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.

Generally Crispy’s World Breastfeeding Week Giveaways!!!

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Each year we look forward to World Breastfeeding Week for a various number of reasons.

During this time we run a series of guest submitted breastfeeding stories on our blog 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 intended.

This has been a work in progress that has taken a great deal of effort and planning, but we are finally ready to kick off World Breastfeeding Week 2014!

In addition to the Candid and Amazing Story Submissions that we will be running during the week, we also wanted to make this week a little extra special and host some Giveaways to thank everyone who submitted a Breastfeeding Story, to Thank those who have continued to support us thru the journey of normalizing breastfeeding and welcome those who are new to this journey.

Tomorrow kicks off World Breastfeeding Week 2014 and we will be opening some fantastic Giveaways which we would like to include you in on.

Miranda of Ring Slings By Miranda will be sponsoring a Giveaway of one of her beautiful handmade Ring Slings.  This Giveaway is Open to the general public. Be sure to subscribe to Generally Crispy so you don’t miss anything!

Want to get a head start on Miranda’s giveaway? If so, Head on over to Ring Slings by Miranda, LIKE her page, say hello and then wait for tomorrows announcement!

Want to see a Sneak Peak?
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Vanessa of The Gypsy Bayou and Generally Crispy will be sponsoring a 3 Pack of Soap Giveaway that is reserved for those who Submitted a Breastfeeding Story prior to the open of World Breastfeeding Week. This giveaway is open to a restricted group. Those who submitted stories have automatically been entered. If you have submitted a story, you don’t have to do anything else. You are already entered.
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Additionally, Vanessa (Generally Crispy/The Gypsy Bayou) will be sponsoring a Raffle Style Giveaway at The Big Latch On Casa Grande, Arizona hosted by Jessi Gomez, Certified Lactation Educator, representing Three Peaches Nurturing. The Big Latch On Event will also have an assortment of Vendors and Activities which are family based. Infants and Children are welcome. This Raffle/Giveaway is Open to Local Participants. Official Terms and Rules are available at the Event which will be held at Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Arizona at the intersection of Arizola and Cottonwood on Saturday August 2nd at 10:00 AM. This will be an indoor event.  If you are local and you want to show your support for this event, stop by and say hello.

An assortment of other Giveaways will also be announced during World Breastfeeding Week that will be open to everyone, so be sure to Subscribe so you don’t miss anything.

Stay Tuned!!! We will begin announing the Opening of the Giveaway Entries, Rules and Associated Links and How/Where to enter!

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).