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Why Superman Man of Steel Should Visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier #jerseylove

Big, HUGE, thank you to the Steel Pier Amusement Pier for the #jerseylove hospitality and tour. We loved meeting you and even though you are super awesome, this post reflects my own honest opinions of my visit and my thoughts on the Steel Pier are based on my experiences at the park and not influenced by the fact that I indulged in the most delicious, complimentary cotton candy before visiting the park. 


Don’t you think that the “Man of Steel” should visit Atlantic City’s Steel Pier?


Well, you’re right he is busy saving lives, but…

Okay, I guess I see your point.

The Steel Pier is Super Fun, and here are some reasons that, the Man of Steel, aka Superman, or really any awesome hero like person {including yourself} may enjoy a visit to the Steel Pier.

Steel Pier Super Man MommyB

Super Ticket Prices: Steel Pier gives you the option to purchase as little as 1 ticket or an all day wrist band. So heros can choose the amount of money they spend based on the rides they want to get on, and the amount of time they have to spend at the park. Often times the park stays open very late into the night. {Great for super hero families too!!}

Superific Rides: If you’re bringing the little heros they’ll enjoy the Double Decker Carousel, Ferris Wheel, and the swings. For the people who are mildly adventurous Steel Pier features super roller coaster rides like Crazy Mouse and Loco Motion, and some pretty awesome rides. A few of us #jerseylove girls enjoyed the Flying Dutchman, which is a pirate ship type ride, Freedom Flier, a true wolf in sheeps clothing of amusment park rides, but super fun ride that goes upside down, and basically all over the place, and Rock-n-Roll, which you may have seen at other fairs or amusement parks, this ride is like a carousel for adults, spinning forward and backward as the cars freely swing side to side, my only wish for this ride was that the music was a little more upbeat to match the style of the ride.

Here are some of my pictures of the rides at Steel Pier {no one was riding yet because we braved a torrential downpour {{or something similar} for a tour of the facilities, see water on the ground before it was quickly cleaned up after the storm stopped.}} – Please do not use this photo, or any photos in this post without my written permission.

Steel Pier Amusement Park Rides New Jersey Collage MommyB

Along with the rides listed above, and a few more in the park, there are a couple of rides that you won’t want to miss, especially if you are a thrill-seeker.

The helicopter is a BIG attraction and Steel Pier is the secret lair home to the only helicopter ride in Atlantic City, making it a busy stop for performers and celebrities flying via helicopter into AC. This is one of few attractions at the Steel Pier that is not included in the all-day pass.

Steel Pier Helicopter MommyB

Speaking of additional attractions, Steel Pier is also home to the Slingshot, where you can experience Up To 5 G’s and you are shot into the air and “fly” 0-225 Feet in 1.5 Seconds at over 100 MPH. Yeah, only a super hero would want to ride this, see:

Slingshot Ride Steel Pier Collage MommyB

Okay, I’m not a superhero, but I sure felt like one riding this ride. Elizabeth from and I rode together {pictured left}. We even saw a rainbow while we were bouncing in the air, which made this #jerseylove trip even greater. {I’ll be writing more about my experiences throughout the next couple of weeks so stay tuned!!}

Yummy Amusement Treats to Rescue your Tummy: That speak for themselves, WHAT?! I had to try it, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to tell you how yummy it was!!

Steel Pier Food Collage MommyB

Amazing History: The Steel Pier in Atlantic City originally opened on Saturday, June 18, 1898, which in just a couple of days will be 115 years!!! How amazing. During it’s hay-day, Steel Pier was where Miss America was crowned for several years and was once called the “Showplace of the Nation” and included such acts as the High Diving horse; Rex the Wonder Dog, a water-skiing canine in the 1930s; and musicians, Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson among others.

Steel Pier History Wall MommyB

Don’t miss the next upcoming performance with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses featuring Sarah Spiegel – Performing three shows July 27th, 2013 at 7:PM, 10:PM & Sunday July 28th, 2013 at 3:PM.

Awesome Things to Come for 2014 and beyond: Steel Pier has been touting some great new attractions and changes coming our way. Their plans include ideas to make the Steel Pier a year-round attraction, offer indoor banquet and event facilities, achieving a few theme park ride records, and adding some new rides.

