Reduce Holiday Stress This Holiday Season with US Cellular + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
January 5, 2013

This holiday season was unlike any other I’ve had before…..and I LOVED it!  It was so great having all 6 of our kids together for Christmas and celebrating as a family.  Preparing for the holidays was a whole other story!  There was shopping, keeping track of gifts (ok so we’ll do better on this part next year), wrapping the gifts and sorting them.  Frank found so many great deals this year and we were really able to stretch the budget!

With holiday shopping comes planning and Tech Expert Janna Robinson provided some helpful tip son how to beat holiday stress with your smartphone.  Janna Robinson is a lifestyle and technology expert to the world’s brightest stars, and also serves as host of the popular Hollywood Hi-Tech show on the DIY Network.  With her vast experience in the world of entertainment, technology, and design, Janna introduced an easy way to navigate through the new world of applications, available in the Google Play store.  Finding delicious recipes, creating shopping lists, and sending all your loved one’s unique holiday cards are just some of the apps you can utilize to ensure your home stays stress free in this year’s app-happy winter wonderland.

Get some help this year from Janna and U.S. Cellular doing some of your fun and important everyday tasks:

•  Don’t let your holiday joy lessen your bank account – Track and save your money.

•  Get to every holiday party on time – Update your calendar.

•  Keep your family full – Find new recipes and have your favorites within reach.

•  Make sure everyone has something under the tree – Shop online till you drop.

More About Janna Robinson

As the host of DIY Network’s Hollywood Hi-Tech, Janna has become one of the country’s most relied upon voice on all-things lifestyle and technology. Before bringing new technology into the homes of celebrities and non-celebrities alike, she began her success venture into the entertainment world while working as an assistant for a movie producer, where she honed her interior design and tech-savvy skills. She has transformed the homes of many beloved stars including Paris Hilton, Oliver Stone, Rob Lowe, Marcia Cross, Mario Lopez, Josh Duhamel and Fergie. She also appears as a tech expert and correspondent for various media outlets, including EXTRATODAYTIMEReal SimpleHome,InStyle Home and Sound & Vision.

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1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will win an awesome gift basket filled with lots of goodies, courtesy of US Cellular and Janna Robinson!!!  The basket will include:

– Robe
– Slippers
– Bath kit or shaving kit
– Google Play Gift Card
– Tea or Chocolate Sampler
– USB Flashdrive
– Scented Candle

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I received a prize pack for my participation in this campaign from US Cellular.  The giveaway is provided by US Cellular.
All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

211 Responses to “Reduce Holiday Stress This Holiday Season with US Cellular + Giveaway”

  1. Jeanna says:

    I play my word find game. It helps me to concentrate on that & ignore what’s going on around me!

  2. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I used it for Christmas list, to compare prices, to check reviews, and to communicate with friends.

  3. Bridget says:

    Shopping. It was so stress free

  4. Tamar says:

    it will help me stay organized.

  5. Michelle C says:

    I like using the calendar to keep track of important dates and deadlines, as well as using shopping apps to compare prices. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  6. brittney says:

    i keep “post it notes” in my phone of ideas for gifts

  7. Mary Reisinger says:

    I use my smartphone to locate traffic problems so I can find better routes

  8. Elis B. says:

    Play games on smartphones to reduce stress

  9. Rochel S says:

    I have a calendar to keep track of any appointments. I have app that tracks my spending and i can do price comparisons as well.

  10. Amanda K. says:

    I don’t have a Smartphone.

  11. sheryl cullum says:

    I dont have a smartphone but hoping one day I will

  12. Austin Baroudi says:

    Music and web browsing to help reduce the hectic enviornment that comes wiht the holidays!

  13. Karen Medlin says:

    shop for sales online and spend less time waiting in lines.

  14. Karen Medlin says:

    commented on post-

  15. Kristi C says:

    I use it to keep reminders of what I need to buy at the store.

  16. Cynthia C says:

    I use my smartphone to find store locations and the gps on it to guide me there.

  17. Mary Casper says:

    by playing games

  18. debbie says:

    I check to make sure stores are open/closed so I didn’t waste my time.

  19. sandra says:

    i use it to play games to relive my stress

  20. Nancy says:

    I use my smartphone to look for bargains to reduce stress!

  21. Jennifer B says:

    I play angry birds….lol

  22. hollowsins says:

    keeping lists,storing coupons,comparison pricing,touch and share..there are so many uses for smartphones I can’t even list all the ones we use

  23. Ellie W says:

    I play Words With Friends in my down time. Always relaxes me.

  24. Jammie says:

    I use it to entertain myself to wind down for the evening.

  25. D SCHMIDT says:

    I use my smartphone helps me holiday stress by finding me the best deals.

