Shop til you drop with The Valley Hospital Auxiliary


The Franklin Lakes Branch of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary is hosting their Pre-Holiday Brunch and Boutique Shopping Extravaganza on Wednesday, November 16. The 9th annual fundraising event features more than 40 fabulous vendors selling costume and handmade jewelry, women’s boutique clothing, luxurious Italian shawls, hand-painted gifts, and so much more!

All proceeds will benefit the Auxiliary’s $1.4 million pledge to Valley Medical Group’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health program, as well as their $100,000 pledge to Valley Home Care’s endowment for Butterflies which is an in-home pediatric palliative and hospice care program.

Tickets are $48 and include a delicious brunch. The event runs from 10 am to 3pm at the Indian Trail Club at 830 Franklin Lakes Road in Franklin Lakes. For more information call 201-248-7970.

Kevin and Danielle Jonas welcome baby Valentina Angelina — and Nick Jonas reacts with joy!

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Kevin and Danielle Jonas just welcomed baby number two.

It’s a girl for Kevin and Danielle Jonas! The couple welcomed their new bundle of joy Thursday and everyone is excited (including us).

Nick Jonas actually broke the news to the world, sharing an adorable congratulatory video on Instagram saying he was on set in Hawaii, but couldn’t wait to meet his new niece calling it “the best news ever.” “Congrats Kevin and Dani,” he wrote. “We have another Jonas!! Can’t wait to meet that beautiful baby girl very soon. @kevinjonas @daniellejonas.”

“We are so excited to welcome our new baby girl, Valentina Angelina Jonas to the world today,” Kevin and Danielle told People in a statement officially announcing their second daughter’s arrival. “She is healthy and beautiful and we couldn’t be happier!”

Fellow Jonas brother Joe also sent warm wishes all the way from Dubai! “Congratulations to @kevinjonas & @daniellejonas on the newest addition to the family,” he tweeted. “So beautiful!”

Just a few hours earlier Thursday Danielle shared a pic of her in the hospital saying “any time now.”

Anytime now 💗🎀

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The new mom also kept her sense of humor throughout the labor posting a photo of Kevin eating a sandwich in the hospital.

“Look what he is eating how is this fair #lovemykev,” she wrote.

Look what he is eating how is this fair 😂💗#lovemykev

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He meanwhile was passing the time by tweeting to his 5 million followers.

The couple, who have been married for almost seven years, announced they were expecting a second child in April, and then revealed her gender in a very sweet way. The fit mom exercised with celebrity trainer Anthony Michael at Florham Park Fitness, for most of the pregnancy. Earlier this month her two sisters threw her a surprise “sprinkle” baby shower.

We’ll be watching to see when we can get a first glimpse of the beautiful baby. Congrats Kevin and Danielle, and big sis Alena!

Sally Hansen’s new Color Therapy line is changing the nail game

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Sally Hansen has previewed their new breakthrough nail polish line called Color Therapy, and it’s all sorts of amazing. These polishes, which come in 38 stunning shades, are uniquely infused with a blend of argan, acai and evening primrose oils to give your nails intense nourishment and instant moisture. Apparently argan oil isn’t just for hair anymore! The best part is how it actually works. Whenever you touch anything, when you move your hand, or grab something, that actual movement activates the oil onto your nails. Pretty neat right? It also gives your mani an extra boost of shine and can extend wear for up to 10 days.

Madeline Poole, a globally recognized nail artist and Sally Hansen’s Global Color Ambassador, tells me she worked on this collection from start to finish. Her three different palette themes cover everything from rich tones that are really deep and saturated, to gemstones inspired by nature, non-traditional nudes, and interesting reds.

“My colors are really classic, mature and modern,” she says. “There’s something for everyone. It delivers exactly what you see in the bottle.”

Click below for you inside look at the fabulous launch party and check out all the gorgeous shades. No release date has been set yet for the sale of this polish but we expect that given the brand’s affordable prices, it will fly off the shelves and onto the nails of stylish women everywhere.

5 best places for tailgate food in Hudson County

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It’s tailgating season!

It’s that time of year. No, not Halloween or pumpkin spice latte season (while we do love those), but rather football season. If you find yourself spending every Sunday donning your team’s jersey and yelling at the TV, you know you’re in the full swing of things. More than the entertainment of watching the game, there’s one part of football season we love the most: the food.

