Alcon Eye Drops: Naphcon A Eye Allergy Relief Review

Alcon eye drops, particularly Alcon Naphcon A Eye Allergy Relief drops, are a true lifesaver when it comes to my spring allergies and hay fever.  My optometrist / ophthalmologist recommended these Alcon eye drops as a surefire way to alleviate the itchy, red, watery eyes that I experience every April and May during spring allergy season when all the pollen starts falling from the trees. I had never heard of Naphcon A or Alcon eye drops prior to this doctor’s visit, but I happily added these allergy relief eye drops to my list of spring allergy must-haves.

Alcon Naphcon A Eye Allergy Relief drops are a clean eye drop that works immediately to soothe and hydrate the eye. You can use these soothing Alcon eye drops to flush debris from the eye or simply to reduce eye redness or alleviate irritation. I use these religiously as my go-to “pollen eye drops” for my spring pollen allergies, but my husband’s friend is mildly allergic to our long-haired dog and still has amazing results with these drops. Whenever he comes to visit, he uses my Alcon eye drops (always Naphcon A) and still comments how impressed he is at the speed with which the drops take the itch out of his eyes.

The Alcon Eye Drop product is available as a single eye drop or as part of a two-pack at your favorite drugstore and online at Amazon. I highly recommend the two-pack so you can take one to work and leave one at home, or place one in your purse and keep it with you at all times, keeping the second one in your medicine cabinet. The bottles are a little small for my tastes, but they are well worth the price due to the instant relief these drops provide time and again.

Benefits of Alcon Eye Drops: Naphcon A (allergy eye drops)
•    Effectively eliminate itchy eye symptoms
•    Easily flush foreign particles from eyes
•    Excellent, very fast allergy relief
•    Great travel size
•    Convenient two-pack available
•    Contains an antihistamine as well as a redness reducer
•    Highly recommended by eye doctors
•    Works the first time, every time

If you are wondering about the disadvantages and advantages of Naphcon A, you can see above how I found many positive reasons to use this product. It really is my eye drop of choice, and others who’ve used it seem to agree. I thought long and hard to come up with some disadvantages as well, but the only thing I came up with is that the bottle is awfully small for the price. However, to me, the effective and immediate relief I experience from using these drops is well worth double the cost. (But don’t tell Alcon that!)

So anyway, I usually buy a two-pack to stretch it further. That seems to last me all allergy season and then some. Then I come back to the CVS or RiteAid and buy more whenever I run out – I am a very loyal customer.

Naphcon A drops used to be prescribed by doctors but now they are available over the counter. These Alcon allergy eye drops are backed by great reviews on Amazon and countless others throughout the Web. Those who use these drops agree that they work. I stand firmly behind this product and will continue purchasing it as often as my allergy symptoms persist. I include these with my allergy regimen of Chloraseptic Allergen Block and Allegra D 24-hour allergy medication. I have already purchased these Alcon drops on at least two occasions since I first learned about them. This style of Alcon eye drop is effective at relieving allergy symptoms from pollen, grass, ragweed, animal dander, and hair.

If you are wondering, “How long can you use Naphcon-A eye drops,” simply refer to the product packaging to ensure you don’t over-apply them to your eyes. According to the bottle I have right here, the directions say to put one to two drops in the affected eye or eyes up to four times a day. Check with your eye doctor or physician if you feel you may need more frequent relief.

Alcon eye drops for watery eyes – these drops are suitable for use with a variety of eye conditions, including itchy, watery eyes associated with allergies and irritation. You can use Alcon to flush your eye out when you are suffering from a foreign body or particle such as an eyelash or a piece of makeup or pet hair. The clean, cool Alcon eye drop soothes the afflicted eye and eases the discomfort you may be feeling.

You can buy Alcon Naphcon A allergy eye drops at CVS or your favorite pharmacy, and also conveniently online at Amazon.com. Don’t forget to get the two-pack so you always have these powerful and effective eye drops on hand.

 

Happy Mother’s Day Poems – Sweet Sentiments for Mom (and Grandma)

Happy Mother’s Day Poems are a great way to show mom how much you care. Expressing your feelings in a beautiful display of words is a permanent gift for your mom to treasure. Consider these Mother’s Day poems and tips for your mom as part of her greeting or use these mom poems as inspiration to create your own Happy Mother’s Day poem.

