Archive for the ‘MY VIEWS’

  • 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
  • It Looks Like We Got Recycle And Re-Use (Somewhat), But What About Reduce?
    Tweet This is Earth Week and a perfect time for me to bring up a nagging thought I have had for ages. It is Spring time, well kind of in Boston (yeah we do everything different here) and with that comes Spring cleaning. You know what that means? Loads of those plastick-y toys and junk left at the kerb while our insides are ready for more junk stuff. It pains me, to no...
    by at April 21st, 2011 at 11:04 am
  • Tacky Tuesday: Spitting In Public!
    Tweet You know I announced the series Tacky Tuesday earlier today so here is one of my pet peeves.  Spitting in public.  I don’t care if you spit out the car window or while walking or whenever – it is gross and it makes me want to throw up seeing it. I don’t care if you think it is butch and you just “have to do it” it is a filthy habit....
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 05:03 am
  • Tacky Tuesday!
    Tweet My Friday 5 series, when I launched MommyNiri.com was so popular but I could barely keep up. It has not died but gone into hibernation and will certainly resurface given the right, ahem, topic. I try not to be negative in my blog but have a right to whine somewhere. Well I hear it from my kids all day so I should have an avenue too.  So I decided to create a Tacky...
    by at March 15th, 2011 at 05:03 am
  • Being A Left-handed Kid In A Right-handed World!
    Tweet When my 5 year old was born she tended to use her left hand. I have no idea why that concerned her dad so and I often caught him trying to “teach” her to use her right hand. Pediatricians warned that it takes a while to know since children flip between using both hands from the time they are born. Eventually, and much to my husband’s relief, she did end up...
    by at February 27th, 2011 at 10:02 pm
  • Travels Bring Sweet Memories No-One Can Take Away!
    Tweet I love travel. Did I say love? I meant love, love, love – with a capital L travel. If I had oodles of money it would NOT sit in a bank (I can see hubby already getting antsy reading that) but spent on travel. The guys over at Traveling Mom gave me the opportunity to watch the new upcoming Open Season 3 movie and mull over my thoughts on family travel. What’s...
    by at January 19th, 2011 at 09:01 am
  • So You Know That Kiddo Who Had Her Cast Removed Last Friday?
    Tweet Yes, the same 3 year old kid that sported that cast for 3 weeks – all during Christmas and New Years. I was counting down the days to the cast being removed so that I could at least put on a winter jacket that would fit, after already forgoing any events that may stress the situation – bye-bye sledding. I even moved our New Year’s stay at The...
    by at January 16th, 2011 at 10:01 pm
  • What’s The Tooth Fairy’s Going Rate?
    Tweet I did not care for learning anything about the Tooth Fairy – we had no concept of this growing up and somehow in my head my kids seemed to young to be losing their baby teeth. Then during breakfast on Sunday (I think) she mentioned her tooth was loose (a little more excitedly than I preferred). I panicked. Did her glass cup hit on her tooth? Hubby was trying...
    by at January 5th, 2011 at 01:01 pm
  • The Break I Needed, And The Break I Got!
    Tweet So just over a week my daughter cried hysterically about her arm, and I just thought she hurt it. So a little ointment and some massaging and she eventually fell asleep. The next morning she cried a bit but I did not heed anything to it. Hubby insisted to take her to the doctor and I thought he should get the honor for being over-cautious. Seems like he was correct...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • My Daughter In A Photo-shoot For A Food Magazine! No, Seriously!
    Tweet After I had written a review about the Chop Chop Magazine (a magazine for teaching kids about healthy food including recipes) I received a letter from the founder asking me if my daughter would model for their next issue. I ignored it. Don’t get me wrong, I love the magazine and seriously could not find a single thing I did not like about it, well there...
    by at December 20th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Today I Screwed Up!
    Tweet For all the things that went well this year I managed to make them a blur in face of my behavior today. I normally joke about me getting the worst parent award, well today I would happily take the award. Today is day that will haunt me forever. It started as a crazy day with my 5 year old throwing a tantrum about not having her choice of clothing and when I pointed...
    by at December 15th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Bullies Are Not Born, They Are Bred!
    Tweet Bullies! What image does that evoke in you? A picture of big kids picking on some smaller kid and intimidating or beating him/her up? More likely true. That definitely qualifies to be bullying but so does many acts that you may not typically think was bullying. So many little acts that subtly “push” people over the edge. That recent case of the...
    by at December 9th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • Jyl, Inspiring And Intelligent!
