Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids

Summer is here and that means you might be looking for some great summer reading suggestions for kids! Last year we picked some fun titles for our 2017 reading list, so be sure to check that out, too!


Monday, July 9, 2018

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Basic Guide

If you ever thought about raising butterflies with your little ones at home, I have some basic tips for you!  As I'm sure you've figured out, I am not a butterfly expert.  If you want all of the best information from the experts, feel free to visit them at MonarchWatch.  I have raised and released over 100 monarch butterflies over the past few years, so my tips come from what I've read and my own experience.


Saturday, July 7, 2018

LEGOLAND New York Theme Park is Coming in 2020!

It's official! A LEGOLAND theme park is coming to New York state!

There's been a lot of buzz lately about a LEGOLAND theme park opening in New York state, and now it's official. Once complete, New Jersey residents will have a real, live LEGOLAND about an hour away! So, what are the details? The Jersey Momma has the low-down for you!


Friday, July 6, 2018

Cabela's: What's Inside?

Time for another out-of-Jersey experience!  Let's head over to Pennsylvania and visit Cabela's Outfitter's Store!  If you're rolling your eyes, cut it out. Seriously, I am the farthest thing from an outdoor enthusiast.  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE nature. I love hiking and visiting state parks.  I love animals and trees and flowers. But I am no camper, and I certainly don't like hunting. But Cabela's is cool.  I assure you!


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

16 Foods You Need to Try: Fancy Food Show Re-Cap

Want to hear some of my favorite finds from the Fancy Food Show? Curious about new food and snack trends? Looking for better choices when it comes to food for your family? Well, you can find ALL of those things in this one, handy post! Read on to see 16 awesome, better-for-you (or just plain delicious) foods that I found at this year's Fancy Food Show.


Saturday, June 30, 2018

5 Better for You Lunch Box Snack Ideas

What are some ideas for lunch box snacks? I hear it all the time, or I see posts in Facebook groups looking for new ideas for lunch box snacks and after school treats. All of those packaged cookies and chips are so convenient, but they're not always healthy. And if you have a picky eater at home like me, you want to make those snacks as healthy as you can get! Last year I brought you 9 Exciting Snacks to Liven Up Your Lunchbox. This year, I bring you five better for you treats to try. Let me know what you think!


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Review of the Lehigh Valley Zoo - Let's Go!

If you love visiting New Jersey zoos, like Turtle Back Zoo, Popcorn Park and Bergen County Zoo, you might enjoy taking a short trip across the border to the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, just outside of Allentown.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Hatchet Throwing In New Jersey : Visiting Stumpy's Hatchet House Green Brook - The Ultimate #SocialThrowdown!

Just google 'hatchet throwing near me' and you'll see how popular this new social craze is! Hatchet throwing in New Jersey! Who would've thought? This new, fun trend is appearing all over social media. You might've seen some of your favorite celebs tossing axes on Jimmy Fallon- like Jason Momoa and Jennifer Lawrence. Now you can try it yourself thanks to local 'hatchet houses' popping up around the country. Here in New Jersey, I had a chance to visit Stumpy's Hatchet House Green Brook and it was an experience I will never forget! Read on to find out what it's like to toss an axe or two and live to tell the tale.


Monday, June 25, 2018

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.


Friday, June 22, 2018

The New Jersey Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning: Reviews, Tips and Advice for Attending

The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (known officially as the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning, but sometimes referred to as the Readington Balloon Festival or the New Jersey Balloon Fest) is held every summer in Readington, New Jersey, 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 or if you are questioning what traffic will be like!


Thursday, June 21, 2018

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!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Win a DVD Blu-Ray Copy of Alex & Me Starring Soccer Champion Alex Morgan!

Budding soccer stars will love the new movie from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Alex & Me! The movie stars world champion soccer star, Alex Morgan, and features an inspiring story that any soccer fan will appreciate. Read on to see how you can win your own copy of the film!


