5 Things You Need To Do Before You Say ‘I Do’

So your boyfriend has just proposed – it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Now begins a period of careful planning so that you can have the wedding of your dreams! Whether you want an intimate ceremony with just your nearest and dearest or a huge day with hundreds of people, you’ll need to be very organized. Here is what you need to do before you can say ‘I do’!

Get An Engagement Ring
First things first; you need an engagement ring now that you are engaged! Sometimes men like to pick one out to propose with, but these days many couples like to choose a ring together after the proposal. Online jewelry shops have gotten a lot better than they were a few years ago and today many couples buy their Verragio wedding and engagement rings online. While you are browsing for your engagement ring, why not think about your wedding bands as well!

Set A Date
When do you want to get married? You will need to choose a date before you organize anything else. Summer weddings are very popular, so if you are planning on getting married in June, July, or August you will need to book everything well in advance. One new trend that seems to be taking the wedding world by storm is getting married on a weekday. Traditionally, couples wed on Saturdays. But now, as people have less money to spend, they are opting for cheaper mid-week weddings.

Check with your church to make sure the date you want is available

Check with your church to make sure the date you want is available

Send Out Invitations
Once you know your date, it is time to let all your guests know. If you are not getting married for a year or two, send out a ‘save the date’ card first. This way, they will know to keep the date free and request time off work if they need to. Handmade invitations will look extremely cute and are a great way to start adding some personality to your big day. They can also hint at the theme you have chosen for your wedding. However, if you want to save some money, you can always just send out emails to let people know.

Ask Bridesmaids And The Best Man
If you already know who you want to be your bridesmaids and best man, let them know as soon as possible. Then they can keep the date free and start helping you and your fiance with all the important preparations. They will also need to make sure they are free for the wedding rehearsals.

Get In Shape
You will want to look your best on your big day. After all, every camera will be on you in your gorgeous dress! To make sure you look absolutely flawless now is the time to start getting in shape. Hit the gym to tone up your body. Take a look at your diet to see if there are any changes you can make to make it healthier. It is also a good idea to start working on your skin now. Moisturize every day to make it soft and smooth.

Happy planning!

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hello Beautiful People,

Today is Mothers Day and it’s suppose to be a special day, right?

Well, many people are celebrating and having fun with their mothers and families, however for many it can be a day that they can’t wait until it’s over.

My mother

JT's mother highschool graduation picture before going off to college

My mother’s highschool graduation picture before going off to college

My mother passed away almost 22 years ago. I know she is with the Lord in heaven, however I do miss her.  I see people enjoying the day, saying what they did with their mother or how they spent the holiday.  Am I jealous?  No, but it makes me think of how she and my Dad raised me.  I am not supposed to cry; but sometimes I do.

Happy Mothers Day! How many children do you have?
No birth children, my hubby and I have two fur babies that are very energetic and spoiled.  As I reflect when my husband and I got married right after the honeymoon, we realized that we would be taking care of my dad, there was no baby in the plan. I had no brothers or sisters to help with making sure meals were prepared or taking turns to go to doctors visits, etc. I am not asking for sympathy that’s just how it was.
My Daddy was priority and thank the Lord I have a husband who was there with me all the way when we were taking care of my Dad.

My Grandmother

My Grandmother and I

My Grandmother and I at Union Station

My Grandmother went to be with the Lord seventeen years ago. She’s an inspiration and worked hard to provide for her family.  She was there for me in many ways and a great role model.

My Aunt

My Aunt DJ, my mother’s sister is special to me and my husband. She lives out of town; but we are very close and if she needs me I am there for her.

I have 3 nieces and 3 nephews by marriage that I have seen grow up, graduate and do great things and that’s a blessing. Seeing them in our wedding and now they are working, married and with their own kids, going off to college and graduating from high school is pretty amazing.  They grow up so fast.  I am an only child so being an Aunt is special. I don’t get to see them as much because we don’t stay in the same town, but hubby and I make sure we keep in contact.
Make sure you celebrate Aunties Day on July 24, 2016!
This is a great saying from Melanie Notkin, Founder and Author of Savvy Auntie
“Babies are born from the womb.
Maternity is born from the soul.
There are many ways to mother.”

