ECM is ONE {& My 10 Favorite Posts}

This blog is ONE year old today, and I want to thank every single one of you that has ever read the blog, commented on a post, liked me on facebook, suggested the blog to a friend or given me kind word on the street.  You are all super-supportive, and I wouldn't be doing the blog if it weren't for you.

I also want to send out a BIG thank you to my four boys (the three little ones and my awesome husband).  You are my inspiration!  xo

When I started this blog, my goals were:  1000 facebook fans and over 100,000 pageviews in the first year.  Thanks to all of you, I have surpassed both of these goals! 

Over the past year, I have managed to write 131 posts, and I thought I would share my top ten favorites from my first year with you (in case you missed any of them).

1)  Birthday Letter to my Baby Boy - This is a sentimental favorite of mine... the start of a tradition that means a lot to me.

2)  Magic Elf Seeds - I am a huge fan of sharing the magic of Christmas with my boys, and this post about the magic seeds delivered by Elf on the Shelf is one of the most fun ideas I have had.  It is also the most viewed {and copied} post I have done.

3) Felt Wreaths - I have to cheat a little on this one, and give you links to two of my favorite "mommy" projects I did this year:  my Valentines Day Wreath and my Fall Wreath.  They were easy, and I loved how they turned out.

4)  Super Summer Checklist - We had such a fun time completing the 50 activities on our Summer Checklist.  The 2012 list is new and improved, and it is coming soon!  :-)

5)  Magic Santa Key - This was a fun post because it gave me the opportunity to give something fun {and free} to all my awesome readers.  My boys loved it too!

6)  10 {Earth Day} Activities for Kids - This post is a great resource for outdoor activities and  craft projects (from recycled materials) any day of the year.

7)  Letter Writing to Santa Party - I am proud of this post because we had a lot of fun, and I was able to teach my boys about the importance of giving back.  I hope to do it again in 2012.

8)  5 Disney Vacation Tips - I love this post because we had such a magical vacation this year.  I hope my tips help someone else have a fantastic trip to Disney with their little ones.

9)  "Keeping it Real" Posts - These posts are important because my goal with this blog is to inspire and support moms.  I never want anyone to feel discouraged or not good enough.  With that in mind, I wrote the following posts:  It's Not About Perfection and I am NOT a Supermom.

10)  5 Truly DIY Kid's Parties - I am really proud of these posts because I think birthdays are really special to kids, and I think it is important to "make a big deal" out of them.  I love these parties because they are inexpensive and "doable" by "real" mom.  No big budgets or party stylists required.  :-)

Do you have a favorite East Coast Mommy post?  I would love your comments/feedback, and I hope you continue to support the blog.  It really does mean a lot to me.  

Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)
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  1. what a great round-up of your posts! happy blogaversary!

  2. What great posts you have had!! Congrats on one year!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a fabulous week!

  3. I am loving your blog! I am also a REAL (and canadian) mom! I love finding other momma's that do things the way I do... mostly inexpensive and interactive! So glad I have found you and I am now also following on Facebook so I can keep up with your posts!


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