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Valentines Day doesn't have to be one day a year. Love with all of your heart and soul. Giving yourself completely to someone can be scary, but there is never a bad time to tell your loved one how you feel about them.

The most amazing gift you can give someone is your heart. Cherish your time together and make every day Valentines Day but engagement rings don't hurt either!

Things To Think About When Planning An Event In Chicago

Lucky you… you have been chosen as the all entitled event planner for the big shindig in Chicago. A blessing or curse? Only time will tell of course, but you can make the most of it by executing the position smoothly, seemingly effortlessly and flawlessly. Do not – I repeat do not – attempt to this on your own. You are not the great and powerful Oz after all. That is the first lesson of an event planner.

Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day – Nor by One Single Person

Does your organization have an event planning committee? If not, it’s time to set one up. Depending upon how successful you are, you may need that event planning committee any number of times in the future. You must familiarize yourself with the city in question. To miss out on the most exciting or appropriate venues and options that a city has to offer is nothing short of irresponsible. That’s just bad planning. So how you know if you’re taking full advantage of all the city has to offer? Some cities offer a free city guide with vacations and event planning in mind. Even at a small charge, it is well worth the effort to pick one of these up in order to plan a successful event – particularly when referring to a major city like Chicago.

Who, What, Where, When and How?

When considering your venue, find out who has to offer any or all of the following:

  • who can make the most of lighting and sound for an impressive display
  • staging and all equipment needed, including audio/visual
  • fulfilling last minute requests, transportation arrangements to and from hotels and airports, handling of VIPs
  • will they check with you, as their client, for approval every step of the way
  • what types of facilities (i.e. banquet hall, elegant ballroom settings, beautifully decorated outdoor garden areas, spacious park-like settings, paved outdoor areas, indoor/outdoor restrooms or porta-potties, (See portapottyrentalchicago.net etc.) do they have to choose from
  • what about door prizes, giveaways, entertainment, flowers, invitations, coordination of all of those and contacting vendors
  • in order for your party to be executed flawlessly, will they guarantee an event manager of their own to work with you

So, Mr. or Ms. Event Planner – remember that attention to detail – both big and small – is what event planning is all about. Again however, it’s a lot for one person to handle and a committee, or at the very least a few helpful sets of hands, is essential. If your situation does not allow for a committee it is even more important that the venue/location you choose offers the option of an event planner.

Last Minute Valentine Shopping Ideas

No matter how much your significant other loves clothes or they’re Geox shoes, if you are one of those shop till you drop individuals that really gets all jazzed up running around from store to store… to store… no one ever needs to feel like they are frittering away time that could be well spent doing something else.  And, sometimes that’s what a shopping trip can turn into.

Save While You Buy

There is of course a great way to avoid that in this day and age of high technology.  Not only can you see more clothing from more manufacturers but you can do it in less time and spend less money by finding online clothing.  What that means for you is that you can have plenty of time to shop around for the perfect Valentine’s Day card.  Although truth be told, you can find those online as well and either send them through email or make them yourself on your home printer.  The whole thing is a win-win situation. Today’s business woman, wife, mother, loving boyfriends and husbands, sons and daughters and even college students are taking full advantage of the convenience of boutique shopping at home.

Shopping Online Doesn’t Just Save Time

It’s important for online stores to get as many shoppers as they can – that’s their bread and butter. Someone had to sit behind a desk and think to themselves ‘how can I make online shopping even more attractive than it already is?’  A daunting task when you consider how attractive online shopping is all by itself.

We already discussed the saving time and money and the other simplistic convenience of it.  Until gas prices come back down again… If ever… Driving around from store to store will add to the price tag of any dress, outfits for accessories that you shop for if you don’t shop online.  So in order to make something exceptionally desirable even more so, online stores offer something that you can’t get at the other stores.  Namely… Online savings.

Through exclusive coupons, coupon codes and sales online stores can offer you savings that are not extended to people shopping out on the streets and in the malls.  Sometimes free shipping is involved and express shipping for those who really did wait until the last minute to get that all-important Valentine’s Day gift.

Modesty: Helping Your Junior Bridesmaids Find The Right Dresses

One of the hottest shows on pay television these days is ’Say Yes to the Dress’. And whereas it can be a bit wearing, particularly if you are not fashion minded, patient or in the market for bridal gown – it can be entertaining in an offputting kind of way. Usually it’s all about the bride and her gown. But on occasion, the bridesmaids have tried on any number of frocks that will be adorning their assorted figures. And much as is the case with brides, these figures range from fashion model skinny to plus, plus sized, and everything in between. And modesty matters – particularly in the case of juniors.

One Mind – One Body… Not on Your Life!

