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We launch new CD for traditional Spanish songs, games and poetry…Nuevo CD para celebrar la Cultura Hispana

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Florida, U.S.A (January 9, 2017) This week Prof. Constancia just launched a CD, Me Encanta el Español Vol 1, for schools or families looking to have more exposure to Spanish language and culture. “This cd is Waldorf inspired and contains traditional songs, games and poetry, something for everyone,” says Prof. Constancia. “One must fall in love with a language in order to acquire it. One must be exposed to its beauty, the culture and the soul of the language.We wanted to include those concepts that celebrate our culture.”The CD samples are available by clicking at www.cdbaby.com/cd/constancia and will be available in Amazon.com in the next few days.

Prof. Constancia was a Spanish Teacher for 5 years in Palm Beach County, Florida, prior to becoming a mother. She spent the early years of motherhood teaching Spanish to children from her home with musical Spanish classes. She writes a weekly blog titled, TeachThemSpanish.com, in which she shares cultural articles to help inspire her students and create a Spanish language learning community. She was born in New York City to Colombian parents and was raised in Puerto Rico. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English Creative Writing and Business Administration. Besides writing, she has an interest in helping children with special needs, teaching Spanish and putting instruments in children’s hands. She has an interest in piano, guitar, ukulele, flute and travel.

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La Florida, EEUU (9 de enero, 2017) Esta semana la Prof. Constancia presenta su primer CD, Me Encanta el Español Vol 1, para las escuelas, bibliotecas y familias que busquen exponerse más al idioma español y cultura. “Este CD está inspirado por los conceptos educativos de Waldorf y Montessori. Hay que enamorarse de un idioma para aprenderlo, hay que exponerse a su belleza, cultura y alma,” dice la Prof. Constancia. “Quisimos incluir esos conceptos importantes para celebrar nuestra cultura.” Los ejemplares de CD están disponibles en www.cdbaby.com/cd/constancia y estará disponible en Amazon.com en los próximos días.

La Prof. Constancia trabajó como maestra de español durante 5 años en el Condado de Palm Beach County, estado de la Florida. En sus primeros años como madre, dedicó su tiempo libre a enseñar español a niños, de forma divertida y musical.La profesora escribe un blog bilingüe que se titula TeachThemSpanish.com donde ella comparte artículos, motivada por su interés en crear una comunidad de personas interesadas en aprender sobre la lengua y la cultura en español.

Nacida en la ciudad de Nueva  York  pero criada en  Puerto Rico. Ella se graduó en  Florida   International   University  con dos Baccalaureats uno en Inglés, en Escritura Creativa y otro en Empresariales. Además de la escritura, la Prof. Constancia tiene varios puntos de interés: ayudar a niños con necesidades especiales, enseñar español y promover el uso de instrumentos en los niños. Otros de sus intereses son tocar el piano, la guitarra, el ukulele, la flauta y viajar.

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From here to La Luna and back…! Vamos a ver la luna… (English version)

¿Vas a ir a ver la luna esta noche? ¡¡Claro que sí!! Are you going out to see the moon tonight? Of course you are! That was the talk earlier this week…This same sized moon was not to be around for another eighteen years… I would have wanted to see and capture this image… believe me…I had los emparedados todos listos to go along with some muffins and salad… ready for el picnic en la playa… However, with overcast skies that was not meant to be for us. So I ripped this image off of a friend’s site…keeping this blog on hand to explain to my offspring to be on the lookout on 2034 for the next one!

Why so much fuss over the moon. Well, la luna of course produces a gravitational pull on the earth that causes the water to rise and fall in what we call tides or las mareas not to be confused with the verb se marea which means you get dizzy. The moon’s gravitational pull also causes the rotation of the earth to slow down and have longer days. Without this, well, we would have shorter days that would make the earth’s temperature a lot lower, as the sun would not have the opportunity to warm up the earth in just the right temperature. This would in turn reduce la madre tierra’s ability to produce our much needed food to survive. Ahá maybe that is where we get the famous luna luna dame pan que tus hijos no me dan refrán!! If you are not familiar with it..click here to hear that TeachThemSpanish’s podcast. I finally cracked that nursery rhyme code!

And… la luna affects our mood doesn’t it? Might even make the kids a little more than a handful for a day or two. ( I remember a day, as a high school teacher, when there was a full moon, it was a Friday and the 13th… oh and they happen to have scheduled a pep rally to boot…as teachers we knew we didn’t stand a chance for having a normal day… if you are a student…  go easy on your teacher on those full moon days!)

I’ve heard some people say they get grumpy or loco/loca or can’t sleep on nights when the moon is full. Very likely, with such an influence on the earth… how can it not affect our bodies and emotions if we are composed of 97% water.

Well there is a wonderful book that I invite you to look at with your child as it is written in Spanish called La Luna y Los Niños.

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This book covers cultural, ancestral and scientific information that will help us talk with our kids about their growing bodies, sexuality and love in a context that honors our values. Tween and teenage girls, especially, should be aware of the effect the moon has on their bodies. A sincere and open approach should always accompany this kind of talk. La Luna y los Niños will help you talk about how the moon affects our bodies, our emotions and our spirit. You may find it here  Or e-mail the author directly at aguamarinaluna@gmail.com.

Now, if you missed la Super Luna… oh well… guess what it’s just a little more than 13% much bigger than your usual full moon or luna llena. And, guess what that full moon that comes around, comes around every single month. So turn off the TV or electronic screen… and take a look at that monthly moon rise with your child. If you need some inspiration, bring along this music, which is all inspired by that preciosa luna. Enjoy… ¡¡Disfrútala!!

