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Love the Skin You’re In!

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Planning a wedding, as mentioned in the last post, causes a lot of extra stress. Stress often times leads to breakouts, which is one of the biggest nightmares on your special day!! The last thing you want is to wake up the morning-of to a big, unfriendly red zit on your face! Stop them before they start!

I recently came across this beautiful gem known as Rodan + Fields!! Have you guys heard of it?? If you’re a bride-to-be, a member of the wedding party, friends or family celebrating the big day, or just someone looking to change the skin they’re in, this is definitely something to check out and look more in to! Plus, their 60-day, empty-bottle, money-back guarantee makes it almost irresistible to say “no” to – at least to try it out!


In case you have not heard of Rodan + Fields, here’s some info for you. R+F was created in 2001 by the same doctors who created Proactiv- Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. It was sold in high end department stores like Nordstrom’s (#1 clinical skincare there) until 2007, when they decided to remove it out from under the counter and give the opp to independent business owners to sell it direct.

All of the products are clinically tested and proven to work. The doctors are so confident in their products they offer a 60-day empty-bottle money-back guarantee. All regimens are designed to last 60 days. http://karenwujek.myrandf.com

We have four main regimens:
1. Our Anti Age Regimen combats the signs of aging and has been touted as better than botox.
2. Our Reverse Regimen treats sun damage/melasma/age spots. It’s amazing!
3. Soothe Regimen treats sensitive/red/irritated skin to create calmer less reactive skin.
4. Unblemish Regimen treats acne prone/blemished skin to create a clear healthy complexion.

      
       

You can make a purchase as a “Preferred Client” which adds extra perks, including receiving 10% off the retail price and free shipping with a one time $19.95 enrollment fee. This puts you on a 60-day autoship as well which is great because each regimen is designed to last 60 days so you won’t run out when you need it most. And it’s cancelable anytime as well as delayable one or two times per year on top of the 60-day, empty-bottle, money-back guarantee!  https://karenwujek.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/PCProgram

And be sure to take a minute to watch these great results – https://karenwujek.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/RealResults

It’s at least worth looking into for anyone that has any concerns. Plus, there’s nothing to lose with their amazing money-back guarantee!!

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Wedding Planning Stress

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Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, especially for all you DIY-brides. Not to mention the stressors of your full-time job, and trying to live a “normal” life in the midst of wedding to-do’s. Planning a wedding is like working a second job. You have to find the time to tend to a multitude of details as part of an already busy schedule while managing vendors, family anxieties and demands, your groom, your emotions and an array of tricky wedding dynamics.Here are some tips & tricks to try to ward off the wedding woes:

Prioritize: There are so many options anymore in terms of what your wedding can be. Traditional and in a church? In a backyard? A tropical destination wedding? The options are limitless, and couples are less bound by tradition now than ever before. If you have different ideas of what you want, before you plan any wedding details, sit down with your fiancé and make a list of the top three things that are important to each of you as far as the ceremony and reception are concerned. Then, calmly and patiently compare lists to see where you can compromise. !

Family & Friend’s Opinions: Almost every bride and groom deals with at least one or two family members or friends that has strong opinions on what your wedding should be while you’re trying to plan it. Remember that this is your wedding—not everyone else’s. It may be hard to tell your loved ones “no” or disagree about your bridesmaids wearing tangerine, but if you want your wedding day to be truly special and unique you must stand your ground on what’s best for you & your love. Politely, yet firmly state your decisions with the support of your partner.

Looking Good on your wedding day: Every bride wants to look their absolute best on the day that everyone is looking at them. But you need to make sure that you aren’t being unrealistic about your body image on the big day. Make sure that your wedding weight-loss goals are totally realistic. After all, planning takes a lot of time and can be stressful, so you may not have as much time as you think you do to exercise and cook healthy foods. Also, be sure to drink enough water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and get that beauty rest. These three things will really give you that wedding-day glow.

Budget: More money, more problems, right? Well, in the case of wedding budgets, less money and big expectations can equal more problems, too. On average, U.S. couples spends about $20,000 on a wedding. And that number doesn’t include a honeymoon or engagement ring. Unless you have a large budget already in place, or family members with deep pockets, keeping costs down can be challenging at best. Remember to prioritize any and all expenses, and balance costs as you go if necessary. If you go over on catering, don’t spring for those chair covers or pricey linens. If your bouquets cost more than you expected, trade out half of your centerpieces for less costly decorations. Ask yourself what you’ll remember when you look back on this day. Will it be your beautiful dress or suit? Will it be the music and DJ? How about those expensive invitations? Determine your needs vs. your wants and be realistic about them. You know what’s more stressful thanplanning a wedding? Coming back to a heap of debt after your honeymoon.

The Guest List: From being afraid of offending others to your in-laws insisting that your fiancé’s fourth and fifth cousins just have to be there, compiling a guest list can get tricky. Sit down with your partner and agree on a guest policy together. Decide if children are or aren’t welcome and the maximum number of guests you want (and can afford). Consider dividing guest counts evenly between your two families and have the first and final say on who attends. No matter how you do it, agree on a policy and don’t waiver from it. Sticking to rules helps you and your family members explain to others why your third-removed cousin wasn’t invited.

