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  • Win screening passes to The Nut Job (50 passes)! #Boston
    Tweet And just like that the year is ending, but wait, Mommy Niri has a fab way for you to start the New Year, especially if you’re in the Boston area! By now you would know my love for movies and it is one of the best features I love bringing my readers. Well it has been a while so I’m excited to bring to you a new movie, The Nut Job! Here’s a little...
    by at December 29th, 2013 at 11:12 pm
  • Spicy Deviled Eggs + Win one of 2 $100 AmEx gift cards (RECIPE) #realfoodies)
    Tweet It’s almost party time right, and being a Hellmann’s mayonnaise ambassador means you get a few (very) good reasons to party too. Seriously make that 200 good reasons, or rather $200! 2 winners, each winning a $100. Well how about a recipe to boot too? Well if you’re like me you’re getting food ready for New Year’s eve. And if you’re...
    by at December 29th, 2013 at 10:12 pm
  • Win a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids!
    Tweet Being a National Geographic Kid’s Ambassador has its perks, I get you give you a years subscription to either National Geographic Kids or National Geographic Kids, Junior. My kids drool over every page of their National Geographic Kids magazine and the reason I am proud to be an ambassador is because I would easily spend my money on their books because I...
    by at December 29th, 2013 at 08:12 pm
  • Nintendo’s Wii U is a welcome addition to the family!
    Tweet You’re either a Wii family or the other kind, and you normally stay loyal to your choice. I’m excited to say we’ve been a Wii family for ages so when Nintendo asked if we would want to take the Wii U for a trial, there was absolutely no thinking about it. We’ve been tempted to upgrade and this was the perfect opportunity. Admittedly we had...
    by at December 23rd, 2013 at 01:12 pm
  • Celebrating me! Celebrating you! (GIVEAWAY: 2 $100 AmEx gift cards)
    Tweet We are in the midst of the holidays but I made an extra effort to mark my own holiday this year, courtesy of being a Hellmann’s ambassador. I decided to have a birthday party for me. I know, and call it selfish or indulgent or just a wicked good idea but it was one of the best I had all year. The fact that I share my birthday with my spouse (I know, I think...
    by at December 23rd, 2013 at 08:12 am
  • Ornaments with a touch of class!
    Tweet I love Lisa Leonard‘s jewelry. They are simple, classy and and honest. I own several pieces and feel a sense of reality when I wear them. I know that sounds weird for something a piece of jewelry can do, but it is true. It is not loud and the statement pieces have wonderful messages to them. The fact that they are handmade with intricate detail and a quality...
    by at December 23rd, 2013 at 06:12 am
  • 9 Ways to stay sane this holiday season!
    Tweet When Living Social asked me to share tips and tricks to getting through the holidays, I jumped on the chance. I see too many people frazzled in between the moments of expected routines. 1). Defer the present The joy of the present does not have to be now. I love opting for gift cards or gift subscriptions because they can be bought last minute but every time...
    by at December 18th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • 5 Apps To save you money while holiday shopping! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet I have loved working with Verizon Wireless and discovering how my gadgets help add to my lifestyle. I don’t like cheap stuff, I like stuff cheap. I think many people don’t know the difference, but if you’re a discerning shopper with one eye on the wallet and the other on the quality, you would know what I mean.  Here are a few apps I use pretty...
    by at December 17th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Win 4 tickets to Disney On Ice, Passport to Adventure!
    Tweet It’s the holidays so you know what that means? Yes, Disney on Ice will once again be in town. The next 2 weeks will be buzzing with holiday preparation and you may want to steal some sanity time. The new Disney on Ice, Passport to Adventure show is perfect for getting everyone to breathe. It is why I am glad to have not only been invited but also a chance...
    by at December 16th, 2013 at 09:12 pm
  • Hosting, or Being Hosted, I like being noticed! #pcholiday
    Tweet Personal Creations could not have asked a bigger fan to talk about their products. If you know me personally, you would know I love hosting parties. Besides the fact that I need the excuse/incentive to actually clean my home (don’t pretend like you don’t), I love cooking and I love enjoying people. I have a small home, but my home  parties always have...
    by at December 13th, 2013 at 05:12 pm
  • Ornaments that reflect and bind the family! #pcholiday
    Tweet While I have been turning down several opportunities to work with amazing brands I could not say no to Personal Creations. For one, I love their customer service and secondly I am a huge sucker for personalized anything. So I’m no Christian but I believe in celebrating as many festivals as I can. Life is too short to celebrate any less. Plus, whatever my...
    by at December 12th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Saying Goodbye to My Madiba!
    Tweet I feel so emotional as I sit here in Boston writing about the death of Nelson Mandela. I had stopped following news of South Africa intently and have embraced my home in the USA, other than keeping in touch with my family there. I had moved on. Then after a therapy session for my child I sat in the dark parking lot with them making a banter in the back and checked...
    by at December 6th, 2013 at 09:12 am
  • 5 Weird Things about me for #weirdwednesday
    Tweet It is Wednesday and while weird things happen everyday, this Wednesday I am taking the day to focus on the weirdness. Actually you know who is good at weirdness? National Geographic Kids. In fact they have drawn quite a following with their weird but true books and columns.  My kids devour those facts and they make perfect backseat conversations in the car (it...
    by at December 4th, 2013 at 05:12 pm
  • Win A Membership for the family from Boston’s Museum Of Science!
