Friday, May 30, 2014

5 Classic Baby Shower Themes

Every expectant parents would love to have a warm, funny yet memorable baby shower with their loved ones, to prepare for the newest member in their lives. Parents, especially moms are usually the ones to chalk out the plans for the event. Sometimes, they can even have a little panic session to have everything the way they pictured. Well, we understand the pressure, but baby shower is all about releasing the stress, right? Here we have 5 amazing baby shower themes, that are timeless yet flexible for you to adopt in your own way!

Nursery Rhymes





Nursery rhymes are the ageless element in each of our childhood. This is also a theme to suit any baby shower. Moreover, there are numerous sources to incorporate, with minimum risks of having 'copycat' event. You can sit down with your partner to decide your favorite rhymes to include in the decorations. You can use a single rhyme or can mix-n-match multiple ones for a diversifying effect. Whether it is a humpty-dumpty or a twinkle twinkle little star, or both, make sure to leave a hint of your creativity while planning the shower!

Fairy Tales





This is another theme that is eternally appealing with endless resources to get help from. You can have a baby shower based on the "After Happily Ever After" theme, where you and your Prince Charming are waiting for your baby prince or princess. Take the fairy tale you like most, or give things a twist, like the Shrek movies, while you plan the shower. Go through your childhood memoirs, if available, to turn it to a nostalgic event! You can ask for help from your and your partner's family, which will allow you all to have a nice time together as well.

Baby Hands and Feet Prints




If you are willing to have a low-key baby shower, you can apply this cute idea as your theme. You can choose the illustrations or pictures of baby hands and feet prints and order for a simple banner and cake with other decorative details based on that. You can make mini flags with colorful hand prints of your own to accompany the hands and feet print theme, which will make your guests go "Aww"!


Baby Bottles and Utensils


This is another fun yet easily doable theme. This is also for both baby boys and girls. You can serve the guests foods in baby bottles and utensils, have a cake shaped as a half-filled feeding bottle, give the guests mementos in little bottles, or offer them customized paper bibs instead of napkins. There can be numerous other ideas to embrace, just tickle your creative sense a bit.

Peas in a Pod for Twins and Triplets



If you are having twins or triplets, this is one theme you must try. You can decorate the place in your favorite colors while adding your own twist in the basic "peas in a pod" concept. You can put every decor in pairs or triplets, and decorate with cute peas' illustrations, stuffed dolls and what not!



Of course there can be many other amazing themes for your baby shower, but these 5 are not just classics, these are easily customizable too. So, don't freak yourself out thinking about the tidbits of your party, just enjoy the whole experience!


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

White Chocolate Raspberry Blondies Recipe

If you've never heard of a blondie, it's just a whiter version of the famous brownie. These blondies are made with melted white chocolate swirled with raspberries, with a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on the top. They're chewy and delicious, and extremely easy to make too!


The ingredients you will need are:
  • 100g of white chocolate
  • 75g of unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 50g of raspberries
  • cinnamon sugar for the topping
1. Start by greasing and lining a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 180°Celsius/355 Fahrenheit.

2. In a heatproof bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together. You can do this by just putting it in the microwave for 20 seconds, then take it out and give the mixture a stir before putting it back in. Keep doing these intervals until the chocolate and butter are melted down to give a lovely, thick sauce. If you overheat the chocolate there could be a chance of it splitting, and you don't want that. If not, just melt the chocolate and butter in the top half of a double boiler.

3. In a large bowl, just combine the rest of the ingredients together and give them a mix. The batter should resemble something like a cookie dough, and it will be thick and sticky.

4. Then add in your melted chocolate, and fold in your raspberries. (Tip: To prevent your raspberries from sinking to the bottom, you can mix it with a tablespoon of flour. The flour will help the raspberries to 'stick' to the surrounding batter and prevent them from sinking.)

5. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan, and sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on top. You can do this by coming 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a skewer inserted has moist crumbs on it. Not wet batter, but moist crumbs. Leave it to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.

