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Disclosure: I’m part of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms and received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review, as well as compensation. The opinions expressed here are my own. Here in the Northeast, our year started off with a flurry of snowstorms and bone-chilling temperatures sparked by the ubiquitous Polar Vortex. While my family loves winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, we also enjoy hunkering down with a hearty meal in front of a roaring fire when the temperatures plummet and winds begin howling. Food plays an enormous role in our lives. So much so that my husband and I view both cooking and eating as significant activities. In fact, as 2014 began, I resolved to cook more hearty vegetarian fare at least once a week and when the air turned frigid, I used it as an opportunity to explore more soups and stews.
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Disclosure: Johnson’s Baby is a client of Mom Central Consulting. Each new baby begins life with a promise from Mom – a promise to love, care, and cuddle, as well as to create a happy, healthy, and peaceful home. We’ll do anything for our babies – rock them endlessly so they’ll wind down gently into their afternoon nap, take them for midnight drives to soothe their colic, and read story after story so they’ll ease into a deep, restful sleep. Despite our boundless love for our babies and our enduring efforts each day, few things prove more worrisome than the early days of motherhood. We have so many goals and so many wishes we hope to fulfill – yet worry can rise up so easily. Are we doing the right thing? Have we learned to decipher what each cry and whimper means?
Mom Central received complimentary AEROSOLES sandals to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Summer is filled with bright colors, exciting prints, and bold colors. I love mixing our favorite prints and patterns, but often have to be careful with my corresponding footwear! I was excited to discover a few pairs of neutral heels from AEROSOLES that are perfect for the summer season. While stylish on their own, they’re neutral enough to complement my favorite summer looks.
TakeYa Iced Tea Bellini
Mom Central received complimentary Takeya Iced Tea samples in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. After our first review of the TakeYa Iced Tea System, the product became a necessity at the Mom Central office. With fresh-brewed iced tea every day, we have battled the humidity and heat of the Boston summer with a variety of delicious flavors. This summer, TakeYa offers two delicious tastes in Hibiscus Pomegranate and Tropical Black Iced Tea. We already know that TakeYa has delicious flavors and a unique, quick way to brew iced tea. This summer, TakeYa offers us an experience, providing ideas for DIY recipes and other adorable ways to make your iced tea even better on those hot days at home.
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This Party Has Concluded. Join us on Friday, July 18th for the Huggies and Costco #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET. We’ll be chatting about Moms personal experiences with little ones in diapers and sharing information about exclusive Huggies® products available at Costco.     What: #SnugandDryPlus Twitter Party When: Friday, July 18, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET Hashtag: #SnugandDryPlus Moderator: @MomCentral
This Party Has Concluded. Join us for a Kohl’s  #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We will be chatting about the release of @DisneyPictures new Planes: Fire & Rescue movie and the Jumping Beans line available @Kohls. Plus we’re giving a special peek into the movie ticket stub deal available at @Kohls from 7/18-7/26. Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Kohls Party Hashtag: #MagicAtPlay Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card every ten minutes.
This Party Has Concluded. Join TYLENOL® on Wednesday, July 16 in celebrating children’s healthy milestones as we learn tips for keeping our children healthy and smiling with pediatrician and mom, Dr. Tanya Altmann (@DrMommyCalls). The SMILING IT FORWARD™ program is a chance to learn how moms like you experience one of your child’s milestones with joy, while supporting Children’s Health Fund! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes!  NoPurNec18+ See Below For Rules In order to be eligible to win prizes during this Twitter Party, you must do the following:
Finish Power & Free
Disclosure: I’m part of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms and received complimentary product samples to facilitate this review, as well as compensation. The opinions expressed here are my own. As funny as this may sound after experiencing the longest winter in recent memory, I absolutely love the change of seasons. Even when that change brings on bitingly cold New England winters, a new season means I get the chance to cook, create, and spend time with my family in a whole new way. As our days become filled with sunshine, I constantly think of new summer dishes and delicious meals to fit a new season of warmth and adventure.
Varda Epstein
Periodically, Mom Central poses five questions to individuals or organizations to gain insights, wisdom, and a better understanding of key issues facing today’s families. Recently, we checked in with Varda Epstein, Communications Writer and Blogger with Kars4Kids, on topics ranging from parenting to philanthropy to the importance of unconditional love. Here are her responses to our five questions: 1. Tell us about Kars4Kids — what's the mission? It’s all about leveling the playing field by providing the extra something that a child needs, but lacks for one reason or another. For example, a child may need homework help or a mentor. An inner-city child can receive a scholarship to attend a summer camp where opportunities abound: a chance to play sports never played before; an opportunity to learn, firsthand, where such foodstuffs as milk and eggs come from – firsthand attention he craves but may not be getting at home.
New Balance Girls’ Night Out!
Spending time with friends after work and other obligations is always something we want to make time for. Taking that time to catch up with my friends and loved ones not only helps me have fun and relax, but also helps me keep in touch despite our busy schedules. As great as it is to read updates on social media, it certainly doesn’t replace our time in person! Sometimes it’s a juggle to make time for fun after work, as one of the other ways I de-stress and keep up my fitness routine is through exercise. I’m a member of a gym and enjoy taking cardio dance, spinning, yoga and strength training classes. I love inviting friends to join me for these programs so that we can get our workout in, and then have a healthy dinner afterwards, but sometimes this poses a challenge, as not everyone is a member of the same fitness facility.
Providence, RI
Mom Central received complimentary lodging. All opinions expressed are our own. Even in the summer, every day seems busier than the last, and we rarely get the time to think about vacations, much less actually take them. So when the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Rhode Island invited Mom Central to come to Providence, I welcomed the break. The close proximity to Boston makes Providence an attractive getaway option. Without needing a car, you can get to Providence directly from Boston courtesy of the MBTA, arriving in a little over an hour. With amazing nightlife, delicious food, and activities for the entire family, my boyfriend and I experienced a weekend of pure fun and relaxation.
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