Fast Tips for Fat Loss

Written with love, by Rebecca Fisher

Take a moment and consider your workout routine. How many days a week do you work out? Do you stay with the same routine, or try to get new ideas and add some zing to your workouts?

News flash!

You must change up your workouts daily to wake up your muscles to perform in new ways . Do you have a certain image of how you want to look and feel (other than the obvious, which is your best!) on your wedding day? In order to match your vision, you must continually change up your workouts!

Do you have an action plan for getting there? I would bet that you may have some sense of how you would like to look but may not know exactly what you should be doing. Am I correct? 

When I'm unsure about where to start to achieve a goal, I go back to the basics of whatever it is that I want to accomplish. I want to do it right! 

I've compiled a list to get you on your way or maybe even out of your own way!

What you truly want to feel is fabulous and FIT! Focusing on fat loss is essential for a fit bride. Here's how to maximize your results! Let me know how they work for you and remember to share these with your friends. Add in your own and create a new game plan for a successful workout strategy that will bring you in at your best ever bridal body!!


Fast Tips for Fat Loss

1. Always aim for 12-15 reps per set. Always aim for 3 Sets. 

2. Resting in between sets is highly variable, depending on your fitness level. If possible, do a jog in place(keep up those knees to raise up the intensity...therefore more fat burning) for 30 seconds in between sets. If you have been exercising, rest for 10-15 seconds in between sets. This raises your stamina level and heightens your metabolism, burning more fat.

3. Focus on using good form in the exercise, not speed. This reduces your chance of injury and as you feel more fluent in the new exercises, you will speed up automatically.

4. Always get approval from family and a doctor before starting a new fitness or exercise program. 

5. Train 3 days a week, resting at least a day between training. Take a vigorous walk or ride your bike at a moderate pace for 30 minutes and allow your muscles to adapt, all while your now fat burning capabilities of your metabolism are speeding up daily.

6. Review your daily way of eating with a dietician or nutritionist that can support you in your goals. Eating "clean" and fat burning to hand and hand. However, you can learn the tricks of raising your fat burning potential through diet as well. Adding in portion control and strategizing when to eat certain starchy carbohydrates and good fats can help you meet your goals faster.

7. Listen to your body. Start with 1 circuit if you are a beginner, and rest 30 seconds between each set. Stop when you run out of steam.

Intermediate: Push yourself, but never compromise your form. Do 2-3 circuits and rest 10-15 seconds between exercises, Or Light 30 second jog.

Advanced: Do 3 circuits. Rest 30 seconds between circuits and add in a 30 second high knee jog in between each exercise.


Try this Fat Burning Circuit Workout!

Unsure of the correct form of any of these exercises? There are great YouTube videos to show you every move correctly! Just go to your YouTube app and search the exercise!

 1. Walking Lunge 

2. Swiss Ball Glute Bridge

3. Push-Up

4. Bent Over Dumbbell Rows

5. Superman(woman!) with Arm sweep

6. Alternating Dumbbell Hammer Curl

7. Reverse Crunch with Swiss Ball

 

Enjoy your results!!

Today on the Bridal Boutique: Wife Life Tee by Brand Ave

We are in love with this tee from Brand Ave! Wife Life is the perfect slogan for a newly engaged bride-to-be or even a newlywed. Brand Ave has many different wifey tee options and this adorable shirt comes in a variety of colors and styles! You can wear it with booties and jeans or with yoga pants and sneakers! The bride in your life will love this shirt, so head on over to Brand Ave and check it out!

Win this Tee

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Bridal Apparel // Wife Life Tee from Brand Ave
Bridal Apparel // Wife Life Tee from Brand Ave
Bridal Apparel // Wife Life Tee from Brand Ave

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Making Magical Holiday Memories

Written with love, by Felicia Zammit-McMann

The most wonderful time of the year just seems to get better when you’re married. Don’t get me wrong, it was great when my husband and I were dating, but celebrating the holidays as a married couple just really takes it over the top.

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Two months after we got married, we celebrated our first Christmas as husband and wife. We had just moved into our new home, and, while it was far from furnished at the time, it was very important to us that we hosted Christmas. Christmas has always held a special place in our hearts, and while our house was still too new to feel like home yet, we knew that hosting our families would sort of “christen” our home and really feel like we accomplished a first major milestone as husband and wife.

