Thanksgiving: a favorite holiday for many that serves up delicious secret-family-recipe-driven comfort food, followed by intermittent afternoon naps punctuated with football and family time. But like every holiday time, holiday travel, food prep, and the occasional family drama may add a tad too much stress. Try these six practical tips to improve your Thanksgiving experience.
|1||Use voice assistants to help avoid touching your iPhone during turkey preparation. When using an iPhone, say “Hey Siri”. For Android users, “Ok Google” will activate your voice assistant. Once activated, convert recipe measurements like ounces to cups. Source: CNET|
|2||Let an easy-to-use cooking app simplify your life and reduce stress. Timer+ assists you in managing multiple cook times for different dishes. Set the timer to count down one time for boiling and mashing potatoes, another for roasting turkey and yet a separate time for heating sides. Source: CNET|
|3||Google Maps help you avoid Thanksgiving traffic delays and congestion points by identifying the fastest route and an alternate route. Source: CNET|
|4||Upgrade your kids’ (or kids@💗) games with hands-on technology that both educates and entertains. Check out the Tech Will Save Us products that allow you to build a robot, create a fitness tracker or invent touchpads and controllers. These products use everyday items like bananas or moldable clay. Source: Forbes|
|5||Soothe your soul with the best free streaming music apps. These include Pandora, Shazam, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Slacker Radio, TuneIn, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Musi, Playlist, and 8tracks. Spotify’s Turkey Timer offers unique customization including entering your bird’s weight, selecting your favorite type of music, and voila – your favorite music plays for the length of the cooking time. For additional details on any of these apps, check out Lifewire. Source: Forbes|
|6||Modernize a family member who struggles with social media. Help Grandpa figure out Facebook. Take time to help a relative tweet on Twitter. Involve the teens – they’ll have your Instagram account up and running with memorable memes, goofy gifs, and fabulous family photos almost instantaneously. Source: CMIT Solutions|
Whatever you end up doing on Thanksgiving, let technology simplify the day so you can celebrate and relax more!