Adventure Academy Review: One Mom's Honest Opinion

Sunday, December 22, 2019
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.

*Note that this post is continuously updated and I try my best to respond to all comments in the comment section! 


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Winter Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond: Indoor Winter Fun in NJ

Friday, December 20, 2019
Winter day trip ideas are a big topic of a discussion on message boards and in Facebook groups. It's hard to figure out where to take the kids when the weather is bad. Finding fun indoor play ideas is hard enough, but entertaining kids on the weekend or during a vacation when it's too cold to do anything else, well, that ain't easy! So here's a list of over 25 fun things to do in and around The Garden State during the winter months. From play mazes to museums, I've got ya covered!

*this post has been freshly updated for 2019-2020!


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Make Your Own Desktop Porg! Easy Porg Crafts Inspired by Star Wars

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
We're a bit Porg-obsessed in this house. Everyone knows I'm a huge Star Wars fan, and after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I fell in love with the furry Porgs of Ahch-to Island. I searched for some fun Porg crafts and Star Wars-inspired crafts online but couldn't find what I was looking for. So I came up with this easy paper Porg craft that anyone can make. You, too, can have your own office Porg!

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

Tuesday, December 17, 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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What to Do If Your Elf on the Shelf Forgets to Hide: Free Printables Included!

Monday, December 16, 2019
Sometimes our Elf on the Shelf buddies get a little lazy, don't they? You wake up in the morning and --GASP!- your elf is still on the shelf! Here's a quick and easy save for when your Elf on the Shelf forgets to move. Free printable included in post!


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The Cartoon Network Hotel is Opening 2020 in Lancaster, PA!

Sunday, December 15, 2019
The Cartoon Network is pretty much on 24-7 in this house, so when I heard that The Cartoon Network Hotel was coming to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I was so excited! Read on for more details and see how you can book a room at this amazing hotel, coming 2020!


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How to Make a Punch Prize Box for Class Parties

Friday, December 13, 2019
As the homeroom parent for my son's classroom, I am always on the lookout for new ideas to use at the class parties.  I have seen 'punch boxes' or prize boxes on Pinterest, but never actually tried to make one myself. Until now!


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Nickelodeon Debuts New Animated Series, It's Pony - January 2020!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
I always get excited when new animated series debut. Nickelodeon is gearing up to launch It's Pony, a brand new show featuring the voice talents of Rosario Dawson, Kal Penn and Bobby Moynihan. Read on for more details about this cute new series coming in 2020, and be sure to watch the trailer, too!


A Review of Hershey Sweet Lights and Hershey's Chocolate World (part 2)

Monday, December 9, 2019
If you haven't had a chance, please check out Part 1 of my two part blog series, Christmas in Hershey.  In Part 1 I talked about Hershey Park's Christmas Candy Lane and The Hotel Hershey. Here in Part 2, I'll talk about Hershey Sweet Lights and Chocolate World, both of which I love. And please note, this is NOT a sponsored post. Since writing it I have become a part of the Hershey's Sweetest Families Panel, but when this was written, it was not sponsored. If you like my Hershey stuff (and I hope you do), be sure to check out my Hershey Insider Page for all of my Hershey posts.

This post has been updated for 2019!


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Fun Christmas Attractions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

Sunday, December 8, 2019
What are the best Christmas and holiday attractions in New Jersey and beyond? I've got some suggestions for you! The holiday season is upon us, and if you're anything like me, you're itching to do some 'holiday stuff' with your family.  And I'm not talking crafts or baking- I mean, cool trips that you can take for some holiday themed fun! So here are some of my favorite must-visit holiday locations in the tri-state area.  Be sure to scroll down for a full list of even more holiday ideas, too!!

*This post has been freshly updated for 2019!


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Staying at The Hotel Hershey: Woodside Cottages Review

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
If you're familiar with Hershey, Pennsylvania, you probably know about the beautiful Hotel Hershey, located just minutes from Hersheypark. But have you ever heard of The Woodside Cottages at The Hotel Hershey? We've been visiting Hershey for years and we always wondered what the cottages were like. They sit behind the hotel, essentially in their own little neighborhood. Well, we finally had a chance to experience them ourselves, and I'm so excited to tell you all about them! This is not a sponsored post (just an honest opinion, from me to you, so read on)!

