Fa-la-la-ing in LOVE with Your Holiday Dinner Party This Season

The holidays are quickly approaching and if you are anything like me, you look forward to the time spent with your family and friends, fun get-togethers, and most importantly, hosting that seasonal dinner party. Read: Make memories and fill up the IG timeline with snapshots of your fun festivities. 

This post was made possible in partnership with Bed Bath and Beyond

This party allows you to show off your cooking and hosting skills, which can all be possible through the different cooking gadgets and holiday homeware, compliments of Bed Bath & Beyond. For me it’s a one stop shop to sleigh the dinner party.

Set the Table- Use Beautiful Decor

Just like everything else in life, hosting and cooking for the holiday season takes some time and planning, even for setting the table. I plan my dinnerware around my holiday decor colors and this year those are white mixed with metallics, which you can find here

Meal Prep- Gadgets Galore

Next is making sure the meal prep is divine and delicious! Bed Bath and Beyond has a few gadgets that make this very doable. For that holiday turkey, you NEED to get your hands on the Power AirFryer Oven™ for all your grilling, frying and cooking needs!  

You also can’t forget those sides of sweet potatoes and potato salad of course, so why not invest in a Nutribullet to help you prepare these dishes as well? Best part about both of these items is that you can use them year round.

So now that the dinner is placed and the meals are ready, it’s FINALLY time to set the mood with music and spirits! I decorated with velvet Hanukkah stockings and am on cloud nine with the Coravin™ Model Two Wine System that allows you to pour your wine without removing the cork, so that the wine stays fresh longer for enjoyment on another day! (Wine not make this decision, right?)

Setting the Mood

And lastly, it’s all about that FABULOUS after party! With Google Home, you are sure to make an impression as the device is an on-demand assistant. Say Ok Google and Google lets you play music, stream television shows, or answers any questions that you want to know just from the sound of your voice.

All while enjoying the fun, you can be sure to get it all on film using the Gravitron™ WIFI Video Drone that can record all the fun at this dinner party through HD videos or even a group selfie!

Sure, the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but they can also be the most stressful, so make sure you plan ahead and make life easy with a one stop-shop like Bed Bath and Beyond

What are your go-to hosting tips? We want to hear! 

This post was made possible in partnership with Bed Bath and Beyond.





Best Apps To Save You Money Over Black Friday And Beyond

Photo by Alyssa Zakaria

Photo by Alyssa Zakaria


This holiday season American consumers are expected to lose tens of millions in unclaimed refunds from online retailers. But a popular new smartphone app called Paribus is solving this problem for two million consumers. Paribus automatically scans your online shopping receipts for price drops and shipping delays, quickly files a digital claim with the retailer, and instantly deposits your refund back to your credit card. It's free and requires absolutely zero effort.

So far, Paribus has identified over $6.5 million dollars in refunds for 2 million consumers, with millions more expected this holiday season.


The app and website bring all the weekly ads into one place so you can see the doorbuster from Walmart, Best Buy, and Target together. Plus, search for a product keyword (ex. television) and the app will pull in all of the qualifying deals from the ads so you don't have to waste time flipping through them. Shop where you already like to shop, but get cash back after your purchases, whether you opt to pay by check or a PayPal deposit.

The percentage varies depending on the online retailer or marketplace, and there are more than 2,000 to choose from, including Amazon, Walmart, Macy’s, Target, eBay, Kohl’s, Best Buy, American Eagle.

Here is a little gift from me to you from eBates! $25




This app helps you find the best deals in stores by aggregating all your local (flyers) in one place. Instead of searching multiple websites and stores it lets you browse coupons so you can virtually clip coupons. There's a smart shopping list section that will automatically show you who has the best deals around you.


Creating and Cultivating in Portlandia!

I had the pleasure to speak at Create & Cultivate’s pop-up conference at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront this past week. The best part? I had three incredible panelists with me, including, Grace Mahary, Karen Okonkwo, and Heather Lipner, where we each were able to share our trials and triumphs with being women in STEM!

Photo credit: @deannaraephoto

Photo credit: @deannaraephoto

Getting to discuss my personal story of where I got to where I am with TechSech.co was so wonderful o share, but I truly enjoyed getting to know the other women on the panel with me and how they each want to better the tech industry for the future of women!

Similar to my interests in the fashion world, Heather Lipner decided to make Augmented Reality + Fashion a trend. She went on to discuss the same frustrations most women in our field have with raising money at her company, Drawsta, such as “when you go and try to raise you’re almost always talking to a man and they don’t understand the female perspective.”


Grace Mahary spoke on behalf of, Project Tsehigh (PjT), which is her nonprofit organization that is dedicated to providing energy to remote communities throughout the world. She put it in perspective how wonderful it is that we live in a world of technology as it can help us give back to the places that truly need help.

“To think that you can't wake up every day and have facilities that run consistently— that’s how I became passionate about it.”

One of my favorite quotes of the night was from Karen Okonkwo of TONL, when explaining how her company uses stock photography to display images of diverse people and their stories. Karen said, “Be your own Dora the Explorer and teach yourself.”


No matter who you are, or where you come from, your diversity and your knowledge can never be taken from you!

Overall, I had the ABSOLUTE best time getting to know these women and speaking at Create & Cultivate. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and just as I said last night, "I'm going to empower myself and make it my mission to empower others."