Oct
8
2015

Choosing a Maui Wedding Package

Just like anywhere else in America, there are a variety of businesses offering different Maui wedding packages. A quick bit of research online or from the Maui Visitors Information Service, will quickly overwhelm you with wedding package choices. They range in price from as little as a few hundred dollars to, really, as much money as you’d like to spend. A lot of people opt for the simple wedding service for two on a secluded beach, with a few simple appetizers, some champagne and a hotel room to start your honeymoon. Weddings such as these can be arranged for you for as little as $200, depending on the hotel room, of course.  More expensive Maui wedding packages offer a ceremony on the beach with live music and as soon as you’ve recited your vows, you and your new spouse will be whisked off to a waiting yacht for a moonlight cruise in the gentle ocean waters as you begin your honeymoon in style and splendor. For the more traditional, there are Maui wedding packages available in a variety of wedding chapels across the island. For a small fee you can drive up to the chapel, get married and then depart on your own to start your honeymoon and continue your vacation. Other people prefer to arrive by limousine, take their vows and then enjoy a lavish party for their friends and loved ones at the location. Others prefer to get married in the lovely town of Lahaina where you can get married and then party till dawn at any -- or all -- of the towns famous watering holes. 
Sep
30
2015

Aromatherapy Candles - Do You Know How to Use These 14 Key Essential Oils?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, largely for medicinal purposes. Although the medical emphasis started to decline about 100 years ago, aroma therapists stayed focused and have been studying the effect of essential oils on the body and brain for hundreds of years. Although the cosmetic and perfume industries had become the major users of essential oils as mainstream medical interest declined, the pendulum started to swing back in 1928, when Ren-Maurice Cattefoss first used the term aromatherapy. Other pioneers helped foster renewed focus on essential oils, and there is now greater interest than ever in their use for cosmetic, therapeutic and spiritual purposes. Today's aroma therapists can call on at least 90 essential oils, which can be used either singly or combined. Naturally, in this modern age, they are cautious in their recommendations and claims - but they themselves are convinced believers. Aromatherapy Fragranced Candles Candle makers have recognized this renewed interest, and provide a wide range of products for those who want to combine a love of candles with an interest in aromatherapy. Obviously, the candles do not give as intense an effect as the direct application of an essential oil, but instead provide a more subtle influence. As they burn the candles release a continuous stream of vaporized essential oils into the air, which you absorb as you breathe. First they stimulate the olfactory nerves that lead from the nose to the brain, and then they enter the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. And depending on what you want to achieve, there is probably an oil that will do just what you want it to. The Abbreviated List A list of 90 different oils is a bit much for a non-expert to absorb, so here is an abbreviated guide to some of the more common oils, and their associated recommendations: Bergamot - extracted from a citrus fruit. Used to fight depression, and reduce stress and fatigue. Chamomile - calming, refreshing, antiseptic. Eucalyptus - stimulant, antiseptic. Recommended for treating coughs and colds. Used as insecticide and germicide. Geranium - good for the skin, recommended for depression. Found in window boxes (particularly in Europe), it is a good household insecticide. Jasmine - anti-depressant, antiseptic. Used to overcome anxiety and depression. Lavender - the world's most common essential oil, used since the Middle Ages. Relaxes, calms, antiseptic. Neem - extracted from an Indian tree and is used primarily in health and beauty products. Said to be anti- almost everything - antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antihistamine, among others. One of the major essential oils. Neroli - derived from orange blossoms. Said to be calming and good for treating insomnia. Orange - another product from the orange tree, this time pressed from the skin of the fruit. Relaxes and calms, and is often mixed with other oils. Oregano - another of the majors, with just as many "antis" in it’s list of properties as Neem oil. Rose - pricey, as all who encounter it in skincare products will know. Also an antiseptic and anti-depressant. Rosemary - physical and mental stimulant, but also very relaxing at the end of a stressful day. Tea Tree - derived from an Australian tree, it has a wide range of uses, and at one stage was even in military first-aid kit’s. Another of the major essential oils. Ylang Ylang - very fragrant, relieves pain, eases anxiety, aphrodisiac. Even Aromatherapy Soy Candles These, and many others, are available in a wide range that includes aromatherapy soy candles. Of course, sampling this list might lead to a storage area loaded with a large variety of candles. But when it comes to aromatherapy candles, can you really have too much of a good thing? 
Sep
21
2015

