Friday, June 17. 2016
Gone are the days when couples rely on their parents to spend for their wedding. While that is still a practice for some, many more would rather use their own hard-earned money for their own wedding.
Getting married is a beautiful thing. Planning is very exciting too. Especially when you’re shopping for your gown, tasting food for the wedding reception, choosing suppliers for flowers, sound system and more can get really fun and exciting. However, if you don’t have a lot of money to work with, it can be quite challenging and in many cases even frustrating.
If you and your future spouse have enough combined savings, getting ready for your wedding doesn’t mean you should spend all that you have saved. Remember that your marriage will begin only after the wedding so there’s much more that your need to spend on after the actual wedding. Home mortgages, maintenance and repairs, bills, groceries and a whole lot more are only a few things that you need to prepare for. Because of this, it is best to stay within budget as early as during the wedding planning stage. How exactly do you do that? Read on and find out.
1. Be practical with your choices.
This is such a vague advice but let’s break it down a little bit. First of all, do you really need to invite all 200 or 300 of your friends and family? If you’re on a budget, why not pick the 50 or even 100 most important people on your lives who deserve to witness your union? Should you really get a customized gown made or is it okay to wear a ready-made one? Can a friend help out with a curling iron and do your hair at home instead of going to the salon. These choices, big or small, can have a significant effect on wedding expenses.
2. Do not get married on a weekend.
Don’t be too worried about some of your friends not being able to attend your weekday wedding. If you are that important to them, they won’t mind skipping a day of work. Not only will you be able to easily cross out some guests from your list, weekday weddings can get you cheaper venues, caterers and other suppliers.
3. DIY everything that you can.
From table centerpieces to your veil to your guest giveaways and more, you can easily work on these on your own and instantly save a lot of money. Relieve yourself from the stress by asking help from your loved ones and Internet and look for some review reports on hand mixers. They are really affordable, and help you whip up cupcakes and other dessert favors that can be served on your wedding too.
4. Be realistic with your choices.
Closely related to being practical as well, remind yourself that you should be realistic. Not everyone gets their Cinderella dream wedding but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own dream wedding. The point of getting married is being united with the love of your life so you can start your own journey as a couple together. So stay realistic, spend within your means and just make most out of what you can afford.
Sunday, January 24. 2016
They say our lives have been written even before we were born to this earth. Everything that happens to us is for a reason. We are destined to be something or someone and we are here just to enjoy our lives. Of course, we must make most out of it and it is our responsibility to care for our bodies. We should not just let go; however, if things happen to us like we get sick even if we try to stay healthy all the time, does this mean we aren’t being healthy enough?
Don’t we all have that father, brother, neighbor, teacher, friend or acquaintance who tries to eat all kinds of healthy food and exercise every single day? That neighbor probably even uses a food processor just to mix all kinds of veggies and turn it into juice so that he can absorb all the fresh ingredients and nutrients in his body. There's nothing wrong with eating healthy but it's okay to eat something nice now and then thats not super healthy. A food processor can do so much more with every kind of food than just making vegetable juice. At Mrs. FoodPrep you can read all about the use of a food processor, it provides you with information, reviews and best buys so you can find yourself the food processor that suits you.
Food processors are big among health buffs because it’s easy to mix and prepare meals. Anyway, these people are trying so hard to live a healthy life and would even reprimand you after you just ate a huge burger with 7 strips of bacon, mushroom and extra cheese. Instead of steaks, your mom prepares salads even for the most special occasions. You see how they always make time to exercise waking up a couple of hours early each day just to jog around the neighborhood. Then one day, you hear that this neighbor has cancer or had a heart attack. Where did he go wrong?
Even if you take care of yourself so much and you try your best to stay fit and healthy, this doesn’t guarantee that you will never get sick. Humans are prone to anything and there are things that are beyond our control. You could be so concerned about your health because you want to live a long life and stay healthy ‘til you’re eighty but one day, a drunk driver hit your car and you end up losing your leg. Now, we don’t want to be brutal or scare you here… the point is we should all realize that we should live our life to the fullest. We can still eat healthy, influence the water we drink by placing water filters and exercise but we have to be happy with our life too. If that extra cheese or that second serving of lasagna will make you happy, go have it! If you want to drink a few bottles of beer on the night of your best friend’s bachelor party, go ahead and do it.
Life is too short for us to be too concerned about the things we don’t have control of. Do what you have to do to take care of your body and don’t do things that would intentionally damage your health. Occasional indulging in great food and relaxing for a couple of days is something you deserve. Staying healthy is a matter of chance. The most important thing is that you’re happy.
Wednesday, August 19. 2015
Travelling is one of the most joyful experiences that one can ever have. Everyone likes to travel in their holidays in order to explore the beauty of this world. Although, some might travel for work but it is still enthusiastic because of visiting a different environment. Before travelling, everyone needs to pack the essential things that they will need and it depends on the kind of travel that they are going to have. Some people pack a lot, which is a bad idea because there are more chances of losing your luggage at the airport. That’s why, packing light is a great idea as it reduces the risk of losing your luggage. Other than that, there are many other potential risk that you would want to avoid; which can be done by following these tips below.
