Gigi Chickee's Posts

Trick or Treat…or BRAINS!

Trick or Treat…or BRAINS!

Rob and I love “The Walking Dead” and, though the girls cannot under any circumstance watch it, they have also become similarly obsessed with the concept of all things zombies with the help of the video game “Plants Vs. Zombies”. This year’s idea for Halloween costumes was an easy choice: Zombies! There were several reasons I wanted to try zombie costumes: Ease: All t... »

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

Happy Halloween 2013, Mad Art Lab!

I thought I’d bring a little bit of Halloween to the lab today. Our family loves Halloween; for us, it’s something we all participate in and enjoy. I will reveal our costumes from this year in a future post. Today, I wanted to share the pumpkins our family carved into Jack-O-Lanterns. For a nice bit of history, visit the “Why Do We Carve Pumpkins on Halloween?” page over in... »

A Unique Way to See Sea Turtles

A Unique Way to See Sea Turtles

About a year ago our family went on a Caribbean cruise, and one of the stops was Grand Cayman. At the time my oldest daughter, Zoë, was interested in a career in science but hadn’t yet settled on which field of scientific research to pursue. Once we visited the “Cayman Turtle Farm Ltd.“, her mind was made up and her love for marine biology bloomed. The history of the turtle farm ... »

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Giraffe: A Pain in the Neck for Science?

Did you know that the giraffe’s neck is proof of a god of some sort? Neither did I until a few years ago when I was becoming an atheist. I was surprised by how many times I saw information like the following from Project Creation: “…when a giraffe lowers its head to get a drink of water it would, without its specially designed features, literally blow out its brain because of the... »

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Salt Therapy: Take It with a Grain of Salt

Recently, I’ve been hearing more and more about salt therapies, or halotherapy, and its supposed benefits. According to the .pdf I just linked to in my opening sentence, “Salt Therapy is the best known method to detox lungs and remove toxins naturally. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment, that alleviates any symptoms of various upper and lower respiratory ailments by drying up an... »

Catch Me If You Can: Hummingbirds

Catch Me If You Can: Hummingbirds

While at the in-laws this weekend, I saw numerous hummingbirds fly to the feeder on the front porch. I happened to have my camera, so I went outside to snap a couple of photos. Unfortunately, every time I opened the door, the hummingbirds vanished. I’d sit on the porch, looking at the feeder through my camera, and eventually give up. Usually when I threw in the towel, I’d hear a buzzin... »

Oooh, You Just Got Burned, Part 2

Oooh, You Just Got Burned, Part 2

As I promised last week, this week I was going to share “home remedies” for the treatment of sunburns. My findings are hardly “scientific”, and they are just those of a  mother who had an entire family that got sunburns. Before I begin listing each regiment we tried, I want to add that water and ibuprofen were used during this time to help alleviate the swelling and pain an... »

Oooh, You Just Got Burned: Part 1

Oooh, You Just Got Burned: Part 1

I avoid the sun. Don’t be surprised if you see me walking around town with a parasol. I’ve been burned too many times to know that I should fear it and what it does to my skin and I strive to protect my family from sun exposure, yet last Sunday, to my chagrin, the entire family got sunburns. Why? We had gone swimming. My girls love to swim, but between their sensitive skin and the fact... »

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