Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Enter to Win a Double Gift Card Pack in the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!

Who's ready for another giveaway hop? I know I am! Once again, I've teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island to bring you a fun giveaway hop called The Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway! If you're not sure what a giveaway hop is, read on. You'll find out how to win a set of gift cards from me, as well as prizes from over 100 other bloggers! Yup, you read that right- this month I'm giving away not one but TWO gift cards!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Boys, Girls and Kids of All Ages

If you're searching for Christmas gift ideas for girls, boys (or even moms and dads), I've got you covered! If you're looking for Hanukkah presents, stocking stuffers, or just a present for yourself, I've got you covered there, too. Check out my list of fun toys, collectibles, and unique finds for the holidays!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

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.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Easy Turkey-Shaped Lollipops for Thanksgiving

Turkey suckers, turkey lollipops- whatever you call them, these Thanksgiving treats are so much easier to make than you think! They're a cute, quick way to show some gratitude to friends and family, or just end your meal with a sweet treat.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Cruising from New Jersey: Reviews, Tips, and Advice on taking a Cruise from NJ

Have you ever considered taking a cruise from New Jersey? Are you nervous about cruising, a first time cruiser, or wondering if you should cruise again? Well, I'm here to tell you all about our most recent cruise from Cape Liberty, New Jersey (Bayonne) on Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas. We visited Bermuda, which was AMAZING! Read on to see what we experienced- especially if you're a first time cruiser or nervous about what you'll experience. I hope I can put your mind at ease.

Friday, October 19, 2018

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!


Monday, October 15, 2018

Enter to Win! Teen Titans Go! to the Movies Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway!

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies was one of our favorite films of the summer. I wrote a spoiler-free review here that you can read, and now I'm back with a fun Teen Titans Go! giveaway! Enter below to win your own Blu-Ray DVD combo pack of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment!


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10 Easy Halloween Cupcakes That You Can Make Yourself

We're not all cupcake artists, and sometimes it's hard to find the time to decorate a beautiful cupcake for a party or holiday. So I combed the internet for some easy Halloween cupcake decoration ideas, and I've compiled them in a little round-up below!


Saturday, October 6, 2018

Awesome Painted Pumpkin Ideas from Around the Web

Get those paintbrushes ready!  It's pumpkin decorating season!  I searched the web for some of the coolest painted pumpkin ideas I could find, and here's what I came up with.  I tried to give credit where it's due and link back when possible, so please know that not all of these creations are mine (but the Angry Birds below are ours!).  They certainly inspired me, so maybe they'll inspire you, too.  Happy painting!


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Hersheypark Announces Expansion: Hershey's Chocolatetown Opening 2020!

Hersheypark is expanding! The plans for Hershey's Chocolatetown were unveiled today in a fun social media reveal by Hersheypark. What can you expect from this expansion, happening in 2020? Read on for more details!


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Enter to Win an Amazon e-Gift Card in the Howl-o-Ween Giveaway Hop!

It's time to celebrate Fall with a giveaway! Once again, I've teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island to bring you a fantastic giveaway hop called The Howl-o-ween Hop! If you're not sure what a giveaway hop is, read on! You'll find out how to win an Amazon e-gift card from me, as well as prizes from over 75 other bloggers!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Alternatives to Pumpkin and Apple Picking This Fall

I hate to admit it, but I am not a fan of apple picking in the Fall.  Well, that's not exactly true.  I am not a fan of apple and pumpkin picking during the weekend in the Fall.  Why, you ask?  Because everyone and their mother is in those apple orchards on a sunny day in the Fall!  And I know some people don't mind the crowds, but I can't take it.  I'd rather hit the local orchard after school with the Jersey Momma's Boy if I can (that does exclude Mr. Jersey Momma, but he's okay with that).  Or I'd rather find an alternative.  So here are some ideas for fun things to do besides apple and pumpkin picking this Fall.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Minecraft Projects for Kids: DIY Minecraft Shrinky Dinks

Minecraft crafts for kids are always a big hit. Who doesn't like Minecraft, right? The Jersey Momma's Boy could play Minecraft for hours if I let him. I'm a gamer, too, and I really like Minecraft, but I have my limits! I recently lured him away from the screen with a hands-on Minecraft activity. Do it Yourself Minecraft Shrinky Dinks! What's more enticing than that??


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

More Snacks to Liven Up Your Lunch Box

I know packing lunches can be super boring, whether you're packing for a child or for yourself. It's so hard to come up with new lunch ideas, and packing a lunch every day can be so redundant! Well, The Jersey Momma is here to help! You might've read my first post entitled 9 Exciting Snacks to Liven Up Your Lunch Box, or the follow-up 5 Better For You Lunch Box Snack Ideas. Now I'm back with some more fun finds from the Fancy Food Show!


