Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • A letter to my daughters waking up to a Trump presidency!
    ShareI can’t believe I’m unearthing my blog to write this, but my words choke up when I talk to you so I thought I needed a place while you are safely at school. Hopefully reading this will begin the healing process. I understand your tears on your pillow on learning the news that Donald Trump is the president incumbent, because I just dried my very own before...
    by at November 9th, 2016 at 10:11 am
  • Don’t Text and Drive and AT&T’s It Can Wait Campaign! #ad
    SharePersonally I can never understand people who text and drive. No, not because it is illegal and you can get caught but because it is dangerous. Very, dangerous! A staggering more than 98 million Americans (!) get ready to hit the road for the holidays (according to a forecast just released by AAA) and there are so many distractions to get their eyes off the road....
    by at December 22nd, 2015 at 03:12 pm
  • REVIEW: Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK
    ShareI’ve always wanted to attend a Cirque du Soleil performance. I had heard there was nothing like it and even before being married with kids it was my aim to get to one. Life often gets in the way of actually living life to the fullest. So when the chance came to see one and it was closer to my new home and I knew we would not be fighting city traffic I agreed...
    by at December 17th, 2015 at 07:12 am
  • 6 Festive mobile Apps to help Ring in the Holidays! #ad
    ShareAT&T suggests a few apps to help you through the busy Holiday Season.  Sponsored by AT & T   The holiday season has proven to be a busy time for just about everyone. From shopping for gifts, reconnecting with friends and family, to organizing parties – there is a lot to get done! And honestly a lot to be done by you!   AT&T has come up with...
    by at December 5th, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • RECIPE: Layered Chicken and Kale pies with Hood Sour Cream! #ad #FastFamilyMeals @hphood
    ShareSo as my final post for  Hood® Sour Cream I’ve created a dish inspired by one of the winners in the Hood Sour Cream Fast Family Meals Contest. If you want to be inspired by the submissions then follow the #FastFamilyMeals hashtag to see what others are whipping up.  While I love the dip the winner created, and it is crazy tempting to do a dip recipe, (because...
    by at September 28th, 2015 at 01:09 pm
  • RECIPE: Spicy Shrimp on Skewers the Hood way! #ad #FastFamilyMeals @hphood
    ShareBy now you would know that I’m a Hood® Sour Cream ambassador and I’ve been excited to share with you my concoctions with Hood Sour Cream. Today I have for you one of my favorite recipes which also happens to be something you can whip up easily on a weeknight. Spicy Shrimp on skewers can be easily made for the oven or even cooked on the grill. A little...
    by at September 8th, 2015 at 07:09 am
  • Review of Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa at Stowe in Vermont! #ad
    ShareTravel is one of those things that guided me to move to the USA. I honestly believe if I was a millionaire I would spend all my money traveling. When I was approached to take a test run of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, we were in the midst of debating a home sale so it was welcome respite. Vermont is one of my favorite states hands down for their progressive...
    by at June 17th, 2015 at 07:06 am
  • Recipe: Vegetarian Pesto Pizza! #ad #PYREX100
    ShareEveryone has their Pyrex story, so when Pyrex asked me to be a part of their campaign to celebrate their 100th year anniversary I was giddy.  If you want to see more goodness from the Pyrex 100 celebration check it out the Pyrex 100th anniversary page! I was honored to be asked but when they offered to pay me and send me products it, I felt guilty. I LOVE the brand...
    by at June 12th, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • RECIPE: Arugula Walnut Pesto! (VEGAN)
    Share RECIPE: Arugula Walnut Pesto! (VEGAN) INGREDIENTS 4 cups packed fresh arugula 2 cloves garlic 1 cup pure olive oil 3 tablespoon walnuts, toasted Salt and freshly ground pepper (adjust to your taste preference) DIRECTIONS Place all ingredients in a blender/food processor and blend until fine. How easy was that?  Note you can swop out arugula for basil, spinach or...
    by at June 12th, 2015 at 08:06 am
  • Have Some Ice Cream and Join the Green Light Movement #JoinGreenLight #ad
    ShareI’m a huge fan of Ben & Jerry’s (the brand and the ice-cream). Their level of wit and progressiveness marry well (and those flavors don’t hurt either). I am also a vocal advocate of Climate Change (yes it is a thing and no it is not an opinion). I’m excited to write that Stop & Shop is partnering with Ben & Jerry’s for a fun in-store...
