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April 2016 - May 2016 Publisher | Editor Maybi Iglesias Contributing Writers US Swim School Association The Camping and Education Foundation Dr. Chrystal de Freitas Blakely Trettenero Nicole Ramer Dr. Adam Breiner Gymboree Copy Editor Assistant Tony Iglesias Accounting Martha Gonzalez Distribution & Circulation Martha Gonzalez Miguel Perez Graphic Design Carlos Valle

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Gymboree Play and Music - 38

Celebrates 40 years of transforming lives through play

Summer Camp Resources - 44 Stephanie with Spa Cards - 32


Acne: Myth and facts Editor’s Pick Mother’s day Gift Ideas Water Safety Month

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Inspire tech-savvy children to love the great outdoors


your child’s checkup: 10 Tips to prepare parents and kids


How To Easily Add A Foreign Flair to Home Cooking


Aids Walk Miami


Top 10 Homework Tips


Organize your 2016 spring cleaning


Six Important Things Parents Should Know About Concussions


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Fluoride and Water

Letter From The Publisher

Welcome Spring! The nights are a bit hotter and the days a bit longer. I love how the changes in the garden take place and the flowers start to sprout. Here at home we’ve always wanted a rainbow of flowers but lets be realistic, I don’t have the time to keep them pretty so I opt for more greens with less maintenance which look perfect yearround.

Keeping kids' teeth healthy means more than just daily brushing. During a routine well-child exam, you may be surprised to find the doctor examining your child's teeth and asking you about your water supply. That's because fluoride, a substance found naturally in water, plays an important role in healthy tooth development and cavity prevention. About Fluoride Fluoride, which exists naturally in water sources, is derived from fluorine, a common element in the Earth's crust. It is well known that fluoride helps prevent and even reverse the early stages of tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when plaque — that sticky film of bacteria that builds up on teeth — breaks down sugars in food. The bacteria produce damaging acids that dissolve the hard enamel surfaces of teeth. If the damage is not stopped or treated, the bacteria can penetrate through the enamel and cause tooth decay (also called cavities or caries). Cavities weaken teeth and can lead to pain, tooth loss, or even widespread infection in the most severe cases. Fluoride combats tooth decay in two ways: It is incorporated into the structure of developing teeth when it is ingested. It protects teeth when it comes in contact with the surface of the teeth. Fluoride prevents the acid produced by the bacteria in plaque from dissolving, or demineralizing, tooth enamel, the hard and shiny substance that protects the teeth. Fluoride also allows teeth damaged by acid to repair, or remineralize, themselves. Fluoride cannot repair cavities, but it can reverse low levels of tooth decay and thus prevent new cavities from forming.

As you turn the pages of this fabulous issue, you will find our featured story about the 40 year anniversary of Gymboree! What an honor to feature the founder of Gymboree, Joan Barnes on the cover of our Spring issue of Sprinkles Magazine. This is a remarkable experience and a spectacular coverage of what is now one of the most favorite places for parents to take their child to learn and play. In this issue we also celebrate Mom! Flip the pages and you will find Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, our popular Editor’s Pick with amazing finds for the entire family and home, an array of stories and editorials, delicious recipes and our Summer Camp Guide. Don’t forget to write to us with your questions and comments at info@sprinklesmagazine. com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and stay tuned with Sprinkles Magazine!

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ACNE MYT H S & FA C T S Lots of kids and teens have to cope with acne. It's a common part of puberty, but adults and preteens get it too. Because it's so common, acne is the subject of much discussion — and many myths. By clearing up some of the common tales about acne, you can help your son or daughter get through it!


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Myth: Getting a Tan Helps Clear Up Skin. Fact: Even though a tan may temporarily cover the redness of acne, there's no evidence that having tanned skin helps to clear up acne. People who tan in the sun or in tanning booths or beds run the risk of developing dry, irritated, or even burned skin. They're also at increased risk of premature aging and developing skin cancer. Encourage kids to keep skin safe by wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses when outdoors. They should also wear a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (or SPF) of at least 30 that's labeled "noncomedogenic" or "nonacnegenic," which means the product won't clog pores. Discourage the use of tanning beds or booths, even for special occasions such as proms or vacations. Ask your doctor whether a sunless tanning product would be a better alternative. It's especially important for kids who use prescription acne medications (including oral contraceptives, which are often prescribed to help clear up acne) to stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. These drugs can make skin extremely sensitive to sunlight and the rays from ultraviolet tanning booths.

Myth: Washing Your Face Often Prevents Breakouts.

Myth: Use More Acne Medication to Prevent Breakouts.

Fact: Hygiene isn't related to the development of acne, either. Washing the face each day gets rid of dead skin cells, excess oil, and surface dirt, but too much cleansing or washing too vigorously can lead to dryness and irritation — which can actually make acne worse.

Fact: When it comes to over-the-counter acne medication containing active ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, more isn't better. Using too much medication can actually worsen acne because it leads to dryness, irritation, and more blemishes.

Dermatologists usually recommend gently washing — not scrubbing or rubbing — the face no more than twice a day with a mild cleanser and patting the skin dry. Kids should steer clear of harsh exfoliants or scrubs, which can actually irritate blemishes. In addition, toners containing high concentrations of alcohol can dry out the skin and should be avoided.

But kids can get help for acne. A dermatologist can suggest acne treatments if your child:

Myth: Popping Pimples Makes Them Go Away Faster. Fact: Though popping a pimple may make it seem less noticeable temporarily, popping can cause the zit to stay around longer. Popping a pimple pushes bacteria from the zit further into the skin, making the area around the acne even more reddened and inflamed. Pimple-popping devices — such as “blackhead extractors” advertised in magazines — aren’t any safer. Sometimes, popping a pimple will cause a brown or red mark to form that could last months. Scars, in the form of dents and pits, can last forever.

