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By Stephanie Kaufman 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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My First Movies
Mom Central was provided with complimentary My First Movies tickets to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. With an abundance of movies to watch, finding the perfect one that's suitable for the entire family can be quite a challenge. With a shortage of appropriate, child-friendly movies available, planning a trip to the movies is a nearly impossible task. Plus, bringing babies and toddlers to a feature-length film - even one for children - can be more than they’re often up for. Luckily My First Movies presented by BabyFirst caters specifically to this dilemma! Designed with toddlers in mind, My First Movies creates the ultimate interactive and child-friendly atmosphere. Don’t worry about your child’s fear of the dark, My First Movies keeps the lights on throughout the short movie, inviting both children and parents to dance, sing and enjoy the array of fun and educational films.
Luxor Linens Bamboo Egyptian Cotton Luxury Bath Towels
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of Luxor Linens towels to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. As women who are constantly on the go, sometimes it can be difficult to find time to treat ourselves to a bit of luxury. Between needing to sleep, work, exercise, relax, cook, and raise a family, it’s important to incorporate a little something special into an everyday routine, and find simple ways to feel pampered. Owning a high tech toothbrush, using a wonderfully scented shampoo, or sleeping on high thread count sheets can enhance every day activities, and put us in charge of spoiling ourselves for a change.
Kyrocera Smartphone from Boost Mobile
Mom Central received a complimentary sample of the Hydro by Kyrocera Smartphone to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. For most of us, our phone is more than just a device used for calls and texts. Between the storage of contacts that have accumulated over the years, notes and lists on notepads, and countless memories in photo albums, phones today are like treasure boxes of information that can be devastating to lose. Unfortunately, everyone has seen someone fall victim to the deadly phone-in-water fiasco. After watching the screen go blank, realizing how useless the power button is, and praying that a bowl of rice will bring your phone back to life, hope is often lost. Is there anything that could prevent this phoneless fate? Behold, the new waterproof phone, Hydro by Kyrocera.
Join us on Wednesday, March 26th for the Pull-Ups #StartPottyTraining Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET. We will be chatting about the potty training journey with your little one and different resources and tools from Pull-Ups! Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Time: 1-2 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @PullUpsBigKid Party Hashtag: #StartPottyTraining Prizes: Two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $50 gift code. Questions: Contact Emily Hobbs (ehobbs@momcentral.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by:
  As of Thursday, spring is officially here, but those of us in Boston are still waiting for the weather to show it. Meanwhile, I am working on updating my wardrobe with new spring styles as I wait to ditch the coats and scarves. On Friday night, I will be attending the Gilt City’s signature event in Boston to preview the spring offerings at the Warehouse Sale taking place on Saturday, March 22. On Saturday, the Gilt City Boston Warehouse Sale will feature all of Gilt’s premium designer brands and discount them at up to 90% the retail price. The merchandise will range from women's and men’s clothing to home accessories and kids goods. And if a great bargain is not enough to keep your mind off the dreary weather outside, the event will also offer wine and cocktail selections and feature music by a live DJ.
VTech VM333 baby monitor
Mom Central received a sample of the VTech VM333 Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt Full-Color Video & Audio Monitor to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. As babies grow, they become increasingly more mobile and active. Soon enough, you will witness your little one trying to climb out of the crib, wiggling at the edge of the bed, running around the room, or jumping up and down on the carpet floor. While we love to see our loved ones playful and energetic, we have to keep in mind their safety. Accidents do happen, especially when unsupervised.
Join Mom Central and Kohl’s on Wednesday, March 19th for the #SpringAtKohls Twitter Party from 1 – 2 PM ET! We'll be chatting about the latest Spring fashion trends and how Kohl’s is the go-to store for runway to realway looks. Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Kohls Party Hashtag: #SpringAtKohls Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Kohl’s gift card every ten minutes. Questions: Contact Liz Wilson (ewilson@momcentral.com)   Follow along and join in the conversation by:
Kick Butts Day
Disclosure: The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a client of Mom Central Consulting. Like most people who grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I spent a whole lot of years in a cloud of smoke. I have distinct memories of eating dinner in the jam-packed smoking section of family restaurants and flying on planes when passengers eagerly lit up as soon as the pilot turned off the “no-smoking” sign. I also remember looking on incredulously as my junior high bus pulled out of the school driveway and seeing fellow students – kids my age – pulling cigarettes and lighters out of their backpacks and taking that first drag with the genuine relief of a world-weary business executive. Because smoking proved so commonplace back then, anti-smoking discussions seemed few and far between – typically limited to a unit in health class or a relative determined to send a message to the younger generation. And because we lived our lives in a smoke-filled world, they felt disingenuous at best. Yet despite the era in which I grew up, I somehow escaped becoming another statistic and never even tried smoking.
Join us on Tuesday, March 18th for the #BetterCleanFD Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET to chat about stain removing tips and overall tricks on how to make your family’s clothes last longer as well as the P&G fabric care brands available at Family Dollar that help tackle your family’s toughest stains. What: #BetterCleanFD Twitter Party When: Tuesday, March 18 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Hashtag: #BetterCleanFD Moderator: @MomCentral Prizes two pre-party winners and seven party winners will be randomly selected to receive a P&G prize pack consisting of a $50 Family Dollar gift card and P&G fabric care product samples. One grand prize winner will be randomly selected at the end of the party to receive the P&G grand prize pack consisting of a $250 Family Dollar gift card and P&G fabric care product samples. Questions: Email Larry Dennison (ldennison@momcentral.com)
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