Popsicle Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

best of popsicle blog 2014wow! what a year it has been for Popsicle Blog. i love how this space i created long ago has evolved from a little blog where i only shared free and inexpensive things to do around Orange County, into what is now a place where i can share my best adventures, my favorite recipe creations and even some of my most embarrassing moments. i have gotten to know some of my readers on a personal level, and met awesome bloggers along the way. i have gotten to partner with brands i love, and travel and spend magical moments with my boys. who knew that when i created Popsicle Blog 7 years ago, it would still be here….and it is because of you, my beloved readers…which i thank from the bottom of my heart.

when i write a blog post for this site, i don’t always know if it is going to be loved by my readers. sometimes i am surprised at the popularity of a post. like this post i wrote about underwear….who knew people needed a product like that. you just never know. i thought i would share my top 10 posts of 2014. funny thing….some of them weren’t even written in 2014. some of these posts i wrote many years ago and they were revived by pinterest or google or i’m not even sure!

so, here is Popsicle Blog’s Best of 2014…….

101 Things to Do with Kids in Orange County not a surprise. this is such an awesome list of over 101 things do do in the fabulous OC. i have had emailed from locals and emails from vacationers thanking me for this list. i am just happy that it has been such a great resource for so many people.

101 Kid Friendly Activities to do in Orange County

Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packets…it was initially written as a great camping idea…but i am happy to see that it has made it’s way into the kitchens of people as an everyday dinner idea. yes…you can cook it in your oven.

lemon-thyme-rosemary-steak-recipe copy

Halloween Boo Mix and Free Printable Bag Topper. this has been a Halloween favorite for many years. who knew it would still make it to my top ten years later.

Halloween Goodie Bag Topper Free Printable

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Recipe. inspired by my trip to the Oxnard Strawberry Fields, this is an easy dessert that will always be one of my faves. because, strawberries. easy-strawberry-shortcake-trifle-recipe-1

Homemade Candy Buttons Recipe a favorite since 2011. i really need to make these for Valentine’s Day.

homemade candy buttons recipe

Rainbow Pudding Pops

rainbow pudding pops recipe

Father’s Day Mustache Jars and Free Printables

fathers_day_gift_stache_free printable

Easy Strawberry Scone Recipe. i actually was given this recipe from a friend who i met on instagram. i owe all the credit to her for this post. and a shout out to instagram…for creating a space where you can meet people you would have never met in real life.


7 Family Friendly Tidepools in Orange County. the beaches in Orange County are near and dear to my heart. some of my best memories with my boys have been made there. this has got to be one of my favorite post as well.


DIY Valentine’s Day Banner. so simple, but so cute. and it definitely screams Valentine’s Day. i have feeling it will continue to be a popular post in the near future as the Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!


and those my friends are Popsicle Blog’s top posts of 2014. it looks like my readers love food, printables, family travel and/or fun things to do in SoCal. and that’s just how i like it….thank you.

i wonder what the future holds for 2015?  

what was your favorite Popsicle Blog post of 2014?
what would you like to see more of in 2015? 


  1. Kerena says

    I liked the one about digging for crystals in Trona. I’d like more of what you’ve been doing!

  2. Amy Cordova says

    My favorite post is your word of the year #unselfie, but that was posted this year. My favorite post of 2014 is 101 Kid Friendly Things to Do in OC. Needless to say for 2015 I’m looking forward to how #unselfie comes to play this year on your blog/life. It would be cool to have your local readers get together and do something for the community.

  3. Tammy says

    I read all of your posts, but I think I love your post about things to do locally. I have taken my kids to so many events that you have posted. I also love your embarrassing moments, because all moms have them, right? I would like to see more of your beautiful crafts.

  4. Carrie E. says

    My favorites are the crafts and recipes. It gets my creative juices flowing and then my kids and I come up with great things to make.

  5. Heather D. says

    Love your blog! In 2014, I think the 101 kid friendly things to do in OC and the amusement park posts were what I liked the best. I have 3 girls and we are always on the go & trying to find new fun things to do. In 2015, I would like to see more adventures….some DIY’s and recipes would also be great!

  6. Cynthia Montoya says

    I love your DIY posts! the rainbow mat was so cute! I definitely have to try that one (:

  7. Ashleigh says

    I love all your posts, but I did actually make two of your recipe dishes, so I guess I would have to say those were my favorite blogs. I’m always trying to find family friendly dishes that I can make quickly since I’m a working mom and have only about 30 min. to get dinner on the table when I get home from work. So, I guess I would love to see more recipe blogs – especially things that you could maybe put together the night before and pop in the oven when you get home or crock pot ideas. Thanks. P.S. I made Lemon Herb Steak Foil Packets & Jalapeno Lime Steak Foil packets.

  8. Reyna Reyes says

    By far the 101 things to do with kids in OC. I would also love to see more kid friendly recipes.

  9. Alejandra Escobedo says

    I love your 101 things to do in OC the best!! I would love to see more DIY ideas (:

  10. Wendy Munoz says

    I love all your free printables plus all the DIY gift ideas especially because personable gifts are much more appreciated. I really loved the child parent interview.
    I would like to see more recipes in 2015.

  11. Amber Romero says

    101 kids friendly events!! & I’d like to see whatever you post you’ve never failed to post awesome kid friendly events!

  12. I’d have to say my favorite post(s) of 2014 were when you went on the road trip! I loved all of the stops and all of the adventures and it really inspired me to attempt something similar next summer with our little family of 3.
    In 2015 I’d love to keep seeing more of your DIYs because you’re super creative!

  13. Joanna says

    My favorite post was 101 things to do in the OC. I would love to see more ideas for good vacation spots for kids. I also enjoy seeing all your pictures of you and your family. Thanks!!


  14. Debra says

    I love it all! A favorite was when you posted about Chik-Fil-A dress like a cow day. Because of that we got to eat free and make a fun family memory. I would love more OC Freebies days. So fun!

  15. Breezy says

    Love all of the DIY projects! The rainbow mat was my fav! I can’t get enough of DIY I’d love to see more.

  16. Karen Carter says

    I loved your rainbow doormat and all of your adventures. I also love the recipes! I would like to keep reading about your cool travels, recipes and crafts. You have always been such an inspiration to me.

  17. Kenna says

    I loved your valentine banner! It’s really made me interested in the other things on your site.

    My favorite things are printables! I love them! Can’t get enough of them. Your artwork is adorable and I can see myself returning often for more!

  18. kristy mulree says

    I loved your tips for things to do during the holidays. Our family did many of them. It was a great source during Christmas break when we had out of towers for 8 days at our house! I very much enjoy seeing your emails each week! Thanks!!

  19. Heidi B says

    WOW! There were so many good ones, but I really liked the Dad’s stache because it’s always hard at Father’s Day to come up with things the kids can make vs. buy. Love that. I honestly would love to see more recipes, more coupons and a Gluten Free thrown in there too. Have a wonderful New Year.

  20. Goldie says

    Loved the road trip/cross country adventure you did..best post is 101 things…we’ve done 30 and counting. .would like to see more fun activities and unique adventures in socal…

  21. Tina says

    I like the cute holiday craft ideas and the hidden gems like the Popsicle store and the play places. 2015, I would like to see more of the same things and maybe more free places to visit. Thank you.

  22. Jenn says

    I use the 101 things to do all the time. But my favorites are reading your not so perfect moments. I also liked reading about your road trip. I’d like to hear more stories about you. 🙂

  23. shannon danenberg says

    I loved your summer road trip blog & look forward to seeing your new adventures in 2015!

  24. Florianne says

    I always love the 101 things to do in the OC but I love the recipes and printable stuff too…just lots of cute things to do and see…THANK YOU!!! For the new year I just hope to see more of the same…your blog is very user and family friendly 🙂

  25. Kathe Harvey says

    i am new to the OC so unlike the 101 things to do in oc. I also love places to see Christmas lights and I believe there were Halloween tips as well.
    I want to see more ideas of the best places to take my boys in he cheap in the OC. I love it!

  26. Bradley says

    I liked the presents my wife gave me so keep those coming. I like gifts!

  27. Jackson says

    I liked your road trips and adventurers go on more this year!

  28. Ashley Kolpak says

    I loved the 101 things to do and the road trip blog posts, a lot of fun to read, and a lot of great ideas. Would like to see more posts about things to do and maybe some DIY projects!

  29. Cristy Johnson says

    I always check your blog when looking for fun things to do with my kids or a group of friends and their kids. My favorites were the best tidepools in OC and the 101 family friendly holiday activities. You rock!

  30. Michelle Thomas says

    Best fireworks
    I love the best of lists and hearing your personal experience about it can never get enough of that

  31. Monica Rodriguez says

    I love your 101 kid friendly things to do in Orange county.

    I would love to see more things to do at home with the kids like when dont want to go out or when it rains. From crafts to recipes to do with the kids

  32. Genevieve Larson says

    I love when you post places to take the kids. I really liked the tide pools.
    Keep posting more on places to take the kids. We live in such a beautiful place and it’s so fun to find new places to explore.