To the Best Mom on Mother’s Day
Mom, you have always been there for me
And I hope you know I am there for you, too.
Your love and support mean the world to me
And I truly appreciate all that you do
Even if I don’t tell you often enough…
You mean so much to me, and I love you!

A Haiku for Mom
Mothers are like a sweet daisy
Even when kids drive her crazy
Moms love from the start
With all of their heart
Even when children are lazy!

Freestyle “Mother” Poem
More love than imaginable
Open arms always
The glue that holds us together
Hopeful and helpful
Everlasting support and guidance
Radiant and beautiful, inside and out

These are just a few examples of sweet and sentimental Mother’s Day poems you can include in your Mother’s Day greeting cards. You can certainly use these poems for your mom or come up with some on your own to let her know how much you care. You might also want to consider Mother’s Day poems for Grandma or your stepmother if applicable and appropriate.

If sweet and sentimental is not your cup of tea, you might like to consider funny poems for Mother’s Day (or funny poems about Mother’s Day!). It is tough to give an example of these, because they should be based on your own personal relationship and experiences you’ve share with your mom. Try to include amusing memories of your siblings and other things your mom would enjoy reading in your funny Mother’s Day poem.

If your mom is no longer living, consider writing sad Mother’s Day poems as a way to alleviate your sadness and let your emotions flow. You can keep your poems for mom private or share them with your family, siblings, and father if appropriate. Thinking of your mom and remembering the good times can be a cathartic activity in the healing process.

Your mom is sure to appreciate the special Mother’s Day poems you create and share with her. Wishing you and your mom a Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Tips on Mother of the Bride Speeches and Toasts

A daughter’s wedding can be one of the most emotional times of all. In most weddings it is not exactly customary for the mother of the bride to give a speech or a special toast in celebration of the wedding, but it can be a nice touch as a small part of the reception or as a bigger aspect of the rehearsal dinner the night prior. Mother of the bride speeches can be on the shorter side or the longer side, and they can be general or personal, emotional or humorous, or a bit of both.

The tone and length really depend on the mother of the bride and her comfort level and what she wants to say. Consider these tips on preparing and giving mother of the bride speeches and toasts at your daughter’s wedding or rehearsal dinner.

Mother of the bride speeches and toasts are a nice touch for this formal occasion for several reasons. First, the bride’s mom is an important member of the family and special honored guest of the wedding. Giving a speech or a toast allows her to address all of the guests at once, and allows the guests to figure out who the mother of the bride actually is, if they don’t know her personally. Mother of the bride toasts and speeches also allow the mom of the bride to thank all of the guests for being a part of her daughter’s special day. For these reasons and more, a mother of the bride speech can be a great way to kick off the festivities.

Tips for Planning and Delivering Great Mother of the Bride Speeches and Toasts
No matter if you are outgoing or timid and shy, mother of the bride speeches and mother of the bride toasts are a great way to commemorate your daughter’s wedding. Here are a few tips on giving mom of the bride speeches and toasts.

•    If you are nervous about public speaking, consider giving your mother of the bride speech or toast with the father of the bride, mother of the groom, or another important family member or guest. Sharing in the effort will make you less nervous about speaking in front of a large group.

•    Most weddings feature toasts from the best man and maid of honor on the wedding night, so you might consider giving your mother of the bride speech during the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.

•    Practice your speech a couple of times to ensure you are comfortable delivering it on the day or night of the occasion.

•    Consider your audience in determining how much emotion and humor to inject into your speech or toast. Including some humor can be good, but try to avoid embarrassing the bride on her wedding day.

•    Try to keep it short and sweet, especially if there is a chance you might become overwhelmed by emotion.

•    Don’t forget to express your appreciation and love for your daughter and her husband (or soon-to-be hubby).

•    Make sure you introduce yourself as mother of the bride or have the DJ introduce you and your special speech or toast.

•    Be sure to thank and recognize special folks with significant roles, such as the parents of the groom, the bride’s and groom’s siblings, grandparents, and so forth.

•    Welcome your son-in-law into the family and express your happiness that they have found each other.

