Cinco De Mayo Fun, Food and Activities for Everyone

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) is a commemorative celebration of the  Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during Franco vs Mexico War  from 1861-1867. It is celebrated (most commonly) in the United States and Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is often misidentified as Mexico’s Independence Day which is September 16th.

History of Cinco de Mayo – A fantastic history and clarification about Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s Independence Day  (September 16th).

Fried Taco Shells if you have a large family, this is definitely the most economical way to do taco shells. Many Corn Tortillas are Gluten Free (Gluten is an issue at my house and I prefer a fried corn tortilla over a gluten free ‘flour-like’ tortilla-ANYDAY!)
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Plastic Maracas from Easter Eggs and Spoons -Oriential Trading Company
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Cinco de Mayo Coloring Sheets Other activities and ideas as well.
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Fantastic Cinco de Mayo Food I really love the idea of individial Dip Cups!
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Mini Pinatas from empty toilet paper rolls
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Festive Lime with Candles Centerpiece
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Cinco de Mayo Jello
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Lavender Margarita
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2.5 oz of Jose Cuervo Traditional
1 oz of Parfait Amour Orange Liqueur (where the purple color comes from)
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Garnish with a Lime

Cinco De Mayo Nail Art
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Detangling Dolls Hair is Easy

Do your kids have Barbie or My Little Ponies that need some serious detangling? If so, here is a great way to easily detangle and revitalize synthetic doll hair (or synthetic wigs)

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Make your own detangling spray for dolls, cheap and easily. Maybe even with things you already have around your house. 

What you need:

•Spray Bottle
•Water
•Liquid Fabric Softener
•Assorted Combs and Brushes

Mix 50% Water to 50% Fabric Softener (1 cup to 1 cup) and mix around in the spray bottle. Undress doll and hold over sink and mist the dolls hair with the solution and begin working knots out from the ends, gradually working your way towards the head with a wider toothed comb while brushing until knots have brushed out. After all dolls, ponies, doll heads, etc had their hair detangled, I quickly rinsed each dolls hair (and I rinse the body as well because it gets a bit sticky from the fabric softener being all over your hands). Once all of the dolls hair have dried, they are good as new.

I did observe that not all doll hair could be corrected/detangled. I have included a photo (bottom of page) of a pony who has a tail that is unhelpable.

Take caution in where the mist of your detangling spray lands. If it lands on flooring, it may become very slippery and its pretty difficult to mop off tile so that the tile doesnt become slippery when it gets wet in the future.

Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : Before

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Pinkie Pie Equestrian Girl : After

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After hair has completely dried
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My Little Ponies : Before
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My Little Ponies : After

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Barbie Head : Before

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Barbie Head : After

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This is the hair of the pony who couldnt be fixed. Before and after photos dont bear much of a difference. I ended up forcefully separating this ponies hair into 3 sections and gave her a tight braid and banded her hair.

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And since fabric softener is a chemical compound, its probably a good idea to only use this on dolls and synthetic that have been checked for compatibility in an inconspicuous place. And dont drink it or leave it where your kid could drink it or wash the dog with it, despite it might make the dog smell mountainy fresh…still not a good idea.

Breastfeeding with Breast Implants

With my first child, in 1996, I attempted to breastfeed and had zero support, no means to really research breastfeeding, so naturally this was a complete failure.

With my second child I nursed for approximately 8 months, but I was still very uneducated about the whole process. I made many mistakes. I ended up weaning due to the belief that I wasn’t producing enough milk based off one factor. Engorgement. I was no longer feeling engorged so I thought I had an inadequate supply.

I’ve had breast implants for about 10 years now. During this time, people who have known, come to know or noticed have always felt the need to voice their opinion on my choices.

I’ve heard everything from “You were fine the way you were”, and “You should have loved the way you were” and “You looked better without them” to remarks about my self esteem and self confidence. I made this choice for myself. I reseached my Surgeon. I worked to earn the money. I saved my money. I wasn’t happy with what I saw in the mirror. I didnt do it to please anyone else. And at the end of the day, It was my choice to create the image I wanted to see in the mirror.

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I chose to have my implants placed Sub Muscular, often referred to as behind the muscle, however the implant is technically placed between the Pectoralis Major and Pectoralis Minor in a pocket created to hold the implant.

I chose a Periareolar Incision, which is essentially an incision that is made around the bottom edge of the areola. I chose this incision over the Inframammory Fold Incision (the crease under the breast), the Transubumbilical incision (incision made in the belly button) and the Transaxillary Incision (in the armpit) because I would have a shorter recovery time granted the type of placement that I had chosen. Recovery was lengthy with an “Behind the Muscle” placement. I expected to be sore and tender as you would expect with any invasive surgery. I knew I would need help but the one thing I dont think I completely understood was, You use your Pectoral Muscles for just about every movement your body makes, whether you know it or not. This wasn’t a breast Augmentation that would have a 3 day recovery.

I did not plan to have more children at the time and felt my family was pretty complete. About 5 years later, that all changed. We decided we wanted to have more children.

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We were fortune to have twins and I fully planned to breastfeed. Yes, with implants. Initially I was told this was impossible and not to waste my time trying. However, after some research I learned that there was information that indicated that the “impossibility” of breastfeeding wasn’t as “impossible” as I was initially told. This made me very happy.