Get back in shape after the birth of your baby

1.Be especially kind to yourself in the first weeks after your baby is born. Your body has gone through huge changes and it's unrealistic to expect that you can snap back into your old shape straight away. Unrealistic expectations sets you up for failure and disappointment, but you CAN get your figure back if you are patient and take it one step at a time. 2.Forget drastic dieting and treat your body to healthy nourishing food and gentle exercise to get back in shape. You will naturally lose some weight during the first few weeks as your uterus shrinks. Breast feeding alone will allow you to lose weight at 1lb a week if you eat normally and healthily as it uses up 500 calories a day, but you do need to eat enough so that your milk does not dry up. Plan on losing the remainder at a gentle pace.  3.Your tummy will look very sad after the birth, flabby and saggy. Don't worry you can soon get things looking good again. Do all the post-natal exercises and gentle exercise recommended by your health-care professionals during the first 6 weeks to get your tummy back in shape. After that check with them that it is Ok if you want to embark on a more strenuous exercise routine. Once your doctor says it’s OK to exercise, one of the best ways to retighten your muscles is a simple yoga move. Stand with your feet apart, hands on thighs. Breathe out fully and then pull your tummy muscles in and up as hard as you can, holding for a count of 10. If you do this a few times a day before breakfast you'll soon see results. Don't do this during pregnancy. 4.The first few weeks with your baby are precious and not the time to start injuring yourself by doing too much too soon. Whatever you decide to do, don't go mad in the first week you're allowed to exercise normally. Build up gradually as if you'd not exercised before. 5.If you are not able to get back to the gym or to do whatever activity you used to do now that you have a baby to care for, investigate home-exercise programs and videos you can do while your baby sleeps or organize your partner or friend to watch your baby for a short time while you exercise. You will need to be a bit more resourceful and determined to fit in your exercise but you can find a way if you really want to. 6.Walking with your baby is always great  you both get fresh air and out of the house and you get fitter while your baby is soothed by the movement of the pram. You could also use a baby carrier to keep your baby close to you while you walk. This is especially soothing for a restless baby. Aim to walk for 30 minutes to an hour each day.  7.You may find yourself tempted to snack more if you are alone at home with your baby especially if you are used to being out and about at work every day. Make sure you have lots of healthy snacks around such as fruit and avoid buying unhealthy snacks so you are not tempted. You may be better to plan 5 or 6 mini-meals rather than snacking all day AND having your usual lunch and dinner. 8.Take the time to plan simple meals for the next few days before you go shopping. This will help you avoid the "What's for dinner"/"Oh no, I haven't defrosted it?" / "Better send out for pizza again" Syndrome. This is not the time to plan elaborate recipes but try and avoid too much processed junk food because you do have time for a simple omelet, pasta sauce, baked potato or salad 9.If you start a plan to get in shape and it all feels like too much, simply restart it when you feel up to it  there's no need to beat yourself up over anything. Most women feel a bit tired and stressed with a new baby so don't put more pressure on yourself. All in good time. If you feel really down remember and seek help - post-natal depression is very real and quite common. 10.Reward yourself. You've been through a lot  your body has changed, your hormones are in disarray. Whatever you do that helps towards getting back in shape (a walk, a healthy snack, your tummy exercises or whatever) give yourself a pat on the back. A few moments to yourself can be a great reward if you have someone who will care for your little one for a while. Bonus tip: Above all relax into your new life with your baby. You'll achieve nothing by worrying about your shape. Take time to rest and pamper yourself as much as possible. Sometimes you can feel quite neglected because your baby makes so many demands and this in it ‘self can lead you to eat for comfort. Take care of your own needs. Ask for support from your partner. If you look after yourself by eating healthily and keeping up some gentle exercise you'll be fine and your weight will naturally rebalance itself over time.  
Aug
23
2015