  26. Sarah Hirsch says:

    to check store hours, traffic, weather, and do some online shopping!

  27. Bo says:

    A smartphone helps so much with so many things! I use it to check store locations and hours, to check traffic and get directions, to keep lists of things I need to do and buy! It’d indispensible!

  28. Katharine Davis says:

    I play angry birds and get the stress out

  29. Denise m says:

    i used it to shop amazon deals and have them delivered right to my home

  30. Kris B says:

    I use my smart phone to look up recipes!

  31. Tina Bartunek says:

    I use it to keep in touch with my fiance’…that helps with the stress.

  32. Marci says:

    I use it for many things! Shopping and planning are the top two!

  33. Christine says:

    to compare prices

  34. Denise S says:

    I don’t have a SmartPhone.

  35. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I do not have one yet
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  36. Eve says:

    I play games on it for relief of stress

  37. clarissa says:

    i don’t have a smart phone….so I guess I just stayed stressed!

  38. Erica C. says:

    I play games on my phone so it’s nice break away from stress.

  39. Crystal Warren says:

    I used it to shop online and find deals (which saved me time and money which unstressed me out greatly!!)

  40. Cynthia R says:

    great helps me look up prices and get coupons

  41. Renee says:

    Used my FB app to keep track of sales

  42. lynette says:

    first off this is the best basket set up ever. all the relaxation goodies needed. this xmas i got my daughter a smartphone and neglected me and my husbands 2 yr phones i still want to update so now my 9 yr old that uses it to txt her friends and play angry birds – has a nicer phone than me lol. so i would probably give the phone to my husband and keep all the other goodies (maybe split them with my daughter)

  43. Elizabeth says:

    i don’t have a smart phone

  44. Linda White says:

    Haha I turn it off!

  45. Jennifer says:

    I could easily share pictures with friends and family!

  46. Carla C says:

    Shopping at the touch of a button

  47. Michael M says:

    Listen to music or play games

  48. steve weber says:

    I used it to price compare and to order.

  49. Kate F. says:

    I use the memo to keep a to-do list and the browser and apps to shop and compare prices.

  50. Kate F. says:

    I commented on the Start the New Year with Delicious Muffin Cups from Johnsonville post.

  51. Jessica Vaughan Gengler says:

    I like using the calendar function

  52. Linda Lansford says:

    i play games

  53. kathy dunaway says:

    I listen to music and play games.

  54. Elena says:

    I play games on my smartphone

  55. billy s says:

    i make sure im getting the best prices by scanning the item and seeing if there are any better deals

  56. Cassandra Baty says:

    Shop for sales online and spend less time waiting in lines, i keep “post it notes” in my phone of ideas for gifts. I probably would also play games lol, to keep the stress level down! Thanks for the chance to win!

  57. danielle lima says:

    I would use the calender function to keep appointments straight and the note taking function to make my to do lists

  58. Debra Hall says:

    i dont have a cell phone

  59. Evelyn B says:

    The calculator for quick budgeting while shopping!

  60. I keep shopping lists on my phone! Christmas lists, who I have to buy for, groceries I need to get, cookies I’m going to bake. I make lists on my phone so I have them with me wherever I go!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  61. melissa Resnick says:

    i play my game and just destress

  62. Tabathia B says:

    I use the scanner to compare prices

  63. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    by keeping track of sales and appts for me.

  64. Kathy Donovan-Ellis says:

    I set reminders for appts

  65. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    I don’t have a smartphone

  66. soha molina says:

    I use it to play games to beat the stress.

  67. Kathy S says:

    I kept my holiday shopping list on my phone. Always handy then.

  68. Elizabeth Drake says:

    I use the calendar on my phone to stay organized!

  69. Steve Stone says:

    I play games to beat stress.

  70. Pauline M says:

    I use my calendar to track appointments, the mapping function to find where I’m going (since I tend to get lost often :)) and the web to search for deals!

  71. edq143 says:

    sounds excellent

  72. nannypanpan says:

    play games for a time out

  73. Maryann says:

    I dont have a smartphone

  74. brandy says:

    It helps me get to places I’ve never been too. I use the GPS everyday.

  75. Ashley Hatten says:

    I use it to listen to music 🙂

  76. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I use the calendar quite a bit. It keeps me focused and organized.

  77. casey everidge says:

    i use it to share and take pictures or videos with family

  78. Lucy Schwartz says:

    A little planning keeps me on track. Knowing how much I can afford to spend and knowing who wants what is so helpful as i prepare for Christmas. So my tip would be plan ahead and make lists …and check them twice.

  79. Leona K says:

    I use my smart phone for almost everything … from gaming with friends/family, to shopping, paying bills, as a planner and GPS … etc. etc. etc. ..

