Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Jersey Momma Year in Review, 2017

What a year it's been!  I've watched this little blog grow with leaps and bounds, and I am so proud of how far its come. I was able to visit so many fun, family-friendly locations in New Jersey and beyond this year, and it's been a blast sharing them with you! Here's a little review of what I experienced and shared in 2017, and I can't wait to see what's in store for 2018!!


Thursday, December 28, 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!


Saturday, December 23, 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.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Review of Mellisa B Naturally Skin Care Products: Plus, a Coupon Code!

It's hard to find good skin care products these days, isn't it? Especially if you have sensitive skin or specific needs. Many brands are expensive, and you wind up blowing money on a bunch of products that don't work. So when Mellisa B Naturally contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out some of their products, I was excited to give them a shot (although, admittedly, I was skeptical, too). Mellisa B Naturally is also a New Jersey based company, so I figured if I enjoyed the products, I might feature them in my upcoming Local Business Spotlight Section. Lo and behold, here we are! So read on to hear about these awesome skin care products from New Jersey's own Mellisa B Naturally, and scroll below for a coupon code, and contest, too!


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.


Friday, December 15, 2017

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!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Santa Lollipops Made with Jolly Ranchers: Great Christmas Candy Gifts!

Making your own lollipops (or suckers) is not as hard as you think! These Christmas Santa lollipops were not tough at all, and they look adorable when they're finished! All you need are some Jolly Ranchers and a little imagination! Well, and this tutorial. But you get the idea...

Monday, December 4, 2017

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)?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

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 1, 2017

Diggerland for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Digging!

It's so hard to find gifts for the kids (or adults!) who have everything. So if you're looking for a unique gift idea this year, why not think outside the box and purchase an experience? One of our favorite New Jersey attractions, Diggerland USA, is having a HUGE cyber sale coming up on December 15th. They call it the gift that keeps on digging! Read on!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Why I Started The Jersey Momma Blog

Why start a blog? I hear this question often, and many people are curious about how I started the blog and why. My friend over at Theresa's Reviews recently posted an article about why she started her site, and it inspired me to do the same! So here's the story about why I do what I do, and how The Jersey Momma was born.


5 Easy Tips for Winter Car Safety: A Mom's Guide to Car Care

Last February, I had the great pleasure of attending the New York International Auto Show (you can read all about that here). I've always loved cars, even as a child, and visiting this show with my dad was one of my greatest childhood memories. Unfortunately, many of the cars I owned in my life have not loved me back! I had numerous problems with cars over the years, and I've found myself broken down on the side of the road no less than six times (six!! Can you imagine?!). Since then, I've learned some important ways to keep my vehicle in tip-top shape, and some tricks to avoid safety issues in the future. So come along as I show you 5 easy tips for winter car safety. Trust me, I know all the tricks now.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Easy Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

It's so easy to make your own applesauce, and this recipe is one of my favorites. Not only can you use it as a side dish or for the holidays, but it also makes a great dessert topping on ice cream! Try it yourself and see!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Creative Gift Ideas for Kids: Chalk of the Town T-Shirts: Plus, Win One of Your Own!

I love sharing fun finds and unique gift ideas. I also love the 'shop small' concept, so I can help support smaller businesses who have great products and services. I was so excited to come across these cool t-shirts by Chalk of the Town during my recent visit to Play Fair in New York City. I had never seen anything quite like them, so I was eager to try them out and see if they were as fun as they appeared. Wait till you see what I found out! Read on to find out how these creative t-shirts work, and enter to win one of your own!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Fun Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages - Plus, a HOLIDAY TOY GIVEAWAY!

Looking for Christmas gift ideas for kids or family members? Wondering what to get for Hanukkah or the holidays? I've compiled a list of some of the hottest toys, collectibles, and unique items this year, and I'm so excited to share them with you! If you need gift suggestions or you're wondering what the hot items are, The Jersey Momma has you covered! Plus, scroll below to enter my HOLIDAY PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY! You can win some of these toys for your very own! There is a huge Blog Hop link below, too, so join in the fun and hop around to some other blogs and try to win fun prizes.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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! If you like my Hershey stuff (and I hope you do), be sure to check out my Hershey Insider Page for all of my Hershey posts.