• has tried over-the-counter acne treatments with little or no success; • has developed acne scars; • has painful, large pimples; • is dark-skinned and has acne that's causing dark patches to form; • has low self-esteem or a reduced enjoyment of life because of acne; Prescription acne medication may take up to 8 weeks to have a noticeable effect, so remind kids to use the medication exactly as directed. If the acne doesn't improve within 6 to 8 weeks, talk to the dermatologist.

If your child is bummed because a huge zit arrived just in time for a special event, apply a dab of benzoyl peroxide gel to dry it. A dermatologist might be able to recommend treatments for a teen with severe scarring. Myth: For Clear Skin, Don’t Wear Makeup or Shave. Fact: Kids don’t have to forego cosmetics as long the products used are labeled oil-free, noncomedogenic, or nonacnegenic, which means they won’t cause breakouts. Some concealers now contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, which help to fight acne. Tinted acne-fighting creams may also help to fight pimples while hiding them. However, if any product seems to be irritating the skin or causing breakouts, have your child stop using the product and call your dermatologist. Cosmetics labeled “organic,” “all natural,” or those containing herbs have gained popularity, but they may contribute to clogged pores and acne, so it’s best for kids who are prone to breakouts to steer clear of them. Teen boys who have acne and shave can use either safety or electric razors, but should shave lightly around blemishes to avoid nicking the skin and causing irritation and infection.

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We love the designs on these Designer Noodles! They are manufactured with a spandex cover that protects the noodle and aids in the prevention of environmental damage and discourages children from putting the noodle in their mouths. Get yours today!

Say the magic word and this fabulous set can be yours! Bring out the magician for countless hours of fun!

The Modarri camo car is designed for enthusiast! Your little one will absolutely love it!

Mollie & Bollie Ladybugs Jump Rope. Who remembers jumping rope? Wish we had these when we were growing up!

No other product in the world creates a natural pen on paper experience like Boogie Board eWriters! Many boards to choose from!

DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON! "Personalized Book" Give them something different, a personalized book they will treasure! Many to choose from.


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Let’s face it, moms. Teaching our kids better behavior, impulse control, and social skills in the midst of our hectic lives can be daunting. We now know that emotional intelligence is more directly linked to our children’s future success than academics, but how can we improve “EQ” in our kids? This shampoo-body wash combination leaves your child's hair feeling smooth and their little bodies clean and fresh. These products are toxin and tear-free and perfect for kids age 3 to 9 but fun for the entire family.

Retro Flag Boardies! Quick drying, lightweight and breatheable. Soft elastic waistband with workable drawstring and mesh lining. Snapper Rock is one of our favorite brands!

Your child will love to decorate her very own Fairy House. This fairy kit also comes with a book telling the story of the Dreamland Fairy who ran out of stories to share with its fairy friends.This is a precious gift for any birthday, holiday or just because!

One mom of three has created a way to make it easy and fun! With a whole set of toys, games, and tools, you can sneakily teach your kids these game-changing skills while laughing, playing, and connecting. Q Toys by EQtainment can be found at Target, Amazon, and

The Q Toys Bundle includes all your favorite Q Toys in one package! We love Q's Coloring & Activity Book, and Q-Time Buddy. April 2016 • May 2016 ||


GIFT IDEAS FOR This Mother’s Day.

The Hand Cream Trio A moisturizing Shea Butter trio that will leave your hands nourished and moisturized. One of our favorites!

A sweet treat for your lips! We love the sugar scrub & lip balm combination that these Sweet Pots deliver. Keeps your lips protected and exfoliates them at the same time! One of our favorites!


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Get a boho-chic look with this long tassel accessory! Made from red crystal beads and black Indian silk tassel.

A sophisticated fragrance that captures the essence of green citrus, leafy spearmint and fresh blossoms.

Comfy and classy! The ARRABELLE SLIDE LEATHER wedge is perfect for day or night! Available in several colors.

Keep her comfortable and stylish this Spring in the Mush Sandal. Many vibrant and beautiful colors to choose from. One of our favorite picks!

Another great "must have" item to create the rustic look are these comfy and plush decorative pillows. Transform any living space by adding one these!

Let mom spice up the bathroom decor with a rustic look by adding a fabulous rug featuring bear claws. A soft and absorbent material, 100% cotton! April 2016 • May 2016 ||


Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Tips • Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that must be given by you before he or she can enter the pool. • Never allow your baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper. • Create a process the child must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a swimsuit and applying sunscreen. • Never use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim. • Children should learn to swim without goggles. Teach your children to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the side of the pool or a step and get out safely. • For very young children practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water. • Create a water safety plan for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do in this type of emergency. • Make sure your guests and kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the pool. • Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member location. • Always make sure your children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open bodies of water.

Water Safety Month US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Create Safe Swim Environments During Water Safety Month in May Preeminent swim school organization advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. The tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable. To help educate children, parents, families and swim instructors on preventive measures to avoid a drowning incident, US Swim School Association (USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in the country, has compiled the latest life-saving water safety and swim instruction tips for National Water Safety Month in May. There are several standard water safety precautions recommended to parents including: keeping children under constant supervision, enrolling children in swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having pool fences and barriers installed. In addition to these vital steps, USSSA has created a list of tips parents can use to build extra layers of protection for their children around water.

