Parenting

Planeando el futuro con NY529

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Los beneficios de NY529

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Una de las preocupaciones de todos los padres al tener hijos es el costo de la educación universitaria. En muchos países hay educación universitaria gratuita pero en Estados Unidos es uno de los gastos más grandes de una familia. Una carrera universitaria en una universidad de Nueva York puede costar $300,000 si a eso le añadimos que una familia promedio hoy en día tiene 3 hijos, costaría casi un millón de dólares mandar a esos tres hijos a la universidad. Cuando mis hijos nacieron su abuela les regaló una cuanta de NY529. Les juro que hasta el Sábado pasado no sabía realmente lo que era.

Gracias a Momtrends tuvimos la oportunidad de aprender lo que es NY529. Para empezar, les explico que NY529 es una cuenta donde los padres pueden ahorrar dinero para la universidad. Lo más que me llamó la atención es que ese dinero que sea ahorra en la cuenta, aunque sea en NY se puede usar en cualquier estado. Entre otras de las cosas que aprendí sobre el programa es que cualquier persona puede abrir y depositar dinero en la cuenta. Por ejemplo las cuentas de mis chicos las abrió su abuela, pero yo puedo depositar dinero, y también puedo compartir la cuenta con la familia, para que todos le puedan depositar dinero para su cumpleaños o fiestas especiales. No solo eso, el dinero puede ser usado por el niño o sus hermanos ya que las cuentas se pueden pasar a otros miembros de la familia. 

NY529 es un programa de ahorro de dinero para estudios no solo universitarios pero también estudios vocacionales y estudios post graduados. No solo eso el dinero también se puede utilizar para emergencias familiares (pagando ciertas penalidades). Durante la actividad también aprendimos a como el dinero se puede utilizar entre hermanos. Por ejemplo si uno tiene una cuenta pero el otro no, el dinero es transferible. Y los más importante son las deducciones que recibes de impuestos por tener el dinero en la cuenta, una madre soltera puede recibir hasta $5,000 devuelta en sus impuestos con una cuenta de NY529.

¿Quieres aprender mas sobre la NY529? Pues puedes visitar la página de NY529, aquí. También tienes una línea para comunicarte 877-NYSAVES (697-2837).

Gracias al Institute of Culinary Education por la excelente comida y entretener a los chicos mientras aprendíamos sobre el programa. Gracias a Momtrends por otro súper evento.

Disney Movies Star Wars

Star Wars Movie order including Rogue One

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Star Wars movie viewing order… from a certain point of view.

As many Star Wars fans are anxiously awaiting, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray today. A great first effort into the tales not involving a Skywalker and friends, it gives us a look into the bigger Star Wars universe, a universe many of us have played out in our minds with our beloved Kenner action figures.

However, being the first “standalone” film, the question is where it fits in the logical story order, and would it be a good film to introduce someone to Star Wars. For me and many or my friends, the Machete Order (link) is the new gold standard for watching the movies. For those unfamiliar, Machete starts with episode IV (Star Wars: A New Hope), followed by episode V (The Empire Strikes Back), II (Attack of the Clones), III (Revenge of the Sith), VI (Return of the Jedi), VII (The Force Awakens), etc. with episode I (The Phantom Menace) being able to be viewed at any point, or not at all. This viewing order makes the best sense, preserving the famous twist from episode V, while giving the plot points of the prequels a little more weight.

To fans, it’s simple: Rogue One belongs just before episode IV. The movie leads right into the opening scene of the 1977 classic and they tie together beautifully. It is also good enough to bring in new fans to what many of us loved when we first saw a Star Wars movie. But how about the non-Star Wars fan, or someone who has never seen the films before? I asked my buddy, Robert, that very question as he just introduce his friend, Lyra (name changed to protect the innocent), to the saga in the last couple weeks. This is what he found out.

