A Few Of My Favorite: Blog Posts (2010)

Happy New Year!

I shared this Edith Lovejoy Pierce quote on Facebook yesterday, but wanted to post it here today as well…

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter begins on New Years Day.”

Isn’t that great?  I hope you had an amazing 2010, and that your 2011 is everything you want it to be!

I’m anxiously awaiting Kevin’s arrival, (how it is possible to miss someone so much when they’ve only been gone 24 hours?) So, in the meantime, I thought I’d put up today’s “Few of my Favorites” post.  Hope you’ll link up to it!

Click HERE to read Emily’s post “A Sweet Cup Of No Expectations”.


Click HERE to read Rie’s post, “Simple Letters”.


Click HERE to read Shannan’s post, “Friday Fairytale”.


Click HERE to read Stephenie’s post, “Circular Saw Lullabies


Click HERE to read Jeanne’s post, “Unexpected Gift”.


2010 was such a great year in blogging! And like the title of this post says, these are just a few of my favorite posts from around blogland. If you haven’t already read them, I hope you enjoy reading them today as much as I did last year!

And now that the year is officially over, Kev and I also wanna send out a heartfelt thank you to our top 25 blog referrers during the year of 2010. (Thanks for the inspiration Nester!)

1. Young House Love 2. The Pioneer Woman 3. My Sweet Savannah 4. Centsational Girl 5. Cote De Texas 6. Thrifty Decor Chick 7. The Nester 8. In The Fun Lane 9. Hooked on Houses 10. Southern Hospitality 11. Susie Harris 12. Our Suburban Cottage 13. Bryn Alexandra Interiors 14. Copy Cat Chic 15. Bower Power 16. Miss Mustard Seed’s Creative Blog 17. The Old Painted Cottage 18. 320 Sycamore 19. Kari @ UCreate 20. My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia 21. A Soft Place To Land 22. Holly Mathis 23. The Shabby Nest 24. Just A Girl 25. Jones Design Company

We REALLY appreciate the blog love from all you sweet folks, and from everyone else who shared a link to our blog (or just took the time to read it) this past year. We really hope you know that you and the friendly folks who visit from your blogs added an enormous amount of sunshine to our lives in 2010!

And we also wanna give a big shout out to all the fine folks who scooped up ad spots in our sidebar last year. (Some of whom advertised with us the entire year! HudsonGoods.com, LeenTheGraphicsQueen.com, RedLetterWords.com, FarmhouseWares.com, ForLoveOrFunny.com, EngLady, WhiteflowerFarmhouse.com.) We thoroughly enjoyed working with ALL of our 2010 sponsors, and can’t thank you all enough for giving our blog a shot!

Now then, who wants to party?!

We’d love to read your favorite blog post of 2010, so if you’re up for sharing it, just follow the instructions below to link it up!

– Scroll all the way down ’til you see a little blue “add your link” button. Click it, and follow the steps from there to add your link and a small photo. (Make sure to enter your favorite post title when it asks you for your name.)

– Also, be sure to link directly to your favorite post, not the main page of your blog.

– Here’s a button to add to your blog post if you’d like to invite readers over to our party!

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Just paste the code in the box above into your blog post, and voila!


Thanks in advance for linking up- I can’t wait to read your post!



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  1. says

    I can’t find the Linky? Of course, it could just be me!

  2. says

    Happy New Year Layla! I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in store at your place in 2011. I can’t believe I only recently discovered your blog! I love what you’ve got goin’ on:) You are one amazingly talented mama! Thanks for the party too- your party button is too cute!

  3. kelly says

    Layla, thank you for all the wonderful link-y things you have posted the last few days. I have been in “reading heaven”! Since I don’t have a blog to link to (sure wish I did!) I wanted to share one of my favorite posts I read this year from Emily at Jones Design http://jonesdesigncompany.com/thoughts/twirl/
    Here’s to a new year full of twirling!

