Mom Certified Tips to Surviving the Holidays

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Melissa Gerstein, Co-Founder of, Shares Tips on Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are here, and everyone is ready to enjoy some quality time with friends and families. However, we know that things can get a little stressful during this time of year. Recently, Melissa Gerstein, Co-Founder of, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss some tips to help navigate the holiday season.

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Less Laundry, More Time With the Family

With so much going on, it’s important to look for ways to save yourself time. One way to do that is by reducing the amount of time spent in the laundry room. It seems like laundry piles up more than ever during the holidays, which is why Samsung’s FlexWash and FlexDry is a great resource.

With the flexibility to wash and dry multiple loads of laundry at the same time, it’s basically two washers in one - with a top load washer for small items like t-shirts, and a full sized front load washer for towels and bedding. And same goes for the dryer - there’s a special drying zone on top for delicates and then a regular sized drum for larger loads. The best part? You can monitor and control the laundry process right from your smart phone, which is a MUST for the busy holidays. Buy during the holidays, and save up to 20% at

Traveling in Style

The holidays are among the busiest travel times of the year, with tons of families hitting the road to celebrate. As you can imagine, this can be a tiny bit stressful. Between long lines, holiday traffic, travel delays, and other unexpected fun, it’s important to have a game plan to set yourself up for success.

Instead of couch-surfing with the in-laws or traveling back after a long day of celebrating, turn to a trusted hotel brand like Days Inn by Wyndham. This has been a real lifesaver for Melissa as she travels to Canada every year to celebrate Christmas. Her family gets a great room, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast when they stay. Best of all, average rates are around $75 dollars (USD) a night and if you book at before January 8th, you can save 10 percent or more. While the holidays are meant for spending time with family and loved ones, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Days Inn helps give your family the space they need to truly enjoy their time together.

Holiday Self Care

This is, “the most wonderful time of year,” but with all holiday parties, cookie swaps, and activities, it can be easy to forget about a little self-care. Specifically, our teeth!

But this year, no one is going to be worrying about broken wires or busted brackets from a crunchy holiday cookie. Invisalign treatment can be an incredible resource to help your teens – and parents – through the Christmas break and New Year without any of those emergency orthodontist visits. The clear aligners are easy and can work on simple to complex cases! As Melissa says, “Invisalign treatment has done wonders for my daughter. We’ve seen a major transformation in her smile in such a short time and it has been a real confidence booster for her. It also gives us the peace of mind that she can eat whatever she wants throughout the holidays, without having to worry. When she’s done eating, she can brush and floss thoroughly and pop the aligners right back in. Like I said – couldn’t be easier!”

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About Melissa Gerstein:
The MOMS (Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein) have contributed to and appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Raising America on HLN, WCBS/WLNY’s The Couch, Fox News and Good Housekeeping Magazine for their tips on health, family life and parenting.

About YourUpdateTV:
YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content, produced by award-winning video communications firm, D S Simon Media ( It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology.

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