New Releases by Surviving Mexico

April quarantine left me feeling like I didn’t get anything done, so I’m delighted to say that I did do some things during May that resulted in a finished book, Book Weaving: How to Create a Story Tapestry From Your Blog Threads

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Click on the image for a preview!

It’s designed for bloggers who want to make something tangible from their blog posts. I’d love feedback from anyone who has some thoughts on how I could make the information more interesting or if there are gaps in the material provided on how to structure a book. 

I’m offering the eBook for free for the next few days, so be sure to get your copy from Amazon.

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I’d also like to remind everyone that the eBook version of Exploring Traditional Herbal Remedies in Mexico is now available for download for those of you that purchased it as a pre-order. I had to wait until the Ultimate Bundles Herbs & Essential Oils bundle was finished before I could offer it on Amazon. The eBook version is a fraction of the price of the paperback version, so you’re getting quite a deal!

I’m working on a three-book series about self-publishing this month, so look for that announcement in the (hopefully) near future. Meanwhile, gardening is going well, those quarantine projects are slowly coming along, and we have our fingers crossed the rains will begin soon! 

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The Ultimate Bundles Smorgasbord

Although some businesses have opened up in Moroleon last week, the status of the state of Guanajuato is still red. It appears that those of us in Mexico may be self-quarantining for some time yet. I’ve been using these home hours to work on several online courses that I enrolled in and been doing quite a bit of reading and gardening. 

I’m still working through the eCourses and eBooks that I got from the Garden and Sustainable Living Bundle from just a few weeks ago, but I wanted to let you know that Ultimate Bundles has several bundles up for grabs this week. These three bundles, the Work at Home Bundle, the Self-Care Mini-Bundle, and the Master Your Money Mini Bundle will be available at the listed price, with bonuses offers, from June 1 – 5, 2020.

Get your bundle now!

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I’ve been working from home for the past two years and I NEVER want to go back to the office, that’s for sure!  Some of you may have had your first work from home experience during the recent lockdowns around the world. Others may be considering how to restructure your life so that you can spend more time with your family. Wherever you are in your quest for more flexibility in your working habits, the Work at Home Bundle has something for you!

This bundle has 11 eCourses, 9 eBooks, 4 printables and workbooks, and 4 templates with a total value of $1603.90. This week you can get all these plus the bonuses for $37.

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Then there’s the Self Care Mini Bundle. This little gem has 8 eCourses and Membership Sites, 5 eBooks, 9 printables, and workbooks valued at $564.80 plus several bonus products! This mini-bundle is only $19.99 this week. I’ve signed for nearly all the eCourses and can’t wait to get started!

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Money is a concern that has me worried this year. If you’re in the same boat, then take a look at the Master Your Money Mini Bundle. It includes 21 products worth $514.95 (plus bonuses) for the bargain price of $19.99.

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Although the Herb and Essential Oils Bundle is no longer available from Ultimate Bundles, there are a few bundles that you can still get, albeit at a slightly higher price and without the bonus offers.

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The Gardening & Sustainable Living Bundle is now $24.99. If you remember it has 6 courses, 21 eBooks, 5 Planners, and Printables and is valued at $577.71. It’s a handy set of resources to help you take control of your food source!

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If you’d like to live more intentionally, then the Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2020 can help. This huge bundle has  10 eBooks, 29 eCourses, 28 workbooks & printables, and a membership site with a value of $2743.08. You can still get these productivity resources for $67.

Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2020

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If you have kids, that will be home for the summer, then you’ll want to look at the Stay at Home Survival Bundle 2020. It has 4 eBooks, 11 Workbooks and Printables, 5 eCourses, and a summit worth $493.19. You can get these amazing resources for just $24.97.

Stay at Home Survival Bundle 2020

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And last but not least, the Photography Super Bundle 2019 is available for a few more months. This useful set of resources includes 12 eCourses, 6 eBooks, templates & presets, and has a value of $1,195.98. You can grab yours for just $49.97.
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Getting all the bundles I’ve listed above is probably biting off more than you can chew at the moment, but if, like me, you are spending a lot of time at home, there might be a bundle that piques your interest and you’ll have something new to look forward too as we wait out the next COVID-19 wave.

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An 18-year Old’s Birthday in the Time of Coronavirus

This month, my son turned 18. We had planned a trip to Instituto Nacional Electoral for an IFE (voter’s registration card) after getting a Mexican passport from the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores but the INE is closed and I’m really not sure what sort of documentation with a photo my son can use otherwise, so we are stymied there.

Then we had planned a trip to San Miguel de Allende to renew my son’s passport. However, although the Consulate has hours by appointment listed, the U.S. State Department says there are significant delays and passport applications could take months. 

Without a passport or IFE card, my son can not apply for a driver’s license in Guanajuato, although that office is still open in Moroleon. Without ID, he also can not open a bank account. So, none of these things will happen anytime soon. 

Normally, we have a little get-together on my son’s birthday with some of the Flores relatives. That didn’t happen this year either, although they would have come had we asked, social distancing notwithstanding. We’ve elected to self-isolate as much as possible. Of course, everyone thinks we are overreacting, but after that serious several-week episode of fever, dry cough, and fatigue my son had in February, that may or may not have been COVID-19, well, better safe than sorry. 

Instead, we had tacos and some red velvet cake from a box. Even this required a masked trek to the carniceria, fruteria, tortilleria, and the abarrotes. My son declared himself well satisfied with the meal, though so it was worth the effort. 

There were no gifts this year since Amazon is not delivering to Mexico at the moment and Amazon Mexico charges 4x the amount for the same products. I did order some clothing items for him from Zulily which is still delivering to Mexico, but there is a considerable delay in shipping, so who knows when that package will arrive. It’s not like he goes anywhere, so if his pants have become highwaters and his shirts ride up over his belly, no one but the three of us (and our animal kingdom) see it. 

So what has my son been doing during quarantine? Pretty much what he was doing before, really. He is still on track to graduate from online prepa (high school) from UVEG in a few months. When that happens, his diploma should have his picture on it, so that would take care of one form of identification for those official documents mentioned earlier. Of course, the local UVEG is closed, so I’m not sure how that will play out, but he has a few more months of classes anyway.

We’ve put off talking about future plans for the moment. Is college even an option anymore? The last few classes he has to finish are designed with a vet degree in mind. We’ll see.

He’s been playing an online game with his friends called Don’t Starve. In it, he must learn new skills to survive a foreign habitat, including basic first aid, hunting and gathering, food storage, farming, and self-defense. If there ever was a game designed with today’s situation in mind, this would be it! My son’s interest in our small stockpile of medical supplies and long-term food storage has increased. We’ve always been focused on local foraging as well as animal husbandry and have recently added on to our kitchen garden. The information he has absorbed because of our lifestyle he has used to his advantage in the game, making him an in-demand team player. 

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He’s been reading the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy as well. I ordered this set a few months ago in paperback, so he’s able to head out under a mesquite to read and at least get out of the house for a bit. 

Of course, there are The Puppers to keep him occupied, and now Fuzz Lightyear. Things might not be as exciting as I’d hope for my son at 18, but everyone under this roof is healthy and safe, with enough to eat, enough to keep themselves busy, and well, that’s really enough. We’ll just take it one day at a time for now. 

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