To find a USSSA affiliated swim school near you, or for details on becoming a member of the nation’s leading swim school organization visit: About US Swim School Association US Swim School Association (USSSA) began in 1988 to fill a gap in the swim school industry. USSSA has become the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country with over 400 members providing swim and water safety instruction to over 500,000 students each year. Swim schools receive invaluable benefits as USSSA members, receiving the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods and tools, invitations to annual conferences, and many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business. USSSA has partnered with Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation for its official water safety program. Through USSSA, parents and students are provided with a reliable and trustworthy resource when searching for a swim school and can rest assured they have chosen a top school when they choose a USSSA affiliated location. For more information, visit


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Inspire Great Outdoors Tech Savvy Children to Love the

Camping & Education Foundation guides parents on unplugging and reconnecting

Parents remember childhood as a time when they ran around outside making up games with friends. Passing a love of the great outdoors on to your kids can be difficult to do when it seems like you are always busy. Today’s generation of children are more likely to be found sitting with their faces glued to a laptop, tablet or phone screen than running around outside. While these devices can be necessary for getting homework done and supplementing classroom learning with extra tutoring, a study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers. Other research suggests that screen time can have lots of negative effects on kids, ranging from childhood obesity and irregular sleep patterns to social and/or behavioral issues. The Camping & Education Foundation has developed programming at its summer camps that unplugs kids, freeing them from email, social media and gaming for the summer to jumpstart the kid’s starved development of independence, self-worth and other life skills. Parents can mimic this same experience at home and enhance children’s love for the natural world by following these simple tips:

For parents who care deeply about the natural world, it can be challenging to pass this love on to their children.

• Get children outside as much as possible: When out and about with your kids, try to get them out in nature as much as possible. This may include doing the following: sitting outside at restaurants, with weather permitting you can walk to destinations, or plan family hikes at nearby hiking trails. • Point out the beauty of nature: When you are outside with your children, point out all the great things that can be found in nature. By showing kids things such as weird plants or cool looking birds, parents are engaging their kids learning of the natural world. • Books on the great outdoors: It is important for children to be reading. Try incorporating books about the outdoors or try reading books that have a diverse or interesting setting in nature.


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• Create a scavenger hunt. Have your kids invite friends over to play and organize a nature-inspired scavenger hunt. Set parameters on where the kids can go to find the items on their list. Then, break them into teams and send them out to race to complete their lists first.

• Kick them out of the house: Kids today often want to play indoors (where the electronics are); they say there’s “nothing to do outside.” Insist that they play outside— but also, give them the freedom to roam around within boundaries appropriate for their ages, so they can explore and stretch their imagination. • Get help from an expert. At a certain age parents just are not cool anymore. Rather than trying to explain the perks of nature to a child who just finds you boring, take a trip and enlist the help of an expert at a local state or national park, arboretum or zoo. Give your child the opportunity to learn about the uniqueness and weirdness of nature from a park ranger or zoologist who can inspire their curiosity. • Discover their interests. By asking your child and finding out what activities they may be interested in, you can appeal to their interests and give them a say in how they spend their time outside. For example, if your child enjoys climbing or biking, encourage these activities and help cater to their general interest. • Make an appointment with Mother Nature. Soccer and gymnastics practice, mom’s night out, school festivals and friend’s birthday parties all make it on the family calendar, why not make a date with Mother Nature as well? If you make the effort to block out time in your family’s busy schedule to spend time outdoors, you will be more likely to follow through on your goal. Be sure to leave all tech gadgets in the car or at home. • Plan a nature craft. Send the kids outside to collect pieces of nature that can be used in a craft. This could be leaves, pinecones, twigs, nuts, seashells or pebbles. Have them use the found treasures for a craft like building a “log cabin” bird house, decorating a picture frame or have them dip the items in paint and use them as stamps on paper to create one-of-a-kind artwork.

• Organize a kid-friendly extreme nature race. Gather your kids and some of their friends and head to a park for a team-based competition. Set up stations where each child must complete a task to help the team finish the challenge and move on to the next one. For example, one challenge could be Twig Soccer. One team member has to pump air into a deflated soccer ball. Once that is accomplished, the second team member must dribble the ball with his or her hands to a nearby tree where the third team member is waiting with a stick that he or she must use to hit the ball to the finish line. • Plan your summers with outdoors opportunities: Whether you plan a family trip to Yosemite or enroll your child in a summer camp that focuses on the natural world, just plan to get them outside. Although your kids might fight you and declare their love for the new and popular theme park, show them that exploring and learning about the world is an adventure. • Plan a weekend camping trip. Spending a few days and nights in the outdoors can actually be simple to plan, even if your family isn’t an outdoorsy bunch. Retailers like REI rent camping equipment and if you don’t want to sleep on the ground, renting an RV costs about as much as a hotel stay. Remember to keep things simple your first time out. Try packing sandwiches or a meal that can be eaten cold like pasta salad and tackle cooking on a future trip.

About The Camping and Education Foundation

The Camping and Education Foundation’s mission is to develop young men and women in body and spirit through wilderness experiences that celebrate a love of the outdoors. This mission is as strong today as it was ninety years ago when Camp Kooch-i-ching first opened its doors on Deer Island in Northern MN. The Camping and Education Foundation supports Camp Koochi-ching and Ogichi Daa Kwe, two of the premier summer wilderness camps in North America. For more information, visit: Credits: Hugh Haller, CEO of the Camping & Education Foundation

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Your Child’s Checkup:

10 Tips to Prepare Parents & Kids. By Dr. Chrystal de Freitas, author of Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup

Well child checkups are a routine part of your child’s life; in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a yearly visit for all children over the age of one. Though sometimes dreaded by the child (and therefore the parent), these visits are really opportunities to follow their growth and development and to review accurate information regarding their overall health. Other topics such as nutrition, bedwetting, parenting, and, of course, vaccinations can also all be discussed with your child’s health care provider during the visit. Here are some tips to help prepare both parents and children to get the most out of their appointment: A pediatrician for over 34 years, Dr. de Freitas is the founder of Carmel Valley Pediatrics. She is also the President of Healthy Chats®, which provides health education seminars to parents and their pre¬teen children in the community at the local hospitals and online. Among her honors and achievements, she has been selected by the San Diego County Medical Society and San Diego Magazine as one of the area’s top doctors. Dr. de Freitas lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, Dr. Jeff Bonadio. They have three adult children. Learn more about Dr. de Freitas and Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup at and connect with the author on Facebook and Twitter. Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup can be purchased from, Amazon and


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Be positive, but don’t lie. There is no need to say, for instance, that a shot won’t hurt. Of course it hurts, but certainly not as bad as a child usually imagines it. To help put it in perspective, you can teach your child the concept of the pain being on a scale from 0-10: “0” is no pain while “10” is very painful. Let your child know that a shot is about a 2 or 3 on the pain scale so they can grasp that though there will be a little pain, it won’t be great. Most pre-school children can understand this concept.