Yes, our families always celebrated Christmas together, but my husband and I always had to say goodbye at the end of the day. No fun at all! I’ll never forget our first married Christmas. We had a hand-me-down tree with barely enough ornaments to fill the front of it, and we were using a makeshift table, because we hadn’t had time to purchase a real dining room set yet (we have one now, thank goodness). Picture how funny it looked for six people to be crammed around a tiny rickety table for four, with two chairs and four folding chairs to make up for the rest. We barely had enough room for our plates!! Despite our tree looking quite desperate and cramped dining quarters, it was one of the best Christmas’s we ever had.

It’s one of those memories that you cherish, because it reminds us of stories we had heard from older generations who recalled similar stories of their first years of marriage. We were just like them, which, in a humbling way, warmed our hearts. We hosted our first holiday and it felt FANTASTIC!!

What’s great about hosting your first Christmas as husband and wife is that you get to create your own traditions together. One tradition now is that Christmas will always be at our house. Our parents are getting to the point where they are tired of the “hassle” and gladly passed dinner to us. No problem here!

Another one of my favorite Christmas traditions is wrapping gifts. In our house it’s always done with a warm mug (or two) of hot chocolate and a Christmas movie playing in the background. Christmas, to us, has never really been about receiving gifts, but giving instead. Don’t get me wrong…while we would be disappointed if we had nothing under the tree, it’s always been more to give. What I love about wrapping all the gifts though, is that I’m constantly reminded, through watching my husband, how giving of a person he is. He loves doing things that make people happy and brings them joy.

He always jokes that he has two seasons…baseball and Christmas. As soon as the World Series ends, he’s in full-on Christmas mode. I love seeing how happy he is that he can provide someone something that they really like or want particularly when it comes to the Giving Tree at our church or buying food for a local food drive or buying a bunch of toys for Toys for Tots. He loves to shop for Christmas gifts, which is nice, because I don’t (the mall gets way too crowded for my taste), so it’s all him. He’ll shop and I’ll make him a nice dinner…sounds like a fair trade to me!

My other favorite tradition is decorating the tree together. While we are still using the same hand-me down tree (it’s the perfect size for our space and still looks good as new), we now have enough ornaments to fill it, and more. It certainly is a nice eclectic mix of ornaments that truly represents each of us. He has his Star Wars and New York Yankees ornaments, I have my shabby chic and country ornaments, we both have an extensive array of Disney ornaments (we’re both huge Disney fans), but my favorites are the ones we got together. We have a few that people gave us as gifts for our first Christmas, as well as ones we’ve purchased during various vacations. Each year, we purchase a new one, and it’s great to look back every year at what we’ve collected and what each one means.

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This will now be our third Christmas a husband and wife, and we can’t wait to keep creating memories and traditions that we will get to pass down to the next generation.

Tips for Saving On Your Honeymoon

While I had been planning weddings for about 4 years before I got married, one part of planning that I had no clue on was the honeymoon. I got married at the young age of 23 so before then, I really had never even planned a vacation. I mean, my husband and I had planned plenty of weekend getaways (well, I guess he planned most of them) and I had gone on big family vacations at least once a year for as long as I can remember but in that case, my parents were the ones doing all of the planning. I was just along for the ride!

And then it came time to plan our honeymoon. We really didn't want to spend a fortune since we had already spent plenty on the wedding, but of course, we wanted to have a nice, luxurious, and relaxing time!

At the end of the day, we decided on a cruise not only because they are inexpensive for what is included - the food, the multiple destinations, the hotel, the excursions - but because they were nice and simple to plan. Planning our entire honeymoon only took a couple of clicks which was the best!

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Whether you decide on a cruise, a faraway destination with a 15-hour flight, or a destination close to home, you're going to be stuck with a bill that always seems like a fortune, since it is being stacked on top of a recent wedding bill.

While I am not an expert in this area by any means, I did learn a lot while researching destinations for my own honeymoon. So from bride to bride, here are my top tricks for savings money on your honeymoon:

1. Book in Advance

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I know it may sound simple, but with so many wedding ideas swirling around your head at all time, the honeymoon is often put off until the last minute. So my advice to you is to book your venue first and book your honeymoon second, before any other wedding plans are taken care of. That way, you know that you will be getting the best deals for advance booking!

2. Search...and search some more

Talk to your friends, talk to your family, and see what they had to fork out for a similar vacation so you have some bearing on what you will realistically be spending. Then do your research! There are deals all over the internet so continue searching as much as possible. I know you may get excited and want to pull the trigger, but a little extra research isn't going to hurt. Well actually, it will pay off in the long run!

3. Save Wherever Possible

If there is a 5:00am flight that you would prefer not to wake up for, do it anyways if it means you're going to spend even $40 less. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it all adds up! And think about it, that $40 could mean a nicer dinner, or extra drinks, an extra souvenir or just altogether savings!

