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Dos and Don'ts for a Healthier Morning Cup

Publish On 2013-09-14 , 11:05 AM

There are many health benefits to both coffee and tea - disease-fighting, metabolism-revving, and memory-boosting benefits, to name a few. But in order to maximize these health benefits, there may be a few tweaks you should be doing to your morning routine. Read on for the dos and don'ts for making your morning cup of coffee or tea even healthier! 
Do: Add Spices: Don't reach for the sugar; add flavor to your coffee with spices instead. Not only do spices contain fewer calories than sugar, but also, you'll be getting a few added benefits. Cinnamon, for example, can help control blood sugar, while nutmeg can help regulate your digestive tract.
Don't: Add Milk to Your Tea: Tea and milk may be fit for the Brits, but mixing milk with tea actually decreases the health properties of those leaves. So if you're looking to reap some of the cancer-fighting powers from your daily cup of tea, then make sure you leave the dairy out of it.
Do: Add Lemon to Tea Instead: If you're looking to maximize those antioxidants in your daily tea treat, then try brightening up your cup with a squeeze of lemon. Adding a little citrus to your cup of green tea brings out the antioxidant power of the brew's catechins.
Don't: Take Vitamins With Your Coffee: In the morning, it's all about having an efficient routine. But if yours involves a swig of coffee followed by your daily vitamins and supplements, then you may want to hold off. Research has shown that coffee's effect on your digestive tract may make it harder for your body to absorb all the nutrients from your vitamins, since things may be moving just a little bit faster. Instead, wait at least 10 to 15 minutes after your coffee break before taking your vitamins.
Do: Watch the Brew Time: Tea's many health benefits stem from its level of catechins, which are full of antioxidant power. Overbrewing the leaves, however, lowers the amount of antioxidants in your cup, so most teas should only steep for three to five minutes. Green and white teas should be steeped in water that's slightly below boiling.


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7 Tips for Planning a Wedding Destination

Publish On 2013-09-30 , 1:31 PM

A destination wedding is probably the most romantic kind of wedding. Whisking away to a far off land with your love and your nearest and dearest to tie the knot. 
1. Give yourself plenty of planning time.
Destination weddings are usually booked well in advance with our own venues booking up around 18 months before the wedding date. So start planning early if you don’t want your choices limited!  Send out ‘Save the Date’ cards as soon as you can so that you can allow your guests the chance to incorporate your wedding into their annual leave.  You don’t want to leave it too late where all your guests have already booked their holidays and cannot make it to your big day.
2. Location, location, location.
With your guests needing to travel abroad for your wedding it is important to factor in the travel time and likely costs involved as there is no point in inviting all your friends and family to your fabulous event if it is going to be too difficult for them to get to or too expensive.  So check that there are good flight connections for your guests and that there is a wide range of local accommodations to suit all budgets.  You should also factor in the travel time from the airport to your wedding location and ensure that there are good transfer companies available as not everyone wants to drive abroad.
3. Remember to get help!
Planning a wedding at home can be stressful enough so please don’t think planning a wedding abroad will be any easier.  Language barriers and lack of knowledge of the area can be a real stumbling block so hire a professional wedding planner who will have a vast knowledge of the area and will provide the very best team of vendors.  I would recommend hiring a planner who also offers a décor and  styling service as you don’t want to be filling your cases up with decorations, leaving no room for your beautiful dress.  You shouldn’t have to be worrying about the logistics of your event and whether or not you have chosen a good vendor or if they will even turn up so leave this to the professionals, sit back, relax and enjoy!
4. Look after your guests.
Your wedding guests will have gone to a lot of effort and expense travelling to your wedding so it is important to make sure they feel this is appreciated and that they are well looked after but you also don’t want to end up being their personal travel agent! 
5. Plan for all kinds of weather.
You have decided upon a destination wedding and most likely for the weather, but this is not always as reliable as it once was.  So plan for sun but if there could be a chance of rain then you need to ensure that your venue has a contingency for inclement weather and that this would not impact your planned day too much!
6. Don’t forget to pace yourself.
If you think a destination wedding means a more relaxing time for you, think again.  You will be surrounded by your nearest and dearest for a week and they will want to spend lots of time with you having fun!  This can be quite overwhelming and exhausting and it is important to make sure you allow yourself some downtime as you don’t want to look like a zombie by the time your big day arrives. 
7. Make sure you know what’s legal!
Marrying abroad is not always straight forward so it is important to check the laws of the country you wish to marry in before booking your wedding.  In Spain, for example, you cannot legally marry unless you have been resident in the country for 2 years or you are Catholic and marry in the church. Therefore most of our couples choose to do the legal bit back home before they fly out to Spain and then have their personal wedding ceremony here performed by a minister within the grounds of our venues.

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Budgeting for the Wedding: Who Pays for What?

Publish On 2013-11-02 , 6:52 AM

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10 Wacky Wedding Cakes

Publish On 2013-11-15 , 5:48 AM

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10 Simple Ways to Wow Your Wedding Guests

Publish On 2013-11-19 , 6:03 AM

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