Hey, you’re blurry!
Wait, you’re actually fine, that’s just the month of December moving way. too. fast.
Before we close out this crazy, beautiful year I thought it would be fun to look back and see some of the highlights. In case you missed them the first time around, here are the top 10 most popular posts on Mommypotamus for 2013.
(In order of LEAST to MOST popular)
#10: How To Make Non-Toxic Sunscreen
Did you know that sunscreens – even so-called “healthy” ones – can actually accelerate aging? It’s true. Because I consider sunlight exposure to be a good thing, most days we skip sunscreen altogether and use antioxidants instead. However, on days we are going to be out much longer than usual here’s what we use:
#9: Natural Remedies For A UTI
Trying to avoid the “nuclear option” of antibiotics for a urinary tract infection? Here are ten remedies many women have found helpful.
#8: Natural Remedies For A Fever
#7: Natural Remedies For Ear Infections
According to the lead author of the new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for diagnosing ear infections, the medical community has contributed to the OVER-diagnosis of ear infections. Since even a legitimate ear infection is more likely to be viral in nature than bacterial, the common use of antibiotics to treat earaches may actually have the unintended effect of, um, CAUSING future ear infections!
Here are some natural remedies that may be beneficial while using the “wait and see” approach recommended by the AAP.
#6: The Real Cause Of Morning Sickness
Ahhh, morning sickness. The quintessential pregnancy experience in which a woman heaves a whole plate of eggs into her own hair.
We’ve come to expect is as a normal part of pregnancy, but is it?
#5: Sour Gummy Stars
Jackpot, mamas! If you’ve been looking for an easy “candy substitute” to take to playdates and birthday parties, look no further!
Rich in an essential nutrient for gorgeous skin, lustrous hair, and strong nails, these gummy stars also contain high quality protein and amino acids which increase metabolism and balance hormones.
Oh, and they only take five minutes hands-on time to make.
#4: Homemade Marshmallow Recipe
Though this recipe from Jenni at The Urban Poser was posted in November 2011 it continues to be a favorite. No need to ask why, of course – the answer is in the fluffy goodness right there –>
#3: Twenty-Five Tips To Make Healthy Eating Affordable
Morning show experts tell us they’ll show us how to get $196 in groceries for $2.33, but take a look in the cart and you’ll discover nothing but a toxic stew of food dye, hydrogenated fats, genetically modified ingredients and gender bending personal care products.
#2: The Oil Cleansing Method: A How-To Guide for Clear, Radiant Skin
Got acne? You might want to rub some oil on your face. Though it sounds counter-intuitive, certain blends of oil help to break down grime on our skin without stripping it, which means the skin doesn’t react by producing more oil. Don’t have acne? Oil cleansing is also thought to prevent premature aging, and this guest post from Jennifer of 20 Something Allergies And Counting Down will show you how to do it! Click here for before/after pics and a tutorial!
And now the #1 blog post for 2013 . . .
#1: How To Make Pure Coconut Oil Soap (For Cleansing And Laundry)
Amazing Lather? Check! Simple ingredients? Yep, only three.
When it comes to soap, this is probably the easiest recipe you’ll ever make.
And Now, My Favorite Posts
1. The story of A Frog, A Polar Bear & A Bullseye On My Bottom has my favorite ending of the year.
2. And of course, I loved this walk down memory lane with Daddypotamus.
3. This post on prosecuting parents who don’t vaccinate ignited some, er. lively conversations
4. Soft, scented homemade play dough and salt dough ornaments were definitely highlights. I mean, the potami really liked them. It’s not as if I pulled out the play dough and used it for stress therapy when they weren’t looking. **ahem**
5. I’ll be winding down the year with this blackened shrimp and scallop fondue, so it’s only fitting to wrap up this list with it. Yum!
What do YOU want to talk about in 2014? What kinds of posts would you like to see more of? Recipes? Natural Remedies? Beauty product tutorials? Vaccine posts? Please leave a comment and let me know!