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PLUS What's Under the Tree? Gift-Guide for the Whole Family

Keys to a Happy, Confident Child How Families Can Help Stop the Bullying!


Star Light, Star Bright: The Coolest Kids' Winter Fashion

Family Fun: Enriching Your Child Through Travel Meet the Finalists of Our

First Mommy Make-Over!

Kids &Cash:

Teach Your Kids the Value of Money



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Babies: Is it Nature or Nurture?


Conscious Discipline:


Empowering families


The Keys to a Happier, Confident Child


The True Meaning of Volunteering



The (Fascinating!) Results Are In!

Shifting Focus, Changing Attitudes and Solving Problems at Home and in School

Tutti-Bambini’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

New theories on the roles of love and independence show that giving your child a healthy and secure base from which to explore the world is a crucial need.

It’s been proven that teaching your children to give back will greatly increase the chance that they will continue to pay it forward in the future, as well as increase their overall happiness.

Kids and Cash: Teaching Children the Value of Money

Don’t shy away from discussing dollars and cents with your kids. It’s time to teach them lessons that will be worth their weight in gold!

Fun Travels: Enriching Little Minds Through Travel

Here are some ideas for family vacations that are educational, chock-full of adventure, fun and yummy!

On the Cover 52 Bundle of Love Photography: Ania Moussawel Art Direction: Mauricio Mendoza Stylist: Gladys Valladares Make Up: Shiri Fauer Kid Model: Cathy & Company Wardrobe: Bloomingdale's Miami at The Falls and Aventura


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Green Corner

11 Mommy Talk

50 Starting the Year on

Giving and Compassion: Finding the Balance in Life

12 Daddy Tales

Little Hands and Christmas Memories

Furry Friends 18 The Holidays Are Not Just for People! Here are some things you can do to make your pets part of the celebration, while keeping them safe and happy.

Craft 14 Reindeer Hooves

Fun and Easy Christmas Tree Ornament

a Green Foot

Recipes 65 No Guilt, All Pleasure!

Allow yourself the pleasure to indulge in these healthy delights without an ounce of guilt this holiday season.

15 Gift Guide

It's the season for giving... so here are some great and fun ideas specially selected to dazzle your loved ones this Christmas!


48 Beautiful You, Confident You

66 Mommy Makeover Reveal

Family Getaways 56 Dream Away

Family Friendly Dream Destinations



Well-Being There are a number of ways to build-up your confidence and your self-esteem to enhance your natural beauty and well-being.


Meet the Finalists of Our First Mommy Makeover.

Resources 70 Books Are My Pals 74 Calendar of Events

Photography: Ania Moussawel Art Direction: Mauricio Mendoza Stylist: Maria Torres Wardrobe: Bonpoint (Bal Harbour) Models: Cathy & Company

Fashion 38 Magical Lights

This beautifully crafted children’s winter fashion makes your kids shine and gives new meaning to the old nursery rhyme’s words “Star light, star bright…”




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e did it!! It’s our 1 year ­anniversary issue. It’s hard to believe that the vision my husband and I once had for U&me, came to fruition in such a beautiful way. However, this year has not come without times of sacrifice and unbelievable struggles. It is in these times of hardship, that we truly understand the power of the human spirit; how hard one is willing to work, to push, to sacrifice in search of a dream. I’ve been so blessed to have met so many wonderful people along the way, total strangers who came together and gave so much, and as one said “I want to add my grain of sand” to keep this dream alive. Thank you! U&me is truly a labor of love, as someone said to me, but it’s a collaboration of the love that was so generously given to me. With every issue, we have managed to deliver a fresh, fun and informative product to our readers and advertisers. And with the art director’s many artistic talents, it is a true work of art. However, U&me, is much more than that. It is a resource that parents can count on

to become enlightened, empowered, motivated, and educated on the latest findings, techniques and products to make the road through parenthood a more enjoyable process. Back in May, U&me launched the first annual mommy makeover in an attempt to offer six lucky readers with a six-month lifestyle change. In this issue, we bring you a beautiful fashion spread of the way our four finalists look today. Make sure to join us November 16th at Bloomingdale's Aventura for our one-year anniversary event with a children’s fashion show, and the mommy makeover reveal. We also bring you fascinating insight on the latest findings from an experiment conducted at Yale University about our inherent tendencies toward what is perceived as “good” or “bad”. Is it nature or nurture? We also bring you “Fun Travels”, enriching little minds through travel. This list of family vacation ideas, are not only educational and fun, but it is sure to please the palate of the entire family with the most exquisite dishes and authentic

cuisine. “Dream Away”, as we bring you a list of the most ultra luxurious, family friendly, dream vacations from around the world for this issue's family getaways. To our wonderful editor, photographers, writers, sales staff, publisher, Cathy Celmer, Megan Connelly, Jaime Jara, Fit2Go Meals, Kathleen Check, Erika Boom, Alison Hay, our little models and parents, Thank you, this year would not have been possible without you. And to my amazing husband, my best friend, my rock, thank you for supporting everything I do. Until next year….

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Meet the Artist Mauricio Mendoza was born in Bogota, Colombia, where he lived until the age of twenty. From very early on, he was drawn to the arts and his natural abilities were very clear. If it wasn’t the art of cooking, he was always drawing, sketching, painting or creating things out of arts and crafts. Being an avid dreamer, risk taker and visionaire, he left Colombia in search of his dreams and to pursue his education in


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Orlando, Florida, where he lived for three years before moving to Miami in 2003. Several years later, he launched U&me magazine, whose contemporary style and design motivated and inspired others to seek his guidance and expertise. Throughout the years, he has helped launch numerous other magazines with his expertise as designer and art director.



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Mommy Talk Giving and Compassion: Finding the Balance in Life As moms, we get too busy with our lives and just function, sometimes on cruise control. Or we just go with what's on the schedDr. Jazmin Torres ule. To find the balance with our children and happiness within, we need to create a nurturing and fulfilling life for ourselves, our children and husbands. This can be hard at times. We can get caught up with all the material things our kids are exposed to, such as the latest electronic toy they want for the holidays. This year I was fortunate to be able to take the time out of my busy schedule and put others’ needs before our family. I visited the Dominican Republic, where I was able to visit an orphanage and also immerse myself with the locals, as well as provide a village with chiropractic care. You see, I'm not only a wife and mom but also a Chiropractor.

On this trip I was able to touch so many, not only emotionally, but physically as well. After 15 years of practice, I needed this trip just as much as they needed me. It was humbling and fulfilling.

"I want to teach my children that there is no better feeling than compassion and to be able to give, rather than receive. It reaffirmed my commitment to teach my children compassion. I asked both my children to pick something they liked from their room, not something they didn't need or want, but something meaningful to them. My daughter chose her favorite stuffed animal that she slept with and my son his baseball sunglasses. During my trip I chose a little girl my daughter’s age (8) and a boy my son’s age(11). I took pictures of the children in the orphanage receiving the gifts that were

sent from my children. It was a very emotional moment for me. I want to teach my children to appreciate what they already have and that it's better to give than to receive. This is very easy to say, but to actually perform the action is a different story. During the holidays we take our children to different organizations to volunteer our time. We have gone to the Salvation Army to help distribute toys as well as Feed my Starving Children to help prepare meals for third world countries. This is something much more fulfilling for me than to go to the mall and shop for unnecessary gifts. I'm hoping I can continue this tradition and be able to give back as much as I can. I'm hoping to instill this in them, in the hope that they will have balance later in life. For them to understand that life is not always easy and to appreciate and give back as much possible. There is no better feeling than to have compassion and able to give, rather than receive. 11

Daddy Tales Little Hands and Christmas Memories In my household we celebrate Christmas. We also celebrate Thanksgiving and New Year’s, but more than anything, we celebrate family. It is amazing how at such an early stage in life, our “toddlers” can begin to comprehend the meanings of these celebrations. I can see it in their eyes and smiles. It is simply beautiful as they are able to feel the power of these wonderful holidays. My boys will start to layout the timeline in their heads as we enter Halloween, because that night seems to start the clock ticking for fall and then winter traditional holiday family celebrations. My wife and I love to have friends and family over for the holidays. There is inherent warmth in the air, the smell of fresh cookies, roasting turkey, festive decorations, gifts for the kids, and increased visits by grandma and grandpa. As a dad to seven children, I have been blessed with two lifetimes of raising children. There is such a magical and spiritual sensation when unpacking the Christmas decorations and knowing that “little hands” have held these ornaments, snowmen, and Santa Clauses before, and that new “little hands” will hold them today.