•    Conclude your mother of bride speech with a warm toast to the special couple!

These are just some general tips on delivering special mother of the bride speeches and toasts for your daughter and her husband on their special day. Don’t be afraid to inject some of your own personality into your mother of the bride toast or speech. You should come across as the real you, genuine, honest, and true. Best wishes on the marriage of your daughter!

Sweet Treats and Edible Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day sneaks up on us so quickly sometimes. For me this year is one of those times. Sweet treats and gifts of chocolate, baked goods, and other yummy goodies can be a fantastic last-minute gift idea for mom on Mother’s Day. You can choose anything from authentic Italian butter cookies to frozen chocolate croissants from Williams-Sonoma. (I’ve had these and they are phenomenal.) You can satisfy Mom’s every craving, from chocolate to baked goods to sweet wines and everything in between. Here are some additional suggestions for sweet treats for Mother’s Day gifts.

Give your mom the gift of indulgence this Mother’s Day with any of these delectable treats!

Guylian Belgian Chocolates
What mom doesn’t love chocolates? Consider the delightful selection of Belgian chocolate from Guylian, a company rated extremely high on customer satisfaction in Amazon reviews. These chocolates are adorable to look at too, if you can resist popping them in your mouth on first sight. Shaped like little seahorses and an assortment of seashells, there’s so much to love about these delicious chocolate delicacies besides the taste alone.

Guylian Belgian Chocolates are available in a wide variety of flavors and styles, including their Original Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells. Choose dark chocolate for the wine connoisseur or milk chocolate for the all-American mom. Don’t feel bad if you are tempted to order one of the minis for yourself – you can also get the dark chocolate or milk chocolate seahorses in a smaller size that is perfect for personal snacking or inclusion in a chocolate or wine themed gift basket. You can also find bars of chocolate (as well as no-sugar-added bars) and individually wrapped truffles to suit any tastes.

The marbling of Guylian’s Sea Shells Original Praliné makes for a truly beautiful piece of candy. The dark chocolate of Guylian Sea Shells Extra Dark blends marvelously with the dark chocolate hazelnut filling. The lovely seahorses will surely appeal to Mom, with the underlying philanthropy of Guylian’s Project Seahorse, which helps to advance marine conservation.

I would like to disclose that, for the purpose of review, I received a generous sample of Guylian chocolates that I was able to share with my own mom. The presentation and taste backed by highly positive customer reviews make this chocolatier a fast favorite for Mother’s Day or any gift opportunity. If you don’t believe me, try them for yourself – available online at Amazon with fast shipping. For more information about Guylian Belgian Chocolate, please see: www.guylian.be/en.

Sweet Sally’s Bakeshop
To round out our sweets for Mom feature, Sweet Sally’s Bakeshop sent a generous array of yummy baked goodies for us to relish for the purpose of review. The Carrie’s Classic Spritz Spring Flower Cookies and heart-shaped butter cookies are two of my very favorites, as I am a complete sucker for cookies. The lemon bars made a great mid-morning snack, especially when I had skipped breakfast!

The popular heart themed tin of goodies that arrived included Big Apple Spring Crackle, Mrs. B’s Russian Tea Cakes, and Carrie’s Classic Spritz Cookies (shaped like hearts). My favorite of these, again, was the cookies. Just the perfect texture and a delicious taste that begs “just one more.”

While I believe most desserts that I choose will usually have chocolate as an ingredient, I enjoyed the non-chocolate goodies in this “Trio of Love” gift set even more. While I found the taste of the Big Apple Spring Crackle a bit too close to a saltine cracker dipped in chocolate for my personal liking, I still thought it showed a baker’s ingenuity and a new way to satisfy a sweet craving.

In their own special box, Caryn’s Tangy Lemon Bars were PERFECT. I loved these and am somewhat sad I sent them home to be shared between my mom and dad for the sake of my diet. Alas, better to share than squander. I’m happy to spread the cheer of these delicious bars that were perfectly moist, sweet, and just lemony enough, not too much so. Completely scrumptious!

These are just a few of the treats at Sweet Sally’s. All goodies are trans-fat free and made of healthy, natural ingredients. For more information, please see: www.sweetsallys.com.

