When you don’t want a political party.

Tough political fights are expected this election season. How do you keep them out of the dining room come Thanksgiving? Here are some tips to keep your holiday a non-political party.

  • History repeats itself: Who’s given campaign speeches during appetizers before? Speak frankly about their behavior making family members uncomfortable.  When asked politely, most people’s bad behavior can be cut off at the pass.

    Change the subject - talk abut the floral centerpiece!

    Change the subject – talk abut the floral centerpiece!

  • Set ground rules: We think that everyone knows not to discuss politics and religion at big gatherings. Not so. Take a cue from boxing refs and make an announcement: “I want a good clean dinner! Any partisanship gets you bumped to the kids table!”
  • Shut it down: If someone does spout off, don’t just roll your eyes and go with the flow. Be firm but polite, and change the subject. This is your house.

With these tips, your holiday table can be a politics free zone! Time with family can be stressful, but remember, we also need to be grateful for these folks who drive us crazy- because we also happen to love them very much. Enjoy your family!

Be well and love well.

-Dinah

The wedding problem that’s easy to fix.

On wedding day, you want to be aware of every moment. Like the song says you don’t wanna miss a thing. There’s one distraction that’s super easy to avoid but ensnares many brides. Can you guess what it is?

Hunger.  Yes! Hunger.  Avoiding a heavy meal so you don’t bloat? Yes.  Not having anything to eat?  No. So, have a snack!  We’ve listed some ideas- mix and match! All of the below are easy to keep around while you are getting ready.

–       baby carrotsFlorist-21

–       almonds

–       string cheese

–       apple slices

Go down the aisle happy and fully in the moment, not with your brain looking for the nearest sandwich! Eat up!

 

Be well and love well.

Sad days, but happy memories.

Sending love and happy memories to our dear Gregory, Alan, Molly, Daisy, Lilly & the cats. IMG_3483 IMG_1525Butchie will be missed.