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There is such a magical and spiritual sensation when unpacking the Christmas decorations and knowing that “little hands” have held these ornaments, snowmen, and Santa Clauses before, and that new “little hands” will hold them today. The smell of the fresh Christmas tree, the music of the songs, and nowadays the DVD’s and special holiday movies that bring back happy memories, add a special excitement that can only be generated from the heart.

During normal times of the year, when I hear the pitter patter of tiny feet running down the stairs, I want to put my pillow over my head and pretend I am sleeping. But nothing can compare to the magic of Christmas morning. Our toddlers are up and squealing, my older daughter is coming over to hang out, we are going to grandma and grandpa’s later in the afternoon, and my wife and I are up early making cinnamon rolls, preparing coffee, cooking bacon. The smells are overwhelming, the smiles are endless, and the excitement of another Christmas is upon us. For me as a Dad, my job is keeping the crowd organized, directing the flow of the presents, and grabbing the wrapping paper as fast as possible to get it in the trash bag. Sometimes on mornings like this, I feel like I could live this moment forever. It is like the song “I am on the front porch looking in” –I am on the couch, the floor, the kitchen, and I am just staring at my kids, my wife, my parents, and it is such a happy joyous moment that I will treasure until the next year, when I start to unpack the boxes and I can once again remember the “little hands”.



Reindeer Hooves You will need: §brown, § cream, orange, white and red felt §brown, § cream, orange, white and red embroidery thread §paper § templates- visit to download §sewing § needle §2 § buttons §polyester § toy stuffing §scissors § §erasable § pen or pencil §waxed § cord or string

Instructions: 1. Gather all the materials. Trace the outline of each paper template onto the correct color of felt using an erasable pen or pencil. Carefully, cut out all the felt shapes. 2. Get the buttons and place them on the side of the reindeer’s face and stich it in place with brown thread. With cream thread, stich over the tip of the reindeer’s mouth with cream felt, and then place a small piece of red felt over the nose and stich it in place with red thread. Place the white markings over the reindeer’s back and stich in place with brown thread. 3. Place the reindeer together and sew edging stiches all the way round, leaving a small gap at the center of the back. Using the end of a pencil, fill the reindeer with toy stuffing, but do not overfill. Make sure to push the stuffing into any corners or curves. Stich the gap to enclose the stuffing, but do not forget to add the waxed cord or string. 4. Stich around the antlers with orange thread, place it on the top of the reindeer’s head and stich in place. 14

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Gift Guide It's the season for giving... so here are some great and fun ideas specially selected to dazzle your loved ones this Christmas!

For Dad... What is on his wish list? The best dad in the world deserves the best...

Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme Edtv Ml $76.19

Bottega-Veneta Pour Home $110

Tom Ford Grey Vetiver After Shave $39.99

Monaco Shave Set $800

Belfiore Bullet Cuffins $250 -Bloomingdale's Xetum Tyndall Black Dial $1,395

For Mom...

Brooklyn Cruiser Bedford Black Bike $399

Surprise mom with the special gifts that will fill her with holiday cheer! Dior Promesse Oversized Cat Eye Sunglasses $420

Jonathan Adler Muse Noir Candle $68

DIPTYQUE Figuier Scented Oval Shinola Birdy Watch Black $525 -Bloomingdale's BCBGMAXAZRIA Jacket - Leather Trim Belted


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MICHAEL Michael Kors Booties - York

Le Labo Santal N0 26 $70


For the Little ones... Your kids will treasure any one of these unique gifts...

Zebra Rocker Lux $269

Cool Cool Clock $149

The Knit Crowd Animals 24.95

Zzzoolight Elefante $83

Lately Lily One-Box Piece Set $55 Spherovelo $99

Cool Toys Here are the best toys for kids who think -and play- outside the box. Cottage Dollhouse and Doll Furniture 21.95

Lego Assemble your Own Watch

YBIKE Explorer 3 Wheel Go Cart White Orange $189.99 Play-i-Robots $198

Cubebot Toy $24.99


The Holidays Are Not Just for People! Here are some things you can do to make your pets part of the celebration, while keeping them safe and happy. By Tatiana Bengochea


he Holidays are a magical time all around. The weather is perfect, the decorations go up, and holiday cheer is in the air. I love all of it –the cooking, the gatherings, the occasional over-eating and yes, even the crazy shopping! No doubt, this is my favorite time of the year.

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to dress up my furry four-legged princess, Bella, in cute little decorated sweaters and wrap up a few gifts for her under my tree. Last year she got into the gifts a little early and knocked down a few of my glass ornaments along the way. I had quite the scare when I thought she cut herself on 18

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the glass, but as it turns out, she was thankfully all right. This got me thinking about the holidays and how it affects our pets. What kinds of trouble can they get into? How can we prevent it? I compiled a checklist that I started implementing last year to make sure Bella stays safe, and maybe you can use it for your pets, too! Avoid Shiny Stuff – Tinsel, I’ve learned, can be toxic. But even going beyond that, shiny objects that reflect light can often attract the attention of our furry friends much like a flashlight or laser beam does. As an alternative, this year I plan to decorate with colorful

bows and plastic ornaments closer to the ground and keeping the glass ornaments higher on the tree to prevent a repeat of last year. Caution with Candles – I’m a fan of giant vanilla and cinnamon candles in the winter because it makes my South Florida apartment feel warm and cozy. But now that I have a doggy of my own, I have to take her roaming and playing into consideration. It would be all too easy for her to spill a lit candle over and cause some serious damage. This year I plan to stick with candles in large glass containers that she can’t knock over, or keeping the tea lights up high.


Gift Ideas Without a doubt, these precious members of the family deserve the star treatment for all the love and joy they bring! Here are some ideas for your pampered four-legged companions from Mungo & Maud.

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Hide the Food! – If your family is anything like mine you will be gorging on leftovers for days. I’m careful to keep my food safely in the fridge and slowly consume the heavenly goodness for days. However, it’s not just me I have to keep in mind. Family members love to treat pets with nibbles of people food and it can be very harmful for animals and their tummy. Be stern in telling all guests that your dog is not to be given any other food. Additionally, I’ve seen Bella sniff around the neighbor’s trash now and then, but I can only imagine what would happen if I weren’t paying attention while she raided a bag full of discarded chicken bones or chocolate brownies! Keep in mind that there will be lots of food for them to discover when they’re out for a walk and we should be alert.

What kinds of trouble can your pets get into? Here’s a checklist that I started implementing last year to make sure my Bella stays safe, and you can use it for your pets, too! Poisonous Poinsettias – I also recently learned that some holiday plants can be harmful to pets. Pine needles, mistletoe, molly, and poinsettias can cause irritation, vomiting and diarrhea, among other harmful side effect. So this year, I plan to enjoy a beautiful, less messy and Bella-friendly artificial tree!

Bolster Dog Bed Brown Stripe Medium

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Mungo & Maud "Petite Amande" Dog Fragrance

As guests come in and out of the house, they could inadvertently let out a house bound pet, who could escape and get lost. Make sure that your pet is secure inside the house and that guests are mindful to keep them inside. With all these precautions in mind, you and your furry friends can enjoy the holidays happily and safely!

