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  • May The Peace Be With Me!
    Tweet So Lisa and I decided to meditate.  I used to meditate. A long time ago. A very, very long time ago. I started when I was completely stressed with my mom having had a stroke. Of course the bulk of the stress was not knowing what was going as they did not diagnose...
    by at October 17th, 2012 at 11:10 am
  • A birthday gift for me!
    Tweet Today I turn 40! I do! I own it! No regrets at all. I don’t want to be a day younger. I mean that truly. I love being 40. I love the journey here and I look forward to the journey from here.  So this year I wanted something different. I wanted something more....
    by at October 11th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Spirit Halloween And The Spirit Of Children Program! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Vickie! Can you smell it in the air? It is pumpkin season and you know what comes with pumpkin season, right? You got it: Halloween! Now if you’re fumbling like me each year to buy an outfit that feels just about right rather...
    by at October 10th, 2012 at 08:10 am
  • Fall shoes I wore without falling! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I don’t do heels. Or rather they don’t do me. I would honestly love to wear heels! I mean, if you were 5’0 feet wouldn’t you want to wear them too? Someone I manage to fall on my face when I attempt...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 08:10 pm
  • Pilates and my (sweet) pain!
    Tweet I am one to cringe when someone mentions doing something out of the routine regarding exercise. I am good with commitments, well kind of, but intensity scares me. I am also the girl who says yes to crazy things because I do not like challenges holding me back (yeah...
    by at October 9th, 2012 at 10:10 am
  • Babies explore Fisher Price Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases at local event!
    Tweet When I was in Buffalo, New York at the Fisher Price headquarters (I still have a post on that coming) I learned of the Apptivity iPad and iPhone cases. I was keen to learn more but since my kids are 5 and 7 years old I needed younger hands on them. So I decided to...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 10:10 pm
  • Kale and corn puff pastry appetizers! (RECIPE)
    Tweet Hello again Kale! I fell in love with you in our 1st meeting, but who wouldn’t since those spicy Kale pakoras rocked even my kids’ world. But when Harvard Pilgrim paired me up with the amazing Lisa Johnson, to live and inspire healthy we chose Kale as...
    by at October 2nd, 2012 at 09:10 am
  • Can a decorated laundry basket get them to pick up their clothes?
    Tweet Gain, the guys behind the fabulous detergent line, sent me an idea to celebrate National Keep Kids Creative Week (Sept. 23rd – 29th) and it got me thinking. Yeah, the devious planning that goes on in mama’s head had started to brew. Their idea: get kids...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 11:09 am
  • Happy National Coffee Day! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED Congratulations Shannon! I write. I wish I could write more but normally need sustenance to keep on. I could skip easily on the food but any writer would tell you a warm beverage keeps the words flowing. How often do you see someone sitting with a...
    by at September 29th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Toys In Your Neighborhood?
    Tweet When ASTRA - American Specialty Toy Retailing Association asked me to be an ambassador, I thought it was an honor but did not have the heart to tell them that they did not need to pay me to support them, because I would do so anyway. In fact last year I did!...
    by at September 26th, 2012 at 10:09 am
  • 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...
    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...
    by at September 25th, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • RECIPE: Kale Pakoras (Spicy Fritters)
    Tweet I have heard from everyone that Kale was good for you. I did not doubt them one bit. Anything with natural colors normally is good for you – even candy people can be made with natural colors. But Kale and I never crossed paths! Or maybe it did and I was busy...
    by at September 21st, 2012 at 08:09 am
  • Alzheimer’s! A subject you may want to forget about, but shouldn’t!
    Tweet I think secretly we all fear Alzheimer’s.  We worry about being ridiculed for being forgetful and not maintaining our independence. We should be! I recall when my mom had her 1st stroke the memory was the 1st sign something was amiss. A mistaken report which...
    by at September 19th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • How Nemo made my little girl cry!
    Tweet Photo courtesy of Disney! Probably like 3/4 of the population you have seen Finding Nemo. I had seen it on the little screen and considering my kids are 5 and 7 years old,  you can safely guess that is where they saw it too. So there is no surprise we were expecting...
    by at September 18th, 2012 at 09:09 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...
