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Navigating Last-Minute Gifts with Stephanie Humphrey

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While things will be different this holiday season, gift-giving is still at the forefront of most consumers’ minds. Recently, Technology and Lifestyle Expert, Stephanie Humphrey, teamed with YourUpdateTV to share some great, last-minute gift ideas. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/c9Yg5EklXjk Hottest Gaming Gifts of 2020 Gaming is hotter than ever with the releases of the PS5 and XBOX Series X, along with much anticipated titles like Cyberpunk 2077 coming out just in time for the holidays. GameStop is the home for everything video games, accessories, and collectibles. Top picks include CyberPunk 2077, an open world, choose your own adventure game with amazing graphics, along with the XBOX Series X Shock Blue Wireless Controller and Cyberpunk FUNKO POP! collectibles. Find all of these and more at GameStop.com/GiftHub. For the family that games together, Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory is a rhythm action videogame that takes players on a musical journey through the wildly popular Kingdom Hearts series. Players will travel through iconic Disney Worlds and encounter beloved characters in their journey, and enjoy some of Kingdom Hearts’ most memorable songs, as well as classic songs from the Disney cinematic universe. For more, visit KingdomHearts.com. Practical Gift Giving One thing everyone needed more of this year? Reliable Wi-Fi. It’s not always easy to find an open Wi-Fi network these days, which is why the latest 5G mobile hotspot from the pioneers of the hotspot category, Inseego, are a great option. The 5G MiFi M2100 and M2000 on Verizon and T-Mobile turn a single 5G connection into your own private, secure W-Fi network, with broadband speeds that rival traditional home internet connections. They have an all-day battery and you can connect up to 32 devices at once, so your whole family can connect their new tablets and devices almost anywhere – perfect for working from home, homeschool or that next family road trip. For more, visit Inseego.com. Working-From-Anywhere Last-minute gifts are hard and everyone is looking to make a little travel happen in-between remote work. So, with no passport, currency exchange or new phone plan required for U.S. citizens, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for remote work in the new year. An island filled with natural wonders for remote workers to explore safely in their downtime and switch up that scenery after they are finished with those work calls. With 31 internet providers and three 5G network, travelers can expect full connectivity whenever they need it. As you get ready to make travel plans next year, check out DiscoverPuertoRico.com. About Stephanie Humphrey: Technology and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey is a former engineer who merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is driven by the sole purpose of connecting people, particularly those underrepresented in technology, with the tech know-how to transform their worlds. Stephanie is currently a technology contributor for ABC Newswhere she works as part of the nationally-syndicated Strahan Sara & Keke team. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 22, 2020 10:15 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Giving the Gift of Security This Holiday Season

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While everyone is busy getting ready for a holiday season during a global pandemic, scammers have been hard at work taking advantage of a year that has changed how people shop and spend time at home. Recently, Technology and Lifestyle Expert, Stephanie Humphrey, teamed with YourUpdateTV to share some ideas to help keep everyone safe and secure. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/e5hj0wW0DyQ Protect Your Passwords Scammers have really taken advantage of the shift in consumer habits this year as so much of our lives have gone on-line. More than half of Americans don’t feel prepared should they be the victim of a cyberattack. The most important thing consumers can do to protect themselves online is also the simplest and least expensive: Secure their passwords. Keeper uses the highest level of encryption available to protect passwords and personal information from being stolen by cybercriminals. Keeper eliminates the time and hassle that comes with forgetting, resetting and recovering passwords, providing users with one master password to remember. The service comes in monthly plans starting at $3 for unlimited password storage. Visit keepersecurity.com for more. Protecting Your Packages With the rise in online shopping, we’ve seen a rise in porch piracy, with 1.7 million packages stolen or lost each day in the United States. DeliverySafe is secure and simple to use and it solves a lot of problems and improves your life at home: it helps prevent porch piracy, it protects packages from rain, snow or heat, and it allows you to retrieve your grocery, package or subscription box deliveries at your convenience and around your schedule - not a delivery window.The insulated DeliverySafe sits on your porch or driveway and works with most major delivery companies. Simply provide them with a passcode that lets the driver store your package securely till you get home. Go to deliverysafe.com for more. Whole-Home Protection With everyone spending more time at home this year and holiday season, there’s no better time to make it a place that’s a safe haven. SimpliSafe provides whole-home protection against everything from intruders to fires, water damage and more. Give the gift of peace of mind with a SimpliSafe smart home security system, like The Essentials Kit, a six piece system that includes all of the basics to make life at home more comfortable and enjoyable. It’s easy DIY install and no-long term commitments make it a great gift for homeowners and renters alike. For more information and to start the whole-home protection process, visit simplisafe.com/stephaniehumphrey. Protect Your Tech (and the Environment) Another way to feel more secure is to protect the tech you do have. While you’re shopping for the latest tech for your loved ones, make sure they keep it protected as well and you can feel good about it. The new LifeProof WĀKE case is made with over 85% of ocean-based plastic, features a sleek wave design and comes in 4 different colors. But it doesn’t just look good, it does good. With every purchase or a LifeProof case, you get to choose a non-profit partner to receive a donation. Visit lifeproof.com for more! About Stephanie Humphrey: Technology and Lifestyle Expert Stephanie Humphrey is a former engineer who merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is driven by the sole purpose of connecting people, particularly those underrepresented in technology, with the tech know-how to transform their worlds. Stephanie is currently a technology contributor for ABC Newswhere she works as part of the nationally-syndicated Strahan Sara & Keke team. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 22, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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CEO of JR Capital helps raise funds and awareness for Hearing-Impaired Children

