August 2, 2010
- Back to School Tips from Diary of A Wimpy Kid
- Eco Friendly Everyday
- Edible Arrangements
- Maxi Cosi Mila
- Rubbermaid Reveal
- Summer Infant
- Write Way to Learn
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Teen Scene
- Plan Ahead
- Bic Ecolutions
- Boot Camp
- Dreambox Learning
- Eden Home
- Fun Family DVDs from Cookie Jar
- Kids Konserve
- Lil' Shopper Play Set
- Macaroni Made
- Macaroni Must
- Sanuk sandals
- Soda Stream
- Voskos Yogurt
Win Your Own on DVD!
Back to School Essentials, courtesy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Don't forget to enter to win your very own copy on DVD, coming out August 3rd! Enter by emailing [email protected] with Wimpy Kid in the subject line. You have one more week to enter, winners will be picked Sunday, August 8th.
As much as we don’t want to face it, the new school semester is right around the corner and in order to start off the year just right, you’re going to have to ...
Winners Announced From Last Week
No, it's not "Earth Day", it is August. I can't believe it is time to start winding down from summer and start gearing up for Back to School. Welcome to our eco-friendly newsletter this week. In this week's issue, I am introducing you to several green products that can be used everyday. Food, crafts, clothes, learning and back to school supplies that are all earth-friendly. Just a good reminder that we can be green every day.
Be sure to scroll down through the entire newsletter--lots of great ...
Have you heard of EcoMom? EcoMom is an online retailer specializing in all things environmentally friendly. Organic food, clothing, baby care, cleaning products and toys are some of those really great items that can be found on her website.
I received Green Toys Recycled Plastic Indoor Gardening Set to "play" with. This set features shovels, planters, seeds and everysingle thing in it is recyclable, compostable and reusable! My children and I planted Zinnia, Basil and Teddy Bear Sunflower seeds and were able to watch them grow right away. A great ...
Have you ever had a reason to send someone a gift and didn't know quite what to get them? I am sure you have- a new baby, holiday, sympathy, the list goes on and on. Sometimes it is really hard to know what to pick. Edible Arrangements is a gift that everyone will love. Beautiful and healthy arrangements of fresh fruits, how can you go wrong? We tried one of their gift baskets and they were awesome! Lovely arrangements of pineapple and cantaloupe "flowers", melon "leaves" and chocolate covered ...
Last week, I told you about the awesome Maxi Cosi infant carseat, Mico. This week, I want to tell you about the incredible Maxi Cosi stroller, Mila. I received one to check out and it is fantastic! These are the great features--it is lightweight and compact, stands up when it is folded, it has adaptors to the Mico carseat from last week, cupholder for Mom or Dad, shopping basket and a rainshield. That is a ton of great stuff for an "umbrella" stroller--it seems more like a full size stroller ...
Looking for a green alternative to packing sandwiches and snacks in plastic baggies? ReUsies is what you are looking for! These reusable bags are washable and get the job done! Have you ever thought about how many plastic bags you use per year? The EPA estimates 500 billion - one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Which basically averages out to more than 1, 000 each year per person! Wow! The bad thing about using all that plastic?
- Plastic bags make up over 10% of debris found on US ...
I hate my mop....bad. So I was more than happy to try out the new Reveal spray mop that Rubbermaid sent me. This mop is so wonderful. It was so easy to put together. It has a spray feature to it that allows you to use any kind of cleaner that you like. There is a very large microfiber pad that is absolutely awesome at picking up dirt--it picks up so much more than any other mop I have used. The pad is reusable - simply throw it in your ...
Summer Infant makes great baby products! I received a Rest Assured and Swaddle Pod to check out--they are both really great products.
If you like to co-sleep with your newborn, Rest Assured is a must have for you. There is a sturdy metal frame to prevent you from rolling over onto your baby, with mesh sides for good air circulation and to be able to see the baby. There is a Reticulated AirCare™ foam pad for better breath-ability, too, that is washable and removable. A really cool feature is the ...