Pull My Leg Rhino Dog Toy Silver Colored Bone Dog Tag



Babies: Is it Nature or Nurture? The (Fascinating!) Results Are In! It’s an age-old question, nature versus nurture. Since the dawn of time the question has been posed as to our inherent tendencies toward what is perceived as “good” or “bad”. At last, new research may have at least some of the answers. By Geraldine Grimes-Lewis


hen your baby smiles at you, you feel warm and fuzzy. What does the baby feel? In the past, we’ve been told, “it’s gas”, and “they have no muscle control.” As a young parent, you search their face for some type of sign of their emerging personality, a sense of who they really are. In the past, popular belief was that our babies were much like clay. We molded them and shaped them, spent years evolving them into our ideal of a “good kid.” We lamented when things went wrong, spent money on books, therapy and alternative educations. Recent experiments show this may all be in vain. Our babies may just have a built in morality that we can affect, but not alter. These experiments show that when an infant, 3-5 months is shown good and bad examples of behavior, they react positively toward the good behavior. Conversely they react nega20

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tively to the negative behavior. In one such experiment, the “Baby Lab” at Yale University used stuffed animals to test this sense of right and wrong. A rabbit was shown to steal, then two stuffed dogs were shown, one helping the rabbit, another not. In 81% of the infants tested they chose the dog that did NOT help the thieving rabbit. Given this knowledge one might ask what happens to this inner sense when bad choices are made. These experiments showed that the babies preferred the animal that doled out justice to the offending rabbit. So we can conclude an infant carries an inner sense of right and wrong. In addition, experiments found that babies prefer “like minded” or similar people. In another experiment, stuffed animals were used to choose a cereal, Cheerios or graham crackers. The baby chose first, then the animals. When

offered both animals, an overwhelming number chose the animal that chose the same cereal as the baby. Taken further, this experiment had the same animals in a problem-solving situation. The one who chose the same cereal as the baby would show aggression toward a rabbit, and the other would help the rabbit. In 87% of the babies tested, they preferred the one who showed aggression, or the one who ate the same cereal as the baby did. What these studies show us is that our children are born with an innate sense of morality and justice. Our babies prefer similar babies or babies with similar preferences. In broadening our children’s perspective of the world, opening them to new experiences, we can teach our children tolerance, peace and compassion for the world around them. Its already there, we as parents just expound upon it and teach them to follow what is already, built in.

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Conscious Discipline: Shifting Focus, Changing Attitudes and Solving Problems at Home and in School This program’s goal is to create a successful “school family” that can work together to achieve results for the good of all. By Cynthia Lechan Goodman


chool days, rule days, reading, writing and arithmetic taught to the tune of the hickory stick, went the old song, and so went education. With clear, accepted standards, it all went pretty smoothly. But standards today are no longer clear; kids today feel "I don't care", and school environments contend with bullying, aggression, lack of motivation, defiant attitudes, anxiety and stress, rather than cooperation. The Consciousness Discipline Program was developed as an answer to those problems. The Program outlines detailed, practical specifics with plentiful easy examples for both parents and educators to have connecting, cooperative relationships with children. This, in turn, ensures that both home and school environments are best open for learning academics and social skills. So, how does discipline relate to new ideas and ways in education? Up


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to now, both home and school management of learning and achievement are accustomed to "managing" with the many methods of rewards and punishment –time outs, admonishing, consequences, distraction– that usually also include power struggles, threats and aggressive attitudes. The Conscious Discipline (CD) program focuses on the School Family –the parents and educators first, and then the children. Teachers and parents develop a new, practical way to have connecting and cooperative relationships with children, and more practical ways to solve problems. Using everyday events as part of the school's curriculum, the CD program outlines for the adults –both parents and teachers – to use and model two different sets of 7's: the 7 Powers for Self Control and the 7 Basic Skills of Discipline.

The Seven Powers of Self Control §§ Perception – No one can make you mad without your permission §§ Unity – We are all in this together §§ Love – See the best in others §§ Attention – What you focus on, you get more of §§ Acceptance – The moment is as it is §§ Free will – The only person you can make change is you §§ Intention – Conflict is an opportunity to teach

The Seven Basic Skills of Discipline §§ Composure - Becoming the person you want your children to be §§ Encouragement - Building a school family §§ Assertiveness - Respectfully setting limits



want: to implement healing relationships with children, to have children cooperate with us, to give children the room they need to move, to have real ways to calm oneself and connect us to our children and their daily lives, and for our children while in school to be celebrated," says Katja. She continues with loving success stories and explanations: "Children's brains always need to get back on track but the focus on test scores and achievement is limiting by ignoring important connecting, and self-relaxation activities. There is conscious breathing in class because no one can make you angry without your permission, the feelings emoted and practiced are of safety, helpfulness, kindness, acknowledgements." §§ Choices – Building self-esteem and will power §§ Positive Intent - Creating teachable moments, turning conflict into cooperation §§ Empathy - Handling the fussing and the fits §§ Consequences - Helping children learn from their mistakes When teachers and parents use and develop these powers and skills, the children both at home and in school, manage life tasks of learning through cooperation. The program’s focus is on forming relationships, being effective communicators, having sensitivity to others, and being able to get along with others. The CD Program is based on current brain research, child development knowledge and appropriate practices. It has been named a national model for character education by the Florida State Legislature, and statistics show it reduces aggression by 64% and increases reading scores by 18%. CD classrooms scored significantly higher in state reading comprehension, writing and math. CD is a problem solving plan that provides for what happens and what to do in real life situations faced by children every day. It is taught with various 24

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methods, materials, and media, including conscious breathing, relaxation breaks, interactive sharing moments, and particular verbalized responses. The plan speaks to both academics and emotional survival.

Based on current brain research, child development knowledge and appropriate practices, the program has been named a national model for character education and statistics show it reduces aggression by 64%and increases reading scores by 18%. Katja von Elbe is an early childhood educator with a Master’s Degree and over 20 years of experience, as well as an expert in the training of the Conscious Discipline program. She brings its originator, Dr. Bailey's, program to life with her workshops, conferences, fun and instructional exercises online. Her website is chock full of all the information you need and she welcomes any and all questions. In fact, questions are "a quick step to look at things in new ways, to see how CD offers practical ways for results we parents

"I hear so many success stories of using the 'I love you ritual' with young children, a specific connecting activity involving connection in a silly playful way. "There was Richard, who liked to run away from his class and had trouble listening to 'come back, Richard'. So each morning I sang to him, 'What did you bring to school, oh, you brought your hand, your elbow, your eyes...' It was a new way of greeting and it meant something to him that I connected with him rather than admonishing him." "Older kids using methods geared to their age, have been helped even with sleep and knowing how to manage themselves during tests without worry or anxiety. These connections mean something to kids –rather than admonishments and taking away something. With older kids it's about being a "star", an acronym for smile, take a deep breath, and relax."

It takes a Family The bottom line behind CD is to create a successful “School Family” that can work together to achieve results for the good of all in the “household,” and also, like in any family, the lead and example has to be set by the adults, and then it will be naturally picked up on and followed by the kids.

Empowering families Tutti-Bambini’s Anti-Bullying Campaign

Fortunately for Miami families, caretakers and school personnel, Tutti-Bambini has taken up the call to provide valuable help. By Cynthia Lechan Goodman


s most parents know, bullying, unfortunately, is a common problem for kids and teens. The physical beating and verbal taunting has grown wider and deeper since the days it was just a one-on-one school yard conflict. The 21st century phenomenon of cyberbullying is pervasive and relentless, and the headlines are filled regularly with kids driven to suicide in the face of rampant social media bullying that parents are rarely aware of. But Tutti-Bambini in Miami has taken up the call to provide valuable help. An adorable boutique catering to the unique needs of new and expectant moms may be the last place you would think to look to for anti-bullying resources. But for owner Lourdes Leon Vega, it was part of her real concern and support of mothers and their issues. And not only because her business was always a dedicated full service establishment, committed to being not just a storehouse of clothing and accessories, but a place of education, training, and support, but because of her own personal experience with bullying. Education specialist with 15 years classroom experience Monica Burgus


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Valdes was already conducting classes at Tutti-Bambini, when Lourdes’ own child was bullied. Not to feel helpless, but determined to find an empowering solution, they got busy researching any and all bullying laws and programs in Florida and across the country. They learned about the Bullying Academy, which offers opportunities for school administrators to present an event, but this could not directly help parents. Then they found the national program, The Bully Project, received licensing for the program, and made it available with experienced Monica leading the program. Tutti-Bambini's Anti-Bullying free, power point program, is one hour with additional time for Q&A, discussion, refreshments, and open to all –parents, caretakers, families, children, and school administration. It has been offered since the start of this school year, twice every month, and conveniently scheduled for both a weekday and Saturday. Their program presents the impact today of bullying, which can be long-term. Monica pointed out, "these workshops identify different types of bullying, who the bullies are, who are

the bullied kids, what parents can and cannot do, and training for all its eventualities. She continues: "It is important for grandparents, aunts and uncles, too, whose older kids did not experience the realm of cyberbullying and the increasing horror it has become." Thank you, Tutti-Bambini and staff, for your loving work to offer help to put an end to bullying. Of course, Tutti-Bambini continues to be a member of the Internal Baby Planners Association, and TuttiBambini continues to provide support with workshops, classes, guidance and planning for moms pre and post babies, from singles to multiples. All classes and workshops are conducted by physicians, health and wellness and educational professionals.

