Check Yes or No: Do You Agree These Wedding Trends Should Go? (Opinions Wanted!)

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If you’re a bride-to-be who’s anything like me, you’ve more than likely been guilty of (or mayhaps a better term: fallen victim to) the inevitable, internet OVER-search.  With the World Wide Web access being so readily available and containing such a vast threshold of all the latest and greatest, it’s soooo easy to get sucked into the “Hottest Trends for 2010″ or “Wedding Etiquette 101″ or “What 2 Do 2 Cure the Monster-in-Law Blues” or… you get the drift.  And with all this pre-wedding curiosity bursting at the seams, wedding searches just may be the biggest version of unnoticed overload ever.     

Because there are so many options for brides to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when it comes to planning your wedding.  So, why not try to sort through things by the process of elimination?  If your interest is to have an event that your guests will love as much as you do, why not look to see what other people or even you, yourself, are constantly complaining about and delete them off the list!?

Recently, lemondrop.com – a self proclaimed sweet, tasty and tart blog – published an article on wedding trends they hope will disappear titled, I Now Pronounce You Annoying — Wedding Trends That Need to Go.  Written in a sarcastically humorous tone, the author introduces the “Debbie Downer” trends by stating:

The older you get and the more weddings you attend, the more they stop being fun and start sucking the life force out of you. (lemondrop.com)

Haha, I’m guessing the author is not friends with these guys…

Pic from Wedding Crashers, the Movie (courtesy of wedding-999.blogspot.com)

And while the sentiment being expressed is over exaggerated, its underlying message is not. Here are lemondrop.com‘s Picks 2 Nix, but what I want to know is if you agree:

  1. “Half-a-Dozen Parties Before the Actual Wedding.”  Stating annoyance in the fact that a wedding is not just a wedding, but an Engagement Dinner, Bridal Shower, Bachelor / Bachelorette Party, Rehearsal Dinner, Ceremony and Reception… are weddings becoming too costly – and, in turn, too annoying – for guests to remain excited for when the actual day arrives?
  2. “The Long, Intensely Religious Religious Ceremony.”  Because not everyone on a couple’s guest list will necessarily be of the same religious denomination, is it too much to ask for everyone to participate in a ceremony that may or may not last over an hour when they don’t actually practice the faith? 
  3. “The Bouquet Toss.”  While a time-honored tradition – no doubt – is the bouquet toss becoming more of a necessary evil, filled with self-conscious single ladies battling for a bouquet or is it still a fun and essential part of the reception’s routine?
  4. “Stupid Toasts.”  Laying reference to the excess length (and inevitably, the excess amount of undisclosed information) a wedding speech can emit, do you think it’s more important to keep things moving along or let your best man recall the ultra embarrassing time you blankety-blanked the blank, down to the very last, nitty gritty - painfully discomforting – detail? 
  5. “DJs Who Demand You DANCE!”  In lieu of the fact that in due time, all the beer drinking patrons will eventually make it to the dance floor, is it necessary for DJ Jazzy (fill in name here) to constantly announce for everyone to “get up off of that thang!” or simply just let them “dance when they feel better?”
  6. “Video Testimonials.”  Stating that only the most “obnoxious, drunk and unstable guests take the opportunity” to divulge in such a awkward process, are video testimonials becoming the TMI portion of a bride and groom’s happy day?

Now, more importantly than this list, is your opinion of it ORRRR even better yet, other things you’d like to add!

Make No “Bones” About It: Emily Deschanel is Officially Off The Market

Deschanel & Hornsby get hitched! (photo courtesy of fotolog.com)

Star of Fox Network’s runaway hit, Bones (FAVE!!!), Emily Deschanel, 33, has been in the acting game since her breakout role in 1994′s, It Could Happen to You.  The older sister of Zooey Deschanel – known best for her roles in Almost Famous, Elf and Yes Man, the now Mrs. Emily really made a name for herself in 2005 when she landed in the lead role of Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, in the Fox series, Bones.

And while her onscreen chemistry with crime fighting partner Seely Booth (played by former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star, David Boreanaz) truly is an epic display of “will they / won’t they,” it was her off screen ooh la la with fellow actor David Hornsby that had bells ringing this past weekend.

