Ahhh is it just me or does having Kraft as an advertiser seem bizzaro?
Hylands, Bummies, Floradix and Kraft....
Pretty sure they don't get to screen them that thoroughly and pick and choose. Kraft mac 'n' cheese = wholesome family food to most people so it ends up lumped in for family site ads. I've learned to tune out ads but I did see that buffalo flavor, reminded me I used to love mac and cheese with hot sauce, still occasionally get Annie's rice mac and cheese at my kids' insistence and cover mine in hot sauce actually.
And I did not buy that bag of fritos last week. And I did not buy that bag of pure-sugar-n-dye-n-corn-syrup candy, either.
Here's our chair to hide ourselves under:
But just because the food is crap doesn't mean I always hide under little chairs. Yesterday after my can-o-coffee and skor candy, I felt like this: . Then I went home and made an organic veg dinner from our garden.
No, I hate hover ads, whether they come from kraft or Hylands.
I just left the store with mac and cheese, tater tots, and kool aid- oh, and a big bag of all dressed potato chips.
It's a birthday here, the 4 year old dictates the menu choices.
Sometimes my crunchy self indulges in a little bit of mainstream sogginess. (And we all like it! Nom) Tomorrow we'll be back to our better choices, but there is a place for a box of Kraft Dinner in my cart on occasion.
I am not a picture of perfection when it comes to nutrition nor am I judging your food choices.
I have fish sticks and french fries in my freezer as "emergency food" for crying out loud.
It is about the association.
All I am saying is that as a magazine and site that upholds natural living it seems a grand contradiction to have a
advertiser like Kraft hovering accross my page.
All I keep thinking is as it bobbles and shimmey shakes is "this is the kind of....uughhh ....less than optimal food choice...
I am trying to get away from."
What is the message you send to a first time visitor/mama who is trying to find her way and leaves with the interpretation that
wholesome natural living= Kraft mac n cheese...if Mothering endorses it it must be good for my child.
Oh gosh, I really think that- while it is less than ideal as an advertiser, it keeps money coming in the door. Beyond that, I don't think anyone is foolish enough to think that Mothering.com is endorsing it as the ideal and healthy food let alone that they ought to be responsible for total education of folks who might visit this site. At some point, people have to be responsible for their own ignorance. How many people really exist who think Kraft Dinner is the optimal choice every day? Probably not many, and if they do, their being easily swayed by advertising is the least of their problems.
I get it, really. It is a bit of an ironic advertisement on this site. I just think sometimes there is a bent towards 'this is a bad choice, so you are a bad parent!' which pretty offputting within the AP/crunchy parenting community.
Oh goodness Rainbow you would be surprised...
I guess my sensitivity to this issue is that I have worked with populations addressing nutritionally associated health disparities and it is SOBERING how influenced "the masses" are by the power of association.
I own that I am 100% overly sensitive to issues of health, food, advertisers, and our collective apathy as a species : )
Never my intension to make a reader feel as a bad parent...post was not meant to be about the purchasing of the product but the placement of it on the site.
Blessings to all as we navigate this beautiful road with grace, humility, and acceptance.