Autumn Review of Sesame Place: The Count's Halloween Spooktacular

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Wondering if Sesame Place is right for your child? Looking for a review, tips, suggestions and advice about visiting Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania this Fall? Well, you've come to the right place! Langhorne is not a far ride from New Jersey and is definitely worth seeing if you have little Sesame Street fans at home! And just a note that I was NOT compensated in any way for this post, this is just an honest review of our visit there in the Fall, 'cause that's how I roll.


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Hot New Holiday Toys from TTPM Holiday Showcase

Monday, September 16, 2019
Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting TTPM’s Holiday Showcase in New York City. I was able to see tons of hot new toys for the holiday season. Here are some of my favorite picks from the show! Get those holiday shopping lists ready!


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10 Fun School Supplies You'll Want to Add to Your List: Plus, a GIVEAWAY!

It's hard to believe that it's Back to School time again. Many of us already have huge supply lists from our school districts to contend with, but let's not forget about the fun stuff! Let's bring the joy back to school supply shopping! Take a look at some of these cute, unique, silly, or just plain fun items to add to your back to school agenda. And guess what? You can buy most of them (if not all) online! So you don't even need to leave your house. Do I have you covered or what? Plus, scroll down for an AWESOME giveaway of a fun tote bag from Chalk-of-the-Town!


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Take NYWaterway to San Gennaro Festival this Month!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Ciao! The historic San Gennaro Festival is taking place from September 12th-22nd in New York City, and NYWaterway can help you get there! Have you ever taken the ferry? It's my FAVORITE way to travel to the city and back. Read on to see how they can offer you a stress-free commute to one of the BEST festivals that the city has to offer!


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Alternatives to Pumpkin and Apple Picking This Fall

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
I hate to admit it, but I am not a fan of apple picking in the Fall. Well, that's not exactly true. I am not a fan of apple and pumpkin picking during the weekend in the Fall. Why, you ask?  Because everyone and their mother is in those apple orchards on a sunny day in the Fall!  And I know some people don't mind the crowds, but I can't take it. I'd rather hit the local orchard after school with the Jersey Momma's Boy if I can (that does exclude Mr. Jersey Momma, but he's okay with that). Or I'd rather find an alternative. So here are some ideas for fun things to do besides apple and pumpkin picking this Fall.


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Tooth Fairy Financial: New Ideas for Tooth Fairy Fun!

Monday, September 9, 2019
I love sharing fun finds with my readers, especially when they happen to be from New Jersey-based businesses. Tooth Fairy Financial is one of the cutest ideas I have seen yet! You know how it is, right? The Tooth Fairy is busy. And sometimes she's tired. And let's be honest, sometimes she completely forgets to visit at all, right? 😉 Well, Tooth Fairy Financial might just provide you with the Tooth Fairy assistance you've been dreaming of. Read on and you'll see!



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Back to School Night: Tips for Teachers and Parents

Thursday, September 5, 2019
If you've read the About Me section of this blog, then you know I used to be a teacher. Back to School Night (also known as Open House), is a teacher's chance to tell you all about the school year. It's also a parent or caregiver's chance to learn about their child's teacher and classroom.  I thought I'd share some tips for both teachers and parents for this important evening, since I've learned some things about holding a successful Back to School Night over the years,  If you're scrolling, you'll find the teacher section here at the top, and the parent section towards the bottom. Happy reading!


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The Great Big List of Fall Day Trips in New Jersey and Beyond!

Monday, September 2, 2019
It's finally here, and it's updated for 2019! My great big list of Fall day trip ideas in New Jersey (and some beyond, too)! Fall is such a great time to get out and explore. There are so many things to do and places to visit. I've compiled this list of handy links, and I've included an interactive Google map, too. You can zoom in on it and click on each destination for more details. The map is printable, too!


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Family Fun Day and Charity Volleyball Game at Branchburg Sports Complex!

Saturday, August 31, 2019
Branchburg Sports Complex is one of our favorite places (you can read my review of their facility here). I also named them one of New Jersey's Best Birthday Party Locations! They are a wonderful family and community oriented venue with programs, classes and events for all ages. This month they have some fun events going on. One is free, and one is for charity. Check 'em out!


