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New Year’s Eve Celebrations 2008-2009: Morris County NJ Continues the First Night Tradition

December 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Twenty years ago, during my first holiday season after graduating from college, I went up to Boston to visit one of my best high school girlfriends, Grey Hound, and learned about Boston’s tradition for celebrating New Year’s Eve. Even though it is technically the last night of the old year, Bostonians call their celebration “First […]

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Tags: best of morris county NJ · events · first night · kid stuff · morristown nj · new year's eve

Think NJPAC for the Holidays… and Save with NJPAC Promotional Codes on Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats

December 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Here at Roxiticus Desperate Housewives, I’ve been running a weekly feature called Roxy Saves, where I’ve gathered promotional codes from online retailers and made suggestions for unique and inexpensive holiday gifts. Over at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of local New Jersey […]

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Tags: NJPAC · New Jersey Performing Arts Center · cirque eloize · giselle · kid stuff · promotional codes · roxy saves

Roxy’s Mail Call: Where to Celebrate When Your Kids Have Already Done It All

November 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Dear Roxy,I was wondering if you could help me with some suggestions. I am in charge of planning the holiday party for the competitive gymnastics team at Randolph Gymnastics every year. So far we did bowling, ice skating, roller skating and swimming. I am running out of ideas! Do you have any suggestions? I know […]

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Tags: Cooks and Crafts · NJPAC · Paper Mill Playhouse · chester clearview cinema · kid stuff · kids birthday party venues · libby lu · mayo center · morristown community theatre · nutcracker · randolph gymnastics · studio u

The End of an Era: Time In Interactive Playground in Randolph, New Jersey Closes Its Doors

November 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Since London and Maddie had two friends’ birthday parties to attend this past weekend, kids’ birthday party venues have been on my mind. I shared a list of our family’s faves over on my statewide Roxy’s Best Of… New Jersey site, and have since learned via Roxy’s e-mailbag that one of our family’s favorite pre-school […]

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Tags: London and Maddie · best of morris county NJ · best of randolph nj · birthday parties · kid stuff · kids birthday party venues · pre-school activities · randolph gymnastics · time in · toddler activities

Feels Like Kids’ Birthday Party Season Is In Full Swing in Morris and Somerset Counties, New Jersey

November 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Fellow blogger (and Roxy’s Best Of… San Francisco, California contributor) Jason Buckley stopped by earlier today to give me his sympathy, both for my extended series of defeats in BlogExplosion’s Battle of the Blogs, and for my Friday Girls’ Afternoon Out at the Clearview Chester six-plex to see Disney’s High School Musical 3. While you […]

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Tags: Moorland Farms · annie's playhouse · birthday parties · florham park roller rink · garden state ballet · kid stuff · mennen arena · randolph gymnastics · stuff-a-roo · toys with love

London and Maddie’s Fave Fall Activities for Kids in the Roxiticus Valley

October 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Now that we’re well into the back-to-school rhythm, including after school activities, I thought it was a good time to share a list of London and Maddie’s favorite annual Fall activities in the Roxiticus Valley:

The girls weren’t very big (maybe 2 and 3 years old?) when we first went apple picking at Riamede Farm in […]

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Tags: alstede farm · apple picking · best of the roxiticus valley · country nursery · halloween · kid stuff · mendham junior womens club · riamede farm

London and Maddie Recommend…Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald and Anne MacDonald Canham

September 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Do you remember Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? I vividly recall sitting on the rug in the library at Old York School in Branchburg, New Jersey, listening to the librarian, Mrs. Hagan, as she read to our class from the original Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books. Now, 50 years later (OK, not fifty years since I was in elementary school, […]

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Tags: Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle · books we love · kid stuff

From the Roxiticus Desperate Mailbag: Apricot & Ivy Online Children’s Toys

September 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Dear Roxy,
My husband and I met your realtor, Ann Tannen, at Natirar. She mentioned your site as a great resource for families. We are residents of Bernardsville, New Jersey. We moved out from Manhattan about 4 years ago. Needless to say, with two little ones at home, we haven’t explored this area as much as […]

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Tags: apricot and ivy · best of bernardsville nj · kid stuff · toys

Modern-Day Beach Blanket Bingo: London and Maddie Play Disney Bingo at the Beach!

