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Holiday Gift Guide A kids’ stuff magazine

December 2015 - January 2016 Volume 6 - Issue Thirty Two


A kids’ stuff magazine December 2015 - January 2016 Publisher | Editor Maybi Iglesias Contributing Writers Maya Author Susan Merrill Naomi Valle (on behalf of Jesús & Claudia Vergara) Food Network Copy Editor Assistant Tony Iglesias Accounting Martha Gonzalez Distribution & Circulation Martha Gonzalez Miguel Perez Graphic Design Carlos Valle

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22 True Story:

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Holiday Recipes


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34Holiday Safety Tips 8 Making Holidays less Materialistic. 11Financial Resolutions. 14 5 ideas for Eco-friendly celebrations. 24 Reading books to babies.

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Toddlers: Learning by Play

Encourage Activity It might look like just child's play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination. Each new skill lets them progress to the next one, building on a foundation that leads to more complicated physical tasks, such as jumping rope, kicking a ball on the run, or turning a cartwheel. Toddlers always want to do more, which can motivate them to keep trying until they master a new skill, no matter what it takes.

Developing Skills Playing and learning are completely natural for toddlers, so mastering physical skills should be fun and games for them. Parents should give toddlers many opportunities to practice their developing skills while providing supervision so they stay safe while they learn. In addition to these physical accomplishments, toddlers are developing in other ways. Provide opportunities for yours to explore, ask questions, use his or her imagination, and practice fine motor skills, such as stacking blocks or coloring.

Take advantage of your toddler's natural desire to keep moving. Even at this early age, kids establish patterns of activity that carry through the rest of childhood. So an active toddler is likely to remain active later. • Early Toddler Skills (12-24 months)

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• Older Toddler Skills (24-36 months)

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How Much Activity Is Enough? For children 12-36 months old, current National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) guidelines recommend this much daily activity: • at least 30 minutes of structured physical activity (adult-led) • at least 60 minutes unstructured physical activity (free play) • As a general rule, toddlers shouldn't be inactive for more than 1 hour at a time, except for sleeping. That's a lot of work for parents and caregivers, but a lot of much-needed activity for toddlers.

Encourage your toddler to be active, and remember how much he or she is learning along the way.

We are headed straight towards the changes the winter will bring and the excitement of the holiday season. The kids will be on break, Christmas will arrive before we know it and just like that another year has passed us! At the end of every year, I always think about all the blessings that we have. We are blessed with our health, our children, our countless hours of work which we receive daily without complaining, the food on our table and our family and friends. I also think about everything that has happened around us and around the world and I ask that together we try and make this world a better place and that we find piece. I am looking forward to 2016! The upcoming year will be very exciting for us. Our daughter will start high school and leave behind the younger years. This will be a year of change for her and for us. She is very excited about starting a new school and making new friends. It really gets me when I think of how fast our two little ones are growing and how much joy they bring into our lives! This year was a great year and we await the new one with the same excitement!

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“The gimmes” are all around us during the holiday season. It can be hard for kids and parents to look beyond all of the product-driven hoopla and remember what the holidays are really about. It’s not the gifts but what’s behind them that’s important, the spirit of giving. Help your kids learn the fun of giving, and how rewarding it can be to look for, make, and wrap something special or do something special for people they care about and others who are in need.


Focus on Family Traditions

Traditions that focus on family or friends can be a great way to put meaning back into the holidays. Here are a couple of ideas: •Talk about which family traditions your family loves the most. Then figure out how you can put more emphasis on them. If you love the tradition of lighting the menorah, get together as a group to make your own candles. If you enjoy the family trip to pick out a tree, make it an all-day event and head to a tree farm to choose your own. •Find out what the holidays mean to others. Have your kids talk to a grandparent, parent, uncle, or aunt about how they spent the holidays growing up. Some holiday traditions that used to be strong — such as neighborhood caroling — are all but lost today. Maybe you’d like to revive some of these as a way to share some holiday spirit with your family, friends, or community. •Build some new traditions. If you don’t have any family traditions, it’s never too late to start. Get together around activities that you all enjoy, such as cooking or ice-skating. Ask your kids what they would enjoy doing every year and make an effort to do it. If you can’t all decide on one thing, make traditions out of several, so that everyone feels like part of the festivities.


Teach Kids to Question Marketing Messages

From the TV commercials during cartoons to the promos on the backs of cereal boxes, marketing messages target kids of all ages. And to them, everything looks ideal, like something they simply have to have. It all sounds so appealing — often, so much better than it really is. The ads kids see around the holidays can help foster unrealistic expectations and lead to disappointment. After imagining their “wish list” items all around them, it’s hard for reality to measure up when they actually open their gifts. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate all exposure to marketing messages. You can certainly turn off the TV or at least limit your kids’ watching time, but they’ll still see and hear ads for the latest gizmos and must-haves. •Explain, when your kids ask for products they see advertised, that commercials and other ads are designed to make people want things they don’t necessarily need. And these ads are often meant to make us think that these products will make us happier somehow. Talking to kids about what things are like in reality can help put things into perspective. •Ask what they think about the products they see advertised as you’re watching TV, listening to the radio, reading magazines, or shopping together. Ask thought-provoking questions, such as “Do you think that product really looks, tastes, or works the same way as it seems to in the ad?” •To limit exposure to TV commercials, experts recommend having kids watch public television stations, recorded programs (without the ads), and children’s videos and DVDs. •Teach your kids that not everything they want can always be theirs and that a little “want” here and there isn’t all bad. The key is to want things in moderation and to fully appreciate what you’re given. Emphasize that the holidays are a special time, when a lot of love and thought is put into gift giving.


