5 Simple Activities to do with kids during a Pandemic

Let’s face it. Everything these days consists of “in a Pandemic?” so why would kids activities be any different? You’re doing what in a Pandemic? That’s the question many ask and many answer “nothing” or staying safe at home.

That’s all fine and well however the days are still passing and if you have little ones, they may not understand why they can’t do their normal fun fall activities.

Here are some ideas to get the feel of Fall, but still keep simple and safe as needed.

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1. Paint a pumpkin. Part of the fun is Pumpkin picking, but if you’re not ready to go out to public spaces just yet, pick a few up during your next grocery shopping trip, and some dollar store paint sets and you’re just about ready to get down to business. It’s much easier than carving, and much safer for little helpers.

Tip: Start with an idea from googling “pumkin painting” or use a favorite character photo. Draw the image onto the pumpkin with a pencil before committing with the paint.

2. Pick flowers and make plant baskets. By now your lovely outdoor garden is probably starting to whither. At least here in New Jersey we’ve gotten a slight frost or 2 and temperatures are sure to drop quickly. Instead of watching the flowers die or waiting to rip out a woody stick skelton version of your coleus plant, try picking the flowers and displaying their last bit of life in a vase indoors or pruning and potting your plants for inside or as front door decor.

Tip: Little hands cannot wait to pick flowers and any excuse to do so with consent is sure to be taken on with enjoyment. Identify the smells, textures and even the colors to make it extra fun! Hey, maybe you’ll wind up with a little future horticulturist on your hands.

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3. Take a trip to the local zoo. If you’re feeling adventurous but not THAT adventurous yet due to the Pandemic, get a little normalcy in with a trip to your local zoo. Most zoos are limiting capacity even though mostly outdoor exhibits, and there isn’t much to touch, so you can enjoy a nice day out while the weather still cooperates and give the animals at least a reason to be where they’re stuck anyway (so sad). I’m sure they love to see people since they don’t have as many visitors these days, especially tiny ones with big smiles!

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4. BAKE. Even if you’re not an avid baker there are many simple recipes including bake-free ones that little hands can get in on like oreo chocolate truffles which are one of my absolute favorites! Adding some orange food coloring to coconut flakes can create the Fall feel and with a dollop of green colored icing or chocolate you can even make them into cute little pumpkin replicas.

Another favorite that is so simple you’ll wonder how you haven’t been doing this your whole life is cake cookies.

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5. Paint Rocks. Find some rocks by taking a walk around your neighborhood or maybe there are some in your yard or local park. If you cannot find rocks “in the wild” hehe, you can always purchase a bag of larger rocks from your local hardware store. There are some really cute designs or sayings online, and you can use finger paint to make it little kid friendly or better yet…you do the painting (maybe add alittle paint and sip action) and then let your little ones choose where they go outside. To a neighbors porch? A random location for someone to find? A gift for aunts, uncles, or grandparents? The options are endless!

I hope I’ve inspired you to get out and have some Fall fun in spite of the current situation in the World! And SMILE 😃

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

The Winter 2020 Disney Movie Challenge

There are so many challenges out on Tik Tok and Snapchat that even some have been making the news that make you say “WHAT?!”. Well, here is a fun, safe, family challenge to keep you and your family occupied for at least alittle while while your stuck indoors once the weather gets cooler (and the Pandemic inevitably increases again).

How about a Disney movie challenge! Here’s how it goes. 26 letters of the Alphabet, 26 days of Disney Movies!

You have a member if your family chose a Disney movie (or any movie of the genre you want) that starts with the corresponding days letter stating with A and so on.

They must choose a movie that starts with that letter, or if it’s impossible to find one (such as X, then pick a movie that at least has that letter in its name somewhere). Yes it’ll get hard but that’s the point!

Not only may you discover some more Disney movies you love, but your family will have fun doing it and lasting memories.

Oh. And did I mention it eliminates the “I can’t choose a movie” or “there’s nothing to watch” slurs!

If you’re wondering how you get to these movies, many have Disney + these days or if you’re anything like me you have a huge Disney DVD collection (you don’t? Then start one at DisneyMovieClub), or skip the Disney theme all together and go with any movie with that letter that you have available to you. Either way it’s worth trying.

