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  • Karito Kids: It’s More Than Just Dolls!
    Tweet I had heard about Karito Kids briefly some time back (in a very glowing light) but it was only when a month ago I was contacted by the company Kids Give to see if I was willing to do a review of the dolls, I began to look closer. Note, I have 2 little girls so dolls are a dime a dozen in my home but I knew that the Karito Kid’s dolls were something a lot...
    by at June 15th, 2009 at 09:06 pm
  • Children’s Museum Easton Celebrating Father’s Day
    Tweet Located in a historic Old Fire Station in North Easton, MA, The Children’s Museum in Easton is an educational, cultural, and social learning center for children and families focusing on children ages 1-8. The museum has over 3 floors of interactive exhibits and 100s of programs that allow kids to explore. In celebration of Father’s Day, the Easton Museum...
    by at June 15th, 2009 at 09:06 pm
  • Win A Selection Of Little Debbie Muffins (3 Winners)
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** When I opened the Little Debbie muffins sample pack of 5 varieties, I knew that some one must have read Mommy Niri’s Friday 5 : Household Chores That I Absolutely Hate as each box came with 6  individually packed muffins. The kids can have some and I don’t have to worry packing the others.  I guess this  is what mommies want....
    by at June 12th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
  • 10-10-10, A Life Transforming Idea by Suzy Welch
    Tweet Suzy Welch is a noted journalist, columnist for The Oprah Magazine, and wife to Jack Welch (the legendary CEO of GE). Her new book 10-10-10, Ten Minutes, Ten Months, and Ten Years, A Life Transforming Idea is about making good decisions. Ten minutes, ten months, and ten years refer to short term, mid term, and long term impact of your decisions. It’s a new approach...
    by at June 12th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Signs Of Bad Customer Service!
    Tweet As part of the Mommy Niri Friday 5 series, Mommy  Niri has decided to speak on a topic that has been niggling her for a while, Customer Service, or rather Bad Customer Service.  Surprising, isn’t it, that in an economy that is struggling to stay afloat, people have the audacity to display poor customer service? Here are a few of Mommy Niri’s pet...
    by at June 12th, 2009 at 04:06 pm
  • And Then There Was Camera #3!
    Tweet That’s 3 times this week. Yes, 3 times that I was ready to take a perfect shot and my camera died on me. I guess I should be glad it was just batteries with this camera. My camera woes did not begin just here. My saga started around 6 or more years ago when I got the first digital camera (aka camera #1 an Olympus) which was fine until Baby #1 came along....
    by at June 11th, 2009 at 08:06 pm
  • Win An Autographed Copy Of Guide To Pirate Parenting,
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** Parenting books (seem to) target women to a large extent. It might be that reason that men don’t read them, or maybe they just do directions (or instructions). Ok, no arguing on that point as it is Father’s Day is fast approaching. In enters Tim Bete, author of Pirate Parenting,  with his fresh approach to parenting. Bring the...
    by at June 10th, 2009 at 09:06 pm
  • Alliance Against Childhood Obesity
    Tweet Childhood Obesity is the nation’s leading health problem.  Well, I guess that is not news as we have known this for years. However , only now  we are seeing some significant movement – The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation have formed  The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. It would be interesting to see how the...
    by at June 9th, 2009 at 09:06 pm
  • Mommy Niri At Diane Birch’s Launch Concert In NYC
    Tweet When I received an invite from Katja to the Diane Birch’s CD Release party in NYC, it was a no brainer that I was going to join in. Yes, the drive would be a daunting one but I am no shrinking violet when it comes to adventures. After finally getting to the City Winery, where it was held, I got to mingle with all my favorite bloggers: Katja Presnal (Skimbaco...
    by at June 8th, 2009 at 08:06 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Household Chores That I Absolutely Hate!
    Tweet Ok, ok I know Mommy Niri is the latest she has ever been in publishing her Friday 5 series for this week, but truth of the matter is Mommy Niri badly needed some SLEEP.  Now those who know me well that I am not one to ever choose sleep over blogging but I guess my late night in NYC with some of my blogging buddies at the Diane Birch CD release party (and you...
    by at June 5th, 2009 at 08:06 pm
  • Meet Katja, Mom Blogger Extraodinaire
    Tweet I have known about Katja Presnal, blogger at Skimbaco Lifestyle, for a long time but when I met her at the Today’s Mom Book Event (yes the one with Sarah Ferguson as the special guest) I was ecstatic beyond words. Look in the blogging world the Katja‘s of the world are our celebrities. Here are a few questions I asked Katja to get to know her better. How...
    by at June 3rd, 2009 at 07:06 pm
  • Win A Basket Of Organic Candy and A T-Shirt
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** Have you read my previous post, Organic Candy That You Have Been Waiting For, about SurfSweets? In celebration of Father’s Day, SurfSweets is hosting a contest for Mommy Niri readers. The winner will get a basket of organic candies and a T-shirt. It is easy to enter the Organic Candy contest by following the guidelines below. The...
    by at June 2nd, 2009 at 06:06 pm
  • I Am A Purex Insider!
