Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Pepsi Next: A First Taste (Review)!
    Tweet I just had a little package delivered to my door which surprised me. A 6 pack of Pepsi Next arrived packed cold at my door and I was not expecting any such package (I was not asked to review it and there was no note in it). It is supposed to have 1/2 the sugar of regular soda (60% to be exact). Full confession here: I think soda is bad for you. Period! Another...
    by at March 22nd, 2012 at 06:03 pm
  • Disney Store’s 25th Anniversary! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jessica! Disney Store celebrates its 25th anniversary on March 28th 2012 and I was surprised to see a wonderful selection of some of their products at my front door. They just ooze tradition and quality is what you would expect from Disney. If you happen to visit the Disney Store Facebook page, you will find several happenings in...
    by at March 20th, 2012 at 06:03 pm
  • Favorite Healthy And Yummy Snacks!
    Tweet From time to time I come across products that need a shout-out. Whether they have been brought to my attention by a pitch I received or something that caught my eye, they each have worked in some way for me. These are the latest that I am trying, and loving. Barilla Piccolini Pasta I have one daughter who could eat mac ‘n cheese everyday (we love Annie’s...
    by at March 19th, 2012 at 05:03 pm
  • The 2012 Fun Pass Is Out! Save On New England Attractions!
    Tweet It felt like Spring today. It really did! As much as I am struggling with a yucky ear infection it was good to see good weather today. Sure, we did not really have a winter in the true sense of the word but it was still chilly and, well, unpredictable. Today I could almost smell all the wonderful plans for sunny weather. The Fun Pass has discounts to theme parks,...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Gund Dolls!
    Tweet   While I was at The Toy Fair a few weeks ago (or was it a month? with my travel schedule it is hard to tell sometimes) I spied these pretty little dolls. What grabbed my attention was that they were bright and funky colored. Last week I was sent a few to take a look at and was impressed at how soft and snuggly they were, and yes they have been slept with...
    by at March 18th, 2012 at 07:03 pm
  • If Mom Had 3 Minutes?
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Nancy, Stephanie, Leslie S, Diana G, McKim, Barbara, Michaela R, Caryn S, Serge B, Emma H, Heather P, Kathleen, Kimberley, Ferriz,  Liza, Sarah T, Betty, Pragmaticmom, Melissa, Erika I multitask to a T, which means when I am doing just one thing at a time I wonder what is missing. This is why I have been excited to partner with...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 10:03 am
  • The Fresh Diet! Yes, It Exists!
    Tweet I have tried several diets and my biggest beef with most, even those that work, is that the focus remains on calories and not freshness. Even if something is 0 or 20 calories but looks like a freeze-dried, processed rice cake. I have been trying to go a bit more natural in the food we eat so have been reluctant to try regular diets. When I was asked if I wanted...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • LoobaLee, A Site To Buy And Sell Used Children’s Clothing, For Free!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!   Congratulations Desiree! If someone told me how expensive it was to have kids, I would have attributed most of the cost to be health costs etc but would never have imagined that clothing would cost an arm and a leg. Of course the fact that I have 2 adorable girls makes it even more difficult as clothing for girls are even more difficult to...
    by at March 16th, 2012 at 08:03 am
  • What Crazy Thing Have You Done To Get Your Kid To Eat? (Win $50 AmEx Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Happi! Come on, ‘fess up, I know you have done some crazy stuff to get your kiddo to eat. Admittedly I do this less now as being a short order cook has severely exhausted (and annoyed me) so unless they are sick, it is “eat what is in front of you or starve” on the menu. Of course I have my share of weird things...
    by at March 6th, 2012 at 09:03 am
  • Movie Review: The Lorax 3D. Go Watch It!
    Tweet I am going to sidestep the whole political debacle about this movie (and if you don’t know about it, then count your blessings that you can watch it peacefully) but I will say that I disagree with all the objections. Never thought I would see the day where a movie focusing on taking care of the environment would be made to look anything but noble. Now that...
    by at March 2nd, 2012 at 06:03 am
  • Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: Watch The Cat in Hat-A-Thon March 2nd 2012! (Giveaway) #cithathon
    Tweet COntest closed! Congratulations Annie and Heather! The fact  that I am a die-hard fan of PBS makes me extra proud to share with you that I am a PBS Kids VIP – ambassador for 2012. Friday is the birthday of Dr. Seuss which has me giddy for ideas, but PBS has something special planned for that day too! We positively adore Cat in The Hat so I was excited to...
    by at March 1st, 2012 at 08:03 pm
  • Ready To Whip Out Those Summer Sandals?
