16th March, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
The big day is looming and you want to look great for that dress – not to mention the honeymoon. While some brides are more pragmatic in their dieting plans by exercising and eating well over the period of a few months, others mean to do it and then suddenly you’ve got a couple of days till your nuptials and you want to avoid the “heavily ever after.”
The cabbage soup diet is a popular one and will show results after a week. At the core is the cabbage soup itself, and this can be eaten at any time whenever you feel hungry – and as often as you like. Make a soup with green pepper, diced tomatoes, celery, onion, bouillon, cabbage, water and a little hot sauce. Sauté the vegetables and then bring the whole thing to the boil and simmer for thirty minutes. The first day of the diet focuses on fruit and the second on vegetables. On the third day you can mix the two. Day four, you can eat bananas and skimmed milk – with the chance to eat as much as you like and is supposed to lessen your desire for sweets. The following days you can have beef and tomatoes and then beef and veggies. The last day involves brown rice, vegetables and unsweetened fruit juice. The great thing about this diet is you’ll never go hungry!
The three-day diet on the other hand is a little stricter. This involves a frugal breakfast of black coffee, grapefruit and a slice of toast to give you an idea into the harshness of it. Lunch, for example, contains half a cup of tuna on toast and dinner can be a bit of lean meat, some veggies and an apple. This is not a diet for those who like to eat – but it is only for three day, so good for those who are looking for fast results.
But if you’re looking for an even more extremist approach to dieting then try the master cleanse. If you think living without food sounds like a good idea then this plan is for you. It’s also known as the lemonade diet and is not for the feint hearted. It’s a very easy diet plan to remember – you can’t eat anything! Instead, you swap food for a “lemonade” that is made from freshly squeezed lemon juice, grade B organic maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper and water. Mix up and enjoy and that’s all you’re allowed to eat. You can have a salt-water flush in the morning and a herbal laxative tea at night. It’s advisable to do this for 10 days and you’ll be nice and clean inside and out for your big day.
19th February, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
At the best of times, weddings are expensive affairs – so how can you find an effective way of cutting the cost, without cheapening things? Here are some DIY tips for your perfect wedding.
Forget having bouquets of fresh flowers and go creative, you can make some stunning bridal bouquets out of dried flowers or pinwheels. DIY bouquets can be made in advance and can carry your own personal artistic stamp on them so that they’ll be totally unique and very you.
Using fresh flowers in a DIY bouquet is time consuming and perhaps even stressful the day before the wedding, but you can capture something vintage and romantic with dried flowers. You can also use fall leaves if you’re having an autumn wedding in your bouquet!
Save on the pennies and get creative with your ceremony location. You have so many wonderful locations on your doorstep that only require a little creativity and then you’re done! Apply for a free permit to marry in a national forest or a national park. You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also enjoy a ceremony that’s both unique and beautiful.
There is an effective way to decorate when on a budget. You can go for creating a ribbon display on your altar or use crepe paper streamers. It’s effective visually and it’s very affordable. Save extra pennies by buying ribbons and streamers online.
You can also create a ceremony state by using wooden palettes. Play around a bit by staining wood and attach flowers and moss to it, sign it with your own design and match it to the style you’re aiming for.
There is no need to go couture for bridesmaids’ dresses. You can keep you close ladies happy by finding stylish, beautiful and affordable wedding dress. Etsy is a great place to find affordable and beautiful dresses, you can have them handmade or scout the thrift stores for beautiful dresses. There’s plenty out there that look great, without the designer label and price tag.
With a little bit of creativity, it’s so easy to plan a wedding that won’t leave you in debt for years to come. DIY weddings offer an intimate and personalized atmosphere that captures the essence that is you. Employ a little creativity and imagination and you too can have your perfect wedding that people will remember for a lifetime, but without breaking the bank.