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We could spend hours diving into every aspect of table do’s and don’ts, but I want to give you my top 13 tips that will help you navigate any social or business gathering with confidence.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

When God knitted together our precious children before they were even born, I am convinced he also wove in their personalities, gifts, and a love language! The concept of “love languages” is that each of us expresses and receives love in a unique way. The five love languages identified by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book are: Touch, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Quality Time, and Gifts.

Vacations are back on the calendar, and many people are crossing the country through our friendly skies. I thought a refresher on airport and plane travel might do us all a little good.

I heard the most interesting ad the other day. There is a company that offers private-type flights for the commercial world. They describe themselves as a “hop on jet service.” On their website it states, “The convenience of private air but at commercial prices.” I looked them up, and there was one flight from Dallas to Houston for only $99!

“Conflict is part of every marriage. Thirty-seven percent of newlyweds admit to being more critical of their mates after marriage. And 30 percent report an increase in arguments. Whether you argue does not determine the health of your marriage. Far more important than how often you argue is how you argue.

With Father’s Day coming soon, you and your family will be celebrating one of the most important men in your life- Dad. As a child, he was your hero, your protector, and your solid rock. Now that you are older, you admire him for all that he has done for you and you still look to him for advice and wisdom. Picking out the perfect gift for Dad is not easy!

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

School is almost out for summer! Many of us want to gift our child’s teacher something special at the end of the year for all the love, kindness, and patience they have poured out on our little ones. Being a teacher is not easy, and they are so deserving of our gratitude especially after this wild 20/21 school year! Some common go-to gifts you might have thought of are bath and body products, Starbucks gift cards and mugs, but below are some additional gift ideas your child’s teacher will be touched to receive:

Graduation is a pivotal point in a young person’s life. It is the beginning of a season of responsibility, coming of age, and independence. As these twenty-somethings are about to discover the meaning of “adulting,” here are some gift ideas that will no doubt be a blessing in your college grad’s new life.

If some of you are thinking, “I believe I have read this letter before,” you would be correct. Our son and daughter (in law) had a beautiful wedding ceremony planned for April of 2020. As with thousands around the country, they had to postpone the big event, but chose to hold a private covenant ceremony in our backyard. Well, we are finally celebrating their wedding vows, and it was on my heart to re-post the letter I wrote to my son last year. Some things have changed (he is now 25, not 24 as the letter states), but I hope you enjoy!

 I heard the most interesting ad the other day. There is a company that offers private-type flights for the commercial world. They describe themselves as a “hop on jet service.” On their website it states, “The convenience of private air but at commercial prices.” I looked them up, and there was one flight from Dallas to Houston for only $99! 

“We read a lot of articles and books about how to get through the engagement process, but no one ever talked to us about what it would be like the first year of our marriage. I wish we had known what to expect,” said one of the couples my husband and I mentor. This is a common comment, and if you find yourself having similar feelings, do not fret! You are not alone. The first year of marriage is fabulous, but it can also be difficult. Two people learning to become one does not happen overnight.

We all like to think we have good manners in marriage, but with the people that are closest to us, we can sometimes find ourselves slipping a bit. As stated by Cindy Grosso of the Charleston School of Protocol, manners are not about a bunch of rules. Manners are the outward manifestation of the condition of our heart. If we have a heart that loves, honors, respects, and cherishes our spouse, then these traits will show in how we behave.

Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.

 

1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

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7 Ways to Cure the Travel Bug During COVID


With limitations on travel to most international destinations and less flights going out domestically, people experiencing the travel bug in our COVID world need new ways to approach the situation. Below are 7 ideas you can incorporate into your life right away!


1. Watch Earth Documentaries

Though nothing quite compares to experiencing the beauty of the world with our own eyes, nature documentaries allow us to look inside parts of the world few humans ever see. Not only that, but with travel limited to many destinations, these documentaries are our opportunity to connect to the wonder of nature in a more tangible way. With so many streaming options, you can find incredible documentaries to suit your interests from a variety of sources. If you enjoy cooking as well as travel, National Geographic via Disney+ has a fantastic series called Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted which gives you a unique and hands on look at destinations via their culinary scenes.


2. Visit Museums Locally (Or Virtually)

Since most museums are housed in larger buildings and are currently limiting the number of occupants allowed, they are a great place to visit. Depending on where you live, you can experience creations from local as well as international artists.

If you prefer to stay home and still have a gallery experience, Google Arts and Culture has curated a number of virtual tours which take you through renown museums around the world, from The Met to the National Gallery, London.



3. Plan Your Dream Get Away

Planning a future trip is a great way to channel an adventurous spirit. I love using Pinterest to consolidate inspiration. From location ideas, to top activities, and what to wear to your next destination, it is easy to categorize information and create a visual guide to all of the places you want to visit.



4. Keep Your Eye on Flights

Even if you are not currently in the booking phase, it is fun to imagine all the possible routes you can take for future flights. I like to research using Skyscanner as they have an interactive map which allows you to compare prices for destinations around the globe.



5. Play Tourist Locally

Follow all local guidelines for your city or state but if you want to get out and do something, find an option that allows you to play tourist while also keeping yourself and others safe. If possible, find activities that are outdoors or in large areas. Visiting a monument in a park, going to the zoo, or walking down a historic street to enjoy the homes or shops on the block, are great ways to play tourist responsibly. No matter where you live, there are people around the globe wanting to visit, so search your own town and see what you discover!


6. Cook an International Meal

Spice up your weekly routine and prepare a dish from either a favorite destination or a location you cannot wait to visit. From Thai green curry to hand tossed pizza, your options are endless. Make a new dish and enjoy being transported with every bite.



7. Look Through Old Photos

When was the last time you looked through your old travel photos? After finishing a trip, we may post a few pictures on Facebook or Instagram but after that the photos sit hidden on our phones and computers. While we may not be able to visit exotic international destinations right now, it is easy to go down memory lane and re-live your past travel experiences by looking at your digital memories. Once you finish, print out your favorites and hang them on your wall!

I hope these 7 recommendations give you inspiration for ways you can actively work with your desire to travel during this time. For more resources and the most up to date information on travel restrictions visit the below sites.

Mayo Clinic’s coronavirus travel advice.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s travel advice.

Alina Gersib