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Will You Be Watching Tonight’s Shark Tank Episode?

Did you plan to watch tonight’s Shark Tank episode?

Be sure to watch Switch Witch’s Rob Bouley and Lara Riley make their pitch to “the sharks.” Here is a SNEAK PEEK video … enjoy!

Will Switch Witch Snag a Shark Tank Deal?!

Do you think Switch Witch and “Shark Tank” will make a deal?!  Find out the day after tomorrow: Friday, October 23 9-10pm on ABC!

Switch Witch + October = SWITCHtober?!

Did my kids’ Switch Witch “switch-a-zam” my October in to a  SWITCHtober?!  Did October get switched to December?!  I woke up today to a 23 degree morning – complete with frosty snowflakes plastered all over my car.  It’s pretty and all, but I am SO not ready yet for mornings in the 20s.

My family and I went to our favorite local farm stand yesterday, Parlee Farms in Tyngsboro, MA, to pick out our Halloween pumpkins.  As we pulled in to the grassy parking area, it started SNOWING.  Snowing?!  We selected our Halloween pumpkins amidst snowflakes.  What’s that you say? Yup.  SWITCHtober.

Now here’s my biggest Halloween related concern about the weather of a SWITCHtober – other than just wanting to whine and cry about it! – How do we keep our kiddos from not freezing while they trick-or-treat when it’s 23 degrees?!  It can be tricky layering a five year old girl with long underwear under a princess costume you know!  I found this cute blog (click here) from last Halloween, written by a mom in Alaska.  Now, I’m guessing an Alaska living Mama is quite experienced dealing with this cold trick-or-treating issue!

Stay warm everyone!  And… HAPPY SWITCHTOBER!

– Lara Spear Riley

Watch Switch Witch on “Shark Tank”

Switch Witch is pleased to announce that we will be featured on the hit show, “Shark Tank”, on Friday, October 23 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on ABC. Be sure to tune in and support our magical Halloween Tradition!

Visit SHARK TANK now to learn more about this exciting hit show.

Switch Witch Author Walks For Type 1 Diabetes

Hello from Switch Witch author, Lara Spear Riley. A more personal post today: This past weekend, supporting and walking for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes was amazing for me both professionally and personally. 6 months ago (a year AFTER I wrote Switch Witch), my 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Her first morning home from the hospital was Easter, and I suddenly realized very acutely how difficult candy-driven holidays can be for many families – not just those dealing with diabetes, but other situations as well, like allergies. Yes, my daughter can still eat sweets! – but every gram needs to be counted or measured and then matched with artificial insulin. Needless to say, I quickly realized that a huge pile of candy laying around the house after Easter – or Halloween! – was going to be a challenge in ways I had not had to deal with before.

As a result of this huge life change to our family, I have become part of the JDRF “family” – and I have to say that JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is an AMAZING organization filled with caring, warm, hardworking, and dedicated people. I have had the privilege of working with the New England chapter of JDRF the past 6 months. This past Saturday, we at ‘Switch Witch’ supported the JDRF fundraising efforts by hosting an informational table about Switch Witch at the huge Boston One Walk event.  Although it felt like the middle of winter that morning! it was incredible and emotional to be part of an event with 10,000 people (together raising over one million dollars!) – all passionately believing in a world free of type 1 diabetes.

Then on Sunday of this past weekend, I took part in another JDRF fundraising walk on a personal level – with my family and dear friends.  To walk the 5K in Lancaster, MA, we joined up with 3,000 other people – and all together we raised over $100,000 to go towards type 1 diabetes research.  It was a truly amazing experience for my whole family, but especially for my daughter, to be around so many people whose lives are affected by type 1 diabetes.  The sense of community and support was incredible, and it gave me a great deal of hope for the future – for my daughter’s future.

Switch Witches Flying Tonight For October!

It’s October Eve! So you just might catch a glimpse of some Switch Witches flying in their magic cauldrons tonight!  Lots of little Switch Witches will hop in their magic cauldrons tonight to go visit with children until Halloween.  By the light of the moon, they will land at kids’ window ledges all over the country and wait for their friends to wake in the morning!  Throughout the month of October, Switch Witches will continue to fly to host families!

Did October catch you by surprise and you don’t have a Switch Witch for your family yet?  Order one today!

