A reader named EmilyMae writes: “Recently I have cut sugar out of my diet at my doctor’s request. How should I respond when my neighbors thank me for dog-sitting with a plate of cookies?” When you watched the dog, EmilyMae, you were doing a favor out of friendship, not a job for which you expected compensation. Your neighbors thanked you, […]
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Blast from the past? We couldn’t resist. Every child loves to dress up this jolly spud. Go to hasbrotoyshop.com and enter the code REALSIMPLE20 at checkout to receive 20% off this product through October 7, 2011, or while supplies last.
Next time you’re giving a gift skip the wrapping paper or gift bag and tie up your present in a reusable fabric wrap instead. Check out these options from Give Wraps available at Chewing the Cud: Give Harmony, $16 Give Harmony (tangerine & grey), $16 Give Love, $16 Would you use fabric gift wrap?
It’s time to show Dad some love! Father’s Day is one of my favorite holidays for the simple fact that my humble and loving father gets the full spotlight! But, he’s not the easiest person to shop for. However, a few months back I overheard him say that he’s in the market for new watch. Jackpot! I knew the perfect […]
Whether you’re going out or staying in, there is no reason not to treat yourself with love. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes, I’ve picked out three little things you can do to indulge this Valentine’s Day.
Today’s etiquette question come from a reader named auntiekk01, who writes: My husband and I never had a wedding—just a civil ceremony and brunch with our families. We are now hosting a cocktail party to celebrate our one-year anniversary with all of our friends and families. Is it wrong…
I have three daughters. Every year around Dec. 15, I start agonizing. Did I spend more on gifts for one girl? Did I buy a lopsided number of presents? If so, do I need to buy one more for another daughter? And if the “one more” turns out to be something particularly “nice,” will that set off a terrible chain reaction, prompting me to keep buying more and more and more in an attempt to ensure every daughter enjoys perfect, equal parity on Christmas morning?