Fitness Advice For Post-Natal Women

These days there seems to be a whole lot of pressure on women who have recently given birth to snap back into shape immediately. It seems that every time I open a newspaper or magazine, there are photos of 'celebrity' mothers who have obviously 'lost all their baby fat' in record time. Do not let these over-hyped stories persuade you to go on any sort of diet or exercise period until you have fully recovered.

Giving birth and coping with a newborn are exhausting activities and your priority should be to rest and recuperate. Many of the changes which pregnancy produces in your body continue for a period of about six weeks after giving birth. Do not be tempted to resume an exercise rule that you followed before you became pregnant, until you're body is quite well enough to cope. This article contains some sensible advice about the types of gentle exercise that would be beneficial to post-natal women. Above all, please remember always to seek professional medical advice before starting a new exercise program.

o If you have not exercised for a long time, start off with low intensity exercise and aim to progress gradually.
o Exercise periods should incorporate a thorough warm up and cool down time.
o Stretching should be kept gentle and always be careful not push to the point of maximum resistance.
o Do not strain yourself and keep all exercise to a mild – moderate intensity.
o Vigorous activity is not recommended and especially not in hot, humid conditions.
o Learn how to monitor your heart rate.
o Move from a lying down position to a standing position slowly as changes in blood pressure can cause dizziness.
o Try to exercise to a regular schedule of three – five times per week.
o If you enjoy competitive sports, give your body time to recover from childbirth before you start playing again.

o All movements should be controlled and any exercise that requires force over a full range of movement should be approached gently.
o If you start to feel tired, stop exercising.
o Avoid exercises that produce stress on the abdominal area.
o Exercise can produce lactic acid in your breast milk which can taste unpleasant to your baby, so do not exercise in the half hour before you feed your child.
o Wear loose fitting clothes and take frequent sips of water or an isotonic drink through the exercise period.
o If you experience any unusual symptoms during or after exercising, be sure to consult your doctor. …

Unique Gifts – Are They a Thing of the Past

Well are they? How did you stumble across my article? No doubt you were looking for this very thing “Unique” am I right?

Lets face it times have changed long gone are the days of knitting and crocheting. Yes I know what you are thinking; there are still a few talented people around that do these crafts. But let’s admit it now with the introduction of computers & Xbox the next generation is more interested in helping scratch from ice age rather than doing embroidery. And with mass production of goods, from China and other countries unique is becoming rarer.

Well I have made it my personal quest to find “Unique”.

Let’s start by saying that on a trip to Africa, I most definitely found it . The African tribal people would undoubtedly have to be some of the most talented people in the world.

There Beadwork/Wirework designs are truly amazing. Yes you heard right! These talented artisans for the Ndebele tribe express themselves through this very art form.

Dating back they used the beadwork mostly for ceremonial occasions, using organic materials, but now with the introduction of glass beads through overseas visitors, there artistry has turned to something with a more modern and creative twist.

Traditionally over the years, the tribal women were renowned for the ceremonial costumes and for there basket weaving, put the two together and they started creating

the most beautiful designs.

Today Africa is experiencing a revolution. Numbers of talented artisans, are making these steel wire sculptures and then beading them with bright bold colors. Animal sculptures, jewelry, mobiles, wall art, decorative bottles, vases, and cutlery the list is endless.

This truly is unique artisanship.…

It's the Heart (and heat) of the Wedding Season – Sun & Heat Protection During an Outdoor Wedding

So, you decided to opt for an outdoor wedding under the sun amid the lake, ocean or beach. Are you sure you have considered all the aspects of an outdoor wedding? Did you consider the fact that you and your guests are going to be outside for many hours through the day in the beating hot sun? Some people worry so much that it's going to rain or be cold that they completely forget to prepare themselves for the sun and the heat. The last thing you want is for you or your guests to be burnt for pictures and leave the wedding early because they are sun-fried. So here are some sun protection tips to keep in mind whether you're the bride, groom or guest at an outdoor wedding:

  1. Do not tan in a salon or outdoor prior to the wedding. Tanning of any sort is bad for your skin and can cause peeling right before the wedding.
  2. If you want to get the outdoor tanned look, opt for self-tanning products that will give you the same effect without harming your skin. There are many lotions and foams that work wonders on the skin.
  3. Make sure you apply sunscreen numerous times throughout the day. Encourage your guests to do so as well. Indicate on the invitation that the wedding is outdoors and remind them to bring sunscreen. Here's an idea – hand out small decorative bottles of sunscreen as an early wedding favor for your guests.
  4. Try and avoid the sun as much as possible between the hours of 10am and 4pm. The sun's rays are strongest at these times. Perhaps it's a good idea to get pictures closer to the morning or early afternoon, before anyone is too tired (or burnt) from the sun.
  5. Pack (and tell your guests to pack) cover-ups, shawls, wraps and hats for protection against the heat of the sun. Shawls are perfect for covering up your shoulders since they are a prime area for burns.
  6. The coordinator of the wedding should ensure there are tents and umbrellas for shade. This is very important because spending the entire day in the sun with no shade can cause heat exhaustion and be harmful to your health.
  7. Finally, make sure there is plenty of water for you and your guests. There's nothing worse than being hot and thirsty. Lack of water can cause dehydration which can be very dangerous for you and your guests. Have water coolers setup in different areas so they are easily accessible for everyone.

Keep in mind the precautions listed above. It will ensure that your wedding goes smoothly for you and your guests. After all, it is the most important day of your life and you do not want to take any chances of something ruining your special day! …

How to Get a Gemini Man to Commit to You! Advice on Appealing to His Heart

Being in love with a Gemini man can be both wonderful and challenging. If you’re a woman who has fallen for one of these men you already know that. Gemini men have so many fantastic, endearing and charming qualities. They are intelligent and loyal. These men also are spontaneous and very fun, so be prepared for a lifetime of adventures if you’re fortunate enough to get the Gemini man in your life to want to commit to you. Many women find that these men are slow to take any romantic relationship to the next level. There’s a reason for that and once you understand what it is, you can then work on helping him get over any emotional barriers he may have so he can give himself to you and your future together.

Embrace the Relationship as It Is

Gemini men generally don’t follow their heart into a commitment. They, instead, lead with their head. They think their relationship through before they decide if it’s right for them. They aren’t easily swayed by romantic gestures or heartfelt love letters. They want to know that the partner they choose to spend their life with will be a good fit for them in the long term.

To this end, it’s important that you don’t push your man into a commitment before he’s ready. If you try that tactic he’s likely going to either pull back from the connection, or break it off entirely. He doesn’t want to feel as though he’s being pressured into something that he’s not certain is right for him.

He wants to take his time evaluating how well you two fit together as a couple. That’s why it’s essential that you embrace the relationship in the here and now. Don’t chase after him and don’t constantly talk about where you hope things are headed in the future. Be your honest and genuine self today and that will impress him as he’s considering his future and your possible future together as a married couple.

This is also important in terms of sharing what you’re feeling with him. You may want to scream from the rooftops that you love him and can’t wait to be his wife. If he’s not emotionally ready to hear this, don’t be shocked if he retreats to the point that he’s suddenly too busy to spend time with you. Men born under this sign are easily spooked, so you must allow him to set the tone and the pace of the relationship. He wants to be with someone who is relaxed and not focused on an engagement ring or extravagant wedding.

Keep Him Captivated By Being Interesting

A man born under the astrological sign of the Gemini will typically be highly intelligent. These men crave information and they are often on a lifelong journey to learn as much as they can about whatever they can. If you want to appeal to a man like this it’s important that you adopt his unending need for gaining …

Prepping Your Kids for Summer Camp

Fireflies do not bite, but bedbugs do. This summer, kick the kids out of the house on a good old fashioned camping trip. Pack a bag with the essentials- bug spray, clean underwear, and enough comic books to keep the bears up at night. If this is your child's first safari, have no fear. Here's a list to get them ready for the outback. Just remember camp labels if you ever expect the gear to make it back to the garage, however. Camp and clothing labels list your child's name and even a phone number, so perfectly good camping gear is never condemned to the summer camp's lost and found.

