How To Look Your Best For That Big Event

Whether you’re attending prom, getting married or attending a huge gala, if you have a big event coming up then chances are that you want to look your absolute best. Looking your best all comes down to feeling your best and you feel your best when you find an outfit, shoes and makeup look that suits you perfectly and makes you feel like a princess. Here are some tips on how to look your utter best for that big upcoming event.

Give Yourself Enough Time To Shop For Your Dress

You don’t want to walk into the store the morning of the event in a panic, desperately scouring the racks for something to wear. Instead, you should give yourself a few weeks to really check out a few different options. Plus, if you find a dress that’s perfect but requires a few alterations, this will give you adequate time to have the garment tailored. Whether you shop online or shop in-store, it’s best to start looking early.

Practice Your Makeup

If you’re doing your own makeup, it’s a good idea to practice a few times before the big day. Sometimes a makeup technique that looks simple in a picture of a video tutorial is actually a bit difficult to execute. Practicing a few times will ensure that you know what you’re doing on the day of your big event.

Book A Hair Appointment

Salons can fill up quickly, especially if it’s a time of the year where a lot of high schools are having dances or a lot of people are getting married, such as the springtime. Try to book your hair appointment as soon as possible. The idea hair appointment should be booked early enough in the day so you still have time to do your makeup and get ready, but not so early that the style has fallen flat by the time you’re ready to head to the venue.

Accessorize

No dress is perfect until it’s paired with the right accessories. Shop around for the perfect shoes, jewelry and handbag to compliment your gorgeous gown. Think of accessories as the finishing touch to your look.

If you follow these tips, you’re sure to feel like your absolute best when you walk through the doors of your big event. Now all that’s left to do is dance the night away and enjoy yourself.

I Cook to Make Up with My Kids

I work, just part-time now though yet I still feel exhausted when I work 4 straight days in a week. When I am working, I cannot always cook fresh foods for my girls but when I am able to, I make sure it is appetizing and appealing to them so they’ll eat what I serve them. As much as possible I try not to repeat the dishes, otherwise they’ll get tired of it.

My girls are fun to cook for, they eat almost anything I offer them. That alone encourages me to do my duty as a mother and give them nutritious foods for their growing body and brain. Thankfully, my girls aren’t picky and if they try to refuse the food, I will just remind them the photos of those malnourished children on Facebook so they’ll eat and have no option to say no.

One of the dishes I can very well serve them which they accept willingly is this breaded baked pork chops for dinner paired with baked asparagus and brown rice. They liked it, oh not just liked it but loved it. I feel accomplished when my hard work to make them dinner is eaten and all gone.

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How to Get Started With Electric Smoking

Smoking meat is a passion of mine that I enjoy in my spare time. I initially got involved with this hobby when I realized how expensive smoked cheeses and meats were when purchased from a supermarket like Whole Foods. I wasn’t willing to pay the exorbitant prices in the stores, so I decided to find out what the best electric smoker options were on the market.

Food that is smoked has extra flavor without adding any calories to your meal. Because of this, smoking meat has become trendy and popular with outdoor cooking lovers. Before you get started on your journey, you need to realize that there are a variety of smokers that have their own benefits and drawbacks.

Smokers are tools that gives your food an environment that is enclosed and filled with smoke. The smoke seeps into your meat giving it mouthwatering flavor. When you use a smoker, you can control the temperature of the surroundings, but it is best to keep it around 225 degrees. The temperature must below and steady or hours until the food can be properly smoked.

The first smokers were not electric and fired up with wood from nearby trees. This is an excellent way to smoke meats but requires a lot more work and cleaning up can be a nightmare. Unfortunately for us hobbyists, there are no electric smokers available that help you get the same job done with a lot less work.

Electric smokers come in three types of models. The way they differ is with the kind of fuel they use. One of the most popular kinds of smokers is powered up with charcoal. This one gives your meat a ton of flavor but can be quite messy. I prefer smokers that are either powered by propane or electricity. They are commercial and perfect for homes when it comes to the important safety factor.

One great tip is that you can also use smokers as warming ovens. I do this all of the time with my electric smoker because I hate the taste food has after you finish microwaving it.When we have guests over, and we are not ready to eat, this is a perfect way not to have to rush our meal. We can take our time and enjoy our conversations and know that our meals our meals are nice and warm

I hope that this introduction to electric smokers has piqued your interest and that you continue doing your research before you buy one. One last tip would be to make sure you read the safety precautions from front to back before you smoke meat for the first time. Smoking meat in your home can be deadly if not done with security in mind while being fully prepared for anything.

Buy More for the Price of One

There is a new scent for Spring at Victoria’s Secret right now. It is called Tease Flower that costs $58 for a 1.7 fl. oz. Current promo is you get a free full-size tease flower lotion and a bath bomb when you buy any tease flower scent. Okay granted, the freebie is great but what’s even greater is when you buy a tease flower gift set for $70 instead of just one single item that cost too much!