According to people.com, Deschanel who bears a freakish resemblance to one of my favorite girlfriend’s affectionately known as Mama…

See what I mean? Deschanel left, Mama right. (Deschanel photo courtesy of dailymakeover.com)

 …and Hornsby, star of FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, tied the knot during a quiet ceremony in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles on Saturday.   In front of an intimate group of the couple’s closest friends and family, Deschanel said “I do” to Hornsby sporting a pair of matching diamond encrusted and platinum scroll hair pins and drop earrings by Neil Lane.

The low key couple couldn’t be any cuter and we wish them all the best!!  Cheers, Emily and David, to many, MANY years of happiness!  Here’s to your happily ever after :)  P.S. Love love love both of you shows!!

***And in other celebrity, wedding related newsJackass star, Johnny Knoxville tied the knot for the second time with long time girlfriend and baby mama, Naomi Nelson during a private ceremony on Friday, 9/24/2010.  And former American Idol contestant and runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, also got engaged to musician, Brian Walker, which comes as a shock to several fans after she infamously broke up with her former boyfriend the night before the big AI finale.  Apparently, love is not only blind; it’s also quick to recover and rekindle :)

Oprah + Vera Wang = *O* Whole Lotta *Vera*y Happy Brides 2 Be

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Alright.  The title’s a bit of a stretch, but work with me here, people!  Because the news itself is sooo worth the super reaching headline!

On Friday’s episode of (skies part, angels sing) Oprah, Vera Wang and Ms. O herself delighted audience members on the verge of nuptial bliss when they gave away 50 of Vera’s very opulent gowns!  And while I’m sure each one of the Future Mrs. So and So’s would’ve been more than happy to end their victory dance there, Big O’s gravy train just kept rolling in!

That’s right.  She went ahead and one-upped herself after the gowns were given away by then offering these lovely ladies in waiting a $250 gift card to Kohl’s, where Wang’s Simply Vera collection is available, a $4000 (eye chee wah wah!) gift certificate to Marriott Hotels and Resorts and finally, two United Airlines travel vouchers. 

Now, I know what you’re all thinking, “Man!  I gotta get me some tickets to an Oprah show!” – because, darlings, I think the same darn thing after every “Favorite Things” episode!  However, for those of you not lucky enough to be in her studio audience, fear not, for there is good news for all!

Vera Wang – who’s known as bridal couture’s finest feature – is now in the final stages of polishing her new line that will make its fabulous debut at David’s Bridal, February of 2011!!  Hooty hoot!  The price tag?  Anywhere between $600 – $1500.  And ranging in sizes from 0 – 14 – ’cause Lord KNOWS us chubby bunnies love us some couture too :) :) :)

“These dresses will be available to so many more brides than I’ve been able to ever reach before,” Wang told Winfrey.  “So it’s a whole new world for us and bridal, with all the same aesthetics and design philosophy.” (The Oprah Winfrey Show, 9/17/210) 

So, in the meantime – between now and February 2011 – feel free to watch the entire Oprah clip here and keep dreaming in Vera!

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Pretty Postage: How to Save Money on your Wedding Invitations

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According to the Bridal Association of America, the average couple spends a whopping $659 on their wedding invitations and that doesn’t even include the cost of postage!  So, as more and more couples start cutting the fat from their wedding budgets, invites seem to be taking up an unnecessarily large piece of the monetary pie.  And unless you’re willing to take a risk on an empty reception hall, invitations are absolutely essential.  Sure, e-vites are informational, but they lack a sense of formality and tradition.  So, how do you get what you want without paying a pretty penny?  Here’s some advice :)

Paper – Here, you will need to think a little out of the box. Stationary retailers are expensive for the same reason any retailer is more costly: markup.  But if you stick with office suppliers, wholesalers, or any paper-carrying company that offers bulk sizes, you can purchase printable card stock for mere cents.  Always remember that the more folds and detailing on each invite, the more costly the total will be; so stick with basic, flat cards to avoid the extra fees.

Design – This is the part where a couple’s home-made creativity can really shine.  Make sure you have a printer that’s up for the task with plenty of ink.  It may sound intimidating, but a multitude of design templates and programs have popped up recently to provide DIY brides more personalized options when printing at home.  For those of you who still find templates too daunting, there are still many options.  If you’re lacking a design guru friend willing to work for free, consult the web for a vast array of pre-made design templates and make sure the design you choose goes with your wedding theme and colors.

