(NewsUSA) - Caterers, event halls and wedding planners are gearing up for fall wedding season, one of the busiest times of the year for hopeful couples. Fall guarantees exquisite photo opportunities without the heat of summer -- and the wealth of in-season decorations are beautiful and affordable.
(NewsUSA) - Tying the knot isn't what it used to be. The wedding industry is as profitable as primetime football, celebrities compete for the shortest, most gimmicky marriages (72 days or less?) and the exotic appeal of a romantic getaway has led to the widespread popularity of destination weddings.
It's no secret that weddings can be expensive, and the bride on a budget might feel overwhelmed quickly. The good news is, today there are more options than ever for creating a one-of-a-kind wedding that is both affordable and elegant. Here are five fantastically frugal ideas that pair style and class with a price that any bargainista can brag about.
While a wedding is a joyous occasion that both brides- and grooms-to-be eagerly anticipate, the financial aspects of planning and hosting a large, complex event can be completely overwhelming. Getting to the big day without breaking the bank might seem like an impossible task, but with a few smart steps before, during and after the ceremony, you'll ensure your bank account will remain as strong as your love for each other.
(ARA) - You might have had a vision for your wedding as a kid, but that's likely changed - and dramatically so - over the years. Your style changes, and then you meet your spouse-to-be, who brings a whole other perspective into the mix. But as you plan for your wedding day, keep in mind that finding a balance and infusing your wedding with personality are important factors in making the day memorable.
(ARA) - The countdown to the big day is on, but before the wedding vows are exchanged, one last party must take place. Here are a few destinations to help the bride- and groom-to-be say "so long" to their bachelorette and bachelorhood days.
(NewsUSA) - It's one of the toughest decisions for any bride and groom -- and, no, we don't mean where to seat feuding relatives at the wedding reception.
One of the biggest wedding trends of recent years has been taking a more casual, less buttoned-up approach to the big day. From looser dress codes to skipping seated dinners in favor of passed hors d'oeuvres, brides and grooms have shifted the focus away from tradition to customization. The ultimate goal is a wedding that is perfectly "you," expressing your identity as a couple. But even if you plan to buck the old ways, there are some guidelines you'll want to follow when it comes to your wedding stationery.
With June just around the corner, brides all over are in the final stages of preparation for the big day. Whether she is walking down the aisle next month or next year, looking and feeling great on her big day is at the top of every bride's to-do list.
(ARA) - After stressing out over the wedding location, the food, the guest list, the dress, the hair, the colors, the music and making five seating charts, your reward is to be whisked away for the best vacation of your life with your new better half. Though an amazing honeymoon can be expensive, here are some prime locations that are easy on the newlywed budget:
(NAPSI)—While the number of older volunteers who want to contribute their time and talent is increasing, not all organizations are prepared to take advantage of this growing resource.
(NewsUSA) - If you've ever experienced a flooded home from a busted hose on a washing machine, dishwasher or refrigerator, you know the indescribable feeling of relief when a tradesman shows up at your door.
(NewsUSA) - The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart -; more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member - who stars in his own reality TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," that airs Monday nights on A&E - recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.
(NAPSI)—Every now and then, we all could use a helping hand. The simplest gesture from a friend or even a stranger can help boost morale and add a silver lining to an ordinary day. Applying that same principle and finding simple ways to support your community through a good deed can make a lasting difference. Here are some ways you can celebrate the spirit of helping others and get involved in your community. For example:
(NAPSI)—Individuals, groups and businesses in communities around the country can be heroes to some of the most admired people in America.
(NAPSI)—Despite tough economic times, Americans still want to help support worthy causes. Fortunately, making a difference does not have to involve making a large donation.
(NewsUSA) - Who would have thought that shining a light on some of America's dirtiest, most rough-and-tumble blue-collar jobs would make for wildly popular television? Yet, here come documentary-meets-reality TV shows like "Ice Road Truckers," "Axe Men," "Deadliest Catch," and now -- Spike's latest project, "Coal."
(NewsUSA) - Occupy Wall Street's most recent push, "May Day," exemplifies the crux of the protest: it's a great forum to express widespread discontent about financial issues, but less adept at affecting bona fide change between giant corporations and average consumers.
(NewsUSA) - Last summer, the small town of Minot, N.D., was severely damaged by a record-breaking flood. As Minot's 40,000 residents struggled to put their lives back together, many found solace in trying to rebuild their beloved Oak Park.
