About Me

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Whole.  New.  Mom.

That’s me up there in the funny green car with the men in my life.

My name is Adrienne and I am the voice behind Whole New Mom.


– a writer.
– a researcher (sometimes I research way.too.much a lot.)
– whole food and healthy minded
willing to admit when I am wrong.
– a real mom. Dealing with real health issues. Struggling to balance it all.)

What I Write About:

Whole Food that is special diet friendly: My recipes are all sugar free and adaptable to dairy free, egg free, and gluten free diets.  Gradually I am incorporating grain free recipes as well and you might expect to see autoimmune recipes coming too.  Sorta glad about that.  Sorta not.

Healthy, Non-Toxic Living: stuff like personal care, home care, etc. that is free of all the chemical ickiness that really makes me (and the whole world) sick.  Got sensitivities?  This is the place for you.  Don’t have ’em?  This is still the place for you.  ‘Cause there are 82,000 chemicals being used in the U.S. alone.  Ick!

Check out my posts on Amazing No Streak Glass Cleaner, Natural Dishwasher Rinse Aid and The Battle of the DIY Eye Makeup Removers – and The Winner for a taste of these kinds of things.

Health topics: toxins, GMOs, vaccines, autism, food allergies, special diets, essential oils – kind of “you name it”.  If it’s in the health news, I probably have something to say about it–I just might not have time to blog about it :-).

Frugal, Simple, and Sustainable Living:  That means doing things quickly and without a lot of money or waste.  My Easiest Coconut Milk is a great example of this.

All through my life I’ve been interested in healthy and healthy living.  I was Pre-Med in college, but decided against it since I thought someday I might want a family and knew it would be hard to do both the way I wanted to.

We know that we should eat healthy food, care for our bodies, care for the earth, love our families (which includes our fellow man if you happen to not be married or have children), impact our world, and do it all on a budget and within the 24 hours that God has given us. 

Tough assignment, especially for us perfectionists :-).

The reason why I started Whole New Mom is to share with others some of the things that I have learned along this bumpy road of life.

A Little Bit About Me:

– My husband is an English professor and we homeschool.

– Our oldest was born at home in Illinois.

– We lived in Oklahoma for a brief period and now reside in Western Michigan.  We had a different course planned for our lives, one that didn’t include life-threatening food allergies, autism, or adrenal burnout.  But then, we aren’t the ones in control of our lives.

– I have both the gift and weakness of second-guessing everything, as well as a diverse set of experience and interests that makes it hard for me to pin myself down.  You’ll see that diversity in my writing.  For example:

– I worked in the financial industry for 10 years including a stint on an equity options trading floor as well as work in employee benefits.  Ask me sometime about my nickname “the hammer.”

– Our first child was born at home and I am a strong advocate for natural parenting and breastfeeding.

– One of my sons has life-threatening food allergies as well as Asperger’s Syndrome.

– Our family of 3 lived on an income of 12,500 for 1 year while my husband was finishing his PhD and we still made it through 2 master’s and a doctorate without debt.  Ask me sometime about our “ghetto food” and frugal date nights :-).

– I worked as a tentmaking missionary in Japan for 1 year and served in parachurch ministry throughout college.  Interestingly enough, my husband taught in China for 2 years at the college level.  We both sang with black gospel choirs in college.  And LOVED it.

– I was pre-med in college, but I am not a doctor.  Remember that as you read my posts, please :-).

– I don’t say this to brag, but only to share that I am not an “intellectual slouch”.  I went to one of the top universities in the country and was near the top of my class.  Phi Beta Kappa.  That either means I fooled a lot of people or that I have a little bit on the ball intellectually.  I mainly write this because some folks accuse me of not being interested in real research (check out the comments on that post) or even have gone so far to say that I am an idiot.

I don’t appreciate that–let’s talk civilly, folks :).

So, if you put all of the above into one person and add a lot of other things, you come out with the person behind this blog.

Moving Forward:

I forgot to mention one thing.  I also am a reforming (emphasis on the “ing”) Type A personality.

All my life I have pushed myself to do more, get straight A’s, exercise enough, cook the right way, be with my kids enough, be involved at church enough, have a solid family life.  You too?

One thing that has never been perfect about me is having a neat house.  But that’s probably because I am usually too busy with other things :-).  I am thinking about starting a Messy Mom’s Club at our church.  If you clean before having friends over –you are kicked out :-).

But somewhere after Asperger’s and before today, I crashed into the world of adrenal burnout.  And now I am coming out.

We’ve been down many medical roads en route to better health.  Our current pitstop (and hopefully we are near the end) is Nutritional Balancing to reverse heavy metal toxicity and toxin overload.

So this blog may not be as busy as some others, simply because I need to stay healthy and sane.