DIY –These details will provide that budget-friendly, je ne sais quoi you’ve been looking for. And by doing-it-yourself, you save the inherent overhead you’d be paying for someone else to do it.  The following invitation extras can run the gamut from basic to extravagant, but here are a few ideas that are popular today:

  • Ribbons:  The most enduring of trends, a classic ribbon tied around the card that complements the themes and hues of the invitations adds a feeling of elegance.  Many brides also punch out two holes near the top, thread the ribbon through, and tie a beautiful bow for a chic touch.

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  • Stamps:  Getting a personalized or monogrammed stamp is an effective and affordable tool when it comes to the paper products of your wedding.  Embellish your invites and RSVP cards and then seal the deal when you adorn the envelope with your customized wedding design.  And get really fancy by creating a melted wax seal and closing your envelopes shut with with a look that’s truly vintage!

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  • Flowers:  If you want your invites to really look fancy without the frivolous cost, add some fresh blooms. Keep in mind that extra weight equals extra postage costs, so keep the flowers minimal.  Try tying a single sprig of baby’s breath into bow on the invitation. For a flatter finish, adorn the invites with pressed flowers; simply use a spray adhesive and press.

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Postage – Mailing costs often seem trivial, but can really add up if you’re not cautious, especially for guest list that seem to scroll on for days!  As mentioned above, keeping the weight of each invitation to an absolute minimum will save you a pretty penny; every extra ounce per envelope will cost you.  With that in mind, send your RSVPs as postcards.  This avoids the extra weight of an excess envelope, and costs less anyway.  Also, avoid square-shaped envelopes or ones that don’t fit within the traditional requirements – they’ll increase postage fees by 50%.

So as long as you plan ahead and avoid excess costs, keep your eyes peeled for great bargains, and put your mind to a little DIY, you’re wedding invitations will look like a million bucks without the hefty price tag.

But I’d Be Done See’n ‘Bout Everything, When I See An Elephant Fly (or this)… Why?

Who wants to be a Stepford Wife Bride? (photo courtesy of meansheets.com)

Look, I’m a fan of reality television just as much as the next celeb-obsessed, trash TV junkie, but I just can’t quite get behind the new E! series brewing on the back burner.  According to nydailynews.com, Bridalplasty, which will air it’s debut on my one year anniversary, Nov. 28, 2010 (how ironic?), is the latest and questionably greatest wedding reality series put on by E!.

The extreme makeover show - set to be hosted by former Miss USA and Mrs. Travis Barker, Shanna Moakler – was conjured under the premise of gathering 12 brides-to-be with low self-esteem looking for a Swan-like (who remembers that disastrous ditty of a series?) transformation before their big day.

Now, while I’m all for self improvement, I’m just not sure going down a long list of nips, tucks and dollywops is necessarily the answer a soon-to-be Mrs. really should endure before the big day.  And I’m even more convinced this decision is a fail after reading that the “grand reveal” will actually be done ON the big day itself when the groom (who I should mention is not allowed to see his blushing (hopefully no longer bruised) bride before this moment) lifts up her veil and shows off her new face for the first time.

**takes a minute to register and recompose**

Whaaaaa?  I mean honestly, whaaaaat are these ladies thinking?  I understand having self esteem issues, wanting to better yourself and be the prettiest version of you on your big day, but this is a little much.  These women obviously have men who love and care about them just as they are.  I mean, what if he lifts up the veil and finds this…

Heidi Montag talking with her disappointed mother. (photo courtesy of hollywoodlife.com)

EEK!  Okay, that was mean, but honestly, if you’re a woman who’s feeling desperate for plastic surgery, are you really sure your wedding day is the perfect day to test those waters?  Most experts will tell you not even to get a facial or hair treatment less than a week away due to the stark levels of unpredictability… let alone major, reconstruction surgery!

Idk.  The whole thing just seems a little too bizarre for this pretty lady to wrap her hands around.  While I still maintain the belief that every bride deserves a chance to shine, it should be her – with all her intact facial features – that shines.  Extra makeup and quaffed hair is almost always a given for bridal beauty, but it’s still OH SO important for a bride to look like herself.  After all, her face is the one that her groom fell in love with :)

And furthermore, any series that’s looking to follow the in the same footsteps as The Swan – a Fox series named one of Time’s Top 10 Skanky Reality Shows – should probably reconsider… mayhaps even reinvent the wheel.

