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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Forget the Stress and Have Fun With Your Wedding Plans

If you’re currently in the process of planning out your wedding, you probably already understand
the stress that’s so often involved in all this. However, you don’t have to accept this as a necessary
evil because it can actually be very enjoyable and fun if you want it to be. That’s at least what you
should be aiming towards when you’re about to get married. Here are some ideas that should help
you out with all that. Read on and make the most of them.

Work Your Past Into Your Wedding

Every couple has a past that they carry forward into their wedding. You wouldn’t be getting married
to your partner at all if you didn’t have a huge shared past together. You should have fun with this
by working elements of your past and your relationship origins into the wedding. It’s a nice way to
remember where you came from and to mark your successful relationship to date.

Unleash Your Creative Side

Everyone has a creative side within them; you just need to find it and then find a way to unleash it.
When you’re planning your wedding, it’s the perfect time for this. It allows you to get creative with
your plans and do things that you would never have the opportunity to do at other times. You should
let loose and have a good time with it if you can.

Don’t Forget to Reward Yourself

When you and your partner achieve some kind of success with the wedding plans, you shouldn’t
forget to reward yourself. This is a stressful time and every time you get anything done, it’s some
sort of achievement. There’s nothing wrong with sharing a drink with your partner and taking things
easy after you’ve pulled off something big during a day of wedding planning.

Having Fun Personalising Items

One fun thing about getting married is personalising all the small little details that’ll play a part in your
big day. It’s something that you should definitely try and have a good time with because it allows you
to be a little silly and playful, and that can only be a good thing. You can personalise pretty much every
thing, including Hershey's bar wrappers. There are no limits on what you can do with this.

Get All Your Friends Involved

Your friends should definitely be involved in the process of making plans for your wedding. They’re
among the most important people in your life, so why wouldn’t they have some sort of a say in how
things go down? And most importantly, it becomes so much more fun for you when everyone’s
involved and giving their weight a little.

Sure, organising a wedding certainly can be very stressful for you, but maybe it doesn’t have to be.
If you make a concerted effort to have fun with your partner and the people around you when you’re
planning your big day, it will be so much more enjoyable and the stress will slowly drain away.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

4 Bride Worthy Facial Tips

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As you are nearing your big day, you might be considering getting a facial. Below we discuss some tips to get the best results.

Tip #1  Extractions, the removal of blackheads. Extractions are a great way to clear up the skin but the first one should take place at least a few months before hand if you have never had one. Extractions are when an esthetician will use their hands to coax blackheads out of the skin’s surface and open out those clocked pores. Estheticians have been specially trained how to do this so that they will not damage the skin. They may use peels, steam, or heated cloths to open the pores before the actual extraction. They may not be able to get every little blackhead out in one session but that is why it is suggested that you do not do this one the week before. In preparation for a facial that involves extraction, make sure to drinks lots of water and use moisturizers that truly work for your skin. Dry skin will make the process of extraction very difficult.

Tip #2  Find an esthetician that matches with you. A rookie mistake is assuming all estheticians are the same. That is simply not the case. Some will use products that their spa carries, not exactly because they are the ones they think are best. Some use only natural products, some may use much more potent products for a quicker result. Call around to find out what type of products they use, experience they have, and even their price ranges. Share your own skin care concerns or expectations of results to get the best fit.

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Tip #3  Know what you use. One of the first questions you will get asked is what do you use. It will be difficult for them to figure what to use on you if you do not know what you already use. If you do not know all the products on the top of your head, make a small note on your phone so you do not forget.

Tip #4  Stock up on the sun protection. Facials will remove the top layer of dead skin cells to show the beautiful skin beneath. This also means your skin will become more sensitive to the sun. Apply sunscreen daily and as many times throughout the day that it recommends. If you let your skin burn after a facial, you might just end up doing more harm than good.

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Top 5 Wedding Planning Don'ts

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On your wedding day, you will hopefully be saying “I do” to your beloved. And before the big day arrives, you will be saying “I do” to many other things, whether it’s picking the right venue to choosing the perfect dress. On the other hand, there are some things that need to fall into the “I don’t” category. We hope you won’t be saying those words to the groom at the altar, but you should definitely consider them when planning the wedding.