Friday, June 15, 2018

10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit

What comes to mind when you think of classic New Jersey attractions? Chances are, the places in your memory are still in existence today. New Jersey is filled with classic attractions that families and visitors have enjoyed for decades. Why not make some plans to revisit them this year?


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Make Your Own Spin Art T-Shirts (Great for Field Day!)

You might have seen my post about creating your own Spin Art, and just how easy it really is. One of the other things I like about the whole project is that it's portable, so you can literally do your spin art anywhere! That came in super handy when I decided to make our own Spin Art t-shirts for an upcoming event at my son's school.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Make Your Own Chalk Sand Art : DIY Tutorial

Looking for sand art supplies? I know, expensive right? Are you wondering if there was a better (or cheaper) way to make sand art for parties and fairs? Well, there is! A few years ago, The Jersey Momma's Boy had an "Art Party" for his fifth birthday (you can read all about that here).  This entailed inviting his preschool classmates over to...gulp!...our house instead of throwing a party at a local venue (Bounce U?  Chuck E. Cheese?  Pretty please?).

I wanted to do sand art at the party, but all of the supplies were kind of costly, so imagine my excitement when I saw some DIY sand art ideas on Pinterest.  But making your own sand?  That couldn't really work, could it?  Indeed it can!  Read on!


Friday, June 8, 2018

Turkey Hill Experience Review: Hands-On Fun for Ice Cream Lovers!

We were recently looking for activities to do outside of Hershey, PA, and I came across an ad for the Turkey Hill Experience in Columbia, Pennsylvania. What is the Turkey Hill Experience, you ask? Well, ice cream lovers, it's an interactive experience where you can explore, play and learn about ice cream and iced tea production (and more), with unlimited free samples!! *GASP!* Read on for more info about this fun, family-friendly venue.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

PLANET SNOOPY Review in Dorney Park - Allentown, PA

Wondering if Planet Snoopy is worth the money, or if it's right for your little one? We're venturing out of the Garden State again, this time to explore Planet Snoopy inside of Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Who doesn't love Snoopy? The absolute cuteness of this park will make your heart melt.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Every Dad

Father's Day gift ideas are a piece of cake with my handy dandy gift guide! I've gathered a few of my favorite items for dads right here on the blog, so check it out and find something special for the #1 man in your life.


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Summer Reading Lists for Kids: Fun Suggestions from The Jersey Momma

If you're looking for Summer Reading suggestions for kids, I have some good ideas to keep their brains active for the season! Check out my picks for readers ages 8-10 (and up), and let me know what you think in the comments section below!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Blossom Water : A Little Taste of Summer in a Bottle

The weather is pretty dreary here in New Jersey today, and I'm missing those long, sweet days of summer. So I thought I'd share a little sunshine with you, in the form of an awesome new drink that I first heard of at The Fancy Food Show in New York. It's called Blossom Water, and it's actually pure water infused with natural fruit and flower essences. Yes, flowers!!  



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A Review of Wild West City in Stanhope, NJ: Is it Worth the Trip?

Readers have been asking me to review Wild West City in Stanhope for some time now. I featured Wild West City in my post about the 10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit because it's a place many New Jersey residents remember from their childhood. Most people are curious what lies beyond the fences, and if it's worth the trip. Many friends recall the Uncle Floyd commercials from the late 1980's, and wonder if Wild West City is even still open. Guess what, my friends? Wild West City is alive and well, open to the public, and just as wild as ever!


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Must-Have Items for Summer: Toys, Essentials, Snacks and More!

Summer is almost here and this year I've been blown away by the awesome Summer products I've seen for the season. There are so many must-have items, I don't even know where to start! So I picked a few of my favorites for you to try out .


Friday, May 25, 2018

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?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Great Big List of Summer Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond!

Looking for Summer day trip ideas in and around New Jersey? I got ya covered!! Here's my great big list of over 100 fun places to visit with your family this Summer, as well as an interactive map to help you find what you're looking for.


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!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

End of Year Teacher Gift Ideas: 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?'

