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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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!

Making (Upcycled) Fridge Magnets

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Who wants ugly fridge magnets? We all have these old, mass produced magnets that came out of the yellow pages for business services you would never use in a million years. Why not turn them into magnets that you actually like? Since these magnets are usually printed on a thin magnetic sheet, they aren’t strong enough to hold clay or polymer but they are perfect for stickers. I’ve done this with magnetic sheets as long as I can remember.

All you need is:

•  Magnetic Sheet or Old Fridge Magnet
•  Scissors 
•  Adhesive Stickers

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This is a very easy project. Kids who are capable of using scissors can even do this project. As you can see, I used glue crusted childrens safety scissors and My Little Pony stickers that I confiscated from a coloring book (My kids have an allergy to adhesive and if they stick a sticker on their skin, when the sticker is removed, so is multiple layers of skin and they end up with raw, open sores where the sticker was at. So stickers are off limits for obvious reasons).

Another option is adhesive sheets of paper and use rubber stamps to make something unique. Or give your kids some art supplies and see what fabulous creation the come up with. 

Decide how you will place the stickers on the magnetic sheet to get the most out of it.

Apply the stickers to the sheet, making sure not to overlap the edges.

*Be sure you apply them to the correct side of the magnetic sheet. If it is an old business service magnet, apply the sticker to the printed side*

Use your scissors to trim the sticker out. I line my scissors right up to the edge and I cut it out. The scissors seem to be great at catching the ledge of the sticker perfectly. The goal is not to have any sticker overlapping the edge of the magnet or else it will lift, peel or get scratched up.

Slap ’em on the fridge!

*Walmart carries a variety of magnetic sheets, disc magnets and business card adhesive magnets (intended to stick a business card to so its a magnetic business card) in their Craft and in their Business Supply section of the store.

40+ Awesome Heart Nail Designs (Valentine’s Day)

40+ Awesome Valentine’s Day/Heart Designed Nails. Some of these may be nail wraps like Jam Berry and others may bethe talent of a great nail artist. Either way, all artwork is the highly respected property of the creator. Credits indicated on photos but unfortunately some artwork is by unknown talents. Lovely, nonetheless. Hooe you enjoy!

Stay posted, My Matte Nail Favorites will be coming soon!

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