First movie: Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

“First 30 minutes I found to be very confusing” says Lyra, echoing a critique even Star Wars heavies like Rob and myself have. “[But] the next hour and a half were very entertaining, and I knew what they were trying to do. It was very good and deeper than I imagined.” Mission accomplished, Rogue…Rogue one. But dat last scene, tho! “Then the last 2 minutes happened and I was as confused, or more confused than at the beginning.” Lyra had witnessed something Star Wars fans had been clamoring for since the announcement of the prequels, SPOILER ALERT, Vader goes Vader. Now to a non-fan whose first run is this movie, it seems to come out of nowhere. But after discussing it with Rob, that’s a good thing. “The confusion had her intrigued. She didn’t know who this guy was, why he was going crazy, and what the deal was with the ‘light sword’. From that point on she wanted to see more.” And there is no better feeling than hooking in someone new. Onto the classics:

Second movie: Episode IV – Star Wars: A New Hope

“WOW, this is much more layered than I thought it would be. Good characters too. I liked it. You were right, it’s more fantasy than sci-fi.” Yes Lyra, the original brought people in with amazing characters and lore that you can easily lose yourself in.

Third movie: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

“No. I am your father!” Lyra slowly turned her head with eyes wide open and mouth falling ajar. “WHAT!?” That was the general reaction when many people saw it for the first time, in the most critically acclaimed film in the series. “This is so much deeper and layered than I ever thought it could be. And ‘I Love you, I know’ was hilarious!”

Fourth movie: Episode II – Attack of the Clones

“I like this. I hope they get together.” Interesting. As the first “flashback” episode in the Machete Order, it gives insight into who Anakin Skywalker is and who he becomes. Trust me, it works this way. “What’s with all the hands and arms being chopped off?” Don’t worry, it’s a Star Wars thing.

Fifth movie: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

“More Hands being cut off!! I think that was my favorite so far! I really knew what was going on and could follow it very easily. But it is DARK! And Luke and Leia are twins!? WOW! I LOVE Yoda!” Yes, this is considered the best of the prequels and a favorite amongst many of the more recent fans. This is also where many of the older fans expected to see the badass Vader that we ending up seeing in Rogue One. Better late than never I guess.

Sixth movie: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi

“This is by far my least favorite of ALL!! Jabba is disgusting. This whole thing is horrible!” Usually intergalactic gangsters get more respect. But once the first act was done Lyra liked that the movie got back on the Skywalker track. “Ok so I am liking this MUCH better since they left Jabba.” The struggle with Luke and his father, temptation from the Emperor, and the ultimate redemption won Lyra over. “WOW, so I started off hating it but I think now it’s the best one!”

Seventh movie: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

“I’m a little confused with the new characters but I really want to know who Rey is!” Lyra enjoyed it but has many questions, and like the rest of us is anxiously awaiting the future episodes.

The Floater: Episode I – The Phantom Menace

Rob hasn’t shown Lyra this one yet. Mainly because in the grand scheme the movie has little impact on the overall story. It’s a nice intro to some of the characters, but the timeline difference between this and episode II makes anything that happened inconsequential. If anything, The Phantom Menace could be the first real Star Wars standalone movie.

So, there you have it. A new fan’s point of view on seeing the greatest saga of all time. Lyra did mention to Rob that she would like to marathon watch the movies, and Rob is considering trying a different order. Experiment with chronological order, release date, or even watching the trilogies separately. Find what works for you. And if you haven’t seen it on digital download yet, get the DVD or Blu-Ray as Rogue One may very well be your favorite Star Wars movie yet.

Haven’t seen Rogue One yet? Lucky you it comes out on DVD today and here’s one of the trailers.

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Regresa el NY Baby Show y hay entradas gratis!

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El NY Baby Show regresa este Mayo 20 y 21. Este siempre a sido el evento más grande para madres embarazadas y para padres de niños pequeños. Durante los dos días las familias, si familias, es un evento para todos, tienen la oportunidad de conocer nuevas marcas de equipo para niños. Pero no solo eso, también pueden experimentar con diferentes coches en la pista de diferentes terrenos que construyen para el evento, y también aprender sobre diferentes clases para niños.