Easy Autumn Leaf Pressing: No Ironing Required!

If you're looking for an easy way to preserve Autumn leaves, I've got ya covered! This is the easiest way to collect and press Fall leaves with no ironing required! Even the littlest hands can do it. You can hang them in a window or even send them to friends who don't get to see the bright colors of autumn where they live. It's one of the best Fall projects for kids (and adults, too)!


Saturday, September 22, 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, September 21, 2018

15 Toy Picks for the Holiday Season: Highlights from The Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play

The hottest toys of the holiday season are here! The Toy Insider recently held a fabulous event in New York City called The HoliDAY of Play. They unveiled their Hot 20, STEM 10 and Top Tech 12 toys, and I've picked a few of my favorites to share with you today. They're not just great holiday ideas, but fantastic gift ideas for kids in general. Check it out!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

10 Book Suggestions for Kids: Chapter Books, Picture Books, Non-Fiction and More!

Looking for reading suggestions for your child? I found some great books for kids that you might want to share with your family and friends. This list features both picture books and chapter books and applies to a variety of ages, so please check it out!


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Peppa Pig's Surprise is Coming to New Jersey: Peppa Pig Live Tour

Peppa Pig fans, rejoice! A special live show is touring North America, and she's coming to New Jersey! Check out the details below, and make some plans to see your favorite piggy this November! There's even a special VIP experience package available.


The Great Big List of Fall Day Trips in New Jersey and Beyond!

It's finally here! My great big list of Fall day trip ideas in New Jersey (and some beyond, too)! Fall is such a great time to get out and explore. There are so many things to do and places to visit. I've compiled this list of handy links, and I've included an interactive Google map, too. You can zoom in on it and click on each destination for more details. The map is printable, too!


Monday, September 10, 2018

Autumn Review of Sesame Place: The Count's Halloween Spooktacular

Wondering if Sesame Place is right for your child? Looking for a review, tips, suggestions and advice about visiting Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania this Fall? Well, you've come to the right place! Langhorne is not a far ride from New Jersey and is definitely worth seeing if you have little Sesame Street fans at home! And just a note that I was NOT compensated in any way for this post, this is just an honest review of our visit there in the Fall, 'cause that's how I roll.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Aquatic Experience is Coming to New Jersey! Enter to Win Tickets!

The Aquatic Experience is coming to New Jersey! You don't need to be an aquarium owner to enjoy this awesome show, coming to the Meadowlands Expo Center this October. There are plenty of fun activities for kids and beautiful aquatic displays to see. Contests, touch tanks, shark demos and more! Read below for information, then enter to win a family four pack of tickets!!


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back to School Night: Tips for Teachers and Parents

If you've read my profile or the About Me section of this blog, then you know I used to be a teacher. Back to School Night (also known as Open House), is a teacher's chance to tell you all about the school year.  It's also a parent's chance to learn about their child's teacher and classroom.  I thought I'd share some tips for both teachers and parents for this important evening, since I've learned some things about holding a successful Back to School Night over the years,  If you're scrolling, you'll find the teacher section here at the top, and the parent section towards the bottom.  Happy reading!


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Enter to Win a Walmart Gift Card in the Oh the Places You'll Go! Giveaway Hop

I'll admit it, 'Back to School' is not one of my favorite times of year. So why not soften the blow a little with a fun giveaway?  I've teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island once again to bring you a fantastic Giveaway Hop called Oh the Places You'll Go! If you're not sure what a Giveaway Hop is, read on! You'll find out how to win a Walmart gift card (and you don't have to use it for school supplies!) as well as prizes from over a hundred other bloggers!


Saturday, September 1, 2018

10 Books to Check Out this Fall: Fun Reading Suggestions for Kids

Looking for reading suggestions for your child? I found some fun book titles to start off the school year and hopefully inspire young readers! This list features both picture books and chapter books and can reach a variety of ages, so please check it out!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Let's Visit Medieval Times: A Jersey Momma Review

I was looking for a review of Medieval Times ages ago and could not find the information I needed. I wanted an honest opinion on what age group this show was for, what it entailed, and how the food was (that's just how I am, you know?). And since I didn't find 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 was not written as a sponsored post, but after I published it, I was invited back by the folks at Medieval Times to see their show again, this time featuring their queen (gasp!).  So if you haven't seen the show in a while, you MUST go see the queen!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Transitioning Back to School with Creative Lunch Box Notes

Going back to school is not always easy for kids.  As a child, I loved school, but The Jersey Momma's Boy doesn't hold the same affection for education!  Crazy, right?  I'm a former teacher.  The teacher's kid doesn't like school?  Figures!  Anyway, who knew that some lunch box notes would help him make the transition back to school this year?


