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Personalized Gifts, The all-occasion gift that truly touches the heart

Personalized Gifts, The all-occasion gift that truly touches the heart

(ARA) - Finding a gift that really touches the heart is the great challenge of all gift giving, whether the token is for the holidays, a birthday, wedding or other special occasion. A personalized gift is the perfect expression of caring, commitment or gratitude.

Personalizing gifts doesn't have to be difficult, says gift expert Raymond Miller of My Wedding Reception "Turning an OK gift into something truly special can be as simple as adding a name or monogram to the gift," Miller says. "And these days, it's possible to personalize virtually everything, far more than the towels and bathrobes that were once most associated with the concept of monogramming. It's a cost-effective, thoughtful way to give a very personal gift.

You can personalize a gift in several ways:

* Engraving for glass and metallic gifts, like beer mugs, coffee cups, money clips, etc.
* Debossing for leather gifts such as wallets, clutches and luggage
* Embroidering for fabrics like linens, towels, totes and cosmetic bags

Miller offers some advice on how, when and for whom a personalized gift is appropriate:


For many people, gift giving is rarely as stressful as it is during the holidays
. Faced with a long list of people to shop for, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and at a loss for gift ideas. Opting for personalized holiday gifts can make the task easier. A simple gift, such as a holiday ornament or mug - the kind of item you might give to an acquaintance or office friend - becomes a unique offering when you add the person's name. And personalization can add an air of sophistication to more individualized gifts, such as a humidor or wine stopper and pourer set.


Finding perfect bridesmaid gifts can be a challenge, especially for brides who have a large wedding party and multiple attendants to buy for. Most brides want to give gifts that speak to the individuals who helped make her big day so special. Choosing a single elegant bridesmaid gift, such as a tote bag or cosmetic travel bag, and adding personalization is a great way to make the gift unique and memorable. The concept works for gifts for groomsmen as well. Traditional groomsmen gifts such as flasks and beer steins can all be personalized with a groomsman's name or initials. Personalization also adds a layer of sophistication to elegant gifts like cufflinks and business card holders.

Family events

Whether it's a reunion, graduation, birthday party, anniversary or other family celebration, what better way to remind family members of their common bonds than with a personalized gift? Adding the family's last name, monogram or even a favorite saying to a carefully selected gift can elevate a lovely memento to the status of treasured keepsake.

"Personalized gifts never go out of style, and they're touching, welcome gifts that are appropriate for a wide variety of occasions," Miller says. "Although we're primarily known as a wedding reception website, many of our customers tell us they come to us for personalized gifts for many other occasions in their lives, from birthdays to bar or bat mitzvahs, anniversaries to graduations." For more personalized gift ideas, visit My Weddin g Reception

Radiant Skin Care Tips for a Winter Bride

Radiant Skin Care Tips for a Winter Bride
On Location @ 9525 N. Sommerville Dr., Fresno, CA 93720

You can have Radiant skin on your Wedding Day!

Preparing your skin for your Wedding day should be at the top of your list. You will be so happy that you went the extra step in preparing your skin. Whether you will be doing your own make up or will be having a professional, preparing your skin will make all the difference.

Here are a few helpful tips:

Do’s and Don’ts Do’s

1. Meet with a professional Skin Care Expert at least “6mos.” Prior to the wedding, if you can. Get a Skin Analysis so that together you can determine your needs. Do you know what your skin type is? Having the “right” skin care program is very important and a consultation is usually free. Getting helpful skin care tips and preparing your skin is essential for healthy glowing skin on your wedding day and your pictures will be even more beautiful.

2. Start your Skin Care Program. Even in a minimal way you need a good At-Home skin care regiment. Having the right cleanser is a must. At this point your Esthetician can map at a program that will keep you on tract to have Radiant skin on your wedding day. Remember this… Cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate & protect.

3. Waxing…This is another reason why you want to meet a Skin Care expert ahead of time so that you and the Esthetician can work together on your “Eye Brow Design” and the Esthetician gets to know your skin and what type of wax will work for your skin. Some skin types are so sensitive that they are red for hours and if you wax the face or lip area you are taking a chance if you have not prepared your skin properly.

4. Now that you have taken these essential steps to having Radiant Skin you need to start thinking about your make up for that special day. Professional Bridal makeup is different then your everyday make up. So meet with your Esthetician to start your Makeup Consultation and do a trial run.

Rule of thumb on a budget… When considering your Skin Care Regiment and all the thing you might need, start with the cleanser first if you can’t get all items just start adding as you go, one item a month, don’t overwhelm yourself.

Follow these helpful tips and the week of your wedding will be all about getting pampered and enjoying the whole experience stress free!

