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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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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.
Join us on Friday, September 26th for the Kohl’s #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party from 1-2PM ET! We will be chatting with @Kohls about fall fashion and the new DesignNation Elie Tahari collection available at Kohl’s. The season’s changing and it’s time for a new wardrobe! Join the #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party to discuss our favorite clothing items and the new fall fashion looks this season. What: #ElieTahariForKohls Twitter Party When: Friday, September 26 2014 from 1:00-2:00PM ET Hashtag: #ElieTahariforKohls Moderator: @MomCentral Brand Team: @Kohls
Contigo West Loop Travel Mug
Influence Central received a complimentary sample of the West Loop travel mug in order to facilitate this review. All of the views expressed are our own. As my fall calendar becomes busier, I’m thankful for small luxuries like a steaming cup of my favorite home-brewed coffee. School and work commitments ramp up with the advent of autumn weather, so I often enjoy my cuppa on-the-go. Contigo, the #1 selling line of travel mugs, developed a travel mug that proves perfect for my busy days: stylish, easy to handle, leak-proof and easy to clean. Contigo uses durable materials that withstand the hustle and bustle of a busy family. From carpooling, running errands, or standing on the sidelines of a chilly soccer field on all-too-early Saturday mornings, Contigo appreciates the need for gear that can deal with whatever our busy lives can throw at it.
iRobot Roomba 650
Influence Central received a complimentary iRobot Roomba 650 in order to facilitate this review. All of the opinions expressed are our own. With fall officially underway, finding time to clean and maintain a home proves extremely difficult. As life becomes busier and the number of activities our children participate in increase, chores can get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. For me, since vacuuming takes so much time and energy, I often bump it off the list in favor of more time spent my family. With the iRobot Roomba 650, this proves no longer a problem, as I can work a full day and come home to a house that has essentially cleaned itself.
Generations Riveria Maya: Karisma Eko Chefs
I received a complimentary press trip to the new Generations Riviera Maya hotel for the launch of the Little Eko Chefs program. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I just got back from Generations Riviera Maya in the Mexican Caribbean where I got to experience their new amazing culinary experience for kids: Little Eko Chefs. This newest hotel outpost in Mexico by Karisma hotels lives up to the impeccable style of Karisma beach hotels along the Mexican Riveria such as gorgeous modern rooms, each with a full on view of the ocean, lovely swimming pool and swim up bar, fantastic kids club and impeccable gourmet dining at five gorgeous on property restaurants. My visit was part of a press trip to the newly opened Generations Resorts by Karisma that highlighted the resort’s Eko Kids Club – a wonderful service offering supervised activities for children, ages 4 to 12, in an ideal huge play space – as well as its new amazing culinary learning experience for kids.
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