With the holiday season upon us and Christmas just a week away, busy moms and dads are feeling much more stress than usual this time of year. If you’re struggling to get all the shopping done before Christmas Eve, entertain guests and stay healthy, you’re in luck. I was joined by MomTrends CEO, Nicole Feliciano for an interview yesterday to discuss timesaving tactics we can all use, how to stay healthy this holiday season, great last minute gift ideas for the hostess on your list, and a fun app that the kids will love!
Candace Rose: What are some timesaving tactics we can all use?
Nicole Feliciano: “Well, one of my first tips is that you’ve got to carve out some time for yourself. 96% of moms (according to a survey from BlogHer and fruitwater report that they don’t get enough me time, so one of my tips is to stock your refrigerator with some great tasting naturally fruit flavored fruitwater. It’s a sparkling beverage with zero calories, so I like to carve out my me time by pretending I’m going into the kitchen to do dishes or prepare some snacks for the kids. I just pour myself one of the seven flavors, it’s an instant relief from all of the to-do lists and things I’ve got going on at the holiday season. The perfect way to carve out me time without having to leave the house or go anywhere for a big lengthy period of time, it’s quick, easy and delicious!”
Candace Rose: How can we stay healthy this holiday season?
Nicole Feliciano: “Well, colds and flus happen and you want to make sure you recover as quickly as possible. Cold-EEZE Cold Remedy Plus natural multi-symptom relief cold and flu quickmelts are the answer. Thanks to zinc gluconate you will feel the symptoms decrease in half the time as if you went untreated. You can get immediate relief thanks to the natural ingredients like elderberry, peppermint, and licorice. You pop one of the quickmelts in and you will start feeling your sore throat soothed and some of the achiness gone away as well. Make sure you’ve got those in your medicine chest.”
Candace Rose: What are some great last minute gift ideas that the whole family will love?
Nicole Feliciano: “Of course you can head online for gift cards to DunkinDonuts.com or Baskin-Robbins. There are also some great deals to be had in addition to the gift cards! You can get three pounds of coffee right now for $19.99. That’s available in-store and online. Exclusively in-store there’s a special deal – it’s two boxes of K-Cups for $15.99. My kids absolutely love the hot cocoa, so this is an easy way for them to get a beverage that is one of their favorites. These also make great hostess gifts, teachers gifts.
Speaking of hostess gifts, why not offer to bring dessert at the next party you attend. The Snowman from Baskin-Robbins is an ice cream cake. He is so cute and you can preorder him online and then you can also pick him up in the store. Whether you’re not able to bake dessert for your own party that you’re hosting or you’re going out to see friends, I know that this is definitely going to be one that the kids absolutely love.”
Candace Rose: What are some fun activities for the kids this busy holiday season?
Nicole Feliciano: “Well, you’re going to want to have some fresh apps downloaded to your iPad. There’s a new one called the Captain McFinn Swim and Play, it’s perfect for kids ages three to five and this is the first live interactive app. As your fish characters swim around Sand Dusty Reef, you’ll see a life host pop up and engage and interact with your kids. It’s all in a safe and secure setting and it’s very social and positive. You’re going to feel good about giving your kids this app so they can have an experience that’s very safe, secure, creative and it’s something you’re going to want to check out as well.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Nicole Feliciano: “Well, my last tip is just make sure that you spend time enjoying the holiday season. Take some things off your to-do list and know that not everything has to be perfect. The most important thing is to enjoy spending time with your family. If you’d like more information on the things we talked about today, you can head to Facebook.com/VideoPump.”