To attend a class or for more information, please visit: or call 305-669-1400 to inquire about the class schedule/and or register, or to speak with Jessica. The next class will be Wednesday, November 13 at 5 pm.



The Keys to a Happier,

Confident Child

New theories on the roles of love and independence show that giving your child a healthy and secure base from which to explore the world is a crucial need. By Maruchi Mendez


ome of our children are “clingy” or “needy” and we encourage his or her independence, while trying to balance their needs with ours. But when fostering independence on your kids, which is the way to go? Many have read Dr. Richard Ferber’s “sleep training” best-seller. He is the notorious Cry-it-Out creator, who no longer wants to be called the CIO guy. The late John Bowlby’s attachment theory is being confirmed by the newest neurological researches, which document that “letting babies become distressed can damage children and their relational capacities for the long term. Leaving babies to cry is a good way to make a person less intelligent, less healthy, as well as more anxious, uncooperative and alienated. What’s more, they may pass the same or worse traits on to the next generation.” In other words, you do not teach a child to be independent; instead, it is suggested that a warm, intimate and continuous relationship between a child and his mother brings a secure


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attachment, which results in long term positive effects during a child’s life time. Furthermore, forcing a child to be independent will cause a child to be more dependent, while giving babies the love and reassurance they need will bring true independence.

ence attachment? What greater sense of evolvement and empowerment is there than letting go and truly moving on with no regrets or guilt? We should allow our children to let go with no repression.

Forcing a child to be independent will cause her to be more dependent, while giving babies the love and reassurance they need will bring true independence.

From the beginning of time, motherly instincts prevail. It’s OK to let them sleep with you at night and hold them all day. When you need to leave them, do so with confidence. Explain to them where you are going and validate their feelings of concern. Be sure to assure them that you will be back, or if he is leaving you to go play, that you will be there when he returns.

Dr. Bowlby told us for years not to enforce separation from parents as the road to independence. Still, parents work hard trying to keep babies away from them and from their own rooms for half of the day, rather than staying close to them when they are young, to forge that great bond of mutual trust. When the child is ready to leave, he will do so to fulfill his natural need. But ask yourself –How can you let go of something if you don’t first experi-

Of course, you need to have your time alone, and hopefully with your partner’s help and the help of your support group, which is usually a trusted family member ready to fill in, you will achieve it. The key element seems to be that by not forcing a separation, babies will develop a healthy autonomy sooner than later, henceforth allowing you “me” time. Eventually they will take off on their own, and when they do they won’t look back.




The True Meaning of

Volunteering It’s been proven that teaching your children to give back will greatly increase the chance that they will continue to pay it forward in the future, as well as increase their overall happiness. By Geraldine Grimes-Lewis


ust as your child learns reading, writing and arithmetic, lessons in compassion and giving are just as important, perhaps even more so. There are ample opportunities available to children of any age, which provide the foundation for altruism in today’s youth. When choosing an opportunity, there are several important factors to consider. First and foremost, consider your child’s interests. Children are naturally drawn to what interests them. As an example, a child who loves to dig and play outdoors, and doesn’t mind getting dirty would benefit immensely from a community garden project. Age appropriate volunteer opportunity is also a major consideration. Even in very young children, there is a need. Food pantries welcome


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children of all ages for different tasks, such as sorting, stacking and taking inventory. You can work together as a team or in many cases the child can work independent of you.

Children who engage in volunteer activity have been proven to be 50% less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Additionally they are proven to do better in school and become successful problem solvers. Working together with your child provides many benefits. Often children see their parents as providers, disciplinarians, and governing bodies of the household. To work with

them, shows them another side of your personality and individuality. The best form of teaching is leading by example. To provide an example of “giving back” will greatly increase the chances of your child continuing to pay it forward in the future. So how do you decide what volunteer opportunity works best for you and your family? Have your child take a look around your community, home, or school. Often, there is opportunity right in front of us that is overlooked. Children many times do not realize the extent of their fortune until they see the misfortune in others. Just letting a child know that many children hope and dream for everyday items like pretty dresses or basketballs, can open a child’s eyes and inspire them to do more. Children as young as 4 have recog-

nized a need and worked together with their parents to fulfill it. A young man in North Carolina found out that foster children move frequently, and therefore transport what belongings they have, often. He, together with his family, collected, cleaned and distributed over 17,000 suitcases in one year! Taking a child out of their comfort zone and making them aware of the needs of others can bring surprising results. In California a young man, realizing the loneliness and isolation of many foster children began an initiative much like Big Brother, except the children were visited by, and socialized with, a peer in their own age group. The project was such a success that many similar programs have been implemented across the country. It is important to not be overprotective or unrealistic in your chosen

opportunity. Allowing children to see how others live their life can make them more appreciative of their own circumstances. Visiting a new friend in a shelter or foster home can be eye opening and spark an awareness that can transform your child. A child who once cried and begged for that toy, that they “just had to have” will think twice after seeing a child who has none. Though we would like to shield them from the harsher realities of life, it simply is not realistic. Children who engage in volunteer activity have been proven to be 50% less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Additionally they are proven to do better in school and become successful problem solvers. The benefit is not for the child alone! You too will feel a sense of fulfillment, and as a bonus it is quality time with your family. In today’s modern era of

devices and technology, “unplugging” for a bit and giving back, provides immense personal satisfaction for both you and your child. There is no downside to volunteering with your child. The experience creates a loving, compassionate and appreciative mind-set that will last a lifetime. Follow the child’s lead, pursue their interests together, and the rewards will be unlimited.

Little Helping Hands When it comes to helping others in need, children will learn that there is no substitute for a hands-on experience. For volunteer opportunities for all ages, please visit the following websites:


Preschoolers Find a Home Away from Home at the

La Piazza Academy This year old preschool in Coral Gables is unique in its fulfillment of today's parents' preschool needs and desires. By Cynthia Lechan Goodman


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n Italy, La Piazza is everybody's second home; the place where all want to go to every day. It is a totally welcoming atmosphere that advocates learning, sharing, and laughing; a central part of life. And so it is at La Piazza Academy, a preschool in Coral Gables, unique in its living relevance to and fulfillment of parents' preschool needs and desires. Founder Jessica Pinto, a longtime Financial Professional, became a new parent and wanted the perfect preschool for her child; a place that combines the best educational programs with attention to a child's unique talents and encourages hands-on

La Piazza integrates green principles and social responsibility and is a member of EDGE –Early Development of Global Education– which teaches young children to take care of their planet and give back to their community. La Piazza has a gorgeous natural playground, a butterfly garden, an outdoor lunch area, a water and sensory space, and a community garden.


Of course children will learn all their necessary development practices and academics. But more importantly, the small ratio of teachers to children –1:6– allows for an individual and unique relationship between the teacher and the child.


“We consider the uniqueness of every child as we stimulate their curiosity according to their development” says Pinto. "Kids don't want to leave, it's amazing," she adds.


La Piazza combines the best educational programs with attention to a child's unique talents while encouraging hands-on parent involvement. parent involvement. When her search proved unsuccessful, Jessica decided to make her own school! She partnered with Nita Yeung, studied educational programs and philosophies, and chose the Reggio Emilia Approach to education, where Children learn through experiences and have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves. To really understand the concept, Jessica lived in Reggio Emilio, Italy, to experience school life there first hand. The ladies then designed a school plan combining the Reggio Emilio philosophy with a modern Creative Curriculum to create a brand new preschool concept that met the needs of parents, and focused on the interests of children.

Pinto explains that La Piazza Academy is uniquely different from other preschools with these features: The environment is contemporary, home-like, natural, and stimulating. The colors are warm, the natural plants plentiful and the outdoor area surrounded with bountiful nature. La Piazza includes a special art studio, The Atelier where children learn about and proudly model art after different artists such as Claude Monet, Franz Kline and Joan Miro.


Many parents agree that La Piazza provides true quality teachers, not baby sitters. "A family who moved one hour away still chose La Piazza despite the distance!" It's no wonder that La Piazza which only opened last June, is almost at full-capacity! For more information or for registration inquires contact: 4101 Salzedo Street Coral Gables, Florida 33146 (305) 448-8885

The Mandarin language is taught throughout natural daily activities. "Foreign language learning at a very young age increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind. Learning a foreign language is much more a cognitive problem solving activity than a linguistic activity". Spanish and English are also used daily in the classroom. Growing up with an aptitude for languages and appreciation for countries and cultures is essential in our increasingly global society and will be valuable into maturity.




