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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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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: 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.
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.
As part of the Woman’s Day Red Dress awards, the National Pork Board created a “Dressed for Health” kit filled with heart-healthy essentials including coupons to purchase lean cuts of pork, the “Go Red” black tote bag from the American Heart Association, a BPA-free water bottle, a pedometer, digital meat thermometer, a booklet with the recipes served at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards, and the New American Heart Association Cookbook – filled with over 600 healthy recipes. Read more and enter to win a "Dressed for Health" kit for yourself!      
Finding a snack that satisfies your sweet cravings while still offering some nutritional value presents a daily challenge for many of us. Known for their expansive line of pudding and gelatin options, Jell-O is adding two new flavors to their line of guilt-free pudding snacks. Comprised of dual layers of varying texture, the new S’more and Strawberry Sundae pudding snacks from Jell-O both live up to their namesakes. Made from real milk and no artificial sweeteners, these snacks from Jell-O offer a healthier alternative to the desserts they are derived from. Both new flavors contain fewer than 3 grams of fat and only 110 calories per serving. With a marshmallow-flavored top layer and sweet chocolate layer below, the S’more pudding tastes just like the real deal. Light and airy, the top layer captures the texture of mousse, while the bottom layer has thicker, pudding-like consistency. The distinct flavor of graham crackers also comes through strongly, despite the lack of actual graham cracker bits.
Friends of mine would probably select the word “crafty” if given a list of adjectives to describe me. I can wield a glue gun with the best of them, have an entire section of a closet devoted to my craft supplies, and can wire a bow like a pro. My sons, however, aren’t charged up by the idea of crafts. They would rather build with LEGOs or Tinkertoys or run around outside. They just don’t usually gravitate to craft projects.   In the middle of a rainy day this weekend, when train tracks were laid all over the family room floor and our playroom needed a serious ten-minute-tidy-up, I called my boys to the kitchen table. “Boys! Come and decorate these ears with me!”  
My husband and I have different ideas of what defines a great movie. He just enjoys a different genre than I do. When "The Muppets" came to theaters I felt thrilled to see it and waited for the release with anticipation like I was eight years old again. My husband is a long-time Muppets fan like I am and I was excited to see a movie we were both sure to enjoy! Well, it turns out this movie fell into the category of ones we couldn’t agree on.   When I got the chance to review this film, I jumped at the chance –I wanted to see it again and thought a he said/she said review would be fun. I also wanted to give the movie a second chance since I wasn’t a huge fan when I first saw it. HE SAID
Finding stylish and flattering clothes remains a constant battle for new Moms and Moms to be. The new Molly Ades Maternity collection provides Moms with flattering and comfortable clothing for their changing bodies during pregnancy, nursing, and the months following. Read more about the collection, and enter to win one of the pieces for yourself!
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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.