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Picking The Best Bridesmaid Dress For Your Wedding Party

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Picking The Best Bridesmaid Dress For Your Wedding Party

Hello everyone!! A few months ago, I was asked to be a bridesmaid in my best friend, Lea’s, wedding. I am so excited for her big day in October and this month, we are going to David’s Bridal to do some shopping for the bridesmaid dresses. Ah, the bridesmaid dress. Notorious for making some girls look heinous and others phenomenal. This creates massive eye sores in the photographs and just might make your BFFs bitter for years to come. So, to avoid these complications, here is a quick guide to making sure all of your bridal party looks amazing on your big day:

Universally Flattering Color:

Choosing a universally flattering color for your bridesmaid dresses is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure that all of your ladies are looking fly. Now is not the time to bust out the hot pinks, lime greens, or highlighter yellows. Rather, stick with soft hues, which will make the bridesmaids not have to work hard to pull it off.

Pale pinks are an especially pretty option and is just about as universally flattering as it gets. If you’re having a wedding later in the year and want something a bit darker, navy blue and oxblood are also safe choices to implement!

Universally Flattering Shape:

The next key thing that you can do to keep your bridesmaids looking their best is to use a universally flattering shape for the dress. I promise, your bridesmaids aren’t going to outshine you and you will still look like the HBIC of your girl gang. But, I can also promise that none of the ladies in your girl gang want to be stuck in a dumpy dress all day.

The beauty of your girl gang is that all of them are made up of different shapes and sizes. If you are not having your bridesmaids wear dresses in a different style but same color, then it is imperative that the shape you pick makes each girl feel comfortable. I find that maxi or tea length dresses are especially flattering because those tend to not be skin tight, which is not everyone’s cup of tea! Keep things flowy but elegant for the best results on each bridesmaid’s body.

Different Dress, Same Color:

If you are going this route for your bridesmaids, make sure that you provide a guide line for the lengths you would prefer them in. It’s going to look very awkward in your pictures if there’s one girl in a mini dress among the rest of your bridesmaids in something longer. If you let your expectations be known to your girls, they can still pick out a dress more specific to their body type while being mindful of your vision for your wedding.

Same Dress All Around:

If you want all of your bridesmaids in uniform dresses, that’s your prerogative and neither way is wrong. However, let your bridesmaids have some fun by choosing their own shoes or accessories to wear with the dress. This will keep your bridesmaids feeling spicy without straying from the path of what you have in mind. And, what girl doesn’t love shoe shopping?!

Use the tips above to keep all of your bridesmaids looking like the belle of the ball on your big day!

What is the best bridesmaid dress you have ever worn? How about the worst? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Planning The Ultimate Girls Night In

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Planning The Ultimate Girls Night In

Hi! The recent drop in temperatures in my neck of the woods has left me feeling like doing anything but heading outside and braving the cold. In fact, I’m perfectly content in my living room bubble! However, you can’t watch America’s Next Top Model alone all of the time… Even though you totally can. 😉 So, today, we’re going to talk about Planning The Ultimate Girls Night In for the next time it’s too frigid in your area to remove even one layer of fleece blankets! Let’s get to it:

Create A Theme:

If you are hosting a girls night in at your place, then activities must be agreed upon before the party shows up. The easiest way to plan activities for the night is to come up with a theme to base them around. Having a wine and paint night? The answer is in the question! How about a chick flick marathon? Mani/pedis, face masks, and chocolate for all!

Planned activities help keep the night moving at a fun pace and will also prevent any of those awkward pauses that come after everyone has caught up with each other. Of course, every waking minute doesn’t have to be accounted for in a Task Journal, so save some time for spontaneity, too. 😀

Food & Drinks:

To some of the girls attending your little shindig, the refreshments are the most important part! I often find ordering in to be the best way to go, especially because I’m sure not every gal will feel like cooking for a potluck style meal (I never do!). Everyone could pop for pizza or just DoorDash whatever sounds the best to them to their heart’s content.

If this will be a boozy event, encourage each girl to bring a bottle of their favorite wine. If your ladies aren’t the biggest drinkers, create some delicious mocktails or ice cream sodas for a sweet treat to enjoy.

Encourage A Rotation:

A girls night in could become a monthly or however frequently you want it event with your besties. Create a rotation of which house you will be posting up in for the night and that girl will become the master of ceremonies for the evening. This will allow for each girl to participate in the favorite activities of all of their friends. It will be a blast seeing what each friend comes up with and how creative they can get for the evening’s entertainment.

Still Pressed For Activity Ideas?

