Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • 5 Tips to Talk to Tweens About Money!
    Tweet Virtual Piggy is a fabulous new way to help manage kids manage their money. It is a safer way than credit cards and allow kids some some freedom to safely shop without fearing bills later. Read more about Virtual Piggy way below. I love the conversation of kids and money and decided to use this as an opportunity to share my thoughts on the subject.  Though I had...
    by at September 9th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • 5 Best Magazine Subscriptions for Tween Girls!
    Tweet Having an engineering career for 12 years has meant I moved to the electronic side early but flipping through a magazine has a certain feel to it. You know what I mean, right? My girls are avid readers and we have branched into reading magazines too. Of course I am wary about magazines out there, especially fashion/lifestyle magazines (marked for tweens/teens)...
    by at September 4th, 2013 at 09:09 am
  • 10 Tips to ensure Road Trip Survival with Kids!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brittney! When Stop ‘n Shop asked me if I would chat about their fuel points system I thought it good to pair it up with some tips with kids. While to most of us adults we “just want to get there already”, kids actually consider the journey to be the “event”. We could increase our happiness ten-fold...
    by at August 27th, 2013 at 08:08 pm
  • Free Movies For Book Reports This Summer At Showcase Cinemas!
    Tweet My kids love to read! I love them to read. They love movies. I love movies. I puffy heart FREE movies! Well Showcase Cinemas decided to put them all together. And before you go on about you only want to be outside during summer, come talk to me when the needle hits 100F, ok? So as I was saying this is a fab program where kids turn in a book report and get to watch...
    by at June 11th, 2013 at 07:06 pm
  • Free Fun Fridays in Boston (and beyond)!
    Tweet I wrote about this last year but had to write about them this year too. Highland Street Foundation has announced the 2013 Free Friday attractions that they will be sponsoring. 60 free museums and attractions will be part of the program with 6 free each friday! I could not attend the launch meeting due to another prior event but here is more about this fabulous...
    by at May 30th, 2013 at 07:05 am
  • Launch of Walgreens Flagship Store in Boston! (VIDEO)
    Tweet   I was invited to the opening of the Walgreens store opening by Collective Bias®.  I was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias ™ and Walgreens #CBias #SocialFabric  All Opinions are my own. Personally I wondered what the big deal about a store in Boston was since a pharmacy is a pharmacy, right? Up until then I...
    by at May 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am
  • Kids Bowl Free! Yes, it is here again!
    Tweet This will be the 4th year that I will be signing up for the “Kids Bowl Free” program. I know you think summer and think: OUTDOORS right. Well true but you can’t be there all day long. Sometimes it gets hot. Sometimes mosquitos try to join you. Sometimes the kids are pooped. Sometimes you are! Sometimes you want the airconditioning. Sometimes you want...
    by at May 8th, 2013 at 08:05 am
  • Exploring smoothies at Whole Foods!
    Tweet Recently I attended a blogger event at Whole Foods that was born out of a Twitter conversation with a few friends. Isra was faking a pina colada (she decided to omit the one ingredient that I think makes it real – yeah the one you have to be 21 years old to buy) to get through our Nemo snowstorm and the Whole Foods in Cambridge (Fresh Pond) decided to kick...
    by at April 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • Can you hear me now? #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet As part of being a Verizon Wireless Lifestyle blogger I was in NYC last week and I was talking to the social media maven at Verizon (who I think is wicked smart) about my escapades with phones and quality (or lack there off) and he thought that it was a blog post right there. Of course I wondered why I had not done it too. So here I am rectifying that. I’m...
    by at April 23rd, 2013 at 08:04 am
  • Chatting With Breugger’s Bagels Corporate Chef Philip Smith!
    Tweet While many of you may have grown up with bagels, I didn’t. Before you wonder what rock I was born under, let me make it easy for you: South Africa. So needless to say that when I arrived in the USA I made it my civic duty to eat as much of this amazing concoction as I could. Honestly it was easy since I am a total bread nut but I was surprised by the chewy...
    by at March 20th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Chat with With The Crood’s Filmmakers!
    Tweet You watch a movie and and discuss, and sometimes argue, what they meant in a particular scene. You choose the option that makes sense to you and think anyone differing in opinion did not get the movie like you did. This is what happens to most movie goers but once in a while we get to go beyond that. There are many things that I have the fortune of as a blogger...
    by at March 18th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Visit To DreamWorks Animation To Chat The Croods and more…
    Tweet Did the 1st part of the heading seem like a dream to you? I admit it still gives me goosebumps as I write about it. As much as I have met A List celebrities as part of my work, this visit to DreamWorks will be one I share with my grandkids with a huge grin on my toothless face.  Firstly the welcome DreamWorks extended to bloggers blew me away and I am sure part...
    by at March 13th, 2013 at 07:03 pm
  • Boston’s Museum Of Science Has Free Film Fridays In March!