Do not Pack and Run:
Pack early. Do not wait until the last minute. You'll likely come up with new things to add as you pack, and you might need to hit the store for a few last minute add-ons. Do not realize the rain jacket has holes a half hour before the Humvee is expected to hit the highway.

Initialize and Brand:
No, you do not need to brand your kid with an identifying tattoo, at least not until they're 18. It's a good idea to mark the child's clothing with clothing labels, however. You can get personalized labels for any kind of stuff, backpacks, clothes, toys and even gadgets. They feature creative, cool designs so your child will not feel like such a dork having parents that care. You can get camp labels for gear.

Dry, Warm Boots and Rain Gear:
A warm, dry pair of boots and rain gear is essential for any camping trip. Mother Nature's wraith reins, and when it does, a warm pair of feet and dry clothes stays in the woods longer than cold, wet ones. If you want your own personal parent vacation to last, make sure your kid is outfitted with proper footwear. Keep them out of the house and camping with the deer for as long as you can get away with.

Sufficient Clothing:
Be prepared for all weather and conditions. Without it's a backpacking trip, it's better to over pack than under prepare. Pack plenty of clothing, especially sweat shirts, and encourage the child to dress in layers. Use clothing labels to make sure it comes home. Really, camp labels in general are a good idea, as unchecked gear ends up in the hands of wild bears and wandering moose a lot more often than you'd expect. …

Make Sure You Do – Before You Say "I Do"

Tina Turner asked an important question in the title of her hit song; What's Love Got To Do With It? Yes love is important but love do not pay the bills. It is not enough to be "in love." Couples must have the basic skills necessary for building and enhancing the relationship over time. Lasting marriages require partners who are committed to respecting one another, who have gained knowledge about what makes marriage work, and who have developed skills that will enhance rather than deteriorate the relationship.

It is mind boggling that so many spend countless hours planning for the great wedding day. That's right; it is only for one day; a mere drop in the ocean of time. Here today, gone tomorrow; then what? It is just plain ignorant to spend numerous weeks and even months planning for the wedding that last a day and ignore the marriage that is expected to end for a lifetime. It makes good sense then, to spend at least an equal amount of time preparing for married life. By reading this article, you have taken the first step towards increasing your awareness. I applaud you.

Whenever I perform a wedding ceremony, it usually includes these words:

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect him / her, forsaking all others and holding only him / her according to God's holy law; and then pledge your faithfulness.

It is disconcerting that nearly half of all married couples regretted uttering those substantial words and have since divorced. I believe that the most egregious mistake these couples made was not spending enough time seriously planning for a lifetime together in marriage. Although most couples do claim to take their wedding vows seriously, often what has been disregarded is really getting to know each other on a level beneath the surface.

Women, particularly, seem to approach marriage from a fantasy "happy-ever-after" mentality. We do not seem to realize that what we think we "see" is not perfect reality. And, what we think we feel is related to what we think we see. In other words, we tend to approach marriage with a distorted perception of what married life will be like. In a way, it can be analogized to an adolescent girl who always wanted a baby until she actually had one and the reality of parental responsibility ferociously slapped her in the face; or the teen young man who did not understand that as soon as he hit adulthood, the system would relentlessly seek child support payments from him for each child he has pathered.

Keep in mind that who you marry will have a dramatic impact on all aspects of your life; spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. Marriage is serious business and should be given serious thought. It is not optional, it is obligatory. Take a long and hard look before you leap. …

Fashion Tips and Advice – How to Pick Clothes That Flatter Your Particular Body Type

One of the most common mistakes women make when shopping is not purchasing clothes that flatter their particular body shapes. There are four basic female body shapes:

1) Pear shape – upper body is noticeably thinner than lower body. Weight gain tend to accumulate around hips and thighs.
2) Hourglass shape – very curvy body with clearly defined waist.
3) Apple shape – upper body is noticeably larger than lower body. Weight gain tend to accumulate around the waistline.
4) Rectangle shape – figure appears "straight up and down", and curves are not very well-defined.

