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  • 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
  • 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
  • Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!!!
    Tweet This will be the 5th 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 a cheap...
    by at May 9th, 2014 at 08:05 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
  • Get passes to Legends Of OZ: Dorothy’s Return! #Boston
    Tweet Can you ever get enough of Dorothy and her fine companions on the way to OZ? I thought not, me too! Here is a chance to continue it with this new movie Legends Of OZ: Dorothy’s Return More details about the movie Directors: Daniel St. Pierre and Will Finn Writers: Adam Balsam and Randi Barnes, based on the book Dorothy of Oz by Roger Stanton Baum Cast:...
    by at April 29th, 2014 at 07:04 pm
  • Heaven is for Real screening passes! #Boston
    Tweet I am still in sunny California on vacation but no reason you can’t enjoy a treat of a screening while I’m away. How about passes for you an a friend to see Heaven is for Real? More details about the movie Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father...
    by at April 14th, 2014 at 07:04 am
  • Get passes to DisneyNature’s Bears #Boston
    Tweet My hubby is a die hard nature movie freak (no exaggeration at all) and DisneyNature movies have been a perfect way for me to introduce my kids to nature movies. Not once have they ever whined during a DisneyNature movie, in fact they are just as glued to it as any other movie. DisneyNature Bears is coming out next week and while I will be away and miss the screening,...
    by at April 9th, 2014 at 12:04 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Get passes to Disney’s Pirate Fairy (100 available) #Boston
    Tweet Disney’s Pirate Fairy is much awaited for my 6 year old turning 7. In fact I set her birthday party on the same day as this screening that when she heard we could not go, she asked to move the party to the screening (err no!) but though we can’t go I won’t keep the opportunity from you and your family! Screening is March 29th!!! More details...
    by at March 24th, 2014 at 08:03 am
  • Get screening passes to see Rio 2 #Boston (60 available)
    Tweet Rio was one of those movies that cinema was made for: vibrant, adventure, music and larger than life. It honestly is one of those movies that I could watch over and over with my kids. Ok, so I’m kind of partial to Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, but still. The entire cast of voices for the movie sounds like a who’s who. Who’s excited for Rio...
    by at March 21st, 2014 at 07:03 am
  • Have you seen the new Mr. Peabody and Sherman app? (Win $50 gift card) #mrpeabody
    Tweet It must be something to do with having kids (or honestly even before) but I love apps that build on the theme of a movie. Do you know what movie is releasing today? Mr. Peabody and Sherman!! Are you excited? I am! I skipped attending the screenings because it was a school night but also I love delayed gratification. There are so few good family movies that when...
    by at March 7th, 2014 at 11:03 am
  • Win screening passes to see Mr. Peabody and Sherman (100 passes) #Boston
    Tweet I know I have not been posting here often, but I have some amazing things planned but for now I have a little treat to tide you over. Did I say little?  I lie! 100 seats for my readers to an early screening of a fabulous new movie is no little anything but a fab treat. Mr. Peabody and Sherman! Here’s a little about the movie: Using his most ingenious invention,...
    by at March 1st, 2014 at 10:03 am