‘Tis the season to be jolly! Tip for a stress-free holiday from lifestyle expert Limor Suss (gift card giveaway ends 12/20/15)


MB-JCPenny Stockings

Holiday season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to deck the halls and gather your family and friends for a fun and festive holiday get together. While entertaining may feel like a burden, the holidays are meant to be fun. So, if you’re wondering how to plan a stress-free holiday get together where you won’t miss out on any of the fun and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones, you’re in luck!

Recently on-air contributor and lifestyle expert Limor Suss took the time to answer some questions I had for her about things we can do for a stress-free holiday.

If you are not familiar with Limor, she has appeared on national and local TV stations across the country including GMA, Dr. Oz,  Fox and Friends, Better TV, CBS’s on the Couch, New York Live & many others talking about the entertaining tips,  the hottest tech gadgets,  gift ideas and the latest beauty trends. Limor has also been quoted in many newspapers and blogs including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Mashable & The Next Web. Limor loves entertaining, cooking and finding the latest products.

Instead of a boring old Q&A with Limor, she graciously answered my questions on video where she was visually able to show me some of her great ideas.

Check out Limor’s great tips.


I LOVE the idea of using ornament as centerpieces and decoration on your holiday table. The cupcakes are darling. I’ll have to keep an eye out for those.

I also want to try that cranberry appetizer recipe she shares in the video.

The gift ideas she shares are great too. I want to get that plush blanket she showcases in the video.

My daughter would LOVE that bag! I need to see if I can find it online or at our local JCPenney store.

MB-JCPenny Purse

JCPenney is a great place to shop for not only holiday gifts but also holiday decor and home essentials. In fact, I recently purchased a new winter coat for my husband as a Christmas gift from JCPenney. He’s going to love it.

For more information please visit LimorSuss.com.

To find a JCPenny Location near you (or to shop online) visit JCPenney.com. You can also check them out on social media.

I have a $75.00 JCPenney Gift Card to give to a lucky reader. You can use the gift card to purchase holiday gifts, home decor or anything else you might enjoy.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 20, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share with me a holiday tip, recipe and/or a great gift idea.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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MB-JCPenny Table


*I received a gift card in exchange for my participation. There was no other compensation. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Jill McHale says:

    I use the Chocolate Chip cookie recipe on the back of the Nestle chips bag but I double the amount of vanilla that they call for. Delicious!!

  2. Linda Trinklein says:

    hmm a tip! For me I start very early so it does not hit our finances so hard! thank you for the chance!

  3. Instead of decorating my mantel, I create a holiday tableau on a bar cart with candles and ornaments. I love that it’s portable. I keep it in my living room and wheel it into the dining area for dinner.

  4. Lisa Brown says:

    Holiday travel tip: Pack light. Don’t check a bag if you can, take essentials, a nice outfit, but travel light.

  5. Adrienne Gordon says:

    Tip: we’ve found taking a travel carrier is essential for bringing back more than you left with.

  6. Eggnog Cheesecake Recipe.
    * Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
    * In a medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar and butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
    * Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Place on a wire rack to cool.
    * Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
    * In a food processor combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and eggnog; process until smooth. Blend in eggs, rum and nutmeg. Pour mixture into cooled crust.
    * Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    * Reduce heat to 250 and bake for 45 minutes, or until center of cake is barely firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and immediately loosen cake from rim. Let cake cool completely before removing the rim. Top with Ground Cinnamon 😛

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    I try to keep organized and keep a list of what needs to be done. I try to do a bit at a time, so I’m not overwhelmed at the last minute.

  8. I shop for Christmas gifts early to avoid holiday stress

  9. ron schnell says:

    Gotta shop early for the best deals!

  10. Last year I gave my mom a photo blanket she loved.

  11. I like making gifts and do it throughout the year, also gift baskets. You can save quite a bit doing it that way.

  12. Take advantage of lists to stay organized and limit unneeded stress.

  13. angela cunningham says:

    my tip is to get shopping done early so your not rushed and have more time for your family.

  14. Jennifer Rote says:

    My tip is to shop year round, that way you are not overwhelmed near the holidays.

  15. Barbara Montag says:

    My best holiday tip -I no longer try to do it all.
    Since I’ve cut back on some unnecessary things our household is more relaxed.
    thank you

  16. Sarah Hayes says:

    I like to give gift cards for gifts. they are so versatile

  17. Ann Fantom says:

    My tip for the holidays is to pre-prepare as much food as possible. I bake many of my Christmas cookies early and freeze them for later use. Nobody even notices that they were previously frozen.

  18. A fair-trade gift would make a wonderful gift idea. 🙂

  19. Here’s my holiday tip: schedule a relaxing massage or spa day for the first week of January.

  20. Thomas Murphy says:

    A netflix subscription is a good gift.

  21. A holiday tip of mine is to wrap a few gifts each day so you don’t have an overwhelming amount to wrap right before Christmas Day.

  22. My holiday tip is to have the kids help make the place settings for Christmas dinner.

  23. My best holiday tip is bake cookies a few days in advance so you are not rushing on the day before Xmas to bake them all for the big day.

