Top 25 Posts of 2013

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Wow! What a year! It's sometimes hard to see the good things until you stand back to reflect, but as I've been reflecting this week about all that's happened here at Nourishing Joy this year, I've realized with amazement the number of good things that have graced our community.

In 2013 we hosted a natural mothering event (of which I am particularly proud), I was invited to write a book, we welcomed nearly half a million unique visitors to the site, and the size of our community has increased by more than tenfold. I've also been heartened by the wonderful questions and comments so many of you leave. Together we are learning, growing, and making this world a healthier, more joy-filled place! My heart is full…..

So, here are the 25 most popular posts this year on Nourishing Joy. As I've dug deep into Nourishing Joy's analytics, the top 25 posts this year were totally dominated by natural home remedies and natural living tips for a second year in a row. Natural, non-toxic living is definitely not a passing craze!

Many of these elicited good conversation on our Facebook page when they were first published and garnered interest on our Google+ page – if you're not part of the community in either of those places, join us! (We're on Pinterest too!)


Homemade Bleach

Homemade Calamine Lotion

Cinnamon Nutmeg Toothpaste

Homemade Shampoo

Nourishing Foods for Labor and Childbirth

Homemade Cough Syrup

Homemade Dusting Spray and Wood Polish

Homemade Bathtub Scrub with a Surprising Secret Ingredient

Homemade Infant Formula

Homemade Food Coloring: Natural Food Dyes

5 Homemade Facial Toners (+ How to Make Rosewater)

Homemade Cough Drops

How to Make Crayons

How to Make Soap

Homemade Chewy Gummy Vitamins

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

Sunday Morning Slow Cooker Bread Pudding

How to Make Almond Paste

Treating a GBS+ Pregnancy Naturally

How to Make Yogurt

Homemade Bug Spray and Insect Repellents

How to Wash Cloth Diapers (and Why It's Different Than Washing Clothes)

Slow Cooker Pork Vindaloo

Homemade, Non-Toxic Diaper Cream

Sourdough English Muffins


I look forward to another year of recipes, sustainable living tips, homeschooling adventures, and growing ever more faithful as a steward of all God has given us. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for joining me in the journey!

What was YOUR favorite post in 2013? What topics would you like to see more of in 2014?

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  1. Hi. I’ve been looking at your site and receiving your emails for just a couple of months now, but you have really inspired me to move towards a whole food and organic lifestyle. I am wondering if you have a recipe or any suggestions for homemade pain relievers, both for adults and for children. I am thinking along the lines of something that can replace tylenol or ibuprofen for headaches, fevers, etc.. I looked at your site but wasn’t able to find anything beyond the homemade cough syrup and drops and the homemade gummy vitamins–which I really would like to try and make!

    Thank you!

    1. Amanda,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I really do appreciate them. πŸ™‚

      You’re right – I don’t have much up. I’ve gotten several partially written, but I haven’t had time to take photos! In the meantime, however, off the top of my head, I know Jillee over at One Good Thing by Jillee has a cream: and Heather at Mommypotamus has several, I believe: If I think of any more, I’ll update this thread. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much! I hope it helps.

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