Archive for the ‘NEWS’

  • Boston International Kids Film Festival!
    Tweet So my kids are off next week and I am thinking man it never felt like they needed a vacation with all those snow days right? But I got to take them somewhere, or the guilt angels will not be too kind so I was thrilled to know that the Boston International Kids Festival was NEXT WEEK! The film adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” ranked...
    by at April 13th, 2011 at 07:04 pm
  • Navigating Allergies At Camp, on Sleepovers and Playdates!
    Tweet So although my kids are not allergic, things like artificial food coloring etc is something highly on a red-flag status for me, especially for my child on the Autism Spectrum who it impacts a lot. The thing about allergies is that you think you have it under control, in your home. I mean of course you turned your lifestyle upside-down when you found out to cater...
    by at April 11th, 2011 at 02:04 pm
  • Seeking Social Good!
    Tweet Sometimes you get an invitation that changes everything. Attending an event where there is no showcasing a product, or expectations of blogging or tweeting about the event may be unheard of normally. In fact I actually chose not to tweet etc while at the event because there is nothing like a 140 characters to NOT deliver the full message and thwart any good message...
    by at March 7th, 2011 at 08:03 pm
  • What A Week. What A Year. What A Blast!
    Tweet Have you missed me? I’ve missed me. It is not like I am ignoring you, seriously not. I have been cooking up some interesting stuff. Some I will let you in yet, and some in a bit (let’s just say the ideas are still simmering). Want to know what’s been going on? Happy birthday MommyNiri.com! I started blogging in March 2008, and launched the MommyNiri.com...
    by at March 4th, 2011 at 07:03 pm
  • Join Me For A Virtual Breakfast!
    Tweet Want to do something easy to help kids? As easy as having breakfast maybe? How about taking a picture of your breakfast everyday? Still easy? Well that is exactly how easy it is to help kids get breakfast. In fact you can either share photos, text messages or even typing a description in the Share Your Breakfast website. We have several types of breakfasts going...
    by at February 22nd, 2011 at 11:02 pm
  • Cooking With Kids – The Figidaire’s Kids’ Cooking Academy!
    Tweet You already know that I was part of the wonderful Frigidaire test drive program (yes my spanking new dishwasher) but did you know that Jennifer Garner teamed up with Frigidaire with their Kids’ Cooking Academy program. This is an online school that has daily tips, fun recipes and how-to videos. All this with a family-friendly chef Mary Sue Milliken. When...
    by at February 17th, 2011 at 02:02 pm
  • Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Tweet Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day. Yesterday I was supposed to travel to NYC to attend the 1st day of the Toy Fair and also another event hosted by Fisher Price. I had just been to NY on Saturday for a Hasbro/Playskool/Sesame Street event and had a wonderful time (look out for the post on that). As much I am sure NYC would be fun, I looked at the...
    by at February 14th, 2011 at 06:02 am
  • Living With Allergies!
    Tweet So this week I co-hosted a class on The Motherhood about allergies. While no-one has food allergies in my family the topic was one that would resound with anyone. My daughters grew up being vegetarians so that meant a lot of label reading. I am glad for that time since it was a true education which will remain with us. The surge of processed of foods and fast-foods...
    by at February 10th, 2011 at 08:02 pm
  • Cooking Connections Class!
    Tweet I’m co-hosting an upcoming class in the Web’s first-ever virtual cooking school, Cooking Connections, and I would love for all of you to join me!  Here’s what you need to know to participate: When: Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. ET Where: TheMotherhood – here is the link to the page where the class will be held: http://www.themotherhood.com/talk/show/id/62140 And...
    by at February 1st, 2011 at 05:02 pm
  • Let’s Not Forget About Haiti!
    Tweet This week fellow Heart For Haiti Ambassador Sarah and I were on a talk show with Ananda from Digital Sisterhood to talk about about the Heart For Haiti campaign (you can listen to the podcast below) . Sarah is an amazing person, who in spite of not being impacted directly by similar tragedies has her heart and head in the right place. It really gives me hope that...
    by at January 20th, 2011 at 02:01 pm
  • Happy New Year From Mommy Niri!
    Tweet . Here’s wishing you health and happiness in 2011!
    by at December 31st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • 2010 – What A Year!
