Playing Nice–Parenting Savoir-Faire

Parenting is no easy task. As parents, we have the incredible responsibility to introduce the world to our children, and in turn, introduce them to the world. We feel compelled to teach them, nurture them, and encourage them. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are. We’ve all been exhausted, frustrated […]

Buffet Savoir-Faire

Once, at a large restaurant’s brunch buffet, I decided go on something of a reconnaissance mission before even grabbing a plate to serve myself. While perusing the delicious-looking foods, I noticed a woman examining a whole cooked turkey. From my perspective, she was looking at it just a little too closely and then out of […]

Halloween Manners

Last year, Batman asked for my help. It was Halloween night and as expected, he caught me completely by surprise. Up until then, the little ghosts and goblins had been coming to my door asking for candy, not paper towels! You see, in an effort to efficiently travel in the cold night from door to […]

“O Conversation, Conversation…Wherefore art thou, Conversation?”

Technology is killing the art of conversation. More specifically, those hand-held devices that so many seem to be permanently attached to, are robbing us of our power of speech. We don’t know what to say. The awkward silence is palpable and yet we still don’t know what to say. So, we retreat to our beloved […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could sit down to have a meal as a family and have a guest whose relaxed and approachable style could teach everyone table manners? Well, now you can. The dinner table should be a place to connect with friends and family.  It should be a place to celebrate and […]

Houseguest Etiquette

Most of us have been a houseguest at one time or another. Whether it was crashing at a friend’s house after a late night out, visiting an old friend who moved away, staying at a friend’s cottage for the long weekend, or staying with family abroad, we’ve all experienced living under another’s roof. Living with […]

Kindness-themed Holiday Message

I’m so grateful for the past year.  I have been inspired. I have been disappointed. I have asked questions, and received some in return. However, upon reflection, the common thread throughout the year, for me, has been kindness. We shouldn’t wait for something tragic or life-changing to flip the kindness switch on. And yet, we […]

Make-up: Time well spent

When I was younger, I never really bothered with make-up because I just didn’t know what I needed or what colours suited me, or even how to apply the stuff. It wasn’t until I discovered the power of an eyelash curler that I upgraded my routine from “lipgloss when I remember” to mascara, concealer, powder […]

A Thanksgiving Message

  Happy Thanksgiving! Today is the catalyst to a season that inspires an extra little bit of generosity, kindness and goodwill.  That’s not to say we shouldn’t encourage these things throughout the year! However, as we gather with friends and family to give thanks, let’s remember that Thanksgiving is but one day out of 365, […]

A Thanksgiving Dinner Contract

I agree to send you your invitation in a timely fashion if you agree to RSVP within 48 hours of receiving it. I agree to have the meal ready to serve on schedule, if you agree not to show up 2 hours late. I agree not to seat you with the children if you agree […]