40 Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats and the FARE Teal Pumpkin Project

Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats & FARE Teal Project
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I have a child with a peanut/tree nut allergy. We not only face food allergy challenges during our travels, but in our daily life as well.

With Halloween around the corner, I wanted to share with you the Teal Pumpkin Project from Food Allergy & Research Education (FARE) because this organization is very important to our family. FARE is encouraging food allergy families to paint a teal pumpkin to show they have non-food treats available. I am not asking anyone to paint a teal pumpkin (although they are pretty), but I wanted you to consider having treats available for kids that suffer from food allergies. This post is going to give you 40 ideas for Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats to make your job a little easier.

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12 Favorite Apps for Teaching Kids Geography

12 Best Geography Apps for Kids-Kids Are A TripMany years ago, before I had children, I was an elementary school teacher. With the birth of my first child, my career came to an abrupt halt. When I sent my youngest off to Kindergarten, I realized I missed teaching and went back to work as a substitute teacher. That’s what I do when I am not traveling. I love my job because I interact with children in our community on a regular basis (including my children’s friends), get to know the teachers in our school district, have hands-on experience with the curriculum, and never have to bring work home with me (which is truly the best part).

I am constantly searching for tools that make learning fun. As technology advances, our children want more. I realized a while ago that I was fighting a losing battle, insisting they learn everything from books and hands-on experiences. My kids want technology and if I’m going to give it to them, I want them to learn something along the way. I downloaded the following apps to my iPhone and iPad and had my kids (ages 7, 10, and 12) test them out. Here are their favorite geography apps that we plan to keep.

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Carry-On Essentials for Every Type of Trip

Carry On Travel Essentials Kids Are A Trip

When you travel, sometimes your carry-on bag makes you feel like a pack mule. When you add children to the mix, you are loaded down with every conceivable toy from the toy box: crayons, stickers, Lego guys, lovies, you name it. You’re lucky if you don’t throw out your back while hauling everything through the airport. After five trips abroad in the last five years with our three children, and many domestic trips in between, I think I have come up with a pretty stream lined list of everything you might need, hopefully saving you some back pain along the way.

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Copenhagen with Kids – Best Sights to See

Copenhagen with Kids-Canals, Crepes, & Castles from Kids Are A TripCopenhagen is one of those wonderful kid-friendly cities. It seems everyone smiles at children, tries to entertain the crying baby, or shrugs their shoulders when your child inadvertently steps into the path of their bike. (Sorry to all of you cyclists, as our children were guilty of multiple offenses).  The city is extremely pedestrian friendly, the transportation system is easy to navigate, and your children will not seem out of place in any restaurant. We found Copenhagen to be clean, charming, and one of the most bicycle friendly cities we have ever seen. We spent three nights in the city, but barely uncovered all the jewels this capital city of Denmark has to offer.

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