Handcrafted Necklace Pendant Giveaway

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Yes! Another Giveaway to celebrate the normalization of breastfeeding.

This giveaway has ended

Vanessa, from Generally Crispy will be giving away one beautiful handcrafted  Necklace Pendant to one lucky winner.

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How do you enter? Its simple.
(Open to US residents)

•Like our Generally Crispy Facebook Page

•Pick any post on our Blog and share it.

Return to this post and leave a comment stating you have Liked our Facebook Page and which post you shared and why you chose that post. (We do moderate and will approve comments in the order they are received).

At the end of World Breastfeeding Week (on or about August 7th approximately 5pm MST-Arizona Time), we will select one random winner. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us to claim their prize.

We will confirm that the terms of entry have been completed. If we find that the winner has not completed the terms according to the simple terms listed above or does not claim their prize within 48 hours of the official announcement, the selected winner will be discarded and a new winner will be randomly selected.

We have a ton of things going on during World Breastfeeding Week, so be sure to subscribe to receive notification of new posts so you don’t miss anything. There will be Giveaways,  Breastfeeding Testimonials, Local Raffles and Events and more.

Enter to win a FREE Ring Sling handmade by Miranda!!!

Generally Crispy Soap Giveaway

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World Breastfeeding Week is one of my absolute favorite weeks of the year to celebrate!

To thank everyone who has taken time out of their busy lives to share their amazing stories that help to normalize breastfeeding, to lend support to other mother who may be experiencing difficulties by showing them that each experience is different and to  come together and show that their efforts to make World Breastfeeding Week a successful event…

One luck person who submitted a breastfeeding Story/Article/Testimonial will be randomly drawn to receive a beautiful, 3 Pack of Handmade Soap from The Gypsy Bayou (formerly Soap Bubble which also now Gypsy Bayou on Facebook) to thank you for your continued support and the effort you put forth. You all are very appreciated!

This Giveaway is only open to those who submitted a Breastfeeding Story prior to the start of World  Breastfeeding Week Winner will be drawn at the conclusion of World Breastfeeding Week (on or around August 7th 5:00 PM MST-Arizona Time) and will be announced on Generally Crispy.

How do you enter?
If you submitted a story, you are already entered. There is nothing more you need to do except watch for the drawing!

Feel free to stay tuned, there will be an assortment of other giveaways held in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

The Big Latch On -Pinal County

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Three Peaches Nurturing and Breastfeeding Support Group Presents Casa Grande’s very first annual BIG Latch On!

Bring the whole family and join us for fun, food and raffles as we help break the World Record. It’s a great way to show our community and surrounding areas we support and encourage breastfeeding, nursing in public and local businesses/non-profits! 

The official timed latch on will be at exactly 10:30am
it’s encouraged to come 30 minutes prior to sign in and get settled. 

So, if you are local be sure to come out and join in!

For more information on participation and volunteering, contact Jessi Gomez.
PHONE: (Five20)Eight Four Zero-6Four36
EMAIL:threepeachesnurturing@gmail.com
Three Peaches Nurturing

Vista Grande Library
(Vista Grande High School at the South East Corner or Arizola and Cottonwood)
1556 N Arizola Rd,
Casa Grande, AZ
85122
(520) 840-6436

Milk and Honey Breastmilk Soap (with variation)

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I love making soap. One of my personal favorites is Milk and Honey Breastmilk soap. My son had severe Eczema and having a good quality soap for him to use has always been priority.

While I believe in using the best quality oils that you can afford, I understand that ordering premium oils from online retailers isn’t an option for everyone, so I have included a recipe that calls for oils that can easily be found in any grocery store. The soap quality wont be the same as it would be if you were using premium oils, but it still by far a better quality product than any soap you will find at Walmart/Target Retailers.

List of Soap Making Supplies You Will Need to have before you start.

*Always use a scale to measure your ingredients. Soap making should only be done when you have available time where your children will not be inthe direct area where you are working.

Milk and Honey Breastmilk Soap
(Premium Oils-Do not alter the Type of Oils or the Quantity of each oil without using a Soap Calculator)

8oz Avocado Oil
12oz Coconut Oil
12oz Olive Oil
18oz Cocoa Butter
3oz Bees Wax

7.25oz Lye Crystals (Sodium Hydroxide)
17.5oz Frozen Breastmilk

3 Tablespoons Raw Honey *Optional (You can omit the Honey and use Essential Oils such as Lavender or Orange Essential Oils)

Bubble Wrap (Honey Comb) *Optional

Soap Mold *Mine is 15 inches Long, 3.75 inches Wide and 2.5 inches Tall/Height, made out of wood boards from Home Depot or Lowes. Photo Below (my molds do not have bottoms, so they are not moved with soap inside of them.

Always add your Lye Crystals to the Liquid, never the other way around. (I remember this by thinking of a clogged drain, you add your drain cleaner to the water clog.) Please Note: Lye Crystals is not the same as Drano or any other Drain Cleaners you will find in a hardware store. You will almost always have to order your Lye and have it shipped to you.

Melt your hard Oils (Coconut and Cocoa Butter) and your Bees Wax. A Double Boiler is recommended. Add your liquid oils to your hard oils and allow your oil to cool to 110°. I always do this part first when I am working with any Milks.

Fill your kitchen sink with cold water.

