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All The Wedding Stationery You’ll Need Before The Big Day


There are so many sections of planning that will go into making your dream day super special. At the start, you may have mood boards, tons of Pinterest ideas and pads where you’ve jotted down all your notes. But at some point, you are going to have to collate all those ideas into a reality and start ordering everything ahead of your big day. Right now we’re going to focus on all the wedding stationery you’ll need. So take a peek below to make sure all of these things are on your list.

Save The Date Cards

Once you have chosen the date and venue, or at least location, of your wedding, you’ll need to get organising those save the date cards. First up is the mammoth task of working out the guest list and then comes the wedding announcement through save the date cards. These cards should be sent about six months before the event to give everyone enough time to arrange accommodation, babysitter, or even time off work.

Wedding Invitations

Formal wedding invitations should be sent two to three months before your big day. The invitations are the first impression guests will get of the style of your wedding, so take the time to design them with care. They may have a colour or destination theme, or perhaps be country rustic or super luxe. Take a look on Pinterest for lots of ideas on where to get started.

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Order Of Service Cards

Make sure you have also design personalised order of service wedding cards to hand out to guests as they enter the church or venue where your ceremony is taking place. Talk to the conductor of your ceremony to make sure you have all the timings correct, and be sure to add in any readings, blessings and prayers too. Make your design beautiful, as guests often use this card as a keepsake from the wedding.

Dinner Menus

The dinner menus should complement your wedding table setting. They will include details of the couple’s first meal to be shared with guests. You might want sumptuous gold or silver foil if your wedding is black tie. Or perhaps pretty florals if you have a summer garden theme. You’ll also need to think about what paper you want your menus printed on, from recycled to pearlescent or matte.

Place Cards

Place cards are super important, so everyone knows exactly where they are sitting at the reception dinner! Make these an extension of your dinner menus by using the same design. Either choose to handwrite your guest’s names or get them printed beforehand. You can get really creative with your place cards, so take a look here for some statement making ideas.

Thank You Cards

And last but not least don’t forget to send out thank you cards to your guests for attending your big day. Make sure to send out your thank you notes no later than two months after you return from honeymoon. Be sincere and appreciative in your written note and thank guests by personally mentioning their gift. This shows you have taken the time to not just write the same old thing on each card.

Beat The Winter Blues: Take A New Year Holiday To Keep The Fun Alive

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How many times a year do you get to go on holiday? For most of us, it’s either once or twice. And if it’s only once, then the usual time to take that vacation will be in the summer. We’ll fly off somewhere sunny, come home with a tan, and then get on with the rest of the year. But what if we didn’t? What if we decided that winter was the best time to go away?

Now, for most people, it’s fair to say that this time of year is the last time they’d want to spend any money. Just off the back of Christmas, with credit card bills about to land on the mat? No, thank you! But there’s no reason you’d be spending any more on this holiday than you would in the summer. And in the summer it’s much easier to take day trips to break up the monotony. Why not kick the January blues into touch with a post-Christmas trip?

Flying South – A Touch Of Sun Therapy

After months of dark evenings, torrential rains and even a bit of snow, you may be feeling like you’re just ready to see the sun again. The good news is that not everywhere is cold and rainy this time of year. A lot of people fly somewhere exotic like Jamaica or Fiji – but it can be as much fun to escape to the Mediterranean coast. The temperatures won’t be in the twenties, but they will be at least in the double figures. Which Britain won’t see until about March.

Flying North – Keep The Christmas Magic Alive

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Everyone knows about Blue Monday by now – and not the classic New Order single. The day of the year which is the worst, statistically, for people’s mood? Yes, it has been scientifically debunked. There is no formula to find the worst day of the year. However, we all feel a certain amount of crash after we’ve been off work, eating Christmas food and enjoying ourselves. Then we have to go back to normal.

So why not keep the magic of that period alive a bit longer? By booking a New Year holiday in Lapland for a few weeks after Christmas, there’s still something to look forward to. In Lapland, the spirit of Christmas never dies. So there is something to tell the kids about, to remind them that just because the tree’s come down that doesn’t mean the fun has to go away.

By taking a holiday early in the year as opposed to halfway through it, you more or less start your year for real in February. By that time the days are starting to get longer, Spring and Easter are just around the corner and you’re rested and happy from a great holiday.