Kids and Cash:

Teaching Children the Value of Money Don’t shy away from discussing dollars and cents with your kids. It’s time to teach them lessons that will be worth their weight in gold! By Steve Goodman

“Do you think money grows on trees?” I can hear the words of

my own father echoing in my head as clear as if they were yesterday –especially as I hear my 10 year old daughter wanting the latest iPod, or whatever else she wants that isn’t “so last year!” That is because, despite the fact that the things she wants and “needs” today are ridiculously more expensive than they were when I was a kid, then, as now, kids really have no clue of the value of money, and where it really comes from. And for the most part, that is not your kid’s fault. Yes, my father would shout that typical lament about the lack of a money tree in our backyard, but that was pretty much where the discussion ended; that, or “go ask you mother.” Money in families a generation ago, and still to this day, is one of those taboo subjects that parents tend to shy away from, even when asked

direct questions about it. That is a big mistake, according to most experts.

One of the best ways to teach kids about the value of money is to get them to understand the difference between wants and needs as early as possible. “Money is a great way to teach your children about decision making,” says Paul Richard, Executive Director of the Institute of Consumer Financial Education. “Almost everything to do with money is based on a decision. Is something too expensive? Should you save for something else? etc. etc…” The experts also agree that one of the best ways to teach kids about the value of money is to get them to un-

derstand the difference between wants and needs as early as possible.

Wants vs. Needs The difference between wants and needs can be tough even for adults, especially when in a shopping mall! A Rocky Road ice cream cone? It’s food, so I need it, right? That gorgeous pair of shoes or that cool t-shirt? Well, we all need clothes, don’t we? But parents need to set the right examples. You need to explain to your kids that needs are things you “need” to live – food, water, shelter. Everything else is just a “want.” Here is a great exercise to help your little ones see the difference. All you need is a piece of paper and a bunch of newspapers, magazines and store circulars. On the paper, draw a line down the middle and label one side “Needs,” the other “Wants.” Now go through the papers with your kids and ask them to cut out


it with the “save” jar for something bigger. They know that the money in the “give” jar is for people (or animals, or some other cause) that do not have enough money of their own. Emberling says that by allowing children to decide where the money goes, it empowers them to make their own, and hopefully sound financial decisions.

what they think are pictures of things they “want” and of those they “need” and have them paste in the apropos column. The first time they do so you probably will be shocked at what they think are “needs.” But you can now go over their choices with them. Praise them on the ones they got right, and help them to understand some of their more misguided choices.

Teaching kids, especially teens, about credit and how to properly manage it, is as important as teaching them the value of money for their financial futures. Other Tips for Tots Understanding wants and needs is only the beginning of fiscal education for kids. Paul Richard says you need to introduce the concept of money to your kids as early as possible. As soon as they understand numbers and can count, you can start teaching the basics of dollars and cents. You need to tell them that things cost money, and how daddy and mommy have to work to earn the money to buy them. Besides using it to buy the things you 36

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need (and sometimes want), tell them the other ways you deal with money in your household. Do you invest it? Or save it? Richard goes on to say, “do not feel you have to only discuss ‘money matters’ behind closed doors. Be open, and when appropriate, include children in your process when making financial decisions.” He also suggests that when a child wants something, have them set that as a goal, and teach them they have to earn and save the money to get it. Heidi Emberling, a Parent Educator, says it is also important when teaching kids about the value of money that you start to teach them early about charitable giving. She says for her own children she has a chart, and each time they perform a task she wants them to do –homework on time, getting ready for school, brushing teeth, etc.– they earn a sticker. Each sticker is worth a dollar. At the end of the week she totals up the stickers and they earn “their pay.” The kids have three jars. One marked “save,” one “give,” and one “spend.” At the end of the week they can divide the money they have earned into the jars in any way they like, but at least one dollar has to go in each jar. They can take money from the spend jar whenever they want to buy something they like, or they can wait and combine

The bottom line when educating your kids about money is to lead by example. Handling your own money in a responsible and open way is the best financial tool you can give your children. Credit Where Credit Is Due Teaching kids, especially teens, about credit and how to properly manage it, is as important as teaching them the value of money for their financial futures. When they are pre or early teens and they want something badly that is very expensive, that is a good time to suggest they can either save, or take a loan from you. Tell them they can only have the loan if they agree to pay it back by a certain date, which you can mark on an official loan calendar. Then introduce the consequences and penalties that will occur if they do not pay the loan back by that date, or if they miss a payment.

The Bottom Line Money managers always talk about the “bottom line.” The bottom line when educating your kids about money is to lead by example. Handling your own money in a responsible and open way is the best financial tool you can give your children. If you try to limit credit card debt, live within your means and encourage long term savings –you will set a good example for your children about money that is worth its weight in gold!


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Beautiful You, Confident You

There are a number of ways to build-up your confidence and your self-esteem to enhance your natural beauty and well-being. By Dr. Baumann


eauty. It isn’t a myth, but what it is and how we define it are two questions consistently shifting with time, never scientifically proven or concrete across generations, genders, and cultures. If you want proof, look next to you. What you see as beautiful, another person may not agree; so there is truth to the saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Especially in the society we live in today, women are conditioned to accept what the media sees as beautiful –skinny, proportionate, luscious hair, glowing skin, and the list could go on for this entire article –but I’m here to tell you that there are a number of ways to break that mold and regain the confidence that suits you! I hear a lot of complaints from friends, family, and patients that the media is to blame for our ever-intensifying obsession with beauty, but I believe it’s much deeper than that. In


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fact, scientist and psychologist Nancy Etcoff stresses in her book, Survival of the Prettiest, that beauty is “an essential and ineradicable part of human nature.” There it is. We’ve been obsessed with beauty since creation!

There are complaints that the media is to blame for our everintensifying obsession with beauty, but I believe it’s much deeper than that. As much as beauty is all around us, our primary concern usually is our own personal beauty. However, when we turn a critical eye on our own beauty, we often see our faults in a much more exaggerated light than we do our strengths. At my practice in Miami, I notice my patients focusing on their perceived flaws instead of on their individual beauty. Recently, Dove

created a campaign to illustrate this exact point. As women, we are so hard on ourselves, and often strangers see us in a more forgiving light than we do. Looking into a mirror, no one else is staring back at you but YOU! Embrace that person. Once you accept your natural physical beauty, the next step is to play to your strengths and properly care for your skin. As a cosmetic dermatologist, I recommend achieving this with a healthy lifestyle and a tailored skincare regimen. Some people opt for anti-aging procedures such as Botox, Juvéderm, lasers, and skin tightening devices. These are fantastic procedures that can visibly reduce the signs of aging when administered by a professional, so please make sure that you find a trustworthy and artistic doctor to perform whatever cosmetic procedures you wish to indulge in. The key is to not look overdone or fake. There is an art to aging

gracefully, and as long as you maintain a natural appearance –that is, one that is not overdone – your beauty will continue to shine even when your chronological age increases.

Once you accept your natural physical beauty, the next step is to play to your strengths Besides physical beauty, there are many factors that play important roles in aging and making you feel and look more youthful: state-of-mind, including a positive attitude and selfconfidence, diet, setting and achieving goals, and exercise. Here’s why: §§ Feeling good about yourself, inside and out, gives you a positive attitude, and in turn, attitude plays an important role in wellness. A recent Oxford Journal article depicted how selfesteem levels change throughout a person’s lifespan –beginning high in childhood, dropping during adolescence, rising gradually throughout adulthood, and declining sharply in old age. For many women, self-confidence is the missing key that will make all the difference. §§ Another article linking appearance to self-esteem shows that enhancing one’s appearance through means of diet, cosmetic procedures, and exercise can intrinsically raise selfesteem. §§ Exercising, on a very basic level, boosts self-esteem and improves self-image. No matter what your weight, dress size, gender, or age is, getting active can promptly raise your perception of your own attractiveness and self-worth. It’s also a great stress-reducer – keeping those wrinkles at bay! §§ Setting and achieving goals lets you take the reins on your life. Thinking about your dreams, goals, and future can play a huge role in elevating your self-esteem. You feel stronger and more accomplished which factors into overall happiness. §§ Tying it all together is Joanna Rohrback. This YouTube internet sensation

taught us a thing or two while she “prancercised.” She embodies all the key elements that keep her healthy and youthful. Despite the fact that each generation, culture, and gender has its own unique standards of beauty, all of us can agree that true beauty, inside and out, is measured by the most important individual on earth: you! Combining diligence and preventive measures help us maintain a healthy, youthful exterior, but taking care of the interior is just as imperative. To a confident you!