    Tweet We love the Museum Of Science. We get lost in the wonder it has to offer and each time feel we need to come back to explore more. The Boston’s Museum Of Science has a wonderful promotion for March. This March, MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite visitors to experience the magic of New England’s only IMAX® Dome theater—for free! Free...
    by at February 28th, 2013 at 06:02 pm
  • H-Mart, the amazing Asian Supermarket + Food Court in Burlington!
    Tweet H-Mart has been in my backyard for a long time but I only wandered in recently. I was at a photo shoot for Chop Chop Magazine with my daughter and Sharon, an amazing blogger at Umommy, reminded me of them and that they had a food court and fresh fish. The fresh fish bit piqued my interest since I had been making jaunts to underground stores in Boston to get my...
    by at February 6th, 2013 at 08:02 pm
  • Join Me for a book reading of Peter Rabbit At Baby Gap! #babyGapPeterRabbit #Boston
    Tweet The reasons I agree to partner with a company or campaign is not very cut and dried. I have turned down thousands of $$ for some work and work free for others. The common drive is my passion and my honesty. If I love something (ahem Starbucks) I tend to genuinely talk about it all the time, and if it is something I won’t feed my kids, no amount of money can...
    by at January 16th, 2013 at 07:01 pm
  • #26Acts ? Not a tall act to follow!
    Tweet Admittedly when a fellow blogging friend Isra mentioned the #26acts of RAK (random acts of kindness) brought on by Ann Curry to focus on the positive after the Newtown shootings, I was reluctant to write. The reasons vary from me being lazy to not wanting to feel like I am riding on a sensationalistic wave brought on by a tragedy. Also? I don’t like doing...
    by at December 19th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Boston Social Media Holiday Bash At Royal Sonesta Hotel! We did that! #BSMHoliday
    Tweet I was lusting after all my friends gloating about their company holiday parties. I had none. Bloggers don’t get holiday parties (and no brand marketing parties don’t count) or holidays for that matter. Sure we have fun in our work, but social media does not sleep, so neither do we. I started a local Boston Social Media group to focus on learning, and...
    by at December 13th, 2012 at 10:12 pm
  • The Dry Bar At Daryl Christopher Salon and Spa!
    Tweet I had been to a dry bar before but that was in LA. Honestly I thought dry bars were built the LA crowd who had swanky parties to constantly attend. Me, if I had my roots colored, it was a good day. Still I was curious to be invited to check out Daryl Christopher  in Waltham for their open house. Everyone was invited to sip champagne, munch yummies and get their...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • The Nutcracker suite At The Ritz Carlton!
    Tweet   With the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Teddy Bear at the Ritz Carlton Boston Yesterday I got to check out the Nutcracker Suite at the Ritz Carlton. Does anyone else get excited just saying “Ritz” ? I guess they totally earned their name to be associated with class. The attention to details is redundant to mention and since a picture is worth...
    by at December 7th, 2012 at 01:12 pm
  • Meeting Kathrine Switzer: The 1st woman to run the Boston Marathon!
    Tweet I was invited to the WGBH recently and I never say NO to an invite from there. That place oozes education and just standing in the foyer makes me feel smart. One of the things I am extremely proud of being a Bostonian is the fact that women’s rights have had such strong movements out of here. This was to celebrate the documentary, presented by AOL and Simple...
    by at December 3rd, 2012 at 10:12 am
  • Disney Pixar’s Brave is now available at on Demand!
    Tweet It felt forever that I was yearning for a movie like Brave: a girl who could have her own adventure without a prince. I managed to watch an early screening of Brave and loved it so and was intent on watching it again in the theater but my crazy schedule this year would not allow such indulgence and I resigned myself to wait a long time for it to be released on...
    by at November 23rd, 2012 at 09:11 pm
  • Dinner With A Side Of Throw Up! #BleachItAway
    Tweet So Clorox partnered with to talk about my messiest moments, as part of their Bleach It Away campaign (stay tuned to the end for amazing details on this program),  and I wonder if they have been stalking me… or my kids. Messy is what we do in my house, and unlike most other things we do, we do this pretty well.  If I told people I was a Type A person before...
    by at November 15th, 2012 at 08:11 pm
  • ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day! It’s This Weekend!
    Tweet I barely have tucked away the minimal Halloween decorations I had up before I spied holiday decorations (Seriously Starbucks, I love you but those festive cups? Too soon) all over and even a friend on Facebook stating that she had already wrapped Christmas presents (totally means that more moms will be joining me in the slacker-mom club based on that benchmark)....
    by at November 9th, 2012 at 01:11 pm
  • Life Is Good Festival 2012 – A Recap [VIDEO]!
