A scroll through social media would be all it takes to see the fallout from substandard bridesmaids gifts. Relationships have been ruined, bridesmaids have been left confused, and the bride and groom have been left red-faced. If you’re one of the several Australian couples who, according to the Bride to Be magazine, spent upwards of $60,000 on their wedding, then make sure some of that is left over for bridesmaids gifts such as bridesmaid robes. Here’s why.
You Chose Them for a Reason
Of course, it’s going to be an honour for any of your close friends to be chosen as your bridesmaids, but there is a reason you chose them. You trust them, they mean a lot to you, and you wouldn’t want anyone else to be by your side during the process. However, while a wedding is stressful for you as the bride and groom, it’s also exceptionally stressful for the bridal party. They want everything to go smoothly as well, and a lot of the logistical planning is left up to them. It’s important to remember that you chose this role for them, not the other way around.
There’s no denying that your bridesmaids love being a part of your special day, but you can make them feel like you appreciate them by giving them bridesmaids gifts that suit their effort – especially if the wedding is a lavish affair.
If you’re heading to a jewellery store to pick out something for your nearest and dearest, then you’re bound to be feeling a little nervous. After all, whatever you’re planning on buying can be a significant investment. What’s more, it can be a special time if you’re declaring your love, planning a surprise, or decide to turn your partner into your fiancé.
Before you step foot in the shop, however, it’s helpful to have a game plan. Here are five things you shouldn’t do in a jewellery store.
Shop Without Advice
You may have browsed the internet to get a fair idea of what you like, but when it comes down to it, you’re not a jewellery expert. Fortunately, you will have several at your disposal! Talk to the store assistant about the occasion, your loved one, their likes and dislikes, and your budget. Having expert help on-hand can help to eliminate options that don’t suit, reducing the chance of you becoming overwhelmed and leaving empty-handed.
Forget to Ask About Certification and Return Policies
If you plan on spending quite a significant sum of money, then you want to be able to protect yourself. Don’t leave a jewellery store with your purchase without first asking about certification options and return policies. Make sure you have the value and details of the purchase in written form for insurance purposes. And, if it turns out the gift is not suitable, it’s helpful if you can return it or have options surrounding returns. Continue reading “Advice when buying jewellery”→
Most people know that organic skin care products can help anyone to get that radiant, glowing skin they always wanted. However, did you know you can benefit from even better results by incorporating massage techniques? Often, the more you rub in your product, the more beneficial it can be. Here’s how it works.
Why Massage Your Skin?
Facial massage is a beneficial process regardless of whether you match it with organic skincare products or not. It works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve your blood flow, tighten skin, and even release built-up tension through emotions you may have felt throughout the day. Try to set time aside every day for a facial massage.
Using Skincare Products
Massaging your face is going to be beneficial for your skin with or without organic skincare products. However, if you want to get the best effects possible, using organic skin care products can help. Clean your hands and face, pat your skin dry, then begin rubbing your chosen product into your skin. The longer you spend doing it, the easier it penetrates your skin for best effect.
How to Massage Yourself
You don’t need to head to a massage therapist to benefit from a facial massage. In fact, the entire process is something you can do in the comfort of your home. Start by creating circles with your fingers over your neck and beneath your chin.
When you think of group fitness, many people think of several people dancing around a room in spandex and vibrant colors. While the 1980s may have introduced such styling, group fitness is a little different today. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the fun that’s on offer. Whatever group fitness activity you choose, you are bound to find it’s an excellent way in which to get fit and meet new people.
Here are a few of the many options available as advised by group fitness guru’s beats GX.
Yoga has been a favorite group fitness class for many years, with even small towns offering at least one group session for those who are interested. While you don’t get an intense workout, you do get physical, mental, and spiritual assistance that can help you in other aspects of your life. What’s more, there are various schools and practices such as Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism.
Self-defence can be a valuable skill to learn, and one that’s readily available in many towns and cities. If you are looking to gain some rewarding self-protection skills to keep in the back of your mind, then you will find the group fitness options are endless. You can also find classes like BodyAttack and BodyCombat which focus on strength, agility, and speed. These can all help with being able to defend yourself in a dangerous situation.