Reker, Gary T.; Peacock, Edward J.; and Wong, Paul T. P. (1986). “Meaning and Purpose in Life and Well-being: a Life-span Perspective.” Journal of Gerontology, 42 (1): 44-49.doi:10.1093/ geronj/42.1.44. Retrieved from http://geronj. Tvmania. (14 April 2013). Dove Real Beauty Sketches. [Video]. Retrieved from http://www. Robins, Richard W.; Trzesniewski, Kali H.; Tracy, Jessica L.; Gosling, Samuel D.; Potter, Jeff. (2002). “Global self-esteem across the life span.” Psychology and Aging, 17 (3): 423-434. doi: 10.1037/0882-7974.17.3.423. Retrieved from Prancercise. (25 December 2012). Original - Prancercise: A Fitness Workout. [Video]. Retrieved from

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Stop drinking bottled water If you don’t like your municipal water, get a filter for your sink and a widemouth stainless-steel or BPA-free plastic bottle with a removable lid. Don’t throw toxic items in with your garbage If you don’t want it to end up in your food and water supply, don’t toss it out with the trash. CFLs, batteries, motor oil and all manner of household chemicals must be disposed of at hazardous waste centers. Turn off lights and TVs when you leave the room.

Starting the Year on a Green Foot Here are some simple ways to make your home and lifestyle eco-friendly and start off the new year on a green foot… By Margaret Kessler Schorr


very time parents read Horton Hears a Who to their kids they are empowering their children with the message that each of us can make a difference. So it is with green living. Just as Jo-Jo Who’s “one small Yopp put it over!” and ensured the survival of his people, you, too, can find your green voice. To get you inspired, here are a few simple changes you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and maybe save our world. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents (CFLs). According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, if every home in America replaced just one incandescent light bulb with a CFL, it would prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to what’s produced annually by more than 800,000 cars. On the downside, florescent bulbs contain mercury, a highly poisonous neurotoxin. When a florescent bulb breaks, mercury escapes both as vapor that can be inhaled as well as a fine powder that can settle into textiles and carpeting


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(which could prove especially dangerous to crawling babies. At least one case of mercury poisoning has been linked to fluorescents: A 1987 article in Pediatrics describes a 23-month-old who suffered weight loss and severe rashes after a carton of eight-foot (2.4-meter) tubular bulbs broke in a play area). Many people find it off-putting that if a florescent bulb breaks, everyone needs to leave the room for 15 minutes. For more information about the dangers of CFLs, check article.cfm?id=are-compact-fluorescentlightbulbs-dangerous. The EPA’s cleanup instructions for a broken CFL can be found here: cleaning-broken-cfl

Also bump the AC to 80 degrees when you’re gone. When you are home, ceiling fans allow you to raise your AC without feeling warmer. Opt for reusable shopping bags. Keep them with you at all times and force yourself to use them. After a few weeks it will become automatic. Fix leaky faucets; get low flow showerheads and toilets. According to the EPA, an average household leaks enough water each year to fill a backyard swimming pool. Installing a low-flow showerhead will save 12,000 gallons per person per year. And low flow toilets can reduce water consumption by as much as 35,000 gallons per year. If you don’t want to replace your current toilet, put a displacer in the tank. You can make on by removing the label from an empty plastic half-gallon milk container. Fill it partially with pebbles and the rest with water. Place it carefully in the tank away from the flapper. According to The New York Times, a half-gallon displacer will save 4,200 gallons of water per person per year.

Switch to non-chemical cleaners And just a few more ideas:

Microfiber cloths are great for streak and lint-free cleaning of glass and stainless steel. A convertible steam mop will sanitize floors and countertops. Baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and other green cleaners are effective, safe and inexpensive.

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Dream Away

Family Friendly + Ultra-Luxe = Dream Vacation We’ve found a baker’s dozen resorts that offer all this and more... with loads of accommodations to make family holidays especially wonderful. By Margaret Kessler Schorr


t’s the nearly universal vacation dream: luxurious accommodations, attentive staff, sumptuous dining options and breathtaking panoramas. Here are some ideas to make your family getaway dream come true. Although their lavishness is accompanied by a price tag to match, many offer attractive package rates at various times during the year, so doing your homework can save you a bundle.

ASIA The Ritz Carlton Sanya, China

This five-star hotel is situated on the island of Hainan where majestic mountains share the vista with miles of private beaches, rainforests and the pristine South China Sea. The RitzCarlton, the country’s only tropical seaside resort, provides the ultimate escape for the most discriminating families.


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Angsana Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Located on the shores of Bang Tao Bay in Southern Thailand, the Angsana Laguna is part of an integrated resort that features six palm-fringed lagoons, 600 acres of parkland, two miles of pristine beach and an outstanding array of recreational opportunities. The resort's resident baby elephant Lucky makes twice daily visits to the beach and Kids’ Club, where guests can meet him and take photos.

AFRICA Mazagan Golf & Spa Resort El Jadida, Morocco

With panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean, Mazagan is the ultimate playground. The resort features an amazing array of activities and entertainment: Three Kids' Clubs, a world-class spa, a vibrant casino, a nightclub, and endless sport and leisure facilities, plus a dedicated team that caters to children of all ages. Athletics, special events, trips and themed evenings are all part of a busy itinerary designed to keep the whole family smiling.

AUSTRALIA & OCEANIA The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs Kaeo, Northland, New Zealand

Guests "feel like royalty" at this plantation-style lodge, says Conde Nast. In fact, several patrons noted something to the effect of: “the staff made us feel like we were the only guests they had to take care of the whole time we were there." A private chef is available for BBQs or picnics at the beach. Among the special accommodations for kids are tours of the resort’s working farm and myriad other educational, interactive and destination-inspired activities including a superb opportunity to learn about New Zealand’s indigenous Maori.

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Bora Bora, French Polynesia

This unbelievable resort ranks ninth on Conde Nast’s list of the Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World. Sunrise views over the Pacific and sunsets over the lagoon, combined with the magnificence of Mount Otemanu, make this Polynesian village resort ‘the most beautiful place on earth.’ The overwater bungalows are often described as “beyond words.” Kids can go on their own Polynesian adventure in the Kids for All Seasons program, with each day divided into activities including exercise, arts and crafts, water-based games and creative play. 58

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Aulani Resort & Spa Ko Olina, Hawaii

This property is proof positive that Disney has perfected the science of creating an environment that’s perfect for kids of all ages. From the white-sand beach and “valley” of pools and waterslides to the multitude of recreational programs and exhilarating excursions, Aulani has something for everyone.

NORTH AMERICA The Breakers Palm Beach Palm Beach, Florida

A spectacular, Italian Renaissance-themed resort on Florida’s Atlantic coast, The Breakers Palm Beach is as charming as it is legendary. The family-friendly environment includes an interactive camp and a secure, self-contained Family Entertainment Center -one of the first of its kind at any hotel or resort- equipped with an arcade, craft area, toddlers’ playroom, children’s movie room, video games, board games, outdoor sports court and playground.

One&Only Palmilla Los Cabos, Mexico

"Nothing compares to this beachfront resort,” gushes Conde Nast about this lavish property situated on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. Long an exclusive hideaway for celebrities and bluebloods, the One&Only merges the style of Old Mexico with every modern convenience imaginable. Families with children are warmly welcomed by a team dedicated to making every kid’s experience memorable.

SOUTH AMERICA Llao Llao Hotel & Resort Patagonia, Argentina

With stunning views of Moreno Lake and Mount Tronador, the Llao Llao will take your breath away. The resort’s motto is “big vacations for our small guests”, and they live up to it. Programs are specially designed for children’s needs and include a complete range of outdoor activities, handicrafts, cooking, drama and painting workshops, music and musical instrument making workshops and much more.


EUROPE Marabella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Malaga, Spain

Visitors and travel experts rave about this resort, located on the southern Spanish Costa del Sol, which was created specifically to cater to the rich and famous. Traditional Andalusian architecture situated on a magnificent stretch of Mediterranean beach creates an utterly unspoiled refuge that has seduced visiting royalty, actors, musicians, heads of state and high living aristocrats. The Children’s Club has an outstanding reputation for its wide range of programs.


