Category Archives: Garden State Living

Hip New Jersey spotlights the businesses and communities that are making the Garden State fabulous!

Interview with Adam Costello of Wightman Farms in Morristown

Recently, Hip New Jersey’s Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Adam Costello, Owner of Wightman Farms in Morristown, about all the fun his farm has to offer. A great destination for families, his farm offers several fun and engaging activities such as pumpkin slingshotting, apple and pumpkin picking, hay rides, and more.

 
His farm is also home to an outstanding bakery which sells a variety of baked goods such as pies, quiche, bread, apple fritters, and so much more. They also offer fresh, natural meats sourced from Niman Ranch
 
While fall is definitely the high season for Adam, he still sustains his business with other seasonal ventures such as offering Christmas trees, hot apple cider and hot chocolate during the colder months. 
 
Adam is always looking to give his customers the best experience possible. Being efficient is one way he achieves this. He has recently adopted a strategy of reducing the dimensions of each space of an apple tree from 20’ x 20’ to 2’ x 10’. This allows for twice the amount of apple trees to be produced!
 
Working on the farm has been a dream come true for Adam. He loves being outside, being his own boss, and catering to NJ families all year long. The tradition of apple and pumpkin picking is timeless and surely not going anywhere for a long time. 
 
For more information about all that Wightman Farms has to offer, visit WightmanFarms.com!

MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness

Nina Zamani decided to share her love, and knowledge of Yoga, by opening MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness. This decision came after struggling to find her place in the corporate world. Nina decided she did not want her self-worth and success to be tied to a paycheck. After meditating, and having a moment of enlightenment, Nina realized that yoga was not only a way to serve herself, but also others.

Nina wanted her work to be focused on teaching children’s yoga. She felt that it was important to “provide safety, support and encouragement to those young minds who bring joy into moments both large and small”. As adults, we tend to assume that yoga is only meant for us, to relieve the stress of our day. In today’s society, when there is so much pressure on children to excel academically or in sports, their developing brains and bodies need the same release.

Nina believes that there are more than health benefits associated with yoga. Yoga is a way to support healthy connections through breath, body and thought. As a teacher Nina offers a space for the children to use these tools to create, regulate, connect and control their actions. The practice of self-awareness is what makes children’s yoga so beneficial. Nina feels that a mindful practice allows the children “to access the tools needed to find the pause button in an overly stimulated society”. Nina is a kind soul who finds her purpose in supporting the well-being of each child and their unique spirit. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for the kids to explore the benefits of yoga practice. Some of the benefits of Yoga are :

  • Helps to support a positive self image & builds confidence
  • Creates a sense of community, support and builds social relationships
  • Improves concentration, awareness and memory
  • Decreases stress, anxiety and fear based thinking
  • Improves sleep, coordination, balance & cognitive functions

Nina is the owner & Program Director of MoonChild Yoga & Mindfulness. Nina’s program is featured at BecomeOne Wholeness, in Lyndhurst, NJ. Her classes are 1 hour in length, and offered to children’s ages 3-18. Private parties & group fundraising events are available upon request. The schedule of classes can be found on BecomeOne Wholeness’ website. She also offers private lessons, group events and private parties upon request. In this busy time of the year, we should all take the time to pause and breathe. Namaste.

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Reason for the Season Fundraiser

Hey #HipNJ, we hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving yesterday! Recently, I had the chance to speak with Jennifer Olawski, Founder of the Reason for the Season Fundraiser!
 
This fundraiser was started two years ago in Paterson where Jennifer was an elementary school teacher. She was talking to one of her first-graders and asked if she was excited for the holidays. Her student told her that she wasn’t because she has never received a gift on Christmas. Jennifer was crushed to hear this. To make it up to her student, she started this fund to give all 500 students a gift for Christmas.
 
Her first year was a success as she raised $3000 and was able to give each student an arts and crafts set. Her second year she raised $6000 and was able to gift each child a winter hat, gloves, and either an arts and crafts set or a slime kit!
 
Now entering her third year at a new location at Lincoln Elementary in New Brunswick, Jennifer is continuing the tradition and is doing better than ever! As of today, she has raised $8,830!! With this much raised, she is aiming to give her students winter accessories and a toy! 
 
This fund was started because of the little girl who was sad about the upcoming holiday. Jennifer hopes that this fund shows her students and the rest of the world that acts of kindness still exist. She also hopes that people will pay it forward and continue to treat others with generosity!
 
To learn more about the fundraiser and how to donate, click here!