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How to Prevent a Holiday Party Nightmare

Five things you can do RIGHT NOW to prepare for any holiday gathering – for the rest of the year!…

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The Reset Diet

A diet that helps you think about more than just your weight. Truth be told, I’m not a good “diet”…

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What about those Meal Kit Delivery Services?

Review of the top 5 meal kits – for pleasure, convenience, and flavor! A friend of mine goes on frequent…

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Wine Etiquette

The Delicate Etiquette of the Last drop of Wine

Some customs just make the whole art of entertaining that much more fun! When I was very young, my parents…

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Etiquette for Tipping

Yes, there is such thing as proper manners for tipping! A friend told me a story about going out to…

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Rosé is a Rose by Any Other Name?

There’s just so much more to your wine than just a name! First, a little story. I was with a…

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Summer Skin Lifestyle tip: Gently and Regularly Rain or Shine

It’s never too late to start taking care of your skin. When we were little kids we never thought about…

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Give your flowers a reason to SING!

Your Table Top: turn ordinary into extraordinary with unusual flower containers. Don’t you love to wander in a flower garden…

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What is “sophisticated living”?

Sophisticated Living: it’s not what you spend, but what you share. I’m a big advocate for enjoying life.  We only…

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The Right Way to Enjoy Al Fresco Dining

Dining outdoors - perfect for longer, warmer nights. Days are getting longer and the nights are warming up – a…

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The Art of ordering from a menu

Don’t covet your neighbor’s dinner – order for flavor and experience! Reading a menu at your favorite restaurant can be…

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Serving Caviar for a Tasting?

Handy tips for serving caviar at your next event.   When you own restaurants, as I did for more than…

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