Gallery: Earth Day at Liberty State Park

We rode our bikes to Liberty State Park’s Earth Day event even though it might rain. (It did.) We saw the festival from pretty far away because there were five GIANT bounce houses in a row, plus a kite exhibit. Unfortunately it started to rain pretty hard immediately after we locked our bikes up, so we […]

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Team Wilderness: Bringing Jersey City Teens into the Woods

For some reason (for lots of reasons) this city has absorbed us and we can’t move past it. We can’t help it. We love it here. But I hate the lack of green, the abundance of concrete, and the absence of an environment that lends itself to backpacking, campfires, and Poohsticks. And I guess I’m […]

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Spring Break: Organizing the Ordinary – Auntie Emily Camp

My sister is the mother of all mothers. (She’s also an award winning fourth grade teacher – she’s got a leg up on us.) She came up with this concept during Spring Break when she had five kids under her watch (two of ’em were mine). It’s pretty simple. Mommy~Auntie Emily Camp is basically a […]

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Take Them Out to the Ball Game: Opening Day at Frontier Field

I’ll be honest – I wasn’t thrilled to join in on the Opening Day festivities. I don’t care about baseball. It’s a long game and it doesn’t hold my attention. But after today, I’m thinking maybe my perspective was all wrong. Maybe baseball games aren’t actually about the ball and the bat and the intermittent […]

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Update: Sgt. Anthony Park’s New Playground Plans

*The following text is from the Sgt. Anthony Park Spring Newsletter received on 4/9.* It was overwhelmingly decided that the new playground for the Sgt. Anthony Park should be the “Kompan” structure as it has the most features, covered play, and widest range of activities for children of all ages. People also liked the inclusion […]

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Is 5 the Magical Age?

As so many of my readers already know, little kids create a really tough day to day. (Can I get a witness?) My boys are 15 months apart, and #TwoUnderTwo was incredibly difficult for me. It’s actually why I started this blog. I wanted a reason to type the words “Doing It Right” into the […]

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Staten Island Children’s Museum

We went to a birthday party at the Staten Island Children’s Museum today. Long story short: Put this place on your list. Here’s what you need to know: The museum on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. It’s a beautiful enclave of architecture and gardens. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Jersey City Heights. […]

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The First Year, The First Child

“We need help,” he blurted into the phone, “Tonight works. If you can.” Sometimes I do private consultations with parents who need help understanding their options regarding child care. When I arrive at their home, I am greeted by one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen, her dashing husband, a spirited (and tiny) […]

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Hoboken Nights: Pizza and Ice Cream

I don’t like being embarrassed – so it follows that I don’t like taking kids anywhere to restaurants. Sometimes, though, after a long day, an easy night out is in order – even with the kids. First things first: Make it easy. If you’re not a wizard or if you have limited experience dining with […]

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Adult Love

I was out for the first run of the season when I came across the locks. They’ve been here for a few years but I’ve been inside for months so seeing them today felt brand new. They took my breath away. I was overcome with memories of romance, of new love, young marriages, and the […]

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