Here are a few reminders of what not to do if at all possible.


1 . Don’t use Soap to cleanse your Face. Don’t wait until the week of the Wedding to think about your skin regarding Blemishes, Waxing and Make Up.

2. Don’t over hydrate to confine sate for under cleansing. Not having the right cleansing program can make you feel like you have a mask feeling on your skin. So we tend to think we are dry when in fact you just need to cleanse and “exfoliate” properly.

3. Waxing the day before the Wedding especially if you have not been waxing is a Big No No. You could experience unwanted results.

4. If you have never gotten a facial now isn’t the time to get one the day before your wedding. If it is within 5 days you should be safe. Make sure you let the Esthetician know about whether you use Retin A. Check all your moisturizers, foundations and cleansers for products that might have exfoliating properties as these may cause unwanted peeling, which will leave your skin flaky the day your make up goes on.

5. Don’t leave home without your sun screen! SPF 15 in the Winter is fine unless you are going to the slopes you will need a SPF 30 !!

Congratulations on your Wedding and enjoy your day! Have fun the week of the
Wedding getting ready. Have a Spa day with your Brides Maids and or your
future Spouse. Preparing ahead of time will allow for a “Stress Free” day.

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Wedding Day Disasters, Can Be Avoided! Here's Some Advice

Wedding Day Disasters, Can Be Avoided! Here's Some Advice
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Everyone dreams of having a perfect wedding. However, it is not uncommon for every bride's special day to be plagued with at least one or two wedding disasters. Know several forms of wedding disasters, follow our simple tips on how to deal with a few common wedding day disasters, and realize that a disaster-free wedding day is actually possible.

Wedding planning helps to avoid disasters on your most special day. But despite all efforts to achieve a perfect wedding there will always be small hiccups along the road that could turn your day into a major disaster! With proper planning and a simple change in your priorities you will be able to relax and actually enjoy marrying the person you love.

There seems to be no such thing as a disaster proof wedding. It is not uncommon for couples to find their wedding day to be plagued with one or two significant disaster. This article isn't really so much about how to avoid your wedding disaster, or even how to minimize the wedding disaster potential, but how to handle one so that the disaster does not have to ruin, or even heavily impact, your wedding day.

Planning a wedding is one half optimistic jubilation and dream realization and one half delegation. Division of labor or proper delegation on your wedding day plans may result to a fabulous wedding. If, however, you become too demanding, delegate too heavily and heap piles of responsibilities onto just one or two people, or try to master every chore yourself, you are definitely asking for wedding day disasters to show up and make themselves well known on the big day.

Small Disasters, Large Disasters, and Opportunities

Disasters are going to range from small to large. Anything can happen on a wedding day. The flower girl might wet her pants or the groom might faint, forget his vows, or forget where the church is and what time he is supposed to be there. Using your potential disasters as an opportunity requires a very special mind set, but one that anyone is able to achieve. Weddings become so important, especially to women, because they earmark an event that is "supposed to happen" in a very "specific manner."

When we can start to let go of the "supposed to" and "should" theories, then we can focus in a more determined fashion on what is most vital to us, why we are going through with this highly expensive and taxing endeavor, and how we can make sure we enjoy our own wedding day. For all the money, time, energy, and thought that we put into a wedding, so many men and women alike find that they either barely even remember the day or didn't have time to enjoy the day. We usually spend more money, time, and energy on wedding planning than we do for vacations and yet we don't completely enjoy them or at least remember them? How logical is that?

Turning a problem into an opportunity is not easy, but it is very simple. The primary step is learning to recognize any chance or room for improvement or change from the traditional wedding ceremony. The second is learning to allow yourself an ideal emotional day and let the details fall as close to as you hoped as possible. If your emotional experience is beautiful and life affirming, the physical experience around you will be better.

A Change in Priorities Breathes New Life into Weddings

A simple change in your priorities may be just what you need in order to achieve your perfect wedding. Simple changes in your priorities or minor shift in your perspective might as well change your entire wedding day experience. The ability to be flexible no matter what happens is just the beginning. Nothing will change and it will not make you less joyful while you exchange wedding vows if you allow your flower girl to change into different clothes after she wets her pants. Watching your about to be husband go on the fly when it is his turn to recite his wedding vows allows you to witness honest beauty rather than watching him blow it. These small but vital changes in perspective are a strong piece of bringing together the perfect wedding day. Ditching the ideas of "could be" and "should be" and "want it to be" and transforming your day into an honest celebration of love, family, friends, and the future creates a while new vibe for the entire wedding.

