Category Archives: Just for Fun

Introducing the Tiny Travelers Game Series

Travel expert and mommy blogger, The L.A. Travel Mom, has released the first edition of the Tiny Travelers gaming app, based in New York City and available in the iTunes store.

December 2, 2014 – It’s the newest way to keep your babies and toddlers entertained around the world — send them on an adventure with the Tiny Travelers.

From professional traveler and mommy blogger The L.A. Travel Mom, this newly launched destination learning tool is designed to teach your baby or toddler some basic facts about where they are going as well as keep them occupied during one of the most stressful situations as a parent — travel.

“I have used apps as a travel tool on planes with my children for years and am always amazed at how they not only absorb and understand the technology but also learn about their subject matter, which is why I wanted to provide a tool that can not only help children developmentally master sensory motor skills but teach them some important lessons, as well.” — Janeen Christoff, L.A. Travel Mom

The first edition in this new children’s game series for young adventurers is focused on New York City and was released in the iTunes App Store on Cyber Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.

• The Tiny Travelers game series is designed to keep babies and toddlers busy while traveling to destinations around the world.

• In Tiny Travelers NYC, teach your toddlers some basic facts about New York City through interactive games and a storybook with basic image association

• Fun for the whole family, help your child virtually pack the right items for the trip in their suitcase — and watch out if you get it wrong!

• On a plane, on a bus, on a boat or on a train, Tiny Travelers are there to entertain your children on the go.

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About Tiny Travelers Games

Tiny Travelers Games were created by Janeen Christoff and Catherine Cavanagh, both moms to young daughters. Christoff and Cavanagh saw a need in the marketplace for a series of apps that could give small children a sense of place while traveling abroad. They have answered that need with the Tiny Travelers Games series, which will blossom from a single city in 2014 to a variety of locales around the world in the coming year.

Notes to editors: Images available upon request. Please contact Janeen Christoff at janeenchristoff@gmail.com

New Year’s (Travel) Resolutions

Happy New Year 2014 // (c) coquetboy
Happy New Year 2014 // (c) coquetboy

There are many things that I want to accomplish in the New Year. Of course, I’m going in with a positive attitude that 2014 is going to be the best year ever. And, while my resolutions span everything from lifestyle changes to raising brighter, happier children, many of them focus on travel. So, I won’t bore you with every one of my resolutions, but I will share the below, which should tell you something about where my focus will be in the coming year.

2014 New Year’s (Travel) Resolutions 

1. Rediscover my French language skills — so if anyone wants to get me a Rosetta Stone for my birthday (just kidding).
2. Spend one month somewhere exotic — I have realized over the past year that I have not lived abroad long enough. While one month is clearly not living — more like extended visiting — I want to take my girls and live somewhere else for one month and become part of another culture, experiencing it (almost) like a local.
3. Take a photography class — I am always disappointed in my photos and I am promising myself that this New Year is the year of the photo — even if it’s the iPhone photo.
4. Go on an adventure that challenges my comfort zone — this year, I rappeled from a cliff into the ocean and had a near-death experience on a Class III (it was really a IV, I swear) rapid. I am going to top that in 2014 and I’m taking any and all suggestions on how…just don’t kill me.
5. Have a positive impactVoluntourism is only growing in popularity and awareness, and I am determined to make a difference in the world and there’s no better time to start.
6. Try to cut back on my Nespresso addiction — Developed years ago on a Uniworld River Cruise, I have found myself obsessively researching hotels, river cruise ships, cruise ships, resorts that have Nespresso machines — the (espresso) buck stops here — in my home — hopefully. I will no longer judge in-room coffee.

Adventure Day Spa

In Veracruz, you don’t need to visit an expensive spa for a good massage or facial, you just need a boat, a waterfall and a little bit of mud.

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Don’t forget to visit the shaman at the spa for a peek into your future.

http://www.yambigapan.com

Summer Baking: My favorite chocolate cookie recipe

Favorite chocolate cookie recipe // (c) 2013 Janeen Christoff
Favorite chocolate cookie recipe // (c) 2013 Janeen Christoff

One of my goals this summer was to spend time in the kitchen with my kids. And, the one recipe that we have perfected over the last couple of months is Williams-Sonoma Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies. Not only are the cookies delicious, but the recipe is really flexible. If you add a little too much brown sugar, no biggie. Kids added too many chocolate chips – still tasty. Don’t like walnuts, just leave ’em out. We have had a lot of fun baking these cookies all summer long and they always seem to turn out just right.

We usually leave out the walnuts but the recipe is really flexible, so you can add in or take out whatever you don’t want. We’ve also done it without chocolate chips and it tastes great.

For the recipe, click here: Williams-Sonoma Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

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Party Planning Mode

Right now, instead of being in full travel mode. I am in full party-planning mode. I’m not sure which is more stressful. But here is just one of the ideas for my daughter’s fifth birthday fairy princess party.
I’m accepting all ideas on making this inexpensive and creative!!