Other Goodies for Mother’s Day
Some other special treats to consider as Mother’s Day gifts may include homemade baked goods, gift certificates to your mom’s favorite bakery or sweet shop, a candy gift basket, brownies, or a gift basket brimming with all things chocolate. Another option is to take your mom out for ice cream to enjoy a banana split or her very favorite frozen treat, whatever that may be!

What sweets have you given or received for Mother’s Day?

Spring 2011 Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits Giveaway

Enter our Giveaway for a chance to win Two of Pretty Woman's Airbrushed Nails Kits!Is there a party waiting for you or are you planning a special event with friends? Enjoy a fine manicure that looks like you just stepped out of a salon. Special nail art products like the latest Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits make a style statement for any outfit or occasion. Life Love Beauty has teamed up with Pretty Woman USA to bring you this giveaway for a chance to win Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits. Find out how you can enter our contest for a chance to win!

Our giveaway features Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits, which is a set of metallic nails and nail foils. You may think you don’t have the time, money, or the resources for great looking nails all the time. You may not even have time to paint your nails and wait for them to dry. Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits are a great solution to all of these issues.

Read on for more instructions on how to enter our Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits giveaway for a chance to win Airbrushed Nail Kits.

Prize: Our giveaway features Pretty Woman’s Airbrushed Nail Kits. Pretty Woman kits offer a wide selection of designs and colors starting at $5.99, available at Rite Aid stores nationwide. One winner will receive two airbrushed nail kits.

Enter our Giveaway for a chance to win Airbrushed Nails from Pretty Woman.Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii) age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. One entry per person. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

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Family Holidays Abroad on Any Budget

Spending your family holidays abroad can be a great way to help your kids see the world. You can enjoy the sights, check out the cuisine, and learn a new language all at the same time. Depending on your budget, you can plan cheap family holidays abroad or luxury family holidays abroad. If your finances allow, you can even bring your children’s nanny on the trip so you can still enjoy some romantic couples’ time exploring the cities and sights.

Europe is often a popular place to travel when studying or vacationing abroad. If you are taking a family vacation abroad, Europe should be on your list of possible destinations, unless of course you live in Europe. Some other exciting places to visit for family holidays abroad include Asia (especially Thailand), the South Pacific (Fiji, Tahiti, Morea, and The Cook Islands), and even South Africa. If you don’t live in the United States, the USA can also be a great place to spend family holidays abroad.

Planning Cheap Family Holidays Abroad
Consider these tips and suggestions to help you plan a family holiday abroad on a shoestring budget.

•    Shop around for the best deals on family holiday travel.
•    Look for all-inclusive packages for your cheap family holidays abroad.
•    Tailor the length of your stay to your budget.
•    Choose a destination that everyone in your family will enjoy or consider a cruise that will give you a taste of everything without breaking the bank.
o    Consider a cruise through Europe to see all the top cities and attractions on a budget.

Planning Luxury Family Holidays Abroad
If you prefer luxury family holidays abroad due to a more flexible budget, consider these ideas and suggestions to help you plan your trip.

•    Check with a travel agency to get the scoop on all the tours and itineraries available to you.
•    Find the top restaurants and attractions and try to make your reservations before you leave your home country.
•    Try to include a beach or mountain retreat in your luxury family vacation abroad.
•    Include more than one country in your trip if possible. If your trip is longer than two weeks, you might even consider hitting more than one continent with your itinerary.

These are just a few suggestions to help you get started on planning your cheap or luxury family holidays abroad. If you have other suggestions for such a trip, whether around Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Easter, or other holidays, please share them in our comments below. We hope you enjoy your vacation away from home!

How to Do Your Own Nail Polish Designs Using Toothpicks

Not everyone can afford a trip to the nail salon every week, and even if you can, there’s just something to be said for using your own creativity to come up with nail polish designs on your own at home. It’s even better if you can use everyday materials to make your own nail art. My most favorite nail polish design I ever created was a miniature Philadelphia Flyers logo that I painted only on my pinky nail using a toothpick! I wish I had thought to take a photo – this is going back at least seven or eight years – but at least I can still explain how you can make your own easy nail polish designs at home.