A 1,200-foot mountain, a video camera and a blood glucose monitor. These three things may seem unrelated to most people, but for rock-climber Steve Richert, it is just another day at the office. Richert, a rock-climber and guide is on a year-long journey: facing extreme weather conditions, encountering wild animals and tackling the country's most spectacular mountain ranges. Richert is climbing in locations across the country for 365 consecutive days all while managing a serious chronic disease, type 1 diabetes.
(NewsUSA) - If there's one thing that new or expecting parents can take comfort in, it's this: Your greatest fears are shared by others just like you.
(NewsUSA) - We welcome the revival of warm, sunny days, but sometimes the onset of warm weather is stressful. Sure, ladies get to refresh their closets with hot styles and new clothes, but there's the whole bathing suit debacle.
(NAPSI)—Like many 10-year-olds, Brandon Pickrel loves reading books about dinosaurs. And books about the weather—“tornadoes and stuff,” he says. “And books about science experiments.”
(NewsUSA) - In Beaverton, Ore., Stephanie Glyzewski's first blood clot went unnoticed for three weeks after routine knee surgery. Following days of excruciating pain and swelling, Glyzewski's doctor discovered the clot lodged in her leg, a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Ten years ago, April Holmes was boarding a train when her leg slipped and got caught between the platform and the moving train. As Holmes lay in her hospital bed recovering from a left leg amputation, her doctor told her about the Paralympics. Holmes, already a track and field college athlete, competed in the 2004 Athens Paralympics Games only three years later.
Family vacations are a source of great fun and memories for years to come, but that doesn't mean that finding a destination that will entertain every member of your family is always easy.
(NewsUSA) - With the wealth of Internet activity and connected communications offered by smartphones and tablets, our laptops and desktop computers are practically becoming passé.
(NewsUSA) - While you're thinking of class schedules and school shopping, you should also spend some time reviewing bed bug prevention tips, as these pests can find their way into the classroom often unbeknownst to their human hosts.
(NAPSI)—With school back in session, there is good news for millions of students who have difficulty reading because of dyslexia or other learning disabilities. For these young people who struggle to understand the printed word, there is a proven alternative: They can listen to their textbooks and enjoy academic success.
(NewsUSA) - Parents agree that feeding and sleep schedules are important to help keep their children healthy. The same goes for childhood immunizations. Vaccinating children on time is the best way to protect them against 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before their second birthday.
(ARA) - With short-term interest rates at historic lows, many investors are turning to “high-yield” bond funds to generate more income from their investment portfolios. They could make sense for you, too.
(StatePoint) Despite the promise of ample free time, retirement is not something everyone looks forward to with happy anticipation. Many approaching this life stage worry that the unstructured time will be tedious and unfulfilling.
(ARA) – You’ve built an emergency fund, have ample life insurance and regularly contribute to your retirement savings. You feel pretty positive about your financial planning strategy. But are you overlooking the must-do task of protecting your identity?
(ARA) – For most of us, driving is a necessity, and so is doing it as cost-effectively as possible – even in retirement when most of us stay in our suburban homes. Saving money on automobile-related expenses like gas and insurance can help free up cash for other important things.
(ARA) - Finding the Medicare coverage that best fits their needs and their pocketbooks is challenging for many seniors. Health care plans make changes to their coverage. People’s health conditions change. Not keeping on top of these changes can mean problems. Suddenly seniors may find they don’t have needed coverage, their doctor no longer takes their plan, or they face steep medical or prescription drug costs.
(ARA) – When you’re facing surgery, it’s normal to feel anxious. Many people find it daunting to completely surrender their well-being to others. Common fears range from concerns about undergoing anesthesia, to how long the recovery period will last. That is why it is important to know and trust the physicians responsible for your anesthesia care.
(ARA) – Setting up an estate plan is a good investment for the future. But you can also be a careful steward of your financial assets now, with careful and organized planning as you go through the estate planning process. Furthermore, the third week in October (Oct. 15-21) is National Estate Planning Awareness Week and the perfect time to put your estate planning house in order.
(ARA) - Fallout from the long economic downturn has made it more important than ever for families to insulate themselves against financial shock. And yet, ownership of individual life insurance stands at a 50-year low, according to the industry group LIMRA. That represents a big risk to financial security in a lot of American households.
(ARA) - With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day - and according to recently released research, a majority of them expecting to live to nearly 90 - the celebration of older Americans is a developing trend, and more people are aspiring to live longer and better than ever before.