Pear shaped figures are flattered by clothes that enhance and draw attention to the upper body while emphasizing the waist. Wrap shirts and off-the-shoulder or V-neck tops are very flattering. Jackets with nipped-in waists and pockets and enhancements around the bust work well with this figure. Pants or jeans should be cut to where they fall straight down from the widest part of your hip with a mid-rise waist. Boot cut and slightly flared pants are ideal, but stay away from tapered legs.

Hourglass shapes are flattered by clothes that are proportional on both the top and the bottom, and attention should be drawn to the waist. Wrap tops and shirts that are gathered around the waist look great on this body type, but stay away from boxy styles. Pants and jeans that fall away from the widest part of your hip look best. Fitted, straight, or flared jeans work well as long as the flare does not exceed the width of your hips.

Apple shaped figures are flatted by light, layered fabrics. Proper layering around the midsection can make you look shapely versa thick. Monochromatic themes work best on this body type, as wearing the same colors on the top and bottom will create clean, straight lines. Tops and shirts should never be tight or clingy, and should always be long enough to at least hit the hip area. V-necks and wrap tops are very flattering, while chunky styles and long, thick jackets should be avoided. Bootcut jeans and pants that fall below the ankle are a great choice. A little stretch in the jeans goes a long way to pull in the midsection and emphasize the right curves.

Rectangle, or "straight shaped" figures are flattered by more form-fitting clothes with mixed and matched tops and bottoms to create the image of curves. Wide belts are recommended around the waistline. Tops and jackets with nipped and flounced waists are ideal, and the bottoms should not extend beyond the hipbones. Off the shoulder, wide necked, or V-necked tops are very flattering. Pants or slacks with wide waist bands and full or flared legs that fit low on the hips are ideal.

Remember, all body shapes are beautiful, and there is no "ideal shape". Relax and have a blast while shopping for funky, fun clothes, and enhance the beauty that Mother Nature provided! …

18th Birthday Gifts

For an 18th birthday gift thought and care needs to be given as a teenager "comes of age". Often we can be inundated with information and yet still be unable to find something suitable without a lot of effort involved. Sometimes we can get a great idea of ​​what would be good present and then can not find an outlet for that idea. If you want to find gift ideas across a range of budgets that are convenient and easily accessible, saving you time and making the whole experience more enjoyable then there are now a number of sites that can help with this. Although searching for specific and unusual gifts which are unique for an 18th birthday can be a time consuming business this has been made a lot easier when it is possible to find online gift ideas to point you in the right direction.

Every eighteen year old will be different but it is always nice to give a gift that is both unusual and unique. Eighteen is associated with the coming of age into adulthood so so many gifts for this age group will reflect that fact eg Key to the Door but there are simply thousands of ideas that may be just as appealing for an 18th birthday and far more unique and special . For instance have you ever thought of personalized engravings. These can be a really nice way to send a special message to the birthday girl or boy and a keep sake for later life and to show their own children in later years.

Personalized jewelery, unusual experience gifts – for instance a day ice climbing, a tour backstage to a famous theater, an indoor sky diving lesson. The list is endless.

An eighth birthday gift does not have to be expensive and something memorable can always be treasured by the recipient. To find more ideas for 18th birthday gifts why not try the site below. …

Sterling Silver Jewelry: The Standard For Quality, Reliability and Beauty

Sterling silver jewelry comes in various forms such as bracelets and chains including sterling silver figaro, curb, ropes, box, and snake, charms, lockets, earrings, rings, omegas, pendants and slides. Sterling silver jewelry also includes silver rings, earrings, charm bracelets, ear cuffs, sterling silver belly chains, thumb rings, and more.

Sterling silver jewelry is always made of silver which is 92.5% pure, it is composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Sterling silver jewelry always has the stamp of sterling silver on it, accompanied at times with the name of the designer or jewelry manufacturer. The word “sterling” is the most respected in the jewelry business today. Since pure silver by itself is too soft, another metal such as copper is added to it, to give the silver its added stiffness and other qualities. The resulting mixture which results is composed of 925 parts pure silver in every 1000 — this proportion never varies — it is fixed by law. This is referred to as sterling and is often incorrectly called or referred to as solid silver.