This blondie is only an inch and a half thick, because it has a dense chewy centre. The cinnamon sugar will give your blondie flavour and extra spiciness to it as well that really complements the raspberries.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Plus Size Swimwear Tips for Plus Size Women

As mentioned earlier, a well designed plus size swimwear would detail your body curves to make you look more attractive and give you comfort while spending your day at the beach or on a cruise. Make sure that the cuts are not too revealing especially under your arms or high leg cut because the extra fat will bulge out from here and there, and it will make you look unflattering. Some good styled swimsuits such as empire waist, large straps, under wire are highly recommended if you have a large bust; avoid unfitted swimwear which will give you discomfort when you are in or out of the water.


There are many different colours or patterns (prints) for swim wear but you should choose the colours and prints that suit your real size shape. Choosing colours for plus size swimwear also depend on your skin colour; if you have a pale complexion and you choose black swimsuit, it definitely would not look good on you. There are some colours that all skin types (pale, dark, fair skin... ) can wear i.e. dark purple; red; emerald green; turquoise; blush (light pink, nude). Since you are a plus size woman, you should not choose blush colours as they will not give a trimming image but you can choose one of the other colours above. If you are short, swimwear in solid colours will make you look taller and slender.

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With plus size swimwear prints, stay away from bold prints on areas you don't want to emphasize, instead, wear large prints on the best area which you want to drive the eye to. For instance, if your bust is smaller than your hips (pear shape), large bright patterns on the bust line combined with plain or darker colours on the lower part of the swimsuit will emphasize your bust and give your hips a trim illusion. Busy all over prints in bright or dark coloured swimwear can flatter your appearance and they will distract the eye from stopping on your least favourite area.


Plus size swimwear has become popular in the fashion industry with a variety of styles as a lot of designers realistically recognise the market. But again, many of those designers are experts in making tiny swimwear for stick thin models, it does not mean they would do a good job in making swimsuits for plus size women. You should go for brands which are made by designers who specialise in plus size because they have experience in that particular field.


If you follow the above guidance, you would find that buying a flattering plus size swimwear, which would make you look flatter and younger, is not a difficult thing and you would be proud of wearing it on your favourite holidays.
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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mila Kunis: From Ukraine to One of Hollywood's Sexiest Women in the World

She was born on August 14, 1983 in Chernivitsi, Ukrainian SSR and emigrated to the United States in 1991. At the tender age of seven-years-old, little did her family know that she would grace the silver screen and be named as one of Hollywood's sexiest women in the world. Her real name is Melena and she landed her first acting role at the age of nine. After taking acting classes at the Beverly Hills Studio, Mila Kunis met her manager: Susan Curtis. It didn't take long for Curtis to recognize the talent she found and soon Mila was attending auditions. Is it anyone's surprise that Mila Kunis landed the very first commercial audition she tried out for? Mila Kunis starred in a Barbie doll commercial, the first of many to come. Her parents encouraged her, as long as she stayed in school.


More commercials followed and soon Mila's face graced catalogues and print ads. She modeled for a clothing line for Guess before her commercial appearances gave room to television roles. Mila Kunis first appeared on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives portraying the character of Hope Williams as a child. Other roles would follow including a guest part on Baywatch, The John Larroquette Show, Hudson Street, Unhappily Ever After, 7th Heaven, Make a Wish, Molly, Santa with Muscles, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, and then her breakthrough role as a young Gia Carangi in the film lead by actress Angelina Jolie. Seven years into her acting career, Mila would land the role of Jackie Burkhart on That '70s Show.

Mila Kunis earned numerous awards and nominations for her performance as Jackie Burkhart including the Young Artist Award, Teen Choice Award and Young Hollywood Award. More nominations and awards would follow as Mila expanded her career and began to take on more adult roles. In 2000, she would lend her voice to the Seth MacFarlane creation Family Guy. She voiced the character of Meg Griffin. She would continue with more voice work for Robot Chicken and The Cleveland Show. She has also performed voice work for video games such as the Family Guy Video Game and Saints Row.

Mila Kunis began to see her filmography expand with films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Max Payne, The Book of Eli, Black Swan and Friends with Benefits. She continued to see more nominations and wins for her movie roles.

