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Tips on How to Introduce Kids to Geography

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Most families don’t have the funds to fly the whole brood across the globe, let alone the whole country. But that doesn’t mean your children shouldn’t learn about who and what’s out there.

Thanks to Amy Norman and Stella Ma, there’s now a fun and easy way (Jennifer Garner is a fan!) to teach your little ones about other countries and states.

To help get kids excited about geography, the two moms created Little Passports, a kids subscription service that sends monthly packages full of cool activities about different cultures, major landmarks, historic events and more.

Ready to explore the world with your tots? Norman and Ma share some helpful tips that you can follow without ever leaving your hometown. Check them out below:

Pull out a map. Take turns closing your eyes and picking a spot on the map. Then open your eyes and read the country’s name and capitol, and then discuss where that country is in the world e.g. how close is it to the U.S.A., to the equator, or to the North or South Pole.

Try a new recipe. Cooking can also be an excellent learning experience. If you plan on visiting a state you’ve never been before, find a recipe that is traditional to that area and make it with your family. For example, N.Y.C. and Chicago are famous for their pizza and California is known for their authentic corn tortillas.

Share old travel photos. Did you visit somewhere special in your teens or even as an adult without the kids? Whether it was a ski trip in the Rockies or a visit to the Eiffel Tower, pull out those old photographs and share your stories with your children. You can take it a little further by pulling out a map or globe and showing your child the location in relation to where you live.

Explore music from other cultures. It’s easy to forget that a lot of American music was influenced by all the many people who came here from other countries. Give your child a lesson on a specific genre – jazz is a good one because it has a rich culture and history – by borrowing books and CDs from the library. You can also attend a local concert so they can see and hear the music performed live.

Little Passports Amy Norman Stella Ma

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Take a virtual trip. If your budget doesn’t allow for a journey that involves a flight and a passport, traveling the Internet can be just as educational and rewarding. For example if you have Irish ancestry, search the Web for cool facts (history, traditions, foods and more!) and photos of Ireland. The Little Passports Pinterest page can also help you visually explore a specific country.

Watch foreign films. Movies are a very powerful way to introduce your kids to other countries. Do a quick Web search on the best family-friendly foreign films and then set a date to watch at home. Once the movie is over, spend some time discussing not only the plot, but the cultural differences you noticed. Also keep an eye out for local kids film festivals. They often include foreign movies that are worth seeing.

Attend a cultural festival. Many cities hold events that celebrate different cultures and they’re often rich with experiences that feel just as authentic as being at the real thing. For example, Seattle holds an annual Bastille Day Festival to celebrate France’s Independence Day. And every July, Denver and Boston host the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival. On Labor Day, the West Indian Day parade makes its way through Brooklyn complete with beautiful floats from every island.

Little Passports Kids Subscription Company

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Lizzie Parker Fashion Star Zulily

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The key to building a stylish wardrobe is to buy versatile pieces that make getting dressed a breeze.

Especially if you’re a mom on-the-go. And no one knows that better than Lizzie Parker (left). The Seattle, WA based designer, who has two kids of her own, is known for her chic yet comfortable designs that work for women of all ages.

She’s also appeared as a contestant on the first season of NBC’s Fashion Star. But it’s her new role, as business development manager for women’s fashions at Zulily, that allows her to help women find fashions that really work for their everyday lives.

Below is her list of pieces that every mom should have in her closet. Check it out:

Colored Leather Tote Zulily

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A colored leather tote bag. Not only will it make your outfits pop, but it’s big enough to carry around all the important stuff (diapers, anyone?) you and and your kids need. I love bright blue or maybe an electric plum. It really works in my otherwise black wardrobe. Plus, a good carryall can go from the schoolyard to work to farmers markets.

Designer Jeans Zulily

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A great fitting pair of premium jeans. Find a silhouette (skinny, flared, straight) that you feel fantastic in. These are definitely an investment item. If you get the right cut, they can make you feel great everyday.

Statement Necklace Zulily

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A statement necklace. This can really dress up your day-to-day T-shirt and jeans look. I love a long pendant necklace with a little color.

Printed Sneakers Zulily

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A pair of fun printed sneakers. I mean let’s face it, we all would love to run around in designer pumps, but the reality is that’s not really practical for most moms. That does not mean you can’t have fun. I love a fun sneaker with a print – they will always make you smile when you put them on.

Maxidress Zulily

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An amazing dress. Special events are always popping up in the life of a busy mom. So to avoid frantically looking for an outfit day of, invest in a special dress or two that you love. You can always switch up your accessories to give it a different feel for each occasion.

Valentine's Day Themed Cupcakes

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To design her latest Valentine’s Day dessert table, the Save the Date for Cupcakes‘s creative director Tanya Martinez teamed up with Make Life Cute for a fun twist on the traditional red-and-pink theme.

“This time around, I decided to add aqua and purple to brighten up the palette,” she says. “I love how well the vibrant colors complement each other.”

Ready to make some treats of your own? Martinez shares her most loved confectionery creations the whole family will enjoy. Check them out below.

VIEW THE GALLERY: 5 Yummy Valentine’s Day Sweets

Valentine's Day Gifts for Kids

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Looking for fun ways to celebrate the mini loves in your life?

From wooden blocks and yummy cupcakes to heart-print tights, we’ve found loads of goodies that are sure to earn you lots of kisses from your tot. Check them out below.

VIEW THE GALLERY: 23 Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats

Spring Maternity Trends from A Pea in the Pod

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As design director at A Pea in the Pod, it’s Olivia Capone Myers‘s job to keep up with the hottest styles for moms-to-be.

And now that she’s expecting her first child this spring, she finally gets to test-drive the boutique’s chicest maternity fashions firsthand.

She also took time out to share her thoughts on the upcoming season’s biggest trends. From colored skinny jeans to soft floral peasant tops, check them out below.

VIEW THE GALLERY: 10 Spring Trends for Stylish Moms-to-Be

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