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!



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 closest to us.  This article is designed for easy viewing, so check subject headings and scroll to find the info you need (time is precious and there are a lot of words here, I know!).


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 one of my favorite movies of all time. I am also a huge fan of The Rock, so I'm happy to help promote for him with this fun post. 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!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Review of Christmas in Hershey: Christmas Candy Lane (part 1)

Time for another excursion outside of Jersey!  This one is a two part series, so be sure to read my review of Hershey Sweet Lights.  First, let me start off by saying how much I love Hersheypark.  If you have never been there, I highly suggest it, and it's important to note that it's different for every season.  I have also been there in the Spring and Summer, and each trip has been significantly different.  Anyway, I decided to publish my review of Hersheypark at Christmas (known as Christmas Candy Lane) because I couldn't find many personal reviews online about it when I was planning our own trip (I like to read first-hand experiences). I hope this helps anyone out there who likes to plan as much as I do! And please note this is not a sponsored post. Nobody at Hershey gave me anything for writing this (although that would be nice...)

A Review of Hershey Sweet Lights and Hershey's Chocolate World (part 2)

If you haven't had a chance, please check out Part 1 of my two part blog series, Christmas in Hershey.  In Part 1 I talked about Hershey Park's Christmas Candy Lane and The Hotel Hershey. Here in Part 2, I'll talk about Hershey Sweet Lights and Chocolate World, both of which I love. And please note, this is NOT a sponsored post. I did not receive ANYTHING from Hershey, its parks or resorts. I am just sharing my opinion with you, 'cause that's what I do!

Fun Christmas Attractions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

The holiday season is upon us, and if you're anything like me, you're itching to do some 'holiday stuff' with your family.  And I'm not talking crafts or baking- I mean, cool trips that you can take for some holiday themed fun! So here are 5 of my favorite must-visit holiday locations in the tri-state area.  And would you believe some of them cost less than $5 per person (and some are FREE)?

Monday, November 14, 2016

Easy Turkey-Shaped Lollipops for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so here's a cute, quick way to show some gratitude to your friends and family, or just end your meal with a sweet treat. Turkey lollipops!

Friday, November 11, 2016

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving: Oreo Turkeys and More!

Last year I hosted Thanksgiving for my family, and I went into full-on Pinterest searching, party planning, decorating crazy mode!  I had Thanksgiving Bingo planned, and a Thankfulness jar complete with questions on paper leaves that everyone had to pass around and answer.  I had goodie bags for every guest and a kiddie table that would make Martha Stewart proud.  So from me, to you, I share my Thanksgiving ideas.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Let's Visit Medieval Times: A Jersey Momma Review

Being the planner that I am, I searched the internet for a review of Medieval Times ages ago and could never quite find what I was looking for. I wanted an honest opinion on what age group this show was for, what it entailed, how the food was (that's just how I am, you know?). And since I never found exactly what I was looking for out there, I decided to see the show for myself and bring you my very own review (because I know I can't be the only one out there wondering what Medieval Times is all about!). This is not a sponsored post (although MT people, I'd be more than happy to come back and review a king's court package or something for you if you're offering! Just sayin'....).  And remember, my posts are designed for easy reading, so feel free to scroll to find the information you're looking for.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Mayo Center for the Performing Arts - Show Review: Moostletoe in Morristown!

As I've told you before, I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving, so I'm usually ready to skip right over it and head to Christmas.  There are so many fun things to see and do in December!  If your child is too young to appreciate the Nutcracker, and you can't afford the pricey journey into New York to see The Christmas Spectacular, you might want to try out Moostletoe at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts.


Friday, November 4, 2016

Easy 2 Ingredient Dog Treats for Picture Book Month!

I am a proud Ambassador for Picture Book Month. According to their website, 'Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates picture books during the month of November.' Today I am honoring the wonderful author, Alyssa Satin Capucilli, who created the popular Biscuit book series! So let's read Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit! and then celebrate by creating some doggy treats that both you AND your doggy can enjoy together!


Note:  This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. If you want to read more about my affiliate links and what they are, please read the Disclosure section of my site. 


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Everyone Matters: A Tribute to a Lost Friend and Operation Christmas Child

Last year, the blogging community lost a wonderful writer and friend.  Her name was Melissa Matters, and she passed away suddenly at the age of 36, leaving behind two beautiful children, a husband and family.  I never met Melissa personally, but I considered her a colleague, a fellow writer, and an online friend.  I will truly miss her.  She kept a blog about being a mom, and wrote some beautiful posts about her family and children.  Her blog is called Wading Through Motherhood, and I hope you will check it out.

Melissa was an extremely supportive writer.  I met her during our time at Yahoo Contributor Network. She was always quick to comment and share the work and blog posts of others (which means a great deal to any writer).  So in Melissa's honor, I am starting a blogging movement called Everyone Matters.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don't Miss The New Jersey Family Pet Show this November!

I am so excited that a Family Pet Show is coming to New Jersey! You might recall my post about Family Pet Show's event last Spring, which was held in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I have been to many different pet shows, and I really enjoyed this one with my family, so I was happy to hear they were coming to New Jersey! Take a look at what to expect at this November's show.