  80. Stephanie Larison says:

    I play games on it!

  81. Karen says:

    I used it to help with holiday shopping. Thanks for the giveaway.

  82. Louis says:

    I used it too access coupons to load on my loyalty card while grocery shopping
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  83. Cody Anderson says:

    I use my smartphone to relieve stress by playing games and texting with friends.

  84. kendra mcbride says:

    play games or surf net

  85. SHAYNA says:


  86. Pam Schad says:

    I don’t have a smartphone yet, but I use my laptop to research crafts and other hobbies that help with my stress level.

  87. Ashley Morrissey says:

    By playing word games!

  88. Ani says:

    I don’t have a smartphone, no stress reducing for me 🙂

  89. Kimberly Schotz says:

    Great for looking up recipes

  90. Brittney House says:

    Listening to music on my phone makes the drive home bearable

  91. renee walters says:

    I like using the calendar to keep track of important dates. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy New Year!

  92. Carol Mclemore says:

    I use it to listen to music.

  93. Steph says:

    I use it to play games like Angry Birds or Tiny Wings to kill time and reduce stress.

  94. Jessica K. says:

    Playing games on my smartphone helps me reduce stress!

  95. I read blogs which help me to remain calm.

  96. Kim W says:

    I don’t own a smartphone but would like to

  97. Sophie S says:

    I love being able to put all my accounts on vacation mode via my smartphone!

  98. Chelsea Korth says:

    To make lists and look up the best prices on gifts

  99. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I used it to do some shopping to alleviate some of the stress of going to stores.

  100. caitlin tate says:

    to help with all the bills

  101. Sarah B. says:

    I like to play games to unwind. 🙂

  102. Chastidy says:

    Im check my facebook and play games while waiting so time goes by fast 🙂

  103. Lisa says:

    Take pictures of items with the prices to compare

  104. Rich Hicks says:

    Love to play the games on it while waiting.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  105. dani marie says:

    i googled so many store hours. saved lots of trips out.

  106. Derek Timm says:

    Play some game apps!

  107. Giveaway Gal says:

    I use my calendar on my phone to keep me organized

  108. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I do a crossword puzzle on it!

  109. Kelly Britton says:

    I don’t own a cell phone. 🙁

  110. Laura P. says:

    I use it to compare product pricing to stay within budget.

  111. christina holmes says:

    i could organize my time better! 🙂

  112. Michelle W says:

    I am one of the few left who do not have a smart phone

  113. Jill says:

    I use it to organize my Christmas lists.

  114. Danielle says:

    I would use it to make purchases on line and track.

  115. Jennifer B. says:

    I use my smart phone as a calendar and set reminders so that I don’t stress about my schedule.

  116. Jill L says:

    I used it to call my hubby when I was out so that he could order dinner.

  117. Kayla Johnson says:

    Beautiful set! Looks like a wonderful time

  118. Tanya Bartlett says:

    I don’t have a smart phone 🙁

  119. Alison Wood says:

    I use it for games while waiting in lines.

  120. I would use my smart phone to check traffic to avoid traffic jams.

  121. leah wall says:

    to access the gift lists I have for people while i’m in the store, compare prices in the store with other stores, and i set reminders for myself to remind me of regular things that sometimes get overlooked in the hustle & bustle.

  122. Virginia Rowell says:

    I use it to track sales.

  123. gen says:

    I do not have a smart phone

  124. Racheal says:

    I always make lists on my phone before going to a store to make sure I don’t forget something I really need.

  125. kathy pease says:

    playing games and texting family and friends

  126. Angela Cisco says:

    I stored my list on it, used it to price check items to make sure they were not cheaper elsewhere and played games when waiting on stores to open.

  127. Paula Tavernie says:

    I price check all the time!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  128. Amber Carter says:

    by looking up reviews

  129. Emmy says:

    I keep a list of all the gifts I have got and all the folks I still need to shop for.

  130. Debra s says:

    keep a list of gifts in my phone

  131. Daniel M says:

    play games usually

  132. Robin says:

    I like playing games like words with friends

  133. David Haug says:

    I scan barcodes to find the best prices. I also text to keep contact but not get stuck in a long conversation at a bad time for me.

  134. kelly nicholson says:

    Tell me in a comment how you use your Smartphone to beat the holiday stress!

    smash it like in pineapple express

  135. Ellen Brower says:

    I would listen to music and play games and chat with my friends.

  136. janice says:

    I text friends.

  137. Vikki Billings says:

    I use it to listen to my music so I can relax!

  138. Aimee Fontenot says:

    I play games, and shop.

  139. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d use it to map out how my day is going to go.
    Michelle Tucker

  140. Samii Meyer says:

    I use it to help me with directions

  141. Jennifer Roberts says:

    used for price comparison

  142. Dawn Reid says:

    I use it to order nline

  143. Mary DeBorde says:

    To comparison price shop – saves a slew of time!