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JR Capital LLC, a specialist in equipment financing and working capital business loans, is helping to raise awareness of bilateral sensorineural hearing as a sponsor of the second annual “Siena’s Squad” holiday fundraiser to be held on December 19, 2020 at 2PM EST. Donations support Clarke’s Schools for Hearing and Speech with locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Northampton. The school’s traditional fundraiser was canceled this year due to COVID-19. The holiday fundraiser workout received initial funding from JR Capital LLC and the Lee/Melissa Miller Family and has raised $10,000 so far with the hope of surpassing the $38,000 raised in 2019. “The pandemic has taught me how important it is to give back to the community. I have a personal connection to this cause--my beautiful niece Siena,” says founder and CEO Jon Wasser. “Our brokerage is proud to be part of this event and hope that others will join us in supporting the Clarke Schools.” Renowned Pilates instructor Marielle Rubin of Philadelphia will lead the virtual class on December 19th. Tickets are $25 per person toward meeting the fundraising goal. Non-participant donors are encouraged to contribute as well. All donations support the educational efforts of students like Siena who are deaf or hard of hearing and learning to listen and talk at Clarke Schools. Founded in 1867, Clarke Schools is a 501(c)(3) organization impacting the lives of children and adults through educational and early childhood programs, hearing services, mainstream services, research, curriculum development and the teachers and professionals trained by Clarke who take their special skills to all parts of the world. Fundraiser participants are encouraged to share photos and videos on social media with the tag #SienaSquad! JR CAPITAL, LLC provides strategic working capital and equipment financing to help your business gro w. Visit jrwcap.com to speak with an experienced consultant today. Contact Details Jon Wasser, CEO JR Capital +1 609-410-9568 jwasser@jrwcap.com Company Website https://www.jrwcap.com/

December 18, 2020 08:04 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Americans receive 12,000 pointless emails a year - and these are the phrases to avoid