August 21st, 2008 · No Comments

Back around the Fourth of July, Lynette and Tom and their twins came to visit us at our beach house in Bay Head, and complimented me (Mother of the Year, Mother of the Year) on how London and Maddie are too busy — playing in the waves, painting seashells and selling them for 25 cents […]

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Tags: DIS · Disney Bingo · Disney stock · London and Maddie · kid stuff

Black River Music & Art Festival in Chester Tomorrow: Saturday, August 16, 2008

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments

The Black River Music and Art Fest, coming to Chester, New Jersey on Saturday, August 16th, is a FREE all day event featuring some of the best local original musical acts as well as numerous visual artists displaying their work. Last year’s event drew an estimated 9,000 people, and they’re expecting an even bigger turnout […]

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Tags: art · best of chester nj · best of the roxiticus valley · black river festival · black river music and art fest · chester nj · kid stuff

Best of Chester, NJ: Black River Music & Art Festival Saturday, August 16, 2008

August 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

The Black River Music and Art Fest, coming to Chester, New Jersey on Saturday, August 16th, is a FREE all day event featuring some of the best local original musical acts as well as numerous visual artists displaying their work. Last year’s event drew an estimated 9,000 people, and they’re expecting an even bigger turnout […]

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Tags: best of chester nj · best of the roxiticus valley · black river festival · black river music and art fest · chester nj · kid stuff · music

Morris County 4-H Fair at Chubb Park in Chester, New Jersey — Friday, July 25 Through Sunday, July 27, 2008

July 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Continuing the Roxiticus Desperate family tradition that started with their mom’s 4-H Prep Club, the Branchburg Beavers, London and Maddie participate in Somerset County 4-H and their 4-H Prep Club, the Crazy Clovers, will be exhibiting at the Somerset County 4-H Fair in mid-August.
We also wanted to give you the scoop on 4-H in Morris […]

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Tags: 4-H · best of chester nj · best of morris county NJ · kid stuff

The Somerset County 4-H Fair is Coming! August 13, 14, and 15, 2008

July 17th, 2008 · No Comments

August 13-14-15, 2008
North Branch Park, Milltown Road, Bridgewater, N.J.
What began as a dairy show in a farm field has become one of the marquee events on the Somerset County cultural calendar and the premier free fair in New Jersey…

I have been going to the Somerset County 4-H Fair for over 35 years, since before I […]

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Tags: 4-H · best of somerset county NJ · kid stuff

London and Maddie Are Ready to Be Summer Stars at Annie’s Playhouse in Far Hills, New Jersey

July 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Last year, London and Maddie had a great time at Annie’s Playhouse Summer Stars summer camp in Far Hills, New Jersey (actually, while Annie’s Playhouse “headquarters” is located in Far Hills, the camp sessions are held at the Presbyterian Church in Bernardsville, New Jersey). Last year, my girls were among the youngest Summer Stars, performing […]

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Tags: London and Maddie · Piano lessons · acting classes · annie's playhouse · best of far hills nj · birthday parties · dance · kid stuff · music lessons · musical theatre · summer camp · summer stars

Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis in Chester, New Jersey

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Rex and I went to watch the girls play tennis yesterday at Fox Chase Tennis in Chester, New Jersey. They’re really getting good for their age, and I think it is thanks to a new European training technique for kids introduced here in the Roxiticus Valley by Pavan Patel. Pavan pointed me toward a YouTube […]

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Tags: best of chester nj · kid stuff · serve rally score

Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham, NJ

April 18th, 2008 · No Comments

My older daughter just went on a trip with her Brownie troop to Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham, NJ.
I found out there’s a Schiff Summer Nature Program for Kids, running from June 23rd through August 8, 2008. It’s for kids aged six through twelve, with an additional week for young adults ages thirteen through […]

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Tags: Schiff Nature Preserve · best of mendham nj · kid stuff · summer camp

Pavan’s Tennis at Fox Chase Tennis Club Has A New Web Site!

