Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Restaurant Aura = Gourmet meets Kid-Friendly! (BOSTON)
    Tweet I had been to Aura before. I remember it fondly and better yet, so do my kids. To get me to get to the city on a Friday night is  challenge. Add to that 2 squabbling kids and things get pretty stressful. So when I receive invitations I weigh them for what they are worth and when we got the invitation to the restaurant Aura at the Seaport hotel in Boston. I did...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • To The Arctic on IMAX at the Museum Of Science!
    Tweet So I was invited to a screening of To The Arctic and since it was at The Museum of Science in Boston, I gladly accepted. Being an engineer the museum is a happy place for me, well maybe right behind Starbucks. Truth is I had not taken my kids there yet (blasphemy right?) but hubby had taken my older kid when the 2nd kid was born as part of a daddy-daughter day...
    by at September 25th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Life Is Good Festival! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gilda! I love Life Is Good. I mean I REALLY love them. Even their Facebook pages bring a smile to my face and a new zest in my step for the day. Last year I attended the Life Is Good festival and fell in love with them even more. Here are just a few reasons why: They gave the crunchy-granola-wannabe type of me a festival. By hosting...
    by at September 18th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Can you tell these are Crocs?
    Tweet We have been a family loving Crocs for a long time. When you have kids, you love shoes that are easy to get on and off and fast, and I am not just talking about kids here! For a long time I would only wear shoes that did not need me bending over, and sigh it shows. Anyway we all have this image of Crocs in our head and honestly they must have good branding because...
    by at September 11th, 2012 at 09:09 am
  • VIDEO: Broaching The “A” Word With Kids! ($200 Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Jacob, Mary, Kelli, Soha So when Women & Co approached me to talk finance my insides felt queasy. Finance and saving is not my strong point. Just ask my husband. Or don’t! That may open up the discussion and I would rather not as it really is my Achilles heel. So I actually considered saying no. Then I remembered that...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • Speaking To Gymnast Nastia Liukin, And The Fisher Price Fantastic Gymnastics Dora doll! (Giveaway)
    Tweet So if you are not on the Mommy Niri Facebook page or have not noticed that little badge on my sidebar, you may not have realized that I am a Fisher Price play ambassador. I know! I am pretty psyched too. I had a little visit to their head office in East Aurora, New York. Don’t worry, I will be writing about that soon, but tonight is the Olympics opening...
    by at July 27th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • Spiderman And Kelloggs: A Heroic Start To The Day!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Janice! When two things I love meet, it just seems right. I am a movie girl and though I have yet to see The Amazing Spiderman, it earmarked for me to get to it. I am not a huge superhero girl, but Spiderman is my guy, or superhero I should say. We all know that movies can be pricey and I love when amazing brands offer deals that...
    by at July 17th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • How To Train Your Dragon Live: The VIP Way!
    Tweet Earlier I posted about the show How To Train Your Dragon. Since I was provided “Hero’s Welcome” VIP tickets for my family, I wanted to share with you my experience in case you wanted to explore that ticket option for the show in your city. The Parking! Honestly living in Boston I sometimes decide to attend or not attend an event based on the...
    by at July 16th, 2012 at 10:07 pm
  • My thoughts on Brave, The Disney/Pixar movie!
    Tweet So by now you would have watched the movie Brave and if you have not, what are you waiting for? I have to admit I am a sucker for movies and if it is kid-friendly then all the better because it means I can share the big theater experience with my family. Movies beyond their age is relegated to watch-on-the-small-screen section. Needless to say I am a huge fan of...
    by at July 9th, 2012 at 07:07 am
  • The How To Train Your Dragon Live Show hits Boston! (Discount code)
    Tweet I still remember the 1st time watching How to Train Your Dragon: it was ridiculously late yet I took the kids, because I was dying to watch it. I love watching movies with my kids but I also love movies to appeal to the adventure side in me. I mean with names like “Hiccup” and “Toothless” you know there is so to be good entertainment. On...
    by at July 2nd, 2012 at 08:07 am
  • Lego Brick Separator
    Tweet I am having a Lego party for my girls this Sunday. Though I am not a crafty person and have no patience for it, Pinterest has helped me plenty to save some face. I will be posting about it later so watch this space. Anyway I was in the Lego store in the mall and happened upon this lil tool called “Lego brick separator“. I was baffled and amazed. The...
    by at June 25th, 2012 at 07:06 pm
  • Got 3 Minutes? Download Free Copy of eBook And Get Clorox Coupon!
    Tweet You remember when I asked you what you would do if you had 3 minutes some time earlier? Well it seems like you guys, and several more moms had so many brilliant ideas that we actually now have a book. So while I know we have a gazillion ideas and just not enough time to do those things in, I have at many a moment been stumped as to what to do when I actually got...
    by at May 17th, 2012 at 05:05 pm
  • Hey Kiddo, Meet Archie!
    Tweet Did you comics as a kid? I did and though my teacher raised her eyebrows at me considering the shortened words and peppered slang not good reading material, they were the sprinkles to my ice-cream. I was a last-minute study kind of girl, and I still thrive on deadlines, but since I was wicked smart I did well each time. I remember studying for my matric examination,...
    by at May 16th, 2012 at 08:05 am
  • Kidz Bop Ultimate Hits!
    Tweet For a long time I have been extra careful about exposure to the music pumped out today. If you scrutinize the lyrics you could forgive this mama for that. Of course deciphering the lyrics itself is a mighty task on its own and was a reason I considered to just let it be. Then I realized kids seem to have the natural ability to unlock the words that frankly sounded...
    by at May 15th, 2012 at 08:05 am
  • Stocked on Summer dresses yet?
