Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream Hits #Boston! (Giveaway And Discount Code)
    CONTEST CLOSED!   Congratulations Johanna H. You have barely caught your breath from having the kids over during the Christmas vacation and February vacation is again almost upon us. What’s that you say? It is only January? Well blink and see what happens. About the show: Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare...
    by at January 4th, 2012 at 06:01 pm
  • Win $100 AmEx giftcard! (3 winners)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kathryn, Mistysunrise and John! As being the final word of my Ragu Mom’s The Word on Dinner ambassadorship I thought it perfect to have my last party recipe to be one of my favorites. It is for a Christmas party and a briyani is normally considered a royal dish so I thought why not have that for my party dish. Oh, and I won’t...
    by at December 24th, 2011 at 07:12 pm
  • If You’re Going To Buy Toys, Invest In Quality!
    Have you noticed how little talk there has been on MommyNiri.com about toys? Not only have I not joined the craze of holiday gift guides (not because I don’t think they are important, but because I know several peeps have done a fine job with them already) but I am again reserving my energy to do something philanthropical with Mommy Niri Cares. But there are a few...
    by at December 21st, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • Got Dry Skin? Neutrogena Giveaway!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Tanya! While I slather away the lotions on my little girls I really neglect myself. During summer I somehow manage to get away with it but come winter and I am not so lucky. The harsh realities of winter begin to make itself seen as you start to see skin become super dry.  While you crank the heat to stay toasty the humidity levels drop...
    by at December 19th, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • The Nutcracker Ice Cream & Tea! (Win A $50 Gift Certificate) #Boston
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kevin! Nothing says the holidays quite like watching The Nutcracker ballet. I watched it several moons ago while I actually had been up on nights for parties rather than changing a diaper. I was just laboring with my husband that it may be time to take our 4 year old and 6 year old to see The Nutcracker. That debate will go on for a while,...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 08:12 pm
  • Not Too Late To Add Wine To Your Gifts! (Discount Code And Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lisa! I know what you’re thinking. The holidays are right on your doorstep and you took it nice and easy. You most likely, like me, even slept in on Black Friday, but now you are fretting. All your buddies on Facebook keep chattering about gift wrapping and you think “but wait, I don’t even have presents yet!” Well...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 06:12 pm
  • A Kid Party With Toothbrushes!
    A few Halloweens ago when we did the whole trick or treat in a friend’s neighborhood I recall a dentist’s house dishing out toothbrushes. Now I know that many a kid might have been flabbergasted (even if they didn’t know the meaning of the word)  but mine were beyond thrilled. That might have been due either to their age or the fact that they were too...
    by at December 12th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Win A Set Of (4) Tickets To Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove! #Boston
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! I am hoping that when I put up that special (ridiculously deep discount) you took advantage and snagged your tickets but just in case you forgot to here’s a reminder to snag them. Because when the day after Christmas arrives and you realize that the kids are on vacation you will WANT to take them out of the house. About...
    by at December 7th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Crocs, Not Just A Summer Shoes!
    I can just see our face, wondering what the heck is Mommy Niri doing talking about Crocs when the temperatures are dropping faster than your kid takes to mess her white shirt. Well I thought so too, after all I seriously get visions of balmy weather, walking on the shore with sand getting my shoes, and rinsing them easily with the mere mention of Crocs. All of this was...
    by at December 5th, 2011 at 09:12 am
  • Peter Pan 360 In Boston!
    When I was invited to the Peter Pan 360 show I said yes instantly for two reasons. One was, if the schedule is good, any event with my family is always something special and secondly we were already firm friends with Peter Pan. Well, honestly more like friends with Tinkerbell (dude that is what you get for girls in your home) so I really kinda hoped with Peter Pan Tinkerbell...
    by at December 4th, 2011 at 11:12 pm
  • The Radio City Rockettes! (Giveaway And Discount Code For Boston)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah! I had always heard amazing things about The Rockettes. The fact that most of the comments from those who have not seen it went something like “It has always been my dream to see them” or “I can’t believe I am XXX years old and have not seen it yet!” made me feel a tad bit humbled to be going to see it....
    by at December 4th, 2011 at 09:12 pm
  • Shop All Year, And Save During The Holidays!
