Here at Yours.co, we want to help make your holiday season one to remember. Don’t let a dry turkey ruin your Thanksgiving feast. Here are 7 tips from the experts on how to cook a moist and juicy bird:

If possible, buy fresh, instead frozen. According to Fine Cooking, “Ice crystals that form during freezing damage a turkey’s muscle cells. When the bird thaws and roasts, fluids leak more readily from the damaged cells, drying out the meat.

Store like Whole Foods let you reserve your turkey, so you’re guaranteed to get the freshest meat available.

Brining is basically soaking your turkey in a simple saltwater mixture in order to enhance flavor and lock in moisture. (Kind of like a marinade.) The result? Moist, flavorful, juicy turkey meat.

It’s a simple process; however, it does take time. Depending on the size of your turkey, it could take up to 12 hours. If you’ve never done it before, Betty Crocker gives great instructions on how to brine your bird to perfection.

Note: If you purchase a kosher turkey, don’t brine it! It already has a lot of salt.

Surprisingly enough, experts don’t recommend basting your turkey. Their reasoning? Every time you open the oven, you let the heat out, which means it will need to cook longer.

Epicurious explains further: “If you want juicy meat, basting the bird won’t help—brining or salting it is what guarantees moist turkey. In fact, every time you baste the bird, the juices merely run along the skin rather than actually infusing the meat.”

If you can’t stand the thought of leaving your bird unbasted, rub butter on the skin before you place it in the oven.

Instead of using a roasting rack, try layering vegetables instead. Line the bottom of your pan with carrots, mushrooms, onions and garlic. (Use this recipe as a reference.)

According to the Food Network, “Lifting the turkey off the base of the pan helps to increase hot air circulation around the whole bird so that it will get crispy all over. And the vegetables add great flavor to the gravy.”

To truss or not to truss – that is the big question. When you truss your turkey legs tightly, they take a lot longer to cook, and you run the risk of overcooking the rest of your bird. If you’re going to truss, do it lightly.

For best results, experts from the New York Times food blog recommend removing the legs and cooking them separately.

One of the most important things you can do is make sure you have a quality meat thermometer. The last thing you want to do is cook your bird too long and end up with tough, dry meat. Ovoid opening the oven door and letting all the heat come out. Check the turkey only when necessary.

If you’re looking for crispy, perfect skin, Bon Appétit recommends, “[starting] the bird in a hot oven (425-475 degrees) for at least 20 minutes, then [reducing] the heat to 350 degrees for the rest of the cooking time.”

Wait at least 20 minutes before you carve your turkey. According to the Huffington Post, “A good 20 minute nap will let everything settle and keep the moisture where it belongs: in the meat.” After you’ve cut the turkey, let it soak in the leftover juices for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to soak in.

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Want an awesome Halloween costume this year without having to put in the time, money or effort? You’re in luck! Here are a bunch of ingenious costume ideas that are cheap, simple and easy to throw together.

(Don’t forget to make a video and save it using Yours.co.)

1. Squeaky clean!

2. To keep with the bathroom theme…

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3. Bob Ross and his happy looking cloud.

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4. If you’re going for something a bit more gruesome.

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5. America’s favorite sandwich.

6. Yeeeeeees!

7. Crazy tourists.

8. For all of you Office fans out there.

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9. Recreate your favorite Snapchat filter.

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10. Classic.

11. Couple goals.

12. Melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

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13. When elements attract…

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14. Get it?

15. If you’re not binge watching “Stranger Things 2” and actually decide to dress up.

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16. Just add blood.

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17. For the tech nerd in all of us.

18. “Me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.”

19. There’s more than one way to be a smarty pants.

20. When you’re crazy for cats…

21. Winning.

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There is nothing more frustrating than getting your Yours.co disc in the mail, only to find out that it isn’t compatible with your Blu-ray or DVD player.

Yours.co uses only the finest-quality products to preserve your memories. That’s why we burn all of your videos onto MDISCs. Unlike other DVD and Blu-ray discs, the MDISC is not made from organic dyes that degrade and fade quickly. MDISCs have a rock-like data layer that creates a permanent record of your files.

Unfortunately, not all Blu-ray or DVD players are MDISC-friendly.

