Archive for December, 2010

  • Happy New Year From Mommy Niri!
    . Here’s wishing you health and happiness in 2011!
    by at December 31st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • 2010 – What A Year!
    It is almost 2011! I meant to write something meaningful about what this year meant to me but I cannot catch my breath. So I am just going to list some of my highlights. You will have to click on all the links to read the details of each further. I just needed to say goodbye to 2010 in a proper way before greeting 2011 properly. January After 9 months of being in the...
    by at December 31st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Did I Ever Mention That Red Carpet Event With Katie Holmes, Jennifer Garner And More?
    I didn’t? Well that is what you get for sitting on a good story for so long. Honda, who had earlier called us in to their Honda Odyssey 2011 launch in San Diego was a sponsor for the Variety Magazine Power Of Women awards. Yes awards to celebrities for their philanthropic endeavors. Make that female celebrities. We had to each submit what we thought was the essence...
    by at December 30th, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • So Can A Toyota Driver Love The New (2011) Honda Odyssey?
    To be clear not just a Toyota driver, but a Toyota lover! Yeah – that would be a tough audience. So during late summer I attended a media event in San Diego to celebrate the launch of the 2011 Honda Odyssey. Before you get all “Mommy Niri, was that not several months away – what took you so long?” – I think it is a fair question and one that...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • The Break I Needed, And The Break I Got!
    So just over a week my daughter cried hysterically about her arm, and I just thought she hurt it. So a little ointment and some massaging and she eventually fell asleep. The next morning she cried a bit but I did not heed anything to it. Hubby insisted to take her to the doctor and I thought he should get the honor for being over-cautious. Seems like he was correct (I...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Last Chance To Win $50 SWAGGift!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brooke! I have been going on about the awesome SWAGG app for a month now and today I am giving you another chance to win $50 in SWAGG money (that’s 4 weeks of prizes) so your odds have been pretty good. You know a card that handles all those plastic gift cards, reward cards etc. Best yet, you can’t lose it. If you forget to get...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Win A New Year’s Eve Kit From Carnival Cruise In Celebration Of Didja Ever Campaign!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Carissa! There will be many highlights that happened in 2011 which I (hopefully) will be covering later but the one that stands out the most is the Carnival Cruise my family and I took ( read my earlier posts to see our entire escapade). The family time it afforded us was priceless. It is one of those moments we will never forget. In fact...
    by at December 28th, 2010 at 10:12 am
  • Week 3: Still Time To Get A Gift (And Win $50 SWAGGift For Yourself!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations kc! You know the drill already about SWAGG and how it replaces all that plastic in your wallet, but it may save your hide this Christmas. Forgot someone on your list? Got someone a lousy gift and feel ridiculous about the awesome gift they just gave you? It is really fast to download the SWAGG app and send giftcards. Oh, did I mention it...
    by at December 24th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Happy Holidays From Mommy Niri!
    … From my family to yours!
    by at December 24th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • I Dropped Off 104 Zhu Zhu Pets At A Hospital For Kids With Cancer!
    In a time when most are focusing on getting the most for their kids, some are inspired to do something further. Having spent the previous 2 holiday seasons scrounging for employment we felt blessed to have a roof over our heads and food on the table this year. Things are tough, but they could be tougher. It was with that vision in mind that I designed The Mommy Niri Cares...
    by at December 23rd, 2010 at 01:12 pm
  • My Favorite Finds This Christmas!
    I have not been reviewing many items this holiday as I have been trying to focus on my charity initiative Mommy Niri Cares 2010 but I would be remiss to not share with you a few things I have discovered (or rediscovered). Organic Candy Canes: Surf Sweets is a company I learned about a while ago and one that I have become a fan of. Organic candy at one stage in my life...
    by at December 21st, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • My Daughter In A Photo-shoot For A Food Magazine! No, Seriously!
