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  • An open letter to my loves! All of them! #PutYourHeartToPaper
    Tweet The following is a post sponsored by Hallmark but all words are mine alone! To my dear husband Ramesh, I recall my mom saying that she felt bad for the guy that had to live up to my high standards and me telling her, the right guy would consider our relationship worth it. One of the things that made me fall in love with you, hard, was that you were looking to...
    by at February 12th, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Disney On Ice presents Frozen in Boston! (Giveaway)
    Tweet You would have to be living under a cave to have not heard about the movie Frozen. Even if you are one of the rare people who resist watching it (I can’t understand why), the Frozen euphoria that has swept the world would not go unnoticed. Since Frozen hit the circuit every facet of our life including cereal and sneakers you would have thought every avenue...
    by at February 10th, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Chatting to Nicole Kidman about the movie Paddington! #paddingtonmovie
    Tweet I was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Nicole Kidman. I was even more fortunate to do it over the phone, which meant I could sit in my sweatpants and not feel so inadequate in her beautiful company. Nicole Kidman has grown on me as an actress. I think as I matured, her complex roles appealed to me further. But let’s face it that viral video with...
    by at January 30th, 2015 at 08:01 am
  • Starting 2015 with a bang… literally!
    Tweet January 30th and it has taken me forever to come up with the right words to write my 1st post of the year. Not because I did not have enough to say, ask hubby how that is never possible, but because as you get more “known” the pressure to say the right thing builds up. Now actual people I know read me. Emphasis on what I say (and the whole “is...
    by at January 30th, 2015 at 08:01 am
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 on DVD (Giveaway)
    Tweet How to train your dragon (the first one) has always been one of my favorite movies. There was so much heart and the part where he lost his leg left me in tears. It was difficult to imagine that How to Train Your Dragon 2 would improve on that. Or even just not disappoint. Raise your hand if you recall how many sequels bombed? Not only did How to Train Your Dragon...
    by at December 6th, 2014 at 09:12 am
  • Get passes to an advanced screening of Paddington! (200 available) #Boston
    Tweet Paddington has been a bear I have grown up with. I’ve watched it as child and followed keenly on his adventures. The first time I went to London, I made a point of looking up Paddington and why yes of course I went to Paddington Station. I also got myself a pin and a little bear to mark my visit. My kids on the other hand have not been exposed to Paddington,...
    by at December 4th, 2014 at 01:12 pm
  • Get passes to an Advance screening of Annie! #Boston (50 passes)
    Tweet Annie was a movie that we all grew up on.  It was a classic tearjerker that filled us hope and joy. That spunky red hair was iconic. Time for an update! I am so excited about this movie more so for the cast. The original was a tough act to beat and the producers and directors knew that had to have a stellar cast to grab our attention. ANNIE is being released...
    by at December 4th, 2014 at 08:12 am
  • That time we slept in the Museum Of Science! #Boston
    Tweet I have done some pretty crazy things in life, thanks to the blog, and outside of it. Flying up in a chair with helium balloons for promotions with the movie UP, ziplining in Utah at a conference, cruising TWICE, Cancun (TWICE), Disneyworld (TWICE), Disneyland, and so much more,… but spending a night at a museum??? Well that is just a whole lot of goodness...
    by at December 1st, 2014 at 09:12 pm
  • GameStop Cyber Monday Deals (Win $50 GameStop gift card)
    Tweet There are many people who love Black Friday, me I’m a Cyber Monday girl. Listening to the radio the top 2 categories for sought after items is technology followed closely behind by toys. GameStop gaming provides a marriage of both worlds and on cyber Monday it is heaven.   Here are some deals to look out for: GameStop is offering special Cyber Monday and...
    by at December 1st, 2014 at 04:12 pm
  • Instantly Framed: from phone to frame! (Discount code)
    Tweet Raise your hand if you take a million more photos with your smartphone! Now keep your hand up if you are consistent with printing and managing your pictures? I thought so! Just too many of you out there like me who are click happy but not so print happy. I don’t know about you but printing at home digs a hole in my wallet with ink and special paper costs....
    by at November 23rd, 2014 at 03:11 pm
  • $300 Minted Holiday Cards Giveaway!
    Tweet The holidays are my favorite time of the year. Everyone is smiling, reflecting and loving. One of the favorite parts of the holidays is the receiving of holiday cards. Seeing everyone’s warm faces as they adorn our walls fills the air with love. It is why I take pride to make holiday cards each year. Truth be told Minted has spoiled me and I can’t...
    by at November 20th, 2014 at 07:11 pm
  • Great American Bulb Swap hosted by Cree LED Bulbs
    Tweet I love little changes to my home that not only save the environment but my utility bills too. Cree is going to show us the New Cree LED bulb which is shatter-proof, so wave goodbye to glass shards and also costs a mere $7.97. It lasts up to 22 years and personally I know most of us don’t even stay in one home that long. To celebrate the launch, they are...
    by at November 20th, 2014 at 06:11 pm
  • Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy (Discount + Giveaway)
    Tweet I love that holiday seasons always have the magic of Disney on Ice. It is like a fabulous tradition each year. I love watching the spectacle on ice but honestly love watching the magic mirrored in my kids’ faces as they watch the show. What is up for the newest rendition of Disney on Ice? Experience a magical Disney fantasy live on ice! Rev up for non-stop...
    by at November 13th, 2014 at 09:11 am
  • Get screening passes to see Penguins of Madagascar (50 available)! #Boston
    Tweet Penguins of Madagascar was a movie that had to have been made. I mean seriously guys, who has seen the Madagascar movies and did NOT feel that those penguins deserved a movie of their own? So much character and tales were itching to be told and it was crystal clear to me that these guys needed their own limelight. Well how about all of the limelight? They get to...
    by at November 13th, 2014 at 08:11 am
  • A meal for me, a meal for you! #ShareAMeal100 #shareameal #ad
    Tweet This is a sponsored post! I know this is the time where you see major toy drives because so many kids don’t get toys at the holidays. I get that. Heck, I donate to that (and will be this year). But there’s something more kids need. They need food. Yes, food! The most basic of needs a human needs to survive. I recall back in South Africa, where poverty...
    by at October 31st, 2014 at 01:10 pm
  • 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