🥰 It's Valentines Weekend and a long one for some😍...a GREAT time for trying out something new and fun!🎈
🤷‍♂️ It doesn't matter if you have a partner, or not, there is fun to be had by all here in Northern VA!!!
👉 Get the list of events here:
Pet Supplies Plus - Manassas, VA Creative Brush Studio/Gallery The Little Gym of Gainesville Lovettsville Library The Clay and Metal Loft Jimmy Potters Studio Ashburn Library iFLY COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE Pinot's Palette TEZ Indo American Grill Lake Anne Brew House The Light Horse The Little Theatre of Alexandria Barnes & Noble Bonnie Stephens Photography Sticks & Stones Chinn Aquatics and Fitness Center Rippon Lodge Historical Site Rippon Lodge Historic Site Magnolia Vineyards & Winery Tucked Away Brewing Company Wicks & Sips Sinistral Brewing Company Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club Big Dog Pots Pottery - Willowcroft Farm Vineyards Ballyshaners Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, Old Town Old Presbyterian Meeting House 532Yoga 532 Yoga Ho***rs Brock's Riverside Grill Wine & Design
Our hearts couldn’t be happier... Love, Commitment, Support... Let’s take these kids to HoCo and Prom! It takes a village... COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE The Sterling FoundationRidgetop Coffee
COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE is a wealth of knowledge for small businesses. From being fluent in 5 languages, social media savvy, to having resourses for Identity Theft and Legal issues which can be as easy as a lawyer looking over a contract before you sign it. She is so organized and helps put systems in place. Belinda your the best and so thankful that you are part of part of Carried Away Gifts team 🎀
It was great seeing you tonight Belinda! Here are our holiday specials, what a great gift, the gift of safety! Only $5 for pepper sprays, $10 alarms, and beautiful leather purses for $30! Lets keep our families and friends safe this holiday season and always!
Raspberry sherbert is my favorite on National Ice Cream Day 🍦
Hi Bella! Thank you so much for coming to the GBN event today- I enjoyed your talk very much. I love your enthusiasm and wit. I look forward to seeing you again soon!!

SMILE, this is your greatest asset and weapon! We offer a plethora of etiquette, business etiquette, protocol, professional and personal development training.

For Parents and Children:
Seeing that we partner with parents for their children, we also partner with parents to help them achieve and build their parenting skills. We offer a Parenting Series to help you build your parenting skills. Some of the achievements you obtain are: an increase parental in your parental confidence; reduce your parental stress/anxiety; Improve your parenting skills and par

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Good morning wonderful people! Have a fantastic week 🤗

As comes to an end Irene's PROM Closet wants to thank every person & business that was involved in donating/volunteering and making our 2023 campaign a total success!💜💜💜💜

Photos from COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE's post 05/10/2023

Hello FB FAM, Irene's PROM Closet ISO Student Volunteers (some kids may still need some volunteering or community service hours) for Friday, May 12th from 5:30 until 7:30 PM or Saturday, May 13 10 am-2 PM or 3-5 PM at our last of the season which will take place Saturday from 10-4 pm at The Salvation Army of Loudoun County Virginia Leesburg Chapel. Please send us a text to 571-989-3108 for more details. Thanks 🙏🏼 💜

Photos from COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE's post 05/10/2023

My mother celebrated King Charles III Coronation this past Saturday with a fun and she had a blast along with all her royal 🫅🏻 guests 😉.


Can I hear an ? This is definitely true 👇🏼. 🤣🤣🤣


These are great tips! 🩷🩷🩷

"Words matter.
Three parenting tips to remember about our words:
1. Let your children overhear you saying nice things about them
2. Remember that your words become their internal voice. Be kind.
3. Talk nicely about others. When we point out the good in others, it becomes easier to see the good in others."


Earlier today my friend Lisa Tilley Svendsen posted this 👇🏼 and of course this resonated with a well mannered and civilized upbringing.


Public Heroes Save Woman From Potentially Fatal Highway Incident

I can only say: WOW! and thank God.
People have good hearts. So happy of the outcome which could have been horrific. People working together for the good!


We are in need of complimentary make up sessions for prom on April 28, 2023. Make Up Artists or Gift Certificates are appreciated.
If you have in your heart the desire to make a difference in a young person’s life this is your chance!


Anybody can relate to this???


Today we share a post that deserves our attention 👇🏼 💗

"Dear Spectrum Internet, Today your technician Robert came to our home to upgrade our internet and help us start up TV streaming. He walked into a mess. My son, Sailor, is three years old. He was born with two rare brain defects and he is blind. He is unable to communicate his needs, and today has been rough for him. He has been crying all morning. I’ve been trying to soothe him while also meeting the needs of my two year old daughter, cleaning, washing dishes, and doing laundry while my husband works. It’s just been a tough day. When Robert walked in and started talking, Sailor ran to him and reached up. Robert didn’t seem bothered at all and, instead, held my son off and on for the whole 45 minutes he was in our home. He snuggled him close while I folded laundry. It was a huge relief to this tired momma. Robert could have walked in, rushed, and left but instead he saw a need greater than internet and met it. That’s beyond customer service- it’s humanity at its best. Robert deserves a raise... a promotion... something! He’s an asset to your company and I will never forget his kindness. Sincerely, Jessica"

Credit: Jessica Nash Donnahoo


Good morning! Wishing you all a great start of the week😉. Here’s something funny to make you smile.


