My Mommy Mind… Finally

  • What a weekend! Between Evie’s birthday party and Easter celebrations, there wasn’t a lot of downtime. I think I’ve finally regrouped. I think.
  • Three loads of clean laundry were piled on our comforter and over my feet the last three nights. I have no shame in saying I have pulled what the kids wear from that pile this week in an effort not to fold clothes.
  • Connecting the Dots: GMOs and our Food Future.
  • It’s a bittersweet time of the year for me. Spring is coming (quite sweet), but juicy Cutie orange season is ending (so very, very bitter).
  • In addition to there being lots of family and food over the weekend, there was also lots of sugar. I cut out processed sugar a few months ago in an effort to clear up some skin issues on my temples. Sure enough, my temples are INSANE this week. Damn you, sugar! Needless to say, I’m in major detox mode this week. Ugh.
  • In addition to cutting sugar, I’ve been more mindful of food dyes. We hardly ate anything with dyes day to day, but when the sweet, sweet sugary treats came this way, they tended to be loaded with dyes. Things like M&M’s, Skittles, frosting, etc. And I noticed that I would get a massive headache within 5-10 minutes of eating things like this. As such, we did something a little different (that only one person noticed) for Evie’s pink frosted sugar cookies at her party. Details tomorrow!
  • Are you aware of the Whole Foods body care swap program? Bring in any body product (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body wash, etc.) and swap it for one of their 365 Brand products at no cost. You can bring 2 products in each day and there is no limit to how many times you do this. The bottle can be full or empty. This works at any Whole Foods. Pretty great!
  • Remember to check out the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo in Des Moines this weekend!

What was the highlight of your holiday weekend? For us it was by far the time we had to spend with family and Finn scouring our yard for Easter eggs!



  1. Hillary says

    One more reason to love Whole Foods! Is it for a promotional time period, and if so- do you happen to know the end date? Thanks for the super helpful tip :)

  2. Shelley says

    I’ve done the Whole Foods swap at the West Des Moines store several times. It is a great way to explore the 365 & Whole Foods branded products. Their employees are very helpful and generous about it, so it is guilt-free. I traded in some of my old hair products for their paraben & SLS-free products. If only they sold hairspray; I have to buy it online in order to get a product that isn’t loaded with dyes, parabens, and nasty fragrances.

    • Kerry says

      The gal I talked to was amazing! I traded for the fragerence-free lotion and conditioner. I have some hand soap I’m going to trade next time, as well, to replace in the bathrooms. The SLS stuff – YES! I learned about that last year when Finn was having so many issues. Such garbage!!

      • says

        I read about this program a few months ago and have been itching to try it but just didn’t know what to do with them when I got in the store. Do you go to customer service??
        I’m excited to try this program out!

        • Kerry says

          Just bring them to the body care area. There is always someone working in that area. They will show you what you can swap and then put a sticker on the item. Super simple! There are some fragrance-free options and ones that smell yummy! Lots to choose from!

  3. says

    I’m sad that it’s the end of cutie season too :( I usually buy mine from Costco. I feel like I’ve ended up with some sketchy ones from Wal-Mart.

    • Kerry says

      The Cuties were more $$ for less poundage yesterday, so I grabbed a bag of regular oranges. Still yummy, but not quite those tiny little Cuties!

  4. says

    interested in your detox plans… just going back to cutting it out, or something more severe?
    i’ve been dealing with the same problems… and i know the triggers, but i can’t resist the treats in the teacher’s lounge sometimes!! :-/

    • Kerry says

      Nothing special for detoxing. Just lots of water, fruits and veggies, fresh juice and limited breads.

      The sugar this is SO tough – I 100% get it! I ate too much this weekend and it’s like starting over this week ridding my body of it. So incredibly worth it, but hard for first week or so!

      • says

        i was thinking before i jumped back on and read your most recent post how i, too, got “addicted” recently- it is so creepy that something so ‘playful’ is just as destructive- if not more, than other addictions.

        thanks for sharing. i love your blog- has been very helpful for me and my family! keep it up!!


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