    After I had written a review about the Chop Chop Magazine (a magazine for teaching kids about healthy food including recipes) I received a letter from the founder asking me if my daughter would model for their next issue. I ignored it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the magazine and seriously could not find a single thing I did not like about it, well there is one thing...
    by at December 20th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Week 2: Win A $50 SWAGGgift! – And Lose That Plastic!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Anash! Well, it is week 3 but I missed it this weekend since my 3 year old daughter broke her arm (another long story – or post) so that means lucky you will be getting 2 chances to win a $50 SWAGGift this week. Well it is the holidays after all and who of us can’t use the extra helping? I mean Santa has his hands full these...
    by at December 20th, 2010 at 01:12 pm
  • Win Tickets To See Disney On Ice Princess Wishes (3 Winners)! – Boston (TD Garden)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Michelle, Jerelyn and Melanie! So if you have been reading my blog you know my girls are all about princess. So it would be a given that we would be watching Disney On Ice Princess Wishes. The fact that my 3 year old daughter’s favorite Aurora and my 5 year old daughter’s favorite Belle would both be there means I will be sitting...
    by at December 18th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Meet Buck Withrow, A Skater With Princess Wishes – Disney On Ice!
    As much as I love posting about news and events happening, especially around Boston, I realize much of my readers are not. I love to get scoops, or behind the scenes, stories for the blog. Yes, they are often more time consuming, especially interviews, but honestly they are one of my favorite things on MommyNiri.com. I had a telephone interview with Buck Withrow and his...
    by at December 18th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Why I Would Love To Go To Haiti!
    Going to Haiti would feel a teensy bit like going home. Don’t get me wrong South Africa has amenities in abundance but not for everyone. While in South Africa I kind of felt helpless, having dealt with many of the challenges myself, including poverty and losing my home in riots, I always felt like I was in “catch up” mode. Plus, even though Apartheid...
    by at December 16th, 2010 at 11:12 am
  • Today I Screwed Up!
    For all the things that went well this year I managed to make them a blur in face of my behavior today. I normally joke about me getting the worst parent award, well today I would happily take the award. Today is day that will haunt me forever. It started as a crazy day with my 5 year old throwing a tantrum about not having her choice of clothing and when I pointed her...
    by at December 15th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Tech Support For Dummies – Trust Me You’re Going To Need It! (Win The Android Tablet)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations John! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the most sought after gifts are electronics but sometimes it feels like you need to be one to figure them through. In between putting doll-houses and that new bookshelf – there is another item that needs figuring out. Except for the fact that electronics are their own beast....
    by at December 14th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • Despicable Me On DVD (Giveaway!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kelly! You may remember how I excitedly reviewed Despicable Me on the big screen? Well, what you may not know is that I have seriously being dying for it to get on DVD. You know how you always miss those tit-bits in the movies and wait for the fillers as you watch it at home. Of course having the ability to press pause is precious in itself. And...
    by at December 13th, 2010 at 08:12 pm
  • Lands’ End – Style Without The Hefty Price Tag!
    For some reason I never contemplated accessories, I am no fashionista but I am also lazy. We were at an event in Boston and I saw Audrey (Mom Generations) wear a lovely scarf. She was just wearing a shirt and jeans so the scarf really popped her outfit. When I asked her she mentioned they came from Land’s End. I forgot all about it until BlogHer. At the Getting Gorgeous...
    by at December 13th, 2010 at 08:12 pm
  • Staples: Who Knew My Office Supply Store Also Had My Holiday Gifts?
    I shop at Staples. A lot. Seriously I do. You know what’s worse? They opened one right next to my home. Somehow it became my one-stop shop. The fact that hubby works from home and I happen to (grudgingly) share the same basement office means we always have something we need from Staples. You know how it is when you buy a home and when you first get to Home Depot...
    by at December 12th, 2010 at 07:12 pm
  • SWAGG – The Free App That Gets Rid Of Those Plastic Gift Cards (Win A $50 SWAGGgift!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dave! Seldom you come across something that really revolutionizes how you think. The SWAGG App is one that is such. I mean, I don’t impress that easy but when I share what this new app does you will be amazed too. SWAGG deals with: gift cards loyalty cards membership cards and rolls them into one, but wait not in another card but...
    by at December 11th, 2010 at 07:12 pm
  • Do You Skype? Learn More With Brianna Reynaud!
