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Posts Tagged With: London and Maddie

Cupcake Wars: Sweet Spot Bake Shoppe in Chester, NJ

By: Roxy on 10/5/12 @ 7:58 am

London and Maddie still don’t eat many vegetables, so they can live without Top Chef’s gourmet meals, but they love each and every one of the reality TV baking/dessert shows…we started our addiction two years ago when my sweet niece Candy was a judge on Top Chef Just Desserts, and Santa brought the girls their [...]

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Mendham Township Middle School Presents Dear Edwina Jr. This Thursday, March 8th Through Saturday, March 10th

By: Roxy on 03/5/12 @ 8:28 am

The Mendham Township Middle School and the Mendham Township Recreation Department are pleased to present Dear Edwina Jr., a musical about the joys of growing up. Edwina Spoonapple is an advice-giver extraordinaire who stages “The Dear Edwina Show” every Sunday afternoon from her garage. She gives advice through songs on topics such as [...]

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Christmas Present Crisis…John’s Painting and Basking Ridge Electric to the Rescue!

By: Roxy on 12/22/11 @ 9:58 am

This year, the big item on London and Maddie’s Christmas wish list was “new bedrooms”…and we’ve been working on making it happen this week. Yesterday, John’s Painting (908-604-8759) from Basking Ridge did an awesome job. Maddie asked for Benjamin Moore’s Aquarius (788) blue walls and Bainbridge Blue (749) trim; London also chose Aquarius [...]

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Maddie and London’s Costumes Have Arrived…Ready for the Bay Head Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30th

By: Roxy on 10/14/11 @ 8:12 am

I know I’ve told you before, and I’ll tell you again…our family takes Halloween very very seriously. Even before London was a glimmer in our eyes, Rex and I would sit out on the porch of our beach house in Bay Head, New Jersey, on the Sunday before Halloween, and the crowds of ghosts, goblins, [...]

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Follow the Yellow Brick Road to London’s Debut with Hexagon Players in the Wizard of Oz

By: Roxy on 09/11/11 @ 3:32 pm

Follow the yellow brick road to Bernards High as London makes her debut with Hexagon Players as they present one of the best loved musicals of all time…The Wizard of Oz. The outstanding cast, led by Director and Hexagon President Debbie Kirsch of Bernardsville, draws on talent from many local communities.
The Wizard of Oz, which [...]

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Best Mother’s Day Present Ever…Life in Motion Photography Captures Mendham Minors Mets in Action

By: Roxy on 05/7/11 @ 8:11 pm

Yep, I’ve neglected my blog lately, right here at Roxy’s Best Of… and over on Roxiticus Desperate Housewives.  However, I have a terrific reason, and it starts with Mendham Little League girls softball.  As my 9-year-old daughter Maddie puts it, “none of the dads had enough time to coach our softball team full time, so my [...]

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Will London and Maddie “Go Pro” at Annie’s Playhouse this Fall?

By: Roxy on 08/11/10 @ 4:04 pm

Dreams are important… when we’re kids, and when we grow up. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to be a disc jockey and own radio stations. By the time I was a sophomore in high school, I was working at the local radio station in my home town. Today, as an investment banker [...]

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Big Surprise In Store for Maddie and London This Weekend: We Need Puppy Nanny 911!!

By: Roxy on 05/19/10 @ 2:32 pm

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know that we’ve been planning to add a cockapoo puppy to our family this summer.  We originally thought that our puppy would come from a cocker spaniel mom due in the first week of May, and we’ve been planning to bring our eight-week-old puppy home from the [...]

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Mendham Little League Wants to ROCK with YOU!

By: Roxy on 03/23/10 @ 2:45 pm

This year, London and Maddie are playing softball for the first time ever in Mendham Little League.  The girls met their coaches and had their first practices this past Saturday, when the weather was 75 degrees and sunny… just classic to be out on the softball field.  We’re psyched for the games to get started [...]

