Summer is HERE! Memorial Day Weekend {Maplewood, NJ, South Orange, NJ, NJ Photographer}

Summer is HERE in Maplewood + South Orange, NJ! Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer - personally one of my favorite times of the year. This year we were lucky to have one of the best MDW yet - beautiful blue skies! Bright sunshine! It wasn’t too cool or rainy - which is kind of unusual these days. We had the opening of the Maplewood Pool, the South Orange pool, and the infamous Duck Race. The duck race raises money for the YMCA in Maplewood, NJ - hundreds of families came out to cheer on rubber ducks that travel through our picturesque Memorial Park stream. It’s an iconic and timeless gathering that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Here’s to an amazing summer -more sunshine, more community, more FUN.

Pop Up Kids Shop - General Store Cooperative {Maplewood, NJ, South Orange, NJ,}

When it comes down to it, it’s not about the merchandise. It’s about the collaborations and the community. ⚡️ There are over 75 local artists, makers, and small businesses represented in between these four walls and it’s truly a beautiful thing. 💕 This is the “Pop Up Kids Shop” brought to you by @somageneralstore - (not just kids stuff - homewares, artwork, beauty, and more). 🎉🍭🍉🌈🌻 It’s located at 1875 Springfield Ave in #Maplewood (@springfieldave) and it’s wall-to-wall goodness. 🙌🏽 Not only a shop but an interactive space with nonstop activities throughout the next few weeks until it closes up on May 19th. You have three more weeks to take it all in. ⚡️ Some of my spring photos are for sale and I’ll be doing a fun photo booth on Sat May 4th! More to come!  #livelovemaplewood#somageneralstore 

Pop Up Kids Shop, 1875 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ

Pop Up Kids Shop, 1875 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ

Pictured above are just some of the vendors and goodies you’ll see at the Pop Up Kids Shop.

Very excited to have my own photo artwork on display, featuring a “Spring in Maplewood” photograph I took in Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ just a few weeks ago!

OMG SPRING! {Maplewood, NJ, South Orange, NJ, NJ Photographer}

The colors and blooms have been crazy gorgeous this season!! I feel like this is the most colorful/long-lasting spring in years! The cherry blossoms are the most fluffy pink, the dogwoods delicate and soft, the tulips bright and bold.

Maplewood and South Orange, NJ are bursting with color and spring…

Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ

Prospect Street, Maplewood, NJ

Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ

Memorial Park, Maplewood, NJ

Tulips, South Orange, NJ

Tulips, South Orange, NJ

All the Colors | Maplewood, NJ

All the Colors | Maplewood, NJ

More tulips! South Orange, NJ

More tulips! South Orange, NJ

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MAPSO SUPPLY IS #SOMAWESOME

We’re back tonight with #SOMAWESOME! 🙌🏽 This one goes to three young entrepreneurs in our community:


“A lot of people may know us for the “MAPSO” sweatshirts - and we’re currently sampling a new collection that will go on sale soon too. We recently launched "The Market" which gives locals the chance to sell their clothing through us. This is exciting as it keeps quality product (and money) in the community instead of with bigger companies,” says Ethan Pidgeon, Thomas Dandino, and Adam Krakower, all seniors at Columbia High School, and the founders of @mapsosupply.

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So, what exactly is Mapso Supply? Mapso Supply began as a class project, but soon grew into entrepreneurship for the three founders. Established in 2015, Ethan, Thomas, and Adam have grown Mapso Supply tremendously, now bringing quality vintage clothing to you for the best price, through their website and Instagram.

They’ve organized two flea markets at CHS - the second time they raised funds with the CHS Environmental Club, and as they work on the third one, they’re planning a clothing drive for those in need.

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And they’re not stopping there…they’re making Earth Day t-shirts, donating 100% of profits to the South Mountain Conservancy in hopes of protecting outdoor spaces in our community. Look for the T’s in the coming week - check @mapsosupply for details.


In addition to running Mapso Supply, Ethan was a captain of the CHS soccer team, Tom is a captain of the CHS lacrosse team, and Adam plays ultimate frisbee at CHS. Adam + Ethan were former presidents of Future Business Leaders of America at CHS, and ran the school store. This fall, they’re all headed to college: Ethan to Northeastern University, Tom to Haverford College, and Adam to Indiana University. All three will be studying business in some form (congrats, guys!!).

