Duke Farms: Hillsborough, NJ

I love to drive. Fresh out of college, I took a job as a road warrior recruiting high school seniors across a 7 state territory for my alma mater. Armed with MapQuest directions (remember when that was a thing?) and keys to a state owned minivan, New Jersey was my first and longest assignment. LittleContinue reading “Duke Farms: Hillsborough, NJ”

Laurelwood Arboretum: Wayne Township, NJ

My 4 year old exclaimed: “Mama, I want to see a deer today!” I read about recent deer sightings at Laurelwood Arboretum, so we packed up the kiddos and crossed our fingers for a deer encounter. As luck would have it, we spotted 6 deer here – 4 adults and 2 fawns – and oneContinue reading “Laurelwood Arboretum: Wayne Township, NJ”

Brookdale Park and Rose Garden: Montclair, NJ

We discovered Brookdale Park and Rose Garden in June, and it’s one of our favorite places to go. Quick drive, easy street parking, shaded, paved paths, wide open fields, scenic, and clean bathrooms – this place checks off all the boxes. Designed by the Olmsted Firm (the same folks who designed Central Park), this spaceContinue reading “Brookdale Park and Rose Garden: Montclair, NJ”

NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ

My boys LOVE flowers, but they love picking them and giving them away even more. The other day, my 21 month old lovingly picked a bunch of dandelions and clovers and handed me a small bouquet just beaming. My 4 year old tells me, “Mama, put them in water so that they last a long,Continue reading “NJ Botanical Garden: Ringwood, NJ”

Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ

We discovered this gem a few weeks ago and it has quickly become a favorite respite from our densely populated urban life. Magical. Heavenly. Peaceful. Green. That’s how I would describe this place. Babbling brooks, cute little bridges, stroller-friendly trails, wildflowers, grassy fields, and tons of animals. We spotted chipmunks galore, butterflies, dragonflies, fish, dogs,Continue reading “Loantaka Brook Reservation: Morris Township, NJ”

Grover Cleveland Park: Essex Fells, NJ

We begin the day by singing a song: “Let’s go on an adventure! Time to go and explore. So much to see on our adventure. I can’t wait to see more!” Singing helps energize our boys and excites us to explore something new. I tell them about the place we’re going to that day overContinue reading “Grover Cleveland Park: Essex Fells, NJ”