Senior Spotlight: Presley Rhea

“I have been able to be part of Expeditions in Etiquette for 5 years and I wish that I could have participated for all 8 years. I have made some of the closest friends through the program with people that I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Each year I found new questions to ask and how to handle specific situations that I may be put in throughout my life. Now I feel extremely confident entering into college knowing that I am prepared with the knowledge of etiquette that most of my peers will not have.

And if for some reason I don’t know the answer, I’ll keep Mrs. Vega on speed dial!”
-Presley Rhea

Absolutely Presley, you know you can always text or call!!! We look forward to keeping in touch!

Presley Rhea

To learn more about our programs such as the ones Presley participated in, please visit:  http://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Senior Spotlight: Emily Hopper

“From the first class, I was introduced to Expeditions In Etiquette with Mrs. Vega’s welcoming smile that put me at ease. I had been taught to set table and to chew with my mouth closed at an early age but it wasn’t until participating in classes with Mrs. Vega that I learned the ‘why’ behind all of these things!  Immediately I was immersed into a class of great students who were truly happy to be there.”

Emily Hopper was very busy during her high school years.  In addition to her academic work she also found time to work toward a doula certification with DONA International and participate in several different clubs.  Emily even won a community service award for the club she and her sisters founded, Priceless Girlhood.  She also spent her time campaigning for various political candidates, volunteering, and working as a nanny and as a Student Ambassador for Expeditions in Etiquette.  Emily was recently asked to staff a week-long camp for TeenPact, a leadership class that teaches young people about our constitution and government.  Emily plans to spend the next year preparing for university and working part-time at OBA.

Emily Hopper

To learn more about our programs such as the ones Emily participated in, please visit:  http://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

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Manner Monday®: Benefits of Technology and Face-Time

If you’ve been following Manner Monday for any length of time, you know I’m a fan of unplugging, putting the phone down and engaging in some good old fashioned ‘face-time’. Just as Business, Social and Dining Etiquette all have many layers, so does Electronic Etiquette: Email Etiquette, typing in ALL CAPS, voicemail messages, voicemail greetings, inappropriate social media sharing, you get the picture. And more than likely you’ve heard many spiels on the basic premise of Electronic Etiquette – giving the person in front of you 100% of your attention. We all get it by now. But sometimes rules are meant to be broken. If the use of technology can improve the conversation, solve a problem, or enhance the social interaction, then by all means, bring it into the equation. It’s the blatant disrespect for the person in front of you when you ‘tune in to tech’ and ‘tune them out’ that causes problems and ruins relationships.

So yes, there is a time and a place when the benefits of technology and the new and improved digital ‘face-time’ come in handy. For example during our recent end-of-the-year event for our high school students, we had unfortunate complications with Mother Nature and had to reschedule our formal dinner and ball. Needless to say, I was saddened to find out a couple of our students would not be able to attend the rescheduled event. One of those who had had a conflict with the new date was a senior, who had not missed a formal dinner in the eight years she had been participating in programs with us. So, to make the best of a difficult situation, we decided to turn to technology… Face-Time to the rescue. We were able to give her a glimpse into the evening and let her ‘chat’ briefly with some of her friends. It’s obviously not as good as attending in person, but it sure was a nice alternative to missing it all together.

Click to Tweet:  If tech can improve the conversation, solve a problem, or enhance social interaction – then bring it on. #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/TechFT

Channing Justice FaceTime

On another note…

Have you seen our end of the season video yet?  Thank you to one of our Student Ambassadors, Presley Rhea, for creating the video this year!

And if you’re curious as to why I was verklempt at the end of the video, you can visit this link to read the story: http://bit.ly/SrSpotCT

The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog at www.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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2015-2016 Season Schedule is Set

For those of you who have been asking…we have all of the school calendars in hand and have set our schedule for the 5-8th grade 2015-2016 season!
Click here for OKC dates
Click here for Edmond dates

Don’t forget to register before June 15 for savings!
If you’re anything like me… you get sidetracked from trying to do too many things at once, so if you have yet to register your child, do so now (and you can save some money)! Summer will be here before we know it!

Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-season discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).


If you have not yet seen our new video, please take a minute to check it out!!!  A huge THANK YOU to senior and Student Ambassador Presley Rhea for doing an amazing job putting it together!!!

