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Influence Central received a complimentary Bemo in order to faciliate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. At Influence Central, we love being “buzzworthy,” and nothing brings our shareable posts to life as readily as photos do. Bemo, a one-touch, handheld camera that creates high-quality video that upload directly to social media accounts makes sharing social content super-easy. Available in three vibrant colors (Moroccan Red, Manhattan Black, and Mykonos Blue), this camera proves easy to use and stylish to carry. Only a few inches in length, the Bemo comes fitted with a belt clip and a lanyard, making it portable and easy to throw in a purse or carry around on an active vacation or around a conference.
Influence Central received complimentary copies of Timmy Failure: We Meet Again and The Brilliant World of Tom Gates in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Some kids view reading as a chore, and getting them to pick up a book over the holidays proves even more challenging! With parent-teacher interview feedback top-of-mind at this time of year, parents want kids to keep up the reading skills despite the break from school. Candlewick Press offers two new books that incorporate new words and concepts into hilarious cartooned stories in Timmy Failure: We Meet Again and The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, perfect for reluctant readers. Stephen Pastis’s Timmy Failure: We Meet Again, proves happily reminiscent of the beloved Calvin & Hobbes cartoon series. In this fun-filled book, Timmy Failure and his detective agency are close to global domination, fame, and so many riches!
Influence Central received a complimentary K’Nex 35 Model Ultimate Building Set in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Kids possess incredible, larger-than-life imaginations and love hands-on play that allows them to build and create their make-believe worlds. The K’Nex 35 Model Ultimate Building Set makes a fun holiday gift kids will love. The 480-piece building kit for ages 7 and up allows little ones to create racecars, vehicles, contraptions, mini swing sets, planes, rockets, trucks, cranes, helicopters, bugs, dinosaurs, creatures, robots - and whatever else they can imagine. The set comes with simple, step-by-step instruction images for building 35 different models.
Influence Central received a complimentary Paul Frank’s two-piece sleepwear gift set in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. As the cold winter weather creeps in, snuggling up in soft, fleecy pajamas with a good book can keep you warm and toasty. Paul Frank’s line of cozy sleepwear, accessories, and clothing began as a small collective in a SoCal garage with the idea of bringing expressive, whimsical designs based on imagined characters to life through unique accessories and clothing. Inspired by pop culture and music, their designs add a dash of bright color, humor, and playfulness to clothing.
Influence Central received a complimentary Mensch On A Bench in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. As this holiday season swiftly approaches, we seek out fun, family-centered activities and laughs that turn into treasured family memories. Celebrating holiday family traditions and forming new ones along the way can create that kind of bond that carries on even to the next generation, when your kids will be recounting giggles and memories - and teaching their own kids your distinctive family traditions.
Influence Central received a complimentary copy of FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Gather the cooks in the kitchen this Thanksgiving – including the kids! Cooking together can become family bonding time and also teaches kids the delight and the exciting, hard work of preparing delicious meals to share. FutureChefs: Recipes by Tomorrow’s Cooks Across the Nation and the World by Ramin Ganeshram compiles engaging stories and creative recipes from tween and teen passionate chefs from varying social, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. The cookbook has a collection of 150 sophisticated, unique recipes that kids can make on their own or with help. Some of the recipes show full-page color photographs of the finished meal – others you will have to try and taste. The meals boast a wide array of ingredients, ethnic inspirations, and cooking techniques.
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.
Disclosure: MyLocker.net 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. MyLocker.net 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.