    Tweet It is almost 2011! I meant to write something meaningful about what this year meant to me but I cannot catch my breath. So I am just going to list some of my highlights. You will have to click on all the links to read the details of each further. I just needed to say goodbye to 2010 in a proper way before greeting 2011 properly. January After 9 months of being...
    by at December 31st, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Did I Ever Mention That Red Carpet Event With Katie Holmes, Jennifer Garner And More?
    Tweet I didn’t? Well that is what you get for sitting on a good story for so long. Honda, who had earlier called us in to their Honda Odyssey 2011 launch in San Diego was a sponsor for the Variety Magazine Power Of Women awards. Yes awards to celebrities for their philanthropic endeavors. Make that female celebrities. We had to each submit what we thought was...
    by at December 30th, 2010 at 12:12 am
  • Happy Holidays From Mommy Niri!
    Tweet … From my family to yours!
    by at December 24th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • I Dropped Off 104 Zhu Zhu Pets At A Hospital For Kids With Cancer!
    Tweet In a time when most are focusing on getting the most for their kids, some are inspired to do something further. Having spent the previous 2 holiday seasons scrounging for employment we felt blessed to have a roof over our heads and food on the table this year. Things are tough, but they could be tougher. It was with that vision in mind that I designed The Mommy...
    by at December 23rd, 2010 at 01:12 pm
  • Meet Buck Withrow, A Skater With Princess Wishes – Disney On Ice!
    Tweet As much as I love posting about news and events happening, especially around Boston, I realize much of my readers are not. I love to get scoops, or behind the scenes, stories for the blog. Yes, they are often more time consuming, especially interviews, but honestly they are one of my favorite things on MommyNiri.com. I had a telephone interview with Buck Withrow...
    by at December 18th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Why I Would Love To Go To Haiti!
    Tweet Going to Haiti would feel a teensy bit like going home. Don’t get me wrong South Africa has amenities in abundance but not for everyone. While in South Africa I kind of felt helpless, having dealt with many of the challenges myself, including poverty and losing my home in riots, I always felt like I was in “catch up” mode. Plus, even though Apartheid...
    by at December 16th, 2010 at 11:12 am
  • Do You Skype? Learn More With Brianna Reynaud!
    Tweet Skype, most of us know about it and or use it. In fact Skype is a very special place in my heart because my sisters first saw my girls through Skype and it was indeed a teary moment. Now I use Skype to keep up with family, friends and fellow bloggers too. I managed to get to chat to  Brianna Reynaud, the Senior PR Manager at Skype, and asked her a few burning...
    by at December 9th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Have You Seen The Sponsors Supporting Mommy Niri Cares 2010?
    Tweet I am sure you have seen the announcement about Mommy Niri’s new project Mommy Niri Cares 2010, but have you seen the sponsors? I would love to thank the following brands for supporting the Mommy Niri Cares 2010 project: Zulily Downy Klutz Carters PlayDoh Magic Beans Disney Store Corolle Barefoot Books PlaySkool The Big Toy Book My Little Pony Nerf Keep...
    by at December 5th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Announcing: Mommy Niri Cares 2010
    Tweet I am really proud to announce the Mommy Niri Cares 2010 project. As much as I have been involved in several brand campaigns focussed on charity endeavors, this one is being driven by me. Instead of doing a holiday gift guide I opted to do something offline. I know many people are not thinking about whether they will get the latest gadget this holiday but basic...
    by at November 30th, 2010 at 10:11 pm
  • What Makes #HeartOfHaiti So Different?
    Tweet A sense of pride. We all need it. People who are in times of need, need it too. It is ever so humbling to ask for help, it takes strength to do that. While there may be people few and far between who may be content with just taking a handout, more people just want a chance, an opportunity, to carry their own load. When you use words like “aid” it comes...
    by at November 28th, 2010 at 08:11 pm
  • Malls Start To Ring In The Season!
    Tweet I was at an event in the Linden Square Mall recently to a night of fun where the tenants of the mall, based in Wellseley- MA, displayed their wares. The mall was certainly on the upper scale featuring more stylish, trendy and non chain like stores. I was lucky enough to take a tour of them with a few bloggers. My favorite has got to be the Magic Beans children’s...
    by at November 23rd, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • Ruckus Media’s The Velveteen App – Get It Free! (11/25-11/29)
    Tweet I got to meet the wonderful folks from Ruckus Media a few weeks ago at a launch party – which was held at Fablevision in Boston. Now marry together great technology + illustrations to make any artist proud + voiced over by famous actors + classic stories and you can’t have anything else but a smashing hit. Since I was already familiar with some works...
    by at November 23rd, 2010 at 05:11 pm
  • Small Business Saturday!
