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  • 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
  • An Easter Cruise?
    Tweet I know what you’re thinking when I say “cruise”, because that is what I normally am thinking too. Only this time I am going to do a mini getaway that I don’t have to pack for. That alone sounds heaven to me – these days I practically live out of a suitcase. As I type this my luggage remains in my hallway and I am loathe to completely...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 07:03 pm
  • Pepsi Next: A First Taste (Review)!
    Tweet I just had a little package delivered to my door which surprised me. A 6 pack of Pepsi Next arrived packed cold at my door and I was not expecting any such package (I was not asked to review it and there was no note in it). It is supposed to have 1/2 the sugar of regular soda (60% to be exact). Full confession here: I think soda is bad for you. Period! Another...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 06:03 pm
  • My Chicken Change-up VIDEO with Tim Love! #RealFoodies
    Tweet Last week I got to head to NYC to meet with chef Tim Love and also make a video for the Hellman’s chicken challenge.  From my last “acting” stint (I danced with Mr Popper’s Penguins) I knew acting was not for me but I said yes, since there would be no dancing around, I thought how hard could it be. So I flew in late to NYC since I stayed...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • Disney Store’s 25th Anniversary! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jessica! Disney Store celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 28th 2012 and I was surprised to see a wonderful selection of some of their products at my front door. They just ooze tradition and quality is what you would expect from Disney. If you happen to visit the Disney Store Facebook page, you will find several happenings in...
    by at March 20th, 2012 at 06:03 pm
  • Meeting Lily Collins, Discussing Eye-brows, Dancing And The Movie Mirror Mirror!
    Tweet I will admit that I am not always in the know when it comes to actor’s names (especially newer ones) so I did not know Lily Collins, or so I thought. Upon resigning myself to just interviewing an actress from the movie Mirror Mirror, I found out that she acted in The Blind Side and then it clicked: I LOVED her role of the daughter of Sandra Bullock in the...
    by at March 20th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Favorite Healthy And Yummy Snacks!
    Tweet From time to time I come across products that need a shout-out. Whether they have been brought to my attention by a pitch I received or something that caught my eye, they each have worked in some way for me. These are the latest that I am trying, and loving. Barilla Piccolini Pasta I have one daughter who could eat mac ‘n cheese everyday (we love Annie’s...
    by at March 19th, 2012 at 05:03 pm
  • The 2012 Fun Pass Is Out! Save On New England Attractions!
    Tweet It felt like Spring today. It really did! As much as I am struggling with a yucky ear infection it was good to see good weather today. Sure, we did not really have a winter in the true sense of the word but it was still chilly and, well, unpredictable. Today I could almost smell all the wonderful plans for sunny weather. The Fun Pass has discounts to theme parks,...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Gund Dolls!
    Tweet   While I was at The Toy Fair a few weeks ago (or was it a month? with my travel schedule it is hard to tell sometimes) I spied these pretty little dolls. What grabbed my attention was that they were bright and funky colored. Last week I was sent a few to take a look at and was impressed at how soft and snuggly they were, and yes they have been slept with...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 07:03 pm
  • Manicures, Makeup and The Mirror Mirror Screening!
    Tweet I had already planned a trip earlier in the week to Napa, CA and 2 trips from Boston to CA in a week would be ridiculous right? Except how could I turn down a trip to Santa Monica for a screening of Mirror Mirror, meeting with Lily Collins (more on that in a separate post) and some spa treatments? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I was never a princessy girl...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 07:03 am
  • If Mom Had 3 Minutes?
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Nancy, Stephanie, Leslie S, Diana G, McKim, Barbara, Michaela R, Caryn S, Serge B, Emma H, Heather P, Kathleen, Kimberley, Ferriz,  Liza, Sarah T, Betty, Pragmaticmom, Melissa, Erika I multitask to a T, which means when I am doing just one thing at a time I wonder what is missing. This is why I have been excited to partner with...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 10:03 am
  • The Fresh Diet! Yes, It Exists!
    Tweet I have tried several diets and my biggest beef with most, even those that work, is that the focus remains on calories and not freshness. Even if something is 0 or 20 calories but looks like a freeze-dried, processed rice cake. I have been trying to go a bit more natural in the food we eat so have been reluctant to try regular diets. When I was asked if I wanted...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • LoobaLee, A Site To Buy And Sell Used Children’s Clothing, For Free!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!   Congratulations Desiree! If someone told me how expensive it was to have kids, I would have attributed most of the cost to be health costs etc but would never have imagined that clothing would cost an arm and a leg. Of course the fact that I have 2 adorable girls makes it even more difficult as clothing for girls are even more difficult to...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 08:03 am
  • Stop The Online Hate. Just Stop It!
    Tweet It is 5:30am and I should be sleeping, especially since we have been dealing with the a bug from hell in this home that captured my entire family with fevers. Mama is exhausted with whiny kids (more than usual when they are sick) when she herself feels sick but I needed to write this post. I should have written this post 3 years ago, and truthfully at times I did...
    by at March 15th, 2012 at 03:03 am
  • Get Free Starbuck’s Coffee Grounds For Your Garden!
