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Mom Central was invited to a media event to cover the opening of Legoland Discovery Center. All opinions are our own. My four-year-old is a girly girl. Something about the insistence of tutus, tiaras and impromptu renditions of Frozen’s “Let It Go” in the supermarket aisles makes me scratch my head and wonder how she got this way. So when we were invited to go check out the new Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville, MA, I worried she might be bored. Sure, we play with Legos at home, but only the pink ones.
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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.
The Amex EveryDay℠Credit Card
Disclosure: American Express is a client of Mom Central Consulting. Now more than ever, I find myself looking to use credit cards for my everyday purchases. Not only is it more convenient than paying with cash, but the points you can earn from purchases can really add up to valuable travel rewards, gift cards, or wish list items. Based on your purchasing habits, it’s important to look for the right card that rewards you best for the purchases you make every day. The Amex EveryDay Credit Card is truly designed with families in mind. Card Members who use this card 20 or more times on purchases in a billing period get 20 percent more rewards points on those purchases (less any returns and credits). Another great rewards perk for families is that the card doubles the points on all U.S. supermarket purchases up to $6,000. On top of it all, the Amex EveryDay Credit Card has no annual fee, making it easy for families to accrue points based on their average monthly purchases. Every purchase can be more of a smart purchase because you accumulate points for every dollar.
Join us on Tuesday, September 9th for the GoodNites* #TRUFITBetterNites Twitter Party from 1-2pm ET!  We will be chatting about the new school year, and how bedwetting impacts children’s social interactions and self-esteem. Join us for the #TRUFITBetterNites Twitter Party to discuss how GoodNites* TRU-FIT* can boost self-esteem in the new school year!
Names Not Numbers
If you could take a minute, imagine your sister, mom or best friend. Now, imagine her not having access to quality feminine healthcare. What would you do? Every single day, women die due to inadequate access to healthcare, especially during pregnancy. It’s time to remind global leaders that these women are not simply a statistic to be ignored— they have a name, personality, and loved ones. Help support Doctors of The World in their “Names Not Numbers” campaign, striving to humanize the statistics of those who become victims due to no fault of their own.  To sign the petition to raise awareness to this issue and support Doctors of the World, visit Women’s lives matter, and we feel that every woman should be empowered to take control of her health.
Isaac Mizrahi Band-Aid
Mom Central was invited to the Isaac Mizrahi Band-Aid Event Launch to Facilitate Our Review. All opinions are our own. Let’s face it – we all have a moment here and there where we have a scrape, cut or blister that needs attending to. The healing process is part of life! Our children no longer have to have all the fun when it comes to Band-Aids. Where they can adorn their bumps, scrapes and bruises with their favorite characters and colors, we adults no longer have to hide our bandages, but instead can coordinate them with our favorite outfits. And now Izaac Mizrahi and Band-Aid have teamed up to launch Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages by Isaac Mizrahi. The new Band-Aids are available in adorable hearts, camouflage, stripes and more. So many choices that you can even coordinate your Band-Aid with your outfit.
Wink Brow Bar
Mom Central was invited to receive complimentary beauty services at Wink Brow Bar. All opinions are our own. Let’s face it – we all get busy! Fall is here, which means back to school. The holidays arriving faster than we know it. And our weekends just fill up with plans. We can’t use this busy season as an excuse to neglect ourselves. Many women don’t think to treat themselves to services like tending their eyebrows or getting a facial because they “don't have the time.” We learned from our visit at Wink Brow Bar in New York City that you don’t need a lot of time to receive treatments that have long-lasting benefits – and save you time in the long run by leaving our care in the hands of highly-skilled and knowledgeable professionals! Mom Central’s Kelly Palmisano and Lorianne Lacey experienced a few hours of restorative beauty after work. Not only did they have a lot of fun, but their treatments really paid off as they felt their brows and skin have never looked or felt better!
Join us at the Zappos Recharge Event During Fashion Week!
Mom Central received samples from Zappos to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. One of the silver linings in summer bidding us farewell for me has always been my excitement for Fall fashion. Bring on the boots, bold colors, and layering galore! Living in New York, early Fall gets an extra burst of fashion excitement with the arrival of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. I love seeing the recaps of the shows – and learning about what my favorite fashion brands are doing to celebrate this surge of style taking over what is already such a stylish city! This year, Zappos will be hosting the Zappos Recharge Event right across the street from all of the action!
JVC HD Everio Camcorder
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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