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Long Beach Island, NJ: Our Favorite Spots

Long Beach Island NJ: Our Favorite Spots

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We are now in our third week of living at the beach before our big move to Virginia.

Experiencing Long Beach Island, NJ with kids is something entirely different than experiencing it in my twenties. Instead of looking up fun bars, I’m Googling new playgrounds and ice-cream shops. 

Here are some of my favorite stores and attractions on Long Beach Island, NJ…whether you have kids or not. I hope to add to this list every summer. Feel free to comment with your favorite hotspots on L.B.I.! Read More »

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Adventure Aquarium Hosts the Weeki Wachee Mermaids

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In case you hadn’t heard, the Weeki Wachee Mermaids traveled up from Florida for a special week of performances at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.

I was lucky enough to receive a set of tickets for my family to attend. This is all my daughter talked about this week (other than Halloween)! Read More »

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Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

Mermaids at Adventure Aquarium

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As soon as I heard about the Weeki Wachee Mermaids appearing at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ, I knew that this was an event for my family. Well, mainly my three-year-old daughter, who loves anything mermaid-related.

We have Mermaid Barbie, Ariel dolls, and the Sofia the First DVD “The Floating Palace” is one of our favorites. Read More »

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Margarita Mondays

Margarita Mondays

Disclosure: I was provided with free samples of several cocktails in order to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and that of my expert taste testers.

Last Monday, I had the opportunity to test out Applebee’s new line of signature margaritas and cocktails for Margarita Monday.

I brought along two of my favorite alcoholics expert drinkers, my sister Melanie and her boyfriend Kevin.

We sampled a bunch of yummy drinks and snacks that are perfect for the hot days of summer. Keep reading to check out all Margarita Mondays at Applebee’s have to offer! Read More »

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9 Helpful Tips for Your Sesame Place Visit

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Headed to Sesame Place? Here’s what you need to know!

Tips for Sesame Place

Heading to Sesame Place?

I went last week and had a great time. It was a hot day, but the park ended up not very crowded. We hit the dry rides in the morning, ate lunch, and then spent the afternoon doing water stuff.

Here are 9 helpful tips for your Sesame Place visit!

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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival: 6/21 & 6/22


Ahhh, the lazy days of summer. When you can kick back on a Sunday afternoon with a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc and relax on your porch swing.

Oh wait. You have kids? Me too. So it’s more like you can either:

  1. Wait til they go to bed at 8:00 9:24 P.M. to finally get that drink in peace.
  2. Lock yourself in the bathroom with the wine while they pound on the door.

OR…you can ditch the kids and hit up the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival next weekend! (Don’t leave the kids home alone, though. You should at least hire a babysitter.)

Can you even imagine? Five kid-free hours to walk around and sample the yummiest wines New Jersey has to offer!

There will be 18 wineries on hand sampling and selling over 300 different wines, PLUS food, music, and artisan crafters. The festival is Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 from 12:00-5:00.

Here’s a recap of the festival last year from my friend Linda of Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps (one of the event’s sponsors).

Tickets are $15 if you purchase them online prior to the event or $20 at the gate. Under 21 years of age are admitted free.

For tickets and a list of the wineries, visit the Washington Lake Park Wine Festival page here.

So let’s sip into summer with the very best wines that N.J. has to offer! Hope to see you there!

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Art Splash!

During the recent New Jersey heat wave, I had the chance to go somewhere COOL. On one of the hottest days yet this year, I ventured into the city to the lovely, air-conditioned sanctuary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the museum’s Perelman Building, my daughter and I were lucky enough to get a preview of Art Splash. Art Splash encompasses the museum’s summer season of exhibits, activities, and events for families to enjoy. Read More »

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Visiting The Tuckerton Seaport

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Are you looking for something different to do with the kids this weekend? Why not head down to the Tuckerton Seaport? My family discovered this hidden gem, located in Tuckerton, NJ, last weekend.

We visited the seaport for its summer kickoff event, the Bluegrass & Barbecue Fest on May 19th. Despite the fact that it rained off and on that day, there was still much enjoyment to be had. Read More »

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A Sunny Day at Sesame Place

I have to admit, I was a bit apprehensive about attending Opening Day at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. Although I had been a bunch of times as a child, this was to be my first time at Sesame as a parent. I pictured long lines and screaming children. I worried that there wouldn’t be enough attractions to hold my almost 2-year-old daughter’s interest for the day. Let me tell you- what I had feared could not have been further from the truth.

Sesame Place was AMAZING! Read More »