Sports & Soccer Camp: Delaware County & Mongomery County PA

Do you live in Aston, Upper Dublin, Springfield, Media, Ridley Park PA or surrounding areas?  If so, I want to tell you about a summer camp for your little sports lover!  

Future Captain Sports is now registering for their sports & soccer camps. Whether your child is on an intramural soccer team, advanced travel team, or just likes to play sports in the backyard, their coaching staff is dedicated to the development and growth for all ages and skill levels. 

Their sports camps give kids an opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite activities, including: soccer, baseball, kickball, ultimate frisbee, capture the flag, tag, obstacle courses and more! The soccer camps focus on technical and tactical skills in a fun and encouraging environment. 

Register for one of their Soccer or Sport Camps by May 31st and Save $10 Using Code LFFK2014.

Learn more on the Future Captain Sports website.

Totally Terrific Tree Houses!

Yesterday, I was flipping through my new Family Fun magazine, and I had to smile when I got to this page.

This is a human-scale birdhouse that my kids and I know very well! It's part of an exhibit called "Totally Terrific Tree Houses" at one of our favorite local places, Tyler Arboretum. The kids love running up the steps and peeking their heads out the window. Moms have to be fast with their camera because it's a great photo spot, but you have to be quick!

If you've ever been to an arboretum, you know that these are great places for kids to run around, explore nature and play! Continue here to read my post: 5 Reasons Why We Love Our Local Arboretum and learn how to find arboretums across the United States.

Terrain: A Local Treasure & Feast for the Senses

It was a breezy spring morning, and I decided to check out Terrain with my little guy.  I have driven by this place more times than I can count, but after seeing a few photos of the store on Pinterest, I knew I had see see it for myself.  The only way I can describe it: a true feast for the senses.

What is Terrain? It's a little bit of everything... store, garden center, cafe, boutique, private event venue.  It's a little hard to explain, so I thought you might like to watch their video from Vimeo. 

Something about this place makes me feel happy. And, apparently, my son agrees. 

Upon arrival at Terrain, my son walked along an old log in the parking lot. Once inside, he made funny faces in an oversized mirror. His little hands felt the different types of cacti. He was completely captivated by the water fountains that were scattered throughout the store. He frolicked around the outdoor garden center and smelled the flowers.

There were so many cool things to buy at Terrain and many of their products were made in the USA, which is fantastic! If you don't live near their stores in PA or CT they have an online shop with such unique home, outdoor living, jewelry, accessories, and garden products. Plus, they currently have a promo code FORMOM so you can get free shipping on all orders over $100.

I hope you liked hearing about our first visit to Terrain. I know this won't be our last visit, and I'm looking forward to attending one of their many in-store events.


Have you discovered any local treasures lately?

 This is not a sponsored post.  

Video Credit: Terrain at Glen Mills, PA from Terrain on Vimeo. 

Make Extra Money & Get Your Voice Heard With Focus Pointe Global


If you've ever participated in a focus group, you know that they can be a lot of fun and a super easy way to earn some extra cash! Focus Pointe Global is a Marketing Research company which holds focus groups across the U.S. and they want to pay you for your opinion.  

How do focus groups work?

First, you sign up to join their database of local consumers. When Focus Pointe Global has a project that you might qualify for, they give you a call and/or contact you via email. Each group has very specific profile requirements to ensure they gather the very best information possible for their industry clients. If you qualify, you will be invited to the group. 

Once you get to the group, you will be asked about your perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a product, service, concept, advertisement, idea, or packaging. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members. (source)

Focus groups typically last up to 2 hours and you can generally earn about $75 to $150 per group.


How can I join a focus group?

It's easy to sign up! Focus Pointe Global is currently looking for moms across the country who want to participate in focus groups. 

Go to for more information on paid marketing research and other opportunities in the Philadelphia area and other cities across the U.S. It’s a great way to make a little extra money and get your voice heard to help impact products that you use and more!

If you live in the Bala Cynwyd, PA area, Focus Pointe Global in currently looking for Mothers with kids ages 6-17 to participate in research on the topic of Food Products. You can earn $75-$145. Go to to take the qualifying survey.

Have you ever participated in a local focus group before?  


A Day at Longwood Gardens

I've probably said it before, and I'm sure I'll say it again, but one thing I love about parks, gardens and arboretums is that no matter how many times you go, each visit is unique.

A few weeks ago, my kids and I took a day trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA with some friends. We've been there before, but this was a really special visit.  We saw things we never saw before and took time to smell the flowers.

I could tell you about all of the beautiful things we saw, but my words don't do Longwood Gardens justice.  You have to see it for yourself.

