The Best of 2012 Link-Up Par-Tay

On January 11, 2013, it will be official! We will say good-bye to our blogging infancy by hitting the one year mark! Don’t look over at Archives! Just don’t do it. She’s a liar-liar-pants-on-fire! You can get the full explanation here or just trust us and bake us a cake. Every toddler deserves a cake she can sink her face into.

This is how we eat all of our cakes. We find it leads to less of that pesky sharing thing.


What? No time to bake us a cake? We understand, plus our thighs couldn’t handle it anyway. How about joining our link-up instead?

Pick out your favorite post from 2012 and link away.

Since parties and blogging are all about the conversation, why not read the other bloggers who have linked in your row? It’s really the least you could do since you wouldn’t bake us a cake.

But before you go linkin’, check out our Top Ten from 2012. Don’t go pouting that we get ten and you only get one. We’re the Blogiversary girls and we’ll do what we want to, but to keep things fair, we promise to Pin each of your posts, m’kay? That’s definitely better than a favor bag full of Bits o’ Honey and Dollar Store plastic.

Our Top Ten From 2012

Starting this blog is one of the most fulfilling things we could have done  for ourselves in 2012. We thought we knew what we were getting into, but it has turned out to be so much more. We have made new friends and learned new things about ourselves — we love to craft with words, we have enough bravery to send our little word gems out to be judged, and we like to have an audience that listens to us and gives us feedback.

We have learned  bushels about ourselves and our friendship. If you would like to know more — this is how we write together, this is what our kids think of us, and this is what we think of each other. Maybe for 2013 we’ll open it up to our Sisterhood to see what they think of us, although we’re not sure we have THAT much bravery.

Without further ado, here are our seven most viewed posts and three that we think deserve a little more love.


Our Seven Posts With The Most Views

1. Boy Bands Are for Cougars Too — This one surely did so well because of the love shown to it by Duran Duran on Facebook and on Twitter. Ellen is still swooning. Ellen’s daughters have their fingers crossed that One Direction will respond too. (Piece of advice 1D, you’ll need these girls in three decades, just sayin’.)

Twelve year old Ellen’s obsession comes full circle three decades later.


2. Are You Mom Enough Not To Take The Bait. — Here is the one where Ellen gets uppity with the media for constantly stirring the “Mommy War” embers. In less than 500 words!

Be afraid. Be very afraid.


3. 10 Songs to Celebrate Woman — This quick little playlist has proven to be a blog traffic work horse, garnering at least 100 page views EVERY week. You know you want to check it out. Rock on!

This is how we boogie, Baby . . . or something.


4. Extraordinarily Ordinary — Erin shares a story about a carpool that ended up being so much more—a tale of a teen, a neighbor with autism, and the little favor that helped them all.

Acceptance is a powerful force.


5. Bullying: The Real B Word — Erin shows that there are actions you can take with YOUR kids EVERY day to weaken bullying.

Click on this badge to go to our Pinterest board and repin it for yourself to spread this positive message against bullying.


6. Helicopter Parents: Your Time Is Up. — You may not even know you’re doing it.



7. Ten Steps to Prevent Your Wedding From Being Pintershit — People looooooove our Pintershit series! Here are the others.



Three Posts That Deserve More Love

Hey, it’s not their fault only Aunt Karo was reading our blog when we posted them.

1. Fakes, Flakes, and Troublemakers Not Welcome — We like to volunteer and lend a hand when we can. It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy until . . . we’re pushed to the verge of throat punching a penguin.

If only these were the flakes we were talking about. These can be easily handled with a flamethrower. Hmmmmmmm . . . guess the other ones could too, now that we think about it.


3. Don’t Box ‘Em In — It’s limiting to label your kids even if you think it’s something positive like Future Scientist of America. Save those labels for those Pinterest Mason jars.

Quite honestly, WE could use a little MORE boxing in.


3. The Stranger in My House — Genetics has never been so funny. It’s like an episode of CSI!

Anxiety!?! Yeah, I got anxiety! Ellen and her mad genetic knowledge saved the day!


Happy BLirth-day! Favorite Post of 2012 Link-Up PAR-TAY!

What’s a BLirth-day you say? BLogging + Birthday = BLirth-day. We explain it all here. All you need to worry about is picking your favorite post from the last year. We can’t wait to see (and Pin) what you link!

– Ellen and Erin

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64 Responses to “The Best of 2012 Link-Up Par-Tay”

  1. Ginger Kay
    January 8, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Wow! I had no idea you’d only been blogging for a year; you seem like such pros! Happy blogiversary!
    Ginger Kay recently posted..Making up the rules as we go alongMy Profile

  2. Ado
    January 8, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Me either I had NO idea you were just a year old! I can say I’ve known you since you were BABIES! I will link up on 11th!
    Ado recently posted..The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Program For Die-Hard Carnivores Like MeMy Profile

  3. Teri
    January 8, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Just linked up. You guys are awesome!
    Teri recently posted..Snarkfest’s Top 5 Blog Posts of 2012My Profile

  4. Michelle
    January 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Linked up the post that I still lose sleep over. Sigh.
    Michelle recently posted..Life Lessons from The BachelorMy Profile

