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  • How Sweet It Is To Tweet!
    Tweet I cannot believe that there was a time when I did not know what Twitter was. How on earth did I survive? Twitter is the social media networking tool (similar to Facebook but on a totally different scale). Being a chatterbox myself it is the food I need to keep...
    by at December 4th, 2008 at 05:12 pm
  • Starbucks Sees (RED) On AIDS Day!
    Tweet It is AIDS day and it was a pleasant surprise to see Starbucks jump on the Product (RED) bandwagon and give some proceeds of drinks on this day to the AIDS fund. AIDS is a topic close to my heart, especially coming from South Africa, and hubby from India (the two...
    by at December 1st, 2008 at 08:12 pm
  • 10,000 Steps For Mommy Niri!
    Tweet When the organizer of one of my Meetup groups sent out an email asking for a few more entrants to the 10,000 steps Challenge I ensured that I had waited until a sufficient amount of time had lapsed before I responded. I wanted to be interested but I was hoping she...
    by at December 1st, 2008 at 08:12 pm
  • Our "Bye Bye Bush, Hello Obama" Party
    Tweet It seems like Mommy Niri has gone all political on you these days, right? Well I could hardly over-emphasize an important moment such as Obama taking office. Amidst the gloom and doom of the USA economy (and Mommy Niri’s too) we happen to come across an offer...
    by at November 23rd, 2008 at 02:11 pm
  • USA President And World Leader!
    Tweet Now that Obama has won the elections (yay!) it seems that we have brought a global appeal to the the Whitehouse. Not only does his colored skin bring hope to people of color, or his father’s immigrant status bring dreams to immigrants, his fresh albeit obvious...
    by at November 18th, 2008 at 05:11 am
  • Global Toys
    Tweet I was amazed to find this display of the Taj Mahal in the Lego store. I was even more (pleasantly) surprised to overhear at least two conversations from kids and parents discussing it.
    by at November 8th, 2008 at 03:11 am
  • Farewell Gymboree! Farewell David!
    Tweet With the purse strings getting tighter than ever and with the classes getting more expensive than ever, we finally made the difficult decision to not continue attending Gymboree classes. Gymboree classes have been a part of our life for a long time, from Miss J when...
    by at November 7th, 2008 at 08:11 pm
  • I Don’t Care Who You Vote For! Just Vote!
    Tweet Ok, so I lied, I do care! Obama is my man, but I care more importantly that you use your right to vote. I remember reading over a decade ago a one-liner somewhere that said “Americans will cross oceans to fight for the right to vote, but not the street to...
    by at October 30th, 2008 at 05:10 pm
  • Just Follow Dora!
    Tweet Recently we hosted a Halloween Party at our home and it was with much excitement that Miss J got to sport her Dora The Explorer costume. I spied a little costumed boy following Miss J around. It happened that she was not the only die-hard fan of Dora (excluding...
    by at October 26th, 2008 at 05:10 pm
  • Oh Scooby Doo! How Could You?
    Tweet I had high hopes that this year Halloween was going to be more fun the last one since Miss J was 3 years old and chose her own costume (Dora The Explorer). We got to a local party held by the town excited as there were going to be a few characters there, including...
    by at October 24th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Providing The Tools For Early Readers
    Tweet Having a daughter who has kept us on our toes with the speed with which she learns stuff meant I have always been on the lookout for the tools to help me. Essential tools (workbooks, reading books, media and cards) from the fanciest bookstore to dollar stores, has...
    by at October 21st, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Potato Head
    Tweet What do you get when you give Miss J a Potato Head to make? A hard-hat wearing, handbag carrying, lipstick wearing, moustache sporting Potato Head.
    by at October 21st, 2008 at 05:10 am
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?
    Tweet My 3 year and I were reading Dora’s “What will you be when you grow up?” book and we were looking at the various options. There were many choices to be made, like a train driver, a doctor, a clown, a musician etc. I looked at her and asked...
    by at October 17th, 2008 at 09:10 pm
  • When Did I Become A "Maybe"?
    Tweet I was just rsvp’ing for one of the several events, and I realized I have become a “Maybe” girl. I hate the “Maybe” option in invites and I hate it even more when people RSVP “Maybe” for my events. I guess the more frustrating...
    by at October 17th, 2008 at 08:10 pm
  • Blog Action Day – Poverty
    Tweet It is supposed to be Blog Action Day today dedicated to the issue of “poverty”. It is a day when when bloggers commit to write about and bring awareness to poverty. The thought of being poor, or financial stress has been on our mind lately, since my husband...
    by at October 15th, 2008 at 08:10 pm
  • The Best Things In Life Are Free!
    Tweet “The best things in life are free.” is a statement made commonly by my husband, me thinks he says that to curb the spending. This time I have to take him up on it since our purse strings are a little (did I say little? I meant a lot) tighter than usual....
    by at October 14th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • Introducing Niri’s Girls!
