Gift Ideas for the Impossible to Shop for Friend or Family Member

By Kristin Appenbrink /

We all have that one person in our lives who is just impossible to find a gift for. It might be your dad because he says he doesn’t need anything, it might be your best friend who is so picky that whenever she finds something she likes she just buys it, or it might be your sister-in-law a.k.a. the queen of re-gifting. Whoever your difficult recipient is, there’s sure to be a great gift that will bring a smile to their face, and won’t end up in the re-gifting bin anytime soon.

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4 Tips for your Digital Detox

By Kristin Appenbrink /

I don’t know about you, but occasionally I get a little fed up with the Internet. Yes, I marvel at how the answer to every question under the sun is always at my fingertips. And I would literally be lost without my iPhone as I check for directions every time I’m going somewhere new. But every so often, I just want to shut it all off and go incognito. I’ve tried doing a “digital detox” a couple of different times with mixed success. Hurricane Sandy interrupted my first attempt. I was visiting my sister on the West coast and broke my no-phone rule to check on friends and attempt to reschedule my flight home. My second attempt was a weeklong break from social media this past winter, which was harder than I thought.

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Wedding Photo Etiquette 101

By Kristin Appenbrink /

Gone are the days of wedding-themed disposable cameras being fixtures of the reception table place setting. Now that nearly everyone carries a far better camera in their pocket at all times, the number of photos taken at weddings has grown exponentially. From the wedding procession, to the ceremony, to the first kiss, there are likely to be guests capturing every moment, along with the professional photographer, of course. But should you really be pulling out your phone during the ceremony? Probably not.

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To Post or Not to Post: The Etiquette of Sharing Kid Photos Online

By Kristin Appenbrink /

Sharing photos of your kids online is a touchy subject. I’m guessing most parents out there have an opinion one way or the other. While I don’t have kids, I do have friends with kids. And I always make sure I know how they feel about photos of their kids being posted. For example, the mom of one of my favorite toddlers posts photos of her son, but only to her private Instagram account. This means that I don’t post photos of him because my account is public, unless I’ve been given permission for a specific photo.

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Teach Kids to Write Thank You Cards in 3 Steps

By Kristin Appenbrink /

I will forever be a fan of a well-written thank you card. As much as I love the convenience of email, texting, and social media, there’s something about the thank you card—it’s one of the few lasting signs of good manners. And thankfully, it’s an easy skill to master, even for your kids. That’s one of the reasons thank you cards have remained as we’ve ditched other etiquette rules. They are quick to write and can be relatively informal, but they still show more consideration than a text message. Read More “Teach Kids to Write Thank You Cards in 3 Steps”