To view, please click on the picture below, or paste this link into your browser:  https://youtu.be/tDv4CtRSIoo

If you know of some who may be interested in our programs, please share our information with them.  Here is the best link to share with them, it covers everything in a nutshell: https://www.expeditionsinetiquette.com/youth/programs/

As always, thanks for reading!

– Carey Sue

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Manner Monday®: Graduation Gift Ideas

After seeing the post on Graduation Announcements and Invitations, a friend reached out asking ‘what to get’ for the graduates in her life and how much to spend. Her kiddos are much younger, and she wanted to know what would make a good gift and how much she should spend.

I think it totally depends on your personal situation as well as the relationship with the graduate when it comes to how much to spend. Keep in mind it is the thought that counts and you don’t have to break the bank to show the graduate how happy you are for them!

Some of my favorite ‘go-to’ gifts for High School Graduates are:

  • Personalized Laundry Bag – If you’re crafty and can sew, these are easy to whip up and you can have them monogrammed for a personal touch. I know many students who carry their laundry bags for years to come!
  • Personalized Bath Towels – Having their name on their towel makes it easy to identify. Velcro towel wraps make a nice gift too!

Some of my favorite ‘go-to’ gifts for all:

  • Nice Picture Frame – is a great gift that the graduate can take to school and help to decorate and brighten their dorm room.
  • Portable Phone Chargers – these make great gifts for college kids when they out for the day and every plug they come across is already taken.
  • Gift cards – Gift cards make nice gifts for both High School and College graduates. Whether it’s a gift card to a box store where they can stock up on supplies for their dorm or apartment, or a Gas card to help fuel up when cash is tight, gift cards seem like an ‘easy out’ but if you know the graduate needs some general store items, this can be a huge help to their already strapped budget!

Some of my favorite ‘go-to’ gifts for College Graduates are:

  • A nice engraved pen – not only will this be a gift they will cherish for a long time to come, but it will also make a great impression during interviews they may be going on soon!
  • Personalized Stationery – this is something that every graduate needs, but doesn’t want to spend his or her own money on! The stationery can be used for thank-you notes after an interview, and believe it or not some kids still write good old-fashioned thank you notes! At least they should if they want the job!
  • Tool Set – As adults, we know there is always some DIY task that needs to be done around the house and how important our tools are! Whether it’s hanging a picture, tightening a water faucet, or just about any other little ‘honey-do’ trick we can do ourselves, having those tools in a compact tool kit, is a huge help!

Whatever you choose to give, make sure you spend some time on the presentation. Wrap it nicely and include a handwritten note of support and encouragement! This is a big time in their life and a huge transition for the graduate; your kind words may just be the support they need to remind them they can do it!

Click to Tweet:  This is a big time in a Grad’s life; your kind words may just be the support they need! #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/GradGiftIdeas

I created a Pinterest board with some ideas if you’d like to check it out. Here’s the link: https://www.pinterest.com/careysue/graduation-gift-ideas/

Feel free to leave a comment below and share your ideas!

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Manner Monday®: Wisdom from Mom

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock – everywhere you go, the grocery store, the drug store… you name it , I’m sure you’ve seen all of the ‘gentle’ reminders – don’t forget mom on Sunday!

A few years ago I spotted this sign at our local grocery store,

I think we all know many women who are not ‘biological’ mothers; maybe by choice, maybe not.   There are also many women who act as role models and mentors, leaving an indelible mark and positive influence to those whose paths they cross and who are treated like a member of the family.

What is your favorite ‘life lesson’ you learned from a ‘mom’ mentor in your life?

One of my favorite lessons? … “Be nice to everyone.  You don’t have to be best friends with them, but you do need to be nice to them.

Mom – Thanks for planting that seed of respect early on!  And thanks for all of the love and support you’ve showed us over the years!  Not to mention the respect you’ve shown to all of my friends!!!

Here’s to hoping everyone has a great ‘Mother’s Day’, no matter how you are connected to your ‘family’.

Click to Tweet: Lesson from Mom,”Be nice to everyone. You don’t have to be best friends, but you do need to be nice.” #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/CSVmomwis

 

On another note…

Have you seen our end of the season video yet?  Thank you to one of our Student Ambassadors, Presley Rhea, for creating the video this year!

And if you’re curious as to why I was verklempt at the end of the video, you can visit this link to read the story: http://bit.ly/SrSpotCT

The highest compliment you can give us is a referral to your friends and coworkers. Please share our registration and contact information with any families you think might be interested in participating in our program.