    So while writing my post (congratulations Julia for winning the $250) for the campaign with American Express they shared with me reward points to see if I could “shop” for friends and family on their Rewards site. Since it has been (several) years since I browsed reward catalogs I expected a small limited list of stuff, most useless and with ridiculous amounts...
    by at December 3rd, 2011 at 10:12 am
  • Got Holiday Cards? Check Out Minted – Discount And Giveaway!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dina! Every year I have noble intentions. I plan that I will get a spree of wonderful pictures and I will create the perfect card. I also dream of having perfect penmanship, after finding everyone’s address and then managing to mail the cards (even internationally) on time. Yeah, a pipe dream. Each year I fail and scuttle around last...
    by at November 30th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Okabashi, Cute Yet Comfortable Shoes!
    I am all about the practical. Really I am. If that means sacrificing style, whatever iota of it I have left, I will. I do believe comfort trumps fashion any day of the week and have yet to regret that decision. Of course when you discover something along the way that manages to kill two birds with one stone, you can safely declare a winner. I could live in flip flop shoes...
    by at November 29th, 2011 at 06:11 pm
  • Win One Of Two T-Mobile Smartphones!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Erika (myTouch®) and Sheena (myTouch® Q) Smartphones! Not sure I lived before them. I thought I was managing just fine before until smartphones entered my life and then when they entered I wondered how I managed before. It was like we thought we were doing fine before we had a GPS, scratch that, hubby thought we were doing fine and I bought...
    by at November 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • Easy Peasy Pizza Party!
    I used to be the person who spent elaborate time preparing for parties. When I worked in an office I made it my duty to ensure I planned outings with friends and sometimes even events at my own office (most times at my own expense). It was fun and something I continued even after marriage. The muted version after marriage was board game nights, and they were extremely...
    by at November 26th, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • American Express Small Business Saturday! (Win A $250 Gift Card)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations “It’s Not Like A Cat”! It has really taken me a while to appreciate small businesses. I mean I have loved getting into a big named store knowing exactly where everything was no matter which city or state it was that I entered. Then I got older, and hopefully smarter too, and realized that whole cookie cutter stuff had less...
    by at November 25th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • A Family Dinner At Jerry Remy’s Grill!
    You don’t envision a sports bar and kids do you? Well neither did I. Actually until a while ago restaurants on their own were a challenge. Coupled with dealing with my daughter’s autism and our anxiety about getting a meal in edgewise we normally considered it to be “let’s get it over with” ordeal. Then as time grew, and so with my daughters,...
    by at November 22nd, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Digital Gift Cards: Will It Save Us From The Craziness Out There?
    While most people are thinking turkey, the rest of the population is thinking gifts. Finding the perfect gift has always been a daunting task and truthfully “perfect” is a pretty subjective term since on many occasions I have been both the receiver and giver of what was definitely construed by someone as well-meaning. I will be be the first to confess that...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 10:11 am
  • The Muppets Movie: My Thoughts And A Giveaway for You!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kim Kelly and Sharon! Ok, going to fess up here: while I grew up with The Muppets in my backdrop I was never a huge fan. I did not dislike them but I was never a huge fan. There I said it, let the stone pelting begin. Having said that I was really excited to watch the movie. Why you wonder? Well one of my biggest loves is movies and getting...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show!
    Seeing that my 6 year old has been yearning to move post Dora/My Little Pony phase we were decently happy that she chose Phineas and Ferb. At least compared to the sitcoms there is no meanness between siblings/parents, meanness which is normally depicted as cool and funny. We hiked to Worcester to watch the show and knew it would be a treat for adults and kids alike. Normally...
    by at November 21st, 2011 at 08:11 am
  • Wine Completes A Get-Together! (Win Some Too!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Emily! You know how that perfect moment as a huge party dwindles with the last few stragglers and it is those that remain are normally the closest of friends. They will help you clean up, get into more comforting clothes and curl up on the couch. This is exactly what we did 2 weeks ago, when that crazy snow storm hit Boston. I was at a...
    by at November 15th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • The Family Storybook Treasury (Includes Curious George, Martha Speaks And More)
    Since both my girls are avid readers we find our shelves populated mainly with chapter books for the 6 year old. As for the 4 year old she is finally ready to ditch those (ghastly) princess books and, inspired by her sister, read early readers. Of course she is impatient with herself and wants to go straight to chapter book. Being the mama of (educational) indulgence I...
    by at November 14th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure On DVD! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Janet! Dogs are a man’s best friend, or rather everyone’ best friend. I have very fond memories of my dog, whose name was Brownie (no prizes for guessing his color). His mom was our dog too so needless to say we had him for a very long time, until he passed away when I was in high school. While we yearn for a dog here in Boston,...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Be Ahead This Holiday, Use An Address Stamper!