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A Review of ABCmouse - Is It Worth It?

Friday, August 30, 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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No Crowd Day Trips: Visiting Merrill Creek Reservoir

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Do you hate crowds as much as I do? Are you looking for a family day trip where you won't have to wait on lines or fight through crowds of people to enjoy your day? You don't have to be at an expensive museum or a crowded orchard festival (check out my blog on alternative things to do in the Fall).  A lot of times we forget that there are simple family things we can do together, too. This is not to say that I don't still enjoy a good day trip (I'm the Jersey Momma, after all, it's what I do, man!), but I also know that my son doesn't need to be entertained all the time. So this time, let's take a no-crowd day trip.  Let's visit Merrill Creek!


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Easing First Day Jitters: Back to School with Mac Book Review

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Heading back to school is an exciting time for kids. There are new friends to make, new routines to try, and plenty of new facts to learn. But for some kids, the idea of heading back to school in the Fall causes anxiety and stress. Whether your child is excited or anxious about the first day of school, Mac the Apple is here to help with a brand new family tradition called Back to School with Mac! Read on to see how this cute plush apple and matching storybook by Kim DiLoreto can help ease first day jitters and put the cool back in school. 


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Transitioning Back to School with Creative Lunch Box Notes

Friday, August 16, 2019
Going back to school is not always easy for kids. I loved school as a child, but The Jersey Momma's Boy doesn't hold the same affection for education! I'm a former teacher, yet the teacher's kid doesn't like school. Figures! Anyway, my daily lunch box notes actually help make the transition a little bit easier. Read on to see how.


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Squishmallows New Holiday Lines for 2019: Halloween and Christmas Squishmallow Fun!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
New Squishmallows alert! I've got the scoop on the newest holiday styles coming from Kellytoy, the makers of our beloved Squishmallows. Halloween and Christmas and all of your upcoming holidays are going to be Squishtastic!


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DIY: Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookies

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
If you're looking for a fun dessert to bring to a barbecue but can't spend hours in the kitchen baking up treats from scratch, The Nutter Butter Ice Cream Cone Cookie is a sure hit!


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Let's Visit Brookhollow's Barnyard in Boonton Township, NJ!

Saturday, August 10, 2019
Planning a day trip in New Jersey is easy if you just know where to look! One of our favorite outdoor trips for kids is Brookhollow's Barnyard.  Nestled among the trees in cozy Boonton Township, it's sure to hold fond memories for you, long after your children have grown.


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Fun Fall Events in Hershey, PA: Hersheypark in the Dark, Wine & Food Festival and More!

Friday, August 9, 2019
Don’t be sad that summer is ending! There are new adventures to discover at The Sweetest Place on Earth! There's still plenty to look forward to in Hershey, PA. Take a look at this fun line-up and make some plans for a sweet escape.


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August Book Pick: What Should Danny Do? by Ganit and Adir Levy

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Here's my picture book pick for August! What Should Danny Do? by Ganit and Adir Levy is not to be missed! I receive a lot of books as samples for consideration and review. I have never seen one quite like the 'Power to Choose' series featuring Danny. I highly recommend it for home and classroom use! Read on for more details, and I know you'll agree.


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The Angry Birds Movie 2: Spoiler-Free Review, Coloring Sheets and Giveaway!

The Angry Birds are back! The Angry Birds Movie 2 hits theaters August 14th, and I've got the scoop for you! Check out my spoiler-free review of the film, watch the trailer, print out some fun coloring sheets, and enter to win my Angry Birds Movie 2 Book Giveaway!


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Sean Kenney LEGO Art at Liberty Science Center: Now through September 2nd

Monday, August 5, 2019
LEGO fans, you are in for a treat! The amazing artist, Sean Kenney, has an entire gallery of work on display at Liberty Science Center from now until September 2nd! Guests can view life-sized (and larger!) LEGO sculptures, wall creations and more. It is a must-see for any fan of LEGO bricks. Trust me on this one. Read on for more details!


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A Review of Liberty Science Center : What Age is Best for My Child to Visit?

Saturday, August 3, 2019
Every kid should have a chance to visit Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, but sometimes it's hard to figure out what age to bring them. What age is right for a science center, after all? Well, that all depends on your child. But hopefully you can read through my description and some of the reader comments below to help you make your decision. There's a lot of information here, but my post is designed for easy reading, so scroll through to find the headlines you're looking for.