Do you recall before the school year ended, the interview with Mrs. Rush, our wonderful Kindergarten teacher? She recommended working with your children for 10-15 minutes a day on reading and writing skills to keep kids current with all they learned from the following year. 10 -15 minutes is not much, but if you aren't doing it, you will see a difference when school starts back up.
Write Way to Learn sent me their power pack writing kit and we have been spending our 15 minutes a day working ...
Where: Washington Crossing State Park Route 546 Hopewell TwpWhen: 11:00 AM (Sunday 4:00pm)Who: all agesHow: show up 11am every day except Sunday,which is 4pmCost: $5For more info: 267-885-9857 or www.dpacatoat.com
Where: Regal Cinemas--Phillipsburg, NJWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE
Where: Somerville Barnes and NobleWhen: 10:30 AM (every Tuesday morning)Who: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE
Where: Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Street address: 118 Lamington Road BranchburgWhen: 2:00 PM (Tuesdays and Thursdays)Who: (for families with kids ages 6-12)How: show up or callCost: Admission: $6 per person
Where: Bridgewater Commons Mall--Lego StoreWhen: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PMWho: ages 6-14How: show up early!Cost: FREEFor more info: http://stores.lego.com/en-us/StoreEvents.aspx
Where: the green newar Connections Cafe in Turntable Junction FlemingtonWhen: starts at duskWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: rain or shine, if the weather is bad, the movie will be moved inside
Where: 299 S Main St (near the Firehouse) Raritan TownshipWhen: after duskWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: movie is freeFor more info: 8/4 Finding Nemo 8/11 The Cat in the Hat 8/18 Alice in Wonderland (2010) 9/1 Grease for more information call 908-284-1233
Where: NCB Library 65 Halstead St Clinton, NJ 08809When: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AMWho: for all agesHow: show up--no tickets necessaryCost: FREEFor more info: www.hclibrary.us
Where: Clinton Book Shop 12 E. Main St ClintonWhen: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: www.clintonbookshop.com
Where: Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Street address: 118 Lamington Road Town: BranchburgWhen: 3:00 PMWho: for families with kids ages 6-12How: show up or callCost: $6 per person
Where: Hunterdon County Library (outdoors, but indoors if it rains) 314 Route 12 Flemington, NJWhen: 6:30 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: www.hclibrary.us or 788-1434
All children love being read to. Every storytime, we explore a new theme. Join us for stories and activities and foster a love for reading in your little one.
Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-526-7425
Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-526-7425When: 10:30 AM (every Thursday morning)Who: all childrenHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: 908-526-7425 www.barnesandnoble.com
Where: Venue: Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Street address: 118 Lamington Road Town: BranchburgWhen: 2:00 PMWho: for families with kids ages 3-8How: show up or callCost: Admission: $6 per person
Where: Venue: Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Street address: 118 Lamington Road Town: BranchburgWhen: 3:00 PMWho: families with kids ages 5-10How: show up or callCost: Admission: $6 per person
Where: Hunterdon County Library Lower Level FlemingtonWhen: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (every Thursday)Who: Everyone, however it is library policy that anyone under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adultHow: show up!Cost: FREEFor more info: http://www.hclibrary.us/events.htm
Where: NCB Library 65 Halstead St Clinton, NJ 08809When: 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM (register beginning 7/29/2010)Who: ages 2-5 accompanied by an adultHow: register ahead www.hclibrary.usCost: FREEFor more info: next bedtime story will be 8/5/2010 (register beginning 7/29/2010)
Where: Downtown Bethlehem, PA--closed off streets in the middle of the townWhen: n/aWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE for 11 of 14 stagesFor more info: http://www.musikfest.org/
Where: Kidz Fun Zone 843 State Route 12 Suite B3 Frenchtown, NJ 08825When: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PMWho: children up to the age of 10How: show upCost: $7.00 per child for members, $9.00 per child for non-membersFor more info: www.kidzfunzone.net
Where: Bull's Island Recreation Area Route 29 Delaware TwpWhen: 1:00 PMWho: ages 3-5How: Registration required 609-397-2949 or www.dandrcanal.comCost: FREE
Where: Venue: Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium Street address: 118 Lamington Road Town: BranchburgWhen: 3:00 PMWho: for families with kids ages 6-12How: show up or callCost: $6
Where: Main St, East Main St, and Lower Center Streets ClintonWhen: 7:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: 908-713-1134
When: 7:30 PMWho: ages 8 to adultHow: show up or callCost: $6
When: 8:30 PMWho: for ages 8-adultHow: show up or callCost: $6 per person
Where: Riverfront, LambertvilleWhen: 9:30 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE
The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.