With enough perspective alterations - your wedding day can go from that story book fantasy that ends with a notated disaster that stands to ruin the whole day to a beautiful day without pretense, without judgmentFree Web Content, and without emotional distress.


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Don't Let a Disaster -- Natural or Otherwise -- Ruin Your Big Day

(ARA) - The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the bride is beaming as she walks down the aisle. In a perfect world, this would be the setting for every wedding; but in reality, that is not always the case.

In recent years, hundreds of weddings across the country were ruined or postponed by disasters, both natural and man-made. Seven hurricanes made landfall in the Southeastern United States this summer causing widespread damage and interruptions. Sixteen states experienced flooding bad enough to make it onto the Federal Flood Report; there were wildfires out West; and rockslides in Colorado.

And those are just the natural disasters. There were also fires set either intentionally or accidentally at churches, synagogues, hotels and banquet halls; flights that had to be cancelled because of engine problems or bad weather; people who got into car accidents; cars that wouldn't start; and the list goes on.

"You never know when something will go wrong which is why you should protect yourself by buying wedding insurance," says Robert V. Nuccio, exclusive program administrator for the Fireman's Fund wedding insurance program. "Everyone has car and homeowners insurance, but wedding insurance is something most people don't even think about until it's too late."

With the national average for wedding expenses now around $20,000, more families are seeking to protect their investment from unforeseen glitches. Nuccio points out a policy costs the same -- $195 and up depending on your coverages -- whether you buy it six months or two weeks before the event; but by waiting, you run the risk of not being insurable.

"A lot of people were out of luck this past summer when a total of four hurricanes made landfall in Florida," says Nuccio. "For a while there it seemed like every week there were evacuation orders in place. A lot of events were cancelled because they were in evacuation zones; others because the facilities were destroyed in a storm. The people who didn't have insurance lost a lot of money."

For those who say 'my wedding isn't happening during hurricane season, or even in a place hurricanes will strike,' Nuccio offers this example: "Your wedding may be in May; you booked the facility in December; but what if a month before the ceremony, the facility was destroyed in a fire, flood, or tornado? What would you do?" asks Nuccio. Without insurance, you'd most likely lose your deposits and have to pay a lot more to secure a different facility. If you had a policy covering cancellation or postponement, you'd be in good shape. "Most people also opt for coverage of the additional expenses associated with arranging alternative services," says Nuccio.

Among the other coverages available

* Photography -- If you elect this coverage and the photographer fails to appear or the negatives are lost, damaged or stolen, the cost of re-shooting the event will be covered. The policy will pay to fly or drive the wedding party back to the event location, put them up in a hotel, feed them, redress them, re-rent the facility, rehire a photographer, buy a new cake, buy new flowers, re-shoot the event, then drive or fly the participants home.

* Special attire -- If your wedding gown or the attire of attendants is lost, damaged, or stolen, or the bridal shop goes out of business, this coverage will provide for repair or replacement.

* Jewelry -- This coverage allows you to repair or replace jewelry when it is lost, stolen or damaged.

* Gifts -- This coverage is intended to protect you against damage, theft or loss of your wedding gifts.

* Rental property -- If you are renting chairs, tables, or tents for the wedding, this will cover the value if something gets lost, stolen or damaged.

* Personal liability
-- The majority of banquet halls require party hosts to supply them with liability coverage, including Host Liquor Liability. “This isn’t always spelled out very well so make sure you read your rental agreement carefully,” says Nuccio. “I’ve had clients find out they need it at the very last minute, and it’s more expensive to acquire on very short notice.”

There is wedding insurance available for just about any situation you can think of. "Except for cold feet,” says Nuccio. “Change of heart is not covered."

He points out that similar coverage is available for other social events, including bar mitzvahs; anniversary, birthday and engagement parties; and baby showers. For more information, call (800) ENGAGED or log onto

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Bridal Beauty 101 - Beauty DO's & DON'T's!

Bridal Beauty 101

By: Charish Hoover - owner

Your wedding day makeup can either make you look older (especially in photos), or younger.
It's important to start your beauty preparations far in advance to your special day.

Here Are Some Helpful Tips You Can Put Into Action Now, To Benefit From On Your Wedding Day,
And Everyday!

If you have facial fine lines and wrinkles, Choose a quality (more expensive) facial foundation. There are so many brands such as Mac, Avon, Mary Kay, Cover Girl, etc., but each carries lines that aid in diminishing fine lines, and refer to age defying qualities. It's worth trying some of these out for your wedding day look. Some are really good. My personal favorite is CoverGirl Advanced Radiance. I've received a few compliments when I wear this (I'm now 40).
For Oil Control, & A More Silky Smooth Finish - Add a more perfect appearance to your face using loose translucent powders like CornSilk.(Minimizes the appearance of pores, doesn't build up in fine lines).