There is no doubt that Mila Kunis has proved herself as a beautiful, sexy woman, but she has also shown that she has successfully bridged the gap from child actress to leading lady.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Best Diet Plan for 7 Days Weight Loss

Many people dealing with weight issues want to lose weight fast. The secret is to avoid starvation and instead eat meals that are well structured to manage fat storage and burning simultaneously. A well-structured 7 day diet plan can assure positive results if followed religiously.


Breakfast Options
  • Egg whites scrambled in olive oil, basil, parmesan and cherry tomatoes are healthy. You can combine it with whole-grain toast, blueberries and skimmed milk.
  • You can also go for old-fashioned oatmeal in water, skimmed milk, 2 country-style turkey sausages and a cup of blueberries.
  • You can eat an omelet made of egg whites, a whole egg, broccoli with refried beans, diced onion, mushrooms and salsa. Add Quesadilla made of corn tortilla and low-fat jack cheese. Diced watermelon will complete the breakfast.
  • Another healthy breakfast option is whole grain English muffins with almond or peanut butter and sugar-free fruit spread together with wedge honeydew, skimmed milk and 2 slices of Canadian bacon.
Before Lunch Snacks
Small snacks before lunch prevent overeating and hence are often recommended to those on a weight loss diet. Following are some snacks you can nibble on before lunch.
  • Fat free Greek yoghurt with sliced strawberry topping.
  • Fat free ricotta cheese with raspberries and chopped pecans.
  • Fat free vanilla yoghurt with sliced apple and chopped walnuts.
  • Yoghurt parfait made using low-fat vanilla yoghurt, sliced strawberries and low-fat granola.
Lunch Options
  • A Salad made of cooked bulgur, grilled chopped chicken breast, low-fat cheddar shredded, grilled diced veggies, onion, diced zucchini, bell pepper, chopped cilantro and low-fat vinaigrette.
  • A Salad made of water-packed tuna, chopped romaine lettuce, sliced bell pepper, green onions topped with low-fat Italian dressing.
  • A Salad made with chopped romaine, grilled chicken, chopped celery, diced mushrooms, shredded low-fat cheddar and low-fat Caesar dressing. It can be taken with medium nectarine and skimmed milk.
  • A Wrap made of thin sliced roast beef, whole wheat tortilla, shredded lettuce, tomato slices, horseradish and Dijon mustard. It can go with lentils or pinto beans, basil and light Caesar dressing.
After lunch snacks
  • 6 baby carrots and 2 table spoons hummus
  • Half cup fat-free cottage cheese with salsa
  • Fat-free mozzarella cheese stick string and medium-sized orange
  • Baked corn chips with guacamole

Dinner Options
  • The first option in the list includes grilled salmon, wild rice with slivered toasted almonds, wilted baby spinach with olive oil, vinegar, balsamic and grated parmesan. You can add a cantaloupe topped with raspberry sorbet and chopped walnuts
  • Another healthy dinner meal includes a turkey burger, roasted broccoli and cauliflower florets, brown rice, spinach salad with light balsamic vinaigrette
  • Shrimp grilled with olive oil, chopped garlic and steamed medium artichoke makes a light dinner meal. You can also eat whole wheat couscous with diced bell pepper, garbanzo beans, fresh cilantro and fat-free dressing of honey mustard
  • And finally, a Salad made of arugula, cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette, warmed unsweetened apple sauce with fat-free vanilla yoghurt, dash cinnamon and chopped pecans
These are some of the best diet plans for fast weight loss within seven days. Other food groupings can be tried too to make meals interesting and healthy.


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Orchid Growing Tips - Choosing, Watering, Repotting, Fertilizing and Maintenance Tips



The variety and beauty found in the orchid family has made professional horticulturalists and home gardeners attract to this flower. If you like orchid, you can grow this flower in your home or garden. And these are some orchid growing tips:

Orchids For Dummies

Tips For Choosing an Orchid:

The key to orchid growing success is choose the right orchid. Look for orchid that comes from area most like the one you live in or can easily replicate in your home.