You Want the “Perfect” Wedding—No Exceptions: Of course you want your wedding day to be perfect. Who doesn’t? But how realistic are your expectations, and what will happen if everything doesn’t go perfectly? Remember to consider the things that you and your guests will remember. Are they really going to remember that you did or did not have small crystals on the table? Do they care if they have paper vs linen napkins? Will you consider the day to be ruined, after all of that planning and thought? Vow to be easy going on your wedding day and take it all in stride. There is no such thing as a perfect wedding. You know the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Well, during the wedding planning process and the day itself, remember the big picture and take a deep breath. After all, no one will remember the lopsided cake or miss the parting gift that the reception staff forgot to put out. No one will know if you fudged your vows or forgot your earrings. They’ll be too busy remembering what a great time they had sharing the start of your marriage with you!

Other Good Ideas to Relieve some of that Stress

  1. Date Night: Plan a date night with your fiancé — no wedding talk allowed. Make it romantic, and remind yourselves that all this wedding craziness is going on because you’re madly in love.
  2. Laugh it up. Laughter creates feel-good hormones, so either rent the funniest flicks of all time, or join your friends and fiancé for a night at the comedy club.
  3. Be a Kid Again. Go out and fly a kite. Blow some Bubbles. Jump on a swingset with your love or a friend. Remember how freeing and fun it was to be a kid again.
  4. Spend time with your pet. Health magazines and sites often report that just petting a dog can create relaxation hormones, so take some time to cuddle with your pet, or go to a friend’s place to “borrow” her dog for an hour or two.
  5. Exercise. When you’re busy, your fitness routine could suffer. But don’t skip those yoga classes or evening walks just because you have a lot on your To-Do list. Making time to work out keeps you on an even keel, relaxes the mind, and gives you more energy to handle that To-Do list well.
  6. Mother Nature. Try going for a walk at the beach or in the woods, by a lake, or in the park. Breathe in that fresh, clean air and notice the upturn of the bright green leaves on the trees. Listen to the waves crashing and think about something bigger than yourself and your wedding. It’s a terrific way to escape.
  7. Read a great book. Find something funny or intriguing. Nothing wedding-oriented, nothing self-help, nothing stressful in any way. Then either curl up in bed, by the fireplace, or in a hammock to “check out” for a few hours.
  8. Community. Attend a cultural event, like a street festival, a concert, a play, a dance performance, a jazz club night. Some events are free, so check the newspaper for a list of events going on in your area. http://www.festivals.com is another great resource for unique goings-on that can take you away from it all.
  9. Keep a gratitude journal. The best way to escape what’s going wrong with your wedding plans is to make yourself think about, appreciate and write down what’s going right. And then look back to it often when you need a little boost.

Things Worth Remembering:

  • Remember that no wedding is perfect.
  • Remember that you can’t please everybody.
  • Be willing to compromise.
  • Delegate responsibility whenever possible.
  • Remain calm and rational when faced with stress.
  • Communicate effectively (without anger).
  • People are unpredictable
  • You are not to blame for problems that your guests have.
  • Be honest with yourself and your guests.
  • You don’t need to be a mediator between guests.
  • There are some things that you cannot control.
  • A wedding takes a long time to plan.
  • A variety of emotions are normal during the planning process.
  • Take time out for yourself.
  • Take time out for your relationship.

In any stressful wedding-planning event, remember to always take time to eat healthy foods, exercise, sleep well and practice stress busters like yoga or meditation. Making time for just a few minutes of stress reduction each day can go a long way now—and during your marriage, too!

Pinterest Addiction

Addiction. Obsession. You just want to take one more look. Pin one more item. The newest time-stealer has arrived. And we are totally hooked. Yes, that’s right – PINTEREST. It is the most fantastic website that exists. It consumes all time, yet has the most incredible ideas. Ever. Follow us at: http://www.pinterest.com/simplymoxie Here are some […]

Shoes

My name is Karen and I love shoes. It’s true. I am a woman. I do have a serious love, no passion, ok obsession with shoes. So creating this post is one of my favorites. And there may be more to come.

When shopping for wedding shoes, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind:

Comfort – probably the biggest factor. You’re wearing them all night.

Height – it’s up to you how tall you want to be in your pictures but it’s something to keep in mind.

A Change – you may want to consider putting on your dancing shoes after the wedding and for the rehearsal.

Colors – remember to make sure the shoes match exactly. Too many shades of one color can definitely be a bad thing.

Style – definitely keep your every day style in mind – it helps make your day about who you guys are as a couple.

With all those factors in mind, here are some things that I’ve found that I love!

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Valentine Deliciousness!!

So, Valentine’s Day is on it’s way. Less than a week. Trust us, life gets busy. Things get forgotten prioritized. Especially in the gifts department.

Do something different for your love. More thoughtful than a box of chocolates.

We have the perfect solution for you. If you have not heard of The Cookie Chew (on the Vendors We Love page), you absolutely NEED to check them out.

