Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • Project Sunlight’s focus on Child Hunger! #ShareAMeal100 #shareameal #ad
    Tweet No child should go to bed hungry. Period!  When Unilever asked to partner with me to talk about this subject, I wholeheartedly agreed. As a mom the image of some child not having food is painful. When I’m late to eat lunch or any meal I can barely focus, I’m cranky and my attention span wanes. Now imagine doing this for all meals and daily? Are you...
    by at October 17th, 2014 at 09:10 am
  • A day of “play” with Carnival Cruise Lines at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    Tweet I’ve been turning down a lot of opportunities to travel recently. As much as they drive me postal at times, I don’t like being away from my family, but when my the fabulous people at Carnival Cruise Lines asked me I said yes. Why? Because social good is a huge passion for me and they were going to be taking part in a Day of Play at St. Jude Children’s...
    by at October 17th, 2014 at 08:10 am
  • National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids!
    Tweet It really is time to lend your kids your cameras (or get them their own) because their view of their world is beautiful and it is an exciting way for you to get a glimpse of it. If you need an incentive to do it, then I have 2 words: Costa Rica!!! National Geographic is currently accepting entries for its International Photography Contest for Kids, with the grand...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 08:10 am
  • RECIPE: Beetroot roti /chapati / paratha / Indian flatbread
    Tweet So this year I started doing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share where we prepay a farmer and weekly eat whatever the farm yields. I have been trying to include some of those veggies into my regular meals. Beetroot roti has been one such easy recipe. Now I DON’T measure in recipes so this was really tough. Except for baking, I eyeball/feel/smell...
    by at September 15th, 2014 at 09:09 am
  • Being comfortable in your skin (color)
    Tweet Growing up in South Africa during Apartheid, your life was pretty much about race. Where you lived, schooled, shopped, everything!   When I got to USA I was happy to experience things differently. As time has moved I realized there is still more work to do on race relations than I assumed.  One night hubby and I saw a documentary about how kids...
    by at September 6th, 2014 at 04:09 am
  • 7 Reasons Migis Lodge (Sebago Lake, Maine) is perfect for a family vacation!
    Tweet I could tell you so many reasons why you should go to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake Maine, but I thought is better that I show you. When I was invited on a media trip to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake in Maine, I will admit to knowing nothing about it. Then I mentioned it to a friend and she was so excited and could not stop gushing about the place so I decided to check...
    by at July 25th, 2014 at 01:07 pm
  • RECIPE: Cottage cheese in savory rice! #ad #NewHoodCC
    Tweet I’m hoping that you have read my previous post where I mentioned that Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese, and even tried out my recipe for Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese. I actually debated sharing with you my chicken recipe there but I wanted to share with you something even more uncommon (and honestly...
    by at July 19th, 2014 at 04:07 am
  • A Farmer’s Market in My Kitchen? #brightfuture #ad
    Tweet This is a sponsored post! So yo may recall that I had a post recently about the little documentary The Way Kids See It by Project Sunlight and I promised a little activity to follow. Well to make good on that promise I’m here to show you how I created my very own farmer’s market. We have always been Farmer’s Market people but in Boston it...
    by at June 27th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • Did you know they have a kid’s room at Fenway for #RedSox games? #RedSoxMoms #RedSoxFamily
    Tweet Did you know they have a kid’s room at Fenway for Red Sox games? Yeah, me neither. A big, I mean super-big, reason I’m writing this post is to tell you that. Firstly I’m a Red Sox Mom! Has that sunk in? I can understand your envy (even if you’re rooting for the other team) but this is the RED SOX! I know! I could tell you how much of an...
    by at June 26th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • RECIPE: Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese in Puff Pastry #ad #NewHoodCC
    Tweet A little while back Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese and I even though the last few weeks (months) of school felt like I like in a fast forward time machine with just about everything due (concerts + field trips + MCAs + projects + art shows etc) I said yes. I love parties. I find them utterly exhausting...
    by at June 25th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • 20 Favorite Chapter Book Series for Elementary Girls!
    Tweet I don’t know how much of credit I can give myself for the fact that my kids are both pretty amazing readers. I did not do the teach your baby to read stuff but by 2 years old they both were readers. This has also meant that we progressed to chapter books pretty quickly. We are always exploring new chapter book series to read and I thought I could share some...
    by at June 12th, 2014 at 07:06 am
  • Project Sunlight’s “The Way Kids See It!” #brightfuture #ad
    Tweet This is a sponsored post! My kids get out of school next week and I want to badly absorb as much of them as I can. I’m in love with this age and want to  see everything. It is also why I am decreasing my workload but when Unilever approached with this new campaign, I said yes. The essence was exactly my focus with my kids so it made total sense. Project...
    by at June 11th, 2014 at 09:06 am
  • Win a stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England for 4 (including meals)!