    Tweet I am a flip flop girl. I don’t do formal pretty shoes well. I finally have a pair of clogs I heart, a pair of sneakers I could live in and a pair of boots that don’t kill me. Sandals are relegated to the flip flop kind. Not really fancy but I have toyed with the idea of having “fancier” flip-flops but inevitably they are flip flops people...
    by at February 20th, 2012 at 04:02 pm
  • Winter Entertainment On Big Screen, Small Screen and No Screen!
    Tweet Felt a little guilty typing in that word “Winter” since I have not even donned any gloves so far even though I can almost spy Spring already. And feel free to ignore Phil and his predictions on Groundhog day, my gut feel is we are going to have a very mild winter. No regrets there as I am totally a summer girl but I feel bad for the folks in Seattle...
    by at February 17th, 2012 at 11:02 pm
  • Got Flowers? Win $50 Gift Card From ProFlowers For Valentine’s Day! (Discount Code Too)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Laurie! Chocolate? Check! Card? Check! Flowers? Oops! Well don’t worry I have you covered. What you say “Am I too late?” Well not if you order now. You could wait to win (I will send over a code to order) or be safe and smart and order using the discount coupon. I don’t know a single person who does not feel...
    by at February 7th, 2012 at 02:02 pm
  • Win Valentine’s Lindt Chocolate From CVS (5 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Tina, Veronica,Vickie, Michelle,  and Pam While I think of my local CVS as my in-between “grab what I need” store and consider them my one stop medication store, admittedly I never think of them as a Valentine’s store. Which is kind of silly because I do recall in between filling a prescription the decor reminding...
    by at January 30th, 2012 at 07:01 pm
  • Beauty And The Beast In 3D (Including Tangled Ever After)
    Tweet You know the story, at least you should. It is one of my most beloved tales from all the Disney characters. In fact my daughter spent a long time obsessed with Belle and I was ok with it considering Belle is probably one of the smartest and sassiest of the princesses. Plus I drew so many lessons from there for my kids: like not judging someone on their looks, reading,...
    by at January 23rd, 2012 at 07:01 pm
  • Want Some Privacy On Your iPad?
    Tweet I was at a friend’s place a few months ago when I saw her walking around with a tinted film. On asking her what that was, she said it was for privacy for her laptop. I was still wrapping my head around it and could not grasp what she meant by privacy. I had done my thesis in college on software security so all I could think of when someone say’s privacy...
    by at January 22nd, 2012 at 07:01 pm
  • Easy-To-Put-On Snow Boots For Kids!
    Tweet As if the fact that they are pricey and have a short life (as in the kid outgrows them, not that they wear out) were reasons enough to hate snow-boots, have you tried getting those things on your kids’ feet. Of course I personally wish my kid could get them on herself but the boots are normally so cumbersome and awkward to put on, it is a big pain to get...
    by at January 17th, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  • The New WebMD Baby App Launches! (Win an iPod Touch Valued at $200)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! I still remember being pregnant while I was an engineer and though there were few people I could share my excitement and fears with (engineering is just not rife with moms or even women for that matter) I delved into the online world. I ate up progress charts of what was going on inside me and could visualize the changes happening even if I could...
    by at January 14th, 2012 at 08:01 pm
  • Big Miracle And The Teen Impact Contest! (Win $50 Fandango Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Rachel! Universal Pictures have given us some amazing movies so I await with much anticipation the upcoming movie Big Miracle launching February 13th 2012. They have partnered with the Huffington Post to bring to you an amazing contest. Normally you know I don’t blog about contests outside of MommyNiri.com but this was really...
    by at January 10th, 2012 at 11:01 pm
  • Naartjie Kids: Clothes For The Fashionable Kid!
    Tweet We were returning from a friend’s place and as you would have it a kiddo needed to use the bathroom, yeah life is never dull with kids, so we decided to stop by a mall. While there I realized I had some coupons expiring so I decided to use them to get some new clothes for the girls. I was also looking to get something snazzy especially for my 4 year old who...
    by at January 10th, 2012 at 09:01 pm
  • Clifford The Big Red Dog Live! #Boston (Discount And Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Karyl! If I told you about a big red dog and you knew you I meant, or if I spoke of Emily Elizabeth and you had the picture of a very specific girl then you are more likely familiar with Clifford The Big Red Dog. A beloved show from PBS (where the best children’s educational shows live) is now coming live to the Wilbur Theatre...
    by at January 5th, 2012 at 08:01 pm
  • My Twinn Doll: A Doll Just Like You!
