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May 2012

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day - Mid May to early June is prime asparagus season

Mid May to early June is prime asparagus season - the slender shoots are the sweetest! It is chocked with vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Want to get the kids to try them? Take five asparagus stalks, cut off the tops, then place them side by and push two pre-soaked wooded skewers through the tops and the bottoms, creating a "raft". Next dip the rafts into a beaten egg, then into panko crum.... read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: Invisible Clutter

Do you wish your clutter were invisible?  It may be more invisible than you think – especially to you.  When we live with items and see them day-in-and-day-out, they tend to dissolve into the background of our lives.  Want to see your clutter with new eyes?  Take a photo and post it on a social media site.  Your clutter in all its glory will quickly appear.  If you would like to see your clutter without.... read more

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Suburban Mom Fact of the Day - Amazing Creatures

Spider Monkey
Spider Monkeys are known as the 'Trapeze Artists' of the animal world - they spend most of their day swinging from limb to limb in the trees high above the jungle floor. Learn more about these and other amazing creatures at the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus. For other zoological parks, check out our websites! By Jenny Tananbaum Jenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonline.com . read more

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NJ Kids Book Review: Baby Animals Black and White

Tildes creates a world for newborns to love in this wonderful board book. The black and white imagery allows a new baby to focus on highly contrasting pictures of faces that they instinctively recognize and love to look at. The wordless book also stimulates natural conversation between parent and child about the animals.  Infants will recall this book as one of their first favorites and enjoy it for months to come. Ages Newborn through Infa.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: Men In Black III

SYNOPSIS:  Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones don the black suits and shades for the third time to battle aliens and save the earth. This installment involves time travel. And pie.     Official Site:  http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/meninblack3/ Reel Rating: 4 out of 5 Reels MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and brief suggestive content Released in Theaters: May 25, 2012 (2D, 3D) Genre:.... read more

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day - It's Fleet Week in NYC

It's Fleet Week in NYC, but if you can't make it into the Big Apple, you can always visit the Battleship New Jersey, one of our countries most deocated warships.   Take an interactive tour - stretching out on bunks where sailors slept, climbing into gun turrets, heading up ladders to the bridge. Open daily 9:30 - 5PM. . read more

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Suburban Mom Quote of the Day - The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision

"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it." - Thucydides. Thank you to all our soldiers who have given their lives defending our country and to all the men and women in uniform here in America and overseas who continue to protect us daily. By Jenny Tananbaum Jenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonlin.... read more

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day: Slow down and smell the flowers!

Slow down and smell the flowers! Spend an afternoon outside taking a walk at a local arboretum.  Best of all, many gardens have family programs, including Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, which hosts drop in activities every Saturday from 9-1pm.  For more gardens and nature centers, check out our website! By Jenny Tananbaum Jenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonline.com. read more

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Health and Nutrition Tips: Ever Wonder? Quick Answers to Some Nutrition Questions

Ever Wonder? Quick Answers to Some Nutrition Questions! Can eating chocolate cause acne?  This is a common misconception.  Hormonal changes are linked to teenage acne, rarely food choices.  The best approach to healthy skin is to eat healthy, keep skin clean and get enough rest. Are presweetened cereals more cavity promoting than unsweetened cereals?  Carbohydrates in both starches and sugars “nourish” bacteria.... read more

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Notes From a Suburban Mom: Perfecting Imperfection

It took three trips to the drug store, six pregnancy tests and one full hour of staring incredulously at the line of plus signs to convince myself I was truly expecting, but as soon as I accepted my new mother-to-be reality, I immediately darted off to Barnes and Noble and purchased a half dozen How to Books on raising a child.  I was determined to follow all the rules and perfect this parenting thing: establish a routine, remain calm and or.... read more

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