  33. Sunny S. says

    My favorite post was 101 things to do in OC. I really enjoy your blog and its variety. I’m not sure what I want to see more of just rather continuing on.

  34. Amber Romero says

    Our fav blog post was definitely the summer events we still go back! &we’d love to see more of the free events or budgeted events they are so amazing &affordable!

  35. Loved the doormat. I love road trips, if you do another article that would be great! Thanks

  36. shannon smith says

    I’d also love to see some blogs about great outdoor things to do with kids – local hikes that are good for different ages?

  37. shannon smith says

    I loved the 101 things to do… I would like to see you add a “coming up” portion to the website so that we can look forward to what is coming up next weekend – sometimes I need to plan ahead and the blog posts don’t give enough time to think ahead and put it on the schedule. Sure wish I was more spontaneous but I’m just not! Thanks for a great blog. S.

  38. Allison says

    Thank you for your blog. I love to check it daily to see what new adventures and ideas I can try with my family. Two of my favorites were 101-things-to-do-with-kids and the The best place to buy bulk Popsicles. My family loves going on local adventures and your blog helps lead us to fun places!!! I would love more posts in 2015 of fun places to go, local happenings and more giveaways (who doesn’t love a chance to win something)!!!

  39. I’m not picking one because I don’t have too. I love all of your printables and recipes the most. ❤️ you bunches my friend.

  40. How to pick one??? I really enjoyed your road trip posts! For 2015, keep doing what your doing…love it all!

  41. Joan C says

    My favorite was your summer adventure posts. So many cool things that you saw along the way. I would love to see more recipe posts. U do a lot of easy ones which is great for us mommies.

  42. Anne says

    My favorite post was the Broccoli and Cheese Wonton post…I still haven’t made them but I would love to. In 2015 I would like to see more food posts…they always look so darn good!

  43. I’m a relatively new reader but have loved the 101 things to do with kids in OC. I also loved your US Taco Co review and plan to go on a date with husband to try it soon. In 2015 I’d love to see your explore and review places in OC that might be less well known and also share more recipes!

  44. Sandi Wong-Madarang says

    I loved your family road trip tips article! We all know that traveling with kids can be a bit overwhelming for new parents

  45. Heather Toller says

    Fave Post – 101 Kid Friendly Things to do in OC

    I would love to see more things to do in OC (or LA, or San Diego)

  46. So many favorites… it’s hard to choose! I love your road trip blog. I love the embarrassing story about when you got you arm stuck. The different adventures of crystal mining and indoor rock climbing. But if I HAD to choose, I think I would go with the 101 things to do in OC. Just because it’s one of those posts I’m constantly coming back to. As far as what to see more of, I’m also gonna go with free/almost free hidden gems in Southern CA.

  47. Deb Moretti says

    My fave was the post where you talked about everything not being as perfect as it looks. I think it was a 2014 post, but I commented on it. Still resonates with me.

    I’d like to see more of your DIY, creative side. I don’t have one, so it is nice to be inspired by those who do.

  48. Hope says

    I love your DIY. Posts would love more of those this year!

  49. Ronda Fowles says

    Family friendly best tide pools. Simply
    beautiful photographs. Fun places
    to take your family. I would love to see
    more special clothing deals on websites for toddlers and small children. Thank you! Ronda

  50. Heather Talley says

    Love all the amusement park posts. Would like to see more craft/decorating posts, the rainbow mat is adorable!

  51. jaime Jenkins says

    My favorite was the rainbow doormat! And I would like to see more yummy food!

  52. candis says

    The rainbow mat is my favorite, need to do project. But loved following your road trip adventure. I would love more printables. You are so talented.

  53. Mike says

    I loved all the Knott’s coverage. For 2015, I’d enjoy more fun recipes.

  54. One of my favorites was your front porch pallet welcome mat…. adorable!!! In 2015, one thing I think your family does well is finding the hidden gems throughout CA… whether it’s through your fun road trips or elsewhere…. so more of those off the wall adventures… and of course, crafty projects that only Jill can think up!

  55. shannonR says

    I liked your post on Conair Curl Secrets. I recently got one for myself and I love it. I also like to see what events are coming up and what to do on weekends. I like to see more posts about your family and I love the giveaway/contests!!!!

  56. Rosa Cuevas says

    I always luv the post on things to do, so my fave is 101 things to do In the OC. I always check back on your post for ideas on where to take my kids and id really luv to see more ideas on free stuff to do since im single and on a budget I luv free free free

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