Tip of the Week: How to Eat Like Your Job Depends on it

Some helpful tips on how to have a successful business and lunch and hopefully make a deal! Also check out our classes being offered over March Break- March Manners and Teen Dining Workshop! Sign up today!

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Tip of the Week: How to Get a Second Date

Some helpful dining, dating and etiquette tips to help you impress your date.

Special thanks to Aroma Restaurant

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Texting Etiquette


Texting has become a way of life for many people, it’s easy and quick. However, like email, texts messages lack human emotion and can often be misinterpreted by the reader. Here are ten tips for texting.

  1. Texting is an excellent tool for communicating with people you know. It is not a good tool for communicating with acquaintances. Mass texts should be reserved for groups of people that are close family and friends.
  2. If you are running late for an event, texts are a perfect way to communicate your arrival time.
  3. Don’t text and drive.
  4. Make sure to check that the text recipient is really the person you want to communicate with at that time. Sending a stranger an intimate text is embarrassing.
  5. Don’t text while eating or drinking especially in a group situation. It’s just rude!
  6. Sometimes a phone call is a better option especially if the texting is not progressing as planned.
  7. Be careful when using text slang, for years I thought LOL was Lots of Love! Not everyone is slang savvy.
  8. Don’t text someone to ask them for a date. Pick up the phone and call; it says you are interested in the person and not lazy.
  9. Always double check the content of your texts, spell check can be embarrassing.
  10. Don’t confuse texting with face-to-face contact. Many disagreements begin because the context of a text is misinterpreted. Face-to-face contact is still best.

10 Travel Tips for a Successful Southern Trip!


I am watching what is soon to be a nasty weather system moving in to Southwestern Ontario. I anticipate school closures and slow moving traffic! It makes me yearn for warm weather, especially sun! After all, this is the time that most Canadians head south for some R and R! Here are some tips to make your trip a smooth and memorable one!

1. Make sure your passport is up to date and you have purchased your travel insurance.

2. Pack light. Make sure you know the carry on limit of your airline and pack accordingly. If you are checking baggage there is usually an extra amount of money you pay for overage. But hey, you are heading south so what more could you want than some shorts, t’s and a bathingsuit.

3. Have your tickets, passport and any other documentation that needs to be accessed quickly. Don’t be fumbling around in your luggage for your boarding pass, passengers behind you will be annoyed! AND make sure your name on your passport matches the name on your boarding pass.

4. Wear slip on shoes, you will most likely have to take off your shoes and belts to go through security. If you need to pack scissors and a corkscrew, make sure they are in your checked baggage not your carry on.

5. Pack a small first aid kit in your checked baggage. It always seems the minute we start a vacation the sniffles take over, and hotel ibuprofen is the price of that new outfit you want to buy!

6. When on the plane, don’t be annoying. If the person beside you does not seem interested in talking, leave them alone, plug in your earphones (bring your own, it’s less expensive) and relax.

7. When you get to the hotel, unpack and unwind. Identify where the nearest exit is located, scan the menu in the room, check out internet usage policy etc.

8. First day in the sun, limit your exposure as you could end up with sunstroke and miss the rest of the vacation recovering in bed.

9. Remember that the individual who cleans your room, delivers your food, and drives you about, depends on tips to make a living. Don’t be cheap, tip according to the level of service.

10. Enjoy the local food and culture. Don’t whine that it isn’t “like home”, you aren’t at home, that’s the whole point…….ENJOY!

10 Tips for a “Super” Bowl Sunday!


Are you ready for some football? Super Bowl Sunday is finally here and with this festive day comes parties and fun! Here are 10 tips to keep the party stress free and upbeat!

1. If you are not a big fan of football, be aware that you are in the minority and therefore need to learn to be quiet during the game. If you must speak, do it away from the t.v. and in small whispers!

2. If you are a guest in someone’s home, don’t show up empty handed, bring a hostess gift. Flowers, nachos, nuts and a beverage make great gifts. You don’t need to blow the bank.

