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Influence Central received a complimentary sample of four TULA skincare products in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Despite its beauty, winter proves our largest enemy when it comes to keeping our faces happy, healthy, and moisturized. Even our most tried-and-true skincare regimens often fail the needs of seasonally dry skin. This holiday season, indulge in a new skincare line, or gift one to a loved one with TULA’s 4 Piece Deluxe Discovery Set. TULA skincare, launched this fall exclusively for QVC, provides four amazing products that massage, wash, and revitalize dry, winter skin to leave your face feeling clean, soft, and moisturized all day long.
Influence Central received a complimentary Livescribe Echo Smartpen in order to write this review. All of the ideas expressed are our own. At Influence Central, we appreciate the challenge of keeping track of work, life, family, and holiday plans at this time of year. Between shopping lists, to-do lists, phone numbers and contact information, gift ideas and even holiday recipes, organization often falls to the wayside and can get lost in the shuffle. Livescribe offers an incredible technology that revolutionizes the way we take and organize our notes. With the Echo Smartpen, everything you write and hear can be recorded, played back to you, and saved onto your computer, so that nothing will be lost in the chaos of this hectic season.
How can it be possible that the holidays are nearly upon us? Summer flew by at breakneck speed, followed by a whirlwind fall, and now we find Thanksgiving perched on our doorstep. Once we push back from dinner – we’ll jump feet first into gift-giving season. So what better time to unveil the 2014 Mom Central Holiday Gift Guide For the next month, we’ll roll out cool, clever, and creative gift items for everyone on your list – offering you a non-stop selection of gift ideas. As an added bonus, we’ll feature a selection of giveaway items throughout the Gift Guide where you can enter for a chance to win.
Disclosure: is a client of Influence Central. So often we spend countless hours in the mall looking for that perfect gift, only to find that what we ultimately selected could really be used by anyone. But personalizing a gift – whether we create something for our kids, our family members, or our book club – often proves time-consuming and nearly impossible due to minimum order requirements found on most promotional product websites. has changed all that with a website that lets consumers easily create their own custom designs on everything from sweatshirts to golf polos to t-shirts to backpacks. And fortunately for us, MyLocker handles all of the potentially challenging aspects of a custom order. No design skills? No problem. MyLocker offers easy templates where you can identify a theme – from holidays to family celebrations to community groups – plug in text, select a few colors, and end up with a host of design ideas to choose from.
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Hello Kitty Junior Skate Combo in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Even in our digital age, playing outside with friends and learning to ride a bike and roller skate remain an essential part of the childhood experience. These activities pull kids away from TV and devices to teach coordination, balance, body awareness, road and pedestrian safety – not to mention the excitement and fun of exploring the outdoor world in fast motion!
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Teddy Tank, Ball Pet, and Phantom Saucer in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Compelling TV ads often convince us what to buy, especially holiday commercials featuring hot toys of the season! As you watch TV and wonder what to purchase for your loved ones, consider these great picks from TeleBrands. All three of these TeleBrands (“as seen on TV!”) products prove fun for all ages, with magic tricks, playtime, and a hilarious (and adorable!) home for the family pet fish.
Influence Central received a complimentary Disney Friends of Hue StoryLight form Phillips in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. The Hue light technology from Phillips is growing rapidly, and it works with the Phillips Hue app, in syncing with your light bulbs and allowing them to glow in over 16 million colors. No one quite appreciates the magic of this technology as much as a child, and so Phillips has partnered with Disney to bring some of our favorite stories to life with the synced Hue technology. The Disney Friends of Hue StoryLight proves easy to use and set up, as you simply plug in the adorable Mickey Mouse-shaped light into an outlet, and plug the Phillips Hue bridge into your Wi-Fi router to make this experience seamless and wireless. Once you download the free Disney Storytime app, you will see the Disney StoryLight change colors as you flip the pages of the book.
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of My Monopoly and Taboo Buzz’d in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Everyone loves spending time with family over the holidays, whether it be at dinner, reading by the fire, or shopping for loved ones. We enjoy focusing our time and energy on bringing everyone together in the holiday spirit. With the temperatures dropping rapidly, our thoughts shift to indoor, cozy nights in – but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re into doing something quiet! Nothing animates a night inside quite as much as a family game night. Two new versions of classic games from Hasbro are sure to liven up your next snowy evening indoors!
Influence Central received a complimentary Arctic Vermont Teddy Bear in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. No gift seems more fitting for the holiday season than one that offers a cozy and festive bear hug. Known for their high quality teddy bears manufactured in America, Vermont Teddy Bear helps to ring in the holiday season with their 15” Arctic Bear and his small stuffed penguin friend! Ready for wintertime fun, this bear has a beautiful white anorak, some suede tan boots for the snow, faux fur to match, and a his tiny penguin buddy. Start the fire, grab a great new book to share, and cozy up with this adorable bear from Vermont Teddy Bear, a perfect gift for any age this holiday season. The Arctic Bear is available at Vermont Teddy Bear for $79.99.
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Remington iCoffee Single Serve in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. As the days grow colder and my schedule busier, I brace myself for a packed holiday season with my morning coffee cup in hand. Enjoying these first few moments with a hot cuppa truly does set a positive tone for a busy day ahead. And, as any Mom-on-the-go knows, taking the time to master and brew an entire pot, and dealing with coffee grounds and antiquated machines proves a fool’s errand. The invention of the single-serve coffee machine became truly revolutionary, and has changed the face of morning coffee routines everywhere. Our friends at Remington have created a product that takes this technology to the next level in its iCoffee Single Serve. Remington’s iCoffee Single Serve uses SpinBrew technology to spin, steam, and stir coffee grounds inside the single serve pod, thereby releasing all of the flavors just like the baristas do, making Remington’s iCoffee Single Serve a worthy competitor in this space.
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of both the Air Compression and Shiatsu Foot Massager and Massage Cushion with Heat in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. The most wonderful time of year! Between cozy nights by the fire, hot cocoa, waking up to a fresh blanket of snow, and celebrating the holiday season with loved ones, there’s a warmth to this time of the year to which I truly look forward. But with the snow comes shoveling, with holiday shopping comes heavy bags and chasing after children, and with celebrating comes cooking and wrapping! Who’d have thought that fun could take the toll on our bodies that it does? HoMedics to the rescue with a way to relieve the stress, tension, and soreness of long winter days with its Air Compression and Shiatsu Massage Cushion and Foot Massager.