Steel Pier New Additions Design MommyB

Super Fun for Everyone!! I speak for all of the #jerseyshore attendees {without their permission} when I say we had a BLAST during our visit to Steel Pier. Even though it was raining, that didn’t stop us from wanting to check out the rides, take pictures and because the weather cooperated, were able to enjoy the park in it’s entirety.

Crazy Mouse Steel Pier MommyB

I promise if you are in Atlantic City and you do not go visit the Steel Pier you will be kicking yourself. This family-owned operation is not only one of the most successful in the country, but it’s also got a lot of heart.

Being TheCoasterCritic’s wife, I geeked out a little when I got to meet Steel Pier Owner/President Anthony Catanoso, {Don’t you think he looks a little like Scott Baio?}, in all seriousness, the entire staff from management to ride operators and food vendors were so pleasant and really seemed like a family. I can’t wait to visit again, rain or shine!!

Steel Pier Owner Anthony Catanoso and Jennifer Bullock MommyB

Make sure you check them out Steel Pier on Facebook and Twitter too and let them know you have #jerseylove!

2013 Travel with Shell on the Road {Giveaway}

Did you travel this holiday season? If you’re anything like my family just because the holidays are over, it doesn’t mean that the trips have.

Being the wife of The Coaster Critic means that we’re theme park bound as soon as it’s park season on the East coast, and since both of our families live out of state we’ll be making some trips North to visit them, not to mention blog conferences, and family trips and hopefully {hint, hint hubby}, a trip to the beach this summer.

I know that my brood isn’t the only family who’s already planning road trips for 2013, and when it comes to travel here are some travel tips that may come in handy:

According to the Shell Mechanics Survey*, the four best tactics to prepare your vehicle for the 2013 travel season are:

  • Inspect tires for air pressure, tread depth, rotation, etc.
  • Check all fluid levels
  • Fill up with a high quality fuel
  • Check / change engine oil and oil filters

*The Shell Mechanics Survey was a 7-minute online survey conducted by StrategyOne. The survey was fielded from March 30 – April 2, 2012 and sampled 450 automotive mechanics across the United States. The margin of error is +/- 4.62% at 95% confidence.

Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines contain 20% more active cleaning agents than before, helping protect engine’s intake valves and fuel injectors from performance-robbing gunk. No other gasoline protects better!

Many may be surprised to learn that driving can often be more economical, fun and flexible than flying. According to a May 2012 Car Care Council analysis, a family of four travelling 1,000 miles round trip could save $1,000 by driving instead of flying.

  • The average cost for a family of four to drive 1,000 mile round trip is $350
  • The average cost for a family of four to fly 1,000 mile round trip is $1,441

In fact, The B family as a whole have always traveled by car, which makes for easier trips especially with little kids. Between the extra stops for potty training, not having to worry about my kiddos bothering any other passengers {other than hubby and myself of course}, and unexpected stops where we’ve made some pretty awesome memories too.


So if you’re planning your family’s 2013 trips, I encourage you to check out Shell On the Road website, on Facebook and on Twitter and for TWO lucky MommyB Knows Best readers, enter to win a $50 Shell Gas Gift Card.

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This is a sponsored post with specific brand statements, any opinions  or personal stories in this post are my own.

Tips on How to Travel with Invisalign

How To Travel with Invisalign

Recently I’ve been in between attending amazing blog conferences and brand events or going on short vacations with my family. Often times when we are travelling there are two main things that can be challenging when you have Invisalign. But don’t worry! I have some tips for you that will make trips with Invisalign much easier.

How To Travel with Invisalign

Road Trip Challenges:

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Eating on the road – While our first choice would ALWAYS be to brush and floss and clean our aligners, sometimes that’s not always possible when it’s meal time on the road. I have found that the mini toothbrushes with toothpaste sold in most store’s dental aisle are invaluable for times when you have to grab a bite and run. These little toothbrushes include soft bristles, a drop of toothpaste, and a tooth pick for optimal cleaning, and they do a pretty good job of removing any gunk, at least until you stop where you can brush/clean better.

Restroom Brushing  – After flights I have had no choice but to brush my teeth in the public restroom at airports around the US. Some of the restrooms will offer a “traditional sink” rather than the timed or motion activated water. If this option is available it should be your first choice. From first hand experience I can tell you it is extremely difficult to try to brush your aligners and move to keep the water running on motion activated spouts. Make sure you place your aligners in your case while you are brushing, and if by some chance you don’t have your case use a few dry paper towels to place your aligners on, this reduces the amount of dirt and germs in contact with your Invisalign aligners.