For Parents: 1. Arrive early so there is plenty of time to do the paper

work. Your health provider will need to know your insurance information and any recent updates, so arriving in advance of the appointment will save you the stress of rushing around. Your child can play in the waiting room while you check in.

For Children: 1. Let your child know before the scheduled

appointment that they will be visiting the doctor to make sure that their body is healthy. Positioning the visit in a positive manner should help to alleviate any fear that something may be wrong. Children who are more sensitive may agonize for days before their checkup, so use your best judgment as to how far in advance you will let them know about the appointment.

2. Ask your child to be a participant in the process. Make a list of topics that you feel he/she may want to review. In addition to health issues, include some fun achievements that you may want to share on your child’s behalf with the provider such as a recent award, team participation, or a great dental checkup. Getting them involved will help to empower them. 3.

Many children like to play out their visit beforehand. Try providing your child with a doctor’s kit to get them familiar with what may happen at the appointment. A picture book about going to the doctor can also help to alleviate fear that the child may have about the unknown. Keep in mind that all good nurses will review in detail all that she or he will be doing along the way. Letting your child know that there should be no big surprises should help to reassure them.

4. If your child is anxious about shots, let him or her know that the doctor will help decide what is best and that vaccines exist to help keep the body healthy. Depending on the child’s personality and temperament, you may want to either let them know beforehand about the possibility of shots to help prepare them, or perhaps your child will do well not to stress in the days leading up to the appointment about shots; in this case leave it up to the doctor to discuss.

2. Come prepared! Don’t forget to bring your child’s immunization card to the visit, as keeping track of vaccines and updating your records is vital for school entrance paperwork. Also be prepared to tell your health provider about any updates in your child’s health history, allergies, or other concerns that you may have. Making a list before hand can help you remember all of the key updates once you arrive. 3. Don’t make false promises that there won’t be shots if you know there will be just to ease your child’s fear. If your child is particularly anxious about the possibility of a shot, speak to your physician. There are numbing creams, sprays, breathing techniques and other approaches to managing their anxiety. Even just telling a joke or talking about a funny memory can do wonders! 4.

Avoid excessive reassurance, apologies or criticism if your child is distressed. Typically, a sense of calm acceptance on the parent’s behalf goes a long way in providing the child with comfort.


Last, but most importantly, plan time to celebrate in your own way with your child after the checkup. This could be lunch out, an ice cream cone, a small toy or treat, a special errand together. Take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with your child one on one. Your child’s checkup can serve as a wonderful way to show them how proud you are to be their parent. For parents, it can offer support should you have a particular concern, question, or topic you’d like to discuss. As we often hear, it truly does take a village to raise a child: don’t be afraid to make your child’s pediatrician a vital part of that village. Dr. Chrystal de Freitas is an author, mother, and pediatrician with a special interest in health education. While Jake’s Kindergarten Checkup is her first picture book, she has authored several other well received books and educational material in her field. April 2016 • May 2016 ||


How To Easily Add

A Foreign Flair to Home Cooking

International cuisine can seem intimidating to anyone who's not a top chef. But in reality, it's not difficult to add a pinch of foreign flavor to your kitchen, says Blakely Trettenero, a chef, world traveler and host of Cooking for Bimbos (www. and Hungry for Travels ( Trettenero, who makes difficult dishes easy on her cooking website with the tonguein-check name, has visited more than 30 countries and made many food discoveries along the way. "While in Italy, I realized pasta in the United States is second rate," says Trettenero, who has been featured on several TV shows. "That dried stuff we buy in a box doesn't cut it. If you've ever had homemade pasta, you know what I mean." Once, after a night of dancing in Greece, Trettenero and others worked up an appetite and at 6 a.m. landed at a restaurant that never closes on Mykonos Harbor. "We ordered this amazing chicken soup with fresh lemon juice squeezed on it," she says. "It was unreal."

Thai Style Quinoa Salad

Here are two recipes from Trettenero to help bring a taste of international cuisine to your home:

Mediterranean Orzo Soup

Ingredients • Olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, sliced or minced • 2 scallions, sliced thin • 6 cups chicken stock • 3/4 cup orzo pasta, uncooked • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained

• Zest of 1 lemon • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded • 1 bag (6 oz.) baby spinach • Juice of a lemon • Salt • Pepper • Parmesan

Instructions In heavy-bottomed pan, heat olive oil on medium high. Add garlic and scallions. Cook for 1 minute. Add chicken stock to pot and turn on high. Let it come to boil. Add uncooked orzo, garbanzo beans, and zest of lemon. Stir and let cook on high for 10 minutes. Add cooked chicken, spinach, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Give another quick stir and serve. Once in a bowl you can top it with shaved Parmesan, pepper, and an extra squeeze of lemon.


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Salad ingredients • 3 cups water • 1 1/2 cups quinoa • 1/4 red cabbage head, sliced thin • 1/2 cucumber, diced • 3 scallions, sliced • 1 carrot, shredded • 1 red bell pepper, diced • 1 cup thawed edamame

Vinaigrette ingredients • Juice from 3 limes • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger • 3 tablespoons soy sauce • 1 teaspoon honey • 1/3 cup vegetable oil Toppings (optional) • Chopped fresh cilantro • Chopped unsalted peanuts • Grilled Chicken

Instructions 1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Put cooked quinoa in large mixing bowl. Add sliced cabbage, diced cucumber, shredded carrot, sliced scallion, edamame, and diced red bell pepper 2. In small bowl, mix the lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce, honey, and vegetable oil 3. Add the vinaigrette to the quinoa and mix everything until combined and coated in the vinaigrette 4. Serve in a bowl and add optional toppings.

