Archive for November, 2011

  • Got Holiday Cards? Check Out Minted – Discount And Giveaway!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dina! Every year I have noble intentions. I plan that I will get a spree of wonderful pictures and I will create the perfect card. I also dream of having perfect penmanship, after finding everyone’s address and then managing to mail the cards (even internationally) on time. Yeah, a pipe dream. Each year I fail and scuttle around last...
    by at November 30th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Kids Understand More About Money Than You Think! #kidworth
    Normally the urge to shelter kids from the financial situations in a family comes like second nature, as it should be. While I would never recommend burdening kids with debt issues I do believe they do understand more than we give them credit for. When I was around 10 years old I recall hearing the ice-cream truck down my street. My family came from pretty humble means...
    by at November 30th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • Okabashi, Cute Yet Comfortable Shoes!
    I am all about the practical. Really I am. If that means sacrificing style, whatever iota of it I have left, I will. I do believe comfort trumps fashion any day of the week and have yet to regret that decision. Of course when you discover something along the way that manages to kill two birds with one stone, you can safely declare a winner. I could live in flip flop shoes...
    by at November 29th, 2011 at 06:11 pm
  • Win One Of Two T-Mobile Smartphones!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Erika (myTouch®) and Sheena (myTouch® Q) Smartphones! Not sure I lived before them. I thought I was managing just fine before until smartphones entered my life and then when they entered I wondered how I managed before. It was like we thought we were doing fine before we had a GPS, scratch that, hubby thought we were doing fine and I bought...
    by at November 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Easy Peasy Pizza Party!
    I used to be the person who spent elaborate time preparing for parties. When I worked in an office I made it my duty to ensure I planned outings with friends and sometimes even events at my own office (most times at my own expense). It was fun and something I continued even after marriage. The muted version after marriage was board game nights, and they were extremely...
    by at November 26th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • American Express Small Business Saturday! (Win A $250 Gift Card)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations “It’s Not Like A Cat”! It has really taken me a while to appreciate small businesses. I mean I have loved getting into a big named store knowing exactly where everything was no matter which city or state it was that I entered. Then I got older, and hopefully smarter too, and realized that whole cookie cutter stuff had less...
    by at November 25th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • A Family Dinner At Jerry Remy’s Grill!
    You don’t envision a sports bar and kids do you? Well neither did I. Actually until a while ago restaurants on their own were a challenge. Coupled with dealing with my daughter’s autism and our anxiety about getting a meal in edgewise we normally considered it to be “let’s get it over with” ordeal. Then as time grew, and so with my daughters,...
    by at November 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Digital Gift Cards: Will It Save Us From The Craziness Out There?
    While most people are thinking turkey, the rest of the population is thinking gifts. Finding the perfect gift has always been a daunting task and truthfully “perfect” is a pretty subjective term since on many occasions I have been both the receiver and giver of what was definitely construed by someone as well-meaning. I will be be the first to confess that...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • Macy’s Tree Lighting In Boston: 11/25/2011 5PM Light Up The Night!
    The one thing that makes up for the bitter cold in Winter is that the holiday season is deeply immersed in it. With celebrations from Halloween, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, you may be able to forgive the iciness. I just wanted to give a heads up to the Macy’s annual tree lighting. Whether it be the annual Thanksgiving parade in NYC or the day...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • The Muppets Movie: My Thoughts And A Giveaway for You!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kim Kelly and Sharon! Ok, going to fess up here: while I grew up with The Muppets in my backdrop I was never a huge fan. I did not dislike them but I was never a huge fan. There I said it, let the stone pelting begin. Having said that I was really excited to watch the movie. Why you wonder? Well one of my biggest loves is movies and getting...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show!
    Seeing that my 6 year old has been yearning to move post Dora/My Little Pony phase we were decently happy that she chose Phineas and Ferb. At least compared to the sitcoms there is no meanness between siblings/parents, meanness which is normally depicted as cool and funny. We hiked to Worcester to watch the show and knew it would be a treat for adults and kids alike. Normally...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 08:11 am
  • You Are What You (Re)Tweet!
    Why you (re)tweet? Sometimes you do it because your buddy tweeted it. Sometimes it is just to make the other tweeter happy. Sometimes it is to keep your tweet-stream (seem) populated. Sometimes you are bored and have nothing to say of your own. Sometimes you hope they will return the favor someday. Sometimes you just want to show you are supportive. Sometimes you just...
    by at November 17th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Read And Romp In Boston!
    I hardly enter contests but when I saw a contest for Read And Romp I actually entered over at Stowed Stuff. Being a blogger I guess I could have just worked with the company but I figured that would mean having to write about it (as much as I love writing, when you have an overloaded schedule it really gets to be work). Which is rather ironic because I am writing about...
    by at November 16th, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • Wine Completes A Get-Together! (Win Some Too!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Emily! You know how that perfect moment as a huge party dwindles with the last few stragglers and it is those that remain are normally the closest of friends. They will help you clean up, get into more comforting clothes and curl up on the couch. This is exactly what we did 2 weeks ago, when that crazy snow storm hit Boston. I was at a...
    by at November 15th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Mom Incorporated!