1. Always Have a Carry On
One of the tricks I've learned at Luggage on Tour, is that it is good to have a carry on with some backup clothes and things for you just in case if your luggage is lost at the airport. Always keep the valuables and the things that you wouldn’t want to lose in a carry on, so that they are not at the risk of getting lost.
2. Different Clothes
Make sure that you check out the weather of the place that you will be going to and keep some clothes accordingly. It is always good to keep the odd clothes too. For example, if the weather is going to be hot, then you should also keep some warm clothes like a jacket just in case if the weather gets cold. In this way, you can avoid any kind of sickness that you can get with severe weather.
3. Cash and Credit Cards
Carrying only cash or only credit card is not a good idea — carry both. You should keep cash at hand and credit card with yourself too because there can be times when you might run out of cash and then you would need your credit card to get more. If you are going at a place where robberies are more common, then you should carry less amount of cash and make sure that you keep it somewhere safe. Also ensure that the credit card you have, will work in the place that you are travelling to.
4. Passport and Its Copy
Of course, you need to carry your passport for travelling but for extra protection, make sure that you also get a copy of it and keep it somewhere safe. If you passport is lost, then you will still be able to provide proof of your citizenship and get back to safety in this way. You can also get an electronic copy and save it in your email.
5. Keep Guides and Maps
If you are travelling to a place for the first time, then you should always keep guides and maps with you. This will help you out in finding the exact places that you want to go to and make sure that you don’t get lost in the way. It is also good to download apps in your smartphone to guide you along the way if you are going to have wireless internet with you.
More information at http://www.luggageontour.com/carry-ons/
Friday, March 6. 2015
We all tend to go to salons for getting our hair treated by professionals. Either we want to straighten our hair or getting it colored, going to a salon is the only choice for us if we want to get it done professionally. No doubt that the professionals at salons are well-trained and can get the best out of your hair but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it yourself. Going to salons again and again can cost you a lot of money and it’s not really possible to visit a salon all the time. In different situations, you need to take care of your hair yourself. To help you out in a situation like this, here are some secrets that you can learn to style your hair professionally at home.
Blow Drying Your Hair
A good blowout would take around 15-30 minutes depending on the length of your hair. So, for a good blowout you need to follow these steps:
Straightening Your Hair
Hair straighteners are very common and are really easy to use for different hair styles, but there are a few steps that you need to follow while straightening your hair:
Coloring Your Hair
You can also color your hair at home and save a lot of money by following these steps:
More information at Hair Straightener Studio
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
A 3D printer is simply magical, it can enhance your life in various ways. The possibilities can be mind-boggling as you can print any type of things, from replicating a printer to a printed prosthetic limb. As we learned from these 7 best rated 3D printers, the technology utilized by such printers is also used by the largest brands, like eBay, Amazon, and Coca Cola.
This equipment utilizes different types of materials depending on the type of printer you’re using.
Most of the 3D printers are making use of plastics. The PLA or polylactic acid is the most commonly used type of plastic as it’s the easiest one to work with, especially if you’re just starting to use 3D printing. It’s safe and environment-friendly.
Some higher-end 3D printers utilize power-based materials, like polyamide and alumide. If you wish to produce a colorful object with granular appearance, you may choose to use a multicolor powder.
It’s the cheapest material that you can use if you are creating large objects, and a 3D printer that uses stainless steel can produce an object with stunning stainless steel appearance.
Or if you wish to produce a bronze object, you can use a 3D printer that uses bronze powder. It’s the most commonly used material in creating models in metal.
They are perfect for creating objects for tableware or home décor items. They are made of ceramics from alumina silica ceramic powder, and then they are sealed with glazed, silica and porcelain.
Before you consider getting a 3D printer, it’s best to purchase a sample kit first to know the materials being used by such unit. This is to make sure that they can meet your printing requirements.
Wednesday, April 30. 2014
In some countries, installing smoke detectors in all homes is mandatory.
But, as being trapped inside a burning house can be frightening, you must opt to install smoke alarms inside your home even if it’s not a requirement in your state.
Why install smoke detectors?
One of the main reasons you should have working smoke alarms in your home is the fact that they can prevent fatalities in the event of fire.
According to some research, 50% of house fire deaths could be prevented if the owners of the house had at least a working smoke alarm inside the building. In addition to smoke detectors, they could have practiced an escape plan each month to know where to go and what to do in case of fire.
Fatal fires usually happen during nighttime when everybody is asleep. And they are, by and large, caused by heaters, electrical faults and open fires. If these fires have been detected earlier through smoke detectors, the damage and cost could be reduced significantly.
When should you install smoke detectors?