    Tweet The thing about being a person of color and of a minority is that the chances of you getting a doll that looks like you is pretty remote. Of course regular dolls don’t look like everyone else but chances are pretty great of getting it pretty similar. We feel the same way when we are in a store selling personalized things like water bottles etc. Chances of...
    by at January 5th, 2012 at 09:01 am
  • Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream Hits #Boston! (Giveaway And Discount Code)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!   Congratulations Johanna H. You have barely caught your breath from having the kids over during the Christmas vacation and February vacation is again almost upon us. What’s that you say? It is only January? Well blink and see what happens. About the show: Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents...
    by at January 4th, 2012 at 06:01 pm
  • Win $100 AmEx giftcard! (3 winners)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kathryn, Mistysunrise and John! As being the final word of my Ragu Mom’s The Word on Dinner ambassadorship I thought it perfect to have my last party recipe to be one of my favorites. It is for a Christmas party and a briyani is normally considered a royal dish so I thought why not have that for my party dish. Oh, and I won’t...
    by at December 24th, 2011 at 07:12 pm
  • If You’re Going To Buy Toys, Invest In Quality!
    Tweet Have you noticed how little talk there has been on MommyNiri.com about toys? Not only have I not joined the craze of holiday gift guides (not because I don’t think they are important, but because I know several peeps have done a fine job with them already) but I am again reserving my energy to do something philanthropical with Mommy Niri Cares. But there...
    by at December 21st, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • Got Dry Skin? Neutrogena Giveaway!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Tanya! While I slather away the lotions on my little girls I really neglect myself. During summer I somehow manage to get away with it but come winter and I am not so lucky. The harsh realities of winter begin to make itself seen as you start to see skin become super dry.  While you crank the heat to stay toasty the humidity levels...
    by at December 19th, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • The Nutcracker Ice Cream & Tea! (Win A $50 Gift Certificate) #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kevin! Nothing says the holidays quite like watching The Nutcracker ballet. I watched it several moons ago while I actually had been up on nights for parties rather than changing a diaper. I was just laboring with my husband that it may be time to take our 4 year old and 6 year old to see The Nutcracker. That debate will go on for...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 08:12 pm
  • Not Too Late To Add Wine To Your Gifts! (Discount Code And Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lisa! I know what you’re thinking. The holidays are right on your doorstep and you took it nice and easy. You most likely, like me, even slept in on Black Friday, but now you are fretting. All your buddies on Facebook keep chattering about gift wrapping and you think “but wait, I don’t even have presents yet!”...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 06:12 pm
  • A Kid Party With Toothbrushes!
    Tweet A few Halloweens ago when we did the whole trick or treat in a friend’s neighborhood I recall a dentist’s house dishing out toothbrushes. Now I know that many a kid might have been flabbergasted (even if they didn’t know the meaning of the word)  but mine were beyond thrilled. That might have been due either to their age or the fact that they...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Win A Set Of (4) Tickets To Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove! #Boston
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I am hoping that when I put up that special (ridiculously deep discount) you took advantage and snagged your tickets but just in case you forgot to here’s a reminder to snag them. Because when the day after Christmas arrives and you realize that the kids are on vacation you will WANT to take them out of the house. About...
    by at December 7th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Crocs, Not Just A Summer Shoes!
    Tweet I can just see our face, wondering what the heck is Mommy Niri doing talking about Crocs when the temperatures are dropping faster than your kid takes to mess her white shirt. Well I thought so too, after all I seriously get visions of balmy weather, walking on the shore with sand getting my shoes, and rinsing them easily with the mere mention of Crocs. All of...
    by at December 5th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Peter Pan 360 In Boston!
    Tweet When I was invited to the Peter Pan 360 show I said yes instantly for two reasons. One was, if the schedule is good, any event with my family is always something special and secondly we were already firm friends with Peter Pan. Well, honestly more like friends with Tinkerbell (dude that is what you get for girls in your home) so I really kinda hoped with Peter...
    by at December 4th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • The Radio City Rockettes! (Giveaway And Discount Code For Boston)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah! I had always heard amazing things about The Rockettes. The fact that most of the comments from those who have not seen it went something like “It has always been my dream to see them” or “I can’t believe I am XXX years old and have not seen it yet!” made me feel a tad bit humbled to be going to...
    by at December 4th, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • Shop All Year, And Save During The Holidays!
    Tweet So while writing my post (congratulations Julia for winning the $250) for the campaign with American Express they shared with me reward points to see if I could “shop” for friends and family on their Rewards site. Since it has been (several) years since I browsed reward catalogs I expected a small limited list of stuff, most useless and with ridiculous...
    by at December 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 am