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Tips for Beach Wedding Decoration

Decoration for a beach wedding is same as that for other outdoor events. It can be a challenge but at the same time it is a great fun. Here I am going to give you some useful tips for beach wedding decoration which will be helpful:

  • Before buying any decorative element, you will need to consider a color theme. For beach wedding, such a color theme should be chosen which may not distract from nature. Bright colored items and decorations are not appropriate for beach weddings. Ideal colors for beach weddings are gold, soft pink, peach and light teal. Such colors create a romantic feel. Remember that every thing used for beach wedding decoration should be light and flowing.
  • Flowers are a must item for decorating a wedding venue. For decorating a beach wedding, use light flowers and do not go for roses as roses create a heavy look.
  • Use natural elements of beach for decoration. Sea shells, rocks and pieces of driftwood all prove to be the best and provide rustic accents. Glass bowls can be filled with sea shells for table decoration. Candles can not be used for beach wedding decoration as ocean breezes are unpredictable and burning candles with strong winds can lead to an accident.
  • Always look for strong and sturdy decorations because beaches are windier. Your decorations should not blow away with wind. You can add rocks and heavy shells at bottom of floral arrangements to provide them with support. Rocks also create wide bases for centerpieces and prevent them from toppling on to tables.
  • Arrange sand-friendly chairs for beach wedding instead of trendy indoor chairs. Decorate chairs with flowers, ribbons or tulle.
  • Night time beach wedding also requires proper lighting in spite of the presence of full moon and stars. You can place torches along the perimeter and use floating candles centerpieces on tables in order to provide light without using electricity. Cake and buffet tables can be decorated with light strands. Use battery operated strands instead of light requiring outlets.

While decorating a beach for wedding, you should remain in touch with all governing bodies to know about all rules regarding using that beach. Your beach wedding decorations should not violate some kind of rules.

Tips and Tricks for Kitchen Organization

Today we have a number of machines to do all household chores but in spite of this, we have to manage a certain number of tasks ourselves. Busy schedule of housewives does not let them check the chaos in kitchen on regular basis. There are however some tips and tricks which can be followed to keep kitchen organized and tidy:

  • Always start organizing your kitchen with cleaning drawers. After cleaning drawers, go through the whole kitchen try to dispose off useless things. You may have old mittens, discolored cups and mismatched dishes and plates in your kitchen. These items are no longer useful for you so throw out these items to get rid of clutter and mess. Instead of throwing these items, you can also donate them as well.
  • Buy some clear plastic bags and containers to keep cereals and pastas instead of preserving them in glass containers. Containers occupy more space than plastic bags and hence cut down on shelf space. Moreover plastic containers are easy to manage and keep. Plastic containers are also useful for keeping tea, sugar, coffee, dry milk and flour. These plastic containers also eliminate need of canisters.
  • Your kitchen must also have a number of cleaning agents for dishwashing, bathrooms and floor cleaning. If these cleaning agents are more than one year old, throw them as they will create clutter and nothing else. But take care while disposing off these cleaning agents because if spilled on floor they can result in an accident. You will find instructions to throw them on back of their bottles or containers. Most of the times, cleaning products are kept under sink. When you will throw unnecessary bottles, you will find enough space to store other kitchen items like pots, pans, extinguishers and candles.
  • You must also have a number of half-filled spice jars in your kitchen. For organizing kitchen in a good manner, you will need to replace them with a spice rack. If you do not want to spend on expensive spice racks, you can use old baby food jars for this purpose. For using baby food jars, peel off labels and replace them with a tape. Use a black marker to write names of spices on tapes. By labeling these jars, it will become easy for you to locate these spices. These jars are transparent so it is easy to see how much spice is left in jar. Moreover these jars stack well and create more cabinet space.

These were some of the most effective tips and tricks to keep your kitchen organized. Follow these tips and you will see a vital change in your kitchen.

Wedding Table Decoration Ideas

Decorating a wedding table is not only a necessity but a fun-filled activity in itself. You can choose from a number of ideas to decorate wedding table but before applying any idea consider theme and color scheme of other wedding decorations. Here are some really useful ideas and tips to decorate wedding table.

  • If your wedding is in summer or spring season, you can use potted plants and flowers for wedding table decorations. You can also place flower bouquets in vases to be used as table centerpieces. Placing bouquets as centerpieces is an older and traditional idea but you can set a new trend by using potted plants for decoration. Along with placing potted plants, you can also sprinkle flower petals and leaves on table to give a nice and refreshing floral touch.

  • Wedding tables should be properly illuminated with lights. The best light you can use is candle light. Candles are easy to use as decorative items as they are available in different shapes, sizes and colors. For wedding table decoration, use scented candles and place them in crystal or glass candle-holders. Another idea is to decorate floating candles in a glass bowl. Besides candles, you can also use twinkle lights and wrap them around wedding tables for a more beautiful and elegant touch.