Spring Break: A Snowy Morning at Tyler Arboretum

As soon as spring break started, my 5-year-old son excitedly said "I don't have school tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day, or the next day, or the next day..." It was fun to see him so happy, but there was also a part of me wondering how we were all going to stay content spending almost 24/7 together for the next 9 days.

Everyone always say kids "grow up so quickly," and it really is so true. My kids are getting bigger every day, and I am enjoying these moments of their childhood. There will always be other moments when they drive me crazy, and we all get frustrated, but we are very fortunate to have so many giggly, happy moments.


Cradles to Crayons at the Springfield Mall

If you're in Delaware County, PA, I have an exciting opportunity to tell you about!  My friend Jessica from DelcoPAMoms is coordinating a massive clothing drive to benefit Philadelphia area kids through Cradles to Crayons. This is a great chance to teach your kids about giving back locally. The clothing drive will be at the Springfield Mall clothing drive from March 8th-30th and everyone who donates will get a discount for photos with the Easter Bunny.

Just bring new & gently used clothes to the customer service desk. Most needed items include:

  • Boys Pants, sizes 7-16
  • Boys PJs, sizes 11-16
  • Girls PJs, sizes 11-16
  • Girl’s Underwear sizes 5/6 and 7/8
  • New Boys Underwear sizes 3T to 11/12
  • Strollers
  • Pack 'n Plays
  • Baby Carriers (Bjorn, snugglie, sling)


All donations will be given to Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia who will give them to children in the Philadelphia area who need them! If you want to help but don't have a donation, stop by the service desk to pick up and Easter Egg & purchase an item that they are in serious need of now! Please help spread the word for this fantastic cause!

For more inforamation, please check out Jessica's blog post here.


Going to Longwood Gardens With Kids

I want to introduce you to my new local love: Longwood Gardens, in Kennett Square, PA.  It's a magical place you can go again and again, and have a different experience each time. That's what I love so much about local parks, gardens and arboretums. They are constantly transforming from season to season, and there are always new surprises with each visit.

My family first visited Longwood Gardens during Christmas time about 5 years ago when we had family visiting from out-of-town.  People flock to Longwood each year around the holidays because of the spectacular holiday lights, flowers, trees and decorations throughout the grounds.  More than 16,000 plants, over 500,000 Christmas lights, and over 1,600 starry ornaments are used for this year's display.  It really is a feast for the eyes.

Even though we went to Longwood years ago, our recent trip was our first trip there as a family with both the kids. When we pulled up to the entrance and saw some of the lit trees, my kids were already excited. I knew that if they were that excited about the entrance, they were going to be completely mesmerized once we got inside - and they were!

We started our visit by walking around outside.  The kids loved the outdoor Garden Railway, and then we moved onto the Conservatory.  They really were in awe when they saw the towering trees, lights and ornaments hanging from the ceiling.

Just as the kids were getting worn out, we wandered into the Children's Garden and they were instantly filled with energy again. It was like a switch flipped, and suddenly they were ready to go!  It was almost impossible to keep up with them in there.  They quickly went from one area to another, exploring every little corner.  Even adults, without kids, were wandering this garden with curious smiles on their faces. 

At the dragon's mouth, there were paint-brushes to paint the walls with water, which my kids loved! There was a little spiral staircase, a wall of water, a flower maze, water fountains and other details to get lost in. This was definitely a highlight of our visit.

Our recent visit to Longwood Gardens is a night I will never forget. My family is really looking forward to going back again very soon, and I can't wait to bring my parents along with us. If you're planning on going too, here are a few tips:

1) Plan your visit. Times tickets are required during the busy holiday season.  Timed tickets sell out quickly, so purchase early online to avoid disappointment.

2) Time your visit to avoid the rush! Arrive by 2pm and avoid the evening rush. If you're a member, you can enjoy Member nights on Mondays which are much less busy.  If you're not a member, try to go Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday when crowds are typically much smaller than on peak days. 

3) Bring your stroller. My kids are 4 & 6, so we don't generally use a stroller anymore, however, we did enjoy having our sit n'stand stoller with us during our evening at Longwood Gardens. My kids had already had a long day at school and I knew we were going to be doing a lot of walking, so it was nice to give the kids the option of resting as we were trekking around the grounds.

4) Bundle Up.  It was really cold the night we went, so I was happy that we brough our hats, gloves and warm winter coats.

5) Enjoy lunch or dinner there. They have lots of indoor seating, a nice variety of food, and I think their food is fabulous!

6) Support the local merchants in downtown Kennet Square, PA. There's a great mix of unique shops, a winery and some fantastic restaurants, such as La Verona.

If you have any questions about Longwood Gardens with kids, leave me a comment or visit the Longwood Garden website.

*Please see my full disclosure here.

Hurricane Sandy Efforts Continue

"Just because it's not on the news all the time we can't forget.