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Teach Kids to Give of Themselves

Volunteerism, especially around the holidays, offers an ideal opportunity for families to have fun and feel closer to each other at the same time. Community service helps to drive home the message that giving is much more than laying down cash for the hot gift of the season or scrambling around to buy mounds of presents. Volunteerism can show kids that giving your time, effort, and kindness is more rewarding than just expecting to receive lots of presents. Also, if volunteering begins at an early age, it can become part of your kids’ lives — something they just want to do. It can teach them: •that one person can make a difference. A wonderful, empowering message for kids is that they are important enough to have an impact on someone or something else. •The benefit of sacrifice. By giving up a toy to a less fortunate child, a child learns that sometimes it’s good to sacrifice. Cutting back on recreation time to help others reinforces that there are important things other than ourselves and our immediate needs. •Tolerance. Working in community service can bring kids and teens together with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education and income levels. They’ll likely find that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values. •To be even more appreciative of what they have. By helping others who aren’t as fortunate, kids can better see all the remarkable things to be grateful for in their own lives. •Choose to help an organization or group that fits with your family’s values and the things you believe in. Just a few ways you can help out in your community and beyond: •Sponsor another family in need or purchase some presents for less fortunate children through a toy donation program. Let your kids pick out and wrap the gifts themselves. •If your kids love animals, talk to your local animal shelter. Many distribute staples like pet food to low-income pet owners over the holidays and need volunteers to help. •Give back to the elderly in your area. Help out at a nursing home; visit with older people who could use a little extra joy and company around the holidays; bring gifts or meals to those who are homebound; or lend a hand to elderly neighbors with decorating, cooking, or wrapping presents. •Volunteer your family’s time by helping out at a children’s hospital or homeless shelter or building or refurbishing housing for people in need. Community service can teach kids that giving comes in many forms, not just as presents. Emphasize that giving of their time, effort, and caring can mean so much more — and last longer — than any gift that money can buy.

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Give Gifts With Meaning

Of course, gift giving will always be a large part of the holiday season. And with good reason — it can teach kids to really consider what might make others happy and what's important to people they care about. Watching loved ones' faces as they open presents that your children put a lot of heart and thought into can make the holidays more worthwhile for your kids. But presents don't always have to be purchased in a store. Teach your kids how to put some real meaning and feelings into their gifts this year and beyond. Making their own presents can help show just how much kids care and can make the experience of giving more rewarding for both kids and their gift recipients. Here are some ideas to get your family started: •Make homemade gifts together. •Create photo albums, especially small "brag books" that family members can carry around with them. Not only does this capture precious memories and show just how much they mean, making photo album gifts also shows loved ones that a lot of thought and time was put into their presents. •Print and frame favorite digital photos of friends and loved ones. •Create customized stationery for people on your family's list using your home computer and printer. •Have your kids create their own customized artwork — collages, paintings, drawings, etc. — and put them in fun frames. They can even decorate the frames. •Create a customized family tree for family members (something grandparents would especially appreciate). •Make your own batches of presents, like potpourri or ornaments, or wrapping paper and customized home decorations like wreaths. •Create personalized family videos for long-distance friends and loved ones. •Give philanthropic gifts. Many communities hold fairs where you can buy gifts by making a donation to causes your family and friends care about. Others offer actual gifts made by people with special needs. Check out charity organizations' websites for information on donating money on behalf of others and about gifts whose proceeds go to the charity itself. •Instead of giving gifts of things, teach kids to consider giving gifts of time. For example, their grandmother may welcome their help in learning how to use a computer program. Or their little sister may want to learn how to knit. Have family members create special gift certificates (e.g., "two free car washes," "five free specially prepared meals," "10 free loads of laundry," etc.). These days, when everyone's so stretched, a gift of time can be more meaningful than one that costs big bucks.

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l a i s c n n o a i t n i F solu Re Start small. You’re

more likely to meet a small, specific goal than you are to stick with a lofty resolution all year long. If your finances are out of control, start with something manageable – like collecting all of your account statements and writing down your net worth. If you want to pay off debt, resolve to earn an extra $100 by working an odd job or selling some possessions you don’t really need. Then move onto one more thing you can do. Rather than failing at a resolution after a week, causing you to give up, these “little wins” will motivate you to do more.

Focus on one thing at a time. Trying

to accomplish too many things at once makes it unlikely you’ll succeed at any. Instead of simultaneously resolving to pay down debt, build your credit score and save for a down payment, pick the ONE thing that will make the most difference. For example: If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, save $500 or $1,000 as a buffer so you don’t need to tap credit when unexpected expenses arise. If you have high interest debt, pay it off before trying to save for other goals. On the other hand, if you have student loans that will take years to pay off but need to save up to buy a car in the meantime, save money for the car before worrying about making extra payments on your loans.

