Jan
21
2015

Get the Little Passports Valentine’s Day Printable!

Skip the store bought stuff this year, and say Happy Valentine’s Day with the help of the globetrotters at Little Passports!

Click on the image below to download your free Little Passports Valentine’s Day printable.

 

Want to add a sweet treat? Follow the instructions below:

1. Set up your hole punch.

2. Punch in 2 even holes on the left center edge of the valentine.

3. Loop in the lollipop through the holes.

4. Pass out the cards and candy to your friends and family!

 

 

Jan
13
2015

Go on a Little Passports Flashlight Adventure!

Our Early Explorers subscription for preschoolers includes a monthly Flashlight Adventure booklet! Use your special flashlight to reveal colorful images “hidden” inside, including what will be the next month’s theme. Here’s how it works.

You’ll find a new Flashlight Adventure booklet in each monthly theme package of our Early Explorers subscription.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The special paper flashlight is located on the perforated flap inside the booklet. Carefully remove the flap and then remove the perforated flashlight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slide the paper flashlight between the dark plastic lining and the booklet page to reveal Max and Mia along with colorful images relating to the monthly theme. Find their dog Toby, and discover a hint about next month’s theme!

 
Interested in Early Explorers for your preschooler? Learn more or buy now here. http://bit.ly/14SqQBo

Jan
7
2015

3 Simple Ways to Inspire a World Traveler!

We asked travel expert Amy West to share with us how she inspires a love for travel in her daughter. Check out Amy’s 3 simple ways below! 

When I was fourteen I caught it. That itch you can’t scratch, a curiosity that won’t be tamed, an unquenchable desire they call wanderlust. I took my first trip overseas on a youth group trip without my parents. It was scary, it was thrilling, it completely turned my world upside down, and ultimately defined my future.

When our daughter was born, my travel thirsty husband and I knew we wanted to raise a world explorer. How to do that in the “bubble” that is our little beach community was the question. It’s not always possible to take a small child overseas. So how do you show them the world? My philosophy has been to create a culture in our home that embraces the world. Here are 3 Simple Ways to Inspire a World Traveler:

Lead by Example

The best way I know to inspire my child is to blaze the trail for her. Sometimes it’s more about what’s caught than taught, and in my willful young one’s case, she wants to be just like mom. That’s why instead of letting my limitations hold me back, when my daughter was two I launched my own travel brand. Pushing my own limits, setting off into the world, and continuing to travel (most of the time without her) teaches my daughter that the world is bigger than our neighborhood, and proves to her that if mom can do it, so can she. Not everyone can jet off into the sunset, but we can all start with the small things, such as enjoying a diverse ethnic meal. Use that meal-time as a chance to discuss the culture it derived from, and what that part of the world is like. Show your kiddo that there is a world of flavor out there and it’s exciting to try new things.

Surround them with the World
One of the things I love about Little Passports is the giant map that comes with the subscription. We immediately put our daughter’s up on her wall and every night we talk about where we live, and where other things are happening in the world. We’ll relive a history lesson, talk about major landmarks, and tell her stories of the far off lands we have visited. You can incorporate travel and exploration into your home with small accents like decorative planes or trains, globes, posters, or enlarged pictures of your own travels. These little suggestions seep in and ultimately those things won’t be foreign, but comfortable and nostalgic.

Take Advantage of Every Little Moment
Window shopping is a great opportunity to talk about items we purchase and how they gain inspiration from the world around us. Where did that pattern originate from? How was that made? Or, does your family visit the Zoo often? We love pretending we are on a safari when we visit the African animals. At the library we make sure to visit the non-fiction aisles and pick up a book on a foreign country, even if it’s just to look at the pictures.

Raising a world traveler is about creating a culture within your home that makes it normal to explore. Inspiring adventure with every moment you can seize, and ultimately by practicing what you preach. Keep getting out there, keep enriching your young ones with a diverse knowledge of the world, and one day, they’ll be inspired to set off on their own adventures, and hopefully catch wanderlust for themselves.

