Archive for the ‘MY VIEWS’

  • Why She Stayed! (The child’s perspective!) #whyistayed
    Tweet In light of the whole #whyistayed #whyileft discussion I wanted to add my own story, from a child’s point of view. I’m sure my sisters and some members of my family would want to disown me for writing this but the shame has to stop on the victims. This is my tale to tell and boy am I telling it. Growing up I never had a lot of respect for my mom’s...
    by at September 11th, 2014 at 07:09 am
  • On Becoming American!
    Tweet So weird to say that. American. Like I’m a fake or something or I need to specify I was not born here or something. 2 weeks ago I became an American citizen. Reading that makes my tummy feel so queasy. Being an immigrant does not go without the feelings of trepidation of feeling on the outside looking in. Or maybe it is more for immigrants of color because...
    by at September 2nd, 2014 at 10:09 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 10 Reasons why this mom loves the Rainbow Loom!
    Tweet You know the Loom, right? The Rainbow Loom? Apparently every tween, and those kids before and after that age too, are into it. Well, if you’re sitting on the fence whether to get it or just curious as to what the craze is about, I thought I would share my reasons for loving it! 1). No batteries! I should never need to explain this reason. Ever! Moms, dads...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 08:12 pm
  • Let her take the baby (doll)!
    Tweet I had neighbors who covered their couches with plastic covers and that was so uncomfortable sitting on, and you can imagine this mingled with hot, humid tropical weather made for some sticky situations. My mom once bought a fancy doll and had it put into a glass case to keep it looking good. It looked good… always but I hated that I never got to play with...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 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
  • Fruit Picking and 5 reasons why you should go!
    Tweet Fruit picking is something we do throughout the year. We start early with strawberries, blueberries and cherries and then again for fall we start peach, plum, apples and pears. Lookout Farm in Natick hosted us this past weekend (though we did pay for our own fruit) and it was as expected a fabulous way to spend a day. While we do go to the occasional commercial...
    by at September 27th, 2013 at 11:09 am
  • 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
  • How To Make (Masala) Chai! Easy RECIPE for ginger or cardamom tea!
    Tweet I love CHAI. I have not always but as I grew to fall in love with my husband, I fell in love with one of his favorite drinks. Now we start the day with it. I don’t measure so this is tough. Firstly let’s get a few things straight – CHAI is  means tea in Hindi. So any tea can be called CHAI – I know right? So when Starbucks (or everyone...
    by at May 28th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • We all need a break! Teachers, more so! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet So when Office Depot engaged me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador the biggest incentive in the campaign, besides it supporting an amazing cause of Adopt A Classroom, was that I get to give something to a local teacher. In a heartbeat I would work in a campaign when I get to see the look on someone’s faces when I bring them a gift or opportunity. Office...
    by at May 24th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • Adopt A Classroom makes an impact where it is needed! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet Office Depot sponsored a series of posts here on MommyNiri.com and I am really pleased that I get to write about a cause that I have great passion for: education! Members of my local school’s PTA would not guess that. I honestly don’t attend any of the fundraisers meetings. I used to purchase those tons of wrapping paper out of guilt, but I don’t...
    by at May 21st, 2013 at 09:05 am
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    by at May 12th, 2013 at 05:05 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
  • Avocado puff pastry appetizers (RECIPE)! ($100 VISA Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kristin! Cinco De Mayo time means avocado time. Which works perfectly that I was asked to whip up an avocado recipe! Mine is simple! No measurements since this is all about your personal preferences. Avocado puff pastry appetizers Ingredients: Puff pastry sheets asparagus chopped up mushrooms sliced grated carrots avocado chopped...
    by at May 4th, 2013 at 06:05 am
  • For the love of learning! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet When Office Depot asked me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador, there was no thinking. I mean education + philanthropy + story telling = a winner! For sure! I know there is this thing that you should dread school but I loved school. I mean LOVED school. I loved it to a point of nausea to my sisters who did not share the same feelings, though they did share my...
    by at April 22nd, 2013 at 07:04 pm
  • 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
  • Fat girl in a sea of Lululemon!
    Tweet It’s 11:37pm and I know I should sleep. The alarm is set for 5am and I know I am going to regret watching reruns of Sex And The City but I feel like I need something to stop the thinking (worrying) about how I take another stab at my to-dos since I miserably failed at them again. But off course there is wine and silence, 2 of my favorite things, so I drag...
    by at April 2nd, 2013 at 07:04 pm
  • 5 Ways to get (friendship) off on the right foot in 2013!
