Archive for the ‘REVIEWS & CONTESTS’

  • Week 3: Still Time To Get A Gift (And Win $50 SWAGGift For Yourself!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations kc! You know the drill already about SWAGG and how it replaces all that plastic in your wallet, but it may save your hide this Christmas. Forgot someone on your list? Got someone a lousy gift and feel ridiculous about the awesome gift they just gave you? It is really fast to download the SWAGG app and send giftcards. Oh, did I mention it...
    by at December 24th, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • My Favorite Finds This Christmas!
    I have not been reviewing many items this holiday as I have been trying to focus on my charity initiative Mommy Niri Cares 2010 but I would be remiss to not share with you a few things I have discovered (or rediscovered). Organic Candy Canes: Surf Sweets is a company I learned about a while ago and one that I have become a fan of. Organic candy at one stage in my life...
    by at December 21st, 2010 at 09:12 pm
  • Week 2: Win A $50 SWAGGgift! – And Lose That Plastic!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Anash! Well, it is week 3 but I missed it this weekend since my 3 year old daughter broke her arm (another long story – or post) so that means lucky you will be getting 2 chances to win a $50 SWAGGift this week. Well it is the holidays after all and who of us can’t use the extra helping? I mean Santa has his hands full these...
    by at December 20th, 2010 at 01:12 pm
  • Win Tickets To See Disney On Ice Princess Wishes (3 Winners)! – Boston (TD Garden)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Michelle, Jerelyn and Melanie! So if you have been reading my blog you know my girls are all about princess. So it would be a given that we would be watching Disney On Ice Princess Wishes. The fact that my 3 year old daughter’s favorite Aurora and my 5 year old daughter’s favorite Belle would both be there means I will be sitting...
    by at December 18th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Tech Support For Dummies – Trust Me You’re Going To Need It! (Win The Android Tablet)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations John! It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that the most sought after gifts are electronics but sometimes it feels like you need to be one to figure them through. In between putting doll-houses and that new bookshelf – there is another item that needs figuring out. Except for the fact that electronics are their own beast....
    by at December 14th, 2010 at 08:12 am
  • Despicable Me On DVD (Giveaway!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kelly! You may remember how I excitedly reviewed Despicable Me on the big screen? Well, what you may not know is that I have seriously being dying for it to get on DVD. You know how you always miss those tit-bits in the movies and wait for the fillers as you watch it at home. Of course having the ability to press pause is precious in itself. And...
    by at December 13th, 2010 at 08:12 pm
  • Lands’ End – Style Without The Hefty Price Tag!
    For some reason I never contemplated accessories, I am no fashionista but I am also lazy. We were at an event in Boston and I saw Audrey (Mom Generations) wear a lovely scarf. She was just wearing a shirt and jeans so the scarf really popped her outfit. When I asked her she mentioned they came from Land’s End. I forgot all about it until BlogHer. At the Getting Gorgeous...
    by at December 13th, 2010 at 08:12 pm
  • Staples: Who Knew My Office Supply Store Also Had My Holiday Gifts?
    I shop at Staples. A lot. Seriously I do. You know what’s worse? They opened one right next to my home. Somehow it became my one-stop shop. The fact that hubby works from home and I happen to (grudgingly) share the same basement office means we always have something we need from Staples. You know how it is when you buy a home and when you first get to Home Depot...
    by at December 12th, 2010 at 07:12 pm
  • SWAGG – The Free App That Gets Rid Of Those Plastic Gift Cards (Win A $50 SWAGGgift!)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Dave! Seldom you come across something that really revolutionizes how you think. The SWAGG App is one that is such. I mean, I don’t impress that easy but when I share what this new app does you will be amazed too. SWAGG deals with: gift cards loyalty cards membership cards and rolls them into one, but wait not in another card but...
    by at December 11th, 2010 at 07:12 pm
  • Moxie Girlz Dolls – A Style I Can Like! (Giveaway 2 winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Jenna and Trenda! Moxie Girlz Dolls, which I first saw over a year ago, has come up with newer styles and I am glad to say they still meet with myapproval.Yes, they are a tad more “grown up” than what I am used to but kids start looking towards older dolls and sad to say there are very few out there that I can appreciate. Promoting...
    by at December 7th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
  • Win A Klutz Pack Valued At $75.99!
    CONTEST CLOSED!! Congratulations Beth! I love craft stuff. Anything crafty. But for my kids. I craft like I dance – two left feet. My kids on the other hand love it. I love that they love it. Oh, not because it is creative and builds minds yada-yada-yada! Well, that too but my main reason is a selfish one.It gives me a break! There, I said it. It is like peace reigns...
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 06:12 am
  • My Take On Tangled – The Disney Movie About Rapunzel!
