Shannon’s Grotto’s top 10 posts from 2017! My blog is about my lifestyle which includes: Being gluten free; celiac and thyroid issues as well as other health issues that often go along with these diseases, essential oils, crafts, relationships and homeschool.
This has been an interesting exercise to review my posts over the past year. Let’s work our way from 10 to the number one popular post for 2017! I hope you find something new and helpful as you look these over.
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There are many conditions related to celiac disease. While those with celiac seem to be at a higher risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, 3X higher, it is yet unknown why this is the case. If you have celiac disease it is important to know and understand conditions and potential problems. The good thing about NAFLD is that it can be managed. Read about the risks and treatment.
This kit works well, whether you are a college student or not. I did this one for my daughter who is away at college. Last year was the snowiest it has been in many years, where she attends. They had some power outages and later flooding and had days they were asked to not shower or flush toilets. We didn’t know how bad it was going to get and wanted to make sure she had some things together in case they had to evacuate.
Many people with celiac react to gluten topically. I am one of those people and have had a DH rash from gluten being in my body products. Another issues to be aware of are the chemicals in sunscreen that are hormone disrupters. This list has sunscreens that are both gluten free and hormone disrupter free.
This is part 1 of a 2 part post. Many oldest children are thought to: be bossy, tattle tellers, and they fight and argue. This post discusses those issues and how to handle these issues as well as: back talking, thinks they are overworked, knows everything, wishes they were an only child and thinking you are harder on them than anyone else.
This was a fun homeschool activity we did with our whole family! Watch our video, we slowed it down so you could see just how far it exploded. Not only is this fun and interesting but there is a lot to learn about potential and kinetic energy.
Many people think that the severity of your symptoms is a sign of “how bad you have it”. This is one of my pet peeves because you don’t have to have severe symptoms to have serious damage occurring to your intestines, when you have celiac disease. Everyone with celiac disease has it really bad!
This is how we used essential oils to help in the recovery of having my daughter’s wisdom teeth removed. My older two had some difficulties and so we did things a little different with our third. This post includes a list of soft, gluten free foods to have around during recovery.
Warning!!! This could be dangerous and involves a flame!
Do NOT do without proper adult supervision!!! As a precaution
have a fire extinguisher handy.
We did our own myth busters for science today!
We started off with a CraZArt crayon and it was hard to get it to burn and keep burning. The paper feels waxy.
We decided to try a Crayola crayon and see if it was any easier. Sure enough! The paper is less waxy.
We used a regular lighter to get the crayons to burn and then dad go involved and things got a little crazy! Thankfully mom (me) was there to supervise!
Steps *Under supervision only!
First we melted the top of the crayon onto a paper plate. This made the base “holder” for our “candle” to stand in.
In hindsight it would have been better to use something to put the experiment on that didn’t have the potential to burn!
Burning the CraZArt crayon
It was hard to get it going. The paper felt pretty waxy which may be the reason why.
When it did get going, it was exciting to see that this actually works!
You could see the wax bubbling as it slowly burned the paper. We were amazed by how slowly the paper burned.
The flame didn’t stay large and we wondered if a Crayola crayon would burn the same. So, we started a second crayon!
And out went the CraZArt crayon.
CraZArt crayon keeps going out. My daughter wanted to be sure it was just the paper burning so she played with a red crayon to discover it only melted and there was no fire.
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Things get more intense when dad comes to play!
So, This is when my husband got involved in the experiment.But that wasn’t enough! He was determined to make that crayon burn! I think he missed part of the point of this experiment!
Realizing the paper plate and the wood table it is on may not have been the wisest choices at this point.
Now, the CraZArt crayon is really going and Crayola is a little wimpy. This led to some other thoughts and questions to think about.But then, the flame bounced back.
We did this experiment with my 25 year old, 15 year old and old enough to know better husband. The girls thought the flame looked very white and wondered if it had anything to do with the crayon color. Both crayons we used were white. So, a new color was added.