3 If it’s a meal, remember your dining etiquette but if it is munchies, don’t pile handfuls of nuts into your mouth. Pace yourself and make sure everyone gets to sample the fare.

4. If you are consuming alcohol,you don’t want to drink too much. There is no “life of the party” when everyone is trying to watch the game. If you are prone to marathon drinking, alternate your drink with a glass of water. And don’t drink on an empty stomach.

5. Don’t ask too many questions during the game. If you are not familiar with how football is played, do some homework before either on the web or ask a friend so you aren’t asking questions during every single play. Nothing is more annoying.

6. If you are in a group that do not want to watch the game and you are carefully ensconced in a private room, stay clear of conversations that include gossip, sex, politics and religion. And if it is a company party, stay away from work topics. Try favorite foods, restaurants, vacations, benign topics that are not hot buttons.

7. If you are bored, help the host with tidying up. You can refresh drinks, clean up plates, wash dishes.

8. If your team loses, be a good sport and congratulate those who rooted for the opposing team. (I’m Canadian and I am use do doing this with the Maple Leafs!)

9. Don’t ask for leftover food or drinks when leaving the party.

10. Call or write the host the next day and thank them for such a wonderful time!

Top Ten Tips For A Pleasant Ride On The Subway!


At the best of times, riding the subway can be taxing especially in the heat of the summer at the end of an 8 hour work day. However, it is winter and with that comes boots, heavy parkas, bags, lots of slush and wet floors. There are some etiquette rules for riding the subway that pertain to passengers spring, summer, winter or fall. Here are my top 10 to keep in mind.

1. Don’t push and shove your way onto the train. Wait until passengers have disembarked before entering.
2. Sit only on one seat, keep your bags on your lap or tightly tucked against your legs. Don’t use a second seat for bags unless the train is empty.
3. Don’t start eating your messy snack. Wait until you are home. If you need a little pick me up, make it something that doesn’t require a lot of work to eat. And PLEASE chew with your mouth shut. Same rule applies to gum.
4. If someone elderly or pregnant is in need of a seat, get up and give it to them.
5. Don’t sit in the disabled spot, leave it open for someone who is actually disabled.
6. Don’t have a loud conversation on your cellphone. If you must talk to someone, keep it short and sweet.
7. If you need to disembark a busy train, use the words “excuse me” as you make your way to the door. A quick thank you after they move is a nice touch!
8. Have a cold? Cough into the crease of your arm or a tissue. Don’t spray your germs around!
9. Don’t leave any garbage on the subway. Take it with you and throw it in a trash bin.
10.Smile……you never know who you might meet!

Holiday Party Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts!


‘Tis the season to brush off that glittering top, polish the shoes and partake in the festivities of the season.
Remember etiquette is about behaviors that make others feel comfortable in our presence. Those things we can do to make others experiences a little bit brighter. And good etiquette translates into positive relationships. Here are some tips for navigating the holiday social scene.

1. When invited to a party make sure you RSVP or reply to the invitation immediately. Don’t wait until the day of to let the host know of your presence. Party planning requires numbers to ensure there is enough food and drink for everyone.

2. Show up on time. If it is a sit down dinner, make sure you arrive just a touch early and if it is an open house, give yourself plenty of time to mix and mingle with guests.

3. Don’t spend the evening over eating and drinking, especially at the company party. Keep your drinking and eating to a reasonable level and never ask for a doggy bag for home!

4. Ensure your are dressed appropriately for the event. If it is not stated on the invitation, ask the host what the dress code is to be that evening. You don’t want to show up in jeans if it is black tie.

5. Don’t overstay your welcome, bring a small hostess gift and follow up with a hand written thank you note.

Follow these tips and you are bound to impress the host and the guests with your charm! Happy Holidays!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!

