The Finishing Touches That Every Wedding Needs

While you are in the throes of planning your nuptials, you might be thinking about the big things: the venue, the dress, the honeymoon and the food. There are plenty of smaller aspects to your big day that shouldn’t be overlooked to make sure that your wedding day is as perfect as you can make it. It’s always a good idea to sit down with your other half or your maid of honour and share your detailed plans. You never know, they may be the ones to tell you that you’ve overlooked the flowers! Take a look at these smaller finishing touches that every wedding needs.

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As you begin your wedding plans, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the importance of your wedding invitations. Wedding invites from Pure Invitation are unique in that they allow you to choose from an array of designs and colours which you can then purchase DIY style saving you money and allowing you to get a it more hands on with your big day. Wedding invitations range from the formal to the handwritten, and from the vintage to the ultra modern and sleek. You need to decide which style suits you as a couple and fits into the ethos of your big day. If you’re getting married in an arthouse cinema, perhaps a monochrome art deco look will suit.

The Cake

Wedding cakes used to be traditional affairs of three tiers, heavy fruit cakes, covered in thick marzipan with the bride and groom standing on the top tier and made from sugar fondant. Not many people enjoyed eating the cake and they cost a small fortune. Instead, why not consider a more modern cake? Consider what you love to do as a couple and get a cake to match. If you’re getting married on a beach, have a beach hut wedding cake. If you are into the outdoors, why not go for a three tier sugar lace leaf laden cake? The possibilities are endless, and with the array of baking shows on TV, there is fierce competition for your business. You could go for a decadent red velvet sponge, a salted caramel frangipane or a triple chocolate torte. The choice is yours.

The Music

Every guest has to linger at a wedding at some point. This might be because they are waiting to be seated for the wedding breakfast or because they are loitering around waiting to be called for the formal photographs. While this is unavoidable, you can make it more pleasant by keeping the music rolling throughout your day. Create a playlist of songs that mean a lot to you as a couple and play it throughout the day. This will add a touch more ambience to those less organised moments and will prevent the awkward silences while people are waiting.

Wedding Favours

Don’t overlook the little gifts that you’ll be giving your page boys, ushers, and bridesmaids. While some jewellery or cufflinks was once the order of the day, nowadays you can go for something a little more unique. How about personalised Harry Potter potions for the youngsters or gin experiences for those of age?

You want your wedding day to go without a hitch. Don’t neglect the little details and ensure that your finishing touches aren’t overlooked.

The Journey to Making Exercise A Permanent Fixture in Your Life

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Most people hate exercise, so you’re definitely not alone there. The problem seems to stem from the idea that working out is some sort of arduous activity. It’s true that it should be a challenge, of course, but it shouldn’t be a challenge that you utterly despise. If this is the case then you’ll never be able to stick to a workout routine. You need to find a way to stay physically active without hating exercise. Think back to when you were a kid and you ran all over the place with your friends. That was exercise, but you didn’t hate it. You just need to find the equivalent of that joy now you’re an adult. In this post, we’ll talk about the journey to making exercise a permanent fixture in your life.

Go easy on yourself.

The first step to making exercise a permanent fixture in your life is to go easy on yourself. As mentioned in the introduction, you shouldn’t hate exercise. It should be a welcome challenge in your life. The best way to achieve this is to take things slowly. Find an activity that you’ll enjoy, for starters. Maybe you could join a sports club so that you’d turn exercise into a fun social activity. That way, you’ll find a way to keep your body moving on a regular basis without focusing too heavily on the fact that it’s exercise. And if you want to take up jogging then build up your routine gradually. Start off by running for 10 minutes every day. Add 5 minutes to your workout every week or two. You might even want to consider physiotherapy to help you heal your body after a tough workout. That could be beneficial to your body and your mind.

Incorporate resistance training into your workout.

If you want to make exercise a permanent fixture in your life then you need to incorporate resistance training (or strength training, depending on what you want to call it) into your workout. This isn’t just so you can keep your fitness regime varied and interesting; it’s to benefit your overall physical health. Cardiovascular activity keeps your heart healthy and helps you to maintain a balanced weight, but strength-based activities such as weight lifting help to improve your muscle mass, bone strength, and your flexibility. Making your body stronger in this way will alleviate any aches or pains you might get throughout the day. It’s worthwhile in the long run.

