Sunday, July 22, 2012

School prep, birthday prep and Raw1000 prep

It was a busy week.

Between all the mommy stuff of planning a preliminary shopping for school and preparing a Batman themed birthday for my husband (yes, my husband), I got the opportunity to talk to two stars of the WWE, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero, for The Trentonian.

I especially loved talking to Vickie because she was incredibly sweet, humble and relatable. That may be completely against the character she plays, but that shows how good she has actually become at playing her role of a heel (bad guy for any non-wrestling fans reading this) manager.

The article will be in the print edition of the newspaper tomorrow to promote WWE Raw's 1,000th episode, but you can find online today.

Here's where you can find that article and the others I've written this week:

WWE’s Dolph Ziggler set to make a mark on 1,000th Raw
Back to School: Preparation can help families save on supplies, clothes
Back to School: Savings available for early shoppers

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Heat wave, Spidey and ninjas

Did you know there's a ninja in South Jersey? For The Trentonian, I got to interview Chris Wilczewski, an American Ninja Warrior contestant. He is an enthusiastic, friendly guy who is a very encouraging teacher and coach at his gym, The Warrior Lab. The article will be published Sunday, July 8, in the print edition of the paper, but online readers can view it right now.

For that article and others I've written throughout the week, check below:

Mt. Laurel man going for American Ninja Warrior title
Is 'The Amazing Spider-Man' kid-friendly?
Heat wave encourages creative ways to play
Sneaker Sundays program explores county park this weekend

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth!

Fireworks seem to be all over South Jersey for the nation's birthday. Fortunately, they span over a few nights so you choose which works best with your schedule.

Growing up, I always went to Red Bank's fireworks. They were amazing and set to music, making them hard to top.

Ironically, the year Red Bank had no fireworks to light the sky, Medford's returned with an impressive show. I'm so glad my children got to witness this display. The fireworks were so massive, that they were still huge even when we left Freedom Park to watch down the street (and closer to the car, making an easy exit) because the little one thought the booms were a little too loud.

I can't wait to enjoy Medford's show again next year.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Popularity contest

Some subjects are more popular than others. In world of online publishing, what's popular is determined by page views.

It's always good to check in with analytics from time to time and see what is the most interesting to you, the reader. For the first half of the year, these were the most read articles I wrote for

1. Resolutions 2012: Get the Kids to play more outside
2. Toys"R"Us store closing for renovations
3. Easy Valentine's Day crafts kids can make this weekend
4. Dr. Seuss's birthday celebration lasts all week with local events
5. Ceremonies, parades honor heroes for Memorial Day
6. Best parks for family fun in South Jersey
7. Peanut butter gets new life at latest Moorestown Mall eatery
8. Money-saving motorcycles charge into town
9. Quick and easy pirate costumes take kids to Neverland, Caribbean
10. Just4Kids Consignment opens registration for spring sales

Were you one of the many who read these articles? What do you think of the list?

The Month Ahead

There are free things to do every month in South Jersey. Check this calendar (and the weekly articles listed below) for events near you.

Wallet-friendly family activities in South Jersey: July 2-8
Wallet-friendly family activities in South Jersey: July 9-15
Wallet-friendly family activities in South Jersey: July 16-22
Wallet-friendly family activities in South Jersey: July 23-29

To add an event, email me at


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