Tip #1: Make  sure to purchase an orchid that has some unopened buds as there is no way to know how long your blooms will last if it has fully flowered.
Tip #2: The orchid's leaves should be firm and medium green.
Tip #3: An orchid infested by bugs will have a sticky substance on its leaves and should be avoided.
Tip #4: Flowers on a healthy orchid will be lustrous, held on a well-supported spike and not have any spotting.
Tip #5: Look under the paper wrapper. While the decorative wrapper may look pretty, it can hide potential problems and does not provide proper drainage. Inspect the whole plant and, if you choose to purchase it, remove the wrapper as soon as you get it home.

Color Orchids Orchid in ceramic pot


Watering Tips:
Tip #1: Water your plant as early in the day as possible to give the water on the leaves time to evaporate.
Tip #2: Softened water can kill your orchid.
Tip #3: Over-watering can be more damaging than under-watering. Try to water the day before your orchid dries out.
Tip #4: Get to know your orchid. Feel the potting medium around your orchid when you have just watered it and when it is nearly dry. Pick up your plant to get familiar with the weight of a watered orchid and one that needs moisture.
Tip #5: Use lukewarm water and water for 15 seconds.
Tip #6: Make sure to provide adequate drainage. Some people like to provide humidity after watering by setting it on pebbles soaking in water. Do not let your plant or pot sit directly in water.

Miracle-Gro Orchid Plant Food Mist (Orchid Fertilizer) 8 oz

Repotting Tips:
Tip #1: Never repot an orchid that is in bloom.
Tip #2: Repot when your orchid is just beginning to show new growth.
Tip #3: Sterilize your cutting tools with rubbing alcohol or a lighter.
Tip #4: Bamboo skewers (found at most grocery stores) make great stakes to secure your plant.
Tip #5: Water your orchid and rinse the new potting medium before repotting.

Orchid Fertilizer - FEED ME! MSU - RO/Rain/Tap Water


General care tips:
Tip #1: Most orchids need high humidity and direct sunlight in the winter and indirect sun in the summer.
Tip #2: Orchids need Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium along with other trace elements such as iron. Make sure your fertilizer includes all and in the right proportion: 20-20-20.
Tip #3: Make sure you take some time to sit back and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor.

Source: ezinesarticle.com





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jennifer Aniston and All Her Many Popular Hairstyles

Jennifer Aniston the much loved actress has had many great hairstyles. Jennifer Aniston's best known role was on the TV show "Friends", as the fun loving character Rachel. Rachel was cute, sexy, lovable, and actually quite dingy. She was a character that reached out to the hearts of many of us for many seasons. Her hairstyles have been some of the most popular of all time.

Each year Jennifer Aniston fans would wait with great anticipation for the fall season of "Friends" to begin. What great new hairstyle would Jennifer have to share with all of her fans. Would she have a long or short hairstyle, wavy or straight hairstyle? Whatever hairstyle Jennifer had, it was sure to be a hit. Women from all over would head to the hair salon with a picture of that favorite Jennifer Aniston haircut.

Rachel Cut
 The famous "Rachel cut" was an all time favorite. This hairstyle was a huge trendsetter. This cut framed the face and was shorter at the crown and longer around her face. This cut gave her height on the top of her head while still giving her the look of longer hair. The bottom of her hair was shag cut with a razor.

Long Hair
Jennifer with long hair would sometimes have big romantic curls. These were created by blow drying with a big round brush and then using a big curling iron to make lots of big soft curls and then softly brushed to blend.

Tousled Waves
One of Jennifer Aniston's great fun looks is just a bunch of tousled waves. This is a great look for her with long hair. This look is easily achieved by blow drying with a round brush and then once hair is dry, take random sections of hair and wrap it around the outside of a curling iron. Then gently brush through using a vent brush to achieve tousled waves all over.


Jennifer Aniston's favorite trademark look has to be her sleek and shiny sedu hairstyle. For her, this hairstyle is just glassy straight and parted off center. She has fine hair, ( and a lot of it) and it straightens easily by blow drying with a round brush.


Short hair is rarely seen on Jennifer Aniston. This is apparently not one of her favorite hairstyles although she looks great in it just like all the others. Short hair for her was shoulder length, straight, all one length, and cut into a bob.
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