Yesterday, the first of November, kick-started Thanksgiving mania. We want you to have the best Thanksgiving ever — that's why we're sharing our favorite recipes, most helpful tips, and inspiring ideas. While I'm an avid planner and have already started thinking about menus and what I'll be serving come the 25th, I know not everyone is as crazy for Thanksgiving as I am. When do you start thinking about the big day?
It's Wedding Planning Mania time on the Sugar network, and as brides-to-be surely know — it may be one of the most stressful times they may ever experience. From planning the guest list, to deciding the registry, to choosing a location for the big day — it's almost understandable that some women go into Bridezilla mode.
But for some daredevils (or financially strapped and/or free spirits), there's a way of getting married — short of hightailing it to Vegas without telling anyone — that can turn the day into a near-spontaneous and yet memorable and poetic event. Want to hear about one such wedding I attended? Now read more
You have a large group of girl friends from college that you still stay in touch with. You've all been talking about getting together for a reunion night, but after months of talk, no one's taken on the responsibility, so you decide to take it upon yourself. You all agree that instead of a big group dinner out, it would be more fun to make it a girls' night in. The problem is your apartment is just too small for that many people. One of your friends has a great place for groups; you ask her if she'd be willing to let you throw it there, and she agrees.
When the weekend of the party arrives, you call your friend to confirm the plans for setting up at her house. But now she tells you that it's not a good time for her, and she's not feeling well. You assure her she doesn't have to do anything, but she refuses. Now you have a 20-person party with no location. How do you handle this?
If you’re anything like me, then the idea of standing in a line for longer than a minute or two makes you want to go home and crawl under the covers. I’m exaggerating a bit, but you know what I mean — lines can really dampen a mood! If you feel the same way, see my tips for dealing with the dreaded line and read more
Life is hectic, and it’s all too easy to sign on for more than you can or want to handle. Fortunately, I’ve practiced saying no often enough to avoid locking myself into an obligation I know I’ll regret later. Though I’m sure we’re all the type to try our best and follow through on commitments, every once and a while, when the time comes, it's normal to not feel up to making the effort. Sometimes a lie is easier than the truth, so do you ever lie to get out of a commitment?
Whether you're going casual and quaint or all-out traditional, planning a wedding takes a lot of work and even more organization. Following a wedding timeline will keep you both sane and organized. Obviously the first step in wedding planning is choosing the right day. Once you've got that narrowed down — keeping in mind the time of year and any other events or holidays that may interfere — it's go time! To see some important points to consider in phase one of your wedding planning, read more
While some of us don’t want children ever, others of us just don’t want children right now, but maybe later. However, now that many women are focused on their careers, education, travel destinations, and just living the single life, that “later” can end up further and further away. Thus, the timer to have children starts to become more about biology and less about societal pressures. Sure, there are women having children well into their 50s, but that’s not a reality for everyone, furthermore, you won’t know until you try — and by then it might be too late. So, would you consider freezing your eggs to plan for children later on down the road?
Sometimes it's hard to get motivated to work out on your own. Things always come up in your schedule, and it's easy to skip exercising. One thing that helps me stay on track is when I make plans to work out with a friend. You can make it a once in a while type of thing, like planning a two-hour hike on a Saturday. Or you can make plans where you meet at your local yoga studio for a class once a week. If you need something more consistent then schedule something such as a walk before you both have to go to work in the mornings.
Having someone who's counting on you to be there makes it less likely that you'll skip it or put it off. It'll motivate you to go knowing your friend expects you to be there. Plus working out and being able to chat can make the time go by quickly, and it's so much more fun that you may actually forget you're even exercising.
Fit's Tip: If you're looking for something different to do with your friend, check out all my ideas for getting active with a partner.
As promised, we are back again with more Wedding Season fun. A few weeks ago was all about the Engagement and now it's time for anything and everything related to actually planning the Big Day! There is sure to be something for everyone whether you are planning the wedding of your dreams or a guest with lots of summer weddings to attend. Here's an idea of what we have planned:
- Tell us your planning nightmares on DearSugar
- Learn about the latest fashion trends for Brides and Guests on FabSugar
- Tone your Arms and Abs while trying to stay sane on FitSugar
- Get tips on everything from the invitations and decor to the cake and favors on YumSugar
- Relive some of TV's greatest weddings on BuzzSugar
- Learn how to choose a videographer and a photographer on GeekSugar.
- See some brides behaving badly on GiggleSugar
All of this and more coming this week across The Sugar Network. To see all of the wedding coverage, visit the Wedding Talk group on TeamSugar. Stay tuned all Spring for more wedding coverage including showers, flowers, honeymoons and more. Fun times.
As much as you would love to fast forward to your wedding day immediately after your fiancé pops the question, weddings take time and careful consideration to plan. There are many caveats to making your day everything you always dreamt it would be, so it is imperative to create a time line leading up to your wedding day.
Whether you have hired a wedding planner or are orchestrating the big day yourself, you will need to keep track of important tasks, vendors, participants, and most importantly, deadlines. Having every detail accounted for and mapped out will help alleviate any unnecessary stress. Since most engagements last a year, I am here to give you some tips on mapping out your wedding time line.
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