Dr. Seuss Party Games for Read Across America: Easy Ring Toss

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Each year I search for fun games to play during our Dr. Seuss Read Across America party. You might have read about my Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game, remember? This year I threw together a character ring toss. Draw or print out your images and then stick them on colored cones (I used clear packing tape). A few rings and you're good to go!


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

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
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!

*This post is freshly updated for 2024! 


A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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. I update this post often and try to answer all questions. 
**Note that I do not approve comments regarding billing or credit card issues. I do not feel this is a safe forum to discuss those matters. Thanks for your understanding! 

** I always try to update this post with the most recent sales. The latest ABCmouse deal is their President's Day Sale.  Purchase 2 months of ABCmouse for just $5 (then $12.99 mo. until canceled). Sale runs now until midnight 2/26/24. Find the sale link in the post (highlighted) or check the sidebar ad. 


Easy Oreo Penguin Cookies for Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
These OREO penguins are easy to make and fun for kids. They don't need to look perfect, especially if you're going to eat them, too! It's a fun Valentine's Day treat that you can whip up in a snap. 


New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey: A Mom's Honest Review & Quick Guide to Visiting

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Discovery Center New Jersey are o-FISHally two of my favorite places at American Dream in East Rutherford! They both have so much to offer for children and parents alike, so read on and I'll show you what they're all about. 

*this post has been updated for 2024!


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

Monday, February 12, 2024
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.


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!

Easy Three Ingredient Chili Cheese Dip Recipe

Sunday, February 11, 2024
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! 



8 Fun Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Kids

Thursday, February 8, 2024
It's almost Valentine's Day and I know it's not like Christmas or Hanukkah or even Easter, BUT it's still a fun holiday to celebrate with your kids. I even wrote a whole post about how to throw an impromptu Valentine's Day party without spending a fortune. These 8 gifts are fun and cute, so you're going to want to check them out. Scroll below to see my Valentine's Day gift ideas this year!


Valentine's Day Crafts: DIY Melted Cup Ornaments, Gift Tags, Cards

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite crafting holidays! There are so many cute and fun Valentine's Day crafts out there, and I love the coinciding shades of pink, red and purple. This month I thought I'd try an ornament craft I had seen floating around Facebook, and transform it into a Valentine's Day craft instead. These actually have multiple uses- as little hanging ornaments/decor, gift tags, or even homemade valentines. But this project could be a Pinterest fail if you don't follow my tips and suggestions, believe me, so be sure to read through my tutorial to see how you can make these cute hanging decorations for Valentine's Day!


INTREPID MUSEUM KIDS WEEK IS FEBRUARY 17TH-24TH!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
If you're looking for a fun family day trip, look no further! One of our favorite places is having a special event. The Intrepid Museum will host its annual Kids Week festival this year from Saturday, February 17th through Saturday, February 24th.  During Kids Week, children of all ages and interests can learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) through fun-filled activities, live animal shows, hands-on workshops, performances, special guests, and interactive demonstrations designed to educate and inspire. Read on for more details, and look for a Kids Week TICKET GIVEAWAY on my social media channels (Facebook and Instagram)!


Old York Cellars Winery: A Little Slice of Heaven in Hunterdon County

Monday, February 5, 2024
It's no secret that Hunterdon County is a beautiful place. Hunterdon was ranked the healthiest county in New Jersey based on a study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in 2023. But did you know it's also home to some beautiful wineries, including Old York Cellars Winery in Ringoes?  I had a chance to visit Old York Cellars on a gorgeous sunny day in February. Read on to learn more about this special gem right here in Central New Jersey.


Garden State Wineries Host Wine and Chocolate Trail Weekends

Sunday, February 4, 2024
Grab your sweetheart (or your besties) and start making some plans for Valentine's Day, especially if you're wine and chocolate lover like me! Garden State Wine Growers Association is a coalition of over 60 New Jersey wineries and vineyards that supports the Garden State’s wine industry through information, resources, and advocacy. Exciting news! They'll be hosting two weekends of Valentine’s Day themed events. Read on for all of the details.

Farewell to the Empire

"What did you do for fun when you were a teenager?" my son once asked me. "Like, what did kids do in the 80's and 90's?" And he stressed the word "do" as if we couldn't possibly have had fun lives, could we? I thought for a minute before answering him because how could I ever explain it in a way he would understand? Truthfully, we did nothing. And that was everything.

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