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    What 3 Movies Would You Watch While Stranded On An Island? #RedBoxSummer
    Tweet 3 movies, just 3 movies is a tough decision. I mean there are oodles of fun movies out there. Also a favorite movie today is so different from 10 years ago. But truthfully there are some movies that stand the test of time and some are just in there because they always make you smile . My favorites: Shawshank Redemption The truth about Cats and Dogs Sex and the...
    by at July 14th, 2011 at 06:07 pm
  • Keeping The Balance In Your Mouth!
    Tweet There is so much that starts in the mouth. When I was pregnant I remember the gynecologist speak to me about keeping my gums healthy. At the time I wondered if she was worrying about the wrong body part. Then I learned that gum disease can lead to early delivery. Though I found it hard to believe that what was in your mouth could have such profound impact on the...
    by at July 11th, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Franklin Park Zoo In Boston (Win A Set Of 4 Passes).
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kate! With all the talk of Zookeeper hitting the movie circuit of course everyone and their neighbor have heard about Franklin Park Zoo.  I know it is crazy but I brim with pride at all the local places in Boston that are famous and so rich in culture too. Zoos are really a perfect way to spend family time. You can do as much or...
    by at July 7th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • Win 2 FunPass Books Chock-full Discounts To Over 100 New England Family Attractions!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Karen! Let’s face it – this is a tough economy and those of us who have decided to stay put this summer and not taking elaborate vacations due to the cost are wishing we could. For some of us summer also means camp which costs a lot of money already which leaves little left to spend at will on fun. Also for mamas to kiddos...
    by at July 6th, 2011 at 09:07 am
  • Taking Care Of My Teeth While Traveling – The PerioBalance Way!
    Tweet I normally travel light and most often my dental care is the one to take the 1st hit. While I do pack my toothbrush and toothpaste – I pack nothing more. Worse still I take along a regular manual brush while at home I have been using an electronic one. Speaking of electronic toothbrushes, I used to be the girl who mocked a friend for being so lazy to use...
    by at July 5th, 2011 at 09:07 am
  • Another Opportunity To Win (4) Passes To Six Flags New England!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kristen! I know, I know you have been super excited about using every single day of summer and personally knowing how much I enjoyed the theme park earlier I agree that Six Flags New England might hit the sweet spot for summer perfection. While not everyone could win (I wish I could afford to do that) with the 4 weeks of giveaways...
    by at July 5th, 2011 at 09:07 am
  • Larry Crowne, My Kind Of Date Night Movie! (Win $25 Fandago Gift Card, Soundtrack And More)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Melinda! I have not seen Larry Crowne yet but I am really keen to get to watch it. I mean Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts makes it the perfect “my cup of tea” kind of movie. It is an added bonus that both hubby and I like both the characters. You know how you already psyche yourself to watch something even before knowing...
    by at June 30th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • PerioBalance -Probiotics For The Mouth!
    Tweet I have been careful about reviewing things that claim to make a difference. I have passed on makeup, skincare and or things making declarations that are health changing. For one I do not use my body as a guinea pig and secondly I know many friends and readers actually trust what I say so I want to be sure when I say it, I mean it. When I was approached about GUM...
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 08:06 pm
  • Six Flags New England: Rain Or Shine A Perfect Ride! (Win A Family Pack Of Passes)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Mitali! Years ago I had my first and only trip to Six Flags in New Jersey. It was so long ago before marriage and kids and the vague memories of thrills and jam-packed theme parked filled my head. Although I knew that there was a Six Flags theme park opening in New England I thought my kids would be too young for it. So needless...
    by at June 27th, 2011 at 09:06 am
  • No Summer Is Complete Without A Picnic! (Giveaway)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Katie! I don’t know about you but nothing excites me more than eating outside. In fact it can be just drive-thru food but taking it to a park somehow squashes the whining flat out – no mean feat if you ask me. Even on a rainy day throwing a blanket on the floor gives a whole new meaning to a meal. We all have memories...
    by at June 24th, 2011 at 02:06 pm
  • Camping And Summer Backyard Fun! Win A Sid The Science Kid Blanket!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Rachel! There is so much talk about camping, hiking and enjoying the  outdoors that I think there is just too much goodness to capture in one post. Last year I posted some beginner camping tips from Kit Deslauriers, who is a The North Face sponsored Skier/ Ski  Mountaineer so that may be a good place to check out as well. I thought...
    by at June 19th, 2011 at 10:06 pm
  • Time To Consider A Seiko Watch?
