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  • Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!
    Tweet This will be the 3rd year that I will be signing up for the “Kids Bowl Free” program. Last year I could totally see how much my kids learned from the year before and truthfully I love seeing how much they develop their skills.  What I totally love is that kids get to bowl free and for a mere $24.95 the adults can join in with a family pass (not necessary...
    by at May 24th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • To (Junie) B (Jones) Or Not To (Junie) B (Jones)?
    Tweet I have had a love-hate relationship with Junie B. Jone’s book.  I have early readers in my home (and I mean REALLY early readers) but not necessarily lovers of reading. My oldest kid dislikes the time it takes her from her play time and that amazes me since she is an incredibly good reader. We are a PBS home, I mean really. I am THAT parent who firmly believes...
    by at May 22nd, 2012 at 08:05 pm
  • Social Media 101 For Social Good Breakfast In Boston (5/24/12)!
    Tweet When the wonderful folks wanted to partner over with me to host a small class over breakfast, there was no way I would say NO. Eventbrite is my go to invitation handling for events and I was excited to partner with them. The bonus: teaching a class of social media to non-profit organizations. So if you know any non-profits in the Boston area, I will be holding...
    by at May 21st, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Speaking At She Streams Conference!
    Tweet A few weeks ago I headed to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to speak at a conference called She Streams. I had never been to it before but had heard many a wonderful thing from the 1st one held last year. Besides Maria Bailey, the founder of the conference, has been known to grab some of the most entrepreneurial of minds for her events. Though I was issued an ultimatum...
    by at May 21st, 2012 at 09:05 am
  • A Gem Of A Teacher!
    Tweet When we bought our home, it was based on the most we could afford but with as close to Boston as possible. I had never even heard of our town before then. Our neighbors said it was a great place for kids, hubby and I just wanted enough parking for our friends and a backyard to host them in. Fast forward a year or so and we found it to be true that our circle peppered...
    by at May 19th, 2012 at 04:05 am
  • Got 3 Minutes? Download Free Copy of eBook And Get Clorox Coupon!
    Tweet You remember when I asked you what you would do if you had 3 minutes some time earlier? Well it seems like you guys, and several more moms had so many brilliant ideas that we actually now have a book. So while I know we have a gazillion ideas and just not enough time to do those things in, I have at many a moment been stumped as to what to do when I actually got...
    by at May 17th, 2012 at 05:05 pm
  • Hey Kiddo, Meet Archie!
    Tweet Did you comics as a kid? I did and though my teacher raised her eyebrows at me considering the shortened words and peppered slang not good reading material, they were the sprinkles to my ice-cream. I was a last-minute study kind of girl, and I still thrive on deadlines, but since I was wicked smart I did well each time. I remember studying for my matric examination,...
    by at May 16th, 2012 at 08:05 am
  • Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits!
    Tweet For a long time I have been extra careful about exposure to the music pumped out today. If you scrutinize the lyrics you could forgive this mama for that. Of course deciphering the lyrics itself is a mighty task on its own and was a reason I considered to just let it be. Then I realized kids seem to have the natural ability to unlock the words that frankly sounded...
    by at May 15th, 2012 at 08:05 am
  • Stocked on Summer dresses yet?
    Tweet I have bare minimum staples that I rely on, especially in winter. Jeans seems to be the order of the day and if you find one that fits you perfectly, it is worth its weight in gold. But nothing screams summer like a summer dress. Now since I grew up in South Africa in Durban which is on the beach and we had tropical weather (I know, you hate me right?) dresses...
    by at May 14th, 2012 at 09:05 am
  • Hey Mom, I Miss You!
    Tweet Dear Mom, For several years after you passed away I hated Mother’s Day. I know I should not, but every time I saw people go on about Mother’s Day it bothered me and reminded me that I did not have a mom (or a dad for that matter). I would not cry, to do so would be to embrace the pain. I found distraction a much better vice. Then 7 years ago I became...
    by at May 13th, 2012 at 05:05 am
  • What My Blogging Friends Want This Mother’s Day!
    Tweet     Two years ago I did a What Mom Bloggers want for Mother’s Day  post and it was so fun to not only write but to read it, I decided to do it again this year. Stacie (Divine Miss Mommy) Grey Goose Vodka,  something to give me fresh orange juice (where I would put my vodka) and for juicing in general – I have wanted one for a while, and...
    by at May 12th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Archery Lessons From An Olympic hopeful (Jake Kaminski)? Why yes, I did!