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata

 

REM  – Man on the moon

Ana Gabriel – Luna

 

Audrey Hepburn – Moonriver

Los Panchos – Luna lunera

 

Gypsy Kings – Toro enamorado de la luna

 

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon of Kentucky

 

Van Morrison – Moondance

 

Bacilos – Caraluna

 

Claude Debussy – Claire de Lune

Carlos Vives – Luna Nueva

Subscribe now and receive notifications regarding new upcoming articles, songs and resources to assist you in your efforts to teach your kids Spanish.The opinions in this page are simply coming from the perspective of Prof. Constancia. I am sharing with other mothers and fathers with the intention of helping our children in their development, creating a community that will help all of them progress in their Spanish studies and cultural expression.Share your opinions with us on this page or on Facebook. If you would like to ask questions or work with me regarding affiliate marketing, giveaways or other projects, please email me at Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Thanks.

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Home and natural remedies mi abuela and mami told me about… (English version)

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My abuela used to say: Mira, si no me mata la enfermedad, me matará la medicina, if I don’t die from the illness I’ll surely die from the medicine I take for it. She said this because she had a tendency of taking on natural medicine with a lot of enthusiasm… lots of it…maybe too much of it! or every day. For example, fresh ginger was always in the fridge. She took it every day (And, admittedly, she never caught a cold!) After an operation where she had cancerous tumors removed at the age of 73, some people thought that she would not survive the year. No, that kind lady lived happily another 20 years.

Because in addition to following doctors’ recommendations, she signed up for any and all kind of natural remedies that were said to combat that illness.

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With my sister and grandmother soon after her operation.

This week I was sick with a bad cold and as usual I get a little amnesia when my nose gets stuffy… I can help other people when they are sick, recommending home remedies but when it’s my turn… I’m like…Now what am I supposed to do?  For this reason, we have compiled home remedies to help you with the knowledge and secrets of our mami’s and abuelas. As always, please consult your own doctor for any question about health. If you have a remedy to add to the list, share it with us here or in our page on Facebook.

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Iceberg lettuce is to the left.

El té de lechuga – In Puerto Rico it is common to provide children with this tea to help them when they can’t sleep through the night. This tea is prepared with iceberg lettuce, specifically, and can help any person sleep a deeper and more relaxing sleep…. For more information please visit this page.

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Aloe Vera is very easy to grow in your yard if you are in the subtropics or tropical climates.

La Sábila – I always have a lot of Aloe Vera plants in the yard and it is the first thing that I run to when there is a burn. I admit that I’m actually the one to get burnt all of the time because I bake a lot, my own gluten free pizzas, breads and cakes. It is good for the skin and for digestive troubles due to its high content of vitamins A, B, minerals, enzymes and folic acid. For more information visit this page.

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El Gengibre – Any hot tea is going to give you some kind of comfort during a cold, but the benefits of some are so great that you will need to always have them in your kitchen cabinet: ginger tea, green tea, chamomille tea, lavender tea, mint, anis, oregano and lemon tea.

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El Eucalipto – In just about all of the countries the benefits of inhaling eucalyptus is widely known.  You boil the leaves in water and approach the vapors with a towel covering your head. You breathe in these vapors and it is a good expectorant. For more benefits, visit this page…

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A woman reads the descriptions for the Bach flowers. They are sold at Whole Foods.

Las Flores de Bach – Have you ever heard of the Bach Flowers. They include “Rescue Remedy,” the most popular anti-stress medicine in the world. Based on a homeopathic therapy that was discovered by a doctor who was called Edward Bach during the 1930’s, which helps to give support to people’s emotions. The theory that he discovered is that all of the illnesses stem from emotional imbalances. I studied these Bach flower remedies and have been preparing them for family and friends for many years.  For more information, please view this page.

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El Café – In my family coffee was served at a young age…I began drinking it at the age of 5. They used to say, “it makes them smart!” I think this is due to the fact that it really does help us concentrate better. I just simply loved drinking it with milk and sugar…lots of sugar…I think that was the key. I am not recommending caffeine to young children, you should decide. I do not give caffeine to my own. I think the world is at an accelerated pace already, no need to rev them up even further. But now I have discovered that coffee is a powerful anti-oxidant, aids in diabetes, the respiratory illnesses, the cardiovascular and more. For more benefits, please visit this page.

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El aguardiente -When a person just starts getting a cold in Perú and Chile, they can be given el pisco, a drink that includes aguardiente with, grape and lemon juice. Apparently, the person heats up, sweats and feels much better. I have also seen that there are people who can benefit from this drink if they suffer from low blood pressure and may faint. For more benefits, please visit this page.

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La cebolla – Another expectorant is the onion. You cut it up and mix with the juice of a lemon and leave it in a bowl overnight. In the morning, you drain the juice out and heat up so that you can drink a cup twice a day.  In fact, it is common in China to cut pieces of onions and disperse them throughout the tables in the house to protect the rest of the family from catching the cold. Onions are rich in Iron, Phosphorous and vitamin E. They help to support hypertension, anemia and it is a diuretic. For more information please visit this page.

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El Ajo – There are so many benefits to this condiment that books have been written about just that, garlic. It has been famous as an anti-illness, anti-vampire and overall anti-bad vibes agent since who knows when… The truth is that garlic is rich in vitamin B, which helps blood circulation, it is a natural antibiotic, purifies the liver and many other benefits. One of the first things that I do when I’m about to get a cold is I drink orange juice (vitamin C) and make pan con ajo, garlic bread, for breakfast… for more benefits, please visit this page…

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El Amor – Love, whether it’s near or far, can do anything. As a song from  José José says, el amor no conoce el final, love has no end.  Who has not felt the need to spend the night lying next to the baby or child that has the fever? (after administering all of the proper remedies, including drinking lots of liquids, sunflower tea and letting them walk barefoot..) Big hugs for depression and as my mom would say going to bed with someone you are tight with is good for you health. Pray your rosary, send love and good vibes to loved ones who are near or far… that’s it… isn’t it? If you didn’t know it, then try it and you shall see for yourself.  What it is … love and happiness… that’s our key to health…as a friend of mine tells me, who is a psychiatrist, by the way, if you are happy, you are healthy, si eres feliz, estás sano.

