Archive for the ‘REVIEWS’

  • 77Kids Adds Kiddie Fun In Newly Opened Stores!
    Tweet Yesterday I attended a store opening for 77Kids. I admitted to the kind folks over at 77Kids that I had never used their clothing on my 2 girls then stopped the moment I uttered those words. I totally had forgotten that when I took part in the 77Kids Do Good day in Boston they sent a t-shirt each for my girls. I recall loving how soft they were but also felt they...
    by at March 31st, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Mars Needs Moms
    Tweet I attended a screening for the movie just before I went to Disney so needless to say this post is a little delayed. Firstly I loved what an amazing build up to the screening this was since the screening had a pre-celebration with Radio Disney, science crafts and also mini-massages for mom and dad. Can you tell that it would be a fabulous time already? 3D movies...
    by at March 31st, 2011 at 08:03 am
  • Drinking Your Nutella?
    Tweet I was one of those late bloomers. I only tried Nutella a year ago, which would be a cardinal sin considering I am somewhat of a chocolate snob and a nut-oholic so Nutella should have been an obvious choice. Of course that totally meant I would miss it – which is exactly why I am the last to know about anything. My favorite nut is by far the hazelnut which...
    by at March 28th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • Sometimes A Hotel Is The Destination!
    Tweet A few years ago I wanted a get-away. I wanted a road trip 4-5 hours away to get to a place I liked. Hubby, obviously, was not in agreement (surprise, surprise). He bemoaned the effort, and the expense, and the expense of the effort. Then he suggested a local hotel in another town that we had good memories of meeting in. Thus became a (cheaper) holiday that was...
    by at March 13th, 2011 at 07:03 pm
  • Madeline At The White House! (Giveaway – 3 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Veronica (book/doll/tea-set),  Jenn & Monica (book) I love good quality books. I swear today there are more books than I know what to do but good quality books are gems in themselves. Madeline books are always fun since they have an air of civility to them and peppered with etiquette lessons. Plus any book that features a...
    by at February 7th, 2011 at 09:02 am
  • Getting Back To Reading Magazines! – Win A NOOKColor!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jennifer J. Magazines! I used to read them. Really I did. In fact I used to subscribe to several and then spent countless hours again on ones that I did not subscribe to reading in the Barnes And Noble café area. Then a kid came along and another and the scenario changed. Sure there were magazines, but it was basically those “free”...
    by at January 3rd, 2011 at 09:01 pm
  • So Can A Toyota Driver Love The New (2011) Honda Odyssey?
    Tweet To be clear not just a Toyota driver, but a Toyota lover! Yeah – that would be a tough audience. So during late summer I attended a media event in San Diego to celebrate the launch of the 2011 Honda Odyssey. Before you get all “Mommy Niri, was that not several months away – what took you so long?” – I think it is a fair question and...
    by at December 29th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • My Favorite Finds This Christmas!
    Tweet I have not been reviewing many items this holiday as I have been trying to focus on my charity initiative Mommy Niri Cares 2010 but I would be remiss to not share with you a few things I have discovered (or rediscovered). Organic Candy Canes: Surf Sweets is a company I learned about a while ago and one that I have become a fan of. Organic candy at one stage in...
    by at December 21st, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Lands’ End – Style Without The Hefty Price Tag!
    Tweet For some reason I never contemplated accessories, I am no fashionista but I am also lazy. We were at an event in Boston and I saw Audrey (Mom Generations) wear a lovely scarf. She was just wearing a shirt and jeans so the scarf really popped her outfit. When I asked her she mentioned they came from Land’s End. I forgot all about it until BlogHer. At the Getting...
    by at December 13th, 2010 at 08:12 pm
  • Staples: Who Knew My Office Supply Store Also Had My Holiday Gifts?
    Tweet I shop at Staples. A lot. Seriously I do. You know what’s worse? They opened one right next to my home. Somehow it became my one-stop shop. The fact that hubby works from home and I happen to (grudgingly) share the same basement office means we always have something we need from Staples. You know how it is when you buy a home and when you first get to Home...
    by at December 12th, 2010 at 07:12 pm
  • Moxie Girlz Dolls – A Style I Can Like! (Giveaway 2 winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jenna and Trenda! Moxie Girlz Dolls, which I first saw over a year ago, has come up with newer styles and I am glad to say they still meet with myapproval.Yes, they are a tad more “grown up” than what I am used to but kids start looking towards older dolls and sad to say there are very few out there that I can appreciate....
    by at December 7th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • My Take On Tangled – The Disney Movie About Rapunzel!
