Sunday, January 15, 2017

DIY Cell Phone Coop : The No Cell Phone Challenge!

Have you heard of the cell phone family challenge? It originated at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Georgia, where franchise owner Brad Williams noticed how many of his customers were talking or playing on their cell phones instead of engaging with one another during meals. So he created the 'cell phone coop,' where guests could store their cell phones while they enjoyed their food (and each other). It's a great way to get families to interact again, and an encouraging way to disconnect from smart phones and tablets, at least for a little while. Check out the cell phone coop we created for our devices here at home!


Friday, January 13, 2017

Why Your Classroom Needs a Magic Sticker Box

If you've read the About Me section of this site, then you know I used to be an elementary school teacher. And I loved my classroom. It was like my second home and I filled it with as many fun things as I could, for my students and for myself  (I am still a kid at heart, you know). A friend of mine recently mentioned how much her 8 year old boys love stickers as incentives, and it made me remember my Magic Sticker Box. Do you have a Magic Sticker Box at home or in your classroom? If you don't, let me show you how easy it is to make one, and why you need to have one!


Monday, January 9, 2017

Fun Educational Apps for Kids

People are always asking me for app recommendations. In fact, I often ask friends for app recommendations, too!  I think you get the best info from the people you know and trust, after all.  Anyway, here are some fun educational apps that we enjoy. I have other app recommendations, too, but I'll start with the educational ones so that this blog entry doesn't become a novel (The Jersey Momma is a gamer, too, don'tcha know!).  Oh, and just a disclaimer, this is NOT a sponsored post!  These are just apps I love that I'm sharing with you because I care.


Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Boredom Busters for Kids

Winter can be so much fun for kids, but it can also get boring pretty quickly, especially on sub-zero days when you literally can't go outside. So I've compiled some ideas for indoor winter fun (that don't take too much planning or effort).  Think Spring!


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Easy Overnight Stuffed French Toast

If you're looking for an easy stuffed french toast recipe, look no further! This is a recipe that I make every Christmas Eve to enjoy Christmas morning, but it's good any time of year and tastes amazing. Plus it's easy, easy, easy! You know I'm all about the ease.


Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Jersey Momma Year in Review: 2016

I know there's all this chatter about how awful 2016 was. As far as celebrity deaths and many world events go, it was terrible. But things on The Jersey Momma page were pretty spectacular this year. I look back at all of the fun we had, all of the places we visited and all of the cool products we tried, and it makes me so proud...yes, I can finally say that...proud. I am proud of this little blog and I hope it brings you as much joy as it brings me. I work very hard to bring you honest, high quality posts. I used to be afraid to say it out loud, but now I will shout it to the world: I'M A BLOGGER! I'M A WRITER! TAKE THAT, 2016!! And in honor of my new found pride, I put together a little year in review post to look back on all the fun. I even made a video! I hope you enjoy it, and that you stick around for the ride in 2017.



Sunday, December 25, 2016

One World Observatory Review: Visiting the Freedom Tower

The Freedom Tower is a familiar sight to most New Jersey residents. We've watched it being built and slowly jetting into the New York skyline from afar. We've waited for the day that we could step through its doors and feel the awesome power of resilience and pride (mixed with sadness, too). The Jersey Momma's Boy grew up after 9/11, so he never saw the Twin Towers with his own eyes. But he watched the Freedom Tower rise, and we knew one day we would want to bring him there when he was old enough. We finally had the chance to take him to One World Observatory, and what a trip it was! If you're curious what it's like to visit, especially with children, read on!

Tuesday, December 20, 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, December 14, 2016

Let's Review Pipsticks Sticker Subscriptions (with a Giveaway, too)!

My love and enthusiasm for stickers started in the 1980's. I kept a prized sticker collection and still have my sticker books to this day. As a teacher, I used stickers for so many fun projects in my classroom- not just for rewards! I'm a firm believer in the power of positive incentives. Try handing a scratch and sniff sticker to a high school student and see what happens. I think they appeal to the kid in all of us. That's why I was SUPER EXCITED to find this amazing company called Pipsticks, who are helping to revive the sticker craze that I knew and loved so well. And guess what? They even gave me a little surprise for you, so scroll down to enter our Pipsticks giveaway, too!!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simple Vanilla Muffins

Here's a delicious, simple muffin recipe that's great for breakfast, brunch or even dessert! Simple Vanilla Muffins are one of my favorite treats to bake!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Easy Handmade DIY Suncatchers

I'm always on the lookout for EASY craft projects to do, especially ones that can double as gifts. I came across these suncatchers in the art room of The Jersey Momma's Boy's school. We were meeting there for cub scouts and I happened to see this awesome project on the sidelines that the teacher was working on (I'm sorry, Mrs. E, I didn't mean to snoop in  your stuff! I just couldn't help but notice how pretty they were!)  If you want to make them, too, all you need to do is follow these THREE easy steps (yup, that's it!).


Friday, December 9, 2016

Creamy, Dreamy Easy Rice Pudding

I grew up with homemade rice pudding, although I can't remember exactly who made it. Isn't that sad? I thought it was my grandmother but my mom thinks it was our wonderful old neighbor, Marie. All I remember is a yellow tupperware bowl, and swirling my spoon around that creamy goodness! I searched the internet for a recipe similar to the one I remember as a child, and this was the closest I could find. And it's not hard to make, so come and try it! There's even a printable version at the end of this post.