And of course for good health, we must move our body, move them hips and dance… increase blood circulation, bring up the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad cholesterol (LDL), make your bones and joints strong… and of course… cure your heartbreaks! as Ricky Martin recommends in this song:

And, it’s not only the moms and the grannies who know how to help us with our illnesses. Let us not forget the wisdom of our herbalists and shamans out there… this is what Juánes speaks about in this song.

Subscribe now and receive notifications regarding new upcoming articles, songs and resources to assist you in your efforts to teach your kids Spanish.The opinions in this page are simply coming from the perspective of Prof. Constancia. I am sharing with other mothers and fathers with the intention of helping our children in their development, creating a community that will help all of them progress in their Spanish studies and cultural expression.Share your opinions with us on this page or on Facebook. If you would like to ask questions or work with me regarding affiliate marketing, giveaways or other projects, please email me at Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Thanks.

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Remedios Caseros y Naturales de Nuestras Abuelas…

Mi abuela siempre decía. Mira, si no me mata la enfermedad, me matará la medicina. Lo decía porque si ella sabía que algo era bueno para la salud… ella pues se lo tomaba pero de a montones! O todos los días. Por ejemplo, el jengibre nunca faltaba. Se lo tomaba cada día. (Hay que ver que a ella nunca le daba gripe!) Después de haber tenido una operación donde le operaron de tumores cancerosos a los 73 años, algunos pensaron que no iba a sobrevivir el año. No, esa señora vivió felizmente casi 20 años más.

Porque además de seguir los consejos de su doctor, ella se apuntaba para cualquier remedio natural que le decían que era bueno para combatir esa enfermedad.

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Con mi hermana y abuela poco después de su operación.

Esta semana estuve enferma con una gripe y como de costumbre me suele dar un poco de amnesia una vez se me tapa la naríz… puedo acordarme de los remedios caseros para ayudar a otras personas pero en cuanto a mi estado… me quedo así como que … ¿Y ahora qué tomo? Por esta razón, hemos hecho una recopilación de remedios para ayudarte con los secreticos y conocimientos que heredamos de nuestras mamás y abuelitas. Como siempre, consulta con tu propio doctor para cualquier pregunta sobre la salud. Si tienes algún remedio que quieras añadirle a la lista, compártelo con nosotros aquí o en nuestra página de Facebook.

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La lechuga iceberg a la izquierda.

El té de lechuga – En Puerto Rico es común darle agua de lechuga a los niños pequeños cuando tienen problemas para dormir toda la noche. Este té, está preparado específicamente con la lechuga iceberg y puede ayudar a dormir a cualquier persona una noche con un sueño más profundo y relajante. Para más beneficios visite esta pagina

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La sábila que en inglés se conoce como Aloe Vera.

La sábila – Yo siempre tengo muchas plantas de sábila en el patio y es a lo que primero recurro cuando alguien sufre una quemadura. Y admito que me quemo a cada rato porque uso el horno mucho para hacer mis propias pizzas, panes,  y pasteles sin gluten. Es bueno para la piel como también para los problemas digestivos debido al alto contenido de vitaminas A y B, los minerales, las enzimas y ácido fólico. Para más beneficios visite esta página

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El Jengibre/El té de jengibre – Cualquier té caliente reconforta durante una gripe, pero los beneficios de algunos son tantos que es necesario mantenerlos siempre en el gabinete de la cocina: el té de jengibre, el té verde, la salvia, la manzanilla, la lavanda, menta, anis, oregano y limón,  El té de tilo.

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El Eucalipto – En casi todos los países se conocen los beneficios de las inhalaciones de eucalipto. Hierves las hojas en agua y luego te acercas a la olla cubriéndote la cabeza con una toalla. Respiras estos vapores y es un buen expectorante. Para más beneficios visite esta página

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Una mujer lee las descripciones de las flores de Bach. Se suelen vender en tiendas como Whole Foods.

Las Flores de Bach – ¿Has oído hablar de las Flores de Bach? Incluyen “Rescue Remedy,” la medicina más popular en todo el mundo para combatir el estrés. Basado en una terapia homeopática que descubrió un médico llamado Edward Bach en los años ’30, que ayuda apoyar las emociones de las personas. La teoría que él descubrió es que todas las enfermedades provienen del desequilibrio de las emociones. Estudié estas flores Bach y ya llevo muchos años preparando estos elíxires florales para mi familia y amigos.  Para más beneficios visite esta página..

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El café – En mi familia se nos empezó a servir café desde muy pequeño… yo lo empecé a tomar desde los 5 años de edad. En ese tiempo decían que “los hace inteligentes!” Creo que esto se debe al hecho de que nos ayuda en la concentración. A mí simplemente me encantaba tomar mi café con leche y azúcar…mucha azúcar…creo que allí estaba el detalle que más me gustaba. No estoy recomendando la cafeína a los niños, usted decidirá. Yo no le doy cafeína al mío. Creo que ya el mundo va a millón en estos días no hay que acelerárselo aún más. Pero ahora he descubierto que el café de por si es un antioxidante muy poderoso, ayuda en la diabetes, las enfermedades respiratorias, cardiovasculares y más. Para más beneficios visite esta página

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El aguardiente -A una persona en el comienzo de una gripe, en Perú y Chile, se le da a beber el pisco, una bebida de aguardiente con, uva y limón. Aparentemente, la persona entra en calor, suda y se siente mejor. He visto que personas que sufren de la presión baja si lo tienen a la mano les puede ayudar si les quiere dar como dicen… un patatús… Para más beneficios visite esta página...

