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8 Awesome Bridal Shower Gifts That The Bride Will Adore

8 Awesome Bridal Shower Gifts That The Bride Will Adore

Spoiling your friend during one of the happiest times in her life is just as much fun for you as it is for her. When planning a bridal shower gift, the idea is to get the bride a luxury she couldn’t otherwise afford, or a heartfelt item that speaks to your friendship. Perfect bridal gifts have elements of both!

1. A modern home

Smart technology is finding its way in all new home appliances and electronics. Since there’s a good chance your bride will either get or purchase some of these accessories, why not provide her with a way to organize it all in one place?

Smart hubs like Wink and SmartThings can make managing your home simpler and less stressful. Your bride will be able to control all sorts of little details, from the lights in the kitchen to the washing machine in the basement, right from her phone and even when she’s not home.

2. Cake stand

Although they may seem like a boring or standard bridal shower gift, cake stands are perfect. Since they’re relatively expensive for their purpose, most people won’t buy them unless they have some extra cash. Chances are, your bride’s pockets won’t be overflowing anytime soon after the wedding, so this is a great way to spoil her.

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Want to add a personal touch? Glass and ceramic cake stands can be hand-decorated with special permanent markers and other easy techniques. If you’re not artistic, simply scrawling her new initials in calligraphy somewhere small will do the trick.

3. Sexy lingerie

Every new bride deserves to feel sexy, and every newly married woman needs lingerie! You can go one of two ways here – get her some classy, ‘bridal’ lingerie that would be appropriate for her honeymoon, or get her lingerie that will be appropriate for after the wedding ceremonies.

We suggest getting her the sexiest lingerie you can find! Something that will last for years to come, and that every time she passes it in her closet she can remember what a good friend you are.

Believe it or not, a friend is the perfect person to gift lingerie because you probably know the bride’s body better than the groom! The most important thing is to get the right fit, something that feels comfortable and has a flattering fit. Who else but a friend would remember that the bride looks great in corsets, or that she really hates thongs?

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4. Luggage

Luggage is one of those things that most people can’t afford to simply replace when it’s worn through. Now that she’s getting married, your bride may be traveling more than ever, especially when kids come along.

This is another chance for you to use your intimate knowledge of the bride to make a great decision. What’s her favorite color? Does she pack heavy or light? Should all the accents be faux leather because she’s an animal lover? Little details like this won’t be lost on your friend!

5. Gift an experience

What is the gift of an experience? It could be tickets to an upcoming play or concert, of course, but now is the time to think outside of the box. What about the chance to skydive together, or passes to an amusement park? Think about your couple and get them a truly personal experience.

The gift of an experience will be especially welcomed by couples who are burnt out by planning and organizing the wedding parties.

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6. Robotic floor cleaners

The bride-to-be shouldn’t have to stress about keeping her new marital house clean. If your friend hates to clean or loves tech gadgets, robot cleaners are the perfect bridal gift solution.

Robot cleaners have become much more capable and efficient since their initial release. They are now better at tracking and detecting dirt, and advanced models like the Roomba 650 and the Dyson Eye Robot would bring a smile to any bride’s face.

7. A set of picture frames

Picture frames are one of those funny things that we usually accumulate over the years. This means that eventually, your walls could look mismatched and haphazard. Nip this in the bud for your bride-to-be by getting her a full set of picture frames for her new marital home.

Be sure to include multiple 8”x10” frames and a few larger ones for family portraits. Like with the cake stand, you can take the opportunity to add a personal touch with paint or markers depending on the type of frame.

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8. A set of vases

Along the same lines as picture frames, when left to our own devices, we tend to pick up random, unmatched vases over the course of years. As such, it can be difficult to coordinate your plush indoor foliage. Spoil your bride with a lovely set of vases in different sizes and shapes so she’ll always match.

Unless you have some serious artistic skill, we don’t recommend trying to personalize vases. Their shapes and finishes make them difficult to maneuver. Instead, pick a color and style you know the bride will love.

Don’t Overthink It!

Don’t worry too much about making the right choice. You already know everything you need to pick the perfect bridal shower gift for you friend. Be sure to incorporate some of her favorite things in any gift you select, and don’t forget to include a thoughtful card.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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