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Turkey Shortcuts You’ll Give Thanks For

turkey shortcuts
I used to spend days preparing for and making Thanksgiving dinner from scratch. The stuffing was never as good as mom’s. I finally asked for the recipe. I was so surprised by her answer: Stove Top®, with a few added touches! ... Read More

Emergency Supplies Road Trip List

Emergency supplies for a road trip. Young family packing for car travel.
You’ll want to have emergency supplies for your road trip, whether you’re driving “over the river and through the woods” to grandmother’s house, or just an hour or two from home. See the suggestions below. You probably don’t need all of ... Read More

What to Give on Halloween Besides Candy

        While my kids were growing up, the family home was on Washington Street in San Francisco. To call it “Halloween Central” would be an understatement. Ant-like ribbons of ghosts, goblins and all manner of creatures climbed the ... Read More

Web Search Tips for Better Results

web search tips
Because I curate HabiLinks, the web guide associated with this blog, I spend a lot of time searching the web. When I created the guide, almost ten years ago, I didn’t know the tricks that help get better results. With eighteen ... Read More

Flu Shot Reminder, Tips & Info

Flu shot info & tips
If you’ve been good about getting your shot and haven’t had the flu for years, it’s easy to forget how terrible it makes you feel. A fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and headache are common symptoms. But in ... Read More

Garage Door Openers in a Power Outage

garage door openers
If you have an electric garage door opener it’s important to read the instructions. If there’s a power outage you may have to lift the garage door manually. Most systems have a pull cord to disconnect the door from the opener. ... Read More

Increase Your Vocab with Words of the Day

Online learning with words of the day
Having earned a living as a writer in a previous life, I pride myself on my English. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes. But most of the time I realize something’s not right and look things up before I ... Read More

It’s About Your Eyes

about eyes vision health
Most of us don’t think about our eyes or vision health until there’s a problem. Obviously, if you already wear corrective lenses, you’ll see a healthcare professional for a new prescription when things get fuzzy. But even if you’re lucky enough ... Read More

A Vacation Pack List to Customize and Print

Vacation Pack Lists make sure you're good to go.
All vacation pack lists are not created equal. If you search online you’ll get 171,000 results! You can’t customize most of them. And when you click a link you often end up on a site that wants you to pay for ... Read More

Are You Eating an Endangered Species?

eating an endangered seafood species, sushi
Unless you and that endangered species were the last ones on earth and it came down to either you or it, you probably wouldn’t knowingly eat a species that’s not sustainable. But whether you’re deciding what to serve at home or ... Read More

Do You Need a Measles Booster Shot?

measles booster shot
Measles is highly contagious. Because the number of cases is rising at an alarming rate, health officials encourage adults who haven’t had measles to get vaccinated, or in some cases, re-vaccinated. Unlike most adults born before 1989, I’ve never had measles, ... Read More

Springtime Allergies? Here’s some help

spring allergies
Spring has sprung and so have your allergies? The birds are singing and the bees are buzzing. It’s spring, glorious spring. Unfortunately, for those of us with seasonal allergies, it’s also time to break out the hankies. I’ve suffered from “hay ... Read More

Change Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries Sunday

Change Your Clocks, Spring forward
In San Francisco we’re having a hard time believing that spring arrives soon! It seems like we haven’t seen the sun in months and rainfall records are broken almost every day. But the calendar doesn’t lie. And along with spring comes ... Read More

Tax Changes Affecting Upcoming Tax Returns

the latest tax changes
April 15th is tax day for most of us, and it’ll be here before you know it. Whether you fill out your income tax returns by hand, use software, or hire a professional, only you can gather the information needed. Before ... Read More

Learn How to Stop Robocalls and Texts

Stop robocalls and texts
Do you want to know how to stop robocalls and texts? Whether it’s a mobile phone or land line, you’ve probably answered a call that’s an unwanted sales pitch or recorded message. There are laws against unwanted calls and text messages, ... Read More

