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Although the sound of fine crystal glasses clinking may be lovely and could dissipate evil spirits, it is bad news for glassware and your host. It could be unsafe and expensive when the two "toasters" knock too hard; glasses could crack or break.
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At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.
The holiday season is a fine opportunity to thank the professionals who serve us daily. Rather than offering gifts, we decided that it makes more sense and it will probably be more appreciated and certainly more useful, to offer them a sum of money instead of token gifts. What amount would you suggest?
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For many young Canadian witches, goblins and monsters, Halloween is not about a trick or a treat, it is a about a threat. One that could affect their entire livelihood. The scary part is that there is no cure for allergic reactions. Avoidance of the allergen is the only safe method.
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You walk into the office and your boss stops you in your tracks: "Go home and pack your bag. Our European client needs you. You are booked on the 17h05 flight." Are you thinking "Yeah!" or "Yuck!"? Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you broadcast positively as yourself but also as an ambassador for your company and our country.
For this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend, my sister and I will be meeting a long lost aunt. What do you suggest that we bring as a host(ess) gift for this unknown cousin who is opening up his home to us? Preferably something not too bulky to carry, I hope. Or, would it be appropriate to buy something at destination?
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Although Statistics Canada does not collect data on the number of pets in our country, it is safe to say that we co-exist with more pets than we ever have. The results? We have more "pet" peeves and sticky pet situations in our daily lives. Here are five guidelines to contribute to a pet friendly neighbourhood and life.
From the date to the dress, the rite of the prom has evolved from a simple affair in the high school gym to an elaborate evening at a posh hotel, and sometimes even a hotel room for the night. Yikes, how times have changed! Fortunately etiquette is not stagnant and evolves with our customs. The results? Contemporary prom etiquette dos and don'ts.
You did it! You got an interview for the best job ever! Woo hoo! You are right to celebrate, but hold on for the toast. You still have to show your likability. Read on for the 20 contemporary dos and don'ts that will let your personality shine to get you the position that you dream of.
My future husband wants guests to pay a dollar amount for their presence on our wedding day. For my part, I have some discomfort. We discussed it with our families and they all seem to agree with my fiancé. Your help would be greatly appreciated so I can make an informed decision
So you think that you have what it takes to work for one of serial entrepreneur Richard Branson's 400 companies within his Virgin Empire? You have personality and that is what he hires. Right? Are you a bit nervous about making a poised and polished entrance? What about the small talk -- smooth sailing for you? And what if you do get the job and he proposes a toast to you? Do you drink up or not? Uh oh...
Throughout the world, in the 24 time zones of our planet when the clock strikes 12, Spaniards will wear red underwear, South Africans will throw furniture out of the window and Peruvian neighbours will be boxing to transition from one year to the next. Right here in our homeland, anywhere in our six time zones, Canadians will be singing, sipping and smooching. Here is your New Year guide with good, should and fun to know celebration facts.
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"There is no place like home for the holidays..." so the song goes. For that reason, you and your sweetheart have decided to make your house Christmas-central this year. You are hosting and all are taking turns coming to celebrate with you and your family. To make sure that your vision of "the most wonderful time of the year" comes true in your home, here is your cheat sheet to some of the seven of the season's sticky situations.
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Sharing the holiday spirit with the people that make your life good can be a Sticky Situation. Here is a cheat sheet to make sure that everyone on your list gets recognized for their talented or caring contributions.
Holiday gift-giving is the opportunity to thank those that make your work world good, throughout the entire year. But one misstep could have you circulating the office gossip pool for months to come. Don't overspend, don't underspend, and mostly importantly: read this guide before gift-giving season is upon us.
What percentage of holiday office partygoers have seen that guy or that girl do something that he or she regretted the morning after? What is one to do when the scene unfolds during one's jolly get together? Foremost, have your own party manners in check with these top five tips.
Hosting is a lot of work, takes a lot of time, and yes, it is expensive. I regularly get hostess gift questions from readers on what to offer, when to offer, and how much to spend. Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you get re-invited.
Our daughter just told us that she is getting married this holiday season. The reception will be in a chic downtown Toronto hotel. It will be a very intimate civil wedding with about 30 guests. They have informed me that they will be requesting a $150 donation per adult. I am told that this is the new modern way of getting married...
Congratulations! Although you may simultaneously feel excitement and urgency, both employers will appreciate you leaving and starting with polish and professionalism. Read on for practical steps to transition from one position to the next.
Are your team's meetings a waste of time or an inspiring and cohesive collaborative venture? Make your meetings matter by brushing up on your meeting manners. Here is a refresher of host and participant guidelines plus solutions to sticky meeting situations, that will guarantee a positive, purposeful and productive participation by all.
Any minute, any second, the world will go wild when Duchess Kate delivers the much awaited, blue-blooded baby of the Windsor family. And you may be wondering about the when, what, where and how of this royal tra la la? Here's your royal baby guide.
Just because your sunglasses are on, it doesn't mean that your manners should go to the wind and that you can turn into a beach bum. To make sure that all sand, surf and sun lovers have worry free memories, here are twelve beach friendly reminders that will make you a good beach buddy.
My fiancé's sister is very excited about our wedding, but so much so that she automatically expects, and has voiced this on several occasions, that she expects to be included in the wedding itself. Are there any other things that we could have her as a participant in the wedding, yet not actually a bridesmaid?
To help you decide what to get and how much to spend, here are the answers to five general wedding gift queries. Every wedding invitation requires a gift. This includes giving a present when you will not be present at the wedding.
No matter how you feel: like crawling under your desk, screaming back or calling your mommy, understand that a complaining client is a someone that has faith in you. Really, if he did not believe that you could make it right, he would just take his business elsewhere and leave.
The first long weekend of the summer is here and you need it, to recharge your batteries, unplug the techno and reconnect with loved ones. In Canada, this first three-day break of the summer generally means a combination of planting, freshening up our homes and an invitation to a barbecue. Here are five barbecue sticky situations and their solutions.
Sticky situation: In our daily lives, from work to the community and even within our very own family, we regularly receive news that may make us uncomfortable and will at times, leave us speechless and paralyzed. To enlighten you, and hopefully prepare you for what to say and do, here are some suggestions.
Sticky Situation: What can I do about my friend who always arrives late? She does not seem to understand the impact it has on the lives of others, most of all, me. She has the usual excuses of traffic and the day getting away from her. The problem is that she truly believes that she has valid reasons to be late, every time.
Every Easter, when sharing a meal in the company of others, you are bound to look at one of your loved ones, and think: "I can't believe he just bit, licked and sucked." Well, my Huffington Post friends, the time has come, to raise your forks and teach them how it's done. Her are the Ten Commandments of Dining.
What can I do about a colleague's perpetual lateness? Five to 10 minutes after the start of our weekly meetings he waltzes in and usually says something like: "What did I miss?" This is more than an annoyance. It is disruptive and unproductive. And frankly, I feel that it is very disrespectful of my time and me. Help!
Sticky situation: Help! I got air-kissed and ended up butting noses. The incident happened during my first road trip with my boss, when he introduced me to one of our senior store managers. I put out my hand. He pulled me in to peck, not only once but twice, on each cheek. I was surprised. Startled, I moved and it caused a nose collision. What is the protocol on air-kissing, who goes first and on which side?
Sticky situation: I've met a wonderful guy and we're planning on getting married sometime this fall. This will be a second wedding for both of us. Neither of us would like a large, elaborate wedding. In fact, we want to simply elope and have a private ceremony with just the two of us. Unfortunately, both my mother and his mother do not like this idea.