New Kiddie Book Club Selections | Reading Is Fun

 3 New entries for the Kiddie Book Club!

If you would like to submit ideas please tweet or use instagram at malaika@loftandlearn using the tags of either #loftandlearn, #Loft&Learn/KBC, or #kiddiebookclub

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Holiday Family Fun | Christmas Eve Chill

Holiday Fun with The Loftus Fam!

Christmas Eve

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So over the next few days I have decided to post some pictures of our Holiday fun experience including fun  games, silly times, meals and more. Here are some pics from our Rockin’ Christmas Eve.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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How to Make Sure Your Gifted Child is Challenged At School! | Education

How to Make Sure Your Gifted Child is Challenged At School!

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#giftedchild #giftedchildchecklist #earlychildhoodeducation #realsimple #education

The debate of early childhood education is a hot button topic nowadays. The issue of home schooling vs. Traditional school or Public vs. Private school can be a daunting and deeply personal decision for every family. No matter how each family decides to best educate their child I firmly believe that the key to any of those solutions is working with your child at home thoroughly and aggressively. If deciding to trust your child’s development and education to others as we are you have to make sure that you are also doing the most you can to enhance their efforts and hold the instructors accountable as well by including them in your child’s true capabilities. Only you the parent can truly asses where your toddler or young child’s level of learning is because you work and observe them every day on a much more personal level. If your child is advanced or gifted there can be a whole different set of issues that need to be addressed in their development or lesson plans.

There are many challenges that face gifted children at school. Some of them being that the sheer volume of students make it harder for the teacher to really know that your child is advanced. So they may not be as eager to enhance a child’s capabilities, while you at home know the more challenging level of difficulty your youngster may be tackling. Another challenge is that sometimes kids, though bright don’t have the where with all to showcase their skills like we do as adults. For some, they may try to read or (dumb down if you will) to seem apart of the crowd. Or get nervous when the reading teacher comes into the class and takes the child individually to read certain words to test for ability.

An example of this happened with our 5 year old Ace. There are a set of reading words that they are expected to know in class by the end of the kindergarten school year. By week two of the year he was tested along with the other children to see how many of the 60 words he knew. Well he not only knew all of the required words for kindergarten but most of the required words for 1st grade as well when tested in the comforts of home. But at school there were about 8 words that he told the instructor that he did not know for kindergarten and around 10 for 1st grade comprehension (words that he can recite in his sleep).

We know that there are so many things that kindergarten and all teachers must focus on everyday so we made it a point to schedule time out to speak with the teacher individually to discuss Ace and his education. Now because of this there will be special teacher that will come and work with Ace going over 1st grade material that cater to his intellect while keeping him in kindergarten working on socialization with his peers. Our interaction with his teacher was so wonderful because she was able to get a little better understanding of Ace as a person and we were able to hear firsthand of some things that we could do at home that would enhance her lesson plans. It was a true team effort and proves that it most definitely takes a village!

Below I have included an amazing checklist and website from the National Association for Gifted Children so that you can determine if your child has a higher potential of learning

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#smartkid #earlychildhoodeducation #giftedchild #decemberstrong

Happy Learning,


Costa Maya, Mexico | Travel

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya, Mexico Spotlight Travel Destination
Costa Maya, Mexico
Spotlight Travel Destination

Costa Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is a small tourist region in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, the only state bounded by the Caribbean Sea to its east. This municipality is close to Chetumal on the border with Belize.

Costa Maya’s principal language is Spanish, but English is also commonly spoken. The average temperature high in Costa Maya is approximately 84 F°; the average low is 67 F°. The Mexican Peso is the official currency of Costa Maya, but most places will accept U.S. dollars

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Fun Facts

Colin & I almost ended up living here and opening a Del Sol store on the Costa Mayan Port. We have spent a lot of time between Cancun and Costa Maya and find the Yucatan Peninsula to be one of our favorite places on earth!

• Early Mayans were predominant in the area from 200 B.C. to 900 A.D. The ruins at Chacchoben, constructed by the Mayans in the 4th century, include magnificent stone structures and pyramids.

• In August of 2007, the port of Costa Maya and the cruise dock sustained heavy damage when Category 5 Hurricane Dean made landfall with sustained winds of 175 mph, with gusts up to 200 mph. The port reopened in the fall of 2008.

• On February 1, 2015, Costa Maya and the Mexican state of Quintana Roo officially adopted a new time zone that corresponds to Eastern Standard Time.