If your turn to host girls night in is fast approaching and you are pressed for activity ideas, feel free to use any of the following:

  • Game night
  • Cake/cookie decorating
  • Arts and crafts (Pinterest party, anyone?!)
  • Clothing swap
  • Pampering party
  • Dinner party

Get ready, get set, and girls night in with the tips above!

How would you spend a girls night in with your BFFs? What is your favorite snack to bring to a party? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

Ready, Set, Spring Clean!

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Ready, Set, Spring Clean!

Hi! Although the winter season in Ohio hasn’t been awful this year, things took a drastic turn into freezing rain and snow and it has me eagerly awaiting the warmer weather. Spring is (somewhat) just around the corner, which means that sunshine, flowers, and oh yeah – spring cleaning is near!

Is cleaning house the best part of the transition from winter to spring? Not by a long shot. But, it sure feels good once you’re all done! So, let’s go over some pro tips to get the process started:

Take Inventory:

Before you start your cleaning, take a look around your cupboards to see what you have and what you need to finish your task. You will totally lose all of the motivation you had to sweep the floors once you realize you would need to run to the store to grab more liquid for your Swiffer. Complete the chores you can do with the cleaning products you have and then set aside some time to restock your supplies as needed.

Take Your Time:

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to mean a whole day dedicated to scrubbing, dusting, and reorganizing. That’s just too much for anyone. Rather, go from one room or area at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Set aside an hour or two for each project until your whole home is spick and span and don’t forget to play some great tunes to get you grooving. I promise, it will make your deep clean go by so much quicker!

Decluttering Is Key:

In my apartment, there really isn’t much space where I can place all of my crap that I collected throughout the day. So, my kitchen table ends up being covered in paperwork, jewelry, and whatever else I didn’t feel like returning to its proper home. If this sounds familiar to you, then really try and focus on tidying up these spaces and keeping them as such. I know it’s hard but nothing feels better than not having to hunt for something you placed down weeks ago and a kitchen table to actually eat on doesn’t hurt, either. 😉

Decluttering Is STILL Key:

I find that it’s much easier to do chores once all of the unnecessary stuff has been removed. Take a look around your home and evaluate everything there. Is your Christmas decor still up? Maybe it’s time to clear that away to make room for the Easter Bunny. Is your mantle and the knick knacks on it coated in dust? Take the time to remove and clean them individually and see if there are any you could do without or replace with different decor to freshen things up.

Keep Your Cool:

Cleaning sucks but it doesn’t need to be stressful. If you create a game plan and stick to it, your home will be spotless in no time. Delegate tasks if you have any helpers around and don’t take any breaks until the chore is complete. Because, believe me, once you watch just “one episode” of your favorite show, you’ll be posted up on the couch binge watching instantly!

Ready, Set, Spring Clean with the pro tips above!

When do you start your spring cleaning? Which part of your home needs some extra love during your cleaning sesh? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

10 Effective Solutions To Avoid Sleeping Problems

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10 Effective Solutions To Avoid Sleeping Problems

Have you experienced lying awake at night, wondering why you can’t sleep at all? There are a lot of reasons someone can’t sleep: stress, anxiety, or maybe too much caffeine. Sleep deprivation is common among university students and working young adults due to the stress they deal with every day.

Consistent sleeplessness for days or weeks can be considered as temporary insomnia. Temporary insomnia also occurs in between periods of normal sleep, difficulty falling asleep, or waking up at different periods at night, resulting in poor sleep quality.

There are helpful tools and machines you can buy to promote better sleep and improve your sleep quality. These machines help deal with common sleeping problems or sleep disturbances such as obstructive sleep apnea, sleep-disordered breathing, and snoring. While it is indeed common for younger people to experience insomnia, it can easily be avoided by taking precautions before going to sleep. Here are the steps you can take for a better quality of sleep:

Create an Inviting Aura in Your Bedroom:

Don’t bring stress in your bedroom—remove the clutter and the mess from your sanctuary. Check your mattress as well. Your mattress may be the source of discomfort and may lead to musculoskeletal problems. Set aside sleeping accessories in an organized manner to avoid a messy bedroom.

Avoid Using Your Phone on Your Bed:

Activities like watching TV, scrolling on social media sites, or eating can keep your brain awake. If you want to lull your brain to sleep, stick to pleasure books to avoid binge reading. Stow your collection of books of other genres and stock your bedside table with light-reading books for night reading.

Associate Your Bed with Sleep and Drowsiness:

By reconditioning your brain that your bed is only for sleeping and nothing else, you will be able to get used to falling asleep easily. Do everything you need to do outside the bedroom to avoid remembering things that you need to work on. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes of lying down, get up from your bed, and move to the next room until you feel sleepy.

