Kicking off Women’s History Month

Dear Readers: Welcome to March: NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH! Women from all backgrounds have made wonderful contributions to the United States in the workforce, in the military, in volunteering, in civil rights and in many other facets of life that make our country strong and proud.

Take a moment to check out www.nwhp.org to learn more about National Women’s History Month! — Heloise

TEXTING ETIQUETTE

Dear Heloise: Sending text messages on my phone is a quick way to communicate, but there are rules to follow. Here are some:

* I absolutely never text while driving — or even walking, for that matter. Distraction can lead to an accident.

* I keep messages short and to the point. If I’m running late, that’s a perfect reason to send a text. I include an estimated time of arrival.

* I give the person time to respond, and I’m mindful of his or her schedule. I don’t text between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m.

* Sarcasm, randy language and emojis are left for only my closest friends. These things can be misunderstood easily.

* Yes, ALL CAPS means I’m shouting.

* If someone texts me, I don’t call that person unless I ask first.

* I quadruple-check who the recipient is. I don’t want to send the boss something not for his or her eyes!

* I also check the autocorrect — this has made for some funny texts!

These texting hints help me manage my schedule and save time, and be mindful of the recipient, too! — Jennifer O. in Houston

REAP THE REWARDS

Dear Heloise: Many stores have rewards programs offering free food or bonus points with a purchase. Each of my children has an account at these stores.

As a way of helping them out, each time I make a purchase at a favorite store, I give one of my children’s name, and I have my purchase credited toward that account. — Ann C., Westerville, Ohio

LETTER-PERFECT

Dear Heloise: All those perfume strips in magazines! I’ve included one in each letter I write to my mother each week. She loves the sweet samples, and I feel like I am putting them to good use.

My mom has no issues with allergies or sensitivities to fragrances, by the way. — Anita M. in San Antonio

SPRAY AWAY

Dear Heloise: With a big family comes lots of laundry, and spills and stains. I have trained everybody to pretreat stains before putting the clothes in the hamper or washer.

The manufacturer of the pre-treater may recommend that clothes be laundered right away. This is a great opportunity to teach the kids to read labels, too! — Bonnie T. in Texas

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Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Heloise@Heloise.com. Letters won’t be answered personally.

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