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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 samples to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. Soon many of us will be making resolutions to choose foods that are healthier for ourselves and our families. While we know it’s best to opt for healthier choices, it really helps us make these decisions when these “better for you” options are actually delicious! We recently discovered a line of “better for you” snacks that is tastier than many of our favorite traditional snacks that are higher in fat – Snikiddy. Snikiddy was founded in 2006 with the goal of offering simple, wholesome and real products that families will enjoy. One of our favorite snacks within the Snikiddy family is the Baked Fries. As fans of savory snacks, these are a delicious alternative to greasier fries and chips. The Baked Fries are available in some unique flavors, including Bold Buffalo, Sea Salt and Barbeque. Our top pick here at Influence Central is the Bold Buffalo. These Baked Fries feel like a healthier way of consuming some of our favorite flavors!
Loftek Starry String LED Lights
Influence Central received samples of Loftek Starry String LED Lights in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Decorating for the holidays brings that cozy, warm, and cheerful seasonal sentiment into any space, even when the freezing temperatures drop outside. The Loftek Starry String LED Lights add a charming, compliment-worthy finishing touch to holiday decorating. These waterproof, heat-insulated, dainty mini string lights comes in bright, festive hues. The string of lights emits beautiful, fun colors that capture the holiday feel and are lightweight and extremely easy to install. The delicate-looking copper wire holds up strong and bends, allowing flexibility for wrapping around trees, mantels, and other structures. They come with an outlet plug at one end and a protected free end at the other that does not require a second plug-in, allowing you to bend and twist the wire to fit wherever you would like to decorate.
Holiday Shopping Ideas from GameStop
Influence Central received gift codes to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. We know that many good boys and girls (of all ages!) will be adding the hottest games and electronics to their holiday wish lists. If you’re looking for a retailer that carries the season’s hottest new releases, pay a visit to GameStop, where shoppers will find excellent holiday deals and the top  new releases to keep gift-ers and gift-ees alike happy.
Join us for the Salvation Army #RedKettleReason Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We’ll be chatting about the importance of teaching our children to show care and compassion for fellow community-members and the value of “giving back” this holiday season, highlighting Salvation Army’s Red Kettle initiative. To see why other people are giving back this year, visit! Leave your reasons as well! Date: Wednesday, December 17th 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @SalvationArmyUS Party Hashtag: #RedKettleReason Prizes: Two (2) pre-party winners and six (6) party winners will be randomly selected to receive $50 Amazon gift codes (Winners are restricted to the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia.)
No Stains for the Holiday Season with This #HowToTuesday Life Hack
Disclosure: Amex EveryDay “At Your Service” is a client of Mom Central Consulting. It happens at least once during the holiday season – a big, colorful mess takes place during the most inconvenient time or location. The animated guest who talks with his hands and connects with your glass of red wine – and your new cream-colored lace top. The squabbling nephews who turn a previously pristine tablecloth into a kaleidoscope of colors – and you find it hours later buried under a pile of napkins. Before you know it, you find yourself stepping back from holiday festivities to mop up a big mess, and deal with the after-effects of an unexpected stain.
Magical Meringue Cookies on #HowToTuesday
Disclosure: Amex EveryDay “At Your Service” is a client of Mom Central Consulting. Sometimes when I cook or bake, I don’t mind spending all day in the kitchen, pulling out endless ingredients and whipping up complex creations. Yet at other times – for example, during the busy holiday season – it can be a challenge to find the time to devote to a more complicated recipe. Moreover, the holidays represent the one time of year where we find ourselves needing a festive, no-fuss, and great-tasting recipe that we can take to everything from cookie exchanges to holiday open houses.
The following featured posts are clients of Influence Central For our second installment of Influencer Spotlights we are featuring three women who have done an excellent job spreading holiday cheer over this past month. To take a peek at what makes the Project Team at Influence Central jolly, check out the posts from Jamie of Makeup, Life and Love, Linda of Burlap + Blue and Shannon of The Simple Moms below.   “I literally am one to smile 99.9% of the time…”
With Pride in AEROSOLES Boots
Influence Central received samples of the With Pride boots to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. At Influence Central, we always get excited for boot season. We love wearing boots with our favorite pairs of jeans, dresses – and pretty much all our favorite looks these days! For those of us who are constantly on the go, it’s important to find a boot that we can wear from day to night – especially since boots aren’t the easiest thing to stash in our purses or totes! We are loving the new With Pride style from AEROSOLES for its comfort, versatility and look! The boots feature a rounded toe and stylish wraparound ankle strap with buckle – definitely an attention-grabber. The soles of these boots feature AEROSOLES’ diamond flex support – one of our favorite features, so we can walk around the city all day without any pain or discomfort.
CARGO Swimmables Bronzer
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. From a fashion-forward night out on the town, to a bright look for a day out with friends, CARGO Cosmetics, one of our favorite makeup brands, has a great line of products for every occasion. We know that beauty trends are constantly evolving, and CARGO is able to stay on top of new looks, while remaining a reliable brand that actually feels good when the products are on your skin! When colder weather has us bundled up with only our face showing, we’re sometimes more compelled to ensure that we add an extra swipe of brush or mascara, which is why we love some of these CARGO items.
Holiday Gifting Ideas from Lands’ End
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. We recommend checking out Lands’ End for convenient shopping without having to fight the crowds, and uncover some truly unique and personalized gift ideas for those on your holiday list! There were so many great gifts to choose from on Lands’ End, and organized in some easy-to-follow categories, from Stocking Stuffers, Chocolates and Treats, Gifts for Him and even gifts for our family dogs! One of our favorite aspects of Lands’ End gifts for the holidays is the personalized monogramming that is available on many items at an affordable price. Whether you’re adding a single initial or three, you can choose the placement, colors, and other details about the monogram for a truly personalized touch. I’m excited to browse through some of Lands’ End’s accessories and potentially monogram some beautiful leather gloves for those on my shopping list for a gift that really stands out!
Celebrating #HowToTuesday with Turkey & Veggie Chili
Disclosure: Amex EveryDay “At Your Service” is a client of Mom Central Consulting. With temperatures beginning their December plummet, this month represents the perfect time for we Moms to expand our repertoire of comfort food. A few weeks ago, we discovered a favorite new macaroni ‘n’ cheese recipe, and this week on #HowToTuesday, we whipped up a warm-you-all-over batch of Turkey and Veggie Chili. Our culinary adventure began with a #HowToTuesday box filled to the brim with key ingredients to create a bubbling batch of chili. The Amex EveryDay “At Your Service” team included tri-color dried beans, olive oil, key spices – cumin, chili powder, and oregano – and a set of four soup/chili bowls.
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