Mom and I made the 2 hour drive to the city. I was so excited; we rarely left the rural town I had been in all my life, so a trip to the big city was always quite the treat. This was a special trip though. We were on our way to Glenna’s Garden; a second hand store that specialized in high quality used wedding dresses.
I was getting married next month, and momma wanted me to be able to get the best dress that I could. Well, for me the best would have to be a second hand wedding dress. I didn’t mind, but once we walked in and started browsing while we waited to speak to a sales associated I whispered to her that we couldn’t afford these either. Even used, they had price tags of over a thousand dollars and more! That only made me wonder what the original price had to of been.
She whispered back saying that she knew this to be the case before we even got there and that we could afford anything in here, that’d she’d been saving for his day for a long time. Since I was a little girl even, and that’d we’d be able to afford any dress here so we had to find the perfect one because even second hand these were top of the line dresses.
It was then I looked at her as she smiled at me and a tear rolled down her cheek. My daughter is going to be the best looking bride ever and I am so proud of you. She gave me a hug just as the clerk asked us if she could help.
July is a very popular month for women in our family to be born. It is almost weird how often it happens. My grandmother was born in July. She gave birth to my mom, my aunt Janet, and my aunt Joan all in the month of July. (Okay, so Janet and Joan are twins, but they could be born in different months if one came before midnight on the 31st and the second one came after midnight!). Then I was born in July. We usually have one big female July birthday party for our family.
Since July is so important to the ladies of the family, I decided to get my mom something to make her always think about the month of July. I wanted to get her a birthstone ring. The birthstone for July is the ruby. It is a bright red stone. When I went shopping, I found a neat gold ring that had a single row of five rubies. It was simple yet lovely. I knew my mom would love the look of the ring and the meaning behind it.
When she opened the box up and saw the ring, the tears immediately began to flow. She gave me a big hug. Then she pointed out to everyone that I had found the perfect ring for our family. She said there was one ruby for each of the females born in July. Oops….I hadn’t thought about that, she was the first one to say it. I just went with it. If she thought there was even more meaning behind the ring, who was I to deny her idea.
My best friend and I are a very unique pair. We grew up about ten miles apart and never met until we were both 22 years old. Our lives mirror each other quite a bit. We are both named Erin. I was born on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. She was born on March 21st. We both come from large Irish families. We have very similar interests and actually met in a college English class. We became fast friends. Then, over time, became practically inseparable. A lot of our friend’s call us the E’s.
We have been friends for over seven years now. We have seen each other marry and have our first children. We vacation together, spend holidays together and have basically forced our husbands to be best friends, just kidding.
This year is a big year for us; we both turn 30 years old. I told my husband that I wanted to get a present for the both of us this year. I picked out matching claddagh rings for us. I know that some people probably think matching rings for 30 year old women seems ridiculous, but I consider her my sister. This is just something special I want to do, not just for her, but for the both of us. I can’t wait until her birthday to present her with our rings. I hope she thinks it is as cool as I do. Who am I kidding? I know she will love it! And whether it is corny or not, she will love it just the same.
I consider coconut oil as my favourite facial cleanser for a lot of reasons.
The most important ones are that it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. What this means is it will help me get rid of acne, eczema and a host of other skin conditions that seem to appear on my face.
Antioxidants also are responsible for helping fight aging by eliminating fine lines and wrinkles and since coconut oil is considered an excellent moisturizer, I use it often.
I used a bit of trial and error when it came to the actual application of coconut oil, but I think my current method is giving me the best results.
I use organic extra virgin coconut oil and a warm, wet washcloth.
I massage the oil onto my face for about 30-seconds, then I apply the warm towel to my face. What that does is open the pores and lets the oil penetrate deep into my skin.
After about 30-seconds with the warm towel I lightly remove the excess oil. Sometimes I’ll splash a bit of warm water on my face but ordinarily I don’t need to as most of the oil soaks directly into my skin.
I’ve ended up with clean, fresh looking and soft skin on my face and since coconut oil for my face is a natural product, I like to give myself a facial treatment on a regular basis. Personal choice will dictate your schedule but I give myself one every couple of days and every so often I’ll do it daily when I feel I need to do so.
Many people have heard that green tea is supposed to help with weight loss, but I have found that oolong tea is what does the trick for me. I was introduced to it by my son’s friend’s mom. We were sitting in the bleachers at our son’s’ basketball games and got to chatting. I don’t even remember how we got on the subject of weight loss, but she mentioned that she had lost 30 lbs over the last year. She said it was a nice slow and steady process. I was already a bit jealous because she had the figure of a model- tall and lean.
As we continued talking, she told me that it was a combination of exercise and drinking oolong tea. I had never even heard of the benefits of oolong tea. I asked her if is was the same thing as green tea, but she said it wasn’t. She explained that event though they come from the same plant, the tea leaves are processed differently. With green tea, she said the leaves are heated right after it is picked to stop enzymatic reaction of the leaf. She explained that oolong comes from leaves that are picked and then kept in controlled conditions so that they can oxidize.
After my son’s basketball game, we made a quick detour on the way home to a high end grocery store that this mom recommended. It carries oolong tea. After seeing her results, I can’t wait to get started on my weight loss journey.
Each month is assigned a flower much like the birthstone idea where each month is assigned a gemstone or jewel. Each month has a specific flower and each of those flowers has a unique history.