    When my friend Danielle Smith asked if I wanted to host their Boston book tour, of their book Mom Incorporated,  I thought she was kidding. Of course I wanted to be a part of their wonderful launch. After securing the perfect location, The Melting Pot in Bedford, bloggers got together to meet both Aliza Sherman and Danielle Smith. It was an extra treat to have Laura Fitton...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 06:11 pm
  • Being The Best Parent Starts With Being The Best You! #aMillionMoms
    So as part of the Million Mom’s Challenge campaign it was asked to share parenting advice, and while there are “parenting experts”, I don’t believe there is such a thing. Instead I think a lot has to do with trusting your gut, common sense and basic education/awareness. Head on over to read my post Babies don’t come with instructions, but...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • The Family Storybook Treasury (Includes Curious George, Martha Speaks And More)
    Since both my girls are avid readers we find our shelves populated mainly with chapter books for the 6 year old. As for the 4 year old she is finally ready to ditch those (ghastly) princess books and, inspired by her sister, read early readers. Of course she is impatient with herself and wants to go straight to chapter book. Being the mama of (educational) indulgence I...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Jake And The Neverland Pirates Holiday Episode!
    Jake And The Never Land pirates was somewhat of a welcome show for my kids. While I can, I still try to make sure the shows they watch are still kid-friendly so it was really nice to have something non-princessy to hold their attention. I remember being at Disneyworld where they considered it an ultimate treat to actually dance with the characters from Jake and the Never...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 09:11 pm
  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure On DVD! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Janet! Dogs are a man’s best friend, or rather everyone’ best friend. I have very fond memories of my dog, whose name was Brownie (no prizes for guessing his color). His mom was our dog too so needless to say we had him for a very long time, until he passed away when I was in high school. While we yearn for a dog here in Boston,...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Be Ahead This Holiday, Use An Address Stamper!
    I thought about doing holiday cards but with my timing for everything it may end up after the holidays. Plus I realized that I wanted to feature something a little different still with keeping holiday cards in mind.  No doubt about it several families will be already plotting pictures in their heads for the perfect holiday card, but there is another part of the holiday...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Slim-Fast’s New Ready On-The-Go Bottle! Win $25 Sephora Giftcards (5 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Monique, Charlene,Debra, Jessica, Jenn I tend to steer away from writing about things that make huge claims about changing your life be it cosmetics (I ain’t no guinea pig), devices or drugs. When Slim-Fast approached me to try their new ready to drink bottles I said yes. Truth is I dabbled in the powder form for a bit and know that...
    by at November 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • The Warmest Coat Of Them All!
    I live in New England so the chance of getting snow each year is, I don’t know, 100%  If you assumed that winter wear is actually a huge part of our clothing collection you would be correct In fact it would be safe to say that winter wear is actually one of the most expensive season, hands down. Whats up with those hats, mittens, scarves and jackets the cost easily...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 pm
  • Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove Tickets For $11.11 Only On 11/11/11 At TDGarden #Boston
    Disney On Ice is a tradition here, especially on the holidays. So when I heard of a super special offer for my readers I wiggled some room in my crazy schedule to fit in this post. Well, I had to – since this special is only available tomorrow. I don’t want to waste any more time because of my stories, because heck you can get that any day – but mark...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 02:11 pm
  • Special Screening Of Muppets Sunday November 13th (Free!) #Boston
    While everyone is going crazy in anticipation about The Muppets (it cannot be just me) I got a scoop today and could not wait to share with you. A little something about the movie: When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater,...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Reading Is Fundamental Celebrates 45 Years!
    I love reading. In fact I have been so obsessed, yes obsessed, with reading that it used to be a pain point in my home. I would be on my way to do something else, and see something (anything) and start reading and forget to do it. Yes, my parents would go crazy as they found me time and time again reading stuff. I was so thirsty for new stuff, since I grew up in a rural...
    by at November 8th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Roku, Is It The Answer To High Cable Costs?
    I am extremely suspicious of new devices, and I know that statement sounds weird coming from an engineer. Truth is I am not wary about the functionality of the gadget but rather the (rolling) cost of it. Unlike people who actually look at the actual price of the produce when they grocery stop, I look at the price per pound. That is essentially how you know whether it really...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show Win 4 Tickets! #Boston
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! So you totally know that we are a Phineas and Ferb house and if you did not grab the discount I mentioned before in my Fall Roundup to purchase tickets you better run, because trust me you will not want to miss the show. No seriously, I would be lying if I told you we were happy to watch it, the girls are beyond themselves ecstatic....
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • National Neighborhood Toy Store Day (November 12th 2011)
    You know when my baby was born I used to go to the toy stores – the big department ones. It felt like everything under one roof except that I felt guilty for all the wonderful gadgets I was passing. I was pretty convinced that my child was less equipped to deal with the harsh world out there. Worse yet was the arsenal of gadgets I did cave in to buy, because by the...
    by at November 3rd, 2011 at 07:11 am
  • Glow In The Dark Hexbugs, Perfect For Halloween And Beyond!
    I love an excuse to have a party and when I got the chance to host a Hexbugs party I was already excited. The fact that it was the glow in the dark edition added more fun to it. I debated whether to set up the tracks or let the kids do it. I was wondering whether the kids may get frustrated trying to put it together but I got carried with other stuff and ran out of time...
    by at November 2nd, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • Creating Jobs! BlogHer And Starbucks On Call Today! #createjobsforusa
    Jobs! Even if you have one you have to be pretty thick skinned (or selfish) to not care that so many are out of work. Contrary to what many believe is lack of effort is more of luck these days. Even if you have a job cout your lucky stars (yes hard work has something to do with it but not all of it) and show support for those not so fortunate. Tides turn easily and you...
    by at November 1st, 2011 at 07:11 am