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Nearly three in every four emails sent is pointless or irrelevant – according to new research. If you’ve ever felt yourself drowning in emails or a slave to your inbox you may well relate to a new online survey of 2,002 Americans that found 73 percent of the emails people receive aren’t relevant or interesting to them-if they’re even opened at all. Respondents in the census-balanced survey from SizzleDeck estimated they receive 44 emails each day on average between work and personal accounts – and cited 32 of those emails typically aren’t worth paying attention to or require no action on their part. That equates to over 16,000 emails in a typical year with precisely 11,680 of them deemed a waste of time. The survey found more than half (54%) of Americans polled have real difficulty clearing their work email inbox. But while things get lost in the inbox, sending a text is still an effective way to get attention the average respondent checks their phone 18 times during the typical working day. Perhaps that’s why Americans are more than three times more likely to prefer to read text messages than open emails (48% v 14%). A spokesperson for SizzleDeck said: “This survey backs up what our instincts were telling us, most people have a tonne of unread emails, but hardly anyone has an unread text message. If you want to be sure your message gets read, send it by text.” Whether it’s texts or emails, our attention spans are dominated by our phones. In addition to the 18 phone sessions we have during our working hours, three-quarters of us admit checking our phones is the very first thing we do in the morning and the very last thing we do at night. When not on their phones, people tend to have better attention skills in-person than they do virtually. When asked how long it would take them to mentally check out during a presentation, the average for Zoom presentations was six slides. For in-person meetings, it takes seven slides before people will start to check out. And it’s not just the visuals but the words that really count. People have a low tolerance for work jargon, it seems. When asked what work phrases they hate the most, respondents said “per my last email” (32%), “we’re all in this together” (32%) and “blue sky thinking” (29%) rounded the top of the list. The spokesperson for SizzleDeck added: “In pure communication terms, we find that the key to getting people to read and respond to a message is to keep it simple, keep it short and avoid clichés. The clearest communicators write the same way the talk.” TOP WORST WORK JARGON 1. Per my last email 32% 2. We ’ re all in this together 32% 3. Blue sky thinking 29% 4. Did you get that thing I sent you? 28% 5. Let ’ s touch base 27% 6. Let ’ s circle back 23% 7. Can you get this to me EOD? 23% 8. Let ’ s table that 21% 9. Let ’ s get this offline 12% The census-balanced survey of 2,002 Americans was conducted online in November 2020. About SizzleDeck SizzleDeck is a software application that makes it easy for businesses to build, share and track phone-friendly landing pages. Contact Details Rick Maughan +1 929-359-2537 rickmaughan@hotmail.co.uk

December 17, 2020 08:14 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Safe and Easy by Target

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2020 has been a year unlike any other, but that doesn't mean the holidays can't be special. Whether you’ll be celebrating with immediate family at home or toasting one another virtually, gift-giving is one way to keep the joy of the season alive and bring a smile to loved ones faces. A Video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/QZYyRq5ciuk So, this holiday, what should you be thinking about when purchasing those last-minute gifts for everyone on your list? And how do you do it safely and easily? With something for everyone on your list and contactless same-day pickup and delivery options, Target is the one-stop shop for all your last-minute gifting and holiday needs, making it easier and more reliable to shop, save and celebrate the joy of the season, with delivery in time for Christmas. Plus, when it comes to shopping for last-minute gifts, Target has you covered with everything from top toys, apparel and accessories for the whole family, beauty products, and home décor items that will help make your home cozy for the holidays. And with the clock ticking, Target’s same-day services, like Order Pickup, Drive Up and Same-Day Delivery with Shipt, make holiday shopping easier than ever. For more information, visit Target.com About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 16, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Holiday Gifts that Bring Joy

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People are gifting differently this year. We see consumers turning to retail therapy to deal with 2020. Many of us are looking for ways to buy consciously and pay it forward this holiday season. Many trends this year show consumers turning to retail therapy this holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/9UcTLZhz7ec Sustainable Style Technology gifts are hotter than ever and some have thankfully become more sustainable. LifeProof now has a full line of sustainable phone cases, but with the same durability and protection we all love about them. This is the new LifeProof WAKE case which is made with over 85% of ocean-based plastic. It’s sleek in design, comes in 4 different colors and this is the best part -- when you purchase a case from LifeProof, you get to choose one of the company’s non-profit partners to receive a donation on your behalf. So it’s a gift you can feel good about giving. Educational Fun Educational gifting is a huge trend this year, with virtual learning challenging many parents to find ways to make learning at home fun and engaging. The GraviTrax Starter Set, for instance, is an interactive marble run and construction toy set that lets kids experiment with concepts such as gravity and magnetism, infusing play time with some fun learning. The whole family can create different tracks and work together or independently to figure out the fastest way to get your marble to the finish line, and you can add accessories (also available at Target) to take your tracks to even greater heights. GraviTrax​ is a really great hands-on toy that helps develop problem solving skills and creative thinking! Toys for Everyone on Your List Many retailers are finding ways to make holiday shopping easier and safer than ever before. Macy’s once again has a great selection of toys for everyone on your list and at all price points. You can find everything from classic board games, to Disney favorites like the Mandalorian and Frozen. Macy’s has also made it super easy to shop with their convenient payment and shipping options such buy online, pick up in store, and same-day delivery with DoorDash and you can always split your online purchase into 4 easy payments with Klarna. Crazy for Crafting With a lot more time at home, crafting gifts have become very popular. The Brother ScanNCut DX SDX85 is a great gift idea for the crafting enthusiast or someone looking for a new creative hobby. Use it for last-minute holiday cards, festive decorations, and more. This is the only series of electronic cutting machines with true auto-blade sensing technology and a built-in scanner. ScanNCut DX SDX85 has 251 built in designs, so you can get crafting right out of the box! Or you can easily transfer your own unique designs to the machine via USB or WiFi connectivity. About Ereka Vetrini: Ereka Vetrini is a TV Host, Lifestyle Expert, Brand Spokesperson, Producer, Blogger and proud mom of two who got her start on Donald Trump‘s “The Apprentice” season 1. Ereka is currently the host of Lifetime’s Access Health. Access Health brings you the latest cutting-edge developments and innovations in medicine, nutrition and fitness, so women everywhere can take charge of their health starting today! She is also a regular contributor to NBC’s 1st Look and NY Live. As an on-air correspondent for NBC she covers the hottest spots to dine, travel and shop! Ereka was previously the host of TLC Sunday Brunch where she brought you the very best brunch & cocktail recipes, styling tips and so much more! As a mother of two, Ereka enjoys spending every spare minute running after her 9 and 7-year-old. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 16, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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LineSwings launches to help gamblers analyze betting opportunities during games