So what do you do when you get to summer, and everyone else is going away? Well, there’ll still be time to go on day trips and even a mini break or two. But would you rather battle through the summer crowds on holiday? It’s surely better to take a quiet break somewhere glorious.

Wish Your Home Was Bigger? Create More Space With These Handy Ideas

I look around my home daily and wish there was more room. But unless you have lots of spare cash, it’s hard to sell up and move to a bigger home! Therefore, you have to make do with the space you have in your current property. However, there are some ways you can make more space in your property. Here are some handy ideas to create more space, if you wish your home was bigger!

Choose foldable furniture

Large pieces of furniture such as a table and chairs or a bed can take up a significant amount of room in your home. It means we have little space for everything else we need to put in the house! Therefore, to create some more space, you should consider choosing foldable furniture. For example, by selecting a table which folds away after use, you could save a tonne of room in your living room. It means you will have more space to use as you wish. And in the spare room, you could consider getting a sofa bed. That way, you can put other belongings in the room, and just pull out the bed when you have guests over to stay! You will be surprised how much bigger your home will feel if you invest in foldable furniture.

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Make a garden room

If you are running out of room in your home, you should consider making a room in the garden. You could build a large summer house which you could use as a chill out room. Or you might want a beautiful log cabin which would make an beautiful room to work from home! You can move items from your home into the garden room, so that you will have more space inside your property.

Consider an extension

When you have limited room in your home, one of the first things you should consider doing is adding an extension. Not only will it provide extra space, but it will mean you can get more money when you come to sell your home! As we discussed before, just make sure you submit an application to your local council so that you know you are allowed to build an extension! You could even consider adding a conservatory to your home. It’s an additional room which you can fill with your belongings. And they are a highly appealing feature to add to your property. Just make sure you speak with a Double Glazing Company so that it keeps toasty during the winter months!

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Remove unnecessary furniture

A lot of us go over the top when buying furniture for our home. We tend to buy too many pieces which end up cluttering a room. Therefore, if you want to create more space in your home, you should remove unnecessary furniture from your property. For example, do you really need all those chairs in your lounge? You will be shocked how much space you will create by getting rid of a few unnecessary pieces of furniture!

And remember to make the most of the vertical space in your property. Add shelving and floor-to-ceiling hanging units which will give you more room for your items!

Painless Wedding Planning: What To Tick Off That To-Do List First

Are you planning a wedding? If so, you’re probably surrounded by reams of paper. When you’re organising your dream day, there’s a lot to think about. They say wedding planning is stressful. But it can also be incredibly enjoyable. If you’re looking for painless ways to plan your big day, time management is key. Once you’ve leapt over the major hurdles, everything else will fall into place. Here are some tips to help you tick off those all-important wedding essentials first.

Finding a venue

Finding a wedding venue is one of the most important considerations for most couples. Without a venue, you haven’t got a wedding. If you’re getting married in the next 12 months, start looking now! Popular locations get booked up early, especially during high season. You may already know where you want to get married. Or you might be completely clueless. The good news is that the Internet makes it incredibly easy to find options in your search area. If you see places you like the look of, call and make some appointments. Don’t feel pressured into making a decision the first time you view a venue. You can go back as many times as you like. Before you fall heads over heels for a hotel or castle, check that it fits in with your plans. Ask about capacity and check availability. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, consider going for a weekday or getting married out of season.

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Sending save the dates

Most people start making mental guest lists as soon as they get engaged. Once you have a date, and you know who you want to invite, send a save the date card or email. The more notice you give people, the more likely they’ll be able to come.

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Booking a photographer

Many of us dream of having beautiful shots of our wedding day. Finding the best wedding photographers is a priority for most couples. When you’re searching for photographers, read testimonials and look through portfolios. Think about the style of images you want. Do you want formal group shots and a more traditional feel? Or do you want natural photography or a vintage feel? Meet some photographers, look through their work, and ask them questions. Go with somebody who makes you feel comfortable.


Finding the dress of your dreams

Many of us spend years thinking about what we’ll look like when we walk down the aisle. Looking for the perfect dress is the pinnacle of the wedding planning process for most brides. Look through directories and search online for boutiques and bridal stores. Call and make some appointments, and go with an open mind. Try on a range of styles, and make a day of it. Take your mum and your bridesmaids, and have fun. Don’t put pressure on yourself to find the ideal dress on the first day. It may take you a while, but it’s worth soldiering on if you don’t feel quite right. It’s essential that you get a dress that makes you look and feel a million dollars.