Here are our list of don’ts, those things you shouldn’t do in the run-up to the big day.

1. Don’t bankrupt yourself. Your wedding is an important day, but it is only one day of your life, after all. Save money where possible, so you don’t run into financial troubles. This means asking family and friends to help with the day, rather than hiring expensive services to do something your nearest and dearest can manage for you. This means spending wisely on your ring, perhaps opting for wedding silicone rings rather than something diamond-encrusted. And this means curtailing your guest list, not inviting more people than you can comfortably afford to accommodate at your wedding.

2. Don’t leave everything to last minute. There is a lot to organise, and you are in danger of jeopardising the day if you miss anything from your wedding checklist. Double-check all of your bookings. Ensure your friends and family know what their roles are, before and during the day. Ensure your partner is as prepared as you. Make use of wedding sites such as ours for any advice you need. The wedding day can be stressful, but you can cut out a lot of anxiety by getting organised way ahead of time.

3. Don’t forget the kids. Children can make a wonderful addition to the wedding, and their cheeky smiles and cute expressions can really enliven the day. Until that is, they decide to create chaos. From running up and down the aisle when you’re trying to say your vows, to ruining your wedding pics by photobombing the shoot, the kids need to be looked after on the day. Hire a childminder, give parents a list of rules, and organise special entertainment for them. You are making everybody’s day easier if you do.

4. Don’t be too bossy. You want the big day to go well, so it’s understandable if you have a list of things you want people to do. However, remember people are human beings. They have feelings and anxieties of their own, so don’t boss them around too much. Provided they have had clear direction before the wedding day, they will know exactly what you want them to do. This way, you will spend less time micromanaging them on the day, and you will save yourself, and your helpers, a lot of unnecessary stress as your wedding day progresses.

5. Don’t put too much pressure on having a perfect wedding. As we said earlier, this is only one day of your life. You want a perfect day, but things will go wrong, no matter how much planning you have put into the day. And that’s fine. Guests will turn up late. You may stumble over your wedding vows. The weather may not as sunny as expected. So what! Don’t let anything ruin the day. Brush off any mishaps with a shrug and a smile, and focus on the reason for the wedding in the first place, the love you have for the man in your life.

Thanks for reading, and if you are getting married soon, we hope you have a wonderful day.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Staying Present in Your Marriage

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life. They spend countless hours picking out the perfect venue, dress, flowers, menu, invitations and every other detail. They are planning the most important day of their life which is followed by a party to celebrate the couple's
nuptials. Often couples get so wrapped up in all of the events leading up to this momentous occasion
that sometimes they don't really take time for each other and still go on dates. Slowing down to just be a couple together without the constant thoughts of the wedding and never-ending to-do list is sometimes forgot. Couples can really get lost with all of the over-whelming details and decisions to make while planning their weddings. They tend to just go through the motions of all of the responsibilities to get to the big day and then it's over in a whirlwind.

Waking up the next day to some is often a reality check of the future together. Unfortunately, some couples grow apart during the planning process and even in the first few months of a brand new marriage. They are still consumed with post wedding tasks such as writing thank you notes to each guest. They start to settle in to married life and their daily routines of going to work, socializing out with friends, grocery shopping and paying bills. Sometimes they are just so busy trying to get through the day and all of their work responsibilities that married couples don't even make the time to talk.

Breakdown in communication often occurs and leaves couples stressed, lonely and not enjoying each other the way they should after they made a lifetime comittment.  Couples find themselves just going through the motions of the day and feeling empty inside as the other may not be there to talk to because they are preoccupied with work or just going back to doing the things they did when they were single i.e. hanging out with friends and grabbing a drink.