    Tweet I know, surprised to see me around here right? Me too! Now that I am back from the plague aka the “flu”, I have taken my germy self to the nearest Panera since they are removing carpets at my home as we speak (more on that later) and a hacking cough (I am seriously embarrassing to be around, and NO, I don’t smoke) and dust make a lethal combination....
    by at January 2nd, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  • What a day! What a year! What a life!
    Tweet I blink and someone on Facebook mentioned “Can you believe it is almost 2013?”! Wait! I just got used to write down 2012! But, here’s the thing: I can’t wait for the New Year. Something about starting afresh and new beginnings make me feel hopeful. Before I dust off those party hats (yes from the previous years that just never saw the light...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 07:12 pm
  • 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
  • Tricking and Treating…
    Tweet I did not grow up with Halloween. Our perception of Halloween came from the shows on television which you may realize is a little skewed since movies surrounding Halloween are a little scary. The novelty of Halloween has not worn off since I have been in the USA and truth be told having kids makes Halloween all the more exciting. We love the excitement building...
    by at October 31st, 2012 at 01:10 pm
  • Hurricane (Sandy) Safety Rules From My 7 Year Old Girl!
    Tweet I just got back from a cruise last night, which had to skip Jamaica thanks to Hurricane Sandy, and we just lost power a few hours ago. I found a Starbucks a few miles away that had power and wifi (and chai) SCORE! Hubby asked the girls to write advice about hurricanes (more to keep them out of our way) but I was so impressed I decided to post her advice. This below...
    by at October 29th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • Taking Time To Smell The Apples At Parlee Farms!
    Tweet As part of the whole month of challenges on health and wellness working with Lisa Johnson (sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim), week 3 was doing something with our family. You would think that since I am a parenting blogger that would be easier but the truth is the workload of being a blogger has been so great these days that I swear I work more now than I did as an...
    by at October 23rd, 2012 at 07:10 am
  • May The Peace Be With Me!
    Tweet So Lisa and I decided to meditate.  I used to meditate. A long time ago. A very, very long time ago. I started when I was completely stressed with my mom having had a stroke. Of course the bulk of the stress was not knowing what was going as they did not diagnose it on the 1st time. Yeah, that kind of stress can kick you smack in the nose. Anyway times like that...
    by at October 17th, 2012 at 11:10 am
  • A birthday gift for me!
    Tweet Today I turn 40! I do! I own it! No regrets at all. I don’t want to be a day younger. I mean that truly. I love being 40. I love the journey here and I look forward to the journey from here.  So this year I wanted something different. I wanted something more. Something that is precious to everyone. I wanted: time. I created an invitation that I wanted my...
    by at October 11th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Pilates and my (sweet) pain!
    Tweet I am one to cringe when someone mentions doing something out of the routine regarding exercise. I am good with commitments, well kind of, but intensity scares me. I am also the girl who says yes to crazy things because I do not like challenges holding me back (yeah I went on  zipline and went up in a chair attached to balloons too). So when Lisa Johnson and...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am
  • Kale and corn puff pastry appetizers! (RECIPE)
    Tweet Hello again Kale! I fell in love with you in our 1st meeting, but who wouldn’t since those spicy Kale pakoras rocked even my kids’ world. But when Harvard Pilgrim paired me up with the amazing Lisa Johnson, to live and inspire healthy we chose Kale as our week #1 mission (yeah, we’re no slackers over here). 1stly I need to say that when I heard...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 09:10 am
  • 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
  • A Trip To Mexico! #azulplay
    Tweet The last time I was headed to Mexico, I was pregnant and my flight was delayed for 5 hours. They were de-icing the plane, I had no food, and I missed the cruise I was going to take. I was hungry and sad. I cried. A lot! I cried so much that the airline guys on my return the next morning gave me vouchers after seeing my tear stained face. This time though, there...
    by at August 21st, 2012 at 11:08 am
  • When I Was Your Age…
    Tweet Ever since I wrote that post on Mother’s Day I have been thinking of my mom and home. In fact even writing this post makes me all queasy inside. Of course that may have something to do with the fact that I woke up at 4am with 2 hours of sleep peppered with mommy duty interruptions to take a flight. Or maybe not. In between playing mom taxi to therapy, errands...
    by at July 25th, 2012 at 08:07 pm