Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fancy Food Show Spotlight on: Hoboken Farms Big Pasta Sauces!

A few months ago, I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. It was an honor to meet so many amazing food vendors and to see some of the new products coming on the market. I'm excited to share my favorites with you- not because anyone paid me to do so, but because I love how they taste. I also think you deserve to know about healthier options with simpler, more natural ingredients (we're so used to buying the same brands all the time, right?). And I especially love to see local businesses gaining notoriety! One of those amazing local businesses is Hoboken Farms.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Jersey Momma Reviews: The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning!

The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (referred to by some as the 'Readington Balloon Festival' or the 'Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning') is held every summer in Readington, usually at the end of July. There's a lot to read about in this post, but I designed it so you can skim for the information you need. Please be sure to read my tips at the bottom of the post if you plan on visiting with kids!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Science Guest Blog: Why Does it Hail in the Summertime? by Dr. Joe Castanza

I am fortunate to know some really cool people in my life (people with really cool talents).  My friend, (affectionately known as 'Dr. Joe') was kind enough to answer a question for The Jersey Momma's Boy, who once asked me, 'Why does it hail in the summertime?' Now my typical answer to this would be, 'Let's Google it,' but this time I thought I'd have my friend, Dr. Joe, write us a guest blog about this interesting topic.  We hope you enjoy it!

It gets colder (normally) as we go higher up into the sky.
photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

Sunday, July 24, 2016

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies : A Basic Guide

If you ever thought about raising butterflies with your little ones at home, I have some basic tips for you!  As I'm sure you've figured out, I am not a butterfly expert.  If you want all of the best information from the experts, feel free to visit them at MonarchWatch.  I have raised and released over 45 monarch butterflies over the past few years, so my tips come from what I've read and my own experience.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DIY: Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookies

If you're looking for a fun dessert to bring to a barbeque but can't spend hours in the kitchen baking up treats from scratch, The Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookie is a sure hit!


Friday, July 15, 2016

Japan Fun Box: What's Inside?

Everyone knows I love subscription boxes. I love the prospect of getting a treat every month in the mailbox, and the idea of it kind of being a surprise is even better, since the box contents change each month. I also love Japanese culture- anything kawaii (Japanese for 'cute') and interesting Japanese candies and foods. So when the polite and friendly folks at Japan Fun Box asked if I would review one of their subscription boxes, I said OF COURSE!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Review of ABC Mouse - Is It Worth It?

Before I tell you about ABCMouse.com, let me just point out that I was not paid for my review, nor has anyone given me anything for free to review (although, that would be nice...).  I am also not competing for the "Mom of the Year" award as some people have accused me of (come on, you know there's no such award- we'd all be winners!).  I'm just a mom who likes to share ideas. I was a teacher, you know.  Maybe this blog is a way for me to keep teaching, but this time I'm teaching everyone about cool stuff.  'Nuff said.



A Review of Lost River Caverns, PA

The Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, Pennsylvania has always been a point of interest for me.  I would drive by the billboards on Rt. 78 and wonder, 'What is that place like?'  I asked friends for advice, searched online for reviews, and got such a mish-mosh of responses (from, 'It's cheesy and old!' to, 'It's cool!') that I figured I had to see for myself.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fabulous Frozen Treats to Try This Summer: More Finds from The Fancy Food Show

Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a container of ice cream? Not every container, of course, but many of them (especially the popular brands) contain calcium sulfate and mono and diglycerides to keep them from melting or to keep ice crystals from forming. Just google 'why ice cream doesn't melt' and you'll see what I mean. Well, guess what? I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the FDA approved additives, and I'm ready to pay a little extra for something better. Last month I attended The Fancy Food Show in New York City, and I was able to sample some amazing brands of ice cream and frozen novelties that I think you should know about, too. This isn't a sponsored post, it's just me sharing my thoughts with you because that's how I roll. Read on to hear about some new brands and products worth trying!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

How to Make Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes DIY

If you're in charge of bringing the dessert to a Memorial Day picnic or a 4th of July bash, then check out these patriotic cupcakes, which are actually super easy to make!


The Hotel Hershey vs. The Hershey Lodge - Which to Choose? (Part 1)

If you're thinking of planning a trip to Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania but you're not sure where to stay, The Jersey Momma is here to help!  Here's my honest review of the Hershey Hotels.  You can also read Part 2 - The Hotel Hershey vs. The Hershey Lodge, which highlights the Hershey Hotel.  *FYI:  I was NOT compensated in any way by Hershey or these hotels.  I am just sharing my honest opinions with you 'cause that's how I roll.  I can't tell you which choice to make for your family, but I can tell you what I experienced at each one, and hopefully, this will help you decide!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

9 Exciting Snacks to Liven Up Your Lunchbox: Highlights from the Fancy Food Show

Are you looking for some new ideas for snacks or lunchbox treats? Wondering what to pack in your bag for a long trip or an afternoon playdate? Well, you've come to the right place. Snacks are a thing in this house. The Jersey Momma's Boy would live on snacks alone if he could (actually, he might just be living on snacks alone, now that I think about it), so I am always on the lookout for healthier snacks or better-for-you treats. I was so excited to attend the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York last week. This event features amazing food vendors from all around the world. I was able to sample so many tasty treats and meet some wonderful people who wanted to introduce me to their products. So here are some of my picks from the show (and you know how I roll, right? No one paid me for this- these are my honest opinions on what tasted really, really good). Onward!