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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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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. (syanofsky@influence-central.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Join us on Wednesday, March 18th for the Carter's #SpringIntoCarters Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST! We will be chatting about Carter’s spring fashion line and sharing a special savings opportunity! What: #SpringIntoCarters Twitter Party When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 1:00-2:00PM EST Hashtag: #SpringIntoCarters Moderator: @MomCentral Brand: @Carters Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Carter’s Gift Card. Questions: Contact Alexia Pagones (apagones@influence-central.com)
Born Free Bottle Genius by Summer Infant
Influence Central received Summer Infant Born Free Bottle Genius to facilitate our review. All opinions are our own. Attention all tech-obsessed mommas! Whether you’re a breastfeeding mom who supplements or are exclusively feeding your baby formula, preparing bottles is a year long routine that’s pretty boring. The Born Free® Bottle Genius™ aims to make your bottle-making routine foolproof and even a little fun. Before I explain how this machine works, I must clarify that this is a tool best for first-time parents who have the time to review the instructions in detail and set up the machine as necessary. This can be done during your newborn’s extended naps. With that said, here’s what makes the Bottle Genius™ cool: · It calibrates based on the weight of the formula you use so that it prepares the desired bottle amount accurately per the custom setting. (Note: the automatic setting works for formula between 8.6 and 9.0 grams for a 2 fl. oz. bottle.)
Join us on Thursday, March 12th for the #UrbiniDreamNursery Twitter Party from 1 PM - 2 PM EST! We will be chatting about what Moms & Dads look for in their dream nursery and how they can enter into the Urbini Dream Nursery Contest to win a full nursery makeover, as well as daily prizes throughout the contest. 
Join us on Wednesday, March 4th for the belVita Breakfast Bites #MorningWin Twitter Party from 11 AM-12 PM EST! We will be chatting about choosing belVita Breakfast Bites for a healthy and filling breakfast alternative for moms on-the-go. Join us for the #MorningWin Twitter Party to discuss BelVita Breakfast Bites. What: #MorningWin Twitter Party When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 11:00AM-12:00PM EST Hashtag: #MorningWin Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Influencers: @ChristinHassler, @Kerigans, and @DaveZinczenko Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift code and belVita Breakfast Bites.
Keep Lunch Fresh and Chilled with Products from iCooler
Influence Central received complimentary samples of the iCOOLer lunch bag, Bottle iCooler, and the Uptown Lunch Tote from BUILT New York in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. “Glamorous” doesn’t exactly describe the typical lunch bag. While functionality proves key (something that holds drinks, snacks, and entire meals without mess or fuss), most lunch boxes involve wet ice packs and less-than-durable structures that have you worried your salad will even make it to the office in the crisp state it started out in. The original iCOOLer lunch bag provides an incredibly durable, clean, and cool way to pack a lunch without worrying about ice or mess.
For Two Fitness Brings Fashion and Comfort to Workouts for Expecting Moms
Influence Central received a sample For Two Fitness tank to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Eating well and staying active are important in general, but even more so when pregnant. For many women, working out can be particularly difficult because of low energy levels, morning sickness, or the very relatable lack of time. Luckily, the second trimester can mean that a lot of women begin to feel better, and can make it to the gym. But coincidentally, that’s probably around the same time that they realize their workout clothes no longer fit them!
February Influencer Spotlights
The following featured posts are clients of Influence Central. This month we’re heading to the kitchen to check out some mouthwatering posts our Influencers have whipped up. We are featuring Anjana of At The Corner of Happy and Harried, Annette of Tips from a Typical Mom, and Camille of Viva Veltoro.
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