Archive for the ‘REVIEWS’

  • Win $20 Gift Card To Axl’s Closet (2 Winners)!
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Madeline, and Tammy! When I was approached by Axl’s Closet to check out their online store I had not heard of them before but then again I am not a huge shopping girl. Though admittedly having 2 girls I shop for them all the time. In fact that was my one crazy reason I so wanted girls. Back to Axl’s Closet. They have...
    by at August 14th, 2010 at 07:08 am
  • Win A Backpack And A $20 Panera Gift Card!
    Tweet Contest closed! Congratulations Jessica! While I was at Evo Conference I came across the company Whoops Bunny. The idea behind the “whoops” had me interested. Working on the angle that little accidents and imperfections are ok in life is what drew me to the brand. I used to be a perfectionist at one time, then I had kids, and when I thought I could...
    by at August 10th, 2010 at 08:08 pm
  • Zulily Discount For Mommy Niri Readers – Save $10 Off $50
    Tweet You would recall a while back I mentioned the online store Zulily (this is a link with my invitation code), the members only shopping site. You invite a friend and you can get $10. Yes, the same one that offers designer clothing at bargain prices. Since they don’t need to store large supplies, it also means they pass that savings onto you. I guess that also...
    by at July 28th, 2010 at 08:07 pm
  • A Review Of Pop On Pals Amusement Park
    Tweet When I was offered the Pop On Pals Amusement Park I was trying to figure out if I wanted to take a look at more toys. The only reason I was eager to check it out was the fact that playsets seem to hold a much longer. I love the little doll houses and slides etc they hold hours of pretend fun for the kids and truthfully a way for my 3 and 5 year old to actually...
    by at July 28th, 2010 at 04:07 pm
  • Motorola’s Latest Hands-Free Device – H17txt With Motospeak (Giveaway)!
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Carol Y. So you know I got the new iPhone and until then text messages were just messages (and actually whined about receiving since my payment plan charged an arm and a leg for each one) I received and barely sent out. More so because my fat fingers could never type properly and my old phone did not make it easy. I know campaigns...
    by at July 20th, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Street Surfing Whiplash Wave Scooter and The Let’s Move Campaign! (Giveaway)
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations H. Walker! Kids move. You can’t really fight it. The best you can do is go with the flow. Just make it safe. A while back I met the guys from Street Surfing and heard about their amazing support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Campaign They are giving away 1800 wave boards to schools around the country to help with...
    by at July 10th, 2010 at 09:07 pm
  • Despicable Me – I’ve Seen It And … (Giveaway – 3 winners).
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations John, Michelle, Dawn! I swear I have been going crazy inside as I have seen the special screening of the movie Despicable Me on June 10th and have been asked to remain hushed about it until recently. I remember being only mildly excited about going to see the movie. Oh, don’t get me wrong, this mama loves movies but the screening...
    by at July 5th, 2010 at 08:07 pm
  • Summer Snippets (Giveaway)
    Tweet Contest closed! Congratulations Courtney! There are so many little summer goodness stuff that has been pouring in, and truthfully more to come. I decided to put in a post with a few products I have been looking at and even give a few of them to some lucky reader. The package you can win is: Episencial Sunny Sunscreen (included in giveaway) You know that thing...
    by at July 3rd, 2010 at 05:07 am
  • Win The iGo Anywhere Charger!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Heather So I have spent most of my life in technology and with hubby and I coming from engineering backgrounds. What you will be surprised to learn is that we don’t have a ton of gadgets in our home. Truthfully to us the collection of devices just simply for the sake of it being a trend is really a waste and show-off sign....
    by at June 17th, 2010 at 06:06 pm
  • Sex And The City 2 – The Soundtrack!
    Tweet Sex and the City is one of those series that I was addicted too. Seriously. I watch no reality television and have not followed a series since HBO showed the last episode a few, childless, years ago.  Fast forward a few later and the Sex And The City 1st movie filled my glamor void that I was already missing, but now with kids in tow. It always make me sad when...
    by at June 13th, 2010 at 08:06 pm
  • Yoohoo Plush Animals – Win It For Your Graduate! (2 winners)
    Tweet Contest closed! Congratulations Angela and Nicole! YooHoo & Friends is Aurora’s best selling brand and  when you see how cute they are you can clearly see why.  The fact that Aurora created YooHoo & Friends to teach children about animals (many endangered) and the environment from which they came makes me really respect them. It is fresh to see...
    by at June 11th, 2010 at 07:06 pm
  • Pigtail Pals: T-Shirts That Promote Positive Messages For Girls!