    Tweet Not that I needed another reason to love my Starbucks, but come Spring and their huge bags of coffee grounds are a welcome sight for these winter weary eyes. It is said that these coffee grounds provide nutrients to your garden and I just love that they are free. What a wonderful way to recycle coffee grounds. My favorite part? Is the coffee smell in my garden.
    by at March 12th, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Napa, And I!
    Tweet One day I was asked if I was interested to attend a trip to Napa with the Wine Sisterhood. I thought it was a ridiculous question. Does anyone say no to such an invitation? I sure wouldn’t! There has been a lot of craziness in my calendar which has meant that I have been looking super carefully at opportunities to see whether they make sense. That also means...
    by at March 11th, 2012 at 10:03 pm
  • While Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal, It Is More Important To Share It!
    Tweet     I have been a bit of a hypocrite until recently. I have been standing on my soap-box about breakfast being essential with my kids but have been always too much in a rush to actually sit down to eat it myself. I would not be able to focus if I knew any of my kids had not had the most important meal of the day:breakfast. Funnily enough I never gave...
    by at March 10th, 2012 at 07:03 pm
  • How Did He Do That?
    Tweet The typical scene when I get back from a media trip or conference that greets me is happy, but disheveled, children. My house is just simply disheveled (can a house be happy? home maybe? I digress). The load of guilt that is placed on me, by myself, compels me to do as much as I can before the trip, as in to make up for it. Blogging trips are hard, in that they...
    by at March 7th, 2012 at 09:03 pm
  • What Crazy Thing Have You Done To Get Your Kid To Eat? (Win $50 AmEx Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Happi! Come on, ‘fess up, I know you have done some crazy stuff to get your kiddo to eat. Admittedly I do this less now as being a short order cook has severely exhausted (and annoyed me) so unless they are sick, it is “eat what is in front of you or starve” on the menu. Of course I have my share of weird things...
    by at March 6th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • Movie Review: The Lorax 3D. Go Watch It!
    Tweet I am going to sidestep the whole political debacle about this movie (and if you don’t know about it, then count your blessings that you can watch it peacefully) but I will say that I disagree with all the objections. Never thought I would see the day where a movie focusing on taking care of the environment would be made to look anything but noble. Now that...
    by at March 2nd, 2012 at 06:03 am
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Watch The Cat in Hat-A-Thon March 2nd 2012! (Giveaway) #cithathon
    Tweet COntest closed! Congratulations Annie and Heather! The fact  that I am a die-hard fan of PBS makes me extra proud to share with you that I am a PBS Kids VIP – ambassador for 2012. Friday is the birthday of Dr. Seuss which has me giddy for ideas, but PBS has something special planned for that day too! We positively adore Cat in The Hat so I was excited to...
    by at March 1st, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Peanut Butter Cup Cake!
    Tweet My wonderful friend Meghan surprised her just as amazing husband Adam with a Peanut Butter Cup cake. Yes, this lady is a fabulous baker too. Anyway she was kind enough to let me post her recipe here. I am eager to try out the recipe soon too but could not wait to share this with you guys. Thank you Meghan for allowing us to share it here. Peanut Butter Cup cake Peanut...
    by at February 26th, 2012 at 11:02 pm
  • Exploring The Cranberry Harvesting Exhibit At Boston Children’s Museum!
    Tweet Whenever I write a post I am at my wit’s end whether to focus on pictures or the writing because as much as I love to concentrate on writing, I do believe a picture is worth a thousand words. So here is a short description from the museum site: Native Voices: New England Tribal Families January 28th – September 3, 2012 Don’t miss your chance to...
    by at February 22nd, 2012 at 10:02 pm
  • Ready To Whip Out Those Summer Sandals?
    Tweet I am a flip flop girl. I don’t do formal pretty shoes well. I finally have a pair of clogs I heart, a pair of sneakers I could live in and a pair of boots that don’t kill me. Sandals are relegated to the flip flop kind. Not really fancy but I have toyed with the idea of having “fancier” flip-flops but inevitably they are flip flops people...
    by at February 20th, 2012 at 04:02 pm
  • Winter Entertainment On Big Screen, Small Screen and No Screen!
    Tweet Felt a little guilty typing in that word “Winter” since I have not even donned any gloves so far even though I can almost spy Spring already. And feel free to ignore Phil and his predictions on Groundhog day, my gut feel is we are going to have a very mild winter. No regrets there as I am totally a summer girl but I feel bad for the folks in Seattle...
    by at February 17th, 2012 at 11:02 pm
  • Got A Meghan In Your Life? #hallmark
    Tweet Happy Valentine’s Day! It is a day of love and we normally think of the day dedicated to your partner. When you have kids you end up thinking of making their Valentine’s Day special. If there was ever a chance you could forget then the gazillion cards (ok 42) cards that you need to make is a reminder that it is all about the kids. If you think I am...
    by at February 14th, 2012 at 12:02 pm