Gather up your favorite nail art supplies, nail polish colors, and a few toothpicks. Don’t forget paper towels, cotton balls, and nail polish remover. Now we’re ready to get started!

 

Easy Nail Polish Designs Using a Toothpick
When you don’t have nail art brushes on hand, you can still create beautiful and fun nail polish designs using toothpicks. This is quite an economical way to get your own pretty nail polish designs at home! Here are some tips on how to use a toothpick to create easy nail polish designs:

•    Treat the toothpick like a little nail art brush. Use it to pick up nail polish on the tip and drag it around to create fun designs.

•    Use the tip of the toothpick as a nail dotting tool. Just a little dab of nail polish should help you to create a variety of sizes of polka dots or spots on your nails.

•    Use the side of the toothpick to make straight line or plaid nail art. To create straight lines, you can use the length of the toothpick and press it across the surface of your nail. This may get messy, but it can help if your hands aren’t that steady when you try to paint a straight line freehand. An even easier technique is to use a small piece of string to create striped or plaid appearance on your nails.

•    Switch to a new toothpick for each new color. This prevents your nail polish designs from blending together.

•    Take your time! Practice does make toothpick nail art easier over time. If you mess up too badly, just remove the nail polish on that particular nail and start over!

Ideas for Black Nail Polish Designs
Black nail polish designs can be anything from goth to classy. It all depends on the theme of your nail art and how you wear it! Here are a few suggestions and ideas for black nail polish designs you can create at home.

•    Black dog nail art
•    Black Shatter nail art and manicures
•    Classy initials or abstract nail designs
•    Graduation Cap nail art designs
•    Halloween nail designs (black cat, bat, witch’s hat)
•    Silhouette nail designs
•    Simple black manicure

Ideas for White Nail Polish Designs
White nail polish designs can be just as much fun as black ones! Here are a few suggestions for white nail art to try at home:

•    Bunny nail art
•    Daisy nail designs
•    Diamond nail designs
•    Pastel nails with white “M” like M&Ms candies
•    Snowflake or snowman nail art
•    White silhouette nails
•    Simple white manicure

Black and White Nail Polish Designs
If you want the best of both worlds, here are some suggestions for black and white nail polish designs:

•    Black and white plaid nail designs
•    Yin-Yang nail art designs
•    Newspaper nail art designs
•    Border collie or Dalmatian nail designs
•    Panda nail designs
•    Penguin nail designs
•    Tuxedo nail designs
•    Zebra stripe nails

Nail Polish Designs for Kids
Even little girls love a pretty manicure or pedicure as they are growing up. Usually the best technique when doing nail polish designs for kids is to find a way to get your child to sit still, put on a favorite movie or cartoon, and then get to work. Find some kids’ nail polish and consider these tips on nail polish designs for kids!

•    Find kids’ nail polish! Since little girls’ nails are still so tiny, you should find nail polish with a small brush for best results. There are a number of kids’ nail polish products out there. Even Nicole by OPI has a smaller brush that applies the nail polish smoothly and evenly, even on small nails.

•    Look for nontoxic formulas for your child. The best thing to do is find a nail polish that has as few chemicals as possible, especially for your growing daughter. Look around for nail polish products without toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, and the like.

•    Start with something simple. Paint all the nails a different bright color. Paint a smiley face or a small flower on one nail. If your child wants a more elaborate manicure and you are up for it, try something like watermelon nails using the French manicure technique – bright pink base color, bright green tips, and use the toothpick to add black speckles for the seeds! These are perfect summer nail designs for any age.

These are just a few tips to get you started with easy nail polish designs at home, and especially in painting nail art using a toothpick. If you have other suggestions for easy nail art, black nail art, white nail designs, or nail painting for kids, please leave us a comment so all our readers can benefit.

Red Wedding Dresses for a Glamorous Wedding

Red is one of those beloved colors. Red grabs attention, it screams sexy, bold, and in some cultures may be considered a color for good luck. Beautiful red wedding dresses may not be especially common in your favorite bridal magazines, but the right red wedding gown can be an unforgettable part of your wedding ceremony and reception. Ballroom style red wedding dresses are like something out of a perfect fairy tale, but you can make them your own reality by considering such a dress for your own bridal attire.