Are you searching for an easy end of the year teacher gift?  Do you need ideas for a special teacher gift but you're not sure where to start? Well, look no further! This 'Orange You Glad it's Summer?' gift pack is so easy to make, and it's super-cute, too! All you need is a soda bottle and some goodies and you're all set!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray Giveaway and Fun Activities

Scooby-Doo fans, this one's for you! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie! Daphne & Velma is available on Digital, DVD and Blu-ray on May 22nd, and you can win your own copy! Scroll below to hear about the movie, and enter to win!


Friday, May 18, 2018

Fall 2018 LEGO Collection Preview in New York City: #LEGOgoals!

The newest LEGO sets debuting later this year are amaaaaazing! I had the great pleasure of attending a fun LEGO event at New York's 287 Gallery in Chelsea yesterday, and I was so excited to see what's in store for LEGO over the coming months. Take a look at what you'll find on the shelves, and start filling up those wish lists!


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Enter to Win a $25 Visa Gift Card in the Life's a Beach Giveaway Hop!

Summer is just around the corner and it's always fun to celebrate the coming of a new season with a GIVEAWAY! I've teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island to bring you another fun contest. Keep reading to see what you can win!


Monday, May 14, 2018

The Hotel Hershey vs. The Hershey Lodge - Which to Choose? (Part 1)

If you're thinking of planning a trip to Hersheypark 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 resorts. You can also read Part 2 - The Hotel Hershey vs. The Hershey Lodge, which highlights the Hotel Hershey.  *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!


The Hotel Hershey vs. The Hershey Lodge - Which to Choose? (part 2)

If you're planning a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania and you're not sure which hotel to stay at, The Jersey Momma is here to help! Are you wondering what the difference is between The Hotel Hershey and The Hershey Lodge? Read on!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Easy Homemade Brownies from Scratch

I have the best, easiest homemade brownie recipe for you. From scratch. I swear these are better than boxed mix brownies! Once you try them you'll never want to go back to the packaged mixes, trust me.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Quick and Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us, and being a former teacher myself, I can tell you that this week does mean a lot for teachers.  Well, at least it did for me.  So if your child has a great teacher and you want to show them a little love, here are some quick goodies you can put together in a flash.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Star Wars Contest: May the Fourth Be With You!

May the 4th Be With You!! I am a HUGE Star Wars fan and this is one of my favorite days of the year. So I've teamed up with my friend over at Picturing Disney to share this awesome Star Wars contest with you! See all of the info below, and find out what you can win!

Make Your Own Desktop Porg! Easy Porg Crafts Inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi

We're a bit Porg-obsessed in this house. Everyone knows I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I fell in love with the furry Porgs of Ahch-to Island. I searched for some fun Porg crafts and Star Wars-inspired crafts online but couldn't find what I was looking for. So I came up with this easy paper Porg craft that anyone can make. You, too, can have your own office Porg!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Let's Visit Brookhollow's Barnyard in Boonton Township, NJ!

Planning a day trip in New Jersey is easy if you just know where to look! One of our favorite outdoor trips for kids is Brookhollow's Barnyard.  Nestled among the trees in cozy Boonton Township, it's sure to hold fond memories for you, long after your children have grown.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fancy Food Show Spotlight on: Hoboken Farms Big Pasta Sauces!

Not long ago, I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. It was an honor to meet so many amazing food vendors and to see some of the new products coming on the market. I'm excited to share my favorites with you- not because anyone paid me to do so, but because I love how they taste. I also think you deserve to know about healthier options with simpler, more natural ingredients (we're so used to buying the same brands all the time, right?). And I especially love to see local businesses gaining notoriety! One of those amazing local businesses is Hoboken Farms.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

A Review of The Turtle Back Zoo: Classic New Jersey Day Trips

Wondering what's new at Turtle Back Zoo? This is a must-take, classic New Jersey day trip, so if you've never visited, you MUST!  One of the very first field trips I can remember attending as a child was to the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.  It's such a classic place, really, and will forever hold a special place in my heart.  I couldn't wait to take my son there when he was born. I think he was just barely two the first time we visited! We have been back numerous times throughout the years.  The zoo is open year round, so you really have no excuse if you've never visited.


