DEAR HELOISE: With 4 kids, there was a giant catastrophe on Christmas morning once they opened their presents. One 12 months, I made a decision to do one thing totally different. I received 4 GARBAGE BAGS, I gave every little one a bag and instructed them they couldn't open one other reward till they put the ribbons and the wrapping paper of the earlier reward within the bag. It saved me not less than an hour of cleansing and reorganization. After we opened all our presents, I instructed them to maintain their garments and toys.
They’re now grownup males, with their very own households, and observe what we did once we have been kids. Your wives respect it! – IMAGE IN WISCONSIN
DEAR READERS: Typically, in the course of the holidays, we’re busy and distracted, and we overlook to take precautionary measures whereas away from residence. Listed below are some issues to recollect:
• Watch out with the one that meets you, as a result of it’s a favourite technique of pickpockets.
• Don’t promote your journey plans on social networks. Do it AFTER you get residence out of your journey.
• For those who suppose you might be being adopted whereas driving, don’t depart. Drive to a police station or a crowded space.
• Thieves usually attempt to assault individuals they contemplate susceptible, such because the aged or individuals with disabilities.
• Above all, keep alert and concentrate on your environment. – HELOISE
New phishing rip-off
DEAR HELOISE: Please inform your readers to pay attention to a brand new phishing rip-off. Somebody contacts you, often by electronic mail or telephone name, claiming it’s out of your financial institution and that you simply need to replace your info for safety causes, or you’ll have to deactivate your account. Grasp up instantly! Name your financial institution straight and ask in the event that they want your info up to date, and allow them to know in regards to the scammer who known as you.
Everytime you obtain a request to replace details about ANY monetary matter, DO NOT click on on the hyperlink they supply. As an alternative, name the corporate straight and shield all monetary info. – TRENT D. IN NEW YORK
Bag towards field
DEAR HELOISE: This vacation season, many people will obtain items in bins and baggage. I attempt to handle collapsing bins for storage, and the luggage are rigorously saved for reuse. The wrap is often thrown away, however even that goes to the recycle bin. Bear in mind, "reuse and recycle" as a lot as you possibly can. Earth is our residence, so hold it clear. – PAULA IN ALASKA
Cool the curtains
DEAR HELOISE: Is there no time to scrub totally earlier than the company arrive? Take your curtains, curtains and comforters and place them within the dryer (individually) for a couple of minutes. A short twist on the "air" setting will take away mud, refresh the looks and fill a comforter. – MEG IN CALIFORNIA
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