Have fun! Let me know some of your favorite Disney movie letters, mine is T!

Below is a list of Disney Movies in Alphabetical Order:
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • 102 Dalmatians
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • A Bug’s Life
  • A Far Off Place
  • A Goofy Movie
  • A Kid in King Arthur’s Court
  • A Tale of Two Critters
  • A Tiger Walks
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • ABCD 2
  • African Cats
  • Air Bud
  • Air Bud: Golden Receiver
  • Aladdin
  • Aladdin
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Aliens of the Deep
  • Almost Angels
  • America’s Heart and Soul
  • Amy
  • Anaganaga O Dheerudu
  • Angels in the Outfield
  • Arjun: The Warrior Prince
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Artemis Fowl
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Babes in Toyland
  • Bambi
  • Bears
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Benji the Hunted
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Big Hero 6
  • Big Red
  • Blackbeard’s Ghost
  • Blank Check
  • Blue
  • Bolt
  • Bon Voyage!
  • Born in China
  • Brave
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Brother Bear
  • Candleshoe
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • Cars 3
  • Charley and the Angel
  • Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar
  • Cheetah
  • Chicken Little
  • Chimpanzee
  • Christopher Robin
  • Cinderella
  • Cinderella
  • Coco
  • College Road Trip
  • Condorman
  • Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
  • Cool Runnings
  • D2: The Mighty Ducks
  • D3: The Mighty Ducks
  • Dangal
  • Darby O’Gill and the Little People
  • Dasavathaaram
  • Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
  • Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
  • Dinosaur
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • Disney’s The Kid
  • Do Dooni Chaar
  • Dolphin Reef
  • Doug’s 1st Movie
  • Dragonslayer
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
  • Dumbo
  • Dumbo
  • Earth
  • Eight Below
  • Emil and the Detectives
  • Enchanted
  • Endurance
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Expedition China
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Dory
  • Finding Nemo
  • First Kid
  • Flight of the Navigator
  • Flubber
  • Follow Me, Boys!
  • Frank and Ollie
  • Frankenweenie
  • Freaky Friday
  • Freaky Friday
  • Frozen
  • Frozen II
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • G-Force
  • George of the Jungle
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence GITS2
  • Ghost of the Mountains
  • Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Glory Road
  • Greyfriars Bobby
  • Growing Up Wild
  • Gus
  • Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • Heavyweights
  • Herbie Goes Bananas
  • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
  • Herbie Rides Again
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Hercules
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Holes
  • Home on the Range
  • Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • Hot Lead and Cold Feet
  • I’ll Be Home for Christmas
  • Ice Princess
  • In Search of the Castaways
  • Incredibles 2
  • Inside Out
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Into the Woods
  • Invincible
  • Iron Will
  • Jagga Jasoos
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • John Carter
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience
  • Jungle 2 Jungle
  • Jungle Cat
  • Khoobsurat
  • Kidnapped
  • King of the Grizzlies
  • L’Empereur – March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step[a]
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book
  • Lilly the Witch: The Journey to Mandolan
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N.
  • Make Mine Music
  • Maleficent
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • Man of the House
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Max Keeble’s Big Move
  • McFarland, USA
  • Meet the Deedles
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Melody Time
  • Midnight Madness
  • Mighty Joe Young
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Miracle
  • Miracle of the White Stallions
  • Moana
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • Monkeys, Go Home!
  • Monsters University
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Moon Pilot
  • Morning Light
  • Mr. Magoo
  • Mulan
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • Muppets Most Wanted
  • My Favorite Martian
  • Napoleon and Samantha
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • Never a Dull Moment
  • Newsies
  • Night Crossing
  • Nikki, Wild Dog of the North
  • No Deposit, No Return
  • Now You See Him, Now You Don’t
  • Oceans
  • Old Dogs
  • Old Yeller
  • Oliver & Company
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians
  • One Little Indian
  • One Magic Christmas
  • One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing
  • Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • Penguins
  • Perri
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Peter Pan
  • Piglet’s Big Movie
  • Pinocchio
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Planes
