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New Children & Teen Etiquette Classes at Terrace Hill

Monday, September 26, 2016

With the great success of the spring children's etiquette sessions at Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor's Mansion, I am pleased to annouce that more events have...

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A Happy Day

Thursday, August 18, 2016

With the summer season slowly winding down, my etiquette sessions are ramping up.  Today, I will be visiting Happy Medium, a Des Moines-based full-service...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Welcome to The Art of Etiquette!  People often ask me why manners matter and if they really matter in today's world. And my answer is always,...

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Wedding Etiquette: A millennial's guide to getting it right in a digital era

Monday, November 2, 2015

As a 30-something, I've attended and participated in my fair share of weddings, including casual backyard functions, destination weddings and black-tie extravaganzas. From my experiences as...

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Modern Manners: Don't check your manners at the airport when traveling

Saturday, October 3, 2015

With the recent arrival of the first day of fall, I couldn’t help but feel the holiday season close behind. Somehow another summer has passed and the trees are changing colors. I love this...

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Modern Manners: Breaking Bread: Getting Back to the Table

Monday, August 3, 2015

What does every person do at least three times a day to sustain themselves? While this question may be answered differently depending on who you ask, the answer is: Eat....

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Modern Manners: Words carry power even in an age of email

Sunday, July 26, 2015

These days it is hard to imagine life or work before emails, text messages or even fax machines. I recently had a conversation with older colleagues about the days of “While You Were...

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Social Media Etiquette 101

Monday, July 13, 2015

As a plugged-in society constantly connected, taking a moment to assess our online behaviors is a great reminder that who we are online can represent who we are offline. But to keep this column in...

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Modern Manners: Etiquette knowledge welds enormous power

Saturday, June 27, 2015

  As an anthropologist of modern day etiquette and lifelong Emily Post devotee, I’ve always been interested in observing human interactions and social cues. Couple that with my...

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Meeting the Parents

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  Relationships are an amazing part of life. But one of the most nerve-wracking parts of dating can be meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s family. It can be such a stressful and...

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The Faux Pas of Conversation

Monday, March 9, 2015

By Lauren M.G. Burt There is an art to navigating a career, health, relationships and finances among all the other daily tasks. And how we converse about all those things is an art in...

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Single or not, here's how to really go about Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

By Lauren M.G. Burt I’ve spent Valentine’s Day both as a singleton and one-half of a couple. Regardless of my relationship status, I’ve always viewed it as a day to actively love all people...

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Gift-giving Advice for the Holiday Season

Monday, December 8, 2014

By Lauren M.G. Burt The frenzied shopping days of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have passed, but many people are still contemplating their...

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Etiquette Is More Than Which Fork To Use

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

As someone who once worked in the political arena, the upcoming election has prompted me to examine why etiquette — and civility — are more essential today than ever...

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When you should (and should not) use your phone

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

By Lauren M.G. Burt Digital decorum is increasingly important, especially when it comes to smartphones.Members of the millennial generation often are labeled as digital natives,...

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5 Tips on Being a Considerate Houseguest

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

By Lauren M.G. Burt This summer during a recent trip to visit family, I brushed up on my houseguest how-tos prior to the weekend.Summer holidays, weddings and the availability...

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The dos and don'ts of 80/35

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

By Lauren M.G. Burt A summer day spent at a music festival is never a summer day wasted. Many music lovers celebrate the season by attending a music festival. Festivals like...

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