Effortless holiday entertaining

Holiday Entertaining

I love to entertain around the holidays, and I always have. Of course once you’re in the throes of getting ready for a holiday party, it can start to feel more like a sentence than a pleasure. There are so many details involved even with the most intimate gathering, that unless you want to spend all night in the kitchen, looking exasperated and making your guests feel uncomfortable, it pays to be organized.

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Saving during the season of spending?


Sponsored Post Spend, spend, spend.  ‘Tis the season for blowing your cash on gifts for friends, family and you (those sparkly shoes that you must wear on your holiday party circuit). If you scoff at the idea that there’s actually ways to save at this time of year, well I don’t blame you. My “I think I can swing it” method of budgeting always ends up disaster, and I tend to close my eyes and not look at my credit card bill until January, which, after all the holiday merriment, is about as sobering as it gets.

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Gadgety gifts that won’t break the bank


When you think of gadgets as gifts, the phrase “budget-friendly” doesn’t exactly come to mind.  Is it possible to wow your techy friends and still have money left over for sugar cookies? I say a resounding, “you bet.” There are lots of tech gifts under $100 that are as useful, fun, and perfect for everyone on your list, including an especially cool kids gift that is sure to earn you the title of favorite grandparent, aunt or uncle.  I’m back on the Today Show this morning at 10AM ET and PT with Kathie Lee and Hoda (my ladies!) to share my favorites with them— many of which are already en route to my own friends and family this year.

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TomTom Adventurer GPS Hiking & Trail Running Watch + Heart Rate Monitor



Slip Silk “Mrs” Eye Mask

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Down to the Wire? Grab 5 Last-Minute Tech Gifts

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Sponsored Post You made your list and checked it twice… or did you? Turns out, you still have a few gifts left to buy and it’s down to the wire. Not to worry! I’ve found five perfect, last-minute tech gifts. Even better, they’re all at Staples, where you can grab ’em and go within minutes (or they can be shipped straight from the store). While you’re there, you can even pick up a binder or two for your holiday photos! Here are my fast five final presents:

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Apps to help with holiday shopping


If you’re anything like me, this holiday season has taken you by complete surprise… just like it did last year and the year before that. Honestly, why is it that every year, around mid-November, I feel so prepared, and a mere two weeks later, I’m scrambling to get the cards, the gifts, the meals all done! It would be funny if it wasn’t so so overwhelming.

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