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Photos from the 2009 Bay Head NJ Halloween Parade

By: Roxy on 10/29/09 @ 3:49 pm

We took a lot of photos of London and Maddie as the Butter Bites, as well as the competing Scariest, Prettiest, and other costumes…. as I sort through them, I’ll share the best ones with you.
On the left, we’ll start out with London and Maddie as the Butter Bites and Rex and Roxy as the Pirate [...]

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Today’s the Day: Annual Halloween Parade in Bay Head, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 10/25/09 @ 8:06 am

For the past few years, it feels like the annual Bay Head Halloween Parade has involved a grim weather forecast of hell and high water.  Yesterday we drove down to our beach house in the pouring rain, which flooded Lake Avenue and didn’t let up as we made our way to the Crab Shack to [...]

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Ah, the Sweet Routines of Summer… London and Maddie Start Summer Stars Camp at Annie’s Playhouse

By: Roxy on 07/7/09 @ 9:49 am

I’m working from home today, since I need to be here to take London and Maddie for their annual doctor visit with Dr. Eric Yorke of Somerset Pediatric in Bedminster, so I had my first opportunity to drive the girls to camp… it’s a top down day, and we had our CD of last year’s [...]

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Gimme a C, Gimme an H, Gimme an E-E-R! Rockaway Gymnastics Pairs Up with Jerzy’s Best All Starz Cheerleading Team

By: Roxy on 03/15/09 @ 9:37 pm

Climb up the palm tree,
Slide down the cactus,
We play your team
just for practice!
I don’t know where my daughters got their cheerleading gene, but London and Maddie are always running, jumping, tumbling and leaping around the house while chanting cheers designed to taunt and distract the opposing team.  And now Rockaway Gymnastics in Rockaway NJ (the same great group of people who [...]

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Looking Ahead: Good Times Planned at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 02/17/09 @ 12:34 am

As my loyal readers know, Rex and I have recently merged our small mergers and acquisitions firm with another Wall Street firm. The transition and my new investment banking role have taken much of my time and energy, and the longer hours and more frequent long commute have had an impact on our whole family.  [...]

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London and her BFFs at NJPAC… the Best Birthday Party Ever!

By: Roxy on 02/10/09 @ 9:43 am

London described it as “the best birthday party ever.” Maddie just loved having our own private balcony for ten, looking out over the crowd. Rex said, “Weird… but wonderful.” One of the other moms kept looking for Eloise from the Plaza Hotel… she didn’t find that naughty little six-year-old, but enjoyed many other surprises. I [...]

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London and her BFFs at NJPAC… the Best Birthday Party Ever!

By: Roxy on 02/8/09 @ 9:03 pm

London described it as “the best birthday party ever.” Maddie just loved having our own private balcony for ten, looking out over the crowd. Rex said, “Weird… but wonderful.” One of the other moms kept looking for Eloise from the Plaza Hotel… she didn’t find that naughty little six-year-old, but enjoyed many other surprises. I [...]

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Wishing London a Happy 8th Birthday at The Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/30/09 @ 12:17 pm

As my loyal readers know, we’ve got a big celebration weekend planned for London’s 8th birthday.  It started at home last night with Rex’s famous rack of lamb from Louie at the Chester Meat Market, followed by a chocolate layer cake from Cocoluxe in Peapack-Gladstone.  The festivities continue with dinner tonight at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville, New [...]

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Train for the Olympics with London and Maddie: Open Registration at Randolph Gymnastics for February-April Session Starts Monday, January 19th

By: Roxy on 01/18/09 @ 3:58 pm

Last week, Maddie came home from her gymnastics lesson at Randolph Gymnastics in Randolph, New Jersey, beaming with pride. “Maddie’s got news!” her sister, London, called out.  “I’ll tell you all about it at dinner,” Maddie said secretively.  Turns out that after training for a couple of years in Novice I, Maddie is [...]