What’s so special about Mothers Day!
That I realized God is my mother and my father because both of my parents are with the Lord. Spending time with my heavenly Father and focusing on a relationship with him not just lip service soothes my soul.

 Psalms 23 (Message Bible)
A David Psalm

23 1-3 God, my shepherd!

    I don’t need a thing.
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
    you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
    you let me catch my breath
    and send me in the right direction.

Even when the way goes through
    Death Valley,
I’m not afraid
    when you walk at my side.
Your trusty shepherd’s crook
    makes me feel secure.

You serve me a six-course dinner
    right in front of my enemies.
You revive my drooping head;
    my cup brims with blessing.

Your beauty and love chase after me
    every day of my life.
I’m back home in the house of God
    for the rest of my life.

If Mothers Day is not such a great holiday for you and you can’t wait for Monday to come, I am praying that the Lord would comfort you and wrap his loving arms around you because you are his child.

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An Open Letter To The Retail Industry About Martin Luther King Day

This is an open letter to the Retail Industry
of the United States!

Today we, as Americans, honor the life and remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a solemn day because Dr. King lived his life to fight the oppression and the racism that plagued America during the 1950s and 1960s. He gave speeches, lead marches and even went to prison in an effort to break this curse that had a stronghold on the American culture from the beginning of slavery. He had a dream where people of all colors and backgrounds would come together and live in peace and harmony. Unfortunately, King’s life ended prematurely by an assassin’s bullet in April 1968 while he was in Memphis, fighting for the rights of striking sanitation workers.

Room 306: The room where Martin Luther King stayed and the balcony where he was assassinated.

Room 306: The room where Martin Luther King stayed and the balcony where he was assassinated.

Today is not a day when you, as the retailers of America, need to have specials deals and sales in your stores. It is not a day for a “Holiday Sale!” You do not need to mail fliers that are labeled as “Martin Luther King Day Specials.” You do not need to send emails with “Martin Luther King Day Coupons.” I don’t need another excuse to save 50 percent on that winter coat that you could not sale over Christmas, or during the New Year’s clearance sale.

With the racism and oppression that is so deeply rooted in American culture, it is a mockery to King’s Dream and his fight to encourage people to head to the mall to find the latest deals. We, as Americans, do not need to be shopping. We need to come together to break these strongholds and find a way where Dr. King’s Dream is no longer a dream, but a reality.

We need to be going to Libraries, Museums or other Cultural Institutions where King celebrations are being held. if people of all colors and backgrounds could sit down and find the thread that binds us together as Americans. It is a day to come together in peace and not finding the pair of shoes at a rock-bottom price.

The future of America is dependent on working and living together as one America, not how much we can save on flannel bed sheets.

Hey Retailers, save the specials and sales for another day. What about Groundhog’s Day? How about that day?
If the Groundhog says we are having six more weeks of winter, put the winter coats on sale. If the Groundhog says spring is on the way, the put the garden supplies on sale.

But not today! Not Martin Luther King Day! His life and his legacy is much too important to be used with a clearance event at your store.

New Year, New You!

The holidays are just around the corner so soon it will be the new year. Who likes setting goals and resolutions? They are great to do, and we always start off so well, right? By the end of March, though, sometimes our good intentions for change have fizzled out. Here are just a few tips that should help you to stick to those goals that you have. The start of a new year is the perfect time for a change.

Eat Little & Often
A lot of us make goals of weight loss right after the holidays, and it does make complete sense. We may have indulged over Christmas and want to feel fresh and less sluggish. Starving yourself or skipping meals is not the answer, though!

Eating smaller meals more often, will help control blood sugar levels. This will keep your energy up and stop you reaching for some sugar. You will feel so much more energized! Smaller meals more often will also help you to control your portion sizes. That is a great way to help shift a few pounds.

string beans and potatoes

String beans and potatoes make a great meal option!

Make Some Changes
Sometimes, goals like running a marathon, or losing 20lbs, can take a long time. Sometimes we feel that we need some more immediate results. Making a change or two can help you feel like a new person. How about getting a new hairstyle or dye your hair a colour that you’ve always wanted to try? It could be as simple as getting a new outfit. A change can help you feel good until longer changes like weight loss, happen.

