Manners

How to be the perfect wedding guest

Want to be on everyone's "best guest" list? (Of course you do!) Use these easy etiquette guidelines to have fun and impress any host.

How to be the perfect imperfect hostess

A fantastic dessert dish, a sparkly clean kitchen, and an adorable mantle can all add finesse to a home, but it’s the welcoming extension of ourselves that will last.

Expert Q&A: 10 solutions to sticky wedding situations

As much as we'd like it to be, planning a wedding isn't all cake and beautiful white dresses.

15 meaningful bridesmaids gifts under $50

Thank your favorite ladies with personal, unique gifts they’ll never forget.

13 moms share their secrets for raising grateful kids

Kids failing to appreciate their everyday blessings is a problem as old as parenting itself, but not an impossible one to solve. These little gratitude lessons can change your family for the better.

The 17 funniest things Catholic moms say

Like at dinner when she reminds everyone to, "leave room for the Holy Spirit."

Chivalry & the millennial guy

Why I'm helping my sons embrace the art of chivalry, and why I'm teaching my daughter to accept chivalrous acts gracefully.

Registering for love and money

Inviting friends and family to celebrate the major events in our life should not be about dictating what gift, if any, they bring.

Bad grammar may be a relationship deal-breaker

A new dating survey finds that good grammar is the new 'first impression."

4 things I do before responding to a text

Sometimes text messages leave me baffled, raise my blood pressure, and even offend me, but I’ve gradually learned to think twice before firing off a snarky response.

Muting commuters

I've noticed something about commuters and their cell phones: the stronger the network coverage, the louder the voice.

9 personal facts to reveal on a first date

You’re at dinner with a guy you met online. He’s shifting nervously in his seat and you’re wondering what to say next; you’ve already asked how his day went and whether his pasta tastes better than it looks.

Great texpectations

My mother, at the tender age of 70, would maintain she is au fait with texting. She has mastered all the texting shortcuts and added in a few of her own for good measure.