    Tweet There are gifts, and then there are GIFTS! Mommy Niri has decided to play Santa this year and this is honestly one of the nicest things the Museum Of Science can offer my readers. The most incredible thing about this gift is that this gift lasts the entire year, which is probably how long it will take to see almost everything in the museum, only for them to switch...
    by at December 4th, 2013 at 09:12 am
  • 10 Reasons why this mom loves the Rainbow Loom!
    Tweet You know the Loom, right? The Rainbow Loom? Apparently every tween, and those kids before and after that age too, are into it. Well, if you’re sitting on the fence whether to get it or just curious as to what the craze is about, I thought I would share my reasons for loving it! 1). No batteries! I should never need to explain this reason. Ever! Moms, dads...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 08:12 pm
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Kid to see Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! (GIVEAWAY)
    Tweet About 12 or 13 years ago I went to see The Nutcracker with my sweetheart. We were still dating at the time so I think that was the only reason he agreed because it was not the thing he would suggest going to. Even though we had almost nose-bleed seats you were swept away by the magic of the show. I have never seen any other performance of The Nutcracker but I have...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry (RECIPE) (Win $100 AmEx Gift Card)
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s ambassador has several perks, the best of which is being associated with the yummiest mayonnaise around. But Hellmann’s does something else wonderful as part of the ambassadorship, we get to host a party t celebrate something, celebrate something I did. My husband and I share a birthday and while I am generally of a sharing nature,...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Let her take the baby (doll)!
    Tweet I had neighbors who covered their couches with plastic covers and that was so uncomfortable sitting on, and you can imagine this mingled with hot, humid tropical weather made for some sticky situations. My mom once bought a fancy doll and had it put into a glass case to keep it looking good. It looked good… always but I hated that I never got to play with...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Saying Goodbye To 2013 American Girl Saige? Win it!
    Tweet My world has opened up with American Girl and recently pretty deeply. From their books, to their magazines to their workbooks (we actually use some in therapy for my kid) to their amazing dolls. American Girl is a well known and respected brand and I’m sure, if you have a little girl, she either has a doll or is pining for one… or both. While we owned...
    by at November 22nd, 2013 at 09:11 am
  • 7 Shopping Tips For Tweens, by Tweens! (RUUM giftcard giveaway)
    Tweet Ruum recently asked us to check out their store in Natick and we were happy to oblige. We are avid shoppers at Ruum in a mall nearer to me but I still agreed to see the newer location. I felt like we were cheating on our regular RUUM (the staff know my girls and I pretty well) but was pleasantly surprised to see the manager of our location RUUM at this location....
    by at November 20th, 2013 at 11:11 am
  • Dressing the doll, and why I care!
    Tweet Let me preface this conversation by stating at the outset that I have several naked dolls around my home. I do! I have absolutely not issue about that. I really don’t. I am not embarrassed to admit that I puffy heart dolls. I love dressing them more. I don’t care if anyone thinks that it is tacky to make that confession or whether they draw innuendoes...
    by at November 14th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • 5 Tips for Photo Holiday Cards (Giveaway from Minted)!
    Tweet I used Minted.com for my Holiday cards a few years ago and since then I have tried several others and can safely say that Minted has the best quality of cards. It is why I am extra excited to work with Minted this year and I can’t wait to share my amazing holiday cards with my friends but also give one of my readers a chance to do the same. I have family...
    by at November 13th, 2013 at 09:11 am
  • Corolle Dolls, perfect for boys too!
    Tweet I’m always amused when I see parents of boys deterred by their sons owning dolls. Since when is nurturing a girl thing? I wrote about this topic before but it is a subject close to my heart. While I have no sons I do understand that what is a boy today may be a dad someday and the perceptions he draws then are built now. While I am an avid supporter of female...
    by at October 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am
  • Win screening passes to Free Birds! (80 passes)
    Tweet November is sneaking up on us and you know what that means? That’s right turkey season! Well to celebrate the mood I love that Relativity Media has come up with a fab movie: Free Birds. Mommy Niri has 2 little surprises for you guys: 80 special screening passes to watch the movie earlier if you’re in the Boston area and for everyone a prize giveaway...
    by at October 18th, 2013 at 06:10 pm
  • Free Birds giveaway including $50 Oriental Trading Gift card!
    Tweet It is hard to imagine having kids and not hearing about Oriental Trading. From moms to teachers and everyone in between Oriental Trading has been a go to place to get craft supplies and more. Oriental Trading is celebrating 80 years in the field and a perfect way to celebrate it is partnering with Relativity Media’s new movie Free Birds which launches November...
    by at October 17th, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • 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