    Tweet There was a time that the ultimate gift at home was a watch. I am sure we all pretty much have a watch story. I see my husband still keep in his drawer an old watch gifted to him by his dad. It doesn’t work anymore but understandably he won’t let go as it has treasured memories of his late dad. Similarly I recall getting plastic watches as a kid and...
    by at June 16th, 2011 at 08:06 am
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    Manilla – An Online Organizing Tool For Financials, Rewards, Subscriptions And More.
    Tweet When I was dating my now husband I was aghast at his paper methods of paying bills. This was over a decade ago and though everything was not done electronically most were. Banks also have methods to issue checks on your behalf if you prepare them online. Being a software engineer for over 10 years meant I have always looked to doing things online to save time....
    by at June 13th, 2011 at 10:06 am
  • Inside Scoop On Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Includes Quotes From Producer And Director ! (Win A $50 Movie Gift Card And Book)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Geoff! Confession: my favorite perk of being a blogger is watching screenings watching screenings with my kids. There is nothing like sharing my love for the big screen with my kids. There is a moment when you are watching a good family movie when you look at their faces and realize that you are sharing something together, irrespective...
    by at June 12th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer!
    Tweet On Wednesday we got to a view a screening of Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer. We have been looking forward to this movie as my daughter has started chapter books though not yet on Judy Moody (still ready Junie B. Jones) and Judy Moody’s sense of style so closely matches (or should I say mismatches) my daughter’s style. Normally used to watching...
    by at June 10th, 2011 at 09:06 am
  • Exploring Paddywhack Lane Toys!
    Tweet A company I love working with mentioned Paddywhack Lane toys and books and I have to confess I had never heard of them. I have no shame admitting that sometimes cool things slip my view. Since I know that the PR company only worked with amazing brands I decided to give it a try. Paddywhack Lane features a range of simplistic toys that run the gamut from figurines...
    by at June 9th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • Villeroy & Boch Glass Giveaway
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dottie! Forget neckties and socks, dads need something more exciting. You already know from my earlier review of Villeroy & Boch that I am a huge fan of their quality, but what you don’t know is that since then I have continued using their products. In fact that casserole baking dish practically lives in my oven. I don’t...
    by at June 6th, 2011 at 09:06 pm
  • Good Food Made Simple – In The Freezer Aisle!
    Tweet Recently I attended a breakfast hosted by a company called Good Food Made Simple. Their aim: make healthy food accessible by all. They focused on one meal that has been neglected somewhat, breakfast. Granted there are pancakes and waffles in the freezer aisles but nothing much else and nothing that is really healthy. Can you believe these guys have frozen oatmeal?...
    by at June 3rd, 2011 at 07:06 pm
  • Drool, The Baby Expo In Boston! (Win A Maxi-Cosi Infant Car Seat Valued At $179.99)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Gianna! So typically Expos aimed at moms to be have been rather drab and run by one major retailer. Having attended only one ever while pregnant  was never tempted to go back. The commercialism vein that ran through it made me feel like I was amidst a huge advertisement. The quality of products were not the main focus and added...
    by at May 26th, 2011 at 11:05 am
  • Win A 77Kids $50 Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kathy! So you have already seen my post and video on the newly opened 77Kids store in Boston, but with so many more opening I thought the timing would be fabulous to give my readers something to enjoy the adorable fashion there too.  I mean the entertainment for the kids is enough reason to make the trip. Seriously my fashionista...
    by at May 24th, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • Zhu Zhus Pets And The Only Royal Wedding I Would Actually Watch!
    Tweet While the UK and much of the world watched entranced as the royal couple took their vows there were many others who could not wait for it to be over so something else could be featured in the news. Oh, before you can call me out as being unromantic let me dispel that fear. I just have no interest in all of that extravagance of monarchy. I do however have one little...
    by at May 24th, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • NookColor Does Apps! (Win $50 BN Gift Card)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Nicole! I have already shared with you why I love the NookColor about its wonderful characteristics that make it a versatile e-reader and I have shared with you how it has changed from the Nook reader. The biggest leap recently in changes is the addition of apps. So while I normally turn to my NookColor for reading I do admit turning...
    by at May 19th, 2011 at 11:05 pm
  • Charlie And Lola DVD Set, Book And Toy Giveaway! (Valued $121)
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Tabathia! When my older kid was pretty young was the first time I had heard of Charlie and Lola, and before the “where were you before” hits your tongue in my defense I did not grow up in the USA. It was at a Valentine’s special event at Borders that I found a set of rubber stamps for Charlie and Lola. Those were...
    by at May 11th, 2011 at 09:05 am
  • Crocs Chameleons: The Color Changing Crocs For Kids!
    Tweet I must admit I had not been a huge worshiper of Crocs and frankly wondered what the whole hullabaloo was about. I thought it was a fad and would eventually die out. I mean they looked ok, but I could not fathom out the craze. Well that was until Blogher 09, where I managed to get a pair of Crocs flip flops (and again I had no idea they made them). I slipped my...
    by at May 10th, 2011 at 10:05 am
  • A Visit To Tiffany & Co!