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Gingerbread House Hacks : Tips for Easy Construction and Decoration

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The first gingerbread house I ever built was condemned.  The walls slid together, the frosting was too watery, and if a gingerbread man tried to move in, he would have been killed by a collapsing roof. But over the years I've learned a few tips and tricks to build a better gingerbread house. Especially when there are kids involved!

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A Review of Gingerbread Wonderland at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Sunday, December 1, 2019
What is Gingerbread Wonderland at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum? Well, have you ever wondered what it would be like if all of the gingerbread cookies got together during the holidays and had a big party?  I'm sure there would be dancing cookies and palace ballrooms and colorful characters.  I'm sure it would look a lot like The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Gingerbread Wonderland!

*this post has been freshly updated for 2019!


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Santa Lollipops Made with Jolly Ranchers: Great Christmas Candy Gifts!

Friday, November 29, 2019
Making your own lollipops (or suckers) is not as hard as you think! These Christmas Santa lollipops were not tough at all, and they look adorable when they're finished! All you need are some Jolly Ranchers and a little imagination! Well, and this tutorial. But you get the idea...
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Gift Alert: Diggerland U.S.A. Black Friday Holiday Sale!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019
It's so hard to find gifts for the kids (or adults!) who have everything. So if you're looking for a unique gift idea this year, why not think outside the box and purchase an experience? One of our favorite New Jersey attractions, Diggerland USA, is having a HUGE Black Friday sale going on now  through December 2nd! Read on!


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Kellytoy Introduces New Squishmallows for November 2019

Monday, November 25, 2019
New Squishmallows for 2019 alert!! Kellytoy released seventeen (17!!!) new Squishmallow characters for November 2019, and I have the scoop for you. Check out these adorable photos and kiss your savings goodbye because I know every Squishmallows Squad member out there is going to want all of these! Myself included. 😉



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Kids Ride Free on NY Waterway Ferries This Holiday Season!

I'm always searching for the best way to get to New York City during the holidays, especially with kids in tow. If you want to go see the tree at Rockefeller Center, attend the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, or even see the ball drop on New Year's Eve in Times Square, the ferry from NY Waterway is one of the best options (I know this from experience, believe me). And this season, kids under 12 ride NY Waterway ferries for free! Read on for details and any exclusions that may apply.



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

Sunday, November 24, 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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LEGOLAND New York Resort, Holovis and ETF Ride Systems Reveal The LEGO Factory Adventure Ride!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
LEGOLAND New York revealed awesome details about another ride coming to their theme park in 2020. The LEGO Factory Adventure Ride will feature the world’s first use of on-ride tracking technology. By identifying the attributes of guests and mapping their position in the virtual space, the ride transforms riders into LEGO Minifigures right before their own eyes! LEGOLAND New York revealed the news at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) annual Expo in Orlando, along with the ride technology designer, Holovis. The event was also broadcast live on Facebook. Read on for more details about LEGOLAND New York, coming 2020, and see what's in store for this incredible theme park!



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Mummenschanz RE:PLAY - a Creative Breath of Fresh Air in a Technological World

Sunday, November 17, 2019
Thinking about taking your child to see a show, play or musical in New York City? It's often hard to choose the right one, especially if your children are very young. RE:PLAY, a visually spectacular show featuring Mummenschanz, is now playing at The New Victory Theater. It's the perfect way to ignite a creative spark in children of all ages! And they do it beautifully without computerized special effects, loud music or words. Read on for more details.

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New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium Opening at American Dream in 2020!

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Have you heard about New Jersey SEA LIFE Aquarium? Opening in 2020 alongside LEGOLAND Discovery Center at American Dream, SEA LIFE will be a 35,000-square-foot aquarium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, themed around New York City’s most iconic moments and landmarks. It's playfully dubbed, 'City Under the Sea.' Read on to learn more!


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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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DIY Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
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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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

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.

*this post as been updated for 2019!


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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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