Château de Vault-de-Lugny Vault-de-Lugny, France

A castle located in Vault-de-Lugny in Burgundy, this quintessential medieval château was built in the 13th and 14th centuries and has all the trappings one would expect from such a building: moat, dungeon, gigantic beds in massive rooms, wooded grounds, and peacocks strutting on the lawn. Families will find a plethora of activities including an indoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the chateau’s ancient vaulted cellars.

Borgo Santo Pietro Tuscany, Italy

Tucked away in central Italy, the resort was built surrounding a 13th century Tuscan villa. Tuscany is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy and influence on high culture. The winner of numerous awards, the Borgo Santo Pietro caters to families with a tremendous assortment of activities guaranteed to make your whole family’s stay memorable.

Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel Interlaken, Switzerland

In the heart of the Swiss Alps, Interlaken has, for more than two centuries, been renowned as top-notch international tourist destination. And the Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel is considered by many to be the finest resort in Switzerland. Surrounded by mountains and two large lakes, Interlaken provides the majestic scenery that vacationers dream of when they think ‘Swiss Alps.’ Whether your family’s passion is for winter or summer sports, this über-luxe, family-friendly property offers the ideal setting for year-round outdoor activities and sightseeing.


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Fun Travels Enriching Little Minds Through Travel Here are some ideas for family vacations that are educational, chock-full of adventure, fun and yummy! By Manoela Suarez


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ore and more families are planning vacations that allow them to immerse in the culture of the country or state that they are visiting by learning about their breathtaking geological structures, history, culture and food. As research points out, children that attain a wide amount of outside exposure to different environments are better outfitted to solve issues, build better social skills and are able to adapt easily to new environment and experience. In addition, it develops the palate of the children as they eat foods that they are normally not accustomed to. Here are four of the most unforgettable places to visit and create memories that will last a lifetime, with your own kin:

throughout the different boroughs. One of the most popular places to find authentic fine dining Italian food is in the Boston North End neighborhood. The restaurants are jammed-packed with patrons and block length lines are formed in the most popular of eateries. You will find Italian old ladies making handmade pastas in the storefront of some dining sites. The famous lobster roll is one of New England's favorite local sandwiches. The best can be found at the Green Dragon Tavern, which is also known as the "headquarters of revolution." This is one of the oldest pub located in the end of North End and was frequented by America's Founding Fathers such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams and John Hancock back in the 18th century.

Make your ever-lasting memories by breaking out of the norm and finding your own exotic sanctuary with your loved ones and teach your kids that education is a life long journey that takes place in every continent.

Montreal, Canada

As research points out, children that attain a wide amount of outside exposure to different environments are better outfitted to solve issues, build better social skills and are able to adapt easily to new environment and experience. Boston, Massachusetts: Young children can experience the history of the Revolutionary War first hand by being active participants of the Boston Tea Party movement of December 16, 1773. They can also follow a real

historian "guide" on the paths of the Freedom Trail in Downtown Boston and learn about major historical events that took place in different landmarks around the metropolis. Furthermore, Boston's Museum of Science has spectacular exhibits, hands-on activities and movies that can be linked to your child's school curriculum in the fields of science and technology. For those that are enthralled with underwater creatures, New England Aquarium is a must see. In this enchanting venue, children will learn about ecosystems, habitats and animals from all over the globe. Boston is known to provide exquisite dining experiences that are featured

Montreal is one of the most fascinating places to visit with the family. During the summer months, lots of spectacles happen throughout the city; such as the annual Just for Laughs Festival. Street performances are found in different parts of plazas with performances in all sorts of theatrical genres; and a variety of music can be heard playing by musicians in the streets. Also, their love of visual arts is evident as passersby enjoy the magnificent arts featured on walls all over the city. A family must-see is the Botanical Gardens, which exhibits extraordinary landscapes that are sponsored by different countries from all over the world. On the same premises, children can learn about different insects and their habitats in the astounding Montreal Insectariums. 63

There is a plethora of places that families can visit together. Enjoy, unravel and share the excitement of travel with your loved ones.

Tulum, Mexico Want to visit Mayan ancient ruins, take an underground water excursion to see mystifying cave formations, spend time with monkeys in an all monkey sanctuary, and lounge in the most beautiful seashores of the world? Then a trip to Tulum, Mexico, with the family is a must. Tulum's breathtaking archaeological sites are truly a marvel. It is located in the Yucatan Peninsula of the Southeastern region of Mexico. Children will hear the ancient Mayan language being spoken by some of the locals. They will also learn about the rich Mayan history and their demise brought on by the occupation of the Spanish settlers.

Those who appreciate the fine dining experience of French cuisine can surely satisfy their palate in Montreal. A venue worth mentioning is Chez L'Epicier, which is run by world renowned Chef Laurent Godbout. This exquisite restaurant is located on the famous St. Paul Street. The menu features seasonal dishes that are made with the freshest ingredients and are eloquently presented.

Marbella, Spain The best family vacations are the ones that feature a waterfront experience. The seashores of Marbella are known to be one of the best in the world. This beautiful sanctuary is located in Southern Spain and is part of the Andalucia region in the province of Malaga. 64

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Children and adults populate the seashores during the day, while enjoying walks in the Orange Square located in the heart of Old Town. This charming town also features ruins of a castle, historical churches and remains of the Roman Capitals throughout. There are eco-tours available for those that want to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sierra de Las Nieves National Park. For lovers of Mediterranean cuisine, a must try is Paco Jimenez Arte Culinario, a restaurant located in the Orange Square. It has a selection of foods that can satisfy most tastes. Master Chef, Paco Jimenez, has created a menu of eloquent gastronomy that is beautifully presented when served. It is known as the "little gem" of a restaurant by food critics.

For a real authentic Mexican barbecue, El Asadero is the place to eat. The food is fresh and the barbecue is cooked to perfection. The menu features meat based and seafood dishes with classic sides like refried beans, melted cheese on tortillas, and fresh guacamole. For an after meal desert, take the entire family to the Flor de Michoacan. Enjoy fresh fruit and artisan ice creams in their gorgeous Spanish style patio. This charming fruteria is famous for their popsicle made of fresh cut fruit frozen in a gelato base. There is a plethora of places that families can visit together. Make your ever-lasting memories by breaking out of the norm and finding your own exotic sanctuary with your loved ones. Teach your kids that education is a life long journey that takes place in every continent. Enjoy, unravel and share the excitement of travel with your loved ones. Bon Voyage!

No Guilt, All Pleasure! Allow yourself the pleasure to indulge in these healthy delights without an ounce of guilt this holiday season.

Brussels Sprout Salad with Brown Butter Hazelnut Dressing



10 good size Brussels Sprouts, ends trimmed, cut in half and sliced thin 1/2 medium bulb of fennel, sliced paper thin (about 1-1/2 cups sliced) 1/4 medium red onion, sliced paper thin 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/3 of a whole medium fruit) 4-5 cups baby arugula 4 oz Manchego cheese, shaved with a peeler

Mix the first 4 salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a sauce pan melt the butter on medium heat until it starts to lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Add the hazelnuts and toast until the butter and nuts are browned but not burnt. Add the thyme, be careful as it will pop a bit. Remove from heat and immediately add the vinegar, mustard and syrup. Pour dressing over the brussels, fennel and onion; toss well. Then add the arugula, pomegranate seeds and salt and pepper. Toss well again. Taste and adjust the seasoning and acid if necessary. If you are serving on individual plates I like to shave the cheese on top of each plate. If you are serving in the bowl then you can toss the cheese in when you add the arugula.

Dressing~ 4 Tablespoons butter 5 springs of thyme 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped 2-3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon Dijon style mustard 1 Tablespoon maple syrup (real!) or honey Salt and pepper to taste.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Ingredients 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour


1/2 cup wheat germ or ground flax 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1-1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1 cup coconut sugar 2 large eggs, beaten 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil + more for the pan 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, roughly chopped 1 cup pecans, chopped 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Sift all ingredients up until the pumpkin into a large mixing bowl. Combine pumpkin, sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla in another bowl and mix well. With a spatula; combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and then mix in the cranberries and the pecan. Oil a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan on the bottom and the sides and pour in the batter. Top with the sunflower seeds or any other chopped nut or granola. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a thin knife or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn the bread out onto a rack to cool...then eat!