    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....
    by at September 11th, 2012 at 09:09 am
  • Honorary Grandma!
    Tweet Grandparents are usually an uncomfortable topic in my home. Scratch that, it is a non-existent topic. My parents were dead even before I married. Just before my daughter was born hubby’s dad died. With his mom living overseas there was not much of a grandma...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 09:09 pm
  • 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...
    by at September 7th, 2012 at 06:09 pm
  • Lessons Of The Heart!
    Tweet Ever get that weird sense of pride and fear all wrapped in one? Ever feel there must be some mistake as you type in “Kiddo starts 2nd grade” (or whatever grade) in your Facebook status? Ever be so consumed at how crazy they drove you all summer and then...
    by at August 29th, 2012 at 11:08 am
  • A Trip To Mexico! #azulplay
    Tweet The last time I was headed to Mexico, I was pregnant and my flight was delayed for 5 hours. They were de-icing the plane, I had no food, and I missed the cruise I was going to take. I was hungry and sad. I cried. A lot! I cried so much that the airline guys on my...
    by at August 21st, 2012 at 11:08 am
  • Free Haircuts For Kids All August At JC Penney!
    Tweet There are some things I am very excited to share with my friends because I know we are all looking for bargains. So even though JC Penney decided to sponsor this post, I would love sharing it anyway. Look, school is upon us (I know, right) and though you are so wrapped...
    by at August 1st, 2012 at 08:08 am
  • 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,...
    by at July 27th, 2012 at 09:07 pm
  • When I Was Your Age…
    Tweet Ever since I wrote that post on Mother’s Day I have been thinking of my mom and home. In fact even writing this post makes me all queasy inside. Of course that may have something to do with the fact that I woke up at 4am with 2 hours of sleep peppered with...
    by at July 25th, 2012 at 08:07 pm
  • Bookworm Wednesday! Catch A Free Movie In Exchange For A Book Review!
    Tweet I will keep this short. I like movies. I like free movies. I like books. I like my kids reading books. I like rewarding my kids. I like movies (did I say that already?). Showcase cinemas has this fab program which started last week but hey, this girl takes a break...
    by at July 17th, 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...
    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...
    by at July 16th, 2012 at 10:07 pm
  • Are You Getting The Full Picture?
    Tweet You may have noticed that things around here don’t seem as busy as usual. That has nothing to do with having nothing to share with you but more about a mixture of timing and focus. I do want to share the latest and greatest in everything from happenings to...
    by at July 12th, 2012 at 08:07 pm
  • A Chat With John Leguizamo About Ice Age: Continental Drift, And More!
    Tweet Earlier I was invited to a press event with John Leguizamo and Queen Latifah in LA. It happened to be the day before I was hosting a joint birthday party for my kids. I said yes at first (sucker for the Queen – and the only Queen I am a fan of) and even had...
    by at July 12th, 2012 at 08:07 am
  • It is not everyday that you learn baseball from the Red Sox coach at Fenway Park!
    Tweet Last year I was invited to be part of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program, sadly my daughter fell ill so it fell through. This year though I was excited to be part of it. As a mom to a kid with Autism, I knew that this program was close to my heart.   What is...
    by at July 9th, 2012 at 09:07 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...
    by at July 9th, 2012 at 07:07 am
  • Physics Of Roller Coasters At Six Flags!
    Tweet This was already posted at Dads Do Good but am posting here to make sure my amazing readers do not miss on this amazing opportunity. Dads do Good is an amazing community where they try to mix bonding, fun and learning. They hosted an amazing Math is Fun event earlier...
    by at July 7th, 2012 at 06:07 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...
    by at July 2nd, 2012 at 08:07 am
  • Speaking To Mom Of Jordyn Wieber, USA Olympic Hopeful!
    Tweet While I was in Chula Vista, the USA training grounds for the Olympics, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see several Olympic hopefuls as they trained. Kelloggs is sponsoring several Olympic hopefuls and the thing that I love immensely about Kelloggs...
    by at June 27th, 2012 at 08:06 pm
  • 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...
    by at June 25th, 2012 at 07:06 pm