  5. Deb
    January 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Great idea! I’m totally stealing it… in June (for my blirthday). Okay, let me think of a good post and link up!
    Deb recently posted..Gimme the Goods, Moo CowMy Profile

  6. Michelle - You're my favorite today.
    January 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Oh yeah… And HAPPY BLIRTHDAY!!! You girls are the bomb!!
    Michelle – You’re my favorite today. recently posted..Life Lessons from The BachelorMy Profile

  7. Meredith
    January 8, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks, ladies! Fun way to celebrate your one year–congrats!
    Meredith recently posted..To the Point of IrrelevenceMy Profile

  8. Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom
    January 8, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Stopping by for the first time today and excited to join the par-tay!
    Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom recently posted..How to Throw a Rockin’ Birthday PartyMy Profile

  9. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    January 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    Happy BLirthday! And thank you – what a great way to celebrate!
    Kim@Co-Pilot Mom recently posted..Don’t Go ChangingMy Profile

  10. thedoseofreality
    January 8, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Super psyched about your BLirthday! Congratulations! So glad to be a loyal follower and readers of you fabulous ladies! :)

  11. Stephanie @ Mommy, for real.
    January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Happy Blogiversary! I too was under the impression you had been here for years and years- you are just that awesome. Having only been around for six months, I am shocked when I find out my favorite bloggers that I look up to haven’t been blogging since it was invented! Congrats, and great idea for a link-up!
    Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. recently posted..Assassination of BarbieMy Profile

  12. Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point
    January 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Happy anniversary! I got you a cake as a congratulations. Just go to your favorite bakery, pick one out, and pay for it.
    Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point recently posted..Why, Yes, I Think I WILL Follow My Dreams!My Profile

  13. Janine Huldie
    January 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Seriously Happy 1 Year Blogiversary!! Some awesome posts in a only a year’s time and thanks for the link-up!!! :)

  14. Lady Estrogen
    January 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    I didn’t know it was only a year either. Congrats!!!
    I love Pinersh*t so much ;)
    Lady Estrogen recently posted..In which I’m a bitchMy Profile

  15. Roshni
    January 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

    Happy anniversary! Thanks for the recap…I look forward to going through it…honest, I will!!
    Thanks so much for featuring our posts too!!
    Roshni recently posted..Short and tweet #1My Profile

  16. Cyndi
    January 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Fun post! I love seeing all the most-viewed down to the least. I enjoyed the read and the photos. :)
    Cyndi recently posted..Writing Young Adult BooksMy Profile

  17. Emily
    January 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Happy Blog-iversary! I’m excited to be a part of this link-up and going back to read all your top posts now…Thanks for doing this!

  18. sparkling74
    January 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your birthday with the rest of us and letting us each have a present on your special day. It’s interesting that you still sit in your high chair to eat your cake….

    I also LOVE the idea of visiting the blogs that are featured on the same row as me! What a simple way to do something we should all be doing!
    sparkling74 recently posted..Roll With ItMy Profile

    • sparkling74
      January 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

      Ha ha ha I just went to do this…. and I’m in a row by myself!! There goes the easy solution to visiting people!
      sparkling74 recently posted..Roll With ItMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      So glad you came to the party! I love that picture too. It makes me happy every time I see it. Thanks for linking up. Erin

  19. Kerstin @ Auer Life
    January 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Congratulations, girls!
    I’m glad to have connected with you!
    Kerstin @ Auer Life recently posted..2013 Personal Revelation RevolutionMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      Ditto from both of us. Finding your blog was a bright spot this year. Erin

  20. A Mom's Life
    January 8, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

    Happy BLirthday!! Pintershit… it. :)
    A Mom’s Life recently posted..I have 5 kids….so what?My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      It has been a very fun series to write. There is so much blog fodder there. Erin

  21. JD Bailey @ Honest Mom
    January 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    Happy happy blogoversary! Mine is coming up too! Wahooooo!
    JD Bailey @ Honest Mom recently posted..My 2-word New Year’s Resolution may sound simplistic. But it’s not.My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Yay!! We will totally bring you a present and a tiara. Every birthday girl needs a tiara. Erin

  22. Leanne
    January 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Oh, crap. Pressure. Okay, I just found you. I DON”T have a favourite post yet. But I will, when I get time to read the top ten. Happy Anniversary!
    Leanne recently posted..As long as we don’t go extinct…My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Glad to have you here. There’s plenty of time to play. Thanks, Erin

  23. Farrah
    January 9, 2013 at 6:45 am #

    I’m very impressed with your new term. I was always confused with ‘blogoversary’ or ‘blogiversary’ or what have you. I like your road of ‘when in doubt- make it yourself’. Which is exactly why I love you ladies so much- you’re originals. Can’t believe it’s only been a year!!! Keep on keepin’ on :)

  24. Kenya G. Johnson
    January 9, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Great link up! That’s a hard one. I need to see what was my fave.
    Kenya G. Johnson recently posted..From Regular to Decaf…My Profile