Away from Home Challenges:

Hotel Accommodations – When travelling you’ll of course bring your usual toothbrush and toothpaste, however if you do forget yours, most large or chain hotels offer complimentary toiletries for your needs. I will often ask the front desk for their travel toothbrush and toothpaste so I can tuck it in my bag and not have to bring the mini toothbrush I mentioned above or my bulky, battery powered  toothbrush. The packets of toothpaste are convenient and small and great for on-the-go as well.

So whether you’re travelling by car, boat, or plane, there are many ways to keep your teeth clean and make sure you are wearing and taking good care of your Invisalign aligners.

What questions or additional tips about traveling with Invisalign do you have??


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I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board, I receive complimentary Invisalign treatment, but am posting my own, personal opinions.

Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

We are huge fans of Dr. Seuss, his books, and of course the new television show, Cat in the Hat on PBS Kids. So much so, in fact that when I asked Miss A what theme she wanted her 5th birthday to be she said, “Cat in the Hat.” And that’s exactly what we did. {I’ll post more on birthday party details another time.}

On our Spring Break trip to Florida in April, we got a Seuss-y treat when we arrived at Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure – Universal Studios. Not only did I get to do some research/gather party ideas, but we had a truffula-green-egg-and hammy-fish-splashing-whoobilee-sneetch-filled time!

Seuss Landing was magnificently themed, from the details of each ride, to street lamps, and signage. Here are some pictures from our fantastic few hours:

Seuss Landing MommyBKnowsBest

As you can see we enjoyed the Caro-Seuss-el, with it’s many Seussian creatures, but that wasn’t the only ride we had a great time on. Miss A and I really loved The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, and all the fun Sneetches we got to see along the way, warning, this one has a really, really, really, long queue, but totally worth it to be able to ride above Seuss Landing and through the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, a very cool big top themed restaurant.

We also liked the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ride, well, all of us except Lil’ C, she wasn’t a fan of even the thought of getting wet, we ended the ride with a few tears, but Miss A loved making the fish car go up and down trying to avoid the water streams using the easy controls.

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

The only ride that really scared the kids was The Cat in the Hat indoor ride. We asked the ride attendee outside the entrance if the ride was “scary” or “very spin-y”. She told us that there were about 3 spins and they were mild. I guess we had a different definition of spin. For Lil’ C who is 2 and Miss A who was then not quite 5 years old, it was not a good ride. Both of them were a little scared from being spun around and all of the different pieces from The Cat in the Hat story moving or jumping out in front of us. I’m not sure what I would have thought if I was a kid, but it was a little intense for me. So just a warning if you have sensitive kiddos you may want to skip this one, but if you have daring, ride-anything children have at it!!

All in all, most of the rides in Seuss Landing were entertaining and enjoyable. We also loved the theming, play areas that were set up, and bush sculptures. Of course after watching The Lorax in theaters, we were very excited to also see parts of the book, {and movie accordingly} portrayed in Seuss Landing. Like the Lorax himself, the home of the Once-ler, truffula trees, and the, “Street of the Lifted Lorax Sign.” Miss A got super excited, because it’s one of the few movies she’s seen in the theater.

The Lorax MommyBKnowsBest

Honestly and truly, visiting Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure was like stepping into Dr. Seuss’ books, I only wish we had more time to enjoy more rides and details of this section of the park.

Don’t be a grinch!! Make sure you visit, and bring the kids to Seuss Landing when you come to Islands of Adventure Universal Studios, I promise you’ll have fun too!

And if you’ve been, we would love to hear your thoughts on Universal Studios Islands of Adventure as well. Leave a comment and make sure you visit my Facebook page for more pictures of our Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios trip. For the roller coaster fans, check out DaddyB’s site for his review on Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, also at Universal Studios:

Thank you Islands of Adventure Universal Studios for having the B family visit. We loved our time visiting the park and the above opinions are my own honest words and thoughts. Your opinions may vary. 