Running is an excellent form of cardio exercise, but it’s not one you have to do alone. While you may enjoy pounding the pavement with only yourself for company, other people prefer motivation and encouragement. Therefore, you are bound to find there are plenty of running and walking groups – both informal and formal near you.
Every woman aspires to have a perfect complexion and glowing skin, just like in the magazines. Even if those photos are often photoshopped, it’s nice to think that the glow of youthful skin is within reach. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on “miracle” products, did you know you can adopt a more natural approach?
If you’re tired of your skin looking flat, worn out or dry thanks to stress, poor nutrition, sun, or a busy lifestyle, then consider these natural approaches below. You may just achieve that youthful glow you’ve always wanted.
It might seem like a strange theory, but lemon is very beneficial for your skin if it’s beginning to look ruddy from too much sun. Lemon features sugar, and these sugar granules can help you bleach, cleanse, and brighten your skin. What’s more, it removes dead skin cells and your skin’s tan at the same time.
Just mix equal parts lemon juice and sugar, apply it to your skin, scrub it gently, and rinse it off. By doing this twice a week, you may begin to notice that youthful glow is shining through.
When you get up in the morning and see the frizzy mop staring back at you in the mirror, it can seem like straightening it for the best look is in the “too hard” basket. After all, who has an hour or more set aside for just their hair? Many people choose to tie their hair up to avoid the battle when they really could be looking at their very best with the most minimal amount of effort. Here’s how to straighten your hair correctly in less time than you would have imagined.
To straighten your hair to perfection, it’s mostly in the preparation. Choosing shampoo and condition that promotes a frizz-free finish, or a smooth look, are the ones to opt for. They can help to make sure your hair isn’t frizzy, dry or brittle before you take to it with the flat irons.
Once you’ve washed your hair, it’s crucial not to towel dry it too vigorously. The aim is to have it lie flat, and that won’t be achieved if you’re fluffing it up with a towel. Instead, gently dry it with a hairdryer, or opt to let it dry naturally if time allows. Once you’re ready to straighten it, ensure it’s thoroughly dry with no wet strands.
Over the festive and holiday season, it’s natural to relax, have fun, and be jolly. However, some of us may have got just a little bit too jolly. If you’ve indulged in too much turkey and delectable desserts and your jeans aren’t thanking you for it, it might be time to consider exercising. If you’re strapped for time, but you want to burn stomach fat fast, consider any of these five exercises below.
Crunches aren’t as bad as they sound – and they most certainly don’t make you “crunch.” However, they are one of the best stomach fat burning exercises you can do at home for a reason. They work. You just need to lie on your floor, bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Put your hands behind your head or crossed on your chest and lift your torso. As you raise your upper torso, you will begin to feel a burning sensation around your abdomen area and this an indication that your body is working hard.
Complete two or three sets of 10 per day and be sure to let all your effort go into your abdomen opposed to your neck or head. You can also try other variations such as a butterfly crunch, shoulder press with side crunch, and a crossover crunch with dumbbells.
While this fat-burning exercise is called Bicycle, it doesn’t involve one! A bicycle exercise involves you lying on the ground with your hands behind your head. You then lift your legs, bending your knees and begin “pedaling” as you would on a cycle – e.g., your left knee forward and your right knee away followed by your right knee forward and your left knee away. The repetitive motion is beneficial for fat burning around your abdomen.
New Zealand is great for a holiday destination from Australia because it is so close you don’t have to waste much time getting there. That means you have more time to spend exploring the country and one of the best ways to do that is to go hiking. Of course, you could travel to New Zealand by cruise liner if you are not in a hurry.
Just because it is close to Australia, doesn’t mean the climate is the same. It’s much colder and wetter, with summer not really warming up until Christmas. Even then the weather is very changeable and people often claim there can be all four seasons experienced in one day. This means you have to be extra careful to wear warm clothing on hiking trips and make sure you have gloves, parka and rainwear.
Get the warmest sleeping bag available if you intend to go camping on your hike.
Since New Zealand is so wet – it rains for 185 days a year – never go anywhere without a rain hat and poncho. For hiking, add waterproof trousers and a waterproof backpack cover to keep your things dry, especially if you are going to camp in a tent.
