Jumbo Packets of Cat Coloring Sheets

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Cat Lover? Who isn’t!? If you have a little one who enjoys coloring, here three packets of Cat Coloring Sheets that are nearly 50 pages each. Surely your little one will find something they would like to color in here.

Free Cats Coloring Pack Vol. 1

Free Cats Coloring Book Vol. 2

Free Cats Coloring Sheets Vol. 3

World Breastfeeding Week 2014

Submissions for this event have closed! Be sure to check back next summer for entry information!!

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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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Popsicle Stick Crafting

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Somehow, I recently ended up becoming the proud owner of a nearby friends craft stash declutter. Why he had 763,286 craft (popsicle) sticks in the first place…I dont know. But when he said “Do you want them”? Naturally, I Said “Um, yeah”! Of course I wanted them. It doesn’t even matter that I had no clue what I would do with them, but that doesnt really matter. She who has the most craft crap, is truly happiest.

So bring on the ideas…

I’ve always wanted to learn to weave. When I was in elementary school an elder from the Navajo Nation came to our school and taught us how to weave. While I kind of remember sone of the basics, I do need a refresher. Of course, this one isn’t being taught by an elder from one of the Navajo Nations, but it does involve popsicle sticks and I seem to have an abundance of those. So that’s what we are going with today.

An ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Popsicle Stick Weaving Loom Tutorial.

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Do It Yourself Knitting Loom made from Popsicle Sticks by She Knows. Basically this is a somewhat free version of Loom kits that sell for $10 and up.

Perspective – I know this one doesn’t come with Godseye (Gods Eye) instructions, but its called a
Click Here for a advanced Godseye Instructions

With one of my kids we even managed to make our Godseye with extra bits of sting randomly placed and not wound around the sticks and we turned it into a windchime.
The beautiful windchime made by my 5 year old artist, Eclipse.
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What do with popsicle sticks for fun?

Make anything neat? We want to see!

Vaccination Wars- The Great Lie

I really loved the way this was put into words.

“Generally, those who don’t understand, believe that anti-vax parents are actually anti-protection.  That is not largely true.  We are against the crap IN the vaccines that can do harm to our families, NOT against protecting anyone from disease.” -CautiousMom Blog

The Cautious Mom

The National Library of Medicine
“In 1736 I lost one of my sons, a fine boy of four years old, by the small-pox, taken in the common way. I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen.”

-Ben Franklin when asked about inoculations.

Inoculations in the 1730’s were undeniably just as controversial as they are now.  The procedure to administer an inoculation was a dangerous operation, potentially fatal, even- but less likely to kill than the disease they were fighting and after having lost his own son to the terrible disease, he fought to spread the word throughout England and…

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Easy Crayon Apron

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These go by many names and there are as many ways to make them as there are names for them. This one is a simple pattern. No pattern really. This easily fits my super tiny 3 year old to my 95th percentile, almost 5 year old.

You can make it hold a few crayons or many. Mine holds 13. Had I planned it really well it would hold 16 or even 12  (since crayon packs generally come in 8, 16, 24, 48… count packages).

This is 3 pieces of fabric (waist band, Apron Portion and the Christmas Print that creates the pocket for the crayons) and 2 strings. I used a flat woven cord because that’s what I had. But you can use shoe lace, bias tape, paracord, or even make your own ties for it from fabric.

This is unlined and all of my seams cone together on the inside. It was kind of a ‘scrap material’ project.

I do consider myself to be a ‘beginner’ when it comes to sewing since I don’t know all of the rules or proper lingo.

I cut each piece to have a half inch of material that is folded under and sewn down on each side.

I did iron my material flat and ironed my edges to help me ensure I sewed straight lines.

I gathered the top portion of the apron prior to sewing it to the waist band. How to do Gathers quick and easily.

1. Waist Band Length
2. Length of Botton Hem of Apron
3. Length of Apron from Waist Band to Bottom Hem
4. Length of Waist Ties.
  •My ties are two individual ties sewn to the ends. You can run one long cord thru your material if you preferred.
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For the portion of fabric used to create the crayon holder, I folded down the edges and sewed them down prior to attaching this piece of fabric to the apron.

My first attempt didn’t turn out well and I ended up removing it and redoing it because my crayons would not go in or come out easily. Be sure you allow for space for easy removal and replacement of the crayons into their slots.

I made the fabric only cover about half of the crayon so the apron doesn’t swallow up the crayon once its been used a few times.

I sewed my fabric on only securing 3 sides and leaving the top open. I then located the middle and pinned it then located the middle of each of the two halves (so I had 4 equal sections, but you will see I moved things slightly because I had too much space for only 12 crayons and needed to adjust it and add an extra space for crayon #13) and continue to pin where you plan to create a crayon pocket. Once you have checked to be sure crayons slide in and out with ease, Sew the dividers all the way from the top edge to the bottom edge of the material.

When my daughter is done, we fold her apron in half (top waist band down so it covers over her crayons) and then I roll it up and wrap the strings around it to keep her crayons from getting lost.

Hope you enjoy trying this. If you do, Id love to see what you came up with!

White Clay Ornament Recipe (Cornstarch)

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This is a great clay recipe. It turns out a bright white. One of the only downfalls to this recipe that I’ve rarely seen published is that if your finished project is too thick, it will develop cracks as it hardens and dries (see picture below, bottom right hand disc hand print is approximately 1/2 inch thick and very badly cracked). It does however make fantastic cookie cutter ornaments if the thickness is kept between 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. The texture is fantastic. Some can even be left unpainted because they are bright white and have a little sparkle.

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Single Batch

2 Cups of Salt
2/3rds Cup of Water

1 Cup of Cornstarch
1/2 Cup of Cold Water

Double Batch

4 Cups of Salt
1 1/3rd Cups of Water

2 Cups of Cornstarch
1 Cup of Water

Heat your water (first water) and salt for about 4 minutes in a very clean pan (no burned on residue on the bottom of your pan).

Remove from heat and add your remaining ingredients of Cornstrach and water (second water) and stir together quickly.This will begin to look like a batch of instant mashed potatoes. (If its too soupy, you can return it to the burner and heat it a little more, but do it slowly so your mixture doesn’t burn to the bottom of your pan). Once its cooled enough where you can handle it, Knead your mixture on the counter until it begins to resemble clay. It will get denser in texture.

You can roll your clay out about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments, foot prints or make Hand Prints of your children or pets.

Allow to air dry. I dried mine on a mesh screen that allowed air to pass thru the underside.

I have used low heat (170°) to help speed drying up, but only in short burst.  I did 5 minutes in the oven, 5 minutes out, etc 2 or 3 rounds. I’ve also layed cookie cutter ornaments on the drying racks of my dehydrator to help speed up dry time. If you over heat them in the oven, they will brown when burned.

These ornaments seem to be more fragile than the Standard Salt Dough or Cinnamon Salt Dough Recipe.