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2011- Popular & Favorite Posts!

If you are a blogger..
you need to check out
It really helps in giving you all the background info on your page views/content
I just clicked for the first time to see my yearly stats..
2010 – Page Loads…353,528
2011 – Page Loads…966,564
?!?!?! Soo excited!! Might not be a lot compared to
some of the big time bloggas but it’s big for me! :)

I thought I would share some of
the popular posts people viewed!
I had fun sharing them with you..
These are some of my favorites!

Felt Food – Favorite Tutorials
My mom and I made these and a bunch of other fun ones for my sophia’s 2nd birthday.
the key was to give her a present that year that was veryyy soft
since she had a newborn sister. :)

Free Baby Shower Printable- Baby Jeopardy
Made this for my friends’ shower that I threw.. it’s been downloaded 1,103 times!
Happy to be a part of all those baby showers! 

Storybook Princess Party-
(spent $4 on that DIY castle!)

Most Popular Inspiration Board –

Saw a lot of clicks going to the button at the top for Recipes!
I can see a lot of you are like me..always looking for new ones to try!
Also saw a lot of clicks going to the button at the top for Tutorials!
Here’s some of my favorites..

Sweet Shoppe Party ThemeSweetopia Village
Sophia’s 2nd Birthday Party

Pamper the Mommy Baby Shower
Threw it for 3 friends of mine who were pregnant.
I especially loved making up these We heart babies We heart mommies cupcake toppers..
and teaming up with my friend to create a bath bomb bar!

Always a favorite topic on the blog..
a lot of clicks went to the button at the top for DIY projects!
Here’s a recent favorite…Glitter Votives

One of the most personal posts I’ve done was sharing
about my best friend’s murder..She was A Victim of Domestic Violence
It was a great source of healing for me to blog about it. And I have been so blessed by all of your prayers and support through this hard time. I was also amazed by the vast reach that domestic violence has in our many people know of, or are, someone affected by it. Please join me in this new year to pray for the end of violence..and for all those affected by domestic violence. I especially pray that every woman knows how amazing and worthy of love she is. And I pray that we may help stand up for those we know being told otherwise.

Thanks for making this year such a wonderful one on my blog..
for following my journey as a wife, mother and woman of God.
and for those of you who blog yourself..thanks for sharing YOU with us!
My family and I wish you many many blessings for this new year!
Have a fun and safe night!

5 Minutes for Mom’s Blog Party 2010! Time to mix and mingle!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Hey hey! I am a girl who loves a good party and i couldn’t resist linking up to 5 minutes for mom’s Ultimate blog party!! So welcome…and thanks for stopping by. can’t wait to meet all of you who are visitors from the party and leave a comment!  i’m a snoopy blogger and love to check out people who visit my blog. hehe :) 
and for all you regular know i luv ya!

sooo i’m natalie…aka the busy budgeting mama.
and a few of my posts should sum me up……
(click “what i love” to go to post!) 

I love my family. I have an amazing husband who is a full time youth minister. we have a 20 month old baby girl..sophia. and our expecting another baby girl on august 10th! 

I love to throw parties. if i have nothing going on i will automatically think of things to do and create a to do  list that consists of way too detailed projects haha. but i love it.
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i love to bake. (and cook) invite me over for a dinner party and ask me to bring dessert and
 i’ll be your best friend for life!! hehe.  this is what i brought to the family easter dinner. 
i just had to bring some sweet treats. i have a growing collection of recipes that i’ve found and love so hope you check them out. 

i love to share my favorite blogs, recipes, bargains & mama moments. in real life i’m a overload should be expected from me. hehe. just be happy you don’t have to see me talk with my hands. it can get dangerous.
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I love to feature my followers. i loveeeee to check out who has been visiting and decided to follow me! i’ve found so many great blogs through google connect.

I’m love finding DIY Ideas. below are some awesome diy finds from some amazing women!! check them out! (click “i’m a diy mama” to go to post)
 i love finding new project ideas and passing them along! 
if you have some fun ones you’ve done please share the wisdom! our house is up on the market and i can’t wait to get into our new house (wherever that is!) and make it ours. i love decorating our house and looking at other people’s decorated houses. hehe. 

There are some AMAZING prizes being given away at the blog party!! here are my top 5 picks…i never win anything..but i can dream right?? :)
1. i have a plan after i have this baby.. lose this baby weight!
US105 – Get Fit Pack: One “lucky” winner will get a triple threat of Jillian Michaels. Pack contains 30 Day Shred, Yoga Meltdown, The Biggest Loser Last Chance Workout. Pack also includes an aluminum water bottle to help stay on track and stay hydrated!Provided by: Green Mom Wannabe
Follow here: madareamama

2. I am in target wayyy too much.
USC 3 – A $50.00 Target Gift Card.Provided by: Peggy Gorman
Follow here: velvet1116 or Visit Our Fan Page: Peggy Gorman

3. Date night!
USC 21 – $25 Gift Card to Cinemark Theaters
Provided by: Anne @ Upstate Ramblings
Follow here: Anne Gustke

4. cash..need i say more? shopping trip to ikea!!!
USC 35 – $50.00 CASH ~ Paypal Transfer. ($50 USD or current CAD conversion rate)Provided by: American Muslim Mom
Follow here: ponnsabra or Visit Our Fan Page: American Muslim Mom

5. the cook book sounds awesome!
US43 – A copy of Get Out!: 150 Ways For Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and The Frugal Foodie Cookbook will be shipped to one lucky winner.Provided by: Lisa’s Coupons
Follow here: blm03


Enough about meeee tell me about youuuuu. 
1. who are you?? :)
2. what’s your blog about? 
3. and a really deep one…if you could be a fruit what would you be and why? 
i would be a pineapple because it’s the symbol for hospitality. :) i know….very deep. i warned you.

thanks for stopping by…and ladies who have been following my blog.. photo shoot for pittsburgh fashion magazine is tomorrow! i’m so excited but nervous. i hope i can pull it off. my friends growing up who are models always told me “smile and laugh…smile and laugh”….;)
have a great day. and can’t wait to visit all of you who have stopped by from the blog party!!