Learning good table manners is an essential part of children's social confidence. I'm here to help! My Everyday Etiquette after-school students love learning table manners (and it's one of my favorite topics to teach!). Because most of my children's manners classes are after-school programs … [Read more...]
Is Family Time at the Dining Table Still Important?
Is family time at the dining table really important- even in today's fast-paced world? Yes, it is...but it may look different than you expect. Researchers at Columbia University have found a direct connection between children's emotional and physical well-being and the frequency of … [Read more...]
Kindness Counts- Recommended Reading
"The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, BE ONE!" Today I'm sharing three of my favorite books to inspire you and your family to BE ONE. 💕 Amazon links to each book are below or you can find them at your local bookstore or library. Hurrah for supporting … [Read more...]
Family Table Manners Boot Camp-making the most of our time together!
Confidence, kindness, and consideration begin at the family dining table! Hey there, friends- How are you and your family holding up during these uncertain times? There have been so many disappointments for everyone over the past few months...some big and some small...but all difficult! I've … [Read more...]
Your family’s Table Manners
Good manners and social confidence begin at the family table. Why are table manners so important? Think about all the important events that take place while dining- celebrations, meetings, interviews, dates, and business networking. As your children grow and leave the nest, you will want them … [Read more...]
How to Create a Memory Making Family Dinner Table
I believe in the power of family dinners. Eating together is about so much more than getting food on the table and feeding hungry stomachs. Dinnertime can be a refreshing pause in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives whether the meal is takeout pizza or a homemade four-course meal. With … [Read more...]
Magical Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
The best recipes have a special ingredient- memories. Many years ago, my daughter, Hannah, came home from cross country practice raving about the muffins a mom had sent to practice for the girls. She said things like: “They were the best ever...the most delicious thing I’ve ever … [Read more...]
A To Do List that’s Full of fun!
Woohoo! It’s summertime! No carpooling or homework stress. Lazy mornings and late bedtimes. Less hustle and bustle. We get just a few weeks of this golden time with our kids (and only a handful of summers before they leave the nest). So, let’s do our very best to make the most of summer with … [Read more...]
Conversation Games for Your Family Dinner Table
Maybe you can relate? I used to feel so frustrated after spending time planning and cooking our family dinner only to have my family wolf it down in 15 minutes barely saying two words to each other. My husband and I felt like interrogators trying to create conversation: “How was your day?" "Did … [Read more...]
Fathers Day: Quick & Easy Gift Ideas
Oh my! Father's Day is almost here! If you’ve procrastinated like I have, here’s a little help. Check out this roundup of simple, handmade gifts and clever celebration ideas. Spend the day doing something unexpected! Take him hiking and bring along a backpack with drinks and snacks. or Take … [Read more...]