Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Gemvara jewelry! Win a $250 gift card to design your own!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Cindy! I was invited to a a jewelry and cocktails night. Who says no to that? I mean seriously? Hubby works out of state and would not be back home in time for me to attend the event. So I did what any good person would do. I arranged to take them to a friend’s home and hubby would pick them up on the way after work.Before...
    by at April 25th, 2013 at 09:04 am
  • Make room in your kiddie’s closet for RUUM! Giveaway!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I was thrilled to be invited to a local RUUM store opening, where they were kind enough to have a giftbag waiting for me with a little something for my readers, but more on that later in the post. In truth though I had already shopped there before the grand opening. I was a huge fan of 77Kids and was sad to hear it close...
    by at April 22nd, 2013 at 09:04 am
  • Discovery Museum hosts a free evening for families with Autism! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Keri! I love the Discovery Museum. I have been going there since the kids were wee lil ones and am headed there tomorrow (thanks to the museum providing me with passes). It is one of those places that you can feel safe with your kids and content they are playing and learning in a non electronic way. I can recall seeing my kids through...
    by at April 18th, 2013 at 07:04 pm
  • Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Fantasy (Giveaway) #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED COngratulations Ximenia You know in just over a week it is Spring vacation in Boston and I don’t know about you but vacation=Disney On Ice! We were thrilled to be invited to the opening show but don’t worry I have a set of tickets for one of my readers and they get to take along 3 more guests. Are you wondering what this show is about?...
    by at April 4th, 2013 at 06:04 pm
  • The Croodaceous time has arrived! (Giveaway)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Clarissa! This is it people! The Croods is here! I have already seen it twice, once in LA and once with my kids but guess what? I will be seeing it again with my kids. Yes, I loved it THAT much. I was very excited about the movie touching on the caveman era, especially after seeing Ice Age era bringing so much entertainment to the...
    by at March 21st, 2013 at 09:03 pm
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog At The Wilbur Theater (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CANCELLED!* Who loves Clifford The big Red Dog? We do and pretty sure their fan club is pretty huge right now. Last year a snow storm got in the way of me catching the live show and this year I am at a screening of The Croods so will be missing it again, but you should make your way there. Scholastic’s Clifford the Big Red Dog and in conjunction with...
    by at March 4th, 2013 at 12:03 pm
  • Boston means snow and snow means Land’s End gear!
    Tweet If you looked on the labels of each of our winter jackets you would find the same name. When we need jackets, snow boots or any snow gear we only shop at Land’s End. While several brands have excellent quality, I don’t like feeling I have to sell my first born to afford it (though honestly the way my 5 year old has been acting lately, I may be open...
    by at March 1st, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • I’m giving away 100 passes to The Croods 3D Screening! #Boston
    Tweet  Not sure if you follow my Twitter or Facebook page but 2 weeks ago I went to LA to the DreamWorks Animation Studio. I know! I can’t believe it either. This is one of those “I will tell my grandkids stories about this” kinda thing. I have so much amazing (no seriously I mean it) stuff to share about that trip but for now I will say I LOVED The...
    by at February 26th, 2013 at 07:02 pm
  • Boston Children’s Museum celebrates 100 years! (Win 4 tickets)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Mia! Have you been to The Boston Children’s Museum? If you live in the Boston area it would be surprising if you did not visit this local treasure. I still remember when my now 7 year old (almost was 10 months old and it was our first visit and I was amazed how she was safe in an area just for babies. I could be with my local...
    by at February 18th, 2013 at 07:02 pm
  • Win 4 tickets to Boston’s Museum Of Science + OMNI Theater #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dollops Of Diane! Being that my husband and I are both recovering engineers it would seem pretty obvious that the Museum Of Science would be close to our heart. And it is! Boston is such food for engineers and STEM lovers alike that you would be hard pressed to find a week where some STEM-like activity is not happening in the city....
    by at February 15th, 2013 at 09:02 pm
  • How dry is your skin this winter? Aquaphor has a perfect TLC prize for you!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jennifer! Besides having to deal with kids who take off their winter gear a gazillion times, I hate what winter does to my skin. I am adamant about moisturizing my kids’ skin but really neglect my own. When I start getting chastising looks or comments from my honey about how ridiculously dry it is. It gets to the point of him...
    by at February 15th, 2013 at 08:02 am
  • Saying Goodbye to knots (and tears) – Thanks to Knot Genie Brush!
