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  • Free Fun Fridays in Boston (and beyond)!
    Tweet I wrote about this last year but had to write about them this year too. Highland Street Foundation has announced the 2013 Free Friday attractions that they will be sponsoring. 60 free museums and attractions will be part of the program with 6 free each friday! I...
    by at May 30th, 2013 at 07:05 am
  • Jawbone UP: I thought I needed to walk, but I really needed to sleep! #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet So being a Verizon Insider does have its perks, and one of them happened to be taking the Jawbone UP for a testdrive. What is the UP? It is a bracelet which you wear that monitors your steps and sleep. Steps and sleep? That is really understating it. First off let...
    by at May 29th, 2013 at 11:05 am
  • How To Make (Masala) Chai! Easy RECIPE for ginger or cardamom tea!
    Tweet I love CHAI. I have not always but as I grew to fall in love with my husband, I fell in love with one of his favorite drinks. Now we start the day with it. I don’t measure so this is tough. Firstly let’s get a few things straight – CHAI is  means...
    by at May 28th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • We all need a break! Teachers, more so! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet So when Office Depot engaged me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador the biggest incentive in the campaign, besides it supporting an amazing cause of Adopt A Classroom, was that I get to give something to a local teacher. In a heartbeat I would work in a campaign...
    by at May 24th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • Adopt A Classroom makes an impact where it is needed! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet Office Depot sponsored a series of posts here on MommyNiri.com and I am really pleased that I get to write about a cause that I have great passion for: education! Members of my local school’s PTA would not guess that. I honestly don’t attend any of the...
    by at May 21st, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Announces DTour + Win a night at the Hilton!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kim! When I was approached by DoubleTree by Hilton about DTour I thought how wicked smart that it was to leverage working with Google. What is DTour? It is a first-of-its-kind YouTube channel for the hotel industry, created in collaboration...
    by at May 16th, 2013 at 06:05 pm
  • Happy Mother’s Day!
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    by at May 12th, 2013 at 05:05 am
  • Launch of Walgreens Flagship Store in Boston! (VIDEO)
    Tweet   I was invited to the opening of the Walgreens store opening by Collective Bias®.  I was compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias ™ and Walgreens #CBias #SocialFabric  All Opinions are my own. Personally I wondered what...
    by at May 10th, 2013 at 10:05 am
  • BlackBerry Z10: Look ma no keys! #VZWBuzz
    Tweet So I have this thing called a BlackBerry, a BlackBerry Z10 to be precise! I may have never owned this before the Verizon Wireless guys placed this in my hand. Look I don’t hate BlackBerry but let’s get one thing clear: the world is a iPhone or BlackBerry...
    by at May 9th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • 5 Fab Gifts Under $50 for Mother’s Day From Novica! (Win $100 gift card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Michele! Like Fair Trade? Yeah, me too! I go gaga over products I know have been created with heart behind them. While 3rd world countries are vying for something to look mass produced, the rest of the world is looking for “different”...
    by at May 8th, 2013 at 01:05 pm
  • Kids Bowl Free! Yes, it is here again!
    Tweet This will be the 4th year that I will be signing up for the “Kids Bowl Free” program. I know you think summer and think: OUTDOORS right. Well true but you can’t be there all day long. Sometimes it gets hot. Sometimes mosquitos try to join you. Sometimes...
    by at May 8th, 2013 at 08:05 am
  • Win tickets to early screening of 20th Century Fox’s EPIC! (50 tickets) #Boston
    Tweet TICKETS SNAGGED ALREADY! Winners have been notified! If you read my blog you will know that I love movies. I love that my work allows me to have early access to movies and even more exciting is that recently I have had the opportunity to share this with my readers....
    by at May 6th, 2013 at 06:05 pm
  • COFFEE: A sip of sweet sanity!
