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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. Here in the Northeast, our year started off with a flurry of snowstorms and bone-chilling temperatures sparked by the ubiquitous Polar Vortex. While my family loves winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, we also enjoy hunkering down with a hearty meal in front of a roaring fire when the temperatures plummet and winds begin howling. Food plays an enormous role in our lives. So much so that my husband and I view both cooking and eating as significant activities. In fact, as 2014 began, I resolved to cook more hearty vegetarian fare at least once a week and when the air turned frigid, I used it as an opportunity to explore more soups and stews.
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Every Turtle Counts by Sara Hoagland Hunter
  Mom Central received a complimentary copy of Every Turtle Counts in order to write this review. All of the opinions expressed are entirely our own. After growing up on Cape Cod, author Sara Hoagland Hunter finds powerful inspiration for her stories in her childhood memories and in the lives of those she loves. With a goal of giving a voice to unknown heroes, Sara has written 10 children’s books that have proven meaningful to readers of all ages. In her new, beautifully illustrated book Every Turtle Counts, Sara tells a touching story of Mimi, a young girl whose love for a lost sea turtle inspires us to cherish the difference in all things. Mimi speaks only to repeat the words of her mom, but her intuitive mind comes through easily in the pages of this book. Sara’s autistic niece inspired Mimi’s character, whose beautiful mind has both gentleness and intelligence that far exceeds our spectrum.
Reebok Checklight
Mom Central received a sample of the Reebok Checklight in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. When our kids have scrapes, cuts and bruises, we see them and know how to help. But with contact sports such as football, soccer and high-speed hockey, how do we know when a hit to our child’s head is considered a concussion? Over 300,000 sports-related concussions get reported around the U.S. every year. With concussions being less obvious than broken bones, when should we take our child to the doctor for a suspected head injury? After three years of research, Reebok has come up with the innovative and game-changing Checklight, a thin skullcap worn under a helmet or just as a cap on the head that detects whether or not your child has suffered a head impact at a speed and velocity indicative of a concussion.
Mom Central received a Black+Decker 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver with Autosense Technology to facilitate this review. The views expressed here are entirely our own. With summer upon us, we often notice a continual stream of things around the house that need to be fixed such as loose slats on the porch to doors that need adjusting. Indoors, shelves need to be put up and kitchen cabinet doors need straightening, too! Also, with warm weather comes the inspiration to take on new projects. Black+Decker’s new 20V MAX Lithium Drill/Driver with Autosense Technology offers up a fit-in-your-hand cordless power tool perfect for the “I’ll take care of that!” attitude toward fixing up your home. Black+Decker’s most compact cordless drill ever, its textured grip makes it easy to hold and simple to use as an electric screwdriver or drill. Plus, it automatically stops screws flush in the material on the first try.
Join us Friday, June 13th for the Beech-Nut #NotBabyFoodChallenge Twitter Party from 1-2 PM ET! We will be chatting about what you look for when purchasing food for your babies and how delicious homemade cooking by Moms inspires Beech-Nut Baby Food. Date: Friday, June 13, 2014 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Participants: @BeechNutFoods Party Hashtag: #NotBabyFoodChallenge Prizes: 2 pre-party winners with receive a $75 Target gift card and 6 party winners will be randomly selected every ten minutes to receive a $75 gift code. Follow along and join in the conversation by: Create your own custom view with TweetDeck or Hootsuite Following #NotBabyFoodChallenge on your Twitter search feed Pre-tweet to Win!
Derma MD Skincare
Mom Central received complimentary skincare products from DermaMD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are our own. For so many women, skincare falls into the category of “shoulda, coulda, woulda.” We know we should moisturize daily, address our increasingly dry skin, and begin to combat those fine lines that have suddenly cropped up. Yet so often, when faced with a choice of either a drawn-out bedtime skincare regime or collapsing in total exhaustion, we can’t help but choose bed. Defeated at nighttime, we pledge to start each day by gently cleaning our skin and using products to address such challenges as less-firm skin tone. Ten we remember we need to arrive at work early for a last-minute meeting. Or our third-grader’s science fair volcano falls apart during breakfast and we find ourselves on emergency clean-up duty.
Korus Wireless Speakers
Disclosure: Mom Central received two complimentary Korus Wireless Speakers to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely our own. In the not-too-distant past, in order to hear the latest hit song or listen to everyone’s favorite radio station, families devoted one wall of the living room to bulky entertainment systems filled with stereos, receivers, and refrigerator-sized speakers with no hope of ever budging. If our kids wanted to hear music in a different room of the house, they could only beg us to “crank it up!” Then, faster than you can say “MP3 Player,” the music movement turned portable, with legions of listeners of all ages in their own Private Idaho – rocking to their favorite songs, radio stations, and podcasts via ear buds.
Aerosoles Bright Ora and Acoustic
Mom Central received samples to facilitate this post. All opinions are our own. When summer arrives, we seem to immediately make the switch from closed-toed shoes to flip flops. Because they are so comfortable, we tend to justify that flip flops can be a match for every outfit. We purchase them in a variety of colors, and may even reserve a few pairs that have an extra accessory or pattern as our “dressier” option. We’re here to tell you that there is a whole world of summer shoes out there that have the comfort of a flip flop (if not more!), but the style and trendiness that the season’s clothes look great with. What we are describing may just be the perfect summer shoe, and can be found at Aerosoles.
Texas de Brazil
Mom Central attended an event hosted by Texas de Brazil. All opinions are our own. When planning to go out to dinner as a family, we look for those tried and true restaurants that we know will please everyone’s palate. But we want to go somewhere that will prove to be a memorable experience. Too often this means we fall into a habit of going to the same restaurant. However, after visiting the latest location of the Texas de Brazil restaurant chain in midtown Manhattan, I’m encouraging families to think differently the next time you’re planning a dinner out.
EnChroma Digital Color Boost Sunglasses
To facilitate this review, Mom Central received a review pair of EnChroma’s UV450 Digital Color Boost Sunglasses. The views expressed here are entirely our own. When we hear about new technological advancements, we immediately think about the latest innovations to our tablets, phones, and computers. EnChroma has brought this level of exciting tech innovation past our screens to sunglasses, with dramatic results. EnChroma’s Digital Color Boost UV450 sunglasses provide a level of brightness, contrast, and clarity of color that had everyone in our office who tried them on all taking one step back and declaring, “WOW!” as they looked out our windows at vibrant green trees, colorful spring flowers, and a strikingly blue sky. Best of all, they combine a high level of protection for our eyes from damaging light, while looking like a super cool pair of fashion forward designer sunglasses.
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