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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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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.
Max Jeans Carnaby Street Chic Skimmer Jean
Mom Central received a pair of Max Jeans to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own Finding the perfect pair of jeans is difficult for anyone, but when it comes to buying white jeans, it can be even more challenging. We love white jeans for their classic look, and as Moms, we need clothes to serve a variety of purposes. White jeans can be dressed up or down, and pair well with a range of colors. But the hardest thing about white jeans is finding the right pair. Fit and quality are key, and from what we’ve uncovered on our shopping trips, many of the lower priced options have the dreaded “see-through” element that can quickly turn white jeans from classic to embarrassing.
Sturdi Tent Dog Tent
Mom Central received complimentary products from Petco in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed here are our own. Summertime has arrived, and we yearn to finally venture outside on hiking trips, camping excursions, or even just to bask in the sunshine on our patio. And it becomes an even better experience when we can also spend some quality time with our favorite furry friends. With Petco’s line of summer gear our dogs become our best outdoor companions – joining us in all of our favorite adventures. Now, summer essentials include collapsible water bowls, portable dog tents, chew toys, and comfy blankets so that the entire family – pups included – has everything it needs to make this an incredible summer outdoors.
Fourth of July Fashions with Zappos
Mom Central received products to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up in New England, so many of the neighboring towns embrace the Fourth of July with parades and communal celebrations. As a child we used to plan out our parade and fireworks watching routes, trying to get to as many of the nearby towns' celebrations as possible. As I've grown older, the traditions only get better and better, and consist of fun, relaxed time outdoors. One of the reasons I love the Fourth is it really seems to signify that summer is in full swing, with friends and family around to celebrate with sangria, cornhole, bocce, and more. Because my Fourth of July festivities always include outdoor fun, it's important for me to find an outfit that is cute and casual. I turned to Zappos and found the perfect outfit that will keep me cool and comfortable this holiday.
Wedding Season at Zappos
Mom Central received products from Zappos to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. If you’re like me, you have several “save the dates” posted on your refrigerator or corkboard, and are getting excited for wedding season. Over the past few years, I’ve had quite a few weddings to attend as friends and family have been taking the plunge and saying “I do1” Especially when the weddings involve similar circles of friends or relatives, we all know that we need to find fresh looks for each occasion, and with the amount of designer fashions available, fast and free shipping, and easy fashion navigation, I’ve found there’s no better place to shop for wedding season than Zappos! I’ve found that by investing in great shoes, I’m often the last one on the dance floor still wearing my heels! Having to switch to flip flops or go barefoot at the end of the night can take a toll on your look, and I’d prefer to keep it all together as much as possible!
Philips Norelco Shaver 8800
Mom Central received a Philips Norelco Shaver 8800 in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. On May 25th of this year my beloved Boston Red Sox lost their tenth game in a row. The bearded warriors were only a few months removed from a World Series title but were slowly spiraling out of control. Flashbacks of the 2012 season hit me like a ton of bricks and I found myself breaking out in cold sweats frequent and often. The boys of summer were in need of spark and some positive mojo. I began questioning my day-to-day routine. Maybe it was something I did to cause such a tremulous fall from grace. As I stepped out of the shower one fateful morning and wiped the condensation from the mirror, I had what some people call a eureka moment. Such moments I thought were only reserved for the likes of Einstein and thermonuclear rocket scientists. My face! More exactly, my beard! I hadn’t shaved since the losing streak began.
MacPaw Hider2 App
Mom Central received a complimentary download of the Hider2 App in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. With new technology constantly changing and offering us up new possibilities, it takes a great deal to stand out among the applications clutter. However, the Hider2 app from MacPaw completely caught my attention at this year’s MacWorld show in San Francisco with its ability to both hide and encrypt files on your computer. I particularly worry as a constantly on-the-go CEO about keeping sensitive files I need on my MacAir laptop from being compromised should I lose my laptop or have it stolen. While I have password protection to my laptop’s desktop, I often forget to log out as I dash from one place to the next. I also worry about sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, addresses and contact information all tucked away in reminder documents on my computer.
Takeya Iced Tea System
Mom Central received a sample of the Iced Tea Beverage System in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. With the weather warming up and the summer season upon us, what’s better than a cold glass of iced tea? Few things taste as refreshing and delicious as fresh-brewed iced tea in the summer, especially if you throw a few sprigs of fresh mint from your garden! As an avid tea drinker, I enjoy both the hot and cold varieties, but I often find the process of making homemade iced tea tedious. I weary of the traditional brewing methods of either waiting for hot tea to cool or waiting long hours for sun tea to finish brewing. Going through the heating and cooling process, and with the temperatures on the rise, I want that cold glass of tea sooner rather than later! Luckily, Takeya has come out with an innovative beverage system that makes brewing that perfect pitcher of ice tea a cinch. You can make hand crafted, artisan iced tea beverages, but more importantly, it goes from hot, brewed tea to chilly and refreshing in literally just a few minutes.
Contigo Water Bottle
In order to facilitate this review, Mom Central received a sample of each product. All of the views expressed are entirely our own. As summer temperatures rise, staying hydrated proves essential. With beautifully designed new water bottles from Contigo, Aladdin, and CoolGear, hydrating yourself and your family becomes easy and fun! Contigo’s AUTOSEAL Grace Water Bottle holds 24 ounces of water in a durable design that comes five bright colors. Several of our team live by this bottle, bringing it everywhere and even keeping on their nightstands! 100% leak proof and spill proof, with a design that auto seals between every drink, you can confidently throw this bottle in a backpack or a purse without worrying about any spills.
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