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How To Host A Stress Free Holiday Dinner Party At Home [VIDEO]

December 18th, 2014 by Lifestyle Staff

Now that we are officially counting down the days until Christmas, it’s time we start prepping our homes for our friends and family to arrive. But gone are the days that we are all slaving in the kitchen cooking Christmas dinner for hours the night before, just to fall asleep on our guests the next evening.

How To Host A Dinner Party

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Watch how Digital lifestyle expert, Christen shows us how she’s getting her adorable New York apartment ready for dining with her besties. Watch the video below.

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Now that you’ve got a few tips on how to host a dinner party (and help you through a busy holiday of hosting duties) are you ready to get ready to the holiday hosting fun with family?  What are your plans for the holiday season?  Share your favorite holiday ideas and tips below.

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Three Holiday Tech Gifts That Can Help Your Kids In The Classroom

December 18th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Toys and games are sure to be on kids’ gift lists this holiday season. Many parents will hope to mix in something practical with all the fun, aiming to give a gift that can help children of any age do their best in school. With technology in common use in classrooms across the country, many parents will shop for laptops, notebooks or other devices that can help facilitate learning.

58% of students use a laptop, notebook or Chromebook for school at lest 2X per week.  

71% of Elementary school students

67% of middle school students

56% of high school students 

Would like to use mobile devices in the classroom more than they do now….

(via 2014 Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey)

With the wide range of learning tasks students tackle daily, it’s important for parents to choose devices with maximum flexibility. Windows is the most commonly used operating system in the workplace and a vast library of educational materials are Windows compatible, so it makes sense for children to learn on Windows 8-enabled devices with Intel inside. Three types of devices stand out for parents looking for computing flexibility:

HP ProBook

Notebooks

Smaller, lighter and more economical than full-sized laptops, today’s notebooks still pack a great deal of computing power in their compact frames. Products like the HP ProBook Notebook PC allow students to perform basic word-processing tasks, access online learning tools, and share notes and assignments with peers and teachers. Durable yet lightweight, their typical small size allows them to fit easily into backpacks and be used in classroom settings without taking up too much space.

Dell Venue

Tablets

With their versatile touchscreen interface, tablets inspire creativity and facilitate collaboration among students and educators. Teachers who use tablets in class are able to personalize lessons to appeal to the learning styles and interests of multiple students, rather than approaching a lesson as one size fits all. For younger students who have not yet mastered a keyboard, touchscreen tablets provide an easy way to accomplish tasks. Styles like the Dell Venue 11 can also feature handwriting recognition, making note-taking fast and easy for older students and helping younger pupils practice handwriting skills.

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2 in 1s

For older students who do more typing, 2 in 1 devices like the Lenovo Yoga or Asus Transformer provide the convenience of a notebook and the flexibility of a tablet. These devices are lightweight with a touchscreen interface, like a tablet, but can be also used like a traditional laptop through a detachable, flippable or rotating keyboard. Having both functionalities within one device facilitates creativity, note-taking and collaboration.

Not sure which of these device types might best suit your student’s needs? Consult with your child’s teacher. In many classrooms across the country, teachers are already using technology in their lessons. Your child’s teacher may be able to advise you on what type of device would best mesh with what he or she is already using in the classroom.

What sort of educational gifts are you looking to buy the kids in your life this season?  Do you  believe that educational tech gifts make the best gifts for kids or are traditional gifts more up your alley?  Share your thoughts below.

The Gifts We All Want! The BIG Holiday Gift Guide Is Here! #BigGiftGuide

December 17th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away!  Have you begun your holiday shopping yet?  If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!)  We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list.  Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life?  We’ve got you covered!  Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange?  We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!

We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER!  Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!

Make sure to log on to DivasandDorks.com, starting Thursday, November 20th - as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.

 

Page 1. Holiday Tech Guide for Parents

Page 2. Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages (GIVEAWAY)

Page 3. Gifts for the Office Holiday/ Gift Exchange Party 

Page 4. Double Duty Tablet gifts That Pack A Productive Punch

Page 5. Watches, Bracelets, Pendants and More – Wearable Gifts For The Entire Family

Page 6. Home Entertainment Gift For The Entire Family  

Page 7. Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life

Page 8. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Him

Page 9. Stylish and Tech Savvy:  Gifts for Her

Page 10. Sentimental Gifts Perfect for Grandparents

Page 11. Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List (GIVEAWAY)

Page 12. Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50

 

Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday?  We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!

