#15: Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf


Hey guys! Today I had such a fun day mini golfing with my mom and brother. We went to Pleasant Valley Miniature Golf, which is one of my favorite mini-golf places in all of New Jersey. It’s located on Route 73 in Voorhees, New Jersey. We had a really great time trying to beat each other! The golf course has some really cute holes, such as a castle where hitting your ball through the pathway in the middle will send it almost directly into the hole, or the rotating merry-go-round you have to be careful not to get your ball stuck in. The last hole is at a 45 degree angle into a small hole only slightly larger than the golf balls. It leads into a huge camera, and if you hit your ball in, the camera will take your picture and you win a free game! My brother won a free game, but he decided to pocket the coupon instead of sharing.

After golfing, we got some of the delicious water ice. I got strawberry, lemon and blueberry mixed together. It ended up looking very patriotic!

There’s several shady picnic areas to snack in, or even to have a birthday party in! This is definitely one of my favorite things to do on a hot summer day.

Until next time,
~Kristen

#14: Playland


Hey guys! ❤ So as I mentioned a few posts back, Ocean City New Jersey was my vacation destination as a child. After not being down there for two years, we decided to go back yesterday, just to walk the boardwalk since beach tags are required to get on the beach. I must admit, the second we walked up on the boardwalk between the beach store and Fudge Kitchen, I felt like I was bag at home and a wave of nostalgia washed over me. There are so many amazing aspects of Ocean City that I think I have to split them up into multiple blog posts. The first thing I’ll talk about is the amusement park, Playland’s Castaway Cove.

One of the things I’ve always liked about Playland is that their tickets never expire, so at the end of the season you don’t have to worry about using all of them up. My mom still had over 100 from the last time we were down there, so we set off to the park, located at 10th and Boardwalk (on the boardwalk). The park is fairly big with a few roller coasters and log flumes. There’s also a large train that drives around the park, so you can get a view of everything before you decide what to ride. I’m not a very big fan of thrill rides, so my dad and I set off the little kids section.

There was a mini roller coaster called The Sea Serpent. I remembered it from when I was younger, but I honestly doubted I’d fit in one of the cars with my dad! There was also an antique Jeep ride, where cars follow a track while the kids “drive”. My dad joked we should go on that now that I’m driving. Ultimately, the first ride we decided to go on was called Tidal Wave. It consisted of large arms of three seats coming out from the middle. The middle part then rotated in circles as the arms bounced up and down. It was really cute, and so much fun.

After Tidal Wave, we decided to go on the Ferris Wheel. It gave us a great view of the ocean and the entire shore town; I’ve attached a few pictures taken from the top for you guys. The view was simply breathtaking, and I’d recommend the ride if for nothing other than that.

When we got off, we decided to save our tickets for another day since we’d just eaten. After all, they never expire so it didn’t matter! It was a really great experience, and a must-do if you’re ever in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Until next time,

~Kristen

#13: Education


Hi guys! This blog post is almost depressing to write since it’s about education and summer is almost over! It’s important to write about though, so I guess I may as well just do it now!

New Jersey has a really great education system, and I’m so grateful to live here just for that. In 2009, New Jersey spent more on each student than any other state with the exception of New York, according to Wallst.com. The state spent over $16,000 per pupil in 2009. The same year, the Supreme Court ruled that education cuts to the tune of more than $500,000,000 were not for the best.

The public school system in New Jersey had more than 2,500 schools according to the New Jersey Department of Education. There are 590 running school districts, and more than 2,000 elementary schools. The state also boasted a graduation rate of almost 95% in 2011.

New Jersey is home to many colleges. Ideally, I’d like to be able to talk about all of them individually at some point, but to start, I want to mention Princeton University, an Ivy League University located in Northern New Jersey. It’s tied with Harvard as the top-ranked university in America and is well-known. Newsweek also reported that students in Bergen and Monmouth County have the highest average SAT scores in the nation, at 2145 and 2100 each.

As you can see, New Jersey really does have an amazing education system. It makes it a great place to live and have a family! I’m so happy to be in a place where I have the opportunity to learn.

Until next time,
~Kristen

#12: Brigantine


For the past year and a half, I considered myself an Atlantic City girl. I lived to breathe the salt air that wafted off the ocean or to see the bright lights of the casinos.

I was wrong. Dead wrong. It turns out I’m a Brigantine girl at heart. Brigantine is an island city located right next to Atlantic City, and after my family’s sense of adventure led us there, we fell in love. The beaches are smaller and more secluded; they also seem cleaner. The sand is actually white instead of the off-gray often found on beaches, and the ocean is much bluer. The neighborhood is, in a word, quaint. I’ve found some shore towns feel very busy and city-like, but Brigantine doesn’t have a boardwalk or rushed feel to it. The houses seem like the type where kids go play in the backyard all day and walk the dog and it just seems perfect.

The only downfall is that Brigantine requires beach tags ($8.00 daily), but the beaches are so nice I believe it’s well worth it. Swimming, surfing and fishing are also allowed in certain parts of the beaches. All in all, Brigantine is a great place to spend a day with the family!

Until next time,

~Kristen

**For more information, visit Brigantine’s official Website