Adding Some Personal Touches to Your Wedding

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When you are in a specific age group, it can seem as though you spend your entire summers at engagement parties, hen or stag events, and weddings. All of your friends are getting married, and there’s a few every summer. Wedding seasons are busy times. Nowadays, we have so many options. We can get married in a huge variety of places and have our receptions near enough anywhere. There are big weddings and small. Rustic and trendy. Traditional and modern. But most of them are a little bit the same. Even with so much money spent, a lot of weddings follow a similar pattern and feel quite generic.

This probably isn’t what you want for your own big day. Fortunately, whatever your budget there are some fantastic ways to add some personal touches to your big day. Just remember, it’s the little details that often make the difference.


Music is very personal and yet there are certain songs that we hear at most weddings. Popular first dance songs that every couple deems romantic and meaningful enough to dance to as a newly married couple.

Put some thought into your music choices. Find a band at https://www.alivenetwork.com/hirelivemusic/wedding_bands_in.asp?area=Gloucestershire and spend some time with your partner choosing music, both for the ceremony and the reception that means something to you and brings back happy memories.

Get Your Friends Involved

When you hire people to take control of every element of your wedding, it automatically starts to become less personal. Your vision can get lost in communication, and while your stress is lowered, it doesn’t always work out. Instead, involve your friends and family. Get people that you know to help you with things like decorations and even photography and music. They’ll bring knowledge of your relationship, and make everything more special.


With the help of your friends and family, have some fun creating things yourselves. Design your own stationery, make decorations and even your bouquet. Make as much as you can, and it will be unique and meaningful, instead of something that is the same as everyone else has got and you’ve seen at four other weddings.

Keep Things Small

Believe it or not, it’s much easier to make your day personal if it’s small. You’ll have more control, and possibly more money to play with. Small immediately means intimate and romantic. It’s easier to do things your way, without worrying about what people will think.

Meaningful Favours

Step away from the sugared almonds, and instead think of something that matters. If your reception is outdoors, wellies or flip-flops, depending on the weather can be a fun touch. Otherwise, think of things that you and your partner, or your families enjoy doing together instead of buying something tacky in bulk.


Decorate your reception venue with photographs from your relationship. Use photos of guests instead of nameplates on the tables. Decorate the tables with collages of you all together, instead of centrepieces, and give your guests a way to stick photos in your guest book. Look at other guest book ideas at https://www.onefabday.com/uk/wedding-guest-book-ideas/.

How to Start a New Hobby

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If you are feeling as if you are lacking fulfilment in your life, you’re not alone. Many of us just go through the daily grind of going to work and coming home to household chores. To keep life interesting, we all need hobbies. A hobby is something that gives you enjoyment, and something that can help you relax. If you are looking for a new hobby, but are not sure how to start, follow this guide for some tips.

Decide on Your Hobby

To decide on what might be a good hobby for you, take some time to think about what aspects of your life you’d like to improve. For example, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, a hobby that will improve your fitness is something that will benefit your life. Remember though, a hobby should give you enjoyment, so taking up daily jogging might not be a good hobby for you if you are not used to exercise. However, exercise such as salsa dancing, ice skating or team sports could be a more enjoyable hobby that also improves your fitness.

If you have a difficult job, or face a grueling daily commute, then a hobby that helps you to alleviate stress and unwind is in order. Creative types might find a hobby such as making handmade cards relaxing, or prefer to use their culinary skills to bake delicious cakes.

If you are a smoker who is trying to quit, or an ex-smoker who misses the habit, then a hobby such as vaping can provide a cleaner way to get nicotine, or can be a nicotine-free way to enjoy a variety of flavored e-cigarette liquids. Websites like ultimatejuice.co.uk have all the equipment you need to get started with vaping.

Those who lead an active lifestyle and are looking for hobbies that encourage relaxation and rest might try watching movies once a week, or try reading a new genre of fiction.

Tips for Finding a Hobby You’ll Stick With

One problem with hobbies is that if you don’t enjoy what you are doing, it is unlikely you’ll stick with it. One way to make sure you do enjoy a hobby is to take up something you enjoyed as a child, or find a past-time that you forgot about such as writing stories, knitting or even spending some time with an adult coloring in book.

Finding a new hobby doesn’t have to be tough. If you are still struggling with ideas, think about the last time you felt totally absorbed in something, so much so that you forgot all about the time. Whatever it was you were doing might be a clue to finding the right hobby for you.

Having a hobby brings many benefits to your life, and gives you other interests and challenges outside of work. You might also find that you make a friend or two while exploring a hobby, helping your social life to flourish. A hobby will bring you happiness, so if you don’t already have one then you could try out a few different ones to find what you like.

An Adventure In London Games, Cockatils and Sushi

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London has always been the place to be that gets all the first choices on everything be it dining experiences, shows or days out. You will always find these trends and experiences hitting London first. In fact sometimes you can be too spoiled for choice and have no idea what to choose but there is a great website you can use to help you narrow your choices down. So if you know what kind of food you want to eat or what drinks you want it is easy to narrow down into categories. Check out Rhian’s thoughts on the new Watford London Walkabout..