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Implement a Strict Wake and Sleep Cycle:

While it’s common for most young adults to party till 4:00 a.m. during Friday nights, it may affect your sleeping pattern and even the quality of your sleep. By training yourself to sleep and wake up at the same time daily, your body will be able to set its clock properly.

You will feel sleepy at the same time and wake up at the same time as well. Try to avoid staying in bed after waking up; you may fall asleep again and completely ruin your wake and sleep cycle.

Avoid Napping in the Afternoon:

Napping became a habit for most people, especially among students with long breaks between classes. While it does make you feel good, it may actually hurt the schedule you’ve built for your body. Quick napping can also make you fall asleep harder, and extra sleep during weekends can keep you awake for a while.

Try to Avoid Caffeine in the Afternoon and Evening:

Caffeine can be found in coffee and drinks like sodas, tea, and cocoa drinks. Staying hydrated and reducing sugary intake will help you stay awake during work and it’s healthier too!

Limit or Avoid Alcohol Intake:

When you drink alcohol before going to bed, it may help you fall asleep easily, but it actually disrupts REM. When the REM is disrupted, you may experience daytime drowsiness and poor concentration.

“Alcohol may seem to be helping you to sleep, as it helps induce sleep, but overall it is more disruptive to sleep, particularly in the second half of the night,” according to researcher Irshaad Ebrahim, a medical director at the London Sleep Centre.

Go for a Quick Exercise during the Day, Not before You Sleep:

Exercise by default is beneficial in many ways: it helps you lose weight, gives you a better mood, and makes you stronger. Exercising also helps improve sleep quality and increases the duration of sleep.

Going for a quick run or lift will help you relieve anxiety and stress, which also contributes to insomnia. Yoga is also effective in promoting sleepiness and calmness after a stressful day.

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Eat Healthier and Lighter Meals at Night:

If you tend to snack at midnight, change your dinners to extra lean meat, chicken, or fish dishes instead. Eating spicy food before bedtime is also a no-go: it can cause heartburn and abdominal discomfort at late-night hours.

Do Relaxing Hobbies and Activities before Going to Sleep:

Avoid thinking of anything related to work or school; opt for hobbies like knitting and listening to music. This will help you relax properly.

With today’s stressful news and occurrences around the globe, it’s almost expected for most people to experience insomnia every now and then. With good habits and self-control, however, you will enjoy proper sleep and create a healthy sleeping pattern for yourself.

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Why It’s Important To Live In The Moment

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Why It’s Important To Live In The Moment

Sometimes people spend all of their time thinking and working toward their future that they miss having a life. Life is short, and you never know how long you have left – not to be grim, but this is true. You also only get one chance at life, and before you know it, you could find yourself looking at assisted living facilities and wondering where all the time went.

Planning and goal setting is important, and you should never forget that. However, the present moment is the only moment you have control over right now, so it is the only one that matters. It doesn’t matter how much you plan; things don’t always turn out how you thought they would, things happen – some good and some bad and they can really put a spanner in those carefully thought out plans you’ve made. You can decide whether you enjoy this moment right now or you don’t, you can choose what you do with the now, how you act, and this and only this can shape what happens next.

Here are some more reasons why it’s important to live in the moment:

It Can Reduce Stress:

Thinking too much about the future, planning too much, and also dwelling on the past can cause you stress, which can be detrimental to your mental, physical, and emotional health.

You Won’t Be Disappointed:

Plans often don’t always work out the way you want or expect them to. When this happens, you can end up feeling upset and disappointed. Failing is a part of life and attempting to plan for everything is not only impossible but also not healthy for you. If you love planning, then that’s okay, but just don’t lose sight of the present moment and be prepared for things not to go the way you expected.

Living in the moment will make you happier:

While only you can know if this is true or not, all you need to do is to practice living in the moment and see how it makes you feel. Again, if you need to plan, then plan but just don’t lose sight of what is currently happening.

You’ll Let Go Of Regrets And Grudges:

If you’re living in the present, you won’t be dwelling on the past. Regrets about what you did or did not do will fade away, and you’ll be able to forgive people and let go of grudges.

You’ll Worry Less:

When you’re not focused on what needs to get done and how it’ll get done, you’ll find you have a lot less to worry about. Trust that you can take care of anything you need to and don’t worry about the little things.

You’ll Have More Energy:

Once you let go of regrets and worries, your mind will be free to think about other things – or nothing at all. You’ll have more mental energy to focus on what’s important now.

You’ll Be More Focused:

Along with that newfound energy will come focus. The past and the future won’t be distracting you, and you’ll be able to focus on what’s right in front of you.

