Five Tips for Throwing an Emmys Viewing Party at Home

This year is the first time I’m ever throwing an awards party that is coordinated with one of the red carpet events. I’ve learned a lot in my experience in planning an Emmys party so far and I’d like to share my tips in case you are also looking to throw an Emmys party, Oscars party, or some other kind of red carpet event at home.

First things first, you must decide on your date, times, and guest list. Once you have those three key items nailed down, you can get into the fun part of the planning for your Emmys party. Consider these tips to help you plan a fun red carpet event at home!


1.    Invitations
– Send out an Evite so you can keep tabs on how many guests are coming. This will help you with planning the amount of food and beverages to have on hand.

2.    Drinks
– Get some wine and champagne for a truly luxe Emmys party experience. You can also plan a signature cocktail for all to enjoy in pretty glassware. Consider a colorful Cosmo or another bright and potent libation.

3.    Food – Make the night special with some classy hors d’oeuvres and elegant entrees. Or, opt for the mix and mash of dishes from your favorite takeout places, gathering fried food, Chinese food, and more. Make sure you check for any food allergies prior to planning your menu. Don’t forget decadent desserts!

4.    Dress Up – Or don’t. It’s up to you if you would like your friends to get glammed up for the Emmys party. You can give the girls a great excuse to enjoy wearing a gown and doing up their makeup and hair, or you can go to the opposite end with a pj party or simply casual attire.

5.    Goodie Bags – You’ve got the food, drinks, the guest list, and the dress code nailed down. Now what could be missing besides some fun take-home items for your pals?! If you are feeling so inspired, put together a little goodie bag for each friend who is coming to your party. You can include makeup, lotion, hair care products, candy, and more. Of course, this tip is entirely optional and based on your budget.

If you are planning an all-girls Emmys party, you might also keep in mind a few things to do in addition to noshing and checking out the celebrities on the red carpet. Consider setting out some items for manicures, pedicures, and makeovers if anyone feels so inclined. You can also pick up a few gossip tabs and magazines like Cosmo for some additional commentary throughout the night.

If there will be guys at your Emmys party too, don’t be too surprised if the talk turns to sports. Be sure you have some beer on hand for the guys. You can also enjoy some games while you are watching the Emmys. Consider playing cards, dice games, or board games.

These are just a few ideas for different ways you can spin your Emmys party, Oscars party, or other red carpet event at home. Consider these tips or come up with your own. Most importantly, have fun!

 

Incorporating Energy Medicine to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Balanced

The daily grind at work can often cause stress that follows us home. Even home life, finances, kids, and major social obligations can cause us undue stress. Stress throws off the balance in life and may even negatively impact our health. By incorporating Energy Medicine into our daily lives, we can help to alleviate some of the stress and return more balance to our lives.

Energy Medicine is a modern harmonizing form of medicine that blends Eastern and Western medicine. To overcome illness and maintain the best health through Energy Medicine, our bodies need their energies to flow evenly and steadily without pause. Dr. Thom Lobe, Founder and Medical Director of Beneveda Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, shares the following tips on how to integrate energy techniques into your life at work, at home, or on the go so you can enjoy a healthier, happier, more balanced life.

Draw pictures upside down – “This stimulates your intuition and creativity and generates energy,” says Dr. Lobe. “We think with our left brain and we can burn ourselves out and suppress our right brain creativity. This saps our energy. One way to combat this is to stimulate our right brain more, and a simple and effective way to do this is to draw objects upside down. In other words, look at something and instead of drawing it as you see it, draw it standing on its head. This requires a different part of your brain to activate and the process not only enhances your creativity, but it energizes you as well.”

Exercise and stretch in your chair – “Take breaks based on keyboard/mouse usage and time at-the-computer,” Dr. Lobe suggests. “DeskActive Software is an efficient, economical way to maintain your energy and balance without leaving the chair at your desk. It allows you periodic stretch and exercise exactly when you need it most. It is very effective at keeping you awake, alert and energized.”

Take mini breaks 20 minutes out of every two hours – “Biologically speaking, we need to recharge our batteries for about 20 minutes out of every 90-120 minutes of work,” Dr. Lobe instructs. “A simple way to do this is to stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and visualize yourself going on a mini-vacation. Put your work aside, take a deep breath and let your mind wander to pleasant and relaxing thoughts for 20 minutes. You’ll find that this gives you more energy, keeps your mind sharper, promotes creativity, and allows you to be more productive in the time you spend at your desk.”

Healthy snacks – “Eat a good breakfast that includes proteins (such as eggs; either whites or whole eggs work),” Dr. Lobe recommends. “Healthy snacks during the course of the day that include protein but not sugar (such as a hardboiled egg, cheese sticks) provide longer lasting energy to avoid the sugar slump. Minimize caffeine.”