Monday, November 13, 2017

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.

Friday, November 10, 2017

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

In 2015, 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.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

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!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

Thanksgiving crafts for kids are all over Pinterest, but this is one of my favorites! It's so basic and simple, it can even be done as a classroom project with young students. It makes a cute decoration for Thanksgiving and constructing it can keep the little ones occupied on a rainy (or cold!) day. It makes a cute gift for grandparents or teachers, and you can even personalize the turkey by adding a name across the belly or adding a little hat or bow.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Win Tickets to New Jersey Comic Expo! A Fun Family Show, 11/18-11/19

New Jersey Comic Expo was one of my favorite shows of 2016. I've been anxiously waiting for the 2017 show to arrive, and finally, it's almost here! If you're thinking, 'But I don't really like comics...' then read on, because this show is not just about comic books and comics. It's a celebration of fun pop culture icons, movies, artwork, favorite characters, celebrities, toys, and more! Check out all that New Jersey Comic Expo has to offer this year, then enter to win tickets for you and your family below!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Play Fair New York: Enter to Win 2 Tickets to the Show!

Play Fair is coming to New York!! What is Play Fair, you ask? According to their latest press release, Play Fair is a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It's an 'immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans.' (So basically, it's great for the whole family!) You'll find 'hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never before seen exclusives. Attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games- and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!' Doesn't that sound like fun? Well, read on to learn even more about the show, then enter to win tickets to Play Fair, too!!


Monday, October 16, 2017

Enter to Win: Boo! Two A Madea Halloween T-Shirt and Stencil Kit!

It's almost Halloween, and Madea is back! You scurred? Read on to hear about the new movie, Tyler Perry's Boo! Two, A Madea Halloween, in theaters on October 20th. Then enter to win a fun Boo! Two t-shirt and stencil kit of your very own.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Fun Halloween Projects: Candy Corn Kids

If you're looking for a fun and easy project for Halloween, look no further!  Candy Corn Kids are easy to make, cute, and make a great decoration in a classroom or home.  Check out my quick tutorial on how to make your own!


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Funko Giveaway! Join the Howl-o-Ween Hop for Fun Prizes!

I've always had a love of Funko items, and I have a shelf full of Funko POP vinyls to prove it! Since The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island are hosting another blog hop, I figured I'd join in the fun! Scroll down to see how you can win this cute Batgirl Dorbz and a Batman mystery mini figure, too! Then enter to win prizes from over 100 other bloggers!  Ya can't beat that.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Hotel Hershey: 10 Things You Didn't Know - A Jersey Momma Review

Is The Hotel Hershey too fancy for kids? Is it too upscale? Is it too expensive? As a self-proclaimed Hershey, PA expert, people ask me those questions all the time! If you haven't read my in-depth review of the Hershey resorts and attractions, please visit my Hershey Insider Page for answers to many of the common Hershey resort-area questions.  If you have an upcoming trip planned to The Hotel Hershey (or if you were thinking about planning one), I have some fun facts and tips for you in this post, as well!  And chill out, FTC, 'cause this is not a sponsored post! I was not paid or compensated in any way. I just really love Hershey, and I feel like it's my duty to sprinkle magic Hershey dust everywhere I go.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scratch and Sniff Stickers: 80's Flashback!

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I'm sharing my collection of scratch and sniff stickers from the 1980's. Scratch and Sniff stickers will always hold a special place in my heart. Sometimes referred to as 'stinky stickers,' or 'smelly stickers,' the mere sight of them bring back nostalgic memories for so many people. So I thought it would be fun to take a little walk down memory lane and see some of these old scratch and sniff stickers from the 1980's. Want to come along? They're all from my own collection!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fancy Food Show Spotlight on: Callie's Charleston Biscuits!

September is National Biscuit Month! So here's a flashback to one of my favorite biscuits of all time- Callie's!!

