Ana Luiza, an Au Pair from Brazil with Go Au Pair


“Being a childcare provider is a job that I love!”

Name: Ana Luiza
Age: 21
Availability Date: 10/11/2012
Nationality: Brazil
English Rank: 3

Program Type: Standard Au Pair, EduCare Au Pair, Extension Au Pair
Type of Experience: Baby-sitting
Age Experience: 2-5 years old, 5 -10 years old, Over 10 years old
Driver’s License: Yes

Education: Some College
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Hobbies: Music, rreading, movies, biking, friends, soccer, traveling, concerts, photography, cinema, drawing

How has Ana Luiza been described by references?

She is very attentious, patient and she also can create some interesting and different plays.

Why does Ana Luiza want to be an Au Pair?

I am very glad to have this opportunity to join in the Au Pair program, because it will give me the chance to learn more about American culture and practicing my English skills.

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Duke Island Park

Located in Bridgewater Township, Duke Island  Park is a site of rich natural beauty which offers varied recreational experiences. Truly an “island” park, it is traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal. The Somerset County  Park Commission acquired this 343 acre site in 1958, and has developed it to provide a wide variety of active and passive recreational opportunities and special events for park visitors.Biking in Duke Island Park Duke Island Park offers bike trails for those Somerset County biking enthusiasts.
Picnic Areas Duke Island Park offers five picnic areas, three of which feature a pavilion. Reservations are available for groups of 20 or more. Each of these picnic groves has at least 12 tables and 8 grills.  Additional picnic tables line the picturesque river trail, and are available on a casual basis. Among these is a fully accessible area, with a paved path, concrete patio, and tables which  accommodate wheelchair seating. A playground is located in the park adjacent  to play and picnic areas. It features innovative, barrier free equipment.

Athletics and Lifetime Sport Opportunities One softball field is available by permit for leagues and tournaments. When not reserved for this use, the fields are available for those who wish to practice  or have a friendly pickup game. In the winter, supervised ice skating and general  cross country skiing are offered when weather permits. The Raritan River is stocked by the New Jersey Department of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, and offers prime fishing locations for beginner and expert anglers. Hikers, walkers, and  birdwatchers may take advantage of the trails which follow along the river and pass through the extensive wooded areas.
Visitors Center The Visitors Center is located near the main parking area, and houses the Park Ranger office and the rest room facilities. Rangers are available for information  on the park recreation activities, and brochures and maps of the Park Commission facilities and programs are available.

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Egg boats with roasted garlic and goats cheese recipe

serves 2

1 half-size baguette 1 tablespoon butter 10 button mushrooms, quartered 4 large eggs 3 tablespoons double cream (heavy cream) 1 tablespoon flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 4 cloves roasted garlic, mashed 100g goats cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Prepare the baguette by cutting a deep ‘V’ into it, without cutting all the way through. Use your fingers to pull out the fluffy bread and make a cavity. Place onto a baking tray lined with non-stick paper.

2. Melt the butter in a frying pan over medium heat and cook the mushrooms for 5 minutes until browned and tender. Set aside.

3. Whisk the eggs and cream together. Add the mushrooms, parsley and roasted garlic. Season with salt and pepper and whisk until well combined.

4. Pour into the baguette and crumble the goats cheese over the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until puffed and golden.

5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes to let it set and then slice and serve

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Red Light, Green Light

This Outdoor Game for Kids can be played just about anywhere and is always enjoyed:

With enough room, this game can easily be played inside. One person is the traffic light at one end, and the other players are at the other end. When the traffic light faces the group, he or she says, “Red light!” and everyone must freeze. The traffic light then turns his or her back and says, “Green light!” while the group tries to get as close to the traffic light as possible. The traffic light turns around quickly, again saying, “Red light!”, and if anyone is spotted moving, they have to go back to the starting place. The first person to tag the traffic light wins and gets to be the next traffic light.
Number of Players: A small group.
Equipment: None. (red and green pins pictured are optional)

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Painted Sneakers

Give sneakers a one-of-a-kind look with this charming craft.

Tools and Materials
Clean canvas sneakers
Fabric or acrylic craft paint
Artist paintbrushes
Fabric paint pens

Painted Sneakers How-To
1. Cover a work surface with newspaper.

2. Using fabric paints and paint pens, decorate sneakers.

3. Let paint dry for 24 hours before painting another shade on top of the original color.

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Imagine That!!!, A New Jersey Children’s Museum

Imagine That!!!, A New Jersey Children’s Museum is one of the few local museums that specializes in pre-school age and young school children. For  20 years, Imagine That!!! has provided safe, educational fun for children at several locations throughout New Jersey. Now centralized in one large facility in Florham Park, NJ, we offer a wide variety of exhibits and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Learning through play   At Imagine That!!!, children are encouraged to touch, discover, learn and explore in our 16,000 square foot space,  featuring over 50 unique exhibits. Embracing a learning-through-play model, Imagine That!!! is a safe environment where young children can  stretch their legs and their imagination. Children will discover  interesting exhibits while absorbing and cementing important concepts as they go. Our exhibits are specifically designed to stimulate the child’s imagination and intellect while providing them with a fun and exciting day!

A day of fun for one low price!
Admission fees are $9.95 for a child and $7.95 for an adult. There is no charge for infants under one year. The admission fee includes unlimited time to explore the activities of our childrens museum in New Jersey.

4 Vreeland Rd
Florham Park, NJ 07932
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Update on the 2012 West Nile Virus outbreak

West Nile Virus and Preventing Mosquito Bites

Many people who are bitten by an infected mosquito won’t get sick—many others aren’t as lucky. Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Occasionally, an infected person may develop more severe disease such as “West Nile encephalitis,” “West Nile meningitis” or “West Nile meningoencephalitis.”

Encephalitis refers to an inflammation of the brain, meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane around the brain and the spinal cord, and meningoencephalitis refers to inflammation of the brain and the membrane surrounding it. Almost 13,000 of the individuals who have been reported as having West Nile virus since 1999 have been seriously ill, and more than 1,200 have died.

Another problem in some parts of the United States and many places in the tropics is dengue. The World Health Organization estimates there may be 50 – 100 million dengue infections in the world every year. Over 2.5 billion people are at risk of getting infected with dengue virus.

The reasons one person becomes severely ill from diseases mosquitoes carry and another doesn’t are not entirely known, but why take a chance?

Control what you can. Improve your odds of avoiding mosquito spread viruses by using a repellent on exposed skin and clothes while outdoors.

Insect Repellent: It keeps you from being what’s for dinner.

There are always excuses for not using repellent— forgot it, didn’t want to go back and get it, it doesn’t smell good, it’s not in the budget, or “mosquitoes don’t bite me”…

Think of repellent as you would an important article of clothing, and increase your chances of avoiding weeks (or even months) of aches and fatigue that come with West Nile fever, dengue fever, or any number of other mosquito borne diseases. More severe problems are possible. Being hospitalized with swelling of the brain, or even worse, are possibilities from many of these diseases.

What repellent should I use? CDC recommends a variety of effective repellents. The most important step is to pick one and use it. There are those that can protect you for a short while in the backyard or a long while in the woods. DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and the plant-based oil of lemon eucalyptus are all repellents recommended by CDC. All contain an EPA-registered active ingredient and have been studied to make sure they are effective and safe. EPA has a long listing of repellent brands in the United States.

When should you wear repellent? Mosquitoes can bite anytime. Most of the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus bite from around sundown to around sun-up (throughout the night). Put a few bottles or packets of repellent around—in the car, by the door, in a purse or backpack.

Where are mosquitoes a problem? Almost all of the continental United States has had reports of people getting sick with West Nile virus. But there are areas of the United States where people are more likely to get severely ill, and these areas can change from year to year. The map at the right shows West Nile virus activity by state. Outbreaks of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), LaCrosse encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis are not as common as West Nile virus, but outbreaks can be severe. EEE has been a significant problem in the North East in recent years. Texas, Florida, and Hawaii have all reported people ill with dengue in recent years. Every year, Puerto Rico reports people getting ill with dengue virus.

What to do about mosquitoes in my area? Mosquito control by your local government won’t get rid of every last mosquito, but when you also use repellents, you can markedly reduce your chances of getting bitten. Ask local officials about starting a mosquito control program in your city or county if it doesn’t exist already.

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