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By Stephanie Kaufman 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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Join us on Thursday, April 17th for the Kohl's #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST to chat about kids fashion trends this season and how Kohl’s new Jumping Beans “Americana” line from @Disney fits all occasions for summer fun.   What: #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party When: Thursday, April 17th, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM EST Hashtag: #MagicAtPlay Moderator: @MomCentral Special Guest: @Kohls Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 Kohl's Gift Card. Questions: Contact Kasey Hallion (khallion@momcentral.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Finsh Power & Free
Disclosure: I am 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. For any passionate home cook, no better feeling exists than finding a new recipe – whether from a magazine, a new cookbook, or an online site – and having everyone at the table declare it’s a “keeper.” You start thinking about the next time you can make it, whether or not it would work for company, and, the most fun of all, who you can share it with. But as satisfying as the recipe hunt can be, an equally great feeling surrounds classic family recipes – those tried-and-true favorites that work in a pinch, continue to wow company, and appeal to everyone’s palate. In my food-oriented family, we have an endless supply of cookbooks and so many favorite recipes that my husband created an online database in Dropbox to house them all. But even with a repertoire of that size, if we think about it, we have a handful of long-term, go-to recipes that always delight and never disappoint. Here are two favorites:
Zooligans
Mom Central received a complimentary pair of Zooligans shoes to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Now that my kids are older (6 and 3), their independence has grown leaps and bounds by the day as I find myself entering into a new phase of parenting. No longer am I in charge of their every step and move, and rather I have to practice that balancing act of letting them test their own boundaries and limits, while also keeping them safe.
Lands’ End’s spring scarves and sandals
Mom Central received samples from the Spring Accessories Collection from Lands’ End to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own After what has felt like one of the longest winters we’ve had in some time – at least for those of us in the northeast and midwest – we couldn’t be more excited to welcome spring. It’s a season of spending more time outdoors, bright flowers coming to bloom, and putting away those heavy winter jackets, sweaters and clunky boots! As we’re transitioning our wardrobe to suit the season, we’re delighted to see beautiful bright colors transpire through the Lands’ End Spring accessories catalog. From flirty florals to bright solid hues, there are many items that grabbed our attention and got us even more excited for the change of weather.
Boston Celtics, Boys & Girls Club & Nesquik
Mom Central received complimentary tickets to attend this Celtics game. All opinions are our own. As every Bostonian knows, we love our sports in this city. The contagious energy, the roaring of a crowd, nothing beats watching our teams play in this city. Recently, some of the Mom Central team had the pleasure of attending a Celtics game where we learned all about Nesquik’s ongoing partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of America. With the goal of reinforcing the importance of fun and daily physical activity for kids, Nesquik has partnered with professional sports teams and chapters of the Boys & Girls Club to help drive this mission home.
Join us on Tuesday, April 15th for the #GWXPowerofNature Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET. We will be chatting about simple ways to be green without having to be extreme! Before the party, watch the new Green Works “Power of Nature in Every Bottle” vine videos to learn more about the Green Works line of all-purpose cleaners. Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 Time: 1-2 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @greenworks Party Hashtag: #GWXPowerofNature Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 gift code. Questions: Contact Emily Hobbs (ehobbs@momcentral.com)
Wilton Ametale Fish Grilling Pan
Mom Central received a Wilton Armetale Fish Grilling Pan during a recent visit to the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. All opinions are our own. With temperatures rising and the sun staying out longer, it’s a great time of year to entertain guests. Whether it’s a backyard BBQ or a family dinner party, I always strive to have all the bases covered when it comes to cooking supplies. I recently discovered the Wilton Armetale Fish Grilling Pan from JCPenney that I cannot wait to use. It’s perfect for both casual and upscale entertaining.
claritin minnie driver
Mom Central attended an event for Claritin and Rails-to-Trails to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. It’s hard to believe that there are people who may not share in the excitement of the temperatures warming, the trees turning green, and the flowers blooming. But for the nearly 75 million allergy sufferers in America, this time of year doesn’t always call for celebration when it comes with red, itchy eyes, runny noses, and more.
Join us on Thursday, April 10th for the Seventh Generation #FightToxins Twitter Party from 2-3 PM ET. We will be chatting about the importance of chemical reform and using natural products to lead a green and healthy life! Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014 Time: 2-3 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @SeventhGen Party Hashtag: #FightToxins Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 gift code. Questions: Contact Emily Hobbs (ehobbs@momcentral.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Join us on Tuesday, April 8th for the #OceanPotion Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET. We will be chatting about protecting your family’s skin while having fun in the sun and how Ocean Potion sunscreen can help protect and nourish your skin! Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Time: 1-2 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @OPotionSunscrn Party Hashtag: #OceanPotion Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive an Ocean Potion prize pack, consisting of a $50 gift code and Ocean Potion products. Questions: Contact Emily Hobbs (ehobbs@momcentral.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Mom Central received a Herbal Concepts Fan Shoulder Wrap to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. I’m prone to getting tight muscles, kinks and spasms in my neck, lucky me! It’s the place where I tend to hold most of my stress. The discomfort usually creeps in over time, and takes some time to have the pain get better. While taking some ibuprofen helps, the other magic solution is heat. But the question becomes how can you carry on a regular day, at the computer, helping the kids, or running errands with a heating pad that won’t stay in place? The other morning I woke up with a horrible kink in my neck. I was so afraid to move in any way since I didn’t want the pain and discomfort to get worse. Getting dressed and drying my hair were a bit of a challenge, but I had to get to work but I was so afraid the pain and twinge in my neck was going to get worse. I thought I had a heating pad at the office, but it wasn’t at my desk. Thankfully, my colleague had a Herbal Concepts Fan Shoulder Wrap for me to use. It literally saved me!
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