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  • Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Chicken, the Hellmann’s Way!
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s Real Foodie ambassador allows me to experiment with my favorite mayonnaise and this is one of my favorites to go recipe. We are huge grillers. Hubby loves grilling because he feels it healthier. I love it because less pots and pans in the kitchen to wash. Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Chicken, the Hellmann’s Way!   Ingredients 4...
    by at October 9th, 2013 at 09:10 am
  • 5 Reasons to Kickstart Your Fitness Routine in Fall! #fit4fall
    Tweet Recently Planet Shoes (I love their selection of eco-friendly and vegan shoes) held a bootcamp and sent me a pair of shoes as part of the #fit4fall campaign to get me started. I missed the bootcamp (it was that or 3rd grade math and I did not choose based on personal preference) but the shoes were a sore reminder that “Niri, you need to make good on those...
    by at October 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • Lundby, a Dollhouse to hold their dreams! (REVIEW VIDEO)
    Tweet Dollhouses are important in my home. My oldest daughter got her 1st dollhouse at her 1st birthday 8 years ago. It is still there. A few months after her 1st birthday I fell pregnant with her sister and we decided to use the dollhouse as a way of bracing my baby for her baby sister. We created characters for each member of the family with dolls and had a baby doll...
    by at October 4th, 2013 at 07:10 am
  • The Croods on DVD & Blu-ray! Giveaway (5 winners)
    Tweet There are some movies that you love so much on the big screen that you can’t wait to repeat the magic at home. The Croods is one of those movies. Maybe I have a soft spot for it since I visited Dreamworks Animation Studios and met the director that it will be a movie extra special to me. But in case you’ve forgotten what the movie is about, here is...
    by at October 1st, 2013 at 08:10 pm
  • 5 Educational Apps For Elementary Kids! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet For being kids of parents who are constantly online, my kids are pretty much offline learners. Come to think of it, they are pretty much offline kids. We are not anti technology since both my husband and I come from engineering backgrounds but we feel we should be driving technology, and not be a slave to it. Having said that, our devices are a part of our life...
    by at October 1st, 2013 at 08:10 pm
  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Celebrates 100 year anniversary with breaking Guinness Record! (Giveaway)
    Tweet As you know I am a Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Real Foodie ambassador and was lucky enough to be invited to celebrate the 100th year anniversary. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise being the fabulous brand they are wanted to mark the occasion in style, and one that would definitely go down in the record books. Well they decided to use the most famous record books: the...
    by at September 30th, 2013 at 06:09 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
  • The Little Mermaid Releasing on DVD October 1st (Giveaway)
    Tweet The Little Mermaid was one of my younger daughter’s favorite Disney princesses for a very long time and she actually is wearing the Ariel costume this year for Halloween. Well the Diamond Edition of the Academy Award-winning film comes out on October 1st and what better way to celebrate than to give one of my readers a copy? About the film: Venture under...
    by at September 27th, 2013 at 08:09 am
  • PBS Kids Math Show PEG + CAT + Learn 5 Ways Kids Learn Math While Grocery Shopping!
    Tweet My 6 and 8 year old watch PBS Kids every day as they munch breakfast. It is (still) the only channel I trust with my kids. No frills super smart television that teaches my kids valuable lessons and manages to squeeze in humor. The giggles warm my heart and just when you think PBS Kids cannot get any better, they launch a new show PEG + CAT focusing on elementary...
    by at September 26th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Win 4 movie tickets from Fandango!
    Tweet When Fandango approached me the opportunity to talk about the latest campaign I was returning from a trip from NYC pretty tired, but I was so excited I immediately replied. No, it is not because I am getting paid to do this, though they have been kind enough to offer me tickets similar to the giveaway, but because I adore Fandango. Several years ago someone gave...
    by at September 25th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Help National Geographic Kids set Guinness Record for Animal Pictures! #ngkinsider
    Tweet If you have not been following on the Mommy Niri Facebook page,  you may have missed the announcement that I am working with National Geographic Kids as their ambassador. I know! I still get goosebumps every time I mention that.  I have so very much more to share with you, National Geographic just oozes out great content, but for now I want to mention their amazing...
    by at September 25th, 2013 at 01:09 pm
  • Win screening passes to “Enough Said” And an amazing Makeover too! #Boston
    Tweet I know, I know! Movie buff in me is always excited about a movie itself. Screenings (the privilege to see it before it releases) send me over the edge and now I cram “makeover” in the heading… so much goodness to contain. But let me compose myself and start at the beginning. This is not a kiddie flick. This is your “me time” flick,...
    by at September 17th, 2013 at 11:09 am
  • Life Is Good Festival 2013 (Win 4 tickets)!