    Tweet As part of the Heart Of Haiti Campaign ambassadors were asked to choose a blogger that reflected the essence of the Heart Of Haiti which was difficult to do in some ways yet easy to do in others. There are so many bloggers doing amazing things and there as so many that have a kind heart, but when you find bloggers who are both it is indeed a treasure. While I have...
    by at December 7th, 2010 at 09:12 am
  • Where I Will Be Shopping This Holiday (No – Amazon Will Not Be One Of Them)!
    Tweet I am a very fussy shopper. I am. I think, ponder, research and then feel I got to have it and then discuss it with hubby and before you know it he has taken the wind from my sails and I am convinced I don’t need it. Since I decided I won’t be offering Amazon.com any of my hard earned money (trust me that is pretty tough since Amazon has been my goto...
    by at November 25th, 2010 at 08:11 pm
  • The Other Child…
    Tweet As I watch my 3 year old act out pulling her 5 year old sister’s hair for the 100th time instinctively I wanted to punish her by taking some favorite toy or at the very least a timeout. The only issue is I would have doled several of those in a day for all the hitting or throwing stuff already. To an onlooker it may sound like a open and shut case of an undisciplined...
    by at November 8th, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • Spicy Pumpkin!
    Tweet I’m a pumpkin girl. I have always loved pumpkins and all its relatives from the gem squash to butternut squash and everything in between. The fact that Halloween is around the corner and pumpkins are adorning all porches makes me excited…. at eating them. Now  I am a color freak, I love food with color – natural color. I start getting images...
    by at October 28th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • What Would I Say To My 13 Year Old Self?
    Tweet The following post was inspired by Dove and their efforts to help make a difference in a young girl’s self esteem. Being a firm believer in the support of young girls and to ensure that they have bright futures I jumped at the chance to be a part of this campaign. They have launched the first ever Dove Self-Esteem Weekend on Oct 22nd – 24th, where...
    by at October 10th, 2010 at 08:10 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Reactions To Clearing Out My Closet!
    Tweet The one thing my sweetheart never moans about is me shopping for me but what he does have a (huge) issue with is me never purging anything out of my closet. When I started the Healthy Choice – Better for Blogher program I had little expectations that there would be change. So when the changes were slight but noticeable I felt inspired to take a next step....
    by at October 7th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
  • Waiting For That Smile!
    Tweet There was a time when I would be paranoid to put both kids to bed, on my own. I remember the first time I did it my best friend (thank you Kamesh) rallied to the rescue with her mom who was visiting from South Africa (yeah, my friends rock). Needless to say I was a panic mess. These days I do it easily, but honestly I think hubby does it way better and truthfully...
    by at September 27th, 2010 at 10:09 am
  • Friday 5: 5 Companies That Rock My Boat!
    Tweet While I review many products on mommyniri.com they are just simply reviews, not endorsements. Promoting a brand is something entirely different and it is one that I intend to get behind only if I passionately am in love with it. It is also why I have been slow to get sponsorships for conferences. Been able to shout out, and put name on the line for a company is...
    by at September 23rd, 2010 at 08:09 pm
  • A Sense Of Relief…
    Tweet Yesterday I had my daughters annual doctor visit. I attend them because I have to, I could say that I needed to since they include shots normally but my skepticism in the medical profession does not allow that sense of reliability.  I had recently paid an amount just to get the  copy list of shots for the school (a rip off if you ask me to actually have doctor...
    by at September 18th, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  • September 11th!
    Tweet I can still remember the day. I am more that is true for almost anyone that was in the USA (and outside) on that day. I was at the gym (yes, those were the days) in the morning in the same building I worked, and was already running late up to work. I was sitting at a meeting and a colleague got a call on the cell-phone and mentioned the State building was on fire....
    by at September 10th, 2010 at 07:09 pm
  • Kicking My Starbucks Habit (well for a week anyway)
    Tweet So I have an addiction, it does not happen every day but on some (tougher) days it happens more than once so it kind of evens out to once per day. The fact that the staff at Starbucks know my name and my drink, along with my kid’s drink, should be a warning in itself to my habit, but I ignored those signs. Then although I prided myself on being an avid recycling...
    by at September 5th, 2010 at 07:09 am
  • Color Me Yellow!
