Preloved Wedding Dresses

June 2nd, 2014

I knew it had to be done, but I didn’t want to do it. I had to clean out the attic and see if there was anything we had to sell at the garage sale we were holding this weekend. It was either this or the garage. We flipped a coin, I got the attic. I wasn’t happy because the attic was so chock full of boxes from mom and dad’s old house when they had sold it for something smaller they used our attic for storage. Then we had our own stuff up here as well. There was going to be a lot to go through. Mom and dad said we could sell whatever we found, so hopefully there would be some goodies to sort through that might turn a penny.

I started going through the boxes and found an old record player and a huge collection of records. Hopefully these would sell, maybe if I sold them in batches and not just individually. Maybe vice versa would be better; oh I could feel a headache coming on. Then I found a box I hadn’t seen before, it was quite large but light. I opened it and was amazed at what I found. It was full of wedding dresses. By the time I pulled them out there were five dresses all in great condition. At the bottom of the box was a piece of paper saying Mabel’s preloved wedding dresses. I didn’t know who Mabel was and if all 5 she had worn at different junctures in her life, but they were lovely and I could easily sell them to a consignment shop that specialized in wedding dresses. For a moment, I was glad I had got the attic.

Promise Pre-Engagement

June 2nd, 2014

My boyfriend surprised me with a promise ring. At first, I wasn’t even sure what a promise ring was. I guess that I am in the minority when it comes to that. All of my girlfriends and my mom knew what a promise ring was. But everyone had a little bit different take on what it meant, so I guess it isn’t as clear cut as everyone thought it was. Some people believe a promise ring is a commitment ring. It means that you won’t date anyone else. Other’s think it is symbol of loyalty- meaning that the two people the ring is exchanged between promise to remain loyal to each other (so it could even be exchanged between friends). But the most popular idea of a promise ring is that of the promise that someday you will become engaged.

My boyfriend intended my ring to be a promise ring meaning that we will become engaged someday. It is also known as a pre engagement ring. My mom said when she was our age that is the only thing that a promise ring meant. She was so excited when she found out I got one. You would have thought it was the actual engagement ring. She was all ready to start planning a wedding that is several years down the road still.

I do like the idea that my boyfriend is committed enough to our relationship to consider doing something like this. To me, it shows that he really believes that I am the right person for him and he plans to spend the rest of his life with me. I am willing to wait until the time is right for both of us to get married; now I just have to convince my mom to slow down.

What Is A “Nicaraguan Hammock”?

June 2nd, 2014

I heard someone call the Nicaraguan Hammock ‘sublimely comfortable’ which made me think this was something I had to look into. I needed to find out how something suspended from two points leaving you hanging in midair could be called ‘sublimely comfortable.’

Well, I can tell you that those two words barely come close enough to describing the feeling of the soft-spun cotton and tightly woven fabric of the Nicaraguan Hammock.

They are commonly used as a regular bed in Nicaragua and contain beautiful patterns that make them look as high end as they feel.

My Nicaraguan Hammock (in its hammock stand) looks perfect sitting on the far side of my large covered deck. It’s my favorite place to read a book, relax with a cold drink, sit with a sandwich, cuddle with my partner and to fall asleep in.

I was interested in hammocks as far back as a kid when we used to take one on family camping trips to the lake. The hammocks we used then were quite different to my Nicaraguan style hammock, but I never forgot how great it felt to be floating above the ground and sleeping that way when we camped. I knew that one day I’d get a hammock for my home but years passed and life just changes your plans.

That was until I heard the comment about Nicaraguan Hammocks being ‘sublimely comfortable’ and I remembered my childhood camping trips.

Aside from bringing back great memories, my hammock is a wonderful addition to my home and living space.

Fun Fact Friday – Birthstones

June 2nd, 2014

Birthstones have been around for centuries, but the current list of birthstones has only been in place since 1912. Each month has a stone which is unique. Some people like their birthstone, while others dislike the appearance of their birthstone. If you like a birthstone of a different month, you can always find a reason to wear that birthstone instead of your own.

