Category Archives: lifestyle

When (and how much) you should tip


Should you leave a tip in your hotel room for housekeeping? What about cab drivers? It’s not uncommon to travel over the holidays, nor is it uncommon to wonder who to tip and how much to leave. Etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore is the founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and author of Poised for Success: Mastering The Four Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals. She offers some basic tipping guidelines.

Nothing says holidays like a wacky, tacky gift


Who says holiday gifts have to be serious? This year, surprise everyone on your list with these wacky and tacky gifts.

Hey Worcester, gift local this holiday season

Gift Local Worcester

What do you get for that person who has everything, especially if you don’t want to pick up a cookie-cutter bottle of wine or an impersonal gift card? Check out what local artists have to offer! Gifts for everyone on your list can be found a stone’s throw away if you know where to look, and you’ll be helping the local community thrive, too.

DIY relaxation: 18 ways to de-stress

Destress during holidays

Stress is often seen as a negative effect on the body, but it is very essential to life. It is the “fight or flight” system that is naturally part of our survival system. Stress is bad when it overwhelmingly impacts our health equilibrium. Everyone deals with stress, in one way or another. It is associated with higher levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Accumulated unmanaged stress can lead to major physical and psychological illness, including depression, overeating, excessive sleep and irritability. While it is impossible to avoid stress completely, it is possible to manage your stress. Here are a few ways:

Find your perfect dog through adoption


Although October was National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, there are still plenty of shelter dogs in need of good homes. Jenna Fernandes, CEO of, the “open table” of family and pet care services, knows how important dogs are in the family. As a parent to her two dogs ~ a Min Pin named Scooby and Great Dane named Casper ~ Fernandes offers five tips for adopting the right dog for any family (or even adding a second one!):