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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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Join us on Tuesday, September 30th for the Urbini #GetFitWithAvi Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST to chat about how Moms like to stay active while taking care of their little ones and how the Urbini Avi Jogger is a great fit for Moms that want to get out and get fit while taking their baby along.  Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @UrbiniBaby Party Hashtag: #GetFitWithAvi  
Me Ra Koh’s Your Child in Pictures
Influence Central received a complimentary copy of Me Ra Koh’s book in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Me Ra Koh, a veteran child and family photographer and an experienced photo expert for shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Nate Berkus Show, touches on the commitment of parenting when she states, “Being a parent in today’s world is not for the faint of heart.” This is how Koh introduces her book, Your Child in Pictures, an aesthetically beautiful and in-depth parental guide to photographing toddlers and children from age one to ten. Not only does the book include many stunning photos from Koh’s own collection of work, but it also touches on the behaviors of children that we universally adore, and that can make photographing them both difficult and rewarding.
Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch!
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch! in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Contrary to what many believe, fruit flies in our kitchen are not a reflection of the cleanliness of our home or of our fruits and vegetables, but are a healthy, normal part of our kitchen environment. That said, they remain an annoyance. For years, Aunt Fannie’s has created home products made of entirely natural materials, and Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch!, a revolutionary product to evict your home of fruit flies, proves no different.
Join us on Friday, September 26th for the Kohl’s #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party from 1-2PM ET! We will be chatting with @Kohls about fall fashion and the new DesignNation Elie Tahari collection available at Kohl’s. The season’s changing and it’s time for a new wardrobe! Join the #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party to discuss our favorite clothing items and the new fall fashion looks this season. What: #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party When: Friday, September 26 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET Hashtag: #ElieTahariforKohls Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Team: @Kohls
Contigo West Loop Travel Mug
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the West Loop travel mug in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. As my fall calendar becomes busier, I’m thankful for small luxuries like a steaming cup of my favorite home-brewed coffee. School and work commitments ramp up with the advent of autumn weather, so I often enjoy my cuppa on-the-go. Contigo, the #1 selling line of travel mugs, developed a travel mug that proves perfect for my busy days: stylish, easy to handle, leak-proof and easy to clean. Contigo uses durable materials that withstand the hustle and bustle of a busy family. From carpooling, running errands, or standing on the sidelines of a chilly soccer field on all-too-early Saturday mornings, Contigo appreciates the need for gear that can deal with whatever our busy lives can throw at it.
iRobot Roomba 650
Influence Central received a complimentary iRobot Roomba 650 in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. With fall officially underway, finding time to clean and maintain a home proves extremely difficult. As life becomes busier and the number of activities our children participate in increase, chores can get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. For me, since vacuuming takes so much time and energy, I often bump it off the list in favor of more time spent my family. With the iRobot Roomba 650, this proves no longer a problem, as I can work a full day and come home to a house that has essentially cleaned itself.
Generations Riveria Maya: Karisma Eko Chefs
I received a complimentary press trip to the new Generations Riviera Maya hotel for the launch of the Little Eko Chefs program. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I just got back from Generations Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean where I got to experience their new amazing culinary experience for kids: Little Eko Chefs. This newest hotel outpost in Mexico by Karisma hotels lives up to the impeccable style of Karisma beach hotels along the Mexican Riveria such as gorgeous modern rooms, each with a full on view of the ocean, lovely swimming pool and swim up bar, fantastic kids club and impeccable gourmet dining at five gorgeous on property restaurants. My visit was part of a press trip to the newly opened Generations Resorts by Karisma that highlighted the resort’s Eko Kids Club – a wonderful service offering supervised activities for children, ages 4 to 12, in an ideal huge play space – as well as its new amazing culinary learning experience for kids – Little Eko Chefs.
Generations Riviera Maya
I received a complimentary press trip to Generations Riviera Maya. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I just got back from Generations Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean – the newest resort outpost by Karisma Hotels & Resorts nestled in the midst of the breathtaking Riviera Maya. Generations offers up a luxurious all-inclusive beachfront resort surrounded by palm trees, warm breezes, and picture-perfect ocean views. Just a quick drive down the coast from the Cancun airport, you get there in about 20 minutes.
Join us on Tuesday, September 16th for the Family Dollar #FDGameDay Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST to chat about your family's game day traditions and how to throw a great get-together with party essentials sold at Family Dollar, from Pepsi and Tostitos to Bounty and Tide! What: #FDGameDay Twitter Party When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM EST Hashtag: #FDGameDay Moderator: @MomCentral Special Guest: @Pizzazzerie Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $100 Family Dollar gift card. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected to receive a $250 Family Dollar gift card. Questions: Contact Stacy Yanofsky (syanofsky@influence-central.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Beka Tri-Lux Conical Saucepan
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Beka Tri-Lux 8-inch Conical Saucepan in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Internationally-respected brand Beka has become staple cookware in kitchens of professional chefs around the world. Beka’s Eco-Logic mission creates the foundation for reliable and durable products, promising customers that what they manufacture will save energy, efficiency, and time. The Beka Tri-Lux Conical Saucepan aligns with that promise, providing a professional quality piece of cookware that proves good for our food, as well as good for our environment.
Circulon Symmetry 4.5 Quart Chef Pan
Mom Central received a complimentary Symmetry 4.5 Quart Chef Pan from Circulon in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. We all know how important sitting down for a family meal is. Dinnertime creates the perfect opportunity to reconnect and recharge with our loved ones, keep informed on our goings-on, model manners for our children, share ideas, stories and values, encourage healthy eating and more. The problem is that sometimes we have so much going on that the idea of a sit-down meal remains just that: an idea. At the end of a busy day, the prospect of cooking a home-cooked meal can be positively daunting.
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