Sometimes Shopping Can Be Fun…

So, I am the type that when I go grocery shopping, I tend to go to the same food aisles, end caps, section of the fresh food area…. I have been doing this for so long that I forget that there are other foods out there in the vast ocean of grocery stores aisles. The other day I had to go to Walmart to pick up a couple of ingredients to make Veggie Soup (I am so ready for Fall!) and while there decided to check out their seasonal section. I love Halloween and am always eager to see the new decorations, treats and of course the candies! I rarely see any artificial free holiday related anything at Wally World so most of the time I just don’t buy.

BUT, this time I wandered outside of my normal areas. I was truly surprised to find that Keebler has introduced a new line of cookies called “Simply Made” and lists the ingredients on the front of the package:

Keebler Simply Made Cookies

Keebler Simply Made Cookies


Not only are they dye free, but free from other nasty artificial ingredients and preservatives! I was a little hesitant to try them because most “simply” made foods are bland. I figured if I just bought one and the family didn’t like it it wasn’t a huge money loss.

Well I can tell you this now…. they are delicious! The texture, shape, smell is just what a chocolate chip cookie is supposed to be like…. but it gets better…. they have other flavors in their Simply Made line like Cookies N Cream, Butter and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip!!! So if you are looking for a better replacement for the “other” artificial laden cookies, then give these a try.
It looks like food manufacturers are starting to listen to us! After years of eating tasteless “artificial free” blah blah foods, I think I can finally venture outside the zone.


Happy Eating Everyone!

Zevia to the rescue!

Zevia Dye Free
I Can Drink Again!
Anyone that knows me (esp in the past) knows that I used to love my soda! Anything Dr. Pepper in fact!!! But after numerous trips to the doctors and lots of testing I found out that the artificial sweeteners and colors were burning a hole in my esophagus and stomach. Instead of taking the recommended pills I decided to just cut out soda all together. Not easy for this soda drinking Queen, but I had to do it for my own health. So out went all the sodas (even the family suffered). For weeks I had withdrawal symptoms…… bloating, headaches, shakes, extreme cravings and sleepless nights….. I cant even imagine what it’s like for people trying to detox from worse addictions.

After a couple years off of soda I started looking into alternative drinks when I came across Zevia. Oh what a joy it was to have something to drink that didn’t cause me to grab my chest from burning….. BUT…… certain Zevia sodas that had the caramel color did have a mild effect on me *sigh*.  I still drank them but very limited. So when I opened my email back in May to see that Zevia was removing the caramel colors and making them Non-GMO I had to do the happy dance….. I can drink again :)

So kudos to the Zevia Team on removing caramel coloring from their sodas AND making them Non-GMO verified! You have made me a happy, drinking girl again.

My family is delighted they can have soda again :)

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Halloween Dye Free Candy

Happy Halloween!

Its that time of year where the ghosts and ghouls come out to play. To some, eating the traditional Halloween colored candy alone is enough to make you scream like Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” painting. But fret not….there is hope for those who are sensitive to those nasty artificial dye candies.

Below are some of the brands that we recommend:

Other things that you can give out as treats are:

  • All Natural Popcorn Balls
  • Pretzels (Snyders has a Gluten Free/Dye Free Pretzel now!)
  • Pretzel Crisps (flattened pretzels)
  • Clark Bar Mini’s (yes! they are dye free)
  • Organic, dye free Cotton Candy small packs

Recipes Welcome!

As part of our ever changing appearance, we have added recipe categories to our forum. Be sure to check it out and add your own.

Category Recipes:

Dye Free

Gluten Free

Preservative Free

Sugar Free

If you see a category not listed but would be a great add on for our forum, please let us know!

When your child is sick

You know you want nothing but the best for them in their time of need and just because they are sick, it doesn’t mean that you have to pick up the first thing on the shelf.

Right now I have two sick kids with a cold….so that means lots of coughing, sniffling, stuffy noses. Last night me and my husband were at the drug store and were amazed at the different over the counter children’s medicines that are on the market. What caught my attention was all the different flavors: Bubblegum, Grape, Cherry, Orange, Rainbow? What do all these medicines have in common? DYES! I was totally shocked at the amount of dyes that are included in medicines…..and what for? only to make it appealing to kids? I don’t know about you, but when my kids are sick they just want to feel better and fast!

So after about 15 minutes of searching for a dye free alternative, we came across the Boiron Chestal Homeopathic brand. What a delight it was to see that it was not only dye free, but all natural too! We ended up getting the honey flavor since our kids love honey and has no medicine-like taste to it.

Once we gave it to the kids, we started seeing (and hearing) results within the first hour! There was no pinching of noses or zippered lips as we put the medicine on the spoons. My son usually balks at taking any type of medicine, but once I gave him a tiny sip of it he was like “Wow! This tastes just like honey!“. (The great thing about this brand is that is actually does work and very quickly I might add!)

This product does contain sucrose so it does contain sugar components.

Dye Free Medicine

Childrens Dye Free Cough Medicine

Active Ingredients
The letters HPUS indicate that these ingredients are officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States.: Antimonium Tartaricum HPUS – 6 CHelps loosen thick mucus , Bryonia Alba HPUS – 3 CRelieves dry and painful cough , Coccus Cacti HPUS – 3 CRelieves cough associated with a tickling in the throat , Drosera Rotundifolia HPUS – 3 CRelieves barking cough worse at night , Ipecacuanha HPUS – 3 CRelieves cough associated with nausea , Pulsatilla HPUS – 6 CRelieves wet cough during the day becoming dry at night , Rumex Crispus HPUS – 6 CRelieves dry cough triggered by cold air , Spongia Tosta HPUS – 3 CRelieves dry, croupy and barking cough , Sticta Pulmonaria HPUS – 3 CRelieves nighttime hacking cough

Inactive Ingredients
Citric Acid , Honey , Purified Water , Sodium Benzoate , Sucrose

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