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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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Providence, RI
Mom Central received complimentary lodging. All opinions expressed are our own. Even in the summer, every day seems busier than the last, and we rarely get the time to think about vacations, much less actually take them. So when the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Rhode Island invited Mom Central to come to Providence, I welcomed the break. The close proximity to Boston makes Providence an attractive getaway option. Without needing a car, you can get to Providence directly from Boston courtesy of the MBTA, arriving in a little over an hour. With amazing nightlife, delicious food, and activities for the entire family, my boyfriend and I experienced a weekend of pure fun and relaxation.
Until now, I was a blade guy. So when Panasonic sent me their Arc 5 wet/dry electronic shaver, it had to pass a couple of pre-requisites before I would even take it out of the box. Namely: -       The Arc 5 had to work in both wet and dry mode -       It had to give me at least a week of shaving without recharging -       The resulting shave had to make me look good – and that was a major challenge Out of the Box and Into the Shower So the first thing I did was charge up the Arc 5 and give it a test drive in the shower – could it replace the blade I use every morning?
This summer Banana Boat® sunscreen wants to bring moms and their families the tips, tools, and prizes they need to have the Best Summer Ever! Come join us Monday, June 30th as we chat about summertime fun the whole family can enjoy! Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @BananaBoat Party Hashtag: #BBBestSummer Prizes: In total, two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected to receive $50 Amazon gift codes. Party participant prize winners will be announced every ten minutes. Prize rules will be housed on the Mom Central blog. Official prize rules can be viewed here: http://www.momcentral.com/giveaway-rules Questions: Email Larry (ldennison@momcentral.com) Follow Along and Join in the Conversation
SouvenarteBooks
Disclosure: SouvenarteBooks is a client of Mom Central Consulting. With schools on hiatus for the summer, Moms everywhere know they have a decision to make. Nestled at home amidst the worn-out backpack, battered trombone case, and nearly out-grown gym shoes lay a mound of construction paper, ceramic sculptures, and paper-mâché creations. A year’s worth of art projects represent so much to Moms – even more than the beauty of each individual piece. These collections showcase our kids’ creativity, their passions, and their cognitive and emotional development. We can page through everything from mixed media pieces to charcoal sketches to first writings and see how much they’ve grown and evolved by looking at what they created at the beginning of the year and what they produced by the end.
Join us for a #BombPop Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET to celebrate National Bomb Pop® Day and share your personal memories, fun ideas and excitement for two of America’s favorite summer pastimes: Bomb Pop and Little League® Baseball & Softball. Get excited as the two unite and bring some fun ideas for your kids this summer! Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Team:  @originalbombpop Party Hashtag: #BombPop Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon Gift Code for participating. Questions: Contact Liz Wilson at ewilson@momcentral.com
DSM Nutritional Products and Pop Warner Little Scholars have teamed up to bring nutritional information to young athletes and parents with its Eat Smart, Play Safe program. Join us Wednesday, June 25th as we chat about keeping our active kids healthy and safe both on and off the field. Be sure to check out http://bit.ly/EatSmartDSM to learn more!
If/Then Soundtrack Featuring Idina Menzel
Mom Central received the If/Then Original Broadway Cast Album CD to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. I’m an avid theater fan, and since I live in the NYC area, I try to see as many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as possible. Last month, I was fortunate to see the new musical If/Then starring (as John Travolta would say) the “wickedly talented” Idina Menzel. Though many of us (especially the children!) recognize Idina from being the voice of Princess Elsa in Frozen, I’ve been a fan of Menzel’s since she starred in the Original Broadway Cast of Rent. She then went on to win a TONY Award for portraying Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) in Wicked, and was so excited to see her return to the Broadway stage after all these years.
Join us on Tuesday, June 24th for the Duracell #TurnOnGameNight Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET. From discovering new games to enjoying old classics with your family, come chat about fun family games to play this summer! Date: Tuesday, June 24th Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Duracell and @HasbroNews Party Hashtag: #TurnOnGameNight Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $100 Toys“R”Us gift card every ten minutes. Additionally, one grand prize winner will receive a $250 Toys“R”Us gift card. Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Stur
Mom Central received samples of Stur to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. At the top of my health resolutions are two goals this year – drink more water, and cut down on my sugar intake. I’ve recently discovered a product that will help me tackle both in a delicious and refreshing way. I’ve always been a big fan of drinking water. In fact, I really can’t leave home without it. There’s constantly a glass of water on my desk and reusable portable bottle in my purse. I’ve found that by drinking more water, my skin has become clearer. In addition, I’ve felt more energized and less hungry. However, sometimes I look for a different beverage to go with meals or as an afternoon pick-me-up. As many of us have discovered, even drinks that position themselves to be “good for you” are loaded with a lot of sugar and ingredients that will ultimately affect your overall health. I’ve been wary of flavored water enhancers, as I didn’t want to risk adding something potentially unhealthy to my water.
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