Happy new year, everyone!

You know, I tell people all the time that (aside from my job as a full time mom and homemaker, which is the VERY best thing I could ever imagine doing), I’m pretty sure I have the best job in the world. It’s such an honor and privilege to run this blog and be in community with all of you.

2012 has been a busy but fantastic year, as we’ve welcomed new writers, had the site completely redesigned, finally got on the Pinterest bandwagon, and added more members to the team that keeps this site running smoothly.

Our family also has some rather audacious plans for 2013, which I absolutely can’t wait to share with you. I’ll be posting about them shortly and I hope that you’ll join us for the ride of our lives. :)

The top 10 posts at KOTH in 2012

I always enjoy looking back to see which posts really resonated with readers over the course of the year. These were the posts that made the top ten:

1. Rethinking Oral Health Care: A Homemade Toothpaste Recipe for Tooth Remineralization

2. 10 Decisions for Parents of Newborns

3. 8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

4. Postpartum Rest and Recovery Tips (From a Mama Who Learned the Hard Way)

5. 31 Ways to Use a Mason Jar in Your Kitchen

6. What I Would Feed My Family on a Monthly Budget of $250

7. 10 Ingredients to Make From Scratch

8. 45 Real Food Snacks for Kids

9. Recipe for a Toxin Free Kitchen: 10 Homemade Kitchen Cleaners

10. How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

We also ran a few series that were extremely popular, such as A Day in the Life (want to see what really happens in our day-to-day lives?), and Spring Clean the Toxins.

My personal favorite was Make It Yourself month, where we spent a whole month mucking up our kitchens and generally having a blast creating homemade products like laundry powder, foaming hand soapclay toothpaste, cultured butter, and herbal tinctures, among other things.

To kick off 2013, we are launching a series on real food, especially for those who are still working to improve their health through eating better. It’s called Real Food Made Simple {A Beginner’s Guide to Eating Better} and it starts in just a couple days. The spread of topics that we have covered by our writers is amazing and even for those who aren’t “newbies” anymore, I think you will find it to be SUCH a helpful series!

Lastly, a little help and inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions

My first ebook, Healthy Homemaking: One Step at a Time, is currently on sale in a special New Year’s bundle, which also includes these other amazing ebooks:

The bundle is available from Bundle of the Week for just $7.40 for all five books (which is a real steal), but it’s only available until the end of this week!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading and supporting this site. On behalf of all the writers and the team here at Keeper of the Home, I am so excited to share another year with this wonderful community of women! :)

Thoughts as you reflect on 2012? What are you most looking forward to in 2013?

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