También durante el show hay diferentes conferenciantes hablando sobre diferentes temas como la lactancia, tipos de crianza y planificación futura. Suerte para ti que me estás leyendo, tengo entradas gratis! Pero tienen que actuar rápido por que solo hay 10… Pero no se preocupen por que también tengo un código para un 50% de la entrada.

Si quieren saber más, aquí está mi entrada de el año pasado. Top 3 Discoveries at NY Baby Show! Y si quieren saber más también tengo la reseña del 2014 y 2015… Me encantan los eventos de niños y más cuando es divertido para toda la familia, creo que eso es lo mas que me gusta del NY Baby Show.

Suerte a todas y espero verlas allá.

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Parenting

Checking in

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So, I know I’ve been active on Facebook Live, focusing on my Spanish show Time for Cafecito (Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9am on Facebook), but I wanted to check in with you, who reads me in English. I am slowly trying to separate the pages into Spanish and English but for now is a blend just my family.

Not a lot has gone down. I miss writing, I really do, but live is so much fun. The interaction with the audience is so awesome. Sometimes the broadcasts are crazy and they suck- but for the most part, we have fun. If there is anything that makes me proud about the show is that I have been able to hold on to my authentic self (sorry if this sounds to hipster for you). Is hard when you work in social media to stay true to yourself. Slowly videos start becoming productions, posts turn into short novels and pictures a work of art, comparable to those of professional photographers. It’s hard ya’ll. And is competitive AF. Which is honestly, the main reason I decided to just focus on broadcasting and doing it in my language. It’s been a real evolution to find my happy place in social media. And although it’s been a very very very slow growth I love turtles and don’t mind slow. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Anyways just wanted to check in. Say what’s up? I’m still here. I still read messages on all the platforms, but really focusing about 90% of my energy to Facebook. To be completely honest, I have absolutely NO ENERGY to focus on 7 platforms at the same time. I truly admire those who do. I am working on a lot of small projects that take insane amount of work, including my health journey. These are also the last couple of months I will have alone with G3 so I’m trying to soak it all in. Is really about priorities. So yes, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat will have to wait (hopefully they’ll still be around when I get back to them).

It’s almost Spring people! I can smell the spring even through the snow and ice. And I can’t wait for what the rest of the year has in store. This year has been off to a great start so of course excitement awaits.

Please fell free to reach out if you want me to write about something or translate. Also I am still working with expecting and new parents as a concierge. So if you know anyone expecting, send then this way! There’s a lot of baby shows coming up that they might be interested in.

Anyways, hope you are all having a great year and are holding up in these crazy times.

xoxo,

Gemarla

Disney Movies

Why I was disenchanted with Beauty and the Beast

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“A tale as old as time”

A tale of a girl who falls in love with a beast after learning to love beyond appearances. I was VERY VERY excited for this live action movie. As a true Disney fan, I was counting down the days. And last night I had the chance to screen it. And my initial reaction, was blah. Why? Is not a horrible movie. As with all Disney movies it was done beautifully, but to me it lacked more than it gave.

The GOOD: This movie is a visual masterpiece. From the cinematography to the visual effects, there is beauty in every image. The colors, the animation of the characters, the costumes, it was pure perfection. I have no doubt there will probably be a few Oscar nominations for this remake. I think the most talked about issue of the movie, the inclusion of a gay character (Le’Fou) is also a positive thing. Why I didn’t mind the gay character? It is Disney’s way to move forward with changing times. And to those who argue that there is no space for gay characters in a Disney movie? You need to take a seat. Yes, this is a Disney movie. But if your concern is about a guy giving another guy googly eyes and not of the other topics in the movie, you have a problem. The scenes in question  are not obvious to a kid and unless you are absolutely looking for the scenes you will miss them. Plus, I appreciated the diverse cast.

