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blizzard 2016

Blizzard 2016 Survival Guide

Gone are the 70 degree winter anomalies!  Mother Nature got back on track this weekend by delivering a monster blizzard, leaving all of #HipNJ stuck inside.

Here are some ways to combat cabin fever while Winter Storm Jonas plays out:

Bubble Bath Fun
How’s this for a snow day scene: imagine pouring yourself a glass of rich red wine…lighting some heaven-scented candles…playing some soft, soothing tunes…and soaking in a luxurious, home-made bubble bath! Divine Caroline has some chemical-free concoctions that will help heighten the mood.

Get Some Use Out of Those Eggs, Bread and Milk
Yummly has plenty of recipes that put a mouth-watering twist on traditional French toast.  Try your hand at  French Toast Cinnamon Rolls  or experiment with a French Toast Angel Food Cake.

Don’t Abandon Those Fitness Goals!
Just because you can’t get to the gym today doesn’t mean you have to cancel your workout completely! Keep your new years resolutions in check by doing these simple in-home workouts Kyle Richards lives by.

Game Night
While there is a certain nostalgia to gathering by the fireside with family, a board game and a cup of hot chocolate, times they are a changin’!  Tom’s Guide has a rundown of the best iOS Family and Group games you can try during #Blizzard2016!

Unleash Your Little Kid
New Jersey is chock full of sledding and tubing slopes that are in walking distance to most communities. Check out New Jersey Leisure Guide‘s full list of hills!

Plan a Trip
WS Jonas is a harsh reminder that Jersey Shore summer fun is a long time away. Bridge the gap by booking a trip to one of these budget-friendly beach destinations!

Cuddle Up With a Good Read
The Garden State is a mecca of culture, so it’s no surprise that we are home to many literary geniuses. Grab your Kindle and download one of these New Jersey 350– suggested native scribes.

Netflix and Chill
Blizzards are a binge watcher’s dream! Take advantage of your guilt-free pass to Lazyville by getting caught up on the hottest Netflix specials, including Making a Murderer and Jessica Jones.

Catch Up on #HipNJ!
Because duh!

my gym

My Gym of West Orange


#HipNJ sat down with Gina Simmons, the owner of My Gym in West Orange, to talk about a new, fun way to keep your kids active and healthy!

My Gym is a children’s fitness center that offers a wide variety of activities and classes from “Little Bundles” to “Cardio Kids.” Parents can bring their children to My Gym as early as 6 weeks, where they participate in songs, swings, dances, and infant-safe rides.

“I think it’s really important, at a very young age even, to have children associate fitness with fun,” explains Gina. “My Gym’s main concept is to build confidence and self-esteem, because if they have that, they can do anything in their lives.”

For the younger tots, the focus is on songs, visual stimulation, dances, and just plain fun! As children get older, the activities become more athletic and they can engage in classes such as “All Stars Sports” and “Champions.” Kids gain strength, balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility while hanging out with their friends in a playful, encouraging environment.

My Gym of West Orange stands out with it’s expert staff, headed by Gina Simmons. Gina has a B.F.A. in Theatre with a background in children’s musical theatre and dance. Gina uses her talents to inspire children and help them lead a healthy, happy lifestyle from the beginning. Her background makes her the perfect fit to lead in My Gym’s award-winning programs including classes, camps, and birthday parties!

“It’s so important that they (the My Gym staff) have some sort of Early Childhood development background or physical education background. Also, often some background in theater or dance,” says Gina.

My Gym of West Orange is currently offering some amazing specials, including $50 off the One Time Lifetime Family Membership and $50 off the first four weeks (with a minimum of an 8-week commitment). Also, with summer just around the corner, they are offering 30% off their summer camp price.

For any parent or guardian, this is a must-see segment!

For more information on My Gym of West Orange, please visit their website.