When I am planning a trip to London there is usually something I want to go and see. There was a stunning art show back in November which featured Frida Kahlo's wardrobe and I just adore art shows like this. Right now. At the moment the Victoria and Albert museum who featured the same show has a stunning display of video game design and the culture around this world. Being a gaming nerd and just loving all the graphic design work that has evolved through computer games this sounds like the perfect excuse to go visit London.

All the choice in London as a visitor can sometimes become very daunting and so using a website like squaremeal helps plan a trip better. You can pop in where you're visiting by area or landmark so in my case the Victoria and Albert museum and find great places to drink and dine around there. After a day trekking around awesome shows you definitely work up an appetite. I am a big fan of checking out new places and knowing my budget ahead of time so I love that you can go by the money you want to spend and see what awards they have won. You can even book a table to save you showing up and missing out on getting to dine at the place of your choice. I found two great places I would just have to hit up before running for the train home!

How cute does this place look? After a day of checking out computer games it would be criminal not to go grab Japanese food they are after all the pioneers of amazing games and bring us some amazing culture. Tokyo Sukiyaki-Tei promises great sushi and sake. With great reviews and just check out how cute the place looks too. I just adore Japanese cuisine and getting lots of little sharing plates to share with your friends or love is just so special. I really am a big believer in food bringing people together. After sake I always want more drinks and need to hit up cocktails.

The Mermaid cockail and oyster bar looks just amazing and hello how can you not want to go to a place with mermaid in the name. After dining on sushi you want cocktails that are going to compliment the sea food so this is a great place to go even if you are just looking for cosy drinks. I think I would have to sample some oysters too though to get the full experience. I just adore how intimate and chic this place looks it would be a great date night and they say oysters are an aphrodisiac so if you're looking to swoon your date then this is the place to end a wonderful day out.

where would you go in London for the day?


Green Your Beauty Routine

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Going green in as many ways as possible is very popular. People are very aware of trying to save the planet and being eco-friendly is touching every part of our lives. Even beauty routines can be made green, with just a few simple steps.

Use Multi-Purpose Products

Now that fewer beauty products contain chemicals, you can buy them that can be used on your lips, eyes and cheeks. There are moisturisers that are also sunscreens too. These products can save you money as well as being more environmentally friendly.

Oils Instead Of Moisturisers

Natural oils can be far better for your skin than some commercial moisturisers. Ones such as coconut oil will soak into your skin and will not leave you feeling greasy. You can buy it in most supermarkets at a fraction of the cost of a moisturiser. Tee Tree oil is good for spots and blemishes too. Just a small amount on some cotton wool is all it needs to help you fight off acne.

Eco-Friendly Tools

Opt for tools that are made from sustainable materials. Makeup brushes, for instance, that have bamboo handles and synthetic bristles will work just as well as those that are made from animal fur and often last much longer.

Nail Polishes

Nail polishes have a very distinctive aroma. At least they have had for many years. Now you can
buy toxic free nail polish that does not have that awful smell. It is just as hardy as the traditional ones and your nails will still look beautiful with this on.

There are some on the market that will last a week without chipping, and then you can just peel them off, as there is no nail polish remover needed.

Read The Labels

Always read the labels on any beauty preparations you buy.  Avoid things that have parabens or phthalates in them, as well as sodium lauryl sulphate as this can cause allergies. Though these have been passed as safe to use because of the small amounts included, it never hurts to keep your exposure to them as low as you can.

The makers of beauty products are very aware that consumers are being more cautious about what they buy and if a product is eco-friendly and not tested on animals, they will announce that on the label.

Use Fruit For Your Facemask

Many fruits mashed and mixed with natural yoghurt will act as a facemask without a problem.  Tomatoes are good too because they have powerful antioxidants in them, and honey has antibacterial properties to help keep infections at bay.

Change As You Go

It is very easy when you decide to make a change to go at it full pelt. However, don’t waste anything you already have. Use them first and change to green products as you go. As with many things, this gives you time to alter your routine a step at a time and you will become used to one change before moving onto the next. These baby steps make it far more likely that you will succeed in making your beauty routine green.

How do you green your routine?

How To Improve Your SEO?

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New year also means time for a revamp of your blog right? Revamps don't always need to be pretty changes to the layout or a direction. Maybe you love what you're writing but just don't seem to be getting the hits then maybe you need to look at your SEO

What is SEO?

SEO stands for search engine optimisation which sounds a lot scarier than it actually is. In short it is where you land in google search when certain words are put into the key words. Everyone ideally would love to be that top search on google and there are things you can do to help improve your chances. Even top companies in Toronto use this technique and lots of people make a huge business out of helping improve peoples SEO like this website.

I want to help you improve yours in some simple steps that anyone can do while blogging and writing online. These are tricks used even by the top SEO agency.


Knowing the keyword to use when talking about any subject is important and you can can bump your post with the correct keyword use. Always make sure you use your sidebar keywords too as this not only helps keep your blog easily categorised but also helps you boost up that search engine too. Try and use keywords in your titles too, I know it can be tempting to be cryptic about what the post will be about but more people will find it if you're a bit direct and you can be as fun as you like in the post then.


