Confessions of a Crunchy Mom


OK. So, I do my best knowing the things that I know to make sound and healthy choices for my family. I try to look at the overall picture and gauge the impact that any one choice may have on my own family or the welfare of those around us. However, a slight glitch must exist in this well intentioned plan of mine.

Here are my confessions…



I adore with wholehearted and unabated compassion Cadbury Mini Eggs. The bag before me says it is Family Size, unfortunately I don’t think it is referring to me and my unborn child but alas I have consumed every morsel. I have forced myself to read the ingredient label and it is as followed:

INGREDIENTS: milk chocolate (sugar; milk; cocoa butter; chocolate; lactose; soy lecithin; PGPR, emulsifier; artificial and natural flavors); sugar; contains 2% or less of: cornstarch; gum acacia; artificial color (yellow 6 lake; blue 2 lake; yellow 5; blue 2; red 40); ethyl vanillin, artificial flavor.

Yeah, yeah, blah, blah, roughly translated it is a bag full of chemical crap. Logically I know this. However, there appears to be a communication gap between the intelligent side of my brain and the “I don’t give a crap, give it to me now” part of my brain. So I continue on popping one chemically laden mini-egg into my mouth one after another, all the while drowning out that obnoxious voice in my head that yells “hypocrite!”



Not a very distant second in line comes my love for Lucky Charms. A definite contraband item in my home. I hide the box behind my pots and pans and sneak out a bowl at night when my daughter is sleeping. I can’t decide when I am at the check-out if I feel worse because the checker thinks I’m letting my three-year-old eat this crap or if I would be more embarrassed for them to know that the entire box is just for me. Even more ironic? I eat my bowl of Lucky Charms bathed in raw milk. Luckily I made my husband promise me that he wouldn’t allow me to buy another box for fear that this baby will come out a rainbow of marshmellowy colors.



I prefer the taste of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese over homemade macaroni & cheese or even the organic Annie’s brand that I allow my daughter to eat. I think I would still prefer a grilled cheese sandwich made with white bread and a Kraft processed cheese slice rather than the 12 grain bread and the Tilamook or raw cheese that I make my family eat now.



Far too much TV gets played in this house. Way too much. My daughter (when two) counted more accurately to ten in Spanish than in English thanks to good ol’ Dora. I actually hate the TV and would be fine without having one and yet somehow, someway, I am persuaded on a daily basis by a tiny little girl that she must watch cartoons. I know I should say “no” but alas, it just doesn’t seem to happen.

So those are my confessions. I am not proud of them but hey, I’m not anywhere near saying “never again” either. I am working on deprogramming my taste-buds and deprogramming my daughter from a world full of animated Spanish speaking creatures but it is not an easy task. Am I the only one out there?



  1. Pat · December 26, 2009

    Turn off the damned TV. Better yet, get rid of it. It’s simple, you just (A) unplug (B) carry TV to curb (C) watch as someone comes to take it away (D) live a quieter, more family-centered, calmer, better adjusted existence.

    The reasons for this are almost endless. You know them. you don’t need me to tell you. Just do it. Saying no isn’t something you “work on”, it’s something you do, and as a mom, it’s pretty much your most important job.

    Getting rid of our TV was the best thing we ever did. And after 5 years now, it’s obviously, without a doubt, inarguably, the best thing for our 5 year old and our 3 year old.

    It may seem impossible but it’s not. You seem like a good sport so I’m writing this because I know you’ll be happier once you’ve done it. Guaranteed. Good luck.

    ps: I agree about Mac and Cheese, and grilled cheese but not cadbury as much, I prefer little chocolate donuts.

  2. Melissa from Pittsburgh · August 4, 2008

    my list is soooooo much longer.

  3. Kristina · February 29, 2008

    Two words: Magic Shell.

  4. Brianne · February 26, 2008

    Love your honesty :-). I also love Cadbury mini eggs and grilled cheese made with nasty processed fake cheese. Yum!

  5. journeytocrunchville · February 26, 2008

    Doesn’t bother me at all. :) Oh, I want to see your blog! :) Please, please? I will email you so you don’t have to post it here.

  6. melanie · February 26, 2008

    I am so glad to have found your blog! I have one as do many of my friends. We tend to “blog stalk”each other. I have never really looked at a blog of someone who is not a friend of a friend, so I hope it is not too weird to keep up with yours. You seem to be a great mama–very nice to read about mama’s and their special relationships with their little ones.

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