Stress in a marriage leads to anger and anger coupled with feeling lonely can often result in arguments. Many couples find themselves wondering what went wrong and begin to feel unhappy in their new marriage. They may seek marriage counseling before their first anniversary which is sad but true. Sometimes couples are lucky and after a few sessions with a therapist they can get their marriage back on track and focus on the positives and the reason they decided to marry one another in the first place. Other times some couples are not so lucky and discover through therapy that they were not meant for each other and come to terms of the mistake they made. Divorce affects over 50% of married couples and is growing. Counseling is available to help couples cope with all the emotions they are facing daily in life and their marriage. Partnering with a great marriage counselor from BetterHelp at the first signs of trauma can do wonders for a marriage and hopefully save it so they can have many happy years to come.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Seven Stress-Free Wedding Ideas

Before saying “I do” for a lifetime of love and devotion, you need to take care of everything first. There’s still the wedding planning, the cake and wine tasting, dress hunting, coordinating with caterers and flower shops. And the list goes on even more if you decide to do a DIY wedding for a personalized experience.

Hey, there is nothing to fret about. With the savvy tips and tricks on this list, you can avoid high stress levels before and during your big day. Are you ready to discover the secrets?

Before the D-day

Stay Focused and Organized

Write down all your plans so you don’t waste time recalling what to do, whom to contact, and when to set a schedule. Choose your priorities beforehand, and set realistic limitations especially when it comes to budgeting. Set deadlines and stick to them—say no to procrastination. Keep all your pertinent documents and other papers in one place that’s easily accessible.

Ask for Help

Do not be afraid to ask your family and friends for a reasonable amount of help. Remember that you cannot do all the things you listed on your to-do list alone. As you delegate, you can free up some time for other important wedding details that require more of your attention.

Set Aside Time for Communication

When it comes to sidestepping the stress of planning one of the most important events of your life, communicating with everyone directly involved is crucial. That is why you need to allocate enough time for a regular meeting, maybe weekly or bimonthly, to talk about significant updates, issues, and ideas with your core group. It’s also a good way to ensure that you're all working on the same page, which can be a good way to avoid the common mistakes in planning a wedding.

Have a Break!

Despite the busy schedule, you need to think about your wellness—and not to mention beauty. Take a break from all the hustle and bustle of your wedding. Try to ease the tension and stress even with simple pleasures.Wedding planning can take a toll on you so it's important to take time out to connect with each other. Too often couples are overwhelmed and having that stress spill over into a new marriage is not healthy. The first year is often the toughest so if a new couple is having difficulties they can talk to a licensed therapist at

For instance, you can have a date night with your partner without discussing the wedding details. Or you can treat yourself to a little tender, loving care to a spa. What’s important is that you can take care of yourself while taking care of your wedding.

During the Wedding Day

Choose a Wedding-Day Coordinator

Come on, you are the stars of this show—both you and your husband. You shouldn’t play hostess and run around the perimeter to make sure things like buying affordable wedding decors and coordinating with caterers have been well taken care of. Instead, appoint a day coordinator, or alternatively hire one, so you can celebrate all the moments of your big day.

Prepare for Emergencies

God forbid your dress’s zipper won’t budge or a bridesmaid suddenly has a headache. That is why it’s a good decision to anticipate and prepare for the most common emergencies during weddings. Just pack your getting-ready bag with the essentials in advance, and you’ll get through it smoothly.

Stick Together

Yes, you and your future spouse are both independent people who can talk to your guests separately. But you shouldnt be apart for a long period. There may be things that need both of your insights, and you don’t want to scour the area for your MIA husband. It’s a big sea of people filled with warm socialization, so you don’t want to waste your time looking for each other.

Plan Now, Enjoy Later

These may sound simple, but they can be your lifesaver. Take note of these things, create your own system, and keep everything under the radar. There’s a thin line between hopelessness and enjoyment, and you don’t want to test the border.

What are you waiting for? Begin doing the first trick, if you haven’t started yet, to pull off a stress-free wedding. And don’t forget to savor every moment along the way to your magical happy ever after.

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LGBT Wedding-What to Do About Walking Down the Aisle?

