Archive for the ‘MY VIEWS’

  • Friday 5: 5 Ridiculous Responses After Being Told I Am From South Africa!
    Tweet Friday 5 series is not dead but I will be posting only when I really feel the urge to (rather than compelled based on timing). The World Cup soccer is being held in South Africa and I am more than nostalgic at this exciting news. But where is South Africa? What is the name of the country? – No really people have asked me this so many times it is actually embarrassing....
    by at June 10th, 2010 at 09:06 pm
  • Wordless Wednesday – Cinderella Sports A Tattoo!
    Tweet There was no way we could resist not taking a picture of Cinderella sporting a tattoo. I would have loved to have a picture of her drinking beer but no such luck!
    by at May 25th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Reasons Big Bloggers Need To Be Nice To Small Bloggers!
    Tweet I know those adjectives “big” and “small” suck but go with my poetic heading, which is easier on the ears than it’s polictically correct cousin. For the rest of this post though my point is those bloggers who are a little more established, not necessarily writing for longer but more in the limelight – or maybe blog-light, compared...
    by at May 13th, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • Why I Won’t Let Someone Make Me Feel Like I Don’t Belong!
    Tweet I was at an event in NYC earlier in the year when a blogger, who identified enough with me (I am glad she did) and confided “Don’t you hate these things where you feel left out!”. I answered no. Many of the famous bloggers would, I am sure, want only the top people in their presence. When you are a lil old blogger trying to find your footing...
    by at May 11th, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Things I Want For Mother’s Day!
    Tweet So Mommy Niri has not posted anything for the Friday 5 Series for a while. I have been so busy rushing around with so many personal and blogging commitments that I began to resent just writing something. Then I said I should stop. Friday 5 was one of my favorite things and I did not want to have these negative feelings about it. I control the blog and not the...
    by at May 7th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
  • What Do Mom Bloggers Want For Mother’s Day?
    Tweet I have been back and forth trying to figure out what I wanted for Mother’s Day so I thought this would be the perfect time to ask some of my favorite online (and offline) friends. Allison McDonald What do I want for Mother’s Day this year? Well it’s too soon to ask to be in labour, although you better believe I hope that is what my husband...
    by at May 7th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Wordless Wednesday: The Royal Potty?
    Tweet This was taken while at Atlantis. This is in the Atlantis Kid’s Adventure Club. Each bathroom has a different theme, decor, lighting (this bathroom had a chandelier) and music – yes music as you stepped it!
    by at April 20th, 2010 at 01:04 am
  • Wordless Wednesday: Royal Treatment In Bed!
    Tweet Brushing in bed?
    by at April 14th, 2010 at 05:04 am
  • Away From Home!
    Tweet In between all the whining and the chaos I dropped threats of “I can’t wait to take a break in LA!” Sure I was excited about my (then) upcoming trip but honestly was looking forward to some time away. Being a SAHM ( you got to read What Not To Say To A SAHM) is precious but the sanity takes a knocking. You barely give the itinerary a glance...
    by at April 11th, 2010 at 08:04 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Ways My Laziness As A Mom Has Paid Off!
    Tweet Sometimes laziness has its blessing. Ok, so not so much when it comes to blogging (which is not, ahem, why the Friday 5 is always late). But lately I have had the need for finding reasons, or rather benefits, for my lazy attitude in mothering. I nursed! I know nursing your kid is healthy and It was one of the reasons I did it but truth be told the driving factor...
    by at March 30th, 2010 at 07:03 pm
  • “Give It To Her, She Is Younger Than You!”
    Tweet Amazing how many times I heard these words uttered and each time the same fury fills me up. I thought when my MIL uttered it I chalked it up to her age and tried to ignore it after my pleas to stop fell on deaf ears. I heard it several times since then. I just heard it again this week, at a pizza place no less – I wish I had said something to him.  Some...
    by at March 24th, 2010 at 10:03 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Signs That Mama Needs A Vacation!
    Tweet Friday is here and that means it is time for this weeks dose of the Friday 5 series. Not sure about you but the mommy brain has not left me and my youngest is about to turn 3 any day now. Even though we had that whirlwind trip to Atlantis,  I am still exhausted. Maybe it has been years since I took off for a time longer than 2-3 days. You don’t ever seem...
    by at March 19th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Amazing Feats By Mom!
    Tweet So I am late. It was either this posting my Friday 5 or the contest to win a nook. I know 400 (and counting) entries confirm that the contest was needed. Anyway better late than ever. The ability to sleep in the most uncomfortable of spaces. Once upon a time I needed a good cushy (big) bed, proper timing, lighting etc. Now if you give me a spot I can sleep....
    by at March 16th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • Flowers And Financials!