Avoid makeup entirely and some grooming of the face for your wedding day.

Some brides don't like makeup, or wear it on an every day basis. Let's face it some of you don't need it, however when it comes to
wedding pictures, do not go without any makeup, or facial grooming at all.

Whether or not you will be using a professional makeup artist, below are some things to consider.

What should you consider?

When it comes to wedding photos, many brides don't realize that no eye makeup at all can mean naked looking eyes (in a non-flattering way) in photos. If you don't like eye liner, consider applying just a light line to the top lid only, and consider some artificial lashes that add POW to your eyes. Older brides who have under eye lines should take this route especially by adding liner and mascara, or artificial lashes only the top lids. By doing this, you draw attention upward away from beneath your eyes, where you don't want people looking, thus adding a more youthful, wide eyed appeal. Think Bambi!

Again, when it comes to your wedding pictures, no lipstick or lip color
will look drab in your wedding day photos. Again, if you don't like makeup, consider lining your lips at a minimum with a light shade lip liner, smudge the ends with your fingers, and extend the shade to fill in the rest of your lips (to avoid the traced look), and then add some shiny lip gloss to give your lips a fuller look.

Bushy eyebrows are a distraction, and a beauty no no.
Brook Shields got away with it, but that was quite some time ago. Consider having your brows professionally tweezed before your wedding day if you are afraid to do this yourself. The proper arching can make you look more refreshed, happy, and younger.

Wear Sunscreen daily on your face and exposed areas of your body. SPF 15 or more.
If you must have a golden tan on your wedding day, consider using a tanning lotion that darkens your skin tone, or taking a visit to your local tanning salon and ask about their sunless tanning booths. These artificial tanning services, or lotions are much better today than they used to be and provide a very natural, believable looking tan. With the effects of the sun on skin (aging), skin cancer etc. being more in the spotlight than ever today, it's worth finding healthy alternatives to the old fashioned sun bathing.
Some Day Spas offer airbrush tanning, and this is a healthy, great looking alternative to lying in the sun.

Exfoliate your face and body at least one time each week. More often for oily skin.
If you don't do this, or don't know what it is, it's time to learn. There are many great exfoliating products available at department stores, drug stores, and places like Target, or Wal-Mart.
Exfoliating your skin is the process of using a mild abrasive lotion or sponge on the face and body to rub off, or eliminate dry, dead skin cells, thus revealing newer, fresher skin cells.
The process if done regularly, can revive dull looking skin, and add a more youthful, healthy look to the skin and body.
Exfoliation can also extend the life of any tan. One product I like personally can be found at Target stores, by St. Ives Swiss Formula Apricot Scrub (Invigorating). Once you try this scrub, you'll love it, and the way it makes your skin feel. Another great product for faces in addition to the above mentioned product it Noxzema face cream. Rub it on your face in the shower, or over the sink, and gently brush your face with a soft bristle tooth brush (using circular motion). This can be done gently under the eyes, nose, and the rest of the face where it may be difficult to use the scrub. Your face will feel refreshed.

IMPORTANT: It's always important to test any product or method on your skin before using it full-force. Always use sun screen after exfoliating as fresh delicate skin will be vulnerable to the sun, and expect a slight pink hue to your skin after exfoliating as well. If irritation begins, stop all treatments, or adjust the method and product. Use any method with discretion and at your own risk.

Starve yourself, or crash diet before your wedding day. It is a proven fact (ask any wedding consultant), that crash dieting, starvation diets leads only to fatigued, cranky brides that often faint or feel faint on their wedding day. Crash dieting also leads to the individual often regaining the lost weight, and then some after the wedding day is over.
Instead Try The Following:

1. Drink plenty of icy cold water daily.
Studies have shown that for every 8 oz. glass of icy cold water you drink the body burns 25 calories extra. Drink 4 glasses spread out throughout the day, and burn an extra 100 calories! Don't like water you say? Try substituting a glass or two with some Crystal Light (5 calories per glass). It's better than not drinking any ice cold fluids.

2. Get plenty of sleep each night 8 hours minimum. Recent studies show that people who lack adequate sleep each night have a decrease in the hormone called Leptin. Leptin lets the body know when it is full and should stop eating, therefore with sleep deprivation being a problem, an individual is more likely to be have more aggressive cravings, and a more insatiable appetite.
Also, Scientists suspect that sleep deprivation lowers person's basal metabolic rate which is the number of calories you burn when you rest.
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