    by at April 14th, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  • An open letter to my loves! All of them! #PutYourHeartToPaper
    ShareThe following is a post sponsored by Hallmark but all words are mine alone! To my dear husband Ramesh, I recall my mom saying that she felt bad for the guy that had to live up to my high standards and me telling her, the right guy would consider our relationship worth it. One of the things that made me fall in love with you, hard, was that you were looking to grow...
    by at February 12th, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Chatting to Nicole Kidman about the movie Paddington! #paddingtonmovie
    ShareI was fortunate enough to get a chance to interview Nicole Kidman. I was even more fortunate to do it over the phone, which meant I could sit in my sweatpants and not feel so inadequate in her beautiful company. Nicole Kidman has grown on me as an actress. I think as I matured, her complex roles appealed to me further. But let’s face it that viral video with...
    by at January 30th, 2015 at 08:01 am
  • Starting 2015 with a bang… literally!
    ShareJanuary 30th and it has taken me forever to come up with the right words to write my 1st post of the year. Not because I did not have enough to say, ask hubby how that is never possible, but because as you get more “known” the pressure to say the right thing builds up. Now actual people I know read me. Emphasis on what I say (and the whole “is she...
    by at January 30th, 2015 at 08:01 am
  • Get passes to an advanced screening of Paddington! (200 available) #Boston
    SharePaddington has been a bear I have grown up with. I’ve watched it as child and followed keenly on his adventures. The first time I went to London, I made a point of looking up Paddington and why yes of course I went to Paddington Station. I also got myself a pin and a little bear to mark my visit. My kids on the other hand have not been exposed to Paddington,...
    by at December 4th, 2014 at 01:12 pm
  • That time we slept in the Museum Of Science! #Boston
    ShareI have done some pretty crazy things in life, thanks to the blog, and outside of it. Flying up in a chair with helium balloons for promotions with the movie UP, ziplining in Utah at a conference, cruising TWICE, Cancun (TWICE), Disneyworld (TWICE), Disneyland, and so much more,… but spending a night at a museum??? Well that is just a whole lot of goodness for...
    by at December 1st, 2014 at 09:12 pm
  • A meal for me, a meal for you! #ShareAMeal100 #shareameal #ad
    ShareThis is a sponsored post! I know this is the time where you see major toy drives because so many kids don’t get toys at the holidays. I get that. Heck, I donate to that (and will be this year). But there’s something more kids need. They need food. Yes, food! The most basic of needs a human needs to survive. I recall back in South Africa, where poverty...
    by at October 31st, 2014 at 01:10 pm
  • Project Sunlight’s focus on Child Hunger! #ShareAMeal100 #shareameal #ad
    ShareNo child should go to bed hungry. Period!  When Unilever asked to partner with me to talk about this subject, I wholeheartedly agreed. As a mom the image of some child not having food is painful. When I’m late to eat lunch or any meal I can barely focus, I’m cranky and my attention span wanes. Now imagine doing this for all meals and daily? Are you aware...
    by at October 17th, 2014 at 09:10 am
  • A day of “play” with Carnival Cruise Lines at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
    ShareI’ve been turning down a lot of opportunities to travel recently. As much as they drive me postal at times, I don’t like being away from my family, but when my the fabulous people at Carnival Cruise Lines asked me I said yes. Why? Because social good is a huge passion for me and they were going to be taking part in a Day of Play at St. Jude Children’s...
    by at October 17th, 2014 at 08:10 am
  • National Geographic 2014 International Photography Contest for Kids!
    ShareIt really is time to lend your kids your cameras (or get them their own) because their view of their world is beautiful and it is an exciting way for you to get a glimpse of it. If you need an incentive to do it, then I have 2 words: Costa Rica!!! National Geographic is currently accepting entries for its International Photography Contest for Kids, with the grand...
    by at October 9th, 2014 at 08:10 am
  • RECIPE: Beetroot roti /chapati / paratha / Indian flatbread
    ShareSo this year I started doing a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share where we prepay a farmer and weekly eat whatever the farm yields. I have been trying to include some of those veggies into my regular meals. Beetroot roti has been one such easy recipe. Now I DON’T measure in recipes so this was really tough. Except for baking, I eyeball/feel/smell my...
    by at September 15th, 2014 at 09:09 am
  • Being comfortable in your skin (color)
    ShareGrowing up in South Africa during Apartheid, your life was pretty much about race. Where you lived, schooled, shopped, everything!   When I got to USA I was happy to experience things differently. As time has moved I realized there is still more work to do on race relations than I assumed.  One night hubby and I saw a documentary about how kids...
    by at September 6th, 2014 at 04:09 am
  • 7 Reasons Migis Lodge (Sebago Lake, Maine) is perfect for a family vacation!
