Getting Into “The Habit” in NJ – The Habit Burger Review

Habit-burger-logoTo me burger joints are the new fro-yo or cupcake places. They’re a dime a dozen, focusing more on hype then how their food actually tastes. So to say I was a little skeptical to try The Habit Burger Grill would be a fair assessment. What could this burger place possibly offer that I haven’t eaten or seen a million times over?

In two words – great taste. In one more word – freshness.

The Habit (as its regulars call it) has been serving up its char-grilled burgers on the West Coast since 1969. It has close to 100 locations in California, Arizona and Utah and now they are hoping to spread their burger love across America. They recently opened their first East Coast location and it just so happens to be in my neck of the woods, Northern NJ.

The Habit’s philosophy for their food is pretty simple – fresh, quality ingredients offered at reasonable prices.

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#GetGoing with Jif To Go Dippers & Fun Photo Contest – #MC

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Influence Central for Jif To Go Dippers.
I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. #MC

 

Three o’clock in our house means two things. First, it means school’s out for the day. Secondly, it means it’s snack time for my two kidlets!

My kidlets favorite snack? Anything that involves peanut butter. They love it on bread, crackers, apples and my son will even put it on carrots (yes, I know that’s weird!). I like giving them peanut butter because it is a simple and delicious snack that holds my kidlet’s appetites over until dinner time.

THM-JIF-To-Go-dippersSo we’re big fans of Jif To Go Dippers, a new all-in-one snack pack. Jif To Go Dippers come in two flavors, Creamy Peanut Butter or Chocolate Silk, both with pretzels to dip.

Jif To Go Dippers are the perfect single serving-sized snack. It comes in a cute little cone-shaped container with one cup housing the pretzel crisps and the other for the peanut butter or chocolate dip, which make it great for on-the-go snacking. I don’t have to worry about having pretzels crushed into dust or finding peanut butter or chocolate smeared at the bottom of my purse or my kidlet’s lunch boxes or their activity go-bags!

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Super Heroes Love M&M Treats – #HeroesEatMMs

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THM-Heroes-Eat-MMs-Captain-America-Popcorn-Candy-BallsLook out! Zap! Pow! Whoosh! Whether it’s cartoons, movies, and toys, toys and more toys, everywhere you look in our house it’s clear that we’ve been invaded by super heroes! In fact, we have so many colorful caped crusaders hanging around that if I didn’t know better, I’d suspect that The Hubs was a secret super villain in disguise!

The most popular super hero around here is Captain America, the iconic patriotic Star-Spangled Avenger. My daughter not only has several t-shirts featuring Cap and his shield, it’s nearly impossible to get her Captain America doll out of her hands! Not only does he spend a lot of time with his crime-fighting super buddies including Iron Man, Spider Man and Wolverine, but he also seems to hang out a lot with the cast of “Frozen”—personally, I think he’s got a secret crush on Elsa!

To surprise my daughter, we had a family movie night to watch Captain America: Winter Soldier which just came out on Blu-ray/DVD. For our movie treat, I served up a delicious M&M® inspired treat, because you know, #HeroesEatMMs.

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Fall Fun At The Jersey Shore – #JenksAmbassador

Spending a day at the Jersey Shore is the ultimate summer experience. It’s home to hundreds of miles of wonderful beaches and boardwalks filled with amusement park rides, arcades, games, and, of course, yummy food!

I’m always a little sad when Labor Day rolls around and the summer at the shore ends. Honestly, I could live at the beach and I would still never feel as though I’ve spent enough time with my toes on the sand and walking the boards!

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But fall doesn’t mean that fun at the beach and boardwalk has to end. Jenkinson’s Boarwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ still has lots of fun family weekend events going on throughout both September and October, so it’s not too late to enjoy some fun in the sun at the Jersey Shore!

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Autumn Is In the Air With #FebrezeFall

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of SheSpeaks and Febreze.
All opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own.

Fall isn’t officially here for another week, but I’ve already started decorating our home for the autumn season. I put up a harvest wreath on the door, dotted the house with decorative pumpkins and even draped our fireplace mantle with a leaf garland. This weekend I’ll make a run to a local farm and get some mums, a hay bale and scarecrows to stick in the yard.

I was going to add some fall scented candles when this little gem arrived!

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Nothing sets a mood or tone faster for me like scents and fall has so many delicious ones — pumpkin, vanilla, fruits and toasted nuts. Febreze has literally bottled (canned???) those scents to create their Home Harvest Collection.