  • Floating bowl centerpieces are also popular wedding table decorations. You can buy glass bowls of different sizes from crafts supply store. For decoration, fill bowl half with water and fill remaining half with other things like candles, flower petals, fresh fruit slices, sea shells and even marbles.

  • Framed photographs of bride and groom can also be placed on wedding table to give a personalized look. For wedding occasion, engagement photos work best. Place bigger picture in middle and two smaller frames to ends of table to complete decoration.

  • Placing signature vases also prove to be very creative and exciting table decorations. You can have signatures of guests on vase to make it a life time memory of wedded couple. For this purpose, buy solid white vases. Place one vase in center of each table along with a number of pens and ask guests to sign vase along with a short message. For further decoration, vases can be filled with flowers.

  • Many items can be sprinkled on tables for decorations like flower petals, dried leaves, sea shells, glitter, beads and small stones. While scattering these items on tables, make sure that you have left enough space for placing plates and drinking glasses.

These were some of decorative items which you can use to decorate wedding tables. Hopefully, you will like these ideas and follow them as well.

Tips for the Treatment of Cracked Heels

Cracked heel is a problem that mostly occurs in winter season. Cracked heels can make you embarrassed at public places. People do a lot of things to hide this problem like they always wear socks and covered shoes. Are you also among those people who can not enjoy wearing revealing shoes? Don’t worry. There are a number of home remedies for cracked heels but firstly you would require knowing causes of cracked heels so that you can treat them properly. Here are some common causes of cracked heels:

  • Cracked heels may be caused by untidy feet.
  • Cracked heels may also be caused by over weight as in that case, they are under more pressure.
  • Using ill-fitted shoes may be a cause of cracked heels.
  • Standing barefooted on hard surface for longer period of time is also a cause of cracked heels.
  • You may also suffer from cracked heels if you have dry skin and you do not moisturize your feet properly.
  • Some problems like diabetes, thyroid disease and eczema can also result in cracked heels.
  • You may have cracked heels if you have deficiency of essential vitamins, minerals and zinc.

Remedies for Cracked Heels

Here are some remedies for cracked heels:

After washing your feet well, apply vegetable oil and let it absorbed in affected area.

You can also apply a mixture of glycerine and rose water for treatment of cracked heels. Apply this mixture to your feet everyday and within days you will feel the difference.

Raw glycerine can also be applied on cracked heels.

Soak your feet in lemon juice for 15 minutes daily to get rid of cracked heels.

Mix lemon juice and Vaseline and make a paste. Apply this on affected area for immediate results.

Melt some paraffin wax and mix it with mustard oil. Apply this paste on affected area in night and rinse properly in morning.

You can soak your feet in warm and salty water to soften your feet. Then you can use a pumice stone to scrub affected area. This process will remove dead cells. After doing this, apply a moisturizing lotion or cream.

Other Tips for Cracked Heels

  • First of all do not walk barefooted on hard floor and always remember to use soft shoes.
  • Always wear shoes with close backs.
  • Buy footwear with a good sole in shoe.
  • Use medicated moisturizing creams having aloe vera.
  • Make a habit of using cotton socks as they prevent skin from becoming dry.

Food Which you Should Eat

You can not only apply different creams and lotions to prevent cracked heels but there are also some foods which you should eat as well. Take foods having vitamin E as it cures this problem. Some foods containing this vitamin are green vegetables, cereals, nuts and wheat germ. Also take foods which contain calcium, iron and zinc. For this, you can take milk, cheese, yogurt, chicken, beans, brown rice and fish etc.

What to do when having Sunstroke?

When our body is exposed to excessive heat, sunstroke occurs. In this condition, heat regulating system of body fails and as a result our major body organs are damaged. Sunstroke mostly occurs in elders but some people and kids who are sensitive can be suffered by this. When sunstroke occurs, there are a number of things which you can do at home as first aid. But before this, you will need understanding its symptoms so that you can identify it and treat it properly.

Symptoms of Sunstroke

 These are some of the main causes of sunstroke:

  • Fast Breathing
  • Abrupt Faintness
  • High fever (shooting up to 40 degrees)
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fast Pulse
  • Mental Disorder
  • Cessation of Sweat
  • Dry and Hot Skin
  • Muscular Pain and Contraction

These were some major symptoms of sunstroke. If you find above mentioned symptoms in a person, it means he/she is suffering from sunstroke. In this condition, all you need to do is to provide first aid immediately. The things which you can do include the following:

