Happy Sunday. Boy has it been a weekend on this end. Per usual, we bit off a bit more than we could handle. We were inspired by Emily Ley’s book, A Simplified Life, and organized five rooms in our home. By the time we finished today we had 17 bags to donate, 6 bags of trash, and 6 spotless closets. It feels AMAZING! The task left us a bit exhausted, as it was also combined with hosting our friends Laura & Matt as well as a fussier-than-normal baby. Based on lots of feedback from friends on Instagram, it seems that her fussiness and spitup could be a combination of teething and eating too much since we’re now introducing solids. Over the next two days we are going to try pacing her bottles better and keeping her solid foods very simple just to eliminate any allergies, sensitivities, or other issues.
For today’s post, I thought it would be fun to share some of our and your favorite things from 2017. For your ease and enjoyment, I’m dividing this post into sections including fashion, baby, recipes, books, and posts.
Books – I spent more time reading last year, though many of the books were parent or baby focused. My goal is to read 40 books this year! In order to reach that goal, I will have to stick with my plan of disconnecting and reading before bed as well as during travel and anytime I commute.
- Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
- The Dollhouse
- All the Light We Cannot See
- Present Over Perfect
- Happiest Baby on the Block
- Mom’s On Call
- Bringing Up Bebe
- The Fifth Trimester
Recipes – Based on blog traffic and pins, these were my top five recipes last year even though some are more than four years old!
- Healthy White Chicken Chili
- Caprese Frittata
- Fall Pumpkin Smoothie
- Healthy Banana Bread
- Best Turkey Chili
Posts – These were my top five blog posts last year, based on traffic.
- Katie’s Birth Story
- Reflections on the First Week As A Mother
- Katie’s Six Week Update
- 10 Day Jasper & Banff Itinerary
Fashion– Based on ShopStyle clicks and purchases, these were the top 5 items you all purchased after seeing them on the blog!
- Zella Live In High Waist Leggings
- Treasure & Bond Winsor Block Heel Booties
- L.L Bean Rugby Top
- L.L. Bean Cozy Pullover
- J.Crew Lookout High Rise Jeans
Beauty – These were my favorite beauty purchases last year and many of you purchased the same based on the ShopStyle clicks and feedback!
- Beautycounter No 1 Brightening Facial Oil
- Beautycounter Flawless in Five
- Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm
- Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Hair Mask
- Revlon One-Step Blow Dryer & Styler
Baby – These are the top five things that we’ve loved during Katie’s first six months of life. There are so many more items but these are the ones that JUMPED to the top when Bo and I discussed this list.
- Uppababy Cruz Stroller
- Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
- Dohm White Noise Machine
- BabyBjorn Bouncer
- Wubbanub Pink Bear Pacifier
Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and instead is a list of the things of my favorite things this week. As normal, it includes lots of beauty and fashion items which means there are a few affiliate links via ShopStyle. It takes time and money to maintain a blog so I thank you for the support and few cents that come from clicking through the links!