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Hot New Toys from Sweet Suite 2019: The Toy Insider's Biggest Night of Play

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite promised to be the biggest night of play in New York City, and it certainly did not disappoint! Take a look at some of my favorite picks from Sweet Suite, and start planning those holiday shopping lists! It's never too soon, you know.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown - A Jersey Momma Review

Planning a trip to Washington D.C. is exciting, isn't it? There are so many places to stay, with hotel choices in just about every area of the city. With so many reviews and recommendations out there, how do you know which one to choose? Well, we just returned from a three day stay in Washington, D.C., and we stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Washington, D.C. in the Georgetown area. It was amazing! If you're thinking, that's too luxurious for me, think again! We stayed here as a family- that's right, The Jersey Momma's Boy came, too, and it was the perfect choice for us. Read on to find out more!


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The New Jersey Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning: Reviews, Tips and Advice for Attending

Friday, July 26, 2019
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning (known officially as the Quick Chek Festival of Ballooning, but sometimes referred to as the Readington Balloon Festival or the New Jersey Balloon Fest) is held every summer in Readington, New Jersey, usually at the end of July. There's a lot to read about in this post, but I designed it so you can skim for the information you need. Please be sure to read my tips at the bottom of the post if you plan on visiting with kids or if you are questioning what traffic will be like!

*This post is updated every year to bring you the most accurate information about the festival! Currently updated for 2019!


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Hersheypark's Newest Rollercoaster CANDYMONIUM debuts in 2020!

Thursday, July 25, 2019
Hold onto your hats, roller coaster fans, because Hersheypark just announced the name and details of their 15th coaster, debuting in 2020! Read on to see what it will be like, and hear more about Hershey's Chocolatetown, the mega expansion which is already a work in progress. Be sure to watch the 2 minute video from the media event, too!


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Let's Visit The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ

Are you looking for a fun outdoor day trip in New Jersey? We love, love LOVE  taking mini day trips around here, especially ones that don't cost us much (or anything at all).  One of our favorite places to visit (which is often overlooked, in my opinion) is The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ.  It is no secret that I am a certified 'bird nerd.'  I can tell you what kind of bird is nearby just from hearing its song (who knew, right?).  I keep binoculars on my kitchen table in case a bird watching moment appears.  I have a hummingbird feeder and I actually cook the nectar myself (well, it's just sugar and water, but I cook it with love!).  I could go on and on, but I don't want you to start getting frightened about how weird I am.  Anyway...


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A Review of Lost River Caverns, PA

Friday, July 19, 2019
Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, Pennsylvania has always been a point of interest for me. I would drive by the billboards on Rt. 78 and wonder, 'What is that place like?'  I asked friends for advice, searched online for reviews, and got such a mish-mosh of responses (from, 'It's cheesy and old!' to, 'It's cool!') that I figured I had to see for myself.


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Scratch and Sniff Sticker Club: A Fun Gift Idea for Kids (and Adults!) of All Ages

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Scratch and Sniff stickers were all the rage in the 1980's, and for many of us, they still hold that magic, nostalgic charm! I even wrote an entire post about my own vintage scratch and sniff sticker collection, which includes photos of my original stinky stickers from the 80's. Now there are fun ways to bring that nostalgia back, like the Scratch and Sniff Sticker Club from Everything Smells! Read on to learn more, and for a special discount code, too!


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Hersheypark Summer 2019 Printable Bucket List: 14 Things You Need to Try Before Summer Ends

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Whether you've visited Hersheypark before or not, I have a fun way for you to enjoy your summer at the Sweetest Place on Earth! Scroll down for a free printable Hersheypark Summer Bucket List, which lists 14 fun things you should try at Hersheypark before summer ends.



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Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with the NEW Reese's Ice Cream Cake and a GIVEAWAY!!

Thursday, July 11, 2019
Mark your calendars! July 21st is National Ice Cream Day! To celebrate, thousands of samples of the NEW Reese’s Ice Cream Cake (which is also available in grocery stores) will be handed out at Hershey's Chocolate World all day long, starting at 9:00am.  Read on to learn more about these awesome ice cream cakes, and enter to win a FREE cake of your own! Woot!