  144. lisa says:

    to coupon

  145. joseph gersch jr says:

    i use my phone to go online and listen to music

  146. Jennifer R says:

    I use the calendar to keep me organized and on time.

  147. I don’t have a smartphone

  148. Karen Gonyea says:

    I’d have one central schedule so I could stay organized !!

  149. s riches says:

    I play words with friends when I am waiting.

  150. Keep up to date on schedules.

  151. robyn paris says:

    i use my smart phone to make sure i don’t miss out on any of the deals at the store

  152. Ann Council says:

    Grocery lists and coupons help me at the store.

  153. Lori C. says:

    searching for prices & directions

  154. Jackie says:

    I don’t have a smartphone…yet

  155. Jenny says:

    I think a smartphone can take away some stress by helping you stay connected to loved ones who are far away. It just takes a second to snap a photo to send.

  156. i don’t have a smartphone

  157. Jean says:

    check store hours and check traffic

  158. iyellit says:

    I skype with my family abroad 🙂

  159. Denise says:

    I look up ways to dispose of bodies. I’m just kidding

  160. Aaron Bretveld says:

    My smartphone came in handy over the holidays because I was able to keep present wish lists in it instead a bunch of papers.

  161. Erika P. says:

    I use it to check prices at other stores before making a big purchase

  162. Susan Smith says:

    To keep up to date on schedules and make lists

  163. Vicki D. says:

    I don’t have a Smart Phone, but I try to do as much as possible ahead of time. That way, when Christmas rolls around, most of my shopping is done, and I can pull a lot of the sweets out of the freezer.

  164. karisa says:

    playing gamess and facetiming with familyy

  165. Charlene Shaver says:

    I use it to price check items 🙂

  166. Tammy says:

    I have a shopping list app, so I never have to worry about leaving my grocery list at home!

  167. Elaine says:

    Play words with friends

  168. Amy says:

    I use it to compare prices!

  169. Amy says:

    I use it to check prices for smart shopping!

  170. Tanya White says:

    I use it to compare deals.

  171. Angela Cash says:

    I listen to music on my Smartphone.

  172. susan smoaks says:

    i like to look at pictures of family to relieve stress

  173. Lisa says:

    to look up coupons while shopping

  174. Nicole Lancaster says:

    I play games and do a little shopping on my smartphone to relieve stress.

  175. Danielle Wood says:

    I play games and keep everything i need to know in my calendar

  176. lauren knott says:

    I use my smart phone to play relaxing music while stressed.

  177. Ciara B. says:

    by playing games and listening to music

  178. Melissa Shirley says:

    Listen to music

  179. Summer says:

    I use my smart phone to shop online.

  180. Marty Harris says:

    Playing games

  181. Leah Shumack says:

    i take a few minutes and play a game

  182. Yona says:

    Take a nap and use it as my alarm clock

  183. Jill Myrick says:

    While sitting in appointments and riding in the car I for gift deals.


  184. jules mcnubbin says:

    i turn it off

  185. Barbara S says:

    I don’t have a smartphone but I wish I did!

  186. Yona says:

    Commented on Baskin and Robbins Cakes post

  187. shanta spradlin says:

    Listen to music

  188. Cálaeb Temple says:

    i use it for recipes!

  189. carol lewis says:

    Organize everything. I write nothing down so miss alot.

  190. Heather H says:

    I use it for shopping lists and to-do lists

  191. Breanne says:

    Play games

  192. maya dejesus says:

    I would read a book on the Kindle app. Reading always relaxes me!

  193. Jmstrunk (Sybille) says:

    I use it to compare prices so I don’t worry about spending too much.

  194. Carmen says:

    I actually don’t have a smartphone – we can’t justify the expense right now.

  195. Andrew L. says:

    Use it to beat boredom while traveling..

  196. Veronica Garrett says:

    I use my smartphone to comparison shop and to view the best sales.

  197. Cassandra says:

    I use it to order online and keep my to-do lists

  198. Trisha McKee says:

    I make lists!

  199. Pam says:

    I use it to listen to music as that takes my mind off all of the things I need to get done.

  200. meme says:

    use it to check sales, order a couple of things that was online that the store was out of and had it shipped to the store for free and of course entertainment while waiting in the lines on black Friday

  201. Sandra C says:

    I use my phone to shop/browse online and make lists.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  202. Candie L says:

    I price compared when we were in the stores for the online stores. Thank you

  203. Kati says:

    Grocery lists that I wont forget!

  204. Noreen says:

    Find best price to spend less money

  205. Gianna says:

    Talking to my husband.

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