Thursday, April 30, 2009

Effects of Food Dyes on our Kids

Back in January, a friend of mine forwarded me an email that she received from another friend about the effects of the dye/food coloring that is put in our foods here in America to make the foods "look right". It was very eye opening for me, and I'm proud to say that our house is 99% dye free now. I noticed right away the difference in my kids behavior, and now, when they do have any dye, the old behavior shines through.

Here is a little of what her email said, along with a link to a news clip and a comparison of foods from the US verses the UK.

"Some of you are aware that in the past, I have pulled wheat & dairy from my kids diets. This scares a lot of people off & makes the implementation of our family's diet seem so obscure. We have integrated these foods back into their lives & had the opportunity to learn HOW the foods they eat effect their quality of life. The removal of wheat & dairy was a personal decision that I have never wanted to impose on others and it is not something that I promote as having negative impact on all children's bodies. The artificial additives, however, are the MAIN focus of change that I would love to see occur in ALL children's lives. People are unaware that the petroleum we put in our cars, the acids we pour in our pools, the mercury we talk about in fish, along with a host of other harmful additives is a reality in kids lunchboxes and meals EVERY DAY!! If you read a single food label & you can't pronounce it's ingredients, or worse yet, it has a color & # on it, put it back on the shelf!!! Go ahead, open up your pantry & be ready to be AMAZED!!! People live under the false assumption that if these dyes were harmful, they would not be allowed in our foods~ WRONG!! The FDA is funded and supported by a host of special interest groups. Their "special interests" primarily focus on lining their wallets with additional cash profits........ As you can see, I could go on & on!! Unfortunately, few Dr's even buy into the food dyes level of harmful repercussions. If your child has attention issues or irritability or behavior issues, I urge you to do some reading. One friend, kindly expressed how her heart went out to my efforts, but she couldn't identify b/c her kids did not suffer "attention issues" at school. My response was, "with all due respect, even though your child does not suffer from "attention issues", they DO suffer from the classroom interruptions of other children who have attention or behavior issues. Therefore, this effects ALL of us". The number of childhood diseases & the epidemic of obesity that is present in our nation today is only the beginning of what we will see in our children's generation. Many of the health issues we are seeing today were not prevalent when we were children. This is due in large part to the variety of chemical additives that go beyond the food dyes. The interesting part to all of this is that there are LOTS of ordinary foods that are GREAT choices for us to eat!!! It is not a full scale transition to organic foods (although, I DO think that this is the way to go!!). How many of you know that there is red dye in the apple you buy in the produce section????? It's CRAZY!!

The purpose for my email now, is to get a pulse on the level of interest from people I know. I am proud to share a news video segment that was featured on the news this past Thursday in Oklahoma City. My cousin Carrie has embraced this removal of dyes in her family & seen remarkable results. She will be the first person to attest to it's simplicity. Her son, Kip, was diagnosed with ADHD and medication was suggested 18 months ago. They lead different lives today , based on a variety of things she has learned. Click this link below to view the 3 minute segment!! I am SO proud of her!! (There is a 30 second commercial that precedes the segment.)

Click HERE to see the video.

Blogger won't let me add a PDF file, so here is just the text from the file with the food comparisons in the US verses the UK (where they have banned all food dyes!) This information comes from the Nutrition Action Health Letter, October 2008.

Americans consume five times as much food dye as they did 30 years ago, according
to the Food and Drug Administration. But the trend in other countries may be turning. British arms of General Mills, Kellogg, Kraft, Mars, and McDonald’s, for example, use few or no dyes. Why? Europeans dislike synthetic ingredients,
and the companies aren’t keen on putting warning labels on their foods.
Last summer, the European Parliament approved this warning for packages of
foods that contain any one of six synthetic food dyes: “May have an adverse effect
on activity and attention in children.” That was based on the results of two
British studies that tested food dyes, together with the preservative sodium
benzoate, in children from the general British population (and not suspected
of being sensitive to dyes).1,2 The British Food Standards Agency is urging companies to voluntarily dump the dyes. In June, the Center for Science in the
Public Interest (Nutrition Action’s publisher) petitioned the FDA to ban Yellow 5
and 6, Red 3 and 40, Blue 1 and 2, Green 3, and Orange B in the United States.
“Why should Americans continue to consume these synthetic dyes when many multinational companies are phasing them out elsewhere?” asked CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson. “The FDA’s insistence that there is no evidence
that dyes impair behavior is based on its misreading of a 25-year-old report.”
Do companies need synthetic dyes to make their foods look good? What do you
Good news: two of the naturally colored foods (Yoplait Original Red Raspberry
Yogurt and Kraft Organic Macaroni & Cheese) are sold in the United States.

What gives Fanta Orange soda its color? In the United States,
it’s two synthetic food dyes: Red 40 and Yellow 6. In England,
it’s pumpkin and carrot extract. At a U.S. McDonald’s,
the strawberry sundae gets its color from Red 40. In England, the
red comes from (surprise!) real strawberries.

For Parents
If you believe that food dyes affect
your child’s behavior, please write to
CSPI—Dye Reports, Suite 300,
1875 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, DC 20009 or fill out a
report form at
We’ll forward the reports to the FDA.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Maddie*Kate- New Summer Listing -Strawberry Kitty

We just listed this fun little play dress. Perfect for summer! Made from this adorable Hello Kitty fabric! The best part, the bidding starts at $19.99! Check out the sweet matching shoes too! You can find them at Target!!

You can find it by clicking HERE.

Mallory had a good time today, can you tell?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

When I Grow Up

Mallory had a bowling birthday party to go to today, which is conveniently close to Old Navy and Marshalls, two of my favorite stores :-)
This was her first time bowling, and she did great!! She bowled a 73!
After we went to Old Navy and Marshalls on the way home, she started talking about when she grows up. She told me that she wants to be a mommy and a veterinarian. She is going to have 2 kids, a boy and a girl. I asked her what their names were going to be, and without any thought, "Tommy and Lane." Why do they want to grow up so quickly? I would give anything to be 4 again knowing what I know now.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Maddie*kate : New Mermaid Summer Vacation set

This little dress is so fun! We de-constructed the pattern to make it only one layer of fabric, with your little sweetie's comfort in mind during the scorching days of summer!! Our plans were to take pictures down at the beach, but it was too windy, so we tried the was too windy there too, so we ended up in the trusty old backyard! LOL

You can find this new listing, custom sized 2T-8 by clicking HERE.

Look real close in this picture to Mallory's forehead. She fell yesterday, straight in the the bathtub! She hit so hard, the tile grout left a mark in her head! Good thing is, she has a hard head, like her mom, so she bounced right back up and went to gymnastics class. The mark on her chin is from the hot tub from Sunday afternoon, LOL! Her poor face!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Maddie*Kate Listings on eBay!

This sweet dress is perfect for a beach portrait, a wedding, or just a nice dinner out!
Custom sized 2T-8!
You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

We just listed this sweet Zoofari sample/resell from last year. Perfect for a trip to the zoo!!
You can find it by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Daddy in Training

At the kids preschool, the 4 year-old class has a program for Mother's Day in which the kids get to have a fashion show with clothes picked from their parent's closets. When we got home from school yesterday, I told Mallory that we could go in my closet and pick out what she wanted to wear, (to be disclosed on another post so we don't spoil it before the fashion show). Jack, aka, Monkey-see-Monkey-do, decided that he needed to pick out an outfit from Daddy's closet. I wasn't really paying attention to what he was doing, as Mallory was trying on every dress that I own. He came out of the bedroom in this!!

