Teal Pumpkin Project

Since it is October, Halloween has been on my mind a lot lately. How in the hell do you still let a 3 year old enjoy Trick-or-Treating when they can not come home and eat the treat? Chloe is just like her mama and LOVES Halloween. She has been asking for weeks to put on her Wonder Woman costume while she wanders around the house pretending she is trick or treating. Doesn’t help that every cartoon on lately is Halloween related. I am worried sick that Chloe will feel left out or different from the other kids and that is the last thing I want for her. I don’t know what to do! I plan on making pumpkin cupcakes that day and some other gluten free nonsense like cookies and brownies and maybe just secretly give her candy to Connor?? I don’t know!

However, I am so thankful we live in a day and age where food allergies are becoming more prominent and prevalent in our lives so there are plenty of resources available. I got on that lovely internet machine today and did some research. I found some Halloween candy specifically designed for these special kiddos. I purchased candy from Enjoy Life Foods brand because they make all of their treats in a designated facility free from the Top 8 Food Allergies. Which are dairy, wheat, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. The ones I bought were corn free as well. I have been buying their chocolate chips for months now and they are amazing. I am super excited to see how their treats taste. I ordered 5 different bags of fun size candies and it cost me almost $50 with shipping. Yay. No one said living this way was cheap!

Now I have to continue to brain storm on how to make Halloween nothing short of awesome and nothing short of amazing. My little wonder woman deserves it. If anyone has any ideas of what to do to make this day extra special for her, please let me know! I am always looking for more ways to learn and grow.


Also, have you heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project? I remember hearing about it a few years back and never imagined I would be a part of it. Funny how life works that way. The Teal Pumpkin Project was started for kids with food allergies so that they have a way to enjoy Halloween like the rest of the kids. What you do is put a teal colored pumpkin outside of your home before Halloween to let Trick-or-Treaters know that you have non-food items at your house. Also, you can sign up at https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project and put your house on the map so people in your area can come to your house to get goodies. I am going to buy some little toys and what not and have in a special bucket for these kiddos. These kids deserve to have a great Halloween too.

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