If you have a newly constructed or renovated house, then you should opt for the best smoke detection for home. But of course, old houses can also take advantage of the benefits of such device.
Your smoke detectors should be mains-powered. They must be installed by a professional so you can be sure that they will work. The mains-powered smoke alarm should have battery back-ups. In that way, they would still work even if there’s a power failure.
You should also consider installing more than one smoke detector, and if possible the smoke alarms must be interconnected. This will help in alerting everyone in the house.
For more information on the best home setup just follow our links.
Sunday, April 20. 2014
Water filters are for people who want their water to be completely clean and healthy (and who wouldn't now that you have this beautiful faucet). No matter which area of the world you stay in and how you get your water, there are always invisible organisms, bacteria and other contaminants present in the water not to mention all the pesticides, chemicals and industrial wastes that go into the soil and natural water sources daily.
Water filters come with a variety of filtration mechanisms such as Reverse Osmosis, CTO or Chlorine, Taste, Odor filter, activated Carbon filter and so on. Each type of filtration has its own purpose. The best type of water filter uses more than one level of filtration to ensure that the water is completely pure and drinkable. Most of the better water filter models in the market can get rid of pollutants up to 0.3 Micron in size. These water filters usually come costlier than other variants but you will not have to bother about the quality of water at your home again.
More information: Water Quality Association
Thursday, March 13. 2014
A toilet has more to it than it meets the eyes. Like it or not, your toilet plays a very important role in your lifestyle. Although you may think that is the filthiest part in the house, still you will never be able to shun its importance in the morning. Moreover, your toilet plays a greater role in boasting your lifestyle when a visitor has an emergency. So sometimes it becomes really important to be careful while choosing your toilet.
Broadly there are two variations of toilets, the one piece and a two piece variants. But we can categorize them into the Round Bowled and the Elongated Bowled ones as well. Toilet bowls are either elongated or round. The Round ones are the traditional ones and are still quite popular due to its less space consumption not to mention the cheaper price. Elongated ones are known more for their comfort (as you can see here).
One Piece Toilets:
Toilets with the bowl and the flush tank attached together are called one-piece toilets.
Pros: These toilets are really easy to install. Since both the parts come together, they kind of consume less space too. The best part about these toilets is the reduced chances of leakage.
Cons: The cleaning part becomes a pain sometimes. So does the repairing part. If either one of the flushing system or the bowl needs repairing, you have to mend the entire structure. The choices about bowls and flushes also reduce.
Two Piece Toilets:
As the name suggests, here the bowl and the flushing tank comes separately.
Pros: Since you can have separate types of flushing systems and bowls, your choices increase manifolds. We all should be a more careful about the environment and stopping water wastage is a primary concern. With two piece toilets you can buy a flushing system with minimum water consumption (and just as with our faucets, we do like water saving technolgies). Cleaning these toilets is very easy. Just separate the parts and clean at your ease.
Cons: Installation can be a real headache.
There will always be debates and personal choices, but do give these facts a thought when it comes to buying or installing a new toilet.
More information at besttoilets.net
Sunday, March 2. 2014
Latest water faucets are manufactured keeping water usage firmly in mind. Still, you should check the following points before buying a new faucet.
Our environment needs us and it is high time we contributed towards its well being. Buy a good faucet and start saving water now.
You will find more kitchen design and faucet reviews by following the link.
Monday, February 24. 2014
Portable air conditioners are the “In Thing” at the moment. These units are loved by all and sundry for their mobility and effectiveness in every atmosphere. The Honeywell MN12CES has curved a niche for itself by being a very powerful air conditioner and air dehumidifier at the same time.
The first look at this suave black and silver compact unit will surely leave you amazed. But it’s not the looks, it’s what’s underneath the surface that matters, right? So here we go. This awesomely designed unit has 3 temperature control settings that will leave your room as cool or as hot as you want.
The dehumidifier function will suck out 79 pints of moisture out of air every day. No drip tray is needed hence your room never gets messy. Use the “Fan Only” option and you have got a master of all trades. Just 55 decibel of noise at the highest setting is definitely tolerable. It is a 5 star product that will adorn your home or office perfectly.
You can find more information at Air Reflect
There is nothing like going on a family trip with your kids. But as we all know, it is hard enough to get the kids to sleep in their own rooms let alone on a trip. Thankfully, this problem can now be taken care of with AeroBed Sleep Tight that is specifically designed for kids.
This bed is made from durable PVC material so even the naughtiest kids won’t be able to punch a hole in it. The 4” high side rims will prevent them from rolling over to the ground. The bed comes with a washable sheet and bed itself is washable so any nuisance during the night can be easily cleaned away in the morning.
Despite being made from durable material, the bed is very comfortable to sleep in so even the most energetic ones will be fast asleep within matter of minutes. If you have been putting off that long planned family trip for your kid to grow up first, there is no need. Just buy the AeroBed Sleep Tight and you will be all set for an entertaining vacation.
You can read more on this air mattress at Sleep on Air
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