Archive for the ‘MY VIEWS’

  • To (Junie) B (Jones) Or Not To (Junie) B (Jones)?
    Tweet I have had a love-hate relationship with Junie B. Jone’s book.  I have early readers in my home (and I mean REALLY early readers) but not necessarily lovers of reading. My oldest kid dislikes the time it takes her from her play time and that amazes me since she is an incredibly good reader. We are a PBS home, I mean really. I am THAT parent who firmly believes...
    by at May 22nd, 2012 at 08:05 pm
  • A Gem Of A Teacher!
    Tweet When we bought our home, it was based on the most we could afford but with as close to Boston as possible. I had never even heard of our town before then. Our neighbors said it was a great place for kids, hubby and I just wanted enough parking for our friends and a backyard to host them in. Fast forward a year or so and we found it to be true that our circle peppered...
    by at May 19th, 2012 at 04:05 am
  • Hey Mom, I Miss You!
    Tweet Dear Mom, For several years after you passed away I hated Mother’s Day. I know I should not, but every time I saw people go on about Mother’s Day it bothered me and reminded me that I did not have a mom (or a dad for that matter). I would not cry, to do so would be to embrace the pain. I found distraction a much better vice. Then 7 years ago I became...
    by at May 13th, 2012 at 05:05 am
  • What My Blogging Friends Want This Mother’s Day!
    Tweet     Two years ago I did a What Mom Bloggers want for Mother’s Day  post and it was so fun to not only write but to read it, I decided to do it again this year. Stacie (Divine Miss Mommy) Grey Goose Vodka,  something to give me fresh orange juice (where I would put my vodka) and for juicing in general – I have wanted one for a while, and...
    by at May 12th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • I’m Not Yet Done Growing Up…
    Tweet No seriously, I’m not done growing up! That might sound a little silly to you if you knew I was turning 40 this fall (yes, this girl is not ashamed to say it – I own it in fact). I remember being told I should be a doctor by my dad when I was still around 10 years old, and I had no idea where he pulled that out from. It may have been something to do...
    by at April 17th, 2012 at 07:04 pm
  • My 1000th Post!
    Tweet I cannot believe this is my 1000th. No, seriously! I would never have believed that if my WordPress dashboard did not say so but this has made me take a step back and realize that 4 years ago I started on just journaling to not get crazy transitioning from being a software engineer to being with little people. I write this post from The Children’s Hospital...
    by at April 12th, 2012 at 08:04 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Picture Perfect!
    Tweet When I was young, I used to chat with my mom that the guy I married had to be this, and this and that. My mom thought they were high demands and wished me luck finding the impossible. I disagreed. I felt that I was a pretty awesome catch myself and any guy who would be with me had better be that awesome too. My logic was clear, if I can be those things to him,...
    by at January 26th, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  • And Their Ears Are Pierced…
    Tweet You would think this would be no big deal, except the crying bit would be a big deal for anyone, except we had none of that. Waoh, I guess I am jumping the gun and rambling here, so let me back up a bit. When we knew we were having a girl, all I could think of was dressing her (yeah generations of brainwashing with dolls in advertising kinda does that to a girl)...
    by at January 18th, 2012 at 06:01 pm
  • My Resolution To Release Pause!
    Tweet I could write about wanting to get in shape or about getting organized but I will not. Oh, not because I have mastered those things or don’t care about them anymore (my 30K unread emails are a testament to how much I still need help) but because I realized my life has been in somewhat of a “pause”  status. To be fair it is not a dead pause but...
    by at January 4th, 2012 at 11:01 am
  • The Holidays Are Also A Time For Saving! #kidworth
    Tweet Of course you hear (all over) about the holidays being a time to spend. It would be rather difficult to avoid the bombardment of messages screaming at you to splurge. Most times much more than you have. I have known several people tell me how much the holidays cost them and I personally am amazed when people talk about the number of gifts they buy for each person....
