Thomas the Train at iPlay America – Giveaway!!


iPlay America Welcomes Thomas & FriendsTM for a Fun-

Filled Sing-Along Adventure Sept. 19

GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE <— Win a Family 4 Pack of passes!!

Freehold, NJ — iPlay America will welcome children’s favorite Thomas & FriendsTM

for two fun-filled sing-along shows Saturday, Sept. 19, at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Young

fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to meet the Really Useful Engine!

Tickets are free with the purchase the Thomas Pass — an iRide pass — for $14.95.

This pass includes all day unlimited rides on some of the park’s most popular

attractions including Jump Around, Happy Swing, Just iKidz (soft play area), Dizzy

Dragons, Skyscraper, Kite Flyer and Spin Zone Bumper Cars.

Another option is the Thomas and Friends Plus Pass that includes an iRide Plus

pass, a free ticket, a $10 game card and priority seating, all for $27.95. The iRide

Plus pass includes Jump Around, Happy Swing, Dizzy Dragons, Skyscraper, Kite

Flyer, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, iPA Speedway Go Karts, and Cosmic Battle Laser

Tag. Those who purchase this option may upgrade to a Meet-and-Greet ticket for an

additional $9.95.

*** Winner will receive 4 passes to the Thomas the Train show with assigned seating, and 4 iRide Passes that are good for any day (once activated they must be used the same day).

If  you win tickets, you will be able to choose the showtime to attend.


Back to school GIVEAWAY – Vamousse Lice Treatment & Defense


For my kids, school starts next week. I am so excited to be carting my son off to school and watching him grow this year and make new friends. We have already gotten all of our school supplies, and have been packing his back pack with the misc. items requested by his teacher. As the year goes on, I know he’ll be needing more supplies. I hope that one of them IS NOT Lice Treatment, but the truth is, we got 2 letters from his school last year that kids in his school had head lice and that everyone should be checked in case of accidental contact. I can’t explain how it feels knowing that you HAVE to send your child to school after getting this notice, and just hope that the school keeps kids clean of contracting head lice and larva. Finding out that Lice is the No.2 health problem in children ages 3-11 years old (2nd only to the common cold) has me a bit uneasy. Having a 3 year old at home makes the stakes a little higher, 2 heads to check every night, and 2 kids to worry about. Vamousse make the worry a little less. If your kid has already been infected with the lice or larva, you can use the Lice treatment and the problem will be over in just 15 minutes! If you received the dreaded letter as I have in the past, you can use the Vamousse defense shampoo that will actually help protect against Lice, so there is no more just crossing your fingers when sending them to school after a classroom or school outbreak. Best of all, these items are non-toxic which is the most important thing to me as a parent.


Enter to win by clicking here: Vamousse Giveaway

The Prize Pack includes:


Vamousse Lice Defense

Gentle daily shampoo for use during:

  • Lice outbreaks at school
  • Summer camp, sleepovers
  • Maintenance after treatment to avoid re-infestation
  • Kills lice, as shown in lab studies
  • Non-Toxic, Pesticide-Free
  • Available nationwide at Walmart and online at, and
  • MSRP $12.99



Vamousse Lice Treatment

  • Kills lice AND eggs by dehydration in 1 treatment
  • Non-Toxic, Pesticide-Free
  • No pesticide resistance
  • Up to 100% effective with treatment and combing
  • Quick and precise mousse application
  • Available nationwide at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Kmart, and in some regional chains, including Harris Teeter, HEB, and online at and
  • MSRP $24.99




Additional information and resources can be found at


Also check out the lice guide at:

Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day 2015




ESPN to Host Broadcast for First Time on ESPN2

The annual event takes place Saturday, August 29th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow, NY, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m to kick-off the 2015 US Open, which runs from August 31st – September 13th.


From 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., families can enjoy an exciting array of free tennis games geared toward kids, plus live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic as well as musical performances by Bea Miller, Kalin and Myles, Natalie La Rose, Jacob Whitesides and American Authors. Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. General admission promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $25. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be broadcast nationally by ESPN2 on Sunday, August 30, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET). 



World’s Preeminent Tennis & Music Festival Kicks-Off 2015 US Open at 

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Join the #Journey2aMillion during Alex’s Million Mile – Run. Walk. Ride. September 1-30, 2015

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month


Alex’s Lemonade Stand is a foundation created by a little girl who succumbed to her illness, but before she did, she pledged to help others by raising money through lemonade stands around the world. The foundation has raised well over a million dollars since it’s conception, but still has a goal of raising $1 Million Dollars with 1 Million Miles this September.

Check out this video to learn a little more about the foundation and Alex’s Million Mile kicking off this Sept 1st.

Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the United States for children under 15 and every $40 raised funds an hour of research.

You can join my team and/or donate “Cheryl’s Amazing AMM Team” and help raise money for this extremely important cause by clicking here;

You can have your own lemonade stand and have all of the proceeds go towards this cause OR you can plan a walk and have pledges donate to the cause in your name.

