Archive for June, 2013

Some Brides Don’t Need Extravagant Wedding Dresses

extravagant wedding dress

Finding a wedding dress is a daunting task. As a bride to be, it is important to find a dress that makes you feel beautiful and special without spending your entire wedding budget. After all, this dress will be immortalized in wedding photos that you will show to your family and friends for years to come. A great way to find elegant, inexpensive designer dresses is to buy a previously worn dress. There are many reasons to buy your dress used: you can save money, do your part to recycle, and find a unique, simple wedding dress with no stress.

Unfortunately sometimes going the less expensive route means shopping at a big chain, and more often than not these dresses are not only monetarily cheap, but they look cheap too. Avoid this look by purchased a pre-owned designer wedding dress. It is possible to find used dresses by many top designers for as much as 90% off the original retail price, and you can choose from all of the latest styles. The money you save can go towards other aspects of your wedding. When it comes to wedding attire, simplicity and elegance go hand in hand. Leave the extravagance to the caterers and the band, and accentuate your beauty and the true meaning of your wedding by wearing a simple wedding dress.

Not only can you save money, but buying a used dress is a great way to recycle. There has been a huge movement in reusing and refurbishing, and there is no reason why that can’t include wedding dresses. Just because a dress is previously owned doesn’t mean you can’t make it your own either. Buy a simple used dress, and personalize it to fit your tastes. For example, adding a colored sash to a gown can make a simple dress fabulous.

With so many different choices, you will have no problem finding the right dress for your wedding. Shopping for a used dress is completely stress free, as you can browse by designer, size, body type, and price. If you already have your dream dress in mind, it is not unattainable. This is the perfect way to find it. By buying a used dress, you can find something special and unique. More and more women are finding that a simple wedding dress is the best way to accentuate the most important parts of your wedding day, and that you can actually look even more stunning by wearing something simple. Don’t spend a fortune and create the perfect look for yourself by purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress.

Christine Stevens is an event planning blogger who loves to talk about weddings and the many ways she can help make your big day a huge success. When her best friend was looking for a simple wedding dress Christine told her about PreOwned Wedding Dresses where she found an amazing piece to wear for fractions of the original cost!

Keep Your Phone Screen Clean With The Pocket Toddy

Pocket Toddy

Touch screen phones are great, but have you ever noticed that after talking on the phone that your screen is covered with grease, makeup, and other nastiness?

I used to use my eyeglass chamois to clean my screen, but then that stuff would get all over my glasses! Thankfully, Toddy Gear has introduced a the Pocket Toddy, a smaller version of my beloved Toddy Smart Cloth that I use at home.

Crafted with a dual-sided microfiber plush and microfiber silk, the Pocket Toddy is perfect to clean screens and showcase your personal style. The 5×7 size is ideal for cleaning a variety of items including mobile devices, glasses, and camera lenses.

The Pocket Toddy can even be attached to your keychain, backpack, or purse with the elastic tab, making it your new on-the-go essential.

Pocket Toddy attached to Purse

The Pocket Toddy is available now at www.toddygear.com for only $9.99.

The Dipr Oreo Dunking Spoon Keeps Your Hands Clean

Dipr Oreo Dunking Spoon

I can’t eat Oreos unless I’m dunking them in a glass of milk. But you know what sucks? How my fingers get covered in milk and cookie residue afterwards. The Cookie Spoon set out to solve that problem with the introduction of The Dipr.

This ingenious utensil allows you to dunk your Oreos and other sandwich cookies in milk by cradling the cream. Great for kids and adults alike, the Dipr comes in five fun colors, and it sells for only $2.99!

Join the dunking revolution and collect all 5 colors today!

‘Runner, Runner’ Stars Ben Affleck & Justin Timberlake

Runner Runner

Last week, we went to see The Internship (great movie), and they showed the trailer for a new movie starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake called Runner, Runner.

Here’s the storyline for the movie:

Princeton grad student Richie (Timberlake), believing he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him.

