Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Healthy Meals Even The Dude Won’t Mind Eating!
    I love cooking, but truth is I don’t cook as often as I would like to. Maybe it is the cleaning up after or the fact that the piles of other chores, overdue blogging or the stack of papers from my daughter’s school that I have not gone through yet, all seem to need more urgent attention. I love junk food. I know it is bad and I avoid the kids having it but...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 09:10 pm
  • Beauty And The Beast!
    If you are a reader here at Mommy Niri then you would know princesses are not my thing. You would also know my daughters have both fallen for princesses, my 3 year old with Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and my 5 year old with Belle (Beauty and the Beast). In fact my older girl has been so obsessed with Belle we have had to come up with imaginative ways to get past her insisting...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 09:10 pm
  • Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue (Giveaway – 2 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Katie and Laurie! would have read my review of Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue, so now I am sure you want to watch it. Well lucky for you it is NOW AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ & DVD! How about winning a copy of that DVD? Well Mommy Niri has something special, 2 winners will win the Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue on DVD. Want...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Doing Healthy Choice The Vegetarian Way!
    I was skeptical. On several counts. Firstly boxed meals are not a staple on our shopping list. Yes, being a vegetarian already kicks out several items from our shopping cart but more-so because we realize that processed food is not something we want as a part of our daily ritual. Sure we fall off the path on occasion but it is never the norm. When I was approached about...
    by at October 5th, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Win $25 Gift Card To Spirit Halloween! (3 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Hoa, Cyndi, and Linda! October 2nd and you know what that means? Halloween is around the corner and if your little one have your heart set on a particular costume then you better move, fast!  Don’t diddle daddle thinking you have until the end of the month because sizes go quick – don’t say I didn’t warn you. I am...
    by at October 2nd, 2010 at 08:10 pm
  • Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue!
    My idea of Tinker Bell is pretty antiquated – I mean to me Tinker Bell was that little fairy with Peter Pan. Sure I was inundated with images in the Disney stores with the new look and movies but I just chalked that down to commercialism in products. When I got the invitation to preview the new Tinker Bell movie I agreed since I knew for an hour or so of not having to...
    by at October 2nd, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Karate Kid Continues To Kick It Up A Notch!
    You know why the original Karate Kid movies were successful? Well yes the the fight scenes were breathtaking but without the mental aspect it would have been a straight action movie. I watched, loyally, all the Karate Kid movies. I still remember the wax on wax off scene which imitated a tactic move that proved the winning formula for Ralph Machhio earlier. This time Jaden...
    by at September 30th, 2010 at 12:09 am
  • Lego Ultimate Block Party In NYC! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Andrea! Lego is a firm favorite in our home and millions of others. A really cool event in NYC (why does everything happen there?) and I wanted to share it with you.  I know what you are thinking – “Mommy Niri, I live to far from NYC!” – well you for you, my precious reader, I am going to be giving away a Lego construction...
    by at September 23rd, 2010 at 09:09 pm
  • Toy Review Roundup: Moon Dough And Olivia’s House/Pirate Ship!
    Somehow I had never heard of Moon Dough – I did hear of Moon Sand and figured it would be similar. Bracing myself for some colored sand like material I opened the package to let my 3 year old and 5 year old take a stab at it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was meant to be a “play-doh” like material. If you have not seen what it is like let me describe...
    by at September 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  • New DVD Releases: Date Night And Diary Of A Wimpy Kid (Win Them Both)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Deborah! Date Night could have possibly be taken straight out of a page in my life. Almost. I mean the part before all the mayhem happens. Recently I was at a media event to explore the new Honda Odyssey and they finished up the event at a spa (I know, I lead a tough life). As we all sat in the relaxing waiting area – listening out...
    by at September 19th, 2010 at 08:09 pm
  • Win Tickets To See Yo Gabba Gabba Live! (Boston only)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gaynelle! Now I know that you wanted to win that Yo Gabba Gabba prize I had out recently but fear not if you lucked out. Fans of Yo Gabba Gabba will be happy to know that Mommy Niri has another treat for you. So you know that the Yo Gabba Gabba is touring (you should visit the Yo Gabba Gabba live site if you want to know dates in your city),...
    by at September 14th, 2010 at 08:09 pm
  • Win The Kodak EasyShare Digital Camera And Pulse Digital Frame!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jenny On The Spot! So you know I am en-route to a cruise (thanks to Carnival Cruise Lines) but as I await the hurricane out in my hotel room I realized I may be offline a bit for 8 days. In fact I will be blogging everyday to keep you along for the ride but I really felt guilty that I am leaving my readers. To make up for my guilt I felt...
    by at September 4th, 2010 at 05:09 am
  • Yo Gabba Gabba In A City Near You!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sharon! So I really disliked You Gabba Gabba at first. I mean seriously try describing them to someone else. Freaky right? Then somewhere along the line while kiddie channel hopping we heard some catchy tunes. So I put aside my distaste for the fashion sense, or lack thereof (yeah even I have some weird standards) and decided to let an episode...
    by at August 31st, 2010 at 08:08 pm
  • Bye Bye Maternity Clothing!