  24. Take advantage of lists

  25. Courtnie Miller says:
  26. I shop early to reduce holiday stress.

  27. I know this is a great gift idea, because I received it as a gift, and I adore it: my Roku. I love the ease with which it streams music and video. And that’s coming from a technophobe!

  28. shelly peterson says:

    I like to do personalized and photo gifts for Christmas

  29. Brittney House says:

    I like to do my Christmas shopping throughout the later part of the year so I wont be rushing around Christmas.

  30. My favorite holiday cookie recipe is the butterscotch haystack recipes with crunchy noodles!

  31. Patrice P. says:

    I think that homemade goodies, whether sweet or savory, make a great gift.

  32. Vicki Wurgler says:

    my tip start early bake and freeze cookies, look for sales and have every contribute

  33. I like to keep a few inexpensive toys wrapped in case unexpected guests arrive with children. It’s a nice little surprise for them.

  34. Audra O'Hara says:

    I think a grocery store gift card makes a great gift. Groceries can be expensive; especially for young adults just starting out on their own. Even if they don’t want to use it for standard groceries, they can buy things like specialty coffee or bakery items.

  35. My best tip is lots of lists, I have a habit of forgetting what I am doing unless I have lots of lists.

  36. Jennifer Boehme says:

    Some dishes can be made early and refrigerated or frozen till needed. Do this to save time so you are not rushing last minute.

  37. My tip is to start shopping in July!

  38. A great gift idea is to remember those who take care of you – the newspaper carrier, the trash driver, the person who repairs your furnace or air conditioner or anyone else who provides services for you and your home. A card with a note of appreciation and some cash means more than you can imagine.

  39. i always make note when someone mentions something they like, and i try to pick up christmas gifts all year round and throw into my ‘Christmas box’ so by the time it rolls around i’ve got most of my shopping already done

  40. Tip: Shop for gifts ahead of schedule, to avoid the holiday rush.

  41. Francine Anchondo says:

    I love this recipe -Andes Mint Chocolate Cake with Ganache http://birdonacake.blogspot.com/2011/11/andes-mint-chocolate-cake-with-ganache.html

  42. Holly Thomas says:

    I do all my shopping with Swagbucks Amazon codes I have saved up.

  43. I try to keep extra gift bags, tags, and wrapping paper around the house. I also have a few small presents and stocking stuffers I can use quickly if I need to.

  44. patricia caradonna says:

    I love giving gift cards to my relatives up North. It’s easy and affordable to mail.

  45. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I like to give gift cards to restaurants for those people on my gift list who couldn’t ordinarily afford to eat out.

  46. I give homemade lemon bread and homemade blackberry jam from my organic blackberries

  47. My tip is to not wait until the last second. You can never start planning too early.

  48. For my niece I always take a mason jar and fill it up with things she loves, like reese cups, eos lipbalm…etc.

  49. my holiday tip is go with gift cards for your presents you can’t go wrong with these and they are always a big hit

  50. I think a gift card to a movie theater is a great gift idea for a family 🙂

  51. My grandma made date nut roll every year with loads of pecans. It’s wonderful!

  52. My tip is plan ahead, shop ahead, cook ahead and don’t fall into the trap of expecting perfection. Relax and enjoy the season.

  53. I know you have teenagers so an awesome gift for them would be a yeti cup. The coaches got the girls on my daughter’s softball team each one and they were so excited! They had to share pictures on snapchat as soon as they opened them. Thank you!

  54. Roy Johnson says:

    Holiday Tip – Don’t wait until the last minute to do your shopping. For me, Christmas shopping is all year round. I get stuff the day after Xmas and hide it for next year: )

  55. My neighbors have a cookie swap that I participate in. I just need to bake one kind of cookie and bring home a variety for my family. It’s a win-win. I also make lists for everything. I wrap presents as I get them.

  56. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i love getting bath products for people

  57. These are super simple, and everyone will be amazed by them. They are not the most common request I get each year for cookies. http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/403/sparkling-butter-toffee-cookies

  58. Trisha Burgess says:

    Our favorite eat all day Christmas snack is cereal candy!
    1 cup corn syrup
    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup sugar
    6 cups frosted flakes

    Bring corn syrup and sugar to a boil on medium heat. Remove add peanut butter and flakes. Lay out to cool on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Enjoy!

  59. Holden Humphreys says:

    Try a nice bowl of borscht with sour cream topping. Smacnoho!

  60. Seyma Shabbir says:

    OOOHHh Netflix is a good gift idea!! I love to give gift cards, towels, or knitted scarves.

  61. Stephanie Liske says:

    gifts from the heart speak volumes.

  62. Rebecca Graham says:

    A great gift idea is an Amazon gift card.

  63. My tip is start shopping early! I try to start in October and anything I’m out or online I try to be observant and look for things people would like. Usually, by the time Thanksgiving comes around I am mostly done!

  64. I like giving the gift of movie tickets! So many great movies open around Christmas time, plus it’s never the wrong size, lol.

  65. Danielle D says:

    Always have a box or bag to throw away your wrappings as presents are opened so there is no mess.

