Halloween 2014

This Halloween we was a little more exciting than other years.
I have grown into understanding food allergies a lot more clearly.
As a parent you want the best for your kids, and not everyone will understand the significance of that. I understand that now. Usually people don’t understand unless they been exactly in your shoes. Most people does not understand that a food allergen could potentially kill. Scary to think that, right?!

We went to the FARE Walk 2014 in Atlanta. The support there is simply overwhelming. People who understand you! People who get it. Agh, it is a life saver. That one day you feel like you have all these people to support you. Jade absolutely loves going.
This year we got to add the Teal Pumpkin Project. Here is a bit about it:
A little message from the creator of the Teal Pumpkin Project:

The purpose of the Teal Pumpkin Project:
1. We want to raise awareness of the severity of food allergies and show our support to families of children with food allergies by painting a pumpkin teal in recognition. This is a great opportunity to educate and open communication about this important cause.

2. We want to encourage inclusion for children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions during an activity that is primarily food-focused. A teal pumpkin (or poster) is a great way to show that you have non-food treats available.

It is not our goal to exclude candy from the Halloween tradition but instead encourage others to add a new tradition to ALSO provide a few non-food items as a safe alternative. This will allow many children the opportunity to participate in traditional trick-or-treating on Halloween night, regardless of food-related disabilities.

We need to stop battling on social media –
I encourage everyone to participate in this project with the understanding that this is not a campaign to ban candy nor is it a means to politicize an awareness movement that is simply intended to promote compassion and inclusion. Stay positive and reflect compassion in your own actions and words. We cannot create an inclusive environment for our children by creating more division.

Here are some tips to keep this awareness movement going strong:

1. Talk to your neighbors. Many parents have contacted their neighborhood associations or community boards to encourage participation in this project. If your neighborhood uses a site like nextdoor.com then this is a great way to reach out.

2. Talk to local businesses. There are so many opportunities available for businesses and organizations to be involved, even if they are not passing out treats. Print a copy of the Project Teal Pumpkin (our profile picture) and ask if those establishments will display the sign to show support. If treats will be passed out, ask if they would also provide non-food items as an alternative and provide a copy of the Project Teal sign that indicates non-food treats are available. Do you have a local farm or nursery that could provide teal pumpkins?

3. Talk to your child’s teacher, guidance counselor or school administration. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach children about the importance of inclusion, disability awareness, and/or food allergy safety. Encourage schools to take part in the #TealPumpkinProject and get their permission to hang signs or distribute information to other parents to rally more involvement in your community.

4. Talk to the media. Awareness is at its peak right now in many areas so this is your opportunity to educate the general public in a POSITIVE and informed manner. Know the purpose of the project and how this show of support will encourage respect, compassion, inclusion for children with dietary restrictions, like food allergies. For more information, please visit FACET’s website (Link in the comments below).

We’d love to hear from you! Please comment below to share your ideas and success stories so far with the #TealPumpkinProject …

Thank you for your ongoing support of our awareness efforts!
Blessings,
Becky Basalone
Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee

I hope in the years to come we see more people who support such an amazing opportunity.

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We added another year, Happy Anniversary!

(a little bit white, but hey it’s a picture)

This week has been pretty good, and I have to say today has been amazing. My mom is keeping Jade for the night, and we got to celebrate our 6 year Anniversary.
We started the day off with dropping Jade off at my moms. After we got back to the car we had no idea what we wanted to do. Our first plans were to go to a Dirt Track Race, because that is how we met, but later figured out they didn’t have races this weekend. We ended up 40 minutes away from home where we adventured into lots of stores. We came back home with a New Alabama shirt and hubby a new Alabama hat 😀 This is exciting, well, we love football, haha! We came back home to watch the Alabama Game, which they WON! 52-7.. WOOHOO Roll Tide! 7-0 Undefeated (knock on wood).
Before the game we went to Crackel Barrel. I love that place! Their food is so good, and it is such a homey environment. After the game Hubby wanted to go to the movies, but I changed his mind.
Me: We can go to the movies any time, why not go to a haunted house?
Hubby: What am I going to get out of it? I don’t like Haunted Houses.
Me: Well, you can laugh at me!!

I could tell Hubby wanted to go see Real Steel, but he drove right past the movies and off to Ghost Town we went. I will have to say that I wasn’t scared, but I did jump at a few points, most of the stuff was predictable. Oh and plus!! There was this guy in front of us and he was like jumping back, screaming louder than I was. He had all of the group laughing, and of course, I was the only girl in the group so all the people pointed me out to “scare” me.

All in all, It has been awesome! We got to spend time together, and celebrate our Anniversary. I hope your Saturday has been a great one too!

Man, Spiderman

Google Image 30 days of Truth is about bringing out the best in yourself. Also, to let people see the “real” you through what you write. For thirty days I will write about myself, I will dig deep and I hope you can start this journey with me. 30 days of Truth; Are you ready!?

Day 14 – A hero that has let you down. (letter)

Hero–noun, plural -roes; for 5 also -ros.
1.a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2.a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child.
3.the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.

Dear Spiderman,

I would like to say thanks for all your hard work, and teaching little kids all over the world to flip their wrist and spiderweb people. It has been fantastic to get sprayed with silly string on Halloween.
Also, now when I look up to my heroes, I expect all of them to hang upside on the side of the building and send me a little smooch, too bad you have let me down in this department, because well quite frankly you got my hopes up and just blew it for my expectations of other heroes.
I hate to say it Spiderman, but it seems I have to take you off my list of heroes and find someone else who is ~coughs~ better about being a hero.
Yeah, yeah, you save lives, you swing from buildings, your silly string is quite strong, and you make your body look totally fantastic. I am now cutting ties, maybe superman can help me out 😉 who knows, right?
So, thanks again for letting me down, now my hopes and dreams are just are just crumbling before me.
Toodles
~Jenna

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