Why Etiquette Still Matters

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I was at a casual dinner a while back where a young man heaped his plate full of food and started to eat while the rest of us were waiting for the hostess to start. 

The look on his face when he realized that he had unwittingly done something impolite was a mix of embarrassment, shame and surprise. 

To me it was a perfect example of why etiquette still matters, no one wanted this young man to feel uncomfortable but because he didn't know basic etiquette he was now squirming in his seat not knowing how to act.

The biggest misconception about etiquette is that is full of fake silly rules. The whole point of etiquette is to give people a basic understanding on how to act  that will make everyone feel respected and comfortable.

Is Your Subconscious Not Letting You Save Money?

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Subconscious.jpgEveryone loves a deal, right? 

Well actually no. 

There are some people out there that believe that if you are not paying full price then you are buying something that has something wrong with it. 

There are also people that believe that more expensive items are always better.

The scary thing is that you might be one of them.

Think this is crazy?

You would be surprise of what our subconscious tells us, what we don't even realize and what science has to say about it.

How to Inventory Your Jewelry

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Inventory of jewelry
Jewelry can be some of the most sentimental items that you own and possible some of the most valuable as well.

Some women collect jewelry from the time they are toddlers and always think that more is better, no matter what the quality is. Others prefer to have a few very valuable select pieces. 

For the majority of women, the reality is somewhere in between. 

Photo by Sabrina Sikora

Monet's Garden - Garden Inspiration

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Monet's Garden
Impressionist painter Claude Monet made a spectacular garden that he loved to paint.

He moved to Giverny 1883 and lived there, gardening and painting, until his death in 1926, 43 years later at the age of 86.

I visited this spectacular garden in September and was inspired on so many different levels.

While most of us don't have several acres and piles of money to pour into our gardens I have always found that there is something to be learned from every garden I have visited.
Easter egg decorating ideas using markers and watercolor pencilsEaster Egg decorating can be loads of fun but sometimes you might want some interesting new decorating ideas.

I love to have colored eggs but every year we try to do something a little different in the mix. 

Partially dipping the egg so you have a oval area to decorate can bring out your inner Rembrandt. 

Using markers and water color pencils give an opportunity for some interesting creative ideas.

Here are 3 different decorating ideas that you can try on your eggs this Easter.

Fast Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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how to cook fast perfect hard boiled eggsThere has been a lot of odd things written about how to make perfect hard boiled eggs that include all sorts of additives to the water.

When you need hard boiled eggs that look perfect in the shell it is frustrating when half of them end up cracking.

I have two methods on how to cook eggs so that they are perfect and will reduce cracking. Chose which one is best for you for the situation.

Easy Easter Bunny to Sew

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super easy Easter Bunny to SewThis bright cheerful little Easter Bunny is quick to sew and fun to give.

Pop him into an Easter Basket as a lovely gift.

It is a super easy bunny to sew and take only 11 x 15 inches of fabric.

You could sew up a bevy or bunnies!

My easy pattern and sewing  instructions are simple enough for a beginner and fun for an experienced sewer to whip through.

Toss a few on the mantle to welcome Easter.

Printable Easter Card

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Easter chick card free printable
Antique Easter postcards have lovely graphics to them and I pulled this image from one of them to make into Easter card for either your Easter Baskets or gifts that you are giving at Easter.

I have always found small cards to be so useful in gift giving and decorating. 

You could use this on your Easter table with a sentiment inside.

This Easter image came from the heyday of postcards which was from about 1907 to 1915.

These size of the card is 3  3/8 inches by 4 inches.

Easter Carrot Box - Printable

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Easter carrot box free printable
Here is a fun way to give gifts at Easter. Print off a fast and simple Easter Carrot Box.

These small boxes are a perfect addition to your Easter Basket or you could use them as a small gift or as a table decoration!

It is best to print this off on card stock if you want it to be sturdy but if you just need a decorative one-time-use little box then regular paper will be fine. You would have to tape all the edges for added support and once opened it would be finished.

So what to put in this little Easter Box? You could put in a special candy, a small piece of jewelry or the beginning clue to a treasure hunt, the options are endless.
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