Everyone Matters: A Tribute to a Lost Friend and Operation Christmas Child

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Happy World Kindness Day! In honor of the occasion, I want to share a story with you. In 2015, the blogging community lost a wonderful writer and friend. Her name was Melissa Matters, and she passed away suddenly at the age of 36, leaving behind two beautiful children, a husband and family. I never met Melissa in person, but I considered her a colleague, a fellow writer and an online friend. I will truly miss her. She kept a blog about being a mom, and wrote some beautiful posts about her family and children. Her blog is called Wading Through Motherhood, and I hope you will check it out. I made this post in her honor, and there are some ideas in here about how you can spread kindness and help celebrate World Kindness Day.

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Christmas Con NJ : What Was it Like? Will There Be Another?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Christmas Con has come and gone here in New Jersey, but so many people are still talking about it and wondering if they can catch their favorite Hallmark Channel celebrities again next year. I have the scoop for ya! I'll tell you all about my experience at the show and what you can (hopefully) expect for next year, 2020.

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A Review of Christmas in Hershey: Christmas Candylane (part 1)

Thursday, November 7, 2019
My review of Hersheypark Christmas Candylane in Hershey, PA is one of my most popular posts! Have you ever visited Hersheypark at Christmas? It's so much fun! First, let me start off by saying how much I love Hersheypark. I actually love Hershey, PA so much that I devoted an entire page to it on my site. So be sure to check out my Hershey Insider Page for all of my other Hershey review articles (no one paid me to do this, it's not sponsored). This post is a two part series, so be sure to read part two detailing Hershey Sweet Lights.

*This post has been freshly updated for 2019!


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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Gift Ideas for Kids - Plus, a GIVEAWAY!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
My Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide is finally here! If you're looking for gift ideas for boys, girls or both, I've got you covered. I organized my ideas into categories: STEM, Building, Books, Dolls, Animals/Plush and so much more! I included handy labeled photos and links to all products. Check it out!

Then, be sure to enter my AMAZON GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY at the end of this post! It's part of the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop, so don't miss it!


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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

Thanksgiving crafts for kids are all over Pinterest, but this is one of my favorites! It's so basic and simple, it can even be done as a classroom project with young students. It makes a cute decoration for Thanksgiving and constructing it can keep the little ones occupied on a rainy (or cold!) day. It makes a cute gift for grandparents or teachers, and you can even personalize the turkey by adding a name across the belly or adding a little hat or bow.


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Let's Visit Diggerland USA in West Berlin, New Jersey: A Jersey Momma Review

Monday, November 4, 2019
Is Diggerland USA right for your child? What age group should visit? I hope you'll join me for this honest review of the ONLY construction themed adventure park in all of North America!  It really was quite a unique and entertaining place. I can't wait to tell you all about it. Oh, and don't forget, my posts are designed for easy reading. There might be a lot of information here, but you can scroll to find what you need under each bold heading. I'll tell ya everything ya need to know!
(*this post has been freshly updated for 2019!)


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Easy Turkey-Shaped Lollipops for Thanksgiving

Turkey suckers, turkey lollipops- whatever you call them, these Thanksgiving treats are so much easier to make than you think! They're a cute, quick way to show some gratitude to friends and family, or just end your meal with a sweet treat.



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Picture Book Month: Making Pupcakes Doggy Cupcakes

Friday, November 1, 2019
Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?  Here in The Jersey Momma household, we're picture book enthusiasts, so I'm more than excited to join my fellow bloggers in celebrating this fantastic event.  Many thanks to Krystal of Healthy Happy Thrifty Family for inviting me to participate!


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Beaches Turks and Caicos (Reviews): Is It Worth It? What's Included?

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
If you're searching for Beaches Turks and Caicos reviews, you'll find tons of glowing posts about all-inclusive family fun, but if you're wondering, is it really worth it? Is Beaches worth the cost? I'm here to help! We recently visited Beaches Turks and Caicos and I have the scoop for you! And yes, Beaches Turks and Caicos is open for good and is not closing in 2021!!


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Social Media on the Sand 2019 (Beaches Moms) What It's Like to Attend

Thursday, October 24, 2019
I just returned from an amazing conference called Social Media on the Sand, held at beautiful Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages and Spa. If you've been following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you might have seen me posting about it. It's also lovingly referred to as SMOTS, and the influencers who attend are known as Beaches Moms. So, what exactly IS Social Media on the Sand? Let me explain!


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Kids are FREE at Medieval Times this Halloween! Enter to Win Tickets!

Monday, October 21, 2019
Medieval Times is one of our favorite places to visit in the great state of New Jersey. This month they are offering a special treat for Halloween- kids are free for their October 31st evening show! Read on for details, and enter to win tickets of your own!


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New Movie Alert! RACETIME Giveaway and Free Printable Activity Sheets

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
New movie alert! The fun film, RACETIME is coming to On Demand and Digital this November! Read all about the movie, watch the trailer and enter to win some fun RACETIME goodies (including a personal sled!. Scroll down for free printables, too!


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Christmas Con is Coming to New Jersey!

I love a good Con, don't you? So I was really excited to hear that Christmas Con was coming to the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison this November! Christmas Con is an event featuring vendors, celebrity guests, contests, concerts and more, all themed around the most wonderful holiday of the year! Read on for more info about the show and see how you can get your tickets. And for the record, Hallmark is a proud sponsor of this fantastic show, but it is not their show. Read on to see exactly who created this fabulous holiday experience to come!


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Fun Halloween Projects: Candy Corn Kids

Sunday, October 13, 2019
If you're looking for a fun and easy project for Halloween, look no further!  Candy Corn Kids are easy to make, cute, and make a great decoration in a classroom or home.  Check out my quick tutorial on how to make your own!


