What's New for Spring at Hershey's Chocolate World in Hershey, PA

Monday, March 25, 2019
Looking for a fun weekend getaway or day trip? I'm always suggesting Hershey, Pennsylvania to people who ask me for suggestions because it's one of our favorite places. Hersheypark opens for the Spring season in April, but there's still plenty to do in and around Hershey until then! In fact, you can get great off- season rates at the Hershey resorts, and enjoy Hershey Gardens, The Hershey Story Museum, and ZooAmerica, too!


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Make Your Own Peeps Houses: More Fun with Peeps

Sunday, March 24, 2019
Wondering what to do with Peeps besides eat them? Peeps houses are one of our favorite Spring projects! Check out how we made them in these easy steps!


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March Book Pick: New York Day and Night by Aurelie Pollet and Vincent Bergier

Monday, March 18, 2019
Here's my picture book pick for March! I love the new title, New York Day and Night by Aurelie Pollet and Vincent Bergier. Read on for more info!



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2019 Easter Egg Hunts and Activities in New Jersey (with special highlights!)

Easter is almost here! If you're wondering where the best Easter egg hunts, Easter events and Easter activities are in New Jersey for 2019, look no further!  I've picked out some of the best events in New Jersey, complete with website links, too!


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

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!


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Let's Visit Hershey Gardens: A Jersey Momma Review

Sunday, March 17, 2019
Have you ever been to Hershey Gardens? Sure, you know Hersheypark and Hershey's Chocolate World, but you're truly missing out if you visit Hershey, Pennsylvania and skip seeing Hershey Gardens. What is Hershey Gardens? It's certainly more than just a garden! Read on and see!


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Fun In-Home Craft Parties with Brand Elle Designs

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Looking for a fun new option for Girls Night Out? Celebrating a baby shower, planning a bachelorette party or thinking of just getting some friends together for a fun afternoon? I have a GREAT idea for you from Brand Elle Designs. Trust me, this is cool! I had my momma friends over for a fun afternoon where we ate yummy snacks and designed our own stemless wine glasses. No painting involved, no sales pitches, no stress. It was just fun, and everyone got to take something special home with them! But it doesn't have to be just wine glasses. There are lots of creative options. Sounds cool, right? Read on!


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Upcoming Events at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and Philadelphia: Pop-Up Dance Parties and The LEGO Movie 2 Themed Activities!

Friday, March 15, 2019
Mark your calendars! There are some fun events going on at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and Philadelphia over the next few weeks, and everything is awesome!


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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia: A Jersey Momma Review

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia is a LEGO lover's dream come true! Come read my review of our fun afternoon at the 'ultimate indoor LEGO playground!'


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Everyone Matters: Sponsoring HEALium Hugs

Thursday, March 14, 2019
March is a special month at The Jersey Momma. This is the month I pay tribute to a fellow blogger named Melissa Matters, as well as to my beautiful nephew Joey. Melissa Matters passed away in November of 2015. You might remember my post about her , when I participated in Operation Christmas Child in her honor. Melissa ran a popular blog called Wading Through Motherhood, where she talked about her adorable children and shared family advice. Her death was sudden and she is sorely missed by many. My nephew, Joey passed away from brain cancer in 2013, just shy of his 4th birthday. He was a funny, loving boy who left a huge hole in the world when we lost him. Not a day goes by that we don't think about him or wonder what it would be like if he was still here.

I created a movement called Everyone Matters as a way to honor and remember Joey and Melissa. Every March, I choose a cause to focus on as a way to honor their memories. You can read last year's Random Acts of Kindness post here.  This year I once again chose HEALium Hugs as my focus. Read on to find out more about HEALium Hugs and what they do!


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WONDER PARK Coloring Sheets and a Prize Pack Giveaway!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Wonder Park is coming to theaters on March 15th, and I have some activities to help promote the film's release! Enter to win a prize pack and print out some coloring sheets, too!


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St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Simple Shamrock Angels

Here's a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day craft that anyone can do. I used to make these paper shamrock angels (also called Leprechaun Angels!) in my classroom and they looked so cute 'flying' around the windows. They don't take much time and you don't need many supplies.


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Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase in Theaters March 15th: GIVEAWAY and Games, too!