 

Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 

 

Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Office Oddball In Your Life #BigGiftGuide

December 5th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

If you know me, then you know I’m about as quirky as they come!  Thankfully the great people at Quirky has tons of products for the quirkiest friends and family on your holiday gift list.  Quirky’s products are created and brought to life by real consumers like you and me, trying to solve real life problems.

 

 

Quirky Space Bar

Space Bar

You may have seen me talk about my office space and how the space bar has been a great addition adding space and additional power/usb support.  The Space Bar from Quirky, is a sleek desk accessory that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. After a long day of work, slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf and store your office miscellany—keys, digital camera, etc.—up top. ($99.99)

 

 

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Quirky PowerCurl

PowerCurl

PowerCurl is a cord wrap for the whole family of MacBook® power adapters (Air®, Pro®, Retina®, et. al.). It makes it easy to unplug and pack up quickly, without having to untangle a mess the next time you set up shop. Its sleek, new look even features a silicone cover that keeps unsightly cords concealed. ($5.00)

 

 

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Converge

Converge is a powerfully useful docking station that shows off your electronics while they charge. Excess cables slip in easily, stay in place, and remain out of sight. Plus, all of your gadgets face you, so you can…  ($69.99)

 

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Pivot Power

You know what makes sense? This. Reclaim your outlets with Pivot Power, a flexible surge-protecting power strip that bends to fit every sized plug or adapter without wasting a single outlet. That means no more plug traffic jams or blocked outlets—even those big ol’ power bricks are welcome. ($29.99)

 

 

In addition to making great gifts for others, these gifts would make great additions to your home or office as well!  Are you looking for more gift ideas this season?  Check back daily as we’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint:  Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear?  We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before!  You won’t want to miss out!)  All December long, make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!

Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list?  Need help finding the perfect gift this season?  Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide”  for personalized help finding the right gift this year! 

Get Amazing Deals At The @BestBuy Holiday Shopping Event This Saturday #BBYShoppingEvent

November 6th, 2014 by Christen Rochon

Can you believe that one of the biggest shopping days of the year is just around the corner?  If you hate the long lines, aggressive shoppers and overall Black Friday shopping experience why not get a jump on your holiday gift list and save money in the process instead?  Join savvy customers in the know for the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this weekend!

 

Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event

 

I have plenty of gadgets on my gift list for family and friends this season and I’m excited about the chance to get some major gifts scratched off my gifting list at the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this Saturday!  On Saturday, November 8th from 1pm – 4pm Best Buy customers can preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony.  There will even be specialized experts on hand in-store to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list this year!

 

Find holiday deals on the hottest gifts and get a few special treats for yourself including:

Apple 

•          Get a $100 Best Buy gift card when you buy any Apple® MacBook Air 1,2

•          Get a $50 Best Buy gift card when you buy the new Apple iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1,2

Samsung       

•          Purchase a 55-inch Samsung UN55H6350AFXZA HD TV (SKU 4323009) for only $799.99

Sony  

•          Save $200 when you buy a Sony XBR55X850B 4K UHD TV (SKU 5005006) with a Sony PlayStation 4.

•          Select PlayStation 4 games on sale for $24.992 (regularly $39.99)

Geek Squad  

•          Get free Geek Squad Smart Device Online Setup (valued at $49.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection for Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

•          Get free Geek Squad Virtual Smart TV Set Up (valued at $149.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection.

•          Get 20% off Geek Squad Protection with the purchase any Geek Squad TV Installation service.

One day offers in stores only (not valid on-line)

Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event

 

Are you looking forward to saving big on your holiday shopping this year?  Which of the amazing Best Buy Holiday Shopping event deals are you looking forward to taking advantage of this Saturday? Share what’s hot on your holiday shopping list below!

 

Disclaimer:  The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

Celebrate The Holidays With A Best Buy eGift Card

December 19th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Christmas, Chanukah, Chinese New Year…Best Buy not only has the latest in gaming, electronics and accessories – but also a wide variety of Best Buy eGift cards celebrating the holidays (no matter which holiday you celebrate.)

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Best Buy eGift cards come in practically any denomination that you want to send & it’s the perfect way to send joy and happiness this holiday season!

Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities.  The upcoming Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations.  For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring.  It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in countries such as China, Tibet, Korea, and Vietnam.