    Tweet Sometimes we all need a little extra color in our lives and when it is your favorite color, even better.  My older daughter always loved green. When I say loved I mean really loved green. She would eye every green toy as a toddler and friends and family became aware of it and accommodated her often. Then without warning to anyone she declared a new favorite - yellow! Of...
    by at September 1st, 2010 at 08:09 pm
  • “Just Call Me Belle!”
    Tweet So I toiled. hard. to find the perfect name for my baby to be. I mean I wanted something that had a Hindi meaning, easy to pronounce, short and with no religious connotation.  We settled on “Jia”, pronounced Gia or Gee-Ahh and meaning “heart”. I had kept my home Disney princess free – somehow my opinion of strong female characters...
    by at August 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • My God Is On A Timeout!
    Tweet So my trip to Utah for Evo also landed me in a late night conversation with some of my favorite girls. So some of the girls were Mormon, or rather LDS (Latter Day Saints as I learnt was the proper term) and come on, you can’t not want to ask oodles of questions. So I did. For me the generalization and assumptions is what annoys me. Trust me I come  from...
    by at July 22nd, 2010 at 06:07 am
  • What Would You Allow Your Daughter To Wear To The Beach?
    Tweet Last year I was at a beach and was surprised to see a mom standing with her daughter buck naked rinsing off the sand from one of those outside showers outside the change room. I was finding it difficult to tear my eyes away and was trying hard not to walk up to the mom of what looked like a 5 year old girl to ask her to use the bathroom inside. I saw loads of...
    by at July 17th, 2010 at 07:07 pm
  • An Ode To My Old Phone (And Hello iPhone 4)!
    Tweet I waited for the day. May 25th. I did. It was the day my phone contract expired. I was riding out my contract and trying hard not to be frustrated with my phone. So while I will be sure to share several posts about my new iPhone 4 – I wanted to bid farewell to my old phone (scroll to the bottom to see photo suggestions of this) . To my old flip phone, who...
    by at July 12th, 2010 at 07:07 pm
  • 5 Things That Surprised Me At Evo!
    Tweet Yes, I am slow – deal with it. I figured I better hit 2 stones with my Friday 5 series and a mini roundup of Evo. Here are 5 things that  amazed me. Some of the speakers were strangers (to me). After having attended so many conferences you get to see exactly the same people speak. Here there were new blogger and brand faces and I loved that. It certainly...
    by at July 8th, 2010 at 09:07 pm
  • Finding The Father Figure!
    Tweet I did not like my father. There I said it. I know it is Father’s Day so sentimentality towards dad and fatherhood is booming. But it is true. My dad was not likable, and especially not by me. He had an encyclopedia worth of qualities and habits that made me fear and disrespect him. My mom on the other hand was my hero. I then decided that a girl, or anyone...
    by at June 19th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Tips To Help At Home As You Head To That Conference!
    Tweet So next week this time I will be speaking at Evo Conference in Utah. I am both excited and anxious. Excited as the conference is amazing and anxious as I will be away for 5 days. You read that right: 5days. To save on flights I am traveling the day before and after the conference with a red-eye thrown in. The only awesome thing about the travel is that I fly Jet...
    by at June 19th, 2010 at 08:06 am
  • So I Bought My 1st Coach Bag!
    Tweet I sucked up all the doubts and I just bought the bag. Well to be clear I walked in the store and walked out and then went back and bought it. I have been waiting for it for a long time. In fact about a year ago I hosted a contest for this very same bag for BlogHer. In fact it was on the way to this conference that my bag woes began, with having 2 bags break on...
    by at June 13th, 2010 at 09:06 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Ridiculous Responses After Being Told I Am From South Africa!
    Tweet Friday 5 series is not dead but I will be posting only when I really feel the urge to (rather than compelled based on timing). The World Cup soccer is being held in South Africa and I am more than nostalgic at this exciting news. But where is South Africa? What is the name of the country? – No really people have asked me this so many times it is actually embarrassing....
    by at June 10th, 2010 at 09:06 pm
  • Wordless Wednesday – Cinderella Sports A Tattoo!
    Tweet There was no way we could resist not taking a picture of Cinderella sporting a tattoo. I would have loved to have a picture of her drinking beer but no such luck!
    by at May 25th, 2010 at 09:05 pm