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La cebolla – Otro expectorante es la cebolla. Se corta una cebolla y se mezcla con el jugo de un limon en un bol. Se deja reposar toda una noche y después se cuela, se caliente en la mañana y se toma el jugo calientico dos veces por día. De hecho, en la China se acostumbra cortar pedazos de cebolla y dispersarlas por la casa en mesas y superficies cuando alguien atrapado la gripe. De esta manera, el resto de la familia se proteje de contagiarse. La cebolla es rica en Hierro, Fósforo y vitamina E. Ayuda a combatir la hipertensión, anemia, y es un diurético. Para más beneficios visite esta página…

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El ajo – Existen tantos beneficios del ajo que hay libros dedicados a este condimento y tiene fama de ser “espanta enfermedades, espanta vampíros y espanta mala vibra” desde los tiempos de antaño… Lo cierto es que el ajo es rico en vitamina B, ayuda a mejorar la circulación de la sangre, es un antibiótico natural, purifica el hígado entre muchos otros beneficios. Lo primero que empiezo hacer cuando me empieza un catarro… Jugo de naranja (vitaminas C) y pan con ajo para el desayuno… Para más beneficios visite esta página..

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El amor – El amor, cerca o lejos, lo puede todo. Como dice José José, el amor no conoce el final.  ¿Quién no ha sentido esa necesidad de pasar la noche acostado al lado del bebé o niño que tiene fiebre? (después de suministrar los remedios necesarios, ya sea líquidos, infusiones de girasol, caminar descalzo…) Abrazos para la depresión y dormir como dice mi mami apretaditos es bueno para la salud. Rezar novenas, enviar amor y buenas vibras a seres queridos cercanos o lejanos…es lo principal, ¿no es cierto? Si no lo sabías, inténtalo y ya verás. También es que el amor y la felicidad son nuestra salud…como me dice un amigo que es psiquiátra, si eres feliz, estás sano.

Y claro está que para la salud, hay que mover el esqueleto, se aconseja mover las caderas y bailar…aumenta la circulación, aumenta el colesterol bueno (HDL) y disminuye el malo (LDL), fortalece los huesos y articulaciones y claro está … cura el mal de amores!, como diría Ricky Martin:

Y no son sólo las mamás y abuelitas que saben de los remedios que nos ayudan con los males. No hay que olvidar los yerbateros nuestros. Y aquí está Juánes.

Subscríbase ahora y podrá recibir los avisos de nuevos artículos, canciones y recursos para enseñarles a sus hijos español. Las opiniones en esta página son simplemente una perspectiva de la Sra. Constancia. Compartiendo con otras madres y padres un deseo de ayudar en el desarollo de nuestros hijos y crear una comunidad que los ayude a progresar en sus estudios y expresiones culturales en español. Comparte tus opiniones con nosotros en este muro o en el de FacebookSi quieres hacer alguna pregunta, tienes alguna idea que quieras compartir o deseas colaborar con nosotros en algún proyecto de mercadeo escríbe a Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Gracias.

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My grandmother used to say: Mira, si no me mata la enfermedad, me matará la medicina, if I don’t die from the illness I’ll surely die from the medicine I take for it. She said this because she had a tendency of taking on natural medicine with a lot of enthusiasm… lots of it…maybe too much of it! or every day. For example, fresh ginger was always in the fridge. She took it every day (And, admittedly, she never caught a cold!) After an operation where she had cancerous tumors removed at the age of 73, some people thought that she would not survive the year. No, that kind lady lived happily another 20 years.

Because in addition to following doctors’ recommendations, she signed up for any and all kind of natural remedies that were said to combat that illness.

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With my sister and grandmother soon after her operation.

This week I was sick with a bad cold and as usual I get a little amnesia when my nose gets stuffy… I can help other people when they are sick, recommending home remedies but when it’s my turn… I’m like…Now what am I supposed to do?  For this reason, we have compiled home remedies to help you with the knowledge and secrets of our moms and grandmothers. As always, please consult your own doctor for any question about health. If you have a remedy to add to the list, share it with us here or in our page on Facebook.

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Iceberg lettuce is to the left.

Iceberg lettuce tea – In Puerto Rico it is common to provide children with this tea to help them when they can’t sleep through the night. This tea is prepared with iceberg lettuce, specifically, and can help any person sleep a deeper and more relaxing sleep…. For more information please visit this page.

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Aloe Vera is very easy to grow in your yard if you are in the subtropics or tropical climates.

Aloe Vera – I always have a lot of Aloe Vera plants in the yard and it is the first thing that I run to when there is a burn. I admit that I’m actually the one to get burnt all of the time because I bake a lot, my own gluten free pizzas, breads and cakes. It is good for the skin and for digestive troubles due to its high content of vitamins A, B, minerals, enzymes and folic acid. For more information visit this page.

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Ginger/ Ginger tea – Any hot tea is going to give you some kind of comfort during a cold, but the benefits of some are so great that you will need to always have them in your kitchen cabinet: ginger tea, green tea, chamomille tea, lavender tea, mint, anis, oregano and lemon tea.

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Eucalyptus – In just about all of the countries the benefits of inhaling eucalyptus is widely known.  You boil the leaves in water and approach the vapors with a towel covering your head. You breathe in these vapors and it is a good expectorant. For more benefits, visit this page…

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A woman reads the descriptions for the Bach flowers. They are sold at Whole Foods.

Bach Flowers – Have you ever heard of the Bach Flowers. They include “Rescue Remedy,” the most popular anti-stress medicine in the world. Based on a homeopathic therapy that was discovered by a doctor who was called Edward Bach during the 1930’s, which helps to give support to people’s emotions. The theory that he discovered is that all of the illnesses stem from emotional imbalances. I studied these Bach flower remedies and have been preparing them for family and friends for many years.  For more information, please view this page.