Give yourself incentives.Another way to make exercise a permanent fixture in your life is to give yourself incentives. Obviously, your long-term incentive is to improve your physical and psychological wellbeing, but that won’t happen instantly. At first, you need to give yourself little incentives to encourage you to work out. You need to earn that relaxing evening on the sofa or that bar of chocolate. Tell yourself that you can have those rewards after you’ve met your fitness quota for the day. That’ll give you an incentive to exercise. It’ll also make those rewards all the sweeter because you’ll have earned them. You won’t have to feel guilty about enjoying the occasional vice because you’ll know that you’re leading a healthy lifestyle.

How To Be More Productive When Blogging


We all know the feeling- it’s approaching evening time and we haven’t accomplished anything like as much as we would have wanted to during the day. The beginning of the day always starts off with good intentions, plans are made, lists are written and goals are aimed for. However sometimes at the end of the day your to-do list seems even longer than it was at the start. Being productive and managing your time especially when blogging can be very difficult.  We’ve outlined some ways that you can juggle your time effectively and be as productive as you can every day.

Don’t Multitask

It can be really tempting to try and tackle more than one task at once. Doing two things at the same time should get them done quicker, right? Wrong. Multitasking has been proven to actually cause damage to the human brain and it actually means that you are doing both things only half as well as you could have. Give your full attention and focus to one thing at a time and you will soon find that you are actually completing your work faster and not dealing with correcting mistakes or missteps. If you’re having a hard time managing all your documents and paperwork, thing about employing the help of a document management system, like the one you can find here:

Take Your Time

It’s not uncommon for many of us to start working on our content and social media before 8 am and not logging off until much, much later. While it may seem like we’re getting more done by working increasingly long hours, it actually has the opposite effect. With more and more people becoming increasingly stressed and burnt out from work, more and more companies are encouraging their staff to take regular breaks. Stepping away from your desk to stretch your legs or get some fresh air is proven to help boost concentration, and increase your mood. Try a quick walk around the block to beat your mid-afternoon slump and see the dramatic difference.  

Set Yourself Small goals

Sometimes, just looking at your to-do list can be crushing and anxiety-inducing. Seeing a large chunk of things that you have to get done, can leave you resentful or depressed. Break up big projects into smaller, more manageable chunks to help you feel more in control and more productive once you accomplish them. This also helps you keep a track of how your tasks are going day to day and make more intensive tasks seem less daunting.

Do Your Biggest Task First

In other words ‘swallow the frog’. Don’t push aside your biggest task until later in the day when you may be too frazzled to tackle them properly. You’re more likely to be firing on all cylinders first thing in the morning, so deal with your most difficult projects early one. It also will give you a great sense of relief to not have it looming over you for the whole day.

Implement the “Two-Minute Rule”

Do the most with your time at work by filling any small gaps in your schedule with tiny, quick tasks that need to be completed. Need to fire off a quick ‘thank-you’ email to a PR who sent you some freebies? Instead of leaving it, send it as soon as possible because leaving it until the last minute actually takes up more of your time! Not every day can be completely productive but it’s a good way to set and keep habits that will see you in good stead in the future.

3 Things You Need to Think About Before Starting a New Relationship

If you’ve been dating for a long time and getting nowhere, it might feel like you’re never going to find a person that you actually want to have a relationship with. But the important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t put too much pressure, just enjoy dating for a while and it will happen for you eventually. When you do finally meet that special person and you decide that you want something more serious, your life is going to change a lot. Entering into a serious relationship is a big step and you need to think about it carefully. If you think that you’ve found the right person, here are some things that you need to consider before entering into a relationship with them.

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Learn To Understand Yourself

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when they’re looking for love is thinking that finding a partner is a magic bullet that will solve all of their problems, but it isn’t. If you enter into a relationship without understanding yourself and being comfortable in your own skin, you’ll be going into that relationship from a very emotionally dependent place. It’s important that you don’t rely on that person for emotional strength all of the time. Your partner will make you happy, of course, but it’s important that you know how to be happy on your own without them. If you don’t think that you’re there yet, it might be best to work on yourself for a while before starting a relationship.

Think About Contraception

This is a big one because an unplanned pregnancy is not a good way to start a new relationship. Even though you might think that they’re the one and you have dreams about starting a family with them, things might not work out that way. Having kids is a big step and one that you should take when you’re ready, so make sure that you look into contraception options and visit the doctor. This is something that you should discuss with your new partner so you can decide on contraception that works best for both of you. You should never rely on the other person to provide contraception and just assume that they will.

Talk About Goals And Aspirations

When you enter into a serious relationship with somebody, there are a lot of big decisions that will be made together in the future. At some point, you’ll want to move in together and maybe get married and have kids. But what if they don’t want to get married or start a family? What if they have plans to move to another city to pursue a career but you don’t want to? These disagreements are going to cause problems in the relationship further down the line so it’s important that you talk about it now. That doesn’t mean that you have to plan out your entire lives together and there is always room for compromise in these situations, but if you both have a completely different idea about what the future looks like, you might want to think twice about starting a relationship.

