Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • ASTRA Neighborhood Toy Store Day! It’s This Weekend!
    ShareI 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). So...
    by at November 9th, 2012 at 01:11 pm
  • Life Is Good Festival 2012 – A Recap [VIDEO]!
    ShareIf 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!
    ShareThe 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 any...
    by at October 18th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Babies explore Fisher Price Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases at local event!
    ShareWhen 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?
    ShareGain, 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?
    ShareWhen 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...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • RECIPE: Kale Pakoras (Spicy Fritters)
    ShareI 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!
    ShareI 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!
    ShareThere 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 you...
    by at August 1st, 2012 at 08:08 am
  • Bookworm Wednesday! Catch A Free Movie In Exchange For A Book Review!
    ShareI 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?
    ShareYou 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!
    ShareEarlier 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!
    ShareLast 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
  • Physics Of Roller Coasters At Six Flags!
    ShareThis was already posted at Dads Do Good but am posting here to make sure my amazing readers do not miss on this amazing opportunity. Dads do Good is an amazing community where they try to mix bonding, fun and learning. They hosted an amazing Math is Fun event earlier with Houghton Mifflin and everyone is welcome, not just dads. How cool would it be to learn Physics...
    by at July 7th, 2012 at 06:07 am
  • Speaking To Mom Of Jordyn Wieber, USA Olympic Hopeful!
    ShareWhile I was in Chula Vista, the USA training grounds for the Olympics, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see several Olympic hopefuls as they trained. Kelloggs is sponsoring several Olympic hopefuls and the thing that I love immensely about Kelloggs is that in keeping with their moto of “great starts” they are showcasing these athletes...
    by at June 27th, 2012 at 08:06 pm
  • CSI skills to solve the mystery, the kiddie way!
    ShareI have always been a huge fan of iRobot so when they invited me for a special press day to talk about the launch of Science From Scientists, without hearing the details, I said yes! Although the invite included details, which I later had to scramble and read to catch the “who’s that?”, the geek in me says yes to anything in the STEM field. So as...
    by at May 30th, 2012 at 09:05 pm
  • Fun Free Attractions Every Friday In Massachusetts!
    ShareYou know what’s coming up, don’t you? Summer vacation and you know what that means? Yes, you need to supply the oodles of fun to make the summer memorable. Trips to attractions are fun yet can sometimes end up being quite costly. I don’t normally share happenings around Boston because I think there are plenty of sites that do a decent job with that...
    by at May 29th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Disney Pixar Summer Movie Weekend (May 25-28) At AMC Theaters!
    ShareI just spotted this and had to share. 4 of Disney Pixar classic movies will be screened this Memorial weekend exclusively at AMC theaters. The $6 tickets are sure to run out so I would pre-order them. Also note that these are shown at select theaters so you may want to take a look at the participating theaters. The 4 movies are: Wall-E, Up, Ratatouille, Toy Story...
    by at May 24th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long!
    ShareThis will be the 3rd year that I will be signing up for the “Kids Bowl Free” program. Last year I could totally see how much my kids learned from the year before and truthfully I love seeing how much they develop their skills.  What I totally love is that kids get to bowl free and for a mere $24.95 the adults can join in with a family pass (not necessary...
    by at May 24th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Social Media 101 For Social Good Breakfast In Boston (5/24/12)!
    ShareWhen the wonderful folks wanted to partner over with me to host a small class over breakfast, there was no way I would say NO. Eventbrite is my go to invitation handling for events and I was excited to partner with them. The bonus: teaching a class of social media to non-profit organizations. So if you know any non-profits in the Boston area, I will be holding a very...
    by at May 21st, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Speaking At She Streams Conference!
    ShareA few weeks ago I headed to Fort Lauderdale in Florida to speak at a conference called She Streams. I had never been to it before but had heard many a wonderful thing from the 1st one held last year. Besides Maria Bailey, the founder of the conference, has been known to grab some of the most entrepreneurial of minds for her events. Though I was issued an ultimatum...
    by at May 21st, 2012 at 09:05 am
  • Archery Lessons From An Olympic hopeful (Jake Kaminski)? Why yes, I did!
    ShareSeriously I did! There is so much to talk about my trip to Chula Vista that I have done what most overwhelmed and excited people do: Nothing! Not knowing where to start and where to end and wondering whether these posts could even begin to capture my emotions and even being a blogger, I fear my words may fail me and not do proper justice to what was an amazing experience....
    by at May 12th, 2012 at 05:05 am
  • The “Ask A Local” App From Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism
    ShareI have lived in Massachusetts for around 12 years and have to admit that I still am surprised to find something new if I just took a different route than I normally take. I guess there are several hidden treasures to be discovered and though I like surprises I am more like the “I want to know it all” kinda girl. I am a Googler, a die-hard one at that....
    by at April 24th, 2012 at 07:04 am
  • Curious George At The Zoo App (Free – Limited Time)
    ShareI have said it time and time again, I love that crazy monkey and if you have been reading this blog you would know that by now. I find that George is closer to being like a kid than several of the kids in the kid shows on tv. Anyway, this is just a quickie post to tell you about this new app and the fact that until May 1st it is FREE! Picture courtesy of Houghton...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 07:04 pm
  • Book People Unite Campaign By Reading Is Fundamental!
