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How can it be possible that the holidays are nearly upon us? Summer flew by at breakneck speed, followed by a whirlwind fall, and now we find Thanksgiving perched on our doorstep. Once we push back from dinner – we’ll jump feet first into gift-giving season. So what better time to unveil the 2014 Mom Central Holiday Gift Guide For the next month, we’ll roll out cool, clever, and creative gift items for everyone on your list – offering you a non-stop selection of gift ideas. As an added bonus, we’ll feature a selection of giveaway items throughout the Gift Guide where you can enter for a chance to win.
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Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera
Influence Central was invited to attend an event to discover the Olympus PEN E-PL7 camera and received the camera to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. I’ve always loved taking pictures. I’ve never taken any professional photography classes, so I’m certainly speaking as an amateur. Yet great photos go so far to capture both treasured memories and everyday happenings. Despite loving my smartphone and its camera functionality, there are definitely occasions where I’ve longed for a higher quality camera device to capture special moments – whether it’s a vacation or an amazing dessert I order at dinner. What’s hindered me from making the switch to something beyond my phone has been the mobility factor. I love taking photos and sharing them in real time on Instagram and Facebook. Even point and shoot cameras with WiFi capability can take an awfully long time to load and often time-out when I’ve been using a hotel WiFi connection that’s not as strong as the one I have at home.
Beautiful Fall Fashions from Lands End - Bright Cyan Floral design
Influence Central attended an event and received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Over the past few years, I’ve grown to really love the Lands End brand. Everything I have in my wardrobe is so comfortable, versatile and timeless! I’m always excited to see what’s new in the next season’s catalog. This fall we had the exciting opportunity to try some of our favorite fall pieces as well as preview what’s new for Spring 2015! I’ve been a longtime fan of Lands End’s Ponte sheath dresses. I bought several that are staples in my closet, and always get compliments on the fit and patterns. The dresses are also so comfortable!
Join us for the Folgers Flavors #RemixYourCoffee Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We will be chatting about morning routines and the new Folgers Flavors liquid coffee enhancers that come in a portable container that coffee fans can use at home or on-the-go! Date: Wednesday, October 22nd  2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Folgers Party Hashtag: #RemixYourCoffee Prizes: 2 pre-party winners will be randomly selected to win a $50 Amazon code and a sample of Folgers Flavors and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon code and a sample of Folgers Flavors every ten minutes. Questions: Contact Alexis adredden@influence-central.com
PajamaGram Snuggle Fleece Pajamas
Influence Central received a complimentary set of PajamaGram Snuggle Fleece Lavender Zebra Pajamas in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed here are our own. New England’s crisp weather and falling leaves leave little room for doubt or denial: we’ll soon be rushing in from the cold after a long day’s work, stomping the snow off our boots, with thoughts of comfort food and warm clothing top of mind. When we want to feel comfortable, cute, and cozy at home, pajamas are second-to-none for wrapping us in a nice, warm hug. PajamaGram offers a variety of pajamas, but their softest, and most sumptuous, made with a fleece fabric so downy and warm you’ll consider living in them for the winter come in its Snuggle Fleece line. The Snuggle Fleece pajama set makes for a thoughtful holiday gift for the entire family, and PajamaGram could not make gift giving easier. All women’s pajamas from their website include free packaging in a keepsake fabric gift bag (that can be monogrammed) along with a personalized card matching the bag.
Finding Fall Essentials with Zappos
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Fall is synonymous with a few of my favorite things – football, apple picking, crisp weather, and jeans and boots! It’s always exciting to pull out my favorite fall sweaters, light jackets, and of course – make new purchases! I decided to start off my fall shopping at Zappos with some essentials that could be mixed and matched with some of my favorite season-appropriate outfits. I fell in love with these Marianne ankle boots from Jack Rogers. This summer, I saw so many women in the city looking chic and comfortable in their “Jacks” sandals, and was excited to see what the iconic brand offered outside the open-toed space. I absolutely love the neutral warm oak color, and the doily patterned trim makes these boots easy to dress up or down. The color of the stacked heel seamlessly matches the leather upper for a great look.
The iB75 Bluetooth wireless headphones from iHome
Influencer Central received products from iHome to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. If you’re like me, music is a big part of your life. Where I used to do most of my listening on the car radio, after moving to New York City I’ve had to change up my routine and listen to music while on the subway, during my workouts, and at my home. Whether I’m on the treadmill or the subway, my headphones seemed to always get in my way. I’d knock them out of the tray on the machine while running, have to slow down, pick them up – and hope I didn’t crack my iPod screen! When commuting, I typically would keep my iPod in my purse, which leads to extra wires hanging out of my bag and the inevitable tangle.
Creatively Sweet Celebrations from Cookies by Design
Influence Central received a cookie basket from Cookies by Design to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. Birthdays, holidays and special occasions are inherently pretty “sweet” on their own, but there’s a creative way to make the special days even sweeter with Cookies by Design. Cookies by Design allows shoppers to shop online to send beautifully arranged cookie bouquets in the mail. It’s so easy to shop by holiday, season, price, and even the bouquets that are available for same day delivery based on your location. I loved perusing the festive Fall cookie bouquets, complete with scarecrows, pumpkins, turkeys and more. The Halloween options are pretty spook-tacular! There are even some unique arrangements for hostess gifts and housewarming presents. I saw some really nice designs that would be perfect for baby showers or get well bouquets. Within each theme, you can customize the number of cookies and size to ensure that you are sending the right amount of sweets within your budget.
Tricks, Treats, and Truly Spooky Halloween Costumes from Petco
Influence Central received samples from Petco in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. New England officially welcomes fall, with the advent of beautifully-colored leaves and crisper temperatures. While enjoying the autumn apple picking, hunting for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern and decorating our homes, let’s not leave our pets out of the seasonal fun! With creative and adorable outfits and accessories from Petco, our favorite furry family members can now be as festive as our children this Halloween. Petco offers an enormous selection of costumes for your pets, catering to almost every whim and interest! Here, one of our Influence Central dogs, Jake, transforms into a tough zombie hunter with just one piece of apparel, making him happy and comfortable as well as ready for trick-or-treating with the family.
Join us on Thursday, October 16th for the Littlest Pet Shop #LittlestPetShop Twitter Party from 1-2PM ET! We will be chatting with @Hasbronews about childhood memories and the new line of Littlest Pet Shop toys including the world of BLYTHE BAXTER and her downtown city! Some of the newest pets include: artist monkey MINKA MARK, doggie diva ZOE TRENT and head hedgehog RUSSELL FERGUSON.
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