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Watch as Ghiggeri Enviornmental takes Mama’s Little Helper from a Weedfest Backyard in Lambertville NJ to a Zen, Low Maintenance,Tranquil Outdoor Garden Living Area


Mama Chrissy’s Backyard Is Now an Extension of the Rest of the Home

My Personal Backyard Makeover in Lambertville New Jersey by Michael Ghiggeri from Ghiggeri Environmental Gives Mama Chrissy & Daughter More Living Space to Enjoy

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper

 

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Starts My Backyard Project

It all started when I rented this quaint house in Lambertville last Summer. Soon after I moved in, Lambertville NJ was voted as 1 of the 15 most prettiest towns in the US by Forbes Magazine. My backyard did not help Lambertville achieve this special honor. When I opened my back door I saw this….

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I asked around for a reputable landscaper through all my online and offline communities and networks, and I found Michael Ghiggeri, from Ghiggeri Environmental as being highly recommended, especially as an Environmental Landscaper in New Jersey . Michael met me at our home within days of me reaching out. He listened to how I wanted to use the postage size backyard space, and he saw the potential of giving me exactly what we wanted, for the price I needed.  I was amazed at how easy it was for him to look past the tall weeds, oversize bushes, broken planters, busted fence sections with various things in random locations as he started pointing out ideas right then and there to deliver exactly what my daughter & I wanted. He knew we wanted our backyard to be an extension of our home and personalities, as well as fulfill the need for my daughter and myself to play in the dirt together, planting some annuals, vegetables and spices.

 

Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper Works on My Backyard Project

 

 

 

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Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental LandscaperSince our space is small, Michael suggested using a trellis for the back fence area where we can grow cucumbers and other vegetables that will grow upward on a trellis. Building it himself, saved money and we got exactly what we needed to bring the Zen feeling and the trellis fit perfectly in the space he designed for. Michael could tell from my home, personality and speaking with me that I wanted a tranquil, low maintenance, Zen backyard with comfortable living room-like furniture, a water feature, and a fire pit to roast marshmallows or keep warm on a chilly evening.  The fire pit we choose can also serve as a grill or cooler. The water feature is powered by a small solar panel. If you know Lambertville, you know most of the backyards are tiny, square spaces, so I was asking for a lot in a very little space.  His first order of business would be to completely clean out the backyard space of everything that had to go. As Michael is an Environmental Landscaper, it’s important for him to recycle things from job-to-job which helps him keep costs lower than competitors. For example, I needed a few more blue slates and he had some extra from another job that was removing blue slate. In return, I had to remove a big, beautiful butterfly bush, because whoever planted it in this small space, didn’t realize how big this magnificent beauty would grow. I had several butterfly bushes in my previous home that I just loved, so it was hard letting this bush go, but I’m sure Michael found a home for it in someone else’s project. I feel better knowing things removed from my backyard weren’t thrown away. I’ve always had a reverence for all things living, so throwing away a living bush would not work for me.

 

 

  Michael Ghiggeri Environmental Landscaper After Images of My Backyard Project

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I can’t wait for all the days my daughter and I can go out back this Spring and enjoy our new space! If you would like to hire Michael, call or email him now. He is busy, but will make time for you! Tell him you heard about him through MamasLittleHelper.org

Amazing as I watched Michael transform my weed-fest into a Zen atmosphere for me, my daughter and our guests!

Michael Ghiggeri Enviornmental Landscaper

Ghiggeri Environmental works in Hunterdon, Somerset, and Mercer Counties NJ, and also Bucks County PA. Serious Inquiries may contact Michael by phone at 908-399-9428 or via email at mjghiggeri@yahoo.com

 

Annual Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village


Springtime means that it’s soon time for Strawberry Season!  Did you know that May is National Strawberry Month?  To get everyone in the mood, Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, PA is once again hosting the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival on April 30 and May 1, 2011 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm both days.  This is a free event, with free parking, and promises to be a fun family event.  This event is held rain or shine, so come prepared to have a good time in any kind of weather!

Photo courtesy of Peddler's Village

Visitors to the Strawberry Festival will be able to taste strawberries prepared in a variety of ways, including chocolate-dipped, smoothies, fritters, shortcakes, pastries and pies.  Fresh berries and jars of preserves and strawberry butter will be available for purchase.  There will even be Strawberry Pie Eating contests each day at 3 pm, where contestants will compete for a blue ribbon!  Live musical entertainment will be heard throughout Peddler’s Village and there will be craft areas for children to enjoy.

Here is the schedule of planned entertainment for the weekend:

Saturday, April 30

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.     Daisy Jug Band in the Gazebo

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Banjo Man Strolling the Village

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.               The Overtones Duo in the Courtyard

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.               Stiltwalker Strolling the Village

3:00 -3:30 p.m.                Strawberry Pie Eating Contest on the Main Green Balcony

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.               Blue Roots Bluegrass Band on the Main Green Balcony

Sunday, May 1

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.     The Mango Men in the Gazebo

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     Banjo Man Strolling the Village

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.               Jim Rowland in the Courtyard

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.               Stiltwalker Strolling the Village

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.               Strawberry Pie Eating Contest on the Main Green Balcony

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.       Got String? Youth Orchestra on the Main Green

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.       Give and Take Jugglers Solo Show on the Main Green

 

Peddler’s Village will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary in 2012!  Follow the winding brick pathways of the colonial style village throughout 42 acres of award-winning gardens for a unique shopping and dining experience. Peddler’s Village has something for everyone, from 70 quality specialty shops and six restaurants to the 70-room Golden Plough Inn and Giggleberry Fair family entertainment center.  For further information on The Strawberry Festival or one of the many other events at  Peddler’s Village, see their website.

