A Reflection of 2013

Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you all for such amazing year, without your support we would not have made it this far. We have gathered some images of some of the events we catered to in 2013 … Continue reading

Work it Out Wednesdays – “30 Minutes to a Sexier you!”

Today I want to introduce a 30 Minute workout that can be done anywhere and everywhere.  The best thing is that you don’t need any equipment! All you will need is your own body weight for resistance, and 30 seconds … Continue reading

Work it out Wednesdays – Prep for your Dress!

Whether you have found your gown or not, here are some helpful hints to help you get fit for your style dress. If you are interested in the Sheath Style Gown you will want to aim for a lustrous and … Continue reading

Happy Anniversary Alexis & Oscar Maldonado!

We would like to take this time and Congratulate one of our favorite couples on their 2 Year Anniversary! Nothing makes us happier that to see our previous clients enjoy their lives together more and more each day. When I … Continue reading

Work it out Wednesdays – Get in Shape for your Big Day!

It’s so common that as women we become overwhelmed with all of our daily tasks that we tend to forgot some of the important things that need to be done.  For instance, for all our Brides-to-be, if you are the midst of planning your wedding, odds are that as you’re stressing over centerpieces, looking for a photographer, dealing with your bridesmaids and everything in between.  The last thing on your mind is considering what you’ll look like to your nearest and dearest as they stare at your backside on your way down the aisle.  Can you feel me on this one?

According to a Brides.com 2006 American Wedding Study, out of 2.3 million American Weddings, only 80% of the brides and over half of the wedding party & family members will take steps to change their eating or exercise habits for the big day.  And hopefully if you are reading this you will be one of them!  If not, let’s work on getting that percentage up…not only for your wedding day, but for your future and that of your children and future generations.

I’m not saying that if you are not a fitness model for your wedding day, that you won’t be a beautiful bride.  I think ALL women are beautiful no matter their weight, or shape!  Everyone is entitled to make the decision about whether or not to work out and/or eat right on their own.  No one wants to witness a Carb-free wife-to-be lose her mind over place settings at the rehearsal dinner, because from experience I know that this can be an ugly sight!!  One of the main reasons I believe eating right and working out are important is because this is an ultimate CONFIDENCE BOOSTER…oh and it would feel so cool to have people stare at a HOT back side walking down that aisle!  ;o)

Your engagement time should be an amazing time in your relationship transition.  Both your mind and your body are going to be running on overdrive from the moment you said Yes to the ring until you’ve said good-bye to your last guest after your reception.  So get your heart rate up, work those muscles to the max, and eat healthy to kick your brain into the “I’m a HOT Bride!” mode.  Just remember that making time for regular workouts can keep you focused and feeling great about yourself.  So what’s better way to start your new life?

I am sure you have a ton of other things that you are worried about in the process of wedding planning, so you are probably wondering why/how or when you will be able to focus on staying fit!

Ask yourself – IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN???  Start today by visiting our recent Work it out Wednesday Bootcamp postings:

https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/work-it-out-wednesdays-lets-trim-the-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/work-it-out-wednesdays-aint-nobody-got-time-for-back-fat/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/work-it-out-wednesdays-legs-for-days/
https://favorsandmore.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/work-it-out-wednesdays-hush-up-squat/

Thank you for reading..Happy Training!

~Yosie

#Yourbootcampdiva

Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget… 8 ways to help you pick your venue!

You’re probably wondering how you can afford a high-end venue when you may be working with a not-so-high-end budget.  We have come across an increasing number of newly engaged couples that have a hard time finding the venue that’s falls within their budget (and their vision).  And since the venue will be the largest expense on the wedding planning list, many Brides-to-be are looking to reduce the cost of their reception venue, while making sure it’s everything they’ve always dreamed of.

We have gathered some ideas that might help ease the process of finding the right venue that will cater to you and your needs.

