For those who live in the tri-state area, going to the shore is a highlight of the summer. Northerns travel almost every weekend to the beach to soak up the surf and sand. Others who do not live in the tri-state area travel to NJ just to check out some of these beaches and experience the shore life. With 44 beaches in NJ, it can be hard to know which are best for you to travel to. We have found some of the best beaches in New Jersey to check out this summer!
It’s vacation time!
Asbury Park is a small seaside city on the New Jersey coast. It’s known for its sandy shore and beachfront boardwalk lined with shops, arcades and cafes. The city’s live music venues include the Stone Pony, which has hosted native New Jerseyans Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, and the 1920s Paramount Theatre. The city is also home to the Silverball Museum’s video games, arcade games and pinball machines which date from the 1930s to the present. Art galleries, beaches, shopping, dining and more can all be done on foot and are within close proximity to each other.
Sandy Hook is a barrier spit in Middletown Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The barrier spit, approximately 6 miles in length and varying from 0.1 to 1.0 mile wide, is located at the north end of the Jersey Shore. Most people come to Sandy Hook for its outdoor appeal. Surfing, kite surfing, and windsurfing are popular activities during summer months, otherwise known as peak season. The park also features a five-mile-long pathway for walkers, cyclists, and runners. Check out some of the historical monuments on the premises including the lighthouse, proving grounds, marine biologist lab, and Fort Hancock.
Long Beach Island
Long Beach Island, or “LBI”, is a barrier island and summer colony along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ocean County, New Jersey in the United States. The area is known for its white sandy beaches, family friendly environment and close proximity to major population centers such as New York and Philadelphia. There are six towns in LBI, each with its own vibe. For example, Beach Haven is a town with a younger population whereas Love Ladies houses mostly retired individuals.
Lavallette is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. Lavallette boasts dozens of local clothing stores, trinket shops, and other boutiques selling everything you’ll need for your trip – and things you’ll want to take back with you. Find gorgeous gifts and accessories at My Sister’s Jewelry Box, or look for beach-inspired apparel and home goods at The Beach Home. You can also grab a hot cup of coffee at Lava Java, eat crabs at The Crabs Inn or go shopping at the clothing store Island Gypsy. Though the town does not have a boardwalk, you can travel to the Seaside Heights boardwalk 7 minutes away to get to one! Here you will find arcade games, rides, eateries, shops and more!
Which beach will you travel to this summer?
Fun Etsy DIY Kits To Try
Whether it is a new at home project or a fun craft to do as a family, DIY kits really help form creative ideas into memorable pieces. Etsy is known for its arts and crafts environment and has a handful of amazing DIY kits to help get you started. We have found some of Etsys best DIY kits for you to try out!
Let’s get to crafting
Beginner Embroidery Kits
Embroidery can be relaxing, creative and entertaining to do in your free time! Plus, knowing how to embroider can open up a world of possibilities. You can have an endless amount of unique and one of kind pieces! The possibilities are truly endless however, many people say getting started is very hard. Not anymore!! Etsy user ZAZARITA has beautiful beginner embroidery DIY kits to get you started on your creative journey. These sets are completely customizable with full instructions and tools necessary. Depending on the style and fabric of your choice, kits start at $8 and go to $80. You can choose from 40 different styles! This is a great hobby if you need help de-stressing at night, if you are relaxing on the beach or if you just have extra time on your hands!
Low-MaintenanceTerrarium/Moss Art Kits
Terrariums and Moss art is great for the individual who wants to begin their at-home gardening journey. These kits are super low maintenance and easy to grow! They are great for households of all types but especially those in a city or area that has a lack of greenery. Bringing nature into your home can bring a sense of calamity to your life and to your home environment. Plus, these kits allow you to make completely customizable wall art. Picture above is a Moss box by NaturelyBox on Etsy. With three different sizes to choose from, it is easy to place this piece in an area of your home. These kits range from $30 to $50. Having plants in the house has never been easier!
Easy Macrame Kits
Macrame is an art from that dates back to the 13th century. The art of knot-tying can be seen in fashion, interior design, crafting and more. Different knots and patterns can create designs throughout the threads. Macrame is a very soothing hobby to have and a super fun DIY kit to check out! This particular one happens to make a hanging rainbow and is made by MotleyBliss on Etsy. There are three sizes to choose from, ranging from $22 to $33. Though there are directions, the color threads you use and order of knot-tying is completely up to you! By the end of the experience you will have learned a new hobby and will have a beautiful new wall decoration!
Delicious Bubble Tea Kit
Everyone has been obsessing over delicious boba tea for awhile now, but it just got even better! Introducing a DIY at-home bubble tea kit! This box has everything you need to make delicious brown sugar flavored bubble tea right from the comfort of your own home. This product is made by Kitsbyfoodcraft, is $36 and comes with the choice of having paper straws or stainless straws in the box. Save this for a rainy day or become a boba tea master!
Which kit will you try first?
Inspirational Quotes To Live By
Are you ever in a rut and in dire need of some inspiration. We hear you! Even some of the greatest scholars, artists, celebrities and CEO’s of all time have experienced similar feelings. These individuals have had to go through a lot to become the greats and have so much knowledge to share with the world, including sayings to live by. Here are some amazing inspirational quotes to give you some motivation and to help you work through tough times.