My idea of this deal is, I bought the set which pictured below plus I get the same freebie as above. I had a $15 gift reward from Victoria’s Secret that made my total to come down under $60 including tax. You see, sometimes you’ll have to buy more in order to get more. If just bought that single perfume, all I could bring home that day was three items.

Fortunately for me, my mind acted quickly when I went shopping in VS store that I should just get the set that cost $40 more because I GET MORE OF what could’ve I paid for just one product. In the end, I feel I won!

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Hidden Sugars – Just How “Hidden” Are They?

That your food does not have a sweet taste to it does not mean that it hasn’t got any sugar in it. On the contrary, you’d be amazed at how much sugar can be found in our food; by this, I do not mean the naturally occurring sugars that you’d find in fruits or dairy products. On the contrary, I am referring to simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and the likes that are added to packaged and processed foods to improve the flavor or to increase the shelf life.

Simple sugars are bad for the health: they cause tooth decay, weight gain and even diabetes which can lead to blindness. It’s so painful that you spend time at the gym hoping to burn enough calories to lose the excess weight and after some months, you seem to have reached a plateau. You begin to question your workout routine, not knowing that the culprit might just be that energy bar or drink you snack on right after your workout or perhaps, your favorite salad dressing.

What’s more, simple sugars are incredibly addictive and often times improve the color and flavor of the meal, that’s why a lot of manufacturers rely on them, of course without consideration to our waistlines. This is why you do not see them listed as just “sugar” on the product label; oh no, they’ve got really fancy names for them. You would probably recognize them as fructose, sucrose, lactose, maltose…generally, if it ends with “ose”, it’s certainly sugar.

However, we’ve got an infographic that does a good job of exposing their hiding places.

 

Another Great Promo from Victoria’s Secret

If you have been following my blog, need not wonder why I post about my shopping at a specific store often than any other store. Here are the four items I got for free from my favorite shopping store, Victoria’s Secret!

2 pairs of PINK panties, a pair of bottle opener sunglasses and a big size water bottle all for free just by buying any PINK product. I chose this lightly padded sport bra for $28 including tax and got these sweet freebies.

I used a coupon they sent me in the mail, two free panties with a bra purchase. That is how I got the panties.

2 panties = $21
sunglasses = $14.50
water bottle = $24.50
ALL FREE!

Imagine how much I saved for all of them if I were to buy them in full price? I went to their physical store so I don’t get a cashback for it. However, if you choose to shop online, the promo is still the same, you just have to make sure you buy a bra and use the code FREESHIPBRA to get free shipping, this offer valid only today. Don’t forget to sign up through e-bates for a cashback.

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Aerial Drone Photography

A professional service that can create outstanding photography is one that can provide you with images that will be treasured forever or can be used for a major commercial project.

Whether for a professional or advertising purpose or for a powerpoint presentation, or for a personal special event such as wedding, the superb choice would be those unique photographs that are filmed from above! Panoramic photos are one of the most creative and interesting ways to showcase your project or event.

With the video technology advancements that have occurred, aerial video has become more and more popular. The most current high-quality drones (UAVs) are capable of reaching 120 meters and a range of 500 meters and provide the ultimate recording of any event or location. Each of the drones is fitted with advanced stabilizers and an HD camera to ensure amazing footage. Fully qualified, well-experienced, and insured UK operators are properly licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

Aerial photography is defined as taking photographs of articles or people on the ground from a direct-down and elevated position. Platforms for aerial photography include unmanned aerial vehicles known as UAVs or drones, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, dirigibles, blimps, balloons, rockets, kites and other apparatus. If the cameras are mounted, they may be triggered automatically or remotely.

Photography and cinematography are both used to create and capture the perfect and convenient aerial footage that will become a lasting legacy with video footage and aerial stills with spectacular views. Aerial photographs provide an impressive view, and the flight can be tailored to suit your requirements. High altitude photographs show more of the surrounding area, and low altitude photos provide close-in shots.

Bloomsbury Films is an excellent example of an international award-winning professional aerial filming and photography service that is one of the United Kingdom’s most respected film companies. Based in London, they have a clientele that includes royalty and celebrities and have received impressive press coverage from prestigious institutions such as the BBC. They are an independent business and create all their work in-house in order to provide a personalized and high-quality service.

Got My Free Victoria’s Secret Kimono

I got a couple of sport bras from Victoria’s Secret already but when I see a sale on it, I would still buy one or two. It would be ridiculous to continue buying them while I already have some, right? Well, I am thinking, I have a 9 years old girl that is growing fast, soon enough she will be needing bras so when I saw on a couponing blog a really good promo code combos, I went ahead and buy two sports bras, one XS and the other is small size for my daughter and younger sister.

At that time I purchased the items pictured below, PINK had a promo of 20% single full priced item and a free shipping $25 or over PLUS a free kimono with two full-priced bras with the use of a code. Sport bras cost $15 each and a kimono that surely overly-priced if I had to buy it in full.