    I thought about doing holiday cards but with my timing for everything it may end up after the holidays. Plus I realized that I wanted to feature something a little different still with keeping holiday cards in mind.  No doubt about it several families will be already plotting pictures in their heads for the perfect holiday card, but there is another part of the holiday...
    by at November 13th, 2011 at 08:11 pm
  • Slim-Fast’s New Ready On-The-Go Bottle! Win $25 Sephora Giftcards (5 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Monique, Charlene,Debra, Jessica, Jenn I tend to steer away from writing about things that make huge claims about changing your life be it cosmetics (I ain’t no guinea pig), devices or drugs. When Slim-Fast approached me to try their new ready to drink bottles I said yes. Truth is I dabbled in the powder form for a bit and know that...
    by at November 11th, 2011 at 10:11 pm
  • The Warmest Coat Of Them All!
    I live in New England so the chance of getting snow each year is, I don’t know, 100%  If you assumed that winter wear is actually a huge part of our clothing collection you would be correct In fact it would be safe to say that winter wear is actually one of the most expensive season, hands down. Whats up with those hats, mittens, scarves and jackets the cost easily...
    by at November 10th, 2011 at 09:11 pm
  • Roku, Is It The Answer To High Cable Costs?
    I am extremely suspicious of new devices, and I know that statement sounds weird coming from an engineer. Truth is I am not wary about the functionality of the gadget but rather the (rolling) cost of it. Unlike people who actually look at the actual price of the produce when they grocery stop, I look at the price per pound. That is essentially how you know whether it really...
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 11:11 am
  • Phineas And Ferb Live Show Win 4 Tickets! #Boston
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Raine! So you totally know that we are a Phineas and Ferb house and if you did not grab the discount I mentioned before in my Fall Roundup to purchase tickets you better run, because trust me you will not want to miss the show. No seriously, I would be lying if I told you we were happy to watch it, the girls are beyond themselves ecstatic....
    by at November 7th, 2011 at 09:11 am
  • Glow In The Dark Hexbugs, Perfect For Halloween And Beyond!
    I love an excuse to have a party and when I got the chance to host a Hexbugs party I was already excited. The fact that it was the glow in the dark edition added more fun to it. I debated whether to set up the tracks or let the kids do it. I was wondering whether the kids may get frustrated trying to put it together but I got carried with other stuff and ran out of time...
    by at November 2nd, 2011 at 07:11 pm
  • LeapFrog Continues To Make Learning Fun With Their LeapPad.
    You will recall that in my BlogHer Finds I highlighted the LeapPad, even though I just briefly tried it there I was sufficiently impressed to mention it. Fast forward a few months and I got to take the LeapPad along with the TAG reading system for a test drive as well as activities to share with friends. I cannot write this post without sharing my history of LeapFrog....
    by at October 26th, 2011 at 07:10 am
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    Recess, So Much More Than Just Play!
    Recess is really so much more than play and as a mama to a special needs kids I know that more now than ever. In fact with my little girl with Autism most activities inside the school are slightly easier for my kid, at least somewhat. This is more because they are controlled and academic, both of those qualities appealing to her. Even gym time, even with her lagging behind...
    by at October 17th, 2011 at 04:10 pm
  • Win Wine From The California Wine Club! (Discount Code Too)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Conratulations Debp! When I was returning from getting married in India, we were going to connect in Germany. I was still on my “a new country per year” pledge so I decided to spend a few days touring. The weather was awful but I was still on a high from my wedding so my disposition was sunny even if the temperatures told a different story....
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 08:10 pm
  • Fall Finds To Create That Fresh Look! And Some Halloween Boo Too! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Alicia! Is it really possible that I cover a season before that season passes? Well this may be a first but I expect t say hello to fall while it is still, well, fall. The only thing I do not like about Fall is that I know Winter is close on its heels. I really feel if I have to be anywhere in the USA for Fall, New England is the perfect...
    by at October 14th, 2011 at 07:10 pm
  • Paddywhack Toys Costume Up For Halloween.
    You would recall me talking about Paddywhack Lane earlier, but what you may not have realized is how perfect they are for Halloween. Normally Halloween focus is a tad bit scary for the younger set so it is nice to have a toy that is sweet and simple. The no-batteries is still my biggest plus point for these toys. Recently I had a party and got to share these toys with...
    by at October 6th, 2011 at 08:10 pm