@smarties: Making Halloween less scary for those dealing with food restrictions #IamASmartie #cbias

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Holidays are exhausting especially when dealing with food restrictions.  Label reading is just as important for Halloween. While many people have varying tolerances to their offending food(s), we have to avoid products containing gluten & any products that were processed in a facility with gluten.  Also, I have an allergy to peanuts, so I avoid it on my own. Below I have taken a few snapshots of popular candy to show the norm when it comes to candy packaging: may contain or contains allergens. Thankfully there are companies like Smarties that  provide a perfect candy for Halloween parties, school events and trick or treating being that they are gluten free, allergen free, vegan, individually wrapped and tamper evident.  Even if you don't have any food restrictions, I think it is important to consider having allergy friendly options for those who do.  The boys' school hands out smarties a lot usually with an "I am a smartie!" label.  My boys enjoy Smarties and it makes it … [Read more...]

DIY using @elmers glue spots: no carve Pumpkin ideas #GlueNGlitter #cbias

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Carving Pumpkins can be fun, but with 3 children under the age of 6 it is an ordeal.  Their patience runs thin while waiting, they want to help, etc...  Carving pumpkins also is something that either needs to be close to Halloween or you have a rotten pumpkin to greet you shortly.  Using Elmer's glue spots & painters markers can give you the perfect Fall look and preserve your pumpkin unlike carving.  I have created an easy family project to help you get the most out of your pumpkin using Elmer products and other craft supplies found at Wal-Mart. pumpkin (real or fake) black pipe cleaners: 5 per spider googly eyes (any size or style) Elmer's CraftBond glue spots (thin medium) 5 Pack Elmer's Painters Markers Elmer's Metallic Painters Marker Elmer's Jumbo  3-D Glitter Paint Pens  Directions: Create a spiderweb on the pumpkin using metallic Painters Marker Once spiderweb is dry, use Elmer's 3-D glitter paint pens to add as much detail as you like. … [Read more...]