Some people chose to wear the birthstones of their children. Some people wear them all together in jewelry like mother/grandmother rings or necklaces. Others get a specific piece of birthstone jewelry for each child. For instance they may have a sapphire ring for a child born in September and an emerald necklace for a child born in May. But what if you don’t have any children and you don’t like your birthstone?

Another option that is gaining in popularity is getting a birthstone to commemorate a special day or event that happened in that month. Some people get a turquoise ring to commemorate the month they got engaged. Or maybe a ruby necklace to wear at their July wedding. Not every occasion has to be a happy one that you want to memorialize. Maybe a beloved grandparent passed away in February, some people would consider purchasing a piece of jewelry with the amethyst birthstone in it to remember the day.

Even if you don’t have a specific reason to purchase a birthstone from a different month, if you want one you should get one. In the history of the birthstone, people believed each birthstone had unique healing powers and people would wear the birthstone of the month (so they owned all twelve) to optimize the healing power.

Embracing my Stretch Marks

June 2nd, 2014

I have stretch marks from my three pregnancies. I did try to prevent them by using a stretch mark prevention cream everyday during my pregnancies. It may have helped, but it did not keep me from getting stretch marks at all. It isn’t like my stomach and breasts are covered with them, but I do have enough that they are noticeable when those parts of my body are exposed. A lot of my friends are constantly seeking ways to get rid of them. They buy expensive lotions and go for expensive spa treatments. Some of them have had a degree of improvement, but no one has had their stretch marks completely disappear.

I have decided to take a whole different approach to my stretch marks than my friends have. I am going to embrace my stretch marks. I am not going to hide them under my clothes- if I want to wear a bikini, I will. I am the mother of three young children so it is not like I am being photographed for a swimsuit edition of any magazine any time soon anyway.

I am also not going to waste dollar after dollar trying to make them fade away. My bank account with thank me for it! They always say time heals all wounds, so I think time may be the best thing to heal (or fade) my stretch marks away. My approach may not be for everyone, but I am comfortable with my decision. I know some of my friends will cringe at the thought though.

College Football Dentist Disaster

June 2nd, 2014

I was so excited to have my son home from college over the holidays. He chose a college far from home because of its excellent reputation, but it makes for few visits home during the school year. He was excited to see us, but was ecstatic at the thought of seeing his high school friends for a football game in the park over break.

He met up with all of his old high school buddies and they enjoyed a day of football until things got too rough. This group of boys is notorious for playing rough- all of the moms have enjoyed a trip or two to the emergency room over their antics, which is always done in good fun- never out of malice. My son called from the park and told me that he had chipped two of his front teeth. He was holding the chips in his hand. I told him to get home ASAP.

I called the emergency dentist in Sydney – fifteen miles away, as there isn’t even a regular dentist in our small hometown. The dentist was on call, so his service told me he would call me back shortly. Within ten minutes, the dentist personally called me and arranged to meet us at his office. He took x-rays to ensure there was no damage to the root of the teeth. The dentist said the chips would not be used to fill the teeth, but a composite material could be used to fill the chips. He recommended waiting a couple of days and having the chips fixed at our regular dentist office, which we did. The emergency dentist was at least able to put my son’s fears to rest about being able to restore the look of his teeth.

The Comeback Kid

June 2nd, 2014

Moccasins are cropping up in almost every department store in recent years. It used to be the case that if you had finally decided to buy a pair of these fantastic shoes, you’d have to hunt high and low for them. In fact, chances were that no matter how much your heart was set on it, your local shops probably didn’t stock them. Well those times have gone.

