Green and Local Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween!

Are you like me? Really wanted to dress up, but just never got to finish (or start) your costume …

Have no fear – there is still time to find a costume in Chapel Hill!

Did you know that Dance Design in Ram’s Plaza has over 700 costumes for rent!  Perhaps a few less to choose from at this point for today – but I bet there is something you can find!

And for those want the Vintage Look – I have several suggestions:

Clothing Warehouse on Franklin Street – may  have those final touches! Perhaps you are in need of a pair of sunglasses, a jacket or a special t-shirt. Stop by and check them out!


They still have MANY options for the perfect costume!

Still looking for the perfect accessory for the costume? Perhaps something with sparkles? Or perhaps you need a boa or vintage jewelry. Try one of the many thrift shops in the area – children and adults alike can find something perfect!

Crafty? Want to make your costume from scratch. Two places not to miss:

KatieBeth’s Learning Garden – Lots of crafts and supplies – both new and consigned.

For those willing to venture outside of Chapel Hill – You will not be disappointed at the Scrap Exchange and it’s new location.


It is not too late to have the coolest costume without leaving Chapel Hill and Durham.

Happy Halloween!


Fairytale Pumpkin

This post is from last year when I guest blogged for 42Local.  But I loved my Fairytale Pumpkin.

Had to share a picture of our pumpkin. It is called a Fairytale Pumpkin. I admit it – it doesn’t look like any I had as a kid. The name and look inspired me to do a little research. Though the origin of the Fairytale Pumpkins , also called a Muscat Squash, started in France, I picked this locally grown one up at Weaver Street Market.


Turns out there are lots of recipes out there using the Fairytale Pumpkin.  Everything from pumpkin soups to pies.  I have to admit I am tempted by one of my favorite chefs and Raleigh-based,  Linda Watson, Cook for Good has a delicious sounding recipe for Pumpkin Butterscotch Pudding.

Until it is time to cook this pumpkin, I cannot imagine a better one to be on the front porch.


I love the deep ridges and color of this pumpkin. I sometimes find myself dreaming of it  “magically” transforming into a stagecoach. I  bet you know what songs are being sung in our house right now, as my youngest studies her lines  as Jaq the Mouse, in the upcoming performance of Cinderella for the youth theater group, Broadway Bound.

Book Harvest

Guest Blogger: Klara, my oldest daughter
Every year for our birthdays, my sister and I ask our friends not to give us presents. Each year, we ask our friends to bring something to donate. In the past we have collected books for our school library, school supplies, food drives and pet supplies.
This year I decided to do a book drive for Book Harvest.
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A couple weeks before my birthday, we volunteered for Book Harvest.
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(My little sister is on the left)
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I saw how happy all the parents and kids were to have these books. I know how much I love my books and how important they are to me. I have dyslexia and it took me much longer to learn to read then most of my classmates. I know how reading has changed my life. I also love to have my favorite books by my bed and new ones to read.
I collected about 200 books for Book Harvest. Friends and family members cleaned out their shelves and brought their books to me. My sister and I looked at our own bookshelf and passed on some of our books. We went to the PTA Thrift Store and purchased additional books. I also heard from other friends who dropped off the books at different Book Harvest Collections (one at Flyleaf Books). My Uncle Jimmy said, since he lived in Michigan he would make a donation to his library in honor of my book drive.
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If you can, take a couple minutes to look at your own bookshelf. Maybe there are a few books you can donate.
And if you do not have a book to donate but you would like to Book Harvest has a wishlist. The list is on Amazon, but don’t forget you can still buy it locally. Maybe at Flyleaf Books, the Regulator or Letters Bookshop or one of our other local bookstores.

Gluten Free Grandparenting 101

There is nothing like being a grandparent, from what I have heard….

My kids  (and my parents) remind me of that EVERYDAY. See – I live in a multi-generational home.  My house consists of my parents, my husband, my two daughters and a pet frog, Harry.

To me, this seems normal. When I was a child, we lived with my grandmother. My other grandmother liked the independence of living on her own – but she would visit regularly and often stayed for months at a time. (And for the record my grandmother lived on her own until she was 101 years old.) My husband, being from Europe, it was much more common and expected for grandparents to be part of the home. Each set of his grandparents lived with one of their children and grandchildren.

There are many great things about my children growing up with grandma and grandpa. They see grandpa every morning before going to school. (Grandma is NOT a morning person, so we all let her sleep.) They see grandma after-school every afternoon (Grandpa takes a nap at that time – since he has been up since 5am.) And they eat dinner together almost every night of the week.

There are of course many little perks that we all take for granted. My youngest can stay home with her grandparents, if I need to take my older daughter somewhere. If I am running late, there is always someone there to meet the bus or drive to school. In turn, I am known to be a great chauffeur for long trips or health crisis coordinator. Continue reading