    Tweet I have 2 little girls. I come from a home of 5 girls. It would be really safe to say that I am naturally aware of women and the way they are treated, or rather mistreated at times. The reason alone that there were 5 girls in my home was the “hope” from elders that we would hit a luck and have a boy at some point. Nothing like making you feel second...
    by at June 9th, 2010 at 08:06 pm
  • Win Senseo Single-Serve Gourmet Coffee Machine!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lynn! So we got the Senseo. We are somewhat decent coffee drinkers, more of tea drinkers. So when we occasionally want a good cuppa we sometimes reach for the (sigh) instant coffee. Yes, we have a filter machine (albeit not a good one) but since we don’t drink a lot we don’t believe it is worth the effort for just one...
    by at May 29th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  • African Dwarf Frog Eco-Aquarium From Wild Creations! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Laura There’s nothing like learning about nature than to see it in front of you. Problem with most “pets” is that the bulk of the feeding and cleaning falls on the shoulders of parents. Shoulders, I might add, that are so overloaded with responsibility that parents opt not to get a pet as they feel it too much....
    by at May 26th, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • Can The Pouchee Hold It All?
    Tweet So I am in the throes of trying to find an ideal handbag. The one big stumbling block is the reluctance to spend money on myself. I guess since I have bought so many cheaper bags (and dealing with the consequences of it) I should invest. In the meantime I am moving stuff from one bag to another which is annoying at the least. My bag also ends up being a catch-all...
    by at May 26th, 2010 at 07:05 pm
  • Top Picks For Parties!
    Tweet I have been lucky to come across a few products recently that came in handy when I held my 3 year old and 5 year old’s joint birthday party. You Cake You Cake creates personalized toppers for cakes. They had created the Mommy Niri logo topper for my Mom Nite Out and offered to create one for my girl’s cake. The topper itself is not pricey and start...
    by at May 25th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • The White Elephant Hotel Residences At Nantucket!
    Tweet We were just drooling over our Atlantis media trip and already restless with very itchy feet so when we were invited to head to The White Elephant hotel residences at Nantucket there was no arm twisting involved. I must confess though hotels don’t make me very excited, well I better quickly add hotels with kids. See I am a light packer but for my kids I...
    by at May 21st, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Win The Tooth Fairy DVD (2 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Rebecca and Deb! Filmed in Vancouver, Tooth Fairy is a comedy fantasy film starring Dwayne Johnson as title character along with Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews. As the story goes hardcore hockey player Dwayne bursts the bubble to “poor” kid about the non existence of the tooth fairy. After some scenes that could only...
    by at May 21st, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Barilla Pasta – A Favorite In My Home! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jennifer! I review many products, some I like, some I don’t, and some are in-between. There are few that I can safely declare that I use in my home. Barilla pasta is one of them.  Don’t call me a food snob, I have dabbled in other (cheaper) brands but have decided to sticky with Barilla as most of them lack firmness...
    by at May 10th, 2010 at 09:05 pm
  • Win The Sothys Face Care with Helianthus and Rosemary Comfort Mask!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Shellie. I don’t spend much (read any) money on makeup but skincare on the other hand is another matter. Of course recent economy stabilities have had an impact on my spending so I have had to make do with less than flattering results. Here is my theory – this is the one skin that we have. How we take care of it...
    by at May 7th, 2010 at 10:05 pm
  • Photoworks – A Personalized Gift For Mom!
    Tweet I was approached to test drive the Photoworks new site and though I used to spend a lot of time before buying prints and photogifts I have to admit that I have not explored too much in a while. I have to admit so much has changed. Uploading of files is so fast, no more waiting while you watch the “working…” sign forever. The preview ability also...
    by at May 1st, 2010 at 08:05 pm
  • And Now My Stove Needs To Go!
    Tweet So it has been 3 months with my Frigidaire dishwasher. Might I add 3 blissful months. You never think that a dishwasher can make a big difference but it does. The bickering about redoing the dishes is over – every morning you wake up to clean dishes. No more worrying about loud noises emitting, the super silent dishwasher makes it possible to do a load...
    by at April 30th, 2010 at 06:04 pm
  • Timing Is Everything!