Tailgating has long been one of America’s past times and there’s no better place to chow down on some of the best pre-game foods than in New Jersey. Here are some of our favorite places for the greasiest, cheesiest and most delicious game grub in Hudson County.

1. Natoli’s Deli, Secaucus

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwich😪 #FoodPorn #FoodWhore #FatPeopleProblems

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This place is perfect to grab everything you need for tailgating. Why? Well, for one the portions are huge and they have many different options on the menu that you will want to try everything. If you want to get a sandwich, the mozzarella is very fresh (they make it daily). Or, if you want classic football food there are wings, sliders, quesadillas, chicken fingers, pizza and much more. They cater for events as well, so whether you need food for 10 or 50, this place caters to your needs. The Buffalo Fried Chicken Cutlet sandwich is to die for.

2. Black Bear Bar & Grill, Hoboken

Why host your own tailgate party when you can just watch all the games from the comfort of a restaurant? Black Bear Bar & Grill is home to one of the biggest TV displays around and they haveSunday specials for those that are watching the game. Think $4 Blue Moon pints, $6 Jack Daniels mixed drinks and shots, $6 ‘Manmosas’ (a mixture of champagne, Blue Moon, orange juice, and orange flavored vodka), and $11.99 Coors Light pitchers. As for the food, they offer Sunday specials like the “extraordinary burger,” which is a bacon cheeseburger between two grilled cheeses. You’ll also want to try the Southern BBQ wrap complete with marinated grilled steak with bacon, onions, and cheddar jack while The wings, nachos, and Hoboken Burger are all must orders too. The menu is extensive; there is everything from burgers to wraps to salads and mac ‘n’ cheese. Go team!

3. PJ Ryan’s Tavern, Jersey City


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This place is way beyond bar food and the head chef is truly a “chef” so there are plenty of interesting specials to try. The appetizer that’s perfect for tailgating are the Chorizo Beef Sliders; they have a little bit of heat from the chorizo and the chipotle peppers are very good. The Bratwurst is served on a pretzel bun with spicy mustard infused with Guinness. The nachos are above average and nothing you get here will disappoint.

4. Chicken Delight, North Bergen

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Wings are the epitome of tailgating foods.

Wings are the quintessential tailgating food, so this place is the best place to go. Since 1981, they have been serving the best chicken, fried, barbecued, and grilled. Their buffalo wings are award winning while their Baby Back Ribs just fall off the bone (drool). The coleslaw is made daily along with the mac and cheese and the Buffalo wing sauce is their own secret recipe that cannot be found anywhere else. You guessed it – the menu is mostly chicken but there are ribs and a fish filet sandwich along with rice, mashed potatoes, fries, and other delicious sides.

5. Red White & Que Smokehouse, Kearny

BBQ and beer just go together. This menu has a lot of meat like pork, ribs, brisket, chicken, and more. The beef brisket is really the star attraction. Of course, there are sandwiches and Buffalo wings to top it all off. Don’t forget the homemade sides – potato salad, cornbread, fried smokehouse pickles. Yum!

Thursday flash sale: cashmere at Lord and Taylor


Are you freezing? We know we are. The great news is that Thursday only at Lord and Taylor there’s an amazing cashmere and sweater deal taking place. Online and in stores October 27. Here are some luxurious and warm sweaters that totally caught my eye. But, don’t wait on this incredible sale because it’s for a limited time. Let’s get cozy. The Garden State Plaza location always offers a fab selection.

This pink sweater is gorgeous! The cold shoulder makes this a standout. You’ll be warm and looking hot at the same time! This is $84 and part of the BOGO sale. This also is a Lord and Taylor exclusive.


A cashmere wrap coat is perfect for errand running and so much more. The fit of this is comfortable yet chic! This is such a fashionable way to take on the week. Wear this coat now and bring it out again in early spring! This is $98 and part of the bogo sale.


This cream cashmere cut-out has the words snow bunny come to mind.  This will look gorgeous paired with sleek black pants, a pencil skirt and so much more. Buy one get one free! The cut-out lends a flirty feel.


A black cashmere sweater is a wardrobe basic that will keep you warm and looks super-stylish. Originally $160 on sale now for $99. Wear this with your favorite jeans, high boots and so much more. Add some jewelry and your all set!


As it becomes colder a cozy hat is a must! Loving this wine color cashmere hat which is bogo! Get the black too in this incredible savings. Buy one for $75 and get another. This hat is a classic style that can be worn with every jacket in your wardrobe.