I will probably be talking about The Fancy Food Show until next year, but I can't help sharing some of the amazing foods and brands I sampled there. One of my many favorites was Callie's Charleston Biscuits. If you're looking for something new to serve at a cocktail party or even at a family dinner or brunch, you must check them out! The best part is their wholesome ingredients. It's like you're eating something homemade!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Raising Awareness: Childhood Cancer and Blood Cancer

In November of 2011, I was pleased to take part in the National Brain Tumor Society Race for Hope in Philadelphia in honor of an amazing little boy named Stephen, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 7.  I remember being profoundly touched by the whole walk, seeing families and loved ones come together, celebrating survivors and remembering those lost.  I recall thinking how strong Stephen's family was, how loving his friends were.  I couldn't fathom how they handled something so horrible, how they endured such a tremendous loss.  Little did I know that two weeks later I would find out for myself.  My nephew Joey was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a deadly form of brain cancer.  He was only 2.  No matter how much we hoped and prayed, GBM was a monster, and it took Joey from us before he could even turn 4.

Joey and The Jersey Momma's Boy at the last birthday party they spent together.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Easy Matcha Green Tea Cookies Recipe and Teapot Review

Are you a tea drinker like me? Even if you're not, you're bound to appreciate the adorable little teapot that Minos Home Living sent to me last week. It's so pretty that I thought I'd write a whole post about it, and include a recipe for some awesome Matcha Green Tea Cookies, which go great with any kind of tea. 


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I am Groot Giveaway! Sponsored by Disney

I am a huge Guardians of the Galaxy fan, and my DVD copy of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just arrived in the mail (I also saw it in the theater). So to celebrate the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on DVD, I'm helping Life with Heidi to promote this awesome I Am Groot giveaway sponsored by Disney! Read on to see how you can win this adorable Groot statue as well as some other Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Jersey Momma Reviews: The ArtsBot Craft Kits for Kids on the Go!

I was so incredibly excited when Marcy from The ArtsBot reached out to me. We love arts and crafts in this house and we are always on the look-out for fun kits for kids, especially ones that can be used on the go. There are so many things I loved about these unique, earth-friendly, easy kits. We had a blast with ours! Not to mention that ArtsBot is also giving back to kids in a BIG way. Read on to see how ArtsBot is going to help kids in need, and read to the bottom of this post for a coupon code, too!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Cars from Transformers, Featuring Megatron and Bumblebee at America on Wheels!

Do you have a Transformers fan at home? Do you know someone who has always dreamed of seeing the Transformers cars in person? Well, hold on to your hubcaps! We're heading beyond New Jersey for this post, but not too far beyond.  America On Wheels Auto Museum is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and it's worth the ride if you're a car enthusiast. Well, even if you're not, I think it's a fun place and worth the trip. And guess what? America on Wheels has a special exhibit starting September 9th. The cars from Transformers, featuring Megatron and Bumblebee, will be at the museum!! 


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Plant Nite: Terrarium Making Fun with a Twist (promo code included, too!)

If you're looking for a unique idea for Date Night, Girls Night Out or just a fun evening with friends, then Plant Nite might be for you! Read on to learn about the terrarium-making evening I spent with friends, and see what we created with succulents. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a promo code that you can use at any Plant Nite Central New Jersey venue, too!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Descendants 2 Giveaway: Prize Pack Sponsored by Disney!

Are you a fan of Descendants and Descendants 2?  Well, then, I've got a contest for you! I've joined Life with Heidi to help promote this awesome Descendants 2 Prize Pack, sponsored by Disney! The Descendants 2 DVD was released on August 15th, so let's consider this a fun way to celebrate, shall we?


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Make Ahead Vanilla Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Some mornings I crave oatmeal but I don't have the time or the ingredients handy to make my own, and I'm not crazy about some of the packaged varieties. This Make Ahead Vanilla Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal is perfect for hectic mornings or for grabbing something hot on the go. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Jersey Momma's Back to School Contest: Oh the Places You'll Go Giveaway Hop!

I know it stings a little to mention 'Back to School' around here, so I thought I'd offer a contest giveaway to help chase off those Back to School blues! I've teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island to bring you a fun Giveaway Hop called Oh the Places You'll Go! What's a Giveaway Hop, you ask? Read on, and you'll find out how you can win my Jersey Momma prize pack as well as prizes from HUNDREDS of other bloggers! 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Minnie's Happy Helpers Giveaway! sponsored by Disney

Hey gang! I have a fun contest for you Minne Mouse fans out there, thanks to Life with Heidi and sponsored by Disney. Read on to learn about Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD and see the cute prize pack you can win!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Design Your Own Jersey Momma Bracelet for a Good Cause!