    Tweet I headed to the car wash with a pit stop to the self vacuum place first. The car sorely needed it and nothing like Boston’s winter slush to make the car really icky. I guess the fact that I let the girls snack in the car does not help. Anyway after we were done, and after the car-wash freaked my little one into a hysterical bout of crying (while her kind...
    by at March 7th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Ways To Deal With That Tantrum!
    Tweet Before I had kids I lived in the sheltered life of what a tantrum was. I mean surely I never had one? What on earth causes our cute-as-a-button kid to turn into something that makes you want to dig your head deeper in the soil than any ostrich could? I mean one minute they are as happy as a bee and the next like something possessed. The probability of one happening...
    by at March 4th, 2010 at 09:03 pm
  • So My Hubby Un-Friended Me!
    Tweet You read that right! He did! He un-friended me a while ago but the gall of the act still riles me and I decided I needed to share it with you. Oh, if you are wondering if we’re still together, well we are, but to the regular Facebook world we were not for a while. If you wondering what I am rambling about a few months ago I saw a common friend send me a Facebook...
    by at March 3rd, 2010 at 09:03 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Myths About Mommy Bloggers!
    Tweet Friday 5 is up again and I thought would be great to dedicate another of the Friday 5 series to blogger stuff. We will do anything for free stuff Although I do not speak for the entire mom blogger population, as I should not, review samples are necessary to give a review on, right? Once I did a contest where I was not reviewing a product but just conducting a...
    by at February 26th, 2010 at 08:02 pm
  • Not Invited?
    Tweet Recently I decided to host a Valentine’s party for my daughter’s Pre-K class. I sent an invite out (albeit a very untidy, rushed, and forgot-to-write-my-kid’s-name-on-it invitation) and thankfully the teacher called to let me know I missed out a few new students.  All along the way I received comments like “what a wonderful thing you are...
    by at February 22nd, 2010 at 07:02 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Tips For Dealing With The (Terrible) Twos!
    Tweet Friday 5 is here and trying to still catch up on posts (and life) but better late than never, right. Soon my littlest girl will be turning 3 and while the antics of her two-someness is still  fresh in my mind I thought I would share some of my ideas. Make sure you catch more tips on older posts in the Friday 5 series. Give a choice of her age (two)! Asking...
    by at February 19th, 2010 at 08:02 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Reasons Why I Still Love My Toyota!
    Tweet I am sure that this may not make me popular but I have to say it. I drive a Toyota and am proud of it. I love it enough to dedicate this week’s Friday 5 to it. Yes, I have a television and I have been keeping tabs on the news about the recalls. Am I underplaying the severity of the issue? No! Do I believe it is sprinkled with hype? Yes! There are important...
    by at February 12th, 2010 at 07:02 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 (Almost) Free Fun Activities With Kids!
    Tweet I am cheap. So sue me. I hate paying for something if I can get it free, or at the very least cheap. Don’t pretend you don’t too.  After suffering this week with a horrid stiff neck (I would kiss my chiropractor if I could just turn my head) and I finally tackled Mount Laundry (with those piles of clothing from Atlantis) I felt I deserved to give...
    by at February 5th, 2010 at 07:02 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Annoying Things I Encountered On Vacation!
    Tweet If you don’t know I have been dealing with some ugly hacker who messed up my site. It has been a scary time but am so relieved to be back and though late with this week’s dose of Friday 5 series, better late than never. Since I have just come back from a media trip to Atlantis, it was the closest thing to a vacation, there were some things I could...
    by at January 29th, 2010 at 11:01 am
  • A Swiper In My Family?
    Tweet My 2 (and a half) year old daughter has been having some real funky traits these days. I am not sure how much of it is the terrible twos or how much of it is going to make her lie on some couch spilling her guts about how her mother led her to this behavior. At first I caught her looking at a little house her sister (4 year old) had made and she came in and declared...
    by at January 28th, 2010 at 08:01 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Tips To Perfect Packing!
    Tweet I am packing! I won’t be here tomorrow. And not even for the day after. Tonight I will be packing. I fly tomorrow and I have not started packing. Final destination Atlantis. Am I overwhelmed? You betcha. Am I confident it will get done tonight? Absolutely. Since I cannot think further than my battered suitcase (man I so need new luggage as I have had bad...
    by at January 22nd, 2010 at 10:01 am
  • Friday 5: 5 Tips To A Less Bumpy Road Trip (With Kids)!
