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With Halloween so close, I’m sure a lot of you will be heading out to purchase treats in the next day or two. As a mom of a child with an allergy (peanuts but no longer dairy — woo hoo!), I always feel an obligation to remind our readers to consider getting some candy that doesn’t contain any of the major eight allergens. You will make a HUGE difference to a child whose choices are limited. Here’s a great listing of allergen free candy from Sure Foods Living. I always have Skittles, Starbursts and Dum Dums on hand.

If you’d like to take this even one step further, check out the Teal Pumpkin Project. There are some kids with allergies so severe, they cannot consume any packaged candy for fear of cross-contamination. In 2012, Becky Basalone, the director of a local food allergy support group, had the idea of painting a pumpkin teal, the color of food allergy awareness, and handing out non-food items. It’s such a great idea! If you’d like to do the same, print out a small poster declaring that you have non-food treats in addition to candy. Here are some ideas from FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) that can be found at the Dollar Store or the dollar bins when you first walk into Target:

  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils

Have a safe and fun Halloween everyone!

(Photo: Food Allergy Research & Education via CNN)

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My first grader is learning to read — which is an awesome process to observe. I love that he’s excited about reading and is so proud of himself when he gets through a few sentences all on his own. We’ve been reading to him since he was an infant, and it’s fun to start seeing the roles reversed. I put a poll out on my personal Facebook page for an updated library of books for his age, but with the caveat that I’d enjoy them as well. Here are the top picks from my friends and family, with links below to each title. Happy reading!

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Top Row: Junie B Jones series / The Notebook of Doom series / Should I Share My Ice Cream? / The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket

Second Row: Harry Potter series / The Magic Treehouse series / The Great Brain / The Day the Crayons Quit

Third Row: The Children’s Book of Virtues / Flat Stanley / The Cloud Spinner / Mr. Granite is from Another Planet

Fourth Row: Freckle Juice / Stuart’s Cape / Frog and Toad are Friends / Nate the Great

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Hello Little One has a new love interest. We’re excited to announce that Nordstrom has a new curated collection of chic Tiny Prints stationery. We’re even more excited to announce that some of our favorite Hello Little One designs have been featured in the collection! Each holiday card, party invitation and personal stationery focuses on Nordstrom’s eye for design, standout details and signature style.

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For more than 100 years, Nordstrom has worked to deliver the best possible shopping experience, helping customers possess style—not just buy fashion. Honored to have been selected as a stationery designer with style, we are still in the honeymoon stage and couldn’t be happier about our new relationship… or partnership… whichever you’d like to call it.

To check out our birth announcement and party invitations for yourself, check it out here, here, and here.

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Every designer needs to understand typography. It helps to explain fundamental concepts and ideas in a visual medium of communication. As we all know, each typeface has its own artistic style. What better way to show off each characteristic and unique aspect than through a type specimen. The typefaces below, Garamond, Baskerville, Futura, and Univers should be a part of everyone’s all-purpose toolkit.

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The specimen in and of itself is a work of art and are fun to look at. Garamond, Baskerville, Futura, and Univers span some three centuries of type design history; thus, there is a reason why they have been successful for so long.

For more of our pins, check out our page.

Photography and Design Credit: Garamond | Baskerville | Futura | Univers

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How is it already October? Time is moving quickly and that means Halloween is right around the corner! We hope your season is filled with insanely cute costumes, clever treats (with a mix of both healthy and sweet), and unexpected pops of creativity everywhere. We have the perfect invitation for your annual Halloween party this year. It’s good, it’s deadly. So eat, drink and be scary and Happy Halloween!

Featured Invitation: Deadly Halloween Party Invitation

Photo Credit: 1. Special RIP Cocktail | 2. DIY Spooky Skull Lamps | 3. Enter If You Dare Door Decor | 4. Yummy RIP Party Desserts | 5. Haunting Skull Plates | 6. Perfect Halloween Table Setting | 7. Glass Skull Candle Holders

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