Switch Witch Supports FARE & Teal Pumpkin Project

Free Switch Witches for FARE walkers!  We have donated 50 signed Switch Witch packages to FARE – Food Allergy Research & Education – a wonderful non-profit organization which “works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis”.  FARE is using our donated Switch Witches as gift incentives for walking teams to raise more money.  So it’s a win-win! We are so excited that 50 of our little Switch Witches will be visiting new families – and most likely families dealing with food allergies who could maybe use some help from their new Switch Witch!

We at Switch Witch know that it can be super tough during the holidays – like Halloween – when you have a child with food allergies.  Switch Witch is here to help!  While the Teal Pumpkin Project is doing an amazing job to raise awareness about food allergies and allowing kids with allergies to trick-or-treat more safely, there are still many, many homes that will be giving out treats with common allergens in them.  What to do with that candy?!  And how to do it in a way that isn’t sad or difficult for your child who can’t eat them?

Switch Witch!!   After trick-or-treating, kids can pile up a bunch of their candy (including any that they may not be able to eat anyway!) and leave the pile with their Switch Witch.  Then while the kids are asleep, their Switch Witches will magically (wink!wink!) turn the candy piles in to gifts!  Ta Da!

To learn more about FARE, their Teal Pumpkin Project, or to find a FARE walk near you, visit the FARE website.


Have You Ordered Your Switch Witch for Halloween?

October 1st is only ten days away!  Why are we mentioning October 1st?!  “What’s the big deal??” you say!  Well….Many little Switch Witches fly to their Halloween Host Homes October 1st! have you ordered your Switch Witch for Halloween?

“Through nighttime skies, they zoom and zip.  Flying high, they float and flip. Switch Witches smile right at the moon, Thrilled to take their October trip”  

I myself can not wait for my child’s Switch Witch to land inside my kids’ bedroom window next week.

“To a window, each Switch Witch soars, Instead of knocking at the doors. Apartments, houses, boats, and farms – They’re great at knowing which is yours.”

So let the fun begin!  My whole family had a blast last October – waking each morning to see if our Switch Witch had moved or played 😉 during the night.  Some mornings my kids woke up to find their Switch Witch camouflaged or in a new Halloween costume.

“Switch Witches love to switch their look, Disguised or hiding in a nook.  Sometimes at night, all on their own, They may goof off or read a book!”

So if you want YOUR child’s Switch Witch to arrive for the start of the Halloween month,  ORDER NOW.

Why Switch Witch Supports Operation Gratitude

Why are Switch Witch and Operation Gratitude such fabulous partners?

Well, let’s start with the amazing mission of the national non-profit Operation Gratitude: “Operation Gratitude seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation”. One of the ways they accomplish their mission is to annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, hygiene products, hand-made items, and personal letters of appreciation to U.S. troops deployed overseas. AMAZING!

….And that’s where Switch Witch swoops in to partner and support! At Halloween time, when all the little Switch Witches have done their magic – and parents find themselves with lots of candy on hand, they can ship it directly to Operation Gratitude so a sweet taste of home can be included in the troops’ winter care packages! How perfect is that?! It’s a win-win-win-WIN for everyone involved: kids, parents, switch witches, and the troops!

Plus, as an official sponsor of Operation Gratitude, Switch Witch is donating a portion of every Switch Witch sold to this wonderful organization.

Here are quotes from two grateful troops: (provided by Operation Gratitude Founder, Carolyn Blashek)

“We are overwhelmed with appreciation for the box of candy provided by the Halloween Candy Drive donations. Well done and thank you so much…”

“I’m currently deployed to Afghanistan and just received a tremendously generous package from your organization!! I think perhaps it was the most fun package I’ve received to date! I’ve been hoping that someone would receive Halloween candy soon and I was quite pleased with my luck to be the first! It was hard, but I shared with my co-workers…”

So. Save a shipping box. Save this link for simple instructions about sending your extra candy to Operation Gratitdue. And join our team!

Switch Witch Loves to Color

Switch Witch has a fun summertime project for you!

Switch Witch loves to color and is inviting you to visit her FACEBOOK PAGE and participate in a summertime coloring project. It is rather simple and you will be entered to be one of five lucky winner of the complete Switch Witch Package!

  1. Go to the COLORING PAGE to download and print a copy of either image.
  2. Color the downloaded page however you want.
  3. Scan the page as an image into your computer.
  4. Upload the image to our Facebook page.
  5. You may also email entries as an attachment to rob@switch-witch.com

So go ahead. Have some fun. Share your creativity. Be entered to WIN!

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