Chef Amber Antonelli With the belief that food is what connects people, cultures and life, professional chef, Amber Antonelli, of the popular food blog, The Naked Truth, instructs others on how "eating healthy" means eating fresh whole foods cooked from the heart. The Naked Bite -Pure Food To contact Amber for your next event or to schedule a class contact her at: Phone: (707) 776-7035 Email:



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hen U&me came about, Gladys Valladares, Editor-in-Chief, had a vision of not only publishing a beautifully high-end publication covering real issues and everyday life, she envision U&me to be much more than that. Her ultimate vision was for U&me to become a vital resource for parents from all walks of life, reaching out to the community and helping change the lives of those most in need. With childhood obesity on the rise in this country, she thought it was time for parents to lead by example. With that in mind, she was on a mission to make a change. So back in May,

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These women have been given a platform in which to shine, and in the end, U&me hopes not only to have empowered them with the knowledge that discipline, a well-balanced meal and physical fitness are key to any healthy lifestyle change, No Pills, No Gimmicks, but to have inspired many others like them. We are happy to say that these four finalists are not only healthier and more physically fit, but have gained the self-confidence to enjoy the life that was waiting for them all along. A special thanks to Belly-n-Kicks, Alison Hay, Kathleen Check, Fit2Go Meals, Bloomingdale's, and Avant Garde Salon for making this transformation a total success.


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Babies and Toddlers Snowflake Baby By Elise Broach, Cori Doerrfeld Snowsuit baby
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Little ones will love playing along with baby during a day full of wintry fun, from snowballs to sledding. This interactive novelty board book features large lift-the-flaps on each spread, hiding charming surprises underneath. With acclaimed author Elise Broach's delightful rhyming text and playful illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld, this is the perfect read-aloud to share after fun-filled snowy day! Just Like My Mom By David Melling Have you ever wanted to be just like your mom? This little lion cub is quick to point out the similarities between him and his mom. But, when it comes to certain things like making little lion cub feel better or helping him make fun toys, he discovers that there is no one else quite like mom! The fun illustrations and heartwarming story in this picture book are a celebration of the mother/child relationship. It is a perfect tale for mothers and children to share together. Little Pookie By Sandra Boynton This book introduces Pookie, in a sweet sort-of counting book. Mom lists ten particular things she knows about Pookie ("You like macaroni. You're suspicious of peas."), punctuated by brief comments by Pookie. A perfect ending awaits your child.


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Picture Books Tickle Monster By Josie Bissett, Kevan J. Atteberry (Illustrator), Dan Zadra (Editor) The story is about a loveable rascal that has just flown in from Planet Tickle. His mission is to tickle any child who happens to follow along in this book Parents read aloud and do the tickling, while children laugh and squirm with delight. Written with love and loaded with humor, this delightful story combined with the tickling experience creates a long lasting, positive memory for the child and the parent.

Early Readers My Friend Rabbit and the Snow Geese (My Readers Level 1) By Eric Rohmann (Created by), Eric Rohmann (Illustrator)

On the first day of winter, the Gibble Goose Girls sulk—the snow has made their favorite outdoor activities impossible! It’s up to Rabbit and Mouse to prove that the cold season has its own charms.

Making a Friend By Alison McGhee, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator)

Stars By Mary Lyn Ray, Marla Frazee (Illustrator) A star is how you know it’s almost night.
As soon as you see one, there’s another, and another.
And the dark that comes doesn’t feel so dark.
What if you could have a star? From acclaimed author Mary Lyn Ray and two-time Caldecott Honor winner Marla Frazee comes this tender, evocative —and profound— exploration of stars both near and far. Snow Dog Marley (Marley: I Can Read Book 2 Series) By John Grogan, Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator) The world’s most rambunctious dog is back in this hilarious new I Can Read! story. With the yard all covered in white, Marley’s family is ready to enjoy the first snowfall of the season - and much to everyone’s surprise, Marley is on his best behavior. Could it be that the family’s normally wild puppy is a natural snow dog?

Clean, cold, white snow! Snow for sledding. Snow for catching on your tongue. Snow for making a SNOWMAN! Is there anything as wonderful as SNOW? Is there any better friend than a SNOWMAN? Snow isn’t forever, though. The wind shifts, the weather warms and snow melts into spring. The Snowman has become something else—the fog, the rain. But, how can this boy forget his good friend? He doesn’t… and he doesn’t have to. Bestselling author, Alison McGhee reminds us all that nothing that has been cared for can ever disappear for good, for, “What you love will always be with you.” And, this tender story about the power of friendship will stay with readers long after they turn the last page. I Love Snow! (Noodles Series) By Hans Wilhelm, Hans Wilhelm (Illustrator) Join Noodles the little white dog in a wintertime adventure! Join Noodles the little white dog in another zany adventure--this time it's snowing outside! Noodles is having fun making snow angels and catching snowflakes with his tongue. But then he sees a raccoon in need of help! Noodles comes to the rescue and finds a friend to play with. It's the most winter fun he's ever had!

Youth & Teens United We Spy By Ally Carter

The Fault in Our Stars By John Green

The Running Dream By Wendelin Van Draanen

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle's elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie –and her country– forever. Get ready for the Gallagher Girls' most astounding adventure yet as Ally Carter's New York Times best-selling series comes to breathtaking conclusion that will have readers racing to the last page.

Despite the tumorshrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is awardwinning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Winner of the 2013 Children's Choice Teen Book of the Year Award.

Jessica thinks her life is over when she loses a leg in a car accident. She's not comforted by the news that she'll be able to walk with the help of a prosthetic leg. Who cares about walking when you live to run? As she struggles to cope with crutches and a first cyborglike prosthetic, Jessica feels oddly both in the spotlight and invisible. People who don't know what to say, act like she's not there. Which she could handle better if she weren't now keenly aware that she'd done the same thing herself to a girl with CP named Rosa. A girl who is going to tutor her through all the math she's missed. A girl who sees right into the heart of her. With the support of family, friends, a coach, and her track teammates, Jessica may actually be able to run again. But that's not enough for her now. She doesn't just want to cross finish lines herself—she wants to take Rosa with her.

Baby Laughs: The Naked Truth about the First Year of Mommyhood By Jenny McCarthy

201 Organic Baby Purees By Tamika L. Gardner

Parents The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind By Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.

Jenny McCarthy’s hilarious, no-holds-barred personality has made her an instantly recognizable TV personality and a bestselling author. In Baby Laughs she examines the full range of challenges that new mothers face.

Baby food should be made of the freshest, healthiest ingredients on the planet! Brimming with the biggest variety of purees sure to expand baby's palate, 201 Organic Baby Purees teaches readers to blend well-balanced meals right in their own home.

Featured Author Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon First-time Miami author Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon grew up all over the world, including Europe, the United States and her native Honduras. For the past 19 years, she has lived in Miami with her family. She worked in the communications field for the last 20 years and was inspired to write this book by her children and spiritual teachers such as Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. The Day An Angel Ran into My Room By Anabelle Valenzuela-Alarcon Read what happens when a six-yearold girl meets an angel, and in doing so, discovers her own magical inner world. One night Alessandra asks her mother if she can stay up for “only five more minutes.” Then she gets a wonderful surprise: Her guardian angel, Angelisse, comes for a visit. The angel looks so much like a child that it is easy for Alessandra to relate to her. The angel explains how very important every person is and teaches Alessandra many other magical things, such as the power of visualization. This uplifting story teaches kids that they are never alone because their guardian angels are always looking out for them, and that children have the power to change their world through their thoughts and deeds. This marvelous story could happen to anyone that believes! And that is the wonderful tale of The Day an Angel Ran into My Room. For more info log on to:



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This holiday favorite begins with the classic storybook line, "In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines.” From there, the day begins like any other day for the girls and their caretaker Miss Clavel, but soon ends in disaster when everyone except Madeline gets the flu. Join Madeline and her friends live on stage at the Miracle Theatre find out how and discover a little holiday magic for yourself.

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DEC 19 - 24 Miami City Ballet: The Nutcracker Nothing brings in the holidays better than Miami City Ballet's production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts 1300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

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ELF is an original musical that brings to life the heartwarming and hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who mistakenly believes he’s really one of Santa’s elves.

The first local luxury event for couples planning to conceive, moms-to-be and parents hosted by Tutti Bambini Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. For more information and to buy tickets visit

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