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Amwell Valley Music Festival


AMWELL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL is a local, grassroots music & art festival

in Hillsborough, NJ with a focus on supporting the Central New Jersey community.


7 bands: 1 Headliner, 1 sub-headliners, 5 local artists

Overarching folk-rock theme with an emphasis on local artists

Local food/drink vendors and food trucks

♥(I’m personally excited to see that Jess from Jess’s Juice Bar in Lambertville will bringing his amazing self and nourishment for us!) ♥

Art displays and workshops

Beer garden

Creative art center

10% of ticket revenue to support those affected by the 2014 Peacocks Country Store Fire in East Amwell

DATE:  Saturday, September 13, 2014

TIME:  Doors: 3:00 PM | Music: 4:00 PM – 11:30 PM

LOCATION: Hillsborough Golf & Country Club , 146 Wertsville Road, Hillsborough NJ 08844

COST:  $20 ADV | $25 DOS






If you or someone you know is interested in showcasing their work/business at AVMF,

email with as much background information as possible, including a contact email and/or phone number.

We still have space available for both local vendors and visual artists.


If someone you know is interested in volunteering at AVMF, we can use their help! There are plenty of opportunities to lend a hand, prior to, during, and after the festival.

Please tell anyone interested to email including a contact email and/or phone number.









JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Trip to Atlantic City and Belmar Beach

JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Trip

The Social Media for Good #JerseyLove retreat is being sponsored by D6 Sports and Caesar’s Entertainment. This includes accommodations, meals and transportation. All opinions are my own.

And, we are off to a wonderful weekend of Social Media for Social Good #SoGo to shine our light and love to New Jersey’s Beaches after Hurricane Sandy left a lot of dark days for much of the Jersey Shore.

We spent our first full day in Belmar, one of the worst hit beach towns by Hurricane Sandy! D’JaisBelmar’s popular nightlife spot, hosted our group for the day. I didn’t know they got super crafty after suffering severe damage from Hurricane Sandy. They thought of the fabulous idea to sell pieces of the damaged dance floor to those that danced the night away many times in the past and would cherish owning this memorabilia from this happening night life dance spot. Many people bought up the pieces of the old dance floor (hey if I had super memories from D’jais like meeting my sweetie there or lots of summer fun night’s out, I would have been waiting to purchase a piece of my past too). D’Jais raised $20,000 to donate to Belmar’s Sandy Relief Fund. They hosted a delicious day for our day at Belmar Beach. I can’t wait to go back in the evening and check out that new dance floor in my dancing shoes!


While in Belmar, we were treated to surf lessons from Hangten and got a sneak peak at the surfskimmer which is a creative new product that just launched, designed by D6 Sports available just in time for our summer fun! I especially loved this summer beach product because it helps children of all ages shred the waves close to the shore, much like a skimboard but with a sturdy handle for our children to feel secure as they begin skimming, making us parents feel more comfortable letting the little ones try skimboarding safely. And, it’s not over once they feel confident in their new skills. Once the child or adult (ahem, I would like to learn too) is secure in their skimboarding skills, the surfskimmer has a removable handle (much like removing training wheels from bicycles) so  this entry level skimboard becomes a traditional skimboard .

I have a D6 Surfskimmer coupon code for you: jerseylove will get you 20% off a surfskimmer for your little one or for a summer birthday gift idea (this is what I intend on doing…shhh, don’t tell the little ones with Summer birthdays in my life). Honestly I believe in D6′s creative new product that is fun and builds confidence in children so much that if D6 would ask me to fly around to beach destinations throughout our country or other countries, I would show parents along the shorelines everywhere how they can feel at ease while their little ones learn to skimboard safely with the surfskimmer. Hey, D6 would probably get some amazing footage too! But, they would have to send me to each destination with hundreds of surfskimmers to sell, because you know once I give a few children this product to go shred some surf, the rest of the children on the beach are going to want to join in on the fun immediately! Plus, it will create such a stir, I’m sure the local shop owners are going to want a supply for their shelves before I leave town. Because they know parents are going to think this new cool summer fun beach product must have been purchased at the local surf shop. We couldn’t leave the surf shops empty handed like that, setting them up for disappointing so many children would just be sad!

Even before participating in the first of its kind #SoGo event (Social Media for Social Good), I’ve always volunteered and have been heavily involved in my community through local volunteering and community service projects for humanity in general, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the #JerseyLove Retreat designed to bring awareness to the Jersey Shore in order to revitalize New Jersey’s economy, a state heavily supported by the summer economy of beach goers. The major mission of this service project was to help stimulate the economy by letting the online audiences of the bloggers in attendance from New Jersey Digital Moms & Social Media Moms know the New Jersey Beaches ARE open for business this summer, AND they are better than ever thanks to people like, Mayor Matt from Belmar NJ finding a silver lining in Sandy’s aftermath.

