GIVEAWAY!! SCOOB! Arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-Ray and DVD - Win a Copy!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020
ZOINKS! Did you miss the at-home premiere of SCOOB! a few months ago? Or maybe you want to see it again? No worries! Now you can learn the origins of Mystery Inc. and prepare for adventure when “SCOOB!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 21st.  Read all about the 4K UHD, Blu-Ray and DVD features, and enter to win your own copy of the movie below!

Easy Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie for Birthdays or Parties - Better Than Cake!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
This no-fail giant chocolate chip cookie cake recipe is always a hit! It's easy to make, mostly with ingredients you already have on hand. It's a great alternative to birthday cake and perfect for a picnic or potluck dinner.

Sugar Crusted Raspberry Muffins

Saturday, June 27, 2020
Raspberry muffin recipes are easy to find on Pinterest, but this one is especially good because of its sugar crusted top- and you can use fresh raspberries! Read on for the simple recipe!


Disney's Moana Recipes: Jello Treats and Free Printables!

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Disney's Moana is one of my favorite movies of all time. I am also a huge fan of The Rock, so I'm happy to help promote for him with this fun post. I'm your gal, Dwayne!  Anyway, I digress. In honor of the movie Moana, I've come up with a fun little recipe to enjoy, and there are even some cute coloring sheets for you to print out, too!


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

The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite promised to be the biggest night of play in New York City in 2019, and it certainly did not disappoint! Take a look at some of my favorite picks from Sweet Suite 2019, and stay tuned for details about Sweet Suite 2020, The Toy Insider's Biggest VIRTUAL Day of Play!!


The Great Big List of Summer Day Trip Ideas in New Jersey and Beyond!

Monday, June 22, 2020
Looking for Summer day trip ideas in and around New Jersey? I got ya covered!! Here's my great big list of over 100 fun places to visit with your family this Summer, as well as an interactive map to help you find what you're looking for.

**2020 update: many of these venues are closed due to the state lockdown or are open with limited hours. Please be sure to call ahead, check their websites or look on their social channels for all of their operating instructions.**


How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Basic Guide

Thursday, June 18, 2020
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.


Make Your Own Chalk Sand Art : DIY Tutorial

Friday, June 12, 2020
Looking for sand art supplies? I know, expensive right? Are you wondering if there is a better (or cheaper) way to make sand art for parties and fairs? Well, there is! A few years ago, The Jersey Momma's Boy had an "Art Party" for his fifth birthday (you can read all about that here).  I wanted to do sand art at the party, but all of the supplies were kind of costly (especially if you need a lot of sand in different colors). Imagine my excitement when I saw some DIY sand art ideas on Pinterest.  But making your own sand?  That couldn't really work, could it?  Indeed it can!  Read on!


15+ Toys, Books and More for Summer Fun: Sensational Summer Must-Haves

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Summer is here and that means we're going to need some fun toys, games and books to keep those kids occupied for the next few months! I sampled 15 fun items that I'd love to share with you, and I've added all of the reasons why I think they're perfect for summer.

Father's Day Gift Guide: Gift Ideas for Every Dad

Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Father's Day gift ideas are a piece of cake with my handy dandy gift guide! I've gathered a few of my favorite items for dads right here on the blog, so check it out and find something special for the #1 man in your life.


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

Friday, May 29, 2020
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 .


New Jersey Campgrounds Resource List: Camping in NJ, PA and NY

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Thinking about finding the perfect family campground this summer? I know traveling might be tricky and the idea of planning a fun-filled season might seem daunting, but never fear! I've found some fun family campground ideas that might be a good option if you're looking for alternative vacation and travel plans.

Celebrate World Turtle Day (5/23) with Henry from Squishmallows!

Friday, May 22, 2020
Are you ready to 'shellebrate' World Turtle Day? Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue, this is the perfect time to show your support for these gentle and beloved reptiles. You can help spread the word about this amazing day!


How to Make Red, White and Blue Patriotic Cupcakes DIY

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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!


BruMate: Sensational Summer Must-Haves

Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Wait till you see this fun gift idea I found! I'm gearing up for summer and planning on spending time outdoors with my family. This season I'll be hangin' in the backyard, visiting local parks and having picnics (at a socially safe distance, of course 🙄). I can honestly tell you that BruMate is going to be along for the ride! BruMate products are designed to keep your drinks ice cold and "look epic while doing it." Check out all of the fun designs and see why I fell in love with them enough to devote an entire post to their products. AND...if you're looking for a fresh gift idea, this is it! 

No Crowd Day Trips: Visiting Merrill Creek Reservoir

Monday, May 18, 2020
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!


Get Ready for a SCOOB! Movie Premiere Event! Scooby Doo is Inviting YOU!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Ruh-Roh!  Break out the popcorn and the chew toys, grab a comfy seat and get ready to connect with friends and family, because Scooby-Doo and the whole Mystery Inc. gang are bringing the party to your house! On Friday, May 15th,  everyone is invited to the Twitter #ScoobMovieNight premiere event, hosted by the big dog himself, to celebrate the release of the brand new, fully animated, full-length action adventure feature “SCOOB!” on Premium Video on Demand or Premium Digital Ownership. Read on for details!