Red wedding dresses are available in many styles and price points. You should be able to find a few cheap red wedding dresses, but remember the pricing goes up with quality and one-of-a-kind nature. You may get lucky in your search through dozens of red wedding dresses or you may have to spring for a personal dressmaker to create your picture-perfect dream wedding gown.

Where to Buy Red Wedding Dresses
Before you get ahead of yourself, consider what shade of red you want in your red wedding dress. You may find the reds out there range a bit from scarlet to burgundy with other shades available as well. Red and white wedding dresses and some wedding dresses with red accents are also common in this classy and dramatic style of wedding fashion. You should also consider the fabrics you like as well as the styles – neckline, ruching, and so forth.

Once you are ready to buy a red wedding dress, your best bet is to do a few searches online to help you locate the perfect dress. Check your favorite designers and bridal magazines first and then try a search on Google Images for an easy way to find the styles you like. Maggie Sottero red wedding dresses would be a great place to start, as this designer offers countless styles with fancy adornments and gorgeous, princess-like silhouettes. Alfred Angelo red and white wedding dresses are exquisite as well, often offering a perfect complement to the wide array of Alfred Angelo bridesmaid gowns in the same hue of red.

These are just two well-known wedding gown designers, but you can surely find a wide array of dresses and designers to consider. You can even find red wedding dresses on Amazon!

Red Wedding Dresses Not Your Thing?
If you aren’t bold or comfortable enough to consider red wedding dresses for yourself, you still have a few options to keep the color red as part of your special day. For one thing, you can find plenty of wedding dresses with red accents – sashes, corset style lacing, and other adornments. Red and white wedding dresses can be a lot of fun, most especially when the color scheme coordinates perfectly with what your bridesmaids are wearing.

Wearing red wedding shoes is another option – after all, if your dress is long, no one has to know. Or you can always flaunt your colored wedding shoes!

If you want to wear a more traditional white, ivory, or diamond white wedding gown, you could always dress your bridesmaids in red, especially if you love the color. Red bridesmaid dresses look fantastic around Christmastime or in the fall or summer with the right wedding flowers.

 

Best Honeymoon Cruise Ideas

Your honeymoon is the one chance you have to take a long, luxurious vacation with all the stops pulled, whether you go on a honeymoon cruise or kick back at an island resort. Soak up more luxury and extravagance on this trip than all your other vacations put together. The best honeymoon cruise ideas are those that you come up with when you’re speaking with your fiancé. Consider these tips to help you plan an unforgettable honeymoon cruise vacation.

While a cheap honeymoon cruise can save you a lot of money, your trip may work out better if you start saving for your honeymoon ahead of time so you can still enjoy some luxurious activities, meals, and experiences. If you are still heart-set on a cheap honeymoon cruise, consider an all-inclusive honeymoon cruise as a great compromise. You can save a lot of money without sacrificing the quality of your trip and your romantic vacation experience together.

Top 5 Honeymoon Cruise Ideas

Here are a few honeymoon cruise destinations to consider for your first vacation as husband and wife.

1.    Alaska Honeymoon Cruise – Check out killer whales (orcas) and sparkling waters like you’ve never seen. Be sure to do your research first about the best time of year to visit Alaska, and make sure you pack appropriately for the temperatures.

2.    Hawaii Honeymoon Cruise – Who wouldn’t love a cruise through the Hawaiian Isles?! This tropical paradise destination makes the perfect honeymoon hotspot as a cruise or a weeklong vacation in one spot. Go for the cruise so you can get a taste of all the different islands and then come back to your favorite island for your anniversary in a few years!

3.    Caribbean Honeymoon Cruise – Usually a little cheaper and a little closer to home, a Caribbean honeymoon cruise may be the perfect balance for your budget and your urge to do something tropical and romantic. With so many islands to see, you can plan a nice, long honeymoon cruise and get the most bang for your buck.

4.    European Honeymoon Cruise – If history and culture are your idea of fun, consider a romantic cruise through Europe. Check out a lot of the major cities and enjoy everything your cruise line has to offer. Try to hit up Italy, Ireland, London, and Paris if you can swing it. Just imagine all the different types of cuisine you’ll savor on your romantic vacation!

