I have to admit that I'm a coupon queen and rarely spend full price on any piece of clothing for anyone in our family. However, Easter is the one time I splurge and dress my littles ones up to the "nines". I also have many friends with children making their first Communions in the next few months. Sure, you could go to a regular department store, but New Jersey is home to some fun Easter and Communion boutique finery, so why not make it special? And for more ideas for parties and special occasions, check out our Mommy Poppins New Jersey Birthday Party Ideas Guide.
Are you a savvy shopper looking to save a few dollars? It seems every day a t-shirt is covered in paint or a hemline is just a little too short. Either way, I am running out for new clothes at least once a month. A budget-friendly and eco-friendly option is to visit our local consignment shop.These unique stores offer families a way to purchase gently used clothing without breaking the bank. Consignment shops also allow for you to make money by giving clothing a second life. Every store has selling rules (dates, number of items and payback features),so make sure to check each store’s website for complete details. And check out Kids' Consignment Shops in Northern NJ, as well!
Dreary January weather always inspires me to get creative with my kids. I break out the play dough, glitter glue and dress up bin. Heck, I’ve even used masking tape to make hop scotch on our hallway floor. But then it dawns on me that I’ve got two little ones to entertain (indoors) for at least a couple of months to come and my limited craft skills can only take us so far! Some days, we just need to get out of the house – an engaging activity for the kids and a cup of coffee for mom do wonders to beat the winter doldrums! Here are a list of stores that offer story time/play time to keep NJ kids entertained and parents sane.
While we make it a point to encourage our readers to buy local whenever possible, we realize that doing holiday shopping online helps you avoid crowds and stress - while staying in your PJs. In addition to offering cool incentives like discounts and free shipping, many online retailers also give back to those in need during the holiday season by donating a portion of their proceeds to various charities. The opportunities to "shop for a cause" at this time of year are almost limitless, so we've highlighted ten of our favorites that we think are particularly great for families. So go ahead and spoil the ones you love and feel good about it!
Parents who are looking for a way to score the hottest items for this holiday season in NJ can now take advantage of layaway programs at many of our most popular stores. Head out to the stores if you can or check out the various websites. Many of the programs are available online, and are all flexible enough to allow many of us stretch those hard earned dollars and bring home some great gifts for the holidays!
Jersey City is popular with families for its great neighborhoods, walkability and proximity to New York City. But who knew there was so much to do in this city with kids? (I sure didn’t when we moved here four years ago!) From neighborhood hang-outs to super-fun classes to beautiful parks and playgrounds, JC is full of wonderful options for families. Read on for our top 25 picks—they should keep you busy for awhile.
One doesn’t usually associate the phrase, “fun things to do with kids in NJ” with spring cleaning. However, this beautiful weather has got me thinking about how to combine the two! I have started to clean out one closet a day and I’ve found a great way to get my two kids involved by adding a twist. My daughters sort the piles into ‘donate,’ ‘garbage’ or ‘consign’. Consigning is a great way to repurpose and recycle and save or earn money. With the money we make from consignment shops my kids can either buy a new summer toy/outfit or bank it in our family Disney Cruise fund. They’re so into it, it is getting a bit out of hand- I found my favorite pair of Tory Burch sandals in a ‘consign’ bag!!!!! Here are some of my favorite “green” consignment shops that are merchandised to look like boutiques in Northern New Jersey.
New Jersey is known for its outlets, its malls and of course, its mini-malls. Although we can all find some bargains and good deals at chain and departments stores, sometimes we need a unique touch. The garden state has an abundance of independent baby boutiques. So you if you’re looking for a special gift for your niece or just a stand-out look for your own tot, visit one of the many shops open in our area.
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