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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 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!
Little girls love to imagine they’re princesses! They try on tiaras, practice their “royal waves”, and wobble around in special shoes. Another fun way to experience being a princess is to read books and watch movies about princesses. To celebrate National Princess Week, we’ve got the perfect bundle of movies and a book to give your little princess the royal treatment!   Three lucky Mom Central readers will win a Princess Pack containing The Princess Diaries: 10th Anniversary Edition plus The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack and The Very Fairy Princess Here Comes the Flower Girl! book. This book is co-authored by Julie Andrews and her daughter and writing partner, Emma Walton Hamilton and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.  
This week, April 15-21 is National Boys & Girls Club Week! Throughout the week, thousands of Boys & Girls Clubs are opening their doors and inviting the local community in to a catch a first-hand glimpse into all of the activities and opportunities that exist at their Boys & Girls Club. Clubs across the country are holding celebrations by offering picnics, open houses, sporting events and more. The Boys and Girls Clubs of America strive to enable young people to reach their potential as productive, caring citizens. Every day this week correlates to a different Boys & Girls Club theme, from Monday’s “open the door to academic success” to Thursday’s “open the door to healthy lifestyles”.
Congratulations to our first round of Campaign Rockstars! In an effort to call attention to all of the wonderful bloggers we work with, we'll continue to select three bloggers from Mom Central campaigns to be featured on our site as Campaign Rockstars. See our first round of Mom Central Campaign Rockstars from the Old Navy Best Tees Blog Tour below, and stay tuned for future updates!         Kathleen Bunn, Life With 4 Boys LeeAnn Hinken, The Life of Riley...& Bryce, too! Erika Bragdon, Musings From a Stay at Home Mom Thanks Kathleen, LeeAnn & Erika! We love working with you!
The thought of a hot, fresh meal at the end of a long day many times never becomes a reality unless I settle for a frozen dinner that doesn’t really fill me up or a frozen pizza that leaves me feeling guilty. I never really satisfy my craving for wholesome, fresh ingredients unless I dedicate my entire night to cooking a meal.
Five lucky Mom Central readers will each win a Pineapple Ginger square candle tin from Archipelago Botanicals. Read more about the Archipelago Botanicals line and enter to win here!
The classic Nestle crunch bar is now offered in the shape of Julius “the Bunny,” Paul Frank’s widely adored monkey character. The Nestle Crunch Paul Frank Bunny offers an animated, tasty addition to an Easter basket with its fun packaging on the outside and the ever-loved classic Nestle Crunch inside.  Busy Moms make an average of four Easter baskets for the holiday, and the new Nestle Crunch Paul Frank Bunny is a bright, spirited way to complete a basket. “Julius” the Bunny is offered exclusively at Target stores nationwide. Disclaimer: Mom Central Consulting received a Nestle Crunch Paul Frank gift basket to facilitate this review.    
One lucky Mom Central reader will win a $30 coupon from the National Pork Board. Take a look at one of the latest recipes from Pork Be Inspired and enter to win a coupon to help you with your next ham dinner!
The BabyGiraffe provides mothers with a convenient companion to hold their baby’s toys, bottles, sunshades, and other necessities while traveling. This super sturdy clamp with a strong, yet easily bendable spine attaches securely to any stroller, car seat, high chair, bassinet, or crib. Read more about the BabyGiraffe and enter to win one for yourself!  
Famosa, a leading European based toy company, developed Pinypon to provide children with an easier way to imagine and create with mini dolls for their little hands. The dolls’ interchangeable figures enable children to create new characters and stories. Read more about the Pinypon line and enter to win a prize pack containing two Pinypon dolls and a caravan.