    So when I started the Better For BlogHer campaign with Healthy Choice I did so with a bit of a rebel attitude. No way was I going to make it easy for a product to make a difference.  So with no weighing or drastic life changes I embarked on swapping out a meal for a Healthy Choice meal. Without realizing it some weight must have dropped. No idea how much but I noticed...
    by at August 22nd, 2010 at 09:08 pm
  • Earth Footwear’s Latest The Swank Boots (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Erica! So I got approached about reviewing a pair of boots. I was already freaking out that I had done nothing with the kids for summer and began to panic that summer had passed me by while I had my head buried in blogging. So when I regained composure realizing that I still had a few weeks I did wonder about these new boots. Now I am...
    by at August 20th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (Giveaway)
    Contest Closed! Congratulations Colleen! Earlier this week we got the opportunity to view a screening of Nanny McPhee, which opens August 20th at cinemas, and it was a total journey. Firstly I have to add that viewing a screening with my kids is the ultimate of proud moments of a blogging career. My girls feel super proud at seeing seats for us with the press. Back to...
    by at August 19th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • Scholastic Children’s Dictionary Back-To-School Blog Tour (Win It And $100 Visa Gift Card)
    Contest closed! Congratulations Sheliza! While seasoned moms are counting the days until school opens, the newbies are scared of just that happening. Yes, both have kids driving them up the wall (that is one long summer vacation I tell you) but when your kid is going to start school for the first time you worry so much. About everything. About anything. About nothing. Either...
    by at August 18th, 2010 at 11:08 am
  • JELL-O Mousse Temptations Latest Flavor: Chocolate Mint Sensation!
    So you know that I have kicked off the Better For BlogHer campaign and I am looking at everything that will help with that pesky snacking habit I have. I took a peek at Jello Mousse a while back but looking at how popular that was amongst readers when I was offered to check out a sample – I said yes! The new flavor – Chocolate Mint Sensation is still sugar...
    by at August 16th, 2010 at 08:08 pm
  • Win $20 Gift Card To Axl’s Closet (2 Winners)!
    Contest Closed! Congratulations Madeline, and Tammy! When I was approached by Axl’s Closet to check out their online store I had not heard of them before but then again I am not a huge shopping girl. Though admittedly having 2 girls I shop for them all the time. In fact that was my one crazy reason I so wanted girls. Back to Axl’s Closet. They have some “cool”...
    by at August 14th, 2010 at 07:08 am
  • Win A Backpack And A $20 Panera Gift Card!
    Contest closed! Congratulations Jessica! While I was at Evo Conference I came across the company Whoops Bunny. The idea behind the “whoops” had me interested. Working on the angle that little accidents and imperfections are ok in life is what drew me to the brand. I used to be a perfectionist at one time, then I had kids, and when I thought I could swing the...
    by at August 10th, 2010 at 08:08 pm
  • Win A Lunch Kit From Thermos And Mommy Message Cards Too.
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Chhaya! Like it or lump it Back To School time is around the corner. With Back To School comes lunch time.  Whether you dislike the lunch dished out at school cafeterias  (which I do) or simply prefer to pack lunch for your child, you know the lunch box is an important part. One of the companies I trust with containers is Thermos. In...
    by at July 30th, 2010 at 10:07 pm
  • Zulily Discount For Mommy Niri Readers – Save $10 Off $50
    You would recall a while back I mentioned the online store Zulily (this is a link with my invitation code), the members only shopping site. You invite a friend and you can get $10. Yes, the same one that offers designer clothing at bargain prices. Since they don’t need to store large supplies, it also means they pass that savings onto you. I guess that also means...
    by at July 28th, 2010 at 08:07 pm
  • A Review Of Pop On Pals Amusement Park
    When I was offered the Pop On Pals Amusement Park I was trying to figure out if I wanted to take a look at more toys. The only reason I was eager to check it out was the fact that playsets seem to hold a much longer. I love the little doll houses and slides etc they hold hours of pretend fun for the kids and truthfully a way for my 3 and 5 year old to actually play together....
    by at July 28th, 2010 at 04:07 pm
  • Win Kleenex For A Month!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Laptop TV Mom! So you would have read about my little girl’s and my trip to Kentucky, well the kind folks at Kleenex wanted to offer my readers something special. You can win a month’s supply of Kleenex Sneeze Shield to give away to one of my lucky readers. To win just leave a comment with a back-to-school tip or even a question...
    by at July 26th, 2010 at 08:07 pm
  • Motorola’s Latest Hands-Free Device – H17txt With Motospeak (Giveaway)!
