My Mommy Mind

  • I cannot wait for this new documentary GMO OMG. When I think about what biotech companies have done to our food, our soil, our land and our bodies, I am overcome with righteous anger. What kind of life and legacy are we leaving for our children?
  • My daughter is the girl who sticks her finger in light sockets, eats anything on the ground, spits her food at the table, dips her head in the tub water for a drink and squeals when you tickle her chunky thighs. She is fearless and wild and sassy and will -no doubt- change the world.
  • Do you deal with food allergies or have you been working to improve what you put in your body? I’d love to share your story.
  • The next logical step in ridding your kitchen of chemicals is to look at your bathroom. I’m slowly converting our beauty/body care products to those free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, dyes and unnatural fragrances. Curious how toxic some of your products might be? Input them into the EWG Cosmetic Database for their ranking. Then gasp.
  • Rumor has it there is a Dunkin’ Donuts going up about 1 mile from our house. I don’t even like coffee, but DD iced coffee brings me into one of my favorite cities
  • For Pete’s sake Boston was founded by the Pilgrims, a people so tough, they had to buckle their goddamned hats on. Boston is one of the best cities in the world. As it’s been said a million times over the last week, these cowards messed with the wrong city. I <heart> Boston.

Have you been to Boston? What did you love most?



  1. says

    I recently switched shampoo/conditioner and Eric switched toothpaste to be more natural…as with our food, slowly but surely we will overhaul our toiletries! I think the next step for me is makeup!

    • Kerry says

      Yah! What did you switch to? Do you like what you found?
      (Shampoos are tough, I think, as they don’t SUDS UP like you want them to!)

  2. says

    Thanks to you giving me some tips on using the swap program at Whole Foods, I’m on my way to changing over our beauty products in the house.

    I just wanted the GMO OMG trailer. SO excited to see it! Thanks for the heads-up. I currently am on the waiting list for A Place At the Table at our library. Excited to see that one too!

        • Kerry says

          I haven’t seen it detailed anywhere, although it might be on their website. Here’s how it works…

          Bring in 2 bottles of anything you like (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, lotion, etc.) and go to the body area. There is usually someone working in that area. If no, someone usually comes quickly. Just let them know you heard about the swap. They will show you what you can swap for and then you make your selections! Easy peasy! I was a little uneasy the first time I walked in there with a Costoc sized bottle of Head and Shoulders, but it was seamless and they are great about it!

          You could call your WF before just to check their process.

          • says

            Works just as Kerry described! So easy and the staff is super helpful. I’ve done it a couple times now and always goes smooth and the staff is so willing to help and offers great suggestions and information about the products.

  3. Jackie R says

    I’m from north of Boston and I wanted to thank you for keeping us in your thoughts this last week! They definitely messed with the wrong city!

  4. Jessica says

    I have not been to Boston, but right before I got the notification about the bombings last Monday, I was looking for flights to Boston! I am traveling their for a teaching conference in November. It was so ironic I was searching for flights when my phone received the news notification about what was going on there. Definitely creeped me out!

    For me, getting rid of harsh cleaners has been a big step. It has been safer for my kids and our dog. I use vinegar and baking soda for almost everything. I also use Norwex cloths and dusters.

    • Kerry says

      People LOVE Norwex! I have a few cloths but need to be a bit more consistent about using them.

      Love that you’re going to Boston. I used to go every other Thanksgiving. It’s a great time of year to go!! You’ll love it!!

  5. Jessica says

    Hey Kerry!

    I learned about Castile Soap recently, 100% plant-based. Can be used for everything from bathroom cleaner to shampoo and the list goes on. I think I’ll try that. I’ve also been using white vinegar, lemon and baking soda for many purposes. As far as beauty products… 100% organic EVV coconut oil is all I’ve been using and love it! Recently went with Jason’s flouride-free toothpaste and I LOVE it!! It’s seriously silky and feels good to brush with.

    As far as make-up goes, that’s next on my list, I have no idea what will actually look good and have quality ingredients. Haven’t had much luck there yet (eye-liner, mascara, eye shadow, foundation)

    Thanks for the post! xoxox

    • Kerry says

      Castile soap is next on my list of things to buy! Can’t wait to hear what you think.

      Do you use coconut oil during the day or just at night? It seems so greasy for daytime!

      Will have to try Jason’s. I’ve been using Desert Essence and like it, but I do want to try a few different ones before I land on a consistent purchase.

      • Jessica says

        I use the coconut oil more at night, but during the day I just use a little less. It doesn’t seem greasy to me, but depending on the oils of your skin already, it may be a litte much, not sure.

  6. Lindsey says

    I have been using natural soaps and hair products free of the chemicals you listed above for a few years–even though it’s frustrating that they are pretty much always more expensive, it’s worth it. Recently though, I tried a different version of Sensodyne toothpaste and got a canker sore on the bottom of my tongue that was one of the most painful and annoying things I’ve ever experienced. I thought the toothpaste might be the culprit, so I checked out the ingredients online (annoying difficult to find!) and found out it contained sodium lauryl sulfate, which has been suspected to cause canker sores. I was shocked it was in there–I’m a biochemist and I use sodium lauryl sulfate in the lab all the time, it’s a fairly harsh detergent, but it was in the “inactive” ingredients list on the toothpaste. Needless to say it went in the trash. I’ve heard Trader Joe’s natural toothpaste is good, do you have any experience with it? And if so, do you know if they have a sensitive teeth formula?

    • Kerry says

      I love that you’re a biochemist! I have not tried the Trader Joe’s toothpaste nor have I looked at it. I’ll have to check it out next time I’m there. I have been using Desert Essence for a few months and really like it – I use the mint variety. Would love to hear your thoughts when you find one you like!

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