Ultimate Independence Day Menu

Break out the stars and stripes, and get your grill fired up — it’s almost our beautiful country’s birthday! Celebrate America’s independence the best way we know how, with delicious food, outdoor fun, and quality family time.

Head outside with a drink or sparkler in hand, and check out our top picks for this year’s 4th of July menu. Happy birthday, America!

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Father’s Day Feast: Kid-Friendly Recipes to Make for Dad

With the sun shining and summer vibes blooming, we know it’s almost Father’s Day! This Sunday, we’re ready to spoil the incredible dads in our lives with a little home-cooked happiness. What better way to start out the day than to cook a special breakfast or lunch with the kids? Check out these deliciously fun recipes that your kids can take part in and feel proud of — after all, we want to celebrate Dad and give back some of the love and kindness he’s shown us. Grab the whole family and get the feast underway!

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How to Grow Fresh Veggies and Herbs at Home

The sun’s out, the birds are singing, and the fresh scent of spring warmth is in the air. What better way to enjoy seasonal fare than by growing the ingredients yourself? This spring, add your skillful touch to home-grown veggies and herbs to make your dishes all the more special.

Growing herbs and vegetables can be simple and rewarding, whether you’re using raised beds or container gardens with new soil, or the soil in your yard. Of course, you’ll want to be sure your soil is safe for growing, [1a] particularly if you live in an urban area. Once your growing location is primed and ready, it’s time for a spring awakening — brush off your gardener’s gloves and get growin’!

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Backyard Bonanza: 5 Great Grill Recipes for Summer 2017

Oh boy, here comes the sun! We’re getting our patio furniture out of the garage and ready for another summer of sunshine and barbecues. This week, we’re taking you to the backyard for some good old fashioned grilling.

An open flame does wonderful things to food, and this time around, we’re skipping the hot dogs and burgers and trying these slightly more sophisticated recipes with some real flavor! Your taste buds will thank you later.

Whether you’re cooking with gas or sparking some charcoal, entertaining guests or just having an outdoor date night — these grill recipes are perfect for any occasion.

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Your Guide to Mother’s Day 2017

Confidante, friend, leader, role model, giver of best hugs, TV-binging partner… Whoever your mom is to you, make sure to celebrate all that she is and does this Sunday for her special day! You don’t have to plan a lavish excursion or intricate surprise to make Mom feel loved — all you need is a little creativity and an open heart to say “thank you!”
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Making Great Use of Small Spaces

Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to feel cramped and confined. While it’s easy to slip into the habit of cluttering your home, organizing your appliances and belongings will make a world of difference. Your options for more space are endless once you know how to effectively de-clutter your home! Check out our functional tips to optimize storage and maximize your space — you’ll feel happier and more comfortable in your home than ever before.

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Spring Entertaining Recipes

Spring is officially here! Bright flowers and thick grass will soon peek through the ground, making way for outdoor entertainment — finally! What’s more festive than a spring dinner party? Blend together tasty food, delectable wine, and warm weather, and you get a sweet aroma of fresh beginnings. Get inspired for your first dinner party of the season, and don’t forget to get creative with your unique taste!

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5 Amazing New Jersey Day Trips to Rock Your Kids Spring Break

Contrary to popular belief, our home state of New Jersey is jam packed with exciting and awesome stuff to do. While we’re known for our 130 miles of beaches, New Jersey is home to so much more than the Jersey Shore. Family friendly excursions are in abundance in our neck of the woods; sometimes you just have to know where to look. Whether you want to keep the kids occupied on their spring break or just get out of the house, our guide to Jersey day trips has a little something for everyone.

Princeton

Home to the prestigious Ivy League college, Princeton University, Princeton is a wonderful town that feels like a small city. A walk down Nassau Street and you’ll know why. Princeton is home to boutique shops, wonderful lunch options, and plenty of beautiful scenery (not to mention, playgrounds too). Dipping your toes in the Fountain of Freedom is a must, and a delicious lunch at Hoagie Haven will satisfy the whole family! Cotsen’s Children’s Library is the perfect way to finish the day. Part of the Rare Books collection at Princeton University, it features a children’s space that looks straight out of Wonderland. The library is open to the public, and hosts interactive story times for children of all ages (you’ll need to sign up beforehand).

Adventure Aquarium

No Jersey travel blog would be complete without the Camden Adventure Aquarium. Home to 8,500 types of aquatic species, this attraction is much more than a walk in the park. With countless activities, tours, movies, and events, the aquarium truly lives up to its adventurous name. Not to mention, the aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States! From petting live stingrays to making a few new feathered friends (Little Blue penguins are permanent residents!), the Aquarium will definitely make a splash on your spring break plans.

Field Station: Dinosaur

If “Jurassic Park” was one of your kids’ favorite movies, then hop into your handy time machine (aka the family car) and check out Field Station: Dinosaur. Located at the base of a 150-million-year-old rock formation, this North Jersey attraction is home to 32 life-sized, robotic-motion dinosaurs. Field Station combines art, science, and some truly awesome engineering to tell the tale of Earth’s largest ancestors. Through games and activities, they mask an educational walk through time with wonderful stories of the dinosaurs — providing kid-friendly insight to their everyday lives and breaking down the truth of their extinction. Paleontologist or not, this journey through time is a wonderful day trip that’s sure to leave you speechless.

Six Flags Great Adventure: Wildlife Safari

While Six Flags Great Adventure is an amazing theme park with fun for the whole family, we’d recommend skipping the day of waiting in line for something a bit more…. Wild. Take a safari trip through the “savannas” of Central Jersey to get up close and personal with more than1,200 species of animals from six different continents. From elephants and rhinos to tigers, giraffes, and lions, Safari Off Road Adventure is a truly interactive attraction that will turn your family into world explorers. Not to mention, the knowledgeable and passionate staff will make your day a memory that lasts a lifetime.

 Action Park Mountain Creek

Just in time for the heat, Action Park Mountain Creek boasts one of New Jersey’s coolest attractions. The amusement park is on the grounds of the Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, and will keep your kids wet and wild with excitement. Raging rapids, slippery slides, and shaded cabanas (we knew you’d ask) can be found scattered throughout the park. Needless to say, this waterpark is a great full-day excursion for the whole family.

 

 

BONUS: New Jersey Free Fishing Days: This season’s free fishing days are June 13 and Oct. 17, giving you a full 24 hours to toss out a few lines as practice — NO license needed!

Get the kids up off the couch and take a memorable day trip this spring! We know you love the shore, but our great state has so many amazing hidden gems that are waiting to be explored. If you’ve got any other awesome day trips, be sure to leave a comment. We’re always on the look out for our next adventure.

 

Homey Haven: Our Guide For A Relaxing DIY Spa Day

Getting wrapped up in never-ending to-do lists and non-stop commitments can seem inevitable, but everyone needs a break from time to time. Yet we often treat relaxation as a luxury, never designating space in our schedule for “me time.”

As it turns out, this time is essential for optimizing overall health and wellbeing, as it allows us to maintain a clear sense of self. Without it, we can become cranky, resentful, and anxious, as our bodies suffer the toll of ongoing stress.

If you’re craving relaxation but can’t find the time to get out of the house, we’re here to help with some ways to transform your bathroom into a spa. We hope to elevate your mind, body, and soul into the state of relaxation you’ve been longing for, with a little something to delight each of your senses: Continue reading