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Today, where we see every form of fashion on our streets, the question of men and shorts still produces uncertainty among many. There is a reason for this that is embedded in our DNA, and to fully understand we need to explore a little history.

“What are the main table manners children should know?” A common question I am frequently asked. Yet I have a tough time narrowing my answer. I pick my top three, then a fourth pops into my mind. Then a fifth. We may not all attend black-tie events, but we do all eat. Your children will one day be placed in a situation where they need to skillfully know their way around a dining table.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to take a special look at the precious women in our lives that hold the title of Mother-in-law. Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

I recently asked a group of college students these questions showing them the same photos. I had them shout out adjectives for the pictures they were viewing. For the home I heard: beautiful; wealthy; cared for; loving family; a place I want to live. For the broken-down home they said: old; no curb appeal; I wouldn’t go near it; scary; unstable.

“Rules without reason equals rebellion.” -Cynthia Grosso, Charleston School of Protocol. This could be my motto! I have a stubborn streak that can serve me well, but when it gets me into trouble, I just blame it on my DNA. No matter the reason, I am not the best rule follower unless I know why a rule was created. 

Remove your hat! Don’t set it on the table! Never let someone see the lining! Women, keep your hat on! Women, take your hat off! Ahhh…..I’m so confused!!! The old rules of hat etiquette were so straight forward, and everyone knew what to do. A gentleman removing his hat inside a building was as second nature as brushing his teeth. In today’s changing society, there is much confusion about hat etiquette, for both men and women, so let’s solve this mystery by starting with the “why” of hat protocol.

Do you find your spouse often saying, “Are you listening to me?” Or maybe you feel your child is not being an active part of the dinner conversation. If this resonates with you, it might be time to brush up on the finer points of being a good listener, while teaching your family to do the same. Below are 11 tips to help you get back on track so you can start enjoying deeper and more meaningful communication with those you love.

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” (Proverbs 19:11 ESV).

 

When I am tired and my mind does not seem to focus on a deep study of the Bible, I will flip to Proverbs to keep focused on God’s Word in a more simplistic way. Yet, every time I read this book, I walk away amazed at the power it brings and thankful for the renewal I feel. The verse I read today really resonated with me.

As a stay-at-home mom to 2 toddlers, a large part of my day is spent in the kitchen preparing food. Meal planning at the beginning of the week is essential to ensuring my family is well fed with home cooked nutrition (I give myself a break on the weekends)! If you get overwhelmed with meal planning like I used to, try these tips to sooth your soul:

As a wife and mother of two rambunctious toddlers, it is a challenge to get a home-cooked dinner on the table at a reasonable time. Pulling the children away from their toys, getting them seated at the table, cutting up their meal, blowing on food that is too hot, and calling my husband away from his work can be exhausting.

Sometimes you just need to re-post tips that were great to read. I find myself saying this quite often when it comes to The Gottman Institute. They are some of the leading relationship experts in our country, and the research they did on trustworthiness is very informative.

Meeting friends for dinner after work, grabbing coffee with your girlfriend or just ordering pizza on a Friday night with neighbors. We all have a deep desire to be connected in a world that often forgets the importance of relationships. Many of us have the desire to entertain, but we let our circumstances keep us from extending hospitality. Often it revolves around our lack of confidence in our ability to host events. I get this!

A perfect entertaining year for me would be hosting a different themed party each month! Will I do that? No. Will I dream about it? Yes! If I cannot have a party every 4 weeks, I can at least help my Lisa Lou family with ideas so hopefully a few of you can carry the torch of hospitality for the rest of us.

You are not allowed to complain about not getting something that you never asked for. Read that again.

You are not allowed to complain about not getting something that you never asked for.

You are not allowed to complain about not getting something that you never asked for. Read that again.

You are not allowed to complain about not getting something that you never asked for.

  • Olivia Bergeron

A Hope Chest

Updated: Jul 14, 2020


So, we are in the millionth day of 2020. It seems like a lifetime ago when my biggest problems revolved around work deadlines, social plans, and when the next @crimejunkie podcast would be released. Who would have thought that 2020 would bring about so much change?


While our world is shifting, I have hope for the future. So today, I am going to share something that I do not share with many people. It is old-fashioned and (kind of) materialistic, but it is also fun and light and makes me smile every time I think about it. I am going to share one of the ways my sister, Jacque, and I are preparing for the future--our hope chests.



Traditionally, a hope chest (also called a glory chest or dowry box) was a chest that an unmarried woman filled with items for her future home. These items were usually linens, table settings, or serving pieces. I am not a princess waiting in a tower to be whisked away to the castle. Maybe I will build my own palace! But to me, a hope chest is not about getting a ring by spring, it is about collecting items and memories to carry with me as I build my own life.


Don't believe me?


In December my mom, sister, and I went to one of our favorite stores on the planet,

@TheRoyalStandard, to do some serious after-Christmas sale shopping. Jacque was convinced that she was too cool for a hope chest, so she just decided to browse. Not me! I was ready to go with a large shopping bag in tow.


You do not understand--this sale is AMAZING. Try 75% off all Christmas items. I know!


So within about twenty minutes, my bag is full. I found these fab beaded napkin rings, fringed red cloth napkins, and embossed salad plates--the works. Jacque, noticing my treasure, stops dead in her tracks and says, "I need to get a bag" and bolts to begin hunting for her own loot.


My mom and I laughed so hard! We had the best day, and whenever I look at those silly beaded napkin rings, I am going to remember that day!


Even if it is an old-fashioned tradition, I still love my hope chest. It has my grandmother's china set, my mom's crystal rose bowl, and a few fun pieces that I have picked up over the years. I love the idea when I have my own house, I will have a few things to instantly make it feel like home.


I know my hope chest is small and insignificant when compared to the issues facing our world, but it makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile, too.


Olivia Bergeron-Contributing Writer

Owner: Amigals.com