I will probably feel guilty about it sometimes, but that too I am working on.  When I go a few days without a post, you will know why.  I am simply trying to take care of myself and not neglect my family.

The Car in the Photo

Oh…and the funny car up there?  The car is part of our life too.  The mascots from our favorite local ice hockey team drive around in it before each home game.  See why we’re so happy to be sitting in it?  We got to go on a “backstage tour” of sorts of the hockey rink and this was part of the “tour”.

According to my son, life without hockey would be–well–pretty rough.

Nice to Meet You.  Hope to see you around more and more!


  1. Thank you Adrienne for sharing your life with us! I found your site last summer looking for a recipe and found a whole lot more. The information you post, the health sumits and recipes have changed my health as well as my 3 boys. My husband still likes hot pockets (sigh) but I sneak greens in his breakfast & dinner–shhh!! I’ve learned so much from you! I just wanted to let you know that what you spend your time doing has blessed my life.

  2. Hi Adrienne; Just wanted to say hello after reading all this terrific health stuff (Please forgive me ,I’m an Aussie ) and am going to try and make my own vanilla liquid Stevie after seeing how easy it is !!! Great site .keep up the good work…..From Gordo (Melbourne,Victoria, Australia…..)

  3. Hello Adrienne,

    I found your website after looking for a sugar-to-honey conversion. I found your conversion information useful and successfully made gluten-free cookies with honey. Thank you. :)

    I confess that I was hesitant as I read through your bio here, as many health people do not use science research with their articles. Then I saw that you are a fellow ex-pre-med, and my mind was put to ease. I’ll bookmark your site.

    Thanks, Hestia

    • Thanks for commenting! So glad they worked out! I try to use science and personal experience / anecdotes as appropriate. Look forward to seeing you again!

  4. Courtney says:

    Hi! I really would like to learn more about this, do you have a favorite couple of books you can recommend to get started. i really enjoyed your blog and you are very informative!

  5. Hi adrienne…such a great site …muaaaaah..admirable are ur efforts really i appreciate u…and u r so down to earth..was great reading ur articles..keep going…god bless u.

  6. hi Adrienne,

    I am so glad I found your blog. I appreciate ALL the time and devotion you spend on this hot topic of essential oils. I was doing research my self and was on the cusp of diving into the question ” what is best best EO company.. However I discovered you blog and you have done a thorough investigation. I still might at a later date tackle the question.

    My question is this. Ylang Ylang is one of the few oils that can go through more than one disllation. I noticed that on the Native Anmerican Nutritionals website that there are two ylang ylang. One is labeled Ylang Ylang Complete and the other oil is Ylang Ylang Extra. Ylang Ylang Complete is the last disllation of the plant where as Ylang Ylang Extra is from the first disllation. Is that right?

    • Hi there and thanks for your kind words. The Extra is supposed to be what is distilled for the first hour at a low temp and low pressure, while the complete is what is distilled for the whole 6-7 hours at low temp and low pressure.

      I hope that helps :).

  7. Christina Roberson says:

    I really appreciated your info regarding all the oil companies. I’ve only used do terra oils and became a member 4 months ago. I love sharing my oils! I host “make n take” parties and they are fun! Get a group of friends together and create natural products.
    As a nurse , I’m not a strong advocate for pharmaceuticals. I see them so over used and the results of side effects. God designed the human body to heal itself and placed these natural elements here to support our health. I used Bio Freeze for years due to back injury. Now I use deep blue, lavender and peppermint mixed with water in a spray bottle and get better relief than ever before!!

    • It’s so nice to “meet” a nurse who cares so much about natural products. Take care and hope to see you around again!

    • Hello fellow nurse who feels the same about pharmaceuticals. 😉

      • I too, am a nurse who advocates alternative medicine, Good to know I’m in such good company! Excited to follow your blog Adrienne. I stumbled upon it looking for information on essential oils.

        • So nice to have you here, Sarah! I have a blogging friend who is a nurse too – you all might want to check her out too at Sensibly Sustainable. Hope to see you both around again!

          • I guess I’ll just add my name to the list of nurses with a “Retired” added to it. I really enjoyed your “About Me” article.. such an easy and interesting read. Until I retired, 22 years ago, I was strictly traditional medicine… but with my interest in nutrition, since I graduated as an LPN in ’54 and R.N. in ’73, I have really leaned towards alternative medicine, not saying that traditional med does not have it’s place. I’m really interested in healthy foods, gluten-free, wheat-free, sugar-free, soy free, plus all the other good stuff.. But, would also like to learn more about essential oils.. This 81 year old has the average aches and pains and do prefer a natural relief rather than an Rx. relief. Thanks so much for an informative blog.. and keep up the good work ! Always try to remember that your family comes first and also keep in mind to make good memories for them in the later years. :)

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