    Tweet I have bare minimum staples that I rely on, especially in winter. Jeans seems to be the order of the day and if you find one that fits you perfectly, it is worth its weight in gold. But nothing screams summer like a summer dress. Now since I grew up in South Africa in Durban which is on the beach and we had tropical weather (I know, you hate me right?) dresses...
    by at May 14th, 2012 at 09:05 am
  • It Is Mango Season, Are You Ready?
    Tweet That sounded way better than “It is bikini season” right? Of course eating a mango has got to be one of the least stressful activities one can do this summer. I grew up eating mangos, I mean tons and tons of mangos (no exaggeration) at all. I had them ri, I had them green, I had them spiced, sliced and diced. Mango season was a huge deal for us back...
    by at May 11th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Win A Gift Basket And Gift Card From Stop & Shop
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Monica! Yeah, I kinda just realized that I have not had any contest for my fellow moms for Mother’s Day and I have been traveling crazily. I honestly am struggling so much with keeping up I toyed with getting an intern, but you kinda need to pay them so that idea fell through the cracks. Anyway I am planning several offline...
    by at May 9th, 2012 at 06:05 pm
  • Tweet To Win A Prize For Mom From Verizon!
    Tweet Moms rock! I don’t care if you think that is biased or not! Whatever, they do. I love my husband to bits but mama is mama to the kids (and he is one heck of a dad to his girls too). So I wallow in the whole it is my day kind of thing. Some people have birthdays, I have Mother’s Day. Well maybe I should be clearer as to why. Hubby and I share the same...
    by at May 9th, 2012 at 06:05 pm
  • Tide Pods! Have You Tried Them Yet?
    Tweet You know how people are like obsessed with brands for laundry, well not me – well at least not the old me. I remember just trying whatever was on sale or scent I liked. When I did eventually try Tide, I fell in love. Not one to acknowledge totally I just used it quietly, but whenever I ran out, can you guess which brand I reached out for automatically? That’s...
    by at May 8th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • A Mother’s Day Gift From Rosie’s Place That Has Heart And Offers Hope!
    Tweet I am probably the least likely to go gaga over jewelry. In fact I am seriously the girl who would live in jeans and wear no jewelry on an average day. But, yet I do own some fabulous jewelry and I tend to wear those I love because of some sentimental reason. Like the 2 bangles I never take off (well except each time I have to go through security at the airport)...
    by at May 4th, 2012 at 07:05 pm
  • Do The DAHlicious Yogurt Survey And Enter To Win $50 Whole Foods Gift Card!
    Tweet If you know me, you know we are a family of yogurts. Even my kid with sensory issues who dislikes the sensation of it and the messy nature understands the importance of yogurt in the diet and has compromised with having the drinkable one with a straw or the frozen kind. Everything from the amazing filling nature of the protein in it to the wondrous nature of the...
    by at April 23rd, 2012 at 08:04 am
  • Peppa Pig, The Sweet Kid Show That Delivers Squeals Of Laughter!
    Tweet When I was asked if I would take a look at the new DVD Peppa Pig, along with some licensed toys, I already was familiar with the show. True, I had not watched it on tv (yet), but I am a huge fan of Kidtoons movies and I was pining after the Peppa Pig movie since it happens to be the show of April. My daughter who turned 5 this month will be celebrating the movie...
    by at April 12th, 2012 at 06:04 pm
  • Rice Krispies Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats! (Giveaway)
    Tweet Photo credit: Kelloggs CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Joanne Major! You know the issue I have with so many recipes that look cute, almost ornament like, is that they are normally not edible. I hate waste and it is why I find it hard to make those gingerbread houses and not eat them. I love the fact that this recipe only uses all tasty ingredients which can only...
    by at April 5th, 2012 at 09:04 pm
  • L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Day (Win $100 L.L.Bean Gift Card)
    Tweet photo credit L.L. Bean CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lynn R. When you think L.L. Bean, you think outdoors. In fact you barely open the main doors, where the handles are in the shape of oars, and you are greeted by kayaks. We know that if we are looking for quality products to survive  in winter we can head to L.L. Bean and we will find it. L.L. Bean is celebrating...
    by at April 4th, 2012 at 09:04 pm
  • Movies On The Little Screen!
    Tweet Several wonderful movies are releasing on DVDs soon and you may want to keep an eye out for them. I wanted to give a shout-out of a few that I particularly loved. Alvin and the Chipmunks We never saw the 1st movie but I have known about Alvin and The Chipmunks growing up and the last one Chipwrecked happened to come out at a time when my girls were the perfect...
    by at April 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 am
  • The Fresh Diet Review: A Week Later!
    Tweet Hands down, this was one of the best things I have reviewed, well except for Atlantis Resort, or my Carnival Cruise, but you get what I mean. A week later I am even more impressed that I was when I started. If you read my post earlier on The Fresh Diet you would have known that for one week I was reviewing The Fresh Diet and here is what I found. Why yes, that...
    by at March 23rd, 2012 at 11:03 am
  • Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante Pizza (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! If there is one meal that everyone loves it has got to be a pizza. Whether it is the smell of the dough baking, or cheese  bubbling or the oodles of topping variations – there is a pizza for everyone. True, my kids love the plain cheese pizza and hubby and I love the toppings. I loved the opportunity to review Dr....
    by at March 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 am
  • 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