    Tweet   If you’re in New England, pretty good chance you’ve heard of the Life Is Good festival. My family has been to the Life Is Good festival for the past several years. I posted about it for the past few years but here is a reminder why I love it: The Life Is Good festival and fell in love with them even more. Here are just a few reasons why: They...
    by at September 16th, 2013 at 08:09 am
  • 5 Tips to Talk to Tweens About Money!
    Tweet Virtual Piggy is a fabulous new way to help manage kids manage their money. It is a safer way than credit cards and allow kids some some freedom to safely shop without fearing bills later. Read more about Virtual Piggy way below. I love the conversation of kids and money and decided to use this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on the subject.  Though I had...
    by at September 9th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Wizard Of Oz Celebrates 75th Anniversary, 3D IMAX Style (Giveaway – 50 screening passes)
    Tweet Would you believe that this year is the 75th Anniversary of the original Wizard of Oz? It is something of a milestone in movie industry’s history and they have found the perfect way to celebrate it and in a way that modern audiences can relate to. For ONE week only the original Wizard of OZ will be released in IMAX 3D format. Here’s a little about the...
    by at September 6th, 2013 at 02:09 am
  • 5 Best Magazine Subscriptions for Tween Girls!
    Tweet Having an engineering career for 12 years has meant I moved to the electronic side early but flipping through a magazine has a certain feel to it. You know what I mean, right? My girls are avid readers and we have branched into reading magazines too. Of course I am wary about magazines out there, especially fashion/lifestyle magazines (marked for tweens/teens)...
    by at September 4th, 2013 at 09:09 am
  • 10 Tips to ensure Road Trip Survival with Kids!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brittney! When Stop ‘n Shop asked me if I would chat about their fuel points system I thought it good to pair it up with some tips with kids. While to most of us adults we “just want to get there already”, kids actually consider the journey to be the “event”. We could increase our happiness ten-fold...
    by at August 27th, 2013 at 08:08 pm
  • Gain freshness! Giveaway! #GainLove @Gain
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Karen! Remember when I created that video for Gain? I always love working with Gain, it means my laundry keeps smelling good and I get to share it with you this time. I know some people like adding it to the drying cycle but I am pretty forgetful so I love having my fabric softener or in-wash scent booster right when I kick off my...
    by at August 9th, 2013 at 10:08 pm
  • The cleaner way to wipe!
    Tweet When Cottonelle asked me to be part of their  “Let’s Talk About Your Bum” program I was skeptical. Oh, I have no issues talking about toilet paper (we ALL use it) and I have no diva status thinking that is not cool enough to talk about, but was worried about the word “bum”. I was already envisioning an avalanche of spam hitting my comment section...
    by at August 9th, 2013 at 09:08 pm
  • Win 100 passes to Sea Of Monsters!
    Tweet Now that my kids are getting older I want to expose them to more age appropriate adventure movies that don’t always include animation. Sea of Monsters is a movie I am pretty excited about as I think it will take my kids (and I) to the edge of the seat. PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS Release: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, in 3D Director: Thor Freudenthal Producers:...
    by at July 26th, 2013 at 11:07 pm
  • Win passes to Smurfs 2 screening! I’m giving away 70! #Boston
    Tweet If you’re anything like me you are eagerly waiting the little blue people and I can’t blame you. Sure I will miss Neil Patrick Harris from the 1st one but peeps, this one has Katy Perry! Enough said, right? Anyway I am excited to see this too.  Though I will be missing this screening, since I am traveling, my kids wil be there watching it along with...