    Skype, most of us know about it and or use it. In fact Skype is a very special place in my heart because my sisters first saw my girls through Skype and it was indeed a teary moment. Now I use Skype to keep up with family, friends and fellow bloggers too. I managed to get to chat to  Brianna Reynaud, the Senior PR Manager at Skype, and asked her a few burning questions. ...
    by at December 9th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Bullies Are Not Born, They Are Bred!
    Bullies! What image does that evoke in you? A picture of big kids picking on some smaller kid and intimidating or beating him/her up? More likely true. That definitely qualifies to be bullying but so does many acts that you may not typically think was bullying. So many little acts that subtly “push” people over the edge. That recent case of the kid in college...
    by at December 9th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • Moxie Girlz Dolls – A Style I Can Like! (Giveaway 2 winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jenna and Trenda! Moxie Girlz Dolls, which I first saw over a year ago, has come up with newer styles and I am glad to say they still meet with myapproval.Yes, they are a tad more “grown up” than what I am used to but kids start looking towards older dolls and sad to say there are very few out there that I can appreciate. Promoting...
    by at December 7th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Jyl, Inspiring And Intelligent!
    As part of the Heart Of Haiti Campaign ambassadors were asked to choose a blogger that reflected the essence of the Heart Of Haiti which was difficult to do in some ways yet easy to do in others. There are so many bloggers doing amazing things and there as so many that have a kind heart, but when you find bloggers who are both it is indeed a treasure. While I have been...
    by at December 7th, 2010 at 09:12 am
  • Have You Seen The Sponsors Supporting Mommy Niri Cares 2010?
    I am sure you have seen the announcement about Mommy Niri’s new project Mommy Niri Cares 2010, but have you seen the sponsors? I would love to thank the following brands for supporting the Mommy Niri Cares 2010 project: Zulily Downy Klutz Carters PlayDoh Magic Beans Disney Store Corolle Barefoot Books PlaySkool The Big Toy Book My Little Pony Nerf Keep checking...
    by at December 5th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Win A Klutz Pack Valued At $75.99!
    CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Beth! I love craft stuff. Anything crafty. But for my kids. I craft like I dance – two left feet. My kids on the other hand love it. I love that they love it. Oh, not because it is creative and builds minds yada-yada-yada! Well, that too but my main reason is a selfish one.It gives me a break! There, I said it. It is like peace reigns...
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 06:12 am
  • My Take On Tangled – The Disney Movie About Rapunzel!
    We watched Tangled just over a month ago and I have to say if you are looking for an unbiased view, don’t look here. I loved it! I simply loved it. At the outset let me clear up any doubts that this may be a children’s movie – oh, it is that, and more. I am not a princess girl – I’m not. I am not exactly a tom-boy – I just never bought the whole princess-who-needs-a-prince-to-rescue-me...
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 03:12 am
  • Villeroy And Boch – Serving Up The Holidays In Style!
    You know those dishes? Yeah, the ones you carefully tuck away for an important date or event? Well we all have them and I used to have them – before kids. Well, truth be told my mom used to have them and I still recall the whole hullabaloo on festivals when they were brought out. The whole frantic fuss was enough to make me scared I would chip them or something....
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 01:12 am
  • If You’re Going To Snack, Might As Well Make It Popcorn (Giveaway)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lisa! Missing on meals, that’s easy but snacking? That I can’t do without. My favorite all time snack is popcorn and I am sure it is not just my favorite snack. It must be why they are a staple at the movies. When we have a movie night at home popcorn is what makes it complete. Now while I would love to make the popcorn on the...
    by at December 2nd, 2010 at 09:12 am