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Boogie Woogie Babies


Tiffany Taylor is not only a mom, but a woman with big ideas and the passion to dance. She is the founder of Boogie Woogie Babies, a South Orange based organization that makes it easier for parents to bond with their children in a fun, active environment. A mom herself, Taylor quickly recognized that sharing songs with her daughter was educationally beneficial and a great way to come together.

In our interview, #HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino talked to Taylor about exactly what Boogie Woogie Babies has to offer. The organization puts together 45 minute classes which focus on fine motor skills, learning to sing, and a finishing dance routine.

Taylor thinks that the class is a great way to get some cardio while allowing a parent to bond with their child. Furthermore, it’s a great opportunity to socialize with other parents whose children are in the 6 month to 2 year age range.

For a chance to join up with the dance class, Boogie Woogie Babies can be found on Instagram at @boogiewoogiebabies and on Facebook at @boogiewoogiebabiesnj

HipNJ’s Weekend Recap 6/14-6/16

Father’s day happened this past weekend, and the Garden State was ready to party! Let’s check out our #weekendrecap

First off, the Tri-County Fair offered a ton of fun for the entire family, taking place from June 13 to June 16. The Rockaway-based fair included carnival attractions, rides, games, live music, fireworks, and more, all at Morris County’s Christ Church. Treats such as Coldstone Ice Cream, zeppoles, and fried Oreo’s made the event a satisfying time for those with a sweet tooth and rides like the Sky Hawk excited the daredevils. Local bands displayed their talent and America’s Got Talent illusionist Jay Mattioli showed us what he could do!

The annual JEEP invasion took the beach by storm this weekend! This sandy bash took place just off the Wildwood boardwalk and was a featured all sorts of Jeep activities, such as an obstacle course. There was even an opportunity to show off your Jeep to professional car judges and a raffle to keep things exciting!

Inspired by the Whitechapel District of London, the Long Branch Bazaar brought art to life. Local makers of food, drink, jewelry, music, photography, and much more had the opportunity to sell their product at the two day event. Ideas were shared and laughs were had as homemade items were sold.

The annual Raritan Native American Heritage Pow Wow took place in East Brunswick the later half of this past weekend. This family friendly event celebrated Native Americans with dancers, singers, and artists from across the Americas. Food and drink was had as stereotypes were broken through education.

Last but not least, the New Jersey Beer and Food Festival took place at the Crystal Springs Resort. On Saturday, the huge event included the tasting of over 200 beers, live music from Lima Bean Riot, and activities like axe throwing. Guests also took to the green for an eighteen hole contest and the chance to meet EPSN’s Chris Canty.

Kendra Scott – Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy

Turning a $500 loan into a billion-dollar fashion brand, Kendra Scott is a story of true inspiration and enduring entrepreneurial spirit. Kendra, a single mom living in Texas with two boys, started making jewelry for her friends and herself before realizing that she could do this for others as well! Combining her creative talent and tenacity, she designed her first collection in 2002 and went store to store selling jewelry out of her wooden tea box!

Nordstrom was the first retailer to carry the Kendra Scott brand, and the business journey kept moving upwards from there! Having expanded into Texas, Midwest and London, Kendra Scott is ready to enter the Northeast region, opening its first retail store in New Jersey at Short Hills Mall.

Our Alex Lee talks to Rachel Tortorella, the store’s assistant manager, about the company’s decision to expand into Northeast, and their product lines including fabulous collections of fine jewelry and signature-scented candles!

Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy – the three core values that have guided the company since its inception in how they operate and give back to the community. To learn more about Kendra Scott, and its full collection of products, visit them online or on Instagram