The birth of the twins was quite traumatic, they arrived 5 weeks ahead of schedule and I had an emergency C-Section that wasnt as much of an emergency as I was led to believe. Both of my babies had some medical concerns and difficulty feeding and keeping milk down. Baby A recovered with me in my room, Baby B was taken to Intensive Care and I did not see her for 12 hours. I didn’t have a proper support network, accurate information and again constantly had someone in my ear saying “You can’t breastfeed (with implants)” for every reason imaginable from “it’ll wreck your body” to “they will pop” and “Silicone will leak into your baby and they will die” . Nearly every bit of information was nonfactual and based off no fact whatsoever. The thing that bothered me the most was they were repeating this to me and it was obviously something they believed too. We faced alot of issues. Over Engorgement, Poor Latch, Soreness, Overactive Letdown, Lip Tie, Tongue Tie, Dietary Concerns, Both were on Reflux Prescriptions. By approximately 6 weeks both were formula fed.

We were almost immediately blessed with another pregnancy, a baby girl. Again, I wanted to breastfeed her. I was determined. I was going to do it. Her delivery was complicated and we ended up staying in the hospital for 5 days. During that time I had some great, very supportive lactation certified nurses. It was sort of a relief to have the help because I needed it.

After I got home, I met a WIC Lactation Consultant named Sarah at the Casa Grande WIC Office and the Eloy WIC Office. Had it not been for Sarah and the information, help and encouragement, I don’t think our Breastfeeding relationship would have been such a strong relationship. I was one of the first women she had worked with that has breast implants, but she was incredibly knowledgable. If she didn’t have the answers, she would find them. Not only was she helpful in keeping our Breastfeeding strong during her 9-5 business hours, she was there for me at 10pm on a Sunday night when I just didn’t think I could do it one more time. Sarah went out of her way to provide me accurate information about medications and the safety and impact on breastmilk. She moved on from WIC and I was never able to thank her. My daughter and I shared almost a 3 year long breastfeeding relationship. An amazing lifelong bond was built between Azari and I.

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Fact is, breastfeeding with implants can be done. Not everyone can do it. Chosen placement may effect your ability, your incision location might be a comfort factor. But to blindy walk into the situation thinking you cannot do it is not much different than saying “My sister had a C-Section because her baby was breech, so I will also have a C-Section” when this couldn’t be further from the truth. Just as every birth and pregnancy is unique, so is every Breastfeeding Relationship, including those with implants.

Breastfeed with Pride

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I am a 28 year old woman with three beautiful, yet difficult children. I gave birth to my first at 19 years old. Even being young and uneducated on many aspects of parenting, I still pumped my breastmilk for a little while.  My first born, who is now 9, has severe ADHD, ODD and mild depression.  He was born at about 38 weeks gestation. These days, I often wonder had I made more of an effort to breastfeed, if that would have impacted the struggles he faces today?  While I try not to dwell on the “what if’s”, I do believe it would have.  I was young, and yes… naive. I made bad choices and didn’t have the best parental figures to learn from. I gave birth to my second child when I was 27.  I still had a lot of learning to do, but at this point, I understood just how important breastfeeding was. To be perfectly honest, the first few weeks were heartbreaking and painful. I struggled with engorgement and latch issues.  I tried a nipple shield to help with her latch and also my discomfort.  Sometimes it helped, but sometimes it didn’t.  I supplemented with formula when my daughter was still very young. I cried many times over what, at the time, I thought was a failure. I got back on track and my sweet daughter was nursing and doing great.  Around 10 months old, her teething began. Oh, how my sweet girl would bite! Once again, I found myself crying. I thought was a failure, yet again. I resorted back to formula and by the time she was 11 months, she wasn’t breastfeeding at all. I was so disappointed in myself. Now, I realize how great I actually did.  I did the best I could, and that’s all anyone could ask for.

I am now 28 years old and my youngest is 9 months old.  I didn’t mention this before because it is off topic, but my first two children were c- sections.  My first 3lbs 14oz and my second 5lbs 11oz.  Since then, I have educated myself about vbac’s and was attempting a vba2c (vaginal birth after 2 cesarian sections). I remained pregnant until 41 weeks and 3 days. My body did not progress, so I opted for a repeat c-section. He was delivered at 8lbs 11oz! This was a huge difference for me. I was very nervous when it came to breastfeeding.  Could I really provide nourishment for a child who was so much bigger than my first two failed attempts at trying to make it to one year nursing? The answer is YES!  My little guy is currently 9 months old and exclusively breastfed! We practice baby led weaning, which basically means he still relies on the breast, but samples table foods he is interested in for fun. I am confident we will easily make it past one year breastfeeding!

The way I see it, there are two morals to the story. The first one being; when you know better, you do better. The second being; practice makes perfect. Well, at least as perfect as humanly possible. Being a Lactavist ranks top priority above all my other causes. My personal breastfeeding journey, like most women, has been full of trials and tribulations. But, at the end of the day, when I look back at my children and our breastfeeding journeys, I feel one thing… PRIDE.

4th of July Nails for Independence Day

Independence Day has always been a favorite holiday of mine. Who am I kidding?! I love all of the Holidays, however the Patriotism that is shown for America and our nations servicemen and servicewoman is uplifting. I love that people come together and celebrate and honor our freedom and show support in the Land of the Free is awesome, even if it does come in the form of Nail Art, as long as the meaning is know, I love the idea. Hope you like these 4th of July inspired designs.

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