There are new songs and a few new scenes which go a bit more in-depth into the story of the main characters. And for all those concerned about the violence in the movie, is really not that dark as earlier reviews say. If your child has seen the likes of Jurassic Park or even the Jungle Book, the scariest scene with the wolves is absolutely nothing.

The BAD: There is really nothing new. Except for an explanation of the moms death, the story is exactly like its animated origins. Let me explain. This is not Disney’s first live action remake, so yes, I was expecting something different and exciting. With Cinderella and Jungle Book, Disney was able to give us something new while staying true to the original, but with Beauty and the Beast there was nothing new. Which takes away from reliving the experience.

Yes, there were new scenes but not enough. Not even 1/3 of the movie is different from the original, so there was no surprise, except the new songs. One of the new songs in particular, was completely unnecessary and I really wish Disney had cut that scene out. It made the movie feel more like a Broadway play than anything else.

The characters felt disconnected. Compared to their originals, who really brought life to the characters, this time around, they fell short. Although I absolutely love Emma Thompson, there’s no way her character was even close to Angela Landsbury performance in the original. The same can be said for Gaston and even the Beast.

Overall: I had really high expectations of this movie. From the trailers and earlier reviews I was hoping to be AMAZED. I expected to feel like I did after Cinderella and I didn’t. Is it a terrible movie? Not at all. It’s still entertaining and visually stimulating. There is something to be said about the amount of trailers and the fact that there’s no new story or byline that innovates or elevates the story. If you are an original Beauty and the Beast fan, you will love it. If you’ve never seen the original, you will love it. If you are like me, who enjoyed the original and was really hoping to be blown away by the live action then not so much.

I didn’t bring my kids, as I really don’t think is a kid friendly movie. Not because the gay character or the scary wolves, just in general the real topic and story of Beauty and the Beast is a bit intense for 6, 5 and 3 yr old. Yes, they saw the original, but being animated really makes it more kids friendly than its live action counterpart. Did it amaze me? Not at all. I was completely disenchanted with it. I was hoping for so much more and I was left wondering what the amazement of everyone else was. And you all know my love for Disney and everything they do, but with this movie I feel they missed the mark.

I still encourage everyone to go and see it and come to your own conclusions, like I mentioned before, it’s still a beautiful movie and does justice to its original script.

Here is one of the official trailers for the movie.

Disclosure: I was invited by The Moms to a special screening of Beauty and the Beast. A lot of people have warned me against posting negative reviews about Disney movies and such since I would love nothing more than to work with them. But, I have to be honest with my audience and myself. I can’t say something was absolutely amazing and blew me away when it didn’t. I have to speak the truth about how I felt about this movie and this was it.

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Hello 2017!

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Well 2016 is done and I am pretty sad. Unlike the hundred of people who wanted 2016 to be done because the amount of bad things that happened, I actually didn’t want 2016 to end because I’m not ready for the bad things that could happen in 2017. Anyways… I usually do our year in review and I think 2016 was pretty freaking awesome. I debated whether to write this in English or Spanish, but figured more people will read in English.

Anyways here’s a short recap of our year.

January was amazing because we celebrate Glenn’s and my moms birthday and we finally booked our first trip to the west coast. I have never been to there so planning it was pretty fun.

February was a bore.

March: OMG March was AMAZING. Like AMAZIIIIIIING. We traveled to LA. I had the chance to go to We All Grow and see my brother (who is an awesome tour guide BTW). During our time in California, we did soooo many things. We visited Long Beach, Los Angeles, I got to see the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica Pier, we drove to San Diego. During our time in San Diego, we visited Old Town, Julien and my favorite the Imperial San Dunes. Seeing a dessert was beyond an incredible experience and being there during a sand storm was beyond cool (although dangerous).  Of course, we couldn’t go to California and not visit Disneyland Resort. I have so many mixed feelings about our visit. I have yet to expressed them in written form.

April was just great because is always great to celebrate another year married to an incredible man. 2016 marked our 15th year together and our 8th year married. I can’t believe I love this man so much.

