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  • Global Toys
    I was amazed to find this display of the Taj Mahal in the Lego store. I was even more (pleasantly) surprised to overhear at least two conversations from kids and parents discussing it.
    by at November 8th, 2008 at 03:11 am
  • Farewell Gymboree! Farewell David!
    With the purse strings getting tighter than ever and with the classes getting more expensive than ever, we finally made the difficult decision to not continue attending Gymboree classes. Gymboree classes have been a part of our life for a long time, from Miss J when she was just a few months old to Miss B also sharing in. Now over 3 years later we will be taking a (long)...
    by at November 7th, 2008 at 08:11 pm
  • I Don’t Care Who You Vote For! Just Vote!
    Ok, so I lied, I do care! Obama is my man, but I care more importantly that you use your right to vote. I remember reading over a decade ago a one-liner somewhere that said “Americans will cross oceans to fight for the right to vote, but not the street to cast that vote”. Having the right to vote is a privilege and responsibility all rolled in one. I can...
    by at October 30th, 2008 at 05:10 pm
  • Just Follow Dora!
    Recently we hosted a Halloween Party at our home and it was with much excitement that Miss J got to sport her Dora The Explorer costume. I spied a little costumed boy following Miss J around. It happened that she was not the only die-hard fan of Dora (excluding Miss B who also has the Dora bug) at the party. His mom noticed this too and confessed that her son loved Dora...
    by at October 26th, 2008 at 05:10 pm
  • Oh Scooby Doo! How Could You?
    I had high hopes that this year Halloween was going to be more fun the last one since Miss J was 3 years old and chose her own costume (Dora The Explorer). We got to a local party held by the town excited as there were going to be a few characters there, including Dora The Explorer. I was really hoping that the character would be small as I was worried how intimidating...
    by at October 24th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Providing The Tools For Early Readers
    Having a daughter who has kept us on our toes with the speed with which she learns stuff meant I have always been on the lookout for the tools to help me. Essential tools (workbooks, reading books, media and cards) from the fanciest bookstore to dollar stores, has been explored. Brands like Leap Frog, Kumon and Hooked On Phonics have always been highly regarded. They work...
    by at October 21st, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Potato Head
    What do you get when you give Miss J a Potato Head to make? A hard-hat wearing, handbag carrying, lipstick wearing, moustache sporting Potato Head.
    by at October 21st, 2008 at 05:10 am
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?
    My 3 year and I were reading Dora’s “What will you be when you grow up?” book and we were looking at the various options. There were many choices to be made, like a train driver, a doctor, a clown, a musician etc. I looked at her and asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, and the answer she gave totally surprised me. She said “I...
    by at October 17th, 2008 at 09:10 pm
  • When Did I Become A "Maybe"?
    I was just rsvp’ing for one of the several events, and I realized I have become a “Maybe” girl. I hate the “Maybe” option in invites and I hate it even more when people RSVP “Maybe” for my events. I guess the more frustrating thing is that I am really rsvp’ing “No” and I click on “Maybe” in denial...
    by at October 17th, 2008 at 08:10 pm
  • Blog Action Day – Poverty
    It is supposed to be Blog Action Day today dedicated to the issue of “poverty”. It is a day when when bloggers commit to write about and bring awareness to poverty. The thought of being poor, or financial stress has been on our mind lately, since my husband just lost his job. Being poor is not something that scares me, since I am of the attitude “been...
    by at October 15th, 2008 at 08:10 pm
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free!
    “The best things in life are free.” is a statement made commonly by my husband, me thinks he says that to curb the spending. This time I have to take him up on it since our purse strings are a little (did I say little? I meant a lot) tighter than usual. I normally roll my eyes when he starts on about appreciating what’s in front of you, and just keep...
    by at October 14th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • Introducing Niri’s Girls!