According the MDISC website, the Blue-ray discs are “certified by the Blu-ray Disc Association to meet all current standard drive specifications for optimum read/write performance.” However, MDISCs can only be played on Blu-ray players that read data discs. Some drives, like PlayStations, only play movie discs.

We want to make it easy for you to view and enjoy your memories, so we’ve compiled a list of MDISC-compatible drives. To search the full list, click here.

If you need to purchase a new drive, we recommend getting the Pioneer Slim External Blu-ray Writer. Click here to purchase it on Amazon.

If you’re considering a drive that’s not included on the list, look for a Blu-ray or DVD player that carries the MDISC logo (which means it’s been certified to work with our discs).

Feel free to email [email protected] for any questions or concerns that you may have. Your business is important to us! (And we’re sorry for the inconvenience.)

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There’s nothing better than cuddling up with your family and watching old home videos. Now that most people use their phones to take video, those memories are kept locked away on a single person’s device – sometimes never to be seen again.

Luckily, there are ways to transfer your video files from your phone and onto a DVD for your entire family to enjoy. That way, your memories aren’t lost on a SD card, and you can relive your favorite moments over and over again.

Not sure where to begin? Here are instructions on how to transfer your videos from your phone to a DVD:   

Step 1: Download the videos onto your computer.

In order to get the videos from your phone onto a DVD, you’ll need to transfer the files onto your computer. The process differs, depending on what type of devices you own:

Android to PC video file transfer

Unlock your device. Using a data cable, connect your phone to your computer using the USB port. Tap the “USB for…” notification on your phone and select “Transfer Files.” A file transfer window should open up on your computer. Drag the video files you want onto your desktop or into a folder.

Android to Mac video file transfer

Before you can transfer any files, you’ll need to download the “Android File Transfer” app onto your computer. Unlock your device and connect it to your computer using a data cable. Tap the “USB for…” notification and select “Transfer Files.” The Android File Transfer app will open up on your computer, and you can drag the files you want onto your desktop or into a folder.

If you’re having difficulties transferring your videos, visit the Google Support page “Transfer files between your computer & Android device” for more information.

iPhone to Mac video file transfer

If you have a Mac, connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. iPhoto should automatically open. Select which videos you want to import and click on the button that says “Import Selected.”

iPhone to PC video file transfer

If you have a PC, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes downloaded onto your computer and connect your iPhone using a USB cable. Open the Photos app and select “Import.” You can set up the app to automatically import any new items that haven’t been imported before, or you can manually select which videos you want to transfer.

If you’re still having trouble, visit the Apple Support page “Import photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch” for more information.

Step 2: Prepare your videos.

Do you want to add special effects? Music? Captions? Before you burn your videos onto a DVD, edit your videos using one of these free computer programs. (You can also use mobile apps to edit your video before you transfer them to your computer, or you can buy video editing programs for your computer that offer more features.)

iMovie

The easiest way to edit your videos on a Mac is through iMovie. The app should already be on your computer. If not, you can download it here. Upload your videos, photos and music and then add transitions, backgrounds and text to give it the look and style that you want.

To learn how to use iMovie, you can watch this short tutorial (13 minutes) or this in-depth tutorial (43 minutes) to get started. After you’ve finished editing your video, save it to your computer by going to File > Share > File.

Windows Movie Maker

If you own a PC, you’re probably already familiar with Windows Movie Maker, a free video editing program already installed on your computer. If for some reason you don’t have this program, you can download it here. You can add transitions, filters, music and text to your videos.

To learn how to use Windows Movie Maker, you can watch this short tutorial (8 minutes). You can burn your videos onto a DVD directly from this program.

Step 3: Burn videos to a DVD.

Now that your files are ready to go, you can burn them onto a DVD. Here are instructions on how to transfer your videos onto a disc:

Choose a quality DVD

Make sure you have a quality, blank, writable DVD to burn your files onto. Most DVDs have a life expectancy of about 25 years (depending on how well they’re made and how they are treated). If you want something with a little bit more longevity, invest in MDISCs instead.

Regular DVDs have an organic dye layer that degrades and fades with use. MDISCs contain no organic dyes, but a rock-like layer that creates a permanent record of your data. Your videos will be safe for up to 1,000 years.

