Rewind my life about a year and you will see an event that changed our entire family. It all began during a family potluck lunch at our church involving my Sunday School class. My oldest daughter, Victoria, cut herself a humongous slice of this beautiful Smurf blue cake, topped with the most neon purple icing and sprinkled with awesome bright colored round sprinkles. My girl was so excited to have such a rad-looking cake to consume, and to be honest, so was I. What a treat! She snarfed that cake down in a rage of fury and never looked back. Oh. my. yum.
Fast forward about an hour at home, where you now see my beautiful daughter hanging her head over the toilet throwing up that bright neon cake and afterwards laying on the couch bawling her eyes out with no explanation for the rest of the evening. To say she was moody was an understatement! I asked her why she was crying and she simply had no idea. I felt so bad for her.
So,In my normal social media-addiction fashion, I asked for everyone to pray for my poor girl because I had no idea what was going on. Then my friend, who was also at the potluck said she probably got sick from the food dye and that she gets that way as well when she consumes a lot of it.
That was when the light bulb came on. I ran to the internet again and searched for food dye allergy symptoms and sure enough, she had all but one of them! Her behaviors, her skin issues and her digestive issues all lined up. I immediately scoured my cabinets and tossed any and all items that had any colors with numbers written on the ingredients list– and that even included shampoos and toothpastes. It’s amazing how your eyes are opened to all of that once something happens to someone you love.
Ever since we found out about Victoria’s food dye sensitivity and realized a lot of toothpastes have food dye in them, we switched her to Tom’s of Maine!
This is an amazing product and it definitely puts my mind at ease knowing she can use this with no issues.
I have tried my hardest to follow suit with this healthier alternative as well, knowing to take things one step at a time! I found this Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting deodorant along with Victoria’s toothpaste at Walmart and was so excited to give it a try. They even have a $1.00 off coupon for any Tom’s of Maine product that you can print. Savings, yah!
One of my favorite things to pamper myself daily is to take a hot shower. If I get extra time, I really enjoy shaving. I know that’s weird to say, but most days I barely have time to hop in and out of the shower, let alone shave my legs and arms. When I can get a hot shower, shave and apply great-smelling deodorant– it really helps me feel like a new person and take some stress away. If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I have a lot going on with prepping my house to move, looking for a house, posting on this amazing blog and taking care of my 3 kiddos. A shower is definitely a luxury around here! HA!
Speaking of moving, our realtor put a “Coming Soon” sign in our yard TODAY! Even though we have a lot still to do, I am so excited to get things rolling. We are trying our hardest not to spend a lot of money on the house, but rather, re-purpose and reuse what we already have here at home (Yay for Earth Month!). That’s exactly what I did here with a glass jar, some tulle and baker’s twine! Probably the easiest DIY Project to date.
I had a strip of green tulle left over from my daughter’s Halloween costume and a roll of baker’s twine that I purchased at Target a few weeks ago for a buck. I just wrapped them both around the top of the jar and tied a tight double knot to keep everything securely in place. No gluing and no sewing required!
Check out this cheeky video I did… so cute. 🙂
Now I will say, her food dye sensitivity is not diagnosed, nor do we completely rule it out 100%.. We do let her have some in moderation and we don’t flip out if she has some. I have, however, noticed that she is living healthier without consuming a lot of food dye and I am so thankful for that. I admire her strong will against consuming it and am so proud of her for understanding why she can’t consume food dyes all the time!
Do you have a child or do you experience issues with a food dye sensitivity/allergy? Let me know your story in the comments below. I’d love to find others who can relate with my story!