Is the Dream Wheel at American Dream Worth the Ride?

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
I hear this question often as a New Jersey-based travel writer: Have you been to the Dream Wheel yet? Is Dream Wheel worth it? How long is the Dream Wheel ride? And sometimes even, Is the Dream Wheel scary? Well, we visited the Dream Wheel at American Dream twice already, so I have the answers to all of your questions and more in this quick-read blog post. Check it out!

Dear Grandmas Everywhere...This One's for You

Monday, June 10, 2024
Dear Grandmas Everywhere,
I just wanted to say that I finally understand. Now that my little boy is growing into a teenager/man, I finally think I get where you are all coming from. Now I know why you cry when you see babies. I understand why you want to hold them and kiss them and smell their little baby heads. I understand why you sometimes wander up to stranger's babies and ask to touch their silky soft hair or coo at their pudgy cheeks. I finally understand...

LEGOLAND New York Guide to Visiting: Reviews, Tips, Advice and Suggestions

Sunday, June 9, 2024
If you're headed to LEGOLAND New York, don't go without reading my review first! We just returned from our park visit and I have plenty of tips and suggestions for you. These are things I wish someone had told me before I visited, too, so be sure to read to the end for all of my advice.

*This post has been freshly updated for 2024!

Mountain Creek Waterpark Review: What to Bring, Where to Eat, What to Do

Thursday, June 6, 2024
Summer is almost here and I am READY! Are you? Mountain Creek Waterpark in Vernon, New Jersey, was an affordable, fun-filled day for our family. But don't go until you read my review and tips for visiting! No time? Scroll straight to the bottom to read my important advice and suggestions for visiting, and watch a 2 minute walkthrough video of our day. 

*this post has been updated for 2024! Mountain Creek Waterpark opens for the season on June 22, 2024.

Uninvited: Dealing with Social Exclusion as an Adult

Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Can I tell you a secret?
I'm an adult, but rejection still hurts, just as much as it did when I was a child.
Blogging has been quite an adventure. When I sat down at my computer over 11 years ago to start this little website, I had no idea what I was doing. I took advice from the late, great Carrie Fisher who said, 'Stay afraid, but do it anyway,' a sort of, 'fake it till you make it' kind of mentality. There have been ups and downs, of course, but so many amazing opportunities and experiences that I never could have imagined. I'm proud to say that I'm not faking it anymore. I worked hard to get where I am. But rejection still stings. It stings like a hornet!!

Disney's Moana Recipes: Jello Treats and Free Printables!

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Celebrate the release of the new Moana 2 trailer with this throwback to the original Moana movie release and my Moana-inspired Jello Treats!

Disney's Moana is one of my favorite movies of all time. I am also a huge fan of The Rock, so I'm happy to help promote for him with this fun post. I'm your gal, Dwayne! Anyway, I digress. In honor of the movie Moana, I've come up with a fun little recipe to enjoy, and there are even some cute coloring sheets for you to print out, too. And you can celebrate the release of the new Moana 2 trailer with these fun snacks. 

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

Thursday, May 30, 2024
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!

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

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
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.

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.

**This post has been updated for 2024! HAPPY SUMMER!

A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Saturday, May 25, 2024
Before I tell you about, 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! 

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How to Make Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes DIY

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
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!

Easy Strawberry Muffins

Sunday, May 19, 2024
I don't know about you, but I LOVE muffins. I'm always on the look-out for easy muffin recipes, and this strawberry muffin recipe is one of my favorites! It reminds me of a strawberry shortcake, and it's great warm or even straight out of the refrigerator.

New Jersey Campgrounds Resource List: Camping in NJ, PA and NY

Saturday, May 18, 2024
Thinking about finding the perfect family campground this summer? The idea of planning a fun-filled outdoor adventure might seem daunting, but never fear! I've found some great family campgrounds that might be a good option if you're looking for vacation and travel ideas.

*This post has been updated for 2024!

Easy Handmade DIY Suncatchers

Friday, May 17, 2024
I'm always on the lookout for EASY craft projects to do, especially ones that can double as gifts. I came across these suncatchers in the art room of The Jersey Momma's Boy's school. We were meeting there for cub scouts and I happened to see this awesome project on the sidelines that the teacher was working on (I'm sorry, Mrs. E, I didn't mean to snoop in  your stuff! I just couldn't help but notice how pretty they were!)  If you want to make them, too, all you need to do is follow these THREE easy steps (yup, that's it!).

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