Energy Medicine allows you to chase the stress away from your work life and your home life. Remember to try these tips to keep your body and mind balanced and healthy.

About the Expert:
Dr. Lobe has more than 30-years experience in traditional and alternative medicine. He has written more than 200 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. For more information, please see: www.beneveda.com.

 

Labor Day Cards, Messages, Greetings, Letters, and Comments for Family, Friends, and Loved Ones

Labor Day is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer and the change of seasons into fall. To show your family and friends how much you care, consider sending Labor Day cards, greetings, and letters to your loved ones on the holiday weekend. Even if you can’t be together for Labor Day weekend, sending a Labor Day letter or card to your parents, grandparents, or other relatives can be a special reminder of your kinship.

Many Labor Day weekend celebrations focus on a barbeque or a picnic theme, but others may have their own special themes. You can bring a Labor Day card and small gift for the hostess of the party. You can also send Labor Day e-mails, letters, or greeting cards to your family before the festivities get started. Here are a few suggestions for nice things you can say or write to your mom, dad, husband, wife, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandparents, or stepparents.

 

Labor Day Greetings for Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Mother-in-Law, and Father-in-Law
Consider these Labor Day Greetings and things to write in patriotic greeting cards.Labor Day greeting cards may be the perfect way to show mom and dad you care. You can create your own Labor Day cards or choose patriotic greeting cards from your favorite card shop. Consider these special Labor Day greetings for Mom, Dad, stepmom, stepdad, mother-in-law, or father-in-law.

•    So thankful for all that you have done for us! Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you on the Labor Day holiday.
•     We’re so happy that we get to spend the Labor Day holiday together. It means a lot to be here with you!
•    Happy Labor Day! Wishing we could spend the holiday together, Mom and Dad, but looking forward to seeing you soon!

Special Labor Day Wishes for Grandmom and Grandpop
If you will be seeing your grandparents for Labor Day, it’s sure to be a special day. Be sure to cherish the time you have together. Sometimes it just isn’t possible to see everyone on the holiday weekend. If your grandparents won’t be at the party with you, you could really brighten their day by calling to wish them a Happy Labor Day. You could also send Labor Day greeting cards if you’d like. Consider these suggestions for special Labor Day wishes for your grandparents.

•    Sending all our love today and always – Happy Labor Day!
•    Happy Labor Day! We love you very much and wish you could be here with us to enjoy the holiday.
•    Wishing you a special Labor Day weekend knowing your grandchildren are thinking of you. We love you!
•    So happy we get to spend the Labor Day holiday together. Love you lots!

Heartfelt Labor Day Sentiments for Husband or Wife, or Boyfriend or Girlfriend
Most of the time, you probably expect to spend the holiday weekend with your significant other. If you will be spending the day with your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend, be sure to take a few moments to share a special Labor Day sentiment with the one you love. Express your gratitude to have this person in your life, even if it is as simple as wishing “Happy Labor Day!”

Remember to give your sweetheart a kiss, hug, or a squeeze throughout the day. If you won’t see your sweetheart for Labor Day, be sure to make a special phone call to talk and exchange heartfelt Labor Day sentiments.

Friendly Labor Day Thoughts for Friends and Neighbors
If you are hosting your own Labor Day party, you can invite your closest friends and neighbors to join you for the fun. If you just happen to see your neighbors on the Labor Day weekend, simply wish them a Happy Labor Day. You can also send your friends a text message, a Facebook message, or an e-mail to let them know you are thinking of them on the Labor Day holiday.

Creative Labor Day Comments for Anyone You Won’t See for the Holiday Weekend
Lots of people end up planning special parties for Labor Day. While you can’t attend every single event that takes place on the same day, you can let those you won’t see know you are thinking of them. Simply send a text message, e-mail, or a special greeting to wish everyone a Happy Labor Day.

 

Labor Day Recipes

Make food with a patriotic theme for your Labor Day Party!Labor Day is a popular time to throw a party or host a barbeque. You can invite your very close friends or just immediate family, or you can throw a big Labor Day bash for the whole neighborhood and everyone you know. No matter what you decide, make sure you have some good Labor Day recipes to try for the festivities. You can get Labor Day recipes from your family for a traditional meal or you can find a ton of great Labor Day food ideas online.

Consider these delicious Labor Day recipes and food ideas or create your own!

