Holiday Etiquette: Do’s & Don’ts Around Your Holiday Table

The holidays are meant to be a time filled with love, peace an understanding. But we all know that we still live in the real world and getting folks together can be challenging. There are bound to be differences in personalities, beliefs and lifestyles (especially with the stress of travel adding to things). While some holiday gatherings just involve a few hours over dinner, others last a few days.  This can induce a whole host of fears and stress for many, so much so that feathers get ruffled and the holiday can be ruined....more

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Unexpected Friendships: Giveaway Teaser #2

Making Connections I started blogging last March. I didn't know any bloggers. I had read only a few blogs. Then a crazy thing started to happen....more

Women in the Woods: What Goes on When Women Give Themselves the Freedom to Relax?

For a dozen years now, the highest settlement in the San Bernardino National Forest (7,200 ft.) becomes high holy lady ground for three boisterous spring days. Chick Cabin Weekend XII is now behind us.  What began as a woodsy bachelorette party has morphed into an annual gathering of women at my family’s tiny cabin. We eat, drink, talk, bake, cry, grill, sing, read, hike, smoke and lordy ... we LAUGH. ...more

What an amazing tradition! Do many of our divorcees would love to attend a trip like this one. ...more

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‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each. How to Dress Choosing your attire for a holiday party might be one of the hardest steps in preparation. ...more