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Sure, you can woo your Valentine by sending flowers, buying chocolates and signing your name to a mushy greeting card. But, there’s so much more you can do… The celebrated day of love and romance is right around the corner but it isn’t sold at Hallmark. Romancing someone is more about forgoing your own interests and desires for the interests and desires of the one you love. Pay attention to what

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The Mediterranean Sea strikes me as the perfect place to honeymoon. Bordering three continents and all of those countries~ wow! the water, cultures, rich history, cuisines… shall I go on? Ok…sailing, exploring, beaches. Yes, a dream honeymoon. Are you pondering a dream honeymoon but not sure how you can afford it? Have you considered signing up for a honeymoon registry? Essentially, it is a gift

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I attended the sweetest wedding this past weekend. It was the second marriage for this couple and their anticipation and excitement was crystal clear in their tears at the altar, the songs they chose to tell their love story and in their exuberance afterwards. The wedding could be described as beautiful~ from the simple elegance of the invitations and programs to the message of faith and family in

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Soon, bells will be ringing. Wedding bells that is! Almost all of your wedding ducks are in a row. After the wedding rehearsal, you can start relaxing because by then, everyone will understand the how, who, where, when and what they should be doing during the ceremony. Then, it’s off to the Rehearsal Dinner. Whew, you’re almost there! The rehearsal dinner (aka the groom’s dinner) is traditionally

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I have a wall basket in my house that I keep in a prominent place. I look at it daily because it holds the dried flowers that I’ve kept from the most sentimental of occasions in my life. It's not exactly a stunning dried floral arrangement but it's special and that’s what makes it important. I just don’t know how to keep it clean. When I see dust accumulating, I simply pull off a flower petal and

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The two bridesmaids for my wedding could not have been more opposite in their body types. Cassie is shorter and bustier while Estelle is tall and thin, almost willowy. (names have been changed to protect the shy). I think they’re fabulously gorgeous women, but they didn’t feel gorgeous in the dresses I had chosen for them! Why? I hadn't taken into consideration their individual body types and as a

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Social Justice…Non-Violence…Peace…Equality… Unity…Reconciliation…Service... Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for these ideologies; he is honored every year on the third Monday in January. 2008 marks the 40th year since his death. Aside from this day off of work and school, are you aware that there is an additional component to Martin Luther King Day? The Holiday and Service Act was initiated by

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Opening in theatres today, 27 Dresses is the new romantic-comedy featuring (Katherine Heigl, KH) a woman who is always a bridesmaid and never a bride. Although I’ve heard good things about KH and her acting, I’ve not seen her in anything~ no, not even Grey’s Anatomy. I did however; see a clip of this movie and there were some pretty nasty looking bridesmaids’ dresses in her closet. Now, I know no

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One of my favorite things to do in the entire world is to wake up early on Saturday morning, curl up on the couch with my coffee, my husband (yes, in that order) and watch a classic movie. With no cell phones ringing, I can immerse myself into old Hollywood glam, edgy writing, or shadowy scenes that leave so much to my imagination. Transported outside my living room to a by-gone time that I have

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Here’s an inspiration board I put together to illustrate in concept, some of the top wedding trends of 2008. It’s a new year and with it, a new set of wedding trends. Up for public consumption, we now have the pleasure of ooh’ing, aah’ing or shaking our heads in disbelief at the fantastic world of wedding couture. Whether your updos are all in order or your still fine-tuning sash colors and dress

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Bestowing gifts on one's wedding guests is a tradition that goes back a long way~ centuries in fact. Initiating in Europe, the custom began with giving the guest a beautiful little box called a bonbonniere. These boxes could be decorated with precious stones and made from gold, crystal or porcelain and filled with sweet delicacies like bonbons. (I wonder if these wealthy Europeans were just

How often do you hear people say “I’m just not that creative” or something similar? It’s unfortunate to hear because I believe everyone is creative in their own way. I like to think that being creative is really about being inspired to do whatever~ paint, cook, story-tell, write, sew, decorate your house, plan a wedding, etc. Here, I’ve got it~ being creative is doing something while under the