Five Favorite Natural-ish Products

So, I’ve written before about how I was super-crunchy before I moved to South Korea, but was forced to mellow out due to not being able to get all my favorite natural stuff there.  I’m happier being a more mellow person in general, but I’ve added back in a few things because I really did miss them.  Here’s what I got.

(I was going to post this a few hours ago, but then decided I’d follow Heather’s lead and give a shout-out to the funniest selfie lady around, Kelly.  No make up, no Photoshop {sob}, I’m pregnant and I hate selfies.  Do. Not. Judge.)


Floradix Iron + Herbs (and B Vitamin) Supplement


You do not have to be pregnant to enjoy this supplement, but if you are pregnant, it’s a no-brainer.  My iron is always at a borderline level, and I don’t worry much about it, but during pregnancy I treat myself to this stuff.  There’s even a gluten-free version, called Floravital.

Sure, Floradix tastes like a mouthful of copper pennies, but that’s only for a second.  I get a fantastic energy boost from this stuff.  In fact, I’m almost completely off of coffee these days, and really, it’s been without trying.  I simply don’t need caffeine like I used to.  Bonus: you can take it like a shot and pretend it’s Jagermeister.  I don’t know why anyone would do that, I’m just saying you could.

Rock on, mama.

Rock on, mama.



Alba Botanica Mineral Sunscreen


I shared this article on what to avoid in suncreens on my personal Facebook page recently, and it started quite a discussion.  So let me say this: You know your family best, so please do what you need to do to protect them from sun damage.

However (you knew that was coming), I do feel quite strongly that when it comes to our skin care and sunscreen products, the FDA has seriously dropped the ball.  Suncreen manufacturers make wild claims about what their sunscreens do, and never have to prove a thing.  Meanwhile, many of the chemicals that they do put in suncreens are dangerous and may even be cancer-causing!  What the heck?

So I look like a lifeguard from the 80's?  So, what?

So I look like a lifeguard from the 80’s? So, what?

In order to meet the middle ground here, we go with Alba Botanica Mineral Sunscreen .  The one pictured above and linked to is the “Facial” formula, but they have  Sport and Kids formulas, plus a couple others, I think.  These, while more expensive and less easy to apply than the spray-on sunscreens, meet all the EWG requirements for a safe sunscreen.  Oh, and don’t be discouraged by the small size.  A little goes a long way.  If you’re curious, you can find those that rated the highest by clicking here.

Totally kidding, of course.  This is how it looks all rubbed in.  Barely a hint of residue.

Totally kidding, of course. This is how it looks all rubbed in. Barely a hint of residue.


Raw Milk

raw milk

You guys, I do not even like regular milk that much.  In cereal, yes, but that’s pretty much it.  But raw milk is a completely different story.  I will drink this stuff straight.  It tastes so much better to me, and I know it’s easier on my stomach.  Plus, it is REAL food, not processed, and all the natural probiotics… Just, yum.

I’ve met the owner of the Organic Pastures Farm, Mark McAffee, and I’ve even toured his farm.  It’s a top-notch organization.  The facilities are spotless, the cows are happy and healthy and free-roaming.  He even invented a mobile milking station so he can tow it to wherever the cows are on their green grassy fields and milk them right then and there.

However, this stuff is muy muy cara (that’s Spanish for expeeeeensiiiiiiive).  Around here, we pay $15 for a gallon, which lasts our family allllmost a week.  So to make sure that isn’t wasted, I buy regular old organic for cooking, and sometimes, when we’re low on the good stuff, I’ll mix it with the regular stuff for some probiotic content.


Raw milk: it does a body good.


Blue Ice Infused Virgin Coconut Oil

coconut oil

Now, if I haven’t scared you off yet, this one just might do the trick.  Blue Ice Infused Coconut Oil is a supplement that I’m using to {{hopefully}} reverse some tooth damage in my little ones.  (Hey, don’t roll your eyes yet.  Remineralizing teeth is a real thing.)  This stuff contains coconut oil, fermented cod liver oil, fermented skate oil (uh, ew), and a lovely caramel flavor.  There is a leeeetle bit of a bite to it, so my kiddos ask for water, but so far so good.  I told them we’re all taking it every day for a month and then we will reassess whether it’s doing any good.

I have no results yet to share with you,as we just got it today in the mail, but – sing it with me now – I’ve got HIIIIIIGH hopes, I’ve got hiiiiigh hopes.  I’ll share back with you soon.

What, exactly, is skate oil?

What, exactly, is skate oil?



This Tooth Powder Recipe

As you can tell, I’m a teensy bit obsessed with teeth health these days.  I’ve been meaning to try Dwija’s toothpaste recipe for a long time now, but I’ve held back because I have one picky child for whom coconut oil is a deal-breaker.  When I stumbled upon this powder recipe the other night, I realized I had all the ingredients besides bentonite clay, which is super cheap at Amazon or, in my case, Sprouts down the street.

