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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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Top Must-Have Products to Settle in with Baby
Disclosure: Stacy DeBroff is a spokesperson for CeraVe® Baby Skincare Products. The transition from summer to fall has traditionally meant the last opportunity for relaxation before the hectic back-to-school season. But for a large number of families, this timeframe represented a special milestone – the birth of a new baby. In fact, July through October have proven to be the most popular months for U.S. births, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012 and 2013. As parents settle in at home with their new arrivals, they’ve now gained a better sense of the must-have items they need to ease those mesmerizing, yet exhausting, first weeks of life with a newborn. However, with fall upon us and winter just around the corner, here are some of my best tips to help take care of these very special deliveries:
Join us for the X Out #XOut Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We'll be chatting about teens busy schedules and how X Out acne treatement is the ideal solution for busy, on the go teens.  Date: Wednesday, November 5th 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @XOutBreakouts Party Hashtag: #XOut Prizes: 2 pre-party winners will be randomly selected to win a $50 Amazon code and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 Amazon code every ten minutes.
TaoTronics Elune Dimmable Desk Lamp
Influence Central received a complimentary TaoTronics Elune Dimmable Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp in order to write this review. All of the views expressed are our own. Whether we regularly bring work home to get a jump start on the next day, have our kids work on homework at a designated desk, or appreciate a targeted light for a crafty project, a quality desk or work lamp is important. Traditional desk lamps tend to burn out just when we need them, can be harsh on our eyes or give the room an ugly glow. TaoTronics offers an Elune Dimmable Eye-Care LED Desk Lamp that provides an innovative and safe new way to work at your desk.
BareTraps Landy wedges shoes
Influence Central received samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Fall is always a transitional time for footwear. In the summer, our feet get the treat of relaxing in comfortable sandals and flip flops. So while we may not be showing off our pedicures as much, we have the opportunity to show off some fabulous shoe styles! From flats to boots to heel to pumps, there are lots of fashionable options to choose from when fall fashions are introduced – but I always want to make sure that I don’t sacrifice comfort or style when it comes to the close-toed transition! I was excited to start off the season with new pairs of shoes from BareTraps – a brand that is known for casual, comfortable and affordable footwear. I love the understated elements of the shoes – from cinching to pattern play. The shoes are easy to mix with your favorite fall outfits seamlessly, while adding an element of style that isn’t distracting.
Join us for the Listerine #HeroicHabits Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We’ll be chatting about the heroic habits you instill in your family’s day-to-day routines to create a healthier lifestyle. Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Party Hashtag: #HeroicHabits Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a LISTERINE® Brand Prize Pack which includes a $50 Amazon gift card and LISTERINE® Brand product samples. Questions: Email Stacy (syanofsky@influence-central.com) Follow along and join in the conversation by: Create your own custom view with TweetDeck or Hootsuite Following #HeroicHabits on your Twitter search feed Pre-tweet to Win!
Backyard Farms Somerset Pinks Tomatoes
Members of Influence Central attended a press lunch at Nebo restaurant in Boston to sample the new Somerset Pinks and facilitate this review. For over two years, the tomato growers of Backyard Farms have dedicated their time and know-how to perfect the growing of Somerset Pink, their newest tomato. This full-flavored gourmet beefsteak tomato is a favorite among connoisseurs and its delicate balance of acidity and sweetness with a smooth texture makes it an essential addition to the kitchen of any produce lover. The Somerset Pink tomatoes prove the perfect complement to any salad or sandwich, but their lingering sweet taste stands on its own with just a drizzle of olive oil, mozzarella, and some fresh basil. These tomatoes prove difficult to grow, so it’s no wonder that it took the experienced farmers of the incredible Backyard Farms brand to make this happen.
Neoflam Cutting Board
Influence Central received complimentary Neoflam products to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. I’m willing to bet that many women have the same issue when it comes to kitchens. A ton of tools and products (a lot of it in very cluttered cabinets – I’ll admit it!), and the majority is not even needed. To maximize space and efficiency, it’s important to own kitchen supplies that are versatile and long-lasting. That’s why I love the products from Neoflam. A company that was primarily known for their cutting boards, which we agree are fantastic, has now made its way into the cookware space as well. Needless to say the introduction of Neoflam products into my kitchen inspired a purge of old tools and products that no longer have a use.
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!
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