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We are all familiar with the traditional walk down the aisle. The groom is stationed at the front with his groomsmen, the bridesmaids come down, and then the blushing bride with the guidance of her father. So, what do you do if you are a bride and a bride or a groom and a groom? Consider some of our ideas below and figure out which works best for you.

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Traditional- You could stick with the traditional wedding walk and have one of you stationed at the front while the other is escorted by a parent or influential mentor. Speak with your significant other and see which of you would prefer to fill which spot.

Two Aisles- If your ceremony space has enough room, you could always do two aisles and walk down at the same time. These aisles could come from right and left of the center of the ceremony space or be right next to each other in the middle.

Walk Together- A newer trend is walking each other down the aisle. This works well if you plan on having a first look before the ceremony.

Separate Times: Another option is having one walk down the aisle first and then the other half of the couple walk down. This is different from the traditional since each person would have more of a ceremonial bridal walk down the aisle.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Must-Capture Wedding Moments

A huge regret of many brides is not capturing those special moments in both video and photograph form.

By having a professional like the photographer at  capture all of those once-in-a-lifetime
moments in both mediums, it is so much easier for the bride and groom, and their family and friends, to relive
the day, recall those memories in so much detail and always be able to remember just how that big day felt.

With that in mind, here are some must-capture moments that you should have recorded, in photo and video
form, at your wedding:

Getting Ready

Those hours before your wedding where you’re both totally nervous and extremely excited for your big day;
those moments where you’re getting ready with your bridesmaid or best man, transforming yourselves into
your most beautiful versions so you can walk down the aisle in style, they need to be captured so you can
remember what that amazing anticipation for the most important moment in your lives was like.

The Details of the Wedding

Most couples spend a lot of time and money planning how the reception will look, choosing the perfect
decorations from, spending hours shopping for just the right shoes and ensuring
that every little detail is just perfect of the big day, so it makes sense, if you want to relive your wedding in all it’s
glory to have your photographer/videographer capture all of that effort you put in. Yes, you should have lots of focus
on the people at the wedding, but the details should not be left out of the picture.

The Walk Down the Aisle

That moment when you walk down the aisle is likely to be one of the most overwhelming and emotional of your life,
which means that you might not remember it all that well once the wedding is over. Ensure that you do indeed recall
every detail by having it captured for prosperity. After all, there’s nothing like that look of devotion on your husband to
be’s face when he sees you in your wedding dress for the first time, That’s one memory you won’t want to leave in the

Those Amazing Speeches

A lot of people hate wedding speeches either because they drag on for too long or because they are frequently
embarrassing, but actually, those speeches are about the people who love you showing you how much they care
and wishing you the best in your life. Chances are you are going to want to hear them again, so get them on video.

The Guests having a Ball

Yes, your wedding is about you and your bride or groom to be, but it’s also about the guests who love you, and that’s why you are absolutely going to want to capture them dancing, eating, messing around, crying and generally having a great time at your wedding. Oh, those embarrassing end of the night photos are probably the best, so definitely tell your photographer to capture as many of them as you can!

Capture more of your wedding and create even better memories for the future!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Healthy Wedding Day Snacks

Finally the big day is here. You have been planning this day for months. The early morning will begin with hair and make up for all of your bridesmaids. You can't help but feel so excited to step into your dress, see all of the details come together that you have been planning and most of all meet your mate at the altar. Your mind begins to race and nerves set it as the clock is running out getting closer and closer to the ceremony start time.

It is important to pack some kind of snack delivery for everyone so nobody passes out from not eating. There are so many easy snacks that you can bring in a cooler so every one in your group stays hydrated and has something in their stomach. You should order a variety of snacks to have in your hotel room as well as the party bus while you are riding around in between all of the photos. Bananas, blueberries, celery sticks, hummus, yogurt, granola bars, nuts and so many other healthy choices to get you through all the pictures to dinner time!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Should You Invite Everyone?

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Etiquette has certainly changed within the last twenty years. We are much more likely to speak our mind and put ourselves first. However, when it comes to weddings, we are a bit more traditional. This means that we are still concerned about keeping up with appearances when it comes to who is or is not invited. Firstly, this should depend on how big of a wedding you want, and what you can afford. If you only want a small group, only have a small group wedding. If you want a large wedding within your budget, invite as many as you please.     