May: May brought news. Some sad news and some good news. Sad news: my sister was moving away mid-summer, not close by but to Texas. This is my best friend, and the mom to the only 2 nieces and 2 nephews I have. But on the other hand, my brother, was trying to come back to the East Coast.

June was CRAZY! My little sister, my baby was graduated high school and my birthday and my first-born graduated kindergarten. Like, when did this happen? Duh, June. It happened in June. Oh and yes for the first time I participated in the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Not participate as in go, but actually be part of a float, thanks to George Torres, the Urban Jibaro from Sofrito for your Soul and Capicú.

July: I said by to my sister and her kids. And in the process, died a little. I am extremely attached to my family, not having them close has been devastating for me. Oh and for the first time I took the kids to the beach in NYC. And it was amazing to see their love for the ocean. It filled my heart so much that they loved the water and the sand.

August: Holy SMOKES, my parents have been married for 35 freaking years! Like that is amazing. And not only that, my first-born turned 6… and I am starting to change. It was in August, that my awareness became heightened. Having a black husband and the political chaos of the elections is starting to mess with my mind. We also enjoyed our annual trip to the lake. Going to the lake is always so much fun and it gives us a little time to breathe. It’s always so relaxing to be by the water and in the clean air of the mountains.

September: WHAAAAAT? I officially have 2 kids in school- FULL TIME. First grade and my second born started pre-K. And I was so worried for him, but no, the dude LOVES school. Even has groupies. September also took me back to my beloved Island. And uff, the feelings were beyond what I’ve felt in a loooooong time. The last time I was there was 2013. I was pregnant with my baby girl. I was there for a funeral. So, this trip was MAJOR. I was going by myself, for the first time. I went to check out PR BloggerCon, and I was pleasantly surprised.

October: DISNEYYYYYYYY, by myself. Ok, well not Disney but LATISM, which was at Walt Disney World Resort. To say the conference was amazing is an understatement. The conference was full of great information on how to use social media for SOCIAL purpose. Focusing on the elections and the importance of the Latino vote. It was also a great moment to connect with new influencers and to spend some quality amazing time with some lovely people. FYI, Disney was AMAZING! Got to meet Elena of Avalor and cried! Seriously cried. I couldn’t even hold my composure. It was such an epic moment. I was moved to my core. I felt the connection. It was, dare I say, magical!

November: Can we not talk about November.

December: this December was the definition of an emotional roller coaster. I had no idea I would be so affected by the election results and would be so political about the state of our country says the political science major! In happier news Grace turned freaking 3 years old. Like, how did this happen. I have no idea. I still see a baby. I just birthed her!

As everyone was ready to quit 2016, I wasn’t ready. I’m still not settled on this 2017. It took forever to write this post, even though I started it over 2 months ago. I figured, better late than never. These posts serve to remind me of our year. And see it with different eyes and compare it. Each year, does keep getting better. So even as I struggle to see the positive to come in the political and social area, I can see how our family is living each  moment to the max. At the end of the day that is my main purpose. We could be gone tomorrow so I want to enjoy today.

There is so much left to do. So many goals not accomplished last year. But it is with the most confidence I can say, we did everything we possibly could. Every day was lived and enjoyed. Everyday included smiles and hugs and love. And is my wish to continue to live this way into 2017.

 

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

 

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Exhibición de Mythbusters en el Liberty Science Center

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¿A quien no le gusta el programa de los Mythbusters? El programa de televisión no solo es divertido, si no también educativo. El programa toma los mitos como por ejemplo: ¿se moja uno mas en la lluvia cuando camina o corre? Aunque no nos guste la ciencia, este programa es uno que despierta el interés en todos. Bueno, pues el Liberty Science Center en NJ, no solo tiene una exhibición completa dedicada al programa, si no que también tienen una presentación en vivo. La exhibición presenta algunas de los equipos que han utilizado en el programa y también nos permite probar nuestras propios mitos.

