Make Canvas Factory Your Personal Artist!

A few weeks ago we went to Duke Farms in NJ to take in all of the beautiful scenery. There were so many awesome photos taken with my cell phone, especially in the Orchid Nursery that I had to make a photo out of it for my home.

I had ordered with The Canvas Factory before so I knew I wanted to go right to them to get the job done. Check out my previous post about them with the family image I did.

So here is the original photo I took with my Galaxy S9:

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And here is what I had made and shipped to me by The Canvas Factory:

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Look how vivid the colors are, with NO FILTER on this image! Their tag line is “bring your memories to life” which is so fitting. I cannot believe how amazing this came out at such a large size straight from my phone. This one I chose is the 18 in. x 12 in. (45×30 cm) which is only $24.50 + shipping. I got the “gallery wrapped” style, so the image wraps complete around the sides of the canvas.

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If you are felling artsy, but do not want to make your own image on a canvas, they have many styles of stock images you can have made. I prefer to take my own images though, so they’re one of a kind. I am so excited with how this came out, I am going to get 2 more of the exact same size of the other orchid images I took. I am sharing my other photos from the awesome Orchid nursery below, let me know which other 2 you think I should get printed to hand along with this one.

I have not hung it yet since I am waiting for the other 2, but this is how the size is, and also and up close of the canvas to see the texture (it is in a different lighting, but still looks awesome!).

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Up close: Look at the detail of the water that came through! It actually looks really wet but it is not.

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Which other 2 should I chose to display on my wall with this one?

 

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Planning Your Summer Trip to New Jersey: Things To Do and Tips to Keep You Safe

Planning Your Summer Trip to New Jersey: Things To Do and Tips to Keep You Safe

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Photo Courtesy: Stacey Jal

Planning a summer trip out East this summer? Don’t forget to check out the “Garden State.”
Although New Jersey is the fourth smallest state in the U.S., it’s not small on things to do and see. Check out our recommendations for things to check out this summer, as well as a few safety tips to consider while traveling.

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Photo Credit: Lizzy M.

Battleship Brewfest

Hosted by the New Jersey Brewers Association, Battleship Brewfest is celebrating its 23rd
anniversary this summer. Buy tickets to the festival and you can sample craft beer from New
Jersey breweries, and get an up-close and personal look at Battleship New Jersey. Enjoy live
music, food vendors, and support your favorite craft brewer!

Fourth of July Celebrations

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Photo Credit: Mike D.

Wherever you end up in New Jersey, you’re likely to find a celebration on or around the 4th of
July. Oceanfest in Long Branch is a popular event for both tourists and locals alike or head to
Keansburg Amusement Park for their Independence Day celebration.
If you’re unable to visit New Jersey until after the 4th, but want to catch a fireworks show,
Tropicana in Atlantic City has a fireworks show every Saturday night until September.

Rugged Maniac

Who says kids are the only ones who can have outdoor fun this summer? Rugged Maniac is an
event in Englishtown that’s just for adults. Take part in getting through over 25 obstacle courses
(that’s three miles long) and celebrate your success (or failure) with beer and music. If you’re
interested in this popular summer event, it’s important to sign up ahead of time to secure
yourself a spot.

Visit a New Jersey Jackals Game

Summertime is the perfect time to catch a baseball game and the professional baseball team,
New Jersey Jackals plays most of their summers games at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair.
Check out the full schedule here.

Other Places To Check Out

Whether you are a history buff, a fan of Springsteen, or just want to enjoy a day at the beach, here are other places worth visiting when traveling to New Jersey:

  • Asbury Park
  • Atlantic City
  • Island Beach State Park
  • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
  • Morey’s Piers
  • Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area
  • Jersey Shore
  • Sahara Sam’s Water Park

We have a plethora of Lakes and Beaches to visit as well, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.

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Photo Credit: Asad M.

Tips to Consider While Traveling

Whether you’re heading to New Jersey on a road trip or in a rental from the airport, driving may
be your biggest challenge. The Jersey Turnpike is notorious for being fast and aggressive, so
it’s important to pay attention. If you can’t keep up with the speed of traffic, you better stay in the
right lane.
Many New Jersey residents recommend learning how to drive on a jug handle (which is a type
of ramp). No one expects out-of-towners to be expert New Jersey drivers, but if you stay alert,
focused, and eliminate all distractions, your risk of an accident is low.
If you’re planning to drink alcohol at any event, designate a sober driver, or use a rideshare
service. Nothing ruins a summer trip more than a DUI or an accident.

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Photo Credit: Mike D.

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Jurassic Quest comes to New Jersey!

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A few weeks ago my 6 year old son and I visited “Jurassic Quest” at the Edison New Jersey Expo Center. Was it worth the entry fee? Yes and no. I got the VIP pass for my son because he is so into Jurassic Park right now, I wanted him to experience all there was to see at the expo and make sure he was able to do everything. The thing is, it seems like they boasted the “VIP” pass as so many extras, when in reality, I do not think we even did anything “VIP” the whole time there.

The main attraction was the walk through of Dinosaurs which was amazing! It had over 30 prehistoric dino’s right in front of our faces. They were huge awesome animatronics that spanned 3 feet in some cases, and growled and roared just like you’d expect if you were back in the land before time.

In this area was a chance to “ride” a dinosaur. They had 6 set up, and this is one are that VIP came in handy because otherwise we would’ve had to buy a ticket. We still had to wait in the same line, no special line, but just flashed the wristband to climb aboard the T-Rex. I really thought my son would want to “ride” all of them, but he only chose the T-Rex and wasn’t really interested in the others after. It isn’t much of a ride, it is more of a photo op experience.