    Tweet The time has finally arrived to give the girls (and their oodles of pictures and videos) a home of their own, a site to be shared with friends and family alike. Thus allowing Mommy Niri to chatter to her heart’s content here. Feel free to visit the Niri’s...
    by at October 13th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Blogher Conference
    Tweet When Blogher announced they would be holding one of the legs of their Reach 2008 Conference tour, there was nothing going to keep me away from it. A conference on women bloggers is enough to get me really excited. There is something really remarkable about a women...
    by at October 11th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • "I Want To Play With Everyone!"
    Tweet Trust your kids to teach you a lesson in humility. Being very irritated with a whiny 3 year old, I did not want to play a board game I had earlier promised her. Other than the whining (why is it this makes me stop thinking rationally?), she was being not-so-kind...
    by at October 8th, 2008 at 06:10 pm
  • Our Papa, The Hockey Coach!
    Tweet Ramesh has been coaching field hockey at the local middle school for around 5 years, a while before we had kids. I still remember people looking weirdly at us being there, without kids, wondering “Why would he be involved in this on a weekend?”. It was...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 07:10 pm
  • It’s Pumpkin Time!
    Tweet With October comes pumpkin time. With Halloween, Diwali and our birthdays (yes, my husband and I share the same birthday, freaky, I know) in October this is certainly one of my favorite months. We decided to kickstart the month with a visit to Wilson Farms. It was...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Happy Birthday Gandhi!
    Tweet It is Gandhi’s birthday today and it is a day I hold of great respect each year. Besides being a strong follower of his belief of invoking change in others so that they see the result of their actions. I also am an avid believer in non-violence for change....
    by at October 2nd, 2008 at 04:10 am
  • Just Another School Day!
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    by at September 27th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Dearly Departed
    Tweet It is a time of year where we honor our ancestors by way of prayer and offerings. Called, Pithar Paksh, it is not something many people observe. In fact I never see it listed in the list of special dates in the Hindu Calendars in India, but it is common in the Hindu...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Kid’s Party At Borders
    Tweet Since we were having our carpets steam cleaned, (yay! bye-bye playdoh, hot chocolate and who-knows-what stains) and it was a dreary rainy day (I know, crazy time to get the carpets cleaned but the carpets REALLY needed the cleaning before winter set in), we needed...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Recalls Again Fisher Price?
    Tweet When Fisher Price announced their Product Recall a few months ago, I took it in stride. I could not understand why anyone mentions “voluntary product recalls”, it is either safe or it is not. Anyway after checking the product list diligently I found...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 am
  • Back To Reheating My Chai
    Tweet The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of changes. I must have the shortest employment record, after a week and one day at work, I resigned! It has taken two nannies (one the sweetest ever and one an epitome of evil), one preschool and one home-based daycare for...
    by at September 24th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Second Time Around
    Tweet Not one to actually love pregnancy, I did decide to have a second kid because there was no way Jia was going to be an only child. By having two girls it made me nostalgic of my own sisterhood (coming from a set of 5 sisters brings with it a wonderful charm). There...
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Summer Outing At Danversport Yacht Club
    Tweet It was a nice way to end my first week at the new job in a summer outing at Danversport Yacht Club. A day spent with good food and and wonderful colleagues would have been enough, but we were lucky enough to have perfect weather too. Not being a terrible sporty...
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 3
    Tweet The blog post Diet Starts Monday can give you a background on my dieting saga. This is week 3 of my journey. After a slow start in Week 1 and a disastrous Week 2, I was hoping for a better Week 3. Realistically I know I can do drastically better but I am trying to...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • 2 BBQs And A Farewell!
    Tweet It would have been 3 BBQs if I did not misjudge the weather and assume the 3rd was canceled. Oh well, it gave me time to grocery shop. What a busy Saturday it was with first attending Joey’s 5th birthday bbq party, and then heading in to Framingham for Soma’s...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • You Put What In My Pocket?
    Tweet We were celebrating at Soma’s 40th birthday party and I could not help overhearing a young couple’s conversation. They had a sweet little nine month old baby in tow, that mommy was trying to feed, while daddy was busy with his meal. The next thing Mommy...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • My First Date!
    Tweet Well to put it more accurately, my first date with my husband since we had kids. What’s so weird about that, well it has been over 3 (long) years since we had a day to ourselves. The past 3 years have been a whirlwind with having 2 beautiful girls born to us....
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • You’re Beautiful!
    Tweet I finally made another visit to the the spa (yes the very same one I mentioned in my post Spa With Power Tools) in my final week before I resumed office work (although I have been a SAHM the past 3 years I have always worked, read my post on What Not To Say To SAHM)....
    by at September 11th, 2008 at 06:09 am
  • And Then There Was Preschool
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    by at September 8th, 2008 at 07:09 pm