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  • 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
  • Six Flags and Fright Fest! Win tickets!
    Tweet Recently Six Flags invited us over for a media day afternoon event. Six Flags New England is about a 2 hour drive so we debated the drive since Hubby was teaching Scratch programming classes that day but we knew our family always has tons of fun at Six Flags so we decided to go. We normally visit Six Flags during summer and love their water park but sadly missed...
    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
  • Celebrate release of The Best Of Me movie and win flowers! #TheBestOfMe
    Tweet I’m all about feel good movies. I love a good drama and those that have a romantic element seal the deal. Nicholas Sparks has been kicking out this stuff successfully for a while and the latest movie rendition is The Best of Me. I have not seen it yet but am saving it to see on a date night. ProFlowers has teamed up with the release of the movie and created...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Great Wolf Lodge celebrates Halloween, Thanksgiving and Winter! (Win a stay)!
    Tweet Recently we were invited to a media event at Great Wolf Lodge New England and I was ecstatic because I had already spent a night during the Opening so I knew it was ten times more fabulous than those advertisements on TV can capture (even though they have been known to entrance any kid or adult alike).  We were going to be experiencing a myriad of seasonal celebrations...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Chobani hands out free breakfast #Boston October 6th to 8th (7:00-10:00am) #StopSadBreakfast #ad
    Tweet This is a sponsored post! We’re a yogurt family! I mean a HUGE yogurt family. We are big believers in the power of those live cultures in the yogurt and our fridge is NEVER without yogurt. Chobani told me about their plan to intercept people eating sad breakfasts, you know those heavy sugar laden ones that make you feel good at the time but yuck later??...
    by at October 4th, 2014 at 07:10 am
  • Smart t-shirts for Tween girls at Gymboree!
    Tweet I have a few stores I love to frequent that appeal to how I like my girls to dress. Basically I like my kids to dress like, kids, as I see no need to fast forward growing up. Getting smart clothing for my girls reflecting their sense of style and smarts has not been easy so I am going to give a shout out to a few when I find them. These are just a few of the shirts...
    by at October 1st, 2014 at 10:10 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Get screening passes to see Dolphin Tale 2 (100 available)! #Boston
    Tweet Dolphin Tale 2 has our family excited. Dolphin Tale had something for everyone in my family including my hard-to-please hubby who has a huge love for animals. For me having a special needs child I have a super soft spot for anyone in the face of adversity. The kid get caught up in the whole adventure of “will they” “won’t they”. Of...
    by at August 27th, 2014 at 06:08 pm
  • Dragons Interactive Story App and a chance to win $50 iTunes gift card!
    Tweet A few months ago I scored a bargain and bought 2 iPad minis for my girls (which NEVER happens for Apple products). My hubby was reluctant about letting the girls have their own devices since we are extremely cautious about them being online, but I maintained they needed their own pace to creatively try new things. Plus, both my girls have been learning programming...
    by at August 16th, 2014 at 07:08 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
  • 5 Reasons to watch Earth To Echo! (Giveaway)! #earthtoecho #Boston
    Tweet I know I wrote a post giving several readers screening passes (you lucky devils I could not make any of them so I paid and watched it on my own) but I said nothing on my thoughts about the movie Earth To Echo  because I had not yet seen it. Also you would recall they had a promotion with Code.org and any movie that promotes coding is a favorite as hubby and I...
    by at July 19th, 2014 at 05:07 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Family Film Festival at the Prudential (Giveaway includes $50 CPK gift card)
    Tweet If you read this blog you will know that I love movies. I love movies on the big screen and have heard about the movies being shown at The Prudential but have never had a clear enough schedule to head down there. Of course this year I will be there and am grateful to the folks over at Prudential for not only inviting us as their special guests with dinner included...
    by at July 3rd, 2014 at 02:07 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stop & Shop turns 100, you get to celebrate (Giveaway)!
    Tweet Stop & Shop has been one of the 1st grocery stores I encountered in the USA when I arrived about 15 years ago. It is still a supermarket I head to for several reasons but here are just a few below! Reasons I love Stop & Shop They are technology savvy. I’m an engineer and appreciate when anyone harnesses technology to make our lives easier. Their...
    by at June 11th, 2014 at 10:06 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 passes to special screening of Earth To Echo (80 available)! #Boston
    Tweet I wrote about Earth to Echo before, but I am still excited to watch the movie. There is going to be a screening at Wednesday, 6/11/2014 in Boston but I am going to miss it but hopefully a few of my readers may make it there. With 2 little girls aged 7 and 9 who both love programming and with parents who were both engineers, you can easily see why this is a “have...
    by at June 9th, 2014 at 08:06 pm
  • 8 Summer Essentials from BJ’s Wholesale under $50!
    Tweet If you’re like me, you drool over every bit of summer outdoor stuff and indoor ones too, thinking this year I will buy this, that, and this. But the sheer amount of stuff you need to get the “look” is overwhelming both in effort or cash. This year when BJ’s Wholesale asked me if I wanted to spy stuff with a $50 gift card from them, I did...
    by at June 6th, 2014 at 10:06 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
  • Pottery Barn Kids partners with PBS Kids for Summer Reading Challenge (Win PBK gift card)
    Tweet Reading is a huge part of our summer. While many consider it a chore, we use it as a relaxation because I empty the schedules during summer. Except for a few peppered  events I want kids to smell the un-rushed air and to read with abandon. Best part is I read more in summer with them. This is exactly why we sign up for all reading challenges and I wanted to share...
    by at June 4th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • Flowers are my (everyday) decoration! #PartyBlooms
    Tweet This is part of a sponsored campaign with ProFlowers and Shari’s Berries. However, all opinions expressed are my own. I feel happy whenever I see flowers. They always make me feel good when I look at them. I love working on my laptop, looking up, and seeing those beautiful flowers staring at me. When I have an event I consider flowers my go to to celebrate. Every...
    by at June 3rd, 2014 at 07:06 pm
  • 7 Reasons to visit Mystic Aquarium in CT (Win 4 tickets)!
    Tweet I had been invited to Mystic Aquarium a few times since last year but timing and trepidation formed stumbling blocks. I have been traveling a lot in the past few years (understatement) and the fact that the aquarium is 2.5 hours drive away from me did not help. Each time I mentioned the aquarium I got so many oohs and ahhs about it I decided to suck it up and do...
    by at May 28th, 2014 at 05:05 pm
  • Win 4 tickets to Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil + Get Discount Code! #Boston
    Tweet For as long as I have been a fan of live shows, there is something so raw about the talent that does not get to have edits and retakes, I have admired Cirque du Soleil shows but have never had the opportunity to see them. This time I’m hoping to make it to the latest rendition called Amaluna in Boston, but I’m also giving you a chance to win tickets...
    by at May 19th, 2014 at 10:05 am
  • Win 4 (FOUR) tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center #Boston
    Tweet I was an engineer for 12 years. My husband was also an engineer. Needless to say STEM was and is a huge part of our life. Lego is one of my favorite toy brands and one of the most respected. My kids had Lego when they were babies (yes there is Lego baby with no sharp edges) and then we went to Lego Duplo and now onto regular Lego. We have been to Lego at Atlantis...
    by at May 19th, 2014 at 09:05 am
  • 100 passes to a special screening of Blended!
    Tweet Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses. I know I’m showing my age saying this (not like I care, I embrace my age) but she feels of my time. Everything from ET to Never been kissed, she exudes energetic without faking it. Adam Sandler may not be my favorite actor for silly comedies (to be fair I’m no fan of silly comedies, give me witty comedies...
    by at May 12th, 2014 at 08:05 am