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Top 10 Posts of 2019

Happy 2020! Can you believe we are already a week and a half in? Every year since I started blogging in 2015, I’ve done a top 10 posts at the beginning of the following year. There’s something about a top 10 list that I just love! So sit back, take a minute to browse through the list and maybe you’ll find a post you’ve never seen before that interests you.

The top 10 most visited posts on my blog from 2019!  You don't want to miss number 1!

*NOTE* Each post is linked to the original post, so if you want to save one to look back at later, I highly recommend clicking through to the original post so you don’t have to take the extra step when you come back here. It will open up in a new tab so you won’t lose your place in this post about the top 10 posts of 2019.

Here we go!

#10: DIY Cabinet Door Towel Rack

This was such a fun DIY project! One year later and it still looks amazing in the kids bathroom. If you are looking to do something a little bit custom as far as towel racks go, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, this project is for you.

Repurpose an old cabinet door into a custom towel rack for the bathroom, pool area or anywhere else you need to hang towels! So much cheaper than buying a new one.

#9: Using Contact Paper to Update Your Bathroom

Another popular post was how to install contact paper in your bathroom to update the space. We did this in the same bathroom as the cabinet door towel rack and it is still going strong. Using a patterned contact paper in the drawers and inside the cabinet made a huge different and only cost me about $5 and a little bit of time and patience.

Updating your bathroom doesn't have to be expensive to make an impact. See how I used contact paper update our bathroom in less than an hour!

#8: How to Make and Decorate a Smash Cake

I have made and decorated each of my kids’ smash cakes for when they turn one and while they are all similar, they are also all a little bit different, which I love. In my tutorial, I share tips for getting great looking smash cakes that are so cute when they are finished.

Great tips on how to make and decorate a smash cake! It's a great way to save a little money on a cake that may or may not actually get smashed! *wink*

#7: DIY Lego Car Kits and Storage Solution

Believe it or not, all the pieces to this LEGO car kit (and the storage that goes with it) are from Dollar Tree! If you have a kid who loves to play with LEGOs but haven’t found a way to make it work when you are in the car, definitely check this post out. My kids loved it, especially on our 10+ hour drive to Disneyland last fall.

#6: Starry Night Skyline Glow in the Dark Shirt

You know those projects that turn out exactly the way you picture in your mind? Well, this shirt was one of them! Using glow in the dark HTV (heat transfer vinyl) really made this shirt stand out. This would be a fun shirt to make and wear for any type of galaxy or space themed party, as well as a New Years party. I’m planning on making more projects this year using glow in the dark HTV so keep an eye out as we move closer to summer.

#5: DIY Disney Autograph Book

We took our family to Disneyland last fall and it was so fun! While getting autographs and pictures isn’t necessarily our first priority, I wanted to make sure we had something Disney-themed and durable for the characters to sign. This autograph book came out so darling and I even share the SVG file with you so you can make your own as well.

#4: Where to Eat (and Not Eat) on Kauai

My husband and I went to Kauai last June for our 10 year anniversary and it did not disappoint! This post about where to eat (and not eat) while visiting Kauai will be a big help to you as you plan your trip. Because, come on. Great food can make a great trip even better, don’t you think? (Also, if you’ve been to Kauai already and have a recommendation that I haven’t listed, I’d love you to leave a comment on that post and let me know what it is!)

#3: How to Bottle Homemade Applesauce

I started bottling homemade applesauce about seven years ago. The best thing to do is wait until apples are in season (in the fall) and then buy them up and make a bunch of homemade applesauce to store and eat year round. It is, quite literally, apples, water and a little bit of lemon juice. That’s it. If you have been interested in bottling, but don’t know where to start, homemade applesauce is it! (I also have a great tutorial for how to bottle raspberry jam.)

Learning how to bottle homemade applesauce is as simple as 1-2-3, because it literally only takes three ingredients! If you want to get into bottling or canning and you have no idea where to start, I would definitely recommend starting with applesauce. It requires basic tools you already have at home or could borrow and is a great way to preserve a delicious and healthy food to use later on when apples aren't in season.

#2: 5 Inexpensive Meals for Large Groups

Feeding big groups of people can get really expensive. We regularly host family dinners at our home for up to 20+ people and I’ve learned over the years how to make great tasting main dishes that don’t cost a ton of money. Whether you are serving family, friends, your kids friends or just want to make a bigger meal and save the leftovers, this post is exactly what you need.

And the #1 post of 2019 is…

#1: Quick and Easy Applesauce Muffins

My kids will literally devour these applesauce muffins in 24 hours if I let them. They only take about 20 minutes from start to finish (including baking time) and they are perfect to grab in the morning before work or school. We also eat them with dinner. I love that they are moist, but not overly sweet. I make them with my homemade applesauce but store bought works great too!

Which one (or more) of these posts caught your eye?


Hi! I’m Shani,

A stay-at-home mom of 4 and wife. I love sharing easy to follow craft tutorials, kid activities, family-friendly recipes, organization, travel and motherhood. I hope you’ll feel uplifted and empowered by each post, regardless of what kind it is. Join me as I raise my little munchkins and share the sunshine in this beautiful, crazy thing called life! Read more...

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  1. Love this recap. I’m going to check out updating your bathroom with contact paper, so simple and it really does make a difference. I’m also very curious about seeing what to eat ( and what not to eat) in Kauai.

  2. Isn’t it so fun looking back at your top posts from the year? I did the same thing and was actually surprised by a few of them that made the list! I know you helped a lot of people with these posts, keep it up (:

  3. I absolutely love how these posts are so easy to recreate! I definitely want to do the DIY towel rack!

  4. You have so many great posts, it must have been hard to narrow it down! I especially like the t-shirt and smash cake tips.

  5. I absolutely love how many practical and fun ideas you have throughout these posts. I remember reading the post about meals for large groups and it was super helpful. Can’t wait to see the awesome content you put out in 2020!

  6. I can’t wait to try the homemade applesauce and applesauce muffins! My daughter loves muffins in the morning so we may try this recipe together, and if I can make homemade applesauce my children can eat this at home and only eat the pouches at school! Good Stuff! Thanks for sharing! I may try the t-shirt design too…I have pinned all of these!

  7. We have a road trip coming up and that LEGO car kit looks like a must-have. I missed that post the first time around so am very happy it was included here!

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