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It is indeed that time of year again when the white stuff is falling quickly from the sky. It is fun to watch children play in the snow! It has been a long time since I made a snow angel or snowman but this year I am channeling my “inner child” and getting out with my kids to design some snow creations!
Just as I was heading towards my car in the local supermarket parking lot, I was jolted from my daydreaming to see a large SUV honking madly at another vehicle. In this case the SUV was correct in using the horn. The second vehicle did not bother to brush the snow off their back window and proceeded to back out of their parking space. They backed out into the fender of the SUV.
What ensued was something I should have filmed. The driver of the other vehicle proceeded to scream at the driver of the SUV. What were they screaming about you ask? They were screaming at the driver for using their horn!!! I maintain that snow is the gift that gifts us some time to slow down, reflect on our actions and practice politeness in all that we do.
Snow is the great equalizer…..it makes it difficult to be impatient when we are driving.So this winter, practice good snow etiquette, use patience in all that you do!

Holiday Greeting Cards

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If you still send cards through snail mail for majour holiday celebrations, do you enclose personal details of your life? Some etiquette experts say “no” and some say “yes”. The advantage of sending cards is that there is only one recipient. Unlike Facebook or other social media outlets, whereby your posts can be seen by many, a card is more personal and private. But is it good etiquette to include in your holiday card all of your trials and tribulations? Some experts would argue that you shouldn’t burden the recipient with all kinds of negative news, keep the tone of the card light and upbeat. Others argue that this is indeed the time to let friends and family know what has been happening in your life, it is the time to be “real” with people.
I think it depends on your circumstances. I know I enjoy hearing about everyone’s life in a letter or card, it is even a bonus if they send a picture, but I also know that I may be the exception to the rule. My advice would be use your discretion, if it is a close friend, they probably already know your trials in life, if it is a casual acquaintance, perhaps some detail but not the gory details may be in order.
Remember however, that the point of Holiday cards is to send that message that someone cares about you and wants you to know that you are in their thoughts!

Poppy Etiquette


We are just days away from November 11 when we pause and give thanks for the men and women who serve and have served our country with honour and dignity. Many have sacrificed so much for our freedom and one small way we can show our thanks is by wearing our celebrated poppy. As an etiquette expert it pains me to see it worn so many ways when really there is only one way to wear it!
That is to pin it on your left lapel (signifying over your heart as in giving heartfelt thanks for the sacrifice of our veterans). You can begin wearing your poppy on the last Friday of October until the end of the day on November 11th. I know many people who “recycle” their poppy from year to year. Please recycle cans, plastic, newspapers, even your Timmies cup but for goodness sake if you are going to recycle your poppy from year to year, make sure you donate to the cause as this is a way of making much needed money for our veterans and their families. I would like to leave you with this poem!

Why Wear a Poppy Poem by Don Crawford

“Please wear a Poppy”, the lady said and

held one forth, but I shook my head, Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,

And her face was old and lined with care;

But beneath the scars the years had made

There remained a smile that refused to fade.

A boy came whistling down the street,

Bouncing along on carefree feet,

His smile was full of joy and fun:

“Lady”, said he, “May I have one”?

When she pinned it on he turned to say,

“Why do we wear a poppy today”?

The lady smiled in her wistful way,

And answered, “This is Remembrance Day,

And the poppy there is a symbol for

The gallant men who died in war,

And because they did, you and I are free,

That’s why we wear the poppy, you see”.

I had a boy about your size,

With golden hair and big blue eyes.

He loved to play and jump and shout,

Free as a bird he would race about.

As the years went by he learned and grew,

And became a man – as you will, too.

But the war went on and he had to stay,

And all I could do was wait and pray.

His letters told of the awful fight,

(I can see it still in my dreams at night)

With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire, and the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire.

“Till at last, at last, the war was won –

And that’s why we wear a poppy, son.”

The small boy turned as if to go,

Then said, “Thanks lady, I’m glad to know,

That sure did sound like an awful fight,

But your son – did he come back all right?”

A tear rolled down each faded cheek:

She shook her head but didn’t speak.

I slunk away in a sort of shame,

And if you were me you’d have done the same:

For our thanks, in giving, is often delayed

Through our freedom was bought

And thousands paid.

And so when we see a poppy worn,

Let us reflect on the burden borne,

By those who gave their very all,

When asked to answer their country’s call.

That we at home in peace might live.

Then wear a poppy,


And give.