(ARA) - Managing diabetes often comes at a great financial cost. Just ask the nearly 26 million people living with the disease, many of whom pay out of pocket for treatment and self care. Whether you pay out of pocket or through your insurance co-pay system, you're not alone if you feel you're paying too much to gain control of your condition.
(NewsUSA) - "Lose the salt shaker, and you'll improve your health," said David H. Stone, MD, a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery. "Adding table salt (sodium chloride) to your food increases your overall salt intake, especially when eating out or when consuming ready-to-eat foods. When it comes to salt, less is more."
(ARA) - For students, teachers and parents alike, a new school year means a fresh start. However, it also means busy schedules full of sports practices, homework and after-school activities. Despite hectic mornings and jam-packed afternoons, making sure children are getting proper nutrition, rest and exercise is extremely important to their success. For a healthy and happy school year, use a few tips to keep your student at the head of the class.
(ARA) – Medical costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., according to crowdsourcing.org. So how do you help family and friends struggling with sometimes overwhelming expenses? For many, crowdsourcing websites are becoming an empowering source of financial support, with estimates that more than $2.8 billion will be raised by such sites this year.
Popular fiction, TV shows and movies often describe the feeling of falling in love as a fast beating, fluttering heart. In real life, that rapid heartbeat isn’t always such a happy and exciting experience. Why? It could be atrial fibrillation.
(NAPSI)Fall doesnt have to mean the end of sensational summer meals, like seafood. Try a fresh take on fall favorites by serving up mouthwatering recipes inspired by the coast. Festive shrimp recipes are crowd-pleasers for any event. They can be easily stirred into hearty dishes for a satisfying harvest supper.
(NAPSI)-The sun’s rays can be harmful all year, and as people turn to tanning beds moving into the fall, it is important to think about UV exposure. Every year, more than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer, making it the most common type of cancer in the United States.
(ARA) - How safe is your kitchen? It’s a question you should always be asking yourself.
Research confirms over and over again the high failure rate of dieting. Dieting often causes far more problems than it solves. Not only do most people gain back any weight they lose, they lower their metabolism, change their hormones so weight loss is even harder and they often end up bingeing as a result of deprivation. So what do you do when your “overweight” daughter comes home crying because she was teased at school?
(NewsUSA) - Is your dog bad to the bone? Does your sweet Jack Russel guard all doors from intruders -- friends and family included? Or is it your Boxer puppy that won't stop shredding socks and underwear? Some of the cutest pooches have the worst manners. Whether you're at work or just in another room, their mischievous play may lead to anything from home repairs to staggering vet bills.
(NewsUSA) - Pet owners love being greeted at the door by their furry companions -- but coming home to see the sofa in chunks on the floor amid the smiling jowls of our pet isn't the welcome we hope for.
(ARA) - In 2005, a group of French archaeologists discovered the remains of an 8-month-old cat buried with its human owner at a Neolithic site in Cyprus, leading some to believe cats may have been domesticated as far back as 10,000 years ago. While I'm no archaeologist, I'm certain that cats were as much of a mystery back then as they are today. We think we know everything there is to know about cats, but we really don't - and what we don't know can hurt them, including the dangers of flea infestations.
(ARA) - Sixty-two percent of U.S. households include a pet, and 78.2 million of those pets are dogs, according to the American Pet Products Association's most recent survey. Dog lovers want good nutrition and flavor to ensure happy, healthy animal members of the family.
(NewsUSA) - Pets, like humans, have been anxiously waiting for warm weather to play outdoors and enjoy nature. However, pet owners should prepare for a pest battle unlike in previous years as hungry ticks, fleas and mosquitoes await their prey -- of the two- or four-legged kind.
(ARA) - Harvey is no ordinary canine. The 3-year-old boxer has a full-time job, working almost every day at Greensboro, N.C.-based Replacements, Ltd.
(ARA) - When it comes time to take a vacation, don't forget to invite your family pet along for the ride. Traveling with your pet adds an extra element of fun to your getaway and means you don't have to make separate arrangements for feeding and boarding your pet while you are gone.
As the weather grows warmer, so grows the abundance of ticks and fleas that can cause havoc for pets and households. Not only are these pesky parasites responsible for spreading Lyme disease and other harmful bacteria, but this summer promises to have more of them, as health experts predict record numbers due to a mild winter. Fortunately, the same routine that keeps your dog looking and smelling good can help protect them and your home from these tiny intruders.
(NAPSI)—Approximately half of the pets that end up in shelters in North America are euthanized before they find a home. That adds up to about 11,000 pets each day—or about 4 million pets this year—that will lose their lives even though the majority are healthy and adoptable.