Archive for the ‘PARENTING’

  • 11 Summer Reading Programs for Kids!
    Tweet Summer is a great time to catch up on reading and also build a love for reading for those who feel pressured to read for school purposes. Personally I can’t imagine it being a challenge to want to read because I love immersing myself in books. Every summer we sign up for several summer reading programs. Since we are already reading we take maximum benefit...
    by at July 8th, 2014 at 06:07 pm
  • Do you know where your fruits are?
    Tweet My kids are huge fruit eaters but still keeping them out in front has helped them get eaten faster! Try this at home!
    by at June 26th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • So, we were in the Boston Globe this Sunday! #niricamp13
    Tweet I was contacted by the Boston Globe for a feature they were doing on Summer Camps and their cost. That is a way more complicated topic in my opinion than just comparing one $ number to another, but more about that in another post.  So while I gave them a few comments, I mentioned that I did my own #niricamp13 last year. The journalist was interested to learn more....
    by at March 24th, 2014 at 09:03 am
  • Dressing the doll, and why I care!
    Tweet Let me preface this conversation by stating at the outset that I have several naked dolls around my home. I do! I have absolutely not issue about that. I really don’t. I am not embarrassed to admit that I puffy heart dolls. I love dressing them more. I don’t care if anyone thinks that it is tacky to make that confession or whether they draw innuendoes...
    by at November 14th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • So Mommy Niri Camp 2013 begins! Send Help! #niricamp13
    Tweet Today I made a suggestion box. I decided to create a summer camp for my girls. I wanted their input as I started this scary process. I expect my kids to be part of the process. We learn that in negotiations, right? To be fully invested in a plan, everyone has to feel they were part of it. I am not the most patient of people. Who am I kidding, I am not patient...
    by at June 11th, 2013 at 05:06 am
  • COFFEE: A sip of sweet sanity!
    Tweet I am a chai girl but you see me talk incessantly about Starbucks or Panera or Breugger’s Bagels and you may be wondering: “Does this girl drink coffee?” Well I do and it is why I love having a Keurig in my kitchen. What was I about to say? Maybe I need more coffee. Be right back.  Now where were we? That’s right: coffee! I write. I’m a writer....
    by at May 6th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • 5 Apps for Kids 5 years and older! #VZWBuzz
    Tweet So I am a Verizon Wireless Insider lifestyle blogger  and I am ridiculously excited about it. I received a Motorola RAZR HD to take for a spin and here are some thoughts on how I (aka as my kids) will be using it. While I come from a software engineering background, I am not a fan of doing technical reviews. As a mama I seek practicality and prefer to offer it....
    by at April 4th, 2013 at 09:04 am
  • My Village!
    Tweet It sounds cliche but that saying “It takes a village to raise a child!” never felt more true than to a mama raising kids without family to support in a country foreign to her and her spouse. To add to the challenge of both hubby and I having no living parents ourselves and a kid with special needs is enough to crack even the hardest nut. Both geeks...
    by at November 19th, 2012 at 08:11 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
  • 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
  • Lessons Of The Heart!
    Tweet Ever get that weird sense of pride and fear all wrapped in one? Ever feel there must be some mistake as you type in “Kiddo starts 2nd grade” (or whatever grade) in your Facebook status? Ever be so consumed at how crazy they drove you all summer and then instead of relief have a “I’m not ready” thoughts replace that? Ever feel guilty...
    by at August 29th, 2012 at 11:08 am
  • The Definition Of A Dad!
    Tweet When I was around 14 years I remembered a friend asking me if I missed my dad, who had died a year ago. I took a split-second to reply that I missed having a dad. She misunderstood it to mean I missed my dad so I quickly corrected her that I missed the concept of a dad, but not mine. You know those romanticized images that movies help to instil (take me fishing,...
    by at June 16th, 2012 at 06:06 am
  • A Gem Of A Teacher!
    Tweet When we bought our home, it was based on the most we could afford but with as close to Boston as possible. I had never even heard of our town before then. Our neighbors said it was a great place for kids, hubby and I just wanted enough parking for our friends and a backyard to host them in. Fast forward a year or so and we found it to be true that our circle peppered...
    by at May 19th, 2012 at 04:05 am
  • What My Blogging Friends Want This Mother’s Day!