Who doesn’t love an epic mystery? And who doesn't love Nancy Drew? Well, she's back and better than ever! The new film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, opens in theaters on March 15th. Read on to hear all about it, play a special blog app game, and enter to win a swag bag of movie goodies, too!


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Let's Visit Fairy Tale Inc. in Bernardsville: Parties, Classes, Creative Fun, and More!

Monday, March 11, 2019
If you're wondering where to have your child's next birthday party, or looking for a fun, creative space with after school clubs, classes, camps, and more, look no further! Fairy Tale Inc. of Bernardsville might just be the place for you!



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How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes: A DIY Tutorial

If  you're wondering how to make rainbow cupcakes, you've come to the right place! I've been experimenting with this for a while now and I think I've finally come up with the best combinations of colors and methods. It's not as hard as you think!


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Easy St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Paper Plate Rainbows

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Here's an easy St. Patrick's Day craft you can make in a flash. There's not much to it, and chances are you already have all of the supplies on hand! We also used this craft as an easy craft activity at The Jersey Momma's Boy's 5th birthday party, which was an Art Party. You can read all about that here.


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Five Feet Apart in Theaters this March: Enter to Win a Movie Prize Pack!

Monday, March 4, 2019
Have you heard about the new movie, Five Feet Apart? It's based on the popular book of the same name by Rachael Lippincott, and details the relationship of Stella and Will, two young adults with Cystic Fibrosis. Stella and Will are forced (for health reasons) to stay six feet apart. Let me tell you all about the film, and you can even enter to win a Five Feet Apart Prize Pack! The film debuts in theaters on March 15th.


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Meet the New LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporters!

Thursday, February 28, 2019
The wait is over! After a month long search, LEGOLAND New York Resort has chosen five lucky kids to join their 'Kiditor-in-Chief,' Waverly Winchester, as part of the official Kid Reporter team. Come read all about these fabulous kiddos and what their duties will entail! Plus, find out more about LEGOLAND New York Resort and its projected opening date!


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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!


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Dr. Seuss Day Games for Read Across America: Yertle the Turtle Stacking Game

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Looking for a fun Dr. Seuss game to play for your Read Across America celebration? This one involves the book, Yertle the Turtle, one of our favorite Dr. Seuss stories. It's a fun stacking game for any age! If you're not too keen on making the game yourself, then scroll to the end of the post for a short cut!


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Easy Dr. Seuss Inspired Cupcakes for Read Across America Day

Saturday, February 23, 2019
If you need easy, quick cupcakes for Read Across America Day or a Dr. Seuss inspired theme party, I've got just the recipe for you! Do they remind you of Thing 1 and Thing 2? I hope so!


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New SQUISHMALLOWS for 2019 - Kellytoy Booth at Toy Fair New York

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Calling all Squishmallows fans! I'm back from Toy Fair New York with tons of photos to share! Scroll through to see some of the newest Squishmallows, and start planning your squad additions!!! Scroll through for photos and a video tour of Kellytoy's booth at the end. And keep checking back, because I have a BIG Squishmallows GIVEAWAY coming soon! 


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10 Fun Finds from Toy Fair New York TFNY 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Toy Fair New York (TFNY) is such an exciting weekend. I look forward to it every year! It's a great opportunity to see all of the hottest new toys for the year, as well as learn about some new brands and companies that I might not have had a chance to see otherwise. Hopefully you read my post, What's New from Your Favorite Brands at Toy Fair New York to see what's up and coming in the toy industry.  But this post is going to focus on some unique finds and smaller brands that I would love for you to learn about!


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

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!


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What's New from Your Favorite Brands at Toy Fair New York 2019 - TFNY

Monday, February 18, 2019
Happy TFNY! I love sharing what's unveiled at Toy Fair New York and what we can look forward to for the holiday season. If you're wondering what's new from some of your favorite brands this year, check out what I found and let me know what you think. Some of these toys look amazing!! More posts to come!


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A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Friday, February 15, 2019
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.


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

Sunday, February 10, 2019
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.


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THE LEGO® MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Mini-Room Experience is Coming to New Jersey!

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Everything is awesome! If you follow The Jersey Momma, then you know I LOVE anything LEGO. So you can imagine how excited I was to hear about THE LEGO® MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART Mini-Room, a traveling experience like no other! Read on for more details and to hear about the new movie!


