Category Archives: New Jersey

Two NJ Beaches, Two NJ Experiences: From Belmar to Atlantic City

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A couple of weekends ago I headed out to join a group of fellow bloggers to give New Jersey beaches a shout out. Weather-wise it wasn’t the best weekend. We’ve been experiencing lots of rain lately, and though I was hoping for some serious beach time, Mother Nature had her own plans.

Nevertheless, I joined the group, made up of bloggers who are part of the Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms groups, and under the #JerseyLove hashtag shared information on Belmar, NJ, one of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, as well as Caesars Palace and Atlantic City, not as hard hit by Sandy, but affected by the media’s misrepresentation of the damage to their boardwalk area – which was close to none in comparison to other areas of the Jersey coast, affecting their tourism.

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A Walk Through History at Duke Farms, NJ

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Oh, New Jersey. You never cease to amaze me. We’ve enjoyed finding more and more ways to spend time outdoors, in nature. But most of all, we’ve been able to enjoy it all at minimal cost, if not free. We’ve such enjoyed these awesome finds that when we aren’t traveling or running around doing errands, we delight in the opportunity to discover something new.

This past weekend was no exception and our newest discovery led us to Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ. Duke Farms is 2,740 acres of diverse, protected, and beautifully preserved habitats, and is one of largest privately owned parcels of undeveloped land in the state, owned and managed by The Duke Farms Foundation.

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Nothing Says “I Love You” Like Brunch

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And if you love your mother, or the mother of your children, or the mother of the mother of your children, then you best be prepared to take them to brunch. But not just any brunch, rather the brunch of all brunches: Mother’s Day Brunch.

Haven’t thought of it? Worry not! I’ve got you covered.

Here are some pretty awesome brunch events happening just for her…and yes, you and all the other kids get to tag along too.

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Trails, Haunted Houses, and Lake Surprise: Watchung Reservation

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On Spring days like the ones we have been enjoying lately, it’s pretty hard to stay inside. Museums and movie theaters become difficult to endure, especially if you love the outdoors as much as we do. Being in NJ has made it so much easier to access countless hiking trails and nature paths.

Our most recent find: Watchung Reservation, in Union County, NJ, 2,000 acres of protected land with 13 miles of trails to discover.

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Our Day with Blizzard Nemo: Snow Day in NJ

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One of the things we loved the most was venturing out into the streets of NYC to take in the freshly fallen snow. Though today’s blizzard, otherwise called Nemo, isn’t the first snow storm that we’ve experienced since crossing the river to NJ a year and a half ago, it’s certainly been the most enjoyed.

We took advantage of short school and work days, of Friday bliss, and took in all the snow fun, before most people were even thinking of doing so. We were one of the first to hit the local hill, full of fresh, untouched snow. I loved going out and taking photos of our lovely neighborhood, before it was all brushed away and cleared, and we loved coming back home, to sit by the fire and rest from our trips up and down the hill.

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An Afternoon at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ

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What is so great about NJ, I am finding, is that like NYC, it has a lot of different neighborhoods, each with its own personality. Traveling into a different neighborhood can make for a nice list of varied experiences and opportunities to explore.

This weekend, we headed over to Morristown, known in history mainly for its strong military role in the war of independence from Britain. It has a larger downtown area with plenty of shops, bars, and eateries. Two main points of interest are the Mayo Performing Arts Center in the center of town and the Morristown National Historical Park, a historical site visitors can explore.

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Christmas Tree Hunting: Return to Hidden Pond Tree Farm

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T’is the season, and the holiday spirit has come alive in our home. As is our yearly custom, we headed out in search of our Christmas tree.

For the past few years, we’ve set out in search of new places to cut our tree. But, we enjoyed the tree farm we discovered last year so much that we decided to return. Unlike last year, we waited a little longer and got to enjoy a bit more of the fun the farm has to offer closer to Christmas. We also went with the crowds, so my advice is to arrive in the AM or go right after Thanksgiving, otherwise risk waiting up to an hour (it has happened there) to get your tree. This organic, local, family-owned farm didn’t fail to deliver last year, and this year it was even more fun then we remembered.

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A Visit to Princeton, NJ

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One of the things that I am loving about living in New Jersey is how easily and quickly it is to access smaller, cute towns that make for either great family getaways or romantic destinations.

What most people know about Princeton, NJ is limited to the university that share it’s name. And though Princeton University, the fourth-oldest college in the United States, is certainly a sight to behold and a wonderful place to walk through, the township of Princeton itself has a lot more to offer.

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Cupcake Corral Café & Bakery, Maplewood, NJ

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Update: The Cupcake Corral is now The Cedar Ridge Cafe, with same wonderful cupcakes and a few extra treats on the menu.

Rarely is there a pastry that brings more joy to the soul than the perfect cupcake.

Even I, who often fails to enjoy in the delights of baked sweets, can appreciate the beauty, both visual and in taste, that can be experienced in a well made cupcake treat.

Imagine my delight in discovering the Cupcake Corral only two blocks away (oh dear) from my house in our beautiful Maplewood, NJ neighborhood.

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Searching for Waterfalls in New Jersey

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One of things that I have enjoyed the most about blogging since I started was sharing what I discovered in my everyday life with my kids. Somehow, I lost a little bit of this – the joy of the everyday discoveries. Granted, it has been because we’ve traveled to places further away, but there is something so nice still for me in the adventures closer to home because these are the ones we can do over and over without too much demand on our time or budget.

Today was such a day, with the kids home from school I needed to get them outside. Lucky for us we live less than 5 minutes from the beautiful South Mountain Reservation and often go there for walks. But till now, we’ve discovered but a small tidbit of this over 2,000 acre wooded area. Today, I decided we would find Hemlock Falls, the often talked about waterfall of the reservation.

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