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This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on January 31st 2014 of our Gregorian calendar.  Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with an Asian-inspired eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com.

Don’t miss your chance. Give it to win it. Daily gift card prizes up to $10,000.  Buy any Best Buy gift card, $25 & up, then enter for your chance to win.

Best Buy eGift Card

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

 

Woo-Saaah: 5 Apps To Combat Holiday Stress

December 18th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Are you feeling the stress that the holiday brings?  Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you — and many things that you do yourself — put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.  According to the American Heart Association, you can utilize positive self-talk or daily relaxation to cope with stressful situations or you could put these 5 apps to combat holiday stress to the test.

apps to combat stress

 

Headspace:  Try the site’s guided-mindfulnes meditation sessions on the go, for relaxation sessions that are quicker than your average cab ride.

 

Cleveland Clinic Stress Meditations:  Manage stress though any of the eight techniques in the is Wellness Institute – designed program.

 

stress check Apps To Combat Holiday Stress

 

Stress Check:  Measure your immediate stress levels and track them over time, learning novel ways to cope in the process.

 

 

 

iSleep Easy:  Deep breathing leads to deep sleeping with this app, a meditation-based substitute for sleeping pills.

 

yogic breath Apps To Combat Holiday Stress

 

 

Yogic Breath:  Tap into pranayama, or yogic breathing, with easy instruction in a selection of breathing techniques.

 

 

 

 

Stress is always going to be apart of life, but it’s your reaction to stress that counts.  These apps offer a great alternative to wrecking your holiday plans and ruining holiday memories this season.  Do you have games or favorite apps that help you combat holiday stress?  If so, share your favorite apps below.

Find The Hottest Gift Ideas At The WIRED Holiday Store

December 17th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

WIRED HOLIDAY STORE

 

Last week,  I got a behind the scenes look at the WIRED Holiday Store in New York City for the latest in all things tech on wish lists everywhere.  Check out just a few of the hot items found in this behind the scenes look at the 2013 WIRED holiday store below.

 

 

You still have time to check out the WIRED Holiday Store located on 14th Street at 9th Avenue until December 22nd.  Stay up-to-date with the latest in WIRED events and promotion via #WiredStore or @WiredInsider on Twitter.

Want more details on the items explored?  Check out more from the WIRED Holiday Store below.

KOHLER® Moxie® Showerhead and Wireless Speaker

  • Bring music to your shower like never before with the new Moxie® showerhead + wireless speaker. Pair music, news and more to the magnetic wireless speaker. Then pop the speaker into the showerhead and get ready to shower out loud with the crisp, clean sound. Learn more at KOHLER.com/Moxie.

 

Nest – Learning Thermostat

  • Nest “Learning Thermostat” is a revolutionary tool that remembers your ideal temperature and can help you save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by turning itself down when you’re away and offering control features from anywhere by using a phone, tablet, or computer.

 

Fitbit Force

  • Fitbit’s “Force” is wearable wrist technology that measures your daily activity—steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes, and hours slept – with the added bonus of measuring your progress over time on a computer or smartphone.

 

Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens

  • Olloclip’s 4-in-1 Photo Lens offers 4 advanced lenses for stunning photos and video that can easily clip onto an iPhone or iPod touch, and is compatible with all your favorite apps.

 

Olloclip Telephoto Lens

  • Designed for anyone who uses an iPhone to take photos and video, this superior telephoto lens delivers 2x optical magnification so you can get twice as close to what you’re photographing. The Circular Polarizing Lens (included) helps reduce reflections and makes colors truer to life.

 

North Face® ThermoBallTM

  • Powered by PrimaLoft® synthetic technology, our new ThermoBall™ jacket features down-like clusters that trap heat and retain warmth, even when wet. Ultralight and highly compressible, ThermoBall easily packs away and won’t weigh you down in the backcountry.

 

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

  • Unleash the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create & command robots to do anything you can imagine. Use the 3D building instructions to create multiple models & bring them to life with an icon-based programming interface. Take on ready-made missions or download the free app using your smart device.

 

Ouya: A New Kind of Game Console

  • OUYA is out-of-the-box fun for people who just want to game. It’s fast, sleek, and as easy on the wallet as it is to set up. With 500+ games you can try before you buy—and more every day—OUYA is where gaming is going. Exclusively for WIRED fans, receive a $10 FREE game credit with your order.

