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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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colorful housewares
This blog post represents the first in a series of posts from Stacy DeBroff’s recent visit to the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago. From the latest gadgets to the rise of glorious color, Stacy captures the latest trends we’ll soon see emerging in our own homes. Trends abounded throughout the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago, and one key trend couldn’t be missed – color. It rippled all through the entire show – in everything from appliances to gadgets – and everywhere we looked, we saw how vibrant color will soon jump enthusiastically into our homes.
Join us on Monday, April 7th as we’ll be celebrating the start of spring with the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes! We’ll also be chatting with Jason Cameron, licensed contractor and TV host, about plans for spring as well as tips for maintaining a healthy, green lawn with the help of TruGreen’s professional services!
Join Mom Central, Kohl’s and Peter Som on Thursday, April 3rd for the #PeterSomForKohls Twitter Party from 1 – 2 PM ET to chat about the launch of renowned American fashion designer, Peter Som’s, exclusive St. Barths inspired collection for Kohl’s this spring. Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Kohls & @Peter_Som Party Hashtag: #PeterSomForKohls Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card every ten minutes. Questions: Contact Liz Wilson (
Join us Wednesday, April 2nd from 2-3 PM ET for the #EveryDayMoments Twitter Party to celebrate the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card! We will be chatting about the importance of remembering to take a step back and appreciate the little things in life, whether you’re running errands, heading to work or simply spending time with loved ones! We want to celebrate these #EveryDayMoments and make them extraordinary.
New Balance 711 Trainer
Working Out in Comfort and Style with New Balance’s 711 Trainer Mom Central received complimentary New Balance trainers to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Spring is here, and with it comes warmer weather that will inspire us to spend more time being active outdoors. As we plan our new additions to our Spring wardrobe, we can’t forget about our workout and activewear. New Balance has launched the perfect new trainer that not only looks and feels great, but is designed with performance in mind to help us reach our fitness goals.
JCPenney Home Collections
Mom Central attended a JCPenney Home Collections event to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. When the urge for spring cleaning hits, we often find that the satisfaction of a clean and organized house isn’t enough, and a desire for a new look can takeover as well. So it was perfect timing when we attended a JCPenney Home Collections event and learned how the store has a solution for both big home décor renovations and small touch-ups that can make a huge difference. This was the first time we saw JCPenney focus on its own design brand, even though it has been a part of the store’s collection for years. It’s great to see the spotlight on the Home Collections, as it certainly compliments the other great designers that JCPenney features, such as Liz Claiborne, Michael Graves and Jonathan Adler. The line addresses every room of the home, from accessories for the living room and appliances for the kitchen, to great looking and well-designed furniture for people who have modern tastes, to even more rustic styles.
Marpac Dohm-NSF
Mom Central received a Marpac Dohm-NSF to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Getting a good night’s sleep is critically important to our overall health and well-being. Not only does it make us feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, but there are even studies that show that a good night’s sleep can help with our physical health and weight management. While we learn more and more about just how important sleep is, it seems there are increasingly more distractions that can prevent us from catching our optimal amount of zzzs. Whether we have children who don’t sleep through the night or find ourselves over-stimulated from our smartphones, television, or busy lives in general, it’s sometimes hard to ease into a relaxing night’s sleep.
Bedgear Performance Bedding
Mom Central received a complimentary set of bedgear sheets to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Until I had my two children, I never had much trouble in the sleep department and on most nights slept very soundly with minimal tossing and turning. But ever since going through pregnancy, childbirth and nursing, my body temperate has never quite been the same. Now I find myself easily overheating while sleeping. Despite keeping the temps low in our house and using lightweight blankets, I still find myself having trouble sleeping because I’m so warm. Not an ideal situation when other “distractions” happen overnight as well, like my daughter’s frequent middle-of-the-night monster scares or my son’s incessant coughing. All these things add up to a very restless night’s sleep, leaving me tired and exhausted before even getting out of bed and tackling the day ahead!
My First Movies
Mom Central was provided with complimentary My First Movies tickets to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. With an abundance of movies to watch, finding the perfect one that's suitable for the entire family can be quite a challenge. With a shortage of appropriate, child-friendly movies available, planning a trip to the movies is a nearly impossible task. Plus, bringing babies and toddlers to a feature-length film - even one for children - can be more than they’re often up for. Luckily My First Movies presented by BabyFirst caters specifically to this dilemma! Designed with toddlers in mind, My First Movies creates the ultimate interactive and child-friendly atmosphere. Don’t worry about your child’s fear of the dark, My First Movies keeps the lights on throughout the short movie, inviting both children and parents to dance, sing and enjoy the array of fun and educational films.
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