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Care Resource is proud to present the 28th Annual AIDS Walk Miami on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens located on 2000 Convention Center Drive. For this year’s walk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been chosen to serve as the Grand Marshal. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen represents Florida's 27th Congressional District and is co-chair of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. According to Ros-Lehtinen, "We should be mindful of the risk of HIV/AIDS year round. It is estimated that out of the 1,200,000 people living with the disease in the United States, almost 200,000 are unaware that they have the disease. By knowing your status, you can take control and help put an end what to what is still a national public health crisis, and I encourage everyone to get tested." Robbin Simmons, Emmy award-winning reporter and co-anchor of the weekend editions of 7 NEWS at 5, 6, & 10 with Jeff Lennox has been chosen again as the Master of Ceremonies. Robbin Simmons has covered several major stories, in and outside the Sunshine State. According to Simmons, “I am proud to have been selected as Master of Ceremonies again for this year’s AIDS Walk Miami. HIV/AIDS can afflict anyone. Early detection and treatment can prolong lives for many. We can truly change the course of this epidemic when we're all in it together.” As new HIV infection rates in Miami-Dade and Broward still rank the highest in the nation, members of the South Florida community are stepping up to do what they can to reduce this epidemic. “We will walk again this year, in honor and memory of those we knew, loved, and lost to HIV. With the progress that continues to be made, we are hopeful that sometime in our life time, God willing, there will be a cure.” - Rick Siclari, CEO, Care Resource “We stand on the shoulders of the millions who have been lost to HIV & AIDS. It’s our responsibility as the next generation of LGBT leaders to give generously until the epidemic is over and we find a cure.” - Jaime Alejandro, Executive Director, OUT Miami Foundation “The fight against HIV/AIDS requires leadership. Miami Beach Gay Pride is proud to support AIDS Walk Miami. I encourage you to support community and an important cause.” - Dave Cook, Executive Director, Miami Beach Gay Pride “We’ve all seen the destruction and despair it has caused. AIDS Walk Miami is a sign of strength, compassion, and resolve that, even in the darkest of times, we will stand with our brothers and sisters to fight. Simply put, I am because we are.” - Austen Caraker, Attorney


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“We have all been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in one way or another. I have a great love for my community and passionately support AIDS Walk Miami. This is our fight, we will unite and we will conquer!” - Athena Dion, Promoter/Entertainer "I am attending AIDS Walk Miami because it is an important event that unites the entire community to come together to fight this epidemic." En Vee, Singer/Songwriter "Let's all gather together for AIDS Walk Miami 2016 and continue the support!" - Jane, “Jei” Castro – VH1 Tough Love, Singer, White Party 2015 Performer "I walk in honor of my many friends who have succumbed to HIV/AIDS as well as in honor of those living with the condition today." - Kristen Klein, Consultant “I am attending AIDS Walk Miami because I don't want any of my friends to have to worry about HIV/AIDS!” - Caroline Hrtr – Student “We need to work together to those in our community affected by this condition and do our part to find a cure. HIV/AIDS is still a major problem.” - Laurence Moser, Marketing Consultant The 28th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and the Food-for-Life-Network. All funds raised from AIDS Walk Miami are used in Miami-Dade and Broward to help our diverse communities in need. The Walk starts outside the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens and ends at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Registration begins at 8:00am. The walk begins promptly at 9:00am. To register online, visit ABOUT CARE RESOURCE Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including pediatric care, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in our community. For more information please visit http:// MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Welsh, Marketing and Development Manager, 305-576-1234 EXT#249. E-Mail:

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Top 10 Homework Tips Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important. Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here are some tips to guide the way: Know the teachers — and what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.

Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.) Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

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Use Natural Cleaning Methods: I used to use store-bought cleaning products. You know- the kind loaded with chemicals that force you to clean with the windows open! Once I became a Mom, I became much more aware of the negative effect these products have on our health and the health of our families. For this reason, I use all natural ingredients in my cleaning solutions: water, vinegar, essential oils, baking soda, liquid castile soap, peroxide, etc. I use Becky Rapinchuk's (Clean Mama) recipes in her book, The Organically Clean Home.

Declutter as You Go:

It's a new year and a new season. The Winter weather is breaking and the March winds are soon to blow. It's coming time to open up those windows and doors and get to your yearly Spring cleaning ritual while enjoying the light breeze, the songbirds singing, and that fresh Spring smell in the air!

As you go through your home, you are likely to find clutter along the way. Take this time to let go of anything you do not love or use and you will see that the less you have, the less you have to clean! This will ultimately lead you to less stress in your life!

If you are anything like me, you have a lot on your plate. Whether you are a working mom or dad, or you stay home with the kids, your life is a hectic one. How on earth will you find the time to Spring clean your entire house, you ask?! I totally understand! First of all, it's impossible to get to it all in one day. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to manage your Spring cleaning in an organized and healthy way...

Make a Checklist: Do a walk-through of your house, inside and out. Take notice of anything that hasn't been cleaned in some time and put pen to paper. Think baseboards, blinds, walls, inside cabinets, outside windows, etc. Write down absolutely everything you see that could use some TLC.

Assign a Different Task to Each Day: I do this all year- my daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleaning is all scheduled. It helps me to only spend a little time each day cleaning, thus saving me a huge amount of time at the end of every week! Your schedule might look something like this: Sunday - Vacuum; Monday - Mop; Tuesday - Laundry; Wednesday - Walls & Cabinets; Thursday - Dusting; Friday - Bedding, Fridge, Blinds (rotate); Saturday - Bath Dog, Shower & Curtain, Toilet (rotate).

