Friday, September 30, 2016

Blossom Water : A Little Taste of Summer in a Bottle

The weather is pretty dreary here in New Jersey today, and I'm missing those long, sweet days of summer. So I thought I'd share a little sunshine with you, in the form of an awesome new drink that I first heard of at The Fancy Food Show in New York. It's called Blossom Water, and it's actually pure water infused with natural fruit and flower essences. Yes, flowers!!  


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Don't Miss The New Jersey Family Pet Show this November - and a Promo Code, too!

I am so excited that a Family Pet Show is coming to New Jersey! You might recall my post about Family Pet Show's event last Spring, which was held in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I have been to many different pet shows, and I really enjoyed this one with my family, so I was happy to hear they were coming to New Jersey! Take a look at what to expect at this November's show.


Monday, September 26, 2016

5 Alternatives to Pumpkin and Apple Picking This Fall

I hate to admit it, but I am not a fan of apple picking in the Fall.  Well, that's not exactly true.  I am not a fan of apple and pumpkin picking during the weekend in the Fall.  Why, you ask?  Because everyone and their mother is in those apple orchards on a sunny day in the Fall!  And I know some people don't mind the crowds, but I can't take it.  I'd rather hit the local orchard after school with the Jersey Momma's boy if I can (that does exclude Mr. Jersey Momma, but he's okay with that).  Or I'd rather find an alternative.  So here are some ideas for fun things to do besides apple and pumpkin picking this Fall.



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Scratch and Sniff Stickers: A Collection of Memories

Scratch and Sniff stickers will always hold a special place in my heart. Sometimes referred to as 'stinky stickers,' or 'smelly stickers,' the mere sight of them bring back nostalgic memories for so many people. So I thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane and see some of these old scratch and sniff stickers from the 1980's. Want to come along? They're all from my own collection!


Monday, September 19, 2016

Easy Autumn Leaf Pressing

When we were kids, my mom used to press autumn leaves for us with wax paper.  We would collect the leaves and then she would use the iron to press the leaves between two pieces of wax paper.  But I have a confession to make.  Now that I'm a mom, I don't iron.  I don't even know how.  There, I said it.  I mean, don't get me wrong, if I really need to use the thing, I can figure it out (I've used it for plenty of craft projects!).  But if you handed me a men's dress shirt and said, 'Can you get the wrinkles out of this for me?'  I'd sheepishly answer, 'maybe?'   Yep, it's true.  Laugh if you must.  So anyway, I recently saw an easy way to press leaves in Family Fun magazine.  All you need are some leaves, clear contact paper (I got mine in Walmart in the aisle where you find dish/kitchen utensils), and a pair of scissors.  The roll of contact paper was about $5.00, but it's a thick roll, so I can use it again next year, and maybe even the year after that.



Saturday, September 17, 2016

A Review of PLANET SNOOPY in Dorney Park Allentown, PA

We're venturing out of the Garden State again, this time to explore Planet Snoopy inside of Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Who doesn't love Snoopy? The absolute cuteness of this park will make your heart melt.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Empowering Girls Through Reading: Penny Powers and the Work of Charles C. Dowd

It's a little disheartening to see how many princess and fairy books there are in the world. Don't get me wrong, I like princesses and fairies, but sometimes a girl just needs a change- something bigger, something inspiring. As a former teacher and current momma, I know how important it is to empower girls these days (and boys, too- check out my post on inspiring boys to read). That's why I was so happy to come across the work of Charles C. Dowd.


Monday, September 12, 2016

No Crowd Day Trips: Visiting Merrill Creek Reservoir

I love spending time with my family.  Strike that, I cherish it.  And truly, it doesn't matter where you go to spend quality time with the ones you love.  You don't have to be at an expensive museum or a crowded orchard festival (check out my blog on alternative things to do in the Fall).  A lot of times we forget that there are simple family things we can do together, too.  This is not to say that I don't still enjoy a good day trip (I'm the Jersey Momma, after all, it's what I do, man!), but I also know that my son doesn't need to be entertained all the time.  We take day trips and visit cool places because we like to.  Not because we're supposed to.  So this time, let's take a no-crowd day trip.  Let's visit Merrill Creek!


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Fancy Food Show Spotlight on: Bakerly (and a Giveaway)!

I've been talking about my visit to The Fancy Food Show in New York for months now. There are so many great products out there, and so many yummy things to tell you about! I keep writing about them not because someone paid me to, but because I want to share them with you. Haven't you ever tried something and wanted to tell your friends all about it? Well, that's how I feel about some of the great brands I've tried. I'm so happy to see new choices out there, ones that are better choices for my family, offering no preservatives, no additives, no GMO's. One of them in particular is called Bakerly. Read all about them in today's post, and don't forget to enter my contest to win some free Bakerly products of your own!


Monday, September 5, 2016

Back to School Night: Tips for Teachers and Parents

If you've read my profile or the About Me section of this blog, then you know I used to be a teacher. Back to School Night (or Open House as some districts call it), is a teacher's chance to tell you all about the school year.  It's also a parent's chance to learn all about their child's teacher and classroom.  I thought I'd share some tips for both teachers and parents for this important evening, since I've learned some things about holding a successful Back to School Night over the years,  If you're scrolling, you'll find the teacher section here at the top, and the parent section towards the bottom.  Happy reading!


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Raising Awareness: Blood Cancer and Childhood Cancers

In November of 2011, I was pleased to take part in the National Brain Tumor Society Race for Hope in Philadelphia in honor of an amazing little boy named Stephen, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 7.  I remember being profoundly touched by the whole walk, seeing families and loved ones come together, celebrating survivors and remembering those lost.  I recall thinking how strong Stephen's family was, how loving his friends were.  I couldn't fathom how they handled something so horrible, how they endured such a tremendous loss.  Little did I know that two weeks later I would find out for myself.  My nephew Joey was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer.  He was only 2.  No matter how much we hoped and prayed, GBM was a monster, and it took Joey from us before he could even turn 4.

Joey and The Jersey Momma's Boy at the last birthday party they spent together.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit

What comes to mind when you think of classic New Jersey attractions? Chances are, the places in your memory are still in existence today. New Jersey is filled with classic attractions that families and visitors have enjoyed for decades. Why not make some plans to revisit them this year?