A breezy, easy beach wedding doesn't mean you have to go boring with your flowers. Include local shells and have your family write special notes on the inside of each one with blue sharpies.
Creating memories that can be incorporated into your home after the wedding is something to keep in mind. Bouquet's flowers will fade but small sparkling gems, shells or ribbons can be a decorative addition to your home.
Round bouquets are as fun as the flowers you choose. Try these mini rose blooms or for a festive spring wedding go with large gerbera daisies.
You can achieve these kind of round, large bouquets at home by buying round balls of foam, soaking the balls in water and then wrapping floral wire around the stem of each blossom to allow easy pinning into the foam.
These can also be easily made into long, draping styles to go with a beautiful, long sleeved wedding gown by placing a few trailing pieces of greenery at the base to flow over your hands as you walk down the isle.
Adding juniper as a green can add a dash of Tuscany to your flowers. Rosemary also works very well if you want a long, trailing bouquet with a sturdy green filler. Hemp and bamboo are also lovely additions to simple, large blossom bouquets.
Flower Crowns For Brides
Weddings have become filled with stress and too many details to count. Let us drop the ridiculous spending and enjoy the day. To top it all off we can throw in the fun, excitement and beauty of wearing an awesome floral crown. You can save money by picking flowers from Trader Joe's, buying in season flowers or ordering directly from flower growers.
Farmer's markets can be a good place to make friends with sellers who will cut you a good discount for flowers that are big in quality, inexpensive and perfect for a flower crown for you and your wedding party.
Carnations can be an inexpensive but festive choice for texture and volume in your crown. Add in one or two large roses between the smaller carnations for a big bang.
Carnations also add easy color pops for bridesmaids. A full, multicolor floral crown can be made of just carnation flowers, tightly steamed together to create a full head of flowers.
Natural fibers or grasses can add a beautifully unique and farmland feel to your ideal natural crown. Adding a silky pale ribbon to the back of the crown is a great way to mimic your dress's train.
Greens are a gender neutral and inexpensive option. Adding a few white flowers can be bright and if you're going tropical try adding in a few bright sprays of tropical florals (watch out, those can set your budget back a bit).
Baby's breath crowns can be a very inexpensive flower option. A tightly wound band can be a small, less intrusive tiara style. While a looser gathering of baby's breath can have a big impact and a large, angel like crowning style.
A few lush flowers can go a long way. Think about your color scheme and work in interesting textures. A few higher cost buttercups mixed with soft, smooth greens can add in bright yellow tones. While an iris crown can be lush with abundant blues and purples.
What you can learn from MBAs about your home budget
Turning a business viewpoint into a helpful everyday view of of your personal economics can help you dig your way out of scary financial straights or keep you from falling into the hole to begin with (easier said than done, I know).
Take a hard and long look over your home's budget and be harsh in disposing of unneeded expenditures. Do you need the cable, how about driving as much as you do? Small reductions in spending add up to quite a bit of savings in the long run for your fiscal year.
While studying business I was disheartened and often disgusted by the callous, money grubbing values instilled in MBA graduates and yet there are good view points to be learned. As basic living costs go up and wages stay stagnantly low while many of us are under-employed learning to see your personal economics the way a business would see their bottomline can benefit you a great deal.
Child care: Leaning on relatives, other friends with kids and staying home can all save money but at what cost? My son has steadfastly refused any babysitter I can get to volunteer. While this saves me money on a paid sitter it costs me money I could be making outside the home. What are your cost ratio benefits?
Entertainment: What do you consider entertainment? List entertainment options out in a word document. Now put asterisks * next to the top three. Cut everything but those three for a month. Once you've spent the month on your new, short list of entertainment take a week and detox from as much of the remaining three as possible. After the week if you can cut another one off the list do it, if you feel like the three need to stay that's fine. Focus on other areas of your home budget to tighten up on and enjoy a bit of entertainment.
Transportation: Cars, if you live in the country or suburbs are absolutely necessary. However if you live where good public transportation exists (hey Europe!) think about cutting out the car and picking up a nice bike. If you live in the suburbs can you take public transportation parts of the week or carpool and save on gas? Car insurance adds up real quick. Think about options to be a one car family.
Housing: Can you find roommates, move in with family or downsize? All of these moves are big ones but can help you save big time as you rid your annual budget of all unnecessary items. Remember, be ruthless like any business is with costs.
Food: Keep it simple to keep it cheap. Do you know if cooking is or is not cheaper than eating out? Write it down and budget it out, eating out can be cheaper in some cases but generally it will cost you more. Most of the time eating a cheap but nutritionally satisfying meal is cheaper when you're in a family however if you are single it is more often than not less costly to eat one meal out. A simple and veggie filled burrito costs less at a Mexican quick food stop than buying all the ingredients that may go bad and be wasted. Be mindful of what areas of your daily meals are easier and cheaper to outsource.
The First Trimester
The excitement or dread that comes with a positive test. The revelation that you are going to be a mommy or daddy is life changing. There comes with the first trimester many personal concerns and anxieties and also the wonderful opportunity for great spiritual growth. A rare chance in life to grow closer to God's immortal love through our mortal ability to create new life from two beings.
How do you feel about becoming a parent? Spend a little time each weekend thinking about this change. A good idea, if it helps, is writing out your changing feelings. Be honest and share them with your hubby or wife. Communication and openness will take you a long way in the first trimester. For single parents the lines of communication are just as important; focus on your support network and expressing your own feelings and thoughts.
A neater opportunity to come together and grow as family is rarely offered. Pregnancy gives us the time and inclination to open our hearts to both our own intentions and the feelings and intentions of those around us. For single moms who haven't had the time to prepare for getting pregnant this is also a vital time to look inwards and decide how you feel. To begin the process of welcoming this amazing event into your life.
Don't worry too much at this stage about how much and in what ways your life will change with a baby. Spend this early part of your pregnancy focusing on your health and well being. You can experience this in a loving way while understanding that you will be a good parent even if the father of your child doesn't want to be involved in this beautiful time (it is, deeply and truly, his loss).
I experienced rolling, undulating waves of nausea for all but two months of my pregnancy. When the nausea hit me it was so strong it took my breath away. Salted nuts helped me deal with the desire to vomit without going the cracker route before I wanted to make my baby news public. Plus, the nuts offer a lot more nutrients than crackers.
Chicken was a super no-go for me until my third trimester. Even the hint of chicken skin sent my tummy into knots. My desire for milk started at the end of my first trimester and went full hog, reaching a peak of 24 cups a week (it was as frightening as it sounds), by the last few months!
I had really godawful sinus related headaches the first trimester and into the very beginning of my second trimester. They were splitting, almost as bad my aura migraines. Sudifed, only the name brand stuff with no added pain killers were safe, and nasal rinses were the only things that helped me not scream. One issue I had was to avoid taking the decongestant before bed as it hopped me up too much and I could not sleep.
Not fitting pants:
I had emergency surgery just when I found out that I was expecting and the side effect of the surgery was a serious, serious case of the tummy bloat for weeks. I came out of the emergency room and couldn't fit any of my pants, so it was a sort of insta-pregnancy tummy. Being the frugal (cheap-ass) that I am I refused to buy anything maternity. Instead I bought some nice looking skirts with elastic waists that I could still wear after giving birth.
Tell me what your experiences are or have been for the first trimester?
How do we stay focused and joyous during this wondrous time, especially if we are surprised?
For the single mommas the first trimester is often a time of reflection and decision making. Allow yourself emotional space to grow in excitement, to grow in understanding and to allow the light and joy in of such a beautiful gift.
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