Labor Day Recipe #1: Sliders on the Grill
Burgers are a classic barbeque entrée, but you can spice them up just a bit for a fun and unforgettable Labor Day recipe. To make your own sliders on the grill for Labor Day, follow these steps:

Ingredients for Sliders on the Grill:
–    Ground Beef
–    Salt
–    Pepper
–    A1 Steak Sauce

Recipe Instructions for Sliders on the Grill:
To add some zing to your burgers, simply add about one teaspoon of A1 steak sauce for each pound of ground beef. Add a dash of salt and pepper and make enough handmade burger patties for your guest list. Pat the burger patties well so that they don’t fall apart on the grill. Remember, sliders are smaller than normal burgers so they will take less time to cook and they will also need smaller slider-sized rolls!

Labor Day Recipe #2: Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a favorite side dish at many barbeque parties. This delicious vegetable tastes great with a little salt and butter, but… bacon? You might be surprised at just how amazing this combination can be!

Ingredients for Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob:
–    Corn on the cob (with husks still attached)
–    Uncooked bacon
–    Basin of Water (to soak corn husks)

Recipe Instructions for Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob:
Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob isn’t tough to make but sometimes it is nice to have a few helpers for the prep work. To make your own baconated corn, follow these steps:

1.    Remove the silk hairs from each corn cob but do not remove the leaves.
2.    Place each corn cob in the basin of cold water to soak for 20 minutes.
3.    After soaking, gently move the leaves out of the way and wrap one piece of bacon around each corn on the cob.
4.    Pull the leaves back up to cover the corn.
5.    Wrap with tin foil if desired.
6.    Cook on the grill until bacon is fully done.

This is a messy dish but the taste is well worth the hassle!

Labor Day Recipe #3: Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert
For a patriotic holiday like Labor Day, it only seems right that at least one of the recipes be colored appropriately. You can easily accomplish this with a fruit tray or fruit salad and marshmallow crème dip.

Ingredients for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert:
–    8 oz. softened cream cheese
–    7 oz. marshmallow crème
–    Strawberries
–    Raspberries
–    Blueberries
–    Watermelon
–    Other fruit as desired

Recipe Instructions for Red, White, and Blue Fruit Dessert:
You can take a lot of creative liberties with your fruit dessert for Labor Day parties. A fruit based dessert can be a truly refreshing treat, especially on a hot day. The marshmallow fluff dip is the white in your red, white, and blue, and the colors of the fruit should take care of the red and blue colors. To create your own festive Labor Day fruit display for your party, follow these steps:

1.    Wash and cut your fruit as desired.
2.    Hollow out a watermelon to hold your fruit salad or fruit display. Through the process, make chunks or spheres of watermelon fruit.
3.    Combine cream cheese and marshmallow crème to create the fluffy fruit dip.
4.    Scoop the fruit dip into a fancy dish that fits inside of the watermelon or something that looks nice next to it.
5.    Serve chilled!

These are just a few Labor Day recipes for you to enjoy. We’ve shared an entrée, a side dish, and a dessert for your Labor Day party food ideas, but you can easily come up with more ideas for Labor Day recipes and menu items. Search online for more fun and festive tips for this patriotic long holiday weekend!

 

Labor Day Party Ideas for Sunshine or Rain

Decorate with red, white, and blue for Labor Day parties.As the end of the summer approaches, Labor Day serves as our one last hurrah. We can celebrate one last time with an end of summer party before the school year starts back up again and the cooler weather starts to move in all around us. The right Labor Day party ideas can give you all that you need to get your party off the ground. If no one in your group is already doing it, consider planning a Labor Day party for all your friends and family to enjoy. It’s a great way to enjoy the last long weekend of summer.

As with any party, lots of factors come together to create the perfect party atmosphere from the guest list to the drink menu to the spread of food. Don’t forget Labor Day decorations and music of course! Consider these Labor Day party ideas for food and drinks, decorations, and even venue.

Labor Day Party Venue Ideas
Most people will choose to throw a Labor Day party at their own homes. This is great and can be the perfect party setting for most folks. The trouble comes when the people you want to see on Labor Day are spread far and wide across the region. If this is the case, consider venues where you and your family or friends can meet at a more central location, such as a campground or a social venue. You can enjoy a rustic camping style Labor Day party for smaller groups with fire-cooked food, or you can plan a more detailed, less fussy Labor Day party at a restaurant or other venue that is centrally located.

Still, if you are able to plan your Labor Day festivities at your own location that can be much easier for the party planning phases. It will also be more cleanup in the end, but you just need to decide if you can deal with that.

Labor Day Food Ideas
Who doesn’t love a good barbeque! Labor Day parties often revolve around whatever you can cook on the grill with a variety of sides prepared inside or refrigerated. You can use the traditional bbq plan for your party or consider coming up with your own non-bbq Labor Day party food ideas. Consider these suggestions for food and your party menu for Labor Day.
Grill lots of yummy food for Labor Day Parties!
Labor Day BBQ Ideas
If you are wondering what to throw on the grill this time, consider these suggestions for a barbeque grill full of Labor Day party food:

–    Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers (and Veggie Burgers)
–    Hotdogs
–    Barbeque Chicken
–    Corn on the Cob (or Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob!)
–    Baked Potatoes
–    Shrimp Skewers
–    Hawaiian Chicken Skewers (chicken and pineapple)
–    Grilled Pork Chops
–    Steak
–    Grilled Vegetables

Non-BBQ, No-Grill Labor Day Food Ideas
If you don’t want to grill for Labor Day (or if you don’t have a grill), here are a few other party food suggestions that can keep your party menu especially interesting. Most of these dishes can be cooked and served in a crock pot or similar small kitchen appliance for preparing and serving food. Consider these party food suggestions or come up with your own!

–    Meatballs
–    Baked Ziti
–    BBQ Pulled Pork
–    Hot turkey
–    Mashed potatoes
–    Salad
–    Baked or Fried Chicken Breast
–    Fried Rice
–    Fruit Salad

Easy Labor Day Food Ideas
Best yet, these low-effort party food ideas barely involve you lifting a finger! Consider these Labor Day food suggestions where someone else does most of the cooking!

–    Potluck party – every guest brings a covered dish, snack, or dessert.

–    Catered party – Get some trays of hors d’oeuvres or cold cuts and fresh veggies as well as some main course type food.

–    Takeout party – order pizzas, Chinese food, long hoagie subs, and other specialties.

Labor Day Drink Ideas
Perhaps most important of all in some circles, make sure you have a fun drink menu picked out. Beer is a classic Labor Day weekend and barbeque party beverage, but you can also include wine and spirits for a full array of libations. Choose some colorful drinks or spirits for the bar at your Labor Day party, and don’t forget to pick out some cocktail recipes or mixers for drinks that are red, white, and blue. See if you can find a layered drink including all three colors!

Labor Day Dessert Ideas
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to include some delicious sweets in your Labor Day party food planning. You can make your own desserts of find an array of festive, brightly decorated desserts at your local bakery or grocery store. Consider these suggestions for some creative and pretty Labor Day desserts:

–    Brownies frosted like a flag
–    Sugar cookies with red, white, and blue sugar crystals
–    Colorful freeze pops
–    Firecracker popsicles (already red, white, and blue!)
–    Frosted cupcakes in red, white, and blue
–    Cake with festive decorations
–    Frozen chocolate covered bananas with colorful sprinkles
–    Fruit salad in a carved watermelon

Labor Day Decorations and Party Activities…

 


Baby Shower Ideas and Themes for Boy, Girl, and Surprise Baby

Consider these cute ideas for boy and girl baby showers.Baby showers are often thrown for a woman’s first child, but depending on her friends and family, she may even enjoy baby showers for subsequent children. It can be a lot of fun to plan a baby shower, thanks to the wide variety of baby shower decorations, baby shower party favors, invitations, baby shower cakes, and a whole bunch of other cute and adorable details. Before the details, though, come the baby shower ideas and themes. Consider these ideas to help you choose a theme for the baby shower you’re planning to throw for a friend, sister, or loved one.

Baby shower themes can remain general and neutral when the baby’s gender is going to be a surprise. For a baby girl or baby boy, you can play up the color schemes or choose a theme that would be a good match based on the baby’s gender. Consider these tips on baby shower ideas and themes to help you plan the perfect shower.

Baby Shower Themes and Ideas for a Baby Girl
When the mom knows she is having a little girl, thoughts of pink, purple, ribbons, and lace may come into play. You can have a lot of fun with a baby shower for a baby girl. Think about all the lovely decorations, cupcake or baby shower cake styles, balloons, and shower favors. Consider these baby shower ideas for a baby girl.

Consider these cute ideas for a girl baby showers.Colors for a Baby Girl – When a baby girl is on the way, the baby shower can look super cute decked out in shades of pink and purple, or perhaps a more modern color scheme of lilac or lavender and dark chocolate brown. You could also do something bold and exciting like bright pink and green or bright pink and orange. Feel free to experiment with your color choices before you decide for sure. You can also match the color scheme to the actual baby shower theme.

Baby Shower Themes for a Girl – If you are planning a baby shower for a mom expecting a baby girl, you can have a lot of fun with the baby shower theme. Consider these suggestions and ideas for a girl baby shower theme.

•    Butterfly theme
•    Flowers in Bloom theme
•    Ladybug theme
•    Pink Animals theme
•    Pink Baby theme
•    Princess theme

These are just a few suggestions for your baby shower theme for girl babies. Consider using one of these or make up your own fun baby shower theme to suit the mom-to-be.

Baby Shower Themes and Ideas for a Baby Boy…

 


15 Great Gifts for Relaxation and Escaping from Stress

Sometimes a gift of relaxation or a simple gift to soothe the body, mind, or soul can be the best kind of gift. From overworked parents to expecting moms to recent retirees, gifts of relaxation and presents that relieve stress can be the perfect way to show your love or appreciation for that special someone. Consider these interesting, relaxing, and unique gift ideas for those special people in your life who could really use a break from daily life.

Gifts of relaxation can be a nice treat for people of all ages. Whether you want a gift for a child or an adult, check out these relaxing gift ideas.

Top 15 Gifts of Relaxation

1.    Spa gift certificate
2.    Bubble bath
3.    Cozy slippers
4.    Aromatherapy oils and lotions
5.    Scented candles
6.    LUSH bath bombs or emoti-bombs
7.    Reed diffusers
8.    Specialty pillows
9.    Cozy hand-warmers or foot-warmers
10.   Gel eye masks
11.   Bottle of wine
12.   Wax tart burners
13.   Herbal scented neck pillows
14.   Snuggly blanket
15.   Fuzzy socks

From these gifts, I had the pleasure of sampling and reviewing a few items to recommend to you. First is a set of Fuzzy Friends Lady Bug Slippers by Aroma Home. The Fuzzy Friends Slippers are just one cool offering from this cool company that also features gifts like fuzzy animal computer screen wipes, plush toys, eye masks, and neck warmers, to name a few. The company offers countless color and animal options for slippers and stuffed animals or other gifts.

I received an adorable pair of lady bug slippers to check out and evaluate as a gift of relaxation. These cool red and black slippers have fuzzy red velour type yarn strands all across the slippers. The lady bugs have a cute face with black and red antennae and a cherry red nose. The lady bugs’ faces are smiling and their black spots are spaced throughout the slipper. The solid soles of the slippers have tiny rubberized dots for grip, but they do wear down after a few days of regular use. The slippers are supportive and comfortable, not to mention really cute. I got a number of compliments on them already from friends and family!

In my own experience, these slippers are great and they hold up to the test. My border collie pup has fully adopted them as her own whenever they are not on my feet, and sometimes when they are! I woke up one morning to find only one slipper at my bedside… the other was at hers! Despite her newfound obsession with my slippers, these things have held up beautifully. So, either I have a really gentle dog, or these things are as durable as they come.

Fuzzy Friends Slippers retail for $20 each and are available in a variety of animal options, including pink poodle, orange tiger, green frog, and more. You can order them at Aroma Home or at Amazon.com. For more information on Fuzzy Friends Slippers and other great gifts of relaxation, visit Aroma Home online at www.aromahome.com.

Aromatherapy type gifts are usually a nice option for anyone, even if you don’t know the gift recipient as well as you know a dear friend or family member. Another cool relaxation gift for people of all ages would be the Bed Buddy Foot & Hand Warmers from Carex Health Brands. These cool products are scented like a holiday cinnamon stick mixed with other fragrant herbs and feature a soft and snuggly, fuzzy fabric with a pleasant bean-style interior (It feels like rice!). The ingredients in the Bed Buddy’s fragrance are revitalizing eucalyptus, comforting clove, and calming cinnamon. This cool gift idea is made of 100% natural materials.

Bed Buddy’s hand warmers are like mittens, but not the kind you would wear outside. The foot warmers are like booties for big people. Both items have removable herbal packs filled with fragrant, healing herbs.

The Bed Buddy’s Moist Heat ThermaTherapy® is designed to soothe and comfort hands and feet with warmth or cold, depending on your needs. You can microwave Bed Buddy warmers to activate the herbal moist heat to soothe and relax your tired feet and hands. You can also chill the Bed Buddy products in the freezer for the cooler effect. For best results, place the Bed Buddy warmers in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer overnight. (Although they are doctor-recommended, be sure to consult your physician if you have any medical conditions.)

A portion of the proceeds of Bed Buddy go toward breast cancer research. The Bed Buddy products now feature a few special color additions to the usual product line – now you can get a black and white Zebra pattern, a brown and tan Leopard pattern, and a hot-pink Lipstick color.

Products provided free to writer for reviewCarex’s Bed Buddy® Foot and Hand Warmers Gift Sets are available at Amazon.com and various retailers for $24.99. For more information, please see www.carex.com.

Remember, these are just a few suggestions for relaxing gifts you can give to the people you know in life that could use a break from stress. Feel free to come up with your own ideas for gifts of relaxation.

 

Travel Tips for Expectant Moms

Adapted from the new book, “Expecting 411”Keep these travel tips in mind for expectant moms.

Pregnancy certainly affects the lives of expectant moms and dads, but it doesn’t have to put a damper on your summer vacation plans.

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about traveling while pregnant that we hear from pregnant women every day in our private practices.

Is it safe for me to travel while pregnant? Are all forms of transportation safe?

We don’t recommend hot air balloons or camels, but most conventional modes of transportation are safe. If you have a “high risk” pregnancy or are carrying multiples, your doctor may have a different restriction date in mind, so ask him or her for recommendations tailored to your specific health profile. Here are some general guidelines:

  • You can travel by plane up to your 36th week — but check individual airline policies, which may vary.
  • When flying, get up and walk around frequently, stretch your legs and feet while in your seat, and wear Ted support hose to keep the blood circulation in your legs robust.
  • For cruises, the last acceptable time frame is 23-27 weeks, depending on the cruise line.

If you are going by bus, train, or driving, stay within one hour’s distance from a hospital. Camping in a remote area, for example, is not advisable. You can travel by car right up to the end of your delivery date, but try to stay within an hour’s drive from your doctor or delivery hospital.

How can I stay healthy while pregnant and traveling?

  • If you are going to the mountains, swimming in the ocean, or walking around a new city, watch for signs of getting short of breath. If you feel tired, stop!
  • If you’ll be out in the hot sun, drink extra water, stay out of the direct sun during peak hours, and pack plenty of sunblock, hat, and sunglasses.
  • Keep these travel tips in mind for expectant moms.Always keep a bottle of pure water with you. Avoid plastic bottles with #7 on the bottom — these may contain Bisphenol-A (BPA), which may have adverse effects on fetuses.
  • Avoid unpasteurized delicacies, raw fish or meat, and in international destinations, water and fresh fruit and veggies.
  • Keep a stash of healthy snacks with you on road, plane, and train trips so you can avoid getting famished and then seeking relief in convenience food, hotel snacks, and junk food binges. Healthy snacks might include: yogurt, small containers of unsweetened rice pudding, almonds and walnuts, apples, carrots, almond butter on whole grain bread, cheese and whole grain crackers, hummus and veggie dippers, and cherries, berries, and red grapes.
  • When ordering from restaurants, don’t be shy about “special ordering.” Pregnancy is one of the few times when waiters will give you a break. Keep your food choices healthy — grilled fish or poultry, whole grains such as rice, steamed vegetables, and salad will give you and baby exactly what you need to stay energized.
  • Take frequent pit stops for bathroom and leg stretching.
  • If you are driving and have room for an extra suitcase, bring one filled with favorite pillows — such as a body pillow designed for pregnancy back relief — so you’ll be comfortable no matter where you rest your head.
  • If you’re sightseeing, such as seeing art treasures in a museum, take advantage of couches and seats and appreciate the art from a sitting position from time to time. This will keep your back from aching later on.
  • Wear practical shoes and comfortable clothes.

What are potential health hazards for you and your unborn baby while traveling or visiting spas?

  • These are okay: bug spray, airport x-rays and scanners (it takes 2,500 exposures in one year to get a harmful dose), sunblock (wear #20 or higher), spray-on tans, massages (but no electric or warming blankets, massage of the inner or outer ankle bones, or the webbing between thumb and finger, and no essential oils), facials (but no Retin A, Accutane, or large amounts of salicylic acid), manicures and pedicures in a well-ventilated room, chemical peels (but only superficial peels that use glycolic acid, TCA, or lactic acid), and hair highlights (but not full hair dying where chemicals touch the scalp).
  • These are NOT okay: Mudbaths, paraffin wraps, seaweed wraps, hot tubs, saunas, tanning beds, hair jobs (perms, relaxers, Japanese hair straightening), laser hair removal, electrolysis,  bleaching creams, and BOTOX.

Do you have any more tips before I go on vacation?

Purchase travel insurance. It’s a small investment that can save you big time. Your unborn baby doesn’t care that you’ve planned this family reunion for more than a year. She is on her own time schedule, and might decide to attend the reunion uninvited.

About the Experts:
Dr. Michele Hakakha is an award-winning obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in Beverly Hills, CA, and featured expert in the acclaimed documentary “Little Man.” Dr. Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician in Austin, TX, an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the children’s health expert for WebMD, and a medical advisor for Parents Magazine and ABC News. A past guest on Rachael Ray and NBC’s Today Show, Dr. Brown penned the best-selling Baby 411 and Toddler 411 book series before coauthoring the new title with Dr. Hakakha, Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy (Windsor Peak Press, 2010, www.expecting411.com) — the only pregnancy guide written by two MDs who are also moms.

