Hosting Holiday Guests the #HamptonHoliday Way

We spent last Thanksgiving in Virginia visiting with my toddler’s cousins. We stayed at the nearby Hampton hotel during the trip.

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One of the things I love about the holidays is being surrounded by family and friends. But I don’t like the idea of someone stressing that they have to prepare for and host overnight guests. So it was great that their home was fairly close to a Hampton hotel. With over 1,900+ locations, I have a feeling many families had holiday guests staying at a Hampton hotel experiencing the Hilton Worldwide hotel brand’s famous “Hamptonality”.

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Since Hampton hotel offers free wi-fi we were able to check our email while away from home, their free hot breakfast was perfect for me to take my children to for breakfast before we started our day and we all slept soundly on the Clean and Fresh Hampton Bed.

With Christmas and New Year’s coming up, I thought it would be nice to share a giveaway (see below!) and three holiday guest hosting tips from Hampton entertaining expert, Jenny Steffens Hobick -

Tip 1: Be the best OFF-SITE host ever…

Let’s be honest. You love your friends and family, but cramming everyone into your house for days at a time can be stressful and add to your already lengthy holiday host to-do list! If you simply don’t have enough room to host all of your holiday guests or you just think everyone would be happier with their own, comfortable space, consider booking them at your local Hampton. With more than 1,900 locations, Hampton is the perfect place to stay no matter where your guests may be traveling from. 

Tip 2: Surprise your guests with welcome treats

I always like to make sure my guests know how excited we are to have them for a visit by surprising them with a little treat when they arrive. One of my favorite ways to greet them is with something personalized with their name on it, like a decorated sugar cookie or a festive welcome sign. I love staying at Hampton Hotels because they take a similar approach. They often add a personal touch for a guest’s stay by offering a favorite local snack or fun local item when guests check in.

Tip 3: Be prepared with lots of snacks

We all get a little grouchy when we’re hungry - adults and kids alike! Anticipate those moments by having snacks planned for afternoons and before dinner to keep everyone happy. Be sure to include fresh options like fruit and crunchy veggies, along with filling cheeses and more decadent treats so you have something for everyone!

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Want to win a free night at a Hampton hotel anywhere in the U.S?

Leave a comment below telling me if you usually stay with family/friends or at hotels during holiday visits and one winner will be chosen at random to receive a Be My Guest card from Hampton good for a one night stay anywhere in the U.S! Winner will be chosen on 12/30/13 at 11:59PM EST!

Contest Closed - Winner Chosen. Congrats Megan!

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Hampton Hotel via MomTrends.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hampton or Momtrends.

Win a Teavana Gift Set

'Tis the Season for Giving and I'm so happy to be included with this awesome group of ladies hosting giveaways this holiday season.

We even have a hashtag #GiftsToWin

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From now through December 17th, you can enter to win various prizes we have selected to give away on our blogs. From beautiful jewelry and gift cards to coffee makers and tea sets, there is definitely something for everyone is this massive holiday giveaway! 

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I’m giving away a 12 Holidays of Tea gift set from Teavana — seemed appropriate for the time of year! It’s a collection of 12 premium loose leaf teas that are perfect for enjoying during the holiday season.

Want to enter to win? Just leave a comment telling me your favorite type of tea!

One winner (age 18 years+) residing in the continental U.S. will be notified via email on December 18, 2013.

And don’t forget to check out the other giveaways by clicking the linky below! Have fun!

New Balance Scavenger Hunt to Win a Magical Trip to Disney

Love Walt Disney World?

Yeah, so do we. My children and I are very big fans of Disney and look forward to our next trip the second we get home from being on a Disney vacation.

What if I told you there was a way to win a trip to Disney with your family and all you had to do to enter was join a digital scavenger hunt to find “the perfect fit”?!

Interested?

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From August 12 through August 31st, Zappos.com challenges scavenger hunt participants to search for a pair of enchanted New Balance glass sneakers which will appear “magically” on their website. Hints and links are available on the Zappos Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Here’s what the New Balance Enchanted sneakers look like - image

One lucky grand prize winner who finds the glass sneaker and adds it to their mobile shopping cart (as if they are buying it!) will win an all expenses paid trip to Disney, runDisney event of their choice, 4 1-day Magic Your Way tickets, and the one-of-a-kind pair of glass sneakers. That’s right, there’s only one pair of these sneakers in the entire world!

And for those of you who are big fans of runDisney, there will also be a weekly drawing until August 31st, with one winner announced each Friday (August 16th, 23rd and 30th) for a runDisney family trip (Sorry, no glass sneakers are included in this prize package).

Check out this fairy tale inspired video about the creation of the New Balance Enchanted sneakers and the Happily Ever Excellent contest! 

Zappos website visitors can enter every day for a chance to win. If I were you, I wouldn’t wait… participate in this sweepstakes by visiting Zappos. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post that will hopefully be shared by many so maybe someone who knows someone I know will win this magical trip and pair of sneakers! That would make me very happy.

New Balance Rainbow 890v3 Sneakers

Having a tween daughter is nothing less than awesome. Last month I picked out an outfit for her that reminded me of something I wore back in the 80s. Thankfully my soon to be ten year old is happy to let me add looks to her wardrobe.

Like these New Balance Rainbow 890v3 sneakers which she declared “awesome” before she asked me to snap a photo on the window sill for Instagram.

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Each person in our family are proud owners of New Balance sneakers that fit our personality and these Diva Pink with Dazzling Blue and Purple sneakers which are reminiscent of the florescent airbrushed hooded sweatshirts you see at sleep away camp are a perfect fit for my tween.

Speaking of these sneakers being a perfect fit, New Balance has partnered with  Chop Chop magazine to encourage families to “Run the Rainbow/Eat the Rainbow,” or educate readers on the benefits of exercise and healthy eating for the whole family. By entering their sweepstakes entrants will have a chance to receive a $400 gift card to their favorite local grocery store, as well as monthly prize packs including a 1-year subscription to Chop Chop magazine and a pair Rainbow 890v3s.

Giveaway — I also have a chance for your daughter to win a pair of Rainbow 890v3s! If you think your daughter would love a pair of these New Balance sneakers, leave a message below sharing your favorite trend from the ’80s! I’ll pick a US based winner Friday, March 15, 2013 at Noon EST!

This post is part of my #WhatKidsWear series where I share what kids wear to school and throughout the year. New posts will appear here every week and if you follow @SavvyMommy on Twitter you can check for new posts using the #WhatKidsWear hash tag.

babyGap Presents Peter Rabbit Event

I love partnering with brands on fun events — especially when it is related to something I enjoyed as a child.

Join me this Saturday, January 26th at 11AM at the GAP on 85th and Third Avenue for a special story time and shopping event!

To celebrate the limited edition collection for babyGap inspired by Beatrix Potter and her book The Tale of Peter Rabbit, I will be reading Emma Thompson’s book The Further Tales of Peter Rabbit - a sequel to Beatrix Potter’s 110 year old tale.

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Friday Freebies - January 4, 2013

Every Friday, I will list some of the free stuff you can get online for you and members of your family — including pets.

None of these free offers will require you to purchase something but some may require you to like a Facebook page or sign up for a loyalty program.

Some of these freebies expire today but if you act fast you may still be able to get them!

Here are the 11 Freebies I found this week -

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