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Best Of The Potamus In 2013

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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:

(Get the sunscreen recipe)

Young Serious Woman Sitting Alone With Sad Expression#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.

(Click to read more)

#8: Natural Remedies For A Fever

natural-remedies-fever-31“There is no ‘number’ on a thermometer that requires a trip to the Emergency Department. Nope, not even 104F degrees. With very specific exceptions, kids do not have to maintain a “normal” temperature during times of illness.” ~ Natasha Bergert, MD
In this post, I talk about what I watch for instead of the numbers and how to bring a fever down naturally when needed.

(Click to read more)

natural-remedies-for-ear-infections-1 (2)#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.

(Click to read more)

970862_552595961448851_2007268230_n#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?

(Click here to find out!)

IMG_7426 (1)#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.

(Get the recipe)

Homemade-Marshmallow-Recipe1 (1)#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 –>

(Get the recipe)

real-food-budget-3#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.

(Here’s how to really save on REAL FOOD)

Depositphotos_3359779_s-003 (1)#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!

(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.

(Check out the tutorial)

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!

Your Turn!

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!

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35 Responses to Best Of The Potamus In 2013

  1. Mary Spencer says:

    Hi! I would LOVE to see a post with suggestions on how to eat fermented foods after you’ve made them. I started making my own fermented foods and my hubby is on board except when it comes to sauerkraut. He doesn’t like it cold and I know cooking it defeats the purpose so I need some ideas as to how to serve it or what to serve it with where he won’t turn his nose up at it. He hates coleslaw and says the kraut tastes like it!

    Thank you!

  2. Kimberly says:

    Wish you were my neighbor. We would learn so much together and have so much fun!

  3. Kim Plaga via FB says:

    I cannot stand fish taste and fish smell. How can I sneak this healthy food in? And any tips on how to disguise the Green Pastures fish oil passed my and my kids’ taste buds?

    • JW says:

      I put the cod liver oil in applesauce, and my little ones don’t seem to mind it.

    • Cynthia says:

      My kids will take it if you freeze the cinnamon tingle in bean size lumps. When you pop them out of the freezer they slide down little throats with no problem and seem to taste more like cinnamon than fermented fish.

      Perhaps even wrap them in something they like before you freeze like little squares of banana if more hiding is necessary.

    • gal says:

      I get a little honey on spoons for each family member (I try to use raw manuka honey if I can afford it). The kids lick the honey off their spoons but I taught them to keep just a little honey in their mouth and I immediately pour the FCLO on the same spoons and the honey helps cover the fishy taste. It is very quick and easy for them to take this way!

  4. Melanie Walker Mathews via FB says:

    Riley Clinkenbeard, the vaccine post on this list is awesome!

  5. Meg Vaughn via FB says:

    Kim you can get FCLO pills & my kids take the caramel infusion followed with a chaser

  6. Liz says:

    I would love to see some “day in the life posts.” As we are working on baking kidlet #2, it be nice to see some schedules for inspiration. When you do make time to make x, y, and z from scratch? (Without forgetting to feed a starter/mother.) How do meal plan? When did you introduce chores? I’m always looking for ideas on how to cram it all in. Thanks!

  7. Meghan Soderstrom Richey via FB says:

    Kaity Gaines… great blog if you don’t read it already.

  8. Stacey Anderson Modica via FB says:

    Heather you amaze and fascinate me! Your Anniversary slide show had me welling up with tears and giggling (I’m sure if anyone else was down at the lake where I am right now they’d be convinced I’d “gone around the bend!”). You’re husband and kids are so lucky to have you. Your love of life and your family are inspiration! Thank you for sharing a piece of it with us!!

  9. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Kim Plaga – You may find this article helpful

  10. Kim Plaga via FB says:

    Thank you.

  11. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Awww, thank you Stacey Anderson Modica! Honestly, though, I am the lucky one. All the best things about my life, and even the best parts in me, would not exist if not for the avalanche of love, joy, sleep deprivation, public potty accidents, date nights, glitter mishaps and general chaos they have generously bestowed on me. :)

  12. Kim Plaga via FB says:

    Heather, you are amazing.

  13. Michelle Cure via FB says:

    Heather you are a wonderful ,motivational, inspirational, and beautiful person!! My family is soooo much better off since I follow you so so closely!! We love all of your suggestions! I would love to spend a week in your kitchen learning all you do!! I am a graduate of the institute of integrative nutrition and also just a pure holistic medicine junky!! I cannot believe how much I still learn from your blogs and posts daily! Seriously I absolutely love all you do!! I would love any tips or advice as I would like to start my own blog and site to go along with my some day business. After I get my kiddos taken care of I would like to open up a wellness center and do some health coaching. Until then though I would love to blog and maybe help out via the Internet! Would you mind sharing some tips and pointers on getting started?? I would love to chat with you!! Let me know if you wouldn’t mind mentoring me?!?! My email is thank you and God bless! Have another splendid year!!

