Top 10 Posts of 2016

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

Happy 2017!  Can I just say that I am so glad 2016 is over?  I know people say that you can always start fresh at the beginning of each day but there is just something that feels so tangible about a new year and what it represents. 

With that being said, I had a lot of great things that happened in 2016.  One of my favorites was my blog re-launch back in October.  Sunshine & Munchkins got a whole new look thanks to my friend Audrey from Miss Audrey Sue Designs.  Seriously, she is incredible.  I also celebrated my one year blogiversary, which was pretty exciting.  I’m looking forward to another year of blogging and hopefully providing you with some fun content that is useful and uplifting.  At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to my 2017 reader survey where you can share your thoughts and give me some feedback.  I would be so grateful if you took it!

And now, I get to share with you the top 10 posts of 2016! (You can read the original post by clicking on the title.)

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the changing leaves and the cooler weather.  I had the opportunity to work with At Home stores and do a blog hop with some amazingly talented ladies.  I like to decorate my home, but I definitely wouldn’t call myself a professional, so I was thrilled with the feedback I got and all the kind comments.  You can see how I decorated my home (specifically the front porch and living room) by clicking HERE or on the title above.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

It’s been over a year since my family and I first visited Disneyland and we are all itching to go back again.  (Fingers crossed we get to go this fall!)  I’d been to Disneyland before but this was the first time I was the one planning the trip.  As much research as I did, there were still some things I wish I’d known and will definitely be applying the next time we go.  (As a side note, Disneyland On Any Budget by Jessica Sanders from The Happiest Blog on Earth is a great resource that I wish I’d known about but only recently found.)

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

You know how there are times when you happen upon a company that you didn’t know about at the time but just love the more you learn about them and buy their products?  That’s exactly how I feel about NeeSee’s Dresses.  Being tall, I have a hard time finding dresses that are long enough, but that is never a problem with NeeSee’s.  They carry the most beautiful dresses, as well as other clothing and accessories.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

This is such a fun and simple project!  I first used mod podge about 8 years ago and have been hooked ever since.  These notebooks are so inexpensive to make and can be used for so many different things: to-do lists, goal tracking, notes, passing notes/letters between parent and child, gifts, etc.  And they are so easy to personalize because the options for scrapbook paper are endless!

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

Another great Disneyland post that was popular last year.  No matter who you are, waiting in a long line can be frustrating, especially at a place like Disneyland!  I share some simple but easy and effective ways to keep your kids busy while waiting in line at Disneyland or any other theme park you visit.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

I was thinking back one night on my wedding and the different advice I received.  I remembered one bit of advice given lovingly by an older relative and in my head I thought: That is the worst advice I’ve ever heard!  And that is how this post was born.  Find out what it was and what I tell couples instead.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

I love my crock pot.  In fact, I have three of them and I use all of them, sometimes all at once!  My favorite meals are those that taste like they took forever to make but are easy.  This crock pot pork roast is perfect for both weeknight and weekend dinners, plus it’s less expensive than beef roasts.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

This recipe is actually my second most pinned post from my blog!  It is easy, flavorful and so moist.  I love making it any night of the week and my family literally devours it.  Any leftovers are quickly eaten the next day heated up or sliced cold and eaten on top of a salad.  Trust me, you need this recipe in your life.

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I use it all the time for craft projects, home decor, scrapbooking, card making, etc.  It’s so versatile!  Earlier this year, I purchased a starter kit for heat transfer vinyl and decided to try making a shirt for myself.  This post is for those who are new to heat transfer vinyl and want a very thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to use flocked heat transfer vinyl.  (I also did a tutorial on how to use smooth heat transfer vinyl, which you can find HERE.)  Also, this is the most pinned post from my blog and was even picked up and repinned by the official Silhouette Pinterest page!

And the #1 post from 2016….

Find out what my top 10 most popular posts were for 2016!  You might be surprised what #1 is.

I’ll be totally honest, I was shocked when I was running my numbers for this post and this is the one that came out on top.  It was included in at least one round up that I know of, which is partially why I think it picked up so much traction.  But also, it’s an awesome post!  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year, but it can be a little tiring, especially for little people who need to be distracted while the food is being prepared.  This post originally went up in November 2015 and for the last couple of years, I’ve just printed off a bunch of these pictures and taken them with me wherever we were going with some crayons and colored pencils.  Some of the adults, myself included, even grabbed a copy and got in touch with their inner child. *wink*  It’s been fun to see how my kids coloring has improved over the last couple of years and I always keep one or two from the year in my Book of Thanks to look back on.

So there you have it: 10 posts from 2016 that were the most popular to you–my readers!  And I just want to stay thank you again for your support of me and my blog.  I enjoy writing and sharing my posts but it makes it so much more meaningful to me knowing that you read it and (hopefully) get something out of it. *wink*

And here is the link to the reader survey I mentioned at the beginning of this post.  Your responses are valuable to me and I would be so grateful if you took it.  Thank you so much and I wish you the best in this new year!

Top 10 Craft Supplies From The Dollar Store

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

A week or so ago, I was at the dollar store picking up some supplies for the magnetic puzzle I was making when I realized how much craft stuff I buy there.  Now, granted, there are some really crappy items at the dollar store that are definitely not worth your dollar, but we’ll save that post for another day.

Today I’m sharing the top 10 craft supplies I buy at the dollar store.

Baker’s TwineThe dollar store sells baker’s twine over in the craft section by the pipe cleaners and pom-poms.  It comes in a variety of colors and comes in a pack of three, so it doesn’t cost much to get a bunch of different colors.  Baker’s twine is great for scrapbooking, wrapping around jars or vases, attaching tags and so many other things.  It adds that little bit of color that just ties everything together (no pun intended).