Check out the amazing area they had set up and all of the cool scenes!

Walking out of the walk through area, we saw a cool ring setup but couldn’t really get close enough to see in it. There were so many people just piled around it, there was no way to squeeze in although I would’ve found a way if my son really wanted to. I stepped on my tippy toes and was able to see if was a guy walking around showing a “baby dinosaur”. I assume it was nothing more than an adorable animatronic from photo’s I’ve seen of the events at other venues, so my son decided he didn’t care to see it, but as a VIP paying extra, I think it should’ve been a separate showing or at least a section for VIP’s to go in and out. Check out the video posted by Jurassic Quest on their youtube;

My son did enjoy the giant inflatable slides and bounce houses that were a perk of VIP, but there were lines for all of them, and after going on each once he was done.

There were some cool 4D photo sections, but VIP did NOT include them and they cost extra. We didn’t do it as my son wasn’t interested.

Everyone got to take part in the craft section which was really cute and worth the 30 minutes we sat there for him to glue the pieces all together. He left with it proudly!

The store section before we left was quite like a flea market the way everything was layed out, but the prices were nothing like one. They had a lot of cute stuff but be prepared to pay A LOT for anything you get including the cute adorable “walking” balloons like they had in the Jurassic World movie. We didn’t buy one because they were $20, but my son did buy a $26 T-Rex small figure…

All in all, he had a great time and I would definitely go again if he is still into Dinosaurs when it comes back to town. We only spent about 2 hours total there, but it wasn’t to far from my house so it wasn’t bad. Being that the VIP was only $10 more, I guess I would do it again since it included the slides and the photo ops, but I think parents should be free since kids are not permitted without an adult.

 

Liberty Science Center Winter Fun

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The Libery Science Center has transformed for Winter and has added some new EXTRA FUN attractions to keep your family having fun this Winter.

Some of the new exhibits are the Doc McStuffin’s area where kids can be kids.  They learn and play with vet-tech equipment and fantasy play areas like kitchens and houses.

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This exhibit is best for younger children, but my boys still had fun exploring the areas and trying out the fun stuff.

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Check them out thinking about being a doctor!

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The next new exhibit on the featured exhibit floor its the Sherlock Holmes area.  This is a masterpiece! Thoughtfully done, it’ll take you onei the story as if you yourself were the detective and author of the story.

I haven’t seen anything else this interactive at LSC yet, and it is worth the $10 extra per person that it’ll cost ya to enter it. (If you’re a member it is half price).

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The journey starts with you entering and learning a bit about Sherlock Holmes himself.  Then you’re handed a journal that’ll help you through the journey which is age specific.  Kids under 8 get a photo journal, while kids 8 and over get a more interactive guide.

There are stamp stations that you visit and mark your journal at each one sort of like a passport.

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You have to choose the scenarios in which you think happened in the murder mystery and if you choose the right ones, at the end you will hold up your punched out journal to a secret board and reveal the secret message.

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Very interactive and nicely done by the LSC team.  The lighting and feeling of the exhibit sets the mood av you feel like you’re really in the story! Both of my boys really enjoyed it as did I. We all said we are definitely going back there because we didn’t quite get it right the first time, so worth visiting again.

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The same attractions you know and love are still available like the super dark Touch Tunnel. My boys went in by themselves for the first time and did so good they went twice in a row! They moved this attraction with the addition of the new Microbes exhibit, but it is still very much the same though tunnel you know and love.

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The aquarium section with a wonderful view of NYC always seems to intrigue us no matter how many times we’ve been there.

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The fish just get bigger and bigger… oh, and we found Patrick Starfish!

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The “eat and be eaten” animal exhibit is like a mini zoo. There are amphibians, monkeys, and live shows. Plenty to see and fascinate you, even the resident alligator turtle is waiting!

Another favorite that is always sure to please is the 3D Dome Theater. We watched “Black Holes” and you have to see it too believe it! They have other shows going on throughout the day like sesame street and winter laser shows, so be sure to check ther calendar to get the show you want.

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(Photo via Liberty Science Center instagram.)

It is THE BIGGEST planetarium in the Western Hemisphere! How cool?!

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I suggest if you’re going to visit the LSC that you dedicate an entire day to make sure you can see everything! There is so much to see and do for all ages and is a perfect Winter activity.

There is a food court on the 2nd floor and the entire place is stroller friendly. Enjoy!

Interested in other activities at ther LSC? Check out my other posts including the infinity climber grand opening and back in time with Dino Dig.

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NJ – Are you ready for the ‘American Dream’?

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New Jersey are you ready to be home to The American Dream? Mall that is. It’s the long awaited monstrous mall that was once called ‘Xanadu’. That project was stalled due to funding, but the vision was always there and that vision, renamed ‘The American Dream Mall’ will call East Rutherford, NJ home!

It’s set to open Summer of 2017 and will be home to some of the most extravagant destinations such as Nickelodeon Universe. Although we will not be the first in the country to get this theme park, we certainly welcome it with open arms.

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Via visitstpaul.com

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When you envision The American Dream Mall, think of the mall of America times 2, plus the Pocono Mountains, plus 6 flags all wrapped into one. Something for everyone

The Indoor skiing slopes will be the first if it’s kind in NJ with realistic slopes and ski lifts.

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Here is a glimpse into just some of what it is expected to be;