Becoming Bilingual

Since moving moving to south Florida, I felt that it was extremely important to teach my toddler Spanish. I love to expose my toddler to various cultures because it is important to learn about diversity.

I studied Spanish in high school and college, when it comes to advancement it is important to meet the needs of prospective clients, traveling and so much more. While teaching my toddler Spanish I also expose her to the culture through the food and encouraging her teacher and friends to speak to her in Spanish.  When teaching Mariah Spanish I lean more towards numbers and greetings. I have noticed that she responds well to when someone is speaking to her in Spanish, it may be that she is reading their body language, but repetitiveness is essential to learning a new language and culture.

Tips to teaching your toddler

  1. Flash cards
  2. Pictures or showing the actual image of what is being taught
  3. Encourage your family and friends to learn a different and then every one would be open to learning something new.

Please let me know in the comments on how teaching your family a new language has worked for you!

Mariah’s First Dentist Visit

Recently I have been contemplating on doing a blog post on Mariah’s first dental experience.

As many of you know, Mariah is 2 years old and it was time to get her first dental appointment out of the way. I am pretty sure you guys can imagine how that went. Mariah did not like the idea of someone restraining her to brush her teeth. She is so independent that it is a fight to brush her teeth for her.

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Facts about infants/toddler dental health:

  1. Start early! When your little one is an infant it is important to clean their gums. Using a infant brush or wash cloth will do the trick. If you start early your child will less likely fight you when you are brushing their teeth.
  2. Consistency is key! A child will become accustomed teeth brushing and it will become apart of their routine.
  3. Once your little one shows sign of teeth it is important to get them to a pediatric dentist. We waited until Mariah was 2.5 years old but it is suggested when your child is at least one years old.
  4. If you wait too long to encourage dental care, then there is a strong chance that you will come out of pocket to care for those baby teeth.
  5. Ask your pediatric dentist the best methods to ensure positive dental practices.
  6. Buy them pick out their favorite toothbrushes and explain to them the process of dental care.

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Don’t be afraid to brush their teeth even when they put up a fight. Develop a reward system, make oral hygiene a fun and rewarding experience.

 

Please comment below your experiences of taking your little one to the dentist!

 

My Go To Essential Oils

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If you ever heard of essential oils, then you know that they are literally essential.

Essential oils come from extracting different parts of plants/nuts. These concentrated hydrophobic liquid usually have a strong smell to them. (Think of tea tree oil).

There are so many different usages and benefits that it makes life so much easier when you grab some the next time you are at a grocery store.

You can use these oils for cleaning, beauty treatments, healing methods, antidepressants, fighting infections, relaxation, increasing energy levels, improving brain function…just to name a few.

I am going to share my favorite essential oils that I have in my house including how/why I use it.

1.Tea tree oil

This strong smelling oil helps with skin ailments, foot odors, cleaning counters, and freshens air. I personally use it for my skin. Whenever I get a cut I drop some tea tree oil in it. Not too much. I mainly use it every night as an acne treatment. This really helps.

  1.  Almond Oil

Almond oil is known as carrier oil, so you would use it before you put on your essential oil to dilute it/better absorption. I use this on my eyes at night, to moisturize and take away dark circles.

3.. Eucalyptus Oil

Has antiseptic qualities, used for healing, boosts immune system,can be used to clean, also cleans air odors. I use this to make my air smell cleaner if my house smells like my pets.

  1. Lavender Oil

Very popular! Lavender helps with relaxation, reducing stress, soothing yourself (or the family as a whole). You can also use this to remove pet odors from the house. Lavender Oil moisturizes the skin and reduces bug bites as well. I use this every night before going to bed.

  1. Peppermint Oil

Helps relieve headaches, migraines, nausea, stomach issues, and muscle pain. You can use this to increase brain oxygen and improve energy for exercising. I use this for my headaches- I pour some drops in my oil diffuser and let it do its magic!

To use essential oils- always dilute with water/use a carrier oil. This prevents you from getting severe burns because the oil is so strong. You can pick up an oil diffuser at the store and add water/drops of the oil, so your air will be filled with the scent of the oil. To use it for cleaning, just add it to the water and clean your floors, counters, etc. The main how-to for all essential oils is to dilute with water. Then you can try out the hundreds of different oils and see which ones work for you.