    ShareI could tell you so many reasons why you should go to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake Maine, but I thought is better that I show you. When I was invited on a media trip to Migis Lodge at Sebago Lake in Maine, I will admit to knowing nothing about it. Then I mentioned it to a friend and she was so excited and could not stop gushing about the place so I decided to check...
    by at July 25th, 2014 at 01:07 pm
  • RECIPE: Cottage cheese in savory rice! #ad #NewHoodCC
    ShareI’m hoping that you have read my previous post where I mentioned that Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese, and even tried out my recipe for Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese. I actually debated sharing with you my chicken recipe there but I wanted to share with you something even more uncommon (and honestly...
    by at July 19th, 2014 at 04:07 am
  • A Farmer’s Market in My Kitchen? #brightfuture #ad
    ShareThis is a sponsored post! So yo may recall that I had a post recently about the little documentary The Way Kids See It by Project Sunlight and I promised a little activity to follow. Well to make good on that promise I’m here to show you how I created my very own farmer’s market. We have always been Farmer’s Market people but in Boston it means...
    by at June 27th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • Did you know they have a kid’s room at Fenway for #RedSox games? #RedSoxMoms #RedSoxFamily
    Share Did you know they have a kid’s room at Fenway for Red Sox games? Yeah, me neither. A big, I mean super-big, reason I’m writing this post is to tell you that. Firstly I’m a Red Sox Mom! Has that sunk in? I can understand your envy (even if you’re rooting for the other team) but this is the RED SOX! I know! I could tell you how much of an honor...
    by at June 26th, 2014 at 08:06 am
  • RECIPE: Tatsoi and Cottage Cheese in Puff Pastry #ad #NewHoodCC
    ShareA little while back Hood asked me if I would host a party to get my friends to try out the new Hood Cottage Cheese and I even though the last few weeks (months) of school felt like I like in a fast forward time machine with just about everything due (concerts + field trips + MCAs + projects + art shows etc) I said yes. I love parties. I find them utterly exhausting...
    by at June 25th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • 20 Favorite Chapter Book Series for Elementary Girls!
    ShareI don’t know how much of credit I can give myself for the fact that my kids are both pretty amazing readers. I did not do the teach your baby to read stuff but by 2 years old they both were readers. This has also meant that we progressed to chapter books pretty quickly. We are always exploring new chapter book series to read and I thought I could share some...
    by at June 12th, 2014 at 07:06 am
  • Project Sunlight’s “The Way Kids See It!” #brightfuture #ad
    ShareThis is a sponsored post! My kids get out of school next week and I want to badly absorb as much of them as I can. I’m in love with this age and want to  see everything. It is also why I am decreasing my workload but when Unilever approached with this new campaign, I said yes. The essence was exactly my focus with my kids so it made total sense. Project Sunlight, is...
    by at June 11th, 2014 at 09:06 am
  • Win a stay at Great Wolf Lodge New England for 4 (including meals)!
    ShareA few years ago I spoke at a conference at the Great Wolf Lodge in PA. I ended up taking my little daughter who got to enjoy the waterpark while I was speaking with a friend of mine. Since she was little and I was so absorbed with conference duties I did not explore too much of the lodge but I vowed to go go with both my kids and to explore everything about it. Well...
    by at June 4th, 2014 at 10:06 am
  • Code: Echo! Coding challenge inspired by upcoming movie: Each To Echo!
    ShareI 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 and...
    by at May 9th, 2014 at 09:05 am
  • An interview with Katie Couric, Laurie David, Stephanie Soechtig, Dr. Mark Hyman #FedUpMovie
    ShareYou 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 (rated...
    by at May 9th, 2014 at 07:05 am
  • 7 reasons you should take your family to Blue Man Group (Win tickets!)
    ShareSeveral 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 for...
    by at May 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am
  • RECIPE: Easy steps to homemade organic Paneer (Indian cheese)!
    ShareMy 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
  • Spicy Deviled Eggs + Win one of 2 $100 AmEx gift cards (RECIPE) #realfoodies)
    ShareIt’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
  • 9 Ways to stay sane this holiday season!
    ShareWhen 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 the...
    by at December 18th, 2013 at 07:12 pm