    We watched Tangled just over a month ago and I have to say if you are looking for an unbiased view, don’t look here. I loved it! I simply loved it. At the outset let me clear up any doubts that this may be a children’s movie – oh, it is that, and more. I am not a princess girl – I’m not. I am not exactly a tom-boy – I just never bought the whole princess-who-needs-a-prince-to-rescue-me...
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 03:12 am
  • Villeroy And Boch – Serving Up The Holidays In Style!
    You know those dishes? Yeah, the ones you carefully tuck away for an important date or event? Well we all have them and I used to have them – before kids. Well, truth be told my mom used to have them and I still recall the whole hullabaloo on festivals when they were brought out. The whole frantic fuss was enough to make me scared I would chip them or something....
    by at December 3rd, 2010 at 01:12 am
  • If You’re Going To Snack, Might As Well Make It Popcorn (Giveaway)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Lisa! Missing on meals, that’s easy but snacking? That I can’t do without. My favorite all time snack is popcorn and I am sure it is not just my favorite snack. It must be why they are a staple at the movies. When we have a movie night at home popcorn is what makes it complete. Now while I would love to make the popcorn on the...
    by at December 2nd, 2010 at 09:12 am
  • A Visit To Ultra Diamonds! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Melissa! I was invited to take a look at an Ultra Diamonds, a store that specializes in diamonds at an affordable price. I was picturing a wholesale type environment assuming that the decor would probably be compromised due to it. I was more than pleasantly surprised at how the store looked as enchanting as any jewelry store.  It would...
    by at November 26th, 2010 at 07:11 pm
  • A Christmas Carol! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Holly! You know how some movies are just an essence of Christmas? Somehow we never ever planned to watch any at my home. On the other hand seeing Christmas in 90 degree temperatures felt much different, than the snowy holidays I see out in Boston. The one show though that I did manage to see every year, not by choice – but by the fact...
    by at November 24th, 2010 at 06:11 pm
  • Zeeberry – Designer Jewelry! Win A $50 Gift Card And Discount Code Too!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Paige! I have a love-hate relationship with jewelry. I love buying it (mostly with not my money) but don’t enjoy wearing it. I can hear you saying “What?”. Now remember I am also a mom who hardly dons makeup, and the reasons are the same –  I find it hard to get something simplistic (ok, so I am lazy too). So when...
    by at November 21st, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Pledge, Trusted From Back Then! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sheila! There are many products that are symbolic in the USA that I cannot claim affinity to growing up, since I grew up in South Africa. Pledge is not one of them. My mom loved furniture, good furniture. In fact she loved ensuring that all furniture was made from imbuia. I personally did not like the darkness of it and hated more that she...
    by at November 19th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Pinkalicious Dress-Up Clothing! (Giveaway)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Brooke! What color do you think my home is flooded in? Well no prizes for guessing. It is undoubtedly PINK! I already spoke about how we are fans of the Pinkalicious book (can’t wait until Silverlicious hits the stands) but did you know there was a whole slew of toys and dress-up clothing too? I love dress-up and I love that my girls...
    by at November 18th, 2010 at 11:11 am
  • Creativity For Kids Diva Puppies And Enchanted Storybook Activity Kits (Giveaway – 2 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Sarah and Victoria! My kids love crafts. Any crafts. I am not saying that they are great at them, but they love them. I am an avid believer in a child doing their own crafts – even if they look like something the dog dragged in. I do not want masterpieces of art in my home – I want my children’s art pieces. I love the way...
    by at November 14th, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  • Fresh Produce – Clothes You Would Wear To Impress Your Girlfriend (Giveaway)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Susan! Something which many guys delude themselves into believing is that we dress for to impress guys. While that may be true on occasion, women often dress with their girlfriends in mind. Wondering what the girlfriends would have to say about their outfit and giving much more weight to that opinion.  So when the timing of a review of...
    by at November 9th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Chop Chop – A Healthy Food Magazine For Kids!
    I aim to be healthy – but unfortunately have not been as successful as I would have liked for myself. For my kids, on the other hand, I try much harder. I do believe kids trust us with their nutrition – and abusing that trust is tantamount to abuse. From birth they don’t have a choice of what is put in their bodies or to develop their taste for nutritious...
    by at November 8th, 2010 at 09:11 pm
  • Toy Story 3 (Giveaway)
    Contest Closed! Congratulations Corina Toy Story was such a hit that when Toy Story 2 came out it was a tall act to follow. Apparently it did not disappoint.  But when Toy Story 3 was announced, one might have been forgiven for assuming that maybe they were pushing it. Trilogies are hard. Good ones even harder. Somehow if they disappoint then they kind of mess the taste...