 

Top 7 Ideas for Labor Day Weekend Getaways

Consider these Labor Day Weekend Getaways!Long weekends like Labor Day often make the perfect excuse to get away for a short trip. Even if you don’t have a long tradition of Labor Day weekend getaways, you can easily plan a vacation over the weekend with little advanced notice. Labor Day weekend travel can be lots of fun with your significant other, your family, or a group of friends. To plan a three-day weekend getaway or longer weekend away, consider these travel suggestions for early September.

By the time Labor Day rolls around, the kids may have just started school, or they may be going back right after the holiday weekend. Labor Day is a great time to travel with family for an extended weekend away. You may only get the three-day weekend out of your travel plans, but sometimes that can be more than enough to recharge and break away from your normal routine. You can plan Labor Day activities for children on your short vacation, such as arts and crafts, fishing, boating, swimming, scavenger hunts, fireworks displays, drive-in movies, miniature golf, and so much more.

 

If you are going away with just your significant other, you can plan a romantic Labor Day weekend vacation. From the rough-and-tumble camping weekend to a more luxurious bed and breakfast getaway, you can plan your Labor Day travel to suit your relationship and personal preferences. You might even consider a resort vacation at a nearby travel location, or a short jaunt to Las Vegas, Florida, or somewhere along the coast with a nice beach.

Top 7 Suggestions for Labor Day Weekend Trips
No matter if you plan to travel with friends, family, kids, or your sweetheart, consider these Labor Day weekend ideas for short getaways.

Consider these Labor Day Weekend Getaways!1.    The Beach

2.    The Mountains

3.    National Parks

4.    Places with Historic Significance

5.    Amusement Parks

6.    Camping Weekend

7.    Natural Wonders

Once you decide on your long weekend vacation destination, start thinking about the different Labor Day weekend activities you would like to try. You can enjoy something as simple as boating and fishing to something more involved like a trip to the nearest casino, water park, or a tour of a popular historic location. You might even decide you don’t want to do any activities on your weekend getaway. If this is the case, you can simply relax and enjoy all that the long weekend has to offer.

Labor Day getaways can be a good family tradition for as long as your kids live at home. Over-the-weekend Labor Day vacations need not be expensive or extravagant. You can plan them quickly and cost-effectively from the comfort of your home or office. Consider these top 7 Labor Day weekend getaways or come up with your own travel plans to celebrate the holiday weekend. Have fun!

Summer Sipping – Corzo Tequila Product Review

Tequila can be enjoyed year round, but summer is the season it really shines. Corzo’s Silver Tequila is a great tequila: light and clean. I admit I’m not much of a straight tequila drinker myself (although a friend was able to detect the “tropical fruit and peppery spice” finish that Corzo promises on its website. So, I chose to see how Corzo stood up in my favorite tequila drink: the Margarita. The Corzo stands up really well in a Margarita. It blends smoothly and certainly gets the job done.

A warning to the wallet conscious, though. Corzo is definitely a luxury liquor. My tequila loving friend was very surprised when I pulled out the bottles (and very, very grateful). At 100% Agave, this tequila is the real deal. The spirit is available in three varieties: CORZO® Silver, “clear in color with a dry, light-to medium-bodied palate,” at $47.99, CORZO® Reposado, “with warm hints of a white oak and a custard finish,” at $52.99, and CORZO® Anejo, “the perfect tequila for full-bodied sipping,” at $56.99.

You can find more information about purchasing Corzo Silver at www.corzo.com. They also recommend the Corzo Bliss, to “Add a burst of color and fresh fruit flavor to the menu. Created by New York City mixologist Jonathan Pogash.” Here’s the recipe for a bright and cheerful cocktail for summer sipping:

The CORZO Bliss

Ingredients:
2 parts Corzo Silver Tequila
3/4 parts Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
5 one-inch chunks of watermelon
5-7 mint leaves

Process:
1. In a mixing glass, muddle the watermelon and mint.

2. Then add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice.

3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with a watermelon cube and mint leaves.

Products provided free to writer for reviewSounds refreshing, no?

