Dinosaurs Roam The Earth Again! Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular Comes to NJ’s Prudential Center July 23-27

Now we all know that dinosaurs are extinct, but it seems to me like Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular might make you do a double take!

WWD-featured-1The family is excited to go and see this live show next week courtesy of Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

My kidlets are fascinated by dinosaurs.  This show sounds like a perfect way to not only entertain them, but educate them about the role dinosaurs played in our world’s history.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular is based on the award-winning BBC Television series that aired on Discovery Channel here in the US. From the commercials I’ve seen on TV to the video below, the show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism.Continue reading ⇒

A Day At The Beach – Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Family Fun Place Pass Giveaway

JenksAmbassadorButton-250x250To me, there’s no better way to spend a summer day than at the beach. I love nothing more than having my toes in the sand, splashing around in the waves and sitting on the beach for some, what I call, “golden goddess” time – but covered in 40+ sun block and wearing a big floppy hat & sunglasses, of course!

I’ve been a faithful patron of the Jersey shore since I spent my first summer there when I was six. So if you do the math (and I beg you please not to!), I’ve been frolicking in the sand and surf there for some 36 years. In fact, the family did an overnight trip to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach last week to celebrate my birthday.

Whether you’re a day-tripper or planning an extended stay, Jenkinson’s is a great family friendly beach and boardwalk destination. You will definitely find something here to excite each member of your family.

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One Brick At A Time – LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Review

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Back in the early 80s, when I was about nine years old, I had a friend who was totally obsessed with LEGO®.  I loved to have play dates at her house because on the floor of her bedroom she had built an entire LEGO town.

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There were lots of LEGO men doing things throughout the town, pumping gas, flying planes and doing construction.  I don’t seem to remember there being too many LEGO women around, but my favorite ones were the ones who worked at the hospital.  They had crazy 60s-style beehive hairdos that curled up at the ends!

Flash forward to today and you can still find me playing and building with LEGO, but this time it’s with my kidlets.

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Splish-Splash! Visiting Schlitterbahn & Family Tips for Visiting Waterparks This Summer

Summertime is here and that means lots of fun times are ahead with family and friends! We just got back from our first big trip of the summer – Texas!  I know, who goes to scorching hot Texas in the middle of summer – but we do.  We visited with family and took a road trip from Houston to San Antonio.  Along the way we checked out the Alamo, walked through Natural Bridge Caverns, tubed down the Comal River and spent an awesome day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Resort.

THM_WaterParkTips_Schlitterbahn_4The family after a long and fun day at Schlitterbahn – outside the main entrance.

Located in New Braunfels, TX — which is just outside of San Antonio — Schlitterbahn is a family friendly waterpark.  In addition to New Braunfels, they have a few other locations scattered around Texas — in South Padre Island, Galveston, Corpus Christi — and one located out-of-state, “up north,” in Kansas City, KS.

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Kid Lit: Another “Good Question!”

A few months back I wrote about how my kidlets ask me about a million questions a day and how I used Good Question! books to help me answer some of their more probing ones.   My kidlets devoured those books and by the time they were finished with each of the five books we had, they were all smarty pants about things like the five senses, the American Civil War, the Earth, how plants grow, how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly and our solar system!   And then another round of questions began….

THM_GoodQuestion_1Thankfully a new series of Good Question! books recently showed up at our home, courtesy of Sterling Children’s Books, so once again, I’ve got answers!

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How Green Is Your Garden? 6 Easy Steps For Drying Herbs

THM_DryingHerbs_1I love gardens, filled with beautiful and colorful flowers, but truth be told I don’t have much of a green thumb.

Either I don’t plant them properly such as not having the proper soil pH level or I commit the mortal sin of forgetting (or am too tired) to water them. That was even one of the reasons we got an automated sprinkler system!  So flowers at my house are pretty much regulated to the kind you buy at the florist  and put into a pretty vase and our landscaping consists of grass, trees and hearty shrubs that I can’t kill!

However, when it comes to my herb garden, I’m a whiz!

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#KnowYourZone – Hurricane Season Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

It’s been 18 months since Hurricane Sandy.  It was certainly a frightening experience for me and my family here in NJ suburbs, right outside of NYC. We were fortunate though, we only lost power, no flooding and school was closed for a few days – you can read about that here.  On the news just this morning I saw stories of people in the New York City Tri-State area who are still trying to recover and rebuild.

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After that experience The Hubs and I decided we needed to be ready for any type of storm — but especially a hurricane.  With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season starting in just a few short days on June 1 it’s a good time to prepare for the upcoming storm season.   One of the most important things to be aware of during a storm and emergency message is what your zone is, so you know whether you and your family need to evacuate or not.

For folks in the NYC area, the Ad Council and the New York City of Office Emergency Management has launched the #KnowYourZone campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether their home or where they work is located in one of NYC’s six hurricane evacuation zones.  These zones are ranked by their danger of flooding from storm surge (with zone 1 being the most likely to flood). In the event of a hurricane or coastal storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.Continue reading ⇒

A Berry Good (And No Bake!) Dessert – Blueberry Love

It’s no secret that I love to cook (you can see all my Harried Mom recipes here), but truth be told, I’ve never been much of a baker.  It’s not because I’m more of a savory over sweet gal – because anyone who knows me knows that I cannot resist a good sweet treat or dessert! I think it’s because baking is so precise.  Now while I use recipes when I cook, I tend to think of them more as “suggestions” in creating a dish.  I like to use my own culinary instincts to develop a dish and sometimes wind up improvising by adding herbs and spices or substituting ingredients to create a new flavor profile.  Apparently that doesn’t work so well when baking.  Adding a dash more or a splash of something to a baking recipe can make cookies turn into lumps of coal or cakes into bricks, both of which have happened to me many times.

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So when I was asked to create and share a dessert recipe using Reddi-wip® whipped topping, I decided to go with one that involve absolutely no baking on my end.

Right now there are lots of yummy and wonderful berries in season and they can make an easy and healthy dessert.

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Monster Jam Set To Roar Back Into NY/NJ Saturday, June 14 – Win A Family 4-Pack!

A few months back I talked about the “crushing” good time the family had at a Monster Jam show.  That was an indoor arena show and is a totally different experience than seeing one of their shows in a full-fledged stadium filled with a custom dirt track full of obstacles to soar over and, of course, smash through!  For all our friends and readers in the NY & NJ area, Monster Jam is set to roar back into town on its “Path of Destruction” tour at MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday, June 14.

THM_MonsterJam_PathOfDestruction2014For the un-indoctrinated, Monster Jam trucks are about 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds.

These trucks are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, with monster trucks generating 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Don’t let their monster size-fool you though, these trucks can truly float through the air!  They can fly 125 to 130 feet — a distance greater than 14 cars side by side — and soar up to 35 feet in the air!Continue reading ⇒

Don’t Forget Mom – How I Want To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mom’s big day is coming up this weekend or at least that’s what advertisers have been telling me in TV commercials, print & pop-up advertisements and marketing emails for the past two weeks. ENOUGH ALREADY!

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I’m not sure if I’m more annoyed by the barrage of “what to get mom?” ads or why we only get one lousy, stinking day out of the year to honor all the millions of things we do for our families. I’m thinking moms should be celebrated every day, but hey, I’d even settle for the second Sunday of every month!  My thinking here is that if there was more than one day out of the entire year to “celebrate” mom, husbands and kids could avoid all the pressure and stress of finding the perfect gift for the woman who takes care of them all year round!

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