5.    Disney Cruise Honeymoon – For the kids at heart a Disney cruise honeymoon never gets old. Plan your trip so you can see all that Disney has to offer, and consider extending it if you want to take a short jaunt to the Bahamas or another nearby island destination. The Disney cruise may have its own Mickey Mouse premium when it comes to cost, but the experience won’t leave you short for memories or happy adventures.

Once you’ve got everything booked, the real fun begins – counting down the days! Don’t forget to pack your bags about a week in advance so you have time to finish your laundry and buy anything you’re missing. It should also help you to avoid forgetting something important. Whether you choose a cheap honeymoon cruise, an all-inclusive honeymoon cruise, or one of the exotic excursions mentioned above, we hope your honeymoon is truly spectacular and full of romantic memories.

Hot Trends in Women’s Hairstyles for 2011

New hairstyles for 2011 find inspiration in older throwback styles as well as new celebrity hairstyles and whatever’s popular in Hollywood. Women’s hair accessories are also a hot fashion right now, with many ladies opting for fringe, feathers, braids, and other exciting adornments to the standard hairstyle. Blast from the past hairstyles are as hot as ever, with many women wanting to sport the bob hairstyle, wedge haircut like Dorothy Hamill, and even 80’s hairstyles!

We’ve asked the hair experts to give us a glimpse of the hot new hairstyles for 2011 and this is what they had to say:

2011 Celebrity Styles Going Mainstream
Celebrity-inspired looks continue to top the charts for what women want in their new hairstyles for 2011. Just think about browsing celebrity gossip sites on the Web or paging through your favorite magazines. You are bound to see the likes of Rihanna, Ashlee Simpson, and Jennifer Aniston. Eva Green hairstyles are also a popular search frenzy this month. These celebrity hairstyles are some of the most searched hairdos for 2011 according to Yahoo! Search.

Rihanna Hairstyles for 2011
Yahoo! Searches shows many searches for Rihanna hairstyles being requested by lots of girls under the age of 18, as well as some older women. Rihanna’s sexy and sassy short hairstyles seem to resonate with the younger crowd and the young-at-heart looking for a fun and playful haircut to enjoy in 2011.

Ashlee Simpson Hairstyle 2011
This year shows Ashlee Simpson’s short blond hairstyle as a fast favorite for new hairstyles in 2011. Young adults are searching most for this women’s hairstyle. This short, boyish cut turns ultra glam with a little styling and a sparkling smile. The blond hair color makes a dramatic statement compared to Ashlee Simpson’s earlier hairstyles, ranging from jet black to auburn and everything in between. Ashlee Simpson’s is just one of many celebrity short hairstyles to consider for 2011.

Jennifer Aniston Hairstyle
From her Friends era, Jennifer Aniston’s hairstyles have been desired by many women time and again. “The Rachel” is still a popular haircut with lovely layers and a medium length that can appeal to just about anyone’s hair color and face shape. The 2011 Jennifer Aniston hairstyle is a bit different – a sort of longer bob hairstyle that is popular this year in searches by middle aged women.

“It [the bob] has to be done right,” Celebrity Stylist Sam Brocato says. “Proportion is everything, and I’m not sure Jennifer has nailed it. A little shorter and this cut would have been a modern statement.”

More Celebrity Hairstyle Tips for 2011
Amy Quackenbush, owner and stylist of Adele Salon, agrees that celebrity women’s haircut and color trends are hot for 2011.

“One of my favorite things about hair nowadays is that truly anything goes,” she says. “It’s your attitude and personality that makes the cut. I think we will still see the long, soft hair on women, but I also think you will be seeing some shorter styles make a comeback. Michelle Williams and Carey Mulligan are wearing short hair amazingly well, while Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are a great example of longer locks with texture.

“I personally love the Ombre hair coloring technique that is all over Hollywood right now, and see it as a continuing trend.”

Quackenbush adds that natural texture is more commonly accepted by women, and that they are finally starting to work with hair’s texture instead of against it.

“People will start adding texture to hair again (yes perms!), but not in that 1989 way,” she says.