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue
  • Pocahontas
  • Pollyanna
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
  • Popeye
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Prom
  • Queen of Katwe
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Rascal
  • Ratatouille
  • Recess: School’s Out
  • Remember the Titans
  • Return from Witch Mountain
  • Return to Never Land
  • Return to Oz
  • Return to Snowy River
  • Ride a Wild Pony
  • Roadside Romeo
  • Rob Roy, the Highland Rogue
  • Robin Hood
  • RocketMan
  • Roving Mars
  • Run, Cougar, Run
  • Sacred Planet
  • Saludos Amigos
  • Savage Sam
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • Scandalous John
  • Secretariat
  • Secrets of Life
  • Shipwrecked
  • Sky High
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Smith!
  • Snow Dogs
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Snowball Express
  • So Dear to My Heart
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Son of Flubber
  • Song of the South
  • Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale
  • Summer Magic
  • Superdad
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Tall Tale
  • Tangled
  • Tarzan
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • Ten Who Dared
  • Tex
  • That Darn Cat
  • That Darn Cat!
  • The Absent-Minded Professor
  • The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
  • The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • The African Lion
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
  • The Aristocats
  • The BFG
  • The Barefoot Executive
  • The Bears and I
  • The Best of Walt Disney’s True-Life Adventures
  • The Big Green
  • The Biscuit Eater
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Black Hole
  • The Boatniks
  • The Book of Masters
  • The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
  • The Castaway Cowboy
  • The Cat from Outer Space
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • The Country Bears
  • The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
  • The Devil and Max Devlin
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Fighting Prince of Donegal
  • The Finest Hours
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Game Plan
  • The Gnome-Mobile
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • The Great Locomotive Chase
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • The Greatest Game Ever Played
  • The Happiest Millionaire
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredible Journey
  • The Incredibles
  • The Island at the Top of the World
  • The Journey of Natty Gann
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Jungle Book 2
  • The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark
  • The Legend of Lobo
  • The Light in the Forest
  • The Lion King
  • The Lion King
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Littlest Horse Thieves
  • The Littlest Outlaw
  • The Living Desert
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • The London Connection
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The Love Bug
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Million Dollar Duck
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • The Monkey’s Uncle
  • The Moon-Spinners
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Muppets
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D TNBC
  • The North Avenue Irregulars
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green
  • The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band
  • The Pacifier
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Pixar Story
  • The Princess Diaries
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Rescuers
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • The Rocketeer TR
  • The Rookie
  • The Santa Clause 2
  • The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • The Santa Clause TSC
  • The Shaggy D.A.
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • The Sign of Zorro
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
  • The Straight Story
  • The Strongest Man in the World
  • The Sword and the Rose
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Three Caballeros
  • The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Tigger Movie
  • The Ugly Dachshund
  • The Vanishing Prairie
  • The Watcher in the Woods
  • The Wild
  • The Wild Country
  • The World’s Greatest Athlete
  • The Young Black Stallion
  • Third Man on the Mountain
  • Those Calloways
  • Toby Tyler
  • Tom and Huck
  • Tomorrowland
  • Tonka
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Toy Story 4
  • Trail of the Panda
  • Treasure Island
  • Treasure Planet
  • Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Trenchcoat
  • Tron
  • Tron: Legacy
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Underdog
  • Unidentified Flying Oddball
  • Up
  • Valiant
  • Victory Through Air Power
  • WALL-E
  • Waking Sleeping Beauty
  • Walt & El Grupo
  • Westward Ho the Wagons!
  • White Fang
  • White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf
  • White Wilderness
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  • Wings of Life
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zokkomon
  • Zootopia
  • Zorro the Avenger