Things are NOT OK here....People still need A LOT of help!"

- Sarah, Finnegan and the Hughes

When Hurricane Sandy first hit, it was all over the news. Even if you don't live in the area, I'm sure you've seen photos of the damage done to the East coast. But, just like any natural disaster, the news coverage has diminished while the clean up continues. There are still many people working hard to help the area recover, and I want to take a minute to highlight some of these people and their efforts. Even if you don't live nearby, there are ways to get involved!

Sarah from Finnigan and the Hughs started a hat collection drive and has been involved in countless other efforts as well. She has motivated people from all over the world to get involved!

Thanks to the generosity of everyone at KlutchClub, beautiful boxes of healthy snacks were sent to the people helping rebuild the Tuckerton/Little Egg Harbor area. They were very grateful for the donation and immediately opened the boxes to distribute them among the workers.

Cindy from the Hurricane Sandy Support Page- South Jersey graciously distributed these snacks. She said "It brought a lot of smiles to everyone's faces around here!" Cindy has also been working hard on other local relief efforts and keeping this in the news at


No matter where you live you can help! Hundreds of families were impacted on Staten Island, NY. Complicated Mama shows you how to Adopt-A-Staten Island Family. You can also make a Good day, Good Night Bag.

Do you live near New Jersey? Jersey Family Fun is partying with a purpose at the Garden State Discovery Museum in Cherry Hill, NJ. You can learn more here: Kid-friendly party to benefit the Red Cross of NJ

Do you live near Philadelphia? SUNDAY DECEMBER 9th from 12-230pm. Baby Love Disco is partnering up with Restore the Shore Projects in an effort to raise money (and awareness) for folks that got hit hard by Sandy.  $10.00 per person at Shampoo Night Club GET TICKETS & MORE INFO @ WWW.BABYLOVESDISCO.COM &

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to help out. If you know of any other efforts, please share in the comments below.


Sesame Place: A Very Furry Christmas Review 2012

If you've thought about going to Sesame Place, but water slides and the summer heat aren't your thing, now is the perfect time to go. This was the second year that we celebrated A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA.  It was busy, but not overly crowded, it was decorated perfect for the holiday season and the kids had a blast!

What I like most about A Very Furry Christmas is the variety of things to do.  We arrived in the afternoon, which gave the kids plenty of time to go on the amusement rides and play on the nets. Big Bird's Balloon Race, Blast Off and Peek-a-Bug were a few of their favorites, but the ride they loved the best was the Vapor Trail roller coaster.  I think we went on that ride at least 5 times!

After we were done playing, we took a break to eat dinner, meet some characters, and get a spot along the parade route.  The parade was full of energy, and lots of kids were dancing in the street. It gave us one last chance to see Elmo, Big Bird and other characters one last time, and when the parade was over, the kids were totally exhausted and ready for a nice quiet ride home.  Ahh!

To learn more about a Very Furry Christmas, check out

*Disclosure: I received tickets to facilitate this review.

5 Reasons Why We Love Our Local Arboretum


To me, the word "Arboretum" sounds so boring and scientific, but every time we go to our local arboretum, Tyler, we are far from bored. My kids and I love it there! In a nutshell, "Arboretum" means collection of trees, yet, there is so much more for kids to see there. The exhibits are engaging, the flowers are plentiful and the trees are majestic. It's one of our favorite places to meet with friends and explore for hours.

Whenever we go to the arboretum, it's a reminder that kids don't really need much to be entertained. As long as they're with friends, my kids are happy running through the wooded trails, playing with sticks and picking up stones. Isn't it nice when it really is that simple?

Here are 5 reasons why we love our local arboretum:

1. The kids can touch almost everything. My kids are very hands-on and don't mind getting dirty.  It's nice to just let them play and be kids.  Arboretums offer a multi-sensory experience.  Tyler Arboetum website even says "Come and climb, explore and play in our Totally Terrific Tree Houses!"  What more could a kid ask for? 

2. They can be as loud as they want. No indoor voices are needed when you're outside in the woods!

3. We love the kid-friendly exhibits at Tyler Arboretum. The kids run up and down the steps of the tree houses and they were happy to have a rest with the Sit-a-Spell Exhibits.  Everything is so inviting. 

4. Yearly Memberships are very affordable. With your membership, you get unlimited, year round, free general admission and your contribution helps sustain the Arboretum. There are many membership options, and if you don't need a yearly membership, you can choose to buy a day pass instead.

5. It's the perfect place for kids to learn through play. They can learn about the evironment and the world around them.  Also, sixty minutes of daily unstructured free play is essential to children’s physical and mental health. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008).

Do you have any arboretums in your area? 

Here's a list of some of the top U.S. Arboretums: