Sunday, 17 May 2015

Make your own 'Will You Be my Bridesmaid/Maid of Honour'

Now that I have handed out all my boxes and asked my bridesmaids I can finally share this blog post with you all! I've always known who I would have as my bridesmaids and as I have known nearly every single one of them most of my life I really wanted to make the way I asked them special so I searched and searched for gifts, cards and fun ways of popping the question but I just couldn't find anything. So I decided to make something myself and this was the result!

This is what I decided to put in them:

Hanger - The picture above is the box I actually gave to my sister on National Siblings day back in April. Lauren's was slightly different to the bridesmaid boxes as I included this stunning hanger I had made by the lovely BronwenWedding Belle Boutique Bridal Hangers that said Maid of Honour! Bronwen really has an eye of details and even incorporate our colour scheme of teal by adding the teal bow on top. Everything else that is shown in the box were also sent to the bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid DVD - Of course this had to go in! This is not only very appropriate for the theme of the box but this is also one of my all time favourite films ever. You can get this DVD from lots of places like Amazon or ebay.

Cards - I found the most gorgeous cards made my a lovely lady called Jasmin from Sioux Alice on etsy. Her cards are simply stunning and is now my new port of call to grab a card for every birthday and celebration!

Photo Frame - I included an old photo of me and each of my bridesmaids as a little personal touch to show them all how far we have come! This rather embarrassing photo is of me and Lauren when we were both really young on holiday in France.

Nail Varnish - I found this Barry M nail varnish that is very similar to the colour we are having for our wedding so I thought this would be a great thing to include in the box to give the bridesmaids an insight into the colour of their dresses for the big day!

Love Hearts - Last but by no means least...Love Hearts...a little sweet treat to add that little bit more love to the boxes.

I was so pleased with the boxes and the way they turned out. A huge thank you to Bronwen from Wedding Belle Boutique Bridal Hangers and Jasmin from Sioux Alice for getting the cards and hangers over to me so quickly. Asking my sister to be my maid of honour on National Siblings day will definitely be a day I won't forget.

I hope you have enjoyed my first Wedding DIY. If you have and you would like to see more of these just drop me a comment in the box below.

All photos taken by my lovely and very talented other half Panons Photography!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Slimming Solutions Teatox Review

I don't know about you but I've been seeing a lot of celebrities raving about herbal teas that claim to 'detox your body' or 'help with weightloss' and I've been desperate to give them a go to see if they were worth the hype. So to my delight I was contacted about three weeks ago to try Slimming Solutions' Teatox that claimed to 'help detox, cleanse the body and banish the bloat!' As you know I am currently on a wedding diet to try and get myself in shape for the big day, so this tea came at the perfect time for me.

As soon as the two week trial pack came through the post I popped the kettle on and got straight into it. There are two different tea bags that you receive in your pack, one is to have every morning and the other is to have every other day in the evening about 30 minutes after your last meal.

Let's start with the daytime tea
Daytime teabag ingredients: Chinese Oolong tea (38%), Sabering Ginseng (20%), Fennel (10%), Lemongrass (10%), Nettle Leaves (8%), Ginger Root (5%), Dandelion Leaf (5%), Ginseng Root (2%), Salvia Miltiorrhiza (2%).

I really enjoyed the daytime tea and in a weird way it felt like it set me up for the day in a really positive way. You need to have the daytime ones pretty much as soon as you get up which actually woke me up a bit in the morning!! As instructed on the packet you need to leave the bag in for atleast 2-3 minutes but I tended to leave the tea bags in so that I could let it stew.

Evening tea
Evening teabag ingredients: Senna Leaves (20%), Hawthorn Leaves (20%), Lotus Leaves (14%), Fengugreek Seeds (12%), Burdock Root (14%), Peppermint (8%), Psyllium Seeds (8%), Valerian Root (2%), Liquorice Root (2%).

As I said you need to have the evening tea every other day 30 minutes after your last meal which really helped me stop picking at food during the evenings!! Now if I'm honest the smell of the evening tea was a little unpleasant but tasted absolutely fine. Just bear in mind that the evening tea can work as a laxative for the first few days.

Onto the results!
Now for the important thing....did it work?! It really did. After the two weeks I felt so much better in myself. I wasn't as bloated as I normally am, my energy levels had improved and also something I didn't expect was my skin was soooo much better! Now you all know if you have read my previous posts that I am on Slimming World but during the two weeks I had the Teatox I lost 4 and a half pounds which I was so pleased with. I've been so impressed with Teatox that I actually ordered two more months worth!!

The great news is Slimming Solutions are currently running a May offer for Buy One Get One Free so if this is something you think you'd like to try go and check out their website here for more information.

Although I was sent this Teatox trial to try I was not paid for this post and all the views I have expressed are my own.

All photos taken by my lovely and very talented other half Panons Photography!
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