No-Stress Holidays with Raina Seitel

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Raina Seitel, Emmy Winner and Entertaining Expert, teams with YourUpdate TV and PepsiCo to Share Entertaining Tips & Tricks for a No-Stress Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means – time for festive holiday get-togethers with friends, family and colleagues. From entertaining to grocery shopping, the holidays are full of seasonal favorites to enjoy at all types of festivities.

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While a fun and exciting time of year, it can be stressful to manage everything. In fact, according to a recent national poll, nearly a quarter of Americans feel ‘extreme stress’ come holiday time.(1)

So how do you make it through in a way that makes everyone happy and keeps your stress to a minimum? Raina Seitel, Emmy Winner and Entertaining Expert, teamed with YourUpdate TV and PepsiCo on a nationwide media tour to share entertaining tips and tricks for a no-stress holiday season.

There is so much to enjoy during the holiday season; it can certainly be a hectic time of year with all the cards to send, presents to buy and guests to entertain. That’s why everyone should plan ahead as much as possible to help reduce any holiday stress.

One of the best ways to host a stress-free holiday gathering is to do as much as you can ahead of time and delegate your to-do list. Focus on preparing only a few dishes and ask your guests to each contribute something.

Snacking is such a big part of the holidays, and one great option for the pantry or snack table is Rold Gold® Dipped Pretzels that come in either Classic Chocolate-Dipped Tiny Twists or Peppermint-Dipped Snowflake flavors.

As far as beverages go, make sure to stock up on a variety of choices. One that every family will love is bubly™ sparkling water that comes in a limited-time festive multi-pack for the holidays, featuring the popular strawberry and lime flavors. To make party prep as easy as possible, order the limited-time 16-pack exclusively on or

The must-have holiday drink this season is the new Mtn Dew® Merry Mash-Up, which offers a satisfying cranberry-pomegranate twist.

For the adults in the room, make sure to keep a couple cocktail options at the ready, so pick up beverages like the Tropicana® Coco Blends which is a great-tasting juice drink that can be enjoyed on its own or in a cocktail. And for someone in a pinch, a quick recipe guests always love is the Tropical Holiday – 3 ½ oz. of Tropicana® Coco Blends Peach Passion Fruit with Coconut Water, 1 ½ oz. of vodka and ½ oz of cinnamon syrup, all mixed together and served over ice.

We all know traveling is stressful, especially during the holidays, so having a variety of breakfast options ready for guests to enjoy is a must. Quaker® Gingerbread Spice Instant Oatmeal is a family favorite that’s delicious, nutritious and ready in minutes. For the traveler on the go in need a morning pick-me-up, the Starbucks® Peppermint Mocha Ready-to-Drink Iced Latte combines bold espresso and milk with festive flavors.

Gift giving is a serious matter, and when it comes to finding the right gift, personalization is one way to set yours apart from the others. Whether it’s an inscription on a necklace, or something as simple as a custom luggage tag, small tokens that were made just for that person always feel extra special. The Gatorade® Gx Fueling System lets anyone customize their own Gatorade bottle with a name, favorite team logo, and choose from a variety of Gatorade hydration options, making it the perfect gift for the athlete in your life.

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(1) Reference: 2018 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association

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.

About PepsiCo:
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2017, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

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