    Tweet     Two years ago I did a What Mom Bloggers want for Mother’s Day  post and it was so fun to not only write but to read it, I decided to do it again this year. Stacie (Divine Miss Mommy) Grey Goose Vodka,  something to give me fresh orange juice (where I would put my vodka) and for juicing in general – I have wanted one for a while, and...
    by at May 12th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Got A Meghan In Your Life? #hallmark
    Tweet Happy Valentine’s Day! It is a day of love and we normally think of the day dedicated to your partner. When you have kids you end up thinking of making their Valentine’s Day special. If there was ever a chance you could forget then the gazillion cards (ok 42) cards that you need to make is a reminder that it is all about the kids. If you think I am...
    by at February 14th, 2012 at 12:02 pm
  • And Their Ears Are Pierced…
    Tweet You would think this would be no big deal, except the crying bit would be a big deal for anyone, except we had none of that. Waoh, I guess I am jumping the gun and rambling here, so let me back up a bit. When we knew we were having a girl, all I could think of was dressing her (yeah generations of brainwashing with dolls in advertising kinda does that to a girl)...
    by at January 18th, 2012 at 06:01 pm
  • Holding My Second Baby For The First Time!
    Tweet When I signed up to write posts for the Million Moms campaign for a few months I was eager for many memories to come flooding back. When I was offered the suggestion this month to share my thoughts when I first held my baby I realized, like most moms, the first inclination was to share my thoughts with my firstborn. Seeing as the subsequent born get a somewhat...
    by at October 22nd, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Dreams Of Being President?
    Tweet I asked my 6 year old to write a mini book report about her latest book “Grace For President” and this is her question to herself with the reply.  
    by at September 9th, 2011 at 08:09 am
  • At The School Bus Stop? Smile!
    Tweet My 6 year old started 1st Grade yesterday and she really wanted to ride the bus on her 1st day. As we approached the bus stop we noticed several parents standing there with kids. All were busy chatting amiably, which I would assume to mean they all knew each other. As they continued to sip their coffee (assuming it to be), they did not even give a passing glance...
    by at August 31st, 2011 at 09:08 pm
  • The Break I Needed, And The Break I Got!
    Tweet 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...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • “Just Call Me Belle!”
    Tweet So I toiled. hard. to find the perfect name for my baby to be. I mean I wanted something that had a Hindi meaning, easy to pronounce, short and with no religious connotation.  We settled on “Jia”, pronounced Gia or Gee-Ahh and meaning “heart”. I had kept my home Disney princess free – somehow my opinion of strong female characters...
    by at August 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • Finding The Father Figure!
    Tweet I did not like my father. There I said it. I know it is Father’s Day so sentimentality towards dad and fatherhood is booming. But it is true. My dad was not likable, and especially not by me. He had an encyclopedia worth of qualities and habits that made me fear and disrespect him. My mom on the other hand was my hero. I then decided that a girl, or anyone...
    by at June 19th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
  • When Did I Become (Alpha) Pig?
    Tweet I know my girls love Super Why, in fact they are addicted to anything with letters and numbers (hey, I don’t pick on your kids so leave mine alone). I know they are freaky kids but they are my freaky kids. Anyway you would have read my post on Super Why (read Meet Angela Santomero, creator of Super Why)but what you don’t know is my kids roleplay a...
    by at August 22nd, 2009 at 10:08 pm
  • Size Does Matter!
    Tweet I just needed a new laptop, the older one had a battery so fried that I was practically married to the outlet. People stared at me unbelievably, like I was an idiot, and asked why don’t I just buy one. Well I am one of those people who analyze the value first. I did not mind getting a new battery but was not so sure that something else would pack up. Anyway...
    by at August 18th, 2009 at 07:08 pm
  • Snazl Stories: What You Wanted To Know, But Were Afraid To Ask!
    Tweet So we had a lot of fun and I had many questions after the show. Here are a few: Ooooh I missed your show, can I watch a copy of it? Actually the show per-se is not live just the actual chat that is liev and uploads around it. So you can watch it anytime YOU want. Do I need a login for SnazL? Only if you want to join the chat. To watch you don’t need one....
    by at August 18th, 2009 at 11:08 am
  • The Power To Help Education With $10,000 !