    Tweet I am a chai girl but you see me talk incessantly about Starbucks or Panera or Breugger’s Bagels and you may be wondering: “Does this girl drink coffee?” Well I do and it is why I love having a Keurig in my kitchen. What was I about to say? Maybe...
    by at May 6th, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • Avocado puff pastry appetizers (RECIPE)! ($100 VISA Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kristin! Cinco De Mayo time means avocado time. Which works perfectly that I was asked to whip up an avocado recipe! Mine is simple! No measurements since this is all about your personal preferences. Avocado puff pastry appetizers Ingredients: Puff...
    by at May 4th, 2013 at 06:05 am
  • Aunts Need Mother’s Day cards too! #mommisms
    Tweet When Card Store approached me to design a card for Mother’s Day, my first thought was “Shouldn’t you be sending this site to my kids?” but their thought was I could design one for my mom. Well sadly my mom passed away a while back (in fact...
    by at May 1st, 2013 at 08:05 pm
  • Exploring smoothies at Whole Foods!
    Tweet Recently I attended a blogger event at Whole Foods that was born out of a Twitter conversation with a few friends. Isra was faking a pina colada (she decided to omit the one ingredient that I think makes it real – yeah the one you have to be 21 years old to...
    by at April 29th, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • 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...
    by at April 25th, 2013 at 09:04 am
  • Can you hear me now? #VZWBUZZ
    Tweet As part of being a Verizon Wireless Lifestyle blogger I was in NYC last week and I was talking to the social media maven at Verizon (who I think is wicked smart) about my escapades with phones and quality (or lack there off) and he thought that it was a blog post...
    by at April 23rd, 2013 at 08:04 am
  • For the love of learning! #TeachersChangeLives
    Tweet When Office Depot asked me to be a  REAL Change blog ambassador, there was no thinking. I mean education + philanthropy + story telling = a winner! For sure! I know there is this thing that you should dread school but I loved school. I mean LOVED school. I loved...
    by at April 22nd, 2013 at 07:04 pm
  • 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...
    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...
    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...
    by at April 4th, 2013 at 06:04 pm
  • 5 Apps for Kids 5 years and older! #VZWBuzz
    Tweet So I am a Verizon Wireless Insider lifestyle blogger  and I am ridiculously excited about it. I received a Motorola RAZR HD to take for a spin and here are some thoughts on how I (aka as my kids) will be using it. While I come from a software engineering background,...
    by at April 4th, 2013 at 09:04 am
  • Fat girl in a sea of Lululemon!
    Tweet It’s 11:37pm and I know I should sleep. The alarm is set for 5am and I know I am going to regret watching reruns of Sex And The City but I feel like I need something to stop the thinking (worrying) about how I take another stab at my to-dos since I miserably...
    by at April 2nd, 2013 at 07:04 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...
    by at March 21st, 2013 at 09:03 pm
  • Chatting With Breugger’s Bagels Corporate Chef Philip Smith!
    Tweet While many of you may have grown up with bagels, I didn’t. Before you wonder what rock I was born under, let me make it easy for you: South Africa. So needless to say that when I arrived in the USA I made it my civic duty to eat as much of this amazing concoction...
    by at March 20th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Chat with With The Crood’s Filmmakers!
    Tweet You watch a movie and and discuss, and sometimes argue, what they meant in a particular scene. You choose the option that makes sense to you and think anyone differing in opinion did not get the movie like you did. This is what happens to most movie goers but once...
    by at March 18th, 2013 at 08:03 pm
  • A Visit To DreamWorks Animation To Chat The Croods and more…
    Tweet Did the 1st part of the heading seem like a dream to you? I admit it still gives me goosebumps as I write about it. As much as I have met A List celebrities as part of my work, this visit to DreamWorks will be one I share with my grandkids with a huge grin on my...
    by at March 13th, 2013 at 07:03 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,...
    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...
    by at March 1st, 2013 at 11:03 am
  • Boston’s Museum Of Science Has Free Film Fridays In March!
    Tweet We love the Museum Of Science. We get lost in the wonder it has to offer and each time feel we need to come back to explore more. The Boston’s Museum Of Science has a wonderful promotion for March. This March, MathWorks and the Museum of Science invite...
    by at February 28th, 2013 at 06:02 pm
  • 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...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    by at February 15th, 2013 at 08:02 am