4 Must Do Roofing Tips For Cooler Weather

Personally Fall is not one of my favorite times of the year as Winter is sure to come soon after, but I have to say that the cooler weather in the New Jersey area makes activities so much more enjoyable and gives the night time an entire feel and look
of it’s own.

However, Fall also comes with a few things you’ll want to be prepared for, especially when it comes to your home. For instance, now is the time to look at your roof and see if any maintenance needs to be done before the cooler weather turns too cold.

This will ensure that your home won’t in it’s best shape for the snow, ice, and winter wind that could keep your home’s value from dropping or worse, leave you with a large bill to fix. Below are a few tips to help you navigate what you should do first when it comes to your roof, especially if you are a new homeowner.

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1. Consulting With A Professional: It might seem easy to spot a problem with your roof but because you’re not an expert in this field, it also might be easier to have them come on just to be safe. Hiring a roofing contractor who specializes in roofing replacement is

key. They are the ones who can safely inspect your roof and spot any potential problems before the cold weather emergencies. This also will allow you to fix it before it’s too late.
After all, nobody wants to deal with a leaking roof in negative degree weather in the middle of December. Therefore, it is much easier to make the repairs necessary to your
roof in the fall when there is no snow or ice to worry about it. If you’re looking for a reputable company to help you with this decision, call Peter’s Roofing. These professionals install roofing to residential neighborhoods throughout the New Jersey area. I appreciate that they make safety a top priority and earned an impeccable safety record to show for it. They also have several years of experience as well as a solid team
to meet the demands of their clients.

All of their EPDM roofing service installations are covered by a full warranty and manufacturer guarantee so you can feel good about
having them take a look at your roof. It’s also a free estimate to have them come out and give you an expert estimate to help you determine which roof is best for you, your home,
and your budget.

2. Double Check The Gutters – If you haven’t even thought about cleaning your gutters, now is the time to do so. Debris, mud, twigs, and a whole lot of other things can have accumulated
inside of them which is tricky to see from the ground. As this pile grows, the gutters then become clogged. Rainwater, instead of draining down towards the ground, has nowhere to
go and if it’s can drain properly it’ll eventually spill back onto the roof. The water then begins to form a puddle, putting pressure and weight on various sections of your roof. This weight can then cause the roof to sage allowing for more rainwater to build until it collapses in that
spot. Now that you know, you’ll want to grab a ladder and check your gutters as soon as you
can.

3. Trim Overgrown Branches: Having trees in your yard is wonderful. They provide protection and shade from the hot sun but they can also cause some trouble for your roof. If branches start to overhang your roof you’ll want to make sure that you trim them because if the twigs
break off, they can cause damage to your shingles. The majority of damaged roofs actually are caused by falling branches so if a storm comes through, or if you have an older tree and has weak branches it could potentially fall on your roof. This is when you’ll want to keep an eye on it, especially when the winter arrives and the snow can make the branches fall with its weight.

4. Checking The Attic: While it’s awesome to continue to check the roof for areas of trouble but it’s also important to inspect the roof from the inside of your home. That’s right- I’m talking about your attic. Your attic can often lead to issues that might be missed from the
outside. For instance, look for any water leaks that can appear as any dark stain or discolored areas on the wall or floor. Check for signs of mildew or mold as well and don’t
forget to look for any warped ward. If your attic insulation is in good condition, you’ll want to be able to get the max heat retention during the cold months.

Are you starting to feel a bit overwhelmed with everything? Not to worry. The biggest and best thing
you can do for your loved ones and your home is first calling a professional to help take care of the
important things, such as your roof. They are the ones to know exactly what to look for and can help you with troubled areas as well as staying within your budget if repairs are needed.

All in One Moving and Storage, Inc. in NJ

All in One Moving and Storage, Inc. in NJ

Hire the professionals, so you don’t have to be.

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Moving. The word itself is daunting when it becomes reality. There is this funny meme going around social media right now comparing scrolling through Zillow to Instagram. What’s more funny is I thought I was the only one! I scroll through Zillow like it’s my job, most of the time putting in unrealistic expectations and only dreaming of the “what ifs” or getting decor ideas from the houses I see listed and staged.

The more I look, the more I think, maybe we should sell. It’s a sellers market right now that’s for sure which is great for people like me who own a home and have accrued enough equity to make selling worthwhile, but the downside is, yes… it’s a sellers market right now. As a buyer, it is like finding a hidden gem and that’s what myself and many others I know right now are determined to do.