    Tweet If there is one festival in a year that I will make sure I do not miss, it is the Life is Good festival. There were just too many pictures (as you can see by the post about the 2011 Life is Good festival recap)and I felt I could not do it justice so I put together a video of the event. Stay tuned to a separate post about my meeting with Kidz Bop!     Disclosure:...
    by at November 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Container Store Opens in North Shore Mall!
    Tweet The Container Store invited me to a Blogger preview event and even though it was slap-dash in between my crazy day, I decided to attend. I love organizational stuff and I hope one day I actually sit down to get my life more organized but until then I can drool at their products. While listening about their history, a few things stood out. They never laid-off...
    by at October 18th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Babies explore Fisher Price Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases at local event!
    Tweet When I was in Buffalo, New York at the Fisher Price headquarters (I still have a post on that coming) I learned of the Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases. I was keen to learn more but since my kids are 5 and 7 years old I needed younger hands on them. So I decided to have a little get together with a few mom blogger friends and their little ones. What I loved about...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm
  • Can a decorated laundry basket get them to pick up their clothes?
    Tweet Gain, the guys behind the fabulous detergent line, sent me an idea to celebrate National Keep Kids Creative Week (Sept. 23rd – 29th) and it got me thinking. Yeah, the devious planning that goes on in mama’s head had started to brew. Their idea: get kids to decorate a laundry basket. They get to show off their creative skills and (hopefully) their laundry...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am
  • Toys In Your Neighborhood?
    Tweet When ASTRA - American Specialty Toy Retailing Association asked me to be an ambassador, I thought it was an honor but did not have the heart to tell them that they did not need to pay me to support them, because I would do so anyway. In fact last year I did! Supporting local areas is a no brainer but for some reason people forget that this is the same for toys...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • RECIPE: Kale Pakoras (Spicy Fritters)
    Tweet I have heard from everyone that Kale was good for you. I did not doubt them one bit. Anything with natural colors normally is good for you – even candy people can be made with natural colors. But Kale and I never crossed paths! Or maybe it did and I was busy looking away at spinach, the favorite leafy vegetable in my home, closely followed by fenugreek (yeah...
    by at September 21st, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Alzheimer’s! A subject you may want to forget about, but shouldn’t!
    Tweet I think secretly we all fear Alzheimer’s.  We worry about being ridiculed for being forgetful and not maintaining our independence. We should be! I recall when my mom had her 1st stroke the memory was the 1st sign something was amiss. A mistaken report which failed to notice the huge clot in her brain meant they chalked it up to something “mental”....
    by at September 19th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • Free Haircuts For Kids All August At JC Penney!
    Tweet There are some things I am very excited to share with my friends because I know we are all looking for bargains. So even though JC Penney decided to sponsor this post, I would love sharing it anyway. Look, school is upon us (I know, right) and though you are so wrapped up in back-to-school shopping there is something else you need to get to. Sure, during summer...
    by at August 1st, 2012 at 08:08 am
  • Bookworm Wednesday! Catch A Free Movie In Exchange For A Book Review!
    Tweet I will keep this short. I like movies. I like free movies. I like books. I like my kids reading books. I like rewarding my kids. I like movies (did I say that already?). Showcase cinemas has this fab program which started last week but hey, this girl takes a break too, and continues until August 8th.   Here’s the scoop: Every Wednesday morning at 10:00...
    by at July 17th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • Are You Getting The Full Picture?
    Tweet You may have noticed that things around here don’t seem as busy as usual. That has nothing to do with having nothing to share with you but more about a mixture of timing and focus. I do want to share the latest and greatest in everything from happenings to products but I also miss the stories. In an aim to really give you content which is amazing I am scaling...
    by at July 12th, 2012 at 08:07 pm
  • A Chat With John Leguizamo About Ice Age: Continental Drift, And More!
    Tweet Earlier I was invited to a press event with John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah in LA. It happened to be the day before I was hosting a joint birthday party for my kids. I said yes at first (sucker for the Queen – and the only Queen I am a fan of) and even had the nod of a wonderfully supportive husband who naturally thinks I am crazy and loves me anyway . Then...
    by at July 12th, 2012 at 08:07 am
  • It is not everyday that you learn baseball from the Red Sox coach at Fenway Park!
    Tweet Last year I was invited to be part of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program, sadly my daughter fell ill so it fell through. This year though I was excited to be part of it. As a mom to a kid with Autism, I knew that this program was close to my heart.   What is the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Program ? (this from CVS Caremark) Kids come in all shapes, sizes and...
    by at July 9th, 2012 at 09:07 pm