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National Geographic Kids offers a wonderful magazine for curious little minds.

It offers exciting and interesting articles for kids and parents alike.

Your child will also get a kick out of getting their own personal mag in the mail!

I encourage you to also sign up for their  free website for Kids.

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

 

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Family Travel

San Juan Puerto Rico, Travel Spotlight!

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Puerto Rico--

 

While I was pregnant with Kingston we took an amazing family vacation on a cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We we fortunate to be able to stay a couple of extra nights in San Juan. Our time in  San Juan Puerto Rico was phenomenal. We toured the Famous cobblestone streets, shopped, Gambled in the casino, and really enjoyed our trip to one of the famous forts. It was affordable yet fantastic. I can’t wait to return to see the rest of this beautiful Island.

 

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San Juan Fun Facts:

San Juan is the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, the fourth largest island of the Caribbean.

It is located on the north side of Puerto Rico. Its coastal borders are the Atlantic Ocean and the San Juan Bay.

San Juan suffered many attacks from English and Dutch forces during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Spanish-American war took place in 1898. After this war Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States under the terms of the Treaty of Paris, which was signed later that year. From that moment to the present day Puerto Rico has been a territory of the United States of America and San Juan continues being the capital.

San Juan Culture

People:

  • Puerto Ricans are a mixture of native Taíno Indians, Spanish Conquistadores and African slaves.
  • Happiest people in the world! – as indicated by The University of Michigan’s World Values Surveys (WVS).
  • Very festive and warm.

Language: Spanish, English and Spanglish!

Food: Typical Puerto Rican food is very similar to Cuban food. It has Spanish/European, Taíno, African and American influence. Locals call this blend comida criolla. Main dishes are elaborated with grains, plantains, meats and poultry, vegetables, root vegetables, etc. Some of the most common dishes are the traditional arroz con habichuelas (rice and beans), arroz con pollo (rice and chicken), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas), pasteles, alcapurrias, mofongo, etc

 

San Juan National Historic Site
The San Juan National Historic Site (World Heritage Site) is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristobal, most of the city walls, the San Juan Gate and Fort San Juan de la Cruz just across the entrance to the bay. The Spanish spent over 250 years fortifying the prized location of Puerto Rico, since through it, Spain controlled all access in and out of the Caribbean.

http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm

 

Puerto Rican dishes

Puerto Rican Red Beans and Rice

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http://www.food.com/recipe/puerto-rican-red-beans-and-rice-42698

Empanadas (Puerto Rican Style)

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http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/empanadas-puerto-rican-style/338740

Great Books for the Kiddie club with Puerto Rican influence

Juan Bobo and the Pig Mondo Folktales

 

Family pics..

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3 Fall Camping Tips You Must Know | Camping

3 Fall Camping Tips You Must Know

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  1. Make sure to arrive at your campsite early. You don’t want to get caught racing the sun for light and warmth. Also Don’t unravel your sleeping bags until it is time to jump in at night because they could gather moisture and get super chilly. (We learned this the hard way)
  2. Make sure to pack extra warm clothes jackets and toilet items. Yes even in the woods. You experienced campers know how to set up an effective and environmentally friendly potty!
  3. Make sure to get your fire started early. There’s nothing like warming toasty hands and making s’mores. If you have a toddler make sure to keep them bundled up and occupied with a bag full of books and gadgets keeping them busy inside the tent before bedtime.

Happy camping!