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Mom Central received a complimentary JVC HD Everio Camcorder in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Does it seem like everyone’s got a smartphone nowadays? They’re super-handy for so many things, not least of all capturing spur-of-the-moment photos and videos! When it comes to capturing important life events like weddings, graduations, birthday parties, anniversary parties, and family vacations (think: wet, sandy, far away, crowded and/or noisy!), my smartphone is just not an option for me. Fumbling with my delicate, breakable iPhone is not what I want to be doing when among a bustling parade crowd or on a misty, sandy beach, capturing the moment my girlfriend surfs her first big wave!  As it is, I have found myself at the Genius Bar in the Mac Store and facing a complete phone replacement more times than I care to admit, and that’s just from everyday use!
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Birchbox and babyGap partner to create the perfect gift for Moms-to-Be
Influence Central attended an event for Birchbox and babyGap and received samples. All opinions are our own. Birchbox was one of the first monthly box subscription services, and even a few years after the initial launch, it continues to be incredibly popular. What started out as sample sizes of must-try beauty products, now also includes Limited Edition collections that feature goods from outside the beauty aisle like items for the home, entertainment, etc. As I’m expecting my first child, I was especially excited to hear about the upcoming partnership between Birchbox and babyGap, and was fortunate enough to attend a brunch to showcase the box that will surely be on every Mom-to-Be wish list.
 Boston Ballet
Influence Central was given a complimentary invitation to the opening night of the Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound at The Boston Opera House. All opinions are our own. As someone who loves the arts in all its forms, from watching my friend’s daughter’s dance recital to Broadway musicals, shockingly I had never seen a Boston Ballet performance. And I’ve lived in Massachusetts my entire life! Well, finally that has changed! I not only saw the Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House, but I had the opportunity to see a triple bill with two company premieres – Episodes (premiered in 1959 by the New York City Ballet) and Black Cake (originally created in 1989 by Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen). Those two performances dazzled the crowd on opening night while Chroma, the third performance of the three, was last performed in 2013 here in Boston and continues to get standing ovations for the incredible performance. The Shades of Sound program was nothing short of amazing and what a ballet to be exposed to for the very first time.
Spring Outerwear Lands’ End Quilted PrimaLoft Jacket
Influence Central attended the Spring Lands’ End collection preview event and received a sample of the PrimaLoft Jacket to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. With the brutal winter we had here in the Northeast, some of us were left wondering if spring would ever arrive. Fortunately, with warmer weather on the horizon, there’s no way to be more excited about the season than by shopping for spring clothing essentials. Spring outerwear can sometimes pose a challenge. You don’t want to wear something that’s too heavy, but you also need to stay warm! So I was excited to discover the perfect transitional spring jacket from Lands’ End – the Quilted PrimaLoft jacket.
Join us on Tuesday, March 24th for the #BabiesFirst100 Twitter Party from 1 PM - 2 PM EST! We will be chatting with moms about who helped them during their babies’ first 100 days as it relates to feeding, cleaning and changing, what they learned, and reinforcing that Babies ”R” Us offers everything they need to ensure they’re completely armed with only the best products for the first 100 days, which includes Pampers and Dreft products.
Lanterns Candle Warmers from City Creek Candles
Influence Central received a sample of the Scroll Candle Warmer Lantern in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Despite the soothing atmosphere created by candles at home, some view them as a safety hazard. Candle Warmers offers an amazing, and safe, solution for those who want to create a warm, soft candlelight glow in their homes without the risk. Candle Warmers offer a variety of candle warming appliances and accessories that prove affordable, safe, and effective in making a cozy room even more comfortable. Partnering with City Creek Candles, Candle Warmers now come a wider array of stylish designs and compelling aromas to suit any taste or décor.
Celebrating Healthy Lunches on the Go with Bentology
Influence Central received two samples of Bentology products to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. March is National Nutrition Month, and although this month officially recognizes nutrition, we know that it is always something that should be top of mind for both adults and children. Two key elements that keep our nutrition in check are portion control and eating fresh foods. One product line designed to help make achieving both of these nutritional goals easy, even for busy moms on the go, is Bentology. Bentology offers colorful bento box-inspired containers that allow us to easily portion out, pack, and store healthy lunches on the go. The bento provides parents with an easy blueprint on how to prepare, healthy lunches because they are designed for suggestive portions of vegetables, fruit, protein and grains. We love how there is even a small container that is ideal for salad dressing or oils.
Cork Pops’s VinOair Wine Aerator
Influence Central received a sample of the CorkPops VinOair, Stircicles, and Savor Stones in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own.
The following featured posts are clients of Influence Central. Spring, glorious spring! The snow is melting, the birds are chirping and we’re in love with the many ways our Influencers are celebrating shaking off the winter blues. This month we feature three fabulous women with inspiration for all of us. Below, check out what Heather of Miss Frugal Mommy, Jessica of Million Moments and Niki of Love, Niki have in store for us.  Does the cuteness ever end?
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
Disclosure: Summit Entertainment is a client of Influence Central Going to the movies has always been one of my favorite forms of entertainment. Whether I’m catching a highly anticipated flick on opening weekend with a group of my girlfriends, or enjoying a movie on date night with my significant other, it’s always exciting to get wrapped up in an engaging story and lose myself for a few hours in the magic of cinema. So I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to see a sneak preview of the latest film in The Divergent Series, based on the best-selling novels by Veronica Roth. The Divergent Series: Insurgent, is the second installment in the series, and much like its predecessor, the combination of suspenseful, action-packed scenes and the developing romance between main characters Tris and Four kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the film.
Test Your Skills at LEGO® Ninjago™ Training Camp at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center
Influence Central was invited to a media event to cover the opening of the LEGO® Ninjago™ Training Camp at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston. All opinions are our own. Like most boys their age, my four and six year-old sons love building with their LEGO toys and fancy themselves masters of the martial arts. Needless to say, when offered a chance to be among the first to test and improve their Ninja skills at the new LEGO® Ninjago™ Training Camp installation at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston, they jumped at the chance! As we entered the building, my sons were eager to test their skills. Note the distracted looks as they awaited the elevator trip to the Ninjago Training Camp as you can see in the picture to the right.
Join us for The Divergent Series: #Insurgent Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST! We’ll be chatting about the upcoming release of Summit Entertainment’s newest film, action-packed The Divergent Series: Insurgent, opening early on Thursday, March 19th at 8 PM nationwide. Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2015 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST Moderator: @MomCentral Brand:@LionsgateMovies Party Hashtag: #Insurgent Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card. Questions: Email Stacy Y. ( Follow along and join in the conversation by:
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