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

8 Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Every Mom, Plus, a Giveaway!

Let me guess, you need a Mother's Day gift idea, right? Who doesn't? It's so hard to find fun and unique gifts for moms these days. That's why I've partnered with The Hopping Bloggers to bring you some amazing Mother's Day gift ideas. Read to find the perfect gifts for any mom! Plus, scroll down for a BIG giveaway from Waxing Poetic Jewelry!


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Review of Lost River Caverns, PA

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.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Let's Visit Diggerland USA in West Berlin, New Jersey: A Jersey Momma Review

I've been wanting to see Diggerland USA since it opened in 2014, and I'm happy to say that we finally had a chance to visit! I hope you'll join me for this honest review of the ONLY construction themed adventure park in all of North America!  It really was quite a unique and entertaining place. I can't wait to tell you all about it. Oh, and don't forget, my posts are designed for easy reading. There might be a lot of information here, but you can scroll to find what you need under each bold heading.


Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Review of Space Farms Zoo & Museum

Are you ready to take another day trip with us?  Let's head on over to Space Farms Zoo and Museum in Wantage! Yes, Space Farms is still open, and yes, it's probably just like you remember it.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect chance to honor our beautiful planet! Here are some fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family. Many thanks to all of the bloggers who contributed to this fabulous round-up!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Easy 2 Ingredient Dog Treats: Make Your Own Healthy Dog Biscuits!

Looking for an easy recipe for homemade dog treats? This one is about as easy as they come! This is pretty much a no-fail recipe, so give them a try. Believe it or not, you can eat them, too!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card and Other Fun Prizes in the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop!

April showers bring Giveaway Hops! Wait, that's not how the rhyme goes!  Well, this is much better than May flowers anyway. I teamed up with  The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It  once again to bring you an exciting Amazon gift card contest. There are also a ton of blogs listed below that you can hop around to and enter their contests, too. Blog hops are so much fun because bloggers offer great prizes, and your odds of winning are always pretty good.


Friday, April 6, 2018

10 Fun Spring Day Trips in New Jersey (Pennsylvania and New York, too!)

What are the best Spring Day Trips to take in New Jersey? Some of them might be right around the corner from where you live! Check out this list of the best places to visit in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York during the Spring season, and get outdoors!


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

AACA Museum Review: Auto Museum Fun for Everyone in Hershey, PA

Wondering if the AACA Auto Museum in Hershey, PA is worth the trip? We've been to Hershey many times and the auto museum was the one place we hadn't visited, but I always wondered if it was worthwhile. I mean, what's there to see at an auto museum, right? Well, I can honestly tell you that we loved it! Read on to see why.



Valley Shepherd Creamery Tours: Spring Lambing Tour and More!

There are so many fun things to do in New Jersey. Today we had a chance to visit Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey. Not only were we able to learn how cheese is made, but we were also able to meet the cheesemakers, and hold newborn lambs!!!  Need I say more? So come along and see what it's like to visit this fabulous local creamery, and then schedule a visit of your own.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Check out the Kidzsignments Sale this April 12-14 in Flemington, NJ!

Kidzsignments is a semi annual consignment sale. They feature tens of thousands of gently-used (and new) items like children’s clothing, shoes, outerwear, Halloween costumes (fall only) toys, books, DVDs, furniture, infant equipment, nursery items  and more.

Their children’s consignment sale offers something for everyone. You’ll find GREAT DEALS on  name-brand clothing, footwear, dress up, formal wear, indoor/outdoor toys, sports equipment, infant gear, nursery furniture, books/videos/DVDs, and much more! 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Awesome Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Are you on the hunt for Easter basket items? Looking for some new ideas instead of candy this year? I have some fun finds for you, and they won't cause cavities!