As a mom, I know how important it is to do something for yourself every now and then. We're always giving so much of ourselves to our family, our friends, work, school, whatever, that we often forget ourselves. I recently met an awesome gal named Misty who offered to help me design something to commemorate my hard work as The Jersey Momma. It may not be a traditional job, but I sure do work hard on this blog, and I'm proud of how far its come. I loved the idea of wearing something to display my pride, to remind me of what I've accomplished. Read on to see how The Jersey Momma bracelet was created, and how you can design one of your own, too! The best part? 20% of your bracelet purchase will go to St. Jude's!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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?


Saturday, July 1, 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown - A Jersey Momma Review

Planning a trip to Washington D.C. is exciting, isn't it? There are so many places to stay, with hotel choices in just about every area of the city. With so many reviews and recommendations out there, how do you know which one to choose? Well, we just returned from a three day stay in Washington, D.C., and we stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Washington, D.C. in the Georgetown area. It was amazing! If you're thinking, that's too luxurious for me, think again! We stayed here as a family- that's right, The Jersey Momma's Boy came, too, and it was the perfect choice for us. Read on to find out more!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What's New at Hersheypark? Must See Attractions and Fun at The Sweetest Place on Earth!

Wondering what's new at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania this season? Curious what things you MUST SEE if you're planning a visit? Well, then, you've come to the right place! My blog is chock full o' Hershey posts because I am a huge fan of the Hershey Resorts, Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Story Museum...shall I go on? We visit Hershey so much that we actually thought about not going this summer (gasp!). Luckily, Hersheypark offered me free tickets so I could come and experience what's new this season. I'm so glad they did! We discovered so many new and fun things that we would have totally missed out on. So come along on our 'Super Fun Hershey Day Trip,' and see what we discovered at the sweetest place on earth!


Friday, June 23, 2017

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, May 31, 2017

What is DaVinci Science Center? A Jersey Momma Review

If you love the Liberty Science Center and you're looking for another fun science destination that's not too far outside of New Jersey, you might want to try DaVinci Science Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BBQ Catering in New Jersey: Back Door BBQ in Ringoes

If you're looking for a good BBQ caterer in New Jersey, look no further. I've got the place for you! You can order your food online, pick it up, or have it delivered. Back Door Catering in Ringoes is my new go-to source for BBQ catering (and other goodies, too). Here's the low-down on what they offer...


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia: A Jersey Momma Review

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is a LEGO lover's dream come true! Come read my review of our fun afternoon at the 'ultimate indoor LEGO playground!'


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Simple Little Vanilla Cake Recipe

I was looking for a basic and simple dessert to make for my mom, since she's not a huge fan of heavy frosting or too much chocolate.  When I came across this recipe for a little vanilla cake from SimpleBKitchen, I was so excited!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Finding 'Me Time': Visiting TRU Salon + Spa in Branchburg

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a simple gal.  I consider myself 'hair challenged' and so it's sometimes always in a ponytail (this is my signature look).  I never even blow dry my hair.  I just let it air dry and then I use a flat iron on it.  I wait until the last possible minute to book my hair appointments (which means my roots look like a dark highway through my head), and I have not had a manicure since my wedding day in 2005.  So when the general manager at TRU Salon and Spa, contacted me about their business, I was excited (and scared- I am so not a salon regular!).  She asked if I'd like to visit them and share my experiences with my readers (that's you!).  So I'm going to tell you what it was like for me to give the salon experience a chance, and to visit a local New Jersey business that I truly enjoyed.  I'm also going to tell you why I think 'Me Time' is so important, and how you can find some of your own.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sticker Swaps Review and an Awesome Coupon Code!

Are you a sticker lover like me? I still have all of my sticker books from the 1980's, and I even wrote about my obsession with scratch and sniff stickers here on the blog. Then there was the post about my Magic Sticker Box (and why you should make one, too) . So I was very excited when the chaps from Sticker Swaps asked if I wanted to review one of their sticker packs. Take a look at the cool stuff they sent me!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day gift ideas are more challenging every year, aren't they? What does one get for the mom who has everything? If you're having trouble finding a gift for that wonderful mom of yours, check out my list of ideas to honor the best lady in your life!