Burn DVDs on a Mac

First, check to make sure you have an optical drive on your computer. If you have a newer MacBook or MacBook Pro, then you probably don’t have one. You can purchase an Apple USB Superdrive on Amazon for around $80.

Create a new folder on your desktop and add all of the videos that you want burned onto the DVD. Open up the folder and click on the gear icon and select “Burn to Disc…”.  Insert the writable DVD into the drive. Give the DVD a name and click on “Burn.” The disc should automatically start burning.

Burn DVDs on a PC

You can burn a DVD directly from Windows Movie Maker. Once the file is edited and ready to go, click on “Save Movie” and then “Burn a DVD.” (If you don’t see this option, then make sure that Windows DVD Maker is installed on your computer.) Give your video a name and then select “Save.”

Windows DVD Maker should automatically pop open. Select your DVD burner, review the options, give your video a title, and then select “Next.” From here, you can customize the menu and preview the DVD before you start burning. When you are ready, click on “Burn” to begin burning your disc.

Easy enough, right?

Overwhelmed? We can help.  

Transferring your files from your phone onto a DVD can be tricky and time consuming. Fortunately, there is a much simpler way to do it.  Coming soon, Yours.co is offering a subscription service that will do all the work for you.

We professionally edit videos from your phone into beautiful home movies. Just upload the videos and photos you want, and we’ll send you a new DVD every 3 months. To learn more, visit our website.

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Halloween is just around the corner. It’s important to stock up on treats, take videos, and find a memorable costume, but it’s even more important to make sure your kids are safe as they race around the neighborhood.

Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, told Consumer Reports, “Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for children. And it’s an important night for parents to be extra vigilant, because the reality is, twice as many kids are hit by a car while walking on Halloween than any other day of the year.”

In order to protect your precious trick-or-treaters, here are a few tips on how to keep your kids safe this Halloween:

Although there are plenty of great costumes to choose from, some are safer than others. When you’re helping your little one pick out their outfit, find something with bright colors that’ll stand out in the dark. Avoid masks or accessories that make it hard to see or breathe. And finally, check to make sure it’s flame resistant, so it doesn’t accidentally catch on fire if it brushes past a lit pumpkin.

Worried about your child’s sugar intake? The American Academy of Pediatrics suggest serving “a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating [to] discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.” Because getting children to eat anything but sugar on Halloween is next to impossible, here are some fun ideas from PopSugar to help make your Halloween dinner a bit more exciting: “Spooktacular Eats: 11 Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas.”

Children under 12-years-old should not go trick-or-treating without adult supervision. If you’re the chaperone, don’t allow yourself to get distracted by other parents or playing on your phone. Your #1 priority is to keep a close eye on the kids and make sure they are being safe. Before you head out, give specific and clear instructions about where you are going and how you expect them to behave.

If your child is 13-years-old (or older), set specific guidelines about where they can go, how long they can be out, and when they should be home.

Even with streetlights, it’s going to get dark outside. Bring a flashlight to help you navigate through the neighborhood. You may also want to give your trick-or-treaters glow sticks to wear (such as a necklace or bracelet). Not only will it help drivers see them better, but it’ll help you know where they are. You can also add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to help your kids stand out.

Stick to sidewalks and avoid walking on the street. If you need to cross, find a crosswalk or wait until you reach a street corner. Safe Kids Worldwide suggests “[teaching] your children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.” Before you head out, make you’re your kids understand that they shouldn’t dart between parked cars, they should obey traffic laws, and they should always look both ways before crossing the street.

Only visit houses with the porch light on. If it looks unsafe, or there isn’t a clear path to the front door, skip to the next house. Make sure that your kids know that they should never go inside.

The American Red Cross advises parents to go through all of their children’s candy before consumption: “Remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.” Throw away any homemade treats. You never know what might be in them or the cleanliness of the kitchen where they were produced.

Come up with a system for rationing treats, so that your kids don’t eat all their candy at once and make themselves sick. Let them eat a certain amount the first night, then keep all the candy in a bucket, and allow your kids to eat 1-2 pieces a day. (Or whatever you think is the right amount.)

If you’re going to film your kids trick-or-treating on Halloween night, make sure to save it with Yours.co! Click here to learn how you can join our exclusive early access group to get the first look at our new mobile-to-DVD video product.

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