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jurassic Jersey: A Review of Field Station Dinosaurs

Looking for an honest review of Field Station Dinosaurs? Well, you've come to the right place! I've visited Field Station Dinosaurs in both of their locations- when they first opened in Secaucus, and now their new location in Leonia, New Jersey (they relocated from Secaucus). Let me tell you what to expect, and if it's worth the trip! You know my Jersey Momma reviews are always totally honest, right?


Thursday, August 16, 2018

LEGOLAND New York: Opening Date, Details, Photos and More!

LEGOLAND New York is coming!! The opening date is right around the corner and I'm going to tell you exactly what you can expect. I got all the details at an awesome media event with officials from Merlin Entertainment, and I was able to see the construction with my own two eyes. As their public relations manager put it, 'this will be the ultimate must-see destination for families in the Northeast.' Gasp!! Are you excited? Me, too!! Read on for more details!!


Monday, August 13, 2018

Squishmallows: Where to Find, What's Coming, What's New

Are you a Squishmallows fan? To say I'm addicted is an understatement! It's no secret that I love stuffed animals, but Squishmallows are in their own unique category. There's just something about them. They're soft as velvet and, well, squishy. Read on to hear about all of the amazing Squishmallows that I saw at Toy Fair New York this year!


Easing First Day Jitters: Back to School with Mac Book Review

Heading back to school is an exciting time for kids. There are new friends to make, new routines to try, and plenty of new facts to learn. But for some kids, the idea of heading back to school in the Fall causes anxiety and stress. Whether your child is excited or anxious about the first day of school, Mac the Apple is here to help with a brand new family tradition called Back to School with Mac! Read on to see how this cute plush apple and matching storybook by Kim DiLoreto can help ease first day jitters and put the cool back in school. 


Friday, August 10, 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.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Homemade Baked Meatballs and Sauce with La San Marzano

If you're looking for an easy baked meatball recipe, The Jersey Momma has you covered! I'm here to share my favorite family recipe with you, and tell you about an awesome authentic line of pasta sauces that go great with my meatballs. If you still don't believe me, you can enter to win your own set of these fab La San Marzano sauces yourself! Read on for more!


Friday, August 3, 2018

A Review of The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

If you're thinking of visiting The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, but you're not sure if it's worth the trip, I'm here to help! There are so many fun things to do in New Jersey, but you know every now and then I like to venture out of state, too. You can see all of the fun places we've visited on my Travel page. Today, we head to The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City, so let me tell you all about it!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Enter to Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card in the Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop!

Summer isn't over yet, so that means it's time for a fun Giveaway Hop! I teamed up with The Review Wire and Chatty Patty's Place to bring you an exciting Amazon gift card contest. There are also other 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 usually pretty good.


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.


Monday, July 30, 2018

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!


Friday, July 27, 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, July 26, 2018

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies: Spoiler Free Review by a Major Super Fan

Titans, GO!....to the movies!! Seriously, anyone who knows me knows that I am the biggest Teen Titans Go! fan out there. I have seen every episode and I have my favorites (I'll post them at the end of this review). So, do you need to be a super fan like me to enjoy Teen Titans Go! to the Movies? No way! Any kid will appreciate it, and so will their parents! Let me tell you why...


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Science Guest Blog: Why Does it Hail in the Summertime? by Dr. Joe Castanza

I am fortunate to know some really cool people in my life (people with really cool talents).  My friend, (affectionately known as 'Dr. Joe') was kind enough to answer a question for The Jersey Momma's Boy, who once asked me, 'Why does it hail in the summertime?' Now my typical answer to this would be, 'Let's Google it,' but this time I thought I'd have my friend, Dr. Joe, write us a guest blog about this interesting topic.  We hope you enjoy it!

It gets colder (normally) as we go higher up into the sky.
photo courtesy of the National Weather Service

Monday, July 23, 2018

Sugar Crusted Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry muffin recipes are easy to find on Pinterest, but this one is especially good because of its sugar crusted top- and you can use fresh raspberries! Read on for the simple recipe!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

More Minecraft Books for Kids - Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Review

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie is one of our favorite book series. I once posted an entry about Minecraft books for kids and inspiring boys to read (I also posted a fun craft called Make Your Own Minecraft Shrinky Dinks). Since then, many people have asked me for more recommendations and titles of other Minecraft books on the market. So it's time to share the Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series by Zack Zombie (formerly Herobrine Books), so you can see just why we love it so much.

**Diary of a Minecraft Zombie has reached a milestone of selling over 2 million copies worldwide!! Woo hoo! Congrats, Zombie!!

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.