Wedding planning doesn’t have to be stressful. If you follow these tips, you can get organised, and enjoy the process. Try not to get bogged down in lists. This is a hugely exciting time, and it flies by, so try and appreciate every minute. There will be ups and downs, but it’ll all be worth it!

Make Your Wedding More Personal With These Quick Tips


These days, I find people are getting too carried away with weddings. They want to make it a spectacle, and it loses some of the personal touches. Marriage is between two people that love each other, a wedding should reflect their love. Today, I have four tips to make your wedding more personal.

Photo Collages

A friend of mine went to a wedding where the couple had photo collages hanging as decorations. When I heard this, I thought it was an incredible idea. What a brilliant way to make your wedding more personal! You can create so many photo collages of the two of you as a couple. It’s a way of documenting your time together over the years. Plus, guests can laugh at how different and cringe you both were in the early days! Hang them in your reception location, and people can have a wander around and look at them as they please. If you want to make this more special, don’t tell your other half before the day! Let it be a surprise for them, I’m sure they’ll love it to bits.

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Custom Invitations

I find that a lot of couples opt for very generic invitations for their wedding. They find a supplier and choose from the same set of designs that every other couple chooses from too. While these can still be amazing, they don’t add a personal touch. So, my advice is to create your own custom invitations for your guests. There are plenty of places that offer free wedding invitation templates that you can download. Then, it’s up to you to design the invitation to your liking. If you want, enlist the help of a graphic designer or friend. The end product will be a wedding invite that’s personal to you as a couple. A great and simple way to add your own touch to your special day.

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Prepare Your Own Vows

In a lot of weddings, the couple will recite traditional vows. This is typically because they want to try and keep their wedding quite traditional. But, I think a wedding day should be all about the two of you. How many other wedding days will you have as a couple?! You’ve got your whole life to be traditional, so, make things more personal. Prepare your own vows to express your love for one another. I find this is very sweet, and often leaves people with tears streaming down their face. A fantastic way to take a special moment, and make it even more personal to the two of you.

Personal Song

At every wedding, the couple has the first dance at the reception. This is usually done to a song that means a lot to both of you. Perhaps it was the first song you listened to and danced to as a couple? Either way, I have an idea to give this a more personal touch. Have someone write and compose a song that shows how much you love each other. It sounds cheesy, but it’s a beautiful idea.

Use these tips if you want a more personal wedding day. They’re quick and easy to apply, so, there are no excuses!

Top tips to avoid Cold & Flu season!


  • Revolutionary mouth spray targets the cause of the cold, not just the symptoms
  • Can help reduce the duration of a cold when used prophylactically

As cold and flu season approaches, protect yourself this winter with the ground-breaking ColdZyme® Mouth Spray. The product is unique in that it fights the cause of the common cold – the cold virus. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier in the throat, where the cold virus takes hold and multiplies, protecting you from infection. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of illness if used prophylactically.

Whilst other over the counter remedies seek to alleviate the symptoms of the cold, ColdZyme® targets the virus itself to shorten the duration of the illness. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is used in the oral cavity and throat, and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).

Leading media medic, Dr Dawn Harper, in conjunction with ColdZyme which fights the cause of the common cold, have compiled a few tips that I thought might be of interest for you?

Dr Harper’s Top Tips are:

  • Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
  • Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
  • Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
  • Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
  • Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag or on your desk if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
  • Use ColdZyme, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold


 Look out for this products in store that maybe useful for you, but always be sure to read the leaflets before use.


ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of a cold, when used prophylactically. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme®  into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.

ColdZyme® is available from Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review, However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Healthy Home Hacks: Essential Considerations When You’ve Got Children And Pets

If you’ve got children and pets, keeping your home clean and tidy may seem like a never-ending mission. It’s lovely to have cuddly creatures around, but keeping pets can cause havoc, especially when you’ve got little ones too. If you’re a parent and a pet lover, here are some helpful hacks.

Cleaning tips

Pets are wonderful. But they can make the job of keeping your home clean that much more difficult. Dogs and cats tend to malt, especially in the spring and summer months. They‘re also guilty of leaving muddy footprints on the floorboards and carpets. If you have pets, make sure you clean your home on a regular basis. Vacuuming is essential, especially if you have a long-haired dog or cat. Try and keep pets out of your bedrooms, and mop floors and wipe surfaces frequently.

