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Wedding Photo Booth
- Sunday, December 11, 2011 | Permalink
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With your wedding budget already splitting at the seams should you budget for a photo booth?  The short answer is yes.  Photo booth’s allow instant gratification and additional lasting memories for your guests. Wedding ceremonies are very serious and emotional and the whole point of the reception is to have a party celebrating your new marriage.  A photo booth is an extra layer to this celebration as guests will become silly and amused at how cool they look.  Some companies even provide fun props and the ability to instantly upload the photos to Facebook, thus giving your wedding reception a social stickiness that will allow friends and family that were not able to attend the ability to see part of the wedding reception.  There are a ton of companies out there that offer these services so do your homework.  More
Sexy in Sixty: Nutrition
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 | Permalink
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With all the conflicting information out there, researching how to get in shape can be an overwhelming task. Perhaps this can become even more overwhelming when you’re trying to look hot in your wedding dress.  Well, put aside what you think you know and get ready to learn the truth about getting fit and looking your best for your wedding.  Because let’s face it, that’s what we all really want.


If exercise is 50% of getting fit, then diet is the other half.  This means that although you might be working out like crazy, you might not see the results. Why?  Your eating habits are not conducive to losing weight and being toned.  Skipping meals is prohibited from this point on.  


Here is the secret to optimal fitness:  Metabolism.  Metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories. Many women think they just have a “slow metabolism.”  And while part of metabolism is a result of genetics, it is only a small part of this. Erase the thought that tells you that you need to eat less to lose weight.  Forget “NO CARBS.”  Most women are guilty of not eating enough calories.  And if you deprive your body of food you are not only slowing down your metabolism, you are decreasing your energy available to fuel workouts.  Don’t forget that you will still have to sweat to get Sexy in Sixty.  So get your calendars out and let the countdown begin!


This is not a trendy “diet” with nothing but shakes for the next two months, or confusing phases of eating only certain foods.  This is a new lifestyle that will serve you for years to come.   So why not start 60 days before the best day of your life  The good news: We can speed up our metabolism. The Bad news: You can slowdown your metabolism.


These are the top ten rules I tell all of my clients and you will need to know to get Sexy in Sixty

1)  Eat every 3 hours.  It’s true!  5-6 small meals a day is the way to go.  In order to qualify as a meal it must be between 350 and 400 calories and is comprised of 40% lean protein, 40% “good carbs,” and 20% “good fats.” You should eat half as much healthy fat, because fat has twice as many calories of protein and carbs, not because fat is not good for you.  Clients often ask me how big a serving size it.  For guidance refer to the serving size on the package for most whole grains like brown rice (2/3 c), quinoa (1/4 c.), and steal cut oatmeal (1/2 c cooked).  For lean proteins, the serving size is about the size of a deck of cards.  You will be amazed at how hungry you will feel first thing in the morning and every three hours following our first meal.  This is proof that your metabolism is speeding up.  Just remember that you have to stick to one serving in order to be hungry again three hours later. 
 

2) Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking up.  While you sleep, your body goes into starvation mode.  The result is a body that stores the food you take in the form of fat.  Years of not eating often enough causes the body to conserve calories instead of readily giving them up to be burned.  In order to keep your engine running on all 8 cylinders, eating breakfast right after you wake up is mandatory.  You may feel nauseous if you are not used to eating breakfast.
Just try to get something down and this will pass.  Some suggestions are an apple, ½ of berries, handful of almonds, ½ cup of oatmeal with small amount of peanut butter, greek yogurt low in sugar (less than 5 grams, but as little as possible), and cottage cheese.  If you do this consistently for 2 weeks you will notice that you are hungry in the morning.  Congrats! This is the 1st sign that your metabolism is speeding up.   


3) Eat “good carbs.”  Wondering what that really means?  It means eat complex carbs as opposed to simple carbs.  For sustained energy and in the spirit of “Mission Speed-up Metabolism” eat carbs that require your body to work harder to break them down.  A great example of this is a comparison of white rice, a simple or bad carb and brown rice, a complex or good carb.  White rice is processed further than brown rice: originally brown rice its hull is removed.  The hull contains all the nutrients and fiber.  Without the hull, the white rice is simple for your body to digest.  The presence of a hull is the difference between a good carb and a bad carb.  So save the white rice for the wedding day as you leave the church.

Examples of “good carbs” are:  steel cut oatmeal (not quick oats), yams (think sweet potato french fries), quinoa, brown rice, apples, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and most other veggies (note that regular potatoes are not a complex carb).