Get a group of women together in a room and show them a dress. As many women as there are in that room – that’s how many opinions there will be. Not one opinion will match the other. And so it goes with bridal dresses, bridesmaids dresses and the lot. Several different body types wearing one dress, in most cases, is becoming less and less accepted. Factor in age appropriate and… oh boy! The smart bride will leave things more to the imagination, if she knows what’s good for her and her bridesmaids. Melissa McCarthy isn’t going to look good in the same dress that Cindy Crawford wears stunningly. Nothing personal and not to be cruel. It’s simply a fashion fact. What do you do when you want your bridesmaids to all look good but all look similar? The answer is relatively simple. Pick a color that compliments all your bridesmaids complexions. With a rainbow of colors available this really shouldn’t be a problem. Now let them pick their own fashion statement so they can feel comfortable and attractive. Just because it’s your day doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t feel pretty, but age and figure appropriate.

Set Some Rules If Necessary

Of course the number one rule: nobody gets to be prettier than the bride. This can of course be easier said than done. Hey, not for nothing, I’m just saying. Don’t out-dress the bridal dress. That’s rule number one. If different dress lengths look better on certain figures, or certain age groups, the bridesmaids should even be able to pick the length of the dress whenever possible. Don’t push a short dress on a 45-year-old bridesmaid or a junior. Cleavage could be another determining factor. And ladies – the “if you’ve got it, flaunt it” rule of thumb will not be appropriate for the junior bridesmaid… even if she’s ‘got it’ way more than the bride!

Of course you’ll never be able to make everyone happy all the time. The mother won’t agree with the mother-in-law who won’t agree with the bridesmaid who won’t agree with the maid of honor who may not agree with the bride and any combination of the previously mentioned. Please however, as the bride, remember that whether it’s your day or not, your bridesmaids are entitled to keep their pride and look pretty – as long as it’s not prettier than you.

Will Your V-Day Proposal Lead to a Fall Wedding?

So you’ve decided to pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Aaw…a true romantic (not much in the way of imagination, however…it’s been done, buddy). Nonetheless, a Valentine themed proposal could lead to an autumn themed wedding. Bigger plans have been made in less time, rest assured (our maid of honor and best man put our entire fall wedding, reception and honeymoon together in just 3 months!).

The Most Colorful Time of the Year

Christmas may have the distinction of being ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, but autumn wins out in the colorful category. Incorporate as many of those fall colors as possible into not only your beautiful autumn wedding invitations, but into the wedding itself for the most vibrantly memorable ceremony ever. Believe it or not there are even wedding rings centered around the fall theme. By doing a search for ‘fall wedding ideas’ you will be bombarded by a plethora of autumn concepts for everything from rings to wardrobe. Possibly you might have done the same for ideas regarding wedding proposals instead of going with the tired old V-Day thing—but I digress.

Seasons and Holidays

Seasonal or holiday centered themes are easy to work with. The colors are usually all ready decided upon (green and red-Christmas; red and white-Valentine’s Day; oranges, yellows and reds-autumn and so on) so that makes it a bit easier right off the bat. Seasons and holidays are relatively self evident when it comes to themes or concepts as well. Nobody ever said you had to stick to tradition either. Use a little imagination when it comes to the ceremony, the Junior Bridesmaid dresses,  the pictures and/or the reception. You can have a wedding that will be the same old same old in everyone’s eyes or you can have a wedding to remember.

It doesn’t necessarily take that much more money to create the most memorable event of your lives…just the right circumstances and a little bit of creativity.

More Sites That May Interest You:

Chair4u

Martha Stewart Weddings

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Look Years Younger by Next Valentine’s Day

If you are looking for a reason to get motivated about looking great, just think about next Valentine’s Day. It’s the most romantic day of the year and is full of love and magic. You definitely want to look and feel beautiful while making memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for this special day. Make sure it’s one of the most magical Valentine’s Days of your life by planning for it now. Look into LiftDerma to help you look and feel younger.

How to Catch Your Valentine’s Eye (and Heart)

It’s true that the best part of you is who you are on the inside, and the key to catching your Valentine is to let him/her see the real you – but remember, this means there can be no distractions. You don’t want your Valentine to stare deeply into your eyes and see nothing but crow’s feet, or to miss feeling the soft touch of your hand simply because he/she can’t stop staring at how dirty your fingernails are. The real you should shine above all things; and by just eliminating some simple distractions, the real you will be able to catch your Valentine’s eye – and soon after, his/her heart.