Dealing with unwanted visitors

We all love our pets. But they may not be flavour of the month when you wake up with tiny itchy bites all over you. It’s not your dog or cat’s fault, of course. But fleas can be a real pain. Look out for signs of a flea infestation, such as your pet scratching, or bites on your skin. You may also be able to spot faeces on your bed linen. If you see tiny specks of black on your covers, comb your pet immediately. It’s easy to mistake flea bites for bed bugs. If your pet doesn’t have fleas, bed bugs may be the issue. If you’re tackling fleas, ask your vet for advice. It’s often better to pay more for medication than to use cheaper remedies available in pet stores. If you’re trying to get rid of bed bugs, your best option may be to call a firm that offers pest control services. Make sure you vacuum your home top to bottom and put sheets and towels on a hot wash.


It’s fairly common for children to have allergies to pet fur and dust. If your child has severe allergies, you may need to consider looking for a new home for your pet. In the case of mild allergies, you can often alleviate symptoms by keeping on top of vacuuming and grooming your pet on a regular basis. Keep pets out of the rooms in which your child spends long periods of time, such as their bedroom. If you’re worried about allergies, see your doctor. It may be that your child has an allergy to something else. If your child has symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing or itchy skin patches, you may be encouraged to keep a diary. This will help to identify potential triggers.

If you have pets and children, you probably have a hectic schedule. You may not always have time to deep clean your home. But it’s advisable to take steps to make sure your home is as a clean and tidy as possible. Vacuuming is incredibly important when you have pets, as they malt. Keep on top of vet checks, and keep your eyes peeled for pest problems. If you’re worried about your child having an allergy to pets, arrange an appointment with your GP.

A Draining Experience: Research To Do Before Giving Blood

Giving blood is a brilliant thing to do. Your decision to give could save someone else’s life. But there are a few things you should know before heading to your local blood bank.

Why Give Blood?

Donated blood saves lives. There are many people alive today who wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for generous blood donors. It is important that health services maintain their supplies so that they are well stocked if anyone needs an emergency transfusion. The main components of blood are red cells, plasma and platelets. They can be used to treat a huge array of different illnesses and conditions. However, the shelf life on blood is limited. Red blood cells can be stored for up to 35 days and platelets can be stored for up to 7 days. Supplies of these need to be topped up regularly. Plasma has more longevity and can be stored for up to three years.

Requirements To Give Blood

Not everybody can give blood. You have to be fit and healthy and fit a few specific requirements. Use a Doctor App to gain advice as to whether you’d be an eligible candidate and to keep on top of your health. Here are a few basic rules when it comes to whether you can give blood or not.


To give blood, you need to be between 17 and 65 years of age. Children and the elderly cannot give blood, but they can receive it if they are in need of it. If you are female and under 20 years of age and weigh less than 10st 3 lb (65kg), it is likely that you will have your blood volume tested to check that you are able to donate.


You need to weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) to give blood.

Sexual Activity

There are strict restrictions on donating when you engage in certain sexual activities. You cannot give blood or blood platelets:

If you are a man who has engaged in anal or oral sexual activity with a man in the past 12 months.

If you are a woman who has sex with a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man.

If you are, or have a partner who is, HIV positive, a hepatitis B carrier, a hepatitis C carrier or HTLV positive.

If you or your partner has ever received money or drugs for sex.

If you or a partner have ever injected drugs. These include tanning agents and body building drugs or steroids.

If you or your partner have been sexually active in parts of the world where HIV and AIDS are common.

Groups That Should Especially Consider Giving

There’s a shortage of certain blood types, so it’s an especially good idea for individuals with these types to consider giving. Find out if you have a rare blood type here. If you are black, asian or of any other minority ethnicity, patients of the same background are especially in need of donations. Minority communities tend to have higher levels of certain blood sub-types. The majority of donors are also over 45, so it’s important that younger people start to donate more too. If you have O Rh blood, you are gifted. Your blood can be used to treat anyone of any blood type. This blood type is rare but definitely something that should be donated if you have it.

Remember, Remember: Safety Tips To Make Sure Your Bonfire Night Is A Cracker

Remember, remember the fifth of November. But that’s not all you need to keep in mind. If you’re hosting bonfire night at home, there’s a lot more that you’ll be having to think about than just keeping the date free. The key to keeping your bonfire night lit is to make lots of preparations. This isn’t only important for keeping everyone happy and entertained, but for yours and your guests’ safety too.