Add your frozen, pre-measured Breastmilk to your clean pot. Add your measured Sodium Hydroxide (Lye Crystals) to the frozen breastmilk and continue to stir. The mixture will get hot (like 190°) and will release a puff of steam that you wont want to inhale (it will make you cough) but will dissipate quickly. You can submerge the bottom off your pot in the cold water to help bring down the temperature of the mixture, you don’t want to scorch the breastmilk. Be sure water from the sink isn’t able to get into the pot. Continue to stir until all of the Lye  Granules have dissolved. You may see small bits of a substance that looks like grease that has been wiped out of a wet pan with a sponge, this is okay. It is the fat in the breastmilk reacting with the Sodium Hydroxide. Continue to watch your mixtures temperature while stirring. You will want your Milk/Lye mixture has come down to 105°. Your heated oils in your other pot should be around 105° also by this point.
Once your Oils and your Milk Mixture is within 5° of each other (and both are between 105-110°) you will pour your oil mixture into your Milk mixture and you will stir until it turns into a uniformed soup-like like consistentcy (this is called ‘Thin Trace’). Once you have reached this point, you will add your honey and mix it until all of the honey has been completely incorporated. You will then stir until your mixture turns into a texture similar to a soft set pudding (Medium Trace), and then you will pour your soap into your lined mold.
If you have chosen to make the honeycomb design, you will take your bubble wrap and press the bubble side into the top of your soap mold and be sure the bubbles have become complete submerged and that you can see the soap mix in between each little bubble. Any popped bubble wrap buttles will look damaged when the bubble wrap is removed (so keep your bubble wrap away from kids, I have made a few batches of honey soap that had a row of popped bubbles all the way down the length of the soap and it was cosmeticly distracting but didn’t harm the overall effect). Leave your soap to rest for 48 hours before removing it from the mold. Once you have unmolded your soap you can peel the bubble wrap off and cut your soap.

This recipe will make 73.5oz of solid soap. You will need something suitable to pour your soap into. My soap mold is a homemade wooden rectangle. I line my mold with freezer paper (smooth side inward). Your soap will need to be cut (I use a Mitre Box, which is also handmade since soap slices uneven, similar to a block of cheese. Once your soap has been cut, it will need to cure for approximately 6 weeks to harden and cure. This recipe makes approximately 15 standards sized bars of soap.

My Mold and My Mold Lined with Freezer Paper.
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Breastmilk and Honey Soap
(Using Store Bought Oils)

18oz Vegetable Shortening (not animal fat or Lard)
20oz Coconut Oil
12oz Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons Honey

16.5 oz Breastmilk
7.6 oz Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

Follow instructions for preparation above. If you want to choose a different oil other than Vegetable Shortening, you can substitute another oil, BUT it is important to always use a Lye Calculator (Link Above).

Summer Skeeter Defeater

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Summer is here and so are all the nasty bugs that bite and sting and pinch.

Here in our home we don’t own a can of Deet Based Pesticides, such as OFF™ or anything else like that.

Making your own sprays has other benefits other than just keeping mosquitoes off.

Skeeter Defeater Mosquito Repelling Spray

What you need:
Spray Bottle
1/2 cup Distilled Water
1/2 cup Witch Hazel
15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil or Cloves Essential Oil
5 drops Orange Essential Oils

Cassia Essential Oil is another fantastic oil that coild be used in place of Cinnamon Essential Oils

Mix all ingredients together well. Place half of your Skeeter Solution into a Spray Bottle and place the other half in a cleaned out, empty lidded glass jar in the fridge.

I spray this all over myself and the kids regularly, we avoid spraying faces so that we don’t get it in our eyes. We pay extra special attention to areas that seem to be more prone  to insect bites, like elbows and ankles.

Skeeter Defeater Mosquito Repelling Body Butter

1/2 cup Cocoa Butter (just a reminder Palmers Cocoa Butter does not qualify as Cocoa Butter)
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Almond Oil or Oliver Oil

Essential Oils:
15 drops Citronella Essential Oil
15 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5 drops of the following (optional):
Orange Essential Oil*
Clove Essential Oil*
Cinnamon Essential Oil*

*Choose one of the starred oils, using all 3 isn’t needed.

Melt ingredients in a double boiler on the stove. Once the indredients have been melted.
I tend to make this in batches this size and only fill one jar with what I need and opposed to making multiple jars of the same thing. What? I like variety.

Two Options

Option One:
Pour approximately 4 oz into a clean lidded glass jar and add add 15 drops of each of the following: Citronella, Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil.
And 5 drops of one of the following: Cinnamon Essential Oil, Orange Essential Oil or Clove Essential Oil. Mix well and pour the warm oils into a lidded jar.

Option Two:

Follow Recipe and instruction in Option One, instead of pouring it into a jar as warm liquid, pour it into a bowl and refrigerate until it begins to harden and take a stick blender and whip the cooling body butter until its light and fluffy. Once its light and fluffy, scoop it into your jar.
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Slather it on and rub it in. Reapply as needed. Of course you will need to apply the Skeeter Defeater Spray or Cream more often than a chemical based product. It isn’t designed to stick to your skin like paint. If something says “lasts all day” or “24 Hour Protection” you can be assured it is chok full of toxins.

According to WebMD Scientists believe that people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface will attract mosquitoes. They also are more attracted to people that give off more carbon monoxide.

Here are a few other recipes from other do it yourselfers around the web.

Homemade Bug Spray using Dried Herbs

Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellent using Essential Oils

Essential oil by definition is a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance and health benefits of the plant or other source from which it is extracted.

If you’ve already been chewed on, there are a lot of fantastic ways to reduce itching!

Handmade Dia De Los Muertos Pendant

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Everyone who knows me, knows I love Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)  which is traditionally celebrated (on November 1st and 2nd) in many Latin Countries to honor and celebrate the lives of relatives and ancestors who have passed on from this earth.

This Clay Pendant is something new that I have been working on. I’m not entirely sure I am pleased with the outcome (which naturally means I will end up making many more of these until I am satisfied).

Its made of Natural Terra Cotta Colored Clay (not Polymer Clay), hand stamped and detailed using powdered Pigments and sealed.

Id love to hear any feedback you may have. 🙂