You could even consider a form of cosmetic surgery if you felt that was appropriate for you. As a woman, if you feel anxious about talking to a male surgeon, you could request a consultation with a female plastic surgeon instead.

Keep a Food Journal
A food journal is a great way to monitor what you eat and drink. You should make a note of your exercise too. When you are accountable and have to read through what you have eaten that day, it will help you to use control. It can also help you to stop over snacking or from eating just because you’re bored.

Another great thing to include in the food journal is how you felt. If you wrote that you weren’t particularly hungry, it could stop you eating out of habit. Sometimes you might grab a candy bar at the gas station out of habit. You probably aren’t even hungry when you buy it. Writing it all down will help you to realize this and help you become healthier.

Drink More Water
It may sound easier said than done, but it is so important. One way to help you improve how much water you drink is always to have a filled water bottle with you. Have it by you at work, or in the car or your bag. If you always see the bottle, you will remember to drink from it.

All the best to you and your new goals to a better you!

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Tips That Could Improve Your Family’s Finances

Are you struggling to make ends meet? Read on to find out you can improve your family’s finances.

Use a Savings Jar
This old trick still works as well as ever before. All you need is a big jar that you can put money in. Then whenever you get some change, or you have a spare note, you can put it in the jar. It will prevent you from being tempted to spend the money on things that you don’t really need. After you’ve been saving up money in the jar for a year or more, you can see how much you’ve got. It can then be used to pay off a debt, or it could help with the expense of Christmas shopping, for example.

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Do More at Home
Going out is always more expensive than staying in. I’m not suggesting you sacrifice your social life completely. But there are lots of things that you can do in the home that are cheaper than going out for them. For example, do you go to the gym? If you do, you’re probably spending a lot of money on your membership. But is it really worth it when you can run outside and lift weights in the comfort of your own home? And eating out is another big waste of money. Prepare your own food and see how much money you save.

Set Personal Financial Goals
It’s always a good idea to set targets for yourself when you are trying to improve your finances. It could be an aim to spend less. Or it could be an aim to improve your savings balance by a certain amount. This will give you something specific to focus on. When you’re tempted to buy something you don’t really need, your goals might stop you from making that mistake. It’s important not to make those goals too difficult though. That way, you won’t simply give up when things get difficult.

Find Ways Around Bad Credit
Having a bad credit rating can get a lot of people down. It makes it hard to get loans, and you can feel very financially restricted. There are some ways to get around this problem though. You can find bad credit catalogues here. They will allow you to buy items without taking your credit rating into account. You could also try to improve your credit rating by paying off your debts and making sure you pay all your bills on time. All of those things will help to improve your poor rating.

Decluttering is always a positive thing to do. If you live surrounded by junk and things you no longer want, it can be pretty depressing. But it can also save you some money. That’s something that not so many people think about. If you can get some money for that stuff you regard as useless junk, then why not go for it? It makes perfect sense. Just because it’s junk to you, that doesn’t mean someone else won’t want to buy it. You can use auctions sites, like Ebay, to reach a large audience and make quick sales.

Prayer of Protection: Psalm 91

Prayer of Protection: Psalm 91

Burning Bush

Burning Bush

Hello Beautiful People!

My heart goes out to the people of Paris, I pray and intercede for peace and comfort for the country!

I have really been purposing to get into my bible more and search the scriptures. I was thinking that in order for me to grow in my relationship with God, I have to seek Him daily. Sounds easy, right?  It hasn’t been easy because things will try to take my eyes off of Him. I have to continue to cast those imaginations down and move forward.  Do you ever feel like that?

I realized long time ago that praying daily is not an option. The devil doesn’t take a break, so I move forward.  I can’t be too busy and not put God first. If I miss it, I repent and dust myself off and move forward.

I wanted to share a favorite chapter of mine that I say out loud daily. Psalm 91 gives me comfort and lets me know the Lord has His hedge of protection around me. I say it out loud so I can hear it. These are not just positive affirmations; but words I stand on.

Psalm 91  New International Version (NIV)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

It’s so easy to be fearful and not want to come out the house; but that is not the way to live. There is an enemy out there and his name is Satan. We have to continually have to stand and fight. I also have been standing on this scripture daily and it gives me confidence.

2 Timothy 1:7
God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind.

I will be sharing more scriptures and words of wisdom.

Peace to you.

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