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  • Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove Tickets For $11.11 Only On 11/11/11 At TDGarden #Boston
    Tweet Disney On Ice is a tradition here, especially on the holidays. So when I heard of a super special offer for my readers I wiggled some room in my crazy schedule to fit in this post. Well, I had to – since this special is only available tomorrow. I don’t want to waste any more time because of my stories, because heck you can get that any day – but...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 02:11 pm
  • Special Screening Of Muppets Sunday November 13th (Free!) #Boston
    Tweet While everyone is going crazy in anticipation about The Muppets (it cannot be just me) I got a scoop today and could not wait to share with you. A little something about the movie: When Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Reading Is Fundamental Celebrates 45 Years!
    Tweet I love reading. In fact I have been so obsessed, yes obsessed, with reading that it used to be a pain point in my home. I would be on my way to do something else, and see something (anything) and start reading and forget to do it. Yes, my parents would go crazy as they found me time and time again reading stuff. I was so thirsty for new stuff, since I grew up...
    by at November 8th, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Roku, Is It The Answer To High Cable Costs?
    Tweet I am extremely suspicious of new devices, and I know that statement sounds weird coming from an engineer. Truth is I am not wary about the functionality of the gadget but rather the (rolling) cost of it. Unlike people who actually look at the actual price of the produce when they grocery stop, I look at the price per pound. That is essentially how you know whether...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show Win 4 Tickets! #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! So you totally know that we are a Phineas and Ferb house and if you did not grab the discount I mentioned before in my Fall Roundup to purchase tickets you better run, because trust me you will not want to miss the show. No seriously, I would be lying if I told you we were happy to watch it, the girls are beyond themselves...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • National Neighborhood Toy Store Day (November 12th 2011)
    Tweet You know when my baby was born I used to go to the toy stores – the big department ones. It felt like everything under one roof except that I felt guilty for all the wonderful gadgets I was passing. I was pretty convinced that my child was less equipped to deal with the harsh world out there. Worse yet was the arsenal of gadgets I did cave in to buy, because...
    by at November 3rd, 2011 at 07:11 am
  • Glow In The Dark Hexbugs, Perfect For Halloween And Beyond!
    Tweet I love an excuse to have a party and when I got the chance to host a Hexbugs party I was already excited. The fact that it was the glow in the dark edition added more fun to it. I debated whether to set up the tracks or let the kids do it. I was wondering whether the kids may get frustrated trying to put it together but I got carried with other stuff and ran out...
    by at November 2nd, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • Creating Jobs! BlogHer And Starbucks On Call Today! #createjobsforusa
    Tweet Jobs! Even if you have one you have to be pretty thick skinned (or selfish) to not care that so many are out of work. Contrary to what many believe is lack of effort is more of luck these days. Even if you have a job cout your lucky stars (yes hard work has something to do with it but not all of it) and show support for those not so fortunate. Tides turn easily...
    by at November 1st, 2011 at 07:11 am
  • Leftovers: Love ‘em or leave ‘em? Win A $100 AmEx Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Nicole! I am kind of in the middle on this one. For the most part I love leftovers but if there is something I am tired of seeing (why, oh why, can I never get used to cook in small quantities?). Restaurant leftovers are always a treat since I carefully choose what I order, and so are party meals. Anyone else thinks that leftovers...
    by at October 31st, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Mommy Niri Cares: Announcing Feeding Hope 2011
    Tweet Over at Mommy Niri Cares we have just announced our latest project to cook, feed and clean up for about 100 people. Head on over to read more at Mommy Niri Cares. This will just be one of several new campaigns where we use social media for social good!
    by at October 27th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Making Diwali Mine!
    Tweet Can you imagine how Christmas, or any major festival, without family? That is exactly how I feel at Diwali. Even though I was used to being a minority, I am also used to see all festivals so deeply entrenched in society. I could be shopping at a supermarket just like here only thing is samoosas and lasagne would be side by side. Anyway while trying to focus on...
    by at October 26th, 2011 at 09:10 am
  • LeapFrog Continues To Make Learning Fun With Their LeapPad.
    Tweet You will recall that in my BlogHer Finds I highlighted the LeapPad, even though I just briefly tried it there I was sufficiently impressed to mention it. Fast forward a few months and I got to take the LeapPad along with the TAG reading system for a test drive as well as activities to share with friends. I cannot write this post without sharing my history of LeapFrog....
    by at October 26th, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Holding My Second Baby For The First Time!
