Category: Everyday Etiquette

Where There’s Smoke, There’s No Longer Fire: The Etiquette of E-Cigarettes

As the electronic cigarette movement grows, many smokers are using their devices in public places – and that is causing quite a stir around the world. While the popularity of the e-cigarette is on the rise, the etiquette of public

In-Flight Cell Phone Calls – Hijacking Your Personal Space

I was really surprised to hear that there is talk of lifting the ban on cell phone use on planes. Allowing the use of text messaging on planes is one thing, but how would you stop people from invading your

Valentine’s Day Etiquette Tips for Couples

Some Valentines Day ideas and etiquette tips that will leave a lasting impression with your sweetie! Valentine’s Day is a busy day for restaurants so if you’re planning on taking your date out for a special dinner, make the reservation

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Passenger 22C: A Story of Poor Airplane Etiquette

On a recent trip from Vancouver to Amsterdam, I encountered Passenger 22C – better known to me now as Mr. Rude. The wheels of the plane had literally just tucked themselves back in when Mr. Rude, who was sitting directly

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Need to Make a Call? Check Your Spacial Hygiene

Yesterday, before a grueling dental appointment I stopped for a bite to eat at Whole Foods. When I discovered all the tables were occupied I headed for the long counter–somewhere I would not normally sit for lunch.  As it was

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A Dozen Ways to Boost Your Happiness

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama With the New Year just around the corner, I thought this would be a great time to share 12 ways you can boost your happiness

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Creative Ideas for Hostess Gifts

When invited to a party, your first thought (after “what shall I wear”) is probably, “What should I bring?” Remember it really is the thought that counts. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, if you want to

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Navigating Cruise Ship Etiquette

It’s a great time of year to take to the open seas! When you embark on a cruise vacation, don’t forget to pack your manners! Before you step on board, here are a few cruise etiquette tips to help you

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Do You Have Good Umbrella Etiquette?

As rainy days become more prevalent this time of year, I thought this might be a good time to give everyone a few umbrella etiquette tips. One of the most important things to remember when using an umbrella is that

How to Correctly Address an Envelope

With the holiday season fast approaching, we thought this was the perfect time to share some tips on how to address your holiday cards – to ensure they arrive safe and sound!     Canadian Addresses When addressing an envelope