If you don’t think about these things right now, you could end up starting a relationship that isn’t right for either of you.  

Why Aiming for a Summer Body is Unhealthy and What to do Instead

Are you always dreaming of reaching your summer body? You’ve probably thought about it at some point, especially since a lot of people you see on social media are always going on about it too. Talk of summer bodies is everywhere, so it can be hard not to get sucked in and feel under pressure when the nights start to get lighter and the days begin to get warmer.

However, aiming for a summer body can actually be super detrimental to your health. Why? Well, first off, it encourages habits that are not sustainable. People often take to routines that they won’t keep up in the long run, simply to look good for one event or vacation. They might eat much less than they should be, exercise more than their bodies can keep up with, and take a number of drastic measures to reach their goals. It also implies that taking care of your body should end once summer is over. There are many negative connotations with this term!

Here, we’re going to help you figure out what to do instead of aiming for that ‘summer body’. You’ll likely feel much better!

Aim To Take Care Of Your Body Year Round

First of all, aiming to take care of your body year round rather than just in the run up to summer is a good idea. You should care for yourself enough that you see how important this is. Caring for your body means staying active, eating nutrient dense food, and doing so in a way that you enjoy. Doing it the unhealthy way and hating it is a waste of your precious time and will not get you long term results. What’s the point at all if you’re only going to be miserable because you’re so hungry during the summer period?

Aiming to take care of your body year round will take the pressure off you and you’ll feel confident whatever the weather, literally.

Make Small, Sustainable Changes When You Feel Ready To

If you do feel like you want to make a few small changes in the run up to summer, there are ways you can do this healthily. Make a few snack swaps, so instead of having a bag of regular crisps, for example, you eat pea snacks instead. Maybe consider adding in 15 minutes on the stairmaster 3 times a week, or adding in one more weightlifting session. You should not be burning yourself out mentally and physically in order to reach your goals. Small, sustainable changes are the way forward and will not mess with your mental health.


Don’t Compare Yourself To Somebody Else

The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to somebody else. Remember, you only see a picture online, not the full story. If you’re following Instagrammers who work out, remember that a lot of it is angles, photoshop, and sneaky uploads from the year before even. You never know the full story, and comparing yourself isn’t a good idea even if you did. You are uniquely you, so embrace that!

Go For Balance Over Everything Else

Above all else, you should be aiming for a balanced lifestyle. It can be tough to fit everything into your life that is important to you, but it’s important. Fitness shouldn’t take over your entire life unless you’re planning on being an Olympic athlete. Make sure you still do things you enjoy, such as eating out with friends and family, and skipping the gym to catch up on reading if you want to. Many people on Instagram will tell you that you have to go to the gym even when you don’t feel like it or when things get hard, but it’s important to do what will make you most happy, too.

Look At Yourself As A Whole – Stop Focusing on Your Perceived Flaws

When people look at us, they often see us as a whole. When we look at ourselves, we tend to zone in on the things we don’t like about ourselves, being hypercritical. We are our own worst critics. Do your best to look at yourself as a whole rather than focusing on your flaws. By simply standing up straight, smiling, and wearing clothes you love, you’ll instantly look more confident and feel it too.

Focus On Self Love Regularly

Self love isn’t just eating nutrient dense food and working out. It’s taking a hot bath, applying your favourite moisturiser, putting on a face mask, making sure you’re getting 8 hours of sleep a night, and taking care of yourself in general. You know what’s in your best interests, so don’t neglect them.

Remember – You Won’t Be ‘Happy’ Once You Reach Your Goals

Lots of people want to wait until they have their summer body to start living their lives. They think as soon as they have their summer body they’ll wear the clothes they love, go the places they’ve been dying to visit, and just begin living in general. No! Life is happening right now before your eyes. You won’t automatically be ‘happy’ once you reach your goals. Many problems will remain – you might feel a little more confident, you might feel healthier, which is great, but your life won’t be transformed. Bear this in mind when you start feeling like reaching this goal is the be all and end all.

Don’t wait until a future date or event to do anything you want to do. Buy the Mizuno shoes now, wear that outfit you love now, go to a foreign country now. You’ll regret it if you don’t!


Hopefully, this post has opened your eyes a little as to why aiming for a summer body is unhealthy and what you can do instead. Don’t fall into the same trap as a lot of people or feel pressured. Take care of yourself out of self love, do it year round in a way that is balanced and sustainable for you, and enjoy it. You’ll feel so much better!