Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • 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
  • Free Movies For Book Reports This Summer At Showcase Cinemas!
    Tweet My kids love to read! I love them to read. They love movies. I love movies. I puffy heart FREE movies! Well Showcase Cinemas decided to put them all together. And before you go on about you only want to be outside during summer, come talk to me when the needle hits 100F, ok? So as I was saying this is a fab program where kids turn in a book report and get to watch...
    by at June 11th, 2013 at 07:06 pm
  • Free Fun Fridays in Boston (and beyond)!
    Tweet I wrote about this last year but had to write about them this year too. Highland Street Foundation has announced the 2013 Free Friday attractions that they will be sponsoring. 60 free museums and attractions will be part of the program with 6 free each friday! I could not attend the launch meeting due to another prior event but here is more about this fabulous...
    by at May 30th, 2013 at 07:05 am
  • Launch of Walgreens Flagship Store in Boston! (VIDEO)
    Tweet   I was invited to the opening of the Walgreens store opening by Collective Bias®.  I was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias ™ and Walgreens #CBias #SocialFabric  All Opinions are my own. Personally I wondered what the big deal about a store in Boston was since a pharmacy is a pharmacy, right? Up until then I...
    by at May 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am
  • Kids Bowl Free! Yes, it is here again!
    Tweet This will be the 4th year that I will be signing up for the “Kids Bowl Free” program. I know you think summer and think: OUTDOORS right. Well true but you can’t be there all day long. Sometimes it gets hot. Sometimes mosquitos try to join you. Sometimes the kids are pooped. Sometimes you are! Sometimes you want the airconditioning. Sometimes you want...
    by at May 8th, 2013 at 08:05 am
  • Exploring smoothies at Whole Foods!
    Tweet Recently I attended a blogger event at Whole Foods that was born out of a Twitter conversation with a few friends. Isra was faking a pina colada (she decided to omit the one ingredient that I think makes it real – yeah the one you have to be 21 years old to buy) to get through our Nemo snowstorm and the Whole Foods in Cambridge (Fresh Pond) decided to kick...
    by at April 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • Can you hear me now? #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet As part of being a Verizon Wireless Lifestyle blogger I was in NYC last week and I was talking to the social media maven at Verizon (who I think is wicked smart) about my escapades with phones and quality (or lack there off) and he thought that it was a blog post right there. Of course I wondered why I had not done it too. So here I am rectifying that. I’m...
    by at April 23rd, 2013 at 08:04 am
  • Chatting With Breugger’s Bagels Corporate Chef Philip Smith!
    Tweet While many of you may have grown up with bagels, I didn’t. Before you wonder what rock I was born under, let me make it easy for you: South Africa. So needless to say that when I arrived in the USA I made it my civic duty to eat as much of this amazing concoction as I could. Honestly it was easy since I am a total bread nut but I was surprised by the chewy...
    by at March 20th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Chat with With The Crood’s Filmmakers!
    Tweet You watch a movie and and discuss, and sometimes argue, what they meant in a particular scene. You choose the option that makes sense to you and think anyone differing in opinion did not get the movie like you did. This is what happens to most movie goers but once in a while we get to go beyond that. There are many things that I have the fortune of as a blogger...
    by at March 18th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Visit To DreamWorks Animation To Chat The Croods and more…
    Tweet Did the 1st part of the heading seem like a dream to you? I admit it still gives me goosebumps as I write about it. As much as I have met A List celebrities as part of my work, this visit to DreamWorks will be one I share with my grandkids with a huge grin on my toothless face.  Firstly the welcome DreamWorks extended to bloggers blew me away and I am sure part...
    by at March 13th, 2013 at 07:03 pm
  • Boston’s Museum Of Science Has Free Film Fridays In March!
    Tweet We love the Museum Of Science. We get lost in the wonder it has to offer and each time feel we need to come back to explore more. The Boston’s Museum Of Science has a wonderful promotion for March. This March, MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite visitors to experience the magic of New England’s only IMAX® Dome theater—for free! Free...
    by at February 28th, 2013 at 06:02 pm
  • H-Mart, the amazing Asian Supermarket + Food Court in Burlington!
    Tweet H-Mart has been in my backyard for a long time but I only wandered in recently. I was at a photo shoot for Chop Chop Magazine with my daughter and Sharon, an amazing blogger at Umommy, reminded me of them and that they had a food court and fresh fish. The fresh fish bit piqued my interest since I had been making jaunts to underground stores in Boston to get my...
    by at February 6th, 2013 at 08:02 pm
  • Join Me for a book reading of Peter Rabbit At Baby Gap! #babyGapPeterRabbit #Boston
    Tweet The reasons I agree to partner with a company or campaign is not very cut and dried. I have turned down thousands of $$ for some work and work free for others. The common drive is my passion and my honesty. If I love something (ahem Starbucks) I tend to genuinely talk about it all the time, and if it is something I won’t feed my kids, no amount of money can...
    by at January 16th, 2013 at 07:01 pm
  • #26Acts ? Not a tall act to follow!
    Tweet Admittedly when a fellow blogging friend Isra mentioned the #26acts of RAK (random acts of kindness) brought on by Ann Curry to focus on the positive after the Newtown shootings, I was reluctant to write. The reasons vary from me being lazy to not wanting to feel like I am riding on a sensationalistic wave brought on by a tragedy. Also? I don’t like doing...
    by at December 19th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Boston Social Media Holiday Bash At Royal Sonesta Hotel! We did that! #BSMHoliday
    Tweet I was lusting after all my friends gloating about their company holiday parties. I had none. Bloggers don’t get holiday parties (and no brand marketing parties don’t count) or holidays for that matter. Sure we have fun in our work, but social media does not sleep, so neither do we. I started a local Boston Social Media group to focus on learning, and...
    by at December 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  • The Dry Bar At Daryl Christopher Salon and Spa!
    Tweet I had been to a dry bar before but that was in LA. Honestly I thought dry bars were built the LA crowd who had swanky parties to constantly attend. Me, if I had my roots colored, it was a good day. Still I was curious to be invited to check out Daryl Christopher  in Waltham for their open house. Everyone was invited to sip champagne, munch yummies and get their...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • The Nutcracker suite At The Ritz Carlton!
    Tweet   With the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Teddy Bear at the Ritz Carlton Boston Yesterday I got to check out the Nutcracker Suite at the Ritz Carlton. Does anyone else get excited just saying “Ritz” ? I guess they totally earned their name to be associated with class. The attention to details is redundant to mention and since a picture is worth...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 01:12 pm