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La presentación en vivo, examina si es posible esquivar una bala. Utilizando sonido y diferentes velocidades prueban si la persona es mas rápida. Durante la presentación la audiencia participa. Hacen la demostración completa. Utilizando una bola de gotcha con color y mucho equipo protector, se puede probar si el mito es real o falso. Luego de la presentación en vivo, que dura alrededor de 20- 25 minutos, entran a la exhibición completa.

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Les tengo que confesar que me encantó. Mucho mas que otras exhibiciones que han tenido anteriormente. ¿Por que me gustó tanto? Por que la realidad es que completamente una presentación de ciencia, pero es divertida e interactiva. Y me gustó también por que a los niños les gustó. Este es el tipo de exhibición que si los niños las disfrutan desde pequeños, van a apreciar lo que es la ciencia, de una manera completamente diferente.

Una de las secciones de la exhibición favoritas, no solo de mis hijos, pero de todos los niños presentes, fue la de mojarse en la lluvia. El museo creo un túnel con dos pasillos. Uno para correr y otro para caminar. Había agua cayendo desde arriba como lluvia. Entonces los niños podían experimentar con su propio cuerpo si se mojaban mas corriendo o caminando. Mis niños pasaron mas de 10 veces por cada lado. La otra sección que nos gustó, fue la de construir una casa con bloques de diferentes materiales y ponerla en una maquina de viento, para ver cual sobrevivía mas. Este es el tipo de actividad que mantiene a los niños súper entretenidos y los exhorta a hacer preguntas y cuestionar la ciencia.

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La exhibición estará en el museo hasta Septiembre del 2017, así que es muy buena idea para las vacaciones de pascuas o de verano. Encuentro que es apta para todas las edades y súper súper interactiva y entretenida. Le va a gustar a todos en la familia.

Esta reseña es posible gracias a Momtrends y al Liberty Science Center. ¡Gracias por invitarnos! 

 

 

 

 

Español Events Reviews

Una noche en Broadway- Reseña School of Rock The Musical

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No es todos los días que tenemos la oportunidad de ir a ver una de las muchas obras de Broadway. Aunque vivimos en NYC, hay veces que entre el calendario de trabajo y escolar se nos hace un poco difícil. Si bien dicen por ahí que uno no sabe lo que tiene hasta que lo pierde cuando se trata de Broadway es así. Pero este año es diferente. Me e propuesto llevar a mis hijos a vivir la mágia del teatro. El Domingo pasado tuvimos la oportunidad de ver School of Rock The Musical. Esta obra, basada en la película, está dirigida para la familia. Estaba preocupada, ya que mi chico de 6 años nunca a visto la película. Pero para mi sorpresa, quedó encantado. Tanto que no les miento, me dijo que a sido “the most fun I’ve ever had”.

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Llegamos al Winter Garden Theater, uno de los teatros mas iconos de la ciudad de Nueva York. El primer anuncio que nos hicieron fue que los niños tocaban sus propios instrumentos. La obra comienza con la historia de Dewey Finn y su sueño de ser una estrella de la música. En su búsqueda de empleo, se aprovecha de su amigo y pretende ser maestro. En el colegio, se da cuenta que su clase es muy talentosa en la música y decide comenzar a darle clases. Con la intención de llevarlos a competir a una batalla de bandas.

Dewey, en su misión de enseñarle música a los estudiantes, aprende a quererlos y más importante los estudiantes se dan cuenta de quienes ellos verdaderamente son y aprenden a apreciar sus talentos. Cuando finalmente descubren la realidad de quien Dewey es, decide irse del colegio, pero los estudiantes van y lo buscan para terminar su misión y participar en la batalla de las bandas. Lo más que nos llamó la atención fue el talento de los niños. La verdad que ellos se roban en show. No solo tocan sus propios instrumentos, si no que también cantan y actúan sus respectivas partes.

