As busy mamas, we cherish those oh-so-rare moments when we have a few hours (if we're super lucky!) to do whatever we want; whether it's sleeping, shopping, taking a class, or hitting the gym for an intense workout. It can be tricky to squeeze in a spin class when you're in full-time mommy mode, but there are many gyms in New Jersey that offer babysitting options so you can get in shape while your children stay safe. Below is a list of gyms that offer on-location daycare for fitness-oriented mamas.
While socialization comes naturally to some kids, others may need help developing the skills necessary to make and keep friends. If you’re concerned about your child’s ability to socialize with peers, you may want to consider a social skills group which fosters self-confidence through activities such as role-playing, cooperative games and group interactions. They’ll learn important skills such as sharing, taking turns and resolving conflict, and most importantly, they’ll have fun doing it! And for more enrichment opportunities, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.
Even though my daughter's birthday is in December; I'm already thinking about her next birthday party! Thankfully, the New Jersey Kids' Party Ideas Guide is here to help me nail down the perfect venue for my princess. And speaking of princesses...does your daughter enjoy dressing up in beautiful costumes and dream of being a princess? If so, chances are she’d love a dress-up princess party for her next birthday.
A young child’s interest in toys changes quickly. A new plaything that was a huge hit when first received is forgotten just a few days (make that hours) later. That can be frustrating for parents as the clutter and the bills mount up. That's why a toy rental service makes so much sense. It saves money, space and the environment. Less junk to throw in the landfill!
Toy rental websites offer Netflix-style subscriptions so your kid can try out new playthings on a regular basis. These services are also great for when your child goes on an extended visit to a grandparent or another relative who doesn't have playthings lying around the house. Traveling families can also benefit from shipping toys to a destination to lighten the luggage, just like you might rent strollers or car seats on the road. Here are some toy rental websites that ship packages throughout the United States.
Don’t have a green thumb? Critters spoiling you attempts at a garden again this year? Join a CSA farm. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between a local farmer and the people who consume his/her fresh, often organic, produce. Members purchase a "share" of the farm's anticipated harvest. This partnership becomes a win/win situation to the CSA members by giving them the best quality, freshest, widest variety of locally grown produce while ensuring the survival of the farms by guaranteeing the farmer a fair return on his/her efforts. Members pay at the beginning of the season and the farmer delivers a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs and sometimes fruit as they become available. Each of the farms runs a little differently, so check the websites and choose the program that best suits your family’s needs. And enjoy!
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!
Embrace your child’s inner Bam-Bam and Pebbles! Organic, holistic, eco-friendly...these words appeal to those moms who seek baby products that are all-natural and contain no harmful dyes, sprays, or materials. New Jersey moms are sassy, savvy, and not afraid to do research—and realizing sometimes green is the way to go when purchasing baby products. Below is Part 1 of our series on New Jersey-based companies that are riding the green wave and embracing Mother Nature!
‘Tis the season for holiday cards adorned with (professional) pictures of your cutie pies! Many moms today are turning to professional baby photography to capture those very special moments in their son or daughter’s lives. It’s quite common for a mommy-to-be to arrange for her newborn to be photographed by a professional, even when the infant is just days out of the womb. Professional baby photography is so popular that many New Jersey-based photographers specialize solely in children and infant photography. Read on for some of the best in NJ (and a special offer for Mommy Poppins readers!) and for some tips on how to have a great photo session experience.
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