Teal Pumpkin Project: Safe Trick-or-Treating for Everyone

This Halloween we're participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project to promote awareness and inclusion of all trick-or-treaters, no matter their dietary restrictions.  

Teal Pumpkin Project - Trick-or-Treating for everyone!

Unfortunately a lot of kids have food allergies, ranging from mild to potentially very dangerous.  These allergies can include dairy, chocolate, nuts, soy, gluten, artificial dyes, and more.  These kids either can't participate in trick-or-treat or have to throw out 95% of what they get - and when you're a kid that's really rough.  

Teal Pumpkin Project

By having a teal pumpkin out, you're letting kids and their parents know that your house is a safe place to trick-or-treat and you have non-food items available. These can be things like novelty pencils, erasers, stickers, bubbles, crayons, small toys, etc.  You can still give out the usual candy, but it's a good idea to keep the non-food items separate.  This is a great project to allow all kids a chance to feel included in trick-or-treat on Halloween. 

FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) has some wonderful resources on their website - including crowdsourcing maps to identify participating houses, printables you can use to proudly show your support and educate others, and fundraising opportunities to help fund food allergy research and awareness.  

One of these FARE fundraisers is being hosted by my friend Shannon, mom to a little girl with a severe peanut allergy.  This year Shannon is on a quest to spread awareness in her hometown by hosting Teal Pumpkin Project events and fundraise through FARE.  If you'd like to learn more about her family's story and make a donation to FARE to help fund awareness programs and world-class research efforts, you can visit Shannon's fundraising page here.  

Teal Pumpkin Project - inclusion for all dietary restrictions

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Post originally published 10/30/15

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Sneak Peek: Kids Book Rails

Making over our daughter's room has been slow-going to say the least.   We had a busy, wonderful summer and now I'm already deep into Christmas ornament orders so finding time to work on the whole makeover has been tricky. 

In progress

Today I finally hung the book rails I made in this tiny nook and I think it will help make this space functional.  Now I need to make something to hold the large, heavy books on the floor - and finish the rest of the room - and then I will share the whole project!  ;)

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Heading to The Country Store on Main

So excited to be sending an order of these Rustic Birch Vermont Ornaments to The Country Store on Main in gorgeous Stowe, VT! If you're skiing in the area this winter, be sure to check The Country Store out for gorgeous gift ideas.

Handmade Vermont Woodburned Birch Ornament by Birch Landing Home

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Current Situation.. Busy ;)

Current situation:  etching and painting my way through 125+ of these beauties to finish some orders.  Whew.

No manicures for this mama.  

No manicures for this mama.  

As of right now our ornaments will also be available this season at Straw Cellar, Country Store on Main, Daytrip Society, and Wyler's. Please support these wonderful shops that support small local businesses like myself.

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The Healthy Snacks Influencers are Eating

Lisa Valinsky just put together a great list of The Healthy Snacks that 24 Influencers are Eating Right Now and it includes a snack from yours truly that's BIG in our house - in fact I think it currently makes up at least 25% of our toddler's diet (oops).  

So if you're looking for some great healthy snack ideas - definitely check it out!  You're sure to recognize some great bloggers on there too :)  

Credit:  Lisa Valinsky

Credit:  Lisa Valinsky

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Allison Cole Jewelry + Giveaway!

I've had the pleasure of following Allison Cole Jewelry on Instagram for awhile now and fell in love with Nicole's gorgeous nautical-inspired jewelry.  Nicole was kind enough to send me one of her classic rope bracelets to style and offered to give a bracelet from her gorgeous line to one lucky winner.  Read on for an exclusive coupon code and how to enter to win a bracelet of your own!

Favorite Finds - Allison Cole Jewelry + Giveaway!

Nicole Recomendes is the owner/designer behind Allison Cole Jewelry. Nicole has roots in New England - growing up in Hanover, MA and spending every summer on her family's boat. She has always had an eye and love for nautical style. After working in the corporate world for awhile, she followed a dream to work for herself and launched the line in May of 2015 and it really took off from there!

Nautical style rope bracelets from Allison Cole Jewelry

I've always been a big fan of nautical and New England-inspired fashion myself and so I was excited to pair her Metallic Rope Bracelet with some of our favorite nautical inspired pieces. What I really love about this bracelet is that it's simple enough to dress up or down but still bold enough to make a statement. These rope bracelets look great on their own or stacked with other bracelets and bangles.

Nautical Style with Allison Cole Jewelry

Exclusive Coupon Code

Allison Cole Jewelry is also very reasonably priced which makes this trendy style achievable for everyone.  Better yet, we have an exclusive coupon code to share with you -- use the code BIRCHLANDING at checkout to get 20% off everything in her shop!  (That makes the bracelet I'm wearing less than $20 - such a great deal!)  

*GIVEAWAY!*  

Looking for a chance to win your choice of bracelet from Allison Cole's line?  Find the photo above on my Instagram (@birchlandinghome) and enter there!  All details and rules can be found in the giveaway post.  
Good luck!  

Nautical Style with Allison Cole Jewelry and Mariner Lines

Bracelet c/o Allison Cole Jewelry | Leash c/o Mariner Lines

Nautical style with Allison Cole Jewelry rope bracelets
Nautical style with Allison Cole Jewelry rope bracelets
Nautical style with Allison Cole Jewelry rope bracelets

- I received this bracelet for review from Allison Cole Jewelry but all opinions expressed are my own.  Please see our Disclosure Policy for more information. -   

Photos by Adrian Pelletier Photography


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Country Blue Gingham

Adding Country Blue Gingham to our ribbon choices for our hand-etched ornaments this season!  Blue isn't a traditional Christmas color, but I think it'll be a perfect fit for a lot of people's country-cottage style decor - not to mention blue gingham is my fav ;)  

As always, wholesale inquiries are welcome - if you'd like to get more information please send me an email through my Contact Page.  

Country ribbon choices from Birch Landing Home - gingham, buffalo plaid

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Featured on A Hopeful Happenstance

Payton from A Hopeful Happenstance rounded up the 7 Top Tips for Surviving Month One with Baby Number One (including a tip from yours truly) over on her blog, and it's a post not to be missed!  

Anyone who's about to have their first baby should check out these tips and take them to heart, because it's definitely an amazing - and very trying - experience :)  

Credit: A Hopeful Happenstance

Credit: A Hopeful Happenstance

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