This is a Story About a Jade Plant Named Lucky

Thursday, July 29, 2021
This is a story about a Jade plant named Lucky. Okay, that's sort of a lie. He never really had a name- I've always called him Grandfather Jade. But it seemed fitting to call him Lucky for this post. Lucky Grandfather Jade has been in my life for over 30 years. Through thick and thin this plant has stood strong, and there's actually a story about where he came from that I want to share with you. 


10 Classic New Jersey Attractions You Should Revisit

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
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?

*This post has been updated for 2021!

*be sure to call ahead to these venues for operating hours and restrictions. Each one also might have its own rules for health and safety. 

America on Wheels Auto Museum Review: Tips and Suggestions for Visiting

Sunday, July 25, 2021
Do you have a kid who loves cars? Hold on to your hubcaps! We're heading beyond New Jersey for this post, but not too far beyond.  America On Wheels Auto Museum is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and it's worth the ride if you're a car enthusiast. Well, even if you're not, I think it's a fun place and worth the trip.


Sugar Crusted Raspberry Muffins

Friday, July 23, 2021
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!


A Round-Up of The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite at Home: New Toys, Games and More for 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021
The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite at Home has come to an end but I'm in awe of the amazing toys, collectibles, games and more that I discovered in my romp through their virtual extravaganza. I am a proud Parent Panelist for The Toy Insider (you can read all of my articles here) so I take this show seriously (it's work, I tell you!). I feel like it's my duty to tell you all about the coolest toys from the best companies around. Read on for my favorite picks from the show!


Drone Zone NJ: Birthday Parties, Camps, Events, Open Track for Flying Drones, and More!

Monday, July 19, 2021
Nestled in the corner of the once great Liberty Village Outlets in Flemington, New Jersey, sits an  amazing technological wonder called Drone Zone. DroneZone is New Jersey’s first indoor drone racing facility, and they're even opening an outdoor area in Washington, New Jersey, too. Kids and adults can visit Drone Zone NJ to race, repair, build, and compete with drones. There are open fly times, events, races, camps, classes, party space, and more! Read on because you’re going to want to learn more about this place, trust me. There's also a quick video in the post if you don't have time to read. 


Summer Boredom Busters for Kids (Teens and Tweens, too!)

Sunday, July 18, 2021
I am the last person to ever find Summer boring, believe me, but kids today are an entirely different story! If you have children at home who need some quick entertainment this summer, check out these fun finds to keep your fam happy!


DINO SAFARI Invades New Jersey! See Over 40 Life-Sized Dino Robots

Saturday, July 17, 2021
Get ready for some DINO-mite fun, New Jersey!  Grab your prehistoric passport and join more than 40 LIFE-SIZED moving dinosaurs including Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Microraptor and of course, T. Rex to name a few, on the globetrotting expedition, Dino Safari. This drive-thru dino adventure is fun for the entire family and is coming to Freehold Raceway Mall from July 10th-August 8th, and  Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ from Friday, July 16th through Sunday, August 8th.  


Space Jam: A New Legacy Coming July 16th!

Thursday, July 15, 2021
The long awaited return of Space Jam is finally here! Space Jam: A New Legacy will be released in theaters nationwide on July 16, 2021 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from its theatrical release. Read on for more info and to see the highly anticipated trailer, which dropped today!


Get Outside: Create a Neighborhood or Backyard Safari - Free Printables Included!

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
No matter what the situation, we are always looking for ways to spend more time outdoors, right? It's hard to encourage kids (and adults!) to unplug and take a walk or bike ride. For added inspiration, I created an idea for neighborhood interaction (although you can do this in your own yard, too). I hope you'll join me and spread the GET OUTSIDE initiative!


Flashback: Fun Finds from The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite at Home 2020

Monday, July 12, 2021
*The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite at Home is just a few days away, so let's take a look back at 2020's event and the FUN new toys and goodies I discovered there! * The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite is an event that I look forward to every year. As a proud Toy Insider Parent Panelist, I am always excited to see and share all of the new, fun toys for the upcoming year. And nobody throws an event like The Toy Insider, I assure you. 2020 proved to be a *unique* year, and as the world decided to cancel...well...everything, The Toy Insider rose to the occasion and built an awesome virtual event that was truly a bright spot on a gloomy calendar. So, without further delay, here are some of my favorite finds from Sweet Suite at Home, 2020!


All 7 Themed Lands Now Open at LEGOLAND New York Resort!

Saturday, July 10, 2021
I have a LEGOLAND New York Resort update for you! As you know, I've been covering the progress of LEGOLAND New York since groundbreaking in Goshen, New York (I even donned a hard hat and safety vest to visit the site!). You can read all of my LEGOLAND New York posts here. They recently held a soft opening for previews and now LEGOLAND New York is excited to announce the opening of all seven themed lands! Their resort hotel is also opening soon. Read on for exclusive photos and details!


Celebrate Christmas in July in Downtown Bethlehem, PA! Family Fun and More

Friday, July 9, 2021
If you're looking for a fun day trip idea or weekend family festivities, check out Christmas in July in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They have some exciting activities and events going on right now to help celebrate. Read on for more details!


The Intermediate Guide to Broken Refrigerators and Saving Your Food

I don't know about you, but it seems to be the 'month of broken down appliances in our house.' Some of my friends and relatives have also complained about their appliances breaking (they don't make 'em like they used to!), especially their refrigerators. So I thought it might be helpful to share this information and these handy references for spotting the signs of a faulty fridge.


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