    Tweet Seriously I did! There is so much to talk about my trip to Chula Vista that I have done what most overwhelmed and excited people do: Nothing! Not knowing where to start and where to end and wondering whether these posts could even begin to capture my emotions and even being a blogger, I fear my words may fail me and not do proper justice to what was an amazing...
    by at May 12th, 2012 at 05:05 am
  • It Is Mango Season, Are You Ready?
    Tweet That sounded way better than “It is bikini season” right? Of course eating a mango has got to be one of the least stressful activities one can do this summer. I grew up eating mangos, I mean tons and tons of mangos (no exaggeration) at all. I had them ri, I had them green, I had them spiced, sliced and diced. Mango season was a huge deal for us back...
    by at May 11th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Win A Gift Basket And Gift Card From Stop & Shop
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Monica! Yeah, I kinda just realized that I have not had any contest for my fellow moms for Mother’s Day and I have been traveling crazily. I honestly am struggling so much with keeping up I toyed with getting an intern, but you kinda need to pay them so that idea fell through the cracks. Anyway I am planning several offline...
    by at May 9th, 2012 at 06:05 pm
  • Tweet To Win A Prize For Mom From Verizon!
    Tweet Moms rock! I don’t care if you think that is biased or not! Whatever, they do. I love my husband to bits but mama is mama to the kids (and he is one heck of a dad to his girls too). So I wallow in the whole it is my day kind of thing. Some people have birthdays, I have Mother’s Day. Well maybe I should be clearer as to why. Hubby and I share the same...
    by at May 9th, 2012 at 06:05 pm
  • Tide Pods! Have You Tried Them Yet?
    Tweet You know how people are like obsessed with brands for laundry, well not me – well at least not the old me. I remember just trying whatever was on sale or scent I liked. When I did eventually try Tide, I fell in love. Not one to acknowledge totally I just used it quietly, but whenever I ran out, can you guess which brand I reached out for automatically? That’s...
    by at May 8th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • A Mother’s Day Gift From Rosie’s Place That Has Heart And Offers Hope!
    Tweet I am probably the least likely to go gaga over jewelry. In fact I am seriously the girl who would live in jeans and wear no jewelry on an average day. But, yet I do own some fabulous jewelry and I tend to wear those I love because of some sentimental reason. Like the 2 bangles I never take off (well except each time I have to go through security at the airport)...
    by at May 4th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • The “Ask A Local” App From Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
    Tweet I have lived in Massachusetts for around 12 years and have to admit that I still am surprised to find something new if I just took a different route than I normally take. I guess there are several hidden treasures to be discovered and though I like surprises I am more like the “I want to know it all” kinda girl. I am a Googler, a die-hard one at that....
    by at April 24th, 2012 at 07:04 am
  • Curious George At The Zoo App (Free – Limited Time)
    Tweet I have said it time and time again, I love that crazy monkey and if you have been reading this blog you would know that by now. I find that George is closer to being like a kid than several of the kids in the kid shows on tv. Anyway, this is just a quickie post to tell you about this new app and the fact that until May 1st it is FREE! Picture courtesy of Houghton...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 07:04 pm
  • Book People Unite Campaign By Reading Is Fundamental!
    Tweet There’s this new campaign making the rounds from Reading Is Fundamental called “Book people unite”. Now I don’t care if that is making public my geeky side but I wear that badge with pride. I have always loved reading, it has been my escapism from times while growing up in instability and allowed me to dream. The learning was constant and beautiful and...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 09:04 am
  • Do The DAHlicious Yogurt Survey And Enter To Win $50 Whole Foods Gift Card!
    Tweet If you know me, you know we are a family of yogurts. Even my kid with sensory issues who dislikes the sensation of it and the messy nature understands the importance of yogurt in the diet and has compromised with having the drinkable one with a straw or the frozen kind. Everything from the amazing filling nature of the protein in it to the wondrous nature of the...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 08:04 am
  • I’m Not Yet Done Growing Up…
    Tweet No seriously, I’m not done growing up! That might sound a little silly to you if you knew I was turning 40 this fall (yes, this girl is not ashamed to say it – I own it in fact). I remember being told I should be a doctor by my dad when I was still around 10 years old, and I had no idea where he pulled that out from. It may have been something to do...
    by at April 17th, 2012 at 07:04 pm
  • Peppa Pig, The Sweet Kid Show That Delivers Squeals Of Laughter!
    Tweet When I was asked if I would take a look at the new DVD Peppa Pig, along with some licensed toys, I already was familiar with the show. True, I had not watched it on tv (yet), but I am a huge fan of Kidtoons movies and I was pining after the Peppa Pig movie since it happens to be the show of April. My daughter who turned 5 this month will be celebrating the movie...
    by at April 12th, 2012 at 06:04 pm
  • My 1000th Post!