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I Love It When A Plan Comes Together: Celebrating London’s 8th Birthday with Three BFFs and Cirque Eloize at NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 01/12/09 @ 12:16 am

I love it when a plan comes together, and London’s 8th birthday party is well on its way.
Since we moved out to Mendham Township, New Jersey, from Manhattan’s West Village five years ago, we’ve had large celebrations for London and Maddie’s birthdays.  In an effort to get to know the girls’ friends and their families, [...]

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Bring Out the Cirque! Planning London’s Birthday Party at NJPAC

By: Roxy on 01/7/09 @ 2:50 pm

Happy New Year!  Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2009?
Our family just got the last of our New Year cards into the mail to friends, family and clients, which means it’s time to turn our attention to the next big event on our calendar… London’s eighth birthday. As Roxy’s loyal readers know, we have been [...]

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Quick Holiday Shout Out to CRP Music Store in Rockaway, New Jersey: Thanks for Fixing London’s Guitar

By: Roxy on 12/23/08 @ 6:16 pm

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives and Roxy’s Best Of… readers know that my two girls, London and Maddie, have started a basement band (the garage is too cold this time of year) called the Butter Bites. The girl band has asked Santa to bring them a set of drums for Christmas to add to their [...]

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A Holiday Treat: NJPAC Promotional Codes for Giselle, Cirque Eloize, and Golden Dragon Acrobats — Deadline Extended to December 30th

By: Roxy on 12/18/08 @ 9:26 pm

If you’re like me, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have made a list and checked it twice, you may even have it divided into suitable gifts for naughty and nice, but you haven’t purchased and wrapped your gifts for everyone on the list….particularly if you’re still lacking the inspiration to surprise [...]

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Last Chance! Get Your Tickets to Cirque Eloize, Giselle, or the Golden Dragon Acrobats at NJPAC — Promotional Code Deadline Extended to December 30th

By: Roxy on 12/18/08 @ 8:34 pm

If you’re like me, with less than a week until Christmas, you may have made a list and checked it twice, you may even have it divided into suitable gifts for naughty and nice, but you haven’t purchased and wrapped your gifts for everyone on the list….particularly if you’re still lacking the inspiration to surprise [...]

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

By: Roxy on 12/14/08 @ 4:08 pm

Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, 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. Here at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of [...]

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Holiday Celebrations at the Best Restaurants in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 12/9/08 @ 6:15 pm

Whether you’re planning to celebrate the holidays with family at home or out on the town in Morris and Somerset County, New Jersey, if you’re staying local for the holidays, Roxy’s going to help you find what you need to make the season special. It’s a work in progress, but I’ve put together a list [...]

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Ghost of Girl Scout Future: London and Her Brownie Troop Aspire to a Girl Scout Sleepover at NJPAC

By: Roxy on 12/8/08 @ 8:16 pm

This past weekend, London and her Brownie troop celebrated the Ghost of Girl Scout Past, joining Daisies, Brownies, and Girl Scouts from the Mendham, NJ area for an old-fashioned Christmas caroling event out in front of Kings supermarket on Mendham’s annual Holly Walk.  While the girls were belting out holiday favorites like Frosty the Snowman and the Twelve Days of [...]

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

By: Roxy on 12/5/08 @ 11:58 pm

Over on my Roxiticus Desperate Housewives site, 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. Here at Roxy’s Best Of… I’ve been more focused on the “bricks and mortar” holiday savings available from our wealth of [...]

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Attention Mendham Township Parents: End Hunger in Our Community — Holiday Food Drive for Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/29/08 @ 8:27 am

Our quiet Thanksgiving for four here in the Roxiticus Valley was the perfect remember of how much our family has to be thankful for, and particularly as the Christmas holidays approach, we are reminded of those who are less fortunate.  Just before the Thanksgiving break, London and Maddie brought home a flier in their backpack [...]

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Looking for Clues: Is There A Fluoride Shortage in the United States?

