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Thrive Market
Influence Central received a complimentary membership to Thrive Market to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own. When I have the choice to purchase natural, organic and wholesome ingredients, I always want to make the choice to do so over less healthier products. However, when shopping for these “better for you” alternatives, sometimes they can be pretty costly at small, local stores and even at larger chains. So I was excited to discover Thrive Market, an online shopping solution that offers natural products at wholesale prices. Thrive Market curates a wide selection of over 2,500 natural and organic items from 400 brands that are sold at 25-50% less than typical retail prices. The mission of Thrive Market is to make healthy living easy, affordable and accessible for families all over the country. Since the products are shipped, Thrive Market offers a wide variety of non-perishable goods – ranging from healthy snacks, cooking ingredients, natural home goods and bath, and beauty products.
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!
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.
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.
Decadent French preserves from Bonne Maman
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Gifts for the kitchen are one of my favorite categories to shop for during the holidays. There are so many unique, innovative products that can enhance the culinary experience that your loved ones might not yet know about, but will make a big impact in their cooking and hosting endeavors! Here are a few of our favorite products to consider for gift ideas, or thoughtful hostess gifts this holiday season: Bonne Maman – A great hostess idea or stocking stuffer is a gift sampler of decadent French preserves from Bonne Maman. We love the innovative flavors – from Redcurrant to Golden Plum Mirabelle – that are sure to elevate simple dishes, and inspire your gift recipient to use the preserves in some delicious recipes, which can be found on the site.
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
Backyard Farms Somerset Pinks Tomatoes
Members of Influence Central attended a press lunch at Nebo restaurant in Boston to sample the new Somerset Pinks and facilitate this review. For over two years, the tomato growers of Backyard Farms have dedicated their time and know-how to perfect the growing of Somerset Pink, their newest tomato. This full-flavored gourmet beefsteak tomato is a favorite among connoisseurs and its delicate balance of acidity and sweetness with a smooth texture makes it an essential addition to the kitchen of any produce lover. The Somerset Pink tomatoes prove the perfect complement to any salad or sandwich, but their lingering sweet taste stands on its own with just a drizzle of olive oil, mozzarella, and some fresh basil. These tomatoes prove difficult to grow, so it’s no wonder that it took the experienced farmers of the incredible Backyard Farms brand to make this happen.
Creatively Sweet Celebrations from Cookies by Design
Influence Central received a cookie basket from Cookies by Design to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Birthdays, holidays and special occasions are inherently pretty “sweet” on their own, but there’s a creative way to make the special days even sweeter with Cookies by Design. Cookies by Design allows shoppers to shop online to send beautifully arranged cookie bouquets in the mail. It’s so easy to shop by holiday, season, price, and even the bouquets that are available for same day delivery based on your location. I loved perusing the festive Fall cookie bouquets, complete with scarecrows, pumpkins, turkeys and more. The Halloween options are pretty spook-tacular! There are even some unique arrangements for hostess gifts and housewarming presents. I saw some really nice designs that would be perfect for baby showers or get well bouquets. Within each theme, you can customize the number of cookies and size to ensure that you are sending the right amount of sweets within your budget.
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. This is where single-skillet meals can provide the perfect solution, allowing for maximum time spent together as a family, minimal time cooking and cleaning. Throwing together a stir-fry, stew or a hearty chili rather than waiting for water to boil while simultaneously coaxing chicken to the perfect interior temp and making sure the vegetables don’t overcook proves much more efficient.
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