Going to IFE–New Procedures

My son turned 18 in May and I had all sorts of plans of getting his IDs (both US and Mexican) but we were in the middle of a pandemic and well, that didn’t happen. In August, the IFE (Instituto Federal Electoral) opened back up by appointment only. I managed to get a slot for my son for October 1 using the online booking site.

In order for him to receive his first ever voter’s registration card through IFE, he needed to present his Mexican birth certificate, a proof of residence like a water or electric bill, and two people who could vouch for his identity. 

Although my son was born in the US, we were able to register him in Mexico as the child of a Mexican citizen. His Mexican birth certificate is mostly blank because it only listed what was on his US birth certificate (parents’ names) rather than including grandparents and witnesses. On the back, there’s a whole bunch of writing about the apostille and translation of his US birth certificate. Even though it looks a little odd, it’s a perfectly legal document. 

We always have an issue with proof of residence because we have no public utilities. There is no electricity, no sewer, no water lines and no road names in La Yacata. So he asked to borrow the most recent bill from his aunt, who was also one of the witnesses he brought (the other being my husband). 

Along with these items, he needed to mask up. Since no one would be allowed in without a mask, in the bag of documents, I included two more for his dad and aunt just in case they didn’t have one.

My son balked a bit at having to go with dear ol’ dad, but I don’t have an IFE and wouldn’t have been allowed to vouch for his identity even though I’d given birth to him. My federal identification is in the form of a permanent residence card which doesn’t allow me to vote. 

The gang all rolled out to the appointment in plenty of time. I elected to stay home since I wouldn’t be of any use. From the way my son told it, everything was fine. He explained how we didn’t have an address and were using his aunt’s. He verified his birthday and that he was born outside of the country. His two vouchsafe companions had to wait outside and just send in their IFE cards. He had his fingerprints taken. 

He did have to remove his mask and glasses for the picture and said that not one person in the building was wearing their masks correctly. Some had noses but not mouths covered, some had mouths but not noses covered, and some had chin warmers on. That seems about right. 

After the picture, he was given a phone number to call on the 12th to see if his card was ready for pickup. It wasn’t. But finally by the 15th, it was. He felt confident enough to schedule his own appointment online to pick it up. He even picked a Wednesday so that I could take him if need be since I don’t have classes on Wednesdays. Unfortunately, the earliest slot was November 11. 

I felt so pleased that we were able to successfully complete this transaction, that I made the attempt to schedule an appointment to pick up the new license plates Guanajuato was issuing. It didn’t go as smoothly. But that’s another story. 

So on the fateful day, my husband and son headed to IFE only to find that even after having called and confirmed that my son’s ID was ready before making the appointment, it wasn’t. So he’ll have to call again next week and make another appointment some weeks down the road. But seeing how we are fast approaching the Guadalupe-Reyes holiday season, it might be 2021 before this process is finished. 

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Ultimate Bundle Herbs and Essential Oils 2020

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It’s that time again! A new Herbs and Essential Oils offering from Ultimate Bundles is available. Honestly, it’s hard to get essential oils where I live in central Mexico, so I’m only lukewarm about those items. But the herb stuff! Now that’s what I’m talking about!

With COVID and now the flu season kicking into high gear, I’ll be spending just as much time at home as I have for the past few months in self-quarantine. My fingers are tingling to get started on some of the resources in the bundle. Who wouldn’t want to try some Healthy Herbal Sweets? There’s an ecourse for that! EEEK! Exciting!

Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle 2020

Then for those of you homeschooling, there’s a Mom and Me Herb Bundle Lesson with printables to keep those little minds active! And the Quick and Easy Family Favorite Recipes: Use Essential Oils in the Kitchen to Make Your Food POP with Flavor! ebook will liven up your dinner table. 

If you’re looking for gift giving ideas, then you can’t go wrong with the DIY Herbal Gifts for Men, Herbs and Essential Oils in Soap Making, Natural Facial Soaps, and Relaxing Home Spa: 24 Natural Recipes for Self-Care ebooks. 

If you really want to dive into herbal lore, then Medicinal Herbs Materia Medica Starter Pack ebook, The Herb Study Notebook: A Printable Guide to Deepen Your Herbal Knowledge, One Herb at a Time printable, and Making Herbal Preparations 101 by Herbal Academy ecourse are sure to please. You know I’m a big fan of Herbal Academy courses!

If you are interested in what you can do to boost your immunity with herbs, then An Herbal Winter, Simple Remedies for Cold and Flu Season, and the Echinacea 101: How to Use Effectively During Cold and Flu Season ecourses will appeal. The Happy & Healthy Holidays: The Ultimate Guide to Using Essential Oils for Health, Home, & Hosting, Healing Kitchen Herbs: 12 Common Herbs With Powerful Medicinal Benefits, and Herbal Teas for Winter Health ebooks will certainly make interesting reading in that regard as well. 

Available only through the Herbs and Essential Oils 2020 bundle from Ultimate Bundles.

Now, it’s time to toot my own horn here. My latest herbal compilation Traditional Mexican Herbal Remedies is part of the bundle. It includes 20 herbs, or rather 19 and miel sagrado (sacred Melipona honey) and their medicinal use by Mexican healers as well as scientific research on their effectiveness in treating a variety of ailments. This little book is ONLY available through Ultimate Bundles which will ONLY be available November 16 – 20. 

All in all, you’ll get 18 ebooks (including mine), 11 courses, 6 printables and workbooks, worth a total of worth $684.36 for $37. WHOO HEE! I’m all set to liven up my self-quarantine with a little herb action! How about you?

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More Herbal Goodies

I’ve decided to make herbs a priority over the next few months. I’m in the middle of several additional research projects relating to herb use in Mexico. Then, I’m in the process of building my family’s immunity with delicious herbal additions to our daily food and beverage intake. I’m always up for more herbal identification and application skills. When I find something that I’m excited about, I like to share. SO…..

Today, through November 12, you can sign up to enjoy the FREE webinar Three Powerful Herbs to Support Relaxation and Energy sponsored by Ultimate Bundles and presented by Heather from Herbal Academy. Awesome! I’m psyched!

Additionally, Herbal Academy has a new course! Registration opens today for the Emulsifiers and Preservative in Botanical Skin Care Products Intensive from Herbal Academy. This two-part workshop is specially designed for those of you who love making skin care products from natural ingredients. 

Session 1 will help you gain an understanding of why we need emulsifiers and preservatives in order to keep creams, lotions, and other emulsions stable and safe for long-term use. Session 2 will have you creating radiant, nourishing topical skin care recipes using some of our favorite herbal ingredients. 

The workshop is only $27 with an optional Skin Care Preparations Testing Journal upgrade. Since we’ll be homebound mostly this winter, why not use this time to learn some new skills?

Did you get the FREE Herbal ebooks from last week.? The Ultimate Bundles ebook is no longer available, however, you can still download Traditional Mexican Cold and Flu Remedies and Herbal Support for Cold and Flu Season Ebook from Herbal Academy. 

How will you support your wellness with herbs this winter?

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