    Tweet When I signed up to write posts for the Million Moms campaign for a few months I was eager for many memories to come flooding back. When I was offered the suggestion this month to share my thoughts when I first held my baby I realized, like most moms, the first inclination was to share my thoughts with my firstborn. Seeing as the subsequent born get a somewhat...
    by at October 22nd, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Therapy: Too Little, Too Much, Too Expensive, Too Tired!
    Tweet Like how some people have soccer practice or ballet as their curricular activities, parents of special needs kids have therapy. We spend countless hours in waiting rooms, swopping tips, sharing IEP notes and packing dinners to eat in transit. We smile and nod understandingly when a kid has a tantrum, or when a kid acts in a way that would seem crazy to those not...
    by at October 18th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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    Recess, So Much More Than Just Play!
    Tweet Recess is really so much more than play and as a mama to a special needs kids I know that more now than ever. In fact with my little girl with Autism most activities inside the school are slightly easier for my kid, at least somewhat. This is more because they are controlled and academic, both of those qualities appealing to her. Even gym time, even with her lagging...
    by at October 17th, 2011 at 04:10 pm
  • Preventing Squirrels From Eating My Pumpkins!
    Tweet I have been at my wit’s end with pumpkins. I tried growing it (I will have to admit that the entire team had no luck – blame it on the weather) but caved in and bought 2 from Wilson Farms. We barely managed to get a chance to enjoy the view of our porch with them sitting on the railing when lo and behold we return home one day and found one eaten. I...
    by at October 17th, 2011 at 08:10 am
  • Win Wine From The California Wine Club! (Discount Code Too)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Conratulations Debp! When I was returning from getting married in India, we were going to connect in Germany. I was still on my “a new country per year” pledge so I decided to spend a few days touring. The weather was awful but I was still on a high from my wedding so my disposition was sunny even if the temperatures told a different...
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Fall Finds To Create That Fresh Look! And Some Halloween Boo Too! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Alicia! Is it really possible that I cover a season before that season passes? Well this may be a first but I expect t say hello to fall while it is still, well, fall. The only thing I do not like about Fall is that I know Winter is close on its heels. I really feel if I have to be anywhere in the USA for Fall, New England is the...
    by at October 14th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Wilson Farms Spooky Hayride!
    Tweet Being away from family means traditions take a knocking. We have been struggling to create new traditions not in line either with our beliefs or our pockets. One of those traditions that happened  quite by accident a few years ago was the Spooky Hayride at Wilson Farms, Lexington MA. Wilson Farms is a place we go to as a treat to get fabulously fresh vegetables...
    by at October 10th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Home Depot’s Kids Workshop!
    Tweet Home Depot becomes a haven for the home owner and one of those places that inspires you to do-it-yourself. I am a huge fan of Home Depot, and ignoring the confidence it builds in me, I love that I can ask anyone advice and always have an educated response. I have never found them “salesy” to me (and this is not a sponsored post, I just love them dearly). Home...
    by at October 9th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Paddywhack Toys Costume Up For Halloween.
    Tweet You would recall me talking about Paddywhack Lane earlier, but what you may not have realized is how perfect they are for Halloween. Normally Halloween focus is a tad bit scary for the younger set so it is nice to have a toy that is sweet and simple. The no-batteries is still my biggest plus point for these toys. Recently I had a party and got to share these toys...
    by at October 6th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Life Is Good Festival Was More Than Good!
    Tweet I have never been to a Life Is Good festival. Somehow my travel schedule did not allow me to attend it in previous years. The fact that my kid with Autism finds crowds and loud sounds to be a bit discomforting makes us cautious where we choose to go. Still, knowing the mission behind the Life Is Good team I fell in love with it, especially since I have Mommy Niri...
    by at October 6th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • A Dinner With Disney At Blue Ginger To Sample Ming Tsai’s Offering Pre Epcot Food And Wine Festival!
    Tweet You know how when you get an email that looks too good to be true? Especially when you poured hours reading so many bad pitches in a day you swear you are going to be cross-eyed, some invitations need to be re-read several times to make sure it is true. The dinner was at Blue Ginger, the amazing East-meets-West restaurant run by Celebrity Chef MingTsai. Chef Ming will...
    by at October 4th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Yo Gabba Gabba Hits Boston This Weekend!
