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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Top 12 Posts of 2017

Before we close 2017 forever, I wanted to share some of our top posts of 2017.  I was excited to see such a wide variety of top posts this year.  Not just food or DIY!  How fun!  

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Top 12 Posts of 2017

1. Instant Pot Peach Cobbler Recipe.  This was one of my first recipes I created in my new Instant Pot.  We used some of our fresh peaches we froze from the summer and it turned out SO good.  This is a perfect dessert to make during the colder months, warms you up from the inside!  YUM!  

Visit recipe - Instant Pot Peach Cobbler Recipe

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2.  Easter Placemat Craft for Kids.  The kids and I made placemats for our Easter dinner.  They had so much fun making these and then using them for our dinner with the family.  This is such an easy craft and can be modified for any occasion.  

Check out the DIY Easter Placemat Craft for Kids here

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3.  Top 5 Things To Do As A Family In Colorado Springs.  I have really enjoyed dipping my toes into the world of a travel blogger and hope that my experiences continue in 2018.  A lot of my local readers really enjoyed my post all about visiting Colorado Springs.  If you are local or you are looking to travel to Colorado with your family please make sure you check out this amazing city.  There are so many great things to do and see.  

Top 5 Things To Do As A Family In Colorado Springs - plan your trip today. 
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4.  "I Pika-Choose You!" Pokemon Valentine Printable.  In 2017, we were all about the Pokemon - still are.  For Valentine's Day Jude wanted to give his classmates a fun Pokemon themed Valentine so I decided to get a little creative.  This is an easy FREE printable option for your Pokemon loving kiddo.  

See our "I Pika-Choose You!" Pokemon Valentine and download your own. 

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5.  Tips on Parenting a Strong Willed Child.  Oh man, any of you that have met Teagan in person knows this strong will.  I shared some tips that have worked for us as well as some tips that we hoped to use to help us successfully parent our little miss.  My readers loved this post - I guess we are not alone!  

Check out our Tips on Parenting A Strong Willed Child.  

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6.  Elf On The Shelf - Easy Ideas For Busy Parents.  We all love the idea but then as the nights pass, those damn elves seem to haunt you.  Where do we hide them next?  Did you move the elves?  How creative can I get tonight?  Will the kids notice that they didn't move?  UGH!!  I am all about the easy EOTS ideas.  


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7.  Throwing a Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party.  Teagan wanted her 5th birthday party to be filled with Rainbows and Unicorns so we decided to theme her party with rainbow unicorns!  FUN!  It was a very successful party with a ton of themed activities, decorations and food.  

See how we threw the very best Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party for our little lady. 

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8.  Strawberry Bananamilk Overnight Oats.  The overnight oat craze is here and I feel like it is staying around for a bit.  I worked with Sir Bananas again in 2017 and created this delicious Strawberry Bananamilk Overnight Oats recipe that was a HIT on my website this year as well as in our family.  Overnight oats are great, but with the addition of the Bananamilk we felt like this recipe was 10 times better!  YUM!  

Check out our Strawberry Bananamilk Overnight Oats recipe and try it for yourself.  

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9.  Free Father's Day Printables.  Since having children I have felt that Father's Day is not celebrated as heavily as Mother's Day.  I decided to add a creative touch to our Father's Day celebration by making printables for the kids to fill out for their dad and grandpas.  It was such a fun activity and a perfect gift.  


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10.  Explore Spruce Saddle Adventure Zone at Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park Colorado.  We love working with the YMCA of the Rockies in both Estes Park and Winter Park.  In 2017, Snow Mountain Ranch (Winter Park) added a great new feature to their activities - the Spruce Saddle Adventure Zone.  We loved checking it out and cannot wait to visit again in 2018.  

For the perfect family getaway in Colorado make sure you check out Snow Mountain Ranch. 

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11.  Throwing a Pokemon Birthday Party.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that Jude decided to have a Pokemon birthday party for his 7th birthday.  We did our usual backyard pool party with family and friends but added our Pokemon flair!  I loved finding some great themed decorations and food but mostly we loved the amazing cake that our "cake lady friend" created!  AMAZING!! 

See the fun we had at Jude's Pokemon Birthday Party.  

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12.  The Perfect Mashed Potatoes & An Easy Holiday Appetizer.  This post is filled with goodness!!  YUM!!  For the holiday season I shared a recipe that should have been on all of your holiday menus.  The Perfect Mashed Potatoes - includes chicken broth...what a treat!  In addition to the potatoes, I shared a great appetizer that can easily be made for any occasion - Creamy Chicken Croissants.  

Make sure you check out both of these YUMMY recipes and get cooking!  

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And that folks...is all I have for 2017!!  Woohoo!!  Bring on 2018, I am ready to live through my Word of the Year - Fulfill and create some great content for you all to enjoy.  

Let me know in the comments which of these top posts is your favorite and what you hope to find on Building Our Story in 2018!  Happy New Year!!  

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9 comments:

  1. Gosh, this post is making me hungry! That's what I get for reading before lunch :-) That cobbler recipe is making me seriously consider getting an Instant Pot.

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  2. I love this idea of a Top Posts Round Up! I see many that I did read and some I have missed that I will check out now!

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  3. Such wonderful posts for 2017! Here's to many more great ones in the new year!

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  4. What a great lineup of posts from 2017. It's a great way to reflect on what's gone on over 2018. Now you have a chance to start over and share so much more!

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  5. What a great post! This is great to see and so many awesome post were created in 2017. I love the Easter placemats, so cute, the Pokémon Party I'm sure was a hit and of course I'm sure you guys had a great family trip. What a great way to reflect back! You have some beautiful children! Happy New Year!

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  6. It looks like you have had a great year! I love the posts about Colorado especially because I recently visited there for the first time this past July and love it so much! I always think about what it would be like if life brought us there to live, it could happen! lol Your kids are so cute and I hope your family has a great year this year as well!

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  7. I'm so glad you posted this roundup. I never would have seen the instapot peach cobbler one. I've been meaning to try making peach cobbler, and using the instapot makes everything so much easier. My hubby loves peach cobbler, so I'll be surprising him with some!

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  8. So many great posts! The Colorado trip sounds amazing! And that InstantPot peach cobbler recipe looks delicious!

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  9. I'm heading over to your strong-willed child post!! My daughter is VERY stubborn and although I know that one day I will appreciate this character trait, at the moment it drives me mad - especially when she turns it on because she doesn't want to eat her veggies!! ;-)

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