World Breastfeeding Week 2014

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Each year we run a series of guest submitted breastfeeding stories as an effort to help normalize breastfeeding, share experiences and come together to support women and families in their choice to feed their children as nature has intended.

What is World Breastfeeding Week?

Over the last few years we have collected and shared stories and accounts of breastfeeding relationships of all types. Helping normalize breastfeeding by bringing  mothers together with support, sharing knowledge and information has ultimately been the primary goal.

As we enter into the summer months and see World Breastfeeding Week is approaching we find ourselves delighted that we are able to play a small role in helping normalize the vital function of nourishment in such an amazing global movement, such as such as World Breastfeeding Week.

As many already know, breastfeeding is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts for countless reasons and because of this, we would like to do things a little differently this year. In addition to bringing wonderful stories from real mothers, real babies/children and their journey through breastfeeding, we will be hosting some fantastic giveaways as well.

If you are interested in sharing your candid experience breastfeeding, we would love to hear from you. What we mean by ‘candid’ is that we are not looking for scripted stories. We understand that each breastfeeding experience,  from birth to birth and woman to woman is incredibly unique, we welcome all types of submissions including stories of complete success, stories involving Complications, Milk Sharing, Milk Donation, Wet Nursing, SNS/Tube Feeding, Exclusive Pumping, etc. We are also delightfully accepting information based submissions as well.

We invite you to check out our World Breastfeeding Week stories from previous years and hope that you will be a part of our present WBW and our future WBW Adventures.

If you are interested in a story submission, you may Contact Us by email at:  GenerallyCrispy@gmail.com and be sure to visit our Facebook Page and say hello!

Why World Breastfeeding Week is Important
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20 Ideas to Take the Itch Out of the Bite

Let’s face it, no one likes to be chewed up by mosquitoes. If you’ve been turned into a after dinner snack by mosquitoes, here are some helpful ideas on taking the itch out of the bite.

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• Heat a Spoon as warm/hot as you can tolerate against your skin and then hold the spoon against the bug bite. The heat breaks down the histamines that cause the bite to itch. Be careful not to burn yourself. I wouldnt recommend doing this to a child since it is difficult to guage what level of heat a child can tolerate

•Dab some Clear Nail Polish on the bite. It does tend to sting for a moment. Not recommended for raw skin

•Make a paste using Baking Soda and Water

•Soak a cotton ball in Apple Cidar Vinegar and use a bandaid to hold it in place over the bite

•Make a paste using Apple Cidar Vinegar and Cornstarch and apply it to the bite, allow to dry and rinse off

•Apply Calamine Lotion to a cotton ball and use a bandaid to hold in place over the bite

•Apply Witch Hazel to the bite

•Epsom Salt Bath

•Apply an Ice Pack or Ice Cube to the bite

•Dab Toothpaste on the bite and allow to dry

•Rub a wet Asprin over the bite (Asprin usage is not recommended for children)

•Dab Lavender Essential Oil on the bite

•Dab tea tree oil on the bite

•Applying fresh, crushed Basil leaves to the bite can help soothe inflammation

•Apply Aloe Vera Gel or Aloe Vera from a freshly cut Aloe Plant

•The juice of a Lemon or Lime may help with itching since Citric Acid does have healing properties

•Apply the membrane of a cracked egg over the bite. As the membrane dries out, it can help draw out some of the toxins

•Make a paste using water and Meat Tenderizer and apply to the bite

•Applying a piece of Clear Tape over a cleaned mosquito bite and leaving it in place can help relieve itching

•Avoid Scratching. Scratching bites tends to cause more inflammation tenderness, making the problem worse

Or how about avoid the bites altogether? DIY Summer Skeeter Defeater recipe to keep the pesky mosquitoes away.

As with any treatment, you should always consult your physician for diagnosis and treatment. Results can vary from person to person. Itching usually wont stop completely until the bite has healed but there are lots of things you can do to help reduce the level of itching.

Something particularly helpful in soothing your bug/mosquito bites?

Child Passenger’s Bill of Rights on a Plane

Having traveled many times with my little one, from 10 months of age to date (3.5 years old), being knowledgeable about the safety standards of the car seat, and the FAA regulations has saved me from passing off my seat to be tossed in the belly of the aircraft. When a car seat is “checked in,” it is taken with the luggage. If you have watched the ramp agents load the aircrafts, you probably know it all gets tossed onto belts, and tossed into the belly of the aircraft. I doubt most rampers that handle baggage suddenly look at the carseat, and know to handle it with care. Cracked EPS foam renders the seat useless, and remember, we are putting our littles in them to save them from being (fatally) injured in an accident.

The Car Seat Lady

For more information, see the following FAA documents pertaining to traveling by plane with children in car seats.

Regulatory Requirements Regarding Accommodation of Child Restraint Systems

FAA Advisory Circular: Use of Child Restraint Systems on Aircraft

If you had a bad experience on a flight, let the FAA know – click here.