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Coffee – In my family coffee was served at a young age…I began drinking it at the age of 5. They used to say, “it makes them smart!” I think this is due to the fact that it really does help us concentrate better. I just simply loved drinking it with milk and sugar…lots of sugar…I think that was the key. I am not recommending caffeine to young children, you should decide. I do not give caffeine to my own. I think the world is at an accelerated pace already, no need to rev them up even further. But now I have discovered that coffee is a powerful anti-oxidant, aids in diabetes, the respiratory illnesses, the cardiovascular and more. For more benefits, please visit this page.

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The aguardiente -When a person just starts getting a cold in Perú and Chile, they can be given el pisco, a drink that includes aguardiente with, grape and lemon juice. Apparently, the person heats up, sweats and feels much better. I have also seen that there are people who can benefit from this drink if they suffer from low blood pressure and may faint. For more benefits, please visit this page.

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Onions – Another expectorant is the onion. You cut it up and mix with the juice of a lemon and leave it in a bowl overnight. In the morning, you drain the juice out and heat up so that you can drink a cup twice a day.  In fact, it is common in China to cut pieces of onions and disperse them throughout the tables in the house to protect the rest of the family from catching the cold. Onions are rich in Iron, Phosphorous and vitamin E. They help to support hypertension, anemia and it is a diuretic. For more information please visit this page.

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Garlic – There are so many benefits to this condiment that books have been written about just that, garlic. It has been famous as an anti-illness, anti-vampire and overall anti-bad vibes agent since who knows when… The truth is that garlic is rich in vitamin B, which helps blood circulation, it is a natural antibiotic, purifies the liver and many other benefits. One of the first things that I do when I’m about to get a cold is I drink orange juice (vitamin C) and make pan con ajo, garlic bread, for breakfast… for more benefits, please visit this page…

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Love – Love, whether it’s near or far, can do anything. As a song from  José José says, el amor no conoce el final, love has no end.  Who has not felt the need to spend the night lying next to the baby or child that has the fever? (after administering all of the proper remedies, including drinking lots of liquids, sunflower tea and letting them walk barefoot..) Big hugs for depression and as my mom would say going to bed with someone you are tight with is good for you health. Pray your rosary, send love and good vibes to loved ones who are near or far… that’s it… isn’t it? If you didn’t know it, then try it and you shall see for yourself.  What it is … love and happiness… that’s our key to health…as a friend of mine tells me, who is a psychiatrist, by the way, if you are happy, you are healthy, si eres feliz, estás sano.

And of course for good health, we must move our body, move them hips and dance… increase blood circulation, bring up the good cholesterol (HDL) and lower the bad cholesterol (LDL), make your bones and joints strong… and of course… cure your heartbreaks! as Ricky Martin recommends in this song:

And, its not only the moms and the grannies who know how to help us with our illnesses. Let us not forget the wisdom of our herbalists and shamans out there… this is what Juánes speaks about in this song.

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Got Spirit…? El Día de los Muertos…

El Día de los Muertos is just around the corner so it gets me to thinking a little about death. Not in a Macabre sort of way but more in the humorous way Mexicans celebrate on The Day of the Dead …and about what my mom says that it’s not estar muerto but estar muerto en vida that is more fearsome.

Few countries view death the way that Mexicans do: with offerings, with songs, with respect and with humor.Yes, humor! November 1st and 2nd may fall around the time of Halloween, there are skulls and bones involved but it’s not scary at all…not about trick or treating, nor about scary costumes.

In fact there is no fear associated with the celebration, despite the pervasive Las Calaveras Catrinas…  It’s a day to honor your ancestors with family and friends, party and just have a little fun, actually celebrate life. You start by building an altar to the loved ones who have passed.

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Cook the food that they liked and leave it out for them to come back and eat the essence of it along with sweet things. Hold vigils with candles and stay up the night. And, the children, they have a blast… to begin with they have the day to get new clothes and shoes and show them off throughout the festivities as well as enjoy the sweet skull and bones, . Exchange trinkets.. you get the picture. Rogelio of the restaurant Los Tacos by Chef Omar recalls his days in Michoacán, Mexico.

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Think about it. If when one dies one gets to choose the family one is to be born in what would you choose? A rich family? A family with good-looking genes? A family with … whatever? To me, I think I’ll tell God … Give me again a family que tenga espíritu... it comes first. Do you know what I mean?

¿Tienes Espíritu? Believing in God. Doing what your Spirit moves you to do.. or maybe…Do you act and feel young?

I’ll explain. My mom always said that a person either had espíritu or didn’t. “Ese tiene espíritu.. Ese no tiene espíritu…” She thought that people either had it or not. And when they did not she would say, “Ese está muerto en espíritu.” Therapists and psychologists have other terms for this, I’m sure. I know some of you are psychologists and therapists. Feel free to share your expertise

She has been the kind of person that if you say… Oye quieres ir a ….? O quieres hacer tal cosa...? She has la cartera ready to go out the door and have a good time…

As my friend Ingrid, whose family is from Barranquilla, Colombia explains: In Latin countries the entire family goes to the party, as in Los Carnavales, la abuela, los nietos, la gente joven. Yes, it can be really late at night but they brought a little colchón for the kids to sleep in while the rest of the party goes on.

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I’m here (in red) with my cousins Alexandra and Tita in a Carnaval in Colombia. We are posing with musicians from the event. This was taken before the big fun all out Maizena fight, where everyone gets white faced from the corn starch that is thrown all around.