    by at November 8th, 2010 at 05:11 pm
  • Win Games From Gamewright! (2 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations  Cyrus – Order’s Up and Lucas – Take The Cake We love board games. I would love dedicating more time to play them. So would my older kid. While I am at wishing, I wish my 3 year old had a longer attention span not to trash board games when it does not go her way. That being said I was keen to try out the games from Gamewright...
    by at November 1st, 2010 at 08:11 pm
  • Win A $50 Gift Card To Carters!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Laura E! I know, I know – you were just getting excited about the $25 Gift Card to Osh Kosh B’Gosh and I decided to sweeten the pot.  Well an offer to give my readers a $50 gift card is not something I would sneeze at (even if I wish I had one too). Anyway Carter’s is holding a big contest for a mega prize. The Carter’s...
    by at October 27th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Ruby’s School Walk – A Wonderful Book For Kindergarten!
    I have drooled over the books covers by Barefoot Books before but sadly never got to read or buy any. It may just be because I am too lazy to go out of the norm to buy books – I usually get books from Borders, BN, Amazon and the school’s Scholastic lists. Anyway as chance would have it being a blogger means I get to explore things I may not approach on my own....
    by at October 26th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Win A $25 OshKosh B’Gosh Gift Card!
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Annette! Previously I had only heard of OshKosh B’Gosh twice, once someone gave my little girl an outfit from them (which I loved) and the second being the coupon for them attached with the Carter’s coupon – where I was already a frequent shopper. When I was invited, along with other Boston mom bloggers, to check out...
    by at October 25th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Win The Bob Books Sight Words Books + Lunch Box Kit! (3 Winners)
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amy, Karen and Jessica! Hopefully you would have read the interview with Lynn from Bob Books earlier today.  Now 3 lucky winners have a chance to win the Bob Books Sight words Kindergarten and Grade 1 kit along with a lunch box. Want it? Want to win The Bob Books for Kindergarten and Grade 1 along with the lunch box? To win tell me...
    by at October 20th, 2010 at 08:10 pm
  • KidsBeet Concert Series Hits Boston (Giveaway And Discount Code)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Kamani! Live music, who doesn’t love it? Sure my days of attending rock concerts may have taken a (long) pause but my kids are at that age of loving live performances. Trouble is not everything is quite as kid friendly. I have been nervous at how my kids would react to live performances – and yes I had visions of screaming, running...
    by at October 19th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Beauty And The Beast Inspired Toys (Giveaway – 2 Winners)!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Amy – Tea Tray Cart And Meghan – Singing Belle Doll! You know our home has been all aflutter with the release of Beauty And The Beast, especially with my daughter who actually calls herself Belle (any guesses what she will be for Halloween?)  so this review has been so very exciting. As you would believe I have seen the movie...
    by at October 16th, 2010 at 10:10 pm
  • Win A Not So Scary Halloween Kit From Joy Berry!
    CONTEST CLOSED!!! Congratulations Jeanine! I was trying to get some decorations for Halloween with my 3 year old and I was about to take one of a witch and she begged me not to take it. I always considered myself in tune with my girls so was surprised that she found it scary, as she had let me know. It guess no matter how much we think we understand kids it is really difficult...
    by at October 16th, 2010 at 07:10 am
  • Seagate’s 750 GB Ultra-Portable External Hard Drive. Win It!
    CONTEST CLOSED! Congratulations Anna! So I dropped my beautiful camera yesterday and I could see hubby seethe yet hold back the words. Sure it is not the end of the world – just the end of my $700 sexy red DSLR camera but there was a reason beyond that he was perturbed. We had already lost 2 laptops to accidents so needless to say my record has not been great. Beyond...
    by at October 12th, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • My WebKinz Party!
    We had a fun and easy party celebrating with Webkinz. Always fun to have a toy that has many uses. The actual physical WebKinz can be held by kids much younger. The other fab thing is that when you are out and about, away from technology (I know that seldom happens, but when it does)  at least the plush toy will still be there. But then if you want more, and they will...
    by at October 11th, 2010 at 07:10 pm
  • Friday 5: 5 Reactions To Clearing Out My Closet!
    The one thing my sweetheart never moans about is me shopping for me but what he does have a (huge) issue with is me never purging anything out of my closet. When I started the Healthy Choice – Better for Blogher program I had little expectations that there would be change. So when the changes were slight but noticeable I felt inspired to take a next step. So as...
    by at October 7th, 2010 at 11:10 pm
  • Healthy Meals Even The Dude Won’t Mind Eating!
    I love cooking, but truth is I don’t cook as often as I would like to. Maybe it is the cleaning up after or the fact that the piles of other chores, overdue blogging or the stack of papers from my daughter’s school that I have not gone through yet, all seem to need more urgent attention. I love junk food. I know it is bad and I avoid the kids having it but...
    by at October 6th, 2010 at 09:10 pm