 
4) Eat lean proteins to facilitate the firm and toned muscles you are about to build.  Protein keeps you full longer and is the essential building block of lean muscle.  When you are sore from working out, your muscles suffer micro-tears and the protein repairs those tears. 

Examples of lean proteins are: chicken, lean ground turkey at least 93% lean, eggs (I usually use 4 egg whites to 1 egg yolk), tofu, filet mignon, fish, and whey protein shakes.


5) Eat “good fats” with every meal.  Nonfat and low fat dairy is totally fine but those are not the good fats I am talking about here. But be sure you don’t omit all fat from your diet. 

Examples of “good fats” are:  almonds, walnuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, as well as natural raw and unsalted almond and peanut butters.


6) Fat is not the enemy!  Do you gravitate towards low fat and no fat foods?  Fat is crucial for proper brain function, energy supplies and is required for the absorption of tons of nutrients.  Remember though that you should eat only half the amount of fat as carbs and proteins because it has twice the calories.     
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Broke Bridesmaid
- Saturday, July 23, 2011 | Permalink
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he is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For the bachelorette party consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination 
She is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For the bachelorette party consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination 
She is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For the bachelorette party consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination party in Tahoe, Napa or Vegas.  This is a much more cost effective solution and you can guarantee everyone can join in on the fun.  The Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco is a good pick.
She is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For the bachelorette party consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination party in Tahoe, Napa or Vegas.  This is a much more cost effective solution and you can guarantee everyone can join in on the fun.  The Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco is a good pick.
She is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For the bachelorette party consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination party in Tahoe, Napa or Vegas.  This is a much more cost effective solution and you can guarantee everyone can join in on the fun.  The Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco is a good pick.

She is always late on her bills and complaining about expenses.  You are still planning the
shower and bachelorette party but suspect she won't be able to participate in the
bachelorette events or even worse, she will damper the fun before it even happens.

The Fix: With this economy she really could be in bad financial trouble.  Get together with the other bridesmaids and see if everyone can pitch in to cover her expenses for the bachelorette party.  Then she just has to worry about contributing to the shower.   

For a bachelorette party in the Bay Area consider going to dinner in San Francisco and renting a large hotel room for a night, as opposed to a destination party in Tahoe, Napa or Vegas.  This is a much more cost effective solution and you can guarantee everyone can join in on the fun.  The Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco is a good pick.

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Honeymoon Registry Do's and Don'ts
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | Permalink
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There are many reasons why you may want to choose a honeymoon fund in place of or with your wedding registry. Many people find themselves in a place where they already have everything they need and want for their home, and would rather have funds given towards their honeymoon adventures.One of the challenges is asking your guests to contribute to your fund instead of gifts. More

How to Let Guests Know Where You've Registered For Your Wedding
- Monday, June 20, 2011 | Permalink
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You've probably registered for your wedding, but are wondering how you let your guests know where you registered. Common wedding etiquette states that you should not include registry information on your wedding invitations or RSVP, leaving you to wonder how you communicate your wedding registry.  More

The Dreaded Wedding Seating Chart
- Thursday, June 09, 2011 | Permalink
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Ask any engaged couple about the seating chart and they will probably sigh and may even look at you like this:

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Top 5 First Dance Wedding Songs (You have never heard of)
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011 | Permalink
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iDoGifts Joins Technorati.com!
- Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | Permalink
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Fresh off the Press: www.idogifts.com Joins Technorati.com! Technorati.com is the leading blog search engine, Technorati.com indexes millions of blog posts in real time and surfaces them in seconds. The site has become the definitive source for the top stories, opinions, photos and videos emerging across news, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, sports, politics and business. More

Puppy Love
- Thursday, March 10, 2011 | Permalink
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Bronco the Boxer




Bronco is the little boxer who could.  He could find a new a home when his old owner left him out for days on end in the cold without food.  Bronco is the boxer who could beat cancer…twice.  Bronco is the boxer who could defend his family at all costs, yet be gentle enough to be trusted near a newborn.  Bronco is the boxer who jumps up off the ground at the sound of the leash, like a kangaroo. His family refers to him as the doggie Secret Service because he will follow each person to wherever they are going and quietly wait there until they are ready to leave, sometimes he will even anticipate where someone is going and clear the room for them first; sniffing each closet and door handle.  He will turn around with his tongue out to let them know the room is cleared and safe to enter.  Bronco had everything at home, but still needed something more.  He was looking for his doggie soul mate.  He found Gwinnie at a dog park and never looked back. More

How to avoid turning into a Groomzilla (MENS EYES ONLY)
- Monday, December 27, 2010 | Permalink
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