Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Easy Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

If you're looking for a quick and easy dip for Super Bowl or any time of year, check out this yummy three ingredient chili cheese dip! It is one of the best dip recipes around, and SO SIMPLE to make. You need three (yes, three!) key ingredients, and some Tostitos.  That's IT!! I try to always keep these ingredients on hand in case I need a dip for guests or parties. So here it is...behold! The Chili Cheese Dip Recipe! 


Monday, January 30, 2017

A Review of The Other Tales: Adventure Escape Rooms in New Jersey

Have you ever heard of Escape Rooms? Although it sounds like something to be frightened of, they've been all the rage in Europe for years, and are gaining popularity in our country at a rapid pace. So, what is  an Escape Room? Do you really get locked in? Is it scary? Is it difficult? What if you don't escape? Relax, people, I've got you covered!  Come with me as I visit The Other Tales Escape Rooms in Hawthorne, New Jersey, a family-friendly adventure room that is sure to leave you smiling. I'll do my best to explain the concept of escape rooms and The Other Tales without giving too much away (no spoilers, I swear!).

Friday, January 27, 2017

Free Home Depot Workshops for Kids!

A few weeks ago I posted a link on my Facebook page to the latest Home Depot Workshop for kids. Home Depot's workshops are completely free. I mean, really, I've said it before and I will say it again- ya can't beat free!!!  *Note, Lowe's Home Improvement Stores also offered these workshops for kids but ceased offering them in December of 2016. Boo, Lowe's!  Read on for links to Home Depot's fabulous workshops and what you'll experience there.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Minecraft Books for Kids : Inspiring Reluctant Readers

Minecraft has truly taken the world by storm, and there's no better way to inspire young readers than with subjects they love. But if you search any book site for Minecraft fiction, your choices are a bit overwhelming! So I've narrowed down some of the best Minecraft series we've read so far (and believe me, we've read many over here). I've also included Amazon affiliate links throughout, in case you'd like to purchase some of them yourself (you can read about my affiliate connection on my disclosure page). If you like this post, you can also read my other reviews,  More Minecraft Books for Kids: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and Minecraft Comics for Kids.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Empowering Girls Through Reading: Penny Powers and the Work of Charles C. Dowd

It's a little disheartening to see how many princess and fairy books there are in the world. Don't get me wrong, I like princesses and fairies, but sometimes a girl just needs a change- something bigger, something inspiring. As a former teacher and current momma, I know how important it is to empower girls these days (and boys, too- check out my post on inspiring boys to read). That's why I was so happy to come across the work of Charles C. Dowd.

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Jersey's Best Birthday Party Locations and Interactive Party Map

If you're looking for a kid's birthday party venue and you don't know where to start, relax, The Jersey Momma is here to help! I've joined forces with a fabulous Pennsylvania blog called Been There Done That With Kids to bring you a map of the best locations for birthday parties in the tri-state area. I've also chatted with oodles of local parents to get some advice and suggestions about these venues, so toss some confetti and rest easy, this party is going to be a piece of cake!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Valentine's Day Party Ideas for Kids: Games, Food and Fun!

Looking for some fun Valentine's Day games and food? What do you think about throwing an impromptu Valentine's Day party? I'm sure the thought is causing collective gripes and sighs from moms everywhere, but hear me out. What if the games were quick and easy? What if the food was simple? Let's give it a try! And if you don't want to throw a party, these games and snacks are great on their own, too. They're perfect for the classroom or just plain indoor fun.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Let's Visit Rizzo's Wildlife World in Flanders, NJ

Rizzo's Reptiles is a well-known name in the parenting community. So many families have enjoyed seeing Rizzo's reptile show at birthday parties, libraries and scouting events. But now Rizzo's has expanded their passion and opened a brand new education center in Flanders, New Jersey! Rizzo's Wildlife World is sure to please the nature-lover in your home. Check out what they have to offer!

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.