  1. When you call the venue to set up an appointment, do not mention that you are interested in hosting your wedding there.  In the beginning, just say you are interested in setting up an appointment to visit the location for an upcoming event.  The word “wedding” automatically marks up the price!  Once you get a feel for the pricing for regular events, then you can start talking about the pricing for a wedding and see how you can leverage the initial conversation.
  2. Look for a venue that allows you to use your own vendors.  Usually, when the venue has preferred vendors, they have set rates so they can make more money, leaving you at a standstill financially in other areas of your wedding planning. Oh and feel free to contact @Favors_and_More to discuss pricing for floral arrangements, favors and much more!  ;o)
  3. Although there are specific wedding seasons throughout the year, try to host your wedding on an off-season.  This is true in other areas of your life as well…such as Halloween Costumes being super expensive just before Halloween, but 50%+ off the day AFTER Halloween. If you have an off-wedding-season wedding, you may be able to save a little.
  4. Try to pick a date other than Saturday Night; Saturday is such a huge party night, so the rates are more expensive at almost every venue.
  5. Think outside the box! Look for a location where people wouldn’t normally think to host a wedding, such as a Golf Course, a Winery or even a Museum/Aquarium. Those places would be an interesting site for your guests and the cost may be less than a venue that typically hosts weddings. Some non-traditional places such as a museum may have historical significance and a great amount of design elements that can be worked into your wedding theme/decor. When you find a venue that suits your personal style, look around to see if you can use anything in the space that you’ll be able to tie into your floral arrangements, table decor, etc.
  6. See if hosting your event during the day is less expensive. Brunch style weddings are a lot more common lately and can save you some money in the long run.
  7. Consolidate!  Consider choosing a single venue for both your ceremony and reception. That way, you can cut down on travel costs, and you won’t have to pay fees for two separate locations.
  8. Last but not Least don’t be afraid to ask for a discount if you are paying in full/cash when you book the location.

We hope these tips help you on your journey to finding the right venue for your wedding day!

Thank you for reading!

~Yosie~

#Yourdecoratingdiva

Will You Spend the Rest of your Life with Me?

One of the most important moments in a woman’s life is when her soul mate asks her to spend the rest of her life with him. Some gentlemen really take this moment seriously because they know how special and meaningful it is for the love of their life to have a memory of a lifetime (it’s all about having a great story to tell all her friends and family!). A lot of planning goes into a moment that will fly by in a blink of an eye, but that very moment will leave a lasting impression in their minds forever.

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If you are not already engaged or married, how do you want it to happen?

  • Do you want your family and friends there?
  • Do you want it to be captured on video or photos?
  • Would you want one of those flash mob types of proposals that the world will eventually see on YouTube or something quiet, simple, magical between just the two of you?
  • Do you want it to be in a different city or country? While on a special vacation?
  • On or near a day that is already special to both of you? Like a Holiday or a Birthday?
  • Do you want him to get down on one knee? Sit next to you? Stand in front of you?

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If you are already engaged or married, how did it happen?

  • How did your fiancé or husband propose to you?
  • Did he ask your parents or a special person in your life if he could have your hand in marriage with their blessings?
  • Did you have a feeling he was going to do it when he did it?
  • Was he nervous?
  • Did you hint at the type of ring you wanted?
  • Did he talk a lot or did he get right to the point?
  • Did you cry? Hug? Kiss? And then say “Yes” or in reverse order?
  • Was there music playing?
  • Is it a distant memory?

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I was perusing the internet and came across some unique proposal ideas for the gentlemen out there…I got these from random websites. Sorry I didn’t cite my sources!!

