Oct 24, 2014

Teal Pumpkins and Other Fall Favorites

Well hello Friday! You came pretty fast this week! I guess that's what happens when you are SO BUSY. This is it. This weekend is my last chance to tweak and prepare. On Monday I defend my dissertation. On Monday, six years of hard work and research will be judged. On Monday, I will lay it all on the line.

But for the weekend, I am relaxing. My presentation is done. (It just needs printed). I have practiced. I have timed myself. I am prepared. I am ready. I know my stuff. I intimately know this data and this research. I am passionate about my topic. I am ready to defend. So for the weekend, we relax.

We'll knock a few things off our Fall List this weekend. Decorate a pumpkin? Go to a football game? Go to a Halloween party? Try on our costumes? Fall is a FAVORITE and I'm so excited to celebrate it again with my littles.

I'm sticking to a theme for Friday Favorites this week and I'm sharing a FAVORITE IDEA that I've seen gaining a lot of publicity this year and I am really passionate about. As you all know, Davy has a life-threatening milk protein allergy. Things you think of as fun (like handing out treats to all the kids on a playdate) are potentially deadly to him. So Halloween has me very on edge!

Enter, The Teal Pumpkin Project.

The Teal Pumpkin project has been ALL over social media this year, but if you haven't clicked on any of the links, I'll fill you in. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) is helping ALL kids experience a safe, fun Halloween this year by asking families to consider offering a non-food alternative for Trick-or-Treaters. If your house chooses to offer something non-food, paint a pumpkin teal and put it on your porch. Simple right? And if painting a pumpkin is more than you can handle right now, FARE has this handy printable you can put on your door. Really simple!

The project is getting some backlash because "candy is the point of Halloween," but no one is being forced to participate and even Teal Pumpkin houses can offer options. So if your kid wants candy, they can still get it! But, if your child has allergies, diabetes, a weight issue, celiac, or any other reason to steer clear of the chocolate, this year you will have safe alternatives!

Our house will be a Teal Pumpkin house for any local friends. I picked up a few little things at Target and we are ready to go. I also picked up a white craft pumpkin to paint teal and then be able to use year after year. It hasn't been painted yet, or believe me I'd be showing it off!

So, what non-food items do you buy? As I said I shopped the Halloween section at Target and bought cool pirate patches and foam stickers. They also had bouncy balls, spiders, fangs, or erasers.

No time for Target or the Dollar Store? I'm making it easy with Amazon links (so they can deliver)!




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  1. I love the teal pumpkin idea. Yes, I've seen it on social media lately but no I've not investigated it find out its meaning. As an allergy sufferer myself. I'm always in support of alternatives. GREAT IDEA!!!!!!! (p.s. and kids get too much candy anyway, they can always use more pencils, erasers, etc for school --- HA!!!)

  2. I love this idea even for no allergy kids. I might do this someday in a pirate box and a princess box to give choices. Enjoy relaxing this weekend and best wishes on Monday!