Easy Pasta Primavera Recipe

Monday, May 11, 2020
I'm always in search of easy, healthy recipes. I'm a lazy cook and I hate chopping vegetables and preparing the meal. Don't get me wrong, I know it's important to eat healthy, I just dread putting effort into it (isn't that terrible of me?). Anyway, here's a simple recipe I found for those who are slowly trying to transition into a healthier lifestyle or for anyone who needs a quick, healthy meal that tastes good, too.  It's also a great meal to make for company.


SCOOB! Debuts May 15th: Watch the New Trailer

Friday, May 8, 2020
Guess what, Scooby Doo fans? Your favorite mystery solving gang is back! SCOOB! hits home theaters this May, and I think it's the perfect family film to kick off the summer. Read on for more info about where to watch! Oh, and don't forget to view the trailer in the post, too!

Quick and Easy Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us, and being a former teacher myself, I can tell you that this week does mean a lot for teachers.  Well, at least it did for me.  So if your child has a great teacher and you want to show them a little love, here are some quick goodies you can put together in a flash.


7 Unique Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Gifts for Every Mom!

Let me guess, you need a Mother's Day gift idea, right? Who doesn't? It's so hard to find fun and unique gifts for moms these days. That's why I've partnered with The Hopping Bloggers to bring you some amazing Mother's Day gift ideas. Read to find the perfect gifts for any mom!


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

Monday, May 4, 2020
'May the 4th' is almost here, and for Star Wars fans, that's a special day (get it? May the Fourth/Force?). 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!


Better Food Choices for Families: Bakerly (Order Online from Home!)

Sunday, May 3, 2020
I'm always in search of new food options, especially for kids and families. For many years I attended the Fancy Food Show in New York City, just so I could find some of the best ideas for lunch box treats, after school snacks and healthy new options to share with you. One of my favorite finds from years past was Bakerly. Read all about them in today's post, and find out how you can get your own Bakerly products without even leaving your home.


Best Books for Kids: Chapter Books, Picture Books and More! - Plus, a Giveaway!

Monday, April 27, 2020
If you're looking some book suggestions for kids, look no further! I have a handful of new favorites to share with you here, including chapter books, picture books and even new series! Be sure to enter my book giveaway at the end of the post, too!

Handmade Mother's Day Gifts for Kids: Crafts Anyone Can Make!

Handmade Mother's Day gifts are some of the most special and memorable presents that a momma can receive. Knowing that a child worked to make something for you with their own little hands- well, that is priceless. I've compiled some of my easiest and most classic crafts here, but feel free to check out my Crafts page for more ideas!


Fun and Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Earth Day is the perfect chance to honor our beautiful planet! Here are some fun and easy ways to celebrate Earth Day with your family. Many thanks to all of the bloggers who contributed to this fabulous round-up!


Take a FREE Arts Break with New Victory Theater: Homeschooling Resources and Fun Programs for Kids

Monday, April 20, 2020
As parents and teachers search for homeschooling resources during the COVID-19 crisis, it's wonderful to see authors, artists, illustrators (and more) stepping up to share their talent for the good of others. The amazing folks at New Victory Theater have created week long programs (for FREE!) to help kids at home during this difficult time. Take a look at their weekly line-up and add New Victory to your daily curriculum! And, hey, when this is all over with, I hope we can all go celebrate and see a show at New Victory when their new season begins again (they are currently closed through the summer😥).

*Note that I will try to keep this post updated with all of the latest Art Breaks being offered by New Victory, so keep checking back! Last update 5/20.


Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie Recipe : Spring Peeps Bunny Cookie

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Peeps are so cute that I tend to enjoy them even after Easter.  I bought an adorable Peeps bunny cookie pan from Candyland Crafts in Somerville (if  you live in Jersey, you must go visit them!) but then I got sick right around Easter time and I never had the chance to use it.  Never one to let a good, adorable cookie pan go to waste, I made a Spring bunny cookie for myself The Jersey Momma's Boy after the holiday.


Easy Strawberry Muffins

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I don't know about you, but I LOVE muffins. I'm always on the look-out for easy muffin recipes, and this strawberry muffin recipe is one of my favorites! It reminds me of a strawberry shortcake, and it's great warm or even straight out of the refrigerator.

11 Creative Uses for Colored Chalk

Looking for some creative uses for all of that colored chalk you've gathered over the years? We've found sooooo many creative uses for chalk, so we thought we'd share some with you. 


New Squishmallows Jingle & Ringtone 'Hello We're the Squishmallows' - Watch Their New Video!

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Just when the world could use a little sprinkle of joy, along come the Squishmallows with their new music video! Kellytoy has released a jingle and ringtone called 'Hello We're the Squishmallows,' and it's bound to put a smile on your face. Read on to learn how to download the ringtone, and be sure to watch the video, too!