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When it comes to strange plus ones, never met family members, and unwanted exes, do not feel pressured to invite them. You should spent your day surrounded by those that adore you, not random people you will not remember in five years. Keep your head held high, put your foot down, and do not be afraid to speak your mind.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

How Counseling can Help People with Eating Disorders

Getting married causes anxiety for many brides. Brides want to look their best in their dream dress and for some eating disorders leading up to the big day are a very serious matter. The human mind can take a normal activity and turn it into chaos. One good example of this is eating. The simple act of eating in order to survive can be turned into an eating disorder, where you have problems eating enough or too much, or are overly concerned about your relationship with food. This can lead to obesity, starvation, or not getting enough nutrition, among other risks.

Below are a few types of eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia is an eating disorder where the person is focused on weight loss and has a distorted body image of themselves. Many people with anorexia are dangerously underweight, yet they feel like they need to lose more weight to achieve their ideal body. They will eat very little and may workout almost obsessively, and this will lead to various health conditions. Anorexia can lead to you being dangerously underweight and frail. Treating anorexia involves helping the individual identify and work through their negative thoughts about their body and food, and can help restore the individual to a healthy weight by introducing an eating and workout regimen, and a healthier mindset around their body image.

Bulimia Nervosa

Bulimia involves recurring sessions of eating in excess (binge eating), and then purging the food from your body through throwing up, or sometimes using laxatives or other medications to help expel what you’ve just consumed. Bulimia is hard on the body, making it an eating disorder that should be treated as soon as possible. Throwing up excessively can damage your esophagus and teeth, and other purging behaviors can eventually lead to thing like gastrointestinal problems, abnormal laboratory findings, and even reduced muscle mass.

Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating disorder is similar to bulimia nervosa in that the person eats an excessive amount of food in a short period of time. When people that have binge eating disorder have a bingeing episode, they may eat quicker than normal, eat until they feel they’re too full, eat despite not actually being hungry, and they may eat by themselves to hide their embarrassment and their guilt. However, unlike bulimia nervosa, people who suffer from binge eating disorder do not purge the food they’ve consumed. This can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

These are the main types of eating disorders, and there are more out there. So how does counseling help with eating disorders?

Replacing Negative Thoughts

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, involves reprogramming your mind to first identify and then replace your negative thoughts with more positive ones. For example, if you have anorexia, your mind may constantly be overrun with thoughts that your body looks overweight, or is undesirable as it is. CBT can help replace those thoughts with more positive and encouraging ones.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

When you have an eating disorder, you will experience various negative emotions that will bring you down emotionally. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, is when you are aware of your emotions and you accept them for what they are.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, involves using individual psychotherapy techniques and group skills training classes to help you learn how to deal with your emotions. One of the modules in the skills training emphasizes mindfulness, which involves you being aware of and participating in the present. You don’t dwell on your past and your experiences with eating disorders, and you don’t worry about the future of your eating disorder. Instead, you concentrate on the present and be aware of how your body is working in this moment. Mindfulness can help with many mental health conditions, not just eating disorders.

Counseling Helps When You Experience a Setback

As you’re recovering from your eating disorder, you may experience a bit of a relapse. You may go through a round of binge eating after a while, or go a day not eating anything at all, when you’re currently working on eating on a regular schedule. When this happens, you may lose some motivation and instead, go back to your eating disorder behaviors. A therapist can be there when you relapse, and help you get back on the right track.

Counseling is Available at Any Time

Online counseling can help those who don’t have the time or the transportation to go to regular counseling sessions. Whenever you’re dealing with an episode, online counseling is a way to help cope with your problems instantly and prevent a relapse.

There are many online counseling services available if you want to get started in treating your eating disorder. If you want to learn more about online therapy, click here.  Eating disorders are hard to deal with, but with the help of a professional, you can be able to fix your eating habits and live a healthier life.

Marie Miguel Biography

Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
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