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments

Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis Club in Chester, NJ, just launched the Pavan’s Tennis Academy Web Site to keep parents informed about their children’s tennis program through out the year. Parents can also visit Pavan’s site to see the latest information in the tennis world.
I just signed up both of my girls for […]

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Tags: Fox Chase Tennis · best of chester nj · best of morris county NJ · kid stuff · serve rally score · summer camp

Best of the Roxiticus Valley (Mendham, Chester, Bernardsville, Far Hills, NJ) Updated April 2008

April 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Since we moved out here in October 2003, I’ve been looking for all sorts of local things — restaurants, activities for kids, home improvements, etc. Since I’ve found answers to some of my questions, I’ve decided to post them here in case someone else may find it useful….who knows whether Roxiticus Desperate Housewives will show […]

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Tags: bernards inn · bernardsville nj · chester nj · far hills nj · gladstone nj · grill 73 · kid stuff · limestone cafe · mendham nj · morris county nj · parties · peapack nj · restaurants · summer camp · wine

Chester Riding Club

April 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Today my younger daughter and I are off to a 6-year-old birthday party at Chester Riding Club in Chester, NJ. I’ve attended one other birthday party there, back in October with my older daughter, who has an unfortunate horse allergy….but we knew that going in and dosed her with Benadryl. The earlier party […]

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Tags: best of chester nj · birthday parties · chester riding club · horses · kid stuff

Starting to Think About Summer Camp

March 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Roxiticus Desperate Housewives are starting to think about summer camp, and I’ll do my best to cover the camps my kids have tried, and the ones my friends recommend.
Mendham Township Elementary School Pathways to Learning Summer Camp:For starters, I can highly recommend the Mendham Township Elementary School Pathways to Learning Summer Camp that (soon-to-be-former) […]

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Tags: annie's playhouse · best of far hills nj · best of morris county NJ · best of somerset county NJ · kid stuff · mendham township elementary school · pathways to learning · summer camp

Best of the Roxiticus Valley (Mendham, Chester, Bernardsville, Far Hills, Peapack, Gladstone, NJ)

March 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Since we moved out here in October 2003, I’ve been looking for all sorts of local things — restaurants, activities for kids, home improvements, etc. Since I’ve found answers to some of my questions, I’ve decided to post them here in case someone else may find it useful….who knows whether Roxiticus Desperate Housewives will show […]

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Tags: bernards inn · bernardsville nj · chester nj · far hills nj · gladstone nj · grill 73 · kid stuff · limestone cafe · mendham nj · morris county nj · parties · peapack nj · restaurants · summer camp · wine

Best of Mendham, NJ

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

My “best of” directory for the Mendham-Bernardsville-Chester-Far Hills- Peapack-Gladstone-Morris County area: http://roxiticusdh.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-of-roxiticus-valley-mendham.html
Official Mendham Township web site: http://mendhamtownship.org/ (includes important stuff like the recycling calendar: http://mendhamtownship.org/recycle.htm and the Mendham Township recreation department activities: http://mendhamtownship.org/rec.htm).
While I couldn’t convince my kids to go out for basketball this year, the Mendham Patriots have an excellent program of clinics (Kindergarten […]

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Best of Chester, NJ

March 12th, 2008 · No Comments

My “best of” directory for the Mendham-Bernardsville-Chester-Far Hills- Peapack-Gladstone-Morris County area: http://roxiticusdh.blogspot.com/2008/01/best-of-roxiticus-valley-mendham.html
Meat Market:Go see Louie for an awesome steak or rack of lamb at the Chester Meat Market: 27 W Main Street, Chester, NJ. Phone: (908) 879-7523. Here’s a link to my Chester Meat Market pictorial: http://roxiticusdh.blogspot.com/2008/03/chester-meat-market.html
For the Kids:Pumpkin picking at Alstede Farm in Chester, […]

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Tags: Bernardsville · Chester · Far Hills · Fox Chase Tennis · Gladstone · Mendham · Morris County · NJ · Pavan's Tennis Academy · Peapack · Somerset County · best of chester nj · children · family · kid stuff

Kid Stuff (Morris County, NJ and Somerset County, NJ)

March 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Be sure to check out my New Post on Summer Camp 2008
Kid Birthday Parties:
Last Sunday, we had a birthday party at Mennen Sports Arena (http://morrisparks.net/aspparks/mennenmain.asp) in Morristown. A perfect ice skating venue for a party of 30 kids and about 10 skating adults.
Other good times we’ve had include Randolph Rock Climbing (http://www.randolphclimbingcenter.com/) and Randolph Gymnastics […]

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Tags: best of morris county NJ · children · family · kid stuff · parties · somerset county NJ · sports · summer camp