  14. Michelle Cure via FB says:

    Oh one more thing! How do you get a junk food loving vegetable hating husband to eat healthy and climb on board with all of this stuff? My husband loves all that is bad for you!! I worry because my oldest son (2) is starting to mimic daddy and want what daddy has. I worked so hard at feeding him healthy and I’m starting to feel like its going down the drain! Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

  15. Stacey Anderson Modica via FB says:

    See Heather you proved my points! My boys are now 16 & 13 and I screamed through all those experiences (minus the glitter lol) with anxiety and less grace and appreciation than I care to admit. Luckily now I see the value and appreciate them everyday! I love your page and will continue to follow

  16. Jennifer Curran Barker via FB says:

    Love them all Mommypotamus!

  17. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Oh Stacey Anderson Modica, let me tell you I thought I was a pretty compassionate, patient person until I married my husband and we started a family. Um, no. Not even close. The reason I say I am the lucky one is that my family has shown me all the ways I need to grow, and they actually keep me motivated to do it because they’re such amazing people. I’m pretty sure every mother has done things she regrets. I have for sure. I’m just glad I didn’t live my entire life in ignorance of what it really means to love, or at least to learn to love. <3

  18. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Michelle Cure – Thank you for your kind words! Though I would love to be able to mentor you it has physically impossible to even answer all my emails while giving my children the attention they deserve, homeschooling, cooking three meals a day and blogging.

    I’ve written a little about how I got my husband on board with real food here:

    Hopefully there is something helpful in there that you can use :)

  19. Stacey Anderson Modica via FB says:

    I agree with you on the husband and family showing the road to growth! You posted a saying recently about there not being a way to be a perfect Mom but a million ways to be a great Mom, and I totally related to that!

  20. Ali says:

    I love all the DIY products! I made the marshmallows for Christmas and dipped them in vegan chocolate – holy cow they were good!

  21. susanne turrell says:

    Hi from England! i’d like posts about eating dairy and gluten free, i want to try it to see if it helps my MS, i’ve just ordered some cup measures from Amazon so i can stop being confused about the recipes! Happy healthy new year to you all. xx

    • Tom says:

      Hi Susanne,
      Have a look at He sells a book which I am currently reading called Solving the MS mystery. He is a dentist that has fought against the use of mercury and root canals and implants. He was given Weston Price’s manuscripts and had MS himself when he was in his 30s. He is now in his 80s after reversing the disease in himself and over 1000 of patients in the last 30 years. He says you can’t cure MS but you can stay 3 days in front of it. Do you have any root canal teeth or mercury amalgam fillings?

  22. Andi says:

    Please, please, please post more of your kind, eloquently-worded posts on keeping boys intact, or re-post the great articles you’ve already written. You approach this topic this so well. As a mom of an intact boy and a registered nurse, so many parents are not truly educated on the risk of circumcision and the ease of keeping boys intact by their own health care providers. Even in natural minded parenting circles, too many parents say they didn’t know they had the choice and so many parents later regret circing their boys. Your site has been such a great educational tool for parents looking for better ways and I thank you for your previous intact posts.

  23. Amber says:

    Heather, thank you so much for the information and compassion you share. I’ve learned so much from you posts–not least of all that what feels right often is. My life changed four years ago when I cut out gluten and shortly afterward my husband and I started on a real food diet, WAPF-style, and we haven’t looked back. Thank you for being a part of that journey through this site! Happy New Year. :)

  24. Monica says:

    I always love your posts! I finally got your cleaning recipes book (now I have all 3) for Christmas and I want to clean my whole house haha! In 2014 I would LOVE to see your thoughts on prenatal testing and exams, like what you chose and why. Also, I’m always interested in cosleeping tips (how are you doing it with Levi now)? Information on raw pet diets would be awesome too!

  25. Christy says:

    Hi Heather,
    I would like to know more about how to nurture TH1 function and how you don’t over-sanitize…here is your comment I pasted below from another article:
    My strategy with my own family is to protect and nurture TH1 function […] and not over-sanitizing things so that my children have normal exposure to a host of microbes.

  26. Alexia says:

    Happy New Year! I’d love more posts about your new farming adventure.

  27. Kimberly P says:

    Forget the posts, I want to come to your farm and see you in action. I love your sense of humor and your very informative posts.

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