The Secret of Juvederm

If crow’s feet or wrinkles are a distraction from your eyes, make an appointment for dermal fillers, such as Juvederm – a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that fills in wrinkles and lines with a smooth gel filling that lasts up to a year. Juvederm is FDA approved and only takes about fifteen minutes. Results are instant, and recovery time is minimal to none. This amazing new procedure is the latest in skin care. When the time gets closer to Valentine’s Day, have your hair and nails done as well, and remember to keep a lookout for the perfect outfit for your special night. The key is to have no distractions keeping your Valentine’s eye away from seeing the real you.

Romance and Football

There are more NFL fans in the world today than ever before, but sadly, when football season arrives more wives, spouses and significant others turn into NFL widows as their loved ones engage in watching the latest NFL games on television or the internet. To avoid becoming an NFL widow this season anyone who wants to be a part of their husband, wife or partners passion for the NFL should consider doing the following.

Go With Them To A Game

The first step to showing your loved one that you care about their passion for the NFL is to offer to go to an NFL game with them, especially if they just came home with Pittsburgh Steelers Tickets; for many people the thought of going to an NFL game seems like the last thing in the world that they want to do, but in reality it can be the best time ever. You will be surrounded by thousands of fans, all who want to have a good time and you will be with your loved one, supporting their passion and what could be better?

If the NFL game does get a little boring the solution to the problem is to bring your iPod or personal music device and mobile phone that way you always have something to fall back on until the game is over.

Make TV Games Fun

For those nights when your spouse or partner are watching NFL games at home and you’re watching the game with them try celebrating every touchdown or reception that’s made for your loved ones team by giving him (or her) a quick kiss; this strategy will prove to be effective and ultimately lead to getting your loved one to focus their attention more on you than the game.

More Than Fantasy Football

Another great way to avoid the “blahs” that can come with a typical NFL season is to make it interesting by offering to watch games in a hot tub with your loved one or try forming your own fantasy football league with your spouse or partner where for each touchdown or interception you or your spouse must volunteer to fulfill any fantasy that either of you may have at the time. And when football is over, make sure you have access to other shows using your Apple TV 3.

Show Your Loved One The Healthy Way to Weigh

Valentine’s Day is a tricky one. It can be a lonely day if you’re single, but having a spouse or a significant other can also bring its own set of problems. The big question, of course, is what to get your loved one for this unofficial holiday. Flowers for a woman perhaps, and something like a small stuffed animal that shows affection, but is not too deep or scary for a man. These are just the opening gifts.

More Gifts?

Dinner at a nice quiet restaurant is a tender expression of closeness. Or even cooking something new at home can set the right mood. What if one half of the couple is trying to lose weight. What then? Chocolates are certainly out of the question and so are sweets of just about any kind.

You can demonstrate heartfelt caring perhaps by cooking your partner a low calorie dish that’s very tasty. You could even add goji berry for added flavor and texture. And, when that face across the table asks what it is, you can tell him or her that it’s something from China that is full of vitamins and minerals and amino acids and people are using it to lose weight. Those things are true, and you can also say that the little valentine red berry, also promotes a feeling of wellbeing and provides natural energy without caffeine.

Valentine’s Day Is Easy

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be a laid back day, if you prepare everything before hand. If you’re helping your loved one lose weight, then you should do it everyday, even on one of the biggest chocolate days of the year. There are so many foods out there that have great flavor and are low calorie that this should not be the day that anyone has to break their diet.

The Internet has tons of information available and you should be able to find a perfect and simple recipe for the one you love. You could also find apps for weight loss by officially unlocking your iPhone 5.   Low calorie dishes are easy to make and just as easy and fun to eat as the high-density food that most of us were brought up on.

Build An Eco Friendly Love Nest

If you are considering a new vacation home so that you and the love of your life can hide from the rest of the world, every once in awhile, you may want to consider looking at eco friendly homes, before you make your final decision. There are plenty of floor plans to choose from and the prices are generally set, before the construction begins, which keeps you from dealing with surprises when it comes time to pay.  And if there are any surprises along the way, consider a payday loan. Add that to the fact that these homes are generally able to save you some money and you will quickly see why so many people are turning to modular homes.

Getting Away

Every day, each of us struggle with the stress of daily life. We deal with our jobs, our bills, our family…even our friends can sometimes be a bit too much for us. It is no secret that stress can build up and cause physical health problems that aren’t always easy to deal with. Not to mention, the stress also takes a toll on your emotional well being and can begin to seep into other aspects of your life.

If you have ever been distracted at work because you were busy thinking about a fight you had with your best friend, you know exactly how that seepage can affect you. It is important to find time to get away every once in awhile, not to avoid your problems, but so that you are better prepared to deal with them.

