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Top 10 Posts Of 2012

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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.

 Real Food On a Budget - 25 Ways To Make Healthy Eating Affordable#1 – Real Food On A Budget: 25 Ways To Make Healthy Eating Affordable

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.


Healthy Snacks Kids

#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.

  homemade gummy bear recipe

#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

Get the recipe here

how to make lotion#4 – How To Make Lotion With 3 Simple Ingredients

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.

Get the tutorial here

morning sickness cure

#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?

Click here to find out!

homemade marshmallow recipe

#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!

Get the recipe here

How To Make Non-Toxic Sunscreeen#7 – How To Make Non-Toxic Homemade 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.

how to diagnose tongue and lip ties

#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.

Click here to read and help get the word out


shampoo bar recipe

#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!

Check out the tutorial here

GAPS chocolate chip cookies

#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.”

Get the recipe here

And Now, My Favorite Posts

  1. Tied for first place are my little potami’s birthday posts: If Bruce Willis Wore Lip Gloss and What Katie Learned From The Vegetarian
  2. And of course, second is the thoughtful one Daddypotamus wrote for me this year
  3. I loved this post on the first moments after birth captured (and this one, too)
  4. This one on tandem nursing and traditional foods sparked some interesting conversations on Facebook
  5. While this on on the chicken pox ignited debate
  6. 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.
  7. Sour gummy stars definitely make the list – on this we agree!
  8. So do the key lime pie popsicles
  9. And my grain-free homestyle gravy (HUGE win for the hubs)
  10. To round things out I’ll toss in my favorite skin care discovery, the “naughty” ingredient everyone should try!

5827664167_cfbc0dd544_zYour Turn!

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!

Photo credit: jjjj56cp, Aural Asia and earthly delights


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11 Responses to Top 10 Posts Of 2012

  1. mary rose says:

    Definitely love the recipes you post and I’ve visited the 21 snacks entry as well as the soaking nuts guidelines SO many times. I would love to see more about time management since I’m a full-time working mom…meal planning, once a week cooking, slow cooker recipes, freezer meals, etc.

  2. Kirsten V says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog this year (as always); it made me think, laugh, cry, and think some more. 😉 So keep up the good work! I love all the info/stories on birth and breastfeeding, as that’s a major emphasis of my life right now. And I thoroughly enjoy your personal or Potamus family posts. I could handle more of those. :) It’s fun to get glimpses of other families’ lives.

  3. Sam says:

    I absolutely love those cookies – I make them all the time now & they’re a hit. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jade says:

    I’ve only a newbie to your blog – having just found it not long ago. I have forgotten HOW I came to it – one of those long series of clicks from one blog to another blog to another blog. But I am glad I have found it – you do give great advice, and do it all so eloquently. I am looking forward to the coming year as a mommypotamus reader!

  5. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for this blog. So many wonderful posts and so much great information. I would love to learn more about insomnia (it’s 2am…) and also magnesium defficiency. I tried magnesium oil but the itching was terrible. Would the much cheaper milk of magnesia absorb as well through the skin? and is the resulting alkalin skin condition healthy? There is a recipe for lotion using milk of magnesia here (see comments):
    Also would like to know more about recovering from heavy metals poisoning. Not sure but read somewhere that once your body has access to the right minerals and nutrients it will detox itself over time. Also what causes progesterone defficiency? And pms? Any great ideas for treating rosacea? Thanks again and looking forward reading your wonderful posts in the new year.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Ok one more thing… Love the real food for busy moms posts. In the comments of that post you talk about raw dairy and K2. We love our raw milk and cheese here but have been told that the casein protein in American cows milk in not compatible with humans and should not be consumed! Something about C1 cows? But goat and sheep milk are supposed to be fine. A local and excellent naturopath here recommends to all her patients that they avoid cows milk, even raw grass fed, as it is acid forming, promotes inflamation and isn’t easily digested or even compatible with people. My family isnt as keen on the goat milk taste and we’ve never heard of sheep milk for sale. Not sure how that would go over anyway. So is there any truth to the idea that american cows are genetically different from those in other parts of the world, and thus unhealthy for use as food?

  7. Alexis D says:

    I second having a Heavy Metal poisoning post (how to determine if you have it [symptoms] and how to heal from it, etc).

  8. Lel says:

    When I try to go to one of the links on the first 10 articles, I get a “Not Found” error message. Is there something wrong with the links?

  9. Michele says:

    I loved the article on tetanus and have shared it often. I just came by to share it again and all I get is “Page not found!” :(

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