    Tweet I cannot believe this is my 1000th. No, seriously! I would never have believed that if my WordPress dashboard did not say so but this has made me take a step back and realize that 4 years ago I started on just journaling to not get crazy transitioning from being a software engineer to being with little people. I write this post from The Children’s Hospital...
    by at April 12th, 2012 at 08:04 am
  • Rice Krispies Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats! (Giveaway)
    Tweet Photo credit: Kelloggs CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Joanne Major! You know the issue I have with so many recipes that look cute, almost ornament like, is that they are normally not edible. I hate waste and it is why I find it hard to make those gingerbread houses and not eat them. I love the fact that this recipe only uses all tasty ingredients which can only...
    by at April 5th, 2012 at 09:04 pm
  • L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Day (Win $100 L.L.Bean Gift Card)
    Tweet photo credit L.L. Bean CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lynn R. When you think L.L. Bean, you think outdoors. In fact you barely open the main doors, where the handles are in the shape of oars, and you are greeted by kayaks. We know that if we are looking for quality products to survive  in winter we can head to L.L. Bean and we will find it. L.L. Bean is celebrating...
    by at April 4th, 2012 at 09:04 pm
  • Easter Treats At Trader Joe’s Supermarket!
    Tweet While  Easter is not really a religious holiday for me, it is a time I have grown up celebrating. It was the only time we would get marshmallow eggs, and hot cross buns (not those ones with frosting they have here – which reminds me I should make some). We did not really do all those real egg decorating, I could not imagine cooking so many eggs at one time...
    by at April 3rd, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Blending Wines In Napa!
    Tweet For making wine, I have always had this romantic notion of grape stomping, a view obviously ingrained in my mind by the countless of movies I have watched. Blending wines, though, was something that never crossed my mind that it happens so I was pretty intrigued when we had to blend our own at Conn Creek Winery. This was one of the highlights for me at the Wine...
    by at April 3rd, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Movies On The Little Screen!
    Tweet Several wonderful movies are releasing on DVDs soon and you may want to keep an eye out for them. I wanted to give a shout-out of a few that I particularly loved. Alvin and the Chipmunks We never saw the 1st movie but I have known about Alvin and The Chipmunks growing up and the last one Chipwrecked happened to come out at a time when my girls were the perfect...
    by at April 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Postcards From Buster: New Adventures in India (VIDEO)
    Tweet I honestly feel very fortunate to live not too far away from PBS station office and being a natural fan I seriously could visit everyday. There is something about being there that makes the geek in me feel proud that Boston is home to such a wonderful treasure. This may also be why I am also proud to be a PBS Kids VIP ambassador. Recently, well not too recently...
    by at March 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • The Day I Trended In Boston!
    Tweet Blogging in Boston has been a lonely gig for a long time and I have always been a trite (understatement of the year) jealous of my New York buddies. The community of bloggers seemed scattered and sparse and brands did not seem to know we existed. Which is why when a local blogging conference is held I consider it important to be a part of it. You can scream at...
    by at March 28th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • Pairing Wines In Napa!
    Tweet I cannot look at a bottle of wine without thinking about Napa. I seriously can’t! Better yet, I enjoy my bottle of wine so much more now that I have been to Napa. Did I say “bottle”? I meant glass of wine, but truth be told I am somehow drinking a glass or two and actually loving it. The Wine Sisterhood gathering is definitely one event I plan...
    by at March 26th, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • The Fresh Diet Review: A Week Later!
    Tweet Hands down, this was one of the best things I have reviewed, well except for Atlantis Resort, or my Carnival Cruise, but you get what I mean. A week later I am even more impressed that I was when I started. If you read my post earlier on The Fresh Diet you would have known that for one week I was reviewing The Fresh Diet and here is what I found. Why yes, that...
    by at March 23rd, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! If there is one meal that everyone loves it has got to be a pizza. Whether it is the smell of the dough baking, or cheese  bubbling or the oodles of topping variations – there is a pizza for everyone. True, my kids love the plain cheese pizza and hubby and I love the toppings. I loved the opportunity to review Dr....
    by at March 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 am
  • 5 Fab Finds At Trader Joe’s Supermarket!
    Tweet I love Trader Joe’s almost as much as I love Whole Foods. I love that I always discover something there or find old favorites. Flowers at $1.49 just can't compare! I love that my kids get to have fresh croissants and I don't make the dough If they're going to have ice-cream, it better be really good ice-cream Although everyone pushes more chicken...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 08:03 pm