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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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Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds from Nuts.com in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Nuts.com, known for its friendly and quick customer service, colorful packaging and delicious treats, offers a variety of treats perfect for the holiday season. With dozens of products and holiday gift baskets to choose from, the most difficult decision proves deciding which of the many treats will satisfy the sweet tooth of your favorite chocolate lover. We were able to try Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds from Nuts.com, and they truly did not disappoint. These tantalizing sunflower seeds are coated in smooth milk chocolate and a playful rainbow candy shell. The incredible taste, fun and colorful look, and even more adorable packaging, make these the easy choice in holiday snacking! The addictive, crunchy and nutty chocolate treat did not last very long in our office (and the bag is now missed terribly).
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the 3.4-Quart Microwave Pressure Cooker from SilverStone in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Most of the time, we have the luxury of advance notice and time during which to prepare for dinner parties, special meals or other social events. Over the holidays however, we’re not always afforded the time to plan, as relatives who may be in town for only a short time might decide to drop by on the fly. When that occurs, of course we’re always happy to receive them (“Quick! Hide the mess!”), but can be left at a loss as to what to serve. Luckily, SilverStone has designed a pressure cooker for the microwave that solves this time crunch as its 3.4-Quart Microwave Pressure Cooker is designed to help create favorite dishes in a matter of minutes.
With technology providing countless sources of information, determining fact from fiction can sometimes be a challenge. We see a lot of misinformation, anecdotal remedies and unscientific facts about potential skin treatments being discussed. This misinformation is often exchanged among friends and family members and also shared via the internet and social media. To help sift through the confusion, we provide the facts below to help dispel some of the common misconceptions about eczema. Myth: Eczema breakouts only occur in the winter Fact: Eczema breakouts can occur under a variety of conditions. Though the dry winter months can trigger a flare-up, for some people stress, dry skin, exposure to certain household products like soap or detergent, and rapid changes in temperature can also cause breakouts. During any seasonal change where temperatures get increasingly warmer or colder, eczema breakouts can occur more frequently.
In July 2012, Mom Central Consulting surveyed 583 Moms to learn more about their children’s experiences with eczema. The survey aimed to better understand how Moms feel about and treat their child’s eczema, if they go online to find information about treatment, and if they feel satisfied with the information found. We discovered that moms who have children with eczema have a lot of concerns. Concerns revolve around their current knowledge, which sources they should trust, and the availability of eczema-related information. Lack of Knowledge on Eczema
Look inside just about any bathroom, and you'll find dozens of personal care products, ranging from shampoos and soaps to blushes and bronzers. Some are liquid; some are powders. Regardless of the product type, moms can take simple steps to keep personal care products from becoming breeding grounds for germs. The first thing moms need to know is cosmetic and personal care products are much like food; they have a limited shelf life and can become contaminated with germs if not used or stored properly. This article lays out three tips moms can use to keep their family's products safe and prolong their shelf life. A bit of scientific background: Most personal care products are essentially a mix of biodegradable ingredients. To a microbiologist, "biodegradable" means “edible to germs.”
The summer winds down, September approaches, and back-to-school shopping makes its way to the top of the to-do list. Have one less item to worry about this year with Gutzy Gear. Gutzy Gear Backpack Strap Covers and Patches transform the most average backpacks, messenger bags, and even duffle bags into personalized accesories. These high quality, removable patches stick to Gutzy Gear Backpack Strap Covers. My favorite part – no ironing or sewing involved! Kids simply attach backpack straps to their gear and the patches securely velcro on. From peace signs and butterflies to sports and animals, Gutzy Gear's wide range of patches appeals to kids on many levels. With new patches constantly being introduced and over 100 patches to collect and trade, my kids have an endless amount of decorating options. Gutzy Gear lets my kids express their personalities and demonstrate their favorite hobbies, all while looking stylish for school.
Whether you already bought a Father’s Day gift or still need some last-minute inspiration, the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows phone will surely send any Dad to cloud nine this Sunday. The Nokia Lumia 900 offers brilliant social media capabilities and a variety of other features busy Dads will appreciate: Built-in Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to share new family pictures Music and video streaming to keep different types of media synced Microsoft Office Hub to access Microsoft Word, Exel, and Powerpoint files while traveling Groups to coordinate social gatherings and reunions ESPN and Flixter Apps to track the latest sports reel or movie release All day battery life and up to 7 hours talk time to stay connected Learn more about the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows phone and check out these tutorial videos from Microsoft.
Meet Zylie, the lovable bear from the children’s books, the Adventures of Zylie the Bear, who travels around the world with her little cousin Theo and brings readers along for the journey. In the first book, Zylie and Theo venture around New York City, visiting the world-famous attractions and encountering several exciting twists and turns. Now in the most recent story, Zylie travels to China and shares her findings there including the Great Wall and a new friend- Shen the Panda.   These books bring children on a thrilling journey through areas of the world that many people dream of visiting. Let their imaginations run wild following the adventures of Zylie and Theo while learning about the culture of their foreign destinations.
With summertime fast approaching, on-the-go snacks for kids rise up in importance on the shopping checklist. Whether at sleepaway camp, on vacation, or just on the playground, kids keep busy in the summer heat and need energy to refuel. Dole Real Fruit Bites offer a healthy and kid-friendly travel snack. The bites contain pieces of sun-dried fruit dipped in yogurt and then dusted with toasted whole grain oats. They come in three fruit flavors: apple, pineapple, and mango. I tried the apple bites and they tasted like little subtly sweet pieces of apple pie that melted in my mouth. In addition to the delicious taste, the fruit packs only have 80-90 calories, no trans fat, and high vitamin C, making them a smarter snack option. I also like that each package includes 6 portable mini packs; they can easily fit in my purse or a kid’s back pocket.
John Carter has all the elements a dad could want for a summertime popcorn movie: great special effects, super powers, epic battles, and a beautiful and tough heroine. As a kid, I loved the "Mars" stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. For those unfamiliar, John Carter is a Civil War veteran who finds himself transported to Mars where he finds he has superhuman abilities and ends up in the middle of a Martian power struggle.

 The plot is classic pulp fiction. John Carter, played with just enough swagger by Taylor Kitsch, finds himself having to battle his way out of many close calls and scrapes with the evil Matai Shang (Mark Strong). He is helped on his travels by the four-armed green-skinned Tharks played through outstanding CGI (computer-generated imagery) by Willem Dafoe and Samantha Morton. Lynn Collins plays the beautiful princess Dejah Thoris. She is all the more attractive when she proves to have brains and brawn in addition to her good looks!


There are some people who can leap into a pool, while others need to inch into the water a little at a time. When it comes to losing weight, I fall into the latter group. Juggling all the elements of a weight loss regimen - maintaining a clear workout regiment, preparing healthy meals, and always staying motivated - sometimes leaves me feeling overwhelmed and in need the proper encouragement to keep going. Enter Jenny Craig's newest program Jenny-Set-Go. Jenny-Set-Go offers a 28-day program to help you ease into a slim and healthy lifestyle by making things fun and easy. The program employs a number of creative tools, including a deck of 28 cards with personalized workouts and healthy recipes to help you stay on track with your weight loss goals.