With the Holidays fast approaching, we understand that many in the community will be shopping for gifts to share with family members around the Christmas tree or latke platter. In recognition of the gift-giving tradition celebrated by several cultural groups in our region–and that Amazon is one of the largest online shopping outlets, this handy guide is intended to help you reach the free shipping threshold if you will be ordering from them (This Tip is not an endorsement or recommendation). For another site offering ‘fillers’ for several online shopping sites, you can also visit Superfillers.com Of course the best gifts of all are completely free — Love and kindness!
Did you know that you can save “green” ($$$) by going ‘green’? Many energy-saving measures add up to conserving both –your financial resources and natural resources! Our Tip this week explores the Carbon Footprint Calculator, so you can learn specific ways to make sure there are resources of all kinds for the future. You’d be surprised how much energy it takes to make a single aluminum soda can. You are helping even by recycling a can–after thoroughly rinsing it — rather than throwing it into the trash (learn more here)! How simple is that?!
Is your e-mail getting the best of you? We can all feel overwhelmed by the inbox, and sometimes that automatic feed or subscription that seemed like a good idea at the time just comes back to haunt you with unread messages that begin to pile up. The Unroll.me service is a great way to consolidate your subscription reading and help you get a handle on it–or easily get off the list(s)! Read all about where and how in this week’s Tip! tuesdays-tip-november-29-2016-unroll-me-website
Well, it’s Thanksgiving Week , and we’ve already had our first taste of winter in the form of snowfall that blanketed our area in white, icy flakes. This quintessential American holiday is also one of the heaviest travel days of the year! Make your way safely by reading this week’s Tip and following the sage advice of experts in safety. Happy, healthy travels–and Happy Thanksgiving to All! tuesdays-tip-november-22-2016-winterizing-your-car-1
Though this month celebrates Native American traditions and history– our country’s first citizens are very much in today’s headlines, as always trying to consider and value the earth, and preserve it for the future generations. We look at mostly historical, ‘heritage’ sites, but have also added one contemporary one, as the First People are not cultural relics, but vibrant societies!
We’ve gathered together some resources where you can watch the election results come in–especially if you do not have traditional television service. Follow the action using our links: tuesdays-tip-november-8-2016-election-coverage
Sites highlighted here (Ballotopedia and Polling Place Finder sites) will help you make sure you exercise your right and duty to participate in the democratic process of electing our governmental representatives. Check ahead to make sure you know where to go to cast your vote! Hopefully we will end up with leaders who are steady-handed and put the needs of average Americans first! tuesdays-tip-november-1-2016-voting-resources
If you’re ever looking for detailed demographic information–especially at the community level (City, Town, Zip Code)– The Census Bureau has developed a great user-friendly site for you! Check it out in this week’s Tip! tuesdays-tip-october-25-2016-community-facts
Originally designed to teach basic skills for using popular Websites and social media to older adults, Techboomers.com is the perfect starting place for anyone who is feeling a little rusty in this area. The tutorials give simple and clear instruction that get you up and running, whether its using Skype, Facebook, or any number of popular shopping or connecting sites.
Don’t get into trouble reusing someone’s photo without copyright permission! This featured site will get you what you want, without infringing on someone’s rights of ownership. Use these images knowing permission has been granted for use. Each image lets you know if it is Creative Commons or Public Domain (can be used commercially). Make sure you check this before using widely. tuesdays-tip-october-11-2016-free-stock-photography
Before you start that batch of applesauce, or get ready to bake that amazing pie, make sure you’ve chosen the best variaty(-ties) for the job! This handy guide helps you determine the right sweet/tart flavor, or soft/crunchy texture for the recipe you have in mind–or for just plain munching! tuesdays-tip-october-4-2016-apple-guide
Well, they’ve already started to come down, and though we love our trees for their beauty– and also the shade and oxygen they provide– they do give us a run for our money with all those leaves they shed in autumn! This week’s Tip encourages you to compost those fallen leaves, or otherwise dispose of them responsibly. We also direct you to municipal resources that will help you clear them away! Happy Fall! tuesdays-tip-september-27-2016-disposing-of-fall-leaves