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We’re participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Holy smokes, I’m getting a lot of questions this week about food allergies and Halloween:

What is the Teal Pumpkin Project? Are you doing it?

Do kids with severe food allergies even go trick or treating? How is that safe?

Do you have tips for families with food allergies on how to take some of the focus off of candy?

What are some allergy-friendly candies I could give out this year? Where can I buy it?

What else can I do to make my house an allergy-friendly stop for children with food allergies? 

I’ve covered some of these topics in previous posts over the years, but I’m going to take a crack at answering all of these questions in one post. Hold onto your pumpkins, ladies and gentlemen!

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On Wednesday a friend asked me to think of a positive intention for my life. My response was “finding balance.” You all know what I mean – when you give enough of your time and self to feel like you are making a positive difference, without giving so much of yourself that you get depleted and your physical body and soul suffers. And then the very next day, I had two very literal examples of balance slap me into attention.

The first was falling down the stairs. Well, more like slipped down. I was carrying two (empty) laundry baskets in one hand and a suitcase (also empty) in my right hand to bring downstairs. I was wearing slippers, and with about 3 or 4 steps left, my feet slipped in front of me and I fell hard on my behind, pounding down one, two, three steps before I got to the bottom. I was a bit stunned and ended up with a both a bruise and pain that I needed to use both ice packs and ibuprofen later. I remember thinking to myself, “Why was I carrying all these things at once?” but of course I knew the answer, it was because it was more efficient and I could be done faster. Heck, I could have just let the laundry baskets slide down the steps on their own and follow with just the suitcase.

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Have you heard about the new butterfly exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota? We couldn’t wait to check it out and are grateful we were invited as guests on a media pass. We love the Science Museum of Minnesota and we are big butterfly lovers in this house (see how we raised a butterfly a couple of years ago)!

It did not disappoint! Jason and I brought all four kids to the museum – the butterfly exhibit includes both a butterfly house where you can interact with live butterflies and an Omnitheater film: “Flight of the Butterflies.” We had the opportunity to experience both and had a wonderful time!

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Today is #unboundselfie day, a special awareness campaign for Unbound, the organization I’ve been involved with for more than 12 years now. Here Alex and Avery are holding pictures of the two finish line students we are sponsoring to help them through college.

On the left is Reena, who we started sponsoring about 4 months ago. She is from India and is 22 years old. She lives at home with her parents and is studying Information Technology. On the right is Mary from Kenya. She is 24 years old and in college. We’ve been sponsoring her for nearly 5 years.

We write letters and draw pictures to them and keep their photos on our refrigerator and talk about them often.

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Organic Valley family farms across the Midwest are hosting public tours of their Midwest farms this weekend on Saturday, September 20 and all are welcome. We visited the Zweber Farm a couple of years ago and I’m so excited to head back this weekend, as so are my kids!

Each farm is a bit different so I expect the tours will be a bit different from farm to farm. Organic Valley calls the tours interactive and says visitors will “engage with their food source through hands-on activities, butter making and hayrides, enjoy delicious Organic Valley food samples, and experience cows, calves, hens and other farm animals at pasture.”

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