I’ll never forget how a while ago… I had pretty good seats to go see Ricky Martin. But last minute, about an hour before the concert, I couldn’t go. Had some kind of deadline in a previous job. The first call I made was to my mom who lived an hour away. I call. Mom what are you doing? I’m putting dinner on the table. Mom I have tickets to Ricky Martin but can’t make it, it’s in an hour do you want to go? She and my stepfather Anthony showed up in 45 minutes. You don’t think of the obstacles .. eso es tener espíritu…

It’s not unusual to go to Miami Beach, see people bringing a few snacks and a radio and dancing to Salsa. Ecstatic with a few simple Doritos and dancing freely sin ninguna pena. If you go to a beach or park in Miami or South Florida and see this kind of scene…instead of complaining about the volume being too loud… try getting up and joining the party… I guarantee you won’t regret it… Nadie te quita lo bailado.

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I was in Hialeah yesterday, the city with the highest population of Hispanic folks in the U.S., a place with a lot of espíritu. Miami radio station Amor 107.5 FM held a dance contest in the middle of the day and gave away tickets to concerts. This sort of thing happens a lot in Miami.

Don’t think for a moment that I’m saying that tener espíritu resides only with Hispanic folks, of course not. But I do see it in some places more than others. I had a Chinese roommate for three years following college, her name was Grace, who was the same as my mom. Want to go to that rooftop and see the sun rise tomorrow? Yes. Want to go to the Everglades? Yes. Let’s go to that concert, the beach, etc.. Yes. Yes. Yes. We were in the car within 10 minutes to go out and see the world.  Grace said that in her country it’s called having Yang energy. Ying and Yang are probably both important.

Back to El Día de los Muertos. This is of course about honoring people who actually died. Don’t be fooled by the macabre-looking skeletons that are displayed during El Día de los Muertos. This is all in good humor… Mexicans are the only people in the planet who actually laugh at death. (From what I understand…people from Thailand grieve the dead for the first three days and then after that they eat cake and party to celebrate the life and afterlife of the deceased. Trying not to grieve too much so as to not disturb the deceased person’s adventure in the afterlife. But that’s different from actually laughing and making jokes about it.)

The Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada painted the first La Calavera Catrina around 1910 – 1913.

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He was poking fun at Catrina, who was a greedy rich woman who did nothing to help poor people, according to the legend. This drawing was a sensation and people began to dress up in fancy attire and paint their faces white to mock her and look like a skeleton ever since then. Although at the beginning La Catrina may have symbolized the cruel disparity in social classes…because times were indeed cruel. The poorer classes were completely powerless. With time it has become more of a humorous look at death.

So what if we find ourselves in a funk sometimes and don’t have Espíritu, the drive to do things. We all have a time of life like that. Especially, moms who are exhausted… been there…hello! But if it’s severe enough, by all means, seek help with a professional therapist or life coach. Or attend workshops on creativity, I have, and these are some of the things we have talked about. Algunas actividades que ayudan a despertar el espíritu y creatividad:

Escribe – Journaling…get up in the morning and fill up three pages with uncensored writing. Don’t read it. It’s not for anyone to read it’s only for expressing.

Sáca tiempo para el espíritu – Artist dates… a date with yourself…yes. I think that relaxing and observing precedes creativity. Spend time being a tourist whether it’s out of town or in your own hometown and observe people, places, nature, things. Be spontaneous.

Canta, Baila, Dibuja o Pinta – Sing, Dance, Draw, Paint. Express Yourself…even if it means taking water paint and painting the patio different colors and hosing it down afterwards.

La Meditación y la Oración. Prayer and Meditation.

Here is a video that you can share with the family for these special days.

Las Calaveras literarias del Dia de los Muertos are traditional verses that are composed to help celebrate this day. They have been around since the 19th Century to actually channel the expression of some things that have been difficult to express otherwise, such as discontent with corruption and the political situation. As you might imagine they have been heavily censored and destroyed in the past. Here are some to help you enjoy with your family on this Day of the Dead. Enjoy!

Javier from Los Tacos by Chef Omar Restaurant  shares his viewpoint on this day. Los Tacos by Chef Omar of Boca Raton, Florida, is the place to go celebrate this Dia de los Muertos from afar if you find yourself in that area. Their food is authentic from Ciudad de Mexico.

Subscribe now and receive notifications regarding new upcoming articles, songs and resources to assist you in your efforts to teach your kids Spanish.The opinions in this page are simply coming from the perspective of Prof. Constancia. I am sharing with other mothers and fathers with the intention of helping our children in their development, creating a community that will help all of them progress in their Spanish studies and cultural expression.Share your opinions with us on this page or on Facebook. If you would like to ask questions or work with me regarding affiliate marketing, giveaways or other projects, please email me at Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Thanks.

 Subscríbase ahora y podrá recibir los avisos de nuevos artículos, canciones y recursos para enseñarles a sus hijos español. Las opiniones en esta página son simplemente una perspectiva de la Sra. Constancia. Compartiendo con otras madres y padres un deseo de ayudar en el desarollo de nuestros hijos y crear una comunidad que los ayude a progresar en sus estudios y expresiones culturales en español. Comparte tus opiniones con nosotros en este muro o en el de FacebookSi quieres hacer alguna pregunta, tienes alguna idea que quieras compartir o deseas colaborar con nosotros en algún proyecto de mercadeo escríbe a Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Gracias.

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La Chancleta vs. Other Ways of Discipline…

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My mother and her two brothers in Colombia. Photo by TeachThemSpanish.com

“¡Getting a chancletazo because I said ¿qué? instead of mande!” The image of the Hispanic mom with chancla or chancleta on hand ready to dar un chancletazo or “discipline” the child is pervasive in talks about Hispanic culture etc. That was the way back in the old days… Y claro, que esto pasa…Yes, this has … does happen… it must be if there are so many images, jokes, bloggers and people on social media, YouTube, radio, TV etc. talking about it right? Go ahead and google chancla and chancleta and see what you find.