    by at July 21st, 2013 at 08:07 pm
  • Bonzai Pipelines at Six Flags New England! Win 4 tickets plus parking too!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulation Niurka Next week I am headed to my Six Flags New England and I am happy to say that it won’t be my 1st visit.  We love it and I personally love working with the amazing folks at Six Flags New England.  So Six Flags New England would have adequate entertainment with their dry rides to be worth the price of the ticket, but this...
    by at July 6th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
  • I’m giving away 100 passes to Turbo 3D Screening! #Boston
    Tweet A snail that wants to race! There are all kinds of awesome just in that thought. I was fortunate enough when I was at Dreamworks Animation for the launch of The Croods that I got a sneak peak of Turbo. Admittedly it frustrated me a bit since I had to wait so long to see it. Guess what? I still have not seen it and while the movie releases July 17th 2013, I will...
    by at July 5th, 2013 at 08:07 pm
  • Does your laundry scent need a little boost? #GainLove @Gain
    Tweet How does your laundry smell? When Gain asked me if I would create a video about how I use Gain Original Fireworks and Original Scent with Clean Boost detergent, it was an easy task. Who would not want to share how to get your laundry smelling good? I love my laundry having a scent that is not too powerful. With Gain Original Fireworks you can decide how strong...
    by at June 18th, 2013 at 07:06 pm
  • We love our Gru! Win Despicable Me 2 prize valued at $79! #DespicableMe2
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Stephanie! We love our “Gru”! We love how similar he is to Gru in Despicable Me 2,. Well he does not want to take over the moon but then I never asked him so who knows. We were talking about Despicable Me and my 8 year old mentioned that it was one of her favorite movies. I could clearly see why. The playful, hilarious...
    by at June 14th, 2013 at 09:06 am
  • Free Movies For Book Reports This Summer At Showcase Cinemas!
    Tweet My kids love to read! I love them to read. They love movies. I love movies. I puffy heart FREE movies! Well Showcase Cinemas decided to put them all together. And before you go on about you only want to be outside during summer, come talk to me when the needle hits 100F, ok? So as I was saying this is a fab program where kids turn in a book report and get to watch...
    by at June 11th, 2013 at 07:06 pm
  • 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
  • Despicable Me 2: Win (4) tickets to early screening and more! (5 winners) #DM2 #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jeni, Tara, Latoya, Tanaz, Tricia I know it is ridiculous but Despicable Me 2 excitement gives me goosebumps. I LOVED the 1st movie and have been giddy excited to watch the next installment.  I love everything about Despcicable ME, from the humor to the father/daughter relationship to Steve Carrel (that man is amazing) as Gru! This...
    by at June 10th, 2013 at 09:06 am
  • Disney Pixar’s Monsters University! Win 4 Screening Passes (10 families)! #MonstersU #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Erika, Megan, Olga, Andrea, Anandhi, Coco, Matt, Vaishali, Faith, Mimi Raise your hand if you’re excited about Monster’s University? Yeah, I thought so! Me too! I love summer and all the family friendly movies it brings. There are several movies coming out (and watch this space because I will be covering several of them)...
    by at June 5th, 2013 at 10:06 am
  • Free Fun Fridays in Boston (and beyond)!
    Tweet I wrote about this last year but had to write about them this year too. Highland Street Foundation has announced the 2013 Free Friday attractions that they will be sponsoring. 60 free museums and attractions will be part of the program with 6 free each friday! I could not attend the launch meeting due to another prior event but here is more about this fabulous...
    by at May 30th, 2013 at 07:05 am
  • Jawbone UP: I thought I needed to walk, but I really needed to sleep! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet So being a Verizon Insider does have its perks, and one of them happened to be taking the Jawbone UP for a testdrive. What is the UP? It is a bracelet which you wear that monitors your steps and sleep. Steps and sleep? That is really understating it. First off let me tell you why I care so much about this. I started Barre classes and hitting the gym. My daughter...
    by at May 29th, 2013 at 11:05 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
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Announces DTour + Win a night at the Hilton!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kim! When I was approached by DoubleTree by Hilton about DTour I thought how wicked smart that it was to leverage working with Google. What is DTour? It is a first-of-its-kind YouTube channel for the hotel industry, created in collaboration with Google.  Being a blogger I already know the value of content. User content is so...
    by at May 16th, 2013 at 06:05 pm