Monday, December 29, 2014

My 7 Best Blog Posts of 2014

In case you've missed it, 2014 is almost over and we are about to head into 2015! Sometimes, I can't believe that I have already been blogging for a year and a half now. In that time, I've grown a lot- not only as an individual person, but as a writer and a blogger. This has been reflected in my recent decision to change my blog from the original name and location, Hockey Wife Hockey Life, to my new name and location where you currently are. You can read all about that decision in my What's In a Name post. However, today, I'm going to take a look back at my personal favorite posts from the past year and give you an overview of those posts! Of course, to read further, feel free to click through and check out the original posts. Without further ado…

Bergen fjords
Norwegian Fjords in Bergen
While this is definitely a travel post, one of my favorite posts this year highlights the fjords of Bergen, Norway. With my family, we spent several days in Bergen and took a Norway in a Nutshell tour of the fjords. The entire experience was filled with stunning views and great laughs with my family.

anniversary in Stockholm

52 Weeks // One Year

Nick and I celebrated our one year anniversary in Stockholm, Sweden a week before the actual date. At times, I can't believe that I have already been married for a year (and a half now!), well at other times it seems like Nick and I have been married our whole lives.

great summer date ideas
checking out a sunset is always nice!
15 Great Summertime Date Ideas

In this post, I looked at various date ideas for the summertime to enjoy the warm months of the year. Not only were these recommendations for others, they were ideas for myself to look at- Nick and I did almost each of these dates this past summer!

Christmas in Paris
we spent last Christmas in Paris, France
A Season in Pictures

At the end of the hockey season last year, I took some time to look back on our past months and experiences abroad. Reflection posts such as this are often my favorite, because it is such a great way to look at all the places we have gone and things we have done.

what went wrong at my wedding
running from the rain!
What Went Wrong at my Wedding

The short answer to this…a lot of things. It started raining during pictures, leading to a mad dash inside to avoid getting drenched. The flowers were wrong, people were late, I forgot my veil for the ceremony…the list goes on, but at the end of the day, I got to marry the love of my life!

Västerås, Sweden
Västerås, Sweden
5 Reasons I Love Living in Sweden

In this post, I looked at all of the different great things I have experienced while living in Sweden. It is a great list for myself to look back at, and I've also heard from Swedes themselves that it is a reminder of why living in this country is great.

homemade apple pie!
Screw You, Martha Stewart & Screw You, Pinterest

I love this post just because I think it is funny. Before Thanksgiving this year, I made the mistake of checking out both Pinterest and Martha Stewart for ideas on how to do my pie crust- the result was gorgeous, but took a heck of a lot longer than I thought it would!

Overall, these are my favorite posts from 2014. I tried to pick a variety of posts, including travel, lifestyle, and generic posts I just happened to write about. To further explore, check out the links to the side for various topics!

25 comments:

  1. Sounds like it has been a great year for you. You got married and I love your outlook that although things went wrong, you were still happy that you get to marry the love of your life. That is just sweet. Wishing you the best of 2015!

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  2. Love all your photos thanks for sharing. What a wonderful time you've had this past year. I know what you mean about marrying the love of your life because so did I. God speed, and I hope you remain as happy you are the rest of your life.

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  3. What a great round up! I am heading through your archives now. I would love to explore Sweden!

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    1. Thanks Krystal! I love living in Sweden- there are so many good things about it, and the travel opportunities!

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  4. Screw you Martha Stewart, I love it, I have the same kind of feelings. Your posts are great, I love Sweden as well, never been there but looks beautiful!

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    1. April- thats exactly how I felt after making my pie! Not my most popular post, but it perfectly expresses me.

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  5. Hi Samantha! I'm really glad I found your blog - I love it! It sounds like you have had a great year and some great blog posts as well. That's so cool you got to spend Christmas in Paris. We are living in Germany and we were thinking about going to Paris for New Year's Eve, but ended up deciding it would be too much chaos for our little boy. I hope your 2015 is as wonderful as this past year!

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    1. Hi Jamie! Yes, we spent last Christmas in Paris and we were actually in Berlin prior to Christmas this year! Where in Germany are you?

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  6. I've seen a lot of bloggers sharing their top blog posts for 2014. I would really love to do this as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Seeing other people share their top posts is what inspired me. Maybe an overdone post, but it was fun to look back for myself personally!

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  7. You've had quite an adventure-filled year this year! Christmas in Paris sounds like an incredible way to spend the holidays.

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    1. April, it was absolutely perfect last year! A great city to explore that neither my husband or I had been to. Happy New Year!

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  8. Looks like you have had such a busy yet fun year. I love going back and reading old post like this. I wish I have been to Norway like that or I guess anywhere close haha Happy New Year

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    1. Erica, it is so much fun to look back on my year and see all of the different posts I have written and places I have gone. Happy New Year to you as well!

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  9. I love this post! The pictures are really awesome. It shows the beauty of nature. Fjords of Bergen looks so adorable. Sounds like you had a great round up!

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    1. Thanks Lisa- it was so much fun to look back on my year. And yes, the fjords were absolutely stunning!

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  10. 2014 looked like such an eventful year! Loved your photos and your lattice pie crust is just gorgeous!! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! 2014 was a busy year- fun to look back. Can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

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  11. I love your apple pie. And yes screw Martha! I have not been a fan of Martha's since she made those snider remarks about bloggers a few years back. Love you retrospect on 2014.

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    1. Hmm, I didn't start blogging until about 16 months ago so I haven't heard those remarks. I'll have to look them up. Thanks Margarita!

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  12. Sorry to hear about all the craziness at your wedding, but some friends that had crazy things happen at their weddings are some of the happiest wedding memory stories and marriages I know.

    Also, the Martha Stewart thing. She probably does very little of what she gets credit for. She may have had a different person to cut each piece of dough on her pie. She can go jump in the lake Your pie is beautiful btw.

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    1. Julie, the craziness definitely created some of the best memories! I truly feel the wedding wouldn't have been as much fun without the mishaps.

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  13. Oh my wow!! Norway was never on my list of places to visit till now. Wow!!! Would you say it's your favorite of all travel destinations till date or would Paris win the honors?
    And yes, I agree, Pinterest can be trying at times but it's where I get a lot of my inspiration from for activities with my three kiddos :)

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