    Tweet I have 2 little girls. My little girls have big hair. It is beautiful but long. The thing they don’t show you in Tangled is that when you’re not looking Rapunzel is crying out in pain as she brushes her hair. My 5 year old tolerates it somewhat, which leads me to believe that she is a pure fashionsita who is willing to pay a price for her style. My 7 year old,...
    by at February 14th, 2013 at 08:02 pm
  • Need A Date Night? Win Dinner And A Movie Thanks To Fandango! #FandangoDateNight
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lara! Raise your hands if you’re a fan of Fandango? If you’re not, and you’re a movie buff, you’re really missing on a lot. A few years ago I was gifted a Fandango giftcard and wondered how to redeem them since I already had an AMC card. When I learned that not only could I pay at many theaters with my Fandango...
    by at February 4th, 2013 at 02:02 pm
  • Free Tickets (100) To Advance Screening of Escape From Planet Earth 3D! #Boston
    Tweet I’m going to make a confession. I hate contests. I do. The work entailed does not make it worth any traffic or time. And honestly in the past few years has cost me a lot of $$ too especially when mail gets lost. But the excitement a reader feels in winning makes it totally worth it. I have said this before but one of my favorite perks of blogging is seeing...
    by at January 30th, 2013 at 05:01 pm
  • Hellman’s Cage-free mayonnaise meets my cage-free egg sandwich! (Win $300 Amex Gift card!)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gianna! The simplicity of an egg sandwich is what makes it my go-to sandwich for something quick yet filling. I bake bread at home but I also always keep a good loaf at home. We stick to high fiber multigrain bread and I personally love oat-nut loaves. 50% of my kids loves bread (yeah just the older one, and for that I love her...
    by at January 17th, 2013 at 07:01 pm
  • New Counters, Old Mess! #BleachItAway
    Tweet If you have been following me along on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter you will know that on December 6th we began a kitchen remodeling project. On a whim! It was an overdue project and I honestly hated my previous cabinets so much I painted them orange and my wall yellow. Yes O-R-A-N-G-E and Y-E-L-L-O-W – no kidding! What’s more strange than that choice?...
    by at January 11th, 2013 at 12:01 pm
  • Easy Gifts That Won’t Get Re-gifted! Win 10K Citi Thank You Points (3 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Yona, Annmarie and Tanyetta! I was on a Moms Talking Money video chat organized by Women & Co. (Citi’s personal finance resource for women) and I learned some interesting things about holiday shopping. I thought is was interesting since I am not one who makes a big fuss. You won’t find me on Black Friday queuing up...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 09:12 pm
  • The Spirit of Christmas in under $100 from BJs
    Tweet We always try to drive ourselves crazy to get things perfect for any occasion but really it is those little touches that actually tie everything together. Hubby never pays attention to those things and thinks those things frivolous as I buy them, but when the kids walk in and their eyes light up, he tries to take the credit.  Every year I promise to do things...
    by at December 21st, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Making Merry In A Mess! (Win Prize package including $50 gift card) #BleachItAway
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Vickie! My husband and I have engineering backgrounds, needless to say remodeling our home is not our forte. Of course while I embrace my deficiencies, hubby would not lay claim to it. To this testament is the several “oops” holes on my walls. I have a toilet roll holder permanently broken for maybe 3 years, and counting....
    by at December 11th, 2012 at 09:12 am
  • Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker! Win A Pair of tickets!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Melinda! I saw Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker over 10 years ago. I scored cheap seats way in the back and was excited to take my boyfriend (now husband) to it. Hubby is not the artsy type so I was a tad nervous he would not like it, but I felt confident I would be enthralled – live theater always excites me. Also, there...
    by at December 6th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Curious George: Monkey Down Under (Stride Rite $50 Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kerry! So many amazing things happening this weekend I should be lucky I have my head about me. Well, I guess it is attached, so lucky me! I received an invitation to to a screening of Curious George and I know my kids would have loved to see him on the big screen, our screen at home is probably the smallest screen you can get, but...
    by at December 5th, 2012 at 08:12 pm
  • Chocolate covered strawberries! Want some? (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sleepyheadmom! Indulgence goes part and parcel of the holiday season, right? Wel truth is that indulgence normally comes with a pretty apron and hours of work in the kitchen. I love decadent gifts but feel guilty to cave into them. There is just something about perfection in a little bite and as much as I love food, I love “little”...
    by at November 26th, 2012 at 10:11 am
  • Win A Madagascar 3 Blu-Ray™/DVD Wig Combo Pack! 3 Winners!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations: Joanna, Livivua, and Michelle Have you seen Madagascar 3? I have! In fact I had not seen any of the others as my kids were slightly younger but we did watch this. With movies costing an arm and a leg I am pretty careful about my selection of movies. Madagascar 3 was one of those movies we decided to bite the crazy launch weekend...