During the process of looking for a new home, I’d be lying if I didn’t mention how scared I am to actually move everything again from one place to another. It doesn’t matter if we move a few blocks away like we did with our last move, or a few states away. It’s overwhelming to say the least, especially when you’re inevitably crunched for time and have deadlines staring you in the face.

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That’s why I told myself next time, we are hiring professionals to do the literal heavy lifting for us. Especially when you have children, or mini hurricanes as I sometimes like to call them, letting a professional company take the reigns is so worth the cost. That’s where All in One Moving & Storage Inc. comes into play. If you live in and are moving within New Jersey, you’ve hit the jackpot if you’re reading this post.

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Whether you’re moving residential, or you have a commercial moving job, they are the top commercial movers NJ has to offer. Ask any experienced business owner and they will all tell you the same thing: “The relocation of a business is one difficult task“.

When you hire the right company, all of that no longer matters. As long as you know when and where, they do the rest. Knowing the locations within New Jersey as well as the right people to get the job done makes them a top choice. Not only are they experts in moving, they have a blog that guides you through much more, like organizing your storage unit properly, how to de-stress after a long moving process, and much more. So when I tell you they’re the experts, they really prove it.

Do you have more than you think just one moving company could handle? Think again! They offer more services that you probably did not even think of until now.

  • Auto Transport; Skilled movers, quality moving trucks and equipment make the process of auto transport NJ a lot easier.
  • Eviction Movers; Unlike your typical household move, there is a bit more to the concept of eviction-caused moving. Eviction is the court-ordered expelling of a tenant from a property by a landlord. So, once the landlord decides that he wants his tenants to move out, he or she can send a notice in advance with a deadline.
  • Long Distance Move; They’ll set you up with a personal relocation consultant to determine your specific needs and ensure stream-lined service throughout your move.
  • Packing Supplies; When it comes to the concern of additional expenses, there is nothing for you to worry about. If you decide on full-service moving, All in One Moving will already have packing supplies included in the package.

Packing costs usually depend on the charge rate you negotiate.

  1. Hourly rate packing fees – this is something you will most commonly encounter with local movers NJ. The thing to remember here is that the more packers you need, the more it’ll cost you. However, certain NJ companies have the policy to lower the hourly rate as the number of packers grows.
  2. Flat-rate packing fee – most often applied with long distance movers NJ. All in One Moving can pre-determine the price of our packing services NJ. The criteria we use are based on the weight and volume of the belongings. In these situations, you would normally have a professional packing calculation, based on the number of rooms and packers needed.

 

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Staycation at Sahara Sam’s Oasis

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It’s a crazy time we’re living in and 2020 has been eventful to say the least. Many had vacations canceled due to travel bans and shutdowns, including myself.

If you’re looking for a staycation to make Summer feel like you’re at a resort, check out Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlim NJ right off of exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike!

The inside waterpark and arcade area is currently shutdown due to social distancing policies however the outdoor area is full fledged fun. They have 50% capacity rules in place so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time online as they’re not selling any on site to limit patrons.

I still found it to be a bit more crowded for my liking however we had a great time and just kept our distance from others.

The outdoor lagoon pool was our favorite. A perfect temperature heated large pool with majority of the pool 3ft deep with a roped off 5ft area.

Life vests are available as needed and there is enough room to social distance as long as every plays by the rules.

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We were supposed to be going to the Hard Rock next month so my kids lounged back and said look mom “this is the hard rock” as that held on to the hot rock lining the lagoon pool. It was so refreshing on this hot 90° Summer day.

The other areas of the outdoor section consists of a “toddler section” for kids 48″ and below. It is a nice shallow pool with buckets and sprinklers perfect for little ones, and a wave pool.

The wave pool is like any other, it goes for about 5 minutes,  then stops to settle,  and goes and stops.  It was really fun but a bit more crowded than I liked so we didn’t spend too much time in that area although the water was a perfect temperature and that made it hard to leave.

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All in all, it was a wonderful staycation and my boys both said “mom, we are definitely giving this a good review”.