A Place To Hide

Building a place for you and the love of your life to retreat when things get too stressful is a perfect way to make sure you maintain your sanity, while also building upon your relationship. Rather than finding a home that has been broken in by someone else, why not have your retreat built the way you want it?

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While you are at it, you should consider a modular home. They are less expensive than most custom built homes and are better for the environment. From the rain collection that serves as a water source to the minimal use of natural resources to build the love nest, you are not only helping yourself by having one of these homes built, you are helping the environment.

Buying a home that has already been built is great, but having an eco friendly home custom built is even better. It will be a place that you and your loved one will know that is yours and yours alone. You will know that every memory that you make in your retreat will be the first that the home has ever known. In the end, your eco friendly getaway will help you and the planet.

Don’t Let Hair Loss Interfere With Love

You are looking forward to dinner and dancing this Valentine’s Day with your boyfriend of one-year. On your first date you had thick, bouncy hair. In the last few months, however, you have experienced significant hair loss. It is becoming harder to hide it through styling and you are becoming more anxious by the day.

Hair Loss Has Various Causes

For many hair loss sufferers, the reason for their hair loss is linked to genealogy. There are many things we inherit from our ancestors, eye color, hair texture, and body shape. You can add hair loss to that list of inherited traits. More likely than not, your mother or grandmother started losing their hair at your age. Whether due to hormonal changes like menopause to tightly worn ponytails causing traction alopecia, DNA can provide the reason for hair loss.

More serious conditions like lupus, hyper and hypothyroidism, polycystic syndrome, and cancer all can contribute to hair loss. When patients undergo chemotherapy to eradicate cancer cells, telogen effluvium can result. This occurs when huge amounts of hairs enter the resting phase causing massive shedding, followed by thinning. Some medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol can produce hair loss. Any hormone replacement drugs, steroids, and acne medications can negatively affect hair growth.

Finding A Solution To Hair Loss

When a dermatologist or hair follicle specialist consults with you to diagnose the cause of your hair loss, he develops an individualized hair loss solution. The doctor conducts various tests determining whether you suffer from alopecia or other clinical issues. Even if you have inherited hair loss from a relative that does not automatically mean the cause is identical. Just like everyone has individual traits, our medical conditions and solutions are unique.

Once the specialist determines what your symptoms mean and diagnoses the cause, then it is time to decide your course of treatment. He will give you various options for the best possible outcome. You must decide if you want a quicker treatment or one taking months to a year to see results. Will you prefer to go the route of over-the-counter creams rubbed on your scalp daily? If you are too busy or not disciplined enough to follow such a regimen, perhaps this treatment is not for you. Maybe getting  hair cuts could help you style your hair better to where it’s not so noticeable.

If you want a permanent solution and have the money to fork out to a transplant center promising instant results, this may fit better. Or if time is of the essence, a cute wig will suffice. You want this first Valentine’s Day together to be special and not marred by hair loss. Once you make your choice, an enjoyable night together is assured, hair and all.

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Personalizing Your Wedding Plans

Nothing screams personalization quite like do it yourself wedding invitations. Everybody is getting into doing things for themselves, rather than having to hire services or contract them out. DIY wedding invitations are just one more step toward becoming independent of contractors and hired services.

Other Ways To Make Your Wedding More Personal

Okay getting married is probably as personal as one person can get with another person, and we’re not talking necessarily about the bride and groom as they relate to each other. As far as your guests are concerned (particularly your honored guests), having something personal goes a long ways. I sang for a wedding when I was fresh out of high school for one of my best friends. At the rehearsal dinner she gave all of the ladies standing up for her, a gold necklace with their name written in script. She gave me one as well, and I loved it. At my wedding, we gave engraved electric butane lighters to the ladies (they all smoked back then) and engraved flasks to the gentlemen (we all drank back then). They loved them. Special wedding favors for the in-laws, presented at the rehearsal  or rehearsal dinner, is a nice touch as well. Placing them in front of their place setting will make them feel special; after all, you wouldn’t be here getting married if it weren’t for them in most cases.

Back To Those Invitations

By picking out beautiful stationary with matching envelopes you already have a great beginning on the project of do it yourself invites. They don’t have to be fancy; they can be a plain color or something with a simple pattern. Then again they can be as gaudy and floral as you like. If you just don’t feel like you can find the time to put together those invitations on your own you can always rely on that one friend that we all have who is into arts and crafts on a Zen level. Or maybe the daughter of one of your friends who happens to be attending art school would be a good suggestion. Whoever it is that you actually line up to take care of this task can consider it their wedding present to you; thereby avoiding the wedding rush at all the stores that offer the ‘registered gift list’ option. What’s up with those gift lists any ways? You know you’re just going to take all those presents back and return them for the money.

You know you will.