A few of my ingredients

A few of my ingredients

My recipe, based on Wellness Mamas:

4 T bentonite clay
3 T Calcium Magnesium Powder (which is amazing for a myriad of other things, too)
1 T Baking Soda
1 T Cinnamon
1 T Sage (for tooth whitening, apparently)
10 drops Clove essential oil (because that’s what I had on hand instead of clove powder)
1 T Xylitol

I cannot believe how clean this tooth powder makes my teeth feel.  You know that just-visited-the-dental-hygienist feeling?  This is like that.  Amazing.

And it looks oh-so-appetizing, too!

And it looks oh-so-appetizing, too!

Okay, now that was exhausting.  Kelly, I do not know how you do it.  If you like crazy selfies and funniness, clickety-click on over to Mama Knows, Honeychild for more Five Favorites.  And be prepared to laugh, because Heather is off the chain (or rather, on the roof) this week.  🙂


  1. $15 a gallon?!?! For real? I guess I shouldn’t complain that our farmer had to raise his to $5!! I’m a big believer in raw milk now, too, and I’m *thinking* that my drinking it during pregnancy may have played a role in Luke being our sweetest most easy newborn ever. No gas or tummy issues, no refluxy stuff. If we’re blessed again, I definitely want to try it and again and see!

    Haven’t gotten on the fermented oil bandwagon yet. I’m not sure my family would do it and I also don’t know what a skate is…

    We’ve done the homemade toothpaste recipe (with the coconut) but I think next time we’ll leave out the clay…it tasted too dirt-like for me 🙂
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  2. So I’m eager to see if the remineralizing works.. Are you doing anyting else different (changing diet). I’ve tried doing that off and on (and it did help some) but could never commit to doing EVERYTHING they recommend (bone broth EVERY DAY?, no sugar??).
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    • I’m considering taking out wheat and oats as they’re both high in phytic acid, which is supposedly bad for teeth. But I’ve done those restrictive diets before and I’m feeling a bit gun-shy. Broth, I can do. No sugar… that one is rough.

  3. Nailed it. 😀 …I think a skate is a fish? Or maybe like from a skateboard?
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  4. Haha, this is great! I’m interested in the re-mine realizing of the teeth! Soo curious! And definitely want to look into the raw milk. Both my boys have had lactose intolerances. Maybe that would help with be be número 3 if God decides to bless us so 🙂
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    • I’ve actually heard of people overcoming lactose intolerance with a slow introduction of raw milk. Raw milk contains lactase, which is the amino acid (?) we need to digest milk. But I think the key is slooooowwww.

  5. Yay Fresno Raw milk!! so, how does your husband roll with the crunchy? Mine is resistant, especially with the price tag of some items. Been trying to get him to okay raw milk forever without success.
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    • Yes, hubby definitely balks at the cost of some things. But mostly he goes with the flow. He does call them my HBS: hare-brained schemes. But it’s all in good fun.

  6. I’ve been looking for a sun screen to use for the family so I’m going to try that one out. Thx for the heads up. Oh, and loved the selfies. 🙂
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  7. HAHA Love it, Micaela! And girl, not only is your milk pic facial expression pretty intense, but look at that arm!! I see some muscle there!:) You look great! Thanks for playing along, my friend:)

    • Well, you know. Between lifting that gallon and trying to exercise, something had to happen to those saggy muscles. 😉

  8. YAY!! I love this post!! We should be neighbors, ’cause I love (pretty much) all that natural stuff. The Floradix formulas are awesome. I also take the Magnesium one right after I have a baby (for about 2 weeks) and it really helps with cramping and muscle fatigue. I’ve been researching dental health too, as I have one son who already has 5 cavities, and no one else in the family does, so I’m not sure what’s going on there, BUT would love to try a natural approach to toothpaste. PLEASE let me know if it works for you guys! I cracked up when you said, “Don’t roll your eyes yet,” because I get that all.the.time. For some reason if you talk about natural approaches to things, a lot of people think you are judging them, which is funny to me, but whatever. I’m working on a Motivate Me Monday piece about giving up Gatorade if your kids are in sports (because it’s REALLY bad for you and there are so many other fantastic alternatives to electrolyte replacement). I’m preparing myself for some serious rejection, but going to put it out there anyway. Wow, that’s a lot of info. for you. Anyway! I hope you are feeling well, and will continue to pray for you and all my favorite pregnant mamas!!
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    • I’m going to have to try that Magnesium stuff. If it’s half as good as the iron, it’ll be worth it. I can’t wait to see your Gatorade post. I just had to wrestle it out of my daughter’s hands on a camping trip. (Someone else brought it and so it was a “treat.”) I think the electrolyte drink I used during a couple of my labors was… Recharge? Is that right?

      Thanks for all your prayers. They are much appreciated.