Safety First

Bonfire night is full of sparkle, light and flames. It’s beautiful to watch. But you need to bear everyone’s safety in mind throughout the entire night. No matter how great your party is, it’s not going to be remembered as a fun night if someone gets hurt. So here are a few precautions that you might like to take.


If you have fireworks, keep them well out of the way until they’re being used. Make sure that your garden is big enough to host guests and a firework display at the same time. Make sure that the fireworks are lit far from your guests and that they are pointed directly up before being lit. You don’t want a skyrocket hurtling into a crowd of family and friends. If a firework has been lit but hasn’t gone off, leave it well alone. It could just be taking its time. If not, call a professional to remove it. It’s best to avoid it going off in your hand. Buy your fireworks from a trusted source. Online deals might be cheaper, but it’s best to make sure they’re coming from a reliable, trusted and tested source.


Fireworks are noisy. That’s part of the appeal. But remember you need to look after your ears. Nobody wants to go home with burst eardrums. Use the best ear plugs possible throughout the night. Distribute them amongst your guests or advise them to bring their own. These will protect even the most sensitive of ears and ensure there are no tears as the fireworks explode in the sky.


Kids love sparklers. They come in classic white or multicolour, and you can use them to draw out pictures, shapes and words in the night air. They’re cheap and relatively safe, as long as they’re used correctly. Always supervise children when they’re using sparklers. Ensure that they are wearing gloves, in case small sparks hit their hands. Also, make sure that there is a bucket of water ready to put the burnt out sparkler sticks in.


The bonfire. The huge centrepiece of the party. Many local councils have cancelled bonfires due to health and safety hazards. But a reasonable correctly made bonfire in your garden shouldn’t pose a threat. Just don’t get too excited. Make sure that the bonfire is controlled and away from fences which could catch alight. Make sure there are barriers all around it to prevent young children from getting too close. Also, make sure that any pets are indoors before lighting the bonfire. At the end of the night, make sure that it is properly extinguished before going to bed.

Wedding Fashion: How To Look Stylish Whatever The Weather

Summer wedding season may be over. But that doesn’t mean that aren’t occasions to attend. Many people choose to hold their big day in the autumn and winter months. Crisp blue skies, colourful leaves, and snow-covered landscapes make for beautifully romantic scenes. If you’ve been invited to a wedding in the coming months, you may be wondering what to wear. Don’t panic. These styling tips will help you to look the part whatever the weather.

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What to buy

If you’re going to a wedding in the summer, it can be much easier to plan an outfit. Most people tend to go for dresses or skirts. Bright colours and light fabrics are the order of the day. In the cooler months, putting an outfit together can be tricky. You want to look great. But you also want to be warm and comfortable. When temperatures fall, think about opting for thicker materials and autumnal shades. Jewel tones, metallics, and bold colours like pillar box red work well. You can still wear dresses and skirts, but think about the conditions. You may want to add a jacket or a coat. You could also consider going for a long-sleeved dress and adding tights. If you’re wearing a patterned skirt, keep your eyes peeled for plain bodies with sleeves.

Dressing for a wedding doesn’t necessarily mean wearing a long skirt or a dress. There may be other options you wish to consider. If it’s a less formal event, you may prefer to wear trousers. You could choose a chic suit or go for a jumpsuit.

Where to shop

Choosing an outfit for a wedding is made all the more difficult when you consider that hundreds of other people are doing exactly the same thing. You don’t want to turn up in exactly the same dress and shoes as another guest. Try and be original when you’re designing your ensemble, and avoid popular retailers. If you can, shop online, or visit independent retailers like Frox of Falkirk. Another option is to look for styles and pieces you like and then ask a dressmaker to create a similar version with customised touches.

Cold weather wedding essentials

When it’s chilly outside, or there’s a risk of rain, it’s important to have all bases covered. If you’re going to a winter wedding, don’t forget to check the forecast. You may need a coat, or a shawl to throw over your shoulders. Take an umbrella with you. If there’s walking involved, and you want to wear heels for the ceremony, take a pair of flats with you.

Weddings are wonderful events. You have the opportunity to spend time with friends and family and be part of a special and unique celebration. When the weather is unpredictable, it can be tough to choose what to wear. Hopefully, these tips will help you to put together a stylish, comfortable outfit suitable for sun, rain or snow. Have fun shopping, try on different styles, and don’t be afraid to go for something a little bit different.