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Halloween is just around the corner — do you have your teal pumpkin out? You have probably heard of the Teal Pumpkin Project or seen a mention of it on your social media accounts. But what really is it? The Teal Pumpkin Project is an initiative of FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education. The project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. According to The Teal Pumpkin Project, one in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy – that’s roughly two in every classroom. The project doesn’t advocate not giving out candy; instead, it suggests offering an alternative non-food treat for those who have allergies or for whatever reason, candy isn’t an option. It’s easy…

Your pile of unwanted clothing, sports equipment, arts and crafts projects, household goods, baby gear, toys, and old electronics can bring great joy to someone who really needs them. We even know a place that wants all your books! The list is certainly not a comprehensive list of every organization that will take donations in the Baltimore Metro area, but we tried to include some that you may not be familiar with.We have listed current hours, and donation policies, but COVID rules tend to cause changes, so definitely call them or check their websites and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information on their hours of operation, and donation open hours. And if you want to donate some of your time, many of them are actively looking for volunteers. Scrap Creative Reuse Center 913 W. Barre Street, Baltimore, MD 21230Baltimore.scrapcreativereuse.orgScrap Creative Reuse Center’s mission is to divert tons of discarded,…

Change of seasons means a change in our routines. Some of the changes are really big. For those with children, the entire routine of the day and evening changes to school and fall sports schedules, and overlapping plans. Some of us even change homes and look forward to spending the colder months in a warmer climate. But routines change in smaller ways, too, that aren’t quite so obvious. We change our diets – the cold salads that got us through summer change to pots of stew and soup that warm the kitchen. Clothes change. Beauty routines change as we come in from the humidity and sun to a drier home. Cleaning and tidying changes – we are putting away the outdoor furniture and moving indoors, and the opening of school means keeping up with the clutter that schoolwork and projects bring in. So we are going to Routines and Things…

We love when style and great causes meet — so when Mark and Graham launched their new Pendleton pet collection, it caught our attention! The retro vibes — classic Pendleton design– are inspired by National Parks. As Mark and Graham write on their site: The National Park Pet Collection helps support Pendleton’s efforts to protect and restore the national parks we all love through their partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of collection items will be donated to the National Park Foundation. Great cause and some pretty great canine style! View the collection here.

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