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Mi hijo quedó maravillado con la música, especialmente el número del final, Stick it to the Man. Fue una noche especial para el, ya que no solo fue su primera obra de Broadway, si no que también fue una noche de atención para el. Luego de la presentación, tuvimos un “talk back” con los niños. La pregunta que mi hijo les hizo, fue ¿si estaban cansados? La contestación fue diferente para todo ellos. Algunos dijeron que si y otros contestaron que la obra les daba la energía que necesitaban y cuando llegaban a su casa no podían dormir.

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En resumen la obra está muy buena para niños y para toda la familia. No es necesario ver la película para entender lo que está pasando y me encanta que los niños tocan sus instrumentos. No la recomiendo a niños que no le gustan los ruidos altos ya que pues, Rock n Roll es el tema de la noche y niños menores de 4 años no son admitidos al teatro. . Los boletos se pueden adquirir aquí. 

Para esta reseña nos ¡Gracias a School of Rock The Musical por la noche inolvidable! 

Travel

First time skiing at Camelback Mountain Resort

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We were invited and hosted by Momtrends and Camelback Mountain Resort. 

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Our kids love the snow and I can’t believe it took us this long to take them skiing, and when Momtrends invites you for a special ski day, YOU GO! There are a lot of things that went through my mind before the day trip. The first thing was getting ready. I hadn’t been skiing in over 10 years so this felt like the first time and the kids had never been. immediately I set off to get us ready clothing wise. After our gear was ready and I packed away our stuff we headed of to Camelback Mountain Resort. It took about an hour and 45 minutes to get there from Queens, NY (which is awesome because is really all highway).

When we arrived we received our packed with the schedule of things and passes an all. First thing, was get our boots and skis. NOT going to lie, getting boots for 3 kids and 2 adults and skis for all was EXHAUSTING. If it’s your first time, please pack lightly and don’t have a lot of things with you because you will probably end up carrying about 3 pairs of skis. Something else to keep in mind is, if this is your first time, is that the equipment is heavy. Boots are very heavy, so be ready for some slight pain when you first walk with them. Don’t worry you get use to them and won’t bother you. Once we got our equipment we headed to the kids lesson.

The ski lessons are awesome, I watched the kids for about an hour. The teachers they have are so caring and really take care of the kids. It was excited to see that the kids were paying attention and really enjoying the class. During the class, they teach them different things like how to set up the skis, going down and turning around. The class was an hour and a half and they were so tired by the time they got out it was totally worth it, it was perfect for a first timer. While they were in class, I took a chance and went up the hill myself. OMG, so much fun but physically demanding. Never thought skiing would be so physically challenging. Keep in mind, If you have a child 3 and younger they will need private lessons. After our ski adventure, we headed up to have lunch.

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After lunch, we returned our equipment and headed to the snow tubes. OMG I think this was the most fun-filled part of the day. Not because snow tubbing is fun, but because we were able to do it all together. There are 2 snow tube mountains and the sessions are 3 hours long. We were able to tie 3 tubes together so the boys were together and Grace and I on the other side. At first, I thought she would be terrified, but she absolutely had a blast. She wanted to keep going up and down over and over again. My favorite was to hear the kids laughing. Such a joyful moment for them. What I also loved, was at night they have a light show, which is super cool and also have some fire pits! The spot is perfect to have some waffles and hot apple cider.

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The last stop for the day was at Aquatopia Indoor Water Park. And, how excited where the kids? They couldn’t even believe that they were going to a water park after all the skiing and snow tubbing fun. This was our first time at this water park and the kids were pretty impressed. Their favorite part? The wave pool for sure! We didn’t get a chance to stay at the resort but the lobby is beautiful.

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Overall, we had an amazing time and will for sure return. It was very convenient that everything was in the same mountain and they even have a shuttle to take your through all the activities. I loved having this new experience with the family. It is very special when you get out of your comfort zone and go on a new adventure together. I didn’t really think the kids would love skiing but they absolutely did. I am excited to take them back and embrace this new side of them.

I want to thank Momtrends for the invite and for hosting us and thank you Camelback Mountain Resort for an amazing time. 

