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Getting Married? These 7 Sweet Wedding Trends Will Last Into 2015

Getting Married? These 7 Sweet Wedding Trends Will Last Into 2015

We love weddings. After all, as you read this article, you’re probably thinking of someone you know that’s about to get married – or someone who has already “jumped the broom” recently. Heck, it might be you that’s on your way to walk that rose petal-strewn runway.

Whether you’re getting married or just dreaming of your big day, check out these seven sweet wedding trends that show no signs of slowing down into 2015 and beyond:

1. Vintage and personalized party favors

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    We’ve seen “personalized” and we’ve seen “vintage,” but a new twist for popular wedding favors are the kinds of cool Mason jars with nostalgic-looking labels from sites like My Bride Fairy that couples are offering their guests as a unique way to show their thanks.

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    2. A Bridal Beauty Routine Six Months in Advance

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      According to Brides, women are using all kinds of tactics to get flawless skin prior to their wedding. But experts in skin care development advise launching into your dermatology quest – like getting Retinol, chemical peels or laser treatments – many months prior to your nuptials, and warn against adopting any harsh plans for your skin the week of your wedding.

      3. Non-matching bridesmaid dresses

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        The mismatched bridesmaid dresses frenzy has taken over Pinterest, proving that instead of inflicting their female wedding party participants with fluffy-sleeved fuchsia monstrosities that all look alike, some brides are going the non-traditional route and allowing each woman to wear a dress in a color and fit that looks best on her particular body.

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        4. Specific wedding hashtags on social media

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          Requests for guests to “Instagram” the wedding using specific hashtags is another hot trend that allows the bride, groom and their loved ones to find all sorts of photos via social networking accounts that they may have missed otherwise.

          5. Crystallized nails

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            Gone are the days of the plain old boring French manicure or dull pearlized nails for your special day. Instead women are relying on creative nail experts like Christina Caasi, who gets credit for the above-pictured creation, to craft special styles for their digits. After all, plenty of focus will land on the bride’s hand as she has that extra band slipped on her ring finger – so making nails appear extra pretty with classy crystal designs is a task that makes your extremities as “wedding worthy” as those engagement photos.

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            6. Wedding boudoir photos

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              I guess wedding boudoir photography is on the rise because women want to remind their husbands-to-be just how fortunate they are to have the privilege to marry hot women such as their wives-to-be. Usually it involves a secret photo shoot whereby the bride might don lingerie or some sort of sexy gear, lots of cosmetics and soft lighting. She can then sneak the photos over to her groom as part of her wedding gift to him, reminding him of the romantic honeymoon night ahead.

              7. Wedding balloons, photo booth pics of guests and more…

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                Beyond sensual photos of the bride for her bridegroom, other trends in wedding photography and general wedding fare can be garnered simply by checking out the websites of master photographers like Khaki Bedford. Scrolling through the Polaroids/Film category, you’ll see the big wedding trend of creative types of balloons that couples hold during their photo shoots – and I’m not talking some boring latex fare, but golden Xs and Os that represent kisses and hugs.

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                Within the “photo booth” category, you’ll discover interesting photos of wedding guests utilizing all sorts of props to make their images intriguing and practically jump off the page when compared to traditional boring and staid photos of nuptials from the past.

                Therefore, with all these exciting wedding trends, there’s no reason to have a dull ceremony and festivities.

                Featured photo credit: Rings Vows.jpg By Farenhite3 via mrg.bz

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                Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                3. Jumping Jacks

                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                5. Balancing Table Pose

                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                  6. Leg Squats

                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                  7. Push Ups

                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                  9. Lunges

                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                  10. Bicep Curls

                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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