    ShareThere’s this new campaign making the rounds from Reading Is Fundamental called “Book people unite”. Now I don’t care if that is making public my geeky side but I wear that badge with pride. I have always loved reading, it has been my escapism from times while growing up in instability and allowed me to dream. The learning was constant and beautiful and I was...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 09:04 am
  • Blending Wines In Napa!
    ShareFor making wine, I have always had this romantic notion of grape stomping, a view obviously ingrained in my mind by the countless of movies I have watched. Blending wines, though, was something that never crossed my mind that it happens so I was pretty intrigued when we had to blend our own at Conn Creek Winery. This was one of the highlights for me at the Wine Sisterhood...
    by at April 3rd, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • Postcards From Buster: New Adventures in India (VIDEO)
    ShareI honestly feel very fortunate to live not too far away from PBS station office and being a natural fan I seriously could visit everyday. There is something about being there that makes the geek in me feel proud that Boston is home to such a wonderful treasure. This may also be why I am also proud to be a PBS Kids VIP ambassador. Recently, well not too recently to...
    by at March 29th, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • The Day I Trended In Boston!
    ShareBlogging in Boston has been a lonely gig for a long time and I have always been a trite (understatement of the year) jealous of my New York buddies. The community of bloggers seemed scattered and sparse and brands did not seem to know we existed. Which is why when a local blogging conference is held I consider it important to be a part of it. You can scream at the...
    by at March 28th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • Pairing Wines In Napa!
    ShareI cannot look at a bottle of wine without thinking about Napa. I seriously can’t! Better yet, I enjoy my bottle of wine so much more now that I have been to Napa. Did I say “bottle”? I meant glass of wine, but truth be told I am somehow drinking a glass or two and actually loving it. The Wine Sisterhood gathering is definitely one event I plan on...
    by at March 26th, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • An Easter Cruise?
    ShareI know what you’re thinking when I say “cruise”, because that is what I normally am thinking too. Only this time I am going to do a mini getaway that I don’t have to pack for. That alone sounds heaven to me – these days I practically live out of a suitcase. As I type this my luggage remains in my hallway and I am loathe to completely...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 07:03 pm
  • My Chicken Change-up VIDEO with Tim Love! #RealFoodies
    ShareLast week I got to head to NYC to meet with chef Tim Love and also make a video for the Hellman’s chicken challenge.  From my last “acting” stint (I danced with Mr Popper’s Penguins) I knew acting was not for me but I said yes, since there would be no dancing around, I thought how hard could it be. So I flew in late to NYC since I stayed on...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • Meeting Lily Collins, Discussing Eye-brows, Dancing And The Movie Mirror Mirror!
    ShareI will admit that I am not always in the know when it comes to actor’s names (especially newer ones) so I did not know Lily Collins, or so I thought. Upon resigning myself to just interviewing an actress from the movie Mirror Mirror, I found out that she acted in The Blind Side and then it clicked: I LOVED her role of the daughter of Sandra Bullock in the movie....
    by at March 20th, 2012 at 12:03 pm
  • Manicures, Makeup and The Mirror Mirror Screening!
    ShareI had already planned a trip earlier in the week to Napa, CA and 2 trips from Boston to CA in a week would be ridiculous right? Except how could I turn down a trip to Santa Monica for a screening of Mirror Mirror, meeting with Lily Collins (more on that in a separate post) and some spa treatments? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I was never a princessy girl but...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 07:03 am
  • Get Free Starbuck’s Coffee Grounds For Your Garden!
    ShareNot that I needed another reason to love my Starbucks, but come Spring and their huge bags of coffee grounds are a welcome sight for these winter weary eyes. It is said that these coffee grounds provide nutrients to your garden and I just love that they are free. What a wonderful way to recycle coffee grounds. My favorite part? Is the coffee smell in my garden. Share
    by at March 12th, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Napa, And I!
    ShareOne day I was asked if I was interested to attend a trip to Napa with the Wine Sisterhood. I thought it was a ridiculous question. Does anyone say no to such an invitation? I sure wouldn’t! There has been a lot of craziness in my calendar which has meant that I have been looking super carefully at opportunities to see whether they make sense. That also means while...
    by at March 11th, 2012 at 10:03 pm