4. Look for Packages

Oftentimes, there are packages that allow you to get a discount for booking all at once - such as flight, rental car, and hotel. On our honeymoon, we purchased drinks in advance and although it seemed like a pretty penny at the time, we ended up spending far less than we would have if we bought outside the package!

5. Ignore the Packages

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Tricked you! Although the easily-booked package may seem enticing because of it's ease, sometimes they actually end up being more! Is there a less expensive form of transportation that would do just fine if you booked it on it's own? Is there a spa day package that includes far more than you really want? Explore package options AND itemized options to make sure you are always getting the best deal!

6. Travel Off Season

You don't HAVE to leave for your honeymoon right from your wedding. There is definitely no rule! So check off-season prices and see how much you may be able to save before determining when you'd like to go. And remember, the "off season" differs depending on the destination you choose, so do your research!

7. Splurge

I know, this one really won't save you money but your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience so you don't want any regrets! If you do your research ahead of time and save all that you can while planning, you'll have a little extra left over for a nice dinner, some souvenirs, or an excursion you've always dreamed of. You never know when you will be there again and even then, it won't be your honeymoon. So enjoy every minute!

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The Best of 2014 Wedding Photography Awards: FINALS

We got so many wonderful submissions over the past couple of weeks and let me tell you, it was difficult for my team to narrow it down. But here we are, announcing our TOP 20 FAVORITES...in no particular order.

And now it is up to you to vote for our winners!

 

Prizes

Of course there will be some amazing prizes for the winning photographers!

First Place:

   - A one-year sidebar advertisement on our site!

   - Three social media shout-outs

Second Place:

   - A 6-month sidebar advertisement on our site!

   - Three social media shout-outs

Third Prize:

   - Three social media shout-outs

The TOP TEN

   - All top ten photo winners will receive one social media shout-out

**Social media shout-outs must be completed within the 2015 year and will be placed on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Photographer must tell The Overwhelmed Bride when they would like each of the shout-outs to take place.

 

How to Vote

Comment below with the entry number you are voting for.

One vote per email per day will count.

**Voting ends on December 31st at midnight PST.

Good Luck!!

Entry #1: Meads Memories Photography

Entry #1: Meads Memories Photography

Entry #2: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #2: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #3: Meads Memories Photography

Entry #3: Meads Memories Photography

Entry #4: Impavido Studio

Entry #4: Impavido Studio

Entry #5: Lisa Robinson Photography

Entry #5: Lisa Robinson Photography

Entry #6: Robin Howard, CC Design Studio

Entry #6: Robin Howard, CC Design Studio

Entry #7: Whitnie-Rae Fotographie

Entry #7: Whitnie-Rae Fotographie

Entry #8: Mark Dickinson Photography

Entry #8: Mark Dickinson Photography

Entry #9: D B Photography Sussex

Entry #9: D B Photography Sussex

Entry #10: Justin and Julie Hulse

Entry #10: Justin and Julie Hulse

Entry #11: Robin Howard, CC Design Studio

Entry #11: Robin Howard, CC Design Studio

Entry #12: Harrison's Lens

Entry #12: Harrison's Lens

Entry #13: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #13: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #14: Impavido Studio

Entry #14: Impavido Studio

Entry #15: ZOA Photo

Entry #15: ZOA Photo

Entry #16: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #16: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #17: Frances Corkill, Two Photography

Entry #17: Frances Corkill, Two Photography

Entry #18: Photo Art by Lu

Entry #18: Photo Art by Lu

Entry #19: Danielle Dunn Photography

Entry #19: Danielle Dunn Photography

Entry #20: Peterson Design & Photography

Entry #20: Peterson Design & Photography

Burnt Butter Gravy

Written with love, by Sarah-Elizabeth Labelle

Once upon a time I tried to make teriyaki chicken. The fact that this story begins with the word tried should resonate with you. Four attempts at mixing balsamic vinegar and honey, then three rounds of trying to add butter to the mixture and it turns out, in order to make teriyaki chicken you need soy sauce. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite dawn on me until way past my local grocery store’s closing time.

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I was stuck with ¾ of a stick of butter, wine, various vegetables, chicken stalk and a fiancé gently reminding me that I can, in fact, cook. Panicked and upset over my complete failure to make a sauce, I begin a chicken dish I knew by heart. I put some butter into a frying pan and before I was through chopping up more onions the butter turned a dark brown and I was beside myself once more over yet another disaster (picture here the tantrum Julie has in Julie & Julia on her kitchen floor). My patient-as- ever fiancé reminded me that the butter may end up working into gravy and the rest is history. The “Burnt Butter Gravy” as it is known, has become a family favourite for its warm and rich consistency.