Hair Accessories Big in 2011 – Feather Extensions, Fringe, and More
The haircut and hairstyle will only take you so far. Adding hair accessories to your styles is a big women’s hair trend for 2011. Licensed Cosmetologist and Hairstylist Christina Pastore strongly recommends unique hair accessories and fashions as a great way to freshen up your hairstyle this year.

“The Ombré was a really fun trend; however, I think that we will be seeing less of it and more BOLD changes… with LOTS of hair accessories: fringe, feathers, braids, just hair flair,” Pastore says.

Feather hair extensions can be a fun way to add color with a bold result. Danielle Wade, owner of Asteria Salon in Denver, offers feather hair extensions as a popular add-on to her hair services. Hair feather extensions surprisingly are easy to maintain – simply continue with your usual washing, blow drying, curling, and straightening. Feather hair extensions at Asteria employ top-quality rooster feathers that are attached to hair’s root, much like with standard hair extensions. These feathering extensions are also easily removed when the time comes.

Feather hair extensions can range from bold colors like turquoise, red, yellow, and fuchsia, to natural highlights and lowlights, offering unlimited possibilities for your creative hairstyles. The locks of feathered extensions usually last for about four weeks.

Short Hairstyles for 2011… The Bob Hairstyle and Pixie Cut…


Wedding Etiquette: How to Navigate Tough Situations

Wedding Etiquette Tips and TricksWedding etiquette is a completely different language. There are certain things you are supposed to do, things that are forbidden, and wording to everything you say is key. A bride can feel extremely overwhelmed when trying to figure out what she should do and how to do or say it! Here are a few situations that you may find yourself in and how you should respond.

1.  Adults only wedding and reception.
Many couples opt for an adult only wedding, especially if they are really going for a sophisticated atmosphere and feel.  How do you tell people that kids are not allowed without saying it that blatantly?  You have a few options.  Address invitations to the parents only and don’t mention the kids or ‘family’ anywhere on the invite. You can have your friends spread the word that it’s adults only. But sometimes, depending on the type of crowd you’re inviting, you need to spell things out clearly. Put ‘Adult Reception’ on the bottom of the RSVP card.

 

2.  No presents, just $$.
Wedding Etiquette Tips and TricksThis is a tough one. It is usually considered to be rude to only ask for money as wedding gifts. But with more wedding couples financing their own wedding and with the cost of weddings rising, money is becoming much more desirable as a wedding gift. The best and easiest way to ask for money without looking tacky is to let your friends and family spread the word for you. Don’t put any gift registry information on your invitations and guests will most likely inquire to those who know you best. If you want to go even further down this road, decide what you will spend your wedding money on – whether it’s your house, bed, or to help with your honeymoon. People like to know what they are contributing to!

3.  Taking on the seating chart.
Don’t hyperventilate when it’s time to develop a seating chart for the reception. Where does a bride even start? The usual guidelines are to seat people by age groups or their relationship to you. For example, you would seat your guests with each other, and the groom’s guests with each other. Or if you have several older couples from both the groom’s and your sides, seat them together as they will have more in common than if you seated them with younger people. Make sure you designate a specific seat for each person around the table. This will reduce quibbling and every person will feel special to know that you thought enough about them to put them in the best seat possible.

4.  Bridesmaid gifts.
How much should a bride spend on gifts for her bridesmaids? It is tradition for a bride to give her bridesmaids something special, usually at the rehearsal dinner. Use these two guidelines: how much you’re budget will allow and how much you are asking them to shell out for you. If they must buy their $150 dress, $50 shoes, your gift, and a plane ticket to your destination wedding, your gift to them should be more than a $10 frame from Fred Meyer. Use the “would I want it?” test before purchasing anything for them.

Most importantly, remain calm and don’t let yourself get easily frazzled. Etiquette is very important to any wedding, but it isn’t the make all or break all. If you find yourself in any of these sticky situations, having these etiquette guidelines in your back pocket will help you through each of them! Good luck! 

Image courtesy of weddingbee.com.

About the author: Julia is a writer passionate about health, fitness, and blogging. When she’s not running her dog, she can sometimes be found writing about laser liposuction, cooking and a myriad of other topics. She’s also a fan of Sono Bello on Twitter and Sono Bello on Facebook.

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