3 Tips for a Great Summer Vacation

A good friend and his wife were recently hosting all of their children and grandchildren for an annual family weekend. Everyone was flying in from all over the country.

One son and his family arrived at the airport for their flight to Asheville only to realize that they had missed the flight because they had entered the wrong departure time in their iPhones. Needless to say, that was an expensive and inconvenient mistake.

They finally arrived at 4 am!

No one wants to start their vacation off with this kind of snafu and you don’t have to.

One of the cool things about technology is the ability to link computerized information into your devices. It keeps you organized and greatly reduces the possibility for human error.

With the beginning of summer vacation season, it’s a perfect time to share apps and tips that can help you save money, save time and stay on schedule with your travel plans.

1. Finding flights and saving money

If you’re like most savvy travelers, Read more

Don’t Miss These New STSM&D (save time, save money & delight) Tips!

 Opt out of unending “Reply All” email responses

Have you ever found yourself continuing to receive email responses because you’re caught in a “Reply All” list and you’d like to anonymously drop out?

You can’t actually drop out, but if you use Gmail you can stop receiving the annoying replies!

With the culprit email open, click on More at the top and then Mute. This will hide all future emails in this chain but not delete them, just in case you need to jump back in sometime.

Here’s more from Google: https://support.google.com/mail/answer/47787?hl=en

 Learn (or brush up on) a language for free and it’s fun!

This has to be one of my favorite new apps.

I’m working on Italian for an upcoming trip and loving the these self-paced lessons and the email reminders. I can take the lessons from my computer, iPad or iPhone and each device is synced so I can pick up where I left off.

I especially like using it from my iPhone because the microphone is more accurate for the speaking parts of the lessons.

I highly recommend that you give it a try!

Get started here: https://www.duolingo.com

 iPhone Recall

If you have an iPhone 5s and you think the sleep button (the one on the top) isn’t working properly, Apple will fix it for free.

Read more here to see if you qualify: http://gizmodo.com/apple-will-fix-your-iphone-5s-sleep-button-for-free-if-1567815829/+andyoooo

 Good changes to Google Drive

If you have the Google Drive app on your iPhone or iPad, Google now has two separate apps just for Google Docs and Google Sheets. It makes accessing those files a bit faster than having to go through the Google Drive app.

Google will eventually require you to download these apps when you open or create a Google doc or spreadsheet, so go ahead and go to the app store and download them! Search for Google Docs and Google Sheets.

Are You Connecting with Your Kids or Irritating Them?

I took a walk this weekend.

My husband and I were getting some exercise early Sunday morning in Roanoke, Virginia.

We were on our way home from dropping off child #3 in Washington, DC for an internship.

As we were rounding the corner, we noticed a store with big windows and a large poster hanging in the window. The text on the poster simply said “Hi Sara.”

That is child #1’s name – Sara, without an ‘h.’ I knew it would put a smile on her face to see it, so I grabbed the iPhone, took the picture and immediately texted it to her with a very short message like, “Saw this and thought of you!”

My daughter didn’t want a phone call from me on Sunday morning, but I could show her I was thinking of her in a unique way that she would like.

When you see something that makes you think of your special young adult or teen, that’s the moment and the gift that you can use to connect quickly, but personally. Just don’t abuse it.

Connect with your children (and older grandchildren) the way they connect with others.

It’s not hard to share a moment. 

10 Commandments for the Reformed Baby Boomer

This is a really weird confession, but I have been fascinated by the differences in generations and the psychology behind those differences ever since I was in high school. Maybe it’s because my dad’s second career was as a psychologist – although I never felt like he was analyzing me.

As an independent-thinking, goal-oriented baby boomer, nothing has accentuated those generational differences like finding myself in the “sandwich generation.” You know, between your silent generation parents and millennial children.

I’ve thought quite a lot about how my generation will adapt as we age.

How will we go forward in this rapidly changing world?

Will we grow or shrink?

Will we stay current or be left behind?

Will we evolve or diminish?

I have a philosophy about how I intend to live the rest of my life and I thought I’d share it with you. Do you have any others you’d add?