Anyway, three items totaling only $28+ including tax and free shipping with the use of three different codes for the free kimono, 20% off less bra and free shipping. Tell me if it is not a sweet deal right there?

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Drum Sticks Price Drop

Drum sticks are essential because you cannot possibly play or make good sounds with your drum or drum set without them. Buy mike wengren drum sticks because they are having a price drop on the link provided here. Make the best music and experience playing drums like you’ve never experienced before with these awesome drum sticks. In stock and ready to ship. Please check them out!

5 Fun Family Reunion Activities You Should Try Next Time

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A family reunion needs to be an enjoyable experience with lots of fun-filled activities and exciting games. This is so that everyone in the event is entertained and the event not only becomes lively but also captivating. There are several fun activities that you can engage in to make the gathering memorable and equally decorative. Here are some of the top 5 fun family activities that you can undertake when on a family reunion:

The family tree 

Playing the family tree game not only makes the reunion lively but also makes it possible for relatives to know each other well and understand their roots. And I’m sure your children will enjoy this game very much! This is particularly if you are having a large. Arrange the family in the order with which the family’s genealogical cart flows. Once the tree has been formed and everyone is in their place, you can take a family photo from both ends of the tree (from the youngest to the oldest, and the opposite of this order).

When arranging the family tree, you can employ some creativity by grouping people born during the same month together in one group. If there are several family members who share the same birthday, you can take a photo of them together to include in the family album. You should check for facts such as the birthday month with the most family members. 

Play with an acquainted card 

An acquainted card contains characteristics, personalities and traits of different people. You can fill out these cards by identifying members of the family who have similar characteristics to those spelt out in the cards. Each name should only appear once and the winner is determined by the group that finishes filling out its card first. A sample of the characteristics in these cards are such as pierced ears, cousins, alcoholic, loves music, is a teenager, is slim/obese, and is a driver among other characteristics. 

The best way to play with an acquainted card is by sub-dividing the family members into several groups with a considerable number of members. This makes the game more exciting as each member is able to participate in the game and make contributions. 

Family hunt 

Ideally, a family reunion is all about getting people to know each other better and understand relations in the family. The family hunt game is an all inclusive activity that requires family members to hunt and collect different items and compete to identify the group that finishes its hunt first. The best thing about this activity is that you can also hunt people. For instance, you can task a specific group to hunt family members whose name starts with a particular alphabetical letter such as A or B. 

There are also tasks that family members can participate in family hunt activities when on a family reunion. For example, a particular group can identify the oldest couple in the family, a person weighing over 120 pounds, find family members wearing glasses or hunt for the tallest person in the family. Arrange members of every group in a line and have a particular code word that each group will shout after identifying their target. For instance, you can have the first group shout FAMILY after hunting their target. 

Talent show 

A talent show during a family reunion is yet another fun activity you can engage in when on a reunion. The best thing about talent show is that it not only adds fun and excitement in the event but also can be an avenue of family members identifying their talents and gifts. Essentially, in every family the number of talents is almost equal to the number of members in the family. As such, each family member will most likely have a different talent from the other members. For example, you can have members who are good at singing sing a few songs and judge how best they have mastered their talents. 

Some of the key talents you can be on the lookout for in a family reunion activity are such as singing, dancing, reciting poem, acrobats, unique athletic skills, and acting among other talents. You can also judge the prowess and ability of playing instruments for those family members who believe are good in instruments. It is advisable to carry a radio or any other music playing gadget to use when testing talents such as singing and dancing. In addition to this, it is also a great idea to have a camera for recording the activities in the reunion for future purposes. 

Sports and contests 

If the reunion has a sizeable number of family members, you can consider having different sports, contests, and competitions. For example, family members can play sports like football, baseball and basket ball among other activities. What is more unique about these gatherings is that the participants can engage in other competitions such as cooking and painting contests. The best thing about sports and contests is that they can lead to very strong bonds and relations in the family. This is due to the team work that participants engage in when having these contests. 

To make sports and contests lively and more competitive, you can consider having prizes and gifts for top performers. These prizes act as a form of motivation that makes it easy for participants to put in their best effort. However, it is important to be very cautious when holding individual contests such as cooking competitions so that no family member feels demoralized or humiliated when they do not appear among the top performers. The competitions should aim at adding fun to the gathering as opposed to making them personal with emotions hindering fun and excitement in the competitions. 

There are a lot other activities that you can engage in while on a family reunion. For instance, you can have physical exercises such as jogging, swimming, and running. In addition to this, you can also consider going for hikes, nature walks, and tree climbing among other activities. Generally, when determining the fun activities to have in your family reunion, it is important to consider activities that everyone will participate in. Avoid having a particular group of the family taking control of the reunion by doing most of the things while the others just sit and watch. This cannot strengthen the bonds in the family. 

This post is written by Danny from MyParentingJournal.com, a blog dedicated to parenting best practices, advice, tips, and resources.