Archive for the ‘REVIEWS’

  • Easy Peasy Pizza Party!
    Tweet I used to be the person who spent elaborate time preparing for parties. When I worked in an office I made it my duty to ensure I planned outings with friends and sometimes even events at my own office (most times at my own expense). It was fun and something I continued even after marriage. The muted version after marriage was board game nights, and they were...
    by at November 26th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • A Family Dinner At Jerry Remy’s Grill!
    Tweet You don’t envision a sports bar and kids do you? Well neither did I. Actually until a while ago restaurants on their own were a challenge. Coupled with dealing with my daughter’s autism and our anxiety about getting a meal in edgewise we normally considered it to be “let’s get it over with” ordeal. Then as time grew, and so with my...
    by at November 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Digital Gift Cards: Will It Save Us From The Craziness Out There?
    Tweet While most people are thinking turkey, the rest of the population is thinking gifts. Finding the perfect gift has always been a daunting task and truthfully “perfect” is a pretty subjective term since on many occasions I have been both the receiver and giver of what was definitely construed by someone as well-meaning. I will be be the first to confess...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show!
    Tweet Seeing that my 6 year old has been yearning to move post Dora/My Little Pony phase we were decently happy that she chose Phineas and Ferb. At least compared to the sitcoms there is no meanness between siblings/parents, meanness which is normally depicted as cool and funny. We hiked to Worcester to watch the show and knew it would be a treat for adults and kids...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 08:11 am
  • The Family Storybook Treasury (Includes Curious George, Martha Speaks And More)
    Tweet Since both my girls are avid readers we find our shelves populated mainly with chapter books for the 6 year old. As for the 4 year old she is finally ready to ditch those (ghastly) princess books and, inspired by her sister, read early readers. Of course she is impatient with herself and wants to go straight to chapter book. Being the mama of (educational) indulgence...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Be Ahead This Holiday, Use An Address Stamper!
    Tweet I thought about doing holiday cards but with my timing for everything it may end up after the holidays. Plus I realized that I wanted to feature something a little different still with keeping holiday cards in mind.  No doubt about it several families will be already plotting pictures in their heads for the perfect holiday card, but there is another part of the...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Slim-Fast’s New Ready On-The-Go Bottle! Win $25 Sephora Giftcards (5 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Monique, Charlene,Debra, Jessica, Jenn I tend to steer away from writing about things that make huge claims about changing your life be it cosmetics (I ain’t no guinea pig), devices or drugs. When Slim-Fast approached me to try their new ready to drink bottles I said yes. Truth is I dabbled in the powder form for a bit and...
    by at November 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • The Warmest Coat Of Them All!
    Tweet I live in New England so the chance of getting snow each year is, I don’t know, 100%  If you assumed that winter wear is actually a huge part of our clothing collection you would be correct In fact it would be safe to say that winter wear is actually one of the most expensive season, hands down. Whats up with those hats, mittens, scarves and jackets the cost...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 pm
  • Roku, Is It The Answer To High Cable Costs?
    Tweet I am extremely suspicious of new devices, and I know that statement sounds weird coming from an engineer. Truth is I am not wary about the functionality of the gadget but rather the (rolling) cost of it. Unlike people who actually look at the actual price of the produce when they grocery stop, I look at the price per pound. That is essentially how you know whether...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Glow In The Dark Hexbugs, Perfect For Halloween And Beyond!
    Tweet I love an excuse to have a party and when I got the chance to host a Hexbugs party I was already excited. The fact that it was the glow in the dark edition added more fun to it. I debated whether to set up the tracks or let the kids do it. I was wondering whether the kids may get frustrated trying to put it together but I got carried with other stuff and ran out...
    by at November 2nd, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • LeapFrog Continues To Make Learning Fun With Their LeapPad.
    Tweet You will recall that in my BlogHer Finds I highlighted the LeapPad, even though I just briefly tried it there I was sufficiently impressed to mention it. Fast forward a few months and I got to take the LeapPad along with the TAG reading system for a test drive as well as activities to share with friends. I cannot write this post without sharing my history of LeapFrog....
    by at October 26th, 2011 at 07:10 am
  • Win Wine From The California Wine Club! (Discount Code Too)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Conratulations Debp! When I was returning from getting married in India, we were going to connect in Germany. I was still on my “a new country per year” pledge so I decided to spend a few days touring. The weather was awful but I was still on a high from my wedding so my disposition was sunny even if the temperatures told a different...
