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Readers’ Favorites – Our Top 10 Posts from 2016

As hard as it is for me to believe, another year has come and gone. We so appreciate your gracious words to us this past year, and grateful you’ve taken time out of your busy schedules to read ours… We thought we’d share with you some of the posts that y’all seemed to come to time and time again…

10. 5+ Ways to repurpose old linens – This one undoubtedly spoke to the frugal among us…  This is an oldie-but-goodie. It was first published in 2014, but has consistently been “up there” in our list of reader favorites – last year was no exception!


9. What not to say to someone who has cancer – First-hand thoughts and experiences from Candy’s heart.


8. Dip Mix Ornaments – A great combo of frugality and holiday giving…bookmark this for a summer craft and you’ll be ready for the holidays this year!


7. Sweet STEM Gift Ideas – A list we’ll always be adding to since discovering my youngest is a “STEM baby” (ok, so she’s not a baby anymore, but still…).


6. SAT Prep for Homeschoolers


5 (tied). 10 Things I Love About My Husband – A heartfelt tribute to Candy’s husband on the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary that clearly touched a chord in so many of you! Again, this one was published almost 3 years ago, but still gets lots of views.

5 (tied). Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling in GA (with updated curriculum fair dates!) – Please pass this around and share it with friends you know who are Peach State homeschoolers!


4. Why and How to Use American Heritage Girl Badges in Your Homeschool – Actually, many homeschoolers use Scout badge requirements as part of school, especially in the elementary years. Here are some ways to use them in the middle- and high-school years, too. American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a growing option to Girl Scouts that is growing by leaps and bounds. Our family loves it, so feel free to ask me if you have any questions!


3. How to Bring Geography to Life for Your Middle Schooler – As one of our top Pins, the popularity of this post suggests the value folks put on this particular subject these days. No small wonder, as our world gets more and more accessible with the growth of technology.



2. Dr. Seuss Baby Shower on a Budget – Yet another post from beyond 2016 that just keeps on getting attention! Must be that “frugal” theme…




1 (tied). TED Talks for Student Leaders – Actually a follow-up to the post with which it is tied for #1!


1 (tied). 10 TED Talks Your Teen Needs to Watch before Graduation – Our most popular pin ever, this post is proof that education is more than just academia.


What about yours – is YOUR favorite post from 2016 listed here? If not, we’d love to hear what spoke to you last year in the comments below…

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2 Responses to Readers’ Favorites – Our Top 10 Posts from 2016

  1. Katie Jenkins January 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi there, lovely ladies! As a relatively new reader on your blog, I have yet to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. What I love is that you guys offer such a broad range of content. For instance, I don’t have any kids yet so homeschooling doesn’t really apply, but I still find plenty of topics I’m interested in.

    One post of yours that left a lasting impression was your 2017 Word of the Year! I think it’s such a wonderful way to set a positive tone for the year ahead. You’ve inspired me to create my own word of the year. I choose the word gritty. Towards the end of 2015, I started dealing with a couple health issues that doctors can’t seem to figure out.

    These dumb symptoms are a pretty big bummer, and as much as I want to find out what’s going on, there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to know. Of course, I play Dr. Google so when I go searching for answers, I end up convinced I have about 5 different debilitating diseases. Baaah. I’ve totally scared myself silly!

    When I think of word gritty, I think of having courage and persistence — digging in your heels and doing whatever it takes to follow through. I’m ready to take this gigantic weight of what condition I might have off my shoulders and keep plugging away till I come across a doctor who knows what’s going on with my bod!

    Blah, blah, blah. I’m so sorry for my yammering on and on. 🙂

    Thank you very much for the little boost of inspiration!

    Hope the week is treating you fabulously!
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    • Pat January 11, 2017 at 11:32 am #

      Please…no apologies for your “yammering” (which isn’t the word I would use, anyway). Mysterious health issues are nothing to gloss over lightly; the symptoms, combined with your concerns about them, add up to quite a strain.
      I’m really glad that post inspired you!! 🙂 I think gritty is exactly what we need to be sometimes! Don’t know why, but this brings to mind Isaiah 40:31 “Those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
      I’ll be praying for an answer soon…please keep in touch!
      Blessings in the coming year as your strength is renewed!!

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