Some FAQ’s;

Get your children involved too. They can even print out this coloring page;

  • Celebrate the 1st Mile of the event with us by joining our Twitter Chat: Please join @AlexsLemonade #Journey2aMillion on September 1st at 3:00.  More details to follow.

Top 5 NJ Family Friendly Lakes

With all of the news about local NJ beaches filled with shark sightings, killer jellyfish, riptides and bacteria, it’s time to look for a family friendly alternative. I have just the right place for your next family getaway – a lake!

I put a list together for you of the top 10 lakes to visit to cool off and relax in the sand this scorching hot Summer!

1. Oxford Furnace Lake – Kauffman Drive, Oxford, New Jersey (908) 453-3098


Lake passes are half off until end of season! free admission for children under 2 yrs old. Picnic tables and grill available for rent at $8/day. Open 11am-6am weekdays.

2. Atsion Lake – Route 206 Shamong (Burlington County) 609-268-0444


Historic Batsto Village is also located within Wharton State Forest, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century. Fees are: Weekdays $5, Weekends $10.

3. Lake Hopatcong – (Morris and Sussex counties)

lake hopatcong

As a child I would enjoy splashing in Lake Hopatcong an remember having so much fun doing water sports. I tried water skiing and would frequently take rides across the lake in my uncles boat. There are tons of things to do at Lake Hopatcong as it’s NJ’s largest lake! You can enjoy water sport rentals, or swim off of the docks.

4. Tomahawk Lake – 155 Tomahawk Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 398-7777



ADULTS $12.00 Weekdays
$14.00 Weekends & Holidays
CHILDREN 11.00 Weekdays
(8 & under) $12.00 Weekends & Holidays

Parents and older children will be swept away by Tomahawk Lake’s wide variety of incredible water slides and rides to choose from such as their 400 foot body slides and speed slide, swan boats, duck boats, paddle boats and bumper boats, the one-person water coaster, Trolley slide and their awesome Rocky Mountain slide that spans over 500 feet!

5. Cheesequake State Park – 300 Gordon Road Matawan, NJ 07747 (732) 566-2161


Swimming is permitted in Hooks Creek Lake from Memorial day weekend through Labor Day weekend while lifeguards are on duty. Visitors will find a beach complex containing changing area, restrooms, a first-aid station and a concession offering refreshments, novelties and beach supplies. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach. $5 Weekdays, $10 Weekends.

Sorry not Sorry, I’m a helicopter mom.


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I’m sorry if I cut you off mid-sentence to yell “Don’t go down that slide it’s hot!”, or if I seem halfheartedly interested in the conversation we’re having because I can’t stop counting my kids heads at the over-crowded park so I hit you with frequent the frequent “Mhmm” or “I know, right…” .

It’s just that when I take my kids out in public, I can’t control being a helicopter mom. And I don’t want to. I feel as their mother I have a responsibility to keep them from harm as much as possible, at all times. Last time I checked, there wasn’t such a title as a part-time mom. I hate when I hear or see articles saying, “Don’t be a helicopter mom” or “your kids need to learn the hard way”. Why? Why should I let my kids walk into even the smallest danger without trying to protect them? So they learn? I understand trial and error, and they will have much time for that in their later life as teens and adults. I’m sorry I do not feel that a child under 13 needs to learn through trial and error.

I know that there are bad people in this world, all over,.. it’s been proven time and time again and if I feel the need to hover over my child at the park, or at the beach to make sure they’re not stolen from under me, then that is what I am going to do. The world is a much scarier place then it was when I was younger.

And can I tell you something? While you “Free range parents” are not keeping a watchful eye on your child because they should be learning on their own or free to roam within distance, odds are, a helicopter mom like me nearby is busy adding your child to their constant back and forth of counting children and making sure everyone is safe because they’ve already stopped them from going down a hot slide, or putting a rock in their mouth. And that’s fine. It’s my prerogative. Just please don’t mind if I interrupt your lengthy phone call to tell you your child is crawling on top of your newborn babies car seat an caving in the top within an inch from your babies head. And I’ll squint and fake smile when you say thank you and quickly run to grab them off and go back to ignoring your children in a public place.

Now don’t take it the wrong way, children DO need freedom, but there is a time and a place. My children are also free to do whatever I allow them to do. They can even eat dirt if they feel like it (as long as it is inspected by me first – OK, I’m just kidding). I allow them to explore, play with other children, jump off of high objects, and balance on bars if they want to. As long as I am within distance and I always have my eye on their every move.

I can’t say for sure if I’ll continue being a helicopter mom as my children get older, but I can say that it’ll all be up to their decision quality.

So, I’m sorry I’m not sorry, I’m a helicopter mom. I am going to hover over my children until I feel they can make their own wise decisions. I am going to hover over MY CHILDREN until I see that they’ve proven to make the right decisions. And disclaimer; I may partially ignore you in the process.