  • Scavenger hunts are always an entertaining marriage proposal idea. Start off with a simple clue to someplace nearby, then get more complicated as the scavenger hunt progresses, and have the final location be a place where you can hide and then pop out and get down on one knee.
  • Most movie theaters have repeating advertising slides before the previews that can be purchased. Write her name up in lights, and be sure to get to the theater early enough.
  • If your intended flies often, get friends and family to join you at the airport, where they’ll each hold up signs spelling out “Will you marry me?” as your sweetheart disembarks from the plane. Make sure you’re the one holding the “Me” sign!
  • Buy fortune cookies and remove the fortunes from them with a pair of tweezers. Replace the fortunes with notes asking her to marry you. You can set it up with a Chinese restaurant to bring them to you after a nice romantic dinner or have them delivered with your take out.
  • Put an ad in the newspaper. This is incredibly easy to do and very inexpensive. You can place a classified ad, such as ‘Seeking single female named such-and-such to spend her life with me.’ Or, you could up the ante and place a larger graphical ad with a picture of the two of you and your proposal. Oh and make sure she reads the newspaper!
  • Write ‘Will you marry me?’ in luminaries on a hilly road that you can drive up and see.
  • Set a reminder to pop up in her Outlook and have it be a proposal (or a wedding date suggestion!). Make sure to have the reminder pop up while you’re around. If it’s at work, have the reminder come up around lunch and be there waiting to give the ring and celebrate with a romantic lunch.
  • http://www.since1910.com/engagement-ring-blog/top-100-proposal-ideas/
  • http://voices.yahoo.com/ten-unique-fun-marriage-proposal-ideas-2120718.html

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A note to the gentlemen out there….

At the end of the day, the special moment should have her in mind. What would she appreciate? Who would she like to be around when it happens? Would she want to be wined and dined or for it to happen on a walk in a park or at a baseball game? Or at home in your kitchen or living room? Keep in mind her wants, desires, any hints she may have given you along your dating journey and I am sure you will give her a memorable moment in time that she will tell everyone about with a glimmer in her eye.

;o)

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog about the big rock!

~Yomaris~

@Yomi1221

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Check out some pretty interesting proposal stories, pictures and videos here…

http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/heartmelting-marriage-proposals

http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/unique-wedding-proposals

http://howheasked.com/

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Work it out Wednesdays – Legs For Days!

What woman doesn’t want sexy legs?  Since I love to workout my legs … today was Leg Day for Me!

I try to focus on them at least 3 to 4 times a week at the gym.  I  know we all want stronger, longer, leaner thighs and there are such easy steps to get them, even in the comfort of your own home!  Here are my Top 5 Leg & Thigh Exercises.  I did some research to get you all the proper techniques on how to do them, so here they are:

The Flamingo Balance:

  • Holding a dumbbell in your right hand, stand with your left hand on your hip.
  • Lean forward slightly, lifting your left foot behind you to about hip height. At the same, bring your right arm forward.
  • Turn your palm to face the ceiling and do a biceps curl.
  • Touch your toes back down briefly, then repeat for 12 reps. Be sure to keep your left leg straight while bending your right knee.
  • Switch sides:  Stand with your left foot forward. Hold the dumbbell in your left hand, and hinge forward, raising your right leg up behind you to hip height.
  • Simultaneously, raise your left arm forward, turn your palm to the ceiling, and do a biceps curl.
  • Touch your toes back down briefly, and repeat for 12 reps.

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The Single-Leg Circle:

  • Lie back on the mat with your arms by your sides and your palms facing down.
  • Begin by pointing with your left foot, as if reaching out with your toes toward the ceiling, and rotate your leg slightly outward.
  • Inhale, and trace a circle on the ceiling with your left leg, moving your whole leg, but keeping your hips still. Don’t lift your left hip off the floor.
  • Trace the circle on the ceiling 5 times in a clockwise direction. Repeat in a counter-clockwise direction.
  • Switch legs and repeat 5 times.

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Lunges with Dumbbells:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a 5- or 8-pound dumbbell in each hand.
  • Lunge forward with your left leg, then straighten your leg. When you lunge, your right knee should come to about an inch above the ground without touching it.
  • Keep your torso perpendicular to the floor, with your weight evenly distributed between your legs. Align your front knee over your front ankle, keeping the weight in your heels instead of on your toes.
  • Continue these lunges for 30 seconds before switching sides and doing another 30 seconds on the other leg.

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Plie Squat:

  • Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and your toes pointing out.
  • Bring your arms out straight in front of you and lower into a squat.
  • Come back up and repeat. Go as low into the squat as you can without letting your knees move past your toes.
  • Be sure to tuck your tailbone under and contract your glutes. Keep your torso tall, and don’t let your knees creep past your toes.
  • Do for 1 minute. (After about 40 seconds, pulse at the bottom of the squat for 20 seconds.)