    by at October 17th, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • Spirit Halloween And The Spirit Of Children Program! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Vickie! Can you smell it in the air? It is pumpkin season and you know what comes with pumpkin season, right? You got it: Halloween! Now if you’re fumbling like me each year to buy an outfit that feels just about right rather than something that screams “last minute” you are googling costumes right now.  Spirit...
    by at October 10th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Fall shoes I wore without falling! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I don’t do heels. Or rather they don’t do me. I would honestly love to wear heels! I mean, if you were 5’0 feet wouldn’t you want to wear them too? Someone I manage to fall on my face when I attempt to friend them. Literally! It is not funny and I have no idea how I traversed my teenage years without...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Happy National Coffee Day! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Shannon! I write. I wish I could write more but normally need sustenance to keep on. I could skip easily on the food but any writer would tell you a warm beverage keeps the words flowing. How often do you see someone sitting with a laptop and a drink to keep them going? It is no secret that coffee houses are a writer’s best...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Restaurant Aura = Gourmet meets Kid-Friendly! (BOSTON)
    Tweet I had been to Aura before. I remember it fondly and better yet, so do my kids. To get me to get to the city on a Friday night is  challenge. Add to that 2 squabbling kids and things get pretty stressful. So when I receive invitations I weigh them for what they are worth and when we got the invitation to the restaurant Aura at the Seaport hotel in Boston. I did...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • To The Arctic on IMAX at the Museum Of Science!
    Tweet So I was invited to a screening of To The Arctic and since it was at The Museum of Science in Boston, I gladly accepted. Being an engineer the museum is a happy place for me, well maybe right behind Starbucks. Truth is I had not taken my kids there yet (blasphemy right?) but hubby had taken my older kid when the 2nd kid was born as part of a daddy-daughter day...
    by at September 25th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Life Is Good Festival! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gilda! I love Life Is Good. I mean I REALLY love them. Even their Facebook pages bring a smile to my face and a new zest in my step for the day. Last year I attended the Life Is Good festival and fell in love with them even more. Here are just a few reasons why: They gave the crunchy-granola-wannabe type of me a festival. By hosting...
    by at September 18th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Can you tell these are Crocs?
    Tweet We have been a family loving Crocs for a long time. When you have kids, you love shoes that are easy to get on and off and fast, and I am not just talking about kids here! For a long time I would only wear shoes that did not need me bending over, and sigh it shows. Anyway we all have this image of Crocs in our head and honestly they must have good branding because...
    by at September 11th, 2012 at 09:09 am
  • VIDEO: Broaching The “A” Word With Kids! ($200 Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Jacob, Mary, Kelli, Soha So when Women & Co approached me to talk finance my insides felt queasy. Finance and saving is not my strong point. Just ask my husband. Or don’t! That may open up the discussion and I would rather not as it really is my Achilles heel. So I actually considered saying no. Then I remembered that...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • Speaking To Gymnast Nastia Liukin, And The Fisher Price Fantastic Gymnastics Dora doll! (Giveaway)
    Tweet So if you are not on the Mommy Niri Facebook page or have not noticed that little badge on my sidebar, you may not have realized that I am a Fisher Price play ambassador. I know! I am pretty psyched too. I had a little visit to their head office in East Aurora, New York. Don’t worry, I will be writing about that soon, but tonight is the Olympics opening...
    by at July 27th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • Spiderman And Kelloggs: A Heroic Start To The Day!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Janice! When two things I love meet, it just seems right. I am a movie girl and though I have yet to see The Amazing Spiderman, it earmarked for me to get to it. I am not a huge superhero girl, but Spiderman is my guy, or superhero I should say. We all know that movies can be pricey and I love when amazing brands offer deals that...
    by at July 17th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • How To Train Your Dragon Live: The VIP Way!
    Tweet Earlier I posted about the show How To Train Your Dragon. Since I was provided “Hero’s Welcome” VIP tickets for my family, I wanted to share with you my experience in case you wanted to explore that ticket option for the show in your city. The Parking! Honestly living in Boston I sometimes decide to attend or not attend an event based on the...
    by at July 16th, 2012 at 10:07 pm
  • My thoughts on Brave, The Disney/Pixar movie!
    Tweet So by now you would have watched the movie Brave and if you have not, what are you waiting for? I have to admit I am a sucker for movies and if it is kid-friendly then all the better because it means I can share the big theater experience with my family. Movies beyond their age is relegated to watch-on-the-small-screen section. Needless to say I am a huge fan of...
    by at July 9th, 2012 at 07:07 am