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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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  Oh no! Your shopping’s not done??! (Don’t worry, ours isn’t either!) Mom Central knows the holidays can be a hectic time, and Zulily is a retailer obsessed with bringing moms special finds every day at incredible prices. Together, we’re helping busy moms get a jump-start on holiday shopping with these two amazing opportunities: Twitter Party When: Wednesday Nov. 26 at 9:00pm ET Where: Twitter at #ShopZulily Why: Fabulous prizes & great convo How: Just join in! No RSVP required Canadian Residents: Rules & Regulations US Residents: Rules & Regulations
Join us on Tuesday, November 25th for Kohl’s #KohlsBlackFriday Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET! We’ll be chatting about getting a jump-start on holiday shopping by heading to Kohl’s this Black Friday and sharing our favorite tips when shopping during the busiest time of year.
Creating the Ultimate Comfort Food with Amex EveryDay “At Your Service”
Disclosure: Amex Everyday “At Your Service” is a client of Mom Central Consulting. Every Mom knows the power that lies within macaroni ‘n’ cheese. It proves time and again to be the one dish that all kids will eat and possesses the ability to both soothe and celebrate whatever our kids’ may be dealing with at any given moment. It also can be found universally on kids’ menus no matter a restaurant’s genre. It’s also a dish that’s coming into its own as adult fare. We now see gourmet versions in both high-end restaurants and cookbooks – whether featuring combinations of artisanal cheeses or decadent additions such as lobster, pancetta, or shaved truffles. Surprise & Delight
At the beginning of the year, I decided to try and go as paperless as possible. That meant moving my online account statements into electronic form but also scanning documents and filing them as soon they are received.  This is my second attempt to go paperless – my first was in 2012 but the scanner software was so cumbersome and buggy that I gave up after two months. So before the year began, I sorted out what I needed. Namely: - A personal scanner that could handle everything from multi-page documents to credit card receipts. Specifically, the scanner’s software had to be powerful, intuitive and work on my Mac - Some method of electronically capturing and archiving all of my account statements. Even though the scanner is critical, if I could eliminate the bulk of the paper generated by bank accounts and credit card statements that would really help.
Burton kids' Riglet Board Snowboard
Influencer Central received some samples from Burton to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. We’ve started to see our first signs of snow here in the Northeast already. Despite making for a potentially messier wintry commute, this time of year is really exciting, because that means it’s almost time to partake in our favorite winter sports! Mountains in the Northeast have already opened up for the season, and I’m excited to plan my first snowboarding trip of the season! Spending time on the mountains is one of my favorite winter pastimes. The feeling of starting your day taking in the fresh mountain air (and fresh powder!) is exhilarating. I can’t wait for the season to start each year. This year I’m even more excited to start the season, as we got the chance to try out some of the best snowboarding gear from Burton for moms and our little ones! If you’re thinking about starting to teach your little one how to snowboard this year, be sure to check out all the learning gear that Burton has to offer.
Carousel Design’s Nursery Designer
Sarah Ann’s choices from Carousel Design’s Nursery Designer
Influence Central received a complimentary sample from the Nursery Designer by Carousel Designs in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed here are our own. When preparing for a new baby, creating a cozy and peaceful space for yourself and your little one proves essential. Your first cherished memories and moments at home will be inside your nursery. Every new mom wants a space where her child instantly feels warm, comfortable, and safe—fabulous, on-trend decor isn’t bad either! Enter Carousel Designs: they created their Nursery Designer, a virtual design service, to allow you to design your child’s crib so that your nursery becomes a beautiful and custom space.
70 Park, the view from Park Avenue
70 Park, the view from Park Avenue
Influence Central was offered a media rate at the 70 Park Avenue Hotel in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. In a city characterized for its business, ambition, and vibrant culture, it often proves difficult to find needed relaxation among the hustle and bustle of New York City life. A Kimpton Hotel, the 70 Park Avenue Hotel offers deluxe, cozy, and relaxing accommodations for your next weekend away from it all. Hotels in New York City often offer cramped spaces that detract from the entire idea of a vacation. Not only does The 70 Park Avenue Hotel provides larger rooms, the hotel even offers double rooms, which are extremely difficult to find in New York, especially outside of Times Square.
November Influencer Spotlights
We’re so excited to roll out a new Influencer Spotlight series sharing some of our most favorite posts from the previous month! To kick off November, we’ve featured three fantastic ladies in our community, Dawn of Mama Harris’ Kitchen, Debra of Housewife Eclectic and Stephanie of Mammamoiselle. To see what they’ve been up to, check out what we enjoyed reading below. “And then I discovered hummus.”
Join us for the Duracell, Toys 'R' Us and Hasbro #TRUBatteriesIncluded Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We’ll be chatting about preparing our households for the holidays with the help of @Duracell @ToysRUs and @HasbroNews. Date: Thursday, November 20th 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Duracell and @ToysRUs Party Hashtag: #TRUBatteriesIncluded
Holiday Season Travel Style with Zappos
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it we’re in the holiday season. The day before Thanksgiving is consistently THE busiest travel day of the year in the US, so whether you are traveling by car, train or plane, I'm sure you are starting to prep for the big day. ‘Tis the season! I always want to be comfortable when I travel, but also don't want to completely sacrifice style in the process. I love seeing the glamorous photos of air travel from the 1960s. While things have changed a bit and dressing to the nines is no longer practical or realistic, traveling is still an exciting event that we don’t need to save for our sweatpants and old tees. Many top designers are creating pieces that will help us stay comfortable while still looking chic – and it just takes a little pre-planning to find an outfit that will keep travel well!
Join us tomorrow for the Sony PlayStation #LittleBigPlanet3 Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET! We will be chatting with @LittleBigPlanet all about the creativity that sprouts from LittleBigPlanet, and how it fits into gift-giving this holiday season! What: #LittleBigPlanet3 Twitter Party When: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET Hashtag: #LittleBigPlanet3 Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Team: @LittleBigPlanet
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