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Just 4 Paws Pet Spa

Just 4 Paws Pet Spa of Lyndhurst offers more than fur fluffing and frilly bows; they offer a calming experience for your pet!

#HipNJ’s Kimberley Merlo chatted with Just 4 Paws Owner Erica Salvemini about one of the salon’s specialties: animal Reiki. Erica herself is a pet stylist and Reiki master!

“Reiki is a healing modality that’s a very gentle healing therapy. It’s hands-on, but you can also do it as either a light touch or even at a distance if you need to,” Salvemini said. “Reiki works on three levels. It helps with physical, emotional, and the spiritual level.”

Although it may appear as if she is simply petting the dog and nurture as you would your own pet, a transfer of energy takes place.

“You’re learning how to harness the energy just how to bring it down from the universe and to harness it and bring it into the animal,” Salvemini said.

Like humans, animals carry baggage. They have stress, anxiety, some have been beaten and even left behind.  “That little bit of a touch gives them a sense of peace and comfort,” Salvemini said.

At each grooming at Just 4 Paws, you will find gentle pet pamperers hard at work. Rarely and hesitantly they turn pets away, but sometimes they are too difficult to work with….but Reiki can solve that!  Salvemini shared a story of how Reiki instantly calmed one dog that otherwise would have had to be sedated.

To solve your pet’s woes, a dog whisperer or feline psychiatrist won’t do. The gentle touch of Reiki is the therapy they need!

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The Hip List: Baby Bag Buys

#HipNJ’s Maria Falzo gives you her baby bag essentials every mommy needs!

1. Aiden + Anais Swaddle Bankets + Bibs

Aden +Anais swaddle blankets are made of a breathable fabric, which helps reduce the risk of overheating with a variety of stylish prints. The swaddle blankets come in a set of 4 and are 100% cotton muslin. The baby bibs are also 100% cotton muslin and come in packs of 3. These baby bibs have 3 snaps in the front to ensure easy fastening and a perfect fit. The snap bibs are also adjustable so they grow with your baby and make the perfect toddler bib as well!  Check out Aden + Anais for a variety of colors/styles.

2. Chewbeads

Chewbeads are the perfect gift for a new mommy! This 100% silicone ring with rattle is both safe and fun for a teething baby. They come in 4 different colors and it’s looped shape can easily be tied to a stroller or worn on the wrist so your hands are free!  $14.50, Chewbeads

3. Neckerchew by Cheeky Chompers

These dribble bibs stand out from the rest in that they have a little teething triangle in the corner of the bib! Neckerchew is built to last wash after wash and is completely safe to chew on, being 100% free of phthalates and BPA.  $23.50, Cheeky Chompers

4. Babyganics Baby-Safe World Essentials Kit

This kit has it all. From baby safe, organic shampoo to lotion to dish soap and more, your baby will grow safe and healthy! Babyganic products are created with the most natural plant-based ingredients and have a non-allergenic formula that is naturally gentle on skin and tear free The perfect gift for a new mommy or mommy-to-be! $27.99, Target

5. The Mother Load Collection
The Mother Load Collection includes a set of 5 durable and stylish baby bags labeled with pictures to help mothers stay organized. Each bag is color coded by use and have a stretchy see-through mesh back to accommodate as much as you could possibly need! Even better, the bags are water proof and machine-washable.  $65, Mother Load

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

Looking for some last minute fun this weekend? Be sure not to miss the 33rd Annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. It’s one of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festivals in North America, and it’s right here in #HipNJ!

Over 100 balloons will float on the New Jersey horizon twice a day with scenic views of the Hunterdon County countryside. The festival also offers fireworks, live concerts, a human cannonball, a 5K challenge, interactive exhibits, and more.

Special guests include Disney Channel teen sensation Sabrina Carpenter and Jennifer “The Cannon Lady” Smith. Don Felder and the rock band Kansas will perform, in addition to the Wheels of Soul 2015 Summer Tour.

QuickChek’s Seahorse balloon is the Festival’s 121-foot tall signature balloon from San Paulo, Brazil. Guests can also see the PNC American Flag, the largest free-flying flag in the world. Some new balloons are the Master Yoda, Baby Blue giant whale, Baby Dino hatching baby dinosaur, and Piko a balloon with a charismatic smile.

Mass balloon inflations and ascensions begin at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The festival runs from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26 in Readington, New Jersey. For hours of operation and more information, visit or call 1-800-HOT-AIR9.

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