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10 Easy Halloween Cupcakes That You Can Make Yourself

Friday, October 11, 2019
We're not all cupcake artists, and sometimes it's hard to find the time to decorate a beautiful cupcake for a party or holiday. So I combed the internet for some easy Halloween cupcake decoration ideas, and I've compiled them in a little round-up below!


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NY WATERWAY PROVIDES EASY WAY TO EXPLORE NEW YORK THIS COLUMBUS DAY

Columbus Day is a great time to take a day trip to New York City, and you know my favorite way to travel to the city is by NY Waterway ferry! They are offering easy ways to visit the city for Columbus Day, and they are a great commuting option if you plan to see the Columbus Day parade.


A Review of TREESCAPE Aerial Adventure Park in Vernon, NJ: Tips, Suggestions and Advice for Your Visit

Sunday, October 6, 2019
If you're looking for some outdoor fun in New Jersey or searching for a day trip that includes some physical activity, check out TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park in Vernon! We just returned from a fun excursion here and we can't wait to go back. Come see what you'll experience during your visit, and
be sure to scroll down for my 4 minute video of our trip to TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park, too!


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Hersheypark Unveils Culinary and Retail Additions for 2020: Hershey's Chocolatetown Details

Friday, October 4, 2019
I have some SWEET news for you about Hersheypark's biggest expansion yet! Hershey's Chocolatetown, opening in 2020, is going to be amazing! Details were just released about the culinary and retail additions coming to the park. I can't even contain my excitement. Wait till you see what's in store!!


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Hersheypark Camping Resort Deluxe Cabins: Tips, Suggestions, What to Pack, and What's Included!

Thursday, October 3, 2019
If you're wondering what the Hersheypark Camping Resort is like, you've come to the right place! We just returned from a fun visit to the Hershey Campgrounds, and we stayed in an adorable deluxe cabin. This cabin slept 7 people, and had indoor plumbing, air conditioning, a kitchen, and just about everything we could hope for. Read on! (*and don't forget to watch my walk-through video in the post, too!)

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The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical - Mythical Fun for the Whole Family!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
If you're looking for a fun show on Broadway to bring your kiddos to, I have the musical for you! Fans of the beloved Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan will find their favorite hero in a fabulous musical in New York City, but only for a limited run! The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is playing at the Longacre Theater now through January 5th.


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LEGOLAND New York: Opening Date, Details, Photos, Annual Pass Info and More!

LEGOLAND New York is coming!! The opening date has finally been revealed and I'm going to tell you exactly what you can expect. I received 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 an annual pass.


Take NY Waterway to New York Comic Con: Easy, Fast, Fun (Trust Me!)

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Are you headed to New York Comic Con this year? Do not get caught up in New York City traffic. Last year I attended NYCC and I can tell you the absolute easiest (and most fun) way to travel was by NY Waterway. A short, fun boat ride (filled with other Comic Con attendees, I might add, so my ferry also included Batmen and Supermen and tons of other cosplayers!) and you're there! Read on and I'll tell you how it works.



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AMERICAN DREAM Reveals Opening Dates & Celebrations!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The dream begins on October 25th! Tri-state area residents (and beyond!) have been waiting for news from American Dream for quite a long time now. Well, the wait is over! This amazing property has finally released its opening dates. Don't expect everything to open all at once, though. The plan is to open different parts of American Dream in phases. Read on for more info!


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Adventure Academy Review: One Mom's Honest Opinion

Adventure Academy is a brand new online learning platform from Age of Learning (the experts who brought you ABCmouse and ReadingIQ). I was given the opportunity to beta-test it, and I have the scoop for ya! It's geared towards kids ages 8-13 (so for all of you who loved ABCmouse but felt your kids 'grew out of it,' this one's especially for you!). Read on and I'll tell you what you can expect, and if it's even worth your time and money.


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Tom Hanks Debuts as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Coming Soon!

Monday, September 23, 2019
"It only takes one person to inspire a world of kindness," reads a tag line for the new film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as the iconic Mr. Fred Rogers. The film is based on a true story and is coming to theaters this November. Read on for a sneak peek and more info about the film!


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PLANET SNOOPY Review in Dorney Park - Allentown, PA : Great Pumpkin Fest this Fall!

Wondering if Planet Snoopy is worth the money, or if it's right for your little one? We're venturing out of the Garden State again, this time to explore Planet Snoopy inside of Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Who doesn't love Snoopy? The absolute cuteness of this park will make your heart melt. Read below for updated info on Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom's 2019 Great Pumpkin Fest!


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Hot Holiday Toys: My Favorite Picks from The Toy Insider's Holiday of Play

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Christmas arrived in September at The Toy Insider! I received a fun sneak peek of some of the hottest new holiday toys, thanks to The Toy Insider's Holiday of Play, held at Current at Pier 59 in New York City. Take a look at some of my FAVORITES from the show, and see how The Toy Insider can help you with your entire holiday shopping list.


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Easy Handmade DIY Suncatchers

Saturday, September 21, 2019
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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One World Observatory Review: Visiting the Freedom Tower

Friday, September 20, 2019
The Freedom Tower is a familiar sight to most New Jersey residents. We've watched it being built and slowly jetting into the New York skyline from afar. We've waited for the day that we could step through its doors and feel the awesome power of resilience and pride (mixed with sadness, too). The Jersey Momma's Boy grew up after 9/11, so he never saw the Twin Towers with his own eyes. But he watched the Freedom Tower rise, and we knew one day we would want to bring him there when he was old enough. We finally had the chance to take him to One World Observatory, and what a trip it was! If you're curious what it's like to visit, especially with children, read on!


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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. I update this post often and try to answer all questions. 



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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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