    Contest Closed! Congratulations Carol Y. So you know I got the new iPhone and until then text messages were just messages (and actually whined about receiving since my payment plan charged an arm and a leg for each one) I received and barely sent out. More so because my fat fingers could never type properly and my old phone did not make it easy. I know campaigns about...
    by at July 20th, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Street Surfing Whiplash Wave Scooter and The Let’s Move Campaign! (Giveaway)
    Contest Closed! Congratulations H. Walker! Kids move. You can’t really fight it. The best you can do is go with the flow. Just make it safe. A while back I met the guys from Street Surfing and heard about their amazing support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign They are giving away 1800 wave boards to schools around the country to help with the...
    by at July 10th, 2010 at 09:07 pm
  • Despicable Me – I’ve Seen It And … (Giveaway – 3 winners).
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations John, Michelle, Dawn! I swear I have been going crazy inside as I have seen the special screening of the movie Despicable Me on June 10th and have been asked to remain hushed about it until recently. I remember being only mildly excited about going to see the movie. Oh, don’t get me wrong, this mama loves movies but the screening...
    by at July 5th, 2010 at 08:07 pm
  • Summer Snippets (Giveaway)
    Contest closed! Congratulations Courtney! There are so many little summer goodness stuff that has been pouring in, and truthfully more to come. I decided to put in a post with a few products I have been looking at and even give a few of them to some lucky reader. The package you can win is: Episencial Sunny Sunscreen (included in giveaway) You know that thing that you...
    by at July 3rd, 2010 at 05:07 am
  • National Camping Month! Win The Ultimate Backpacker Kit From The North Face!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Chris June marks the second annual National Camping Month.  The North Face wants families to get outside and they are offering the readers of Mommy Niri a wonderful kit to get you started. Look you and I both know that The North Face make the most durable clothing so every single item in this pack is a wonderful prize on it’s own. I...
    by at June 24th, 2010 at 09:06 am
  • Summer Of Smiles (Win A $50 1-800-FLOWERS Gift Card)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Robin! 1-800-FLOWERS.COM wants to spread smiles across the nation this encouraging ummer. They’re calling it the “Summer of Smiles,” everyone to brighten someone’s day with thoughtful gifts and flowers. Flowers are amazing at uplifting the mood. Hubby is always a skeptic about spending on flowers that he feels will eventually die...
    by at June 20th, 2010 at 09:06 am
  • Win The iGo Anywhere Charger!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Heather So I have spent most of my life in technology and with hubby and I coming from engineering backgrounds. What you will be surprised to learn is that we don’t have a ton of gadgets in our home. Truthfully to us the collection of devices just simply for the sake of it being a trend is really a waste and show-off sign. Which is...
    by at June 17th, 2010 at 06:06 pm
  • Sex And The City 2 – The Soundtrack!
    Sex and the City is one of those series that I was addicted too. Seriously. I watch no reality television and have not followed a series since HBO showed the last episode a few, childless, years ago.  Fast forward a few later and the Sex And The City 1st movie filled my glamor void that I was already missing, but now with kids in tow. It always make me sad when a good...
    by at June 13th, 2010 at 08:06 pm
  • Yoohoo Plush Animals – Win It For Your Graduate! (2 winners)
    Contest closed! Congratulations Angela and Nicole! YooHoo & Friends is Aurora’s best selling brand and  when you see how cute they are you can clearly see why.  The fact that Aurora created YooHoo & Friends to teach children about animals (many endangered) and the environment from which they came makes me really respect them. It is fresh to see plush...
    by at June 11th, 2010 at 07:06 pm
  • Pigtail Pals: T-Shirts That Promote Positive Messages For Girls!
    I have 2 little girls. I come from a home of 5 girls. It would be really safe to say that I am naturally aware of women and the way they are treated, or rather mistreated at times. The reason alone that there were 5 girls in my home was the “hope” from elders that we would hit a luck and have a boy at some point. Nothing like making you feel second rate than...
    by at June 9th, 2010 at 08:06 pm
  • The Touchscreen Handheld From VTech – MobiGo (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Christi! I had not been a huge VTech fan. I mean I liked it ok but there was stuff about the design that never made it my favorite brand. So when I caught a glimpse of their new product at the Sandbox Summit a few weeks ago I was shocked. I loved it. Gone was a the annoying “abcd” keyboard and in the the awesome “qwerty”...
    by at June 2nd, 2010 at 09:06 pm