Chevrolet 2014 Corvette Stingray

  • Complete with carbon nano-hybrid composite, hydroformed aluminum, carbon-fiber hood and more, WIRED Magazine reported that in the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, “it all comes together in driving nirvana.”

Take Time To Enjoy Your Holiday Moments With HERSHEY

December 17th, 2013 by Christen Rochon

Disclosure:  I received compensation and information about dark chocolate from The Hershey Company. All opinions expressed within are my own.

There’s something downright magical that happens when you pair two unassuming opposites together to form something absolutely amazing! (No, I’m not talking about Divas And Dorks… I’m actually talking about HERSHEY’S dark chocolate treats!)

Looking for a little holiday pick me up?  I really enjoy the rich savory taste of HERSHEY’S dark chocolate.  Lucky for me, I can find all the chocolate I need at any given time at my local Duane Reade store.  Duane Reade has convenient locations and I always have quick in and out shopping experiences with no long lines, and a great selection of portion-friendly dark chocolate treats – perfect for on-the-go, busy lifestyle.

Handy HERSHEY chocolates #DReadeHSY #cbias #shop

After discovering the sweet savory treat a few weeks ago, it didn’t take me long to visit Duane Reade for some of my favorite dark chocolate treats.  One bite of HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand SPECIAL DARK Chocolate is an instant chocolate treat that you’ll definitely want to enjoy while surviving the holiday season.  I absolutely love that Duane Reade has a great selection of dark chocolate to fit any occasion, like HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolate and HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand SPECIAL DARK Chocolate.  Discover your favorite Hershey chocolates at your local Duane Reade store today!

Check out my entire Duane Reade shopping experience as I explore my favorite chocolate aisle in NYC below…

What I Need NOW?  HERSHEY Dark Chocolates of Course! #DReadeHSY #cbias #shop

Picking up some HERSHEY’S Dark Chocolates of Course!

 

Holiday Happiness With HERSHEY #DReadeHSY #cbias #shop

Holiday Happiness In Hand With Hershey!

A Basket Full Of Cheer With HERSHEY #DReadeHSY #cbias #shop

A Basket Full Of Cheer With HERSHEY…

After snatching up several bags of my favorite chocolate treats from Duane Reade, I am ready to enjoy my holiday moments my way, every day.  Discover how you can survive the chaos of the holidays with sweet treats of your own by visiting themoderationnation.com and DuaneReade.com.

 

Shop For Good: Try Gifting for a Cause This Holiday Season

December 16th, 2013 by Nicole

Shop For Good:  Try Gifting for a Cause This Holiday Season

shop for good with RED products

 

Combining your holiday giving and charitable kindness; what a wonderful thing.  Support a charitable cause and also gift to the one you love with (RED).org.  The organization helps bring awareness and lifesaving treatments for the fight against Aids in Africa. The anti-retroviral medications are helping to combat and manage the disease helping millions of women and children live a long and healthy life.

The (RED) Manifesto

Every Generation is known for something.

Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION.

 

How does this work?

 

“When you buy (RED) from the world’s most iconic brands, they donate up to 50% of the proceeds to fight AIDS. We’re at a tipping point in the fight – with action and urgency, it’s possible for the world to end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies.”  (red.org)

 

shop for good with RED products beatsbydre

Beats by Dr. Dre contributes $5 from each Solo HD (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition headphones to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.  The Beats by Dre mission is to provide a superior end-to-end music experience – with headphones, speakers, devices and services – so fans feel the emotion and hear the music the way artists intended it to sound from the studio

shop for good with RED products starbucks-red-card

Starbucks is one of the key supporters of the Product (RED) campaign to raise funds to help those living HIV and AIDS in Africa, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The coffee company began a partnership with (RED) in 2008 with the concept, “Your handcrafted beverage an agent of change”. The Starbucks campaign includes donations from proceeds of handcrafted drinks, coffee cards, specially designed mugs and tumblers.

shop for good with RED products mophie

Mophie powerstation (PRODUCT) RED is reliable power, capable of quickly charging virtually any USB device in the world, including the iPad and other power-hungry tablets with ease.

 

 

With well known and popular brands like Apple, Starbucks, Morphie, Theory, and beats by dr. dre, you are bound to find that perfect gift.

So, gift someone you love and tell them how this gift will also help those in need.

 

 

 

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