Top PBF Posts of 2016 (The Rest!)

The final look back into 2016 is here and today’s blog post dives into the most popular blog posts that weren’t workouts or recipes… The best of the rest!

Top Blog Posts of 2016

Below you will find an assortment of content from beauty-related posts to motherhood to travel, fitness and bachelorette parties, I hope a post or two that you may have missed will pop out at you an pique your interest!

I would also love to hear about any blog post topic requests you guys might have for me in 2017. Anything fitness / beauty / motherhood / home / family related?

Your topic requests almost always become some of my favorite posts to write, so please let me know!

Top PBF Posts of 2016 (The Rest!)

A collection of my favorite Pandora workout music stations featuring everything from energizing dance music to rap to classic rock.

Best Pandora Workout Stations

I shared this post back in 2015 when I was pregnant with Chase and was surprised to see it claim a top spot this year! It includes a brief rundown of some of the things I turned to during my first trimester to help with everything from morning sickness to answering my never-ending list of pregnancy-related questions.

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

This may have been my favorite post to write last year! I feel like I read so many articles about what to expect before Chase arrived but once he was born there was a handful of things I wish someone would’ve told me to expect and I compiled them into this post!

What I Wish I Knew Before My Baby Was Born

The first time Chase flew in a plane, we did it solo and it was a LONG flight to Denver. I learned a lot from our first travel experience and shared my takeaways in this post.

Traveling with a Baby For the First Time

This blog post consistently ranks up there year after year and it always makes me smile. Though I am mostly out of the wedding phase of life, back when it felt like I was attending a bachelorette party every weekend, this question book game was one my girlfriends and I almost always did for the bride-to-be since it incorporates the groom in the fun in an often hilarious and heart-warming way!

Bachelorette Party Game

When I was teaching spinning classes regularly, I always put a lot of effort into finding motivating songs for the climbs during our rides and this post includes some of my favorites!

Best Spinning Climb Songs

Orangetheory is SO MUCH FUN and a serious sweat fest! I love taking classes when I can (usually on the weekend since they don’t have childcare) and this blog post documents my experience at OTF and what you can expect during your first class.

Orangetheory Fitness Review and What To Expect

This is another crazy-old post that consistently pops up as a top post every year. It includes my travel tips for packing everything you need for a week-long trip to Europe in a carryon suitcase!

What To Pack for A Trip to Europe

Rosehip seed oil was probably my favorite beauty product discovery last year and this post dives into why I love it so darn much.

Rosehip Seed Oil Benefits

If becoming a certified personal trainer through NASM is on your bucket list for 2017, this blog post may interest you! I typed it up after I passed my personal training exam and shared my study tips and what you can expect to see on the test.

NASM Study Tips

Question of the Day

  • Do you have any blog post topic requests for 2017? Anything fitness / beauty / motherhood / home / family related? Please let me know!


  1. Katie Shottes says

    Love the rose hip post – I use it all the time now! I’d love to know about the rest of the makeup you use in your daily routine (foundation, etc)! Also always love the family and home related posts – room tours are so fun!


  2. says

    Your What I Wish I Knew post is still one of my favorites. I’d love to see more real life type posts like that one. While blogging has certainly changed from the days of posting meals three times a day, you always shared ups, downs and how you kept a positive outlook. Here’s to another great year for PBF!


  3. Danielle says

    I would love to see more day in the life with day of eating. Those posts always give me great meal ideas. It is also nice to see how another mom’s day looks.


  4. Kelly says

    I’d love to see a post about how having a child has changed your relationship with your husband (not in a bad way,). Just wondering how a baby affects marriage with honest answers – I think you’re the only blogger who would actually address it honestly without it making seem like rainbows everyday. My husband and I don’t have children yet, and I’m only so hesitant because I’m afraid to see how a child would affect our marriage. It’d be nice to hear it from someone who’s been there, done that!


    • Pamela says

      I know I’m not a blogger, but I wanted to reply to this. My husband and I were together 14 years and married for 7 when we had our son. It was a big change to being just the two of us. However, it has been an awesome change. Neither one of us were really baby people either. Our son has only made me love and respect my husband more. I won’t lie there are times when it’s hard, and hard on your relationship. When you are both so exhausted and baby is not… but you get through it. There is nothing like seeing your husband being a daddy.