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2016 Motivate yourself by measuring backward, not forward. Whether

we’re trying to eat better, get more done at work, or spend less, we tend to imagine the ideal – never eating the cupcakes, working a disruption-free 8 hours, or saving every spare penny. Of course, nobody ever lives up to these unrealistic ideals, which makes us feel like we’re failing. Anytime you catch yourself measuring yourself against an ideal, instead look back at the progress you’ve already made. It will do wonders for motivating you to take the next step.

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As you get together with friends and family for birthdays, holidays, or other celebrations, why not celebrate the environment too? Here are some simple ideas for greening up your festivities. As an added bonus, many of them are as kind to your wallet as they are to the planet!


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Choose eco-friendly gifts. Look for gifts made with the environment in mind (such as shade-grown chocolate or coffee; or items made with recycled glass, metal, plastic, or paper). Or give gifts that get used up, like soap, food, or candles. You could also give gifts that help people cut down on waste. Reusable grocery or produce bags and refillable water bottles do more than just save landfill space — they also save the resources used in making and transporting the disposable versions. There's nothing to wrap or throw away when you donate to a person's favorite cause. Making a gift donation in someone's name is a good choice for parents or grandparents who don't need more "stuff." Or give the gift of your time, such as coupons for babysitting or computer help.

Decorate with the planet in mind. Holiday lighting can be a big energy user, so try to find efficient lighting (such as LED lights). Turn outdoor lighting displays off when you go to bed or if you're not at home. If you light candles, choose natural ones made with beeswax or soy instead of petroleumbased ingredients.

Reuse and recycle. As you plan your event or celebration, keep in mind ways to reduce waste, such as using rechargeable batteries in electronic items. If you receive gifts you can't return or use, pass them on to someone who can — or donate them to a charity resale shop. (You can also do this with any old items that this year's gifts replace.)


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Green up your gift wrap. Instead of spending money on store-bought wrapping paper that ends up in a landfill, make your own wrapping from newspaper, magazines, or catalogs. Or use fabric items to wrap gifts, such as wrapping a cookbook in a dishtowel, or clothing in a scarf. Reusable gift bags are another eco-conscious way to present gifts — they're also easier to use than wrapping paper!

Send greetings that really care. Create your own cards using your computer or art supplies and recycled paper. Some people keep old cards, cut the pictures out, and use these to make new cards or gift tags. Better still, go paperless with e-cards.

Dear Santa, This year I have been very good! This year I am _______ years old. This year I have been ____Naughty ____ Nice. These are my Christmas Wishes: ___________ _____________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Have a Merry Christmas, Santa! I promise to leave out for you ____________________. Please say “hi” to ________________. Until next year...

Love, _____________________________.

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Wants and Needs: Can Your Child Tell the Difference?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard these five words come out of my kids’ mouths—and the expression on their faces when they say it is almost funny! I use the word rather loosely here because, in reality, understanding the difference between a need and a want is extremely important and not to be laughed at. Unfortunately, countless parents think it’s cute when their young children pout for treats, demanding their wants until their amused moms and dads acquiesce. However, that same amusement evaporates into mortified embarrassment when their children grow up to resemble Violet from Willy Wonka. We are so fortunate in the United States because most of us have everything we need, even beyond the very basics of food, water, and shelter. Most of us have ample access to those primary needs, as well as clothing, education, work, and medicine. Because our needs are so often met and wants are frequently accessible, it’s vital to teach children from the beginning the difference between wants and needs. If you don’t, they can grow up thinking they need everything they want. Even if your children are older, it’s never too late for this valuable lesson. Here are three ways to get you started.

1. Teach Them with Every Day Choices

I like this example because shoe shopping is a common temptation to all. My son ran through shoes quickly. But when we walked into a store, he would immediately run over to the most expensive, flashy pair. His argument: “But mom, I neeeed shoes!” My argument: “Yes, you need new shoes, but you want these shoes. There are plenty of others that would do the same job.” We would discuss that the amount of dollars that would cover his need for shoes. I would then ask him how important the “want” pair of shoes was to him. After that, it was his choice. I would cover the need and he had to pay for anything over that amount. It taught him that needs are more important than wants and that they are a luxury, not a necessity. So the next time you go shopping with your kids for something specific, give them options and talk them through making a wise decision. 2. Teach Them to Handle a Budget

When it comes to my girls, I’ve always known that a new school year meant one thing for them: new clothes! But instead of allowing them to shop to their hearts’ content (which would easily have meant turning our entire house into their personal closets), I would give them each a certain budget. This is a step up from my last example because they actually got to control the money. I would say: “Here’s your money for school clothes. I recommend you get three outfits that you know you’ll wear, but it’s up to you to spend wisely.” Sure, they wanted to blow all their money on one expensive sweater, but they quickly learned to search for good bargains in order to purchase all of the things they needed. 3. Teach Them to Be Content