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La Chancleta vs. other ways of discipline. TeachThemSpanish.com

La chancla or chancleta comes under the “the beatings will continue until moral improves” form of discipline…pero ay por el amor a  Dios, it’s not the only way we discipline!

There are other options. More effective ways for discipline that a Spanish speaking person has at their disposal that do not exist in the English language … that we can talk about as well and that’s thanks to something I like to call S.L.G.  or Spanish Language Grammar! It makes it sound a little more scientific. There is also the opportunity to check for anything you might be carrying that is in your power to change about yourself that could be causing the issue. I give myself the: Oye…qué es lo que está pasando aquí…(Where did this really come from? Who started this? Could I have done something different to pre-empt this?) This we talked about in an earlier blog back in April titled “Poco a Poco” where we mentioned Compassionate Parenting.

But let’s say you decide that what is called for is a voice of authority for your child…yes, of course we all need to be an authority, they need that from us also. Well, here’s something people also do in the Spanish language community that is subtle but effective sometimes…here’s where Spanish Language Grammar comes in handy.

As you may or may not already know, the Spanish language has many different pronouns for the you form. We are talking about the singular form. You have the familiar vos (used in Argentina, Uruguay, etc. and we will tackle this at another time) and   form, which oftentimes you use for close friends, family, or if is all you’ve known all of your life you use it with everyone except when in some cases you notice it doesn’t seem right with some people.

Then there is the usted form which is used for people you don’t know well, just met, or out of respect, elderly, etc. (Although nowadays with Facebook all of this is changing quite quickly I might add…) And, it can be used as well to help  dar un poco de espacio …give some space between people.

My mother grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, which is considered La Costa, and people can be more informal, closer to the temperament of the Caribbean, and use the informal or form more often than usted. Her family was from many places in Colombia of El Interior, Chiquinquirá, Boyacá, Cali and the South of Colombia Condoto, Chocó. She had a mom and dad who talked among themselves with the formal usted at all times. That threw me off a bit when I met my grandfather, from Chiquinquirá, in Colombia at the age of 9 that he should talk to me so formally.

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Chiquinquirá, Colombia.

 

My grandmother and mother used the usted and more interchangeably with us. And since they were in charge of discipline… they came equipped with just the right grammatical tools.

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Con mi abuela y mami en Puerto Rico. TeachThemSpanish.com

Discipline with my mom was sometimes a matter of a change in pronoun…or verb tense…if you were not meeting expectations or out of line you knew it because all of a sudden mom was treating you with a formal form of usted, sort of like in English… the parent uses the full name… Jonathan Edward Thompson… you take your hand away from there or you will get burned! ¡Quite la mano de allí que se va a quemar!

You can also do so with the verbs. When you ask someone to do something you can also use Los Mandatos or the more Formal Command form. I call it the “bossy” tense. Here are the regular and irregulars informal first then the formal…

With regular verbs you would just change the ending right? and here you have examples of that in the Formal:

ar verbs have an “e” ending – Limpiar – ¡Limpie! – Clean

er and ir verbs have an “a” ending – Correr – ¡Corra! – Run

The irregular verbs in the Command Form:

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Come – ¡Ven! – ¡Venga!

Tell – ¡Di! – ¡Diga!

Get out – ¡Sal! – ¡Salga!

Do – ¡Haz!  – ¡Haga!

Have – ¡Ten! – ¡Tenga!

Go – ¡Ve! – ¡Vaya!

Put – ¡Pon! – ¡Ponga!

Be -¡Sé! – ¡Séa!

You see why I call these the Bossy Verb Tense…you get your message across without a doubt!

An easy way to remember the irregular verb commands in the regular form is to imagine this to be something Arnold Schwarzenneger could say “Van Di Sal Has Ten Weapons” in a movie in some intimidating tone:

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So back to the infamous chancla. Let’s do this. Let’s put the myth of la chancla to rest and back on our foot where it belongs and talk about other ways we can discipline. I would not approve of any cultural practice that causes another person physical harm or invades a person’s free will. The moment we have a child… it’s time for us all to find other ways, grow and evolve.

Here are some uses for Tú and Usted from favorite artists… see if you can notice the change in tone just a simple change in pronoun can have. Enjoy!

Luis Miguel delivers a sweet and stern message for usted, from his Romance album of 1991, that makes a good example of Tú vs. Usted use. Notice the conjugation all throughout.. No juegue con mis penas, ni con mis sentimientos…Comprenda de una vez…

Ricardo Arjona, the talented singer, songwriter, former basketball player and schoolteacher, from Guatemala, wrote and released this song in 2012 with fellow Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno. Fuiste Tú, that is to say: It was you… or It was your fault.  Tú reaches the target and does not get any more intimate than in this song about a couple that is looking back on what happened.

Subscribe now and receive notifications regarding new upcoming articles, songs and resources to assist you in your efforts to teach your kids Spanish.The opinions in this page are simply coming from the perspective of Prof. Constancia. I am sharing with other mothers and fathers with the intention of helping our children in their development, creating a community that will help all of them progress in their Spanish studies and cultural expression.Share your opinions with us on this page or on Facebook. If you would like to ask questions or work with me regarding affiliate marketing, giveaways or other projects, please email me at Constancia@TeachThemSpanish.com. Thanks.

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La Fuente de la Juventud de Juan Ponce de Leon/ The Fountain of Youth…

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Warm Mineral Springs, North Port, Florida.

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Un día le contaba a mi hijo,”sabes, estás en el lugar exacto que Juan Ponce de León buscaba hace casi 500 años atrás. .. a él le hubiese gustado bañarse en estas aguas. Hasta pagó con su vida para tratar de alcanzar este sueño.”

