AWARD-WINNING COOK KRISTINA VANNI SHARES HOW TO THROW A STRESS FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY AFFAIR!
The holiday season is often full of stress! With financial constraints and time pressures, the last thing you want to do is to add more to your too jam-packed to-do lists!
Afraid to have a house full of dinner guests? Not sure what steps to take to ensure an enjoyable get together? Looking for some new and creative ideas to impress guests on a budget? Join award-winning cook, Kristina Vanni as she shares tips for making this holiday season elegant, beautiful, and stress-free!
Kristina Vanni is a food writer and award-winning cook. She has won top culinary honors from Martha Stewart, Betty Crocker, and Kraft, just to name a few. She was named a “Hot Chef” by the National Restaurant Association. She is the CEO of Cooking Contest Central, the premier website and online community dedicated to cooking and recipe contests. Kristina appears regularly as a culinary expert on local and national morning shows across the country.
CHRIS BYRNE OF TTPM, (AKA THE TOY GUY®) PROVIDES TIPS ON GETTING GREAT DEALS ON TOYS IN THE LAST CRITICAL WEEKS OF THE SHOPPING SEASON
In both 2012 and 2013, the last weeks before the holidays were critical for retailers—and a bonanza for shoppers. In fact, in 2013, the final weekend before Christmas made the difference between profit and loss for several retailers in the toy space. Expecting great deals, more and more toy shoppers have postponed their toy shopping till these last few days, scoring great deals and taking advantage on shipping, in-store pick up and other consumer-friendly features. Just a few years ago, retailers were saying the toy season was over by mid-December. Not any more! The last ten days before the Christmas holiday are more critical than ever—and more packed with opportunity for consumers.
Chris Byrne (pronounced “burn”), content director of TTPM whose most recent book, Toy Time, was published in 2013, is available to discuss the opportunities and strategies for shoppers to get the most value out of the last critical days of the shopping season—without driving themselves crazy.
As more parents want to make sure they can get the toys they’re looking for and find great deals, TTPM, offers live pricing and in-stock status on the most popular toys of the year. Consumers can take advantage of online shopping tips as well as in-store strategies to find the toys their kids want and get the best deals. TTPM has become an increasingly important resource for them, showcasing toys that have been reviewed and selected by the editorial team. The site has posted more than 5,000 reviews of toys and family friendly products that are new for 2014 as well as shopping tips, information on kids with special needs and much more. TTPM’s video reviews have been seen more than 150 million times in 2014—even before the holiday season has begun.
JUSTINE SANTANIELLO - LIFESTYLE EXPERT - LAST MINUTE GIFTS"
So what should you do if you’ve waited ‘til the 11th hour to go shopping and the store shelves were bare? We have some good news for all you procrastinators - help has arrived! As we enter the holiday shopping home-stretch, let our Lifestyle Expert Justine Santaniello give you some “just in the nick of time” gift ideas!
Justine Santaniello is a regularly featured expert on The Veria Living Network and has served as a correspondent for Access Hollywood and The Wendy Williams Show. She has appeared as a lifestyle expert for New York Live, BetterTV, and Yahoo!, in addition to guest co-host for Life Love Shopping. Justine has made appearances on FOX Business, the Hallmark Channel, WE, the Discovery Channel, and BRAVO. With extensive media experience, she is also a regular guest on local morning TV shows across the country.