Social Good for New Jersey's Beaches

Belmar Beach has been on my radar for years, but its actually making me consider not having to leave New Jersey for a great family beach vacation destination. He has created better beaches that are more mom friendly with cleaner, bigger bathrooms and has plans which include showers in the near future at New Jersey’s Belmar Beach. I quote Major Matt in his speech to our group, “We want Belmar to be known as the Mom’s Beach”. So, this mayor has been making strides in upgrading his beach town by focusing on positive actions as one chapter ends and another begins.  Seriously, as a Mom, after a day at the beach with your child, being able to shower your child and dress them in clean clothes for evening festivities or even pajamas if you intend on hitting the road for home as the sun sets is a welcome amenity that goes a long way towards making a huge difference in my decision for which beach town to visit for a more enjoyable day trip to the beach.

I was impressed to learn Mayor Matt is placing donated funds directly in the hands of displaced families. Cash in hand goes a long way when disaster strikes in meeting some of the more immediate needs of the people that live in the town year round. D6, one of our generous sponsors for this #SoGo trip gave MayorMatt a $5,000 check for the residents of Belmar the day we visited Belmar Beach, one of the worst hit beaches along the Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy! I liked D6′s new product, the surfskimmer before that donation, but I can’t deny that the benevolence of D6 Sports towards the residents of Belmar didn’t make me like D6′s new, cool surfskimmer just a little bit more :-) .

Bloggers visit steel pier



Before this trip to AC, I didn’t know just how much Atlantic City had to offer. #DoAC had me wondering, what else can you do besides casinos and the beach while in AC? For example, I had no idea how well kept the family owned and operated, Steel Pier is and about their amazing renovations plans over the next few years, which include 60% of all rides to be under cover to be enjoyed rain or shine. That’s huge travel insurance for us moms while deciding on a vacation destination for the family! Steel Pier is not affiliated with a casino, which I had no idea. This makes me want to go even more and get even more excited to share a sneak peak at the new look of Steel Pier!

Steel Pier AC Renovation Plans

I’ve always loved the beach, so finding out Caesars, another one of this #SoGo trip big sponsors, had a beautiful beach front location with chairs, umbrellas and beachside food/beverage service right to where you were sitting on the beach…WOW…reminded me of being in a remote location at a fancy resort. I had to check that I was still in New Jersey. Very cool indeed! As if being able to enjoy refreshments without having to lug my own beach gear wasn’t enough, this casino was filled with upscale restaurants and café eateries alike….whatever mood you were in or amount of money you felt like spending would be easily accommodated here at Caesars Casino. Also, there’s just something to be said about a room with a beautiful view of the beach and ocean as well as being able to watch the TV embedded in the bathroom mirror while you are getting yourself ready for the day…very innovative; I was pleasantly amazed with my entire stay at Caesars!

Caesars Hotel RoomCaesars Hotel Room Emedded TV in Bathroom Mirror is a Yes!



Right outside the Caesars Casino they have the beautiful pier shops. I found the most amazing must #DoAC activity. It appeared that every hour on the hour there was a beautiful, colorful, set to music water light show that had my attention so much it made me just a little bit late for our next event. I mean it, I was peacefully mesmerized as was everyone that was lucky enough to find this little hidden gem of AC. Young and old sat in amazement as we watched approximately a 15 minute show with water dancing to music in colorful patterns. I have to say, and many of the other bloggers will tell you I said it a lot (okay a lot, a lot) it’s a must see. It’s free and just amazing!

The Pier Shops FREE Light Water Show
All-in-All…I will be adding many New Jersey Beach towns to my summer ideas list of things to do, day trips to take and yes NJ is now in my mind as being worthy of a complete family vacation destination. I’m impressed with all AC is right now as a family destination and has in the works to become in the near future. AC along with Belmar’s Mom Beach and all the other fabulous beach towns with amazing boardwalks is a complete affordable package for a fabulous family vacation destination worthy of your attention!!

Atlantic City Beaches

A little tip of a really neat event Atlantic City is hosting this September:  Sweat AC will be September 21 & 22, 2013 with lots of celebrity trainers & lifestyle experts, including two I would love to workout with: Jillian Michaels with BODYSHRED and Shaun T with INSANITY. Click here for more info on this two day Atlantic City Health and Fitness Event.


As always, please leave your comments below on anything you can add to this article on New Jersey Beaches, Atlantic City, Belmar, Social Media for Social Good or any other topic relevant to this post.

