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[14 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Love :: Hotel Shampoo

Yep, confession – I love hotel shampoo. Maybe it’s the unexpected variety. Maybe I haven’t gotten over the teenage notion that switching up shampoo is good for your hair – it strips away build-up, didn’t you know? Maybe it’s the occasional indulgence in brands I don’t regularly buy. Whatever the case, I’m a sucker for hotel shampoo. And body wash. And conditioner. And lotion.
And I bring them home. I guess this is the real confession. I’m the one who *might* slip a once-used hotel bottle into my bag hoping cleaning service will leave a …

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[21 Feb 2015 | No Comment | ]
Movie Reviews :: Oscar Nods for Best Picture

Scott and I checked an item off our bucket list this year by seeing all eight Academy Award Best Picture nominations before  awards night (which is tomorrow for those who are wondering). While it has taken some careful planning, it has been fun and perhaps will become an annual tradition in our house. Next step will be hosting an Oscar party… but I digress.
Here’s my preference in order for Best Picture among this year’s nominations. Keep in mind, this is for Best Picture. (Liking a movie doesn’t make it a candidate …

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[1 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]
Happy New Year!

Traditionally, I’m not big on resolutions. I am big on goals, but this year, I’m switching things up and have resolved to change a few behaviors. For some reason, in the last couple of days as I’ve been thinking about this, resolutions feel more doable. So, this year – 2014 – I resolve to:
Do more of these things:

Trust God
Write for pleasure (I was horrible at this in 2013. If you’re interested, in addition to writing here at Lit&Leisure, I’m also an Annesley Writer – a group of women within the …

Manners Monday, Miscellaneous »

[25 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Manners Monday :: Email Etiquette

This post is based on a presentation I created for work regarding business email etiquette, but many of the same principles can be applied to personal email as well.
First, there are a few things you should already know, but just incase you’ve been living under a rock:

Don’t SCREAM. In the electronic world, all caps is the equivalent of shouting, and we all know that it is impolite to shout.
Word messages carefully. Sarcasm can be easily misread, so use it sparingly and only in situations where you know it will be …

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[19 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Love :: St. Ives, part two + a giveaway (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Congratulations to Rebecca & Ashley H. on winning this giveaway! I hope you enjoy!
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So, there are few things more satisfying than when a product you loves proves itself worthy of your admiration. So goes St. Ives.
Frequenters of Lit&Leisure may remember my very first “Love” post about St. Ives Green Tea face scrub. It was the product that inspired this theme of reoccurring posts for me.
Enter December when I purchase a new tube of the scrub and experience a product fail – the tube splits at the sides. I was …

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[12 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
Love :: Hand & Foot

I love games, but especially card games. Last year when we moved into our home, our new neighbors taught us a card game that we were immediately addicted to. We started teaching it to everyone we knew, and quickly the running joke became, knowing this game is a prerequisite of friendship. (Not really, but we may see you more often if you play!)
Over the recent holidays we had one such couple over. They couldn’t remember all the rules and had tried to find it on the internet, but couldn’t find …

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[29 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Love :: To-Go Tumblers

I do hate that I had to keep this post until after Christmas, but today’s Things I Love Thursday is what I gave my parents, and since my mom has a habit of stopping by Lit&Leisure, I couldn’t spoil their surprise.
Raise your hand if your parents are hard to buy for. [Looking at all the hands raised.] Mine aren’t always – often they help us out with ideas – but let’s face it, most of us buy for ourselves the things we need (or want) so sometimes coming up with …

Cooking, Manners Monday, Miscellaneous »

[3 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Manners Monday :: Setting the Table

Welcome to the October series of Manners Monday where we’ll hone our table manners in preparation for hosting and being hosted at numerous holiday gatherings for the next two months. And while I’m sure I’ll reference her many times, I’d be remiss if I didn’t go ahead and mention in advance my mom. Everything that I know and love related to entertaining is straight from her heart – as she is the quintessential hostess. So, thanks Mom. This is for you.
As Maria said in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start …

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[26 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]

No “Manners Monday” today. Instead, I’m gearing up for a big October about table manners. In the meantime, enjoy the past posts and send table manners questions to me at readbabbette (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Previous Manners Monday:
Manners Monday :: Addressing Familiar Names Properly
Manners Monday :: Making Introductions
Manners Monday :: Thank You
Manners Monday :: Introduction
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See you next Monday where …

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[19 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
Manners Monday :: Addressing Familiar Names Properly

This may be the single most common rule infraction, mostly because people don’t know that such a standard exists or why. In fact, I believe that most of time when it is kept, it is either by accident or for the wrong reasons.
This is the rule: when using the familiar (first) names of a couple, the woman’s name goes first. Example: Jane and John Smith.
As evidenced by this month’s Architectural Digest, this rule is broken broadly and often. This doesn’t make it OK. At Manners Monday, we strive for excellence.
Many …