Ultimately, teaching your child the difference between what they want and what they need means teaching them to be content. They need to understand that desires are secondary to necessities. You can help your child develop contentment in a variety of ways. Try giving them exposure to those less fortunate—people who truly are in need. Try cleaning out old toys and clothes to donate to people in need. Try serving homeless people at a soup kitchen together. Or, try helping your child make a list of all the things they are thankful for. No matter what you choose, be sure that your child learns to develop a heart of contentment, compassion, and generosity. As cute as it is for young children to beg for something they think they need, allowing that attitude to continue is only fostering discontentment and selfishness. Teach your child how to tell the difference between what they want and what they need, and help them develop a heart that desires to meet the needs of others. We can all agree that we need more of that in the world! - See more at: © 2015, Susan Merrill. All rights reserved. Originally published at


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Breanna Marie danced her way into this world and into our hearts, making us parents for the first time on April 5, 2003. Once sweet, baby Gabby was born, our little family was complete. Days were filled with big bows and even bigger hugs, pink tutus, and the delightful giggles of sisters. From very early on, Bre-Bre’s love for music and movement was so intense that by the age of three, she began formally training in dance. A natural, extraordinary talent combined with her passionate heart led to a first solo by the time Bre was just five years old. This tiny, but fierce, dreamer soared through the genres of jazz, lyrical, ballet, ballroom, hip-hop, and contemporary music. Bre worked tirelessly and she quickly evolved into a powerhouse dancer, bringing home the highest platinum scores on both local and national levels. With taking just one graceful step onto the stage, she instantly captivated audiences, leaving a lasting impression and gaining countless fans throughout her journey in the spotlight.

In school, Bre was just as devoted and she excelled academically, earning outstanding grades and honorable awards. Even with her educational studies and rigorous dance schedule, Bre continued to thrive in all extracurricular activities. At Palm Springs North Elementary School (P.S.N.), she was elected Student Council President, Safety Patrol Captain, and Book Club President. Of course, always circling back to her most heartfelt passion, Bre-Bre was also a star member of P.S.N.’s Darlings & Dazzlers dance team. Our silly, spunky girl was fun…and funny! She was the queen of selfies and would take pictures capturing even the simplest of moments (now, we are so grateful to look back and appreciate all of those little memories). Breanna loved people. Her kind-hearted spirit and radiating smile touched the lives of every single person she met. As an encouraging friend, Bre-Bre reached out to everyone, lending a helping hand or offering a comforting hug. Always cheerful, she inspired peers and teachers alike. The depth of her influence became clear to us when, in a surprise moment while serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies at her fifth grade elementary school graduation, Bre was awarded the American Legion Award, a distinct honor given for demonstrating strong qualities of character and good citizenship. Her commitment to living life fully was remarkably unwavering. The summer before she began middle school, Bre wrote us a letter, asking to be enrolled in a dance studio that offered an enthusiastic, highly competitive dance program. She had listed her points one-by-one, urging us to consider this bold change with the confident promise that she would continue to strive for her best. It would undoubtedly be a challenge, but one that she was excitedly ready to master. Bre’s energetic spirit knew no bounds. She was dynamic. She was strong. Our beautiful daughter always danced with her heart, all of it, until that sudden moment when the sun began to fade one December afternoon.

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The Last Dance “This amazing 11-year-old was a competitive dancer at Dance Creations Dance Academy since she was three years old. She got her dance training from Maria Alonso and her staff for many years until her path led to our doors. We welcomed her with open arms as we welcome all, but had no idea she would change our lives the way she has. Breanna immediately joined our competition program, as her talents exceeded our expectations. She brought something to our studio that, in all honesty, made her stand out from the rest. She lit up the room when she walked in. Her gorgeous light eyes, illuminating smile, and her piercing dimples made everyone fall in love with her. On Tuesday, December 9th, Breanna came to our studios, her second home, and took class like any other day. She danced, and as always, danced with every ounce of her existence. She laughed, fooled around, and did everything she had done with her friends just as she always had. It was a day like any other. She danced until her body could dance no more, and she fought like she always had: tough until the very end. She came to us to spend her final moments and to dance her last dance with us.” -Yvonne Alvarez, Studio Director Miami Dancity Studios

