Our experts answer questions on watching your teens online, staying strong in the recession, ordering wine in a restaurant and incorporating bright colors into your wardrobe.

Our experts answer questions on watching your teens online, staying strong in the recession, ordering wine in a restaurant and incorporating bright colors into your wardrobe.

I’m a wine novice. Can you offer some tips about what NOT to do when ordering wine in a restaurant?

Ordering wine in a restaurant can be intimidating for people not accustomed to the process. Fortunately, a well-trained server or sommelier will handle the hard parts. To avoid embarrassment, don't sniff the cork. Sniffing the cork screams “I don't know what I am doing.” The server will pour a taste for the person who ordered the bottle. Don't ignore this step and let the server stand there waiting impatiently. Lastly, tip normally on the wine. Some people will try and justify the notion that you don't need to pay the server 15 percent to 20 percent to open your bottle of wine. You do. It's the price of eating out, and if you can't afford it, choose a less expensive restaurant, a less expensive bottle of wine or stay home.

By Brad Prescott, owner, IntoWine.com.


I’ve just lost my job. How can I stay strong during the recession?

The economy might be down, but that does not mean you have to be. Your goals and dreams may seem impossible now, but great success is possible if you focus your vision in a positive manner. Think of your job loss as a new beginning and consider these tips: Size up your financial situation and look for ways to cut back. Prioritize your bills and talk with creditors, the sooner the better. Attend a job counseling and networking group for support and information. Attend a job fair. Be open to opportunities, a change in a careers or even tiding things over with a part-time job. And tell everyone you know that you’re out of a job and looking for work. Others may be able to provide referrals or even a new job.

By professional life coach Shannon Graham, www.321lifecoach.com.


Should I be concerned about my teen using social networking sites like Facebook or MySpace?

Not if they follow common-sense safety guidelines. Teens should accept friend requests only from people they know personally, and set their profiles to be viewable by friends only. Instruct your teen never to post phone numbers, street addresses or other contact information, and avoid uploading photos that contain identifying information (or bad behavior!). Teens should never agree to meet an online acquaintance in real life without a parent present. And finally, it’s a good idea for you to start an account of your own and request your child as a friend. That way you can monitor her profile.

From the experts at FamilyEducation.com


Spring fashion seems to be bursting with bright colors.  How do I incorporate these shades into my look?

Spring brings a rainbow of ways to shake off style doldrums. Adding a vibrant hue to any outfit easily and cost-effectively creates a fresh look, because your wardrobe is probably full of colorful pieces you've forgotten from seasons past. That neglected fuchsia cardigan? Welcome it back to heavy rotation. Most universally flattering are deep tones of blue, green and purple, working alone or combined in bold, floral patterns reminiscent of the '80s. One piece you'll wear out is a sleeveless, exploding-with-color flowery frock, long or short. Embrace yellows and oranges, even if you've previously feared them —there's a shade that will work for you. Avoid pastels this time around.

By Dannielle Kyrillos, editor-at-large of DailyCandy.com, a free daily e-mail delivering fashion, food and fun.