Shopping for wedding dresses can be a stressful time when it is supposed to be one of the best times of your life. Everyone dreams of their perfect wedding, with the perfect groom, guests and of course, the most beautiful gown that they have ever seen.
But, the reality of this particular dress is that it is expensive and the right one may take days, weeks and sometimes even months to find. Shopping online is one way of saving some money on this gorgeous dress but that may not be the perfect solution for a number of different reasons.
Size Matters: Why You Must Try on This Special Dress Before Purchase
While you might know your regular jeans size or the size of all of your blouses, the wedding gown is a completely different thing. Sizes may run differently between each designer making it difficult to choose the right size from an online site.
If you can find the dress in a local shop and then buy the same model and size online then you have found the best of both worlds. Make sure that the site will be able to ship the dress quickly so that you have the time to get any needed alterations before the wedding day arrives.
Color, Special Touches and Materials: What Online Shopping Lacks is Touch Appeal
There is something about shopping in a wedding boutique that makes finding the right dress that much more spectacular. You are in a shop, surrounded by gowns of every length and style, in a variety of colors and they are right there for you to touch. It allows you to feel how each type of material lays across your skin and how it drapes.
You get a better idea of how beads or pearls will catch the light. You can see the difference between white, off white and antique ivory, something that may not be as obvious on a computer monitor.
Feeling Like a Princess in a Boutique?
In some bridal shops, the customer service is top notch. They bring you glasses of champagne or bottles of water while you shop. They help you in and out of the various gowns, gently suggesting the right style for your body type in the process. Of course, they want to make a sale but they make you feel like you are their only customer.
In other shops, you might be ignored by sales staff who sigh and roll their eyes when you ask questions. Shopping for your gown in a bridal shop is not always a Hollywood movie montage, after all.
Skipping the Crowds and the Frustration
Once you know the right size for your gown, you can go to one of the online shops- whether you go directly to the designer’s site or look for a site with far better prices. Many have virtual models that will allow you to see the full view of the dress from every angle without having to put on and take off a dozen dresses in front of total strangers. It will save you time and money as well as the frustration that goes with shopping for something so important.
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With Halloween being on a weeknight that can make for a quick turn around from school/homework, to costume transformation of the ultimate Ninja warrior or Monster High school girl. Throw in just arriving home from work only to have to eat something before you head out with your Princess or Avenger and it’s stressful.
Here are some quick, fun and tasty Halloween recipes courtesy of Schwan’s, that will add more joy to the evening. Also, they’re great for kids to help make as well. (Schwan’s delivers right to your door. It doesn’t get any easier than that!)
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. Unroll crescent dough and press to seal the perforations. Cut dough vertically into 20 strips.
3. Cut slices of cheese into 5 strips.
4. Wrap each hot dog with 1 stip of cheese and 2 pieces of dough.. Leave about ½-inch from one end to make a face.
5. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Draw a face using ketchup or mustard.
Spider and Eyeball Poppers
1. Place small teaspoon of icing on top of prepared poppers.
2. Cut licorice into thin strips for legs. Secure the licorice legs with extra icing.
3. Top with black candy or blueberries.
3. Make eyes with colored icing.
1. Mix crushed strawberries and Italian ice cups.
2. Serve in glasses decorated with strawberry or chocolate hardening topping.
My husband was having his own “commercial moment” after eating two spoonfuls of the latest flavor offering from Bertolli Meal Soup. “You know, I don’t usually like packaged soups, but this tastes delicious!” I laughed thinking he was joking, but he wasn’t. And neither were my girls!
Bertolli is known for their packaged dry pastas, jarred pasta sauces and olive oils. Recently they expanded their line to include Meal Soups that you can find in the frozen meal section of your grocery store. We gave the Chicken Minestone a try some months ago and I thoroughly enjoyed the ease of preparation and the tasty results. The pasta was a lovely “al dente” texture and the broth was full of flavor.
Well, this venture seemed to do well for them because now they have expanded their Meal Soup line and I am hooked on these offerings. Even when I was in the check out line the Cashier said, “Oh! I didn’t know they had a new flavor? I love these!” I agree. This is the easiest, most tasty soup you will ever find in a pre-made form.