The Breanna Vergara Foundation Six months after our daughter’s passing, we finally received an answer to our desperate, never-ending question. Our seemingly healthy daughter had a congenital heart defect known as pre-excitation Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW). When detected with an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), this asymptomatic condition is curable, and deaths caused by the syndrome are rare. An EKG is a simple, painless test that checks the electrical activity of one’s heart. Within the last few months alone, we have met five children who have been diagnosed with the same condition as Breanna. One of them is a teenager, the others are under the age of eleven, including one of Breanna's best friends from the dance studio. As parents, our lifetime of grief has led to a purposeful mission in the creation of The Breanna Vergara Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes a healthy, happy, and passionate lifestyle by offering opportunities and scholarships for children to participate in extracurricular activities. Turning to our South Florida community for help, we search for kids and match them with organizations specializing in the child's interest. Most importantly, our steadfast focus is to create an awareness of heart screenings in an effort to identify children at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. In their continued dedication to the health and wellness of our youth, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital (formerly Miami Children’s Hospital) currently offers free EKGs to all middle and high school athletes. Recently, in response to the need for greater awareness and testing, the hospital is now also offering free EKGs to younger children in the dance community. Through our foundation’s efforts, free EKGs are also being conducted at community health fairs and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are being donated to local dance studios. These portable, electronic devices can instantaneously diagnose life-threatening cardiac arrest and, through electrical therapy, re-establish the heart’s normal functioning rhythm. If a sudden cardiac arrest victim receives defibrillation within the first minute, the survival rate is 90%. The simple use of an AED may have saved our daughter’s life. Recently, our organization sponsored a bill, which calls for all children to have an EKG prior to participating in any leagues, teams or classes within the Town of Miami Lakes. The Council unanimously passed this proposition. Known as “The Breanna Vergara Rule,” this mandate will also require the availability of AEDs and properly trained CPR personnel at all sporting events. A resolution was presented for other towns to implement this same rule and to further enact “The Breanna Saves Lives Act” statewide. The first annual Breanna Vergara 5K & Color Run will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Miami Lakes Park West, 15101 N.W. 82nd Avenue. Online Registration is available now at Funds raised from this event will be donated to the Cardiology Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for a mobile EKG unit that can be transported to local schools, dance studios, and sporting events. Creating awareness of the necessity for pediatric heart screenings and making EKGs readily available to all children is our mission. There was nothing more that we loved than to watch our daughter, Breanna, dance. There is #OnlyOneBreBre and today we are proud of her for teaching us how to live, how to care, and how to make a difference. To hear a child say, “Breanna Vergara saved my life,” is our daughter’s greatest legacy. It is a gift from her heart that will beat forever.

We strongly urge parents to take their children to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital or any of its eight outpatient centers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. To schedule an appointment for a pediatric EKG test, please call The Heart Program at (855) 624-3547.

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READING BOOKS TO BABIES Why Read to My Baby? You may wonder about the benefits of reading to your baby. An infant won’t understand everything you’re doing or why. But you wouldn’t wait until your child could understand what you were saying before you started speaking to him or her, right? Nor would you bypass lullabies until your baby could carry a tune or wait until he or she could shake a rattle before you offered any toys. Reading aloud to your baby is a wonderful shared activity you can continue for years to come — and it’s an important form of stimulation.

Reading aloud: • Teaches a baby about communication. • Introduces concepts such as numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in a fun way. • Builds listening, memory, and vocabulary skills. • Gives babies information about the world around them. Believe it or not, by the time babies reach their first birthday they will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language. The more stories you read aloud, the more words your child will be exposed to and the better he or she will be able to talk. Hearing words helps to build a rich network of words in a baby’s brain. Kids whose parents frequently talk/read to them know more words by age 2 than children who have not been read to. And kids who are read to during their early years are more likely to learn to read at the right time. When you read, your child hears you using many different emotions and expressive sounds, which fosters social and emotional development. Reading also invites your baby to look, point, touch, and answer questions — all of which promote social development and thinking skills. And your baby improves language skills by imitating sounds, recognizing pictures, and learning words. But perhaps the most important reason to read aloud is that it makes a connection between the things your baby loves the most — your voice and closeness to you — and books. Spending time reading to your baby shows that reading is a skill worth learning. And, if infants and children are read to often with joy, excitement, and closeness, they begin to associate books with happiness — and budding readers are created.


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Different Ages, Different Stages Young babies may not know what the pictures in a book mean, but they can focus on them, especially faces, bright colors, and contrasting patterns. When you read or sing lullabies and nursery rhymes, you can entertain and soothe your infant. Between 4 and 6 months, your baby may begin to show more interest in books. He or she will grab and hold books, but will mouth, chew, and drop them as well. Choose sturdy vinyl or cloth books with bright colors and repetitive or rhyming text. Between 6 and 12 months, your child is beginning to understand that pictures represent objects, and most likely will develop preferences for certain pictures, pages, or even entire stories. Your baby will respond while you read, grabbing for the book and making sounds, and by 12 months will turn pages (with some help from you), pat or start to point to objects on a page, and repeat your sounds.

When and How to Read Here’s a great thing about reading aloud: It doesn’t take special skills or equipment, just you, your baby, and some books. Read aloud for a few minutes at a time, but do it often. Don’t worry about finishing entire books — focus on pages that you and your baby enjoy. Try to set aside time to read every day — perhaps before naptime and bedtime. In addition to the pleasure that cuddling your baby before bed gives both of you, you’ll also be making life easier by establishing a routine. This will help to calm your baby and set expectations about when it’s time to sleep. It’s also good to read at other points in the day. Choose times when your baby is dry, fed, and alert. Books also come in handy when you’re stuck waiting, so have some in the diaper bag to fill time sitting at the doctor’s office or standing in line at the grocery store.

