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Mom Central was invited to a media event to cover the opening of Legoland Discovery Center. All opinions are our own. My four-year-old is a girly girl. Something about the insistence of tutus, tiaras and impromptu renditions of Frozen’s “Let It Go” in the supermarket aisles makes me scratch my head and wonder how she got this way. So when we were invited to go check out the new Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville, MA, I worried she might be bored. Sure, we play with Legos at home, but only the pink ones.
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JVC HD Everio Camcorder
Mom Central received a complimentary JVC HD Everio Camcorder in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Does it seem like everyone’s got a smartphone nowadays? They’re super-handy for so many things, not least of all capturing spur-of-the-moment photos and videos! When it comes to capturing important life events like weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversary parties, and family vacations (think: wet, sandy, far away, crowded and/or noisy!), my smartphone is just not an option for me. Fumbling with my delicate, breakable iPhone is not what I want to be doing when among a bustling parade crowd or on a misty, sandy beach, capturing the moment my girlfriend surfs her first big wave!  As it is, I have found myself at the Genius Bar in the Mac Store and facing a complete phone replacement more times than I care to admit, and that’s just from everyday use!
Clothesline Sandals from AEROSOLES
Mom Central received AEROSOLES shoes to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own. Some of our favorite summer colors were navy and white – and we found the perfect sandals to complement these seasonal looks (and our favorite outfits) from AEROSOLES! The Clothesline Sandals are quite possibly the most comfortable summer shoe around. We wore these all over town, on vacation, and then some. The plush sole serves as an excellent cushion for your foot, with much more support than a standard flip flop. There’s no uncomfortable thong between the toes. The zipper closure and wrap-around heel strap makes it easy to wear these shoes on the go – there’s no stopping your stride! If you’re in the market for another summer heel, we recommend the Plush Around! We have these shoes in navy, which matches our favorite summer outfits.
Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi – A Tasty Recipe from Envirokidz!
Mom Central received samples of Envirokidz cereal to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Looking for a fun way to make lunchtime snacks more exciting for the kids – or even to entertain your adult friends? We love the creative recipes featured on Envirokidz’ website, and feel even better about eating these products knowing that they are healthy for us – and the planet. All of Envirokidz’ cereals are organic, vegan and packed with eight grams of whole grains. They are also low in fat, gluten- and wheat-free and trans-fat free. Kids will find them tasty (and us adults do, too!) and we can feel great about serving organic and non-GMO cereals that the whole family can enjoy. We also love that Nature’s Path donates 1% of sales to help the planet.
Viking's Stainless Steel 8" Fry Pan
Mom Central received a complimentary 8-inch fry pan from Viking in order to facilitate this review. All of the ideas expressed are our own. Stainless steel fry pans have always been the chef’s go-to for the most flavorful searing and browning of fish, meat and vegetables. The Viking brand, known for its high-end, professional stainless steel kitchen appliances, has expanded its product line to include a set of cookware ideal for the serious chef in each of us. The Viking 8-inch Fry Pan’s three-ply construction conducts heat evenly and quickly, delivering superb cooking results. The Viking performs well in high temperatures, on both regular and induction stovetops as well as in the oven.
Join us on Friday, August 22nd for the Pull-Ups #PullUpsBigKidAcademy Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET!  We will be chatting with @PullUpsBigKid all about transitioning into the potty training phase with your toddler with special potty training tips and stories. Join the #PullUpsBigKidAcademy Twitter Party to discuss potty training tips and stories!
Join us on Thursday, August 21st for The Teavana #TeavanaChaiDays Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET! We will be chatting with @Teavana all about chai and Teavana’s new fall flavors and tea drinking rituals. Plus we’re giving a special peek into the Chai Day deal available at Teavana every Friday in August. What: #TeavanaChaiDays Twitter Party When: Thursdsay, August 21, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET Hashtag: #TeavanaChaiDays
Join us for a #WhatsYourFlavor Twitter Party tomorrow at 1:00PM EST to learn about Hood’s eight delicious cottage cheese flavors.  We’ll share fun questions to help you decide which flavor is perfect for you, and smart suggestions for easy recipes and pairings.
 What: Hood Cottage Cheese #WhatsYourFlavor Twitter Party When: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM EST Hashtag: #WhatsYourFlavor Moderator: @MomCentral Brand: @HPHood Special Guest: Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., @EWardRD Prizes: Six people will win a $50 Amazon gift code during the hour-long party. We’ll also be giving away two $50 Amazon gift codes for tweeting before the party. Hood will also be giving away twenty free coupons for Hood Cottage Cheese to new followers.
 7-inch Swiss Diamond Fry Pan
Mom Central received a complimentary 7-inch Fry Pan from Swiss diamond in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. If the brand Swiss Diamond sounds familiar, it’s likely due to its reputation of having patented a nonstick cookware technology created with real diamond crystals. When I was given their 7-inch fry pan to try, I decided to put this award-winning nonstick surface to the test, by cooking oil-free. The 7-inch Swiss Diamond Fry Pan sautés ingredients, and cooks up side dishes and small meals with ease. It also moves effortlessly from stovetop to oven, so you’ve only got one pan to wash when you’re done! Unlike lesser-quality pans on the market, it’s completely free of potentially-harmful PFOA chemicals and is constructed with pressure-cast aluminum for even cooking and a long life.
Pierce’s Scaly Adventures
As we move toward full-scale back-to-school season, kids soon will begin more traditional, in-class academics. Yet another approach to learning takes place each week on Pierce’s Scaly Adventures, a television show where the Curren family interacts with some of the most exotic animals in America. Inspired by their son’s love for all things reptile, the Currens – son Pierce, Mom Tanya, and Dad Rick – decided to share that passion with kids across the country and launched Pierce’s Scaly Adventures. The show offers educational information on a variety of animals, their habitats, and conservation-related issues, while also showing how much we can learn by simply getting outdoors.
Stainless Steel Square Griddle from 360 Cookware
Mom Central received a complimentary Square Griddle from 360 Cookware in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. As fall draws near, my family grows busier every day, and I need a pan that I can rely on for when I need to make a quick meal in a rush, whether that be breakfast or a late dinner. Even with the return-to-routine that autumn brings, finding the time to whip up creative and tasty dishes often eludes me. The Stainless Steel Square Griddle from 360 Cookware offers a safe, even and efficient cooking surface for almost any meal, busy, weekday time constraints be gone! This versatile, square griddle has become my go-to for full weekend breakfasts for the family, with the gorgeous, stainless steel surface perfect for even-heat cooking across its 11-inch dimensions. With this pan, I easily cook up bacon, eggs, and even French toast in just a matter of minutes.
Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Mavea Water Filtration Pitcher in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. We drink a lot of water at our house, which means we need a water filtration system that can stand up to our demand, and not stand empty after it makes it only halfway around the dinner table! The Mavea’s Elemaris System offers a sleek, reliable, and intelligent design. This water-filtration pitcher looks like a stylish serving piece, begging not to be shoved in the back of your refrigerator, but rather brought to the dinner table for your family and guests to enjoy. I’ve used other filtration pitchers before, and my least favorite aspect lies in having to refill them by taking the entire system apart. With an automatic pour-through lid, the Mavea leaves no watery mess on your counter, and its Smart Meter status screen right on the lid tells you the condition of the filter.
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