    Tweet [ CLICK HERE TO POST YOUR IDEAS BY SEPT 1st TO WIN $10,000 FOR A SCHOOL] I was at a party recently and friends asked me what do I do with stuff I get through blogging (from attending parties/events and reviews) and I replied I give it away. When the shell-shocked look faded some understanding of the concept set in that the power to make someone happy by giving...
    by at August 16th, 2009 at 09:08 pm
  • SnazL Sneak Peak Week 2: School On My Mind!
    Tweet So week 1 of Mommy Niri’s 1st Live Video show has been fun. Mommy Niri, along with 7 other bloggers, will continue to be Featured SnazL Bloggers for the next 7 weeks. This week I will be speaking School! So grab, or make, your best videos about anything school. How you feel about your child’s 1st day at school (or return), or what Back To School means...
    by at August 16th, 2009 at 08:08 pm
  • Mommy Niri Live On Snazl Tonight (Wednesday) 9pm EST!
    Tweet I am even nervous to announce it, but Mommy Niri will be at her first live show tonight at 9pm. It is pretty easy to write on the blog but vlogging (video blogging) is something scarily different. Especially if you are not used to have attention on you it might feel disconcerting. Anyway I hope that my readers, and now viewers will get past any glamor they may...
    by at August 12th, 2009 at 05:08 am
  • That’s Ingenious: The iRobot (Makers of Roomba & Scooba) Tour!
    Tweet I was away on the long July 4th weekend (yes the same weekend I got my 1st speeding ticket for $200) I was thrilled to get an twitter message that the company has been trying to get hold of me for an iRobot blogging event. Truth be told, I listened to nothing of the finer details as I trusted that anything this company did would be in keeping with its tradition...
    by at July 30th, 2009 at 08:07 am
  • Balloon Delivery
    Tweet This post has moved to: http://www.thepapapost.com/balloon-delivery/
    by at July 26th, 2009 at 08:07 pm
  • Go On, Tell Ford What Women Want!
    Tweet Well hold back on asking for a contraption for folding laundry or emptying the dishwasher, I don’t think Ford is equipped yet (but I guess it won’t hurt to ask, right?), but let us focus on cars. Wondering why on earth you should bother telling me? Well Mommy Niri got accepted into the Ford Ride and Drive Program at BlogHer and Ford would love to...
    by at July 19th, 2009 at 09:07 pm
  • Preschool And The Sibling Separation
    Tweet Siblings! They fight! Constantly! Over everything! Anyone who has more than child most likely suffers the same fate. No matter how you yell out “Share!”, “Who had it first?”, “Wait your turn!” or “Give it back!” it is practically useless as you have to repeat the same thing a little while later. When you receive...
    by at July 14th, 2009 at 09:07 pm
  • TBS Brings Family Nights With The Bill Engvall Show
    Tweet TBS is aiming at bringing Saturday night back to the old family night by having family sitcom The Bill Engvall Show be part of the summer viewing. I am a big fan of sitcoms, while my husband not so. He can’t wrap his head around the automatic laughter while I need that dose of sitcom material to relax. Truth is I have not been keeping up with many (read...
    by at July 11th, 2009 at 08:07 pm
  • GPS: Finally A Way To Get Men To Ask For Directions!
    Tweet Well to not wreak a barrage of insults hurled at me for that somewhat sexist title, maybe I should say “Finally a way to get my husband to ask for directions.” I have wanted a GPS for ages and always was rebuked about it by hubby dearest for the cost and need. I could go on and list all the times we were lost either for the lack of clear directions...
    by at July 10th, 2009 at 07:07 pm
  • Bloggers Bowl For Autism At BlogHer!
    Tweet BlogHer conferences are known for being drastically different to technology conferences in that there is a relaxed atmosphere of inclusion. Here everyone wants to make connection with everyone. Well if you think the conferences are fun, wait until you hear the big party line ups. Now companies strategically place themselves with parties to gain some publicity...
    by at July 9th, 2009 at 08:07 pm