 

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Cinco prácticas ecoamigables que educan a nuestros niños

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Por Marielisa Ortíz Berríos

Esta entrada es una colaboración especial para The Mommy Elf. Visita Mama Educa y lee el artículo de Gemarla.

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Hace varias décadas, cuando todavía no había llegado la industrialización o incluso tanta publicidad en los medios de comunicación, no era necesario hacer énfasis en las prácticas ecoamigables en nuestros hogares y con nuestras familias. Claro, si las personas vivían en pleno contacto con la naturaleza, se alimentaban con comidas saludables, hacían remedios naturales cuando se enfermaban y apenas utilizaban productos procesados o químicos.

 

Sin embargo, en el año 2017 se hace imperante esforzarnos a realizar actividades en armonía con la naturaleza y a llevar una vida ecoamigable que nos permita proteger nuestro medioambiente y cuidar nuestra salud. Aunque el ambiente siempre ha sido para mí súper importante, no soy perfecta y todos los días busco aprender cosas nuevas e incorporar nuevas prácticas en mi hogar. En ese proceso he aprendido varias cosas que me gustaría compartir con ustedes:

 

  • alimentación sana – Hace tres meses cambié mi dieta a una vegana. Esta alimentación solo consume alimentos que provienen de las plantas, y no de los animales. En mi casa yo soy la única vegana, pero me esfuerzo todos los días porque mis hijos consuman frutas, vegetales y verduras que les brinden los nutrientes necesarios para crecer saludables.
  • productos naturales – Poco a poco estoy haciendo lo posible por utilizar más productos naturales y menos químicos, como por ejemplo la pasta dental, el repelente para mosquitos, el desodorante y el detergente de lavar la ropa de mis niños. Más adelante me interesa incorporar más productos naturales para la limpieza general del hogar.
  • pañales de tela – Aunque no los uso a tiempo completo, sí lo uso mientras estamos en la casa y ha sido un gran ahorro de dinero, y claro, a la vez estoy evitando tirar a la basura más pañales desechables que a la larga llegarán al vertedero. Los pañales desechables son un problema real, no obstante, cada vez más madres utilizan con sus hijos los pañales lavables y se unen a esta ola de padres preocupados por la salud de sus hijos y del ambiente.
  • reciclar – En nuestra casa reciclamos prácticamente todo: plástico, aluminio, metal, papel y cartón. Ya es normal en los niños, especialmente en el mayor, la práctica de reciclar. También siempre les enfatizo en la importancia de no tirar basura fuera del zafacón. En ocasiones mi niño me ha traído basura que ha encontrado en la calle para echarla en el zafacón de la casa. Eso me pone muy feliz pues la educación va rindiendo frutos.
  • observación de las aves y la naturaleza – Desde muy pequeño, mi niño aprendió a amar las aves y a identificarlas por su sonido y apariencia. En el proceso todos hemos aprendido más sobre los alados y nos encanta salir a observarlos. Aprender sobre las aves les enseña a valorarlas y también a su entorno. Claro, aprenden a amar también el resto de los animales y a la naturaleza en general.
  • sembrar y desyerbar – Como parte de las actividades que hacemos en casa con el homeschooling (somos una familia que educa en el hogar), me encanta incorporar visitas al patio para observar la naturaleza, desyerbar, regar las plantas y sembrar semillas. Me gusta incluir a los niños en esta actividad para que experimenten y aprendan. Esto sin contar el gran beneficio emocional y mental que tiene estar en contacto con la tierra.

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Estas son algunas de las prácticas ecoamigables que realizo en mi casa con mis niños. La educación ambiental es y será siempre uno de los pilares en nuestra casa y en los proceso de enseñanza-aprendizaje.

 

¿Qué prácticas ecoamigables realizas en tu hogar? Te invito a compartirlas aquí.

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La autora es fundadora y editora de Mamá Educa, un blog sobre educación en hogar y aprendizaje familiar; y de Atabey, un blog sobre estilos de vida ecoamigables y en armonía con la naturaleza. Es mamá homeschooler de tres niños.