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On the heels of legalized sports betting becoming a reality on mobile devices in 12 states plus Washington D.C., LineSwings launches as an innovative startup to help bettors analyze lines during games. LineSwings offers exclusive data and graphs of the live lines and money lines throughout NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA men’s basketball games. As a Philadelphia-based company, the new service is now available nationwide as a free service at LineSwings.com and via their iOS app in the App Store. An app for Android devices is in development. “Live in-game betting is one of the fastest growing types of gambling,” said Patrick Dougherty, Managing Partner of LineSwings. “The information we offer at LineSwings can’t be found via the sportsbooks. LineSwings.com and our app provides sports gamblers an interface for tracking, analyzing and seizing opportunities.” In addition to providing real-time analytics, LineSwings users can be alerted via text or app notification when the line undergoes a significant swing during the game. For example, on Nov. 1, 2020, the Los Angeles Rams opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins leading 28-10 in the 2nd quarter, the line swung to make the Rams 16.5-point underdogs. When the underdog becomes the favorite, the line is considered inverted. The Rams came back in the game and lost by only 9. If a user set their alerts for either a 14+ point spread differential or a 14+ point inversion, he or she would have been notified in real time. LineSwings was founded by Philadelphia businessmen Dan Abato, Patrick Dougherty and Mike Rosenello, owners of ADR Technologies, LLC. They saw an opportunity to create LineSwings shortly after sports gambling became legal on mobile devices in their home state of Pennsylvania. Since LineSwings is not a sportsbook, sports fans can enjoy the data and analytics in all 50 states and around the world. As of Dec. 15, sports betting is legal on mobile devices in the following 12 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Oregon, Colorado, West Virginia, Iowa and New Hampshire. Michigan will be added to that list in the coming weeks. Additional states are expected to approve sports betting on mobile devices in 2021. LineSwings consumers can make use of the information to become a smarter gambler by placing bets with their preferred sportsbook. LineSwings does not take bets. About LineSwings LineSwings is a sports gambling analytics company that offers exclusive data and graphs of the live betting lines and money lines throughout NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA men’s basketball games. Based in Philadelphia, LineSwings is available worldwide as a free service at LineSwings.com and their iOS app via the App Store. To learn more about LineSwings, visit their FAQ page at LineSwings.com/welcome/faq. Contact Details Eric Nemeth +1 602-502-2793 nemeth.eric@gmail.com Company Website https://www.lineswings.com/

December 15, 2020 08:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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OVER 20 NONPROFITS BENEFIT FROM NEST NURTURES IN 2020