    Tweet A few years ago I spoke at a conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in PA. I ended up taking my little daughter who got to enjoy the waterpark while I was speaking with a friend of mine. Since she was little and I was so absorbed with conference duties I did not explore too much of the lodge but I vowed to go go with both my kids and to explore everything about it. Well...
    by at June 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Code: Echo! Coding challenge inspired by upcoming movie: Each To Echo!
    Tweet I am a geek! No, not those that tinker with games and gadgets and call themselves a geek, I mean the one who can actually code. As in code and get paid for it. In my not so past life I was an software engineer for 12 years. My husband was also a software engineer (yes my poor geeky girls are already programming – I kid you not) so you could say programming...
    by at May 9th, 2014 at 09:05 am
  • An interview with Katie Couric, Laurie David, Stephanie Soechtig, Dr. Mark Hyman #FedUpMovie
    Tweet You may have heard about the movie Fed Up, but chances are pretty good you have not. It is not a commercial movie and probably one that most of you (us) are scared to watch. It is a movie about the food industry and more specifically about food. The movie is PG rated yet I will be betting you that most parents will take their younger kid to see Captain America...
    by at May 9th, 2014 at 07:05 am
  • 7 reasons you should take your family to Blue Man Group (Win tickets!)
    Tweet Several years ago, while hubby and I were still dating. A group of his friends decided to visit Boston. Hubby and his friends lived in DC (yes long distance relationships are tough) and one of them insisted on seeing The Blue Man Group. As much as I was soaked in the Boston community I had never been myself so I was excited. Loved is seriously an understatement...
    by at May 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am
  • RECIPE: Easy steps to homemade organic Paneer (Indian cheese)!
    Tweet My 6 year old loves all things cheese. So I was anxious to get her to try paneer (an Indian type cheese). It is pretty much blander than regular cheese and takes its flavor from whatever it is immersed in, similar to tofu (a favorite of my 8 year old).  I was (almost) sorry I introduced her to it. She became addicted and craved it more. While I was happy she liked...
    by at March 24th, 2014 at 11:03 am
  • Spicy Deviled Eggs + Win one of 2 $100 AmEx gift cards (RECIPE) #realfoodies)
    Tweet It’s almost party time right, and being a Hellmann’s mayonnaise ambassador means you get a few (very) good reasons to party too. Seriously make that 200 good reasons, or rather $200! 2 winners, each winning a $100. Well how about a recipe to boot too? Well if you’re like me you’re getting food ready for New Year’s eve. And if you’re...
    by at December 29th, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • 9 Ways to stay sane this holiday season!
    Tweet When Living Social asked me to share tips and tricks to getting through the holidays, I jumped on the chance. I see too many people frazzled in between the moments of expected routines. 1). Defer the present The joy of the present does not have to be now. I love opting for gift cards or gift subscriptions because they can be bought last minute but every time...
    by at December 18th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • 5 Apps To save you money while holiday shopping! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet I have loved working with Verizon Wireless and discovering how my gadgets help add to my lifestyle. I don’t like cheap stuff, I like stuff cheap. I think many people don’t know the difference, but if you’re a discerning shopper with one eye on the wallet and the other on the quality, you would know what I mean.  Here are a few apps I use pretty...
    by at December 17th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Saying Goodbye to My Madiba!
    Tweet I feel so emotional as I sit here in Boston writing about the death of Nelson Mandela. I had stopped following news of South Africa intently and have embraced my home in the USA, other than keeping in touch with my family there. I had moved on. Then after a therapy session for my child I sat in the dark parking lot with them making a banter in the back and checked...
    by at December 6th, 2013 at 09:12 am
  • 5 Weird Things about me for #weirdwednesday
    Tweet It is Wednesday and while weird things happen everyday, this Wednesday I am taking the day to focus on the weirdness. Actually you know who is good at weirdness? National Geographic Kids. In fact they have drawn quite a following with their weird but true books and columns.  My kids devour those facts and they make perfect backseat conversations in the car (it...
    by at December 4th, 2013 at 05:12 pm
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Kid to see Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! (GIVEAWAY)
    Tweet About 12 or 13 years ago I went to see The Nutcracker with my sweetheart. We were still dating at the time so I think that was the only reason he agreed because it was not the thing he would suggest going to. Even though we had almost nose-bleed seats you were swept away by the magic of the show. I have never seen any other performance of The Nutcracker but I have...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry (RECIPE) (Win $100 AmEx Gift Card)
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s ambassador has several perks, the best of which is being associated with the yummiest mayonnaise around. But Hellmann’s does something else wonderful as part of the ambassadorship, we get to host a party t celebrate something, celebrate something I did. My husband and I share a birthday and while I am generally of a sharing nature,...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Corolle Dolls, perfect for boys too!