And here’s the trailer:

Looks pretty great, right? Unfortunately, we’ve got awhile to wait, as the movie doesn’t come out until September 27th.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

Ladies, I hope you’ve got a cheat day coming up, because have I got a sweet treat for you! Just follow the recipe below, and you can turn Pillsbury sugar cookies into a dessert pizza topped with whipped topping and mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

While I’d love to take credit for this recipe, it actually came from Pillsbury..

Ingredients

Cookie Crust

  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury┬« refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted, cooled

Toppings

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot fudge topping
  • 1 cup frozen (thawed) whipped topping
  • 12 miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, if desired

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350┬░F. Grease and flour 12-inch pizza pan. In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Stir or knead in cocoa and melted chocolate until well blended. With floured fingers, press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust.
  2. Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until set but not firm. Cool on cooling rack 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread over cooled crust.
  3. In small bowl, beat peanut butter, milk and sugar with whisk until smooth. Drizzle over filling from outside edge of filling to center of crust, using small spoon. In small microwavable bowl, microwave fudge topping uncovered on High about 20 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over peanut butter.
  4. Spoon 12 dollops of whipped topping around outside edge of crust. Place candies in dollops. Sprinkle with sea salt. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Make the cookie pizza crust up to a day ahead of time. After it’s cooled, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap, and store at room temperature until you’re ready to top it.

Use a pizza cutter to easily cut this pizza into servings.

Enjoy!

Why I’ve Been MIA For The Past Few Weeks

Many of you noticed that I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks, and I wanted to explain to everyone what’s been going on in my life recently.

The morning of May 23th started like any other day. I got up, put on my workout clothes, and started doing my cardio routine for the day. Barely three minutes into my workout, I started experiencing some vision problems, and told my husband what was going on. He suggested I sit down for a few minutes and eat some breakfast, thinking I had simply overexerted myself.

Unfortunately, 10 minutes had passed, and my vision was still “off”.. The best way I can describe it is if someone took a grey crayon and colored over the top portion of my right eye. It’s a very disorienting feeling.

My husband called our eye doctor and explained what was going on. They told us to jump in the car and come over immediately. And that we did.

After 30 minutes of exhaustive tests, the doctor came into the room, and he gave me a diagnosis I was never expecting. Branch Retinal Artery Occlusion (BRAO). What this means is that a clot of some sort got into an artery in my eye, blocking blood flow to the rest of the eye. It’s similar to a stroke, but instead of the clot affecting my brain, it instead affected my eye.

Then came the kicker. The vision loss would be permanent. I immediately started crying, unable to imagine life with this “visual defect” in my eye.

They sent us to a Retina specialist, and I prayed that they misdiagnosed my condition. But after a quick evaluation, the specialist came to the same conclusion. The puzzling part is that BRAO typically affects people in their 60’s, and I’m a seemingly healthy 36 year old. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t have any of the risk factors typically associated with this.

So they sent me to all kinds of doctors to run a variety of tests. I’ve seen a radiologist, cardiologist, hematologist, and tomorrow I’m seeing a neurologist. Because they still don’t know what caused this, my doctors won’t allow me to travel. That meant missing my best friend’s wedding (which I was in), which was 3 days after this happened. It also means missing a trip to California with my husband, which I was supposed to leave for on Wednesday.

My vision hasn’t improved (there was a 1% chance that it might, but that window has passed), and I’m trying to just cope with it day by day, while dealing with the anxiety that plagues me now. It’s a struggle, but people keep reminding me that others have it worse, and I should be lucky that it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I’m sure in time I’ll come to appreciate that, but right now they just feel like empty words.

As if this wasn’t enough, I get a call at work last Thursday morning. My Dad had a heart attack, and he was being rushed to the hospital! 8+ hours and 3 hospitals later, they tell us that the blockage had been removed, but that he’s got to be kept under observation for a few days until they determine the next course of action. He’s undergoing another procedure today, and we’re waiting to hear back what’s next.

Needless to day, these past few weeks have been a living nightmare..