Lockers are decently priced at $10 for a small, and you are allowed to bring in water,  and they have a small limited outdoor food area and ice cream station. Masks are not mandated in thre water areas (of course) but they are in the  bathrooms and food lines.

I hear it’s less crowded earlier in the day before 2pm and I’m sure the crowd lessons just befotte closing at 7pm so I suggest to go early or late if you’re trying to avoid crowds.

Every Friday, starting July 17th, is a Family Fun Friday! They’ll have a DJ spinning tunes in the Outdoor Water Park from 12 – 4 PM PLUS enjoy a personal pizza and small drink for just $6.99. *Outdoor Water Park ONLY is open (indoor water attractions closed). Reservations are required.

Let us know if you visit!

*I was provided tickets to review our visit but opinions are my own.

Top 5 NJ Family Friendly Lakes

Great Staycation ideas!

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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

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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

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Beat Cabin Fever with affordable STEM toys!



This kit, Solar Powered Rovers by Thames Kosmos is so awesome! Myself and my son put 2 of them together so far during our staycation and it’s super fun.

We had to cancel our vacations this year, but that won’t stop up from having fun even if it’s a camp out in the backyard, a night of fun indoors or a safari in our state of NJ.

Most STEM kits cost so much money,  but this is a super affordable and fun option that ever parent can surprise they kids with.  Take it on the road, camping,  or just have fun at home. This one kit contains 5 different options and you can build each and take apart easily. At just $19.95 it’s a steal!

To view or purchase the product click thre link below: https://www.thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/feak/solar-powered-rovers

These toys are great to bring on road trips for added fun on the road or at stops for the night a hotel. What’s great is even though it comes with 5 projects, the options are endless as you can make up your own robotic fun.

*Disclaimer: I was sent this product for review but all opinions are my own.

To purchase this toy, follow the link https://www.thamesandkosmos.com/index.php/feak/solar-powered-rovers

Some additional toy options:

My Discovery Telescope

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Have you ever seen a close-up photograph of the Moon, with its fascinating cratered landscape? With this telescope, you can investigate the moon’s surface, search the night sky for constellations and planets, or simply watch the birds at the bird feeder in the backyard! This telescope also lets you see squirrels, deer, and other wild animals up close. And, it’s perfect for pretending to be a pirate sailing the seven seas! This 12x magnification power telescope with durable body and quality optics can be used for terrestrial (land) observations as well as astronomical (night sky) observations. Ages 6+ MSRP: $19.95.

Magformers Basic Plus 14pc Set

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Create 3D structures from 2D nets with Magformers Basic Plus 14Pc Set. Build with 4 Squares, 8 Triangles and 2 Inner Circle Square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. The original and authentic Magformers. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education. Follow the Step-by-step educational idea booklet for ideas and instructions. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; ages 3+.

Bicycle® Standard Index Playing Cards

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Do you remember learning your first card game? How about winning at an old-fashioned game of solitaire? Or that holiday tradition of Gin Rummy after dinner? Since 1885, Bicycle playing cards have been a part of household gaming. Known for its quality and rich heritage, Bicycle® playing cards have been bringing people together for generations. Every Bicycle® playing card deck is specially crafted so that you can trust Bicycle® cards performance, hand after hand. Great for all card games. Great for all players. MSRP: $3.99.

Solar-Powered Rovers

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Want to build fun solar-powered vehicles and devices that move using electricity generated directly from sunlight? With this kit, you can construct five motorized models. Build three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot model. Conduct science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more. The ultralight materials, including strong bamboo rods, make your models speedy and durable. A modular gearing system lets you test out three different gear ratios. Experiment with a solar cell, electric motor, gears, and ultralight materials. Build five different solar-powered models. Learn about how solar cells work and  about the energy from the sun. Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95.

Home Chef and Other Meal Delivery Services

I have been a big fan of meal delivery services since they started a couple of years ago. My main go to is Hello Fresh because I love their variety of meals and flexible weekly options. I have done a few posts reviewing the service, and even included some of the meals that you can make yourself within those posts.