 

Jacksonville, FL based Amy West is the creator of amywesttravel.com, a travel and lifestyle brand including TV show “Like Love Want Need”. As a travel and lifestyle expert Amy writes for USA Today’s 10Best.com and appears as a guest on several media outlets including WJXT News 4 Jax Morning show and WJCT NPR Radio show “First Coast Connect.” Look for Amy on “Amy West Travel the Blog.”
Jan
7
2015

Warming Winter Recipe

Add some international cuisine to your menu this week with this delicious warming treat, gajar halwa from our friend Prerna of Indian Simmer.

Gajar Halwa Recipe

What You Will Need

  • 1 pound grated carrot
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 7 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of any nuts (I used almond flakes and cashews)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan, add ghee and fry the nuts in it. As soon as they are a little brown, take them out and set aside.
  2. Now add the grated carrots into the pan with the remaining ghee. Cook it for a minute and then add milk.
  3. Mix it well, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer until the carrots are half cooked. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Now add condensed milk and stir it all well together. (I personally don't like anything very sweet so if I find my carrots sweet enough after adding sweetened condensed milk then I don't add any more sugar, but if you like it sweet then go ahead and add sugar now.)
  5. By this time the milk should have completely evaporated. Now stir the mix every couple of minutes, scratching the sides and bottom if anything's sticking. Let it cook until the carrots are done.
  6. You will notice that the carrots will change color and get darker. When there's no extra liquid seeping out (except some oil/ghee) that's when your halwa is cooked.
  7. Add the nuts.
  8. Turn the heat off and try not to cover it for a while.
  9. Serve warm.

Dec
30
2014

New Year’s Eve Around the World!

Little Passports would like to wish you a wonderful start to the coming year and welcome 2015 in true international style. Sam and Sofia have traveled from Spain, Brazil, and Russia to give us a glimpse of New Year celebrations across the world. Whether you spend your New Year’s Eve home with the kids banging pots and pans at midnight or toasting champagne with your friends, you are sure to find inspiration from this little slice of the world.

Spain: Doce Uvas


This fun and easy New Year’s Eve tradition adds to the list of reasons why Sam and Sofia LOVE Spain. Family and friends gather, some inside warm homes and others in town squares, to watch the clock tower and devour doce uvas (twelve grapes). With each strike of the clock at midnight, one grape is eaten. If you successfully manage to eat all twelve grapes in beat with the twelve strikes you will have good luck for the twelve months of the coming year. A popular place in Spain for New Year’s Eve is Puerto del Sol in Madrid where the famous clock tower counts to midnight for all of the country.This fun tradition is still carried on by nearly all Spaniards!

Brazil: Copacabana Beach and Lemanjá


Rio de Janeiro is the place to be for Réveillon (New Year’s Eve) in Brazil. Millions of people dressed in white gather on and around Copacabana beach to send a New Years wish to Lemanjá, the goddess of water. She is said to answer wishes on New Year’s Eve to those who send offerings of flowers and gifts to the ocean on small blue and white wooden boats. A spectacular fireworks show lights the sky for Réveillon and not a spec of sand goes untouched.

Russia: Happy Old New Year

You may have tangled yourself in lights this year decorating everything from the mantle to the tree, but stick with us and we’ll guide you through this string of Russian holidays tangle-free.

First, let’s skip December 25th and jump to December 31st. Exit Santa Claus stage left, enter Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) front and center. Ded Moroz arrives on New Year’s Eve with his granddaughter Sneguritchka (Snow Girl). They deliver presents to children under the Novogodnaya Yolka (New Year Tree) that is decorated with sweets and topped with a bright star. Second on the holiday list is Christmas Day, which in Russia is on January 7th. With presents and fairy tales already exchanged, Christmas Day is more focused on the religious meaning of Christmas. Last, but certainly not least, is Old New Year’s Day. You heard it right, Old New Year’s day on January 14th is not an official holiday, however, it is still widely celebrated in Russia.

We hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the start of 2015 with your friends and family. Thanks for traveling with us and Happy New Year!

The Little Passports Team