By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor
Welcome to this week’s roundup of interesting, helpful, inspiring links that I love and hope you will too. They represent some of the best from the world of manners and more specially curated for you!
- 17 things Uber and Lyft drivers want us to know before we book our next ride. Do you ever use Uber or Lyft, or are you considering it? If so, this is an insightful list of brief etiquette points drivers have come up with which will make rides more pleasant for everyone. I love these services! And because panic attacks OFTEN keep me from driving, Uber has become a lifeline to the outside world for me. PS: When they began, tipping wasn’t allowed. Now it is. And I understand why. Many (most) drivers make less than minimum wage after sharing the fare with the Uber or Lyft company and factoring in the cost of gas, wear-and-tear on their car, and amount of idle time before picking up their next fare.
- Why are the words fall and autumn seemingly used interchangeably, and which one is correct? I’ve always wondered why this season has two names and whether one was officially the correct term. It turns out to be an interesting story!
- Fun games and other resources to help explain the electoral process to our children. The other day Corbett asked me a question about the presidential election. When I tried to explain to him that the next president is determined by the “Electoral College” and is not necessarily the candidate who receives the most individual votes, he looked at me in wide-eyed disbelief and confusion. Fortunately, former gifted and special ed teacher Shannon at www.technologyrocksseriously.com has gathered up a host of high-quality resources and game links in one handy-dandy post. Thank you, Shannon!
- 20 cleaning hacks that are game changers. Some of these hacks I knew, and so will you; however, others I didn’t, and they’re amazing! They’re from Ruth Soukup of www.LivingWellSpendingLess.com. Number eight is my favorite. I’ve bought every lint picker-upper they sell in stores to try to keep up with the cat hair that our one itty-bitty short-haired cat leaves on our furniture. Nothing works like the magic of number eight. I was so amazed, I waited to finish until Kent came home so he could witness it. He got so excited that he asked to take over. He finished every piece of upholstered furniture in the living room and family room! Number 17 also works perfectly. And I’m excited to try numbers 13 and 16 as soon as I buy some walnuts and vodka. Yes, walnuts and vodka. There’s an excellent video that goes along with this post that covers seven of the cleaning hacks.
- A Bible-reading plan unlike any I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen A LOT of them. I’ve tried so many Bible-reading plans where you read a certain passage each day. My problem is that if I miss a day or two…or ten, then I feel guilty. I feel very guilty, and then I give up. This method is not only guilt-free if you miss a few days or weeks, but you end up reading way more scripture than in any other method. In fact, you read the books of Proverbs and Acts every month! It’s intense in its length, so I use the modified method. I read, on average, five chapters a day. You’ll want to print out the last page of the pdf from the link above and cut out the bookmarks on the page. Although I modified the “rules,” this is the best Bible-reading plan that I’ve ever come across and the one I’m going to continue using. I love it!
- Style Steals! 10/30-10/31/16: Blanket Scarves for $12.95 each + FREE SHIPPING with code BLANKETTREAT. About a month ago Cents of Style ran an incredible sale on blanket scarves offering each large, warm, fashionable, cuddly scarf for only $12.95 and FREE SHIPPING. The sale did so well that they’re bringing it back for just two days, today and tomorrow, Sunday and Monday, October 30 and 31, 2016. If you missed out, here’s your chance. Or if you bought some, now’s a great time to buy additional ones as gifts!
From the Blog — Posts I’m Surprised People Are Reading Now!
The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier each year. Usually, in late November and all through December, more than 10,000 people a week will read each of these posts. This week I was surprised to see that hundreds of people were already reading them. One of the articles is Thanksgiving-related and the other two share Christmas etiquette.
- How to Say Grace Amazingly Well This Thanksgiving and Always!
- The Complete Guide to Christmas Card Manners
- How to Choose and Give the Perfect Hostess Gift
So with that, may I be the first to wish you a blessed Thanksgiving and a very Merry Christmas! 🙂
Blessings on your week ahead,