Nor only does your content need to be compelling enough to bring an audience in but you also want them to stay around for a bit and even better to interact and leave a comment. I know the comment sections seem to be dying out recently and this is where your tribe of readers are super important, Let them know how much you love hearing from them and how much it helps you out when they stop by. The longer people stay on your page and the more they interact or jump on to other posts the better your SEO becomes.

Content length

Great content is easy to read and take in but should also be at least 300-500 words at least a post. You can write more sure just make sure you're not waffling to meet a word count and in the meantime losing the value of what you're actually saying! In other words don't bore and scare away your readers because that's who we write for at the end of the day!


When designing your layout it is important to remember that people consume your blog in a number of ways. They may use their phones, ipads or computer and it needs to be compatible with all of these and easy to navigate. In such a huge market if your page takes too long to load or is just hard to get around the reader will just move on and find someone else who has a mobile accessible site. I can put my hand up and say that most blogs I read I do on my phone these days so I find this a really important tool to consider when putting your blog together.

Has this been of help to you? would you like more posts on blogging?


Luxuries That Make Uni Halls Bareable

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So holiday is over and it is almost time for you to go back to university the thought of leaving that big comfy bed at home for your dorm room seems crazy right? (if you aren't in uni then check out bright minds online school online high school classes) You can bring a few home luxuries though to make it more your own. Everyone wants that perfect place where they can kick back at the end of the day with a hot chocolate .

Mattress topper and bedding

Halls of residence beds are usually super uncomfortable but with the help of a mattress topper and a cosy duvet you can make your bed a haven for after a long day of studying or long night of partying. If you have been having too much to drink from the likes of Naked winery having a lovely bed to nurse that hangover in can really help. You can also make the room look cosy and welcoming with some nice pillows. Can you tell I am all about comfort? Those pillows will come in handy when you are sitting at your desk for long hours getting essays ready. 

Soft Towels and good toiletries

Treat yourself to some little luxuries for the shower with some lovely smelling toiletries and most of all some luxury towels which you can pick up in SaaSoh luxury towels sale
Investing in a set of good quality towels mean they will last you longer and having a few will 
help when it comes to doing laundry!

Well Stocked Cupboards

Always make sure that your food cupboards and fridge is stocked well as if you eat well you
will be able to focus better and concentrate. You could even batch prepare some great jars 
like  www.freedomjars.ca who have great ideas for protein and energy packed foods to keep your mind and body ticking. So when the folks offer to take you shopping just say yes and fill up the fridge. 

Pictures And Personal items

Don't be afraid to make the room your own the more homey you make it the more you will be able to relax. Put up pictures of all your friends and family, have those twinkling fairy lights you always wanted and being your favourite teddy to cuddle on those home sick nights. When I was at university I had a huge collage of all my friends and family that made me smile on sad days and reminded me to just give them a call. 

What luxuries do you have in your room?


5 Reasons To Go To Las Vegas

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From as long as I can remember I have always wanted to visit Las Vegas . I still haven't managed to make the trip just yet but am so excited about the idea still that I just need to make this happen. To me Las Vegas is full of tacky wonder , lights and excitement.

The Shows

Everywhere you turn in Vegas there is a show, from Britney to magic acts to musicals and show girls. I love a good show and the best of the best have a run in Vegas. I think you could find several shows for every day if you wanted to and there would still be plenty to do. I love visiting places brimming with things to see and do. The bustle of busy feet and laughter of people enjoying themselves is infectious and I thrive in that environment. To performers it may be just another day in the office but a well produced show can leave a lasting impression and really make your trip.


Much like the shows there is a busy nightlife and I imagine thats when Vegas really comes to life. Plenty of parties to go to or casinos to visit. There are some amazing food places that can be experience too! If casinos are your thing just be careful and set yourself a limit and in the words of Kenny Rogers "you gotta know when to walk away" if your losing perk yourself and go out if your winning then great take your winnings and go have fun out on the town.

The Desert

Vegas is actually surrounded by mountain ranges and deserts and this can make an interesting trip for those of us who have never visited the desert before. Having the chance to check out the vast landscapes and take in the views sounds really interesting. There just isn't anything like that near me so sounds like an adventure in the making.

The Grand Canyon

I have always wanted to go to see the Grand Canyon and get the feeling that the sheer vastness has the humbling effect that the sea has. There is just something about experiencing huge natural things and realising how small you are in the world. For me it kind of gives me a bit of a shake up and helps me align any bad feelings and problems I have and get them in check so I would love to check this out and see if thats the impact it has. Plus so many amazing films have featured this landscape so just seeing it would be a bit magical.

To Get Married

The running joke if anyone says they are going to Vegas is if they are going to get married. Truth is I would love to get married in Vegas. No fuss just marrying the one you love without all the crazy debt to go with it. Extra points if it is a themed wedding as you can have anything from Elvis to Dracula helping you along with your special vows.

Have you been yet?