  4. says


    I am honored to be listed as one of the top blog posts of 2010. Thanks for hosting. I am excited to read all of the wonderful selections (and links). May your 2011 be filled with much joy and inspiration! – Stephenie

  5. says

    I’m still obsessing about the ottoman tutorial link you posted yesterday. Must. Find. Coffee. Table.

    I wish you well in this new year. I have to say, you’ve hooked me. I’m the grumpiest of old ladies these days, but when I read your stuff, it makes me smile. Thanks for brightening my world on a regular basis.

  6. says

    Layla, I love this. LOVE it. I’ve linked to a couple of other 2010 round-up parties, and they’ve been fun, but it’s really great the way you’ve divided things into categories. I especially like to be able to see some of bloggers’ favorite posts–I love to read posts in which bloggers are reflective, those in which they really put their souls out there.

    Thank you for giving us a chance to share our favorites! It’s now just after noon on the first day of 2011, and I hope that this is a wonderful, wonderful year for you!

  7. says

    Happy New Year to you both! Thank you for hosting this Layla – it a great way to help folks review their blogging year by finding the posts they feel our their best work or that they are proud of. I linked up a post about Remembrance Day (similar to Memorial Day in the US). Unfortunately my photo didn’t work properly on the linky – I guess my photo was too big – but hopefully it will be okay anyway. I so enjoy visiting your blog, and I look forward to seeing all the projects you and Kevin get up to in the New Year!

  8. says


    Wonderful picks all around — a cornucopia of good reading! All three link parties will keep me in blog heaven all week!

    Your Friend,

  9. says

    Thanks so much Layla for including one of my posts as one of your tops! What a pleasant surprise that was! I hope you have a very happy new year with many suprises of your own! :)

  10. says

    Just wanted to say thanks for doing these last couple of posts. I have really enjoyed discovering new blogs and reading ALL the way through them :) Lots of great, new inspiration.

    Keep up the great blog work in 2011!!

  11. says

    HI Layla! Thaks so much for dropping by to visit my burlap wreath post and your sweet words! I have enjoyed linking up to this series of posts and having a chance to meet some new friends! I hope you have had a wonderful New Year! Enjoy your week!…hugs…Debbie

  12. says

    HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR kevin & Layla,

    I can relate to you so much, thanks for being so real! Love your new wordpress format, it’s fab!

    I’m close friends w/ Jennifer The Old Painted Cottage :-)


  13. says

    Hi Layla and Kevin,
    Thanks for such a lovely post. I added my favorite…it was a post that I was afraid to write, not knowing how my readers might react. But I got up my nerve and hit “publish” and was truly blessed by the comments left. I feel blessed to have known you guys this past year…thanks so much for all you and Kevin give to those of us who read and love your blog. 2011 is going to be a special year for you two…just feel it in my bones! :)

  14. says

    hey Ms Layla-
    first of all, thank you. For inspiring me to keep up a little with my own simple decorating. Your posts about your mantle being a “seasonally inspired” decorating place gave me a launch into at least loving that part of my house. Our home is small. 1300 sq feet & we have 5 kids, SO keeping up is a big part & yet this space of my house now cheerfully greets me. I just redid, after taking down the Christmas stuff & decided I missed it a little but wasn’t ready (unlike Target BTW;{ ) to put up Valentines. SO, Winter Mantle it is.
    Also, wanted to tell you I follow you on Twitter (AChefsWife) and your Christmas (yes, I know I shouldn’t have been cell phone in face twit reading, it makes me a Christmas twit but……I was) and it made me cry. Seriously. I added my name to the Six Seeds for you & when I saw your gift from Mr Wonderful….it made me cry. I am blessed with 5 kids & my heart just aches for anyone, everyone that longs to be a mother…I am so happy someone out there will be loved by someone who so longs for them, its magical. SO. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Congratulations & Thank You. Nuf said!