So, you’re getting married! Best wishes, diva!
If you have the whole wedding planned and all that’s left is to count the days until you get hitched with the man of your life, it’s time to plan a fun and quirky bachelorette party. This party is traditional because you’re inviting close friends to celebrate your life milestone with you, and you want everyone to share some tidbits of information about married life.
Some call this party ‘despedida de soltera’ or saying goodbye to the single life, while others call it a send off. Others would refer to it as a marriage bootcamp. In short, you’re going to do a lot of bonding with your bestfriends.
Here are some suggestions.
Bachelorette Party Idea #1: At-home Cook-off
This is a frugal way to celebrate your last days as a single girl because you won’t spend money on a venue, and the guests may bring their own ingredients. You just have to prep the house for some houseguests who bring with them goodies and family recipes that you can bring with you to your new home.
Every diva around has a recipe or two tucked under her belt for that special occasion, like a romantic dinner or when the in-laws come to visit. Inform your friends of the nature of this party and have a cook-off. Your friends can write down the recipe and demonstrate how it’s done. You may volunteer to provide the ingredients if your friends are not keen on buying their own ingredients. Get the list and get shopping!
Bachelorette Party Idea #2: Club Hopping
If you’ve always wondered why people frequently go to clubs to go dancing and drinking the night away, this is the time to find out. Choose a clubbing hotspot and arrange to go there with a few friends. Have a drink in every bar or club and designate one in your group to be the driver (the one who will only order iced tea or virgin mary in all the bars).
Bachelorette Party Idea #3: Have a Fabulous Vacation
If you and your friends have always wanted to visit a foreign country, this is the time to do it. If you love shopping, pick an Asian country where the clothes are cheap but fabulous, like Bangkok or Hongkong. You can also choose to go to a tropical location like Maldives or the Philippines. There are a lot of hotels and resorts that you can afford in these places.
Or, you can have your friends pitch in to go on a trip to big cities like Paris and London. You may have to go to a site like Paris Luxe Apartments to find out which hotels cater to groups.
Home remedies are not just for the superstitious or the poor. It’s great to have some home remedies around when you just don’t have time to go to the store, or if it’s the middle of the night and the stores don’t open until seven or eight in the morning. Often times most people will use natural remedies for straightforward everyday injuries and conditions and that’s where you should start.
A toothache is annoying because of the way it often develops. It comes out of nowhere, in the middle of the night when going to a dentist is impossible. There are natural remedies for toothaches and there are also first aid treatments.
A good first aid is to elevate the head relative to the body if the toothache came on in the night when you were flat out asleep. By simply propping yourself up with some pillows you will ease the pressure in the head and sinus regions and this could be all that you need to ease the pain. If that isn’t sufficient, then you can place an ice cube on the painful tooth and this will numb the nerves and reduce inflammation. All great to buy you some time before you can get to the dentist.
Spring and summer bring sunshine and pollen from blooming plants. These seasons are rife with allergens taht can affect sensitive people. Hay Fever, that periodic burden on so many lives as the pollen rises, can be managed and kept at bay by following some simple steps. Have you tried lining the insides of your nostrils with petroleum jelly? You should try it if you suffer with Hay Fever! What this does is to trap and stop the pollen from entering through your nose and setting off your allergies. For Hay Fever you can also add a tea spoon of local honey, along with a tea spoon of apple cider vinegar to some hot water and drink as an early morning tea.
Some of the most famous divas are those that have their own successful businesses, including clothing lines, restaurants and boutiques. It’s a good lifestyle: spend the day managing the business, network with clients and customers, and come home feeling great because you worked for yourself.
Some of our idols are diva entrepreneurs Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey.
But some of the main aspects of running a business are similar whether you have a multi-million dollar company or you have a small community store selling health products. Becoming an entrepreneur diva takes a lot of commitment and courage, and here are some suggestions to make the transition from unemployed homemaker to a fabulous business diva.
Best Practice #1: Learn the Bread and Butter of Your Business
Getting an MBA may qualify you to manage businesses, but you should understand and master the bread and butter of your business first, what you actually sell. A salon franchiser will send his kids to a beauty school for learning how to trim nails, do haircuts and apply make up rather than encourage them to take up business courses. The business courses will come later, and the priority must be the product or service that gets you money.
Best Practice #2: Hire Trustworthy People
Trustworthy people are the best for handling your operations. But you don’t know who really is trustworthy until they’ve proven it. Hiring is always a risk, but we always have tools like employment background checks at our disposal.
Best Practice #3: Earn More Than You Spend
Spendthrifts or high rollers may not be good business people, unless they work as hard as they play. Many business people scrimp a lot on luxuries during the initial phases of the business, and this is really the way to go if you want to have enough money for contingencies and emergencies, as well as for buying equipment.
With the increasing overabundance of convenience food in stores, you may feel like ditching the fresh foods section more often and going for those that seem cheaper and less likely to spoil. Here’s the thing, when your body gets used to eating unhealthy food, it would take longer to undo the damage from consuming too much preservatives.
It’s not helping that the convenience store you love to go to is just around the corner while the fresh foods market is located a mile away. But with enough determination, you can avoid eating unhealthy dishes and instant meals. Your body deserves better than preservative-laden food, and you know it.
Affirmations are reminders that you tell yourself so that you don’t lose sight of your goal, which is to live and eat healthy especially at this stage of your life. If you spend a minute a day repeating this affirmations, dieting and eating healthy may become easier. Use the following affirmations especially if you’re prone to giving in to temptation.
• I am in control of my diet and I choose which food to take in.
• I am proud of my progress in my diet, and I plan to use this pride to resist any type of unhealthy craving.
• I will never use food for comfort. I have supportive friends to call in case I need to vent or share a thought.
• I am feeding my body with food that will keep me living longer.
• I reward myself with healthy food.
• I will not let myself cheat on my diet, my life is too important for carelessness.
• Self-care means self-control.
• I dislike guilt. I will not eat anything that I will regret eating later on.
• I am committed to keeping myself healthy.
• A healthy body is what I deserve.
These affirmations work only when you embrace them to be true. If you notice, these affirmations remind you of the wishes you used to repeat to yourself during the time when you weren’t fully committed to eating healthy. It’s time to use these statements to boost your morale and improve your eating habits. Remember, you are training your brain to follow these ‘rules’ that you’re imposing on yourself.
Popular music is extremely easy to listen to. We listen to it every day, on the radio, on iTunes and even on television. To some of us who aren’t familiar with other kinds of music, pop music seems to be the only thing out there. But there are other musical genres and many different types of artists, as shows like American Idol and The Voice have shown.
Why is Pop Music so popular? Songs in the pop music genre are usually catchy and repetitive. There’s no big, complicated story behind the song, unlike country songs and ballads. There’s just one idea behind the lyrics, and one verse, the refrain, reiterates this idea over and over.
Covering a popular song can be challenging, but I’ve found some great covers for songs like Lady Gaga’s Telephone and Paparazzi that sound better than the original. All in all, here are some of the elements in the covers that I think contributed to their success.
- Do it acoustic. Get one of those good acoustic guitars, like yamaha fg700s, and start playing the song. Stripping the autotune off and rendering the song raw will bring out its melody. Most of the successful Adele covers are acoustic.
- Do it on piano. Many pop songs actually sound good on piano, like songs from Maroon 5 and even Justin Bieber. From a bystander’s standpoint, I think this is more challenging than doing it on guitar because of the precision of the keys in a piano piece.
- Do it acapella. Round up a few of your friends and harmonize, a-la Boys II Men. Beyonce’s song Satellite sounds really good as it is, but removing the acoustic can make this song shine even more, if the voice is good.