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Top 10 Posts of 2016

This year has been one of tremendous growth in my personal life and here at Queen of the Household.

I appreciate all of you who follow along and support this site. It means more to me than you know!

I made some big goals in January 2016 and I’ve reached those goals. It took a lot of work during nap time and some late nights, but it was all worth it!

I hope to share more about how I met those goals in an upcoming post.


But for now, here are the top ten posts from the past year. Feel free to check them out if you’ve never read them or you need a reminder!


9 Things I Do With My Toddler Every Day

This post has gone “viral” on Pinterest, and brings in lots of traffic each day. I wrote this post to share simple things that moms can do with their toddlers.

I was surprised to get a couple of controversial comments from moms on that post! It was not my intention to make anyone feel badly, but I apperciate those who responded to those comments in my defense. 🙂


Simple Meal Ideas for One Year Olds

Before writing this post, I struggled to figure out what I should feed my son. After figuring out what worked, I shared this post to help some mommas out!


6 Tips for Surviving a No-Spend Week

We have had several no-spend weeks since writing this post. It is such a great way to reign in the spending and save a little cash.


How to Stop Spending

I’ve always been a bit of a penny pincher. But when I was in my early 20’s and earning my first “big” paycheck, I did spend a little too much.

In this post I shared some habits that I changed in order to stop spending.


6 Ways You May be Throwing Your Money Away

The idea for this post came to me while I was standing in line at Wal-Mart returning a pack of razors!  Yes, ideas come at all times, in all places!

Each of these are little habits that quickly add up if we aren’t careful.

Stop throwing your money away!


Create Luxury at Home Without Spending a Dime

Having a home you enjoy without spending a bunch of money is possible! I shared some simple things we can all do to create a luxurious feel at home without spending money.


What the Kon Mari Method Didn’t Tell You

I have a tendency to cover up my true feelings in order to keep the peace. In 2016 one of my goals was to start speaking my mind more.

And after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tydying Up*, I decided to share my disappointment with this book even though not everyone would like what I had to say.

I knew it would be a little controversial because there are a lot of people who love the book and method.

But I still stand behind this post.

Review of the KonMari Method


Clear Kitchen Counters

Before writing this post, I really struggled with clutter on my kitchen counter. Then one day I had finally had enough!

Apparently, others struggle with this too!

Other than occasional clutter, my counters are still clutter free.


Purpose of Homemaking

This post shares my heart behind taking care of my home. I hope that it has encouraged those who read it!


5 Tips for Living in a Small Home

I love my small home, but there are some definite tips for not feeling like it is too small!

The Purpose of Homemaking


I have loved getting to know you all better this past year and look forward to exciting things in 2017!

Was your favorite post on the list?


P.S. I’ll be back next week with the final post of the year. I hope that you and your family have a Merry Christmas!



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  1. //

    I totally agree with your post on the Kon Mari method. I gave the book away after reading it. It, in my opinion, was written for a different culture and was very naive.
    I have just found your wonderful blog, so am playing catch up reading posts.

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      Hi Glenda! I knew there had to be others out there who felt the same way as I did about that book, but I felt like no one was saying it! 🙂 I’m so happy to have you here and hope you enjoy catching up on some old posts!

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    Congrats on reaching your blogging goals for this year! That’s an awesome thing to have accomplished. I love your posts – they are both practical and personal. I think my favorite on this list has to be “The Purpose of Homemaking.” I love your heart for the home!

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      Thank you, Whitney! That is my favorite post on this list too. God has really worked on my heart over the last few years. I feel like you have a big heart for home too and get inspired by your blog and YT videos each week! Thank you for your friendship and support!

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    I loved all your posts but I think the review of the Kon Mari method was my favorite. I had read so many positive reviews but somehow I always felt something was off. After reading your review I pinpointed the problem with the method right away and the reason I was leery of even reading the book! You have done a great job this year!

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      Thank you so much, Vickie! Yes, the KonMari book was a big disappointment for me. I appreciate your blogging friendship and support! I love reading your frugal ways each week. 🙂

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