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All Your Bridesmaid Drama Solved!

31 Jul

Bridemaid AUnt Karen took care of Inigo when Mommy was busy with Maid of Honor duties. No drama there.

Ugh – almost every bride has been faced with it: drama from her wedding party. From infighting to unenthusiastic attendants to jealousy, there are many problems that can crop up. Learn how to resolve some of the most common types of bridesmaid drama. Continue reading

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4 Ways to Good Mouse Control

28 Jul

I am not scared of spiders, cockroaches, or any other bugs but mice and rats are something else entirely.  It’s not so much that I find them scary per se but I am scared of the diseases that they bring.  For one thing, rodents can easily transmit rabies if they bite or scratch you.  And their pee can cause you to get a potentially fatal infectious disease called Leptospirosis.  And of course, let’s not forget that mice and rats love to destroy clothes too.  I hate them, really.  For this reason, this guest post by Michelle Anderson seemed interesting to me.

Ahh, you have a mouse problem. Don’t feel alone or ashamed. Even really clean houses can fall victim to these unwanted houseguests.

If you have mice in your house, try these mouse control methods to stop the invasion. Continue reading

Enhancing your Space with Home Accessories

26 Jul

Accessories can enhance an outfit and take it to another level, and accessorizing can work your living space too.  If your house needs something extra to take it from blah-blah to graceful, read this post on how to accessorize your home.

Decorative Accessories: Choose from a variety of accessories that will look great around the house!

Accessories give your home a lived in and often, an exotic look that makes the home seem to be one of travellers. Being a collector of beautiful objets d’art does not have to be expensive; there are many affordable accessories that will add timeless beauty to a living room, entry or office. Decorative accessories can also be a wonderful addition to a company or corporate office or doctor’s waiting room, where they will be noticed and appreciated.

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5 Great Engagement Ring Trends For 2011

24 Jul

Buying that special someone in your life an engagement ring is important for so many reasons. This is not just a piece of jewelry, but the most important piece of jewelry she will wear for the rest of her life. The ring symbolizes love, commitment, strength, and should be able to be worn every day. Combining the romantic with the practical and the individual with the trends is what everyone should be looking to do when buying an engagement ring. That special woman is unique, therefore her ring needs to be special as well.

You may think that trends are something you want to stay away from. And depending on the kind of engagement ring you want, this may be the best direction. But for most of those shopping for an engagement ring, the trends are a great place to start and find what is both beautiful and current. Knowing the major trends and being on the edge of fashion will make you look even better when you present the amazing ring to the woman you love. To help get you started, here are 5 great trends for engagement rings in 2011. Continue reading

Why Staying Healthy Can Save You Money

23 Jul

Most of us are continually striving for two main things in life – to have more money and to lose weight. We reminisce about how much disposable income we had before we were tied down by a house, car loans and kids, and at the same time wish we could fit into the clothes from our past. Well these two dreams don’t have to be mutually exclusive because you can save money just by living a healthier lifestyle which will in turn help you drop the kilos.

Getting quality sleep every night gives the body a chance to rebuild cellular damage.

Health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes and heart disease are expensive conditions to treat, but you can lower your risk of these health problems with a healthier diet. It is estimated that the medical costs associated with being obese are $10,000 higher than for people who are a healthy weight. Continue reading

Great Ideas for the Bride's “Something Blue”

22 Jul

Here is an interesting piece of trivia: on my wedding day, one of my ‘something blue” was a pair of undies lent to me by Jay’s Mommy Eva (LOL)…  If you are going to be a bride soon, by all means plan ahead.  This guest post should give you some great ideas.

brooch with blue jujubes

Every bride knows the old custom: she needs something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. In case you were wondering about the reason behind the tradition, the color blue symbolizes fidelity. The “something blue” part often calls for the most creativity, but that only makes it even more fun to pick. Get great ideas here for the bride’s something blue. Continue reading

Great Ideas for the Bride’s “Something Blue”

22 Jul

Here is an interesting piece of trivia: on my wedding day, one of my ‘something blue” was a pair of undies lent to me by Jay’s Mommy Eva (LOL)…  If you are going to be a bride soon, by all means plan ahead.  This guest post should give you some great ideas.

brooch with blue jujubes

Every bride knows the old custom: she needs something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. In case you were wondering about the reason behind the tradition, the color blue symbolizes fidelity. The “something blue” part often calls for the most creativity, but that only makes it even more fun to pick. Get great ideas here for the bride’s something blue. Continue reading

Important Questions to Ask in a Plastic Surgery Consultation

20 Jul

Although most people commonly believe that plastic surgery is synonymous with cosmetic surgery, this is not necessarily the case.  Plastic surgery is actually concerned with restoring the form or function of a certain body part and it may be performed with or without the intention of improving its aesthetics.  Some samples of plastic surgery include correcting cleft palates, or remodelling a deformity.  Cosmetic surgery is merely one of the medical sub-specialties under plastic surgery. In this post, a licensed plastic surgeon practicing in New Jersey, USA gives some valuable pointers. Continue reading

My IPL Laser Hair Removal Experience- Part 1

17 Jul

One of the things that a girl just couldn’t neglect is underarm hair removal.  I mean, you can miss out on a manicure session or two when you are ready on a time crunch, and no one will say anything as long as you keep your nails reasonably clean.  Wearing a sleeveless top without shaving for a week is something else entirely.

As a busy mom trying to work eight hours a day while taking care of Inigo without a nanny, I could use all the beauty shortcuts that I could get.  Thus, I ventured to try IPL (intense pulsed light) laser hair removal for my underarms just to be able to shave off (no pun intended) a few minutes off my daily toilette.  And because I know that other ladies out there are also considering getting this procedure, especially now that the cost of permanent hair removal has gone down drastically, what with the numerous discount deals offered online, I thought it might be useful to share my experience. Continue reading

My IPL Hair Removal Experience – Part 2

17 Jul


In My IPL Laser Hair Removal Experience- Part 1, I detailed the research that I did prior to deciding to go through with electrolysis hair removal for underarms.  I now continue where I left off.

Like I said, four days after my first IPL session, I could pull out the hair on my underarms using gentle pressure from my fingertips.  After that, most of the hair did not grow back at all, while a few strands here and there grew in light and thin.  My second IPL hair removal session was scheduled three weeks after the first one, and I did not shave at all in between, but I could have worn a tank top without embarrassment because the sparse hair growth was not really that noticeable unless you got very close.

The second IPL hair removal session was just like the first.  The same procedure of cleaning the skin, putting on the gel, wearing the goggles and closing the eyes, then wiping off the gel afterwards.  As the laser goes off, there is a slight sensation of heat, but it does not hurt at all.

As I am writing this article, it has been six weeks after my 2nd session.  I am actually three weeks overdue for the 3rd one  but nanny-less that I am, setting up an appointment takes a lot of coordination and tactical planning.  My underarms are still mostly bald though, despite not shaving at all.  The very few hairs that have grown in are now about 1 cm in length, but still very light.  However, most women by this time, would have thicker growth, according to what my technician had told me to expect.

By the way, I should probably clarify that laser hair removal is different from IPL or intense pulsed light.  However, the mechanics and the result is basically the same, so I leave it to the experts to distinguish between the two.  For the purpose of this post, I use them interchangeably.

I will continue to share the result of session 3 to 6, but not as detailed as the first two sessions, since it will probably be just more of the same.  Given the rate that I’m getting through the sessions, session 6 will probably be done by October or more likely, November.  Till then!