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10 Reasons Why Hershey, PA Isn't Just for Kids!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Everyone knows that Hershey, Pennsylvania is 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.' Kids love the fun and excitement of Hersheypark, as well as the magical aura of Hershey's Chocolate World, but is it fun for adults, too? Friends often ask me for overnight ideas for couples or moms' weekend getaway options. I almost always suggest Hershey, so let me tell you why!


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Easy Ladybug Lovebug Lollipops

Making lollipops is easier than you think! You can make your own lollipops with only one main ingredient- Jolly Ranchers! Whether you're throwing a Valentine's Day party or a ladybug themed party, these little lovebugs are bound to be a crowd pleaser. And they're SO easy to make, trust me!


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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
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!

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Duck Donuts Review in Green Brook, NJ!

Saturday, February 2, 2019
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that Duck Donuts is finally here in Central New Jersey! You might have heard of them before (there are two other locations in New Jersey, including Avalon and Middletown), but this Duck Donuts is a first for Green Brook. Duck Donuts promises to deliver fresh, hot donuts in a family friendly atmosphere.


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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! 



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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
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.


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Hatchet Throwing In New Jersey : Visiting Stumpy's Hatchet House Green Brook - The Ultimate #SocialThrowdown!

Saturday, January 26, 2019
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.


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Flashback to 10 Fun Finds from Toy Fair NY 2018

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Flashing back to my favorite toys from Toy Fair New York, 2018! I'm already gearing up for this year's show, and I can't wait to tell you about all of the fun finds for 2019!!

The hottest toys from Toy Fair New York are all over the internet these days. Turn on any news station and you can see fun highlights from the show, along with the top toy picks for 2018. I had the great pleasure of visiting Toy Fair NY, and it was a blast!! I'm so excited to share my fun finds with you - toys and items that were unique, well-made, original, and fun. Oh, and feel free to revisit my picks from Toy Fair NY 2017, too! 

**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 16, 2019!**


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The Kid Who Would Be King (Spoiler Free) Review and Giveaway!

Monday, January 21, 2019
I was recently invited to an experiential press event for the fabulous new movie, The Kid Who Would Be King. Come along and learn about the movie with me! It has such a great message for kids, and it stars the ever amazing Sir Patrick Stewart.


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Simple Vanilla Muffins

Saturday, January 12, 2019
Here's a delicious, simple muffin recipe that's great for breakfast, brunch or even dessert! Simple Vanilla Muffins are one of my favorite treats to bake!


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A Dog's Way Home: Movie Review and Giveaway!

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Have you heard about A Dog's Way Home? It opens in theaters nationwide on January 11th, and I know all of my dog-loving friends are going to want to see it! It's based on the book A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron. Read on to learn more about the movie and for a fun little giveaway!


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Want to Be a LEGOLAND New York Kid Reporter? Find Out How!

Monday, January 7, 2019
LEGOLAND New York has some big news! They're looking for a few awesome KID REPORTERS to help spread the word about their amazing new theme park, coming to New York in 2020. Do you think you're up for the task? Read on!

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Branchburg Sports Complex: Laser Tag, Arcade, Parties, and So Much More! Let's Visit!

Friday, January 4, 2019
Have you ever played laser tag at Branchburg Sports Complex? How about soccer or flag football? If you have, then you know what a fun place it is. It's no secret that Branchburg Sports Complex is one of my favorite local businesses. If you're looking for a review or wondering what's inside, I'm here to tell you all about why I love Branchburg Sports Complex and what you can do there. It's so much more than just 'sports!'

**After you read all about it, scroll below and enter to win a Branchburg Sports Complex Prize Pack, too!**


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The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark is Opening in the Catskills!

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Have you heard about The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park? Omg, I have to tell you all about it!! This BRAND NEW resort and water park is opening soon in New York State! A short ride from most areas of New Jersey, this new resort will begin taking reservations as of January 10th. Read on to learn more!

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PonyCycle Ride-On Pony Review: Is it Worth It?

I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest toys, especially ones that make good gifts (we're always looking for gift ideas, right?). Well, I found one of the best ride-on toys out there, and it's called PonyCycle!

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