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Outer & Inner Thigh Kick:

  • Stand holding the back of a chair. Press your shoulder blades back and down.
  • Come up onto the ball of your left foot, and lift your right leg.
  • Keeping your abs pulled in, bring your right leg across your body, in front of your left.
  • Now, swing it back out to the right, keeping your toes flexed and your toes turned out. Use momentum to swing through your leg as you fire through your left glutes.
  • Do 10 reps. Be sure to keep both hips facing forward.
  • Come onto the right leg and repeat for 10 more reps, again making sure your hips are facing forward.
  • Flex your foot as you use momentum to swing your left leg and fire through your right glutes.
  • Take a breather, then do a second set.

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*****Please be sure to consult with your physician before you start an exercise program especially if you have any health concerns.*****

All of these workout instructions were found on Fitness Magazine com Website. They have such amazing tips and techniques to keep your workout routine fun & effective!

For more workout tips visit our Source – http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/thighs/exercises/top-thigh-exercises/?page=1

Happy Training!

~Yosie~

#yourbootcampdiva 😉

Work it out Wednesdays – “Hush up & Squat”

I’m sure you’re asking “WHAT’S THE HYPE ABOUT SQUATTING??”

Well a squat is one of the best lower-body excercises for targeting your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves!! Now who doesn’t want a nice firm tush the day of their wedding??? Especially if you are going on a honeymoon to a nice warm place where bikinis are welcome! I’m sure you want to flaunt your ASSETS!! 😉

So what are the benefits of squats? These are my favorite benefits of Squatting:

1.Squats build muscle all over – Not only do they build muscle and strength in the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves, they also create the ideal environment throughout your entire body.

2. Squats burn more fat – Muscle burns fat. More muscle burns more fat. Being efficient at packing on muscle mass, the squat is a highly effective way to burn more fat. The more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn during training and at rest.

3. Squats help maintain mobility – By simply increasing overall lower body strength, squats help maintain mobility immensely. Furthermore, by performing squats in a full range of motion you can strengthen the leg muscles at all points enabling you to help prevent weaknesses and increase strength during other performance-related, mobile activities.

4. Squats strengthen your core – Squats actually help contract the core, namely the abdominal area, effectively and efficiently. Furthermore, studies have concluded these contractions are more intense than the traditional crunch. So, if you want stronger, tighter abs, be sure to squat.

5. Squats are cheap – Squats don’t require an expensive machine or apparatus to be performed. A rack can be used or even pair of dumbbells are all you need to get to work. Overhead squats, kettle bell squats, dumbbell squats all require minimal equipment.

6. Squats will increase flexibility – Again; full range motion will require flexibility and the need to stretch. The more you increase your range of motion throughout your hips, glutes, knees and ankles the better your squat will be. Working on your form and function will motivate you further to acquire all the tools to perform better

After reading all these amazing benefits I hope you are already squatting!!

IF NOT…GET TO IT!!

Try these 3 squats and start targeting Your Lower Body today!

Beginner: Ball Squat

  1. Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, place a stability ball between your lower back and a wall, hands on hips.
  2. Bend your knees 90 degrees, making sure they don’t go past your toes.
  3. Return to start and complete 12 times.

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Intermediate: Side-to-Side Squat

  1. Stand with right side facing a step, hands on hips, right foot on top, left foot on floor.
  2. Bend knees 90 degrees. Stand up and push off with right foot as you hop onto other side of step.
  3. Repeat on left side, alternating 10 times.

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Advanced: Crab Squat – THESE ARE MY FAVORITE!

  1. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and turned out 45 degrees.
  2. Bend knees 90 degrees into a squat, keeping torso upright and knees over ankles.
  3. From that position, step left foot to the right, walking sideways.
  4. Take about 10 steps to the right and repeat on the left.

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Source: Fitness magazine 2006

Thanks for reading!  ~Yosie~

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue….huh???