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Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Review: Lyndhurst, New Jersey

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
I was looking for a review of Medieval Times ages ago and could not find the information I needed. I wanted an honest opinion on what age group this show was for, what it entailed, and how the food was (that's just how I am, you know?). And since I didn't find exactly what I was looking for out there, I decided to see the show for myself and bring you my very own review (because I know I can't be the only one out there wondering what Medieval Times is all about!). This was not written as a sponsored post, but after I published it, I was invited back by the folks at Medieval Times to see their show again, this time featuring their queen (gasp!)So if you haven't seen the show in a while, you MUST go see the queen!


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Take NY Waterway to the U.S. Women's Soccer Ticker Tape Parade: Kids Under 12 Ride Free!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Want to see the Ticker Tape parade that's being held in New York City for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team? Easy peasy if you take the ferry! Check out this deal from NY Waterway!

Richard Heathcote - Getty Images 

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Branchburg Sports Complex Basketball Camp for Girls

Friday, July 5, 2019
Branchburg Sports Complex (one of our favorite places- you can read more about them here) just added a new camp to their summer line-up. This one is for girls ages 4th grade through high school, and features women's professional basketball player, Erica Balman! Read on for details and sign-up info.


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The Hotel Hershey: 10 Things You Didn't Know - A Jersey Momma Review

Is The Hotel Hershey too fancy for kids? Is it too upscale? Is it too expensive? As a self-proclaimed Hershey, PA expert, people ask me those questions all the time! If you haven't read my in-depth review of the Hershey resorts and attractions, please visit my Hershey Insider Page for answers to many of the common Hershey resort-area questions.  If you have an upcoming trip planned to The Hotel Hershey (or if you were thinking about planning one), I have some fun facts and tips for you in this post, as well!


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8 Must-Have Items for Summer: Outdoor Toys, Snacks and More!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Summer is my favorite time of year, and I always love the cute products, toys and gear that debut each season. I've gathered some of my favorites to share with you in my Must-Have List of Summer Items!


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How to Make Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes DIY

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!


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ReadingIQ app and ReadingIQ.com Reviews: Is it Worth the Money?

If you're looking for an honest review of ReadingIQ.com, you've come to the right place! I know you're probably wondering if ReadingIQ is worth the money or maybe even curious about what it is. I tried out ReadingIQ, and as a mom and former teacher, I've got the lowdown for you! Read on for my full review. No time to read? Watch my 5 minute video at the end of the post!


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Fabulous Frozen Treats to Try This Summer: More Finds from The Fancy Food Show

Sunday, June 23, 2019
Have you ever looked at the ingredients on a container of ice cream? Not every container, of course, but many of them (especially the popular brands) contain calcium sulfate and mono and diglycerides to keep them from melting or to keep ice crystals from forming. Just google 'why ice cream doesn't melt' and you'll see what I mean. Well, guess what? I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the FDA approved additives, and I'm ready to pay a little extra for something better. Last month I attended The Fancy Food Show in New York City, and I was able to sample some amazing brands of ice cream and frozen novelties that I think you should know about, too. This isn't a sponsored post, it's just me sharing my thoughts with you because that's how I roll. Read on to hear about some new brands and products worth trying!


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How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Basic Guide

Thursday, June 20, 2019
If you ever thought about raising butterflies with your little ones at home, I have some basic tips for you!  As I'm sure you've figured out, I am not a butterfly expert.  If you want all of the best information from the experts, feel free to visit them at MonarchWatch.  I have raised and released over 300 monarch butterflies in my lifetime, so my tips come from what I've read and my own experience.

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Kids Under 12 Ride Free on NY Waterway Ferries This Summer from NJ to Manhattan!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
'What's the best way to get to New York City from New Jersey when you're traveling with kids?' I hear this question all the time, and although it largely depends on where you want to go in the city, I almost always suggest the NY Waterway Ferry! That's my favorite way to commute to the city, hands down! And guess what? This summer, kids under the age of 12 ride free! Read on for details and any exclusions that may apply.