Whether you’re preparing for the Holidays, or looking for a simple night in amongst the parties and family gatherings, a nice homemade chicken dish featuring Burnt Butter Gravy may be just the ticket. 

And they ate happily ever after. 

 

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Ingredients

·         ¼ stick of butter

·         ½ cup of chicken stalk

·         ¼ cup wine (red or white)

·         4 garlic cloves

·         1/3 cup diced onions

·         ¼ teaspoon of paprika

·         1 teaspoon of flour

 

Instructions

1.       In a frying pan on high, melt butter until it begins to sizzle and turn brown (yes you’re literally burning butter)

2.       Next add ½ cup of chicken stalk and ½ cup of wine and bring the heat down to simmer

3.       Add in the garlic, diced onion and paprika

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4.       Once the gravy has simmered for roughly 10 minutes slowly add a teaspoon of flour to give it a thicker consistency

I usually make chicken with this dish, and change the wine that I use accordingly.
 

Tip: Use about ¼ cup of the gravy and grill asparagus for the side!
 

 

Chicken Dinner

1.        Brown chicken in the frying pan for 30 seconds a side with margarine or butter and parsley

2.       Let cook in with the gravy for roughly 20 minutes (or until white inside)

3.       Don’t add the flour until the chicken is removed

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Engagement Session Tips From A Bride-to-Be

Written with love, by Bride-to-Be Ava Soltysik

Engagement photo tips from a bride-to-be's perspective...

To get the most out of your engagement shoot you really have to know what you want the photos to look like. Use social media tools such as Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Blogs, Pinterest and build a mood board of images you love. This will help you develop a baseline to build upon when deciding on how you want your engagement shoot to turn out. Work with your photographer to see how they can make this happen, have they done something similar before? Did it work well?

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Plan Your Poses

With most photographers, you are limited to 1-3 hours for your engagement shoot. if you haven’t gotten an idea of how you are going to pose or what will look good, you will waste your time. Of course, with Impavido Studio we had a whole day - Gurj and Talv are there to direct you but only you two really know what makes you unique. By having an idea of some poses you will do it means you have more time to be spontaneous because you know no matter what, you will have some great poses. 

Practice Your Poses

No matter how long you and your partner have been together or how ‘in love’ you are, when you see that huge lens pointing at you, it is increasingly difficult to look natural. With that said, practice how to pose. Take photos of yourselves from different angles and work out which is your good side. Practice posing together in the mirror or get a friend to take photos of you and really learn to be comfortable with each other. 

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To really make it your own, look at little things the two of you do in your daily life and make that a pose. This keeps the shoot original and injects a little more of your personality in to it. 

Shake Off Those Nerves

The key to a great shoot is all about shaking off the nerves ASAP! Once you have warmed up in front of the camera the magic can really happen. We would always recommend that you hire a photographer who doesn't think the engagement shoot is 'part of the package' and gives you a few hours of their time. On our day with Gurj and Talv, we found it took us an hour or two to shake off the nerves! 

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Hide Those "Bingo Wings"

Hide those ‘bingo wings’ by keeping your arms by your side but keeping a small gap so that your arm is not squashed against you. This can make even a size zero look like she has bingo wings. 

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Eliminate the Double Chin Look

What double chin? Tilt your head up slightly this stretches the chin and removes any possibility of it appearing as though you have a double chin. 

Mary Poppins Magic

Something will go wrong! The trick is to be prepared for it. During our shoot my blusher slipped out of my makeup bag and managed to empty out all over one of my dresses. Luckily I had packed makeup wipes and managed to salvage the dress for the final photos, which turned out amazing!

Be ‘Wheelie’ Prepared

We packed all of our outfits in to a small wheelie suitcase that was easy to manoeuvre (and carry over fences!). I packed our clothing with their accessories in the order in which we planned to use them.  This allowed me to easily check we had everything for each outfit change. 

It's All About the Photographer

Hire a photography team who takes the engagement shoot as seriously as you do. You really do get what you pay for! We had 2 photographers, 2 creative directors, 1 makeup artist and LOVE how the photos came out!

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We are a creative imagery team that consists of two photographers, 2 create directors, and a makeup artist. Together, we take the concept of your photoshoot and take it further than you had imagined possible. We constantly work with the client to make sure they are engaged in the process and have fun along the way!