December 12, 2013 15:35 ET

A Mom's Guide to Avoiding the "Holidaze" This Season

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 12, 2013) - The holiday season is an exciting time but sometimes it can equate to one word: stress. Dana Hilmer the Lifestyle Mom has tips for how families can avoid the "holidaze" this season.

Look for family friendly hotels that provide both value and quality while traveling. Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham is an award-winning hotel with rates as low as $65 a night and includes free Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast and the ability to earn Wyndham Rewards points. Plus, if you book two consecutive nights or more through their website, you'll save an additional 20 percent off their best available rate. 

When it comes to entertaining guests, keep it simple and don't be afraid to delegate. You also want to make your guests feel comfortable and allow them to help themselves where they can. On the beverage front, the Keurig K-Cup Platinum Brewer is a great example of this -- with just a touch of a button, guests can brew a fresh beverage of their choice in under a minute. There's no mess to clean up and with over 250 varieties, there is something for everyone. 

And when it comes to entertaining your guests, especially the kids, a movie is always a favorite option this time of year. One great service to check out is Redbox Instant by Verizon. As part of a subscription service, for only eight dollars a month, you have the option of renting four movies on disc from one of their 43,000 kiosks or unlimited streaming right from your TV, tablet or devices you may already have in your living room such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Roku.

If you're a last-minute shopper, stressed to find the perfect gift -- for a personal touch check out TwoSmiles by HP. It combines greeting card and gift card into one, and you can print it out at home in just minutes. Just go to, choose a card, a retailer, include the amount and a personalized message and hit print! And for a special touch, try the TwoSmiles Card Kit, which includes premium paper and envelopes and is available on their website.

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