Bali is a wonderful place to go for a holiday with all the amazing sights to see and things to do. There are monkeys and temples in the jungle, amazing beaches, lots of shopping opportunities, traditional Balinese food and the longest waterslides you’ll find anywhere in the world, to name just a few. But is Bali right for Botox treatment? If you choose a Perth cosmetic surgeon for your Botox injections you can be sure they have had the proper training. You can’t always be sure of this when you go to Bali – or Thailand – for treatment.
The president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons warns that Botox should only be prescribed and injected by doctors in an appropriate setting. In some countries, this does not happen. While one doctor may be available at the clinic you attend, he or she may not do the procedure or even be in the room to oversee those who do.
If you have been following the news recently, you will have heard about the increased volcanic activity caused by Bali’s Mount Agung. A lot of people – even those who have booked Bali villas and other expensive accomodation – have cancelled their travel plans in early 2018 because of fears over the island’s safety, and this has caused lower than usual tourist numbers.
However, there really isn’t a whole lot to be worried about. If you are interested in travelling to Bali, now is probably the perfect time. The volcano isn’t a big problem anymore, and there is very little risk of a large eruption happening in the near future. However, the fear caused by it means that there will be less people in the island paradise, leaving more space for you and your friends or family to enjoy your holidays!
What caused the Bali volcano scare?
In September 2017, Mount Agung began to show signs of seismic activity. Scientists were worried about a potential eruption after smoke and ash began billowing from the mouth of the mountain at regular intervals, and this fear quickly spread to locals, tourists, and travellers planning to visit the area. The area was placed on the highest alert for a volcanic eruption, and it was feared that any eruption would be major, causing catastrophic damage and huge ash clouds.
If you choose to purchase gym equipment or head to the gym to use theirs, you will benefit from an excellent workout. However, if your budget doesn’t stretch to a gym membership, and your home is too small for gym equipment, you’re not destined to a life as a couch potato. There are so many exercises you can be doing to improve your health and wellness without the need for equipment.
While equipment can, of course, add an extra challenging element to your workout, there’s no reason why you can’t rely on your own arms and legs to pave the way for a happier, healthier you Consider adding any of these five exercises to your equipment-less workout.
When you hear audible groans when someone mentions the word ‘burpee,’ you know it’s going to be a good workout. Burpees not only help you to build lean muscle, but they can also strengthen your heart by enabling you to get your heart rate up.
Burpees are considered a full body training exercise, and they work out your abs, hamstrings, glutes, quads, and arms. You know you’ve had a good workout with burpees when you’re exhausted, your body feels like lead, and you’re delighted with your day’s exercise.
Every bride wants their wedding day to be special but sometimes that desire gets buried under the 1001 things to be done before the date arrives. But there are many simple things that can be incorporated into your organisation as well as the wedding. For the wedding reception, having a photobooth from someone like Lumin8 ready for guests to take photos or themselves is a thoughtful addition as well as something to create a great deal of fun and some take-home memories. What else can you do?
Very often, the invitations go out months before the wedding. You can make your wedding guests feel part of everything by sending out a newsletter every month to all those who’ve accepted. Make it humorous and tell them how the organisation is progressing, any fun things that have happened – even disasters can be made fun of. If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry, right?
Mention some of your guest by name to make the letter more personal, wondering how they got on with their own wedding.
Ask each person to write out a little fun note of advice, or tell about something funny that happened on their own wedding day and bring it to the wedding. It can be dropped in a decorated box or bowl there to be read at your leisure. You could even let others read the offerings.
Bali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It doesn’t matter if you are travelling through on a backpacking journey around the world, or if you are simply spending a few nights in a Bali villa, you will love your time on the beautiful island.
Food in south east Asia is incredible, and Bali is no exception. Most Balinese cuisine comes from old cultural recipes, and you should definitely try them! If you enjoy food, like trying new things in new countries, and like eating things somewhat out of the ordinary, make sure that you try the following Balinese dishes in 2018:
A very popular option which you will be able to find in many restaurants around the island, Babi Guling is a succulent mixture of meat and vegetables. Consisting of a small, spit-roast pig stuffed with a range of exotic vegetables and spices, and then slowly cooked over a fire, this dish is an absolute must try. The crispy skin is absolutely divine, and the explosion of flavours has to be tasted to be believed.