Traditional brides incorporate something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in their weddings.  Many brides are unfamiliar with the origin and meaning behind the old-new-borrowed-blue custom though.  This tradition stems from an old English rhyme “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”  Traditionally, family members and the bride’s attendants gave old, new, borrowed, and blue items and a sixpence to the bride as tokens of love on her wedding day for good luck just before her marriage. Today, brides are working the old, new, borrowed, and blue objects into their weddings themselves.  Here are some ideas for brides to personalize the old-new-borrowed-blue custom for their weddings.


Something Old represents a continuation of the past moving to the future.  The  item can be an antique, an heirloom object, or a sentimental piece that represents the bride’s past.

  • Get a vintage purse to match the bride’s gown
  • Bring out the great grandmas jewelry to wear like an engagement ring or wedding band, a brooch, earrings, a bracelet, a necklace, or some sparkly hair pins
  • Pin your grandfathers broach onto your bouquet
  • Sew a button from one of the bride’s father’s old coats on the inside of the bride’s gown at the hem or place it in her purse
  • Wear a headpiece, tiara, or veil that has been handed down from generation to generation
  • Wear vintage white gloves
  • Display your parents’ cake toppers or use it as the wedding cake topper

 

Something New represents optimism for the future and the new life the bride will share with her groom.

  • Buy a new lipstick in a pretty shade
  • Buy a new clutch to use on the day of the wedding
  • Select a new jewelry item to wear on the day of the wedding like a bracelet, earrings, or a necklace
  • Wear new lingerie that you may have gotten at your Bridal shower to wear under your gown

 

Something Borrowed represents “borrowed” happiness.  A lot of brides have a borrowed item from a long-time happily married couple for this, but it can also be something borrowed from a friend or other relative.  The borrowed item should be returned to the owner following the wedding day with a thoughtful thank you.

  • The Groom can borrow his grandfather’s pocket watch or have the bride carry it in her purse
  • The groom can wear his father’s silk handkerchief
  • Use a best friend’s strapless bra for the day (interesting suggestion!)
  • Borrow a headpiece or hair bobbles/hair tie
  • Use your sister’s silver knife she used at her wedding to cut the cake with at the reception
  • Wear borrowed jewelry from a happily married best friend or family member
  • Borrow the flower girl or ring bearer from a friend’s wedding (make sure you return this child!)  lol

 

Something Blue represents love, good fortune and fidelity.  This can be done is so many ways!  Some will not want blue to be a dominant wedding color and so they will prefer to limit the blue color to less visible areas. The something blue item is also an opportunity for the bride who loves blue to embrace the color blue as one of her wedding colors.

  • Make it fun and wear a blue Garter
  • Have the groom wear a blue undies 😉
  • Paint the bride’s toenails or fingernails with blue nail polish
  • Have the florist use blueberries in the table centerpieces
  • Wear blue shoes
  • Wear sapphire, tanzanite, opals, or aqua marine jewelry
  • Use a blue stone on your bouquet
  • Drive a blue car for transportation
  • Pack blue lingerie for the honeymoon

 

A Sixpence in Your Shoe – This is actually new to me as well!  The sixpence represents good fortune and prosperity, which we all want!  The sixpence is usually placed in the bride’s left shoe, but it can also be carried in the bride’s purse.  Silver sixpence coins can be purchased from various online stores that sell them specifically for weddings, but many brides have found other ways to interpret this custom by using various items and carrying the item instead of placing it in their shoes.

  • Buy a silver sixpence to use for the wedding
  • Get a coin from your country or your grooms country
  • Carry another valuable object like a different coin, jewelry, or a large dollar bill

 

Some people may consider this a superstitious belief and since many people do not believe in superstitions, they do not follow this tradition.  This is something that is entirely up to the bride (and groom) to decide upon (unless you have grandparents or parents who wish that you follow tradition…then you better get to collecting!).

In some Latin American cultures, one of the traditions is that during the ceremony, the groom traditionally presents the bride with 13 gold coins to symbolize giving up his worldly possessions.  Also, a rope or garland is wound around the couple, symbolizing eternal love and equal responsibility.

Please let us know of any wedding traditions that are implemented in your culture.  We would love to read about them!

 

~Yosie~