started sitting up, I discovered the joys and dangers (to my wallet) of shopping on Instagram and Etsy. And I found a lot of satisfaction in shopping small from shops owned by moms just like me who were putting their hearts and souls into fun and unique clothing for kids while providing for their families.
5. 5 Minute Hair – Easy Hair for the Busy Mom by Amanda H.
As a busy mom of two, my morning routine has changed significantly over the past four years. I seem to be always running just a wee bit behind in the mornings, so into a ponytail my hair usually goes. At least 5 days a week my hair is in that ponytail. I started to get tired of that and wanted to figure out a few new easy ways to style my hair. I wanted something simple and cute that would not take me more that 5-10 minutes. Lucky for me, I have a great friend named Mary Manning, who is a master hairdresser.
Five years ago, I sat across from my 3 year old’s preschool teacher as she gently told me my son needed more practice putting on his own coat. I quickly thought back to how I shoved his coat on him that morning, and every cold morning of his life, without even thinking about giving him a chance to practice it. Oh…I stammered…we’re usually in a hurry and I guess it’s just faster and easier if I do it for him…um, I guess I should let him try it more. “Perhaps you could let him practice when you’re not in a rush, or even when you aren’t even really going anywhere,” she suggested.
7. Eight Things To Do When You Are Done Having Babies by Heather
It’s official. You’re done! Maybe you took action, or he did. But, the option is off of the table. No. More. Babies.
One day, not so long ago, I looked through tear-filled eyes at the empty high chair resting in the corner of our kitchen and wondered, “Will I ever be okay with just having big kids?” Sadness dripped down my face. (I told the kids it was the onions.) But today as I buckled a child (my fourth) into a five-point-harness car seat for the nineteen-millionth time, my thoughts turned joyful. In just two weeks he’ll be old enough to self-buckle into a booster! This momma is almost baby-free.
8. 4 Things It’s Okay to Do as a Mom by Kelly
It was a beautiful fall Dallas day. A blue, puffy-cloud sky and t-shirt with jeans kind of day. I had parked my car in front of a Sally Beauty Supply and was checking out (you didn’t think this red was natural, did you?!) when a woman raced inside. “Somebody needs to call the cops! There are kids that have been left in the car out there! Call the cops! Now!” The woman looked very worried and was talking to the cashier checking me out. Can you guess what happened next?
9. Why I Got Rid of My Wardrobe by Denaye
Don’t get me wrong, I had a closet full of clothes. I had lost all the baby weight, so most of them fit. But I never seemed to have anything to wear. Post-baby, I felt certain styles like strapless dresses, v-neck tops, and short(ish) skirts just weren’t working for me anymore. Hence the head-to-toe work-out attire. I knew a shopping trip needed to happen, but I had no idea where to start. After all, most of my clothes came from a quick grab-n-go during a “drive-by” of the woman’s section at Target.
10. Richardson Mercantile : A New Hidden Shopping Gem by Sally
While I was bummed to see Whole Foods go, I am thrilled to have a new spot to find gifts and treasures. This fabulous place is filled with different vendors and more moving in each week.
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