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Kid Lit: Animal Adventures

It doesn’t matter what type – dog, cat, fish, hermit crab (a recent addition to our home) , giraffe, elephant or dinosaur – my kidlets love to read stories about animals.  This month’s Kit Lit review features two stories about animals that take place in very different settings — one living in the urban jungle of the city and the other out in the country on a farm.

THM-KidLit-LittleElliot-BigCity-BookJacketLittle Elliot, Big City By Mike Curato (Macmillan)

Little Elliot is an adorable little polka-dotted elephant living in the wilds of New York City circa 1940.  Amid the hustle and bustle of life in the big city with big crowds and even bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a happy and quiet, but solitary life.

In spite of the daily challenges he faces for being little, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy—like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter, a new friend.

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In the Cross Hairs – SoCozy Children’s Haircare Product Review

Thank you to SoCozy for sending us these children’s haircare products for review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, based on personal experiences with the product. #SoCozyBTS

It’s no secret that I can’t do hair. I’ve had the same bob-style haircut for over a decade because it is simple to do and I can’t mess it up. When it comes to my daughter’s “do” – it really is a hair-raising experience.

It’s taken a lot of time and a lot of pTHM-SoCozy-Daughters-Hairractice, but I have gotten better with my daughter’s hair. At least I can tame her locks enough that she doesn’t look like she’s got a rat’s nest on top of her head!

I’m also working on stepping up my very limited styling game, especially now that school has started again. All the rage in my daughter’s preschool class is to have braids like Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” and she constantly begs me to do her hair that way. I always try my best, but my braids usually turn out lopsided with lots of wisps of hair that just don’t seem to make it into the braid while I’m plaiting.

But I’m not giving up!

I’ve quickly learned that a key element to styling my daughter’s hair – and for that matter my son’s – is that it all starts in the bath, with their haircare products.

We just started using SoCozy products and I have to say, I’m impressed. SoCozy is a salon level quality of hair care products that don’t contain any “nasties,”– you know harmful chemicals, toxins and parabens. Their products are made using extracts and natural ingredients such as hops, rosemary, arnica flower and aloe. They’re also gluten, wheat and nut free – which is super important to many families with sensitive skin or food allergies.Continue reading ⇒

Go Grocery Shopping & Earn Points To Get FREE Stuff For Your School With #Labels4Edu {#cbias}

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Did you know that just by doing your weekly grocery shopping, you can be helping out your local schools?  Though I’ve seen them for years, but I never paid much attention to those education labels on the packages of products I bought. That was until my own kidlets started school and I learned about Labels for Education and realized that I was literally throwing away valuable points that could benefit my local school and community!

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Labels for Education is a great program where you can help your school earn FREE educational merchandise such as computers, software, sports equipment, musical instruments, library books and many other supplies. You can find out if your school participates by going here.  America’s schools and organizations have earned more than $114 million in merchandise over the Labels for Education program’s 40 year history. Who knew?!

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It’s A Chore!

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It’s one of the most dreaded words in our home.  It’s worse than “homework,” “bedtime,” “dentist,” or even “broccoli!” What word is it? It’s C-H-O-R-E-S.

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It wasn’t always this way. When my kidlets were toddlers they were always very eager and happy to help mom or dad out.  Upon completion they would beam proudly and openly brag that they were “helpful.”  As they’ve gotten older though, that enthusiasm has morphed into sulky and whiny replies whenever they are asked to do something.

But teaching kids to do chores is important. Just like their father and I, each of my kidlets need to contribute in order to help run and keep up this household.  Yeah, sure, it’s great for mom and dad to have some extra hands helping out around the house, but it’s also a valuable learning lesson for kids.  Kids doing chores teaches them about responsibility, teamwork and helps to build their self-esteem.

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Making A New Disney Animated Classic – “Frozen” TV Special

My daughter is a “Frozen” fanatic!  She’s seen the movie too many times to keep count and sings along with the soundtrack at the top of her lungs.  Her room is covered in “Frozen” posters, she has all the dolls and is has an entire back to school wardrobe of t-shirts, underwear, socks and sweatshirts featuring the smiling faces of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.  She also has a new light up backpack to take to pre-k that makes me a little dizzy when I look at it!   Her latest acquisition?  “Frozen” bed sheets and blanket so she can dream all night of her favorite Disney film — so sorry, “Cinderella” you’ve officially been bumped to #2!

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As for me, I am amazed at the stunning beauty of “Frozen.”  It is like no other animation I’ve seen before.  I was blown away by the scene where Elsa built her Ice Palace, it felt and looked so real.  You could see the incredible details of the snowflakes in that scene, from the ones on Elsa’s cape to the floor of the palace she builds – to the columns, the staircase and even the chandelier.  Apparently it took more than 50 animators to create that scene alone!Continue reading ⇒