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Support the Shore #JerseyLove

Support the Shore #JerseyLove

Will you help me share #JerseyLove? Tourism is big business for New Jersey. Without a strong summer season, many businesses won’t make it through the year. Everyone remembers seeing the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused to so many shore towns in NJ and NY, but there is not as much media coverage of the recover. This has residents worried that tourism will be down this summer. I’m from Philadelphia, and I’m proud to say that “I Love New Jersey.”  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Made in the USA, Socially Conscious, Travel

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

  This week, the week before Thanksgiving, we are being bombarded with more than just turkey recipes and guest RSVP’s. The moment we get the mail from the mailbox or turn on the TV, we are hit with loads of Black Friday advertisements. The super sales, the amazing deals. And each year, the doors open earlier and earlier, and the deals from major companies seem to get better and better.  Millions of dollars in revenue are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas, Made in the USA, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized

Gourmet Goodies: Belle Chevre Goat Cheese

Gourmet Goodies: Belle Chevre Goat Cheese

When I need entertaining advice or recipe ideas, I turn to my friend Martie Duncan, the entertaining expert behind Martie Knows Parties. Martie offers practical yet original entertaining advice. If you’re hosting a New Years party, check out her top 11 champagne and sparkling wine picks or her favorite holiday cocktail recipes. (Many of Martie’s sparkling wine picks are under $15, which makes her site a great resource for the hostess on a budget!) A few months … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, Featured, Food, Gift Ideas, Grandparent Gifts, Hip Find, Home and Decorating, Made in the USA, Mommy Gifts, Recipes

Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com!

Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com!

The heirloom-quality wooden doll furniture at RosieHippo.com is beautiful! This doll furniture fits American Girl Dolls, Corolle Dolls and all 18 inch or smaller dolls. It’s comparable in price to the furniture in the American Girl catalog, but this furniture is handmade in America by Amish craftsmen and much more special. And it’s on sale! Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com using coupon code RHDOLL15. Now you just need to decide what to buy: a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Coupons, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Made in the USA, Play, Socially Conscious

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com is one of our favorite toy stores, and we’re thrilled to include their exclusive Wooden Highchair in our 12 Days of Giveaways. This heirloom-quality doll furniture is made by hand of solid pine by Amish craftsmen. It fits dolls up to 18″– including American Girl Dolls. Rosie Hippo is the source for beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics and eco-friendly toys. All Rosie Hippo toys are produced under conditions that are fair … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Contests, Coupons, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Made in the USA, Organic, Play, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Solving Nature’s Puzzle (Find of the Minute)

Solving Nature’s Puzzle (Find of the Minute)

Working on some Earth Day stories, I spotted this beautiful and educational wooden leaf shape puzzle over at Just Hatched’s Etsy Shop. We love the book, Winter Trees, and my preschooler has become adept at spotting leaf shapes. Although it is a bit pricier than our mass-produced wooden puzzles, I am very tempted to add this to the kids’ collection. — WANT IT: wooden leaf shape puzzle ($25) from Just Hatched. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Made in the USA, Puzzles, Science, Toys (Pre-School)

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Full Easter Basket

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Full Easter Basket

Easter was one of my favorite celebrations when I was little, although I was not a huge fan of the itchy tights. Now that I am a mama, I like to look for longer-lasting, more eco-friendly goodies to share along with the giant chocolate bunnies. For an Easter basket that will survive beyond the big day, these lovely fabric Easter baskets (Blue Morpho – $14) are available in playful and chic patterns. Start your basket off on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Easter, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Made in the USA, Organic, Spring

Gifts with Heart

Gifts with Heart

One of my favorite stores is donating 25% of all Valentine’s Day purchases to Haiti. Click here to visit Rosie Hippo and to donate 25% of your purchase to Haiti use coupon code: HELPHAITI. RosieHippo.com is the place to shop for hip, eco-friendly toys. Many of their toys are on-sale right now, so you can get a great deal and make a donation to Haiti at the same time. For Christmas, I bought my son the wooden … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Organic, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages), Valentine's Day

We Heart Sparklehearts Hair Detangler

We Heart Sparklehearts Hair Detangler

When I was a little girl, I had long curly hair.  Except most of the time instead of looking like Shirley Temple, I looked more like Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett.  My mom would tame my mane with a leave-in conditioner, or “detangler”. Now, I have my own curly girly with beautiful ringlets that get knotty easily and I went looking at my favorite natural children’s lines for a decent detangler with no luck. So, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bath Time, Beauty, Contests, Featured, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Organic, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Healthier Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Organic Grass-Fed Beef

Healthier Hotdogs and Hamburgers: Organic Grass-Fed Beef

You probably already know that organic meat is free of antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones and is more nutritious for your family, especially for children and pregnant moms, but you may have had trouble locating quality organic meat at your local grocer or butcher. While a trip to an organic farm is a great learning experience, it may not be a practical way to do your weekly or even special occasion grocery shopping. At Greensbury Market, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Featured, Feeding, Food, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Nutrition, Organic, Summer