    Tweet So I got an email from Tiffany’s to check out their offerings for Mother’s Day. My heart skipped a beat. Tiffany’s knew me? Then I thought maybe it was a different Tiffany’s, I mean there are other Tiffanys out there. Remember Tiffany, the singer? I loved her to bits (I think we’re alone now – fame) and she was among the guy’s...
    by at May 2nd, 2011 at 07:05 pm
  • Win Flowers For Mother’s Day!
    Tweet Congratulations Christy! So whether you are wanting to get this for someone else or yourself you can maybe win a bouquet of flowers in time for Mother’s Day (yes that is next weekend) . Macy’s is sponsoring these flowers to thank me for spreading the word on their amazing Thank A Mom Movement which I published over at Mommy Niri Cares. No, I am not...
    by at April 29th, 2011 at 09:04 am
  • Dora’s Garden Gazebo by Mega Bloks!
    Tweet The fact that we’re a big fan of Dora is no surprise, but recently I thought we may be moving to other shows as my older (almost 6 year old) daughter grew older. Then she started Spanish class as part of the Global Child program and we found a new way to watch it as we noticed all the Spanish conversation. We recently got to explore the new Dora’s Garden Gazebo...
    by at April 25th, 2011 at 10:04 am
  • Win Organic Clothing From Disney Store!
    Tweet Congratulations Felicia! I am a huge fan of most things organic. Clothing is one thing that I used to scoff at being an unnecessary organic item that is until I tried them on my kids.  Not only are organic clothing so super soft, they also reassure me that the fabric is natural and without any harmful dyes that will harm my kids. The big plus though is how long...
    by at April 21st, 2011 at 09:04 pm
  • Blue Man Group Show In 2011 – iPhones, Music And More!
    Tweet I was invited to a press screening for Blue Man Group and after struggling to get parking and almost deciding to call it a day and head home, I parked on a parking garage roof on a pile of snow and prayed it would not melt before I got back. I am glad I did not head home and got to see what was new in the show. I had been to the show maybe 10 years ago, even before...
    by at April 17th, 2011 at 07:04 pm
  • WordWorld – Win The DVD and App!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Heather! I remember the first WordWorld on TV, it was right about the time that Super Why launched and I was excited. Now I don’t say that lightly, you have to understand both my hubby and I are staunch believers in education being important and though we are not adamant about only academic I would be lying if I did not say...
    by at April 16th, 2011 at 07:04 pm
  • Caillou – An Old Time Favorite! Check Out The New Toys!
    Tweet Caillou was one of the earliest watched shows in my home. The funny thing was most of my friends did not like Caillou and called him whiny and I wondered if they heard my kid recently. Anyway to me he was this regular kid who just resembled the regular family in a calm way. Of course I poked around to learn more since Caillou is not a character you see gracing...
    by at April 6th, 2011 at 09:04 am
  • Win A $50 TJ-Maxx Gift Card!
    Tweet CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Emma! So earlier when I got to visit the special Spring line-up for TJ-Maxx I was so eager to do some changes at home. In fact when I mentioned it to the kind folks of TJ-Maxx they were keen to offer my readers a chance too.  Since I knew many things were affordable I struggled choosing a room to buy stuff for, I could have just...
    by at April 5th, 2011 at 08:04 am
  • 77Kids Adds Kiddie Fun In Newly Opened Stores!
    Tweet Yesterday I attended a store opening for 77Kids. I admitted to the kind folks over at 77Kids that I had never used their clothing on my 2 girls then stopped the moment I uttered those words. I totally had forgotten that when I took part in the 77Kids Do Good day in Boston they sent a t-shirt each for my girls. I recall loving how soft they were but also felt they...
    by at March 31st, 2011 at 10:03 am
  • Mars Needs Moms
    Tweet I attended a screening for the movie just before I went to Disney so needless to say this post is a little delayed. Firstly I loved what an amazing build up to the screening this was since the screening had a pre-celebration with Radio Disney, science crafts and also mini-massages for mom and dad. Can you tell that it would be a fabulous time already? 3D movies...
    by at March 31st, 2011 at 08:03 am
  • Drinking Your Nutella?
    Tweet I was one of those late bloomers. I only tried Nutella a year ago, which would be a cardinal sin considering I am somewhat of a chocolate snob and a nut-oholic so Nutella should have been an obvious choice. Of course that totally meant I would miss it – which is exactly why I am the last to know about anything. My favorite nut is by far the hazelnut which...
    by at March 28th, 2011 at 08:03 pm