Archive for September, 2012

  • Can a decorated laundry basket get them to pick up their clothes?
    Tweet Gain, the guys behind the fabulous detergent line, sent me an idea to celebrate National Keep Kids Creative Week (Sept. 23rd – 29th) and it got me thinking. Yeah, the devious planning that goes on in mama’s head had started to brew. Their idea: get kids to decorate a laundry basket. They get to show off their creative skills and (hopefully) their laundry...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am
  • Happy National Coffee Day! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Shannon! I write. I wish I could write more but normally need sustenance to keep on. I could skip easily on the food but any writer would tell you a warm beverage keeps the words flowing. How often do you see someone sitting with a laptop and a drink to keep them going? It is no secret that coffee houses are a writer’s best...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Toys In Your Neighborhood?
    Tweet When ASTRA - American Specialty Toy Retailing Association asked me to be an ambassador, I thought it was an honor but did not have the heart to tell them that they did not need to pay me to support them, because I would do so anyway. In fact last year I did! Supporting local areas is a no brainer but for some reason people forget that this is the same for toys...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • Restaurant Aura = Gourmet meets Kid-Friendly! (BOSTON)
    Tweet I had been to Aura before. I remember it fondly and better yet, so do my kids. To get me to get to the city on a Friday night is  challenge. Add to that 2 squabbling kids and things get pretty stressful. So when I receive invitations I weigh them for what they are worth and when we got the invitation to the restaurant Aura at the Seaport hotel in Boston. I did...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • To The Arctic on IMAX at the Museum Of Science!
    Tweet So I was invited to a screening of To The Arctic and since it was at The Museum of Science in Boston, I gladly accepted. Being an engineer the museum is a happy place for me, well maybe right behind Starbucks. Truth is I had not taken my kids there yet (blasphemy right?) but hubby had taken my older kid when the 2nd kid was born as part of a daddy-daughter day...
    by at September 25th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • RECIPE: Kale Pakoras (Spicy Fritters)
    Tweet I have heard from everyone that Kale was good for you. I did not doubt them one bit. Anything with natural colors normally is good for you – even candy people can be made with natural colors. But Kale and I never crossed paths! Or maybe it did and I was busy looking away at spinach, the favorite leafy vegetable in my home, closely followed by fenugreek (yeah...
    by at September 21st, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Alzheimer’s! A subject you may want to forget about, but shouldn’t!
    Tweet I think secretly we all fear Alzheimer’s.  We worry about being ridiculed for being forgetful and not maintaining our independence. We should be! I recall when my mom had her 1st stroke the memory was the 1st sign something was amiss. A mistaken report which failed to notice the huge clot in her brain meant they chalked it up to something “mental”....
    by at September 19th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • How Nemo made my little girl cry!
    Tweet Photo courtesy of Disney! Probably like 3/4 of the population you have seen Finding Nemo. I had seen it on the little screen and considering my kids are 5 and 7 years old,  you can safely guess that is where they saw it too. So there is no surprise we were expecting when we headed to watch a screening of a 3D version on the big screen. No change in plot or voices...
    by at September 18th, 2012 at 09:09 am
  • Life Is Good Festival! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gilda! I love Life Is Good. I mean I REALLY love them. Even their Facebook pages bring a smile to my face and a new zest in my step for the day. Last year I attended the Life Is Good festival and fell in love with them even more. Here are just a few reasons why: They gave the crunchy-granola-wannabe type of me a festival. By hosting...
    by at September 18th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Can you tell these are Crocs?
    Tweet We have been a family loving Crocs for a long time. When you have kids, you love shoes that are easy to get on and off and fast, and I am not just talking about kids here! For a long time I would only wear shoes that did not need me bending over, and sigh it shows. Anyway we all have this image of Crocs in our head and honestly they must have good branding because...
    by at September 11th, 2012 at 09:09 am
  • Honorary Grandma!
    Tweet Grandparents are usually an uncomfortable topic in my home. Scratch that, it is a non-existent topic. My parents were dead even before I married. Just before my daughter was born hubby’s dad died. With his mom living overseas there was not much of a grandma involvement. Family was of the utmost importance to me and I tried keeping relationships alive, sending...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 09:09 pm
  • VIDEO: Broaching The “A” Word With Kids! ($200 Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Jacob, Mary, Kelli, Soha So when Women & Co approached me to talk finance my insides felt queasy. Finance and saving is not my strong point. Just ask my husband. Or don’t! That may open up the discussion and I would rather not as it really is my Achilles heel. So I actually considered saying no. Then I remembered that...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 06:09 pm