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!


Wednesday, July 6, 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!


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!


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Review of A Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine: Is it Worth the Trip?

Have you heard of A Day Out with Thomas?  Every summer, Hit Entertainment takes Thomas the Tank Engine on the road, and eager kiddos of all ages can head out to visit him at their participating train stations. But is it worth the trip?

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Jersey Boardwalk Bucket List: 10 Boardwalk Treats to Try Before Summer Ends

One of the best things about visiting the Jersey Shore is hitting up one of its many fabulous boardwalks. Rides, games, entertainment, and...food!!  So many snacks, treats and specialties to choose from! Everything just seems to taste better at the shore. So I'm making my own 'Boardwalk Bucket List.' This includes all of the best boardwalk treats to try before summer ends. I realize the list could be infinite, so I've tried to narrow it down to ten of the most scrumptious goodies I could find from boardwalks along the shore. Are you ready?

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Teacher Gift Ideas: "Orange You Glad it's Summer?"

As a former teacher, I know how nice it is to receive a special gift from a student.  And as a mommy, I want to show my child's teachers how much I appreciate them and what a great job they did with him this year. Then there's the artsy side of me who wants to give them something kind of creative, too.  So off to Pinterest I went, in search of something cool.  And this is what I came up with- an 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?' theme (lots of cute orange goodies, or sunshine themed goodies).  Now, how to package them?  How about in a soda bottle?