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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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Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion
Influence Central received a sample of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. We all know that what seemed to start out as a relatively mild winter for those of us in the Northeast has taken a dramatic turn! February has confronted us with snow, ice, and below freezing temperatures. Despite the cold, there are so many wonderful things to do outside that we don’t want to find ourselves suffering from cabin fever all winter long. Last weekend, I embraced the cold by spending my Saturday skiing at Hunter Mountain, and my Sunday ice skating at Prospect Park. I love taking part in outdoor winter activities with friends and family, but it certainly can take a toll on your skin. Fortunately, there’s Vaseline Intensive Care – known as the official lotion of winter!
Nintendo 3DS XL
Influence Central received the console and the game The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, to facilitate our post. All opinions are our own. We're only a few months into 2015, and we’re already seeing the innovation that this year is bringing! Nintendo announced that the new Nintendo 3DS XL (available as of February 13, 2015) is on the market and is bringing portable gaming to an entirely new level with newly designed enhancements and features, offering the smoothest gaming on the go option yet.
JOHNSON’S Highlights the Importance of Bath Time for Baby Bonding and Developmen
Influence Central was invited to attend the JOHNSON’S® Global Baby Bath Time Panel and received some sample items. All opinions are our own. For many mothers, baby bath time is sometimes a typical task that can involve a fussy baby, and is viewed as a necessary step just before bedtime or for general clean up. For other mothers, bath time is viewed as a quiet and special time to relax and spend time with their little one. JOHNSON’S®, one of the most trusted baby brands on the market, has put time and resources towards looking into bath time, and found the latter to be more the case when it comes to baby’s overall development. Influence Central was recently invited to attend a JOHNSON’S® event where experts came together to discuss baby development and findings from the JOHNSON’S® Global Bath Time Report, in support of their “So Much More” campaign. As an expecting mom with my first child, I gladly attended to learn insights into why I should treasure bath time with my little one.
Of Love & Laundry: Gain #LoveLabel Bottles
Disclosure: Gain is a client of Influence Central. So often as Moms we think our kids equate love with the big moments in their lives – the splashy Sweet Sixteen birthday party, the oversized holiday celebrations with all the cousins, and the long-awaited vacation excursion to a favorite destination. But one thing I’ve noticed as my kids have grown older – my daughter just graduated from college and my son will soon finish his junior year – proves to be just how much they’ve come to appreciate the small, everyday gestures we Moms do for them, day-in and day-out. There’s nothing like living on your own and seeing what goes into having a refrigerator full of foods you love or having your favorite jeans and sweatshirt show up in your dresser drawer clean, neatly folded, and fresh-smelling.
Join us on Tuesday, February 10th for the Little Remedies #LittleRemedies Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST! We will be chatting about the changing seasons and the best ways we keep our family comfortable when it comes to their health. Join us for the #LittleRemedies Twitter Party to discuss the Little Remedies line of products. 
KitchenAid Ushers in a New Era of Kitchen Design with Inspired New Collection
Influence Central was invited to attend a KitchenAid event in NYC to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. This year, KitchenAid is unveiling its new dramatically designed major appliance collection available in stainless steel, black, white and black stainless steel. We had the opportunity to preview the new collection during a showcase event that took place at the Cedar Lake Dance Studio in NYC. The new collection, which launches globally in April 2015, is inspired by the best known and most iconic product from KitchenAid, the stand mixer. KitchenAid has been synonymous with kitchen design and innovation since it unveiled its first stand mixer in 1919 and dishwasher in 1949, which was the first dishwasher on the market for consumers!
X Out from Proactiv
Influence Central received a complimentary X Out Body Kit in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Being a teen is tough, but being a parent of a teenager proves even tougher. Not only do we battle raging hormones and the frustrating, “leave me alone!” attitude, we also have to deal with the “I don’t care” sentiment on a daily basis. So when my 13-year-old’s face became peppered with teenage acne, though he didn’t seem to notice or care, I did. When I pointed out the constellation of acne on his face, his first words, fittingly, were “I don’t care” and “leave me alone!”
Aladdin 20 ounce Insulated Milk Bottle Tumbler
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the Milk Bottle Tumbler, Crystal To-Go Cup, and Mason Salad Jar from Aladdin in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. When looking for tumblers, jars, and food containers, we look for safe, durable products that keep our foods and drinks fresh and preserved. The latest products from Aladdin not only provide dishwasher safe, BPA-free and convenient ways to carry our lunch to school or work, but also offer unique designs with a bit of personality! Reminding us of days gone by, its Newstalgia Collection features whimsical water bottles and tumblers reminiscent of milk bottles and carafes we’d find in Parisian cafés. Aladdin 20 ounce Insulated Milk Bottle Tumbler
Le Petit Chef Teaches Kids Smart Cooking Techniques
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of Le Petit Chef to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. We Moms love getting our kids hooked on cooking. It proves a great way to forge independence, develop important real-life skills, and foster creativity. But the sight of our kids with one of the most important cooking tools in hand – the Chef’s knife – can do most of us in. That’s why I loved seeing the new Le Petit Chef from OPINEL while visiting the International Housewares Show in New York last month. It represents a real French Chef’s knife, but in a petite size, with safeguards for kids such as a non-pointed tip, a ring to keep hands placed correctly, and a small shield that keeps little fingers out of the way while chopping.
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