Make it Fun: Who said cleaning had to be boring and dreaded? Try to think of it as a feel-good exercise. I guarantee once you are done, you will feel good about yourself and your new, clean and organized home! Open some windows, let the fresh air in, turn up the radio, and involve the whole family if you can. If everyone pitches in, you can complete your tasks quicker. Don't forget to reward yourself - snuggle up on the cough and watch a movie together with your family, or go for a walk in the park! I hope these tips help to simplify your Spring cleaning this year! For more tips, visit my website and blog @ Nicole Ramer Professional Home & Office Organizer Born & raised in Miami, FL / Living in Winter Haven, FL

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We are always looking for special finds and came across, Spa Cards! We had the opportunity of interviewing the founder of Spa Cards, Stephanie Cooney and got to know all about how Spa Cards came to life. Here is what she had to say: Sprinkles Magazine: When was Spa Cards founded? SC: Spa Cards was founded in 2005. ______________________________________ Sprinkles Magazine: What are the Bath Salts made with? SC: The salts are imported from the Dead Sea in Israel and mixed with their aromas by Aroma Salts in New York City. The Dead Sea salts are of a highly healing quality. I put them in my hot tub all the time. It might be the only reason I haven't fallen completely apart after all I've put my body through! ______________________________________ Sprinkles Magazine: How many scents are there available? SC: Currently there are 8 aromas plus several designs which have no scent, meaning they are the raw salt without any aroma mixed in. _______________________________________ Sprinkles Magazine: Do you offer custom designs? SC: We also do custom designs for all occasions such as weddings and other events. Spa Cards make great party favors both the current designs and custom. I am currently working on new designs specifically for special occasions, flower arrangements, table top party favors and more.


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Sprinkles Magazine: Where can the Spa Cards be purchased? SC: Spa cards are sold wholesale by Stepher's Inc. to a variety of retailers including boutiques, gift shops, florists, drug stores and spas. If your favorite retailer has yet to carry Spa Cards, you may suggest they contact Stepher's Inc. to purchase a wholesale order for their business. If you are a retailer, Spa Cards can be purchased wholesale online at or by phone or email. ________________________________________ Sprinkles Magazine: How big are the cards and how much of the bath salts come with each card? SC: The cards are 5x7, the basic greeting card size which fits in an A-7 envelope. The salt pack is approximately 3 oz. which is enough for one nice soak in an average size bath tub or several foot baths. There is a “feel good” mini meditation inside the card as well; something to ponder as you soak. It’s all very whimsical, light hearted and humorous, meant to bring a smile.

____________________________ Sprinkles Magazine: Tell us a little bit about you? SC: I grew up in Maryland near the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic beaches. I have a background in art and graduated University of MD with a BA in Fine Arts. After college I lived on the beach in Maryland for a few years and remember running the boardwalk and imagining that I want to create a line of greeting cards with all the funny little characters I like to draw. A few years later, I moved to Malibu, CA where I lived on yet another beach and worked painting movie sets for 17 years. I spent my weekends scuba diving in the Pacific and on the beach. It was while living in Malibu that I finally started my dream of a greeting card line called Stepher's Inc. I later used that experience to start a new line, Spa Cards which I created after moving back to the East Coast on the Chesapeake Bay. I designed the Spa Cards based on the idea of a little something more in a greeting card than just a card, as an inexpensive gift. I've always loved the ocean and the beach so drawing these little sea creatures is a lot of fun. The mediation I wrote is based on how I like to experience life. I am the artist and for these cards I work with pen and ink and water colors. I also do the graphics for print, another skill I learned in order to create the cards from start to finish myself.

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It’s More Than Just a Knock on the Head: Six Important Things Parents Should Know About Concussions Will Smith’s latest sports drama, Concussion, is generating a lot of buzz about—you guessed it—head injuries. The film’s leading man is not the only reason concussions have been in the news lately, either. The more scientists learn about concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI), the more adverse long-term effects they discover. Just last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued new recommendations to improve player safety in youth football, including zero tolerance for illegal headfirst hits and expanding non-tackling leagues. And according to the CDC, the overall number of children and teens diagnosed with concussions or TBI is on the rise. It’s common for kids to sustain head injuries due to sports accidents, everyday play, falls, and other mishaps. It’s important for parents to understand that concussions are much more serious than “just” a knock on the head—they can negatively affect children for the rest of their lives. Here are six things parents, teachers, and coaches need to know about concussions so that they can protect the young people in their care: Concussions and TBI do real damage to the brain. Concussions and TBI occur when the brain suddenly shifts within the skull—usually as the result of a sudden blow, jolt, or change of direction (e.g., whiplash). A football tackle, being hit with a baseball or softball, heading a soccer ball, falling off a bike, and being in an automobile accident are just a few of the scenarios that can result in TBI. TBI and concussions are characterized by torn nerve axons, bruising, and inflammation. If not treated properly, this damage can continue to impede brain function, even long after the initial injury. That damage can have long-term effects. Because children’s brains are still growing, they are especially vulnerable to concussions. The damage caused by TBI can impair normal development. Potential long-term effects of childhood concussions include abnormal brain activity that lasts for years, memory problems, attention deficits, difficulty handling anger, language impairment, personality changes, difficulty making decisions, “foggy” thinking, and more. The bottom line is, a childhood concussion can adversely affect an individual’s personal and professional success throughout his lifetime. Multiple concussions are especially dangerous. If a child is concussed a second time while a previous brain injury is still healing, she may experience more serious symptoms, a longer recovery time, and even permanent cognitive and neurological damage. Since TBI is not a visible injury, multiple concussions are a major concern— especially for young athletes.


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Many children return to sports or other risky activities before they have fully healed. For this reason, it’s crucial for parents and coaches to fully follow doctors’ advice and to err on the side of caution. The signs of concussion can range from mild to severe. The immediate effects of a concussion can be subtle or very noticeable. Some of the most common postconcussive symptoms include headache, visual blurring, light sensitivity, difficulty concentrating, dizziness and balance problems, nausea, memory dysfunction, and fatigue. When in doubt—whether you notice symptoms or not—it’s always smart to get your child checked out after a blow to the head.