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Spa Week ($50) Coming Up! I Had A Head Start!
    Tweet Spa! Don’t you just feel all relaxed uttering that word? Truth is if we all could afford it this would be a permanent fixture on the calendar. I mean, remove the cost factor and there is not a single bad thing I can think about a spa treatment. When I discovered Spa Week a year or so ago I was in indulgence heaven. Woah – should I backtrack? Do you...
    by at September 26th, 2011 at 05:09 pm
  • Back To School – Take Two! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Elaine! So while everyone is getting settled in to school and feeling like summer I am still in denial. So much so some of you get to score on some great giveaways. We are still scuttling around with my preschooler with me dealing with the fact that public schools have lottery systems for admission (WTH with that?), the most are...
    by at September 21st, 2011 at 10:09 pm
  • Back-To-School With Crocs!
    Tweet The fact that Crocs are so versatile for everything from getting them on fast to gardening to the water parks make them popular in my home. What makes it even more so is the fact that cleanup is a cinch. Since they are so easy to get on (and off) schools have frowned on their use at school for fear of them coming off. When Crocs announced their new Back To School...
    by at August 17th, 2011 at 09:08 am
  • What’s In Your Cheese?
    Tweet You know when The Motherhood asked whether I would take a Sargento cheese testing/tasting party to see the difference of processed vs non-processed cheese, I thought I had this one nailed. I mean I am a little careful about ingredients anyway but I have to admit I needed a reminder since it is not something I look hard at the ingredients etc at. I mean cheese is...
    by at August 15th, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • Summer Round-Up Take 2 (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations BusyWorkingMama – Lawry’s Spices Robyn – Handstand Books Rachel – Mars Needs Moms Mike – Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover for Wii Rita – Sesame Street: Ready, Set, Grover for Nintendo DSi I am sure that we are on the same page that this Summer thing is happening way too fast. My kids are at camp...
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 07:08 pm
  • Melting Pot Cooks Up Date Night And Childcare Combo!
    Tweet All of us who pass up on date night because we cringe on childcare, raise your hands? Cost is one factor, but timing and quality is another. Add to the fact that I have a child on the Autism spectrum makes me super paranoid. I knew of the Melting Pot for a long time and had even attended an event there but admittedly had this notion of it being an appetizer kind...
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 08:08 am
  • RedRover: The App That Arranges Playdates – Fast!
    Tweet Growing up without family around me meant I had to make a concerted effort to get people together so that my kid (and later kids) could have some company. In fact I was super surprised to hear the term “playdate” – it sounded so formal and intimidating. Then we started with gym classes when my oldest was 6 months (else I would have been bored...
    by at July 25th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • The Price Of Dental Healthcare. #Periobalance
    Tweet You know how things start off as a fad. Everyone looks at you like a weirdo or freak or basically full of nonsense when you have something different? I admitted my snotty attitude about electronic toothbrushes in an earlier post and now not only do I love them but they are in every single store that sells brushes too. Being always one to catch the tail-end of a...
    by at July 22nd, 2011 at 08:07 am
  • Keeping The Balance In Your Mouth!
    Tweet There is so much that starts in the mouth. When I was pregnant I remember the gynecologist speak to me about keeping my gums healthy. At the time I wondered if she was worrying about the wrong body part. Then I learned that gum disease can lead to early delivery. Though I found it hard to believe that what was in your mouth could have such profound impact on the...
    by at July 11th, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Taking Care Of My Teeth While Traveling – The PerioBalance Way!
    Tweet I normally travel light and most often my dental care is the one to take the 1st hit. While I do pack my toothbrush and toothpaste – I pack nothing more. Worse still I take along a regular manual brush while at home I have been using an electronic one. Speaking of electronic toothbrushes, I used to be the girl who mocked a friend for being so lazy to use...
    by at July 5th, 2011 at 09:07 am
  • PerioBalance -Probiotics For The Mouth!
    Tweet I have been careful about reviewing things that claim to make a difference. I have passed on makeup, skincare and or things making declarations that are health changing. For one I do not use my body as a guinea pig and secondly I know many friends and readers actually trust what I say so I want to be sure when I say it, I mean it. When I was approached about GUM...
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 08:06 pm
  • Six Flags New England: Rain Or Shine A Perfect Ride! (Win A Family Pack Of Passes)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Mitali! Years ago I had my first and only trip to Six Flags in New Jersey. It was so long ago before marriage and kids and the vague memories of thrills and jam-packed theme parked filled my head. Although I knew that there was a Six Flags theme park opening in New England I thought my kids would be too young for it. So needless...