    The time has finally arrived to give the girls (and their oodles of pictures and videos) a home of their own, a site to be shared with friends and family alike. Thus allowing Mommy Niri to chatter to her heart’s content here. Feel free to visit the Niri’s Girls site (you may need access, if so email me at mommy dot niri at gmail dot com). Hope you stay blogged!
    by at October 13th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Blogher Conference
    When Blogher announced they would be holding one of the legs of their Reach 2008 Conference tour, there was nothing going to keep me away from it. A conference on women bloggers is enough to get me really excited. There is something really remarkable about a women conference, it is so energized and still so friendly. Granted I have only been to technology conferences...
    by at October 11th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • "I Want To Play With Everyone!"
    Trust your kids to teach you a lesson in humility. Being very irritated with a whiny 3 year old, I did not want to play a board game I had earlier promised her. Other than the whining (why is it this makes me stop thinking rationally?), she was being not-so-kind to her little sister and that was really annoying me. I decided to not play the game with her and told her...
    by at October 8th, 2008 at 06:10 pm
  • Our Papa, The Hockey Coach!
    Ramesh has been coaching field hockey at the local middle school for around 5 years, a while before we had kids. I still remember people looking weirdly at us being there, without kids, wondering “Why would he be involved in this on a weekend?”. It was difficult to express to people that he was coaching since it was the closest he could get to the sport in...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • It’s Pumpkin Time!
    With October comes pumpkin time. With Halloween, Diwali and our birthdays (yes, my husband and I share the same birthday, freaky, I know) in October this is certainly one of my favorite months. We decided to kickstart the month with a visit to Wilson Farms. It was already a busy day with swimming classes for Jia and Field Hockey Coaching by Ramesh, but there was no way...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Happy Birthday Gandhi!
    It is Gandhi’s birthday today and it is a day I hold of great respect each year. Besides being a strong follower of his belief of invoking change in others so that they see the result of their actions. I also am an avid believer in non-violence for change. I was fortunate enough to go to school at the Phoenix settlement in South Africa. This was the place Gandhi...
    by at October 2nd, 2008 at 04:10 am
  • Just Another School Day!
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Dearly Departed
    It is a time of year where we honor our ancestors by way of prayer and offerings. Called, Pithar Paksh, it is not something many people observe. In fact I never see it listed in the list of special dates in the Hindu Calendars in India, but it is common in the Hindu Calendars in South Africa. I continue to observe it as it is a time to remember both my folks who have...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Kid’s Party At Borders
    Since we were having our carpets steam cleaned, (yay! bye-bye playdoh, hot chocolate and who-knows-what stains) and it was a dreary rainy day (I know, crazy time to get the carpets cleaned but the carpets REALLY needed the cleaning before winter set in), we needed a place to keep the kids out of the house. Luckily for us Borders was having its Kids Party. We normally...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Recalls Again Fisher Price?
    When Fisher Price announced their Product Recall a few months ago, I took it in stride. I could not understand why anyone mentions “voluntary product recalls”, it is either safe or it is not. Anyway after checking the product list diligently I found one of the toys listed but upon checking the date manufactured it listed my product as safe. I cautiously started...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 am
  • Back To Reheating My Chai
    The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of changes. I must have the shortest employment record, after a week and one day at work, I resigned! It has taken two nannies (one the sweetest ever and one an epitome of evil), one preschool and one home-based daycare for things to take a toll. After wasting a month looking for and training the nanny she surprisingly resigned...
    by at September 24th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Second Time Around
    Not one to actually love pregnancy, I did decide to have a second kid because there was no way Jia was going to be an only child. By having two girls it made me nostalgic of my own sisterhood (coming from a set of 5 sisters brings with it a wonderful charm). There are so many things different with the second kid. We forget to count in weeks (and even months) the age of...
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Summer Outing At Danversport Yacht Club
    It was a nice way to end my first week at the new job in a summer outing at Danversport Yacht Club. A day spent with good food and and wonderful colleagues would have been enough, but we were lucky enough to have perfect weather too. Not being a terrible sporty person I agreed to try my hand at croquet (the other sports were a little too physical for my lazybones). I...
