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Hostess with the Mostess: Holiday Party Prep

Hostess with the Mostess: Holiday Party Prep with Windows 8.1 Nokia Lumia 830

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You have the fancy coasters, perfect table-setting, name cards, now what? To become the hostess with the mostess it is all about the prep and details. My fondness for innovative technology has brought me to love Cortana and the new 8.1 Windows Nokia Lumia 830. For me it’s all about getting things done efficiently and at my fingertips. I need to be able to party prep while I’m sitting in the carpool line. I love apps especially when they make my life easier. Today I am sharing holiday party prep made easy with the new Windows 8.1 Nokia Lumia 830.

 Hostess with the Mostess: Holiday Party Prep with Windows 8.1

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My new personal assistant goes by Cortana. For whatever needs you have start with Cortana to take the pressure off of making lists, setting reminders, searching information. My favorite Cortana feature is the smart GPS that will remind you to get things done that you have set through Cortana. For instance picking up paper towels the next time you are by a grocery store.  Cortana allows me to set a reminder with Cortana. Cortana uses GPS to remind me when I am nearby a grocery store. As my to do list grows, I simply relay it to Cortana and I don’t miss a thing.

Big Oven App 

Need some inspiration for your next holiday dinner? The BigOven App keeps all of your favorite recipes at your fingertips. Enter 3 ingredients and BigOven will tell you what you can make. With 250,000+ recipes, you can simply plan your next meal. I’m pretty excited about my next dinner party,it’s featuring bacon wrapped cream cheese stuffed chicken breast recipe from BigOven.

PureView Camera

A holiday party didn’t happen if it isn’t documented. The 10MP PureView camera with OIS and ZEISS optics simply takes great pictures. All the high quality photos and videos you want to share amazing moments.

Movie Creator

Create beautiful movies with Movie Creator. Create, edit and share right from your fingertips.

Afterlight App

Image editing and enhancing your photos with the Afterlight app. The simple afterlight app tools allow you to take photos a step further.

Fireplace App

The virtual fireplace! app to cozy up to. Turn the app on and delight your friends with the sights and sounds of a real fireplace.

Portable Wireless Speaker 

A tiny speaker with BIG sound. What I love about this Nokia speaker is that it works off of NFC (Near Field Communication) or bluetooth allowing you to stream music for 15 hours of continuous music on the rechargeable battery. Perfect for Christmas music playing right off your phone during your next holiday party.


Speaking of music for your phone MixRadio is the ultimate personal radio station. Handcrafted playlists let you play what you want without having to do much more than set it. 

Treasure Tag

With all of the hustle and bustle that comes with party planning you have NO time to actually misplace anything. The treasure tag from Nokia keeps all of your precious necessities close. If you happen to misplace something with a Treasure Tag attached, like your car keys. You can simply locate the tag on the app and the GPS capability will search for the attached tag.

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Learn more about Microsoft 8.1 and Nokia.

Michelle Cantu is a digital influencer, entrepreneur and business owner. She built a thriving community dedicated to supporting parents and inspiring moms. Michelle is in her fifth year of homeschooling her 4 kids with her husband right outside of San Antonio, Texas. Instagram, twitter and facebook.

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