    Tweet What’s a Purex Insider you say?Well, no spy story here, although my package did read “TOP SECRET: Confidential!“, but I am among 200 people in the country chosen by Purex to test the new laundry product by Purex. I am probably the last to blog about it. Why did I take so long is a question you may ask only if you have not been to my home, otherwise...
    by at June 2nd, 2009 at 12:06 pm
  • Russ Cox -The artist behind Mommy Niri logo
    Tweet #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } Thanks to LinkedIn that I found Russ...
    by at June 2nd, 2009 at 03:06 am
  • Meet Charlene, A Single Mom
    Tweet Charlene is a mom to a beautiful young daughter and she is one one of the most vibrant people I know. Besides her work as a social worker and being dedicated mom, Charlene is an active participant on mommy groups too. If that was not enough to keep her plate full, she is now a  distributor of Shaklee (we will explore this part of Charlene in a separate post...
    by at May 31st, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Top Tips To Being A Good Party Guest
    Tweet As part of the Friday 5 series Mommy Niri continues this week with fresh thoughts her impending daughters’ (yes both of them) birthday festivities the next day. Not sure how to deal with the huge bash but fugured taking some time to write this blog post will prevent me from thinking of ever-growing to-do list. RSVP. Come on, most of the time you know whether...
    by at May 29th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Win Organic Clothing For Your Baby
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** You read my previous post, Organic Clothing! Good For Baby And Good For The Earth, about My Little Pakora’s fine selection of organic clothing along with their greener philosophy. Now is the time to experience organic clothing by yourself as My Little Pakora is hosting a contest for Mommy Niri readers. The winner will receive a T-Shirt...
    by at May 27th, 2009 at 09:05 pm
  • Balance B, Nutritious Kid’s Snack Bar
    Tweet The top-selling foods at any school’s snack bar would most likely be pizza, french fries, chips, soda, candy and ice cream. That’s right – there are hardly any healthy snack alternatives for kids. Moreover, kids would just not eat fruits and veggies because its not cool. While some of it may be old habits  other may be poor alternatives. As the...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 09:05 pm
  • Finding Slow In A Digital Nation
    Tweet Mommy Niri was invited, along with several bloggers, media representatives and significant educators (professors, teachers and principals) to view the launch of the Digital Nation project at the WGBH studios. Digital Nation will culminate into an hour long documentary (slated to be released in Winter 2010) and a highly interactive website too. Typically documentaries...
    by at May 26th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Getting Kids To Eat Veggies
    Tweet It is no secret that many parents (including me) rely on  fast food, processed snack foods, and sugary drinks to bribe children. Easy access to drive-thru (read my post on drive-thrus making to the top 5 in parenting wish list) and low cost makes this high calorie and low nutritional food a better alternative for many. As a result obesity and many other health...
    by at May 25th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Pilates Catches Up With The Wii Phenomenon!
    Tweet Sega recently announced the Daisy Fuentes Pilates for the Wii – offering a personalized, private Pilates class, right in your living room. Knowing that time is of the essence for moms and the budgets tighter than ever working out at home is growing immensely. Gone are the days of boring videos while you struggle to imitate the instructor. The Wii, and more...
    by at May 25th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Mommy Niri Goes “Up”, Up And Away!
    Tweet The Disney/Pixar movie “UP” releases on May 29th but Mommy Niri not only got to see the advanced screening early April  but also gave several readers to win tickets to the screening. The movie was amazing in so many dimensions (it would have had to have been to have kept my 2 little ones glued to their seats)  that the beauty of it would be hard...
    by at May 24th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Friday 5: The 5 Girlfriends Mommies Keep!
    Tweet This Friday one of my best friends is over for the Memorial Weekend. I am so thrilled that she trudged all the way from Seattle to Boston to spend time with us. Her being here got me thinking about friends and friendships, more specifically the types of friendships we have.  I love spending time with her so I am a bit late in the day with today’s post but...
    by at May 22nd, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Stop And Shop Listens To What Mamas Want!