A Love Big Enough for This World & The Next: the Story of Cesario & Lucy Corrales

Many things in this world tug at my heart strings… babies laughing, a friend crying, a person eating alone, my parent’s house at Christmas, hearing my two year old nephew say, “I love you, Aunt Mary,” watching The Notebook, reading The Notebook, puppies, wedding vows, etc.  I mean this list could go on and on, but nothing – and I mean NOTHING! – could possibly tug at my heart strings harder than two old people in love.  (Siiighhhh)

There’s just something about an elderly couple, late-in-their-years-but-young-in-their-love, holding hands while walking down a street or through a mall or leaving church after Sunday service that makes my heart melt into pieces.  Seriously, is there anything cuter than this…

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OR this…

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OR this…

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I rest my case :)

Partly because of all the history their hands have together; partly because of the old school rules they use to love each other, and partly because I will never forget how my Grandpa Kennedy’s voice cracks every time he calls Grandma the “love of my life,” but regardless of what the overlying reason is… one thing is for certain, couples married 50+ years sure could teach all us soon-to-be/newly-weds a thing or two about love.

Because isn’t that the end goal we all want for ourselves when planning our wedding day?  To grow old with the person we say “I do” to, rocking on a porch swing, drinking chocolate milk?  At least that’s what I like to think every couple wants, which is exactly why when I came across this story on Tbo.com, I knew I had to share it.

Married for 62 years, Tampa residents, Cesario and Lucy Corrales knew what it took to make a marriage work.  After years of living and working in the same town, getting married, settling down, having children and growing older and wiser together, Cesario and Lucy never lost the love they had for one another.

“They were married 62 years, and they could not be without each other,” said daughter Lisa San  Martin.  “He was her right hand.  She was his right hand.” (Tbo.com)

And while lots of people use the sentiment “can’t live without you” as a means to personify their love for another, the Corrales lived it.  Shortly after celebrating her anniversary to her husband on September 5, Lucy Corrales, 82, suffered a heart attack and died three days later at Tampa General Hospital.

Upon hearing the news, San Martin recounts her father’s reaction:

At first he just shook his head, almost in disbelief.  Then, he broke down. ‘I should have gone first,’ he told her. (San Martin, Tbo.com)

<Gulp, swallowing back the tears>

And while Cesario didn’t go first, he certainly didn’t wait long to find his love again.  Because 43 hours after she passed, Cesario Corrales, 87, suffering from a broken heart, died at the same hospital just a couple floors away from where he last held his sweetheart’s hand. 

  The funeral home that handled the arrangements collected Lucy and Cesario Corrales from the hospital.  “They arrived together,” San Martin said.  “And they left together.” (Tbo.com)

… Seriously, cutest :)  Rest in peace, love birds, and cheers to all the years of happiness!

Lucy and Cesario on their wedding day, September 5, 1948 (photo courtesy of Tbo.com)

Tweet Responsibly: Hip Hop Artist, Drake, Learned the Hard Way Thanks to his Madre :)

Drake + Nicki (photo courtesy of urbanislandz.com)

Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the lyrically blessed rapper, Drake, has been topping the charts and winning Grammy’s throughout his short career as a hip hop artist, which really only took off at the end of 2009.  And while his lyrics are as smooth as butter, it’s his love life that really has ears perking up and paying extra special attention.

According to People.com, Drake, 23, caused quite a stir – even with his own mother who believed the tweet was true – after posting, “Please refer to @nickiminaj as Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and don’t stare at her too long.  She’s finally mine,” last month via Twitter.     

Signed to the same label (Young Money Entertainment) as Drake, Nicki Minaj played the role of blushing bride very well by tweeting, “Yes, it’s true.  Drake and I tied the knot.” 

Seems pretty clear to me where the marriage “rumors” started, but it turns out the whole thing was a prank that even had Drake’s mom questioning. 

My Mom was actually like, ‘What happened?  How did you elope?’ But we were just joking around.  I never thought it would get so out of hand.  (Drake, People.com)

But it’s no wonder why the little lady was suspect of possible eloping illusion, especially considering this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Drake talk about marrying the 25 year old rapper, singer and song writer from Trinidad and Tobago.   During Drake and Lil Wayne’s chart topping hit, Miss Me, Drake raps, “I love Nicki Minaj.  I told her I’d admit it.  I hope one day we get married just to say we <bleep’in> did it.” 

So, the real question is, is there any TRUE true love in the air for these two or is it simply all another Hollywood publicity stunt?  Siiiiiiiiiighhhh, who even knows?  But one thing is for certain, you know I’ll be keeping at least one eye and ear prepped and ready for any news that develops!