Kids aren’t exactly strangers to concussions. But that doesn’t mean head injuries should be taken lightly. Science is revealing more and more long-term adverse effects. Here, I share six things every parent should know about concussions.

The first and best line of defense is prevention. No, you can’t raise your child in a bubble, but you can take precautions to lower his risk of becoming concussed. If your child participates in an activity where falls or blows to the head are a possibility, make sure he wears a helmet. (This page from the CDC is a good resource for learning about proper fit and maintenance for various types of helmets.) If your child plays a sport and you see unsafe behaviors happening in practices or games, speak up. Remove your child from the team if changes aren’t made. While I don’t believe that the risk of concussion means that parents should pull their children out of sports, I am a strong advocate of taking all reasonable precautions to keep young athletes safe. The standard wait-and-rest advice may not be good enough. If your child suffers from a concussion (or one is suspected), you’ll most likely be advised to make sure that she rests physically and mentally for a few days. But don’t stop there. The biggest mistake most parents and coaches make is assuming that everything is okay when a youngster appears to have returned to normal after a few days of downtime. Remember, damage may be present that you can’t see—and the only way to ascertain whether healing is complete is via functional brain imaging and other tests. Fortunately, the more science uncovers about the brain, the better we’re able to diagnose concussions and prevent negative longterm effects. Each brain’s cognitive abilities and electrical function is unique—meaning that “healing” will look different for each person. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that children and teens— especially athletes—get baseline tests (including neurocognitive testing and an EEG) before the athletic season begins. Having this baseline data on hand helps doctors evaluate the severity of the injury and determine when it’s safe for your child to return to prior activities.

And what if it is determined that TBI has taken place? Here are three treatment options that have been proven to promote brain healing and health: • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). After patients are placed inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber with an oxygen concentration of 100 percent, the chamber is slowly raised between 1.5 to 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. This allows more oxygen to enter the bloodstream, and where oxygen concentration is increased, healing is enhanced. Research has shown that HBOT dramatically improves both blood flow and function in the brain after injury. • Neurofeedback. As patients’ brain waves are read in real time, special software gives rewards—for example, audible feedback or making a movie brighter—when optimal brain wave patterns occur. This prompts the brain to subconsciously re-pattern itself. • Diet and Nutrient Interventions. The acute (and eventually chronic) inflammation that occurs as a result of concussive injuries is at the heart of why they continue to cause problems. Incorporating certain nutrients and strong antioxidants into a patient’s diet can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. Further, eliminating foods that can lead to low-grade inflammation (such as sugars and common food allergens like gluten and dairy) may also be helpful. Diet and nutrient interventions are customized to the individual. Brain health isn’t something most people think about on a regular basis—we tend to simply assume that our brains will always be there, doing their jobs. But the truth is, the brain is just as vulnerable to injury as other parts of the body. And in fact, TBI can have more serious, longer-lasting effects than, say, a typical broken arm or leg. Please, don’t assume that concussions are “normal” or that they won’t happen to your child. The more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to prevent and recognize concussions, and to seek proper treatment if one occurs.

About Dr. Adam Breiner: Adam Breiner, ND, is the medical director of The NeuroEdge Brain Performance Center, a division of The Breiner Whole-Body Health Center in Fairfield, CT. The Center is one of the only free-standing hyperbaric facilities in the region, focusing on helping patients with neurological conditions. A graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Breiner is a member of the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, the International Society for Neurofeedback & Research, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association. Dr. Breiner has been a featured speaker on the subject of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, as well as EEG neurofeedback for healing the injured brain. He has also lectured on various topics including natural whole-body approaches to healing Lyme disease. Offering a multitude of services, the Breiner Whole-Body Health Center discovers, shares, and implements innovative ways to bring people to better health. From naturopathic and integrative medicine to holistic dentistry, the whole body is always taken into consideration. For more information, visit or

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Celebrates 40 years of transforming lives through play

Gymboree founder Joan Barnes introduces

“Play it Forward”

in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary Gymboree Play & Music, the global leader in classes for kids, celebrates 40 years as the leader in parent and child programs this year with the eagerly anticipated introduction of Play it Forward, a powerful and moving new memoir written by Gymboree founder Joan Barnes. To help mark Gymboree Play & Music’s 40th anniversary this spring, Joan Barnes will host a multi-city speaking and book signing tour that chronicles Gymboree Play & Music’s rise to world wide success and beloved brand status. Trusted as the essential early childhood play program with more than 700 locations in more than 40 countries, this pioneering brand has kept true to the core principles Barnes first envisioned in 1976 when she sought to create what she felt was missing in her own life – a place for new moms to connect while supporting their child’s development. Play spaces evolved from modest church basements to today’s uniquely designed centers that offer inspiring and safe spaces to explore the intellectual, physical and social development of the “whole child”. 40 years ago, Gymboree Play & Music was truly at the forefront of the play movement and embracing the power of play. Since then, Gymboree Play & Music has helped countless local Miami’s parents and children, including Jessica Wilcox with her son Trey and Lissette Gonzalez with her daughter Sophia, to understand and witness first hand the important impact play has on the development of a child.


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Today, Gymboree Play & Music continues to offer parents from Miami to Maine and New York to Newport Beach the sweet and fleeting opportunity to be a part of yourfor child’s in ait Forward local community and circle Praise Joan development Barnes and Play of support. The “play village” you might find in your An inspiringGymboree tale of pioneeringclass entrepreneurial leadership, today vision, is a collaborative diverse co-mingling of moms, and courageous reinvention filled with for us all.” dotting grandparents, andlessons an increasing number of handsConley, of Joie demiss Vivre Hotels, on—Chip Dads whofounder “wouldn’t this for the world”. For many head of global hospitality & strategy at Airbnb families, it’s the one time of the week to connect with each other and the inspiration for any woman who’dlocal rather community. ‘build her own table’ than wait for a seat


the corporate boardroom. Barnes’s unflinching honesty about the lows and highs of her journey make this a must-read for anyone seeking sustainable success.”

