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Wedding Planning on a BudgetCreate Your Own Wedding Planning Checklist

Even for them most organized woman, trying to plan a wedding with no timeline and no checklist can lead to disaster. Especially as your wedding date gets closer, you’re going to have a million little things on your mind and deposit due dates or appointments will be jumping out at you from nowhere. Creating a wedding planning schedule early on in the planning process will give you a great guideline to follow and will provide an all-in-one reminder resource rather than wallpapering your whole house with sticky notes.

1. Making a Timeline of Your Checklist

Having a list of things that need to be done is great, but keeping things in chronological order will help you stay much more organized and keep you on top of any upcoming deadlines or appointments. A lot of bridal magazines or wedding websites offer wedding planning checklists that usually range over about 18 months or so. You may have more or less time than that to plan your wedding, so creating your own checklist will allow you to tailor it to your specific needs.

2. Incorporate Your Budget into Your Checklist

Deposits and vendor bills can sneak up on you when you have so much already on your mind. By putting due dates on your timeline checklist, you can avoid overstretching your budget at any one time. Using your checklist this way will allow you to decide at glance when to schedule in another big purchase for your wedding at a time when you won’t be paying for too many other expensive wedding necessities.

3. Get the Most from Your Checklist

Be sure to check your list weekly to see what new errands you’ll have to keep track of. As you get closer to the wedding date, it could be a good idea to start checking it daily. Creating smaller task lists off the main schedule every day can keep you focussed on just what needs to be done for that day. By having a master schedule saved onto your computer, you can add to and edit your checklist as often as needed and reprint updates when necessary. It would also be a good idea to print a copy of your checklist for everyone helping you plan your wedding.

When you’re starting your checklist, fill in all the most important dates and appointments first and plan the smaller details around those. Whenever possible, try to spread out the tasks that aren’t time sensitive so you don’t overwhelm yourself in any one day, week, or month. Sticking to an organized checklist can take a lot of stress and uncertainty out of your planning and will keep you on the right track if you ever start feeling like you’ve become too swamped.


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Homemade Play Dough Recipe

by Home Heart Strings

Homemade play dough recipe

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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Save money on play time and fun time with this homemade play dough recipe.

1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cups of salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon cream of tarter
food coloring

Place all of the ingredients into a pot and stir to mix well. Add the food coloring that you want for this batch. to make more colors, make more batches of the play dough after this one is finished.

Heat on medium-low (or low if you don’t have a medium low setting) and stir occasionally. Once the batter look is gone and the mixture start staying together as you’re stirring (about 5-8 minutes), remove the pot from the heat.

Scoop the dough onto the wax paper. Once the play dough is cool enough to touch, knead it into shape to place into an airtight container.

Makes about 2 cups.



Ideas to have a striking house entrance

People always wonder what will make their house entrance look outstanding and incredible! People hire interior decorators to make their house, beautiful. It is extremely true that the first impression about us is made by any person by looking at our house. The moment we open the door, we tend to expose the interior of our house. If a person who has come to visit us is being welcomed with clutter and mess all over the house then it will definitely create a wrong impression about us, slandering our image in public. This should not happen and for this purpose, we must ensure to make our house interiors look nice and fresh.

People are often seen buying expensive things to beautify their interiors during the time of festivals like Christmas. It is not at all necessary to buy expensive interior sets or items for the beautification of the interiors of the house. A simple flowerpot or inexpensive but attractive looking curtains may also allow us to enhance the beauty of our house. Generally, the main entrance and the space following it, is the heart of our house. This is the place where people often people spend their free time chatting or watching television shows. It is extremely necessary to keep the common room of our house, clean and beautiful. There are many things that we can do to give a nice and striking look to the room. For instance, installing good-looking curtains, perfectly matching the color of the walls will give a striking look to the hall. Moreover, putting a fist tank at a strategic place in the hall can also be helpful.

We may find many techniques on the internet that would help us to have good interiors, during the joyous occasion of Christmas. The common room often has the main entrance door from where a person enters the house. A rug should ideally be kept near the door to avoid the dirt, from our feet, to enter the house further. Every common room must have a proper seating area where the chairs and sofa must be kept properly without making it difficult for a person to wander in the house. All this can help us to have a perfect loving house and can make our festival memorizing. For more information you can visit Terrys Fabrics website and/or can follow Terrys Fabrics Interior Design Blog.


Do-it-Yourself Facial Masks

by Home Heart Strings

Do-it-Yourself Facial Masks

Professional face masks can certainly be expensive. But you can make very effective and inexpensive ones right at home. You may not even have to go to the store for ingredients! Regardless of your skin type, there’s a facial mask recipe for you. Here are some suggestions for various types of do-it-yourself facial masks and the skin types for which they’re intended.

All masks should be left on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.

1. Dry Skin

Try some of the following recipes to help moisturize dry skin.

Yogurt Mask

* 1 teaspoon plain Greek-style yogurt
* 1 teaspoon raw honey
* 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel (if you have a plant, you can just scrape this out yourself and mix it in)
* 1/4 teaspoon olive oil

Mix all these ingredients together thoroughly and spread them evenly over your face.

Avocado Mask

This green mask looks like the classic face mask! It’s also said to be very effective at deep moisturizing.

* 1/4 cup thoroughly mashed avocado
* 2 teaspoons raw honey
* 1 teaspoon plain yogurt

Mash the avocado first; then mix in the other ingredients. Apply evenly and leave on for the usual time before rinsing with cool water.

2. Oily Skin

For oily skin, astringency and oil-absorbing properties are what to look for in a mask. Clay-based masks and those containing fruit tend to do well for oily skin. Here are some recipes.

Clay Mask

* 2 tablespoons Bentonite clay
* Citrus juice (such as lemon, orange, or grapefruit)

Add just enough juice to the clay powder to make a spreadable paste. Apply evenly and, when you rinse, use warm water.

Egg White Mask

* 1 slightly beaten egg white
* 1 teaspoon lemon juice
* 2 teaspoons plain, Greek-style yogurt

Whisk everything together and apply; rinse with lukewarm water.

3. Acne-Prone Skin

It can be hard to find acne treatments that are non-irritating. Homemade masks tend to be very gentle, and you know the ingredients you’re using are mild.

Aspirin Mask

* 2 aspirin tablets
* 2 tablespoons plain, Greek-style yogurt
* 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Salicylic acid, which is what aspirin is made of, is purported to help heal acne. Crush the aspirin tablets as finely as you can. If you have a mortar and pestle, use that. Otherwise, place the tablets in a shallow dish and crush them with the back of a spoon. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and apply.

4. Anti-Ageing

For a mask that will help your skin look more youthful, try some of the following recipes.

Carrot Mask

Carrots are said to be great for skin, perhaps because of the Vitamin A.

* 1/4 cup finely grated carrot
* 1/3 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon raw honey

Mix carrot and milk in a microwave-safe container; microwave 30 seconds (watch, as milk tends to overflow). Then allow the mixture to cool. If you like, you can refrigerate it overnight. When you’re ready to do the mask, strain out the carrots. Mix the milk with the honey and smooth onto your face.

Egg Yolk Mask

* 1 lightly beaten egg yolk
* 1 tablespoon plain, Greek-style yogurt
* 1/4 teaspoon sweet almond oil

Whisk all ingredients together and apply.