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • Being The Best Parent Starts With Being The Best You! #aMillionMoms
    Tweet So as part of the Million Mom’s Challenge campaign it was asked to share parenting advice, and while there are “parenting experts”, I don’t believe there is such a thing. Instead I think a lot has to do with trusting your gut, common sense and basic education/awareness. Head on over to read my post Babies don’t come with instructions,...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Holding My Second Baby For The First Time!
    Tweet When I signed up to write posts for the Million Moms campaign for a few months I was eager for many memories to come flooding back. When I was offered the suggestion this month to share my thoughts when I first held my baby I realized, like most moms, the first inclination was to share my thoughts with my firstborn. Seeing as the subsequent born get a somewhat...
    by at October 22nd, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Therapy: Too Little, Too Much, Too Expensive, Too Tired!
    Tweet Like how some people have soccer practice or ballet as their curricular activities, parents of special needs kids have therapy. We spend countless hours in waiting rooms, swopping tips, sharing IEP notes and packing dinners to eat in transit. We smile and nod understandingly when a kid has a tantrum, or when a kid acts in a way that would seem crazy to those not...
    by at October 18th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  • Discovering The Mom In Me, And The Mom For Me! #aMillionMoms
    Tweet Recently, as part of the Million Moms Challenge, I was asked about my challenging moment being pregnant. To keep it in a nutshell, the biggest challenge was going it alone. More importantly it was going it without my mom, a mom who had died 13 years ago this very week. Writing it was emotional for me and the tears came rushing back, almost as fast as the memories...
    by at September 18th, 2011 at 07:09 pm
  • Dreams Of Being President?
    Tweet I asked my 6 year old to write a mini book report about her latest book “Grace For President” and this is her question to herself with the reply.  
    by at September 9th, 2011 at 08:09 am
  • At The School Bus Stop? Smile!
    Tweet My 6 year old started 1st Grade yesterday and she really wanted to ride the bus on her 1st day. As we approached the bus stop we noticed several parents standing there with kids. All were busy chatting amiably, which I would assume to mean they all knew each other. As they continued to sip their coffee (assuming it to be), they did not even give a passing glance...
    by at August 31st, 2011 at 09:08 pm
  • Ready Or Not, 1st Grade, Here We Come!
    Tweet Today is the day my oldest girl started 1st Grade. Her indecisiveness as to how to get to school meant we started in a car, drove to bus stop to watch the kids get on. While waiting she saw some kids who were walking to school and decided to walk to school. I put my 4 year old back in the car and decided to drive her to her last week of camp while dad walked with...
    by at August 30th, 2011 at 07:08 am
  • A Chat With Director And Cast Of The Movie: The Help! (Pssst And My Take On It Too)
    Tweet Wow this post took a while. You know how some things are easy to write and some make your heart so heavy that penning it to paper (or rather keyboard) is something difficult to commit to? Exactly! Me too. In fact I think I have been clicking on all the tabs to actually delay finishing this post (I am the queen on procrastination). I gave myself until tonight to...
    by at August 14th, 2011 at 05:08 am
  • Hoping To Achieve my 3R’s At BlogHer!
    Tweet Except for the fact that my calendar is a mess and my favorite flip-flop just broke this past week I am fairly prepared for  BlogHer. Considering that there will be around 3400 people in attendance and I will be a speaker there this year, I can really say I sit here on this long flight heading to San Diego pretty comfortably. I have learned to become comfortable...
    by at August 3rd, 2011 at 10:08 pm
  • So I Left My iPhone On The Train!
    Tweet Bye-bye phone! How is your afternoon going? Well it could not have been worse than mine.  Mine started out uneventful – a little bit ho-hum as I woke up at 4am to take a Greyhound bus. I had never taken one in the USA (back in South Africa they are pretty top notch with movies and serving you food etc) and really expected the worse for the measly $15 I...
    by at July 19th, 2011 at 07:07 pm
  • The Blues…
    Tweet My 4 year old loved the blue dress she helped me buy from Hannah Anderson. In fact she loved it so much she declared that she wanted to get married in it.