Kid Friendly, Wedding Approved: 5 Fun Fall Favors Everyone Will Love

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While there’s always discussion on whether or not children will or won’t be attending certain weddings, there’s not a single doubt in my mind when they do make the “A List,” they’ll have nothing but love for these creative, autumnal creations!

*Candy Apple Creation Stations

Feel free to set up a table and cover it with stick sturdy apples, warmed caramel, melted chocolate and all the crushed candy toppings you can find, and let your guests enjoying making their own treat to eat or take with them when they leave!  It’s a great way to involve your guests as well as keep the kiddies occupied.  (And no worries about hyping them up on too much sugar… they’re not going home with you!  Haha!)

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*Pumpkin Carving Campgrounds

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Okay, you don’t really need campgrounds, but the name just rolls off the tongue; so, I went with it :)  Anyhoot, this is something – when done under adult supervision – can be a really great way to create lasting memories, as well as super fun photographs for your album.  Hit up your local pumpkin patch, buy in bulk and let the fun begin!  Feel free to accompany this reception section with pumpkin carvers, gloves and aprons… and if you’re worried that the carving may cause too much stress, use acrylic paints instead!  And let the kiddies paint on their favorite face!

*Coloring Book Bonanza!

There’s no question that kids love to color.  Whether you choose to man your coloring book station with fairy tale / dream-come-true images or Marvel comics finest character pages, there’s no doubt that kids of all ages will love gettin’ their color on during your big reception!

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*Disposable Glam Cams for Kids

And even more so than coloring, kids love feeling like grownups; so, why not arm your mini attendants with disposable glam cams for their very own “I feel soooo biiiig!” photography debut?  They can get goofy pics of each other while trying their best to capture the day as they see it.  And trust me on this one… some of their finds will be priceless :)

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*Face-painting, Magic Tricks and Balloons… Oh My!

Pending your budget, sometimes the most well received children stations are the most over-the-top ones!  So, bring in a magician, a balloon animating clown or even a face painting wizard to really let the kids get “wild” at your wedding!  Of course, it never fails, sometimes these sections become even more populated by adults.  I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a butterfly painted face or giraffes made out of rubber?  Uhhh, no one!  Duh :)

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Why Fit-in, when You were Born to Stand Out!: Decorating the Getaway Car

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The wedding send-off is becoming an increasingly personalized trend with epic photographic appeal.  No longer are couples settling for the typical getaway anymore – oh no!  With trendy weddings flying all over the 2010 Doppler radar, it’s paramount for the send-off to stand out; so, for all you Maids of Honor and Best Men out there, this decor and more post is for you!

Here are a few of the hottest getaway trends heating up nuptial exits everywhere.  Feel free to be inspired:

Riding Flirty (and yes, I took it there, hehe!) – The actual send-off vehicle itself has really taken off as a wedding statement.  The typical limousine just isn’t unique enough anymore.  Newlyweds these days are opting for all kinds of getaway cars, from classy to quirky.  Here are a few of the faves:

  • Volkswagon Vanagon.  This retro rewind is fun, whimsical and charmingly nostalgic.  Max up the charm with the brightest paint job you can find and send them back to the future or simply to their honeymoon suite in one of these peace sign pleasers.
  • Vintage Rolls Royce.  A wedding car that is quickly becoming a classic, these vehicles scream of an era full of opulence and glamour… which is totally why the Mister and I did it…. Thanks, Papa!

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  • Party Limo or Bus.  Extravagant?  Yes.  Fun for the entire bridal party?  Of course!  These party vans are a little more playful than your standard limousine, as they invite quite a crowd to their showy interiors…and more room to decorate and let’s be real, get down!

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  • 1960’s Mustang. Meant for a couple who likes to let their hair down, these little speedsters are vintage sports car perfection. The redder, the better.

Trendy Transportation –  After you’ve chosen the perfect getaway car, it’s time to decide how to make it even more magical.  Traditional embellishments include “Just Married” written in soap or lipstick and attached tin can strings hanging from the back bumper.  Trendier adornments, however, suggest more personality and flair… and who couldn’t get behind these?:

  • Window Clings.  The ultimate touch of personalization, custom clings display the couple’s newly minted name together, their special date, and any other details you would want to include.  And beyond being a unique and thoughtful gift to the newlyweds, these decals will also serve as a memorable keepsake for years to come.