Costa Maya Coconut Bread (Pan de Coco)

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Costa Maya Coconut Bread Recipe
(Pan de Coco)

1 1/2 grated coconuts or 1 cup unsweetened grated coconut
2 cup water
3 Tablespoons yeast
3/4 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons melted butter
3 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoon salt
3 pounds flour (approximately)
1/4 cup melted butter
Directions: grate the coconut and discard any brown skins. Add 2 cups water to the coconut and let sit for 30 minutes. If using dried grated coconut, add an additional 1/4 cup water to compensate for the lack of moisture. Dissolve the yeast in 3/4 cup warm water. Add the sugar and 3 T of the flour and let rise until bubbles form. Add all remaining ingredients except flour. Add 3/4 of the flour. If you are using a bread mixer, add additional flour until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Mix for 5 minutes or until elastic. If mixing by hand, knead for about 8 minutes continually adding additional flour or until smooth and elastic.
Cover and let sit until doubled. Punch down dough. Divide dough into 30 balls. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. The shape should resemble English muffins, only a little smaller. Each bread should be at least 1 inch apart. Brush with melted butter. Let rise for 30 minutes.
Place bread in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with additional butter. Serve warm or toasted.

I obtained this recipe from Mayan Beach Garden. I have included the link below where this recipe can be found

How to get 100% Kona Coffee by Naturally Kona in a K Cup!!! | 100% Kona Coffee

Great News for fans of 100% Kona Coffee by Naturally Kona and K Cup drinkers!!!

Naturally Kona has recently partnered with The Fresh Roasted Coffee Co. in Pennsylvania. This means that if you are fans of K Cups for your coffee drinking pleasure you can now get Naturally Kona, 100% kona coffee in a K Cup!! Hooray.


For those of you who would like to buy traditional coffee by the pound, please continue to go through the Naturally Kona Website

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Naturally Kona, 100% kona coffee is an excellent gift for the Holidays, It’s Paradise in every cup!


Finish 2015 On A High Note! | Challenge

Join the Loft & Learn December Strong Challenge

Okay Folks,

So the New Year is fast approaching and you are thinking of how to kick-start your new year off with your fantastic resolutions right?

Well how about finishing 2015 with a bang. Yes, they say it’s not how you start but how you finish so let’s end 2015 on the high note that we want to kick 2016 off with.

I Challenge each of you to a “Finish the Year Strong December challenge”!

I know it’s the holiday season and all but if you have any individual or family goals, call them out and all December long let’s help each other stick to it!

That’s right everyone we have 31 glorious days to quit smoking, start eating more vegetables, watch less TV, read more, create something, spend more quality time together, exercise more or whatever you choose. But the key is to just to do it! Set a Monthly goal and stick to it. It could be as simple as saying I will do 10 lunges or 20 squats per day when I wake up, cook with less or no processed foods or I will take at least 15 minutes out of each and every day just for me to relax, be thankful or do nothing at all. You have until November 30 to think of your goal and then we begin together on December 1st.

Whatever the goal, set it and achieve it. When the new year comes roaring in you will ALREADY be at your best and ready for what the New Year has in store. So pass the December Strong Challenge idea along for positive energy. Retweet, instagram, pin it and be in it to win it!

Let’s not wait, Get to it people. And Make your dreams come true. Last year you said, This year, So let’s make it happen!

You have 31 Days.

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3 Tips on how to get your picky eater to enjoy mealtime! | Parenting Tips kingston picky eater

  1. Fix finger friendly items as often as you can (especially for toddlers). My tried and true go to is using won-ton wrappers. You can usually find them in the Asian food isle at most stores. These work wonders because you can literally stuff what ever you want in them (meat, veggies, fruit, cheese) and then bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes and then you have instant happiness at the table.
  2. Let your children become involved in the food preparation. Most times they will be more excited and interested in giving their creation a try.
  3. Lastly if your picky eater has siblings don’t be afraid or guilty by using the ole’  “I see you’re not eating your meat. Mind if I give it to your brother Ace?” trick. I don’t know why but this instantly provides motivation for  my toddler Kingston to immediately shove everything on his plate into his mouth. (Bwaaa Haaaaa) There’s that devious mom laugh again…

I hope this helps, Happy Mealtime.





Experiment with different skin tones and facial features with popular Super Heroes | Child Development ..10 009 ..10 011
CJ(Cortney), a child development specialist in my village who happens to also be a great artist
sent Ace and Kingston several drawings that she made herself. She experimented with different skin
tones and features  for popular characters. I thought that was a fantastic idea for impressionable little ones (note to toy companies out there), this is a great way for kids of all colors to feel connected while aspiring to be super heroes themselves.

Kudos CJ!