  66. Tabathia B says:

    We let kids exchange presents with each other limiting the gift idea to around $5 since some of us have more than one kid

  67. Quick fudge sauce for a last-minute gift: combine melted semi-sweet chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Easy and tasty, too.

  68. In our large family, we have drawn names for the adults and had each person give one gift, rather than lots of smaller gifts. This way we all don’t have lots of shopping to do and that one gift can be more substantial.

  69. My tip is: if you start shopping early, don’t give the presents to the recipients early! I am so bad at waiting and now I need to go find more presents! Ha!

  70. I plan out what needs to be done and I make a list and divide it up with a MAX of 5 things to do per day to cut back on stress

  71. I carry a video for the kids and play games while riding in the car with the kids.

  72. I like to buy gift cards for those hard to buy for people!

  73. Shop throughout the year to not make it so rushed.

  74. Mary Calabrese says:

    My tip: hide some of your treats so you have them when the holiday blues hit.

  75. I just learned a great, easy cookie recipe from my cousin. Make a batch of peanut butter cookie mix, roll it into balls and cook them in a mini muffin pan. Immediately after taking them out of the oven, put a mini reeses peanut butter cup in it from the top. So yummy!

  76. I do my shopping and wrapping early so I’m not rushed.

  77. Susan Christy says:

    Great last minute gift ideas – lottery tickets, gift cards, travel mugs.

  78. Gina M (Wild Orchid) says:

    My tip is to do as much in advance as possible – shopping, cooking, etc.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  79. Kathleen Whitney says:

    Have a few warming plates for those guests that show up late or want seconds!

  80. Danielle Marie says:

    Oreo truffles: 1 package softened cream cheese. 1 pack non-double stuffed oreos (important). melt and pour chocolate.

    crush oreos, mix with cream cheese. roll into balls. chill for 45mins. melt chocolate. cover oreo mix. done.

  81. susan smoaks says:

    i am making a cauliflower and cheese recipe that is so good and it’s low carb too!

  82. I try to shop early to avoid crowds.

  83. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I start my Christmas shopping the day after Christmas.

  84. Jennifer Marie says:

    Prioritize your events so you are not exhausted.

  85. gift cards are great presents

  86. I like to do a ornament exchange!!

  87. A good tip is to always take moments to yourself, or you will get overwhelmed.

  88. kim keithline says:

    I like to make homemade gifts I think they are more personal

  89. A gift basket of hygiene products is a great gift.

  90. courtney b says:

    a great gift idea is always a coffee machine.

    who doesn’t drink coffee? and I like the tip about cooking your dish for a holiday party in a crockpot, then unplug it and just bring it to the party in the pot!

  91. Karen Drake says:

    My gift idea is pajamas, that is what I got everyone this year.

  92. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    keep it simple.. sometimes we over due

  93. I bake and give out some of my baked goods as gifts.

  94. Peggy Johnson says:

    I make a double batch of my chocolate chip cookie dough without the chips, divide it into smaller batches and then add different add ins …chocolate chips, craisins, pecans & coconut…this way I get several different cookies from one base dough

  95. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    Relax and don’t get over stressed. Enjoy the holiday.

  96. Carolyn Daley says:

    My holiday tip is to remember to take it easy. If you try to overdue things you might get stressed out easily so try to have some down time to relax by watching movies or baking with your family. I plan on baking snickerdoodle cookies on Tuesday.

  97. tina reynolds says:

    Make lists and keep them organized. Also for baked treats I give out I always find the containers on sale and use a coupon the ziploc holidays themes work perfect look cute and usually less than $1

  98. I try to do my shopping the entire year so that you’re not in a rush to get your shopping done.

  99. Keeley Sullivan says:

    We make decorating a family tradition with drinks and goodies.

  100. Steven weber says:

    When in doubt give gift cards.. they can get what they really want.

  101. Bridgette Mahmood says:

    When you don’t know what to get someone, my go to gift is a giftcard. You really can’t go wrong with that. The person will buy what he really wanted anyway. That”s my tip!

  102. I’m hoping it is a great gift idea. Sugar scrub. I found a recipe online and there is just three ingredients, sugar, coconut oil and essential oils. Found some nice jars and a body sponge to go with it.

  103. My best holiday tip is to make a to do list so you do not forget anything. Thank you

  104. Karen Deva says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! If you need a gift for a teen who likes playing computer games, consider buying a Steam gift card. It will be a hit!

  105. Tracy Robertson says:

    I love the idea in the video of setting the table the night before. I never thought of that one. My gift idea is when in doubt, give homemade cookies. I think everyone loves them.

  106. Make the chocolate chip cookies with really good ingredients.

  107. Amanda Whitley says:

    my holiday tip is to keep a to do list to avoid having to do anything last minute because that can get hectic

  108. I keep yearly shopping lists and look at them each year when shopping for friends and family members … this is really helpful!

  109. Tip: Look for bargains near the returns department– sometimes they get marked down before going back to the general shelves.

  110. But additional gift cards in case someone gives you a surprise gift.

  111. My tip is to stock up on wrapping paper and bows after Christmas when they are 50-75% off.