I have a child with allergies so I am very sensitive to the plight of moms who fight for action on behalf of their children’s allergies. I am very fortunate that my child’s allergy is not a food allergy and I sympathize with those parents and children who have to monitor very closely what they eat as for some it could really be a life or death situation.
I have encountered some not so nice people when trying to protect my child from his allergens. He happens to be highly allergic to man’s best friend. Some people will defend their right to do what they want even if it harms others. I have certainly seen that with the peanut allergies. I have seen parents be upset because special provisions had to be made when bringing treats to their child’s school, or they had to adjust their child’s lunch due to allergy restrictions. I choose to believe that most people who don’t have allergies or a loved one with allergies are only this way due to lack of knowledge. At least that is my hope. I hope that by participating in and spread the word on the Teal Pumpkin project we can have a more understanding environment.
Due to the sensitivity of information surrounding allergies the verbage must not be changed, altered, or picked apart. In other words I have to copy and paste as is. I hope that you will take the pledge!
Join FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ to help us create a safer, happier Halloween for all!
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.
Last year, households from 50 states and 7 countries participated in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. This year, you can be part of an even bigger movement by joining 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™
Take part in FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™:
Join 100,000 households pledging to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project™. Take the Pledge>
Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and paint a pumpkin teal to place in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available. Download a Sign>
Make a gift to FARE to support research, education, advocacy and awareness programs that make a difference for the 15 million Americans living with food allergies. Make a Gift>
FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project™ promotes safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies. This nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option, and keeps Halloween a fun, positive experience for all!
This is all sorts of awesome and I personally will be at the kid’s school with my lunch on the 14th! His school lunches have come a long way from the oil soaked burritos with mystery meat in my cafeteria. I will admit i used to love the macaroni and cheese with ham. It was disgusting now that I look back on it I mad at my mom for allowing me to sincerely enjoy such bad food lol.
I have always been an advocate for healthy lunches. When looking for schools for my children the lunch menu is generally the second thing I look at. A child can’t learn properly on poor nutrition. I was a huge fan of the Jamie Oliver show Food Revolution when it was on. He had such an important message and was shedding light on a major issue. My mother is actually from the unhealthiest city in America which is where he was on the first season. Watching that episode just made me realize how proactive I have to be in every aspect of my son’s education. You can check out the first episode below.
Most days the kid brings his lunch to school and he loves it. The biggest challenge I had was other kids trying to trade him their electric blue gummy snacks for his homemade desserts. He wanted oreos, so I made some. He wanted gummies, so I made some. Anything he wants that is unhealthy, I do my best to make a healthier version of it so that he doesn’t feel deprived and is not tempted to accept the trades. I have only been defeated by flaming hot Cheetos. I hate them and I wish they never existed!
This is a great opportunity for you to see what is going on in your child’s lunchroom. If your children’s school is not participating you should definitely send them the information since there is a 1,000.00 grant up for grabs. If you click on the picture you can check out all of the details.
I haven’t been blogging for the last couple of weeks because I have been working out deals and getting things prepared for our Pop up!!!
We are very pleased to announce that we will be opening our pop up shop just in time for holiday shopping! Our store will be located in the super hip Krog Street Market @ 99 Krog Street, Atlanta, Ga 30307! We will be unit J:)
We will keep you updated with the details on when the actual opening day is. We plan on having lots of really great stuff to play with in the brick and mortar location!
As always we will make sure that our new items are up on the website so that our cyber besties can shop and enjoy.
If you are in Atlanta we totally look forward to seeing you! If you are not in Atlanta, forward this email to a friend who is:)