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  • Streamers.  The beauty of the wedding theme shouldn’t stop at the reception.  Garnish the getaway with streamers, rich in the wedding palette colors.  This creates some more wedding eye candy, and a feeling of continuity.
  • Pom Pom Strands.  Another great way to incorporate color, these DIY pomanders pay homage to the romance of real flowers without the added fuss or cost.
  • Flag Garland.  Due to their effortless assembly and charming aesthetic, “Just Married” pendant garlands and banners are one of the more popular farewell flourishes.
  • Balloons.  A classic and quieter alternative to the tin cans, these bright blow-ups will float off the back of any bumper flawlessly. Customize with the bride and groom’s names for a personal touch.

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Ultimately, the couple’s aisle style is what will determine the exit embellishments. Just keep in mind that many car rental companies have strict decoration policies, so you make sure to call ahead to see how much creative freedom is allowed.  Everyone is sure to appreciate the trimmings, but aid the brand new twosome in enjoying the interior – with a bottle of bubbly on ice.

Brides Looking to Slim Down before the Big “I do” Need to (re)Learn their ABC’s

Part 2: Letters N – Z

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For your viewing pleasure, the conclusion to Wednesday’s post, inspired by Women’s Health

N = Numbers
This is my most dreaded letter… just ask the nurse practitioner who had to battle it out with my index finger for the scale knob to move to the appropriate weight.  That’s right.  I’m talking about your weight, people!  Research shows that people who weigh themselves at least once a day or more likely to not only lose but also to maintain their weight loss more so than people who don’t.  Sigh, looks like the scales wins… again!  

O = Omelet
When it comes to protein, omelets are egg-selent!  Haha!  Yesss!  Protein helps build muscle, which in turn fries more calories per pound than fat  According to Jonny Bowden, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, informs you’ll burn 25% of the eggs’ calories simply by digesting them!  Nuts!

P = Peanuts
It’s all about the “p’s” in this study, which was conducted by Purdue University.  In this study, researchers found high-protein, high-fiber nuts are extremely filling and can boost the resting metabolic rates significantly… making the nut an ideal snack food for curbing your appetite!

Q = Quinoa
Quinoa is the queen of whole grains!  Higher in protein and fiber with less carbs, this white rice substitute is an ideal source for dietary deliciousness!

R = Replacements
In its most simplest of forms: Eat this, not that.  Try substituting liquid meals or healthier snacks and sides for some of your less savory choices. 

S = Success
Stress causes no success.  In a study conducted by Georgetown scientists, it was discovered that mice under stress or duress gained twice as much as their de-stressed counterparts.  Reason being??  Stress can cause us to hold on to extra fat cells; hence, the term stress eating.  So next time you’re stressed, try having a “wooo-saaaa” moment instead of a doughnut.

T = Tea
Green tea brings the catechins – a metabolism boosting antioxidant, and the catechins bring the weight loss!  Not to mention, green tea is a MUCH healthier substiture than a half and half cup of coffee filled with sugar!  Duh!

U = User-friendly
In a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was discovered that the success rate of one diet plan to the next is not determined by the diet itself, but the compliance each dieter has with it.  Sooo, find a diet you can live with, and then, (more importantly) actually live with it :)

V = Vinegar
Just a spoon full of vinegar helps the weight loss stay off… weight loss stay off!  (I know.  Sweet remix to Mary Poppins, huh?)  Published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it was discovered that swallowing 60 grams or 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a high-glycemic index caused people to eat 200-275 less calories a day… of course this doesn’t surprise me, due to the fact that stomaching a spoonful of vinegar makes me nauseous in thought alone!

W = Weights
I’m here to PUMP (pause for effect) you up!  While many women fear lifting weights will cause them to look like the incredible hulk, they couldn’t be further from the truth.  Pumping iron not only causes you to burn more calories after an average cardio workout, but researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham also discovered that women who lifted 3 times a week for 25 minutes lost an average of 4 pounds of bady fat!  SWEET!

X = Xenical
Given the green light by the FDA last year, this prescription fat blocker can be found in the over the counter supplement, Alli.  However, this does come with a price… loose stools.  So, if the side effects are too much for you to handle, I totally suggest going at it the old fashion way :)

Y = Yoga
Self explanatory… grab a mat and get moving!  Downward dog, anyone?

Z = ZZZZ’s
While dieting, you may want to scrimp on certain foods, but you should never scrimp on your zzzz’s!  By not getting enough sleep, your body is tricked into thinking it’s low on fuel, causing your belly to growl and more than likely you to eat!  So rest up… you need it :)