How to Pick Perfect Birthday Flowers for Women

Flowers have long been considered one of the best birthday gifts for women and rightfully so. Flowers are beautiful, graceful and simply make the recipient feel very special. However, the woman you are buying flowers for may impact the type of flowers you buy. If you are interested in buying flowers for a daughter or a mom, then affectionate and cheerful flowers are more appropriate. Examples of flowers that should be given to a daughter or a mother include wild flowers, tulips, Gerber daisies, birth month flowers, or any flower that is a woman’s particular favorite. Roses are always a popular choice, however for a mom or daughter pink, yellow, orange, or white are more appropriate. Every woman loves roses, and the alternate colors brighten up the rose as well as show love in a non-romantic way. As such, red roses should be reserved only for romantic relationships.  The best birthday flowers suggestion for your girlfriend or wife is always red roses. Although red roses symbolize love and romance and are always an appropriate choice for your wife they might not be the right choice for your girlfriend if a relationship is new. In this case, pink or any other colored roses would be an appropriate choice as well as any favorite flower your girlfriend has mentioned. Different months of the year have corresponding flowers, much like birthstones. January is the snowdrop and carnation; February the primrose and violet; March the violet and jonquil; April flowers are the daisy and sweet pea; May represents lily of the valley and hawthorn; June is the rose and honeysuckle; July the water lily and larkspur; August represents the gladiolus and poppy; September the Morning Glory and Aster; October the Marigold; November, chrysanthemum; and December birthdays the Poinsettia and Holly.  Regardless of whose birthday it is whether man or woman, son or daughter, husband or wife, girlfriend or boyfriend, flowers are always an appropriate and thoughtful gift that will be appreciated immensely. 
May
22
2015

Weight Control Program Tips: Lose Weight Safely

Losing weight is one of the major health concerns nowadays. That is why more and more people have been painstakingly involved in various weight control programs to lose a few pounds. However it can only lead to depression if the program does not suit its purpose. It is because these programs often cause misconceptions that build up high hopes, which can even add up or be the factor that can cause further weight gain if the chosen weight control program is not suited for the individual. Some people want to lose weight fast which in reality is difficult since it may take a few months before the body adjusts to the new diet intake. There are several weight control programs. Some can help. Some make matters worse. To serve as a guide in choosing the right weight control program, the following information and tips can be of great help. Successful weight control programs usually start on instilling a positive attitude towards weight gain. One may lose the desired pounds but he can once again go back to the old habits of diet and can once again regain the lost weight. Losing weight can be easily done if the mind is in total in control of the body. Successful people who obtained the desired weight used positive mental attitude and optimum self-control to push through the difficulties and temptations that can interfere with the chosen weight control program. Weight control is not only meant to get the curvy figures shown in ads and magazines. It is also meant to avoid the danger of several diseases that can abruptly end one's life. These diseases may include hypertension or high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, gallbladder disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems and other forms of cancer.  In choosing the right type of weight control program, safety must be of utmost consideration. The diet must not just be trimmed down but it must also include the nutrients needed by the body to keep on going. The recommended daily allowance must be there including minerals, vitamins and proteins. The diet must have less calories and fats which can be 30% of the total daily calories content of regular meals. Skipping of meals is not advisable since it can only create more cravings which can again add up to the overall weight. Food types that are high in fiber must always be on stock since it can be of great help in the chosen weight control program. These types of food may include vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals and fruits. Low calorie raw vegetables are also preferred. Keeping a list of the food or juice taken can help the individual to assess the eating habit so as to make the necessary changes needed for successful weight control.  Commercial weight control programs can also be chosen but be sure to have access to the vital information to be considered such as the fees and costs involved. The dietary supplements or the types of food to be taken must not have any negative effects on the metabolism of the individual. Some diet supplements may cause allergies and other side effects which can endanger the health or the overall well-being of the individual. The maintenance of weight is considered as the most difficult stage since there must be constant and persistent applications of what should be done.  
Mar
3
2015

