PBF Top 15 in 2015: February

Hello, hello! At the end of 2014, I continued with a mini series I began a few years ago and featured the top posts of the year on PBF. Beginning last month, decided to continue the series for the duration of 2015 and highlight the top 15 posts from each month on the blog at the end of every month. (That post was actually one of my most popular posts from the month of February. Crazy, huh!?) These are not necessarily the top new posts I publish each month, as throwback posts from several years ago always seem to pop up and claim top spots each month which makes me both smile and scratch my head (especially when it’s an old horribly photographed post from 2009 or 2010)!

Here are your most popular PBF posts (according to pageviews) from the month of February, divided into three categories: Recipes, Fitness and Extras. (Note: This series does not include any giveaways or Things I’m Loving Friday posts.)

RECIPES

1. Gluten Free “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

The number one recipe this month went to this decadent chocolate cake! I can understand why because it’s bursting with fudgy flavor and is 10,000 times more moist than gluten-free chocolate cakes I’ve tried in the past. If you decide to  give it a try, don’t skip the homemade icing… It’s the best part. (But I am definitely on “team icing” and not “team cake” so take that into account. Icing = The reason why I eat cake!)

2. Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins

Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins I’ve already heard back from a handful of you who have made these muffins with great success. That always makes me smile! I’m so glad you’re loving them as much as we do in our house!

3. Easy Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bars (or Balls)

Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bites

This simple recipe is a breeze to throw together. I loved the end result and ended up eating the bars both as a light breakfast and as a tasty mid-morning or afternoon snack.

4. Easy Baked Chicken

Easy Baked Chicken

Back in October of last year, I featured this ridiculously easy recipe on the blog and it’s been a popular one ever since. The recipe includes a tasty marinade that can be used for everything from chicken and pork to shrimp and grouper. It’s easy to throw together in the morning and requires ingredients you likely already have at home!

5. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Hoooow did this recipe claim a top spot this month!? I laughed when I saw this throwback recipe from 2010 pop up as one of  the most popular recipes this month and can only think it must’ve gained some traction on Pinterest or something. The photography is horrible, but the recipe is a winner, so at least there’s that!

FITNESS

1. Legs + Abs + Arms Boot Camp Workout

Legs Arms Abs Boot Camp Workout

This 32-minute workout targets the whole body and allows you to pick and choose which exercises you want to do in which order. I love this style of work out because it allows me to get the exercises I don’t like as much (I’m looking at you, mountain climbers)  out of the way first!

2. Upper Body Cardio Workout

Upper Body Cardio Workout

I created this workout when I was vacationing in Florida last month and after my sister and I ran through the whole thing, she asked me to write it down for her so she could go through it again in the future. I decided to share it on the blog for anyone who might be interested in pairing sweaty cardio with challenging upper body exercises.

3. Four 30-Minute Workouts

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If you’re looking for a 30-minute workout to complete at the gym or at home, look no further! This post features a treadmill workout, an elliptical workout, a total body burner and an at home circuit workout all in one spot.

4. Collection of Boot Camp Workouts

Boot Camp

I published this round up post in 2013 and it includes a bunch of my favorite boot camp workouts. I loved seeing this one claim a top spot this month!

5. Training for a Half Marathon on a Treadmill

Savannah Rock N Roll

(Photo from the Savannah Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon) 

This is another older blog post (hello 2012!) and it highlights my experience training for my very first half marathon on a treadmill.

EXTRAS

1. Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

last minute valentine's day gift ideas

This blog post was a fun one to put together and it doesn’t just apply to Valentine’s Day! You can find lots of fun gift ideas for loved ones that you can use on anniversaries or other special occasions in this post as well.

2. At My House Survey

At My House Survey

I’m so glad you guys seem to like random blog surveys as much as I do! This was a fun one to write and share!

3. Leah’s Sarasota Baby Shower

Baby Shower

Traveling to Sarasota last month to celebrate my beautiful friend Leah’s baby shower was such a blast. I loved seeing some of my very best girlfriends from college and sharing the experience with you guys once I returned home.

4. Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

I typed up this blog post early last year and had a great time brainstorming unique bridesmaid gift ideas! I included both gift ideas I used for my own wedding and gift ideas I had in the back of my mind from the times I’ve been fortunate enough to stand beside a bride on her special day and receive something incredibly thoughtful.

5. How To Create Workout Images with PicMonkey

How To Create Workout Images with PicMonkey

This blog post was a reader request (from multiple readers!) and I’m happy it ended up going over well on the blog. I love sharing blog-related tips and tricks with you guys, so please don’t hesitate to let me know of any additional tutorials/how-to posts you’d like to see in the future!

Top 15 of 2015

Things I’m Loving Friday #74

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Four 30-Minute Workouts

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This post is sponsored by HP and Collectively. It features four new workouts I hope you love! Four new workouts are coming your way today! Get ready to get sweaty! HP x360 A few weeks ago I received an email from Collectively inviting me to apply for a campaign centered around the new HP x360, a computer with four modes: Laptop, tablet, tent … [Continue reading...]

Winter Wonderland

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Check out the SNOW! A little before 9 p.m. last night, thick snowflakes began to fall and, if the weather forecast proved correct, I knew I’d be waking up to a white winter wonderland. Schools are closed today and when schools are closed, classes at my gym are canceled, which isn’t a bad thing because I am in Raleigh right now! It looks like … [Continue reading...]

Go, Go, Go Joseph

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is my all-time favorite musical. When I was a little girl living in Palatine, Illinois, my parents took me and my sister into the city to see the musical at the Chicago Theatre when Donny Osmond starred as Joseph. It was impossible to walk away from the show without a smile on my face and the Joseph … [Continue reading...]