“Forget leaning in, Joan has always jumped in. Always evolving and adventurous, Joan is one of the most inspiring women I know.” —Patricia Ziegler, cofounder of Banana Republic and The Republic of Tea

In addition to meeting the needs of the whole child, the “whole mom,” who is so hungry and eager for the validation and nspirational elation and very informative. You getcan a feelbring for howto to really a business a play class her start week. It’s a “play as you h little money, and you see that it is possible to have the courage and determination are” environment, free of the judgements and expectations confront major personal challenges in the midst of building a successful business.” parents have become all to familiar with encountering in so —Phillip Moffitt, president of Life Balance Institute, many other places and spaces. author of Emotional Chaos to Clarity —Peggy Northrop, cofounder of, former editor-in-chief of Gymboree Play & Music also works to address More Magazine, former global editor-in-chief of Reader’s Digest

A raw, rare, and illuminating touchstone for future generations of women to sort In a time of increased alienation for out how to achieve success on their own terms.”

parents, the ability to gather and play is not a luxury. Play research —Elana Yonah Rosen, chief development officer of the throughNasdaq the decades has Center shown that play in the first five years Entrepreneurial primes children for critical learning periods that follow. On “A riveting read humility, refreshing vulnerability, anydelivered given with day at Gymboree Play &uncommon Music classes around transparency, and compassion. the world, thousands of women can be found sitting atop —Susan Griffin-Black, cofounder and co-CEO of EO Products a parachute, talking intimately about the joys and struggles of modern parenting while helping their child learn to clap or crawl. The banter about everything from careers and car seats to C-section scars can be heard cascading into the air along b u s ineswith s & ecofloating nomics / bubbles as children confidently wo mLife-long e n in b u s in ess play below. friendships are made and sealed with an symbolic Gymboree stamp and everyone leaves a bit different then when they arrived – a bit lighter, sillier, and less alone due to the irreplaceable bonds only playing together can forge. BA R N E S A N D CO FFI N O


F O R WA R D From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond

Joan Barnes and Michael Coffino

Joan Barnes’ Play it Forward multi-city book tour will celebrate not only Gymboree Play & Music’s 40th anniversary, but the community of strong, smart & successful women Gymboree Play & Music routinely brings together, The book tour and special panel events will gather local influencers to speak with Joan on topics ranging from motherhood, reinvention, business and balance. There will be ample time for questions and answers with the presenters, as well as networking opportunities.

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Local event info: Joan will be appearing in Miami on Thursday, June 2nd at Gymboree Play & Music of Coral Gables at the Shops of Merrick Park. There will be a meet and greet starting at 6:00 pm with Joan followed by a special panel event starting at 7 pm with local influencers to share insights ranging from motherhood, reinvention, business and life- balance. Enjoy hearing excerpts from Joan’s book with an all-star panel including Coni Ensor Goudie, the local entrepreneur who brought Play & Music to the Miami area. Coni was named Business Woman of the Year in 2014 by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce and operates play centers in the Kendall, Coral Gables and the Palmetto Bay / Pinecrest area. For her, this distinction caps off more than 30 years as CEO of a company that has positively impacted thousands of children’s lives. We invite you to enjoy the company of supportive women with great food and door prizes. There will be ample time for Q&A with the presenters and networking. Tickets to the panel event are $20 and include a signed copy of Joan Barnes book. A portion of the ticket fee will be donated to a local children’s charity. For more information, call 305-232-7550, or send an email to Joan’s book, coauthored with Michael Coffino, offers an inspiring example of how women can achieve success through reinvention. Along the way, Gymboree Play & Music’s founder has confronted and overcame obstacles in ways that offer valuable lessons to today’s mom. Whether building a family, a business, or dealing with unexpected realities life throws at us, Joan believes that play seems to be the way forward for each stage of human life.


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Play & Music Classes Play & Learn classes encourage development through play and learning with programs for children birth-through 5, each designed to support your child's growth at each age and stage of development. We bring the best of sensory exploration to infant classes and playful problem-solving to our toddler classes. Emerging preschoolers find games, storytelling and peer-based play to stretch the body and mind. For every age and stage, it all happens at Gymboree Play & Music. Our Music classes enhance your child's development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. With an array of musical styles, our classes help children explore the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat while nurturing key physical, social and intellectual skills. In Art classes, we inspire your child's imagination and self-expression with a world of hands-on art activities. Through painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more, our classes encourage confidence and support artistic potential. Parent participation is an integral part of all classes offered. This intimate setting allows parents to meet and share information with other parents and introduce their children to new concepts, skills and playmates. New parents particularly appreciate the support that Gymboree Play & Music provides as they help their child explore new experiences and gain new skills. In addition to the extensive program of classes, Gymboree Play & Music centers provide a great option for hosting birthday parties and other themed events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Pumpkin Patch celebrations. A trained Gymboree Play & Music teacher leads the activities as the children and parents play, laugh and sing together, creating a memorable celebration.

For more information about Gymboree Play & Music, please visit or call 800.520.PLAY.

Gymboree Play & Music is the founding member of the Gymboree family of brands. Since its creation in 1976 by founder Joan Barnes, Gymboree Play & Music has created developmentally appropriate play, music and art classes for parents and children ages newborn to five. Based on a blend of early childhood development theories complemented by 40 years of hands-on experience, Gymboree Play & Music classes are now available through more than 700 franchised and company-operated centers in the US and over 40 other countries. Parents can find a location near them by visiting The Gymboree Corporation's specialty retail brands offer unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service. As of January 2, 2010, the Company operated a total of 956 retail stores: 633 Gymboree® stores (597 in the United States, 2 in Puerto Rico and 34 in Canada), 139 Gymboree Outlet stores, 119 Janie and Jack® shops and 65 Crazy 8® stores in the United States. The Company also operates online stores at, www. and

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