Each year we build on the previous year as we add to the curriculum.  We have many students who continue with us each season, from our Level 5 (5th grade) program through our Passport (High School) Program.  Our goal with the continuous exposure, and gentle reminders, of the courtesies we teach over consecutive years – is to assist you in raising well-mannered young adults.

  • Continued Exposure:  Just as continued exposure to athletics and school homework reaps rewards; continued exposure to the social skills taught in our program will provide lifelong lessons that will benefit your child throughout the classroom and into the boardroom.
  • Benefits and Rewards:  One of the biggest rewards of our students returning year after year, is the virtual ‘light bulb’ that seems to turn on and stay on; the students are really starting to get it and they are very proud of themselves.  Their confidence is building.  We’ve highlighted some of our graduating seniors on my blog atwww.CareySueVega.com/?s=senior+spotlight

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

 

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

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Expeditions In Etiquette 2014-2015 Season Video

Thank you to one of our Student Ambassadors, Presley Rhea, for creating the video this year!

And if you’re curious as to why I was verklempt at the end of the video, you can visit this link to read the story: http://bit.ly/SrSpotCT

Register now for Expeditions In Etiquette; manners, etiquette and social skills training for your child. We urge you to register early to avoid the waiting list. Classes are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information click on the links below:
5-8th Grade Programs
9-12th Grade Programs
General Information
www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

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Manner Monday®: Senior Spotlight on Courtney Thompson

May is knocking on our door, which means graduation is fast approaching!  We’re kicking off our Senior Spotlight this season with Courtney Thompson.  We will post the remaining Senior Spotlights as regular blog posts, over the next few weeks and will also announce them in the ‘Weekly Update’ emails.  If you’re not receiving the ‘Weekly Update’ emails, please visit this link to update your choice of which emails you would like to receive: http://eepurl.com/hHJu

In the meantime, I’d love to introduce you to Courtney.  She asked me if she could speak at the final ball of the season this year as she had a few words to share with her fellow students.  She also asked if I trusted her to speak without me seeing her speech first and I said absolutely. Little did I know that she would have me in tears (good tears) by the end of it all!  Thank YOU Courtney for reminding us of why we do what we do!

“Starting in seventh grade, I remember feeling intimidated when I walked into the Marriott hotel for my first class.  I was very shy and closed off and I remember asking myself if this would turn into another school where cliques form and quiet girls get left out, because everyone there seemed to know everyone else.  However, when we lined up to enter the ballroom, I had a feeling it was going to be different.  My escort and I walked up to this lady who was the instructor, I suppose.  She wore this big smile, the kind that you can’t help smiling back at.  Through that entire year, I knew only one person, but Mrs. Vega never forgot my name and that’s what encouraged me to return.

At the ball my ninth grade year, I sat with these girls that all seemed to know each other, but they didn’t leave me out of a single conversation.  I was taken aback because it was unusual that someone would go out of their way to continue a conversation with me. To this day we are still friends because every class after that they continued to approach me and include me in conversation.  That is how I became friends with Presley, Jordan and Payton.

The way those girls reached out to me inspired me to reach out to others who maybe didn’t know anyone or who looked uncomfortable.  My efforts in this actually changed my perspective on myself as well.  I became more confident in myself, and my interactions with other people; for example, one of my biggest fears in the world was public speaking.  It was so bad that I would pass out sometimes and word spread of this, soon all my teachers knew not to call me out.  However this class taught me to see this as a challenge and here I stand in front of all of you, speaking.  I learned that there is more to this class than learning proper etiquette or the placement of dining utensils.  Mr. and Mrs. Vega have been teaching all of us to embrace who we are and do so with confidence so that everyone can see the light within us.  We have become a family within this program because not only do we learn to accept ourselves, but also we learn to accept and be open-minded toward our peers.  I came into this class hoping to find people like me, and I found that plus something greater; people who are the exact opposite.  It’s better because there is never a dull moment; you are always learning something new about the people around you.  Mrs. Vega is my role model.  She has inspired me to become someone I never thought I could be.  I’ll always remember a quote she shared with us by Eleanor Roosevelt, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”   That quote itself has led me through many tough situations and I will always remember it.

Expeditions In Etiquette has been the biggest blessing.  It has given me the ability to be comfortable in every situation and more importantly, to help others gain confidence as well.  It has made me a better friend, a better student, a better sister, and a better mentor.  No matter what comes along, I know the lessons that I’ve learned here can never be taken away from me.  Expeditions In Etiquette will always be a part of me because I would not be the same person today if I had not walked into the Marriott hotel and introduced myself to Mrs. Vega six years ago.  I love this program and I hope to make an impact on someone’s life one day, like Mrs. Vega made an impact on mine.”