How to Remove Hair Dye

Most women who choose to color their hair, do it at home. It's not that difficult, and you get it done just the way you want. Unfortunately, you often do a little more than you want, and are left wondering how to remove hair dye from a variety of surfaces, including you! The first tip, is that when dying your hair, apply a border of Vaseline around the edge of your scalp. Make it an area perhaps an inch wide or more. Yes, it feels a little greasy, but it will save you the work of trying to scrub off dye stains at the base of your neck where you can't even see what you're doing. If you do have hair dye stains, there are commercial removers to be bought at hair salons (after all, they make mistakes too), but you can get the same results with your toothpaste. The make up of toothpaste means that it contains just enough abrasive to help remove the dye from your skin, without irritating it. Rub it in with your gloved fingers, or use an old toothbrush. When the dye falls on clothing, get it off and into cold water, immediately. Soak until the stain is all or mostly removed. Wring out and place on a firm surface, then use an old toothbrush to work a dishwashing detergent into the stain. Rinse and launder as usual but air dry in case the stain is not completely gone. If there is some mark left, soaking it overnight in one of the OxyClean products may help.  
Jan
15
2015

The Truth About Your Acne Problem

Like a good many people I have been the victim of acne vulgaris (what an appropriate name for such a vulgar disease) the medical term for pimples.  My acne problem has made me aggravated, made me cry, and made me angry. Thousands of people each year are afflicted by an acne problem, and their acne problem makes recluses out of way too many teenagers and even adults.  Your acne problem is caused when your pores get clogged and the fatty material made by the sebaceous gland accumulates, and a "bump" appears under the skin-or perhaps a whitehead or a blackhead (a comedone).  Blackheads are not caused by dirt but by the discoloring effect of air on the fatty material in the clogged pore. If this substance becomes infected a pimple results.  That is the medical explanation for pimples but what people really want to know is "How do I get RID of my acne problem!?"  As anyone can tell you the worst thing to do is to push or "pop" a pimple. Because this will not only cause your acne problem to worsen, but can result in life long scars.  No matter what you see on TV or in movies and no matter what anyone in your family or what any friend tells you, DON'T pop that pimple.  I speak from personal experience, my acne problem was so bad I couldn't stand it so I popped pimples trying to be proactive in getting rid of them.  That is the wrong method to get involved in doing something to rid yourself of your acne problem. I am still paying for doing it by the scars that remain on my face. The right way is a simple trick I learned that lessons acne dramatically: Steam your face at night over a warm bowl of water for 20 minutes before retiring to bed (this should be after washing your face thoroughly with a gentle cleanser like Olay's or Neutragena's facial cloths) And then massage one half a teaspoon of castor oil onto your face for about 1 minute, until your face is just lightly shiny. This will help keep your pores open and prevent new pimples from forming (the steaming opens pores and helps get rid of old pimples). In the morning you should wash your face again immediately after waking and steam face again for 20 more minutes. After steaming your face in the morning splash your face with cold water and dry off. Do this consistently every night and morning for optimal results in clearing up your acne problem.  Now that you are armed with this information put it to use tonight and watch the improvement as your acne problem fades and your skin begins to glow after just a short period of time. 
Dec
31
2014

Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings

For diamond alternative engagement rings, moissanite is an excellent choice. You get a dazzling brilliance, which draws attention to your ring at a much more affordable price that a real diamond. When you choose platinum as the metal of the ring, you have exquisite diamond alternative engagement rings that any woman would be thrilled to wear.  Platinum moissanite engagement rings are very popular. Although platinum is more expensive than gold or silver in rings, it has a durability that the other metals do not have. This choice in diamond alternative engagement rings provides you with choices in rings that you can wear on all occasions. If you work in an environment that does not lend itself to wearing gold or silver because it might get scratched or tarnished, then platinum is the perfect alternative.  Rather than use cubic Zirconia in engagement rings, many couples are looking at moissanite as the stone of choice in diamond alternative engagement rings. This is because moissanite is a lab-created imitation diamond. It naturally occurs in nature and its scientific name is silicon carbide, but it occurs in very small quantities. It is only slightly less than the diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness, being 9.4 as compared to the diamond at 10.  For the ultimate diamond alternative engagement rings, look at what the platinum moissanite engagement rings have to offer. The hardness and durability of the moissanite stone, combined with the durability of platinum offers an impressive combination. The silver color of the platinum gives the appearance of white gold and goes well with any attire. With these rings, you also save money that you will need later on to plan your wedding or to buy a new home.  Having a moissanite engagement ring also means that you can have a much larger stone in your ring than if you opted for the traditional diamond. In diamond alternative engagement rings, moissanite also looks divine when you have several stones in a channel setting. Moissanite actually outperforms diamonds when it comes to brilliance, although it does not have the same clarity.  Jewelers have to struggle to tell the difference between diamonds and moissanite. They need to have a high-powered microscope in order to tell the difference. This makes it a perfect choice for diamond alternative engagement rings. If you choose this stone for the engagement ring, you do need to tell your fianc that it is a diamond alternative engagement ring, just in case she decides to take it to a jeweler to have it appraised.  
Dec
26
2014

