Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New bike-share for kids in Paris!

How fun is this?  A new bike-share program for kids launched earlier this summer in Paris, France.

P'tit Vélib' offers a variety of bikes suitable for children from 2 to 8 years of age for rent in several green and/or pedestrian areas in Paris.  Helmets are also provided!

Prices vary by rental location but range from 4-6€ per hour (or 10-15€ per day).

Have you tried Paris' new bike-share program for kids?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Mickey Mouse Waffles

Though I wasn't super-impressed with our Disney cruise, it was hard not to love these adorable Mickey waffles at the breakfast buffet.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Awesome Travel Games: Imagine I Can games by Manhattan Toys

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Since we travel so regularly, I’m always on the lookout for fun games and toys that are a) inexpensive and b) compact to take along on our travels.  So I was thrilled to find the Imagine I Can tinned games by Manhattan Toys.

Manhattan Toys have created a clever and cute series of games and toys for ages 3 and up which pack away in their own tins. My favorites are the most compact games, priced at about $6 each depending on the retailer.  Just slightly larger than a deck of cards, these games are perfect for traveling!

B and I have been enjoying the Catch a Pirate game and instructions are provided for standard play and modified play for beginning players.

With little pieces, these games aren't particularly well-suited for play in the car or on an airplane (I wouldn’t want to crawl under my airplane seat each time a piece is dropped!) but they are just the right size for packing in your carry-on for keeping busy at the airport, on a cruise ship or in a hotel room.

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Fun Food Friday: Spam Nuts

As a kid, I can remember my Mom cutting up Spam into thin slices and pan-frying it with brown sugar for breakfast, but it's something I haven't eaten in decades.  Visiting Hawaii, it is interesting to see how Spam has become part of the cuisine, with everything from Spam musabi to Spam fried rice appearing on menus. These Spam-flavored macadamia nuts seemed like the perfect Hawaiian souvenir!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Key West Conch Fritters

Conch fritters are a can't miss treat when visiting Key West.  B and I loved these ones from the conch fritters stand just outside the Aquarium.  The key lime mustard dipping sauce was phenomenal!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Giant Apple Pie

If the movie Jerry McGuire had been about dessert rather than sports, perhaps Renée Zellweger's memorable line would have been "You had me at pie".  That is exactly what came into my mind when we were offered a slice on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise.  Apple pie can be hard to get just right but it was delicious!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Construction Theme Park: Diggerland USA

If your kids are crazy about construction vehicles, they will probably LOVE Diggerland USA which opened last month in West Berlin, New Jersey.  With Giant Diggers, Dumper Trucks, Backhoe Adventure and 20 other attractions, kids will get to fulfill all of their construction dreams!  West Berlin, New Jersey is an 8-hr drive from Toronto or a quick 30-minute drive from Philadelphia's International Airport.  No hard hats or safety boots required!

Have you been yet?  What did you think?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fun Food Friday: Belgian Chocolate

It is hard to resist the lure and aroma of chocolate shops in Bruges, Belgium, particularly when being drawn in by these clever chocolate creations!