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#HipNJ Celebrates National Teddy Bear Day

Today is National Teddy Bear Day! Build-A-Bear Workshop is offering a limited edition teddy bear for just $5.50 on this special day! So, #HipNJ has compiled a list of New Jersey Build-A-Bear locations.



Head over to the one closest to you and make something special!

Michael Napolitano on Preschool of Rock

Michael Napolitano, founder and director of Preschool of Rock, sat with Joanna Gagis on “A Life & Living Moment” to discuss his experience working with the Blue Man Group.

“Blue Man was a wonderful experience for me,” Napolitano says. He worked with the founders of the company to develop new content for the show! 

“Whatever the mad geniuses wanted to bring out there, we had to make it happen,” he says. This involved creative production, and many interesting instruments.

“I used to tune the tubes and create instruments with amazing technical developers,” he recalls. This concept has transferred to Preschool of Rock in the form of a focus on drumming. “For toddlers, it’s hard to make chords on a guitar, but you can whack on a drum,” he says.

To learn more about Preschool of Rock, click here.


Reesa Lewandowski on MommaLew.com

Reesa Lewandowski, founder of MommaLew.com, joined us in the #HipNJ studio to discuss her site.

About six years ago, Lewandowski was a new stay at home mom who was looking for something to occupy her time. So, she started her blog.

“Over the last couple years, I’ve transformed it more into a food and lifestyle blog, and focused more on the New Jersey area,” she says.  “I love highlighting local places to go with the family, and attractions or events.”

When it comes to food, her main goal is to make things easy and affordable for families. “Gourmet meals that aren’t over the top,” she says.

So, what’s next? Lewandowski says that she is trying to focus a little more on herself, and on moving forward with her photography.

Check out MommaLew.com here.