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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.
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When it comes to children’s clothing, I am always torn between dressing my two kids in stylish and fun outfits, yet keeping them comfortable. And, like many Moms with young ones in daycare or preschool, my kids come home covered in paint, glitter and food from their daily activities. Yet, the inner fashionista in me always obsesses about their outfits, making sure they match (as much as I can with my stubborn four-year old that is!) and look cute. You never know who you’re going to run into while out and about with your kids, right?
SIGG specializes in aluminum water bottles made from of 100% recyclable material.  They can help reduce your carbon footprint and quit spending money on plastic bottles.   Additionally, with sizes ranging from 0.25L to 1.5L, you can find the perfect fit for each member of your family. Originally a favorite of hikers and mountain climbers, these bottles have continually proven lightweight and durable for all users. SIGG bottles have become a huge success due to their unique shape and design.  Some collections have even been featured in the Museum of Modern Art for their innovative color creations. You can choose from classic solids, bright theme designs, or fun cartoon images for kids. SIGG products serve as a great fashion accessory for any occasion thanks to hundreds of design choices.
Hand out crayons, markers and painting supplies to toddlers, and what do you get? Coloring and drawing provide creative outlets for our kids, but the messy aftermath they inadvertently leave behind is far from a masterpiece. One of B. toy’s latest products, the H2-Whoa! drawing board offers budding Picassos a new means to express themselves while making messy clean up a thing of the past. This two sided, reversible drawing board comes with four drawing pens that fill up with water, allowing your child to doodle to his heart’s content. As the picture dries on the H2-Whoa! board, it will begin to fade away and will leave your child with a clean slate for his next creation. Voted a Dr. Toy “Best Pick,” this easy to use drawing boards offers both you and your child a fun and mess free alternative to paint and paper.
Finding the perfect balance of sun protection, moisture, and a hint of color in a skin care product never proves easy. Revision Skincare’s new Intellishade SPF 45 anti-aging tinted moisturizer conceals, corrects, and protects while also leaving you with a healthy glow. This product’s Intellishade smart tint technology promises a perfect match for every skin tone, every time. In addition to matching and evening out your skin tone, clinical levels of several ingredients (Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and ACS-456) in the moisturizer help activate collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This Intellishade moisturizer features an SPF 45 with UVA and UVB broad-spectrum coverage, which works with an immune protection factor to create the highest sun defense for your skin. One lucky Mom Central reader will win an Intellishade SPF 45 tinted moisturizer from Revision Skincare to add to her arsenal of skin care products.
If your family loves Dr. Seuss books, you don’t want to miss this event. Target stores will help celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss by hosting free in-store readings in partnership with the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) Read Across America program. The events will take place in all Target stores nationwide on Saturday February 25th from 9-11am.   These events give your family a chance to enjoy classic Dr. Seuss books together and kids will receive reading activities, crayons, and snacks in a reusable Target bag. There will also be readings by Target team members and a nook inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book The Lorax.  Read Across America and Target want to allow every child in every community to take part in reading and celebrating Dr. Seuss books. To find the store nearest you, visit Target’s store locator.
Typically, I stride into yoga class looking horribly under-dressed. Most participants get decked out in matching yoga pants and tops and look fantastic to participate in this popular class at the gym. I’m lucky if I show up wearing matching socks. I consider myself a runner who likes to do yoga, so I own a large supply of running tights and sports bras, but am sorely lacking in the yoga wear department. I usually wear running attire with a baggy t-shirt on top to yoga class. I am not the typical, taut yoga enthusiast like many who regularly attend these sessions.  
Killington Mountain offers the perfect spot for every family to enjoy some fun and adventure in the outdoors. Read more about Killington resort and enter to win a family four-pack of lift tickets!
Every year, the kids bring valentines to school to trade with the class. When they get home, I love seeing all the different cards from other classmates. You can find some cute store-bought cards, but nothing beats a handmade valentine.  With so many crafty ideas for Valentine’s Day cards out there– it becomes almost impossible to choose. I like homemade ones that the kids can do most of the creative work so they have a personal feel. Most importantly, the cards must be made from items we have around the house- saving me time, money, and energy.  Instead of shopping around for the cards or supplies, I can spend time at home with the kids making homemade ones.  Of course I also only pick cards that the kids like and that will keep their attention long enough to make 20 of them! This year I have an adorable valentine in mind for the class swaps. I came across this great crafting idea from My Paper Crane – take a look at the steps below.  
Still searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift? ProFlowers features everything you could need on their website: flower arrangements, vases, teddy bears, chocolates, spa lotions, jewelry, and more. Guys- no need to shop anywhere else.  An order from ProFlowers will arrive jut in time for February 14th to provide the romantic gesture you desire. Choose from hundreds of elegant gift combinations featuring sweet treats and beautiful bouquets.  With prices as low as $20, you can shop for your loved one on any budget.  Additionally, ProFlowers currently offers 20% off your order when you visit their “Valentine’s Deals” page.