“People may be surprised that it’s not about the money for us. We try to be strategic, 100% of our profits are reinvested.”

Thanks to @mapsosupply - @livelovemaplewood followers get a discount code 15% off online: LIVELOVEMAPSO on mapsosupply.com through Sunday April 14! 

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SOMA in Bloom!

April is HERE 🙌🏽 and spring is happening! 🌼 This is #5 in my #liveloveforty series (40 things I love about MAPSO/SOMA). This past weekend was *mostly* beautiful. ☀️ Hope you enjoyed it and are as excited to see these blooms as I am! All throughout Maplewood and South Orange, NJ are beautiful buds popping up everywhere: crocus, daffodils, and magnolia and cherry blossom trees. We are officially IN BLOOM and I could not be happier!

Delicate Daffodils

Delicate Daffodils

Magnolia tree about to burst!

Magnolia tree about to burst!

Beautiful crocus

Beautiful crocus

Single and happy ;)

Single and happy ;)

The Gorgeous Homes of Montrose, South Orange, NJ

Number 4️⃣ in my #liveloveforty series: the beautiful historic homes in the #Montrose neighborhood of #SouthOrange, New Jersey. We are lucky to have absolutely incredible architecture and design in our towns. Old, historic homes that are full of stories and memories, most date back to turn-of-the-19th early 20th-century! Check out the Historic Montrose site for more info.

A Victorian beauty

A Victorian beauty

The architecture, colors, multiple floors, wrap around porches - each one is unique and gorgeous, many dating back to the 1800s. These beauties are what real estate dreams are made of (at least in my dreams! 💭)  #livelovemaplewood

And another Victorian! *Drool*

And another Victorian! *Drool*

A gorgeous sprawling Tudor

A gorgeous sprawling Tudor

Serious porch goals!

Serious porch goals!

Columbia High School Musical sensation: Mary Poppins!

Practically PERFECT in 👏🏽every 👏🏼way 👏! #3 in my #liveloveforty series: the absolutely mind-blowing musicals at Columbia High School ➡️ @chsmusicals. 🌟

Mary Poppins at Columbia High School

Mary Poppins at Columbia High School

Mary Poppins was off the charts INCREDIBLE. We have been very lucky to see several phenomenal productions on that stage over the years: Cats, Ragtime, How to Succeed in Business, Beauty & The Beast, Hairspray, and now #MaryPoppins. One is more amazing than the next: the acting and choreography, set, costumes, all-student live orchestra, and the professionalism.

The incredible cast of Mary Poppins! Check out those COSTUMES.

The incredible cast of Mary Poppins! Check out those COSTUMES.

The CHS musicals are truly a masterpiece each year and the fact that they are high school shows seems impossible! But when they take place in the town “where Broadway sleeps” it’s not too crazy. Congrats to the cast, crew, and directors on another tremendous accomplishment! ☂️🎭🌂🎶 #livelovemaplewood#columbiahighschool

Congrats to the cast and crew!

Congrats to the cast and crew!

Little Free Libraries in Maplewood + South Orange, NJ

Who doesn’t love a #littlefreelibrary attached to a tree stump?! Nobody! ❤️ What exactly is a Little Free Library, you ask? All info can found here. We have several Little Free Libraries in Maplewood and South Orange, NJ for kids and families to visit any time they wish.

This particular location (@maplewood_littlefreelibrary) - corner of Richmond & Baldwin in #Maplewood is the sweetest thing EVER.

A little reader choosing books on a snow day at the corner of Richmond + Baldwin in Maplewood

A little reader choosing books on a snow day at the corner of Richmond + Baldwin in Maplewood

There are many others around Maplewood + South Orange, NJ! According to our Instagram followers, look for one at these other locations around town:

  • South Orange Country Day School on Vose/Montrose (South Orange)

  • Marshall School (South Orange)

  • Charlton Ave near Irving Avenue (South Orange)

  • Irving Avenue off Center Street (South Orange)

  • Girl Scout Troop 22856 put one up at @prospectmaplewood (Maplewood)

  • Arcularius Terrace near Headley Place (Maplewood)

  • Maplewood Ave between Durand and Beach (Maplewood)

  • Valley Street - at the first house as you pass the gas station heading towards SO.

    Thanks to all who put them up and maintain all of these Little Free Libraries!

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