    Tweet We watched Tangled just over a month ago and I have to say if you are looking for an unbiased view, don’t look here. I loved it! I simply loved it. At the outset let me clear up any doubts that this may be a children’s movie – oh, it is that, and more. I am not a princess girl – I’m not. I am not exactly a tom-boy – I just never bought the whole princess-who-needs-a-prince-to-rescue-me...
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 03:12 am
  • Villeroy And Boch – Serving Up The Holidays In Style!
    Tweet You know those dishes? Yeah, the ones you carefully tuck away for an important date or event? Well we all have them and I used to have them – before kids. Well, truth be told my mom used to have them and I still recall the whole hullabaloo on festivals when they were brought out. The whole frantic fuss was enough to make me scared I would chip them or something....
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 01:12 am
  • A Visit To Ultra Diamonds! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Melissa! I was invited to take a look at an Ultra Diamonds, a store that specializes in diamonds at an affordable price. I was picturing a wholesale type environment assuming that the decor would probably be compromised due to it. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how the store looked as enchanting as any jewelry store.  It...
    by at November 26th, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • Zeeberry – Designer Jewelry! Win A $50 Gift Card And Discount Code Too!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Paige! I have a love-hate relationship with jewelry. I love buying it (mostly with not my money) but don’t enjoy wearing it. I can hear you saying “What?”. Now remember I am also a mom who hardly dons makeup, and the reasons are the same –  I find it hard to get something simplistic (ok, so I am lazy too)....
    by at November 21st, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Pinkalicious Dress-Up Clothing! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brooke! What color do you think my home is flooded in? Well no prizes for guessing. It is undoubtedly PINK! I already spoke about how we are fans of the Pinkalicious book (can’t wait until Silverlicious hits the stands) but did you know there was a whole slew of toys and dress-up clothing too? I love dress-up and I love that...
    by at November 18th, 2010 at 11:11 am
  • Creativity For Kids Diva Puppies And Enchanted Storybook Activity Kits (Giveaway – 2 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah and Victoria! My kids love crafts. Any crafts. I am not saying that they are great at them, but they love them. I am an avid believer in a child doing their own crafts – even if they look like something the dog dragged in. I do not want masterpieces of art in my home – I want my children’s art pieces. I love...
    by at November 14th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  • Fresh Produce – Clothes You Would Wear To Impress Your Girlfriend (Giveaway)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Susan! Something which many guys delude themselves into believing is that we dress for to impress guys. While that may be true on occasion, women often dress with their girlfriends in mind. Wondering what the girlfriends would have to say about their outfit and giving much more weight to that opinion.  So when the timing of a review...
    by at November 9th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Chop Chop – A Healthy Food Magazine For Kids!
    Tweet I aim to be healthy – but unfortunately have not been as successful as I would have liked for myself. For my kids, on the other hand, I try much harder. I do believe kids trust us with their nutrition – and abusing that trust is tantamount to abuse. From birth they don’t have a choice of what is put in their bodies or to develop their taste for...
    by at November 8th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Win Games From Gamewright! (2 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations  Cyrus – Order’s Up and Lucas – Take The Cake We love board games. I would love dedicating more time to play them. So would my older kid. While I am at wishing, I wish my 3 year old had a longer attention span not to trash board games when it does not go her way. That being said I was keen to try out the games...
    by at November 1st, 2010 at 08:11 pm
  • Ruby’s School Walk – A Wonderful Book For Kindergarten!
    Tweet I have drooled over the books covers by Barefoot Books before but sadly never got to read or buy any. It may just be because I am too lazy to go out of the norm to buy books – I usually get books from Borders, BN, Amazon and the school’s Scholastic lists. Anyway as chance would have it being a blogger means I get to explore things I may not approach...
    by at October 26th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Win A $25 OshKosh B’Gosh Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Annette! Previously I had only heard of OshKosh B’Gosh twice, once someone gave my little girl an outfit from them (which I loved) and the second being the coupon for them attached with the Carter’s coupon – where I was already a frequent shopper. When I was invited, along with other Boston mom bloggers, to check...
    by at October 25th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Beauty And The Beast Inspired Toys (Giveaway – 2 Winners)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amy – Tea Tray Cart And Meghan – Singing Belle Doll! You know our home has been all aflutter with the release of Beauty And The Beast, especially with my daughter who actually calls herself Belle (any guesses what she will be for Halloween?)  so this review has been so very exciting. As you would believe I have seen...
    by at October 16th, 2010 at 10:10 pm
  • Win A Not So Scary Halloween Kit From Joy Berry!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Jeanine! I was trying to get some decorations for Halloween with my 3 year old and I was about to take one of a witch and she begged me not to take it. I always considered myself in tune with my girls so was surprised that she found it scary, as she had let me know. It guess no matter how much we think we understand kids it is...
    by at October 16th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • My WebKinz Party!
