Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Flashback to 15 Fun Finds from Toy Fair 2017 : Stay Tuned for This Year's Show Coverage!

Toy Fair New York 2017 was everything I dreamed of and more. I walked through oceans of adorable stuffed animals and hugged life-sized versions of my favorite characters. I saw stickers, toys, electronics, educational games, collectibles and prototypes. I learned so much about the world of toys! So what should I do with all of this new and wonderful information? Share it with you, of course!!  Here are 15 of the coolest, most awesome finds from Toy Fair 2017.

**Don't forget to stay tuned to The Jersey Momma and my social media channels for coverage of this year's Toy Fair New York, beginning on February 18, 2018!**

National Geographic's Welcome Little One: The Perfect Baby Gift - Enter to Win a Copy!

Are you looking for baby gift ideas? Do you want to find a thoughtful and unique gift for a baby shower? I found the perfect gift, trust me! National Geographic contacted me and asked if I wanted to see their new keepsake baby book, Welcome Little One by Kristin Baird Rattini. Of course I said yes. Scroll below to see how beautiful this book is, and enter to win a copy of your own!

Feeling lucky? Then check out the blog hop at the bottom of this post! There are over 20 other blog contests going on in the Love is in the Air Blog Hop, sponsored by Review Wire Media, and you can jump around to each blog and enter their contests, too! Good luck!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

DIY Valentine Milk Jug Card Carrier: Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

One of my favorite holidays to celebrate as a teacher was Valentine's Day. I used to have my students make adorable teddy bear card holders so that they had a place to put their cards and an easy way to bring them home. Plus, this was a project they could easily do in school (or even at home) without much mess or hassle. They look adorable all lined up and can hold a large number of valentines and trinkets. Here's an easy tutorial on how to make them. And scroll below for free pdf printables of the bear and heart patterns!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Star-Shaped Snowflakes : The Day it Snowed Stars

I often say that one of the greatest things about winter is being able to play in the snow with our son.  And then I joke that one of the worst things about winter is having to play in the snow with our son!  It is easy to forget how magical snow is to kids.  As adults, we have so many responsibilities- we worry about driving in the snow, shoveling the snow, dressing for the snow, school in the snow, etc.  And although playing in it is fun, I don't have the stamina to roll around in it for hours anymore like my son does.  For kids, snow is amazing white stuff that falls from the sky and blankets the earth!  And sometimes even closes school!  I mean, what more can a kid ask for?  Well, how about stars?  How about star flakes?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Let's Visit Dream Dinners in Flemington! A Jersey Momma Review

If you're looking for a review of Dream Dinners then you've come to the right place. I visited my local Dream Dinners in Flemington, New Jersey and I have so much to say about it! Never heard of Dream Dinners? You're in for a treat! If you're like me and constantly asking yourself, 'what am I going to make for dinner tonight?' then read on about this amazing experience!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Easy Oreo Penguin Cookies for Valentine's Day!

I didn't plan my Valentine's Day dessert menu very well this year. Valentine's Day is only a few days away and I don't have the energy to whip up a cool cake or cupcakes at the last minute. But these simple Oreo penguin cookies were easy enough, and they sure do look cute on a plate!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DIY Valentine's Day Suncatchers: Easy Valentine's Day Crafts

You can learn how to make your own suncatchers, and it's not as hard as you might think! My Easy DIY Suncatchers post is one of my most popular on Pinterest, so I figured I would show you how to make a Valentine's Day version of this fun craft project! It's great for kids and classrooms, too, so why not give it a try? It also makes a nice handmade valentine gift for someone special in your life.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Enter to Win 2 eMovie Tickets to 12 Strong Starring Chris Hemsworth, and the Book!

One of the best things about being a blogger is promoting movies and offering giveaways. I love it. Especially when the movie is an anticipated one and deals with important subject matter. Read on to hear about the new Chris Hemsworth movie, 12 Strong, and see how you can win the book and 2 e-movie tickets so you can see it on your own!

Monday, January 15, 2018

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! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jeepers! It's January! Minecraft Book Giveaway and Blog Hop Contest

It's time for my first giveaway of 2018! Aren't you excited? I am!  I teamed up with  The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It  again to bring you a fun Minecraft book contest (get ready for some winter reading!). There are also a ton of blogs listed below that you can hop around to and enter their contests. Blog hops are so much fun because bloggers offer great prizes, and your odds of winning are always pretty good.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Winter Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond: Indoor Winter Fun in NJ

Winter day trip ideas are a big topic of a discussion on message boards and in Facebook groups. It's hard to figure out where to take the kids when the weather is bad. Finding fun indoor play ideas is hard enough, but entertaining kids on the weekend or during a vacation when it's too cold to do anything else, well, that ain't easy! So here's a list of over 25 fun things to do in and around The Garden State during the winter months. From play mazes to museums, I've got ya covered!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

10 Epic New Jersey Bakeries You Need to Visit

Epic is a word that seems to get people's attention these days. Bakery is a word that gets mine. So I thought I'd put the two together to bring you a post about some of the best, most epic bakeries in New Jersey. Now, I know this is New Jersey, so that means we have a ton of amazing bakeries out there. This is just a small sampling of what our state has to offer. If you want to tell me about your favorite in the comments, please do!!