By: Roxy on 11/26/08 @ 11:58 pm

It’s all I can do to keep up with the bizarre fluctuations in gasoline prices, nevermind what appears to be a national shortage of fluoride. In October 2003, our family left New York City, where there’s flouride in the city water, and moved to the Roxiticus Valley , where we have well water and with [...]

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Don’t Let the Critics Scare You Off… If Your Kids Love Disney’s High School Musical, Don’t Miss High School Musical On Stage At Paper Mill Playhouse Through December 7th

By: Roxy on 11/24/08 @ 11:47 pm

I was too sleepy to post London and Maddie’s review of High School Musical On Stage at Paper Mill Playhouse on the night after the performance, but the girls, Rex and I, along with the rest of London’s Brownie troop, really enjoyed ourselves. I’ve already seen an extremely negative review from Peter Filichia at the Star-Ledger, [...]

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Holly Trail 2008: London and Maddie Go Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts, More Holiday Fun at Annual Holly Trail Celebration – Saturday, December 6th in Mendham, NJ

By: Roxy on 11/23/08 @ 10:55 pm

On Saturday, December 6th, the Holly Trail through Mendham, New Jersey, celebrates the season with fun for the whole family.
I first learned about Mendham’s Holly Trail through an invitation for London and Maddie to go Christmas Caroling with the Girl Scouts at one of three locations: Hilltop School from 10 to 10:30am, Holly Manor from [...]

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London’s Nanny Diaries

By: Roxy on 11/16/08 @ 12:11 am

As part of the Columbia University Writer’s Workshop being implemented by our daughters’ teachers at Mendham Township Elementary School, Maddie’s first grade class has been gearing up for a Publishing Party in December by beginning to write their autobiographies.  Maddie did an amazing job of gathering interesting facts about our family life, listing and illustrating ideas for [...]

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London’s Nanny Diaries

By: Roxy on 11/15/08 @ 11:19 pm

As part of the Columbia University Writer’s Workshop being implemented by our daughters’ teachers at Mendham Township Elementary School, Maddie’s first grade class has been gearing up for a Publishing Party in December by beginning to write their autobiographies. Maddie did an amazing job of gathering interesting facts about our family life, listing and illustrating [...]

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Tell ‘Em Roxy Sent You and Save $50 on Sunday Kids Birthday Parties at Randolph Gymnastics in Randolph, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/11/08 @ 5:01 pm

With cooler weather upon us in the month of November, I’ve got a fire roaring in my home office fireplace and my kids are bouncing off the walls.  Sometimes I worry that London and Maddie are “overprogrammed” with Garden State Ballet, Randolph Gymnastics, and Pavan’s Tennis Academy on top of school and homework.  In the [...]

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

By: Roxy on 11/11/08 @ 11:36 am

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 birthday party venues, Time In [...]

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Learn the Hottest High School Musical 3 Dance Moves with High School Musical’s Own Max Ehrich This Sunday, November 16th at Dance Attitudes in Marlboro, NJ

By: Roxy on 11/11/08 @ 7:34 am

Last Friday afternoon, London, Maddie and I joined my friend Susan and her daughter Abby for a Girls’ Afternoon Out in Chester, New Jersey to see the new High School Musical 3:  Senior Year.  We were on the lookout for Max Ehrich, a 16-year-old Morganville, New Jersey senior at the Professional Performing Arts School in New [...]

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Stuff-A-Roo & Teddy Too in Chester, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/10/08 @ 1:35 pm

My little girls are growing up…gone are the days when Maddie would cling to my leg and refuse to take part in birthday party activities at local Morris County, NJ venues, unless Mommy would go down the giant slide, hold onto the parachute, or cut up her pizza into little bite-sized pieces. Now that Maddie [...]