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glass Vases
If you’ve seen my tutorial for hurricane vases, you might remember that I bought the vases and the candlesticks from the dollar store.  They have a surprising amount of glassware in a decent variety of sizes and shapes.  You can paint over the glass to match your home, use the vases to give away a small bouquet of flowers, display candles or candy.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Wire Wreath Forms
Earlier this year, I shared a tutorial for my Valentine’s rag wreath.  The wire wreath form was purchased at the dollar store, saving me a few dollars.  They only had one or two sizes, but the sizes they had were perfect for my door and the rag wreath.  I found them on the aisle with the floral supplies.

Washi Tape
Oh, washi tape.  How do I love thee?  There are so many uses for washi tape and it comes in so many different colors and patterns and textures.  Surprisingly, the washi tape they have at the dollar store is really cute and you can’t beat the price.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Poster Board/Foam Board
I always like to keep a couple of pieces of poster board around just in case.  It’s useful to make signs, of course, but you can also cut it down to size to make separators for binders or organize pictures in a box.  If you have school age kids, poster board and foam board are great for projects and presentations.

Scrapbook Paper
Every once in a while, I find scrapbook paper at the dollar store.  Sometimes it’s adhesive sticker sheets.  Other times it’s specialty paper (glitter or corrugated paper). I generally scrapbook using 12×12 sheets and most of their paper comes in an 8 1/2×11 size, so I use it more for embellishments.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glue Sticks
My daughter goes through glue sticks like nobody’s business.  Most of her projects are just gluing pieces of paper onto other pieces of paper and she doesn’t really need anything quality to hold it on, so I will buy a pack of four glue sticks for a dollar and that holds her over for a little bit.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Glass Accent Gems, Rocks and Shells
You’ve probably seen the glass stones that people put in glass vases to hold flower arrangements.  The dollar store sells glass, rocks and shells for much cheaper than craft stores and they are the same thing.  You might not get as much variety in color, but the colors they have are common colors to decorate with.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Colored Sand
Same thing goes for colored sand when it comes to variety in color, but they do change out the colors they have occasionally so if they have what you’re looking for, them grab a few bags, because you really don’t need to be paying a bunch of money for colored sand.  I like to use sand to layer in glass vases, but you could also use it to help your kids with their letters or spelling by putting it in a container and having them use their finger to draw in it.

A list of the top craft supplies to buy from the dollar store to save you money!

Foam Craft Balls
If you have ever gone to a craft store searching for foam balls, you know they are kind of pricey.  At the dollar store, you can get a pack of eight in 3 sizes for, you guessed it, one dollar.

Do you have favorite craft supplies you buy from the dollar store?

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2015

Sunshine and Munchkins has been up and running for almost three months now and it’s been so much fun for me!  Lots of hard work and time, but I’ve loved being able to share my posts with you and hear from you as well.  As we begin a new year, I thought it would be fun to show you what my top 10 posts were for 2015!

Top 10 Posts of 2015

10. My FAVORITE Roll and Cut Cookies–The title says it all, but these really are my favorite cookies to make when using a cookie cutter.  They keep their shape, taste yummy and are so easy to make!  Be sure to save this recipe and use it for any holiday or event you want to decorate cookies for.  (Which is pretty much all of them, right?)

Top 10 Posts of 2015

9. 25 Easy Neighbor Gifts–Neighbor gifts aren’t just for the holidays.  They are great to drop by any time of year, for any reason.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

8. Traditions I’m Starting This Christmas–My family LOVED the traditions we started last year!  I’m excited to add some new ones this year.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

7. DIY No-Sew Burlap Table Runner with Tassels–Burlap is so versatile and this no-sew table runner has been part of my holiday decor for the last 3 months because it’s so darn cute.  Definitely one of my favorite and easiest projects I’ve ever done.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

6. Traditions I’m Starting This Thanksgiving–If you didn’t get a chance to see our Thankful Tree and Book of Thanks we did for Thanksgiving last year, be sure and check it out.  My family loved doing both of them and we will be continuing the traditions for years to come.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

5. Gift Guide: Men–So many of my friends and family have told me they struggle with coming up with gift ideas for the men in their life, so I compiled a HUGE list!  This is a great list for birthdays, Christmas, anniversary and Father’s Day.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

4. Gift Guide: Parents and Grandparents–Just like men can be hard to buy for, parents and grandparents are too because in many cases, they can just go out and purchase anything they might want or need.  Check out this list for a bunch of great ideas for birthdays, Christmas, anniversary and Mother’s Day/ Father’s Day.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

3. 23 Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages and Activities–Lots of waiting goes on during Thanksgiving break and Thanksgiving Day.  Why not print off some coloring and activity pages to keep your kids hands busy while the food cooks (and maybe yours too!)?  Pin it now and print it out in November.  (Or October if you’re Canadian.)

Top 10 Posts of 2015

2. 6 Simple Ways to “Halloween-ify” Your Home–Besides including a cute, free printable for you, I also give 5 more easy ways you can decorate your home for Halloween without spending a lot of money.

And the #1 most popular post in 2015…

Top 10 Posts of 2015

1. Awesome Non-Candy Alternatives for Halloween–I was so excited that so many people liked this post!  As much fun as candy is on Halloween, I think that providing non-candy alternatives is a great option.  One person told me that they were specifically thanked by a family for providing something different than candy for their children.  I love hearing stories like that.  But don’t limit yourself to Halloween with this post.  Valentine’s Day is coming up and you could use many of these same suggestions for your children to give out to their friends.

Thank you so much to everyone who has read, commented, shared, liked and pinned my posts!  It means a lot.  I’m excited for 2016 and what it will bring!

What types of posts would you like to see more of this year?