Practice the tips above and watch your mental and spiritual well being improve before your eyes!

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Why A Balanced Diet Is The Best Method For Health And Happiness

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Why A Balanced Diet Is The Best Method For Health And Happiness

We live in an age where people are following so many different diets to try and get the perfect figure or feel happier. But the big problem with this is that they are all, to an extent, fad diets. We live in a world where there’s so much fantastic food that the old expression “everything in moderation” is a far better option for everyone. But why should we avoid going for fad diets? And what can we do to make sure that we follow the rules of a balanced diet? Read on to find out!

There’s So Much Great Food Out There:

From a tres leches cake to Neapolitan ice cream, Aberdeen Angus burgers, and everything in between, there’s so much great food out there it can feel like hell depriving ourselves of these treats. Sometimes you’ve got to take inspiration from European cultures like the French. They know there’s so much fantastic food out there that they allow a little indulgence. When people opt for such a strict diet they’re doing it to make themselves feel better, but they seldom do. But if you can just follow the rule of eating healthily 80% of the time and allowing the rest for the things you really fancy, you can still eat all of that delicious food without feeling guilty.

A Diet Implies That It’s Temporary:

We’ve got to get rid of the word “diet” and think about it as a lifestyle change. When we go on a diet for a specific goal like losing weight, as soon as we end up hitting our goal it’s likely we will put it back on. You’ve got to think about the overall benefits of a lifestyle change. For example, eating the right foods can help your skin, make you feel healthier, and even sleep better. But when we go on a diet of such extremes we are pushing our psychological limits. We might even be calorie counting in our sleep! It’s far better to make a gradual swap to a new way of eating.

The Jury Is Still Out On Many Fad Diets:

Because there are many fad diets that purport to be the key to youth, a lot of these diets don’t have the evidence. The one true barometer when you change your eating patterns is to listen to how you feel. So many people go to such extremes to lose weight that they can feel the shock. A crash diet is something that people do before bikini season, but does going through all that psychological hardship make you feel happier? The one true test of eating well is a little bit of what you fancy combined with foods that you know make you feel good.

Everything in moderation is the key. And when you eat the things that your body wants it rewards you with extra energy and less need for sleep. If you can follow the 80/20 rule where you eat healthily 80% of the time and leave 20% for treats, you’re not depriving yourself mentally and will still reap the benefits.

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5 Common Causes Of Hair Loss In Men

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5 Common Causes Of Hair Loss In Men

Male pattern baldness, the most common cause of hair loss in men, accounts for about 95 percent of hair loss. When men reach the age of 50, about 85 percent of men will experience hair thinning. Approximately 25 percent of men who will have male pattern baldness will begin to lose their hair by 21 years old. In the Philippines, hair loss shampoo is a recommended treatment, but it’s important to determine the causes to address them appropriately:

Male Pattern Baldness:

Male pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Usually, it starts in their late 30s and worsens as time passes by. But in some cases, hair loss occurs earlier, even in their 20s. Most men dread losing their hair. Thankfully, there are many treatments available today. The most common one is buying hair loss shampoo products that contain essential vitamins and compounds to promote hair growth.

The hair needs ample circulation for nutrients and vitamins to reach the hair strands. Using hair loss shampoo enhances the supply to the hair strands, making them strong and preventing hair fall.

Old Age:

Growing old may mean losing more hair than usual. Age is an important driver of hair loss, but mostly, it’s just a natural phase. Usually, people lose about 100 strands of hair per day. When people age, including women, they lose more. Hair thinning is a sign of aging, and it happens in many parts of the body. In women, it’s usually caused by a decline in the hormone estrogen.

Family History:

If your parents suffer from hair loss, you might have it in the future. Hair loss can be hereditary. Though it’s inevitable since it’s genetic, slowing it down through everyday hair thickening products can help. Shampoos, oils, and hair supplements can help boost the hair’s strength, slowing down hair loss.

Stress:

One of the most common causes of hair loss in men is stress. Feeling distressed can affect the body in many ways. In some people who experience anxiety, they have bald patches on the scalp. The good thing is, it’s not permanent, and if the stress is controlled, the hair will grow back. Managing stress can be done through eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep, engaging in regular exercise, and doing meditation.

Medical Condition:

Many health conditions may cause hair loss, including thyroid problems. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism both cause alopecia and hair thinning. Controlling the thyroid hormones and maintaining healthy levels can improve overall health and prevent further hair loss. If the condition is treated, the hair will grow back.

Hair loss affects men more but can impact women, too. It’s essential to take care of the scalp and hair if you have any of these conditions. Using recommended and approved hair loss products can help reduce hair loss and promote a healthy scalp.