The Cookie Chew

Cookies & Cream Truffies Photo Credit: The Cookie Chew

Red Velvet Stuffed Cookie Photo Credit: The Cookie Chew

Amazing.
Delicious.
Gooey.
Delectable.
One-of-a-Kind.
Incredible.

Just a few of the immediate words that come to mind when thinking about these insanely fantastic little treats.

Don’t take our word for it. Check them out on your own. You will be just short of heaven. The best part? You can order them for any kind of event, party, corporate treat, showers, favors, bridal party gifts, birthdays, etc.

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*Now Offering* Custom Coasters!

How Simply Adorable are these custom coasters? These were made as an anniversary present and a birthday present! And now they can be yours too!

For just $19.99, you can have a set of four of your very own customized photo coasters, too!
Or, if you want them in bulk (say for favors for your guests or for bridal party gifts), I will offer you a bulk discount of $17.99 for orders of 20+ sets.

Don’t want a picture & just want plain colored coasters? They’re yours for $17.99 with a bulk discount at $15.99 for 20+ sets.

Just send me an email at simplymoxie@gmail.com with the following:

  • Colors/specific pattern you want
  • 4 Photos for the coaster
  • If you want them uniform or different (different pictures or all the same pattern)
  • How many sets you need

Questions? Just contact me!

What’s In a Color??

Deciding on your wedding colors is pretty close to the second step of planning your wedding – right behind picking the date & the venue. It affects the theme of your day, the invitations, flowers, all the decorations, the dresses & tux’s your wedding party wears, and even the color your Mom chooses for her Mother of the Bride dress!

Colors can also mean different things for different cultures or regions.  For example, white is known in western cultures as a symbol of virtue and innocence.  Likewise, many Asian cultures view white as a color symbolizing death, as white is a mourning color.

Choosing your wedding colors convey emotion, mood, and tone. We tend to use our favorite wedding color combination without knowing the real meaning of wedding colors.

So, what does the color you’re thinking about say about you?? Check out some of the psychology below!

Black—Considered to represent sophistication, power, sexuality, and elegance.  This color can be high-impact or understated, depending upon any contrasting colors used. Black depicts formal, modern, sexy, and sophisticated. It is a color that is always in fashion. It never goes out of style. Black is usually paired with white. With black, you feel elegant, powerful, and sophisticated. Black works well with lighter colors such as yellow, white, blue, red, blue, and green. Black will stand out in photographs.


Red—The color most readily associated with love, passion, desire, and sex.  In other cultures, red can symbolize purity or good fortune.  Red creates excitement and is a high-drama color, and although there is a shade of red for everyone, this would be the wrong color to have in varying shades at the altar, as they easily clash with each other. Life, vitality, celebrations, and gifts are associated with red.

Pink—If red is the color of passion, pink is its understated cousin.  Pink is thought to represent femininity and romance.  No matter what shade, pink is actually a calming color. It symbolizes the femininity, admiration, love, pretty, spring, gentleness, harmony, fidelity, and sensuality. It is an innocent, sweet, and soft color.

Purple—Historically known as the color of royalty, purple still implies elegance and wealth.  In lighter shades, purple is considered very youthful. It shows nobility, luxury, authority, creativity, inspiration, and spirituality. It is a mysterious and intriguing color. The darker shades of purple represent sensuality, while the lighter shades of purple represent romance and delicate.

Green—Represents nature and fertility.  In almost all shades, green is an incredibly popular color with both men and women.  It is relaxing to look at and gives an appearance of health and vitality. It represents health, wealth, money, nature, environment, fertility, growth, re-birth, victory, healing, abundant, and renewable. The green tells of new life and beginning after the wedding. Oftentimes, we use green to show the awareness to be eco-friendly, or environment friendly.

Yellow—As such a strong color, yellow should not be overused or paired with black (studies have shown that people have a negative physical reaction to yellow and black together, most likely because of bumblebees).  However, on its own, yellow connotes optimism and lighthearted cheeriness.  Yellow is not a flattering color for everyone, so consider the skin tones of your wedding party before choosing the shade.

Blue—Blue calls for calmness, tranquility, truthfulness, nobleness, and faithfulness. In all the cultures, blue has the lowest amount of bad images. Blue is often use in ribbons to symbolize winners. Blue is recommended and versatile.

Orange—This is one of the most energetic and attention-grabbing colors.  It represents excitement and is very memorable. It stands for energy, sun, warmth and comfortable. It is often used in fall weddings. The guests will feel at ease. Think of fall leaves, pumpkin, sun, sunset as wedding themes.

Gray—This color actually is emotionally-neutral.  It does imply a certain amount of conservative tradition and formality. When paired with certain colors, especially pastels, it can definitely have a vintage, elegant feel to it.

Brown—Liked by men more than women, this shade (along with related earth tones) represents confidence, sincerity, and stability. Brown makes you feel comfortable, warm, and cozy. It is a color of wood, earth, and stone. Brown also stimulates appetite which may make guests feel obliged to stay longer and brings character to the location.

So, what does your color say about you??