  • If you are out of home and you feel some symptoms of sunstroke, try to find some air conditioned area instead of going under a sunshade.
  • Next thing you will need to do is to put off clothes to release heat out of your body. Especially take off your shoes, socks and cap immediately.
  • Try to drink as much of water as you can as it will control dehydration. You can also take other liquids as well. For example, you can take oral dehydration solution which contains adequate amount of water and sugar. This solution restores mineral content of your body and helps a lot.
  • Take a cool bath after taking enough rest. If you can not take bath, you can rub your face, neck, arms and forehead with water.
  • Apply ice packs on neck and armpits. It would work even better if you will arrange a lime with ice pack. To maintain coolness, you can also apply mud pack on eyes.
  • You can also wrap your body with wet towel or cloth to decrease body temperature.
  • Onions are proved to be very effective for the treatment of sunstroke. Rub onion juice on your palms and soles as well. Another way is to smell cut onion as a remedy of sunstroke.
  • Try to eat fruits and vegetables especially those which contain high amount of water in them. You can have watermelon, oranges and pineapple.
  • Use buttermilk for treating sunstroke. Take 2 to 3 glasses of buttermilk everyday until you are completely recovered.

It is a famous saying “Prevention is better than cure” so it is better to prevent yourself from scorching heat of summer. Always take an umbrella or wear a hat before going into sun and use light colored and loose clothes in summer. Try to drink lot of water and it is recommended to keep a water bottle always with you.

Tips To Avoid Sickness While Travelling

Falling ill while travelling is quite common. The reasons of sickness are many. There are new atmosphere, disturbed sleeping schedules and unfamiliar food and water. All these factors weaken our immune system and make us vulnerable to viruses and bacteria. But there are some tips which can be followed to make a trip enjoyable without falling ill:

  • Always take a hand sanitizer with you on your trip and try to wash your hands as many times as possible because trains and buses contain different germs. Doing this will protect you against germs.
  • Don’t try to eat raw vegetables and fruits as they can make you ill. If you have to eat raw fruits and vegetables, wash them thoroughly before eating. At the same time raw meat and unpasteurized milk is also harmful and can cause traveler’s diarrhea.
  • Bottled water is recommended to drink while traveling. If bottled water is not available, take water that has been boiled properly. Similarly, canned and branded fizzy drinks are safe for drinking. Before taking these beverages, wipe their facade area that can touch your mouth.
  • If you are unable to boil water, you can also purify it through a chemical process. Iodine tablets are available at stores and pharmacies. They can be poured in water to purify it.
  • Don’t brush your teeth with tap water as it may be contaminated. Contaminated tap water may cause many diseases like diarrhea.
  • If you are going to a place where there will be hot and humid conditions, you must take sunscreens with you. Sometimes excessive sunlight can cause skin burn.
  • Also take bug sprays with you along with other medications. Apply bug sprays and lotions frequently to protect you from malaria and dengue fever.
  • During long flights, deep vein thrombosis can be a threat to your health. To avoid this, move around as much as you can and move your legs and feet frequently.

Watching new places and experiencing new foods is a part of traveling. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can make your trips even more enjoyable and memorable by avoiding any sickness. So follow the above tips and make sure that you are not going to bring illness among the gifts you bring home from your trip. 

Decorating Ideas for a Spa Party

Spa parties are a growing trend these days as girls and women of all ages who like to be pampered love these parties. A spa party is a great way of relaxing by bringing the comforts and treatments of spa in your living room. Or you can also use spa theme to decorate your party. If you are tired enough of daily routine and want to throw a spa party, you must do that but for this, you need to be very careful about your decorations. All decorative items would be needed to go well with spa theme. Don’t worry if you don’t have many ideas. I have gathered some ideas in this post which will help you in decorating your spa party:

  • Candles are a must item for spa party decoration because they can add a soothing and relaxing ambience to your party. For decoration purpose, choose fragrant candles which have soothing scents like that of vanilla. Don’t go for intense fragrances. Place candles of different sizes all around party area and turn down other lights to give a soft and delicate effect to party. You can also place mirrors beneath candles so that light can be reflected.
  • Plants have their natural fragrance as well as they add natural effect to your party so don’t forget to decorate a spa party with natural plants. You can scatter rose petals around party room and at the same time, you can place cut flowers in beautiful vases. Always use fragrant flowers such as roses for decoration purpose. Flowers can also be used to decorate party tables as centerpieces. To give a more tropical feel to your party, I will also suggest you adding large greenery plants.
  • Baskets can also be used as a decorative item. You can use decorated baskets to hold towels. lotions, moisturizers, water bottles and snacks as well. Party favors can also be placed in these baskets.  Decorative baskets are available in all colors and sizes so you can easily select them according to theme color of spa party.
  • For making dressing areas, hang white sheets of clothes from ceiling so that your guests can change into spa dresses. White color is recommended because it gives a simple and clean look and makes your guests feel more comfortable. Also drape white cloth on furniture like tables, chairs and sofas. It will not only become a way of decoration but also save your furniture from accidental stains.
  • Another item which I strongly suggest is indoor fountain. Sound of moving water gives a feel of tranquility and serenity. You can place a small tabletop fountain as a centerpiece if you don’t want to use a larger one.

These were some of the decorative items which you can use while decorating your spa party. I hope you will like my ideas and follow these as well.

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