In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.
Where: Your local Home Depot storeWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: ages 5-12How: show upCost: FREE
Where: your local Home DepotWhen: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: ages 5-12How: show upCost: FREE
Where: Howell Living History Farm Valley Rd off Rt 29, just south of LambertvilleWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: $2 for the kids craftFor more info: www.howellfarm.org
Where: Community Presbyterian Church 220 Main St ChesterWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: rain or shine 908-879-5091
Sat, July 31: Emily Rose
Sat, Aug 7: Barynya
Sat, Aug 14: Fe
Sat, Aug 21: Hofbrauhaus
Sat, Aug 28: Siesta Key All Stars
Where: Liberty Village Premium Outlets 1 Church Street Flemington, NJ, 08822When: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: 908-782-8550.
Where: meeting room of Flemington Free Library, 118 Main Street, FlemingtonWhen: 10:30 am Tuesdays for 3-5 years, 10:30 am on Wednesdays for 2-3 yearsWho: 3-5 years/2-3 yearsHow: Call (908) 782-5733, or visit [email protected]Cost: freeFor more info: parents or care-givers invited to stay
Where: Peaceful Valley Orchards, 150 Pittstown Rd., Pittstown, NJ 08867When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: Free admissionFor more info: [email protected] 908-730-7748
Where: Washington Library 20 West Carlton Avenue,
Washington, NJ 07882 (Warren County)When: 10:30 amWho: 3-5 year oldsHow: Phone: (908) 689-0201Cost: FREEFor more info: Closed over Memorial Day weekend
Where: Lambertville LibraryWhen: 10 am and 11amWho: 4 months to 4 yearsHow: 609-397-0275Cost: FREE
Where: North County Branch Library 65 Halstead St ClintonWhen: 7:00 PMWho: grades 6-9How: register to attend by calling 730-6834Cost: FREE
Celebrate the release of MockingjayAugust 28, 2010 4:00 PM Mockingjay, the third and last installment of The Hunger Games, will be released on August 24. Pick up your copy at this special fan event . NOTE: this is NOT an author event.
Where: Flemington - Borders
325 US Highway 202
Flemington, NJ 08822When: 4:00 PMWho: ages 14 to 17How: show upCost: FREE for event, must buy the book for signing
Where: Warren County Library - Northeast Branch 63 Route 46 Hackettstown, NJ 07840When: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PMWho: Ages 13 and upHow: Sign-ups required, either call the library at 908-813-3858 or email Kelly at [email protected]Cost: FREEFor more info: 908-813-3858 or email Kelly at [email protected]
Where: North Branch Park Milltown Rd Bridgewater TownshipWhen: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: www.4histops.org or 908-526-6644
Where: North County Branch Library 65 Halstead St ClintonWhen: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PMWho: kids going into grades 6-9How: register starting August 4th by calling or stopping by 730-6834Cost: FREE
Where: Washington Crossing State Park Route 546 Hopewell TwpWhen: variesWho: all agesHow: show upCost: $5
Where: Mine Brook Park Flemington, NJWhen: 9:00 AMWho: women who want a great workout!How: show upCost: FREEFor more info: http://www.flemingtonbootcamps.com/
Where: Howell Living History Farm Valley Rd off Route 29 South of LambertvilleWhen: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: www.howellfarm.org
Where: Your local Lowe'sWhen: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/Home.aspx
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu CavemenAugust 14, 2010 2:00 PM Two silly caveboys named Ook and Gluk grew up together in Caveland, Ohio, in 500,001 BC. They're always getting in trouble with their nasty leader, Big Chief Goppernopper. Discover a new series by Dav Pilkey at this very special summer kids event. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A COSTUME CHARACTER EVENT.