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 3
    The blog post Diet Starts Monday can give you a background on my dieting saga. This is week 3 of my journey. After a slow start in Week 1 and a disastrous Week 2, I was hoping for a better Week 3. Realistically I know I can do drastically better but I am trying to do this by a level I can keep up with. As always comments in form of support or advice or anything are welcome. What...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • 2 BBQs And A Farewell!
    It would have been 3 BBQs if I did not misjudge the weather and assume the 3rd was canceled. Oh well, it gave me time to grocery shop. What a busy Saturday it was with first attending Joey’s 5th birthday bbq party, and then heading in to Framingham for Soma’s 40th birthday party and Shamiem’s farewell party. The Padayachees, if you remember are one of...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • You Put What In My Pocket?
    We were celebrating at Soma’s 40th birthday party and I could not help overhearing a young couple’s conversation. They had a sweet little nine month old baby in tow, that mommy was trying to feed, while daddy was busy with his meal. The next thing Mommy asked Daddy for the banana for the baby. Daddy looked surprised and asked “What banana?”. To...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • My First Date!
    Well to put it more accurately, my first date with my husband since we had kids. What’s so weird about that, well it has been over 3 (long) years since we had a day to ourselves. The past 3 years have been a whirlwind with having 2 beautiful girls born to us. Finally having a nanny that we love has given us an opportunity to venture out on our own. It all started...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • You’re Beautiful!
    I finally made another visit to the the spa (yes the very same one I mentioned in my post Spa With Power Tools) in my final week before I resumed office work (although I have been a SAHM the past 3 years I have always worked, read my post on What Not To Say To SAHM). Being in need of some serious grooming (wonder how much? Read my post on Diet Starts Monday to see how...
    by at September 11th, 2008 at 06:09 am
  • And Then There Was Preschool
    by at September 8th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • It Was The Night Before Preschool!
    I may have touched on the topic of the impending preschool event in my post on Preschool Preparation Panic, but I had just skimmed the surface of this deep pool of emotions. I tried diverting attention to a last minute shopping attempt to get some clothing (so weird to shop for regular clothing when back home we are used to wearing uniforms, but a whole other post on...
    by at September 7th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • A Bouncy Sunday Afternoon
    What an end to a very wet weekend that saw a wasted Saturday. Luckily we had beautiful weather for Ani’s 4th birthday party this Sunday. His folks planned the perfect birthday which included a bouncy house for the kids, scrumptious food prepared by mommy Ritu (she is an excellent cook and her several catering clients will attest to that, heck my need for a Mommy...
    by at September 7th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 2
    The blog post Diet Starts Monday can give you a background on my dieting saga. Last week on Week 1 I made some progress but was not too happy with it. I was hoping to do better on Week 2. As always comments in form of support or advice or anything are welcome. What did I learn this week? That Man I should never have stopped nursing, ever. I need to drink water! A 3-day...
    by at September 6th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Bingo Dotter Art Day
    The last Friday before Jia heads to preschool, we forgo the preparation for school and indulge in a playgroup doing Bingo Dotter Art. Certainly a much more fun day than traversing the malls to find all school apparel. Anyway I would rather not focus on this “big” day more than I have to. Stay blogged for an update to the “First Day“. Back to Bingo...
    by at September 5th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Apple Picking At Parlee Farms
    It seems like we can never get enough of fruit picking. Last year we picked strawberries at Connors Farm, apples at Autumn Hill Orchard, and Peaches at Belkin Lookout Farm. This year we went strawberry and raspberry picking at Smolak Farms, today we picked apples at Parlee Farms and we plan to visit our favorite (and priciest) Belkin Lookout Farm later this fall. Parlee...
    by at September 1st, 2008 at 06:09 pm