    Tweet No new news that we are fans of the show Yo Gabba Gabba. As I mentioned before, once I got past the orange leggings and weird hairdos I learned to love the show and their catchy music. Then when we went to a live show, I just sat there in amazement as all the kids were mesmerized by the music and dance. The fact that the message in each show and song is so positive...
    by at September 29th, 2011 at 07:09 pm
  • Spa Week ($50) Coming Up! I Had A Head Start!
    Tweet Spa! Don’t you just feel all relaxed uttering that word? Truth is if we all could afford it this would be a permanent fixture on the calendar. I mean, remove the cost factor and there is not a single bad thing I can think about a spa treatment. When I discovered Spa Week a year or so ago I was in indulgence heaven. Woah – should I backtrack? Do you...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 05:09 pm
  • Fall For Pasta: Win A $100 AmEx Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Harriet! Well you know about my wonderful trip to the Unilever office and meeting the fabulous Ragu team but what about something for my wonderful readers. Fall is almost upon us but I am not done with summer yet. At least until I don’t see snow I am good. I love that I live in Boston so I get to enjoy my Fall in one of the...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 09:09 am
  • My Visit To The Ragu Kitchen!
    Tweet So a confession here: I love behind the scenes! And this is for anything. I feel like it is some little secret that I have been made privy to something special. Getting to New York and not needing to wake up at an un-Godly hour was a treat. Dinner the night before was a wonderful selection of mouthwatering dishes but the icing on the cake was actually watching...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 09:09 am
  • Back To School – Take Two! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Elaine! So while everyone is getting settled in to school and feeling like summer I am still in denial. So much so some of you get to score on some great giveaways. We are still scuttling around with my preschooler with me dealing with the fact that public schools have lottery systems for admission (WTH with that?), the most are...
    by at September 21st, 2011 at 10:09 pm
  • Discovering The Mom In Me, And The Mom For Me! #aMillionMoms
    Tweet Recently, as part of the Million Moms Challenge, I was asked about my challenging moment being pregnant. To keep it in a nutshell, the biggest challenge was going it alone. More importantly it was going it without my mom, a mom who had died 13 years ago this very week. Writing it was emotional for me and the tears came rushing back, almost as fast as the memories...
    by at September 18th, 2011 at 07:09 pm
  • Apple Picking At Honey Pot Hill Farm.
    Tweet There are birthday parties and then there are birthday parties. This past weekend I attended a fabulous one  (happy 4th birthday Aliyah) that had the perfect mixture of fun for the whole family. Honey Pot Hill Farm was really a well maintained farm that made all points accessible to kids. The only thing we did not explore was the petting zoo. A mixture of a barn...
    by at September 16th, 2011 at 04:09 pm
  • Win A Manicure And Pedicure For You And A Friend! #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah! There is a new movie releasing soon I Don’t Know How She Does It starring Sarah Jessica Parker – and while I love her to bits I found it difficult to assume she could actually identify with the regular mom on the street. Then I saw a few snippets of the movie (no, not seen entire movie yet) where Sarah imagines the...
    by at September 13th, 2011 at 07:09 pm
  • Dreams Of Being President?
    Tweet I asked my 6 year old to write a mini book report about her latest book “Grace For President” and this is her question to herself with the reply.  
    by at September 9th, 2011 at 08:09 am
  • Meeting Indra Nooyi, CEO Of PepsiCo!
    Tweet Do I get some sort of award for being the last one to write about BlogHer 11? Some posts are so full of heart that while they flow writing it, starting it is not so easy. Meeting Indra Nooyi was exactly that, easy in some ways but difficult for the intensity it aroused. When I received the invitation we were on our way to bowling with the kids, but I was bowled...
    by at September 8th, 2011 at 10:09 pm
  • Spicing Up Your Pasta! (Win $100 Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Mami2jcn! By now you know I am a Ragu “Mom’s the word on Dinner” ambassador and over the next few months I will be sharing ideas with you and doing some a lot of learning too. Changing up a meal can change up the mood. I am in a bit of a funk and was thinking of actually painting my lounge this long weekend. Food,...
    by at September 1st, 2011 at 10:09 am
  • At The School Bus Stop? Smile!
    Tweet My 6 year old started 1st Grade yesterday and she really wanted to ride the bus on her 1st day. As we approached the bus stop we noticed several parents standing there with kids. All were busy chatting amiably, which I would assume to mean they all knew each other. As they continued to sip their coffee (assuming it to be), they did not even give a passing glance...
    by at August 31st, 2011 at 09:08 pm