And… I have a kleenex in hand – wow… again, thank you Courtney. Thanks for letting us know in such heartfelt words how you feel. We love you, and we love what we do!!!

Click to Tweet:   “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”-EleanorRoosevelt #MannerMonday http://bit.ly/SrSpotCT

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In other news…

Spring Special Registration Discount is available
Registration Information for 5th-8th Grades for 2015-2016 Season

Registration Information for 9th-12th Grades for the 2015-2016 Season

Multi-Season Discount
You’ve asked and we have listened!  We now offer a multi-sesason discount to families who would like to register a child for three consecutive years in the program.  As each season builds on the previous; maximum benefits are achieved by continued exposure for a minimum of three years (many students participate for 8 consecutive years).

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

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Manner Monday: The Oklahoma Standard

In case you missed the live ceremony Sunday of the 20th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing , I wanted to share something with you that was a highlight of the event and felt important to pass along.

You may have heard the phrase “The Oklahoma Standard” by now. It’s the phrase that has evolved to describe Oklahomans in general and how our community is known. It’s how our citizens come together during a disaster with servant hearts and do whatever is needed to help others. It’s also the attitude of our community on a daily basis when we see our neighbors in need.

As a way to honor those who were killed during the bombing, “The Oklahoma Standard” initiative was created. In a nutshell, the project asks us to commit to at least one act of ‘service’, on act of ‘honor’ and one act of ‘kindness’ during the month of April.

I’m looking at this as a great opportunity to share “The Oklahoma Standard” with the young people in our life. We all know our children learn best by watching our actions; my husband and I are going to start by taking our son to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum.

If you would like to learn more, please visit:

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Manner Monday®: Treating Others Like A Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader

I was recently at the Dallas Love Field airport, getting ready to board the same flight as a small group of 10 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. It was obvious who they were as they all had matching Cowboy Cheerleader logo luggage. They were beautiful young ladies. They were dressed respectfully, and they had flawless hair and makeup. They looked camera ready, which I think I’ve heard is part of their contract. If I haven’t already painted a good enough picture for you, I’m sure you can imagine it was definitely fun people watching in the waiting area. Between the grown men and women who were literally tripping over themselves as they walked by, turning to get a better look, to the sweet young girls who were looking up to the Cheerleaders with huge smiles.

What I really loved about the whole process was how the Cheerleaders stopped and put their technology away and would give each little girl 100% of their attention and focus and ask the little girl questions as if she was the star. The exchange always ended up with the parent getting a picture of the young girl with her new BFF’s.

I’m sure the Cheerleaders receive extensive training on how to act in public, but it was reassuring to see the interaction and what appeared to be their genuine interest in each person who approached them. They didn’t seem putout or annoyed, they truly acted as if it was their pleasure to accommodate the interruption.

For all of the negative stereotypes that are associated with the beauty behind the Cheerleader image, it was definitely enjoyable to watch how poised and professional these young ladies were. I’m thinking the training they’re receiving behind the scenes, as a Cheerleader, will serve them well into the next phases of their professional careers.

It all was a good reminder for me to treat the person I’m interacting with as if THEY were a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

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Click to Tweet: Treat the person you’re interacting with as if they were a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader! #MannerMonday

 

In Other News…

I’m hosting a Free Webinar to learn more about our programs.  Do you know someone who may be interested? They can register for the free webinar that will take place Tuesday, April 14, by clicking on the button below. We only have a limited number of ‘seats’ so please sign up now!:Reg for webinar

During the webinar, I will go into detail about all of our programs for our:

  •  5-8th grade programs
  •  9-12th grade programs
  • Adult Business Training
  • How the classes are setup
  • The M/F ratios
  •  And much, much more!

If you have a specific question you would like answered during the webinar, please feel free to shoot me an email via the ‘contact us’ form and I’ll make sure to include it. We’ll also have time at the end of the live webinar for Q&A, so no worries if you don’t have a question now.

AND if for some reason you’re not able to make it to the live webinar, please go ahead and register anyway, we will send a recording of the event out to everyone who registered so you can watch it at your convenience.

 

As always, thanks for reading!
– Carey Sue

 

 

 

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