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NEST, the leading national integrated facilities management company, announced that 25 charities have benefited from over $70,000 in cash donations through their philanthropic division NEST Nurtures. The recipients were selected by NEST’s retail partners as a way to support charities doing important work across the U.S. During the pandemic, beneficiaries of the initiative included Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (selected by Five Below), Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition (selected by JOANN), Ticket to Dream Foundation (selected by Mattress Firm) and The Doe Fund (selected by Steve Madden). NEST’s CEO Rob Almond recently organized a virtual networking event with representatives from the nonprofits that received funding from NEST Nurtures. The keynote speaker for the event was Chris “Handles” Franklin, a professional basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters and founder of the Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation. Nonprofit leaders shared inspirational stories about overcoming challenges they continue to face amidst the pandemic. “At NEST, philanthropy has been part of our DNA for 25 years,” said Almond. “But this year is clearly different with so many people in need. We leaned on our retail partners to select incredible charities across the country and, as a result, we’ve developed long lasting relationships with amazing people doing unprecedented work.” The following is a list of nonprofits that received a donation from NEST Nurtures in 2020: Boys & Girls Club of America Boys & Girls Club of Broward County Boys & Girls Club of San Gabriel Valley Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation Community Crisis Center, Inc. Congregation Torat Emet Dress for Success Epilepsy Foundation GenYouth Make a Wish Foundation National Multiple Sclerosis Society No Kid Hungry Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition Project Lemonade PDX Safe-Sound Share Food Program Spirit of Children St. Jude The Doe Fund The Little Bit Foundation Ticket to Dream Foundation United Inner City Services Wichita Children’s Home Women’s Community Revitalization Project In July of 2020, NEST established NEST Nurtures as a new division of their company that focuses on supporting nonprofits and improving communities around the country. NEST Nurtures’ goal is to expand on the company’s philanthropic endeavors that NEST has fulfilled since they were founded in 1994. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities have been longtime beneficiaries of NEST. As retailers across the U.S. and Canada continue to respond to the pandemic, NEST is working with retailers to keep their doors open and regain consumer confidence. From decreasing facility management expenses to streamlining operations, NEST is developing industry leading facility management strategies for more than 40 retail clients. NEST manages approximately 60,000 individual retail locations in North America. NEST is the pioneer of the Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) industry in the United States and Canada since 1994. NEST’s Integrated Facilities Management solution pairs financial acumen and business analytics with a strategic consultative approach. Real-time data, reporting and analytics technology empowers business leaders and facility management teams with the informed insights that enable them to make smarter decisions. To learn more about NEST, visit enterNEST.com or follow NEST on LinkedIn. Contact Details Eric Nemeth +1 602-502-2793 nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://www.enternest.com/

December 15, 2020 08:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Home for the ‘Huladays’ with Gretchen Connelie

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This holiday season will be different, with smaller gatherings, virtual celebrations, and many of us unable to travel to our favorite destinations. Recently, Lifestyle Expert Gretchen Connelie teamed with Tommy Bahama and YourUpdateTV to discuss some tips on making this holiday season feel special and unique. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/Mr0TV2Q9ghY Perfect Holiday Menu When it comes to the menu, food can be simpler. Buy the main course from the grocery store or to go from your favorite restaurant. Make the side dishes the star of the meal instead and focus on those great side dishes that everyone always loves to much. Create individually portioned sides to help prevent cross contamination. For the bar, serve a signature drink that you pre-make and portion out. Canned cocktails, spiked seltzers, along with beer, wine and sparkling water make it a safe and easy serve bar. And don’t forget desert and all the sweets you love during the holidays. Pies are classic at the holidays, and easy to portion and serve in these individual slice containers. And for those delicious holiday cookies and sweets can be served in small cupcake containers. Also, great to save for a late-night treat. Connecting with Loved Ones…Virtually Create and package a Home for the Huladays Box, which includes menu, playlist, twinkle lights, scented candle, and more. Face time and Zoom is also a great way to stay connected. Start while you’re cooking and preparing as that’s the time you would normally spend with your guests in the kitchen. Zoom thru the meal or a toast---experience it together. A portable phone stand with ring light makes that easy to do. Gifts for Everyone in the Family Gift giving is always challenging, but this year, it’s important to take a look at how everyone has been spending their time. Here are some great options, no matter how you spend your days. Whether you are a ‘New Professional’ dressed from the waist up and in casual comfort waist down, a Peak Performer (active lifestyle wear), Cozy at Home or a Relaxologist, there is something for everyone. For more information, visit TommyBahama.com About Gretchen Connelie: Gretchen Connelie is a dynamic lifestyle & trend expert specializing in-home entertaining, fashion, and travel. She has appeared on local and national TV shows with trends, tips, & tricks that keeps hosts & viewers active and engaged. Gretchen’s charisma and ability to share high concept ideas with an approachable sensibility inspires those around her to say “I can’t wait to try that”. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

December 14, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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