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  • Hosting, or Being Hosted, I like being noticed! #pcholiday
    Tweet Personal Creations could not have asked a bigger fan to talk about their products. If you know me personally, you would know I love hosting parties. Besides the fact that I need the excuse/incentive to actually clean my home (don’t pretend like you don’t),...
    by at December 13th, 2013 at 05:12 pm
  • Ornaments that reflect and bind the family! #pcholiday
    Tweet While I have been turning down several opportunities to work with amazing brands I could not say no to Personal Creations. For one, I love their customer service and secondly I am a huge sucker for personalized anything. So I’m no Christian but I believe in...
    by at December 12th, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Saying Goodbye to My Madiba!
    Tweet I feel so emotional as I sit here in Boston writing about the death of Nelson Mandela. I had stopped following news of South Africa intently and have embraced my home in the USA, other than keeping in touch with my family there. I had moved on. Then after a therapy...
    by at December 6th, 2013 at 09:12 am
  • 5 Weird Things about me for #weirdwednesday
    Tweet It is Wednesday and while weird things happen everyday, this Wednesday I am taking the day to focus on the weirdness. Actually you know who is good at weirdness? National Geographic Kids. In fact they have drawn quite a following with their weird but true books and...
    by at December 4th, 2013 at 05:12 pm
  • Win A Membership for the family from Boston’s Museum Of Science!
    Tweet There are gifts, and then there are GIFTS! Mommy Niri has decided to play Santa this year and this is honestly one of the nicest things the Museum Of Science can offer my readers. The most incredible thing about this gift is that this gift lasts the entire year,...
    by at December 4th, 2013 at 09:12 am
  • 10 Reasons why this mom loves the Rainbow Loom!
    Tweet You know the Loom, right? The Rainbow Loom? Apparently every tween, and those kids before and after that age too, are into it. Well, if you’re sitting on the fence whether to get it or just curious as to what the craze is about, I thought I would share my reasons...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 08:12 pm
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Kid to see Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! (GIVEAWAY)
    Tweet About 12 or 13 years ago I went to see The Nutcracker with my sweetheart. We were still dating at the time so I think that was the only reason he agreed because it was not the thing he would suggest going to. Even though we had almost nose-bleed seats you were swept...
    by at December 3rd, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese in Puff Pastry (RECIPE) (Win $100 AmEx Gift Card)
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s ambassador has several perks, the best of which is being associated with the yummiest mayonnaise around. But Hellmann’s does something else wonderful as part of the ambassadorship, we get to host a party t celebrate something, celebrate...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 07:12 pm
  • Let her take the baby (doll)!
    Tweet I had neighbors who covered their couches with plastic covers and that was so uncomfortable sitting on, and you can imagine this mingled with hot, humid tropical weather made for some sticky situations. My mom once bought a fancy doll and had it put into a glass...
    by at December 2nd, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Saying Goodbye To 2013 American Girl Saige? Win it!
    Tweet My world has opened up with American Girl and recently pretty deeply. From their books, to their magazines to their workbooks (we actually use some in therapy for my kid) to their amazing dolls. American Girl is a well known and respected brand and I’m sure,...
    by at November 22nd, 2013 at 09:11 am
  • 7 Shopping Tips For Tweens, by Tweens! (RUUM giftcard giveaway)
    Tweet Ruum recently asked us to check out their store in Natick and we were happy to oblige. We are avid shoppers at Ruum in a mall nearer to me but I still agreed to see the newer location. I felt like we were cheating on our regular RUUM (the staff know my girls and...
    by at November 20th, 2013 at 11:11 am
  • Dressing the doll, and why I care!
    Tweet Let me preface this conversation by stating at the outset that I have several naked dolls around my home. I do! I have absolutely not issue about that. I really don’t. I am not embarrassed to admit that I puffy heart dolls. I love dressing them more. I don’t...
    by at November 14th, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • 5 Tips for Photo Holiday Cards (Giveaway from Minted)!
    Tweet I used Minted.com for my Holiday cards a few years ago and since then I have tried several others and can safely say that Minted has the best quality of cards. It is why I am extra excited to work with Minted this year and I can’t wait to share my amazing holiday...
    by at November 13th, 2013 at 09:11 am
  • Corolle Dolls, perfect for boys too!
    Tweet I’m always amused when I see parents of boys deterred by their sons owning dolls. Since when is nurturing a girl thing? I wrote about this topic before but it is a subject close to my heart. While I have no sons I do understand that what is a boy today may...
    by at October 29th, 2013 at 11:10 am
  • Win screening passes to Free Birds! (80 passes)
    Tweet November is sneaking up on us and you know what that means? That’s right turkey season! Well to celebrate the mood I love that Relativity Media has come up with a fab movie: Free Birds. Mommy Niri has 2 little surprises for you guys: 80 special screening passes...
    by at October 18th, 2013 at 06:10 pm
  • Free Birds giveaway including $50 Oriental Trading Gift card!
    Tweet It is hard to imagine having kids and not hearing about Oriental Trading. From moms to teachers and everyone in between Oriental Trading has been a go to place to get craft supplies and more. Oriental Trading is celebrating 80 years in the field and a perfect way...
    by at October 17th, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • Quick and Easy Spicy Grilled Chicken, the Hellmann’s Way!
    Tweet Being a Hellmann’s Real Foodie ambassador allows me to experiment with my favorite mayonnaise and this is one of my favorites to go recipe. We are huge grillers. Hubby loves grilling because he feels it healthier. I love it because less pots and pans in the...
    by at October 9th, 2013 at 09:10 am
  • 5 Reasons to Kickstart Your Fitness Routine in Fall! #fit4fall
    Tweet Recently Planet Shoes (I love their selection of eco-friendly and vegan shoes) held a bootcamp and sent me a pair of shoes as part of the #fit4fall campaign to get me started. I missed the bootcamp (it was that or 3rd grade math and I did not choose based on personal...
    by at October 8th, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • Lundby, a Dollhouse to hold their dreams! (REVIEW VIDEO)
    Tweet Dollhouses are important in my home. My oldest daughter got her 1st dollhouse at her 1st birthday 8 years ago. It is still there. A few months after her 1st birthday I fell pregnant with her sister and we decided to use the dollhouse as a way of bracing my baby for...
    by at October 4th, 2013 at 07:10 am
  • The Croods on DVD & Blu-ray! Giveaway (5 winners)
    Tweet There are some movies that you love so much on the big screen that you can’t wait to repeat the magic at home. The Croods is one of those movies. Maybe I have a soft spot for it since I visited Dreamworks Animation Studios and met the director that it will...
    by at October 1st, 2013 at 08:10 pm
  • 5 Educational Apps For Elementary Kids! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet For being kids of parents who are constantly online, my kids are pretty much offline learners. Come to think of it, they are pretty much offline kids. We are not anti technology since both my husband and I come from engineering backgrounds but we feel we should be...
    by at October 1st, 2013 at 08:10 pm
  • Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Celebrates 100 year anniversary with breaking Guinness Record! (Giveaway)
    Tweet As you know I am a Hellmann’s Mayonnaise Real Foodie ambassador and was lucky enough to be invited to celebrate the 100th year anniversary. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise being the fabulous brand they are wanted to mark the occasion in style, and one that would...
    by at September 30th, 2013 at 06:09 pm
  • Fruit Picking and 5 reasons why you should go!
    Tweet Fruit picking is something we do throughout the year. We start early with strawberries, blueberries and cherries and then again for fall we start peach, plum, apples and pears. Lookout Farm in Natick hosted us this past weekend (though we did pay for our own fruit)...
    by at September 27th, 2013 at 11:09 am
  • The Little Mermaid Releasing on DVD October 1st (Giveaway)
    Tweet The Little Mermaid was one of my younger daughter’s favorite Disney princesses for a very long time and she actually is wearing the Ariel costume this year for Halloween. Well the Diamond Edition of the Academy Award-winning film comes out on October 1st and...
    by at September 27th, 2013 at 08:09 am
  • PBS Kids Math Show PEG + CAT + Learn 5 Ways Kids Learn Math While Grocery Shopping!
    Tweet My 6 and 8 year old watch PBS Kids every day as they munch breakfast. It is (still) the only channel I trust with my kids. No frills super smart television that teaches my kids valuable lessons and manages to squeeze in humor. The giggles warm my heart and just when...
    by at September 26th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Win 4 movie tickets from Fandango!
    Tweet When Fandango approached me the opportunity to talk about the latest campaign I was returning from a trip from NYC pretty tired, but I was so excited I immediately replied. No, it is not because I am getting paid to do this, though they have been kind enough to offer...
    by at September 25th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Help National Geographic Kids set Guinness Record for Animal Pictures! #ngkinsider
    Tweet If you have not been following on the Mommy Niri Facebook page,  you may have missed the announcement that I am working with National Geographic Kids as their ambassador. I know! I still get goosebumps every time I mention that.  I have so very much more to share...
    by at September 25th, 2013 at 01:09 pm
  • Win screening passes to “Enough Said” And an amazing Makeover too! #Boston
    Tweet I know, I know! Movie buff in me is always excited about a movie itself. Screenings (the privilege to see it before it releases) send me over the edge and now I cram “makeover” in the heading… so much goodness to contain. But let me compose myself...
    by at September 17th, 2013 at 11:09 am
  • Life Is Good Festival 2013 (Win 4 tickets)!
    Tweet   If you’re in New England, pretty good chance you’ve heard of the Life Is Good festival. My family has been to the Life Is Good festival for the past several years. I posted about it for the past few years but here is a reminder why I love it: The Life...
    by at September 16th, 2013 at 08:09 am
  • 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...
    by at September 9th, 2013 at 07:09 pm
  • Wizard Of Oz Celebrates 75th Anniversary, 3D IMAX Style (Giveaway – 50 screening passes)
    Tweet Would you believe that this year is the 75th Anniversary of the original Wizard of Oz? It is something of a milestone in movie industry’s history and they have found the perfect way to celebrate it and in a way that modern audiences can relate to. For ONE week...
    by at September 6th, 2013 at 02:09 am
  • 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...
    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...
    by at August 27th, 2013 at 08:08 pm
  • Gain freshness! Giveaway! #GainLove @Gain
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Karen! Remember when I created that video for Gain? I always love working with Gain, it means my laundry keeps smelling good and I get to share it with you this time. I know some people like adding it to the drying cycle but I am pretty...
    by at August 9th, 2013 at 10:08 pm
  • The cleaner way to wipe!
    Tweet When Cottonelle asked me to be part of their  “Let’s Talk About Your Bum” program I was skeptical. Oh, I have no issues talking about toilet paper (we ALL use it) and I have no diva status thinking that is not cool enough to talk about, but was worried about...
    by at August 9th, 2013 at 09:08 pm