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16 Foods You Need to Try: Fancy Food Show Re-Cap 2018

Monday, June 17, 2019
Want to hear some of my favorite finds from the Fancy Food Show 2018? Curious about new food and snack trends? Looking for better choices when it comes to food for your family? Well, you can find ALL of those things in this one, handy post! Read on to see 16 awesome, better-for-you (or just plain delicious) foods that I found at this year's Fancy Food Show.


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What's New at Hersheypark this Summer (and Enter to Win a Family 4 Pack of Tickets!!)

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Wondering what's new at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania this season? Curious what things you must see if you're planning a visit? Well, then, you've come to the right place! My blog is chock full o' Hershey posts because I am a huge fan of the Hershey Resorts, Hersheypark, Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens, Hershey Story Museum...shall I go on? I am honored to be a part of the Hershey Sweetest Families Program, which means I can bring you the SCOOP on everything HERSHEY.
Want to come see what's new at Hersheypark this summer for yourself? Scroll down and enter to win a family 4 pack of tickets to Hersheypark!


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LEGOLAND New York: Opening Date, Details, Photos and FIRST TO PLAY Passes!

Friday, June 14, 2019
LEGOLAND New York is coming!! The opening date is right around the corner and I'm going to tell you exactly what you can expect. I got all the details at an awesome media event with officials from Merlin Entertainment, and I was able to see the construction with my own two eyes. As their public relations manager put it, 'this will be the ultimate must-see destination for families in the Northeast.' Gasp!! Are you excited? Me, too!! Read on for more details, and see how you can purchase a First to Play pass, enabling you to be one of the first people to experience the park!


Why I Started The Jersey Momma Blog

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Why start a blog? I hear this question often, and many people are curious about how I started the blog and why. So here's the story about why I do what I do, and how The Jersey Momma was born. Sometimes I still can't believe it myself!


Win 2 Tickets to Slime Mania Expo in Freehold, NJ!

Monday, June 10, 2019
Get ready, Slime fans!!! There's a special event coming to New Jersey just for you! It's called Slime Mania Expo, and according to all of the press releases, this promises to be the most exciting event in the world of slime!  Karina Garcia, YouTube's 'Queen of Slime,' will be bringing together thousands of slime fans and hosting Slime Mania Expos in many cities across America. And guess what? She's coming to Freehold!


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LEGOLAND New York Reveals LEGO Oculus Replica and First to Play Passes

LEGOLAND NEW YORK is opening in 2020, and I couldn't be more excited about it! You might've read some of my past posts about the arrival of LEGOLAND New York (if you haven't, look here for all of my LEGO related articles), and now, you can actually purchase passes to be one of the first people to visit the park when it opens! Read on to see how.


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The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond: Must Try Cooking Classes, Parties, Camps, and More!

Friday, June 7, 2019
I was recently invited to try out a cooking class at The Kitchen at Bed Bath & Beyond, a brand new 'kitchen experience'  (since it's more than just cooking classes) at their East Hanover, New Jersey location. What exactly is The Kitchen, you ask? Well, read on and let me show you!


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Field Station Dinosaurs: Review, Tips and Suggestions for Visiting!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Looking for an honest review of Field Station Dinosaurs? Well, you've come to the right place! I've visited Field Station Dinosaurs in both of their locations- when they first opened in Secaucus, and now their new location in Leonia, New Jersey (they relocated from Secaucus). Let me tell you what to expect, and if it's worth the trip! You know my Jersey Momma reviews are always totally honest, right?


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Specialty Summer Camps from Branchburg Sports Complex (featuring NFL and Basketball Athletes!)

Monday, June 3, 2019
If you've been searching for fun summer camps for your kids, you must check out Branchburg Sports Complex in Branchburg, New Jersey! Most local residents know all about BSC and how wonderful it is. One of the best things about it is the array of summer fun that it offers to kids of all ages.  And guess what? They're kicking off Summer 2019 with an All-Star Lineup! In addition to their amazing sports and KidVenture Camp, they're hosting two specialty camps this season. Read on for details.


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Must-Have Items for Summer: Toys, Essentials, Snacks and More!

Sunday, June 2, 2019
Summer is almost here and this year I've been blown away by the awesome Summer products I've seen for the season. There are so many must-have items, I don't even know where to start! So I picked a few of my favorites for you to try out .


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