Rachel Isgar is a DC Ranch resident who moved to AZ almost two years ago. Rachel, who was raised in WhitePlains, NY, attended college in Upstate NY and thereafter moved to LA to attend graduate school at USC where she obtained her Ph.D. in education. She worked at USC for many years after obtaining her degree. Married to her husband, Charlie (a tech entrepreneur) for 25 years, they have four children: Lizzy (21) who will graduate from the U of Georgia (UGA) in May and then attend Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business for grad school, Chuck (20) a studentathlete at Brown University, who is a member of the golf team and loves entrepreneurship; as well as 11-year old twins: Ally and Caroline who love dancing, diving, golf, and art. In Rachel’s spare time she loves yoga and attends classes whenever possible at DCRanch. She also loves to spend time with her friends, hike, travel and cook! Rachel has been teaching etiquette for over ten years, but in the last few years, the business has evolved to coaching millennials in the new high tech workspaces. In addition to Rachel, the company employs four -- one other teacher and two interns.
Holidays mean more entertaining and invites to parties and dinners. Whether it’s pizza or pot roast, doesn’t your gracious host/hostess deserve a special something beyond a hug and a thank you? Casserole? So old-school, but still delicious. Wine? Expected, but still appreciated. Just remember to show up with something. But what? Lifestyle expert/author/Today Show contributor Elizabeth Heiskell poses that age-old question but also provides some ideas in her “What Can I Bring? Southern Food for Any Occasion Life Serves Up’’ (Oxmoor House, $25). While it applies to most to potluck dinner invitations, her suggestions work well as hostess gifts, too, because tasty tidbits always are appreciated. “You can not tell me you haven’t asked this question, one time in your life, hopefully more, and if you haven’t, your mama didn’t raise you right,’’ said the Rosedale, Ms., native Heiskell with a chuckle.
Sit up straight. Put your fork on the left and your knife on the right. It’s etiquette time. Today’s guest is Doctor Rachel Isgar who owns the company, “Please Pass the Manners.” Today more than ever it is important for young adults and children to understand how to communicate with confidence to create a great impression. Right? We in this value packed interview we don’t only talk about table manners, but we talk about business etiquette and how to make yourself stand out. Rachel is mother of 4 and a professional educator who conducts seminars for: corporate clients, international business students, educational foundations, private groups and of course children’s workshops in etiquette programs. Please enjoy a very honest and inspiring interview with Dr. Rachel Isgar.
The joys of summer are here. More sun, more free time and – for reasons all too familiar – more birthday parties. More and more, parents are sharing the load of party planning and saving some days of partygoing by arranging joint birthday parties. The practice is familiar to those of us with twins, but now pals at school and kids in the same playgroups with birthdays close together on the calendar are getting into it. Here are some tips for making your joint birthday party a success.
Battle lines are drawn when Jen and Alisa accuse Beth of lying to the group, causing Stefanie and Leah to come to Beth’s defense. Group Therapist Jill pays Meghan a visit to help her with her with her daughter Hattie’s potty training woes. Leah hosts an etiquette party to teach the kids their manners, while the adults discuss Jen and Alisa’s “Mean Girl” behavior. And Jen tries to get her mojo back when she goes on an online date, but gets more than she bargained for when he reveals that it’s his birthday.
Every year we grow a little order. And when we are children, this is fun. That's because of birthday parties. And if you are planning a party for your child, you know that you can't open the gifts, cut the cake or get to that magical singing-over-the-candles moment unless you've sent out the invitations.
Here, then, are a few tips to help you do that with maximum etiquette and minimum fuss.
It's Dec. 26 — do you know where your mojo is? If you lost it somewhere between Black Friday and the buffet table, you're not alone. Following weeks of seasonal celebration, the resulting disarray at home can make the room spin. It's a holiday hangover of sorts, but luckily, there's a cure. We spoke to organization experts for advice on how to face the music (sans sleigh bells) and get life back on track. You might want to take it on a month-by-month basis:
An Arizona dad was recently blasted by his neighbor for being “inconsiderate.” The behavior so offensive that a person living near his family threatened to call the police? Letting his son run around in the backyard and — wait for it — laugh a lot. “Every day this week, when weather has been nice and windows are open, you proceed to let your small child run free in your backyard and laugh and giggle and carry on without end,” gripes the anonymous neighbor in a note that he or she reportedly dropped off last week.
People have spent so much time in recent years lost in their virtual lives that they've forgotten how to actually communicate and behave in the real world. That's why, after spending years shielded behind computer screens and user names, modern professionals are seeking out more traditional advice on manners and social niceties.
One restaurateur served up more controversy than he’d bargained for when he banned “small screaming children” from his eatery. Richard Moore, owner of The Lobster Pound and Moore in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, had become so frustrated with the upset that fussy young diners had been causing other patrons that he took to Facebook Sunday night declaring, “Effective as of now, we will no longer allow small screaming children.”