Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Treats for EVERYONE!

Although Sophia is full of smiles, she knows she can't eat most of this candy she earned while trick-or-treating last weekend during our camping trip.

 Sophia and other children who have celiac disease or food allergies, as well as their families, have a love/hate relationship with Halloween.  

LOVE the excitement of dressing up and saying "Trick-or-Treat!"

HATE telling your children, "No, you can't eat that because it will make your tummy hurt." Plus, dealing with the disappointment or meltdowns because they can't eat their well-earned candy.

However, thanks to the "Teal Pumpkin Project," Sophia and other children who can't eat candy due to celiac disease, food allergies or for those whom candy is not an option, are offered an alternative 'treat' on Halloween.  It keeps trick-or-treating a fun, and positive experience for all!!  #thankgoodness
Launched as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, the Teal Pumpkin Project™ raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season...
To Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters, paint a pumpkin teal and place it in front of your home, along with a free printable sign from FARE, to indicate you have non-food treats available...
Of course we needed to paint a teal pumpkin to show our support for the #tealpumpkingproject, and let others know we are a non-candy friendly, trick-or-treat environment.
Along with your teal pumpkin, you can also download and print this sign and display it in your window.

Please consider having at least a few non-candy items as treats this Halloween... Don't forget about school/daycare and preschool parties.  Here are some ideas for "non-food" treats which can be purchased at local dollar stores.
Glow sticks, bracelets, necklaces, pencils, pens, crayons or markers, bubbles, Halloween erasers or pencil toppers, mini Slinkies, whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers, finger puppets or novelty toys, spider rings, vampire fangs, mini notepads, playing cards, bookmarks, stickers, and stencils.
I know we are going to a few locations this Halloween that will have a teal pumpkin outside its door.  The Nikola Clan THANKS YOU from the bottom of our hearts. #heartsbursting
  We hope you join in on making Halloween special for EVERYONE!! #tealpumpkinproject
 #foodallergies #celiacdisease #nonfoodtreats

Monday, October 5, 2015

Glamping... Camping..

Glamping... Camping...
Whatever you call it, the Nikola Clan absolutely loves it!!!

We spent the weekend in one of our favorites places, Lake George.  There were a bunch of our family and friends at Lake George Escape campground and we had a blast!!!  Plus, our close friends from Vermont made a trip down to see us.  Sophia played with her BFF, GiaBella, and Brayden and Layla had fun following around the two older crazy kids! 
Walking around the World's Biggest Yard Sale in Warrensburgh
Showing off our new hats!
Very proud Mommy Moment here.. Used my body scarf as a carrier for B!!
Tractor ride Fun! And YESSS it was FREEEEZING!
Campfire and cuddles will keep you nice and warm!

Our "Little House" as Sophia calls

VTers and NYers together!!  
Andrew with his BFF, Kurt
Yes, our child must take off her shoes to run in the sand when it's 45 degrees
Ready to roll!

Vincenza and Layla going for a spin!!
"Faster Mommy, Faster!!!"
LOL.. Love us!!!
Relaxing after the playground and pedal kart fun! 
Layla, BradyBoo and Jake
Take One...  
Take Two.... 
Andrew and his Mini Me!
Running around the camp sites
Mac and Cheese Smiles.. LOL
Crockpotting it up!  It's a must while camping!!

One side of the tractor ride
Other side of tractor ride!
Tried getting all of us in it.. I spy Vincenza's eye!!! 
Tractor rides are exhausting!
Some Camping 
How we know where Brayden is at night time... LOL!
When we first thought about investing in a travel trailer, my cousin told me, 
"You don't make memories in a hotel room."
That stuck with me.
I'm hoping to have a sign with that saying made this winter and it will be displayed in our "little house."
We have one more camping trip left for the season.. Looking forward to the last hurray!