Wine and Food Pairing Tips

Printable Wine and Food Chart
You’d think simple wine and food pairing info would be easy to find. I spent hours searching online but couldn’t find a simple article by an authoritative source. In desperation, I contacted the editor at the Napa Wine Library. Thank you, ... Read More

Decluttering, A Simple Plan

Decluttering, A Simple Plan
Decluttering. Most of us have good intentions, but for many the job seems overwhelming. Decluttering ends up at the bottom of the “to do” list, right under cleaning the oven! Even more discouraging, if you search online for “decluttering plan” you ... Read More

Quick Gift Ideas

quick gift ideas
Need quick gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place. Gifts don’t need to be fancy or expensive. Any gift with a personal touch will be appreciated. Time is running short, but here are some ideas to help check off those ... Read More

The Easiest Way to Roast & Carve a Turkey

The easiest way to roast & carve a turkey is the “spatchcock” method. For years I cooked and served the holiday turkey my mother’s way. The only thing missing was my dad, who used to carve the bird VERY carefully, under ... Read More

Credit Cards That Pay You Back

credit cards
Because there are countless credit cards to choose from, they offer all kinds of perks to entice you. But offers are confusing at best and can be misleading if you don’t read the fine print. If you’re thinking of applying for ... Read More

Is Your Water Heater an Accident Waiting to Happen?

hot water heater
Your hot water heater may need attention. If you’re like most people, you don’t think much about your water heater. As long as it works, no problem, right? Not necessarily. The first sign it’s on the blink might be a cold ... Read More

A Wine Guide You Can Really Use.

wine guide
With this wine guide, all you need is a smartphone to make the right choice. I like wine, but it doesn’t always agree with me, so I don’t drink it often. That made it hard to select a bottle from a ... Read More

Cell Phone Etiquette Tips

cell phone etiquette
Here’s a link to some useful cell phone etiquette tips. I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. For example they suggest that talking while walking down the street is bad manners. But if you’re not bothering anyone, why not? Getting ... Read More

Discuss the News in a Civil Manner.

news
I admit I’m a news junkie. And whether on TV, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, or the internet I often want to discuss it. Can that possibly be true? Is it fake news? Is that a good idea? How would I feel if ... Read More

Keep Your Personal Records Safe in Case of Emergency

Better safe than sorry! Matters of Fact personal records keeper safeguards things the family should know in “the cloud.” Encrypted and password protected, it’s both printable and accessible anywhere there’s internet access. You can share access with a loved one if ... Read More

Last Minute Gifts They Can Really Use

quick gift ideas
Need ideas for last minute gifts they can really use? HabiNews, our monthly newsletter, had some great online resources for useful gifts. But it’s getting a little late to depend on delivery by the holidays. There’s still time to come up ... Read More

How to Prepare, Roast and Carve a Turkey

roast turkey
Turkey is a popular entree for the holidays. But most of us serve it only once or twice a year. It’s easy to forget how to prepare, roast and carve it. Here are links to Real Simple Magazine’s suggested turkey techniques. ... Read More

Houseguests? A Little Planning Makes a Big Difference

houseguests
Having houseguests can be a lot of fun instead of a total disruption if you plan ahead. Got extra new toothbrushes? House keys? Also, a card with your wi-fi password will be appreciated. Certainly you’ll add your own special welcoming touches, ... Read More

Do Your Guests Look in Your Medicine Cabinet?

party planning, check your medicine cabinet
Here comes the party planning and holiday entertaining season! Is there anything in your medicine cabinet you don’t want party guests to see? This home party planning checklist is so thorough it even reminds you to check your medicine cabinet before ... Read More

Keeping Personal Records Safe

home office computer
The importance of keeping personal records in a safe place has never been so evident. Keeping personal records may not be one of your favorite things to do, but there are useful tools to help you get started. After that it ... Read More

How to Prepare for Emergencies

emergencies first aid kit
When you prepare for emergencies it can give you peace of mind. Because it’s not a matter of “if” an emergency will happen, but when. While you can’t prevent natural disasters or accidents, you can be prepared. Here are some useful ... Read More