Sponsored Post: Have It All This Fall at Kidville Montclair!

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Gym, Music, Art, Dance, Pre-School Prep, Birthday Parties & More!



Enrollment is now open at Kidville Montclair and the semester begins on September 8th!  Classes are $99, and include UNLIMITED Playspace!

Kidville is an award winning enrichment center offering a variety of classes for kids newborn to age 6!

Come visit the 4500 square foot facility conveniently located on Valley Road in Upper Montclair with FREE (and ample) parking!
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Parents Spending More on Back to School Shopping Thanks to Electronics

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

back to school shoppingDriven by increased demand for electronic items combined with the yearly restocking of school supplies, parents are spending slightly more on back to school shopping than last year, according to to the National Retail Federation Back to School Survey. 

The average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics, up 5 percent from $634.78 last year. 

NRF this year broke down spending by grade, and according to the survey, families with high school students will spend the most. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $682.99, while spending on middle school/junior high comes in a close second at $682.13. Parents with elementary school-age children will spend an average of $580.94.

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ShopRite of Brookdale in Bloomfield Was a Major Contributor to NCJW Back 2 School Store

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NCJW Back 2 School Store

One of the most influential sponsors for this year’s NCJW/Essex 6th Annual Back 2 School Store was ShopRite of Brookdale in Bloomfield which donated all of the undergarments and socks for the August 3 event.

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The Average Cost of Raising a Child Is Now Almost a Quarter of a Million Dollars

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

cost of raising a child

Housing, diapers, food, clothing, child care, education…all the things that cost money once you have a baby. And according The United States Department of Agriculture annual report, Expenditures on Children by Families, the cost of raising a child  born in 2013 to middle-income couples is $245,343 by the time she is 18 years old.

That’s up from $241,080 in 2012.

Estimates can vary widely depending on where you live and how much you earn.

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DIY Magnetic Homework Station

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 Magnetic Homework Station

Back to School time brings a mix of excitement and nerves for both children and parents. You can help ease the transition of getting back to a busier schedule with more responsibility by creating a Magnetic Homework Station filled with all the essentials your child will need to succeed. Getting the kids excited about homework isn’t easy, but we bet this special station will help. 

This calendar is magnetic, so you can easily update it when the month changes. It’s an easy way to keep track of homework assignments a month at a glance:

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Wildwood: A Jersey Shore Family Vacation Guide

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Although I grew up in New Jersey, beach vacations (or “going down the shore” as we like to say) wasn’t part of my childhood. However, Wildwood has become a summer family staple for us as a vacation destination. A vacation in Wildwood, although less than three hours from Montclair (Garden State Parkway traffic notwithstanding), makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a whole new world.

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Family Fun to be Had at St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

St. Sebastian’s Feast & Carnival

The 88th St. Sebastian’s Feast and Carnival will fill Kaveny Field in Montclair with rides (including the new “Ring of Fire Roller coaster”), games, bocce, face painting and my favorite—zeppoles! It all happens from August 20 – 24.

Festivities end on Sunday, August 24 at 3:30 pm with the Procession of the statue of St. Sebastian beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel through the streets of Montclair, where it will arrive at the feast at 6:30 pm.

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Frozen Party and Benefit For Childhood Cancer at TuTu Spoiled in Montclair

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Natalie Grace

Tutu Spoiled, a girls’ clothing boutique in Montclair, will host a community 5th birthday party in honor of New Jersey girl Natalie Grace and to benefit Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation (AWOCCF) on Sunday, September 14.

Families will enjoy a special appearances by Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, a visit from the Montclair Art Museum art truck, snacks, singing, glitter tattoos, and more!  The first 50 girls will also receive a Tutu Spoiled Goodie Bag.

On August 16, 2012, Andrea Verdone received news that no parent ever wants to hear: her daughter, almost-3-year-old Natalie Grace, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The road ahead was sure to be long and fraught with worry and insecurity.

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Free Museum Admission on Smithsonian Museum Day Live

BY  |  Monday, Aug 18, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

smithsonian museum day liveMy family loves museums. And I love free museum admission, so I always take advantage of the annual Museum Day Live. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission everyday, Smithsonian Museum Day Live is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Smithsonian Museum Day Ticket…for free.  This year’s Museum Day Live takes place on Saturday, September 27.

Each Smithsonian Museum Day Live ticket is good for two people only. To receive yours, enter your information on this page. Your Ticket will be emailed to you after you submit your information. Print it out and bring to the museum to get free admission.

Here are some local museums participating in Smithsonian Museum Day Live:

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting Tweets Our favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:




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