5 Reasons My Family Uses Amazon For the Holidays

This post was sponsored by Amazon in partnership with Forward Influence. All opinions are my own.

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Now it’s time to talk holiday gifting and prep – and just in my style too. EASY! Convenient! Awesome!

Sometimes I have to laugh at how often I find myself spouting gifting and prepping tips here, after years of being what I like to call “domestically challenged.” The truth is – I’m learning a lot in my 30s lately. It’s never too late to learn, right? As part of my personal holiday countdown, which seems to start in early-mid November these days, I like to write a little checklist of what I need to get through the season. What do we all need all season round? Gifts for loved ones. Wrapping paper, too!

You all know the love I have for Amazon and all of the benefits it provides.

I can honestly remember when I discovered Amazon – I was 19 and wanted to reread all of the book series from my youth. I couldn’t find them in bookstores anymore, so I would order a book a month from Amazon as a “treat” to myself. Now it goes way beyond that. Amazon is what helps this family get ready to celebrate the holiday season. They do this by reducing holiday stress, and delivering those smiles to family and friends through all the little moments of the holiday season. It could be finding the secret ingredient to your tried and true family cookies recipe, or it’s finding perfect gifts for EVERYONE on your list! They have holiday décor and wrapping materials as well! And don’t forget about decorating that tree!

And maybe putting pizza socks (yes, really!?) under that tree!

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5 Reasons My Family Uses Amazon For the Holidays:

1 – It makes us holiday heroes. That’s right. Since Amazon helps customers deliver smiles to their friends and family, well, we look pretty good to our loved ones when we get them the most perfect gifts!

2 – Using Amazon takes the stress out of the holidays, and that leads to more celebration. They have low prices and great deals, a vast selection, as well as innovative ways to shop when and where you want. We feel totally covered, and we feel stress-free too.

3 – You can take the guesswork out of gift giving by visiting amazon.com/gifts.

4 – EVERYONE, gets free shipping throughout the holidays on hundreds of millions of items – with the largest free shipping selection in the country.

5 – We are Amazon Prime members which means we can get free same-day delivery and one-day shipping in 8,000 cities and towns on three million items this holiday season. Whoa.

What are we loving this season?

Like just this week, I got a box full of gifts for three people in my life. I got these amazing pizza socks for my mom. Or my sister. Or is it me? Either way, they are so cute and amazing and would make a great gift for someone in your life!

And then I got pajamas for my niece! She’s getting bigger and I wanted something that will suit her year-round. How cute are these pajamas? Honestly, I wish my kids still wore these every night! Wait, maybe they would…

Then I got Cassidy a gorgeous flannel shirt that will match his eyes! I love a good flannel shirt. Sometimes I even get ones that will match him. And I’m sure I can find its counterpart on Amazon. There’s no way they don’t have it!

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Amazon is committed to #DeliveringSmiles this holiday season – through a variety of ways, so stay tuned to discover how committed they are this holiday season. I can’t wait!

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Hillshire® Snacking Social Platter For the Holiday Season

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. The opinions and text are all mine.

Everyone, I have REALLY got you covered for the holiday season.

These NEW Hillshire® Snacking Social Platters are perfect for the holiday season. They come in Genoa Salame & Prosciutto as well as Genoa Salame & Calabrese Salame varieties: they’re absolutely versatile and delicious. You see, the holiday party season has officially begun, now that Thanksgiving is behind us. In fact, over the weekend we had the annual party at my parents’ farm. That’s always such an occasion. Decorations, snack platters, and horses in the paddock. Can’t beat that!

holiday party

It was the first time in a few years that we made it to one of their “famous” parties. Maybe I should say infamous, because they generally end with my dad blasting rock music as loud as it can possibly get – until it doesn’t sound like music anymore – and then the generation above me (and below me) rocks themselves to sleep. It rocks, so to speak, and I’m happy to say that after all this time, my parents still party like the best of them! It starts with snacking platters, I always say.

YUM! Dried cranberries and cherries, sea salt toasted rounds, white cheddar cheese, Genoa Salame, and Calabrese Salame! Honestly, what a festive and fun combination, and I would easily eat them year-round too. It’s the perfect appetizer for all get-togethers this holiday season. I love that it’s quick & easy to prepare. In fact, that’s one of the fun parts!

You flip it over, take off the plastic wrap, and then serve!

Here are some things I love about these snacking platters. I love that it’s NEW so my party guests can be intrigued and excited about it. I love that it’s a chef-curated snack spread that is made with unique flavor combinations and premium, quality ingredients. And I love that it’s an all-in-one offering with FIVE awesome ingredients. Plus, the flip and serve!

Here, it’s ready to be flipped!

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And here, it’s been flipped and is ready to serve!

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Magic! You can find these NEW Hillshire Snacking Social Platters at your local Ahold store! Our local Stop & Shop had them in the refrigerated deli section near the party platters. They were quite easy to find.

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Obviously, I wouldn’t serve without sampling! The first one I tried was the Calabrese Salame and it had more of a kick than the Genoa Salame. I like to put the salame on the toasted round, then the cheese, and then the dried fruit last.

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I already bought a new snacking platter to take to my husband’s work party. And I can think of many more occasions that we’d use these for. Holiday book club meetings. Ladies night where we play card games and enjoy snacks together. My parents’ awesome holiday party, of course. The school holiday feast, in which appetizers are always sorely lacking! And also, just to have in the fridge for whatever the season throws your way or even an afternoon snack. You may have unexpected guests, or even overnight guests! Maybe you’ll have a friend over for coffee or tea, and want something super stylish and tasty to serve.

Whatever the reason for the season, and the reason to be with loved ones, the Hillshire Snacking Social Platter will take away all of the stress of preparing and serving, and will add all of the flavor to your holiday season.

The NEW Hillshire Social Snacking Platter is the perfect appetizer for all your get togethers this holiday season. Delicious and perfect for all parties #ad

So, have you seen these Hillshire Farm Snacking Social Platters yet?

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