    Tweet I always wondered who would use the timing feature on the dishwasher. On my bread machine it rocks but on a dishwasher? I mean I could understand that if the dishwasher was loud (set it off and leave the house) but my Frigidaire dishwasher is so quiet that I often have to open it to see there are signs of water splashed around aka it is working. But now I have...
    by at April 28th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza By Laura Numeroff (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Darleen And Greg! Have kids in tow? Have PreK or toddlers in tow? Then there is a pretty good chance that you would have come across Author Laura Numeroff’s best-selling book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. This time Laura’s new rendition, The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, is totally in keeping with quality but...
    by at April 24th, 2010 at 07:04 am
  • O’BON – Eco Friendly School And Office Supplies! (Giveaway – 3 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations, Char, CandCan and TrixTrix! The fact the eco friendly products are creeping into every aspect of our life from cooking, to cleaning to playing it was overdue that it made an entrance into the school and office supplies arena. Judging by the amount of paper that just my PreK kid brings home in her backpack, is alone scary. As much...
    by at April 21st, 2010 at 08:04 pm
  • Fruit2O Essentials Good Enough For Guys And Gals! (Giveaway)
    Tweet Contest Closed! Congratulations Jerelyn! Water, natural water, is good for you. You don’t need to be a genius to know that. The problem is that had it not been so, well, tasteless – it would be easier to down. Am I saying that replacements are better than water? Heck no! But if drinking a close cousin will get you hydrated I am all ears. If that...
    by at April 14th, 2010 at 07:04 pm
  • Super Why And Wow Wow Wubbzy Highlight Earth Day! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Rebecca! Last year for Earth Day my girls headed to the Kid Toons to watch an episode of Super Why dedicated to the Earth Day theme of saving water. The episode subtly focuses on the impact of wasting water but in a dialect children can understand. Children, like everyone else, hate being lectured to, but explaining the ramifications...
    by at April 13th, 2010 at 07:04 pm
  • Zhu Zhu Pets Now Available On Ninentendo DS
    Tweet One of the hottest toys of 2009, Zhu Zhu, is now available on Nintendo – featuring nine pets and several levels of play. Your little kids can scoot and scamper the little rodents through a fun area full of mazes. There are speed ramps, slide chutes, and tunnels to add to the excitement. The game is quite easy for my 2yr and 4yr olds. As the kids maneuver...
    by at April 11th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • An Eco-Friendly Playhouse From KidsCraft (Giveaway)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations AEVande! You know how you always want to make that little go-cart or boat or rocket out of a cardboard box that you spied in some television show. As much as the idea is endearing and filled with creativity galore, that empty box is hard to come by. I mean seriously, how often do you buy a fridge or some other big appliance....
    by at April 9th, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Holly Robinson Peete’s New Book “My Brother Charlie”! (Autographed Giveaway – 3 Winners)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amanda (autographed copy), Elizabeth & Michelle Most people are aware of Holly Robinson Peete, in fact I have not watched her recently but have been a fan since 21 Jump Street (I know showing my age).  When I heard about her new book, co-written with her daughter Ryan Elizabeth Peete, called “My Brother Charlie”...
    by at April 4th, 2010 at 10:04 pm
  • Check Out My Personalized Resort Tote from Initials (Win A $50 Gift Card Too)!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Arla! I am a bag lady. Well sort of. I love bags. I just don’t have much luck with them. When I was approached to review the new Resort Tote from www.initials-inc.com I was interested. The bags could be personalized and that was great since I had never owned a personalized bag. I have often bought personalized stuff for my...
    by at April 2nd, 2010 at 09:04 pm
  • Steiff Has A Bunny For Easter Or Everyday!
    Tweet Steiff has the coolest bunny to rival any Easter bunny out there.  In fact when this appeared in the mail my girls were apprehensive to touch it as it looked so life-like. This little bunny who is known by the affectionate name of Dossy is just one of the several items in the amazing Steiff collection. Some stories are steeped in history and when a company has...
    by at March 31st, 2010 at 09:03 pm
  • A Little Goes A Long Way!
    Tweet It is true: less is sometimes more. Although I have been excited about washing dishes (sure, call me a freak) I have been concerned about living in the dishwasher liquid aisle to replenish my supplies. And before you think how can I really like washing dishes, if you read one of my older posts about hating unloading the dishwasher you will know that washing is...
    by at March 31st, 2010 at 07:03 pm
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berry Café
    Tweet Dollhouses are one of those toys in my home that have a pretty long lifespan. Storytelling is healthy and I personally love toys that assist in it without doing all the thinking (read electronic sounds) for you. With my kids being on the younger end in age I am also pretty careful to the imagery they receive in dolls and having already been a fan of Strawberry...
    by at March 29th, 2010 at 08:03 pm
  • My Cheap Date Challenge!
    Tweet I was approached by Blockbuster Express to have a cheap date movie night. Since at one time I used to rent movies from Blockbuster I could never associate the words cheap and Blockbuster in the same sentence. Even if I did manage to get something cheaper it would be 100 years old that no-one would be interested in watching anyhow. Enter Blockbuster Express and...
    by at March 28th, 2010 at 07:03 pm