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Run those calories away just in time for Turkey Day!

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Photograph by © Nuno Lopes | Location: Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon, Portugal; January 17, 2014

Catch a glimpse of the Supermoon tonight, or you’ll have to wait 86 years to see it again.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Most of us have heard of – and hopefully seen – the Supermoon that’s been illuminating the night sky. A Supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. This usually happens every 14 months, but this month, the moon is the closest its been since 1948, making for a particularly spectacular sight. If you missed it this morning, you’ll still be able to see the awesome happening tonight and tomorrow morning, so keep your eyes to the skies! more

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Male-Friendly Spas in Northern NJ & NYC

By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

Spa days shouldn’t be a female-only experience. Treatments like facials and pedicures often fall into the “female sphere,” but men deserve to be primped and primed just as much as women. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make men feel more comfortable about entering a spa that’s likely to be full of women and decidedly feminine in its décor and amenities. There are, however, spas that are taking the industry into a unisex arena with male-focused services. Below, we highlight salons and spas that are making massages macho and are putting the “man” in manicure. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert 

“What grows together goes together.” This adage guides wine rookies and sommeliers alike through the complex art of food and wine pairing. It’s true that foods from a certain area often complement wines from a similar place, but what happens on Thanksgiving when your menu includes edibles from practically everywhere? The rules of food and wine pairing mean nothing when it comes to the eclectic flavors of this holiday feast. To help with this annual conundrum, some of the leading voices from northern New Jersey’s wine scene share their wine selections for this Thanksgiving.

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Plan a trip to see these North Jersey exhibits before they close.

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What’s cuter than a puppy? A puppy dressed as a pumpkin.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Many pet owners dress their canine companions in sweaters, tutus, and jackets on a regular basis, but Halloween is the time to take it to the next level. Trick-or-treaters shouldn’t be the only ones appreciating your Chihuahua Princess Leia or your Great Dane Harry Potter. This year, show your pet’s costumes off to the masses at one of New Jersey’s Halloween pet parades and other spooky events. more

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Tickets are on sale for this family-friendly Halloween event.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Halloween, a time for costumes, candy, and paying to get the wits scared out of you.

We can get behind the costumes and candy, but it’s harder to understand the mass desire to visit haunted houses, fright fests, or the like come Halloween. There’s a good chance that Mike Pollock, executive producer of RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns, is right there with us. His company works year-round to create a family-friendly Halloween show that allows people to ditch the ditch ax-murderers and the headless horseman for 5,000 real pumpkins carved into intricate designs. more

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Friday, October 7

10:30 a.m.: “Fly Guy and Other Stories” at the Shea Center for Performing Arts at William Patterson University in Wayne. This sensory-friendly, new musical revue is a compilation of popular children’s books and open only to classes and families with children with autism.

6:30 p.m.: Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music at NJPAC in Newark. Monsters make music? Yes, they do, and in wonderful ways, too. Children learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together! more

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Before the ‘fest ends on October 3, make sure you get your chance to yell, “Prost!” at a local brewery

Saturday, September 17 marked the beginning of Oktoberfest, where millions of people flock to Munich, Germany to consume just about a million liters of beer. As the world’s largest festival of its kind, Oktoberfest is something to experience. While we can’t fund your ticket to Europe, we can provide you a list of seasonal brews in NJ ready to be consumed. Here, North Jersey brewers share their seasonal beers for this fall. more

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Friday, September 30

6-10PM Nightmare on River Road in New Milford, NJ. A very scary indoor attraction – if you dare (through Sunday, October 2)!

8PM Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs in Leonia, NJ. Walk the park by lantern and search for escaped dinosaurs (through October 29). more

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Whether you’re a zombie baby or a zombie grandpa, you’re wanted this weekend for Asbury Park’s annual Zombie Walk.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Warning: The 8th Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk is this Saturday, October 1. I say warning, not because the zombies are dangerous. In fact, they’re full of ghoul-gusto and are quite friendly. I say it because last year, I neglected to remember the date of the walk and ended up on a dinner date in Asbury amongst the living dead. However, if you’re feeling corpse-like, get your fake blood ready for this weekend. more

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Meet Marc Evan and Chris Soria, creators of museum-worthy pumpkin carvings

 By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Maniac Pumpkin Carver’s annual Halloween pumpkin carving.  more

