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Stacy DeBroff participated in a beta test of the 10-Day Detox Diet and received a complimentary galley version of the book, as well as a supply of vitamins and supplements to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are entirely her own. What if you could find a life-long nutrition and diet plan on which you (as a food lover…that’s me!) would not feel hungry or deprived, and yet would allow you to shed those accumulated pounds that cause daily frustration and inspire cries of, “Be gone from my body! Sheesh!” As I enter my fifties, I found myself gaining quite a few of these deeply hated pounds, which I could – depending on the day and my outlook – blame on traveling non-stop as the CEO of an entrepreneurial company, a slowing, aging metabolism, not getting enough exercise, bad genes, going through menopause, or something mysterious about the mostly “good” foods I ate clinging to my hips and belly with the relentlessness of duct tape.
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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)
Special Olympics
While the 2014 Olympic fever in Sochi has died down, Special Olympics are still in full swing. Since 1968, Special Olympics has been offering women, men, and children with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competitions in Olympic-style sports. Special Olympics features 32 individual and team sports – from alpine skiing to volleyball – provides quality training, and well-matched sporting events. Win or lose, the goal is always to be brave in the attempt! Recently, Special Olympics kicked off their annual Spread the Word to End the Word campaign to build awareness for society to stop and think about its use of the R-word. Use of that R-word, “retard” or “retarded,” is hurtful and painful and whether intended or not, is a form of bullying. Most people don’t think of this word as hate speech, but that’s exactly what it feels like to millions of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and friends. The R-word can be just as cruel and offensive as any other slur.
Bialetti bakeware
Mom Central received Bialetti bakeware and cookware to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. When you marry into an Italian family, one thing is clear – good food is of the utmost importance. Meals are taken very seriously, and it’s as much about the tools used to create the dishes as it is the end result. I was first exposed to Bialetti as it is the de-facto brand of espresso maker in my mother-in-law’s house. She owns about eight of them in every size imaginable, and I of course have one in my own home. Traveling around Italy this summer, I noticed the Bialetti Moka Express coffee makers were in all the shops, and in a wide selection of color choices, too. So, I was so excited to learn that now these fun colors are available in the States, and I’m planning to add a purple one to my collection very soon!
Join us Wednesday, March 12th for the #SingleMomsClub Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET / 10-11 AM PT! From catching up with old friends to leaning on new ones for support during difficult times, we will be chatting about the incredible bond women form in friendships as seen in Liongate’s new film, The Single Moms Club.
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