Journalist, editor, stylist and host: Jersey girl and OMJ Trendsetter Dana Prigge’ has a wealth of experience in every aspect of the high-paced world of fashion, lifestyle and beauty. Twitter: Dana Prigge

Businesses come together to build a Bergen County family a new home

Putting on the finishing touches.Habitat for Humanity

Putting on the finishing touches.

If there is one thing we know about New Jersey, it’s that we have a strong sense of community. We saw everyone come together after hurricane Sandy and we have no problems helping a fellow Garden Stater. So, when we heard about the latest ventures from charity Habitat For Humanity, we weren’t surprised at their generosity, but our hearts were filled just a little bit more.

For starters, ConnectOne Bank, a local bank catering to the NJ/NY metro area, partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County by sending employees to volunteer their time building at Habitat Bergen’s Bergenfield construction worksite. The team of ten volunteers spent the day cutting and installing drywall inside a 1,900 square-foot-home for future homeowners, Carlos and Geovana Pimentel.

Caution: ladies at work.Habitat For Humanity

Caution: ladies at work.

Carlos and Geovana Pimentel and their two children, ages 4 and 7, were selected from a pool of more than 75 applicants to receive the three bedroom, two and one-half bathroom home. It was a yearlong selection process that considers income, ability to partner and the need for a safe, and decent shelter. Once selected, they spend a total of 400 “sweat equity” hours to help build their home alongside volunteers. Luckily they had a lot of help.

“We are proud to continue to support Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County’s initiatives in our local community. The organization has been instrumental in eliminating poverty in New Jersey,” said ConnectOne Bank’s Chief Lending Officer, Elizabeth Magennis, in a statement. “As a community bank, serving and building our local communities is in our DNA and we’re proud to partner with an organization who aligns with these values.”

The congregation members from the First Congregational Church of River Edge devoted a Saturday of Service to the Bergenfield worksite, spending the day installing insulation and Styrofoam over the insulation on the home for the Pimentel family.

Insulation is key!Habitat for Humanity

Insulation is key!

“We had members of our congregation from age 17 to 70, men and women, skilled and unskilled, working together in fellowship with the friendly and dedicated future homeowners,” said Helen Koons, Mission Committee Leader with the First Congregational Church of River Edge. “We felt like part of a larger continuum of a community of service, starting the work where the prior day’s volunteers had ended, handing our work on to the next day’s volunteers. It was a wonderful and fulfilling way to spend a Saturday.”

It's all coming together.Habitat For Humanity

It’s all coming together.

Women from SUEZ, a North American environmental water servicing company based in Paramus, took over the same project the following day. The dynamic team of women performed numerous tasks throughout the day, including installing denim insulation made from recycled denim, covering the home in Styrofoam house wrap, and painting exterior.

The volunteers hard at work.Habitat For Humanity

The volunteers hard at work.

“There is no question that helping to create a decent home for a family is a significant act of giving,” said Sonja Clark, Director of Community Relations and Habitat Bergen Board Member. “But, our volunteers typically find that they receive something in return that is even more valuable: a feeling of satisfaction and a connection to other people.”

Lions and tigers and bears! New exhibit coming to Turtle Back Zoo

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Lions will be coming to New Jersey!

You may have thought New Jersey was crazy after seeing episode of the Jersey Shore, but it’s about to get a whole lot more wild…literally.  Officials announced Wednesday that a new lion and hyena exhibit will soon be coming to Essex County’s Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange.

Costing $3.6 million, the new lion and hyena house will part of the African Adventure exhibit near the Giraffe House. The area is being designed to “resemble a North African fortress that has been returned to the wild” and will be a half-acre in size. But, don’t worry about it being too big to see the wildlife. There will be three public viewing stations with heated stone patios to “attract the lions so they can be easily seen,” officials revealed.

“We are very excited about bringing lions and hyenas to Turtle Back Zoo because they are the animals that people most identify with the African Savanna,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr. said. “In addition, a lion is the central figure on our county seal, so we are pleased about bringing the real-life version here.”

The new addition will certainly make the already popular zoo more of an attraction, making it another great place to take your kid on a play date. The zoo is already home to lots of animals like monkeys and penguins and recently introduced giraffes to its line up. You don’t even have to leave the state to take your tot on a safari!

Sometimes, a giraffe can’t help but smile.

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Construction has already started and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017.