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North Jersey foodies Anne Constance & Natalie Lewis share their tips for taking a savory snapshot

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In the age of Instagram, people are sharing “foodstagrams” with their social media networks in unprecedented numbers. Perfectly plated veggie dishes and artfully designed acai bowls seem to be taking over the Internet, and we’re not complaining about it. This is particularly true when a photo from Fish.Eye Design (@fisheyedesign) pops-up on our Instagram newsfeed. more

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Have your cake, and eat it too…

 

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Reserve a table at this celebrated Montclair restaurant

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Modern American restaurant and gastro-lounge Pig & Prince takes the term “Jersey Fresh” to a whole other level. Co-owner and chef, Michael Carrino hails from Nutley and his Montclair restaurant features locally grown ingredients and humanely raised animals from Andover’s Pittenger Farm.  more

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It’s fall, and with the changing colors and cooler temps comes a change in wardrobe! 

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Move to the head of the class with these stylish products.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Staircases are often viewed as a purely functional part of a home, but with a little inspiration, they can become its central design element. Companies like Glen Rock Stair Corporation in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey can translate client’s ideas into structurally sound works of art. For over 60 years, Glen Rock’s team of skilled carpenters has been building staircases for commercial and home properties throughout the Tri-state area.  more

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Friday, September 2

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Dig for dinos at this special, limited-engagement event.

10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY. Partake in 16th century rides, games, arts, crafts, food, music, and dance (through October 2). more

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Today marks day four of the US Open, where big-name celebrities and tennis fans alike flood to Queens, NY to watch some serious tennis before summer’s close. Here, we outline some interesting facts and figures about the highly anticipated USTA event.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

As of June 2016, Instagram reached 500 million users. That’s 500 million

iPhone photographers, also known as “iPhoneographers,” sharing their images with the world. In response to these numbers, companies have created photo-editing apps that allow you to manipulate photos in a variety of ways. Whether you’re looking to remove a blemish from a selfie or turn your image into a work of art, these apps allow users to separate their photos from the masses. more

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Show your school spirit with Jack Rogers’ new Spirit Sandals collection! Perfect for cheering on your favorite school team or club, each pair features their iconic whipstitching and rondelles.

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Shop for fall during the final days of summer!

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#OrangeOut in Princeton University gear. 

Don’t forget – the famous Princeton vs. Harvard football game will take place at Princeton Stadium on Saturday, October 22. 

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Sleek contemporary fire pit with matching cover doubles as coffee table when not in use. 

Bring the comfort of home to your outdoor space with these tips from Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings in Montclair, New Jersey

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Co-owners of Pavillion Outdoor Furnishings Lisa Mierop and Frank Contey are the authorities on outdoor living. Each with their own landscape design/build firm in Montclair; the duo has decades of experience outfitting the finest homes in north Jersey and beyond.  more

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Actor James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” (Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia)

August 19th celebrates the passion for photography in our communities. So grab your cameras and capture a moment in time. You never know, your photo might become iconic one day!

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Friday, August 19

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Dino Dig at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City. Families will experience a paleontological expedition, working alongside LSC’s Dino Dig Guide Team to discover replica fossils of prehistoric creatures from the late Cretaceous period, buried in 35 tons of sand (through the month of August)!

Saturday, August 20

9:15 a.m.: Back to School Bash at Athleta’s at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Join Sukha Arts for a hip hop class, get your hair braided, try some hair chalk, and more. more

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August 15 marks India Independence Day, and this stunning art book captures the country’s rich culture and creativity through fashion.

Sporting silk beaded capes, intricately patterned gowns, and dazzling dresses, the models in India Fantastique Fashion by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosia look like couture mermaids sunbathing by the sea. Indeed, the creations of famed Indian designers Jani and Khosia seem otherworldly. more

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…because we could all use a little more cuteness in our newsfeed

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The Morris Animal Inn is a pooch (and kitty) palace, and its residents are treated like royalty. The family owned and operated business is an internationally recognized boarding, daycare, training, and grooming facility for cats and dogs. In addition to offering amenities suitable for a five-star human hotel, the Inn provides a daily dose of adorability via their @morrisanimalinn Instagram page. Below are photos of their irresistible boarders living the good life at the pet resort. more

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These fitness-friendly devices will enhance your summer workout routine. 

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