If you purchased a ticket for your child, you are entitled to use your child’s car seat.  

No airline may “prohibit a child from using an approved CRS (Child Restraint System) when the parent/guardian purchases a ticket for the child.” (Section 10-d, page 7)

If your car seat does not fit in your child’s assigned airplane seat, the airline has to try to find a different airplane seat that will accommodate the car seat.

“No aircraft operator may prohibit a child from using an approved CRS when the parent/guardian purchases a seat for the child. If an approved CRS, for…

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Beautiful Green Fluorite Necklace

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This beautiful, one of a kind necklace is hand crafted with a brilliant hemp cord, colorful acrylic beads, and a green fluorite stone, this necklace truly unique piece and is available for Purchase at The Crunchette Crafts Shop for a limited time.

Green Fluorite, similar to all the Fluorite stones, enhances the immune system, absorbs vital nutrients, increases cell regeneration, helps bones, and teeth, heal scars, both emotional and physical, and eases arthritis. It can help with sore throats, ulcers, stomach upsets, and even with insomnia. This green stone is known as the gentle healer; it will detoxify, and energize all of the chakras, especially when placed on the Heart or Throat chakras. 

Green Fluorite amplifies intuition, and brings harmony to bedlam. It banishes negativity, particularly from the environments, like electromagnetic smog from electronics, and the like. It then will recycle the energy into the atmosphere. If you want to keep your mind from wandering, this stone will help to keep you on track, and focused on the job at hand.

Green is the color of growth, and renewal, which can boost personal growth, and insight in your life.

Stacked Amethyst Necklaces

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Amethyst is said by mystical lore and spiritual healers to physically help with headaches, insomnia, arthritis, diabetes, pain relief, circulatory system issues, endocrine system problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, immune system deficiencies, asthma, phobias, pregnancy and preventing miscarriage, menopause, PMS, heal the withdrawal symptoms of any sort of addiction, and healing in general. Amethyst is very well known from the ancients as a sobriety stone, and has been used for centuries to prevent drunkenness, and is used to assist in getting rid of addictions to destructive compulsive behaviors of all kinds, e.g., alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc.
Amethyst has a gently sedative energy that can promote peacefulness, happiness, and contentment, and is used in crystal healing to help heal grief, and losses. It also is said to bring emotional stability, and inner strength. 

Amethyst is a calming, and meditative stone which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to provide balance, calm, patience, and peace. In the psychic and spiritual realms, amethyst is a magnificent all-purpose stone that can escalate spirituality, and enhance intuition, and psychic powers of all kinds. It is known to do this by forming a clear connection between the earth plane, and other planes, and worlds. Amethyst is also exquisite for meditation, and lucid dreaming. Amethyst also protects against psychic attacks during spiritual work.
Amethyst is beneficial when dealing with money troubles, and legal issues; though it is not best known as a prosperity stone, it has many benefits in such areas.

Ready to Order one for yourself or for a gift?

These handcrafted works of art are approximately 30″ long, and can be placed on your choice of black or a tan cord, please message me to let me know which upon ordering. The stones (approximately) measure 1-1.5″ when completed. 

*Since each stone is naturally occuring, each sone has it’s own unique ambiance and will have different variations of colors, textures, and sizes.

If you have any questions please feel free to send me a message, and if you local to the Milwaukee area, message me prior to ordering if you would like to pick up, and save on shipping costs.

Wooden Baby Teethers

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As parents we tend to do better for our children than we typically did for ourselves. Painstakingly researching every last thing we can about eat, sleep, health, play can be exhausting, and stressful. Then when you feel you might have (almost) gotten a routine, and a grasp on this parenting thing comes teething; it seems to be some cruel joke of humanity. We’ve learned plastic is not the greatest option for our little ones due to endless toxins, and the pours in plastic that harbors bacteria. Then there are the toys with paints made who knows where, at what cruel hourly wage often contain lead. Wood is often a much better alternative being more eco friendly, and health friendly.

I’ve enlisted an old friend from childhood who happens to be a carpenter to help with creating a natural teether for your little gummy babe. Untreated maple wood is used, and hand shaped into 3 inch rings for me to start crafting teethers. I hand sand any rough patches of the rings down, and finish them off with my homemade organic wood polish. Though maple wood does have a very fine grain structure, and is less likely to splinter, so polish is optional. The beeswax (certified organic from the US) and extra virgin olive oil polish finishes the wood off to seal it for extra protection from splintering. A prewashed fabric is used to create “bunny ears,” or a nice tight crochet sleeve around the wooden ring. The ears can be removed to be cleansed, and to be wet, and frozen for extra pain relief for the swollen gums.
These stylish Wooden Teethers are a wonderfully affordable Christmas gift, newborn gift, and perfect for baby showers, too.

You can find these teethers at Sasha’s Etsy shop, Crunchette Crafts.