Cake Boss- A Visit To Carlo’s Bakery

Cake Boss-A Visit To Carlo’s Bakery

By now, almost everyone has heard of Buddy, The Cake Boss, or has had the chance to see his show on TLC. Since we are not far from the actual bakery, our family decided to take a trip, the first of many trips to Carlo’s Bakery-located in Hoboken, NJ.

It’s tough to go to Carlo’s without waiting in a line, but if you can get there during the week it’s not too bad. Expect to stand in a line that wraps around the corner if you visit on the weekend(of course it’s worth the wait).

Once you are inside of Carlo’s Bakery, do not worry about being rushed. The people inside could not be nicer. It is good to have an idea of what you want before you enter though, because all the delicious choices are endless! 

Personally, our family went in to buy a cake and ended up with the cake, cookies, coffee cake, bread, coffee and other goodies. The scent of fresh cake and cookies is very overwhelming, so be prepared.

If you are there to order a specialty cake for a wedding, birthday, shower or any other occasion, there is a special area to sit at(same one they use in the show) and a book with endless examples of cakes for every occasion. Emily looked through the book a few times and was ready to put her order in for ten different cakes! I’m sure we will be back in the future to order a special occasion cake from Carlo’s Bakery.

Another fun thing about visiting Carlo’s Bakery is that since it is family run, you will always see someone from the show working there. In the times we have gone, we have met a few of Buddy’s sisters, Little Buddy, Buddy’s mom, Frankie and his brother! They are great about photos and

always greet you with a smile!

There is also merchandise from the show available for purchase right inside the bakery.
If you are visiting the NYC area, or NJ you are in the Carlo’s Bakery area. Don’t miss your 

chance to meet the Cake Boss gang and sample some of the yummies that Buddy has to offer! 

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“Driving Miss Daisy”Announces Date For Special Performance To Benefit The Actors Fund

“Driving Miss Daisy” Announces Date For Special Performance To Benefit The Actors   Fund

Stars Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines donate their time and talent to raise funds for entertainment charity.

01.12.2011– The Broadway company of Driving Miss Daisy has announced that they will add a ninth performance to their already scheduled eight-show week in order to perform a benefit performance on Monday, February 7 at 8pm. All proceeds will go toThe Actors Fund, a national human services organization that helps those working in performing arts and entertainment.

Starring James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines, Driving Miss Daisytells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. Variety said, “Redgrave and Jones are masters of their craft,” and The New York Post called it, “a driving force of nature.”

The performance will be held at the Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street in New York City. Premium seating is available for $225.50 and regular seats from $66.50 to $126.50.

To purchase tickets, visit, call 212-221-7300 ext. 133, or email Tickets can also be purchased through the Golden Theatre box office.

About The Actors Fund

The Actors Fund is a non-profit that serves professionals in film, theatre, television, music, opera, radio and dance, helping nearly 12,000 people directly each year, and hundreds of thousands online. The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing, and employment and training services. With offices in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, The Actors Fund has – for over 125 years – been a safety net for those in need, crisis or transition. Visit for more information. 

About Special Performances

Special Performances are among the most thrilling theatrical experiences, and the hottest tickets in town. Broadway companies generously give their time and talent by adding these special shows to their already rigorous schedules, and perform for audiences full of their peers from the entertainment community. Proceeds from all Special Performances benefit The Actors Fund.
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Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Stay-N-Tube Camelback

Every winter my family loves to devote one day to snowtubing. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Great Wolf Lodge Poconos combined with Camelback Ski Resort and offer a snowtubing amd ski package. The morning of our trip we swung by the GWL and picked up our tickets for snowtubing. We headed over to Camelback Ski Resort which was about 2 miles away from the lodge. Exchanging the tickets for our 3 hours snowtubing passes went on without a hitch and before you knew it the kids were in tubes and slip-sliding down the snowy mountain. 