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • Driving With Kids Sans The “Are We There Yet?”!
    Tweet We all know the regular stuff to traveling with kids: keep them occupied etc but there are so many tit bits that I learned along the way. I travel to New Jersey in a few days with my girls and though their dad will be going with us I could have (and have done) the trip without him.  Traveling with different ages each has its own set of tips and tricks and mines...
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • My Fashionista In Training!
    Tweet If you know anything about me you would know I would live in sweat pants if I could and dragging a brush through my hair needs some serious incentives. Luckily I have enough swanky events in my calendar to make sure that I do get dressed up. Thanks to my kind friend Audrey I have a plethora of Lucky Magazines which somehow my newly minted 6 year old has taken a...
    by at June 22nd, 2011 at 08:06 pm
  • My Pumpkin: Better Late Than Never!
    Tweet So hopefully you would have been following my story about my pumpkins for fall growing story, but I wanted to give you my first update. Well I assume I may be running in for last position for this friendly contest since I just planted those seeds. I have been traveling crazily since I received those seeds and just did not drag my jet-lagged body to start it. For...
    by at June 13th, 2011 at 07:06 pm
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    Tangled Is Our Most Watched Movie, What Is Yours?
    Tweet Everyone has one. No matter the personality or the reluctance to admit  it, we all have a favorite movie. That normally translates to the most watched movie.Whether it is the assurance of knowing what is coming next or the comfort of familiar characters, no matter how many times you see it you swear you discover something new. Also that movie tends to change...
    by at June 9th, 2011 at 07:06 pm
  • Pumpkin Growing Contest?
    Tweet It is only May, I know. Mommy Niri is normally behind so how come I am talking pumpkins in May instead of October? My wonderful neighbor Jerelyn thought of this fabulous idea to get a few of us in the neighborhood to join in a friendly pumpkin growing contest. Tell me that is not cool? To help us along (and boy with anything gardening I need all the help I can...
    by at May 30th, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • A Bit Of Gas!
    Tweet I have been debating for ages whether to write about this since it happened at my kiddo’s school but seriously it was too precious not to share. Also to protect the identities of all parties no names will will be mentioned. I volunteered (weird word for helping in your own kid’s class)  to do a storytime reading and also to help with activities for...
    by at May 29th, 2011 at 09:05 pm
  • Mommy Niri at Mom’s Nite Out 2011!
    Tweet Mom’s Nite out in 2010 was such an experience that there was no way I would have missed being part of it in 2011. There were parties held all over nationally at the same time (and online) and local bloggers got to pair up with malls. Last year I had known already that I was not just going to turn up and be there (which you could) and expect the mall to do...
    by at May 25th, 2011 at 11:05 am
  • Mentor Mothers!
    Tweet It is Mother’s Day coming up. I normally forget the day except for the fact that the commercialism of it all covers all forms of media.  A long, long time ago I recall trying to make my mom’s day special. While I was growing up money was an issue so there were no thoughts of fabulous gifts but once I started working I tried to make my mom feel really...
    by at May 4th, 2011 at 10:05 am
  • Social Media Moms Help Moms In Need This Mother’s Day!
    Tweet When Holly Pavlika told me about a project she had in mind about helping moms in need this Mother’s Day, she had my full interest. Well maybe 50% as I was driving my kid to school when we spoke. I am a total sucker for all things philanthropic (as you would know by the launch of my Mommy Niri Cares site) but I also knew Holly would be perfect for work with....
    by at April 27th, 2011 at 10:04 am
  • Our Veggie Bed!
    Tweet Even with the best intentions, growing veggies is a tough call. I normally promise myself that I would do it better the next year.  So when I was asked to be a state leader for the B Kind To Earth (go like them already) campaign for Earth Day, with the commitment to do something good for Earth Day on that day I felt like that was some divine intervention prodding...
    by at April 23rd, 2011 at 10:04 pm