The Teal Pumpkin Project.

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.

Teal Pumpkin Project
Teal Pumpkin Project

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!

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What’s a little tears between parents and children (Jimmy Kimmel halloween prank 2011-2013))

Jimmy Kimmel prank 2013
Jimmy Kimmel prank 2013

So I’m a mom that believes a little cruelty for laughs is ok.  Every year Jimmy Kimmel does a prank for parents to tell their kids they ate all of their halloween candy and the results are freakin hilarious!  You have children who melt, children who scream, children who kick and hit their parents and children who are very forgiving.

Click on the picture to have a look see!  The little girl in the pink and blue nightgown melts me. I felt so bad for her.  However, I still laughed lol.

I’ve included the other two for your viewing pleasure:-)

Jimmy Kimmel halloween prank 2013
Jimmy Kimmel halloween prank 2013
JImmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2011
JImmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2011
Jimmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2012
Jimmy Kimmel Halloween prank 2012

 

This is what happens when your 5 year old is in charge of your halloween costume

Halloween is quickly approaching and I have been trying for the last 2 months to get the kid to narrow down what he wants to be.  He bounced back and forth between a black ninja, iron man, and Luigi.  All of those are fine and easy for him.  The problem becomes that I have to dress up as his companion.  There are certain things that he makes the rules on and Halloween is one of them.

Option number 1.

Mario
Mario

He is Luigi which makes me Mario.  I explained to him that i do NOT want to be Mario because I don’t want to dress up like a plumber.  His compromise was Princess peach.  I also have no interest in being princess peach because I’m not wearing a blond wig and big pink dress.  I feel as tho I will look like a bad Nicki Minaj.

Princess Peach
Princess Peach

Option number 2.

He would be a black ninja and I would be a pink ninja.  That worked much better for me.  I could be a hot mom ninja!  This first little number here might have to be the nighttime ninja outfit for daddy:-)  I could totally do the second one with boobs covered of course and in pink.  The last picture really makes me happy!!!

We discussed my attire and accessories and he informed me that I cannot have nunchucks because they are weapons and I don’t know how to use them because I am not a real ninja.  I tried to explain to him that a woman needs her accessories and he still said no.  I am now less likely to want to be a pink ninja with no awesome nunchucks.  Except maybe that nighttime ninja!

pink ninja ideas pink ninja

ninja ideas!
ninja ideas!

Option number 3.

He would be Iron man and I would be a ninja turtle.  Obviously I want to be Thor.  I love Thor and I would be an incredible female Thor.  He tells me that I can’t be Thor because Thor is not a girl however, I could be a ninja turtle.  So I’m assuming that the thinks the turtles are genderless.  I”m ok with that.  I can be a ninja turtle.  I saw a few cute ninja turtle costumes that are obviously inappropriate to wear around children but cute non the less!  I think I will just go grab some green yoga pants and a green long sleeve shirt and call it a day.  I can find some fabric around here to tie around my eyes, arms and legs.  I do have to make sure I can move with my shell since I will be volunteering at the kid’s school that day.  I would be mortified if I had a wardrobe malfunction and my shell fell off!

While this is not appropriate to wear around kids, it's still cute!
While this is not appropriate to wear around kids, it’s still cute!

I need to speak to my ovaries and strike a deal with them.  The next time we decide to put an egg to use I’d like to make it a girl egg.  I feel as tho I’d have a much easier time deciding between a Barbie, a my little pony, a princess, and a ballerina.

 

To give the good candy or to not give the good candy? That is the question.

expensive organic candy #1
expensive organic candy #1

I have always had this dilemma when it comes to me providing food or treats for kids.  I do my best to keep my kid away from processed food, and artificial flavores  That pretty much excludes most of the “fun stuff” marketed towards kids for them to eat.  Gummy snacks, sugary cereals, random packaged snacks and almost anything that has his favorite characters on them is something he can’t eat.

expensive natural candy #2
expensive natural candy #2

Eating healthier and making better choices is also more expensive.  I don’t mind that expense for my child.  The question becomes do I incur that expense for the other children whose parents could care less what they eat.

expensive organic candy #3
expensive organic candy #3

Yesterday, as I was in the store I picked up a few bags of Halloween candy.  I picked up organic lollipops, organic hard candies, and naturally flavored and colored taffys.  $10 dollars later I realized I could go through all of this in an hour!  I really don’t feel like spending $30-40 bucks on healthier Halloween candy when those kids could care less.  I could go to target and get a big bag of conventional candy for 5 bucks, however, my conscious won’t let me do it.  I’m trying to not feel bad because it’s used to what they are eating any way right?  right!  Then that old saying pops in my head.  If you know better, do better.  I’m sure I will cringe giving out snickers bars, and nerds but I’m not going to completely rule it out.  However, being a hypocrite is setting a bad example for the kid lol.  Maybe I can look at is as teaching him financial responsibility?  Don’t spend your money on people who don’t care.

I think this may be a game day decision….