  25. HouseTalkN
    January 9, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Your “boxed in” photo kills me every time! Thank you for a great year! Congrats!
    HouseTalkN recently posted..Need a Housesitter?…Saturday FunniesMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      We took this on our camping trip and even our friends thought it was ridiculous, but it makes us laugh too! Thanks for linking up. Erin

  26. tori nelson
    January 9, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    What a year, ladies! Excited to see what 2013 holds :)
    tori nelson recently posted..Piss Poor: A Guide To Potty TrainingMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      We totally agree on both points! 2012 was a great year and we are so looking forward to whatever the new year brings! Erin

  27. Kimberly Speranza (Sperk*)
    January 9, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    Happiest of anniversaries to you! My favorite of yours is about staying calm when talking to teachers at school. I think it references Mamma Bears, and I refer to it often. Thanks for this opportunity to share. Makes getting back into the groove of blogging a little easier. Happy New Year.
    Kimberly Speranza (Sperk*) recently posted..Wednesday’s Woman: I Met My MotherMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      Thank you, Sperk. Finding your blog was good fortune for us this year on our blogging journey. We have enjoyed reading your blog and developing our online friendship. All the best to you in the new year, Erin

  28. Emma @ Your Doctor's Wife
    January 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Only one year????!!! OMG, you two put me to shame!!! I assumed you had been at this for much longer. You two are like a well oiled machine!! Congrats on your first blogiversary!!!
    Emma @ Your Doctor’s Wife recently posted..The Trophy WifeMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanks, Emma! We are having a blast and hope that 2013 brings more blogging fun! Erin

  29. Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    January 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    You guys throw the best parties! I’ll bring some wine. Looking forward to lots more awesomeness from you in 2013!
    Stacie @ Snaps and Bits recently posted..Heading SouthMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Aww, thanks!! We would love an IRL blog party!! Right back at ya! Raising our glasses over here to a great 2013 all around, Erin

  30. kirsten oliphant
    January 10, 2013 at 1:23 am #

    Great idea! Looking forward to reading all the posts!
    kirsten oliphant recently posted..Self Pub Via Kindle Part 2: Why You Might Self PublishMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      They have been awesome. Hope you enjoy them as much as we are! Erin

  31. Michelle Longo
    January 10, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Congrats on one year and hooray!!

    One of my first new followers on Twitter when I started blogging seriously last winter was The Sisterood. This alone was good fortune, but through you have received some of the most wonderful comments and I’ve met some amazing people (because it was you who brought me to Yeah Write).

    Thank you for that and thank you for letting me be a part of your special day.
    Michelle Longo recently posted..Garden Gate.My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

      This is so sweet, Michelle! I’m so glad we found each other in the blogosphere. I really enjoy your writing. Ellen

  32. Larks
    January 10, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    What a great idea for a link up! Happy blogiversary, ladies!
    Larks recently posted..The few, the proud, the vampire hecklers.My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks! We are pretty happy with how it’s working out! We love reading what people have linked. Erin

  33. Azara
    January 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Happy blirthday!! I’m on a conference call so I can’t read all the posts now, but I’ll be back this evening. All that talk of throat-punching and flakes has piqued my interest!

    Can’t wait to visit everyone – what a fun party!
    Azara recently posted..PricelessMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks! That was a fun piece to write and one of our first. Welcome to the party! Erin

  34. Aunt Karo
    January 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I LOVE all of the articles. You girls are so talented, and beautiful too. LOVE YOU

    • The Sisterhood
      January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

      Please tell me you saw us mention you up there! Love, Ellen

  35. Bee
    January 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Happy Blogiversary!

  36. Amanda Fox (a.k.a. Fern DeVilliers)
    January 10, 2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Thanks Ellen and Erin. Partying with you gals is always a good time! And I don’t even feel hung over LOL.

  37. Ginny Marie
    January 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

    Just found your blog through Bee at Living Off Script! Happy BLirthday! (Did I spell that right?) Congrats on One Year of blogging!
    Ginny Marie recently posted..ScrapsMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      You did! Glad you found us! Thanks for checking out the par-tay! Erin

  38. Stacey
    January 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Happy happy Blirthday!! You guys rock!
    Stacey recently posted..School lunch GiveawayMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Aw, thanks for the happy warm wishes and for linking up! Erin

  39. Kristin
    January 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

    Happy Birthday! You two are quite accomplished for just one year. I am new to your blog, but plan to start by finishing reading these top posts and those in the link up. PAR-TAY!
    Kristin recently posted..AcceptanceMy Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 12, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

      Aw, thanks, Kristin. You won’t be sorry for investing some time with the blogs that linked up. Great stuff one and all. Erin

  40. Grown and Flown
    January 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    We have the same Blirthday as you. Happy Happy…
    Grown and Flown recently posted..Is it Right to Write About My Kids?My Profile

    • The Sisterhood
      January 14, 2013 at 10:49 am #

      Right back at ya! So glad we found each other this year! Erin

  41. Mrs. Tucker
    January 17, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    WHOA! So much awesome in this site!
    Mrs. Tucker recently posted..Coffee + Science = Smarty Pant’s DreamMy Profile


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