Fun with Peeps: Peeps Jousting!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
I love when Spring rolls around and all of those colorful Peeps start hitting the market. They're just so bright and cute- I'm always looking for fun things to do with them. I was so excited to hear about Peeps Jousting, and so was The Jersey Momma's Boy. This is a fun activity that doesn't require much time or mess. Give it a try, you're sure to wind up laughing!


LEGOLAND New York Reschedules Opening Date

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Good things come to those who wait, or so the saying goes! And due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the grand opening of the much-anticipated LEGOLAND New York has been delayed. The theme park was due to open its gates in July of 2020, but the opening date has since been rescheduled. Read on for more info and see what you can do if you already purchased season passes.

Easter Gift Guide: Gift Ideas, Egg Fillers, Purchase Options

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Ready or not, Easter is on its way! I know it might not be easy this year for the Easter Bunny to come up with ideas for Easter baskets, and some bunnies are really not even in the mood to celebrate. But if you have children at home, I urge you to do whatever you can to make this a special Easter and focus on the good! I've put together some small Easter basket ideas, complete with links and suggestions of where to buy items. I've also come up with some ideas for egg fillers, especially if you think you don't have any on hand!


Free Daily Journal Printables: Homeschooling Resources

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Getting kids to write in a journal can be a daunting task. It's often difficult for them to put thoughts into words or to come up with topics. Writing prompts help, but we often need a better way to kickstart our entries. I created these printable journal pages to help kids get their thoughts on paper each day.


Get Outside: Create a Neighborhood or Backyard Safari - Free Printables Included!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
No matter what the situation, we are always looking for ways to spend more time outdoors, right? It's hard to encourage kids (and adults!) to unplug and take a walk or bike ride. For added inspiration, I created an idea for neighborhood interaction (although you can do this in your own yard, too). I hope you'll join me and spread the GET OUTSIDE initiative!


Make Your Own Peeps Houses: More Fun with Peeps

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
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!


Educational Activities at Home: Homeschooling Ideas at Your Fingertips

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Are you looking for fun, easy, educational things to do with kids during their extended school break? I've got you covered! I've gathered up some of my favorite posts and ideas (from here at The Jersey Momma and from my blogging friends), so start making some plans and don't worry about the weeks to come! I even organized them into handy subject areas for you.

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.

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


How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes: A DIY Tutorial

Saturday, March 14, 2020
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!


Let's Visit Dream Dinners in Flemington! A Jersey Momma Review

Thursday, March 12, 2020
If you're looking for a review of Dream Dinners then you've come to the right place. I visited my local Dream Dinners in Flemington, New Jersey and I have so much to say about it! Never heard of Dream Dinners? You're in for a treat! If you're like me and constantly asking yourself, 'what am I going to make for dinner tonight?' then read on about this amazing experience!


How to Make Rainbow Rice Sensory Bins

Sunday, March 8, 2020
Sensory bins are one of the best things about childhood. What better way than to promote creative play and independent discovery? There are some amazing ideas for sensory tables/bins all over Pinterest, and when The Jersey Momma's Boy was about 2 or 3, I would change up the sensory bins every few weeks for him. He's a little too old for them now, but he still enjoys playing with the rainbow rice. Because, well, let's face it, it's cool. Rainbow rice is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any old time of year. And don't worry, it's not as hard to make as you think!


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

Friday, March 6, 2020
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.


New & Noteworthy Toys from TFNY 2020: Toy Fair New York Round-Up

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Toy Fair New York 2020 featured some of the most amazing toys for the upcoming year. I highlighted 20 of my favorites in last week's round-up post, but I thought I'd share a few more fun finds from TFNY! Check out some of these amazing new toys, and start making those wishlists for upcoming holidays, birthdays and events!


Easy Dr. Seuss Inspired Cupcakes for Read Across America Day

Monday, March 2, 2020
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!


St. Patrick's Day Crafts: Simple Shamrock Angels

Sunday, March 1, 2020
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.


20 Fun Finds from Toy Fair New York 2020: TFNY

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Toy Fair New York (TFNY) 2020 has come to a close, but there are some fabulous new toy trends and fun finds to share with you. The show itself was certainly one to remember - from superstar Shaquille O'Neal and toy photographer Mitchel Wu's ribbon cutting ceremony, to the dancing Squishmallows cascading around the Javits Center! This was my fifth (or sixth? I can't remember!) year attending the toy industry's biggest event of the year, and I am excited to share my favorite finds with you. Read on to see who won The Jersey Momma's heart and why!


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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
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!


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

Monday, February 24, 2020
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!


New Squishmallows from Toy Fair New York 2020: Kellytoy Squishmallow Booth Tour TFNY

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Squishmallows fans, rejoice! I got a sneak peek of the 2020 line of new Squishmallows coming soon from Kellytoy! These photos are all from Toy Fair New York. I do not know release dates/names/sizes but will update as soon as I hear anything.

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