Well, It Looks Like The Mayans Were Wrong
So I suppose you, me, and this here iguana will just have to wind down 2012 the old-fashioned way. If you’re anything like me you like to look back at the highlights and start making plans for a sweeter, brighter new year. This year, I thought it might be fun to compare your favorite blog posts with mine. First up, yours – listed in order of popularity with the top being the most popular.
Looking for ways to trim your grocery bill? 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.
#2 – 21 Healthy “Grab And Go” Snacks Your Kids Will Love
So, this one is probably here because it was linked to by a NY Times bestselling author, but if you’re looking for packable snacks that will keep you on-the-go and out of the drive through make sure to check out this list.
#3 – Sour Gummy Stars
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.
Here’s what a few of y’all have had to say about this little recipe:
“so I think this is my 3rd post for this… they are just so fun.. we keep making them and trying new flavor combos. we’ve done apple cinnamon, sour grape, sour blueberry, blueberry, sour cherry and of course lemon and lime. the blueberry and cherry ones have really pretty colors without any added dyes and they taste so yummy. sour blueberry is a house favorite” ~ Leah
“Another big fan of these! I’m not a mom yet, they were for me. Yummy in mah tummy! I am using this as a gateway drug to bone broth.” ~ Laura M.
“I made them! They are amazing!!!!! I made one batch with camu camu berry powder to add a punch of vitamin C as well!” ~ Rachel
This post is where the idea for DIY Organic Beauty Recipes got started. Like y’all, I was over-the-moon excited to have an alternative to synthetic store-bought ingredients and straight coconut oil (which can feel a bit greasy sometimes).
However, I wasn’t thrilled when one of my batches molded. Though this recipe is fabulous in all of its simplicity, I recommend storing it at room temp for no more than two weeks or in the fridge for 3 months. The new DIY book has a recipe that can be stored longer at room temp for those that are interested.
#5 – 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?
#6 – How To Make Homemade Marshmallows
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 pictured above!
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.
#8 – How To Diagnose Tongue/Lip Ties & Get FREE Expert Advice
Do you know why our mothers shouldn’t have listened to theirs? If so, please pass along this guide for diagnosing a commonly missed cause of breastfeeding problems, colic, acid reflux, poor weight gain in baby, mastitis and cracked or bleeding nipples.
#9 – How To Make A Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar
After relocating to an area with hard water I found this bar didn’t work well for me as a shampoo, but I still love it as a face/body wash!
#10 – GAPS Chocolate Cookie Bites
I couldn’t agree more with guest blogger Caroline Lunger of Gutsy when she wrote “There is no excuse not to make these easy “whole food” cookies. Lets take a look at the ingredients: almonds (protein: check!), butter (fat: check!), honey (healthy sweetener: check!), chocolate chips (simply good – check!). Looks like these pass the test.”
And Now, My Favorite Posts
- Tied for first place are my little potami’s birthday posts: If Bruce Willis Wore Lip Gloss and What Katie Learned From The Vegetarian
- And of course, second is the thoughtful one Daddypotamus wrote for me this year
- I loved this post on the first moments after birth captured (and this one, too)
- This one on tandem nursing and traditional foods sparked some interesting conversations on Facebook
- While this on on the chicken pox ignited debate
- Heather K.’s comment on this post about why tetanus vaccines fail to protect made this one of my all-time favorite posts. I love that social media has created a space where we can have meaningful conversations about these kinds of things.
- Sour gummy stars definitely make the list – on this we agree!
- So do the key lime pie popsicles
- And my grain-free homestyle gravy (HUGE win for the hubs)
- To round things out I’ll toss in my favorite skin care discovery, the “naughty” ingredient everyone should try!
What do YOU want to talk about in 2013? What kinds of posts would you like to see more of? Recipes? Vaccine posts? Beauty product tutorials? Please leave a comment and let me know!