Sesame Place Fall Giveaway!


Congratulations to Sherri Hoffman!  You are the winner of the Sesame Place Tickets!  Look out for an email.

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Happy 30th Birthday Sesame Place!  While Sesame Place’s exciting summer season will end on Labor day, they continue to operate into the fall on weekends only through October 31st, 2010.  The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular starts on September 25th and promises to be lots of not-scary fun!   Money saving coupons can be found at various places.  Check this list to find how you can save $20 off admission after September 25th.  The water rides may be closed then, but it sounds like a fun way to incorporate Halloween activities with the fun of the dry rides at the park.  

 
Sesame Place is currently offering an interesting deal—purchase a 2011 Season Pass and enjoy unlimited admission the rest of this season and all of 2011! Families who purchase season passes enjoy unlimited admission to Sesame Place, a 30% discount on all food and merchandise in the park, entrance into exclusive Season Pass Member events and kids eat free at Dine With Me! with the purchase of an adult dinner.
Sesame Place’s 2011 season passes are available in three levels. Sesame Passes, $92.00 per person, gives guests unlimited admission into the park, exclusive access to member events, plus a 30% discount on food and merchandise. Big Bird Passes, $122.00 per person, allow guests additional benefits including complimentary general parking, complimentary meet-and-greets with characters, and 50% off single day admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Busch Gardens. Super Grover Passports, $189.00 per person, offer the most benefits to guests.  In addition to everything mentioned above, guests receive unlimited admissions to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens, complimentary preferred parking, and ride again privileges.   One mom I was speaking to recently mentioned that when she was planning a family vacation to Florida a couple of years ago, she purchased the Super Grover Passports, as she was able to not only use them repeatedly at Sesame Place, but her family also used them for admission to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, giving her a great savings.  Something to think about when vacation planning, especially if  you live locally to Sesame Place!

Sesame Place would like to encourage families to experience the park and learn about what fun they have to offer.  For Mama’s Little Helper Readers, Sesame Place would like to offer four (4) single day tickets as a giveaway to one family.  To enter, please leave a comment below and mention your child’s (or your) favorite Sesame Character!  One response will be selected via Random.org.  Sesame Place is responsible for distribution of the prize.   This giveaway will end on  September 19th at 11:59 pm EST.  The winning comment will be selected and announced by September 21st.  The winner’s email address will be forwarded to Sesame Place in order for prize distribution.  Good Luck!!

Ficklets, Eyewear Charm Huggers Giveaway, May 13-18th


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Review of The Firefighter's Park in Bensalem PA


So I went to this park today for a playdate and I was impressed. I have to thank a local Daddy Blogger named Ron for the tip about The Firefighter’s Park in Bensalem, a good friend, Jen for inviting us and two other friends, Diana & Coleen for joining us today!

I was shocked to find anything down this road. I really thought it would just be a development. If you know where Neshaminy Mall is then you can find this park. At the intersectin of Home Depot & TD Bank you want to go down the road that is on the right side of the bank. It appears to be a development of houses. I’m sure you can get to this park many ways…ha! I’m just giving you an idea of where it is…lol. Plus, Mama is really directionally challenged.

I imagined this park was going to be red and Diana hinted to it as well, but it wasn’t. I’m not sure if she was as surprised as I, because I forgot to ask her…ha! It was a mixture of colors like most playgrounds. It has the same ground surface that the “Blue Playground” in Northampton Twp has. There is a place for the little ones to ride their bikes. There are metal tables and benches with umbrellas…I was delighted to see that on a hot summer day I could be sitting comfortably out of the sun and still be sitting so close to the playground to keep an eye on my daughter.

And, there are huge bathrooms with soap and running water!

I give this playground a thumbs up! It’s worth checking out!

One Fit Mama


One Fit Mama™ is a fitness company centered around mothers and their babies.

We offer great Stroller-based cardiovascular and strength training workouts for all fitness levels. We also offer Prenatal and Mom and Baby Yoga Classes, Infant and Child CPR Training, social events, as well as informational seminars with various area experts on post-natal and child-related issues.

Benefits of our program include:
-Lose that extra baby weight while improving strength and endurance.
-Combat the baby blues! Stroller fitness classes have been proven to decrease the incidence of post-partum depression.
-Never leave your baby in gym day care again!
-Become a healthy, active role model for your child.
-Connect with other like-minded women who are sharing your similar experiences!
-Bond with your baby!

www.onefitmama.com

Class Locations:
Bally’s Total Fitness
Forbidden Drive
Fort Washington
Holy Martyr’s School
Mason’s Mill Park
Mondauk Park
Montgomery Mall
Parkside Place
Pennypack Park
Playwicki Farm
Oxford Valley Mall
Radnor Trail
Radnor Activity Center
The Sports Zone
The Willows

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