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July 2012

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NJ Kids Suburban Mom Tip of the Day - In the Olympic Spirit, celebrate the cultures of the world at

In the Olympic Spirit, celebrate the cultures of the world at Ellis Island – and as an extra bonus, now through September 15, there is a display of Barbie Dolls of the World (it’s the 30th anniversary of this doll collection). Activities include filling out a Barbie passport about your heritage by answering questions found at the Barbie exhibit, and getting a glimpse at the latest dolls, including Statue of Liberty Barbie. Also, mark.... read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: Dorm Room Looks Cute…Now What?

We have been looking forward to this day for twelve long years and here we are…at college!  Classes will start soon and in addition to feeding ourselves and doing our laundry, we have to manage to keep up with college classes.  The biggest obstacle for most college freshmen is time management.  Without Mom and school officials to keep us in line, we are left to our devices in the midst of the most freedom we have ever .... read more

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NJ Kids Suburban Mom Olympic Trivia – In honor of the Olympic Games, take your best shot:

In honor of the Olympic Games, take your best shot:  What best selling baby book author also won a Gold Medal in an Olympic Games?  Post your guess! By Jenny TananbaumJenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonline.com. read more

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day – Ready to start your weekend off with some great family fun?

Ready to start your weekend off with some great family fun?  Head to Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown for their weekly 'Summer Nights on the Farm'.  Every Friday night from 4:00-8:00pm, enjoy farm fresh food, live music, pony rides & lawn games – on hot nights there are also sprinklers! Click here to check out their website for more info. By Jenny TananbaumJenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanm.... read more

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Dinner Time Travels From a Suburban Mom

I'd like to say I'm a crafty person, and I certainly do try - handprint mementos for Father's Day, homemade Halloween costumes, personally baked birthday cakes - but, to be honest, even with my best effort, things tend to end up, well, slightly less than perfect. So, I admit it, I'm definitely no Martha Stewart, yet the ideas keep coming, and I keep on trying.  But guess what - I think I have finally stumbled upon the perfect foolproof craf.... read more

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day - Are the kids bouncing off the walls

Are the kids bouncing off the walls, complaining they have nothing to do? Many indoor play spaces and bounce houses have Open Play – Click here to check out our website to find a place near you and let the kids bounce off someone else’s walls! By Jenny TananbaumJenny Tananbaum is a writer, wife and mom to three. suburbanmom@njkidsonline.com. read more

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NJ Kids Organization Tips: To Shred or Not to Shred?

You may ask yourself, “How does preventing yourself from identity theft tie into organizing?”  As we already know, clutter is delayed decision making and the information overload we experience causes us to question what we do know.  When we question, we wait for the most current information shows up.  I have an innumerable number of clients with homes overrun by paper as they know not what to do with all of it, e.... read more

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NJ Kids Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

SYNOPSIS: It’s been eight years since Batman took the rap for Harvey Dent’s crimes. But now the Dark Knight feels compelled to intervene when a mask-wearing madman known as Bane decides to destroy the city of Gotham. REVIEW: What a week it’s been for the Batman legacy. With incredible buzz leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises last week, the horror of the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado .... read more

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Suburban Mom Tip of the Day – Want to find a place where the kids can have fun AND where Moms can si

Want to find a place where the kids can have fun AND where Moms can sit, relax and talk?  Imagine That in Florham Park is the perfect solution! Grab a group of five moms or more (or grandparents or nannies!) and join their 'Mom’s Group' - Moms enter free, and while the kids are entertained in the museum, the ‘Mom Group’ can sit and relax in the café area.  Reservations required.  Click here to check out the.... read more

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Suburban Mom Fact of the Day: Did you know that there are thousands of firefly species

Did you know that there are thousands of firefly species – New Jersey has four different types alone – and each species has a distinct flash color and pattern?   These patterns are used to attract a mate of the same species, plus the chemical that creates the light – lucibufagens – is so nasty that once a predator gets a taste of it, the flashing reminds them they never want to snack on it again! Click here for .... read more

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