Sadly, the answer was no.
As the flame got lower, it got smaller. The question was: “Does it need to be trimmed like a wick?”
Look what happens when he uses tin snips to cut the “wick” down.
Look how big the Crayola flame came back!
Okay, so, husband didn’t quite get the point of the experiment and knocked over the Crayola crayon. I made them put it out. Don’t put water on it! My daughter almost got burned, wringing water from a paper towel onto it. Using the wet paper towel to snuff out the flame worked much, much better!
What a mess!!!
What we learned through this experiment with crayons
The crayon doesn’t burn but the paper around it does
The paper around the crayon is what burns and it burns fairly slowly
Crayons just melt
Crayola burns better and stays lit better than CraZArt crayons
All colors of crayons melt/burn in the same way with the same colored flame
Put on a surface that isn’t flammable
Snuff out (suffocate the flame) with a damp paper towel. DON’T throw or drop water on it!
Need to cut it down to help it burn better
It will burn for 20- 30 minutes and give as much light as a candle.
My daughter is very physics minded, she loves to build things. Minecraft is a favorite and she has learned so much from building things in the game. She builds things with my husband in the garage. So, when I showed her this craft, she kept saying I just don’t understand how that is going to work. It is going to tip over. I was like. . . no it won’t, it balances. The proof was in the picture, right?
Well, she turned out to be right. It tips over. I put my fork right in the center of the saucer and mine tips over more than hers does. She put hers farther across the plate, it still tips over, but not as badly.
After going to the hardware store to look for something to counter weight the dangling cup we ended up at the sports department at Walmart. We found fishing weights that would work.
Due to where my daughter put her fork she only needed two weights to keep her cup from tipping over.
Mine was placed across the center and needed 5 fishing weights to balance it. I like the way her cup turned out and it looks like it is pouring over the saucer, whereas mine looks like it is barely making it onto the saucer. I love it when real life meets with what we learn.
The original post was from a round up ofDIY crafts for Easter. It’s number 11 in the round up. When I clicked on the link it took me to a blog that was in a language I don’t recognize and I couldn’t find the craft on her site. So, here is what we did:
Gathering the materials:
small fake flowers
little animals and cute things to decorate with
mini Easter eggs
hot glue sticks
fishing weights (PEG-6-SZ:1)
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Why is it every time I find a cute craft to do it is next to impossible to find the right materials to do it?! We searched our local stores for tea cups. . . I really wanted cute tea cups but no one is carrying them right now. We could find bulky mugs and saucers but I had my heart set on tea cups. I also figured a mug would be harder to balance. So, we gathered flowers, mini eggs, moss and little animals and things from Hobby Lobby, but still no tea cups. Yeah for Amazon! I found these cute tea cups and ordered them. (Picture is clickable and will open in a new tab.)
I got forks from Walmart and looked for the cheapest, thinnest forks they had. Our neighbor has a heavy vice and my husband took the forks there and bent them forward about where the tines begin and then approximately 2 inches down the handle he bent the handle backwards. This gives the fork a little bit of a zig-zag shape.
Using the Hot glue gun we glued the cup to the handle of the fork with the bent part resting on the edge of the cup.
Once the glue cooled and it felt stable and secure we glued the tines to the saucer. ***Remember that where you put the fork is important and it will be more stable if the tines are closer to the edge of the plate, like my daughters. (Not like mine that is pictured.) (Smarty pants!)
I laid it down to work on covering my fork with moss and hot gluing it into place. My daughter, “A” didn’t care if her fork was completely covered. Then, I turned it over and hot glued more moss to the back of the fork.
I then put the fishing weights onto the edge of the saucer and began gluing them one at a time until it was stable. When all was said and
done . . .
I needed 5 weights
My daughter only needed 2
I then decorated the cup to make sure more weights weren’t needed, before decorating the saucer.
Once the cup was the way I wanted it, I decorated the saucer and then the fork handle.
They turned out so cute! This would be really cute for Easter or Mother’s Day.