What to Read Books for babies should have simple, repetitive text and clear pictures. During the first few months of life, your child just likes to hear your voice, so you can read almost anything, especially books with a sing-song or rhyming text. As your baby gets more interested in looking at things, choose books with simple pictures against solid backgrounds. Once your baby begins to grab, you can read vinyl or cloth books that have faces, bright colors, and shapes. When your baby begins to respond to what's inside of books, add board books with pictures of babies or familiar objects like toys. When your child begins to do things like sit up in the bathtub or eat finger foods, find simple stories about daily routines like bedtime or bathtime. When your child starts talking, choose books that invite babies to repeat simple words or phrases. Books with mirrors and different textures (crinkly, soft, scratchy) are also great for this age group, as are fold-out books that can be propped up, or books with flaps that open for a surprise. Board books make page turning easier for infants and vinyl or cloth books can go everywhere — even the tub. Babies of any age like photo albums with pictures of people they know and love. And every baby should have a collection of nursery rhymes! One of the best ways you can ensure that your little one grows up to be a reader is to have books around your house. When your baby is old enough to crawl over to a basket of toys and pick one out, make sure some books are included in the mix. In addition to the books you own, take advantage of those you can borrow from the library. Many libraries have storytime just for babies, too. Don't forget to pick up a book for yourself while you're there. Reading for pleasure is another way you can be your baby's reading role model.

Here are some additional reading tips: Cuddling while you read helps your baby feel safe, warm, and connected to you. Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it's appropriate or using different voices for different characters. Don't worry about following the text exactly. Stop once in a while and ask questions or make comments on the pictures or text. ("Where's the kitty? There he is! What a cute black kitty.") Your child might not be able to respond yet, but this lays the groundwork for doing so later on. Sing nursery rhymes, make funny animal sounds, or bounce your baby on your knee — anything that shows that reading is fun. Babies love — and learn from — repetition, so don't be afraid of reading the same books over and over. When you do so, repeat the same emphasis each time as you would with a familiar song. As your baby gets older, encourage him or her to touch the book or hold sturdier vinyl, cloth, or board books. You don't want to encourage chewing on books, but by putting them in his or her mouth, your baby is learning about them, finding out how books feel and taste — and discovering that they're not edible!

Holiday Recipes Skillet Granola-Apple Crisp

White Chocolate Holiday Bark Ingredients •1 pound finely chopped white chocolate •1 1/2 teaspoons nut or plain oil •1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 1/4 cups shelled pistachio nuts, toasted and papery coating peeled •Equipment: Chocolate thermometer

Total Time: 1 hr 35 min Prep: 30 min Inactive: 1 hr Cook: 5 min Yield:About 1 1/2 pounds Level:Intermediate

Directions 1. Tempering the chocolate for the bark requires a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, improvise one by using a saucepan and a stainless steel bowl: Nestle the bowl into the saucepan, allowing a few inches of space to remain between the bottom of the bowl and the bottom of the saucepan. Keep an extra bowl of a similar size on hand to transfer the chocolate for cooling. Rest the chocolate thermometer on a towel. Line a baking sheet with foil. 2. Pour a couple inches of water into the bottom half of the double boiler and heat over medium-low to just below a simmer. Put the chocolate in the top half of the double boiler and set over the hot water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring with a heat-resistant rubber spatula. As the chocolate melts, check the temperature periodically to make sure it stays between 82 and 86 degrees F. If it starts to rise above this temperature, quickly transfer the chocolate to the bowl on reserve and stir briskly to reduce heat. Return bowl to double boiler to maintain heat between 82 and 86 degrees F. 3. Remove bowl from over the hot water just before all the chocolate melts. Stir vigorously until the chocolate melts completely. Check temperature again. Stir in the oil until evenly blended. Chocolate is now tempered and ready to use. Keep within the 82 to 86 degree F range, returning bowl briefly to the double boiler if necessary. 4. Quickly stir the fruit and nuts into the chocolate. Spread chocolate mixture out on the prepared baking sheet so it's about 1/2inch thick and the fruit and nuts are coated. Set bark aside at room temperature to harden. Break into angled pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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Ingredients • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter. • 1 1/2 cups store-bought oat granola, (recommended: Bear Naked Maple Pecan). •2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. •1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1/4 cup. •5 crisp apples, such as Fuji or Gala (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1/2inch pieces. •1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. •1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice.

Total Time: 55 min Prep: 15 min Cook: 40 min Yield: 6 servings Level: Intermediate HEALTHY

Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Melt the butter in a medium nonreactive and oven safe skillet over medium heat. Add the granola, 1 tablespoon of the flour and 1 tablespoon sugar and toss until the sugar is dissolved and the granola is well-coated. Transfer to a bowl; set aside. (Reserve the skillet.) 3. Pour the apples into the skillet; toss with the pumpkin pie spice, lemon juice and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are juicy and slightly softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon flour. Scatter the reserved granola mixture evenly over the top and transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake until the crisp is bubbling and the apples are tender, about 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm. Copyright 2010 Television Food Network, G.P. All rights reserved Nutritional analysis per serving •Calories 286; Total Fat 9.5g (Sat Fat 4g, Mono Fat 1.5g, Poly Fat 0g) ; Protein 3g; Carb 50g; Fiber 6g; Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 47mg •By toasting a bit of prepared granola with butter, we were able to keep this dish light and healthy while still providing a delicious crunchy topping to sweet spiced apples. From Food Network Kitchens Images “Courtesy of” “For more holiday recipes and ideas, visit”


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Do you have THIN HAIR?

Get thicker, fuller hair with these tips! When it comes to hair care, all product applications are not considered “one-sizefits-all”. Not all hair products deliver the same results on thin hair as they do to thick-hair goddesses.