    Tweet We had a fun and easy party celebrating with Webkinz. Always fun to have a toy that has many uses. The actual physical WebKinz can be held by kids much younger. The other fab thing is that when you are out and about, away from technology (I know that seldom happens, but when it does)  at least the plush toy will still be there. But then if you want more, and they...
    by at October 11th, 2010 at 07:10 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
  • Healthy Meals Even The Dude Won’t Mind Eating!
    Tweet I love cooking, but truth is I don’t cook as often as I would like to. Maybe it is the cleaning up after or the fact that the piles of other chores, overdue blogging or the stack of papers from my daughter’s school that I have not gone through yet, all seem to need more urgent attention. I love junk food. I know it is bad and I avoid the kids having...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 09:10 pm
  • Beauty And The Beast!
    Tweet If you are a reader here at Mommy Niri then you would know princesses are not my thing. You would also know my daughters have both fallen for princesses, my 3 year old with Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and my 5 year old with Belle (Beauty and the Beast). In fact my older girl has been so obsessed with Belle we have had to come up with imaginative ways to get past her...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 09:10 pm
  • Doing Healthy Choice The Vegetarian Way!
    Tweet I was skeptical. On several counts. Firstly boxed meals are not a staple on our shopping list. Yes, being a vegetarian already kicks out several items from our shopping cart but more-so because we realize that processed food is not something we want as a part of our daily ritual. Sure we fall off the path on occasion but it is never the norm. When I was approached...
    by at October 5th, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Tinker Bell And The Great Fairy Rescue!
    Tweet My idea of Tinker Bell is pretty antiquated – I mean to me Tinker Bell was that little fairy with Peter Pan. Sure I was inundated with images in the Disney stores with the new look and movies but I just chalked that down to commercialism in products. When I got the invitation to preview the new Tinker Bell movie I agreed since I knew for an hour or so of not...
    by at October 2nd, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Karate Kid Continues To Kick It Up A Notch!
    Tweet You know why the original Karate Kid movies were successful? Well yes the the fight scenes were breathtaking but without the mental aspect it would have been a straight action movie. I watched, loyally, all the Karate Kid movies. I still remember the wax on wax off scene which imitated a tactic move that proved the winning formula for Ralph Machhio earlier. This...
    by at September 30th, 2010 at 12:09 am
  • Toy Review Roundup: Moon Dough And Olivia’s House/Pirate Ship!
    Tweet Somehow I had never heard of Moon Dough – I did hear of Moon Sand and figured it would be similar. Bracing myself for some colored sand like material I opened the package to let my 3 year old and 5 year old take a stab at it. I was pleasantly surprised to find it was meant to be a “play-doh” like material. If you have not seen what it is like...
    by at September 22nd, 2010 at 10:09 pm
  • Bye Bye Maternity Clothing!
    Tweet So when I started the Better For BlogHer campaign with Healthy Choice I did so with a bit of a rebel attitude. No way was I going to make it easy for a product to make a difference.  So with no weighing or drastic life changes I embarked on swapping out a meal for a Healthy Choice meal. Without realizing it some weight must have dropped. No idea how much but I...
    by at August 22nd, 2010 at 09:08 pm
  • Earth Footwear’s Latest The Swank Boots (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Erica! So I got approached about reviewing a pair of boots. I was already freaking out that I had done nothing with the kids for summer and began to panic that summer had passed me by while I had my head buried in blogging. So when I regained composure realizing that I still had a few weeks I did wonder about these new boots....
    by at August 20th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  • Nanny McPhee Returns (Giveaway)
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Colleen! Earlier this week we got the opportunity to view a screening of Nanny McPhee, which opens August 20th at cinemas, and it was a total journey. Firstly I have to add that viewing a screening with my kids is the ultimate of proud moments of a blogging career. My girls feel super proud at seeing seats for us with the press....
    by at August 19th, 2010 at 10:08 pm