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Hey Guys! Today, I had a great time on Live! with Kelly & Michael sharing some of the coolest new High Tech Holiday products for your home.  We all know about the traditional Christmas lights, and most people are moving in the LED direction, but these products take it so much further! Here’s all the info about the products you saw on the show!

(if you missed the show, you can watch the segment at the bottom of this post!)


1- Kohl’s Star War’s Light Up Figures :  Yoda & Darth Vader

I can’t even tell you how popular these guys were in the studio!  There’s nothing more on trend than Star Wars right now and actually Live! with Kelly & Michael have been having all the actors and actresses from the movie in the studio the past few weeks, so we knew it was the perfect touch!

You can add “the force” to your home – inside or out!


They’re actually on sale now on  


2- Froggy’sFog Faux Snow Machine


Everyone wants a white Christmas, but even here on the East Coast that’s not looking likely.  It’s going to be 67 this weekend- what?!? No matter where you live, you can have a white Christmas with this faux snow machine! The “snow” is actually bubbles that dissolve on contact and dry immediately.  I used this machine at the annual Worthwhile Wear fundraising gala that I help with each year…

Clearly Froggy’s Faux Snow makes a girl really happy!



Here are some of the specs on the machines that we’re featuring on the show today…

Froggy’s Fog FFM Snow Machine

  • Perfect snow machine for those on a budget
  • Realistic snow flake flurry appearance
  • Blows snow 12-20 ft from unit
  • Use indoor or outdoor
  • Timer remote option and wireless remote option
    • Timer remote is wired to the machine, but allows you freedom from the machine by setting it to go off at different intervals
    • Wireless remote is a hand held device allowing you the same on/off functionality of the standard wired remote that is included
  • Pair with Froggy’s snow fluid for best results. Scent your snow with their  fluid scent additive to create a magical holiday scene.
  • Use with Froggy’s long lasting snow fluid to enhance your outdoor décor.

Froggy’s Fog Pro Snow Machine

  • Professional quality output at affordable price
  • Realistic snow flake flurry appearance
  • Blows snow approximately 20 ft from unit
  • Dial control for adjustable output – light small flurry to a massive blizzard with large flakes
  • Ideal for parties, parade floats & stage performances
  • Use indoor or outdoor
  • Pair with Froggy’s snow fluid for best results. Scent your snow with our holiday fluid scent additive to create a magical holiday scene.
  • Use with Froggy’s long lasting snow fluid to enhance your outdoor décor.


3- Bliss Lights

Putting up outdoor lights can be the biggest pain ever! It takes forever, and if you’re anything like our house… they kind of look ho-hum and not like the Clark Griswold home we envision. I found a product to change all of that!  Bliss lights offers spotlights that shoot thousands of tiny lasers at your home to make it look like it’s blanketed in lights!  It takes under 5 minutes to completely transform your home AND you can change the LED accent color, make it flash, and tons of other cool effect with the included remote control.

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Here’s the low down on this great company…

BlissLights, Inc. is an artistic lighting company founded in 2006 after inventing, engineering, and patenting a unique multiphase diffractive holographic optics and light projection technology (AKA really stinking cool light technology!!). The company focuses on manufacturing unique lighting experiences that are changing the way we see light and are leaders in laser lighting. Originally the products were developed for theme parks, but the founding members of the company felt that the magic and joy of these lights should not only be limited to lighting professionals. With the new goal in mind and the drive for Innovation through imagination, these lights were redesigned to be affordable for every home. BlissLights set a new standard in the light industry and has dedicated its efforts to bring a little more “bliss” into each home.

Color Stand Remote

While BlissLights are safe for everyday use and use a reduced strength laser, they recommend the product not to be projected any higher than 45 degrees if you live within 10 nautical miles of an airport as to ensure the laser does not interfere with any air traffic.

4- LumenPlay


Lumenplay® is a string of app-enabled lights that give you the freedom to choose colors, effects, play games and visualize music all from your smart device. Like a chameleon changes colors to adapt to its surroundings, Lumenplay® app-enabled lights change colors and effects to create a personalized light show with the swipe of a finger.

Perfect for holidays, events, parties and more, the multi-colored lights use Bluetooth SMART technology and are energy efficient with long-lasting, durable LEDs that can be used indoor or out. Compatible with any Bluetooth Smart Ready device on either iOS or Android, get ready to Create, Play and Share.

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5. Belkin Wemo

So we had a little trouble in the studio with the wi-fi (too many cameras on at once), but I use this adapter all the time at home! It’s a great introduction to home automation.  Basically, anything plugged into the Wemo outlet can be controlled from your smart phone.  No more crawling under the tree to plug it in, or laying in bed wondering if you turned the tree off (like every.single.night!!) One push of a button and you’re in control.

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If you missed the show- watch the segment here!

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Looking for more holiday fun? Check out the 12 Make it Yourself Holiday Gift Ideas I put together on last week’s episode of Live! with Kelly and Michael. Hope to see you at 9 am EST. on ABC!

The comments +

  1. Stacy says:

    I saw the show today and was wondering about the Belkin product you used to control the figurines and the tree. I missed the name. Please advise.
    Thank you

  2. I watched you yesterday and the lights on the house are so tempting. My kids would love it and we would love not having to hang lights everywhere!!!

  3. Laura says:

    What a great honor for you – you looked fantastic! These are such great ideas…this time of year wouldn’t be complete without the lights!


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