Custom Titanium Rings: A World of Options

Titanium rings is that they have a great potential for customization. Since the market for titanium rings is smaller than that for gold or silver rings, manufacturers don't usually mass-produce titanium rings and often make them to order specifically for the buyer. Customers not only get the ring in their size, they may even get a completely unique product, the only ring with that design in existence.  Custom titanium rings can have unique gem settings, individual inlays, one-of-a-kind engravings, and unique patterns and shapes. Many sellers of custom titanium rings are small metal shops that make rings individually to the customer's specifications, so the possibilities are endless. There are an infinite number of gem settings available for custom titanium rings. Many different stones can be used, such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires, or any other precious stone. Different types of settings can be used to fasten the gem to the ring. The most popular style now is the tension setting, where the stone is held by pressure provided by the surrounding titanium.  Inlays can add unique character to custom titanium rings. Some popular inlays are silver, platinum, or yellow or white gold. Any pattern could be used for the inlay, from a simple stripe, to an elaborate design.  One of the best ways to customize a titanium ring is with an inscription. Words or symbols can be engraved on a custom titanium ring that has meaning to the wearer. This is a great gift idea for a loved one or a friend.  A countless number of patterns and ring shapes are also available. Rings can be a simple flat band, or be covered in a complicated pattern or unique texture. The only limit is the buyer's imagination.  Adventurous shoppers can find custom titanium rings at a number of online retailers. Many skilled metal smiths make their living crafting individual custom titanium rings. A custom titanium ring can be a one-of-a-kind gift of a lifetime. 
Nov
22
2014

Your Winter Wedding

Winter is such a beautiful time of year, and is a perfect time for a wedding! Even if you live in a part of the world where there is no snow, a winder wedding can be filled with magic and electricity. The crisp chill in the air and a horse drawn carriage can seem like something off of a Christmas card, and you will be surprised at just how romantic the atmosphere can be. Before you make a definite decision on a winter wedding, you should be sure that it is the right season for you and your groom. If you hate the snow, you might want to think about a wedding in the fall, or perhaps the spring when the weather is a bit more agreeable. In the same respect, if you're hoping for an outdoor wedding, winter is not the best choice.  It's possible to have an outdoor wedding in the winter, but the cost of heating your guests, flowers, food, even yourself is exorbitant. If a winter wedding is what you've got your heart set on, keep an indoor venue in mind. A wedding around the time of a major holiday can be stressful, not only for the bride and groom, but for the family and guests. People already buy many gifts at Christmas. Having a wedding in the same week may seem like an added expense rather than a blessed occasion. If you're still focusing on the winder wedding, there are some beautiful themes you can use to make your wedding one to remember. Obviously, a Christmas theme is on the minds of a lot of people. If you happen to celebrate the holiday, decorate your venue with evergreen garlands, twinkling lights, red bows, and large blooming poinsettias. A nighttime wedding typically requires more formal dress, so if you're planning to have it at night, note this on the invitation. A winter wonderland wedding makes for a beautiful theme. Decorate with plenty of white lace, crystal accessories, and an ice sculpture or two and you have an exquisite land of ice and snow. During this snow-touched occasion, making your entrance via horse and carriage will definitely stand out. Though most don't think of it in this way, Valentine's Day is also in winter. A wedding venue decorated with hearts, roses, and Victorian accents can speak love without saying a single word. A winter wedding can be incredible, and with the right theme, you can have the winter wedding of your dreams. 

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