Friday, February 16, 2018

A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Before I tell you about, let me just point out that this is my honest review from a mom's point of view.  I was not  asked by ABCmouse to review their service and I paid for their service just like anyone else!! This post has become very popular, so I try to keep it updated with accurate information and suggestions.

*ABCmouse currently has a President's Day Sale going on- you can sign up for a year's worth of service for only $45. If you're interested in that, read on for details!

*Added note: Be sure to read the comments left by my readers at the bottom of this post. Their experience and advice is just as helpful as mine! And feel free to add your own comments about successes (or failures) with ABCmouse.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Jersey's Best Birthday Party Locations and Interactive Party Map

If you're looking for a kid's birthday party venue and you don't know where to start, relax, The Jersey Momma is here to help! I've joined forces with a fabulous Pennsylvania blog called Been There Done That With Kids to bring you a map of the best locations for birthday parties in the tri-state area. I've also chatted with oodles of local parents to get some advice and suggestions about these venues, so toss some confetti and rest easy, this party is going to be a piece of cake!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Checking Out the Hershey x LeSportsac Collaboration in New York City

There's a hot new collaboration between LeSportsac and Hershey (Hershey x LeSportsac) and this Hershey lovin' momma has been dying to see it!  I was so excited to hear the LeSportsac's Madison Avenue location in New York City was throwing an event to celebrate the line. So I called up my bestest bloggin' buddies over at Kid Congeniality and Picturing Disney so we could get a better look at what I've affectionately dubbed, 'the sweetest collaboration on earth.'

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Easy Ladybug Lovebug Lollipops

Making lollipops is easier than you think! You can make your own lollipops with only one main ingredient- Jolly Ranchers! Whether you're throwing a Valentine's Day party or a ladybug themed party, these little lovebugs are bound to be a crowd pleaser. And they're SO easy to make, trust me!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Valentine's Day Party Ideas for Kids: Games, Food and Fun!

Looking for some fun Valentine's Day games and food? What do you think about throwing an impromptu Valentine's Day party? I'm sure the thought is causing collective gripes and sighs from moms everywhere, but hear me out. What if the games were quick and easy? What if the food was simple? Let's give it a try! And if you don't want to throw a party, these games and snacks are great on their own, too. They're perfect for the classroom or just plain indoor fun.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Flashback to 15 Fun Finds from Toy Fair 2017 : Stay Tuned for This Year's Show Coverage!

Toy Fair New York 2017 was everything I dreamed of and more. I walked through oceans of adorable stuffed animals and hugged life-sized versions of my favorite characters. I saw stickers, toys, electronics, educational games, collectibles and prototypes. I learned so much about the world of toys! So what should I do with all of this new and wonderful information? Share it with you, of course!!  Here are 15 of the coolest, most awesome finds from Toy Fair 2017.

**Don't forget to stay tuned to The Jersey Momma and my social media channels for coverage of this year's Toy Fair New York, beginning on February 18, 2018!**

National Geographic's Welcome Little One: The Perfect Baby Gift - Enter to Win a Copy!

Are you looking for baby gift ideas? Do you want to find a thoughtful and unique gift for a baby shower? I found the perfect gift, trust me! National Geographic contacted me and asked if I wanted to see their new keepsake baby book, Welcome Little One by Kristin Baird Rattini. Of course I said yes. Scroll below to see how beautiful this book is, and enter to win a copy of your own!

Feeling lucky? Then check out the blog hop at the bottom of this post! There are over 20 other blog contests going on in the Love is in the Air Blog Hop, sponsored by Review Wire Media, and you can jump around to each blog and enter their contests, too! Good luck!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

DIY Valentine Milk Jug Card Carrier: Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

One of my favorite holidays to celebrate as a teacher was Valentine's Day. I used to have my students make adorable teddy bear card holders so that they had a place to put their cards and an easy way to bring them home. Plus, this was a project they could easily do in school (or even at home) without much mess or hassle. They look adorable all lined up and can hold a large number of valentines and trinkets. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make them. And scroll below for free pdf printables of the bear and heart patterns!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Star-Shaped Snowflakes : The Day it Snowed Stars

I often say that one of the greatest things about winter is being able to play in the snow with our son.  And then I joke that one of the worst things about winter is having to play in the snow with our son!  It is easy to forget how magical snow is to kids.  As adults, we have so many responsibilities- we worry about driving in the snow, shoveling the snow, dressing for the snow, school in the snow, etc.  And although playing in it is fun, I don't have the stamina to roll around in it for hours anymore like my son does.  For kids, snow is amazing white stuff that falls from the sky and blankets the earth!  And sometimes even closes school!  I mean, what more can a kid ask for?  Well, how about stars?  How about star flakes?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Easy Oreo Penguin Cookies for Valentine's Day!

I didn't plan my Valentine's Day dessert menu very well this year. Valentine's Day is only a few days away and I don't have the energy to whip up a cool cake or cupcakes at the last minute. But these simple Oreo penguin cookies were easy enough, and they sure do look cute on a plate!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DIY Valentine's Day Suncatchers: Easy Valentine's Day Crafts

You can learn how to make your own suncatchers, and it's not as hard as you might think! My Easy DIY Suncatchers post is one of my most popular on Pinterest, so I figured I would show you how to make a Valentine's Day version of this fun craft project! It's great for kids and classrooms, too, so why not give it a try? It also makes a nice handmade valentine gift for someone special in your life.