      • Kelly says

        Thank you sooo much for your response! I’ve never been much of a baby person (nor has my husband) but I feel like children is something we want, but not at the risk of ruining our marriage. This comment seems so similar to our situation that it eases my nerves about starting a family! Thank you!


  5. Ashley says

    More motherhood posts! Favorite products for mom and baby! I always go back to see what you recommend. Also a better way to find those posts on the website!


  6. Teresa says

    I’m sorry I’m really losing interest with all of these round up and recap posts. I think you are stretching to continue to blog daily and maybe for a lack of content you could cut back to 3 days a week of valuable posts not just re linking to previous posts.


      • Kelly says

        Julie, I’m so sorry there have been so many negative comments on your posts lately. Not sure why, but please know there is a larger majority of us who enjoy your posts & the recaps sometimes generate posts from before we were readers. Please know you’re doing a wonderful job as both a blogger & a mom <3


  7. says

    I’ve referenced several of these throughout the year, including the baby posts and rosehip seed oil post. I’m not surprised they were some of your most popular ones! I enjoy all of your posts because of your voice. So, the subject matter doesn’t really matter to me. Sorry for the non-help. 😉


  8. Amy says

    Here are a few things I’d like to see:

    – More meal planning posts! I really enjoy when you do that and have gotten some great ideas from you in the past.

    -A post walking us through what your daily/weekly beauty routine looks like. As a subset of that, I’d also be curious to know more about your journey in transitioning to products with less synthetic junk in them – I remember you mentioning that a while back and would love a follow-up post on products you like. I’ve found a few I love (through trial and error!) but am on the hunt for others.

    -A behind-the-scenes “blog mechanics” round-up. Maybe a rundown of programs and tools and platforms you use for photo editing, managing finances, enhancing website, etc. I noticed most posts in the Favs/Blogging section of your site are from years ago and wonder if you have any updated tips for us?


    And cheers to the new year! 🙂


  9. says

    You got me hooked on rosehip oil! I love the scent and they way it makes my skin look and feel.
    I recently tried “Palmer’s Formula Skin Therapy Oil with Vitamin E and Rosehip”, (in addition to the pure rosehip oil) and it is a keeper. It has a lovely scent, but is not greasy and leaves my skin soft and hydrated – which is hard this time of year.
    I enjoy the variety in your posts, and am always impressed with how much you fit into one day (with a toddler!).


  10. says

    I also love day in the life posts! So interesting to read someone else’s life who is so vastly different than mine! 😀 And I remember commenting this same comment on the post itself, but praise is never a bad to hear on repeat 😉 But your ‘Things I wish I knew” post was wonderful. I’m nowhere near motherhood or pregnancy, but I found your honesty captivating. Thank you for that! Can’t wait for another year of PBF! 🙂


    • says

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Katrina!! And I’m definitely hearing a theme in requests for more day in the life posts and absolutely plan to share more of those in 2017!


  11. Stephanie B. says

    I love day-in-the-life posts, too! I understand you might not want to do this for privacy-related reasons but if you are interested, I would love a house tour type of post – your home looks beautiful and I’d love to see more of it!


  12. Steph says

    I also love the idea of a home tour/any renovation projects you and Ryan worked on! My husband and I are starting the process of buying a house and any inspiration helps!

    Also, random question about the VitaFusion prenatal vitamins – did you take them before pregnancy, or once you found out? I’ve heard you should take them the few months prior to trying but like to hear what other people with children have done.

    BTW I came to your blog probably 5 years through an outfit of the day pin on Pinterest – still love it today!!


  13. Courtney says

    Definitely day in the life posts/day of eats (those are always so interesting to read) and I would love to see more beauty/style posts, as well! I remember your blog back in the day when you shared your daily outfits… Those were fun 🙂

    I think you’re really good about giving your readers a variety of topics to look forward to, and your blog is always something I enjoy reading in the morning. Best wishes to you in 2017!


  14. Stephanie says

    I have been reading your blog for several years now. In fact, it was the very first blog I started reading! As I am currently planning my wedding, I find myself looking back to your posts regarding your wedding, and I find myself enjoying them more than your current posts. The topic may have something to do with it, but I think it is more the style and care free way of writing about whatever came to mind as opposed to trying to make your posts Pinterest-worthy and “evergreen.” This is just my own personal opinion, but I feel bloggers sometimes get too caught up in marketing their content instead of blogging for the same reasons they started. I will continue to be a faithful reader of PBF, but if you could take some of this into consideration this year, I would enjoy your blog even more. 🙂


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