Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wedding on a budget

By: Gina Brown

Traditionally, the bride's family paid for the costs of a wedding while the groom would incur the expense of the honeymoon. These days it is not uncommon to find many couples paying for their own wedding from their own funds. However, you don't have to spend a fortune or go into debt to have a beautiful wedding. Determine the amount of your budget and stick to it. Keep track of all your expenses and receipts in a folder or binder so that you can stay organized and accurately keep track of where your money is going. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay within your wedding budget.






Wedding Dress
• Avoid overly elaborate dresses because they will be more expensive.
• Choose a floor sample dress and just have it dry cleaned if necessary.
• Look for your dress during prom and homecoming or consider wearing a bridesmaid dress. You can find a beautiful white or cream colored dress during that would be perfect for a wedding at a fraction of the cost of a traditional wedding dress.
• Look at consignment shops and the classified ads. Wedding dresses are generally only worn once so you can get a gently used dress at a huge cost savings.

Reception
• Keep the number of guests down. You and the groom should look at the first draft of the guest list and carefully consider who can be taken off the list.
• Have a cash bar instead of an open bar. Or you can also just provide wine and beer to keep the costs down.
• Hold the ceremony and reception in the same location. You will be able to cut the cost of the location for the ceremony, decorations and transportation to the reception site.


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Flowers
• Purchase your flowers wholesale and just pay for the labor of a professional florist to arrange them.
• Arrange the flowers yourself. A bouquet made of all roses with a little eucalyptus filler and tied with ribbon makes a stunning bouquet and you do not need to be a professional to put this together.

Photography
• Find a photographer with reasonable hourly rates and pay only for the time to do your formal poses. You can then designate friends or family to take the candid shots throughout the rest of the reception.
• Put disposable cameras at each table with a note asking guests to take pictures to help you capture memories.

Invitations
• Print your own invitations using your home computer. Visit your local arts and crafts store or search online and purchase a do-it-yourself invitation kit.

Miscellaneous
• Make your own wedding favors. Wrap up jordan almonds or other candies in lace and tie with ribbon pre-printed with your names and wedding date.
• Keep the number of chosen bridesmaids and groomsmen to a minimum or choose not to have them at all. This will keep the rehearsal dinner cost down as well as eliminate the need to buy groomsmen and bridesmaid gifts.


Gift Registry
Have you thought of thing things you'll need in your new married life? A gift registry is perfect for that and it makes it so easy for guests to purchase gifts that they know you will love. It makes it even easier in that the gifts can be delivered to you ahead of time and guests don't need to bring them to the party/reception.

• Macy's has a beautiful registry which is FREE to set up and operate and so easy for guests to navigate. There is everything from crystal to everyday appliances and housewares you choose what you would like and you have all of Macy's at your disposal to choose from. Check it out here.  Sign up in minutes and be done with that task.


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Author Bio
Gina Brown writes articles on a variety of wedding topics. To learn more about wedding planning, Gina recommends you visit: http://www.AWeddingToPlan.com


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5 Health Benefits of Drinking White Wine

By Andrew Stratton

It is common knowledge that a glass of wine a day has many health benefits. However, it was always assumed that was attributed to reds only. But studies indicate that white wine has many of the same properties.






Antioxidants

It has been suggested that heart-healthy benefits come from the compounds found in the skins, which is what gives reds their color. These skins are separated out during the making of white wine. This process is what lead most to researchers to believe that the reds were the only ones with the heart-healthy benefits.


In the last ten years, however, research has indicated that the pulp of the grapes have many of the same antioxidants as the skin. As the pulp is obviously not separated out during the process. However, it is important to note that while there have been improvements in heart functions for white wine drinkers, it is not to the same degree as those who enjoy reds.

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Disease Prevention

In the past, reds were also believed to have disease prevention qualities that white wine had lost. Thanks to the antioxidants being found within the pulp of the grape and not the skin, these prevention qualities are also found in the lighter drinks. These drinks contain the properties for lung disease prevention and even breast cancer.

Less Severe Hangover

One of the byproducts of fermentation is the hangover, an effect caused by chemicals called congeners. Congeners are also responsible for the color, aroma, and taste in an alcoholic beverage. Darker beverages tend to have a higher concentration of these chemicals. White wines are lighter in color and have a lower amount of congeners than red wines, which are deeper in hue. While you can still suffer from a hangover if you consume copious amounts, white wines are less severe than if you were to drink an entire bottle of a darker option.




Improved Glucose Control

Wines are full of sugar, especially sweet varieties. Despite the excess sugar, studies conducted by the European Society of Cardiology show that those who regularly consume a single glass or two each day have better control of their glucose. For those who have well-controlled diabetes, adding a glass a night can be part of a healthy diet.

Improved Sleep

Those who have problems sleeping might skip the medication and choose a glass of white wine instead. The studies performed by the European Society of Cardiology show that one or two glasses at the end of the night might actually improve your sleep. This is because the alcohol content is a depressant, slowing your system down and helping you to relax. The important thing to remember is not to drink too much. This will keep you from waking with a hangover.

When consumed in moderation, white wine has many of the same health benefits as reds. There is no reason to think of this drink as your "guilty pleasure" anymore, as long as you don't over do it.


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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Daily savings, freebies and coupons!

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Roll up keyboard makes great holiday gift

One of our favorite things is the roll up keyboard. It's a perfect holiday gift.

Practically indestructible water and dust proof keyboard, which can easily be washed under running water. Lightweight, ultra-slim and compact, this keyboard can be rolled up and taken anywhere. Flexible, durable and practical, this keyboard can be rolled up to be taken anywhere making it a great travel companion and ideal for use with laptops.

It's only $10.60 at Provantage
here.
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Fabu undie sale extended!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Little balls of fun

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How fat are we getting? This is something new on the menu at Dunkin' Donuts.
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Friday, November 5, 2010

Bed Bugs? There's an app for that . . .


Concerned about Bed Bugs when traveling?
There's an app to help you.

You can get info
here, or download it on your iPhone.
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sand Sculpting Festival in Ft. Myers, Florida

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The American Sand Sculpting Championship Festival is being held in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida next week. From November 10 to 14, the tradition continues at the popular Florida beach.

It's the 24th year. We will report live from the festival. If you are interested in checking it out, there are hotel specials, a photo gallery and more at their website here: http://www.sandsculptingfestival.com/.
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Vets eat free at Applebee's

All veterans and active duty military will get a free entree at Applebee's on Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11. More here.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

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John Stewart of The Daily Show wants you to join him on October 30, 2010 for the "Rally to Restore Sanity," in Washington, DC.

Join the rally, get your t-shirts, buttons and magnets and party like animals in DC!
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Monday, October 18, 2010

Starbucks brewing up beer and wine now?

Starbucks is now serving beer and wine at one of its "cafes" in Seattle, WA.

Is this the future for all Starbucks locations? Pop in for a latte, beer or wine? What about the drive-thru locations?

70% of Starbucks' sales are by 2 pm, so they are thinking of business for afternoon and evening. Craft beer by local breweries is the goal. Right now the Seattle location is the testing ground, but look for a local brewery to be serving up some beer (and wine) in a Starbucks near you in the near future.

More in USA Today.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Introducing Tomversation cartoons



Check out the new Tomversation cartoon site for cartoons like this at Open Salon: http://open.salon.com/blog/tomversation

You'll actually see much larger versions there.
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