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!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Before I tell you about ABCmouse.com, let me just point out that this is my honest review from a mom's point of view.  I was not  asked by ABCmouse to review their service and I paid for their service just like anyone else!! This post has become very popular, so I try to keep it updated with accurate information and suggestions.

*Added note: Be sure to read the comments left by my readers at the bottom of this post. Their experience and advice is just as helpful as mine! And feel free to add your own comments about successes (or failures) with ABCmouse.


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!