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Mom Central received ECCO shoes to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. It’s been the winter of the polar vortex, and I’ve never been more excited for Spring. While I’m a fan of seasons (and enjoy the various fashion options each inspire) I don’t think I’m alone in wishing spring a fond welcome after a winter of covering up in many layers of scarves, warm boots, down jackets, and the works. Over the weekend, I was very excited to switch out my sheepskin boots with these beautiful ECCO Pretoria Laser Cut Pumps. As with all other ECCO styles I’ve tried, these shoes proved to be strikingly unique and comfortable. The pumps made their “Spring Forward” debut as I met friends for brunch, then caught an off-Broadway play, and rounded out the day with a wine and cheese pairing – all the while feeling comfortable as ever in my new heels. My friends loved these shoes, and were quite taken by the laser cut design as well as the sturdy pump heel.
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This Party Has Concluded. Join us for a Kohl’s  #MagicAtPlay Twitter Party tomorrow from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET! We will be chatting about the release of @DisneyPictures new Planes: Fire & Rescue movie and the Jumping Beans line available @Kohls. Plus we’re giving a special peek into the movie ticket stub deal available at @Kohls from 7/18-7/26. Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @Kohls Party Hashtag: #MagicAtPlay Prizes: 2 pre-party winners and 6 party winners will be randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card every ten minutes.
This Party Has Concluded. Join TYLENOL® on Wednesday, July 16 in celebrating children’s healthy milestones as we learn tips for keeping our children healthy and smiling with pediatrician and mom, Dr. Tanya Altmann (@DrMommyCalls). The SMILING IT FORWARD™ program is a chance to learn how moms like you experience one of your child’s milestones with joy, while supporting Children’s Health Fund! Plus, we’ll be giving away prizes!  NoPurNec18+ See Below For Rules In order to be eligible to win prizes during this Twitter Party, you must do the following:
Finish Power & Free
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. As funny as this may sound after experiencing the longest winter in recent memory, I absolutely love the change of seasons. Even when that change brings on bitingly cold New England winters, a new season means I get the chance to cook, create, and spend time with my family in a whole new way. As our days become filled with sunshine, I constantly think of new summer dishes and delicious meals to fit a new season of warmth and adventure.
Varda Epstein
Periodically, Mom Central poses five questions to individuals or organizations to gain insights, wisdom, and a better understanding of key issues facing today’s families. Recently, we checked in with Varda Epstein, Communications Writer and Blogger with Kars4Kids, on topics ranging from parenting to philanthropy to the importance of unconditional love. Here are her responses to our five questions: 1. Tell us about Kars4Kids — what's the mission? It’s all about leveling the playing field by providing the extra something that a child needs, but lacks for one reason or another. For example, a child may need homework help or a mentor. An inner-city child can receive a scholarship to attend a summer camp where opportunities abound: a chance to play sports never played before; an opportunity to learn, firsthand, where such foodstuffs as milk and eggs come from – firsthand attention he craves but may not be getting at home.
New Balance Girls’ Night Out!
Spending time with friends after work and other obligations is always something we want to make time for. Taking that time to catch up with my friends and loved ones not only helps me have fun and relax, but also helps me keep in touch despite our busy schedules. As great as it is to read updates on social media, it certainly doesn’t replace our time in person! Sometimes it’s a juggle to make time for fun after work, as one of the other ways I de-stress and keep up my fitness routine is through exercise. I’m a member of a gym and enjoy taking cardio dance, spinning, yoga and strength training classes. I love inviting friends to join me for these programs so that we can get our workout in, and then have a healthy dinner afterwards, but sometimes this poses a challenge, as not everyone is a member of the same fitness facility.
Providence, RI
Mom Central received complimentary lodging. All opinions expressed are our own. Even in the summer, every day seems busier than the last, and we rarely get the time to think about vacations, much less actually take them. So when the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Rhode Island invited Mom Central to come to Providence, I welcomed the break. The close proximity to Boston makes Providence an attractive getaway option. Without needing a car, you can get to Providence directly from Boston courtesy of the MBTA, arriving in a little over an hour. With amazing nightlife, delicious food, and activities for the entire family, my boyfriend and I experienced a weekend of pure fun and relaxation.
Until now, I was a blade guy. So when Panasonic sent me their Arc 5 wet/dry electronic shaver, it had to pass a couple of pre-requisites before I would even take it out of the box. Namely: -       The Arc 5 had to work in both wet and dry mode -       It had to give me at least a week of shaving without recharging -       The resulting shave had to make me look good – and that was a major challenge Out of the Box and Into the Shower So the first thing I did was charge up the Arc 5 and give it a test drive in the shower – could it replace the blade I use every morning?
This summer Banana Boat® sunscreen wants to bring moms and their families the tips, tools, and prizes they need to have the Best Summer Ever! Come join us Monday, June 30th as we chat about summertime fun the whole family can enjoy! Date: Monday, June 30, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @BananaBoat Party Hashtag: #BBBestSummer Prizes: In total, two pre-party winners and six party winners will be randomly selected to receive $50 Amazon gift codes. Party participant prize winners will be announced every ten minutes. Prize rules will be housed on the Mom Central blog. Official prize rules can be viewed here: http://www.momcentral.com/giveaway-rules Questions: Email Larry (ldennison@momcentral.com) Follow Along and Join in the Conversation
SouvenarteBooks
Disclosure: SouvenarteBooks is a client of Mom Central Consulting. With schools on hiatus for the summer, Moms everywhere know they have a decision to make. Nestled at home amidst the worn-out backpack, battered trombone case, and nearly out-grown gym shoes lay a mound of construction paper, ceramic sculptures, and paper-mâché creations. A year’s worth of art projects represent so much to Moms – even more than the beauty of each individual piece. These collections showcase our kids’ creativity, their passions, and their cognitive and emotional development. We can page through everything from mixed media pieces to charcoal sketches to first writings and see how much they’ve grown and evolved by looking at what they created at the beginning of the year and what they produced by the end.
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