NJ Celebrities: Throwback Thursday #SMDay

By Kenneth Barilari

In honor of Social Media Day, #HipNJ has searched Instagram to find #ThrowbackThursday posts from your favorite #NJCelebs!

Nick Jonas (Wyckoff)

#tbt When you’re 13… hanging with your first crush and you’re trying to play it cool. #wheresmydeodorant

A photo posted by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on

Lea Michele (Tenafly)

Bruce Springsteen (Long Branch)

Queen Latifah (Newark)

Laura Pepron (Watchung)

Charlie Puth (Rumson)


A photo posted by Charlie Puth (@charlieputh) on

Joe Jonas (Wyckoff)

#TBT trying to catch a football. #keepingmydayjob

A photo posted by J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) on

Kelly Ripa (Stratford)

Ashley Tisdale (Monmouth County)

#tbt to me and my dad! Who thought this was a good camera angle?!!? Probably my mom ???

A photo posted by Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) on

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Florham Park)

Shaquille O’Neal (Newark)


A photo posted by DR. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL Ed.D. (@shaq) on

Be sure to “follow” #HipNJ on Instagram, and post your own #tbt today!

Muckfest MS: A Run To Remember

By Kenneth Barilari

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to take part in MuckFestMS, a mud run full of obstacles on a 5K course. It was an experience that I will never forget.

Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a long-lasting disease that can affect your brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves in your eyes. It can cause problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions. The effects are often different for everyone who has the disease. Some people have mild symptoms and don’t need treatment, while others will have trouble getting around and doing daily tasks.

The course began with the “Triple Pits,” which got you covered in mud the second you started. Then, it was time for the “Big Balls.” Other runners pushed the balls out of their way to make it through the obstacle, causing them to hit you. I struggled to keep my balance and made it through without slipping.
Next was “Muck Off,” a platform above an eight foot deep pit of muddy water. I closed my eyes and stepped off the ledge, submerging myself into the murky pit. I came out feeling surprisingly refreshed.

The running portion of this event came as a surprise to me. I thought that it was all about the obstacles. However, in order to get to those obstacles, we had to do a lot of running. This was no walk in the park.

The zip line was my favorite. I held on tight and zipped across a 35-foot-zip line, only to end up having to let go, fall into water, and swim my way back to land.

All of the obstacles were fun, but I could have done without one or two. “Skid Mark” would be one of those. For this obstacle, we had to lay down on our backs and pull ourselves through sludge with a rope. This didn’t have the same fun aspect as obstacles like “Swing Set,” but it definitely added to the experience.

I went through the course with my girlfriend, Ryan, and her family. We completed the run and took a celebratory photo at the finish to celebrate. I had a blast and really commend MuckFest MS for designing such an entertaining course for such a great cause.

MuckFest MS is on a mission to support people living with multiple sclerosis and to bring us closer to a world free of MS. 100% of  the fundraising dollars from the MuckFest go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. To learn more, head over to their website.

5 Ways to Survive a Rainy Fourth of July

By Katy Kronberg

The hottest, most anticipated day of the summer, the 4th of July, is right around the corner! Planning a fun-filled, patriotic celebration is a must to all New Jersey residents. Many decide to stay home and throw a barbecue with family and friends, while others brave the dreaded holiday weekend traffic and head to the shore.

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Independence Day, it is safe to say that no one wants to factor in the risk of rain spoiling outdoor holiday plans.

But, have no fear. #HipNJ is here with 5 Ways to Survive a Rainy Fourth of July!

  1. Food and Drinks

foood drinkEvery party needs yummy treats and delicious drinks to satisfy the guests. Whether you are hosting or contributing to a potluck, there are many festive recipes to try! From appetizers to desserts, this is your chance to get creative. But, you have to wash down that food with something right?! Try out some Red, White and Blue cocktails (mocktails for children too!) that will definitely show off your American pride.

  1. Games

patrioticJust because the sun is not out does not mean the games have to stop! There are plenty of indoor activities for adults and kids! Design your own Fourth of July themed Bingo boards or set up red, white, and blue pong. A balloon-popping race is fun for all ages, just make sure to keep the color theme going!

  1. Arts and Crafts

shirtmasonIf there are kids at your party, arts and crafts would be a great, fun option to keep them occupied. Grab some patriotic paint, pipe cleaners, and other art supplies and get going! Our favorite idea is to make hand-print flag tee shirts. Just get a white tee shirt, some paint, and a hand of course, and you’re good to go!

  1. Indoor S’mores

smoreAlright, you are probably thinking that s’mores are not the same if not made outside on a fire. But, you can still make those delicious seasonal treats inside! There are s’more makers that you can buy, or try out some different s’mores themed recipes!

  1. Indoor Movie Screen

mmOne thing that most people love to do on the 4th of July is watch a fireworks show. If you’re stuck inside here is an option to keep the celebration going! Set up an indoor movie drive in type of room. Hang up a white sheet on the wall with a projector. Then, grab a video of a fireworks display, turn off the lights, turn up the sound and BOOM, your personal indoor fireworks show!

Here at #HipNJ we don’t let rain ruin our day, so take our advice and check out our Pinterest board filled with 4th of July food, drinks, decorations, crafts and more!


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