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Interview + GIVEAWAY! Stress Free Holiday Tips with Your Smartphone with DIY Network’s Tech Expert Janna Robinson

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With more and more people using smartphones these days to keep their family life in order and to make big purchases, DIY Network’s tech expert Janna Robinson joined me recently to dish on the must have shopping and organization apps not just for the holiday season, but to help keep your family in order throughout the rest of 2012 and into the hustle and bustle of 2013! And speaking of stress and hustle and bustle these days, we are so excited to be offering one lucky reader of Candace Rose a fabulous de-stress kit which includes a robe, slippers, tea, chocolate, a USB drive and so much more! Please be sure to scroll down after reading this informative interview for more details on how to enter to win this extraordinarily valuable gift!


DIY Network tech expert Janna Robinson shares the must have apps for the holiday season and for keeping your family on track!

DIY Network tech expert Janna Robinson shares the must have apps for the holiday season and for keeping your family on track!





Candace Rose: How can our smartphones make life easier this holiday season?

Janna Robinson: “Well, what’s nice for smartphones and tablets is is they can be essential tools in reducing holiday stress by simplifying and organizing your life. And U.S. Cellular and I have compiled a list with all these great tips and apps to put the app in happy holidays.”


Candace Rose: There are so many different apps out there and it can be very overwhelming to choose the right one. What are some of your favorites?

Janna Robinson: “I really like Google Shopper and TheFind, and especially TheFind because you can not only check local availability but you can browse catalogs. And this is my favorite- you can compare online to in-store pricing, and to me that’s awesome.

The U.S. Cellular free family organizer app is also really great, especially during the holidays, everybody is crazy so it not only keeps track of your to do lists, your shopping lists; but it also coordinates and shares your family’s calendars.

The coupon app is really nice if you’re looking to save money. It gives you real time deals at stores, restaurants, gas stations, and many other places.

The mint.com and the company website is also really great because you can keep track of your finances- what you earn as well as what’s going out. And it’s all done from one centralized location as well as linking with your bank accounts and your credit card accounts.”


Candace Rose: Do you have any advice when it comes to shopping from your smartphone or tech gadget?

Janna Robinson: “It’s not so much advice, it’s that there are so many apps out there, just be careful. Do some research and know what the app does specifically. But really, make your technology work for you. I think at the end of the day, we’re spending all our hard earned dollars on our technology so really make it work for you.”

Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?

Janna Robinson: I have some really great products here that are actually on U.S. Cellular’s website, but it’s the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, and the Samsung Galaxy Note2, as well as the Skullcandy headphones which is great for the music lover. And for the entertainer in your life there’s the iHome wireless speakers. So there’s lots of great products out there for anyone on your gift list.”


Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information?

Janna Robinson: “Check out USCellular.com.”



One lucky reader will win a fabulous de-stress kit. Here’s what this amazing kit includes:

  • A bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • Holiday candles
  • GHIRADELI chocolates
  • Tea sampler


Enter to win a fabulous de-stress kit!

Enter to win a fabulous de-stress kit!


Here’s how to enter:

Tell me what you’re looking forward to this holiday season!

Extra entries:

  • Subscribe to Candace Rose (separate comment)
  • Follow Candace Rose on Facebook (post a separate comment)
  • Become a follower of Candace Rose on Twitter
  • Subscribe to Candace Rose on Youtube
  • Follow Candace Rose on Pinterest
  • Follow Janna Robinson on Twitter
  • Follow U.S. Cellular on Twitter
  • Follow U.S. Cellular on Facebook
  • Blog/link to the giveaway (post link in comment)
  • Link to the giveaway on Twitter (post link in comment)
  • Link to the giveaway on Facebook (post link in comment)

Please leave a separate comment for each entry! It’s that simple =)

Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents, my apologies to my international friends. Contest closes on Friday, December 28th at 9pm PT, and the winner will be notified via email. =)
Contest Bee
*I was sent the same kit for review.

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  1. Elisabeth says:

    I’m subscribed to Candace Rose!

  2. Elisabeth says:

    I Follow Candace Rose on Facebook!

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I’m a follower of Candace Rose on Twitter!

  4. Elisabeth says:

    I Subscribe to Candace Rose on Youtube!

  5. Elisabeth says:

    I Follow Candace Rose on Pinterest!

  6. Elisabeth says:

    I Follow Janna Robinson on Twitter!

  7. Elisabeth says:

    I Follow U.S. Cellular on Twitter.

  8. Elisabeth says:

    I Follow U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

  9. Wendy T. says:

    Chocolates, chocolates, & chocolates!

  10. Wendy T. says:

    Liked you on Facebook!

  11. Wendy T. says:

    Following you on Twitter!

  12. Naya says:

    I’m looking forward to much needed r&r.

  13. Naya says:

    Following you on Pinterest.

  14. Jillian Richardson says:

    I’m looking forward to coming home from college and seeing my friends and family!

  15. Jillian Richardson says:

    I follow on Facebook

  16. Jillian Richardson says:

    follower of Candace Rose on Twitter

  17. Jillian Richardson says:

    Subscribed to Candace Rose on Youtube

  18. Jillian Richardson says:

    Followed Candace Rose on Pinterest

  19. Jillian Richardson says:

    Followed Janna Robinson on Twitter

  20. Jillian Richardson says:

    Followed U.S. Cellular on Twitter

  21. I’m looking forward to evenings in with my lovely wife and some bubbly, while we watch movies!

  22. Ella P. says:

    What I’m looking forward to this holiday season is to spend time with my family.
    Family is everything.

  23. Ella P. says:

    already subscribed to Candace Rose

  24. Ella P. says:

    I already liked Candace Rose on Facebook
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  25. Ella P. says:

    follower of Candace Rose on Twitter

  26. Ella P. says:

    I subscribed to Candace Rose on Youtube
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  27. Ella P. says:

    Following Candace Rose on Pinterest
    ID: Ella Parker (eparker83)

  28. Ella P. says:

    following Janna Robinson on Twitter

  29. Ekanem says:

    I’m looking forward to homemade gingerbread cookies! Also, hot chocolate in front of the fire (if the temperature ever gets low enough for a fire).

  30. Ekanem says:

    I’m following Candace on Facebook

  31. Ekanem says:

    And I’m following Candace on Pinterest!

  32. Caren says:

    Looking forward to hot cider and whipped cream in front of a roaring fireplace!

  33. Robin says:

    Have Ten Wonderful GrandBabies! Love them All.

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