Translating to “slow cooked duck”, Bebek Betutu is a traditional Balinese food which you definitely should try during your visit. The duck is first cleaned with a mixture of salt and tamarind puree, which is then washed off – it is thought that doing this tenderises the meat and removes any strong flavours. It is then stuffed with eggs and cassava leaves, along with a special spice mix, and slow cooked for hours until the meat peels away from the bone.
Toothaches can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. They can prevent you from sleeping, can make you grumpy and moody, and can even affect your ability to eat. If you have a very bad toothache, a visit to an emergency dentist may be needed. However, if it isn’t too bad you could think about making an appointment with your regular dentist to get it dealt with.
If you decide to wait for an appointment, there are a few little things that you can do to make your life easier. Don’t simply live in the pain: try and make yourself as comfortable as possible using the following tips and tricks:
Try and deal with the swelling:
Often the pain associated with a toothache comes from swelling around the affected area. If you can somehow deal with the swelling, you should be able to dramatically reduce the pain. Try placing an ice-pack on your jaw if you are in a lot of pain. Take anti-inflammatory medicines if you have them, and do anything else you can think of to get the swelling down!
If you’re trying to move that excess weight but to no avail, then aside from diet and exercise, many different natural products can help. These products are widely available in most grocery stores and health shops, so there’s no need search the internet or brew up your own magical concoctions. Head to the store and gives these four natural products a try.
1. Matcha Green Tea Along with regular diet and exercise, by adding Matcha green tea to your diet, you may notice significant results. In regular green tea, you find an antioxidant called EGCG which works by boosting your metabolism for faster weight loss. However, Matcha green tea – which is becoming more popular and common around the world – features more EGCG for even better results.
If you’re looking for Matcha green tea in your local supermarket but can’t find it, you might be looking for the wrong type. Unlike typical tea which is available as tea bags or loose leaf, Matcha green tea is a powder. This powdered form of tea has more nutrients than loose leaf tea or tea bags.
Contrary to popular belief, wearing a waist trainer does not help you to lose weight. While it might flatten your stomach and accentuate your curves, you also have to adjust your lifestyle to see results. In essence, you also have to eat well and incorporate exercise.
However, as most people who wear waist trainers know, exercising (and even eating) while wearing a waist trainer can be challenging. In the beginning, they feel uncomfortable and unnatural, and it can take some getting used to. However, exercising while wearing a waist trainer can help you to achieve your goals. The key is just not to overdo it. Carrying out strenuous exercises while wearing a waist trainer can do more harm than good.
If you’re in need of a helping hand to get started on your exercise routine, we’ve included a few potential exercises below that you can do while wearing a waist trainer.
To increase your heart rate and work out your entire body, star jumps, also known as jumping jacks, are a sound option. If you’re just beginning on your weight loss journey, you might like to start with sets of 10 or 20 or do them for a minute at a time, before increasing the time or number as time progresses. Due to the compression of a waist trainer, it’s crucial to be aware of your breathing. If you find that you’re struggling to breathe or are incredibly uncomfortable, stop what you are doing.
According to one of Indonesia’s preeminent drug rehab facilities Bali Health Services, drug abuse is disastrous to the physical, emotional, and mental health of everyone that decides to take that path. However, the negative effects are much greater on teenagers than on full-grown adults.
According to statistics, 44% of high school students know someone their age who sells drugs. When asked which drugs were sold, it was found out that 91% was marijuana, 24% were prescription drugs, and the remaining were other substances like cocaine and ecstasy. As a result of the overwhelming use of these drugs, drug rehabs from around the world are doing a roaring trade.
It’s indeed a tough time for the youth of today and it makes sense why we should find out more about the issue. This way, we can prevent further cases of drug abuse and addiction.
Teens who use illegal drugs have a high risk of suffering from depression, committing acts of violence, including suicide, a causing a number of different social problems. It can mess up their lives in multiple ways. Knowing that they’re still at the stage where they’re discovering their real personality and identity, there is a great danger of society having to endure teens that have a significantly negative effect on those around them.