Blow-dry your hair upside/down, this will redirect the root for extra volume. (comb really well at first)

Round comb your roots to add volume to your hair.

Make sure to use the right products. Volumizing Shampoos and Conditioners are the formulas of choice. 30

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AVOID TOO MUCH CONDITION Avoid over conditioning your hair; only apply conditioner to the bottom of your hair and rinse well.

MASSAGE YOUR SCALP Stimulate the blood flow by massaging your scalp when you wash your hair; massaging will nourish your scalp and hair and creates a healthy circulation.

Weatherized shoes for everyone! With the winter weather approaching, we wanted to get ready to hit the streets and the outdoors with the perfect winter shoes. Here are some of our favorite winter shoes for this winter season!

Winter Shoes The Classic Winter Plaid She will adore these boots! 100% waterproof with Neo-Tech insulation. These are available in many colors and patterns. Non-slip, comfortable and stylish. Absolutely one of our favorite boots this year!

Boga in Chocolate Cozy, comfy and warm! These can be paired with almost any outfit.

Juno Tall Our "fashion favorite" to face those rough winter days! The Juno Tall in redkeeps you looking stylish while keeping your toes toasty throughout the day.

Ottawa He we absolutely love the Ottawa boot! It is crafted with waterproof leather and a soft leather footbed. He will brave the elements with Max-Wick lining which sends sweat packing to keep feet dry for all day comfort.

Classic Mid for Men These mild insulated work boots will meet all your performance needs. Handle anything the day brings while feeling comfortable and ready for what comes your way

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Holiday Gift Guide Kids


Oh what a fabulous gift for your child! They will absolutely love to rock on these ponies. These make great gifts year-round!

SoCozy is one of our favorite shampoo for kids! The 3-in-1 Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash is part of our daily collection. The kids love it and moms too!

What a way to brighten up her outfit. We adore the Cienta kids shoes! She will love all the sparkle!

Perfect for holding iPhone, pens, keys, make-up accessories and any other small belongings. Kids and teens will love the silicone "happy" purse! A creative activity book that will keep her busy for hours. The "Reusable Sticker Pad Dress-Up" features illustrated models to dress in 165+ skirts, dresses, and every imaginable accessory!

Silicone Outer Layer to keep the little ones hands dry. Great for playing during those snowy days. Keep their little hands warm this winter!

Every child will love to own one of these DryZzz pillowcases! These pillowcases are perfect for sleeping with wet hair. A great gift that will be used all year!


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STICKGLOSS LIP COLOUR Part lip balm, part lip color, and part lip glace. We love the fullness this lip color adds to the lips! Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask A facial mask that firms, tightens and brightens the skin. Innovative with antioxidants that protect against free radical damage.

Men Rustic Brown Waterproof and lined with Thinsulate insulation. Perfect for the Winter days!

The "Casper Range Good-Down Parka" is the essential piece for this Winter. Face those cold winter days with this water-resisting, insulated, warm trapping Parka!

Casual elegance and a blast of fresh air! The "POLO Blue" is the perfect holiday gift for dad this year!

“Wild Ponies”


My grandfather, John Frederick, now 78, began making these for the great grandchildren in the family. Being such a big hit for the little ones, I decided to start a business so I could share these unique treasures with more children. With respect to our grandfather’s craftsmanship, I retained the same construction and design that he used. I decided to add a little “Jazz and Sass” to them, and that started “Wild Ponies”. I have always loved to create and design, so I took my Western lifestyle and mixed it with a little fun. I try to add a new pony design every month. My biggest inspirations are from my 5 year old son Hayes and what he likes for the boys, along with my 7 year old niece Raley and 3 year old Niece Bryar for the sassy girls. God has really blessed us with Wild Ponies.


Decorate Your Tree With Your Kids in Mind Kids are curious and will want to play with the ornaments on the tree, so you might as well prepare. Move the ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks towards the top of the tree. That makes room at the bottom for the ones that are safer for young kids. Water the Tree Regularly Natural trees look beautiful and smell great, but if they’re not watered regularly, needles can dry out and pose a potential fire hazard. Make sure your tree has plenty of water by checking it regularly. Check the Lights Lights are one of the best parts of holiday decorating. Take a look at the ones on your tree and in and around your home for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets. Blow Out Candles and Store Matches Out of Reach Keep holiday candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn, and don’t forget to blow them out when you leave the room or before you go to sleep. Make a habit of placing matches and lighters in a safe place, out of children's reach. Avoid novelty lighters or lighters that look like toys. Keep Harmful Plants Out of Reach Plants can spruce up your holiday decorating, but keep those that may be poisonous out of reach of children or pets. This includes mistletoe berries, holly berry, and Jerusalem cherry. In a poison emergency, call the national Poison Control Center at 1- 800-222-1222. Find the Perfect Toy for the Right Age Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game this holiday season. It’s worth a second to read the instructions and warning labels to make sure the gift is just right. Before you’ve settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren’t any small parts or other potential choking hazards. Keep Button Batteries Away from Young Kids Keep a special eye on small pieces, including button batteries that may be included in electronic toys. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings. Don’t Forget a Helmet for New Bikes or Other Toys If your child’s heart is set on a bike, skateboard or scooter this holiday season, be sure to include a helmet to keep them safe while they’re having fun. Prevent Spills with Pot Handles Kids love to reach, so to prevent burns from hot holiday food or liquid spills, simply use the back burner of your stove and turn pot handles away from the edge. Engage Older Kids in Cooking Teach older responsible kids how to cook safely. Teach them never to leave the kitchen while they’re using the stove or oven. Instruct older kids to use oven mitts or potholders to remove items from the oven or stove and teach them how to use a microwave safely. Check Your Car Seat Before Holiday Travel Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here’s a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work. Find a Safe Kids car seat checkup event near you. Use Booster Seats Safety in the car goes beyond your little ones. Kids who have outgrown a forward-facing harness seat are not ready for a seat belt or front seat yet. They are safest in a booster seat that enables the adult seat belt to fit properly. Even when children have graduated from booster seats, they should remain in the back seat until they reach the age of 13. Have an Exit Strategy on the Road So now the car is packed, the kids are in the right seat, the seats are installed properly, and you’re on the open road. Nothing can stop you now, right? Wrong. That’s when you hear that all too familiar “howl that means “I want food” or “Change my diaper.” When it happens, please don’t worry about making good time. Instead, get off at the next exit and find a safe area to feed or change your child.


