Shiny Happy Valentines 2020

by Erin

Holidays and parties always bring up questions in the type 1 diabetes community online. Do we send candy? What do we do with candy our children receive?

Each family has to decide what works best for them. We do allow Grasshopper to eat some candy. Thanks to Sugar Surfing, a method of dynamic diabetes management, we know how to handle many different kinds of foods and daily situations. Our approach to candy isn’t much different than it would be if we didn’t have type 1 diabetes in our family. In our house it is an occasional treat eaten a piece at a time, often at the end of a meal if our children have eaten everything on their plates.

Holidays are often celebrated with food and candy. We sort it, and save some for times when Grasshopper needs fast acting carbohydrates to bring up a low blood sugar. Holidays mean our low supplies get restocked! With that said, I do appreciate non-food options for holidays. In years past we have found some fun alternatives. We have some friends with severe, multiple food allergies. While we don’t have to avoid foods in our family, thinking up non-food options is fun. I like a challenge!

I brainstormed some guidelines based on what it feels like to navigate school parties in our Pinterest obsessed online world. Tongue firmly in cheek.


If you are looking for a Valentine’s card and favor that isn’t food based, here’s an idea for you. The first thing that popped into my head that would check most of the boxes on my to-do list above was coins. We have change lying around and I knew I could probably come up with enough for 20 Valentine’s favors. This project cost $10 in quarters and a few cents in clear tape, white cardstock, which I had from many previous projects, and printer ink.


My kids and I love corny jokes. The sillier the better. Of course they get a pass for the groaners because they are 7 and 4. I’m supposed to “act my age,” but I’d rather tell ridiculously goofy jokes and hear my kids giggle. So I searched around for some silly, clean jokes about quarters and George Washington, since he is featured on the U.S. $.25 piece.

I fit four different cards on one sheet of paper, so I only had to use five sheets of cardstock for the whole project. I printed some guidelines on the project so I only had to make two cuts per page. Grasshopper and I taped the quarters over the emoji to look like eyes. A corner rounder punch finished the cards.

He was so excited to share the jokes with his class!

Check out my FREE printable of this project below.

If you use it, let me know! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Click here for a free printable SugarRushSurvivors_Valentine_2020!

Blue November Prep

While I am still getting ready for Halloween, I’m also looking forward to our diabetes awareness efforts for November. We participate in Project Blue November by wearing blue on Fridays and posting on social media. Last year I painted a craft pumpkin with the international symbol for diabetes, a blue circle. We collected all of Grasshopper’s used diabetes supplies and empty packets of Annie’s Fruit Snacks in the pumpkin to show all of the supplies and low blood sugar treatments he used. Continue reading →

Halloween with T1D

Yes, Grasshopper can and does eat candy. If his blood sugar goes too low he HAS to eat something sugary to bring it back up. Juice, Annie’s Fruit Snacks, Lifesavers Gummies. Sugar can literally save his life.

by Erin

The assumption often is, “Grasshopper can’t eat candy because he has type 1 diabetes.”
The short answer is, “He can and does eat candy. There are times sugar can literally save his life.” The long answer is, “It gets a bit complicated.” Continue reading →

Laughter is the Best Medicine…

by Erin

I hope you all find the humor in this like I do… or maybe I’m just in the giggly phase of sleep deprivation. Continue reading →

The Teal Pumpkin Project 

by Erin

It’s not the candy, it’s the carbs.

After Grasshopper’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes I was so worried about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter… all these holidays that focus on food, lots of food, lots of carby goodness like mashed potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pies, rolls, and candy everywhere. Continue reading →