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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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Tricks, Treats, and Truly Spooky Halloween Costumes from Petco
Influence Central received samples from Petco in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. New England officially welcomes fall, with the advent of beautifully-colored leaves and crisper temperatures. While enjoying the autumn apple picking, hunting for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern and decorating our homes, let’s not leave our pets out of the seasonal fun! With creative and adorable outfits and accessories from Petco, our favorite furry family members can now be as festive as our children this Halloween. Petco offers an enormous selection of costumes for your pets, catering to almost every whim and interest! Here, one of our Influence Central dogs, Jake, transforms into a tough zombie hunter with just one piece of apparel, making him happy and comfortable as well as ready for trick-or-treating with the family.
Join us on Thursday, October 16th for the Littlest Pet Shop #LittlestPetShop Twitter Party from 1-2PM ET! We will be chatting with @Hasbronews about childhood memories and the new line of Littlest Pet Shop toys including the world of BLYTHE BAXTER and her downtown city! Some of the newest pets include: artist monkey MINKA MARK, doggie diva ZOE TRENT and head hedgehog RUSSELL FERGUSON.
Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Edition review
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Edition in order facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. The game Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Edition is a very unique game where you can do many things such as play the Avengers level, build a town, create a racetrack and even build your own games. One of the first things that you will notice about the Marvel pack is that it comes with a clear version of Stark Tower which allows you to unlock an exclusive Avengers level. In this level you will unlock a special vehicle called the SHIELD motorbike. The graphics in the game make the characters look very plastic, like they are toys instead of the more realistic graphics some games have. I personally like this because it gives you a feeling that you’re playing with toys.
Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy from Perfective Ceuticals
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of Perfective Ceuticals Anti-imperfection Eye Therapy in order facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. We all have our morning beauty routines, but as the temperature grows colder, it can become harder to get out of bed to allow the time to properly prepare our faces and bodies for the day. For me, this routine includes coffee, but also great attention to my skin as the fall months tend not only to dry up tree leaves, but our pores as well. Perfective Ceuticals offers an Eye Therapy product that incorporates a growth factor to restore our skin, going above and beyond that which a general face cream can do. In order to maintain a youthful complexion, reduce fine lines, dark circles, and the under-eye puffiness I associate with grey fall mornings, we must use an eye cream that promises to keep our skin healthy and resilient.
Lands' End Cambray Shirt
Influence Central received samples from Lands’ End to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. Fall is by far my favorite time to shop for clothes. Sweaters, boots, light jackets – no matter what I purchased last year, I always come up with a reason to buy more. But just because I love fall shopping doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be smart about my purchases. I specifically look for versatile pieces that I can wear in a number of ways, so I can maximize each element of my wardrobe. I find that Lands’ End is a great place to shop for on-trend clothing items and accessories that quickly morph into wardrobe staples.
Jumpstarting Fall Workouts with Planet Fitness
Disclosure: Planet Fitness is a client of Influence Central and Maria will be receiving a complimentary membership. Stay tuned for her future post! The summer sun warming the early morning air and the daylight extending well past work hours encouraged my outdoor workouts. With the change in season, I now wake to the moon and go home in temperatures that require multiple layers – encouraging more time under the covers or on the couch than exercising. Planet Fitness, with over 800 locations nationwide, offers a high-quality, non-intimidating environment. It’s where I plan to counteract my tendency to hibernate in the colder weather and enjoy access to plentiful cardio and strength equipment. I worked out at my local Planet Fitness as a guest of a member friend last week and I marveled at the cleanliness and welcoming feel. I can’t believe I’m saying this: I’m so excited to start working out at a gym again! Find a club near you to join.
Join us on Tuesday, September 30th for the Urbini #GetFitWithAvi Twitter Party from 1-2pm EST to chat about how Moms like to stay active while taking care of their little ones and how the Urbini Avi Jogger is a great fit for Moms that want to get out and get fit while taking their baby along.  Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @UrbiniBaby Party Hashtag: #GetFitWithAvi  
Me Ra Koh’s Your Child in Pictures
Influence Central received a complimentary copy of Me Ra Koh’s book in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Me Ra Koh, a veteran child and family photographer and an experienced photo expert for shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Nate Berkus Show, touches on the commitment of parenting when she states, “Being a parent in today’s world is not for the faint of heart.” This is how Koh introduces her book, Your Child in Pictures, an aesthetically beautiful and in-depth parental guide to photographing toddlers and children from age one to 10. Not only does the book include many stunning photos from Koh’s own collection of work, but it also touches on the behaviors of children that we universally adore, and that can make photographing them both difficult and rewarding.
Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch!
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch! in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. Contrary to what many believe, fruit flies in our kitchen are not a reflection of the cleanliness of our home or of our fruits and vegetables, but are a healthy, normal part of our kitchen environment. That said, they remain an annoyance. For years, Aunt Fannie’s has created home products made of entirely natural materials, and Aunt Fannie’s Flypunch!, a revolutionary product to evict your home of fruit flies, proves no different.
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