I can tell you one thing though, during this quarantine and pandemic going on, these meal delivery services have saved my butt. Literally. Think about it, instead of gearing up mask and gloves to go to the supermarket surrounded by others who potentially can expose you to the virus, only to go up to the produce and meat sections to realize they’re out of almost everything OR prices have gone us drastically due to demand and you are only able to get 1 or 2 packages of fresh meat. It’s a nightmare.

With these meal delivery kits, they come like clockwork. Their sites say there may be delays, but mine have all been coming on time, and very fresh when they arrive. I have been able to have these 3 dinners worth of amazing restaurant quality meals delivered to me without fail during this quarantine and loving every week of it. I’m not gonna lie.. I even had both Hello Fresh AND Home Chef delivered one week because I forgot to shut one off for the week since I bounce back and forth, and it was 6 dinners worth! Think it’s expensive? Think again… no contract cancel any time, and your first box is only $35 if you sign up through an existing member – otherwise it’s $59.95. That’s still less than $10 a person for dinner per day.

Try it for yourself, save $35 on your first box by signing up 🡪HERE🡨

My new kick I’m on is Home Chef, I started it just a few weeks ago. It is the same basic idea as Hello Fresh, a collection of meals that you choose from a list, or if you forget to chose then the meals are chosen for you.  The difference I have noticed between Home Chef vs Hello Fresh is that Home Chef does some of the work for you & the ingredients are more on a professional culinary level even though the meals are simple. They’re both $59.95 for a 3 meal 2 person plan, and I am usually able to get 2 1/2 meals out of it for me, my husband and my oldest son (my youngest is too picky to eat anything good…).

With that being said, they do an AMAZING job with outlining the recipe and even a novice cook can feel like a chef.. I guess that’s where the got the name from!

Here is an example of a complex risotto recipe I was able to easily make in a matter of 30 minutes;

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This is their Shrimp & Bok Choy with Coconut Risotto and it was A-Mazing!

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Simple step by step recipe with the freshest ingredients ready to go. See if you can follow along with the recipe card and keep in mind all ingredients are provided in separate little meal bags for you although you do need to sharpen up your knife skills and chop;

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Prepare the Ingredients

Remove any discolored outer leaves from bok choy and trim ends. Cut stems into ¼” slices and coarsely chop leaves. Keep stems and leaves separate. Trim and thinly slice white portions of green onions. Thinly slice remaining green onions on an angle. Keep white and green portions separate. Pat shrimp dry.

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Start the Risotto

Place a medium pot over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. olive oil. Add rice and white portions of green onions to hot pot. Stir occasionally until rice is toasted and opaque, 1-2 minutes. Add 1 cup boiling water from small pot and mirepoix base to pot with rice. Rice should just be covered by water. Stir often until nearly all water is absorbed.

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Finish the Risotto

Add ½ cup boiling water from small pot and stir often until nearly all water is absorbed. Repeat this process, stirring often, 18-20 minutes. Taste risotto as you cook, checking for tenderness. When rice has no more “bite” or crunch, it’s done. There may be water left. Stir in coconut milk until combined and bring to a boil. Once boiling, stir constantly until slightly thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from burner and stir in green portions of green onions (reserve a pinch for garnish) and ¼ tsp. salt. Cover and set aside.

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Cook the Shrimp

Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add shrimp to hot pan and cook undisturbed until seared on one side, 2-3 minutes. Flip, and cook until shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 1-2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate. Keep pan over medium-high heat.

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Cook Vegetables and Finish Dish

Add 1 tsp. olive oil and bok choy stems to hot pan and stir occasionally until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Add bok choy leaves and stir constantly until leaves are wilted, 1-2 minutes. Stir in shrimpgarlic and ginger sauce, and ¼ tsp. salt until heated through, 30-60 seconds. Remove from burner. Plate dish as pictured on front of card, topping risotto with shrimp-vegetable mixture and garnishing with toasted coconut and reserved green portions of green onions. Bon appétit!

Keep in mind all images above are copywrite of Home Chef and shown from my online cookbook. Yes, they even give you a cookbook in your online account that stores all of the past recipes you’ve made on their plan so you can remake them yourself by buying the ingredients.