This is so funny but so true 😂😂😂



Earn your Etiquette Badge!


Are you ready for on Friday, March 3rd? Did you know that the employee that feels appreciated gives more than 100%? Being appreciated validates that what we do or have done makes a difference; it reinforces a positive sense of self-worth, and it gives us a sense of meaning and purpose. Why not be genuinely grateful and let them know what a positive impact they bring to your and/or your organization? How about telling their direct supervisor how amazing thy are? How about treating them for lunch? How about sending your employees an individual email letting them know the qualities and attributes you mostly appreciate in them? Give them a card and gift if your budget allows, but most importantly take the time to notice and value them amidst our fast-paced life. I hope you all take the time to follow through. If you'd like some ideas of how to express your appreciation send us a message and we'll share some ideas with you!


What is your ? Share in the comments 💜


At our workshops I always point the importance of how to carry yourself, because it directly affects your brain circuits. Standing up straight, and walking confidently, even if ypu don’t feel it at the time, influences your brain’s wiring in a positive way.


Happy to share that we are partnering with The Salvation Army of Loudoun County helping feed our community this Thanksgiving, please help us reach our goal to feed 200+ families in LoCo. Together we are making a difference! 🧡🧡🧡

Teen Praised for Refusing To Give Up Plane Seat to 'Cursing' Couple 07/14/2022

Teen Praised for Refusing To Give Up Plane Seat to 'Cursing' Couple

Good for this young girl, and the passengers that stood up to assist her from the verbal assault and bullying from a young couple that wanted her window seat she had paid for. Bad behavior and manners needs to be taught a lesson.

Teen Praised for Refusing To Give Up Plane Seat to 'Cursing' Couple "If the girl and her boyfriend wanted a window seat they should have paid for one," one user said.


Irene’s Prom Closet will be at Briar Woods High School & Independence High School this month. We are in need of Make-Up artist Gift Certificates for our recipients. Let’s make their dreams come true! Drop off site: Briar Woods High School ask for Maria or Sue. Together we are Making a Difference!💜💜💜


If you booked an aisle seat on a 10-hour flight “months in advance” using your common sense as a traveler; but then immediately upon sitting down a woman asked if you would mind switching to a middle seat so she could sit near her kids. How would you have handled this?


Irene's PROM Closet Needs 2 Teens & 1 Adult Volunteers for an event at a Sterling school Monday 1-24-2023 from 5-7:30 PM. Please text/call 571-989-3108 OR comment under this post.
**Will need to wear a mask**


Good morning Parents! we are
sure you tried hard to have a special Christmas for your littles. Rest assured, you did! ♥️♥️♥️♥️
"Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
– Bobby, age 7


Happy New Year! All the best for 2022 from the Common Ground Etiquette Team 💛


Hello Loudoun County! My friend Bobbi Juneja Desai is so excited to sponsor the Sensory Santa 🎅 event again this year with the talented Tracy Kelley of Pride & Joy Photography!! 📸Join them at The Arc of Loudoun for a Santa experience!! Each family gets 10-15 minutes alone to interact with the fabulous Santa Parker. 🎅 Take all of the photos you want, while Tracy takes a professional family photo and provides it to you digitally! All Covid precautions are taken!
To Sign-up:

Timeline photos 12/05/2021

How about recycling your broken or non-working lights strands? Here’s how and where 👇🏼

Our 11th annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive is happening now! Our partner, A Better Way Recycling, gives new life to your broken holiday lights by repurposing the material into roofing, car batteries, flatware, jewelry, and more! Drop off your lights at any MOM’s store between now and 1/31!


Check this out Sterling residents

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Back by popular demand, Santa will be coming back to visit your Sterling Virginia neighborhood again this year.

Santa will be very busy taking photos at the fire station the weekend of December 4th and 5th. He'll rest up on Monday December 6th and will be his holly jolly self starting on Tuesday December 7th for this years kick-off of 'Operation Santa'!

Follow our page as we will be posting more details about the nightly routes and of course the link to the glympse app so you can track santa.


Good morning! Who has any gently or new jackets to donate to High School students in LCPS? Irene's PROM Closet is seeking donations for HS students in need of coats/jackets even though we know our kids claim they are too cool to wear them 🤦🏻‍♀️ but there is a portion of
students that do welcome them‼️‼️ So if you can donate please LMK and I can come pick them up Wednesday during the day. Please send a text to 571-989-3108!
DROP OFF: If you’d like to drop them off you can at Briar Woods HS in Ashburn or Loudoun County High School in Leesburg.
TIA in advance for your cooperation and God Bless 💗

Let’s keep our students warm!!


