Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Meet A Mama To An Autistic Boy
    Tweet As the final piece in my celebration of April is Autism Month (make sure you read my older posts AMC And Autism, Games For Autistic Children, Autistic Society Of America), I have an interview with a mama to an Autistic boy. This is so close to my heart as this boy is my beloved nephew. I praise my sister for having the courage to nurture his needs and love him...
    by at April 30th, 2009 at 01:04 am
  • Games For Autistic Children
    Tweet As part of my tribute to the April dedication to Autism, here is my 2nd article in the feature. Make sure you read the post on the AMC and Autism. Here we explore Children Succeed, an online company offering games that help strengthen social and communication skills for children on the Autism spectrum. I spoke to Joan Nash who began this company in November 2008,...
    by at April 27th, 2009 at 09:04 pm
  • Sarah Ferguson At The Today’s Mom Book Bash
    Tweet It was a surprise to win an invitation to the VIP mommy blogger breakfast to celebrate the launch of the Today’s Mom book. The book, by the Emmy winning Producers Mary Ann Zoellner and Alicia Ybarbo Zimmerman of the NBC’s successful Today’s Show, has been an effort of the entire team of the Today’s Show. In fact you can see advice and...
    by at April 27th, 2009 at 08:04 pm
  • The AMC And Autism
    Tweet logo courtesy of AMC Entertainment It was with much excitement that I read of the partnership between AMC theaters and the Autism society of America. What does it mean to the families dealing with Autism? A gigantic step forward! The Sensory Friendly Film program and the Autistic employment program are both stellar winners. Explain further? Well yes I will. I spoke...
    by at April 16th, 2009 at 06:04 pm
  • Meet Author, Mitali Perkins
    Tweet As I waited in the lobby waiting for the arrival of Mitali Perkins, I began to wonder what to expect. Here was already a successful, accomplished and award-winning writer so even if she had a chip on her shoulder I would have willfully ignored it. When I did meet her I was taken aback by her unassuming warmth. As I tried to absorb her words my mind kept flitting...
    by at March 22nd, 2009 at 08:03 pm
  • Leave Our Dora Alone!
    Tweet It was with utter shock that I read that Dora is going to get a makeover this fall. What?  Surprised are you? So was I. I read with disgust what that change would entail.  Mattel and Nickelodeon have announced that they allow “Dora to Grow Up” this fall. Now our beloved adventure girl will become a fashionista. It makes me sick. When I was a Big...
    by at March 15th, 2009 at 05:03 pm
  • Meet Paul, A Stay At Home Dad
    Tweet Meet Paul, A Stay-At-Home-Dad and also a designer at Swirly Designs. When not running the company with his beautiful wife Lianne, Paul is a SAHD. We spoke to Paul to find out what is it like. What made you decide to stay at home? When we found out we were pregnant in late 2004, I was working at an ad agency part-time while also doing freelance illustration. Daycare...
    by at March 1st, 2009 at 12:03 am
  • Just Follow Dora!
    Tweet 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...
    by at October 26th, 2008 at 05:10 pm
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free!
    Tweet “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...
    by at October 14th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • Our Papa, The Hockey Coach!
    Tweet 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...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • It’s Pumpkin Time!
    Tweet 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...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Raspberry Picking At Smolak Farms
    Tweet The days seem to be getting shorter already and there is certainly a bite in the air in the mornings. A clear sign that summer is getting ready to bid us farewell. We figured this was as good excuse as any to make a weekday trip to Smolak Farms. With the intention of peach picking we headed out to North Andover where the farm was located. When we got there we...
    by at August 22nd, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Imajine That
    Tweet It was great to finally make it to Imajine That (an inside playground, meets a pretend world and so much more). Somehow we always had other plans when invitations from other mommy groups arrived, and I have been looking for an excuse to check out this place. In fact I almost booked this place for Jia’s 3rd Birthday Party. So when one of the Meetup groups...
    by at August 13th, 2008 at 10:08 am
  • Dora Gets Mommy Niri’s Vote!
    Tweet Never being one to fall into what is “hot” or the current fancy, I have tried to keep commercialism away from the girls. Caillou (a Canadian show) used to be the love of Jia’s life but recently Dora took that spot. Caillou still has a special place in her heart but Dora has certainly taken a larger chunk of it. I would have hoped that Bela would...
    by at August 6th, 2008 at 09:08 am
  • A Jam Packed Saturday
    Tweet Since we already start the Saturday with swimming for Jia and Gymboree for Bela, having any other event creates somewhat a chaos. Add to that several events and 2 kids and you are up for a day of craziness. After swim and Gymboree our 1st event was the IIT picnic in Cochituate Park in Natick. It was a mix of smart people and spicy yummy food. The weather was...
    by at August 3rd, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Discovery Museum
    Tweet The Discovery Museum in Acton is one that we had been to before but now with 2 official toddlers it seemed like it was worth a revisit. They have 2 museums: a Children’s Museum and a Science Museum next door. We decided to skip the Science Museum since it was a little too much for our young audience and also there is just so much stimulation kids can take...
    by at August 2nd, 2008 at 05:08 pm
  • Davis Farmland
    Tweet This was a highly anticipated trip to Davis Farmland partly because we had heard so much about this place and partly because we scored a great deal in half price gift certificates. We had expected a totally commercial place (think Six Flags craze) and were pleasantly surprised at how well designed this place was. It had everything from playgrounds (ala farm theme),...
    by at July 13th, 2008 at 07:07 pm
  • Jia Goes To The Movies!
    Tweet It was a last minute surprise to watch a movie with Jia. After digging through the listings I finally found one that was rated “G”. It was Wall-E. I had no idea about the movie, or any movie for that matter (ahem.. except for Sex And The City) since I never get to watch moves. And NO, it is not because I don’t love movies, I do have a 1 year...
    by at June 28th, 2008 at 06:06 pm
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