The Best of Red Stick Mom :: Top 10 Posts of 2021

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say how much we truly value, appreciate and respect each and every one of you.

We also wanted to share the 10 most popular blog posts of 2021, determined by page views. They are stories of faith, humor, loss, marriage, motherhood and so much more. We hope you enjoy re-visiting them as much as we did.

Top 10 Posts of 2021

1. What I’ll Teach My Kids About January 6, 2021

“For the first time in my life, I will face my audience without knowing the steps to the dance. I can compare what happened today, January 6th 2021 to the war of 1812, but not really. It’s not good enough. And I’m not sure I totally understand the footwork that led to such a tragedy. Make no mistake – they will hear me say tragedy.” Read more…

2. The Only Southern Utah Family Vacation Itinerary You Will Ever Need

In an effort to show our kids as much of the country as possible, my husband and I started gifting Spring Break trips as Christmas gifts to our two children a couple of years back. Our kids love traveling and have seen many states in their young years. Last year we when we were deciding on where our next adventure will be to, it was really a no-brainer. The most beautiful National Park of them all: Zion in southern Utah.Read more…

3. To Sha’Carri Richardson … from a Compassionate Mom

“Showing any form of mercy or compassion has been deemed a “weakness.” However, if being compassionate is a weakness then just call me weak. When our champions miss the mark of perfection, we immediately deem them as weak. We must unlearn this type of attitude.” Read more…


4. A Lot Can Happen in 12 Minutes…The Birth of my Twins

“Well, no less than ten minutes later I told my husband and my mom (who had joined us by then) that I thought I felt a little pressure. He asked if he should get the nurse. I hesitated….then said, “Sure, I guess it can’t hurt.” The nurse came in and checked me and very matter-of-factly stated, “You’re ten! Let’s head to the OR!” I was in complete shock that it went so fast but so happy it was finally time.” Read more…

5. Just Keep Swimming…Safely! Why I Chose ISR

“Summer is quickly approaching and since I’ll be welcoming two new babes in the next four weeks, I’ve been trying to get as much done as possible in terms of scheduling summer camps and more importantly (in my humble opinion), swim lessons, for my big boys.” Read more…

6. Mastitis and a Midwife Saved My Life: My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

“My husband and I glamorously rang in 2021 by watching TV in bed as our children slept. Like many people, we were hoping to put the challenges of 2020 behind us, but things were off to a rocky start. I was running a 101 fever and felt like I had the flu. It wasn’t the flu, however, it was the dreaded mastitis.” Read more

7. When Your Child is Conceited

“As we parents sat along the wall of mirrors, the girls excitedly donned their costumes and accessories. My daughter ran up to show me and when she caught sight of her reflection in the mirror, she exclaimed, ‘Mom! I look AMAZING in these glasses!'” Read more…

8. Home Workout Corner Transformation On A Budget

“Slumps. Buzz kill, right? I was stuck in a slump with my fitness routine and really lacked motivation to continue exercising. You know how at the beginning of the year when you buy a new pair of shoes to motivate you to join the gym? That’s how this transformation project was for me, and because I am motivated by esthetically pleasing spaces, completing this project has seriously ignited my fire again. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always had a space to workout, but now I actually have a cute and functional home gym I am proud of.Read more…

9. To My Abusive Ex-Husband’s New Girlfriend

“Being a single mom is hard. Trust me, I know. Being a single mom that is balancing romance with mothering is hard. However, being a single mom in a toxic relationship… that’s something I would not wish on anyone.Read more…

10. When Tragedy Becomes Triumph … A Call to Give Back

“This month marks two years ago that my life was turned completely upside down in a way I never imagined possible. With one PET scan and oncologist appointment, my husband Taylor and I were facing his untimely death. We were in our mid 30’s with three daughters ages 11, 6 and 6 months. Prior to this day, a tumor had been found in his bladder, biopsy done, results given and now we were seated across from an oncologist to get the results of a PET scan.” Read more…

Rare Disease Day

Extravagant Birthday Parties, Matching Clothes, and Other “Extras” I Just Don’t Do

I’m Fine, It’s Fine, Everything is Fine

911, What’s Your Emergency?

Trader Joe’s Must Haves

Natural Birth: Don’t Push (Pun Intended) Your Agenda on Me

No, We’re Not Covering Up 

Regret and Grief: Life After My Best Friend Died

Calling All True Crime Podcasts Junkies! 

A Mother’s Worst Nightmare

Raising an Anxious Child as an Anxious Mama

From all of us at Red Stick Mom, THANK YOU for reading and we wish you a Happy New Year! 


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