After snowtubing for 3 hours we warmed up with some nice hot cocoa as we sat around the fire pit. There is also a convenient cafe/bathroom right next to the snowtubing lanes for easy access.
It wasn’t long before we were back in our Kid’s Cabin Suite at the Great Wolf Lodge and getting ready for the waterpark. Snowtubing and Waterpark in one day! What else could you ask for?

Check out all the great deals at Great Wolf Lodge 

Great Wolf Lodge, Poconos

 Great Wolf Lodge Poconos

Recently my family took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge Poconos. It’s only a little over an hour from the NYC area, but a world away. Since our three children go from teenage to preschool, it’s hard sometimes to find a resort that will keep everyone happy, but at Great Wolf Lodge we never have that problem.

It’s always gives you a cozy feeling driving up to the  big cabin looking resort and entering the grand lobby. As soon as we arrived the kids could not wait to check out the room. There are many types of rooms to accommodate your family size and liking. Our family favorite is the Kid Cabin Suite, complete with bunk beds and an extra bed (for our three children). The room also has a pull out couch and a queen size bed. There is even a fireplace to keep you warm! All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave, 

so you don’t have to worry about bringing along some goodies or drinks!

After checking out the room, we headed directly to the waterpark. Wow! It was hard to imagine that we passed by mounds of snow on the way into the lodge, since the 

waterpark was a warm 84 degrees! The guys headed for the new Double Barrel Drop water slide and Emily and I grabbed a tube and went over to the wave pool, followed by the mini water slides that were just her size! When the guys were done with all the waterslides we met up in the lazy river and then played a little water basketball. It was great family fun!

When dinner time rolled around we feasted at the Loose Moose Cafe on an endess buffet from seafood and steak to soft serve ice-cream. During the meal our waitress even surprised us with some wolf ears to wear! It was a real Howl!! 

After dinner the kids each chose a wand and topper and headed into the hallways to play “MagiQuest”. The game takes a while to complete if you want to fight the dragon, so be prepared to leave at least 2 hours open if you are going to play! 

By 8pm Em was in her pjs along with a bunch of children who were  all ready for the lobby show at the clock tower, followed by storytime with Wiley and a meet and greet! Right after story time we made a stop at AnimalLand, the stuffed animal making station. We now have a wolf, panda, and poodle as additions to our family. Soon after, everyone headed back to the room for some more family  fun and a great night’s sleep!

In the morning we were awoken by Emily’s head peeking out of the Kid’s Cabin and announcing it was time to go back to the waterpark. So, we followed her lead, stopped for breakfast first and then back to the waterpark for a few hours!Emily wanted to enjoy Scoops Children’s Spa, but there were no appointments. We will have to call sooner next time. The boys checked out Gr8 Space(a teenage hangout) and the Race Zone (where you can build your own car and then race it). We made one last stop at the Northern Lights arcade for just a little bit more fun!  I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying their stay at the Great Wolf Lodge! We are looking forward to our next trip already. There is only one problem I could find about Great Wolf Lodge….having to leave it!

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical

Freckleface Strawberry The Musical!

Recently, my family and I went to see Freckleface Strawberry The Musical at New World Stages. The musical is based on the book by Julianne Moore. I really did not know what to expect. I have been to many Broadway shows and my children have been to a few, but this was our first time to New World Stages. 

I was pleasantly surprised to see how many theaters were housed there. We made our way down to Freckleface Strawberry and got seated. The theater was medium sized, so every seat was a good one. We were seated in the back and Em could see the entire show easily. The musical was filled with plenty of fun and quite a few “entertaining” songs, not to mention “non-stop” jokes!

Seeing that the musical lasts about one hour and is 3 scenes long, it was very easy for my little one to keep focused and “in” the fun! My other children enjoyed it also. There was enough entertainment to keep everyone smiling and laughing throughout the show. One drawback- be ready to sing “Little Freckeface Strawberry” over and over during the days following this show!

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