Etiquette

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.

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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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Spread Some Love to Your New Neighbors with a Cute Welcome Box — Make More Good

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Got yourself some new neighbors? (Or maybe you're about to get some? Those for-sale houses in your development are probably going to be scooped up sometime during the summer before the school year starts!) Yay!

Give them a proper welcome by bringing them a well-thought-out gift box that shows just how sweet you — and the rest of the community — can be!

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12 Ways to Be the Best Wedding Guest Ever — The Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

Wedding season is upon us. While brides and grooms across the country are getting ready for one of the biggest days of their lives, they're also planning one heck of a party. And it's on you to be an awesome wedding guest. While you might be thinking, "Me? I'm a great guest!" check yourself against the list below to see if you really make the cut. Better to be safe than blacklisted, right?

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The Etiquette of the Open Bar — The Ultimate Summer Wedding Guide

An open bar at a wedding is basically a premature gift to thank you for being a good guest. It allows you to get all the drinks you want, when you want, without having to search for an ATM. (The availability of booze adds just the right amount of social lubricant to get strangers to become friends and nudge even the shyest guests out on the dance floor, too.)

Don't make your hosts rethink their stance on serving (free!) alcohol by taking advantage of their generosity. Here's how to properly navigate an open bar.

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5 Ways to Get Party Guests Out of the Kitchen — Ready for Company

No matter how small your kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties. Bummer, right? It leaves you wondering if you should have skipped cleaning every other room of your house and just focused on cooking the food instead.

The problem, of course, is that it can become a logistical issue for you if you're trying to get stuff done and people are all sorts of in the way. Here's how to give your well-meaning guests the boot.

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