Honestly, the hardest part is deciding which dish to create. Bertolli has expanded their Meal Soup line to include:
- Tomato Florentine & Tortellini with Chicken
- Tuscan-Style Beef & Vegetables
- Ricotta Lobster Raviolli in a Seafood Bisque
- Italian Style Wedding
Preparing this meal soup couldn’t be easier. Open the freezer bag, pour the entire contents into a soup pot, cook over medium heat for 12-15 minutes. You’re ready to enjoy! In the meal soup bag you’ll find; frozen vegetables, pasta and bouillon cubes. It’s all there. If you choose to have some wine with your meal they provide a wine pairing on the packaging. My husband isn’t a food snob exactly, but he is particular about his ingredients, tastes and textures. He liked Bertolli meal Soup a lot. And I agree! Would you like to try Bertolli Meal Soup for yourself? How about winning a giveaway of two packages of Bertolli Meal Soup? If that sounds good to you, enter to win through the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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For the past 3 months I’ve been using a skin product that I have found to be so true to its claims, so good for the appearance of my skin that I’m ready to share with my readers why I feel it’s worth the buy, the Clarisonic skin cleansing system.
After seeing a good deal on a home shopping channel I thought I’d get myself a birthday present. If it didn’t work out, back it goes. Well, let me tell you, it works and it’s staying with me for as long as possible! If you don’t know about the Clarisonic, it’s an electronic cleansing brush which, at the push of a button, will guide you through a cleansing routine – 20 seconds forehead, 20 seconds nose & chin, 10 seconds on each cheek.
You apply your skin cleansing cream/gel to the wet brush, push the ‘Start’ button and the Clarisonic beeps when it’s time to begin cleaning, beeps when it’s time to move to the next area and stops when time is up. So easy! The claims from their website:
- Removes 6X more makeup than manual cleansing
- Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
- Removes impurities that keep creams and serums from working their best
- Gentle enough to use twice a day
- Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
- Minimizes the appearance of visible pores
I started using the Clarisonic in July and have received more compliments on my skin in the last month than I did when I wasn’t using this product. Two days ago a woman at the grocery store stopped me mid-deli order and asked what products I used on my skin. I shared my joy of the Clarisonic and she said that she’s going to order one for herself as a birthday present. She told me her age as if she was “so much older” than I was, I didn’t have the heart to tell her I was the older one. After this conversation that’s when I knew I should share my experience with my lovely readers. If you are looking for an incredible skin care product you should try the Clarisonic. Let me know your experience!
(*disclaimer: This is a true review – I purchased this product and have received no compensation of any kind, other than better looking skin!)
Here we were, on a sweet evening out to the theater, walking back to our car when – wait – where is our car? We had been talking about the play we just saw and stopped where we thought we parked. My mind started racing with thoughts of what I had in the back seat. I left my purse behind because I didn’t want such a big bag for the theater, I just needed my lipstick and a few dollars. My wallet! My wallet was in my purse which is in the back seat of the car we aren’t seeing. My husband stayed calm and started walking back down the street. I’m trying not to panic when he says, “Here it is! We walked right past it!” *whew*
After laughing at ourselves, and our lack of attention, I started thinking about the possible reality of having our car stolen that night and what that would have meant to our lives. We recently had false charges put on our credit card and even with the banks help it was still a mess to correct. I don’t even want to think what it would take to clean up my entire wallet being stolen!
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When it comes to Halloween my girls are always surprising me with their costume ideas. Over the course of 14 years I’ve had a Baby Pumpkin, Vampire Queen, Black Widow Spider (I even made that costume – I was creeped out the whole time, but it turned out well!) Unicorn Princess Kitty, and variations of Barbie this-and-that. My youngest recently claimed that Halloween is her favorite holiday, and not because of the candy but because she loves creating different looks and finding just the right costume. She’s one creative girl, that’s for sure.
This year she wanted to veer from her typical pink lovin’, Unicorn and Princess styles and become a Gothic Cheerleader for a day. Instead of crafting the entire cheerleader costume myself, I checked out the costumes at WholesaleHalloweenCostumes.com. There were so-o-o many great choices for kids and the prices were surprisingly affordable. What a treat!
With Lily looking over my shoulder she found just the look she had envisioned: