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3 Fun Things to do this Easter Weekend!


1. Egg Decorating: This is a must-do with kids. Egg decorating can keep your kids or nieces and nephews busy for a few hours. My daughter loves to decorate Easter Eggs, she absolutely loves painting and being creative. Not only is this a time for them to put their creativity to work, but it includes them in the Easter spirit even if it is not for religious reasons. If you are a stay at home parent you can get this project started on Friday, or on Saturday if you are a working parent, whatever is easier. You can certainly use this time to get other things done around the house or join in the decorating fun.

Links for Decorating Ideas:

Artful ParentThe SpruceHappy Hooligans

2. Egg Hunt/BBQ: No Church Sunday morning? No problem! You can start your morning with some Easter Egg Hunt fun. If you have a backyard, plan this Easter Egg Hunt in your own backyard, invite some guests and get the kids hunting. While the kids are playing and hunting their eggs, prep for a nice and simple BBQ for everyone to enjoy. This is a such a great way to spend time with friends and family! If you don’t have a backyard…you can do this hunt with your own kids inside the home or join an Easter Egg Hunt event around town. The Spruce (Egg hunt ideas)

Easter Egg Hunt Events in New Jersey

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3. Find an Easter Day Event in your town (or nearby): For those of you who prefer to get out of the house all together, this weekend is jammed packed with events in our area. You can join events like Breakfast with Easter Bunny, Easter Parades, Easter Festivals, Park Events and more. Check out this link for a list of tons of events going on in different New Jersey areas.

New Jersey Leisure GuideNJ Mom

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Easter!!


We Love Sesame Place!


What a fun-filled weekend this past weekend was!  Lots of celebrations…I love celebrations…I am happy to say that there’s always so much love surrounding them and good vibrations emanating from all over the place.  We are truly blessed. Among all of the celebrations I attended to this weekend, one in particular was Sesame Place’s Autism Awareness Day!

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Sesame Place is a kid-friendly amusement-water park geared toward children ages 2-13.  It has a variety of rides which kids can ride by themselves or accompanied by an adult if the child is too little.  They are located in PA about an hour and 20 minutes from Northern NJ and officially opens for the season this coming weekend.

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A friend of mine gave us tickets to attend this special event and we couldn’t have been more thrilled to go. Since we know how much our little one L O V E S Sesame Street, we knew this would be a major event for her.  She was certainly over the moon with excitement once we arrived. I wish you guys could have seen the expressions on her face. She was in heaven! This certainly was the perfect amusement park, for the best little girl. Later in the day, one of my sisters and two little brothers came to the park to join in on the fun which made the day even more special.

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It was a sun-filled Sunday, just the perfect day to be outdoors. As I looked around, I noticed every child was truly enjoying this magical day.  It was great to see all of those little smiling faces, running around, going on the rides, eating candy, meeting all of the characters and more.  Everything was so perfect! My little one finally got to go on rides for her size… and she was having a blast.

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We got to sit and watch Elmo Rocks Concert which was fantastic.  She was totally enjoying and rocking to the beats of Elmo, Cookie Monster and friends. She also got to say hi to Elmo and take pictures with Cookie Monster and Abby…her favorite characters!  And to top it off, she got to see ALL of the characters during their wonderful 20 minutes closing parade.   She truly had the time of her life.  We can’t wait to bring her again once the water rides open…that will be another amazing experience.

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This day was just so wonderful overall.  Seeing her beautiful face lit up throughout the entire day we knew we made the right choice when we accepted those tickets.   If you are close to PA or willing to take an hour plus ride, I would suggest you take the kids. While we were there we ate at the Cookie Monster Cafe where each kid got to take home a super cute Cookie Monster Plate and Drink Cup as a souvenir.   My only suggestions would be to try to eat a good meal before arriving at the park. The food there is expensive and not the healthiest.  Other than that I can assure you, your children will have a great time!

There is a Groupon deal going on right now. Go HERE to view.

Hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of our Sesame Place Adventure!



Christmas Craft Ideas For The Kids

As Christmas Day approaches we are all running around getting some last minute gifts and thinking of ideas on how we’ll entertain on Christmas morning, especially the kids.

We will be making a delicious breakfast for the our families, opening gifts and doing some arts and crafts with the children. I went out and got some arts and crafts kits that will surely keep the kids entertained and happy. We’ll be making a gingerbread house, decorating some sugar cookies and making Christmas ornaments.

As I was doing some web browsing I did come across some pretty awesome ideas I might be incorporating into our arts and crafts time. Check them out! Click on the picture to get the instructions.


This is a super cute paper plate Santa…It looks fun and easy to do with the kids and doesn’t require too many items.



What’s Santa without his favorite Reindeer..Rudolph! This is a super cute – easy to make paper bag Reindeer.



Super super super easy to make Snowflakes! Can’t go wrong with these.



Kid’s love to be part of everything….this is a great way to have them make them that will be part of the Christmas decorations. How fun!!


We hope these arts and crafts ideas make your Christmas Day with the kids an easy, fun and happy one!

We wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas!

Because We are Moms

I am guilty of Co-Sleeping with my child: 10 Things I Love and hate about co-sleeping  

While some moms refuse to let their child co-sleep with them and believe it is against all good-parenting habits, I know other moms out there can relate and will understand every reason in this post.  I know I’m not alone.  I am not the first and I can assure you I won’t be the last mom who co-sleeps with their child. Co-sleeping with my child is absolutely a bitter-sweet experience which is why I have compiled my top ten reasons why I love and hate co-sleeping with her.


Why I love co-sleeping with my child:


  1. FIRST TIME MOM FEARS: As a first time mom I don’t think I slept more than 15 minutes at time at least for the first 3 months (until she was bigger and I felt more secure bringing her to the bed) In fear that I wouldn’t hear her crying if she needed me. So I would startle myself every 15 minutes like a crazy woman to check on her and make sure she was breathing.


  1. BREASTFEEDING MADE EASY: My daughter breastfed constantly so if I ever wanted to get just a little bit of rest, laying her right next to me in bed to feed was the only way she could get her feeding every 2 hours and mommy could get some eye-shutting time.   Initially, I did try getting up every 2 hours and getting her from her crib, feeding her for 20-30min, putting her down, and doing it all over again within 1 ½ – 2 hrs.  It was exhausting, especially since I had to get up and go to work in the morning. If I wanted to function at work, this was my best option.  Happy child, happy mom!


  1. KNOWING SHE’S SAFE RIGHT NEXT TO ME:When she was a baby I would prop her up on a firm pillow so that I could be slightly lower than her and I would put the little dividers that go by the torso so that she wouldn’t roll over.  With daddy on the other side, I knew she was nice and perfectly cozy.  I could open my eyes and check on her right then and there.


  1. GETTING HUGS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT:  Now that she’s older she loves to cuddle with mommy or daddy and gives us hugs or kisses in the middle of the night or to wake us up.  They are the best!


  1. SEEING HER BEAUTIFUL FACE AS SOON AS YOU WAKE UP: Seeing her tiny, gorgeous, peaceful little face right next to you as soon as you wake up totally makes my day.

Why I hate co-sleeping with my child:


  1. FEAR I WOULD CRUSH HER (WHEN SHE WAS A BABY) AND NOT SLEEPING NOW THAT SHE’S BIGGER: Although I made sure she was positioned in a way where she had her space and wouldn’t roll over and get crushed by us, there was still that little bit of fear that we could hurt her in any way, so I did put her in her crib most nights, even if I had to get up 3 or 4 times to put her back to sleep. Now that she’s bigger, although I love having her next to me, I can barely sleep through the night because she moves so much.


  1. MAKES IT REALLY HARD FOR THE HUBBY AND ME TO HAVE OUR ROMANTIC NIGHTS:  Love nights are essential for mommy and daddy, but making them happen is almost impossible. When you have accustomed your child to sleep with you it’s hard to get her to sleep in her own bed.  So on those miracle nights when she wants to be in her own bed, we definitely take advantage of the opportunity hahaha.


  1. GETTING KICKED IN FACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT:No one likes to get kicked in the face while they are sleeping, but when you have a toddler sleeping next to you, you better be ready for it.


  1. BEING AWAKENED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ASKING FOR WATER OR MILK:  Every night I have to hear “mommy I want ‘leche’ (milk)” or “mommy I want ‘agua’ (water). I have to get up and go get her leche or agua.  I have recently started to ignore her and tell her to go back to sleep.  We need to break these bad habits! Anyone else’s child ask for water in the middle of the night, every single night?


  1. FEAR OF HER NEVER WANTING HER OWN BEDROOM, EVER!:  We will be moving soon and she will have her own bedroom.  Because we have created this habit of co-sleeping, we are definitely afraid she won’t stay in her own bedroom. I will probably do a follow-up blog post on how this transition goes.  Wish us luck!


So there you have it, my love-hate relationship with co-sleeping with my child.  I know some moms out there have gone through the same situation or are going through it.  I want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how to make the transition into her own bedroom and bed a fun smooth one.




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