    Tweet Now I know what you are thinking, late again! I was out dear readers. I was out to New Jersey (and also New York but more of that little news later). Might I add that I was on a road trip. With kids. With me being the only adult. With a 2 and 4 year old in the backseat. Did I add that the trip is normally 4.5 hours (with no breaks and no kids)? Feeling sorry for...
    by at January 15th, 2010 at 10:01 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Great Things About A Snowy Winter!
    Tweet What’s that you say? Is it going to be a trend for 2010 that Mommy Niri is late with her posts? I guess I should have added being on time with my posts as one of my 2010 resolutions. Coming from growing up in tropical weather in South Africa getting used to Boston’s wintry weather for the past 10 years should have been a piece of cake, right? Well,...
    by at January 8th, 2010 at 07:01 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Promises For 2010 That I Aim To Keep!
    Tweet I feel all giddy inside to write this. You know writing my resolutions for 2009 was actually my 1st Friday 5 in the Friday 5 series, and I cannot get over that I finished 52 whopping posts! Not sure how I managed to get through but bumping into a friend, when I was late with it, asking for it was sure to make me thrilled yet guilty. I actually thought of stopping...
    by at January 1st, 2010 at 08:01 pm
  • A Year’s Worth Of Friday 5 (2009)!
    Tweet At the beginning of 2009 I wanted to kick off something I felt would stick too. I had not done reviews etc before and although I wanted to embark on it in 2009 I felt a personal post like this would keep me on track. Hubby felt it would be a tall order, and I felt that was exactly what I needed. Along the way I quivered and sometimes just felt I would never to...
    by at December 30th, 2009 at 09:12 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Things I Learned In 2009!
    Tweet Ok, so I am late. So what? I know you were too busy munching cookies and drinking egg-nog to really notice. Did you notice? Anyway I decided to take a small hiatus from blogging to actually enjoy my family.  This is the final edition of the Friday 5 series for 2009 so I have been reflecting on the year I wanted to share it with you. I have learned: When tough...
    by at December 25th, 2009 at 08:12 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Ways To Keep It Together This Holiday!
    Tweet The frenzy that festivities bring is sure to make even the most stable of hands quiver as they tackle making each holiday the best ever. The toil of dealing with traditions: do we keep the old or build them new? It is almost a year since the Friday 5 series started so make sure you catch up on older ones if you enjoyed this one. Make it perfect or make it simple?...
    by at December 18th, 2009 at 10:12 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Signs You Spend Too Much Of Time On Twitter!
    Tweet Ok, stop it, it can’t be just me! I mean really I know you all looove Twitter as much as I do. Well in honor of my favorite tool I dedicate this week’s Friday 5 in Twitter’s name. I just read a Seth Godin post that may suggest I take a break from it though but for now a tribute is in order. When you see a twitter party on it is absolutely addictive...
    by at December 12th, 2009 at 06:12 am
  • Mommy Niri’s Harried Moment!
    Tweet Beth, from Role Mommy, was here in Boston recently on her See Mom Run book tour (get the book, snippets of stores but oodles of fun). She took a video off all mom’s harried moments along the way and I wanted to share mine with you guys. First I wanted to share what she wrote about me. I simply felt awed at what she wrote. “We then caught up with Mommy...
    by at December 10th, 2009 at 09:12 pm
  • My Daughter Wants To Be a Princess! Where Did I Go Wrong?
    Tweet If you read my blog regularly you would know that I have 2 little girls and that would have led many to assume that we are a home filled with pink princesses. Actually nothing is further from the truth. But maybe that tide is about to turn. I have always been adamant about women thinking that they are more than a sidekick or someone needing to be rescued. I have...
    by at December 10th, 2009 at 08:12 pm
  • Houston, We Have A Job!
    Tweet Well, maybe that should be Boston, we have a job. Or rather, Boston we made a job. Umm, forget it, they don’t sound as nice as my heading right? Hubby has been totally against me making a hullabaloo about this but I figured you were the guys to get me through this period so no way I am leaving you out. Today was the first day on the new exciting journey....
    by at December 7th, 2009 at 09:12 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Great Things About Being Unemployed!
    Tweet I know I am really late with this dose of the Friday 5 series, but I have been horridly sick or else nothing could make me miss writing this post. So you all know by now that we have been in the doggie house with regards to the job scene.  Well trust me if you hate reading about it, we hate living it. Always mean to keep it real here on MommyNiri.com. Anyway,...
    by at December 4th, 2009 at 08:12 pm