    Tweet Last week Mommy Niri was lucky to be invited along with a few other mom bloggers to hear what advice Andrea Astrachan,  Consumer Advisor for Stop And Shop, had to offer to moms as they navigate their way down the aisles. As the economy hits everyone’s wallet the shopping still continues but habits have been changing. In ensuring the choices just don’t...
    by at May 21st, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Organic Clothing! Good For Baby And Good For The Earth
    Tweet A pakora, a fried snack made of spinach or onion or potato dipped in gram flour, is an integral part of Indian cuisine. My Little Pakora is not a special meal but an  organic clothing company done tastefully. Started by  mom, Sonia Gupta, the clothing line includes  onesies, t-shirts, pants, blankets, bibs and hats with prints of yoga, buddha, animals and birds. What...
    by at May 20th, 2009 at 09:05 pm
  • Mama’s Encyclopedia
    Tweet Moms are faced with several issues including Stay at Home Moms, Keeping Sparkly Homes, and Pregnant Women. Google for all its greatness hasn’t been all that helpful for parenting information. In comes comes Mamapedia – enables you to search answers for your most pressing questions, such as potty training, childhood crushes, and summer camps,...
    by at May 19th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Just Call Me Dora!
    Tweet These days my older darling seems to feel the name we have bestowed upon her as something so distasteful that she seethingly reminds us not to call her by it. Yes, you may have read many times of my post on my girls’ love for Dora the explorer (read Dora gets Mommy Niri’s Vote or Yes, I washed that shirt for more insight) but nothing prepared me for...
    by at May 19th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Win ItzaBitza, The Magical Drawing Game for Early Readers
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** Here is the new ItzaBitza contest that ends on 9/10/2009. Sabi Games, the wonderful guys who are sponsoring me to Blogher, is  offering one of my lucky readers to win a copy of ItzaBitza. ItzaBitza is a magical drawing game for early readers that is ideal for Pre-K,  Kindergarten and First Graders.  Here children’s drawings are...
    by at May 18th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Draw The Wackiest House And Win…Big!
    Tweet Sabi Games announces the launch of the “Draw The Wackiest House And Win” contest. You can win the Flip Ultra camcorder for you and also a snazzy digital camera for the kiddo too. As if playing with this wonderful drawing game for early readers was not enough, Sabi Games wants to offer you this exciting incentive to try their new game.  They are as...
    by at May 18th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Things I Appreciate Now That I Am A Mom!
    Tweet The Mommy Niri Friday 5 Series, continues this Friday and yes I am late again but officially it is still Friday so no rules broken (yet). This Friday I wanted to take special note of many things that have been around for a while but have only garnered attention since I became a mom. Forgive the picture reuse, as my camera decided to crash on Mother’s Day!...
    by at May 15th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Win The Good Home CookBook!
    Tweet *** CONTEST CLOSED *** The Good Home Cookbook, edited by Richard J Perry, is somewhat of a bible on cooking, and not for nothing. Knowing that recipes are tried and tested gives the assurance to any cook, novice or expert. I mean I certainly don’t want to find out a flop recipe with my family waiting in tow for a good meal.  Now make that over a 1000 recipes...
    by at May 14th, 2009 at 09:05 pm
  • Mommy Niri + ItzaBitza = Best BlogHer Yet!
    Tweet It is with much excitement that I would like to announce that Sabi Games will be sponsoring Mommy Niri to the BlogHer 2009 conference in Chicago.  I have been skeptical about accepting any sponsorships or advertising as it was extremely important that the affiliation I held with any company be one I could hold with pride. During a product review process a few...
    by at May 11th, 2009 at 08:05 pm
  • Mommy Niri Nominated For Best Local Blog In Nickelodeon Parents’ Pick Awards!
    Tweet You can Vote daily! How wonderful it was to get an email on Friday to let me know that Mommy Niri has been nominated for a Nickelodeon’s Parent’s Pick Award in the Best Local Blog section. The surprise soon subsided and then I went on in disbelief to see if it was some prank. I mean Mommy Niri is some little player in this blogging space so it was...
    by at May 10th, 2009 at 01:05 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Last Minute Ideas For Mother’s Day
    Tweet As part of the Mommy Niri Friday 5 Series, I am going to focus on again on Mother’s Day. Yes, I know I covered it last week in what not to do for Mother’s Day, but I decided to help you out this. Since I know several of you are last minute guys (ahem, honey I hope you are reading this too) I hope this will help you out. 1.      Take the kids...
    by at May 8th, 2009 at 07:05 pm
  • Carpool Karma
    Tweet Will all of you moms who spend more time behind the wheel playing taxi to the kid’s social calendar (which is more active than our own, not that we are keeping tabs) raise your hands? That’s what I thought, and I am no different. Of course the fact that my kids are not exactly of the age where I can always “drop” them off at an event means...
    by at May 6th, 2009 at 02:05 am