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  • 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
  • Date Night? Win date night movie tickets from Fandango!
    Tweet Date nights are few and far between and I so look forward to them. I am extremely careful (read fussy) about leaving my kids with anyone and since I don’t have any family living locally that makes it really tough to go out. Most times “date night” is waiting for the kids to sleep and then cuddling on the couch and watching a movie but, especially...
    by at February 7th, 2014 at 08:02 am
  • Win passes to a screening of The Lego Movie! #Boston
    Tweet I’ve been meaning to write the first post of 2014 but each post just never seemed perfect enough and then the chance to give my readers a chance to watch The Lego Movie before it is released came up and I thought I could not miss out on this. So while it is not a big profound resolution type post (that may still come) I am glad that I am opening up 2014 with...
    by at January 15th, 2014 at 08:01 am
  • 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