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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