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Happy National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!! September 13, 2013

September 13th is National Celiac Disease Awareness Day!!

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I am so glad that more and more information about Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance is getting out there, because (LISTEN UP PEOPLE!!) this is more common than you think. While it may seem like eating gluten free is a fad (okay, admittedly in some cases it is), there are so many people out there that are in for a lifetime of GF living. If a fad means that more and more companies are opening their eyes and making products that are safe for my family, then I say bring it on!!

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Crazy right? Most people who have Celiac don’t even know they have it. There are hundreds of symptoms, and it’s not always the obvious cause for someone’s issues. That’s why awareness is so important, because one quick little blood test might change someone’s whole quality of life.

So, what is one to do on this day of awareness? Well….

  • You could brush up on your current events. Did you know the FDA just passed a ruling regarding Gluten-Free labeling? I found a webinar happening on the 18th that will go over all the details. Check it out *HERE*
  • If you don’t have Celiac, but know someone who does, maybe today is a good day for a big hug. We Celiacs deal with a lot on a daily basis, but love and kindness is always gluten free. =)
  • You can dole out some information about non-food gluten issues (which I will now do). Many people don’t realize that Celiacs have to be careful about gluten in medications, toothpaste, and even make-up! Thankfully there are places out there trying to take care of us in this area too, like Red Apple Lipstick (my new fav makeup company). I had the privilege of meeting them at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, and not only are their products AMAZING, (and they got me to wear lipstick. RED lipstick) they are basically the sweetest people ever. Check out all the really interesting information on their page. Even if you are not GF you will probably never buy regular makeup again after reading what’s in it. You can thank me later.
  • You can share your favorite GF food with people who have never tried it before. I will be bringing in a treat for my staff, who always complain that I talk about the GF foods I make, but never bring anything in. Well, perhaps they will like this…….

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Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes with Brown Butter Frosting!!!

I found this recipe on Betty Crocker’s website (This could also be a good thing check out today…Betty has a massive list of amazing GF recipes). I’ve made these cupcakes a few times with great response from everyone that eats them, and I found that The only deviation i make from the recipe is that i use a box and a half of the cake mix. I was immediately draw to this, because we love brown butter around here. If you don’t know how to make brown butter, *this recipe* describes how to do it.

So tell me friends…..What are you going to do for National Celiac Awareness Month?

Lizz

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Self Checking Flashcards March 5, 2011

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When I was in college, working toward my elementary education degree, I went to a math conference.  I know it’s nerdy, but I attended a really interesting session called “Math on a Budget”.  Any teacher, or parent working with kids at home, knows that teaching math is not only hard to explain to a young child, but it can also get expensive.  All the little bits and bobs you need to demonstrate math concepts can be purchased, but they really add up after a while.  Or, you can find creative ways to make them yourselves.  This idea came from that session, and even though I didn’t need them yet, I created them right away.  I still have them, approximately 8 years later.

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I created large flashcards, one set for addition and one for multiplication.  The front side has a main number, and a smaller set of numbers 0-10 along the bottom.  Each number along the bottom has a hole next to it.

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(each card in the set has a different large main number 0-10)

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The backside has the answers.

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Have your child pick a number and put a golf tee into that hole (or something else long and thin like a pencil tip, chopstick, ect.).

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Now do the problem.  In our photo example, it would be 6 + 3.  Once your child comes up with the answer, they turn over the card without removing the golf tee.

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The tee will be poking out next to the correct answer, allowing your child to check his own answers!

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When I originally created these, I traced a large graphic onto construction paper, cut it out, used a sharpie to create nice dark details, and white paper for the eyes.  I used a regular hold punch around the edges and then wrote in all the numbers, making sure that the answers corresponded correctly on the back.  I then had them all laminated (since I was planning on using them in a classroom and needed them to be very durable).  Finally, I re-punched the holes.  That was 8 years ago, before the miracle of easy to use computer programs.

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An alternative to this process would be to find a nice computer graphic, and print it onto cardstock.  Use something your child is into like trains, dinosaurs, princess stuff, or even pictures of the family.  My graphics were large and fit 2 per page.  Cardstock should be durable enough to not require lamination.  If you have older kids, you could also make sets for subtraction and division.

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I hope you and your little mathlete enjoy these as much as we do.  Have a great rest of the weekend!

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Lizz

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.UPDATE: I have decided to submit this to Made by You Monday on the Skip to My Lou Website.  You can click the picture below to see some of the other amazing things that have been made this week!

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I am also submitting this to Tip Junkie’s Tip Me Tuesday!  Check out the other amazing crafts ect. by clicking the image below!


Tip Junkie handmade projects

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Also submitting to Funky Polka Dot Giraffe’s Too Cute Tuesday.  Click the image to see the great projects done over there!
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I’m also submitting this project to Sun Scholar’s For the Kids Friday.  Want to find great projects just for kids?  Click Here to see more!

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