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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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!!!

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.

Ring Slings By Miranda Giveaway

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Miranda of Ring Slings by Miranda makes beautiful, handcrafted Ring Slings. She graciously sponsoring a Giveaway of a beautiful, hand dyed Ring Sling for one lucky person at the end of World Breastfeeding Week.

Entry is a piece of cake.

RULES

This giveaway has ended

• Entry Available to US Participants only, who are Active Registered Users of Facebook.

• Standard Shipping is Included. If you you want a specific method of shipping, you will be responsible for paying for the shipping.

• You must be over the age of 18 to enter.

• You must have a valid Email Address.

• You must complete the information required for leaving a comment (on the comment form below).

• Your entry will be based upon visiting the Facebook Pages Ring Slings by Miranda http://www.facebook.com/RingSlingsByMiranda and Generally Crispy http://www.facebook.com/GenerallyCrispy and “LIKING” both of them.

• You must be in good standing with both Facebook pages.

AFTER you have completed this task, you will leave a Comment in the Comment Section (Below) indicating you have completed the required tasks.

If you have already ‘Liked’ one or both of the indicated pages, you are half way there!

Winner will be announced on or about August 7th, 2014 (5pm MST-Arizona Time) on Ring Slings by Miranda Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RingSlingsByMiranda and Generally Crispy Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/GenerallyCrispy

Winner has 48 hours from the announcement of the winner to contact Miranda of Ring Slings by Miranda http://www.facebook.com/RingSlingsByMiranda to claim their sling. In the event that a winner has not claimed their prize within 48 hours of the announcement, the original winner will be discarded and a new winner will be selected. Initiation of Winning/Winner Contact is the responsibility of the contestant within specified time frame.

We will verify that the tasks have been completed. Comments will be approved (Yes, we do moderate) in the order they were received.
If we the selected winner did not meet the requirements upon the drawing, their entry will be discarded and a new winner will be selected. So play honestly and fairly.

Go LIKE…
Ring Slings By Miranda’s Facebook Page
and
Generally Cripsy’s Facebook Page

http://www.facebook.com/RingSlingsByMiranda

http://www.facebook.com/GenerallyCrispy

Generally Crispy will be hosting several other Giveaways following the conclusion of World Breastfeeding Week. Be sure to Follow us to receive notification of new posts and notifications…you wouldn’t want to miss out!

Be sure to leave Miranda a comment on her Facebook page thanking her for sponsoring such an awesome giveaway. Also, be sure you check out her Breastfeeding Story,  Breastfeeding with Pride!

This is the part where you leave your comment after you’ve finished “LIKING”  Rings Slings By Miranda and Generally Crispy

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UPDATE: There has been a notification that some of the links may not be working. I have added typed URLs to the post to help make finding the appropriate pages easier in the event that a link does not work.

http://www.facebook.com/RingSlingsByMiranda

http://www.facebook.com/GenerallyCrispy

Be sure to check out The Necklace Pendant Giveaway too! And Subscribe to the website to receive notification of additional Giveaways, Posts, Information or Specials! We will be having more giveaway announcements in the coming Hours, Days and Weeks! Be sure to share our website and Facebook Pages, the more fans/followers…the more Goodies get given away!!!

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

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

Mensa Society Testing July Special $25

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Being a Former Mensa Member, I thought I would pass this information along to anyone else who may be interested in membership with Mensa.

Mensa Society, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. There are members in more than 100 countries around the world.

IQ Score Scale

Mensa activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members’ opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.

Free IQ Test Online

Who Can Join?
Membership of Mensa is open to any peeson ovee the age od 14 who has attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised.

Stanford-Binet Intelligence Quotient Test

Mensa Society offers a FREE Workout intelligence quiz in which you have half an hour to answer 30 questions. The Workout can’t be used for qualification to join Mensa, but you can see how well you do!

Cattell Infant Intelligence Scale

Mensa Society has a variety of Benefits available to members. There are approximately 200 Special Interest Groups (also known as SIG or SIGs) which cover a vast array of topics from Beekeeping to Egyptology and everything from Chocolate to UFOs in addition to Monthly Gatherings, Discussions, Newsletters and Activity Outtings with other Mensa Members who share a similar intellectual interest. 

Theories and IQ Testing

What Does It Cost?
Mensa Society Fee Schedule can vary. However, there is a Special during the month of July (2014).

Member List and IQ Scores are not part of public domain.

Interested? If so, you can fill out their information request Form and make arrangements to be tested.

It is not necessary for Former Member to repeat the testing and qualification process again. You can Reinstate Membership.

Or maybe you just want to take an IQ Test, just for fun.

IQ Test

Okay, maybe that one wasn’t much fun. (For Fun)
Fun IQ Test

Personality Test (Free/No Registration Required)