Tucson Morning Blend


Eleventh hour holiday hacks

Posted at 2:17 PM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 16:17:47-05

The holiday season is in full swing—hectic schedules included. Attending holiday festivities, preparing meals for potlucks and gatherings, wrapping presents, the list goes on. If you’re on the verge of crisis mode, it’s not a red alert just yet. Mom of six and lifestyle expert, Colleen Burns will share top tips and holiday hosting hacks to help with last-minute preparation. All it takes is a little planning and you can coast through the season AND be merry and bright!

Some of Colleen’s tips will include:

  • Be Flexible: Last-minute travelers can still score a deal. Be flexible with travel dates and price compare before purchasing your flights and accommodations.
  • The Gift of Memories: Go from emailing blurry holiday photos shot on your phone to sending beautiful images and capturing a family's once-in-a-lifetime moments with a quality camera.
  • Spread the cheer: Get in the holiday spirit on Christmas morning by gifting matching pajama sets. Add silk pillowcases for a complete sleep gift set!
  • Keep it tasty: No need to slave over the stove and miss the holiday festivities! Preparing something delicious that does not require a full day of efforts, such as a roast, will work great for friend and family gatherings.

Colleen Burns has a psychology degree, a background in childhood education, and the real-life experience of raising six sons. A former national and local TV journalist, Colleen shares tips on parenting, travel, looking and feeling good. She regularly appears on Lifetime, and the CW network as well as local appearances on network affiliates in NY, San Francisco, Minneapolis, San Diego, Chicago, Miami and more. Colleen is co-author of a new book called "Momarchy: How Moms Rule the World". The book presents a witty, but fact-filled argument for moms' power and influence in the family, workplace and the world. Colleen worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for a national news network, as well as CBS affiliates in Illinois and Minnesota. She also produced the nationally-syndicated Emmy award winning show Smarter Living. Her freelance work includes regular appearances on the Weather Channel and PBS.