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.
29th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
What a cool idea, cocktails on a stick, especially for an outdoor summer wedding. These can be made as a diy project ahead of time or ask your caterer to prepare them for your special day. Don’t forget to make non-alcoholic versions for the little onse and for guests that don’t drink alcohol. Below are a few flavor combinations we thought sounded delicious and refreshing:
- Strawberry Peach Vodka Collins Popsicles
- Honeydew Cucumber Margarita Popsicle
- Cherry Apple Whisky Sour
- Blackberry Prosecco Popsicle
- Watermelon Mojito Popsicle (image above)….& more….
For recipes and more inspiration visit www.endlesssimmer.com…
Photo sourced at www.endlessimmer.com
21st April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Sweet and gooey brownies are loved by many and are fairly easy to make. What are you waiting for, get baking and offer your wedding guests something decadent they can seek their teeth into. Make several sorts to add variety! Cut into bite-size squares or into hearts using a cookie cutter, packaged into dainty boxes and you’ve got yourself the perfect wedding favor!
Here’s a recipe I have tried myself, these brownies are absolutely delectable.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies
Yield: 32 brownies
Prep Time: 40 minutes | Bake Time: 25 minutes
For the Brownie: 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 cups light brown sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour
For the Cookie Dough: ¾ cup unsalted butter ¾ cup light brown sugar ¾ cup granulated sugar 3 tablespoons whole milk 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1½ cups mini chocolate chips
1. Prepare the Brownies: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with foil, with enough to hang over all four sides. Butter the foil. In a medium glass bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large mixing bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping the bowl as needed. Mix in the melted chocolate until combined. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour and mix just until combined (don’t over-mix). Spread the batter into the prepared pan. Bake 25 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
2. Prepare the Cookie Dough: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer on medium speed to combine the butter and both sugars. Add the milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce the speed to low and mix in the flour just until combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Spread the cookie dough over the cooled brownies. Refrigerate until the dough is firm, about an hour. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter (my favorite way to slice brownies!) to cut the brownies. Store the brownies in an airtight container at cool room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Recipe and photos sourced at www.browneyedbaker.com.
15th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
I recently stumbled upon a really adorable idea. The bride who’s wedding was featured on stylemepretty.com was kind enough to share this little diy wedding project. It’s little touches like this that make a wedding memorable.
PAPER FUNNELS FOR CONFETTI OR ROSE PETALS
Thickish Paper (I used the luxe fino cream cover weight paper from Paper-Source) Double stick tape Xacto Knife or Paper cutter Ink Jet printer
1. I used the creme paper from Paper-Source and printed a pattern on both sides of an 8.5″ x 11″ paper. However you could also use any two sided patterned paper (usually found in scrapbooking supplies)
2. Cut the paper down to 6″ squares.
3. Dog ear the paper on one edge about 1″ in, so that the folded part runs to a point at the corner.
4. Run double stick tape along the folded edge.
5. Take the opposite corner from the folded edge and the most folded in corner and bring them together. (then press down so the double stick tape sticks)
6. Then create your labels. I again printed on plain paper.
7. Cut the labels out. (mine say… After “I Do” Please shower the newlyweds as they walk down the aisle)
8. I used double stick tape to then adhere the labels as well.
9. Then fill them with confetti or rose petals. I had them in baskets for people to pick up at the ceremony.
**Photo and DIY project sourced at www.stylemepretty.com.
13th April, 2012 - Posted by Natasha - No Comments
There are numerous Apps you can purchase and download to assist you in planning for your wedding, they become great tools and help you stay on track of your big day. Make sure to read the reviews before you go off and purchase a number of apps; you don’t want to be disappointed after you purchase it. If you are uncertain of which apps to purchase search online for the top wedding planning apps.
Here are a few suggestions to check out, that I personally refer to people that need assistance but do not want to hire a coordinator:
iWedding Deluxe- the Ultimate Wedding Planner- $9.99- an all-inclusive app that has everything you will need to plan your wedding, including budgets, contracts, locations, task lists, as well as tons of tools to help keep you on track of details you will need for your big day. It also has a calendar function to show you what needs to be completed by what day. This app will definitely help you to remain organized and stress free.
Wedding Bridal Binder- $6.99- Some people prefer simpler tools to help them stay organized, if that is you, this app is perfect. The wedding Bridal Binder can assist you in planning and organizing your wedding, while sticking to your budget and staying on top of all the tasks. It is very similar to iWedding Deluxe but with less features and it costs less too.
Brides Wedding Genius 2.0-FREE- If free doesn’t make you happy then I do not know what will, this app contains photographs of wedding dresses, rings, honeymoon destinations, themes, and all things that are apart of planning your wedding day. This app is great for ideas and suggestions to create the perfect wedding of your dreams. And after all it is free.
Wedding Budget-FREE- This app is designed to do one thing and one thing only, help you keep on top of your budget. Each cost is categorized so you know how much money you are spending wear.
Wedding Flowers Moodboard-$1.99- This app is perfect for the bride who is having a hard time choosing the right floral arrangements for her big day. You can find numerous pictures to gain ideas of arrangements for your wedding.
WeddingScan-$2.99- This app is perfect for the busy bride who doesn’t have time to go to stores for her registry. Everything can be done on this app. Saving you time and of course stress.
Montreal Wedding Planner-FREE- Marketplaceweddings.com has just launched a new wedding planning app for Montreal and will soon be soon expanding to include all major cities. The app will help organize, guide and inspire you while keeping the most useful info at your fingertips and you get to shake your handset while viewing a vendor to rapidly send out an automated email enquiry . Give it a try, it’s free and you’ve got nothing to lose!
Make sure when choosing the right app you choose something you will feel comfortable using, or you will not remain stress-free. Also, don’t try to do all the planning yourself have your family, bridesmaid, and maid of honour help you along the way.
Until next time!
9th April, 2012 - Posted by Lia - No Comments
Who doesn’t like s’mores? Why not give your guests a treat they can take home and enjoy later. This do-it-yourself project is simple yet elegant as well as being budget friendly yet thoughtful. You can even play around with the ingredients and come up with exotic variations by using chocolate grahams, white chocolate squares and homemade coconut marshmallows. Use your imagination and be creative, as long as you use good quality ingredients you can’t go wrong!
Cost breakdown for this project (using basic ingredients):
Gusseted Cellophane Bags: $35 for 100 / 6 boxes Honeymaid Graham Crackers: $18.00 / 6 bags Jet-Puffed Marshmallows: $10 / 100 Hang Tags: $6.99 / Silver Pen: $3.00 or Custom Stamp & Ink: $30 / Hersey’s Chocolate Bars: Pack of 36 $23
Total: $96, or $.96 each per 100.
Custom Tags: $126, or $1.26 each per 100.
Photo sourced at www.pinterest.com