Let’s get inspired
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein
“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” —Les Brown
“Just remember: The people that say, ‘your dreams are impossible’ have already quit on theirs.” —Grant Cardone
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. -Steve Jobs
If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. -Oprah Winfrey
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle
Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” -Henry David Thoreau
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” -Nelson Mandela
Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. -Marilyn Monroe
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. -Barack Obama
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston S. Churchill
“I never dreamed about success, I worked for it.” -Estee Lauder
“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember — the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you.” -Zig Ziglar
“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” -Tony Robbins
Which quote will you live by?
Your July Horoscope
Looking at the month overall, July is predicted to be a month of healing and learning from negative energies that impact you. Facing these emotional challenges head on will progress motivation for your work and your life as a whole. It was also make it easier to have awareness of what makes you happy and fulfilled in life. Learning what makes you happy will lead you to making better choices this month which will lead you to become more connected with yourself and others. You will become more vulnerable to yourself and others this month. This will make it hard to deny what is making you feel wrong instead of making decisions based off of what you thought you wanted or what others wanted for you. July It is the sign you have been looking for.
Let’s take a look at specific signs
You are so lucky because you have some of the best friends surrounding you. The support from your peers gives you great joy in life. The friendships you have made are an equal balance of giving and receiving. This is because you have a caring tendency to you and often make relationships with others who are the same way. However, remember you do not always have to exert all your own energy for others. It can be exhausting when doing this and it is important to save some of your energy for yourself! Take time in nature or through your own self-care habits to replenish your energy.
You love to push yourself to the farthest heights in life and see how far your personal boundaries are. Remember not everyone is this way. The beginning of July presents hardships for you however, if you learn to respect others boundaries everything will be okay. It is not personal when people need their own time and space. Sometimes, our friends go through situations where they need time alone to understand their own emotions. They will come to you when they are ready, but do not push them.
Often times you find that you are right in the situation. However, this can cause turmoil if you have trouble compromising. Remember it is important to know when to hold your tongue. You have great wisdom and you are not afraid to share it with those who are around you. Be careful to not be too egotistical with your opinions as it could affect your relationship, even if your intentions are pure. Remember to not be too upset when your motives are in question, you have many positives in your life that are worth focusing on. Though negative energies may seem to swarm your life, you have the power to replace that with positive energy. This can be challenging but the outcome is very rewarding with true happiness.
July brings you lot’s of time to relax, unwind, and reflect on your life. Reflecting on your life will lead you to reconnection within yourself and the things you like to do. Focusing on yourself is not always pretty, it can be hard to take life at a slower pace. However, taking this time will re-energize yourself will help with your motivation. Continue to be a mindful individual and remember you can achieve all your goals. The vibes are looking good!
Your finances are looking good this month and it seems that you will be coming into some money. Be sure to save a portion of this for yourself in the future. You can always ask for help to learn how to properly budget and save for yourself. Life is always better when you have your finances taken care of. Always be responsible with your purchases.
You have been a bit of turmoil in your relationship for quite some time. It is time for you to look back and realize what is best for yourself. It can be hard to detach from those that we love however, toxicity in a relationship is not going to help you fulfill your destiny. It is time to heal but you must open your heart and mind in order to do so. You will get closure from past situations and work through the present in order to have an amazing future. Remember, it is best for the both of you. New and strong friendships will be entering your life this up coming month. Hold on tight to this person, they are very special and will help support you through all hardships.
Theres a situation that is happening that you are having trouble understanding. This is because you need to take a philosophical approach in order to understand how it affects your life, the lives around you and the world as a whole. It is important to know the difference between a fantasy and reality. Do not romanticize energies that affect you negatively. When you are not blinded by ideals, you will be able to see this situation clearly. This will allow you to be able to choose what is best for yourself.
You are a star darling but you also need some down time to yourself. People are instantly attracted to you and your positive energy. This can sometimes leave you feeling uncomfortable. People can also become jealous of your likability and success but do not let that discourage you. Continue to work hard, reach your goals and not let negative energy bring you down. Keep your real friends by your side and surround yourself around uplifting individuals.
It seems that lot’s of secrets are going to come out between friends in your group this July. It is not fair for you to always be giving more than you are receiving. Ask yourself if these friendships nurture your soul or harm your well-being. You know the answer and you know what is best to you. All will be revealed within this upcoming month.
It may be time for you to take a break from social media this month. Technology is very helpful but often times it can put us in a bad mental state. To avoid this, your best bet is to take a break from social media. Use this to your advantage and rejuvenate yourself in the sun. This will help you feel more grounded, calm and collected. Learning how to give yourself space from technology will help you in the work place.
Confidence is key baby! You have it all and it is time that you notice this and give yourself credit for how amazing you are as a person. You have it all and those around you can agree. Now you have to embrace and believe in yourself. Every one has flaws, but they are nothing worth focusing on. Pay attention to how many tasks you are good at and how beautiful you are. Confidence looks so good on you.
A month full of love is coming your way! Make sure to take in all the moments of affection between you and your partner and cherish everything you have together. If you feel it becomes overbearing, talk to your partner about equality and boundaries within your relationship. This will help improve communication skills between the both of you and strengthen the relationship all together.