    Tweet I’m always amused when I see parents of boys deterred by their sons owning dolls. Since when is nurturing a girl thing? I wrote about this topic before but it is a subject close to my heart. While I have no sons I do understand that what is a boy today may be a dad someday and the perceptions he draws then are built now. While I am an avid supporter of female...
    by at October 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am
  • Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Chicken, the Hellmann’s Way!
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s Real Foodie ambassador allows me to experiment with my favorite mayonnaise and this is one of my favorites to go recipe. We are huge grillers. Hubby loves grilling because he feels it healthier. I love it because less pots and pans in the kitchen to wash. Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Chicken, the Hellmann’s Way!   Ingredients 4...
    by at October 9th, 2013 at 09:10 am
  • 5 Reasons to Kickstart Your Fitness Routine in Fall! #fit4fall
    Tweet Recently Planet Shoes (I love their selection of eco-friendly and vegan shoes) held a bootcamp and sent me a pair of shoes as part of the #fit4fall campaign to get me started. I missed the bootcamp (it was that or 3rd grade math and I did not choose based on personal preference) but the shoes were a sore reminder that “Niri, you need to make good on those...
    by at October 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • 5 Educational Apps For Elementary Kids! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet For being kids of parents who are constantly online, my kids are pretty much offline learners. Come to think of it, they are pretty much offline kids. We are not anti technology since both my husband and I come from engineering backgrounds but we feel we should be driving technology, and not be a slave to it. Having said that, our devices are a part of our life...
    by at October 1st, 2013 at 08:10 pm
  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Celebrates 100 year anniversary with breaking Guinness Record! (Giveaway)
    Tweet As you know I am a Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Real Foodie ambassador and was lucky enough to be invited to celebrate the 100th year anniversary. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise being the fabulous brand they are wanted to mark the occasion in style, and one that would definitely go down in the record books. Well they decided to use the most famous record books: the...
    by at September 30th, 2013 at 06:09 pm
  • PBS Kids Math Show PEG + CAT + Learn 5 Ways Kids Learn Math While Grocery Shopping!
    Tweet My 6 and 8 year old watch PBS Kids every day as they munch breakfast. It is (still) the only channel I trust with my kids. No frills super smart television that teaches my kids valuable lessons and manages to squeeze in humor. The giggles warm my heart and just when you think PBS Kids cannot get any better, they launch a new show PEG + CAT focusing on elementary...
    by at September 26th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Help National Geographic Kids set Guinness Record for Animal Pictures! #ngkinsider
    Tweet If you have not been following on the Mommy Niri Facebook page,  you may have missed the announcement that I am working with National Geographic Kids as their ambassador. I know! I still get goosebumps every time I mention that.  I have so very much more to share with you, National Geographic just oozes out great content, but for now I want to mention their amazing...
    by at September 25th, 2013 at 01:09 pm
  • Life Is Good Festival 2013 (Win 4 tickets)!
    Tweet   If you’re in New England, pretty good chance you’ve heard of the Life Is Good festival. My family has been to the Life Is Good festival for the past several years. I posted about it for the past few years but here is a reminder why I love it: The Life Is Good festival and fell in love with them even more. Here are just a few reasons why: They...
    by at September 16th, 2013 at 08:09 am
  • 5 Tips to Talk to Tweens About Money!
    Tweet Virtual Piggy is a fabulous new way to help manage kids manage their money. It is a safer way than credit cards and allow kids some some freedom to safely shop without fearing bills later. Read more about Virtual Piggy way below. I love the conversation of kids and money and decided to use this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on the subject.  Though I had...
    by at September 9th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • 5 Best Magazine Subscriptions for Tween Girls!
    Tweet Having an engineering career for 12 years has meant I moved to the electronic side early but flipping through a magazine has a certain feel to it. You know what I mean, right? My girls are avid readers and we have branched into reading magazines too. Of course I am wary about magazines out there, especially fashion/lifestyle magazines (marked for tweens/teens)...
    by at September 4th, 2013 at 09:09 am
  • 10 Tips to ensure Road Trip Survival with Kids!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brittney! When Stop ‘n Shop asked me if I would chat about their fuel points system I thought it good to pair it up with some tips with kids. While to most of us adults we “just want to get there already”, kids actually consider the journey to be the “event”. We could increase our happiness ten-fold...
    by at August 27th, 2013 at 08:08 pm