Me mira sonriendo como que le gusta el tema que está a punto de escuchar. A mi nene le encantan los temas de historia…le brillan los ojos cuando los hechos históricos salen a la luz. El solo mencionar a un explorador español le traerá toda clase de imágenes creo yo. Todo esto le pasó a Ponce de León en su segundo viaje a la Florida, despues de haber llegado a Port Charlotte con 200 colonos, caballos, herramientas y semillas.

Nos imaginamos a este, el primero de los exploradores españoles de la Florida, en su vestimenta de la edad del renacimiento, con espada en el aire, y la flecha clavada en su muslo por un indio Calusa en una emboscada que marcó el fin de su destino. La herida es tan severa que muere poco tiempo después en Cuba. Su sueño de llegar a gozar de la fuente de la juventud nunca llegó a realizarse.

“No, en serio…aquí?”

Si, la famosa fuente de la juventud no está en Saint Augustine, como muchos creen, pero en el Warm Mineral Springs de North Port, Florida. El área ha sido considerada como tierra santa por los indios Calusa y la protegían como tal. Hoy día, estas aguas atraen, como te podrás imaginar, a un grupo de personas mayores, no tanto a los americanos pero a gente de descendencia Europea del Este, los rusos, los polacos y los ucranianos, donde se reconocen los beneficios sanativos de estas aguas termales.

Esta fuente produce 9 millones de galones de agua termales por día. Se mantienen a una temperatura constante de  87 grados Fahrenheit y contienen mas de 51 minerales diferentes, el contenido de minerales mas alto que cualquier fuente en todo el mundo.  Contiene magnesio, azufre… Puede que te tome un ratito acostumbrarte al olor de azufre si no lo has experimentado antes.

Pero es muy posible que como resultado de tu visita a estas aguas, te sientas menos estresado, con menos dolores y achaques gracias a los efectos de los minerales. El ejercicio y el movimiento también contribuyen a los beneficios y aumento de la circulación en el cuerpo. Consulta con tu médico. Pero vale la pena intentar hacer una visita.

Ahora, si estás buscando un lugar lujoso, entonces este lugar no es para tí. Este lugar es un lugar simple sin muchas comodidades. Trae tus juguetes acuáticos, flota y nada alrededor del laguito. No hay nada más que hacer. En el pasado existía un spa y un restaurante pero ya estos han cerrado. Si estás buscando recargar las baterías y quieres retroceder el tiempo un poco te veras maravilloso y te sentirás mas relajado.  Si que es posible verse y sentirse mejor.

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El comediante Billy Crystal imita a el actor argentino Fernando Lamas.

Una pequeña canción que me inventé para jugar en el agua con los niños…  Una melodía que es muy reconfortante para ti y para que tu niño se duerma en poco tiempo cuando lo cantes una y otra vez. Los maestros de música utilizan esta melodía a veces para preparar la voz al canto. Como ya sabes, cantar una canción con tus hijos antes de ir a dormir es una hermosa rutina que puedes incorporar para que se acuesten tranquilamente.

Tomate un día para ser un explorador… visita las aguas termales de North Port y disfrutarás uno de los regalitos de la madre tierra.

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Warm Mineral Springs, North Port, Florida.

I said to my son, “You realize you are at the very spot that Juan Ponce de Leon was looking for almost 500 years ago… he would have loved to soak in these waters. And, he paid the price for it with his own life!”

He looked up smiling in wonder. My history loving child…savoring, every time a morsel of it gets brought up to the surface. Mentioning an explorer opens up all kinds of images I’m sure. This all happens in Ponce de León’s second voyage to Florida, this time arriving near Port Charlotte with 200 settlers, horses, tools and seeds. We imagine Florida’s first Spanish explorer, dressed in Renaissance clothing, holding up a sword in the air, being shot in the thigh by a Calusa Indian who ambushed him. The wound was so severe that he died in Cuba shortly after from this. His dream of reaching this fountain of youth was never to be.

“No, really…here?”

Yes, it’s not Saint Augustine, as many will have you believe, he was severely wounded only a few miles away from the Warm Mineral Springs in North Port, Florida. This was considered by the Indians to be a sacred land and so it was fiercely protected. Nowadays, the spring attracts, as you might guess, a mature crowd of people, but not that many Americans, mostly people of Eastern European descent, Russians, Poles and Ukrainians, who have a long history of enjoying the benefits of hot and warm springs.

The springs produce 9 million gallons of really warm water, they maintain a steady 87 degrees year round and contain over 51 different minerals, one of the highest mineral contents of any natural spring in the world, which contain magnesium, sulfur… Yes, if you are not used to it, you may be a little unsettled by the smell of sulphur at first.

But, oddly enough, you cannot help but to feel less stressed, fewer aches and pains from the soothing effects of the mineral rich waters. The exercise and movement alone does not hurt in taking away pains and promoting circulation. As with everything, consult your doctor. But, I give this place the thumbs up.

Now if you are looking for swank, then this place is not for you. It is undeveloped and no frills, just bring a fun noodle and swim, float around. Nothing much else to do. There used to be a spa and restaurant but they’re no longer there. If you are looking to recharge your batteries and turn back the clock a little you will look marvelous and feel more relaxed. Alas… there is a place where you can end up looking and feeling good too.

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Comedian Billy Crystal impersonating Argentinian actor Fernando Lamas.

A little song that we made up to sing while playing with water..  But the tune itself can be very comforting enough to get you and your child into the sleep zone in no time when you sing over and over again. Music teachers often use this melody with their choir students as a warm up. Sometimes this can be the nuclear option at night when you’ve run out of lullabies to sing… an image of a boat at sea… can’t be beat.

Be an explorer for a day…go ahead and give the Warm Mineral Springs in North Port a try. You will be enjoying one of Mother Earth’s treasures.

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