Top Ten Tips for a Fun Family Road Trip {Guest Post}

SuitcasesWhen you plan a family road trip you think fun and adventure, not boredom and arguments. I’ve taken lots of road trips with my daughters. We’ve traveled when they were infants up until the teen years. This can be some of the best vacations you’ll take as a family. You just need a little planning and lots of patience!

As a frequent road tripper, I’ve compiled a list of tips on how to have an enjoyable road trip with your family:

1. Pack Wisely – You’ll be spending a lot of time in your car, so keep it comfortable. Pack the luggage in the back or on top. Leave room for the things you’ll need and want close by in the passenger section. This isn’t the type of trip where you want to be packed in like a sardine.

2. Download Music – Come on and admit it, you sing in the car. So why not have your family join in? Download favorite songs for every member of the family and take turns listening to them and singing along.

3. Play Games – Bring along travel size games. Find odd color cars. Pack pens, markers, and paper. Travel trays make it easier for your children to make use of games and crafts. Just leave the noisy toys at home for everyone’s sanity.

4. Pace Yourself – Take time to stop and see the sights. Even if you have a deadline for your drive time, stop to let the kids run around, for you to hold the baby and to take some photos. If you have more time, stay overnight in a motel and enjoy a swim in the pool, or a side trip.

5. Take Food – Bring along lots of snacks and drinks. A cooler works well to organize and keep them cold. Don’t forget napkins, wipes and hand sanitizer.

6. Souvenir Shopping – You don’t need to go to a tourist trap or spend a lot of money, instead pick up something at a gas station or a shop near a restaurant. Place a limit on the amount of money you’ll spend. You can even use this as a reward for good behavior. Bribery does work!

7. Talk and Talk Some More – Discuss what you’ll be doing on your trip to get the conversation started. Ask open ended questions of your quiet tweens and teens. Let you toddler babble away. Soak it all in. You can even video this special time for your memories later on.

8. Surprise Gifts – Buy some things before you start your trip and wrap them to give to your children when the going gets rough. Think dollar item toys, DVDs, coloring books, and iTunes gift cards.

9. Restaurant Choices – Let the children choose the place to eat, within limits. Give them a few choices that fit your budget and the type of food your family prefers. If you have more than one child, let one choose for lunch and one choose for dinner, or one chooses one day and the other chooses the next day.

10. Have Patience – Sitting in a vehicle for long periods of time can be tough for some children, no matter the age. Being more patient and tolerant will make things go much smoother for everyone concerned. A road trip isn’t the time for punishment or too much scolding. If you use the tips provided, you’ll help prevent the need for either.

Hopefully, these tips for a fun family road trip will stop your children from whining and complaining. And you won’t hear the dreaded, “When will we get there?” or “I’m bored!”

What are some activities or tips that you use for a family road trip?

Connie Foggles HeadshotConnie Roberts is best known as @ConnieFoggles. Her blog Brain Foggles, focuses on parenting, social causes, and being an advocate for her daughter, who has multiple medical conditions.




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We Love Chick-fil-A

For those of you who regularly frequent Chick-fil-A with or without your families I don’t have to tell you how amazing this fast food restaurant is. In my opinion, and until I am corrected, this is the top family fast food joint offering customer service, kid friendliness, and tasty food high above other fast food standards.

Chick-fil-A is the only fast food restaurant where I’m greeted and my order is taken in a very polite manner. Occasionally I’ll get a, “How are you,” or a “Please pull up” at other ff restaurants but typically I’m just glad if I get a glum, “Can I take your order.”
Now aside from their friendliness this joint is amazing if you have kids. This is the only fast food that I know of that gives you disposable place mats, bendy straws, and allows the kids to trade their toy for ice cream. On several occasions when dining in we’ve had servers help by brining food to our table and even getting items like high chairs, and silverware for our table instead of staring at us while we struggle like most fast food restaurants. Just that in itself amazes me.
Also on the kid front I love that Chick-fil-A is so involved in the community offering several activities monthly for families.
Now while I’m not always in the mood for chicken, (sorry Chick-fil-A cows,) when I am I do love their fried chicken and the fact that it’s white meat. Maybe not the healthiest lunch but very tasty. I appreciate the reduced fat milk and fruit cup choices for the kids meals.
I love Sunday’s but I do have my sad moments when I realize that Chick-Fil-A is closed 🙁
So thank you Chick-fil-A for being kid friendly, community friendly, tummy friendly, and just generally friendly!