D6 Surfskimmer Twitter Party for #JerseyLove

The Jersey shore is back and so is the summer fun! And this summer there’s a NEW way for the kids to have fun in the ocean, so we’re throwing a party to introduce you to it: the D6 Surfskimmer!


Win Surf Skimmer

You can learn more about the D6 Surfskimmer and also have a chance to WIN IT and other goodies at the #Surfskimmer #JerseyLove Twitter Party!  Hang Ten D6 Sports and the #JerseyLove Social Media For Social Good Moms are headed to the Jersey shore next week to give #JerseyLove!  We will be surfing, our kids will be surfskimming and with the generous support of D6 Sports, we will be making a donation to Belmar, NJ Mayor Matt Doherty for families that were displaced after Super Storm Sandy.


Help us spread the word to give #JerseyLove and meet our friends at Hang Ten D6 Sports.

HOSTS: @D6SurfSkimmer @SMMoms @DawnSandomeno @hollywoodhotmom @njdigitalmoms

WHEN:  Monday June 3rd – 9 – 10 PM ET

WHERE: #Surfskimmer and #JerseyLove with Tweetgrid:

PRIZES:  D6 Surfskimmers, Hang Ten Gift bags and Shaun White Supply Co. Helmets

HOW: Follow #jerseylove #hangten and #surfskimmer hashtags and tweet with us.  You MUST RSVP and Tweet to WIN .  Enter your information below.


Meet the Social Media For Social Good team and follow them on twitter below. 

You can join them again LIVE online on Friday, June 7th in Belmar, NJ

by following the #JerseyLove hashtag and #Surfskimmer.



First- Of- Its- Kind Product Takes Over California And New Jersey Beaches With  Bi-Coastal Launch

Introduction of Must-Have Summer Product at Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington, CA June 1st with Belmar, NJ Boardwalk Reopening Celebration June 7th

COSTA MESA, CA – May 31, 2013 – D6 Sports, distributor and manufacturer of sporting goods focusing on the action sports and wheeled categories, today announced the debut of its first product, the SurfSkimmer, an innovative skimboard with gripper technology designed to give kids a chance to skim and advance quickly within minutes on the water.

“We are proud to announce the arrival of our first product, the SurfSkimmer,” said Jeff Balaban, Senior Vice President, D6 Sports.  “We have licensed brands and produced incredible sporting goods for many years, but to unveil our very own product that also happens to fall in to a new category in action sports is very exciting to us.”

Debuting for public test runs at Zack’s Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach on June 1st, the SurfSkimmer offers kids a hands-on skimboard experience that is both fun and safe.  The SurfSkimmer is designed with gripper technology, a stable handle and sleek design allowing the board to glide effortlessly over the white wash giving kids the opportunity to experiment and excel in skimboarding.  The handle easily comes off so each board has the ability to act as a traditional skimboard.  The 2-in-1 functionality allows for easy learning and advanced maneuvers.

D6 Sports will also join over 40 women from Social Media Moms and New Jersey Digital Moms at the #JerseyLove Retreat in Belmar, NJ June 7th.  Coming from all over the country, the moms will convene for the first time ever to utilize their social reach to help raise awareness for and promote the reopening of the Jersey Shore for the 2013 summer season.  Now that the official ceremonies are over, the women want to document real families, moms and kids having fun to show the world that the Jersey Shore is still a great place to vacation and visit.  They will do this by experiencing it in real life and telling their stories virtually on a myriad of social media platforms.

“I am a New Jersey native who has, literally, hundreds of friends and family members who were affected by Sandy so when we learned of this event, we had to get involved,” said Ben Young, Vice President of Creative and Marketing for D6 Sports.  “We have partnered with Eastern Lines Surf Shop to treat the moms to surf and stand up paddleboard lessons, while we introduce kids to the new SurfSkimmer.  After the event, we will donate several boards to the local shops so people can continue to enjoy the beach all summer.”

D6 Sports and the #JerseyLove Retreat moms will also present Mayor Matt Doherty with a donation to the Belmar Relief and Recovery foundation that was created to assist displaced families and help rebuild the Belmar Boardwalk after Superstorm Sandy.

For more information and to stay up to date on SurfSkimmer news, developments, event images and fun videos.



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  • Designed to give kids a chance to skim and advance quickly within minutes on the water;
  • The D6 SurfSkimmer is available this June at select retailers for $69.99;
  • The SurfSkimmer is a skimboard with a detachable arm extension and handlebar that allows kids to run and glide without losing balance;
  • Once kids are ready to ride without the handle, they can remove it and skim just like the pros.

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