Make sure you stop by N'Used today to celebrate their 10th Birthday 🥳! They have a silent auction going on and many surprises for you. Don’t forget to bring at least a $10 grocery food card that will give you a $10 credit towards their store.

Happy 10th Birthday to N’Used! 🎉🎂
We opened our doors on 11/11/11.
Ten years ago.
What to give your loved one on their 10th anniversary? TIN…😉

It’s our 11:11 wish to support the community that has helped to keep our doors open all these years. We also want to bring attention to the N’Used girls and their “side gigs.”

Did you know that Melissa runs The Tin Cup Fund (TCF), a local non-profit that helps to fill in essentials gaps for NOVA families in crisis? The TCF team is currently preparing to feed 300 underserved families this Thanksgiving. They are partnering with Women Giving Back to host a contactless meal drive through event and they’re in need of gift cards. Bring in a TEN dollar Walmart/Giant/Target gift card Nov 11th-13th (our birthday weekend) and receive a TEN dollar store credit at N’Used. 🎉

Then there’s Lisa. She has a vintage Barbie collection. Several years ago she merged her love for Barbies with her passion for food and, bam, Food Critic Barbie was born! You can follow her on social media. Keep reading.

Jessica! She and her chef husband, Jose, own LoCo Kitchen, a NOVA-based catering company. Be sure to sample their eats at N’Used the weekend of 11/11. More details to come.

We encourage you to follow these unique small businesses/passions on Facebook and Instagram!

Thanks to everyone for supporting me, my business and the girls who surround me. My (tin) cup overfloweth.

Rosemary ❤️

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The Local Proposal- Marriage Proposal Planners 11/10/2021

The Local Proposal- Marriage Proposal Planners

18% of proposals are done in the month of December!! 🤵🏻👰🏼💒💍 and we just found out about a unique business for those of you about to pop the question may be interested!
The Local Proposal will help you craft that perfect setting that will set the tone for your future wedding and they work all over the U.S. so give them a call!

The Local Proposal- Marriage Proposal Planners The Local Proposal is a marriage proposal planning service. We take the stress out of proposing so all you have to do is get down on one knee!

Pop the Question Overlooking the NYC Skyline With This New Empire State Building Proposal Package 11/08/2021

Pop the Question Overlooking the NYC Skyline With This New Empire State Building Proposal Package

Love ❤️ is in the air! Looking for proposal ideas? Check here every month for several great ideas for your special occasion. Today we share from Travel + Leisure about how the Empire State Building offers attractive Proposal Packages.

Pop the Question Overlooking the NYC Skyline With This New Empire State Building Proposal Package "The Empire State Building is the closest thing to heaven in this city."


“Learning people skills will change your life. Developing your interpersonal intelligence is like adding a catalyst to your success.” ~ Vanessa Van Edwards


Dear CGE Followers, please read the flyer below and share with others so we can get this need fulfilled! Thank you for all you do to support the community.

Dear IPC Followers, please check this flyer for items we need for immediate use for HOCO and an upcoming formal event. Please send us a PM or call/text 703-582-6654 t coordinate drop-off or pick-up. Thanks so much!


Attention Loudoun County Parents 🙋🏻‍♀️ this is a great event for families and of course to adopt a new family member! Don’t
Miss It!

Extra! Extra! Meow all about it! Have you heard the news? Clear the Shelters is this Saturday at LCAS!

We are waiving all of our adoption fees on Saturday, September 18th from 11am-6pm to help our animals find loving homes! We hope you will join us for this fun event!

Learn more here:

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Our Story

Common Ground is the dream of two sisters to share about civility, etiquette and 21st century skills to go hand in hand with great education and careers. Our firm’s consulting side took off successfully and we slowly but surely added workshops and mentorship sessions as our clients’ needs arose. After a brief hiatus, we are back in 2018 with yet a plethora of Manners & Etiquette; Business Etiquette; Professional & Personal Development workshops and mentoring for individuals; small businesses; executives; staff; college students; children and youth. Maria and I have come together to continue serving you and feel very blessed in doing so!

We partner with parents as early as age three to make sure children understand in a fun but educational manner the importance of manners and social graces. We further engage them by utilizing all sorts of multi-media, including role-playing, music, presentations, videos and by carrying out kindness projects for the community.

Family Dining: Family is very important so we are the only company in the area that provides “dining etiquette tutorials for the entire family” at home or a restaurant.

Once in College we reinforce real life business and social graces with hands-on training and real-life business coaches.

COMMON GROUND ETIQUETTE, specializes in preparing and empowering via training, mentorship and sharing resources, that assist in achieving the highest potential in the professional and personal arenas.

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