    Tweet Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses.  American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27.  They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business...
    by at November 22nd, 2010 at 08:11 pm
  • Meet Karen Walrond, On A Quest To Discover The Beauty Of Different!
    Tweet I have been in awe of Karen (also known as Chookooloonks) for a long time. I finally managed to get up close and chat to her while at Evo Conference. Somebody was whispering that Karen is the one person to take your picture as she captures the essence perfectly.  I spied her taking someone’s pictures and I tried to take her picture and the next thing I knew...
    by at November 20th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • I Am A Heart Of Haiti Ambassador!
    Tweet I am a sucker for all things charity, really I am. I seldom say no to be part of a campaign if it involves a charity. Somehow it all makes sense in the whole reason I love blogging. Anyway I will be adding more details about this later but I just wanted to let you know I will be a Heart Of Haiti Ambassador. I will be sharing more details about the entire program...
    by at November 19th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Meeting Victoria Kann – Psst.. New Book In Pinkalicious Series!
    Tweet While I was at the Time To Play event in New York I got to meet Victoria Kann. Anyone who has girls (and some who don’t) may have heard of Victoria Kann, author of the famous Pinkalicious book and several more in the series. The other books pale in comparison to her fabulous book about the girl who eats pink cupcakes and becomes pink – the solution...
    by at November 18th, 2010 at 12:11 pm
  • I’m An Activator on “Well, Then” – Harvard Pilgrim’s Community Site!
    Tweet Some exciting news, for the next few months I will be an Activator on the community website “Well, Then!” which is part of Harvard Pilgrim. Why do I love this gig? Except for the fact that I am getting paid for it, I love that I get to be, well, me! I am not promoting anything (which is rare when you are getting paid). I am not sticking links all over...
    by at November 16th, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • Neighborhood Toy Store Day!
    Tweet This Saturday, November 13th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day. I don’t know about you but I love the local toy stores. They are quaint and have less of that mass produced-wholesaler-like feeling. Also if you noticed the feel is less plasticky and though they may have electronics, it is not the not so predominant. You know how it seems like everyone has that...
    by at November 11th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Amazon And Pedophiles – Why I Will Never Shop At Amazon.com Again!
    Tweet Dear Amazon, It is time we parted ways. I have known you, and trusted you, from the shores of South Africa but the time has come to bid you farewell. I wish it was on sweeter terms of our parting but every time I look at my children I and recall what you promoted it makes me want to vomit. Speaking about vomit, I meant to put this post up last night but my sick...
    by at November 11th, 2010 at 07:11 am
  • The Other Child…
    Tweet As I watch my 3 year old act out pulling her 5 year old sister’s hair for the 100th time instinctively I wanted to punish her by taking some favorite toy or at the very least a timeout. The only issue is I would have doled several of those in a day for all the hitting or throwing stuff already. To an onlooker it may sound like a open and shut case of an undisciplined...
    by at November 8th, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • A Drive Through White Mountain National Forest, NH
    Tweet Living in New England we are not only pelted with snow, but we are also witness to one of the most beautiful places to be in Fall. It truly is breath taking to be able to see it for yourself. Simple drives to drop off your kid to school become a spectacle on its own. In fact it has been difficult to not stop the car and take pictures all the way. So whether you...
    by at November 2nd, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Happy Halloween!
    Tweet HAPPY HALLOWEEN from Mommy Niri
    by at October 31st, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • First Annual NYC Spin-a-Thon to benefit The Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care
    Tweet Previously only held in Long Island for the past 5 years, this time the Spin-A-Thon will be held this Saturday in Manhattan. On October 30th 25 cyclists will face the challenge of completing four consecutive 35-minute spin classes and one Pilates class at four separate New York Sports Club fitness centers throughout Soho and Greenwich Village.   To take the cycling...
    by at October 29th, 2010 at 05:10 pm
  • The Talk Hosts Answer Mommy Niri’s Question On Balance In The Home!
    Tweet Some time earlier we got to interview Holly R. Peete for the launch of her book My Brother Charlie. That book and her interview had subsequently led me to start a few projects that I am proud of and are close to my heart. I was invited to a round table discussion with her and the other hosts of the talk show The Talk but sadly decided against as I had been traveling...
    by at October 28th, 2010 at 08:10 pm