I love taking a little walk down memory lane at the end of the year. I always print out a family photo album with iPhoto to commemorate the year in our family’s life, and I do a similar thing here on ye olde blawg with a post full of photos of the high points of our year.
Wanna join me!? I’ll include a linky at the end of this post for anyone who wants to play along. And feel free to grab this button! (The code is at the end with the Linky instructions, if you need it.)
Two posts that practically tied for popularity in January.
Pinterest for Bloggers was a hit. It would be hard to understate how drastically the Pinterest has changed the landscape of blogging. Now every post not only has an image, but often a fancy title on it to make it “Pinteresting”. As of the writing of this post, Pinterest is my top referring website . . . yes, it even sends me more blog traffic than Google.
Food Safety vs. Nourishment was another hot topic.
In February, I attended my 4th Blissdom. I had so much fun hanging out with Nicole and Jill among many others.
And I adore my roomies, Christina and Lisa.
HOW could we forget THIS one!? I still miss my raw milk. It was so delicious and made my tummy so happy . . . well, until I contracted campylobacter. Then? Not so happy . . . About That Raw Milk . . .
How to Wear Red Jeans is one of my post popular posts of all time.
How to Make an Image for Pinterest was a hit. (And it still is.)
And for some reason, How to Wear Jeans and a T-Shirt has become very popular as of late.
Yes, people actually search for that. A LOT!
Back in April, our family took a whirlwind tour of Washington D.C.
This Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Caramelized Onions isn’t only my most popular post from April, it is consistently among my most popular posts of all time. And I just adore this photo.
And at the end of the month, I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. SO much fun. The Wild Africa Trek was among the highlights.
Mother’s Day is in May of course, and I love this Mother’s Day Through the Years post I put together.
And Homemade Strawberry Popsicles was my most popular post from that month. They are truly “kid-tested, mother-approved”!!
How To Write An About Page was a highly trafficked post.
And I celebrated my 3000th blog post.
We had our first CSA pick-up, and I soon gained a whole new vocabulary. Who KNEW there were so many varieties of greens!?
In July, I celebrated my 40th birthday.
source: simply stated via Jo-Lynne on Pinterest
We took our annual family vacation to Maine.
AND I went to NYC for my Cosmo photo shoot. Here I am gettin’ mah hair did.
In August, I attended the whirlwind that was BlogHer and roomed with my good friend Mel.
And I met Kristin Davis.
I got to experience the luxurious Winvian Resort and meet the amazing women behind the new Chevy Malibu (thank you, Cecily).
And Savannah joined our family.
My How To Make A Cosmo post was a hit.
And my post On Saying Yes More won me a the Kid Pointz Blogger gig, which I have been enjoying immensely.
In September, I ran a 5K with a bunch of friends. I wasn’t pleased with my time, but I had fun.
I got to see Bruce . . . this time from the pit. In which I discovered that I am officially an old fuddy duddy.
And my Olay advertorial appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine.
As part of the Target Inner Circle, I got to experience Target’s Media Day, at which they revealed their designer collaboration with Neiman Marcus.
And we ended out the month with a family trip to Disney World.
My son became a teenager. HOLD ME!
I ran another 5K and THIS TIME I redeemed myself with a new personal best of 28:32.
I also experienced Black Friday for the first time ever and had a blast with a few good friends.
My Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Dip was a popular post this month.
And I poured my heart and soul into my Holiday Gift Guides.
We had family portraits taken by Kate Giovinco Photography.
My daughter turned 10.
And we celebrated Christmas.
Tonight we look forward to ringing in the New Year with good friends.
2012 has definitely been a full year — full of laughter and tears, toil and trouble, great times and not so great times; but through it all I am incredibly thankful for God’s goodness no matter what. I am eagerly looking ahead to see what 2013 will bring.
Happy New Year!!!
27 thoughts on “2012 in Pictures”
Happy New Year Jo-Lynne! I’m glad I started following your blog in the last half of this year, but wish I had started earlier. You could have saved my brussel sprout disasters and answered my questions about Raw Milk. You really are an inspiration to me and a terrific leader of the blogging community. Can’t wait to see what’s coming in 2013!
It looks like you had a very good year : )
Your kids are so cute.
Congratulations on all of your incredible achievements!
Wow what an amazing year you’ve had!
love this post, looks like it was a fabulous year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
What a wonderful review! I SO enjoyed going back and reading some of these posts that I missed. Great job! I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2013…
Thanks, JL!! I did the post. I did NOT put links back to old posts all the way through. That’s so much work! 🙂 And I got the little button to work — yay! I have no idea how to get my picture up there with the other participants, but maybe you do that? Ha – I’m SO clueless! Here’s my link:
Oops! Figured it out!
This linky was such a fabulous idea! I am so glad we got to meet at BlogHer – I hope I get to see you at Type A this year!
Definitely! Can’t wait!!!
Happy New Year! What a lovely recap. As a new follower, this was a great highlight reel to get all caught up. You have a beautiful family. Hope your 2013 is full of blessings and joy.
Awww, thank you!
how cute is that puppy?
Great post and what a great year! Happy New Year!
loved going down memory lane of 2012 with you. great post. still need to do mine – guess i’ll get it done in 2013 lol 🙂 xo
Thanks for hosting – I look forward to this every year.
Happy New Year from N Ireland
I always look forward to this post! Thanks for hosting yet again.
Happy New Year, friend!
Great pictures and looks like it was a great year,too. I hope 2013 is a great year for you and your family!
Thanks for hosting this carnival every year! Happy New Year and Cheers to a great 2013!
PS It was so great finally meeting you in person this past year at DisneySMMoms!
Love your review – you had a very exciting 2012. Look forward to see all of your adventures in 2013 🙂
Great post and I LOVE your family photo. Here’s to 2013.
What an incredible year for you, my friend… I’m proud to know you! I loved reading your recap!
What a great for you – wishing more success for you in 2013!
I love this! Such a great idea – and now I have a bunch of your posts I need to go back and read.