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Stepher’s inc. & spa cards anounce their new line of greeting cards with dead sea bath salts inside every card.

Created with the idea of making a greeting card a little something more than a card that can double as the gift as well, SPA CARDS are filling a niche for just that. Founder and artist, Stephanie Cooney uses her love of the sea and for making smiles into Spa Cards, featuring whimsical sea creatures soaking in a tub, enjoying the Dead Sea bath salts that can be seen through a die cut on the front of the card. There is also a ‘be happy’ meditation inside upon which the salts are attached and a paper envelope for mailing. The original designs by Stephanie are created using pencil, watercolor and ink. Once the art is complete Stephanie does the graphics for print as well. The raw salts imported from Israel by a company in NYC, mixes them with their various aromas. Spa Cards then re- packages them into sealed bags and assembles the card contents in clear re sealable envelopes for display or to be presented as a gift.

SPA CARDS! The fun answer for the inexpensive gift that says a whole lot more than just a greeting card! Spa Cards are also excited and expanding into other styles of cards such as hanging and table ornaments for all occasions including Holidays and party favors. Purchase SPA CARDS on line at SPA CARDS, transforming humanity one bath at a time!

Shop your favorite fragrances all in the same place! Here are some of our favorite picks:

KIDS FRAGRANCES Chloe The soft magnolia and rose scent is one of our favorite.

Lacoste Essential He will smell great all day with the casual and sensual smell of this fragrance.

Prada Candy Eau De Parfum Perfect for the girly girl! A playful and romantic scent.

Vera Wang Eau De Toilette for Him An elegant combination of sandalwood, leather and tobacco.

Bvlgari for Men A preferred day time scent for him. Fresh, nice and light.

Pleasures Eau De Parfum For years one of our favorite! Roses and peonies makes this an everyday favorite.

Viva La Juicy A casual scent perfect for day or night!

Claiborne Sport Cologne Let him play! The aroma of a morning dew. Great for daily wear.

The kids will love all the animated fragrances and their playful scent! These make great stocking stuffers and gifts.



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To get the community in the spirit for the holidays, Care Resource recently hosted a special Pediatric open-house at their office located on 3510 Biscayne Boulevard in midtown Miami. There was a bounce house, food, refreshments, face-painting, guided tours of their NEW Pediatric wing and an opportunity to meet Alicia Fernandez-Garcia, MD, their NEW Pediatrician. Alicia was Board Certified in pediatrics in 1989 and has continued her re-certifications to present and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 1989. Over the years since she started practicing as a Pediatrician – Alicia has always migrated towards those that are in greater need of support and help and has supported the growth and development of children as they are our future.


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Now that December is upon us, Care Resource also wants to remind the South Florida community that there are ways that you and your kids can enjoy the holiday season without gaining weight. You may be thinking that you don’t want to ruin the wonder of Christmas for your kids by depriving them of holiday goodies. However, think about what allowing your kids to overindulge does to them. Childhood obesity causes joint pain, high blood pressure, and diabetes, as well as a host of other ailments associated more often with middle-aged adults. Kids will be home more than usual because of the cooler outdoor weather. Quite often, kids will begin to eat out of boredom. If you don’t buy unhealthy snacks, you won’t have to worry about it. Save potato chips and similar snacks as a special once-in-awhile treat. Don’t keep them in your home all the time. It’s a lot easier for you to resist the temptation at the grocery store than for your kids to resist it in your house. “At Care Resource, our locations strive to provide the highest standard of health care services for children in the region. Services include well child care; pediatric hearing, vision and dental care; immunizations; routine health screenings and adolescent care. Care Resource is a partner in keeping South Florida’s children happy and healthy, from birth through adolescence. With offices conveniently located throughout South Florida, where your family lives, works and plays, our Pediatric services are right for you.” - Alicia Fernandez-Garcia, MD, Care Resource

Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! Best, Your Medical Family at Care Resource

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