Where: Flemington - Borders
325 US Highway 202
Flemington, NJ 08822When: 2:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE
Where: Round Valley Recreation Area Clinton TwpWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: all agesHow: registration required 908-236-6355Cost: $10
Where: Bull's Island Recreation Area Route 29 Delaware TwpWhen: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMWho: ages 6-10 with an adultHow: Registration is required 609-397-2949 or www.dandrcanal.comCost: FREE for everyone!
Where: Washington Crossing State Park Route 546 Hopewell TwpWhen: 8:00 PM (rain date of 8/17)Who: everyoneHow: show upCost: $10 per carload
- Having fun with your favorite wiggly pal as they sing and dance through the audience.
- Starting the fun at home by creating a Wiggles sign and/or dressing up as your favorite character.
- Yelling "Wake up, Jeff!" whenever the lovable Purple Wiggle falls asleep onstage.
Where: IZOD Center East Rutherford, NJWhen: n/aWho: everyoneHow: purchaset tickets online http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/69/705291?brand=izodcenterCost: variesFor more info:
Where: The Little Gym Flemington, NJWhen: 7:00 PMWho: anyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: http://www.flemingtonbootcamps.com/
Open House Barnes & Noble @ School for Teachers!Educator Event, Special Event
Educators, back-to-school just got a whole lot more fun with our new Barnes & Noble @ School department. Join us for a special Educator Open House featuring a section overview and tour, refreshments, raffle prizes and more!Thursday August 19, 2010 2:00 PM
Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-526-7425When: 2:00 PMWho: TeachersHow: show upCost: FREE
Storytime with Little CritterChildren's Event
Come to the Children's Stage for a storytime featuring books by Mercer Mayer and a visit from their main character, Little Critter! Don't forget to bring your cameras!Friday August 20, 2010 11:00 AM
Where: Somerville Barnes and Noble
Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, 908-526-7425When: 11:00 AMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREE
Clothesline 44 Main Street CalifonWhen: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PMWho: everyoneHow: show up or register to trade or sell your items by August 1stCost: variesFor more info: Cash only for gently used swap items. Cash and cards accepted for new items.
All are welcome to mingle, browse, meet other moms and learn about cloth diapering. Kids are welcome as well. Refreshments will be provided. If you wish to sell or trade your items, please register before August 1. More info or to register contact Alison at [email protected] or 770-313-3772
Where: Chrisite Hoffman Farm Route 512 Tewksbury TwpWhen: 7:30 PMWho: everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: 908-439-0022 ext 731 or www.tewksbury-twp.net
Where: South County Park Route 179 West Amwell TwpWhen: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Sunday is 10am-6pm)Who: Something for everyoneHow: show upCost: FREEFor more info: www.co.hunterdon.nj.us or 908-782-6809
Where: Washington Crossing State Park Route 546 Hopewell TwpWhen: variesWho: all agesHow: show upCost: $5
Where: The Mann Center of Performing Arts Philadelphia, PAWhen: n/aWho: everyoneHow: purchase tickets onlineCost: variesFor more info: http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/
Your Solution for Back to School--Giveaway
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Bic has an eco-friendly line of school and office supplies, Ecolutions. Now you can send your kids off to school knowing that you are still being green!
I was sent some great supplies to try out and I really like them! Mechanical pencils and ball point pens made from 74% recycled plastic and Wite-Out that is made up of 51% pre-consumer plastic. Each mechanical pencil is the equivalent to 2.5 wood case pencils! They are great supplies that hold up to ...
Join in the Fun!
If you still haven't checked out Flemington Fat Burning Bootcamp, August is the month to do it! On August 14th, there will be another FREE boot camp session at Mine Brook Park in Flemington at 9:00am. Then there will be a a movie night at the Little Gym in Flemington on August 17th 7:00pm to see the movie Super Size Me.
Come join the great group of women who attend Flemington Fat Burning Boot Camp and test it out for your self!
For more information, visit:
Keeping those Math Skills Sharp
How do you make practicing Math fun? I don't know how to make it fun, but thankfully, Dreambox does! Dreambox is an online resource for parents and children that teaches kids age-appropriate Math, disguised in a game format.