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 09:06 am
  • Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer!
    Tweet On Wednesday we got to a view a screening of Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. We have been looking forward to this movie as my daughter has started chapter books though not yet on Judy Moody (still ready Junie B. Jones) and Judy Moody’s sense of style so closely matches (or should I say mismatches) my daughter’s style. Normally used to watching...
    by at June 10th, 2011 at 09:06 am
  • Exploring Paddywhack Lane Toys!
    Tweet A company I love working with mentioned Paddywhack Lane toys and books and I have to confess I had never heard of them. I have no shame admitting that sometimes cool things slip my view. Since I know that the PR company only worked with amazing brands I decided to give it a try. Paddywhack Lane features a range of simplistic toys that run the gamut from figurines...
    by at June 9th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • Good Food Made Simple – In The Freezer Aisle!
    Tweet Recently I attended a breakfast hosted by a company called Good Food Made Simple. Their aim: make healthy food accessible by all. They focused on one meal that has been neglected somewhat, breakfast. Granted there are pancakes and waffles in the freezer aisles but nothing much else and nothing that is really healthy. Can you believe these guys have frozen oatmeal?...
    by at June 3rd, 2011 at 07:06 pm
  • Zhu Zhus Pets And The Only Royal Wedding I Would Actually Watch!
    Tweet While the UK and much of the world watched entranced as the royal couple took their vows there were many others who could not wait for it to be over so something else could be featured in the news. Oh, before you can call me out as being unromantic let me dispel that fear. I just have no interest in all of that extravagance of monarchy. I do however have one little...
    by at May 24th, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • Charlie And Lola DVD Set, Book And Toy Giveaway! (Valued $121)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Tabathia! When my older kid was pretty young was the first time I had heard of Charlie and Lola, and before the “where were you before” hits your tongue in my defense I did not grow up in the USA. It was at a Valentine’s special event at Borders that I found a set of rubber stamps for Charlie and Lola. Those were...
    by at May 11th, 2011 at 09:05 am
  • Crocs Chameleons: The Color Changing Crocs For Kids!
    Tweet I must admit I had not been a huge worshiper of Crocs and frankly wondered what the whole hullabaloo was about. I thought it was a fad and would eventually die out. I mean they looked ok, but I could not fathom out the craze. Well that was until Blogher 09, where I managed to get a pair of Crocs flip flops (and again I had no idea they made them). I slipped my...
    by at May 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am
  • A Visit To Tiffany & Co!
    Tweet So I got an email from Tiffany’s to check out their offerings for Mother’s Day. My heart skipped a beat. Tiffany’s knew me? Then I thought maybe it was a different Tiffany’s, I mean there are other Tiffanys out there. Remember Tiffany, the singer? I loved her to bits (I think we’re alone now – fame) and she was among the guy’s...
    by at May 2nd, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • Dora’s Garden Gazebo by Mega Bloks!
    Tweet The fact that we’re a big fan of Dora is no surprise, but recently I thought we may be moving to other shows as my older (almost 6 year old) daughter grew older. Then she started Spanish class as part of the Global Child program and we found a new way to watch it as we noticed all the Spanish conversation. We recently got to explore the new Dora’s Garden Gazebo...
    by at April 25th, 2011 at 10:04 am
  • Blue Man Group Show In 2011 – iPhones, Music And More!
    Tweet I was invited to a press screening for Blue Man Group and after struggling to get parking and almost deciding to call it a day and head home, I parked on a parking garage roof on a pile of snow and prayed it would not melt before I got back. I am glad I did not head home and got to see what was new in the show. I had been to the show maybe 10 years ago, even before...
    by at April 17th, 2011 at 07:04 pm
  • WordWorld – Win The DVD and App!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Heather! I remember the first WordWorld on TV, it was right about the time that Super Why launched and I was excited. Now I don’t say that lightly, you have to understand both my hubby and I are staunch believers in education being important and though we are not adamant about only academic I would be lying if I did not say...
    by at April 16th, 2011 at 07:04 pm
  • Caillou – An Old Time Favorite! Check Out The New Toys!
    Tweet Caillou was one of the earliest watched shows in my home. The funny thing was most of my friends did not like Caillou and called him whiny and I wondered if they heard my kid recently. Anyway to me he was this regular kid who just resembled the regular family in a calm way. Of course I poked around to learn more since Caillou is not a character you see gracing...
    by at April 6th, 2011 at 09:04 am