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2010 Blogger Recap: Katie from Good Life Eats

It’s that time of year again, when we look back and share some of our favorite finds, lessons and Facebook moments from the last year.  Check out today’s guest recapper, Katie Goodman from Good Life Eats.

Here are a few favorites that I must share:

Fashion & Beauty Finds:

C.O. Bigelow® Rose Salve – it is the only thing that works for my too often chapped lips.

Kid Finds:

I literally just found the website Education.com – it is full of activities and worksheets that will help me keep my I’d-rather-be-at-school son busy and happy during the school vacation.

Colorama iPhone app. My kids go crazy for this!

Food Finds:

I went to Trader Joe’s for the first time in my life this year. It’s not conveniently located to my house, but it is in relation to the new school we’re at this year. It’s been great to drop the kids off and head over there for some delicious food at great prices (and no, I was not paid to say this!). I swear their produce has a much longer shelf life than my regular grocery store, plus they have fun treats during the holidays – like white chocolate peppermint covered pretzels.

Pop-Culture Finds:

Glee

Tech & Gadgets Finds: I don’t know how I ever survived without an iPhone or my Canon 50D. Best tech/gadget purchases of my year.

Favorite things that embarrass me and horrify my family: It doesn’t embarrass me too much or horrify anyone, but most people are shocked when they find out that I love the Stargate TV series (SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe).

Favorite from 2010:

Song: I like too many.

Album: Glee Soundtrack

TV Show: Lost

Movie: I’d have to say that Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows part 1 and Inception are the most memorable we’ve seen this year.

Book: The Help, Still Alice

iPhone App: Intuition, How to Cook Everything

This year in social networking…

Favorite Facebook status update (your own):

Posted sometime in September: Via 5 yr old Logan: “Let’s have a new baby for Madeline’s birthday present!” Ooooooy!!

Most regrettable Facebook status update (your own): Anytime I complain about my kids.

Favorite tweet (your own): Ha! I barely remember what I tweeted yesterday…

Blogging in 2010

What great blogs did you discover this year? This is so hard for me because I’ve been horrible at keeping up with my Google Reader. I know I subscribe to more than I can handle because I’m constantly inspired by others. One that really sticks out is Simple Bites, who was not just new to me in 2010 but new to the blogging world.

Who are your favorite bloggers, year after year? White on Rice, Tartelette, Steamy Kitchen, Dine & Dish, Mom Advice, My Baking Addiction, Simply Recipes, Simple Mom…those are some of the blogs I remember reading earliest on and I still love them.

What did your favorite blogger teach you this year? To always be generous. Share with others.

Favorite post of 2010 (your own): Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls, not only is it my favorite but it’s the #1 most popular of anything on the blog. It’s even more popular than the recipe index.

Favorite photo of 2010 (your own):

Food:

The first photo in the Pizza Caprese with Garlic Focaccia Crust post. It was the first photo I took on the new camera that I think I really loved and didn’t have any self criticism about after the fact.

Kids:

Because it is hard to get those two sitting still!

Real life…

What did you kick to the curb this year? Sleeping in…

What/who did you realize you are particularly grateful for? My family and real friends.

What did you do this year that you’re really proud of? Learn how to use a DSLR without ever shooting on auto. Not even once.

What word sums up 2010 for you? busy

What would you have done differently in 2010? Figured out a life/blogging routine earlier in the year.

What did your kids teach you this year? Patience and unconditional love.

What are you looking forward to most in 2011? A fresh start. I love the feeling of starting a new book each year.

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