The sterling silver jewelry is made from this sterling silver, which is a white and highly reflective precious metal. It is of superior quality, which reflects in its look and feel. Although less durable than stainless steel and other precious metals, sterling silver is often employed in watches that coordinate or look like sterling jewelry. A protective coating may be added to prevent tarnish. Sterling silver jewelry is not very cheap, yet is also not beyond reach. It has a very distinctive look and can be easily distinguished. There is no mistaking the high reflective shine of this jewelry, which is one of its characteristics trade marks.

It adds a sophisticated charm to your personality. Sterling silver jewelry has a very stylish look and lends an incredible elegance to your entire look. The inedible stamp of quality along with the chic sophistication makes it a wonderful must have product. It is a very versatile ornament which crosses all barriers of age, cast, creed etc. It can be worn by anyone whether young or old.

Some care has to be taken of any sterling silver jewelry that you own. This jewelry does tarnish with time. To clean the sterling silver jewelry use a polishing cloth or sprinkle a fair amount of dry baking powder on a soft cloth and hold it in the palm of your hand. Rub carefully to avoid scratching stones or glass components. When done, shake the powder off.

Sterling silver jewelry has a unique air of class, sophistication and style surrounding it. It is a wonderful thing to own and also to gift to people who matter. It says a lot about your personality and taste. Wearing sterling silver jewelry can immediately enhance your over-all persona. It is available for both men and women being one of those essential pieces of jewelry which you must have in your collection.

Its versatile look allows it to …

Falling in Love – How to Plan the Perfect Autumn Wedding

Beautiful, colorful foliage and pleasantly moderate weather makes fall the second most popular wedding season. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, September and October are the third and fourth most popular months for weddings (behind June and August). Nearly 22% of all US weddings take place in the fall.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while planning a fall wedding.

Color Scheme
Who says that you can only use earth tone colors in a fall wedding? While we adore chocolate browns, consider other rich and glamorous colors such as pomegranate and eggplant that fit the time of year. If you have your heart set on brown, try mocha or cappuccino hues rather than chocolate, which combine beautifully with powder blue, apricot or rust, cream, and even red. In fact, you can use any color you like as long as you combine it with a darker hue to create balance.

Fabric and attire
While lightweight fabrics such as silk are perfectly suitable for a fall wedding, it is important to choose a fabric that flatters everyone's figures and a color that will complement your bridesmaids' complexions.

Just as you should not feel obliged to outfit your maids in heavy fabric just because of the season, the groom and his wedding party should not be marked to wear a formal dark suit. Khaki suits have an earthy feel that is very suitable for an autumn wedding. If it is warm enough, forego the jackets and opt for crisp button-down shirts and khaki slacks.

Drops in temperature
Fall weather is typically mild. However, the temperature tends to drop in the evening. Make sure your guests are warm and comfortable during your wedding ceremony and reception. If you are having an outdoor wedding or reception, set up heat lamps or fire pits in outdoor areas or provide inexpensive shawls or pashima-style wraps for your guests.

Floral Arranges
Since many popular wedding blooms are not in season during the autumn months, seize the opportunity to get creative. Incorporate grains like wheat and millet, ornamental fruits and vegetables, and even herbs such as rosemary, sage, or thyme into your centerpieces and wedding bouquet. There are lots of elements you can work into your wedding that reflect the season in subcont ways.

Wedding favors
Another great way to incorporate the fall season into your wedding is with favors. Autumn magic starts with sweet aroma of apples, pears, and maple syrup. Show your guests that they are the "apple of your eye" by offering them treats such as caramel apples, individual apple tartlets and hot apple cider or show that you and your groom are the "perfect pair" by giving guests pear-spotted soy candles or a pillow box full of pear-flavored jellybeans.

Plan around the holidays
Also, remember to do your research when planning an autumn wedding. There are many holidays during the fall, including Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and the Jewish high holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, but by doing your …