10 European Etiquette Rules You Should Know — Travel Intelligence

No matter how well-mannered we may be back home, Europe can be a minefield of faux pas just waiting to happen. I've made my fair share, to be sure. For the life of me I still can't get that cheek kiss thing right — how many, and which side was it first?

Here are some tips to keep in mind from someone who's learned the hard way, plus a few friends who either live in or travel frequently to Europe.


10 Ways to Earn Brownie Points with Restaurant Waitstaff — Make More Good

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Whether you're trying out a restaurant while on vacation or trying to make a new-to-you place a regular go-to, there are a few things you can do to help win over the waitstaff. Because let's face it — it's nice if they like you as much as you like them.


Stop Phubbing Friends and Family at Dinner: 6 Tips for Getting Everyone off the Phone — Table Talk

Whether it's out to dinner with friends or at home around the table with family, on a romantic date with a partner or at a cocktail hour with coworkers, we have all experienced phubbing. In case you haven't heard of the term before, phubbing (phone snubbing) is when someone ignores their real-life companions in favor of their phones or devices. A 2015 study found that 46.3 percent of its participants admitted to being regularly phone snubbed by their loved ones. What's more, 22.6 percent said it caused serious issues in their personal relationships.

One thing is clear: It's time to put the phones down and have fun interacting with each other again, and a great place to start is at the dinner table.


One Mom’s 5 Rules for After-School Snacks — Back to School

I grew up in the '80s, when a lot of our mothers were dieting and some of them — in spite of their best intentions — were passing their feelings about weight down to their children. I thought my mother was overweight. Reader, she was not, but she said she was so I believed her. In retrospect we can all acknowledge that as a size 6-petite she was rather small. But she worried about her weight and wanted to make sure we were all healthy. (We were.)

I didn't think about it at the time, but she also worried about money, and how much of it she and my dad had to spend to feed four children. Both of those things influenced what we learned about snacks. And some of that information was great. (No, really.)


10 Wine Rules You Should Break Right Now — Wine for All

I've been thinking a lot about wine lately — in particular since I am trying to drink less of it. (This is not because I am on a particular health kick, but rather in preparation for my upcoming trip to Portugal, where I will certainly drink muito vinho.)

But really what's been on my mind is how wine isn't this precious thing that requires coddling and careful sipping and appreciation with words like "saddle leather." Wine is a drink that should make you happy — and that's it. There really are no other rules.

With that in mind, here are 10 rules should you totally ignore.


A Short Guide to Navigating the Farmers Market with Kids — Life in the Kitchen

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Our youngest child grew up at the local farmers market. Our market opened around the time he was born, and we welcomed the opportunity to walk to a local shop and buy food in the parking lot, from local vendors. The market's founder even hired our toddler to "help" him, which consisted of playing with said founder's phone and occasionally giving people change. His help enabled us to take our time at the market, make friends, and carefully consider our purchases.

But that was a luxury, no? Most markets don't have free nannies. Eventually, we learned to navigate the market without the childcare.


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