Moccasins are now not only available in most department stores and clothing shops, but they are being stocked in a wide range of different colors and styles. From boots that have inner linings for extra warmth on cold days, to slip on slippers which are absolutely perfect to wear in the house or to just laze around in, you’ll find a pair of mocs to fit your style. By the way, we whole-heartedly recommend the slip on mocs, they are just so darn comfy. Try them yourself and we guarantee that you’ll never look back.

Another great thing about mocs, is that they are considerably cheaper than other types of footwear. This is not to say that they’re inferior in quality though. In fact Moccasins will probably outlast most shoes that you’ve bought before. They’re known for their toughness and hold up very well over the years. Despite being so tough they’re remarkably soft and comfortable too. Having both these properties is a very rare treat indeed.

So with that said, we recommend that you stop surfing the web right now and go out there and buy a pair.

What Metal Mens Ring?

June 2nd, 2014

Whether you’re shopping for a mens wedding ring, or a fashion ring, there are a lot more choices of materials these days. Two of the most popular are titanium and tungsten, as they are two of the most durable metals available, and as men tend to destroy their rings a lot quicker than women do, this can only be a good thing!

It’s important to understand though, that these two materials are quite different, and will suit different lifestyles. Tungsten rings for example, is super hard, which is why it is almost scratchproof. Because it is so hard, it can actually be brittle, which means that if dropped on a hard surface (like in the shower) there is a chance it will chip or break, and it cannot be repaired. Titanium on the other hand will scratch (although not as much as gold or silver), but will not chip or break. They are both much more durable than the usual soft metals, but your lifestyle will determine which metal is best for your ring.

Tried Harem Pants Yet?

June 2nd, 2014

If you’re getting bored of the same old fashion trends that seem to resurface time and time again on the catwalk, then why not try a pair of harem pants? They’re relatively new on the fashion scene but are causing quite a storm.

They’ve been quickly adopted by many well-known celebrities and demand for them has been increasing steadily. Don’t be fooled by their look, as once you’ve donned a pair you’ll probably never look back.

While it’s true that these were the pants most favored by pirates many decades ago, this doesn’t mean that they’re an ancient and old-fashioned type of clothing at all. Fashion designers have been giving harem pants their own twist, which has resulted in some very cool new styles.

You can now get harem pants that end at the knee, or ones that aren’t elasticated at all. Some now come in much thicker material that’s comparable to a pair of denim jeans. Some even incorporate a belt into the design, while others are made of a much more restrictive material at certain parts and much looser in others.

Designers really love this highly experimental type of clothing, it’s a dream come true for them. Styles and designs are growing all the time because of this, so you’ll find quite a wide variety to choose from if you decide to adopt this type of pants.

Fashion trends come and go but none are more ancient or iconic than the harem pants. They deserve a place in your closet.

Pantie Designs

June 2nd, 2014

If you’re thinking about splashing out on some lingerie, then there are quite a few options to choose from, especially when it comes to panties. There are now so many options available it can be a little daunting trying to figure out which style best works for you.

Panties generally fall into two categories; sexy, or functional. By functional we mean anything that helps shape your figure. There are panties out there like the control briefs, which are designed to prevent your tummy from bulging. These types of functional panties are great to wear underneath other clothing to help give you a slender appearance when wearing a sexy dress for example.

Sexy panties are things like thongs and G-strings. They’re great for wearing on the beach or as part of sexy lingerie for the bedroom.

G-strings have a whole sub-variety all to themselves too. There are V-strings, C-strings, and tangas to name a few. They’re essentially all designed to do the same thing; make you look a little more sexy. Some thongs are also great for beaches and are a fun and cute way of experimenting with underwear.

There is a new type of panty that fall somewhere in between sexy and functional. They’re called culottes and are like boy-cut shorts with the addition of a skirt wrap. They’re great for both the bedroom and the beach, which makes them rather unique in the panty world.

No matter which style you go for, it doesn’t really matter if it’s designed to be sexy or functional, as long as you’re comfortable wearing it and you enjoy the look, that’s all that matters.