Contrary to popular belief, winter blues isn’t just a case of feeling sad because the sun has gone away. It’s an actual condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, and it affects millions of people around the world. However, once you’ve been diagnosed with the condition, don’t be resigned to believing you will be sad or depressed throughout those colder months. By trying any of these tips below, you can fight your way through winter and prepare yourself for the warm, fun summer ahead.
Use Light Therapy Light therapy is often recommended by doctors to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, among other conditions. This form of treatment involves sitting near a light box that lets off bright light akin to natural light. This process can help you to sleep better, reduce the effects of seasonal depression, and lift your mood. What’s more, you may begin to notice a change in your mood in as little as few days.
Exercise Outdoors If light therapy is not something you believe would be beneficial for you, be sure to include exercise into your daily routine instead. Studies show that walking for one hour per day is as helpful as light therapy, and of course, helps you to get fit as well. Getting outdoors in daylight is going to be beneficial for your mood, and if you have a pet to walk, is good for them, as well.
Oral health is something which millions of people throughout the world struggle with. It is usually poorer or lower class people who suffer from dental and oral health problems, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Even if you can’t afford to go to the dentist, there are still plenty of things that you can do to keep your mouth and teeth clean and healthy and to reduce your risk of tooth and gum disease.
Our top tips for perfect oral health include:
Avoid sugary and highly processed foods whenever possible. Try and eat healthy, go for whole grains, and eat raw fruit and vegetables whenever you can. Sugary foods can lead to the buildup of plaque around your teeth, creating the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive in. Avoiding them can help your teeth protect themselves, even if you don’t have access to dental care.
No matter how much we’d prefer to keep our children home with us while they’re young, there is a growing need for quality child care. After all, to keep them fed and clothed, being a part of the workforce is essential. If you’re almost ready to return to work and want to be aware of your child care options, then take a look at the variety below. You’re sure to find the options are more flexible than you think.
Home-Based Child Care
Home-based childcare is becoming more and more popular in Australian households. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2017, 22.2 percent of families with children in child care prefer the more informal home-based setting. Home-based care can typically consist of either a nanny, friend, or family member caring for your child or children in a home environment.
For some people, this option is not only affordable but more convenient. If you’re not within proximity to a care facility, home-based care requires less travel which is beneficial for both you and your children.
Family Day Care
Family day care, which falls under the informal child care umbrella, is also growing in popularity. Rather than drop your children off at a facility, they can form close relationships and bonds with approved carers and a small group of children. Typically, family day care is located at a carer’s home where they benefit from home comforts. For some families, this option is a preference because children receive beneficial one-on-one time for more extended periods.
Bali is an extremely popular destination for tourists from around the world. With great beaches, high-quality, affordable accommodation in the form of Bali villas from somewhere like www.luxury-villas-bali.net, and a vibrant nightlife, it has everything you could want for a fun, relaxing holiday.
One of the hardest things when you’re visiting Bali is deciding where to spend your time. The nightlife options can be seemingly endless, and it can be very hard to choose between the various nightclubs and beach bars. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top 5 favourite beach clubs in Bali, with a special focus on atmosphere and affordability. They include:
La Brisa is one of my favourite beach clubs in all of Bali. With a great range of cocktails, a very relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, and some great tunes, La Brisa is the perfect place to have a few drinks on the beach. Alternatively, head there earlier in the day for a Bali Cuisine inspired by traditional Spanish cuisine.
Ku De Ta
As one of the most famous beach clubs in Bali, Ku De Ta boasts a wide range of drinks and entertainment options. It features a large restaurant, a relaxed bar area, and a beachfront lawn. There are a few different options for food lovers, with smaller food outlets, and a vast array of places to simply sit back and relax in the sun.
Kudeta is one of the better known beach clubs in the Seminyak area. With a wide range of cocktails and relaxing beach beds, Kudeta is perfect for people who want to spend a few hours relaxing in the sun. It is open from 8am until 2am the next morning, so head down there when you have an hour or two free, and try not to spend too long choosing a drink from their extensive menu!