Monday, December 5, 2016

A Review of Gingerbread Wonderland at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if all of the gingerbread cookies got together during the holidays and had a big party?  I'm sure there would be dancing cookies and palace ballrooms and colorful characters.  I'm sure it would look a lot like The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Gingerbread Wonderland.



Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Make a Punch Prize Box for Class Parties

As the homeroom parent for my son's classroom, I am always on the lookout for new ideas to use at the class parties.  I have seen 'punch boxes' or prize boxes on Pinterest, but never actually tried to make one myself.

Anyway, punch boxes are kind of like the old game they used to play on the Price is Right, where the contestant would punch their hand through a little crepe paper circle to reveal the prize inside (except the prizes were much bigger on the Price is Right- we have a budget for these class parties, you know. None of the kids will be winning the keys to a new car!)



Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Gift Ideas for All Ages

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Seriously, though, it is wonderful and you shouldn't be stressing about gifts. Every year I like to gather gift ideas that are suitable for all ages, so check out these cool finds from all around the web, and don't sweat the small stuff!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gingerbread House Hacks : Tips for Easy Construction and Decoration

The first gingerbread house I ever built was condemned.  The walls slid together, the frosting was too watery, and if a gingerbread man tried to move in, he would have been killed by a collapsing roof.  But over the years I've learned a few tips and tricks to build a better gingerbread house.  Especially when there are kids involved!



Friday, November 25, 2016

Let's Visit The Christmas Ice Caverns of Fairfield

I grew up in Morris County, and we had family who lived in Fairfield, so we were frequent visitors of Essex County, too.  And every year without fail, we visited the Christmas Ice Caverns, which were part of Fairfield Home and Garden on Rt. 46 in Fairfield, New Jersey.


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Bites for Picture Book Month : Celebrating Matthew Cordell

November is Picture Book Month, and I am a proud ambassador for this wonderful cause. Last year I made pupcakes to recognize the adorable work of Stephen Shaskan, and a few weeks ago we made easy, 2 ingredient dog biscuits to go along with the beloved Biscuit the Puppy books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.  So, what's next, you ask? Why, the adorable work of Matthew Cordell, of course! Matthew Cordell is an author/illustrator of many books for children. His illustrations in the book, If You Were a Chocolate Mustache inspired us to create these easy, chocolate marshmallow bites!


The Best Adult Coloring Books and Supplies - Part 2

You might remember my last post about the best adult coloring books, the latest craze that's sweeping the nation. Don't knock it till you try it, I always say! Coloring for adults is a relaxing hobby, and a great way to express your artistic side, without a need for artistic talent! I've been exploring many different types of adult coloring books and mediums, so here are a few of my favorites, along with some tips if you plan on trying this fabulous hobby for yourself.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Review of The Crayola Experience - Easton, PA

If you're looking for a fun day trip not far outside of New Jersey, The Crayola Experience (formerly known as The Crayola Factory) in Easton, Pennsylvania, might be for you!  They're open year round, so this is a great stop in any season. There are multiple Crayola Experiences around the country, but the Easton location is our closest location.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Unique Gifts for All Ages

If you're searching for some fun and unique gifts for those lucky loved ones on your list, then you've come to the right place!  I've gathered some super picks for all ages, so browse through and see what you can find. Oh, and some of these choices contain affiliate links (those from Amazon and Lego), but as I always say, I would never recommend something to you that I didn't totally love myself.  That's not how I roll!  So, without further ado, here are my top funky gift choices for the holiday season.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

The New Jersey Comic Expo: Fun for Everyone!

I had the great pleasure of attending the New Jersey Comic Expo this weekend, and it was SO much fun! Family-friendly, unique and inviting, there's something for everyone at this event!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Disney's Moana Recipes: Jello Treats and Free Printables!

Disney's Moana is coming to theaters on November 23rd, and I couldn't be more excited! Plus, I am a huge fan of The Rock, so I'm happy to help promote for him. I'm your gal, Dwayne! Anyway, I digress. In honor of the new movie Moana, I've come up with a fun little recipe to enjoy, and there are even some cute coloring sheets for you to print out, too!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Duck Donuts is Now Open in Green Brook, NJ!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that Duck Donuts is finally here in Central New Jersey! You might have heard of them before (there are two other locations in New Jersey, including Avalon and Middletown), but this Duck Donuts is a first for Green Brook. Duck Donuts promises to deliver fresh, hot donuts in a family friendly atmosphere.