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Background and tips for weddings

It has been a very very long time since my last blog post. 2014 was a very busy year for me, got engaged, got married, moved to a new home and so much more.

I started the website because I like to give, and the main reason for this website is to give ideas and tips for brides to be (although I did not post that much last year)  this year I will diffidently try and give more ideas , because when I was busy planning my wedding I had all these amazing ideas (or so I thought) I sometime forgot about putting those ideas to reality and some of those ideas were not practical, or they looked so good on photo’s trying it all by yourself can be difficult and sometimes more expensive. The other thing I experienced were that the ideas was not realistic. I think if you can plan and do your wedding yourself it is much better, you can have exactly what you want and how you want it, you will be more tired though because you did all the work. Our wedding was perfect although there were about 6-7 stuff that wasn’t the way I wanted it to be, but thats okay, the most important thing were seeing the most wonderful person I know waiting there by the isle and choosing me to be his wife for the rest of his life. ( Our venue did everything for us)

I have a few tips, that I have learned from my wedding.

1. Be calm, everything does not need to be perfect it just have to be there. ( My bouquet were missing the morning of the wedding, luckily I got it in time, the florist delivered it to me, weeks later she told me, the girls who did my bouquet forgot about it and used all the roses for the tables, she needed to search the whole town to find the right color roses.)

2. I forgot to put on lotion, not that I was stressed I just had so many things to do. I hate not wearing lotion but I was okay. Just remember to put on lotion!

3. Our cake topper broke the morning of the wedding, my husband needed to go into town again and find a new one ( shame he had so much stuff to do the morning of the wedding)

4. When I arrived at the Chapel they had put my flower crown not the way I wanted it on my head, so now I have this little flower in the middle of my face, I am not happy about that.

5. I had eaten the afternoon but when it was time to take photo’s I felt so dizzy and warm and not well, so we did not take as many couple photo’s as we wanted to. I do not have any advice for this one. But we also had load shedding, only the lights worked and not the air-corn so I think it was to warm for me.

6. Our first dance were perfect and then my father came, he forgot we had a father and daughter dance and then everything was mixed up, I really would have dance just one more proper dance with my father.

7. If you have a big wedding ( we had only 98 guest) you will not be able to get around and chat with everyone, that is just impossible. Make peace with it or have a small wedding.

8. Do have a wedding video, it is so special!! This is the one thing we would recommend any couple who wants to tie the knot, save and make sure it is someone professional and someone fun.

9. Take time and look at your wedding, look at the guest, the tables, your cake, the photo booth ( we had one, super FUN) and enjoy it.

10. Make sure to take an “take a way” of your wedding food ( I can not tell you what we had and how it tasted) I know we had a biltong salad and that was great.

The magic moment of your life is over in a few hours, do not over spend ( I know you want everything to be perfect and you only get married once) we did not over spend, ask yourself will it make a difference or not, do I really need it, yes or no?

Remember it is not about your fancy car or great decorations or expensive cake ( we had a little one, because we had a candy table) it is about you feeling like a princess in your wedding dress ( whether your dress is expensive or cheap, does not matter as long as you feel like the most beautiful princess Disney has ever seen) and knowing you are making the best decision marrying the most amazing guy you know.

I am very sad because we could not enter for all the wedding competitions, only one because we got married 29 November and then it is Christmas and you have to wait longer to receive wedding photo’s and then you miss the deadline of the competitions. So if you really want to enter a competition make sure you get married the right time.

I hope this had helped you a bit, if you have any questions or so, just drop it in the comment box below.

xo

Le-Zandra

Making Gluhwein

Lets get warm this upcoming winter with this Jamie’s Oliver  Mulled Wine (Gluhwein) recipe

Ingredients 

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 vanilla pod, halved lengthways
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 bottles red wine

Method 

Peel large sections of peel from your clementines, lemon and lime using a speed peeler. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.

Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine and then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. The reason I’m doing this first is to create a wonderful flavour base by really getting the sugar and spices to infuse and blend well with the wine. It’s important to make a syrup base first because it needs to be quite hot, and if you do this with both bottles of wine in there you’ll burn off the alcohol.

When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into glasses and serve.

Source: Jamie Oliver.com

 

 

 

Top 10 Songs when cutting the wedding cake!

Here is our top 10 list of songs for cutting the wedding cake.

1. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies

2. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

3. Wanna Grow Old with You- Adam Sandler

4. Pour Some Sugar on Me – Def Leppard

5. Candy Man – Christina Aguilera

6. How Sweet It Is – Michael Buble

7. All You Need Is Love – Beatles

8. Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars

9. My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

10. A Moment Like This – Kelly Clarkson you

 

xx

 

Top 7 Reception Dresses

Here is our top 7 reception dresses for 2014…

Nr 1: Little white lace dress: This perfect dress is ideal for any type of wedding. Always be an stunning edition to your wardrobe..

Source: Onewed

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Nr 2: Organza strapless a-line dress:  The Satin Waistband for Added Touch of Femininity

Source: Whiteazalea

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Nr 3: Stunning A-Line Sweetheart tiered sequined shot plated dress: What an classy elegant reception dress

Source: Oyeahbridal

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Nr 4: Elise Ryan Wrap Skater Dress with Crystal Collar: How perfect does the crystal collar look for a summer wedding

Source: Paperblog

5-trendy-wedding-reception-dresses-L-tHvKSfNr 5: Dolce Vita Dress: A flirty fit-and-flare dress indeed!

