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Work it Out. Top 15 Fitness Websites for Women

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Jan 1, 2015 11:31:57 AM

womens-fitness-1 ftness websites for womenThe new year is around the corner and, maybe, you are hoping to make 2015 the year you work more fitness into your life and routine. But, it's difficult on your own! Here are the top 15 fitness websites for women to help you get started and make healthy choices in 2015.

  1. POPSUGAR Fitness: Dedicated to everything related to health, fitness, and nutrition. They offer tips for beating stress, losing weight, eating healthy, and keeping a good routine.
  2. Fit-Bottomed Girls: The founders of fit-bottomed girls understand that fit comes in all shapes in sizes. Since they're interested in health and fitness for everyone, they understand that it's about more than just losing weight. Their offering of workout videos, classes, and weekly newsletter are sure to get you off to a great 2015.
  3. Blisstree: This site combines snarky humor and informative tips to bring you the latest news in beauty, health, fitness, and eating well. 
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Topics: Health & Fitness, Food & Nutrition, diet and exercise, Health and Fitness tips

10 Must Skin Care Tips to Help You Look and Feel Radiant at Your Wedding

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Dec 31, 2014 3:10:35 PM

skin-care-tips for your weddingYou have the perfect dress, flowers, venue and of course the perfect groom!  Make sure you also have the perfect skin to go along with it all.  

Here are 10 Must Skin Care Tips to help you look and feel radiant at your wedding.

Ditch Your Washcloth:  Washcloths are too abrasive to use on your face.  They can also harbor a host of undesirable components, such as bacteria and mold.  

Drink Plenty of Water:  Water does wonders for the skin because it flushes away harmful toxins from your body and when toxins are no longer in the body, they don't show up on your skin in the form of red pustules.  Water will also decrease cellulite, tighten and tone your skin.

Eat Healthier:  Avoid fast food and processed foods like the plague and include the following foods into your daily diet for soft, supple skin: carrots, eggs, grass-fed beef, kale, kiwi, mackerel, olive oil, sardines, sunflower seeds and tomatoes.

Exercise:  Exercise improves the blood flow throughout the body, and the increased flow of blood helps nourish the skin's cells.

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Topics: Weddings, Skin Care

6 Tips for Planning a Winter Wedding with Style

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Dec 18, 2014 9:08:42 AM

winter-weddingsWinter weddings tend to be charming occasions to remember, with a certain elegance and glamour.  If you are planning a winter ceremony here are 6 tips for planning the winter wedding of your dreams.

Be Considerate:  As out of the box at it may seem, offering cough drops, individual hand sanitizer & Kleenex would be an amazing gesture for your wedding guests.  Also, having several space heaters and a hot coffee and tea bar can keep your guests comfy.  

Dazzle with Decor:  Certain types of flowers and floral arrangements speak winter.  Some flowers include Bells of Ireland, Poinsettias, Sweet Pea and tulips.  Also, have a table set up for candles, because candles set a wonderful, warm winter feel.  Types of candles include pillar candles and tealight candles.

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Topics: Weddings

20 Tips Create the Perfect Holiday Gift Baskets both Corporate and Personal

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Dec 10, 2014 10:30:26 AM

gift_basketsGift baskets make great holiday offerings, whether you go with a small, personal collection or the over-the-top version. These 20 tips for making holiday gift baskets both personal and corporate will help you ensure that your gift is the perfect fit for friends, family or clients without fuss or muss.

First, choose a theme for your basket that matches the recipient’s interests or passions. This helps make the gift a cohesive unit, and it shows that you put some thought into personalizing it. For your foodie friends, go with a cooking-themed basket containing things like a cookbook and utensils, out-of-the-ordinary seasoning blends or a special ingredient. Give your party host a basket with cheeses, candied or spiced nuts and some crackers, or thrill your office mate with coffees and teas, biscotti and some fine chocolates

Choose a smaller container than you think you will need. Contents can get lost in a too-large basket, and you want them to show up and shine.

Think outside the basket when selecting a container. Use a flowerpot, a reusable tote, messenger or lunch bag. For smaller gift baskets, use a coffee mug or even a shoe or boot as a container. Serving bowls and trays also work well with food-based gifts. Check garage sales and resale shops for containers, and don’t worry if they are a little well-used; a can of spray-paint will cover a lot of scratches and scrapes.

Save money and fuss by stuffing the bottom half of the container with paper bags or newspaper before topping that with decorative shreds. Instead of expensive filler, use your office shredder and some leftover gift wrap to create a decorative bed for the basket’s contents.

 

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10 MORE Tips to Avoid Holiday Overeating!

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Nov 30, 2014 12:18:30 PM

holiday_overeating_2 10 more tips to avoid holiday overatingStart your new year off right by not allowing yourself to overeat during the holidays. In Part 1 of the 20 tips to avoid holiday overeating, we listed taking a walk, drinking a lot of water, and many other tips. All of these tips can keep you from doing something you regret over the holidays.

11. Leave A Bite on Your Plate- We were all told as children to clean our plates, but leaving at least one bite on your plate will keep you from stuffing yourself.

12. Plan Your Plate- Decide ahead of time what you want to eat and how much. Put small amounts of those foods on your plate so that you aren't filling your plate with everything that looks good.

13. Listen to Your Body- Pay attention to what your body's telling you. You should be able to tell when your body doesn't need to eat anymore.

14. Eat Your Favorites- Your favorite foods will be hard to resist, and you shouldn't have to deprive yourself. Eat small portions of these foods and enjoy them.

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Topics: Health & Fitness, holiday overeating

10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Overeating

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Nov 30, 2014 11:58:16 AM

10 tips to avoid holiday overeating holiday_overeatingDuring the holiday season, it is easy to put just a little too much of that yummy food on your plate and then stuff yourself eating it all. There's nothing wrong with eating a little extra during the holidays, but if you are constantly overeating, you won't feel very well when the holidays are over. Take a look at tips 1-10 of the 20 tips to avoid holiday overeating to keep from overindulging this year.

1. Give Yourself Breaks- Take a few breaks between plates of food. If you eat slowly and take a break before going back for seconds, your body will have time to digest and let you know when you are full.

2. Don't Starve Before Meals- If you spend all day starving yourself so that you can eat as much as possible during dinner, you are going to eat much more than you normally would and pay the price afterward. 

3. Try One Bite of Everything- Take just a small bite of every food that seems appetizing to you. Then you can decide which ones you definitely want to eat, and which ones you can pass on.

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Topics: Health & Fitness, overeating

Top 15 Fitness Blogs for Women

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Nov 28, 2014 10:30:41 AM

health and fitness advice - 15 top fitness blogs for womenBlogs are a great way to find some terrific healthy recipes, or learn a new exercise, or to get an extra dose of motivation.  No matter your level of fitness, finding a blog to follow just may be what you need to assist you on your fitness journey.  Here is a list of the top 15 fitness blogs for women to follow.

  1. The Lean Green Bean : The author of this blog not only has some great workouts and fitness tips, but she is also a Registered Dietitian. The recipes are amazing.
  2. Purely Twins: Lori and Michelle are completely in tuned with what women want for their bodies.  They help women to achieve getting sexy muscles without the unwanted bulk.  Their recipes are great for everyone,including people with food allergies and special diets. 
  3. The Fitnessista:  Gina focuses her blog on getting women fit and that being fit and healthy is more important than just being thin.  She has plenty of exercises on her blog that women can do in the privacy of their home. 

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Topics: Health & Fitness, Health and Fitness tips

Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Places

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Nov 11, 2014 1:58:00 PM

A Guide to the Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Guides

top ten best destination wedding placesA destination wedding offers the bride and groom to have the wedding of their dreams in a unique intimate setting.  It is a way for the couple to combine their wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable event.  Once you have agreed to a destination wedding, the next decision is to decide where to have your dream wedding.  Here is a guide to the top 10 best destination wedding places.

1. Hawaii

Hawaii makes the top ten list for many reasons.  One is that no passports are needed to go to Hawaii.  This makes travel easy for not only for you, but for the family and friends that will be joining you.   However, it is not only about the easy travel.  It is about the many picture perfect romantic spots that Hawaii has to offer.   There are lagoons, waterfalls, mountains, beautiful beaches, that would make the perfect spot for your wedding.  The many popular resorts have wedding planners that will be more than happy to help you plan your perfect day.

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Topics: Weddings, Wedding Planning, Wedding Planning Tips

20 Tips To Avoid Holiday Overeating

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Nov 11, 2014 11:07:43 AM

christmas-food-001 - avoid holiday overeatingAvoid Holiday Overating!

They say that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year.  There are celebrations, parties, and gatherings to enjoy all holiday season.  While we are enjoying ourselves in the company of others, it is really easy to overindulge in all the food and treats that go hand in hand with all holiday cheer.  Here is a list of 20 tips to avoid holiday overeating.

1. Keep Your Normal Eating Schedule: Do not skip meals in anticipation of the party that is later in the day. Instead, eat lighter, healthier meals, so you can still have something to eat at the party without being so hungry that you eat everything in sight.

2. Fruit and Veggies: Most likely you are not eating enough fruit and vegetables to begin with, so start with those at the party. They will help you to fill you up without adding up to a lot of calories.

3. Watch Out For Dips and Dressings: A lot of calories can be hidden in those creamy dips and dressings. Limit yourself to a very small partition or skip them altogether.

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Topics: Health & Fitness, diet and exercise

Top 20 Most Edible Wedding Favors

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Oct 28, 2014 11:52:00 AM

edible wedding favors for your diy wedding your guests will loveTrying to find the perfect wedding favor is not always an easy task.  You want to choose something that shows your guests your appreciation. However, you are concerned that what you choose will just get tossed in a drawer or in the trash after the wedding.  To put an end to those concerns, consider giving edible favors.  Here are the top 20 most popular wedding favor ideas that are edible. 

  1. Cookies: There are many different things that you can do when it comes to cookies.  Consider packaging a mix of the bride's and groom's favorite cookies.  Attach the recipes to the package for an extra special touch.   Fortune cookies are always a hit too.  Gourmet cookies shaped as wedding cakes, doves, or other wedding symbols are popular choices among brides.   For a fun twist, consider serving milk boxes to go with the cookies. 

  2. Chocolates: Chocolates are always a popular choice.  From personalized M&M's and wrapped chocolate bars, to Hershey kisses, you can not go wrong with chocolate.   Many chocolate companies offer a selection of pre-made chocolate wedding favors that you may want to consider.
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Topics: Wedding Favors

     
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