I had three of my children test it out, compliments of Dreambox Learning. My children are different ages. I have them entering preschool, First Grade and Third Grade this year, so having them test out the website was a good indication of how it would be. Each one of them were ...
Organics for Mom
We have talked about lots of other great eco-friendly and organic products in this week's newsletter and now I get to tell you about some amazing organic products for moms and kids just in time for Back to School!
Eden Home has an gigantic selection of fun toys, housewares, and clothing. Recently, they introduced a new organic clothing line and I was the lucky recipient of a Women's Organic Lounge Set. Beautiful eggplant color, soft and comfortable, I love this outfit! Perfect for relaxing after a long day ...
Win a Set of 8 DVDs!
Looking for great entertainment for your kids, that you will approve of and won't cost you a small fortune? Cookie Jar has just what you are looking for! We were sent several awesome titles to check out: NANOBOY, MONA THE VAMPIRE, HORSELAND, BUSYTOWN MYSTERIES, SUPER DUPER SUMOS, RICHARD SCARRY, WIMZIE'S HOUSE, and the WORLD OF QUEST.
These shows are highly recommended by my boys, especially the World of Quest, Super Duper Sumos, and Nanoboy. All of the shows were fun, though. I am sure you will remember Richard ...
Discount Available! Get Yours for School!
We received a great alternative to plastic lunchboxes for the new school year--a lunch kit from Kids Konserve. Each Waste-Free Lunch Kit contains an assortment of stainless steel containers with brightly colored lids, stainless steel bottle for your drink, a cloth napkin (great idea!), and a food cozy for sandwiches. All of this wrapped up in an adorable recycled cotton bag with different patterns for boys (caterpillars) and girls (butterflies). Very cute, highly functional, and original, this is a great way to save on plastic waste and know that your ...
Want a cute toy for the little person in your life? Check out Lil' Shopper from Earlyears by International Playthings. We were sent one of these adorable sets, which consists of six interactive and fun pieces for your baby to play with. A little shopping bag with soft groceries, the textures ands sounds make this a great sensory toy. A very soft and sturdy shopping bag, crinkly banana, rattling orange that opens and closes, chiming apple with a crinkle leaf, rattling cabbage, and a cute milk carton with a peek-a-boo ...
- 1 Cup Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Salt
- 1 1/2 Cups Cold Water
- 1 1/4 Cups Hot Water
- Food Coloring
- Combine the flour, salt, and cold water in a saucepan.
- Beat with a wire whisk until smooth.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, & slowly stir in hot water.
- continue stirring until the mixture boils & begins to thicken.
- Remove from heat & beat with a whisk until smooth.
- Divide the mixture into several containers.
- Add food coloring to each container and stir.
- Get to painting! :)
Cyber-bullying is a different kind of beast when it ...
Snag Your Own Pair!
Wow, did you know you can even buy green shoes?! Yes, you can! Some Sanuk sandals are made entirely from recycled materials. Started back in 1997, Sanuk was created when Jeff Kelley made a pair of sandals from indoor/outdoor carpet backing and inner tubes. The company has evolved and spread from there. Fun, functional, and comfortable, Sanuk makes really great sandals of all different styles. We received a pair of Sidewalk Surfers to review and my little skater is a big fan! Easy going and creative style flows through ...
Soda Lover's Dream!
I will admit it, I am a soda addict.....and I am ok with that. I love my Diet Coke, what can I say? Well, I heard about Soda Stream on an infomercial one night....what is it about those infomercials that suck you in and really make you want to buy something? It had me intrigued.
I recently received a Soda Stream to try out for myself. Slightly skeptical, but hopeful, I tried out the machine. I love how compact the machine is and it is really easy to ...
I love yogurt, so when I received the great line of Voskos Greek yogurt products, I couldn't wait to try it out!
High in protein and flavor, Voskos Greek Yogurt is rich, creamy, and delicious. One of my favorite breakfasts in yogurt and granola. I was excited to try this yogurt in place of my regular kind. You can pick from flavors like honey vanilla bean, fig, blueberry, and plain. Every single one I tried was so good. I was curious to know if my kids would like it ...
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