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Sign Up Now for Mendham Patriots Recreational Basketball League, Deadline Is November 15th

By: Roxy on 11/9/08 @ 10:57 pm

While I couldn’t convince my kids to go out for basketball last year, I’ve got a few days left before the November 15th sign-up deadline for the Mendham Patriots Recreational Basketball League to determine whether London and Maddie would like to shoot some hoops with the girls on Saturdays this winter. I’ve heard from other [...]

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London and Maddie Review Disney’s High School Musical 3 at the Chester Clearview Cinema in Chester, NJ

By: Roxy on 11/7/08 @ 7:54 pm

It has been a while since our family has taken in a new movie at the theatre. The sunny summer weather happily kept us on the beach in Bay Head, NJ and away from the tenplex, though we went out when we were back up north in Chester, NJ one evening in July to see [...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Cats Are Coming to NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey: Tuesday, November 18th - Sunday, November 23rd

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 10:05 pm

Are you blind when you’re born? Can you see in the dark?
Dare you look look at a king? Would you sit on his throne?
Can you say of your bite that it’s worse than your bark?
Are you cock of the walk when you’re walking alone?
Because jellicles are and jellicles do
Jellicles do and jellicles would
Jellicles would and [...]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jellicle Cats Are Coming to NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey: Tuesday, November 18th - Sunday, November 23rd

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 9:11 pm

Are you blind when you’re born? Can you see in the dark?
Dare you look look at a king? Would you sit on his throne?
Can you say of your bite that it’s worse than your bark?
Are you cock of the walk when you’re walking alone?
Because jellicles are and jellicles do
Jellicles do and jellicles would
Jellicles would and [...]

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How Did Roxy Miss This One? Cheetah Girls at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey Next Thursday, November 13th

By: Roxy on 11/6/08 @ 1:54 pm

Last year, around this time, I was a shoe-in for Mom of the Year, having obtained tickets to Hannah Montana at the Prudential Center for London, Maddie, and their adopted Singin’ Sister. This year, while our family has an attractive November calendar of events, including Cats at NJPAC and High School Musical Live at Paper [...]

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High School Musical On Stage! Opens This Week at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, Runs November 5 through December 7

By: Roxy on 11/3/08 @ 11:14 pm

Roxy won’t have to use the stapler after all…our terrific nanny got those “Try It” badges and petals ironed on and sewn onto London and Maddie’s Brownie and Daisy vests just in time… Rex, London, Maddie and I are off to see High School Musical On Stage! with London’s entire Brownie troop later this month [...]

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Roxy’s Mailbag Responds to Desperately Seeking Activities in Bernardsville, New Jersey

By: Roxy on 11/3/08 @ 10:51 pm

Dear Roxy,
I have a toddler son and am trying to find local (Bernardsville, Bedminster) things for him to do in the afternoons. I’m sick of Gymboree..any toddler cooking classes, or other different types of things?  Thanks in advance.
Desperately Seeking Activites
Dear Desperately Seeking Activities,
Thanks for visiting Roxy’s Best Of… here are a few tips for you [...]

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No Answers on Principal Michael Craver’s Resignation from Mendham Township Elementary School, but a Few Sad Thoughts After Roxy’s Parent-Teacher Conferences

By: Roxy on 11/3/08 @ 8:31 pm

Rex and I were over at Mendham Township Elementary School this afternoon for our parent-teacher conferences about London and Maddie’s progress….the part of the conference that focused on my girls was excellent.  Rex and I feel confident that both London and Maddie have the best teachers MTES has to offer; our girls excel at reading, writing [...]

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Mariuca: Wishing On a Falling Star

By: Roxy on 10/30/08 @ 5:40 pm

It’s been about eight months since Mariuca, the friendliest and most popular blogger in the blogosphere, befriended me through BlogExplosion. Now my day is not complete if I don’t stop by and read the latest post and make a few comments at Mariuca’s blog, Wishing On A Falling Star. Lately Mariuca has been serving up prizes [...]

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

By: Roxy on 07/10/08 @ 9:00 pm

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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