Here are the birth month flowers with a brief history of the flower.
January – Carnation – The carnation gets its name from the Greek word corone which means flower garlands, and the carnation has been cultivated for grown for over 2,000 years.
February – Violet – The violet gets it name from the world vias which means wayside. It is a tropical African plant which was grown to be a houseplant in more recent years.
March – Daffodil – The daffodil was cultivated to be an ornamental plant. It is native to southern Europe.
April – Daisy – The daisy is believed to be over 4,000 years old. The flower got its name because the flower opened and closed with the sun, so it was called Day’s Eye.
May – Lily of the Valley – The name lily of the valley comes from the Latin words maius and anthemon. They mean may and flower.
June – Rose – There are over 100 species of wild roses and the name comes from the Latin word rosa.
July – Larkspur – The larkspur is also called delphinium.
August – Gladiolus – Sword Lily is another name that gladiolus goes by.
September – Aster – Aster gets its name from the Greek word for star.
October – Marigold – Another name for the marigold is the calendula.
November – Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum gets its name from the Greek words chrysos and anthos which mean gold and flower.
December – Narcissus – The narcissus is also known as the daffodil.
My boyfriend asked me to marry him kind of in a spur of the moment way. We had just been out to dinner and had just returned home. We had been going through a tough time financially. Both of us had been suffering from the stress of the situation and it had made us grouchy a lot of times. But as we were just emerging from this dark financial cloud, we both realized that neither of us had bailed on the other one. We had stuck it out together and we were the better for it.
After we returned home, he took a shower. When he finished he came out, took my hand and said that after everything we had been through, he knew I would stand by him through anything and then asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes.
After just digging ourselves out of a financial mess, we agreed this would be a very modest wedding ceremony. We started pricing rings and were blown away at the prices. After talking to a jeweler, they suggested we check out titanium or tungsten rings. They are both priced very reasonable. Even though I had heard of both metals before, I thought they were only available for men. We selected several matching bands to try on and finally settled on a pair of titanium bands. I decided that a diamond was not where I wanted to spend our money at this time. I told my boyfriend that he could buy me a diamond when he made his first million.
Shopping for mens wedding rings is a big decision. With so many styles and types available it can be an overwhelming experience choosing the right one. Read this handy guide to help clear up the confusion:
Traditional styles are usually yellow or white gold with beveled edges. If this classic style is a little too plain for your taste, there are more intricate styles available, which incorporate sculpted edges and textured finishes. Try brushed finish as opposed to a polished finish for a more modern look.
If you’re comfortable in your masculinity, why not try wedding rings with gemstones. Black diamonds are a fashionable choice and display a truly contemporary design. When choosing rings with gemstones choose ones where the stones are set flush in the ring.
Remember to choose your ring well ahead of the special day. At least two months beforehand should be fine. If you’re planning to get your ring engraved then at least four months before will give you enough time to get it engraved and also if any exchanges need to be made.
Try and experiment with different styles and colors, you’ll be surprised at how many different varieties of mens rings are available. Most jewelers will give you some guidance if you ask. Whatever you do though, find out your ring size before you start shopping.
Above all relax. A wedding is supposed to be a special day for you and your partner and your wedding ring is a reminder of it, so just go with a style that feels right.
You’ve decided you want a hammock in your yard and you’ve got the perfect location picked out. What you need to decide on now is the type of hammock to purchase. There are several kinds and each has a special appeal. Depending on where you plan to put your hammock, whether it’s for indoor or outdoor use, or maybe a bit of both, you need to do some homework on the different kinds to save yourself headaches later. The Brazilian hammock is a good choice for indoor or outdoor use and is a favourite with families.
The hammock bed is hand woven from cotton fibres and the resulting fabric creates a solid bed, or in other words, it’s like lying in solid sheets of fabric. As the Brazilian hammock utilizes various colours in both the fabric and fringe they create a very comfortable suspended bed, which is also an attractive addition to any home or yard. As the hammock bed is solid, it is a great choice for use in cooler climates and and would be the perfect place to nap on a cooler night in the middle of July or August. Probably the biggest difference in the construction of the Brazilian hammock in comparison to others is that there are no spacer bars. That means the hammock will virtually wrap around you, holding you as you nap. I don’t know about you, but I think a hammock that hugs me as I sleep just might be the best thing after a long day.
I ended up with stretch marks from my pregnancy even though I tried to use cocoa butter everyday during my pregnancy. I am really not as upset by it as I thought I would be. I just look at my daughter and every stretch mark is worth it, but it doesn’t mean that I won’t eventually try to make them less noticeable.
I asked my friends about stretch mark removal creams and got some mixed reviews. Some raved and others said it was a waste of time and money. I asked my doctor for a recommendation for a stretch mark removal cream and he gave me a list of ones that I could try, but he recommended that I not start using any type of cream until I am done breastfeeding. This is something I hadn’t even thought of. This got me to thinking about what is in these creams.
After a lot of research, I have decided to use coconut oil to try to get rid of the stretch marks. I am still not going to start using it until I finish breast feeding, but at least it is 100 percent natural. Not only is it completely natural, it smells delightful. It smells like a tropical vacation every time I open the bottle. Yes, I already purchased the bottle in anticipation of the day I can begin to use it. I have also read that it works as an all natural antibacterial and antiviral agent. I may even keep using it as a moisturizer if that is true.