I took it a step further and have ordered a large 3 ring recipe binder and a 3 hole punch and will be adding all of the Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, and Home Chef meal cards to so that I can have them all on hand to make them whenever I feel the need to.

If you want try it please use my invite link to appreciate my work that went into posting this for you!🤗
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There are other meal plans as well like FRESHLY if you are not a fan of cooking. They’re pre-made meals and perfect for take and go lunch’s for work or quick dinners. They are microwavable and freezer ready. They’re very tasty but a little expensive in my opinion for the portions although the more you buy the cheaper they get and they do have $20 off of your first order by signing up 🡪HERE🡨 .

Hope you try one of these meal plans out, they are definitely coming in handy during this shut down in New Jersey! Comment your thoughts if you’ve tried any of the meal plans I mentioned or any others that I haven’t.

LSC in the House

The Liberty Science Center is closed until further notice due to thr Coronavirus pandemic and social distancing implementations.0e76f88a86fe57f9109cfd5a2342c19c

LSC in the House is the place where home scientists can conduct experiments, explore the world of LSC’s animals, find amazing movies to watch, and get inspired about science and technology without ever leaving the living room. Check out all the fun at the links below, and be sure to come back often. We will update our experiences regularly while so many of us are sticking close to home.

Check out their Facebook live streams!

Join us Mondays at 11:30 AM for LSC Junior live streams, Tuesdays at 1 PM for Live From Surgery medical presentations, Wednesdays at 11 AM for LSC’s Animal Updates, Thursdays at 1 PM for Planetarium Online presentations, Thursdays at 6 PM for Virtual Science Trivia, and Fridays at 11:30 AM for Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families.

Upcoming Facebook Live Streams:

Monday, May 18, 11:30 AM – LSC Junior: Story Time with Mr. Kengo
Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 PM – Live From Surgery: All About Bones
Wednesday, May 20, 11:00 AM – LSC’s Animal Update
Thursday, May 21, 1:00 PM – Planetarium Online: Five Planets in One Night!
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 PM – Virtual Science Trivia
Friday, May 22, 11:30 AM – Virtual Science Trivia for Kids & Families

MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon during Quarantine; You and I as Mothers

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Such an awesome #MamarazziOnline with The Moms and Laura Prepon

You and I as Mothers; sounds like something I’d want to read! Jersey Native Laura Prepon has published her new book and it’s on shelves now. Being a mom of a newborn is so difficult. But being a mom of a newborn, and a 2 1/2 year old, living in NYC must be the most difficult of all.

Laura is handling it with style and grace. She admittedly threw on the sweater she was wearing just for us, and that she is usually sporting a baby scarf shall these days since she spends most of her time breastfeeding her newborn son who’s name she would not spit out no matter how hard we tried!

We talked about her new baby boy and how much she was already prepared for isolation without even knowing it, about her daughter Ella “marking her territory” when new baby brother came home, and about the importance of routine in her home right now.

Limiting screen time is so hard these days when we are “sheltering in place”, but there are some great options like the Non-profit Child Mind Institute to get you and your children through these tough time. They have online times from 10am-4pm weekdays and cover topics for young children, teens, coping skills, special needs and more during this unreal time.

Here are some awesome screenshots from our zoom “Mom Time” as I like to call it. It actually gives me a reason to do my hair and makeup, and I couldn’t be more grateful for this to occupy my mind during this difficult time 

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Melissa was trying out Laura’s side pony and I think she has a new favorite hairdo!

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I can’t even lie, any time I see a zoom chat of squares, I immediately think of the Brady Bunch intro. Maybe that’s a good idea for next time!

If you know an essential worker you’d like to recognize during this difficult time – send The Moms Denise or Melissa a message or tag #Mamarazzionline nominating them. Who know’s, maybe they’ll wind up getting to speak to someone awesome like Laura!

Twitter.com/LauraPrepon
Instagram.com/LauraPrepon
facebook.com/laurapreponofficial/
YouTube: https://bit.ly/LPYT2020

#YouandIAsMothers
Link to buy Lauras awesome book: http://bit.ly/LPYouandIasMothers