Top 10 Girls’ Weekend Getaways – Ideas and Activities for Women of All Ages

Consider these fun girls weekend getaways for bachelorette parties, hen parties, or simple girls weekends.As we get older, it often seems that we see our dear friends less and less. That’s why it’s so important to plan regular girls’ weekend getaways (weekend getaways for women) to keep the bonds of friendship alive or even to celebrate a Bachelorette party. You can plan a great and affordable girls’ weekend out local to your home or you can organize a more extravagant girls’ weekend vacation involving airfare, bus fare, or road trip style driving. Consider the girls in your group and what each woman would be most inclined to do. Once you know your friends’ preferences and budgets, you should be well on your way to planning exciting, relaxing, and memorable girls’ weekend breaks.

As you begin thinking about various girls’ weekend getaway ideas that you might be able to put into action, consider opening the brainstorming session to all the girls in your group. Have each woman think of between three and five girls’ weekend getaways that she might like to try. Once you’ve collected all the responses from your friends, compare and consolidate the girls’ weekend activities and getaways into a single list. Share the overall list – or a list of the most popular suggestions for weekend getaways for women – with your group of girls and determine which trip suits your group the best.

Try these top 10 girls’ weekend ideas to escape the real world and enjoy some special time with your favorite girls.

Top 10 Girls’ Weekend Getaway Ideas
Plan a fun girls weekend with these suggestions.Women’s weekend getaways can be some of the most fun vacations ever when you get to travel with your best female friends. Consider these top 10 girls’ weekend ideas for your group of women, no matter what your ages.

1.    Weekend Spa Getaways – A girls’ spa weekend may be just what the doctor ordered to give you and your gal pals some rest, relaxation, and total mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation. Enjoy massages, facials, seaweed wraps and time in the sauna for a holistic weekend spa getaway.

2.    Wild Girls’ / Vegas Weekend – The wild weekend getaway for women can range from a local casino or male revue to an all-out Las Vegas vacation. This option may be perfect for Bachelorette parties and hen weekends. Just remember to use your discretion (especially if you are in a relationship or married) and stay safe no matter what you decide to do.

3.    Rustic Camping Weekend
– Even the girls enjoy a good camping trip now and again. Plan a fun camping experience for your closest friends where you can enjoy hiking, boating, fishing, sun tanning, and campfire cooking. Escape technology and embrace the great outdoors.

4.    Wine Weekend – A list of weekend getaways for women just wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate wine weekend. Plan a girls’ only wine tour or visit a winery with a wine stomp, chocolate pairing, or other fun and exciting twist.

5.    Road Trip Getaway – Road trips can be a lot of fun, even if it’s only for a short distance. Find somewhere that your group of girls can visit for a girls’ vacation and plan your route accordingly. Attempt to take one vehicle for your girls’ road trip if possible, or multiple cars if you must.

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10 More Weekend Getaways for Couples

Consider these top 10 weekend getaways for couples of all ages.If you are tired of the same old couples’ getaways to enjoy for a regular or long weekend, it may be time to spice up your weekends away. No matter if you are seeking cheap weekend getaways or more extravagant and luxurious end-of-week escapes, sometimes a short vacation is all you need to recharge your batteries and reignite the spark in your marriage or relationship. Even if you aren’t a planner, you can organize quick weekend getaways for you and your husband or wife, or boyfriend or girlfriend, easily and efficiently once you have an idea of what you would like to do.

As you prepare to plan one or more weekend getaways for couples, keep in mind whether you would like to plan a romantic getaway, an adventurous weekend, or a simple and relaxing vacation. If you like several of these weekend getaway ideas for couples, you can plan short and quick weekend escapes with your significant other for a couple different weekends throughout the year. Consider these 10 couples’ weekend getaway ideas for just about any starting location or vacation destination.

Weekend Getaway Ideas for Couples
Consider these top 10 adventurous, relaxing, and romantic weekend getaways for couples:

1.    Festival
– Find a fun festival to check out, whether it is a strawberry or food related festival, wine or beer fest, or even a music festival. You can also find great Halloween attractions to enjoy as a couple.

2.    Golf & Spa Weekend – Enjoy massages and beautiful golf courses with your loved one. Enjoy golfing and the spa together or separately depending on your preferences.

3.    Sports Team Road Trip – Follow your favorite sports team to an away game for a long weekend. Be it hockey, football, baseball, basketball, or another sport, you can have a great time rooting against the enemy on their own home turf.

4.    Big City Experience – Sometimes visiting a big city like New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, or Chicago can be a great experience for couples to enjoy together. Find fine food and desserts, enjoy a show, or take a walk around the city checking out all the sights.

5.    Brewery / Microbrewery Tour – Much like our winery tour suggestion in our other list of weekend getaways, you can also find a great time visiting breweries or microbreweries with your sweetheart. Enjoy tasting the beers and grab a bite to eat. This can even be a great day trip, depending on how close you live to the nearest brewery.

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