Source: BHLDN

29590585_011_aNr 6:  Line reception wedding dress with satin square: Ideal for any type of classy reception

Source: Dresseslux

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Source: BHLDN

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Make Your Own Eggnog

Raise a cup of delicious Eggnog to the holidays

Very easy recipe for your own Eggnog

Servings: Serves 8
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg , plus garnish
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy cream , softly whipped
  • Liquor (such as brandy, bourbon, whiskey, and rum) or liqueurs
Directions
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

In a heavy saucepan, whisk together eggs and sugar until well blended; whisk in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture thickens and reaches 140° on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.

Strain into a bowl; stir in nutmeg and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

When ready to serve, fold in whipped cream. Serve in a punch bowl, sprinkled with nutmeg, and with alcohol on the side; each 1/2 cup serving of eggnog gets about 1/2 ounce alcohol, as desired.

Source: Oprah 

Photo: Design Pics Inc Capture

Make your own frozen yogurt!

So Wakaberry is the new best thing! Why not make your own Fro-Yo at home?

INGREDIENTS
  • 1½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced fresh or frozen peaches that have been thawed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine yogurt, protein powder if using and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.
  2. Freeze for 2 hours.
  3. Remove from freezer and let sit 15-20 minutes.
  4. Transfer frozen yogurt to a food processor and add peach slices.
  5. Pulse a few times until peaches are broken but still chunky and incorporated with the yogurt mixture.
  6. Transfer back to medium bowl and refreeze for another 1-2 hours depending how hard or soft you want it.
  7. Enjoy an easy frozen treat guilt free!

 

xxx

Source:  Running to the kitchen 

Make your own foot jewelry

This is so easy to make!! I love it!!

Supplies Needed

Size 11/0 seed beads; size 6/0 seed beads
Variety of beads (glass, pearl, rhinestone, Swarovski crystals, etc.)
Large beads or butterfly, etc. findings
Size .7 mm dia. Bead /n Stretch clear beading thread
Clear nail polish or clear jewelry glue.

Directions

Buy beads in the colors that you love and that enhance the outfit you want to wear the foot jewelry with.

Other jewelry threads may work well, but you can thread the seed beads on the clear elastic beading thread without using a beading needle.

Cut a piece of clear jewelry elastic about 24 inches long. If your shoe size is above size 9, be sure to cut your elastic a few inches longer. You want enough extra beading thread for ease in tying the ends together when the beads are all on.

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Step 1 Make the toe loop

The toe loop will be made first, so thread on about 48 tiny seed bead, or use the larger seed beads but measure the length of beads so you have about 3 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches of beads. Center the beads on the beading thread and hold the ends of the thread together.

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Step 2 Start instep beading 

While holding the ends of the beading thread together, slide on a larger bead over both strings making the toe loop.

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Step 3 Add beads for instep

While holding the two strings together, add beads of your choice til you reach the length that you want the instep to be (approximately 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches in length.)
When the instep beading is the length you wish, separate the two strings and start adding beads on both strings. Add enough beads to reach the back of your foot. Measure by sliding the toe loop over your second toe and measure to the back of your foot.

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Step 4 Knot the beading thread and apply glue

When finished beading, tie the beading thread in a double knot. Then add another couple of knots and put clear nail polish over the knot to seal the knot.

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Step 5 Wear your beautiful foot jewelry!

xx

Source: Squidoo 

10 Flat Belly Water Recipes

What a healthy way to get a flat belly!!

You can also serve it at your wedding, or on a sunny day with friends!

Try these great recipes at home!!

 

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1. Sweet-Tart

Stir together 2 cups pineapple chunks, 1 cup pitted and halved fresh cherries, and three cored and thinly sliced granny smith apples.

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2. Strawberry Basil Blast

Scrunch 8 fresh basil leaves to release their flavor. Combine them with 3 cups halved strawberries, and gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.

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3.Apples And Cinnamon

Combine five cored and thinly sliced apples (your favorite variety) with five whole cinnamon sticks.

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4. Grape Melon Medley

Stir together 4 cups cantaloupe chunks and 2 cups halved grapes.

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5. Peach Pie

Gently crush two vanilla beans with a wooden spoon or spatula. Stir them into six pitted and sliced peaches.

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6. Melon-Lime

Muddle three thinly sliced limes. Combine them with 4 cups honeydew melon chunks.

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7. Cherries Jubilee

Combine 2 cups pitted and halved fresh cherries, three thinly sliced lemons, and two vanilla beans. Gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.

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8. Mango Mojito

Scrunch six mint sprigs to release their flavor. Combine them with 3 cups cubed mango (fresh or frozen) and two thinly sliced limes; gently muddle with a wooden spoon or spatula.

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9. Strawberry Kiwi Cooler

Combine 3 cups halved strawberries, three thinly sliced kiwis, and two thinly sliced lemons. Gently muddle all of the ingredients together.

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10. Raspberry Rosemary Zinger

Scrunch four sprigs rosemary. Combine them with 2 cups raspberries and six thinly sliced lemons, and muddle.

Hope you find one for your taste buds!!

xx

Source: Prevention