Nathan has a "uniform" that he wears to work everyday: a white button up "Monogram Builders" shirt and khaki pants. Jack threw in the tuxedo shoes on his own.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter Festivities

Easter started on Thursday for us, with the kids parties & egg hunts at school, as they were off for Good Friday. For the past 3 years now, I've hosted an egg dying party on Good Friday. The first year, it was just here at our house, with 5 or 6 little friends from Mallory's class. Last year, I decided to have it at our favorite park (so I didn't have to deal with cleaning my house and then cleaning it again after everyone left). The number of friends has grown and grown, so this year we filled up an entire pavilion at the park with about 40 kids and 30 adults, complete with the Easter Bunny making an appearance, face painting, egg dying, eating lots of yummy food, and hiding 300 plastic eggs. The party was a hit and we can't wait to start planning again for next year, which should be even bigger, as we will have new kindergarten friends!!

This is Jack at school on Thursday.

Here are some pictures from the party on Friday.

Saturday, we went up to our little town's Easter Egg Hunt on the soccer fields. There weren't that many people there this year, so both kids got lots of eggs! Along with the egg hunt, they had a bunny hop race, which Mallory came in 2nd for her age group, an egg on the spoon race, which Jack came in 3rd for his age group, and an egg toss.

Sunday morning came at about 6:30 at our house, hence the dark pictures when the kids were opening their Easter baskets.

Then we were off to church with all that sugar in the kids systems! Luckily for us, they were singing in the choir, so they didn't have to sit with us and we actually got to enjoy the service.

Can you tell who loves to be up on stage? They tried moving her to the middle so she would stand still a little better, but it didn't seem to work. I feel bad for the other parents that might have been trying to take a picture of their child with Mallory's arms in the way!

Here is a cute picture that I took of my sister's kids Friday night.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Learning to Ride

Santa Claus brought Jack the coolest Spider Man bicycle last year for Christmas, as he assumed that Jack would want to ride a "big" bike like Mallory when he was 2. The poor Spider Man bike has sat in our garage for over a year now collecting dust until last night!! I can't remember how we got on the subject of riding bikes at dinner, but Nate asked Jack if he was ready to ride the big bike, and he agreed!
I grabbed my camera and we headed out the door. He had trouble keeping his feet on the pedals, but I think he did a great job!

Nate giving me the "put your camera down and start walking faster" look.

The goal was to make it to Gammy and Pop Pop's (my parents who live a block away)house riding the whole way. That didn't happen on this ride.

I thought it was a cute shot of both of the kids bikes parked next to each other. Mallory has almost worn out her training wheels (this is actually the 2nd pair of them), so we will be taking them off be continued on another post!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Sweet Little Bunny

I found this little bunny hat at Target the other day and I knew that I needed to take picures of my sweet little niece in it before Easter. The weather is supposed to get cooler here this week, so today was the only chance we had to get the pictures done. You would have never guessed that Sydney was suffering from a cold in these pictures. She is the happiest little baby all the time (at least when I see her :-)) and gets cuter by the minute. My sister can make a pretty baby, that's for sure!

The hat fit perfect, so we propped her up in this basket and filled it with Easter Eggs.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Maddie*Kate New Monkey Listing and Sample set

We have been on Spring Break all week. The weather has been so nice, not too hot or cool. We decided to get the big water slide out this weekend for the kids to enjoy, so we invited 2 little friends over to join them. They had a blast, see pictures below, BUT I got a call Sunday morning that one of the girls had just been diagnosed with Strep Throat!!! Sure enough, my little man Jack caught it Monday and was at the doctor's office bright and early Tuesday morning! Thankfully no one else in our house caught it and Jack was back to his normal self Tuesday afternoon. I guess we caught it early! We hit the beach Wednesday morning and had a fun filled day playing in the water and searching for seashells.

Here are some new listings on eBay for us.

This is a custom 2-pc set that includes the jumper patchwork dress and the applique denim pants. Sized 2T-6
You can find the listing by clicking HERE.

We also listed this sample/resell that includes the crochet top, headband and appliqued cropped jeans. Sized 3-4-slim 5. This was only worn for these pictures and has a great starting price!
You can find this listing by clicking HERE.

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