Knowing Your Mate

Finding your soulmate is truly a life-altering experience that is hard to describe to someone that hasn’t felt it yet, but trust me when I say it worth the wait. When you know, you just know, and that is exactly how it was when I met mine. Although some people may think of classic movies when it comes to finding a soulmate, that was not the case necessarily. When we first met, the attraction was immediate, and he checked off all of the important credentials that I require in a mate. It feels like I have known him my entire life and I find myself talking to him like a dear old friend. In reality, he is just as important and relevant to me as my oldest friends and I cannot imagine my life without him.

You know you’ve met the right one when that person is all that you can think about. What I tell people that have not experienced it is that it doesn’t stand out like a romantic comedy. Instead, it is more real than that, but it is a moment that you will not ever forget. I may be no movie star actress, but the feeling I had was just as dramatic and intense. Just because true love isn’t like the movies, it doesn’t mean that it is unique in its own way. The moment I saw my future husband, I knew that he was the one that was meant for me. The butterflies I feel for him is still as intense. The love for him has never gone away and I know that it never will. Knowing you’ve met the right one, that soulmate, signals that you are at the next level.

I can be my true self around those that I love, showing all sides of me that they take all in, from the bad to the good and everything in between. I don’t have to hide any aspect of myself with them, and my personality is allowed to flow effortlessly and without judgment. No one is perfect, but he is the perfect one for me. He understands and loves my imperfections and vice versa. The beauty, after all, lies within all of our scars just as much as our beauty.


We share similar life goals and we have discussed for long nights what we have planned for the future, and how our love will evolve over the years. Even when our paths diverge, there is something that connects us and it is also interesting how even our fantasies sometimes are the same. Life is all about the journey and it would be amazing if we all could walk through it side by side with someone special, that soulmate. When we get married, how many kids we have, and where we live are all things that are on the table at the moment, but I am ready for wherever the path may lead us. With him by my side, I know that we can get through the decisions together in a way that is perfect for both of us.


Sure, we have moments where we may spar and debate with intensity, but it is necessary to deepen that connection. But even when we fight, we always move forward and never back. The two of us have managed to get through everything together and it makes me feel even more secure and safe.


You will feel like you are one of the most blessed people on earth once you have found your soulmate and that is another sign that you are going the right direction. I remain in awe of my partner and his qualities are ones that make me grateful to have found him. We are both committed to this relationship and are always eager to find more ways to get everything to the next level. I know that I am always open to speaking to my fiancé about anything that comes to mind – no matter is too big or too small. Once you find that soulmate, you are willing to do everything you can to ensure that you grow together as one over many years.



A Better Shape

There are so many different ways in which to get in shape, but for me, I have found that waist trainers offer me the type of flexibility and overall look that really motivates me to continue striving for my best body yet. Since I was looking for something to fine-tune my body slowly and over time, I asked a few of my female friends and they suggested that I look into wearing corsets and waist trainers in order to get my body in peak shape before my wedding day. I want to look absolutely perfect before I exchange vows with my fiancé and I have been advised that this is probably one of the best ways out there to gradually re-configure your body and keep the weight off and maintain an hourglass figure.


Why did I consider waist trainers over other means? Well, not only are they gorgeous and make you feel wonderful, but they also keep your body aligned throughout the day and improve your posture and help you breathe that much better. The following are some of the best available on the market that I know will satisfy most women’s tastes.


Kinnaird Ireland Shaper Corset

woman wearing Kinnaird Ireland shaper corset

First of all, one of the best things about this corset is that it is comprised of premium cotton for a truly comfortable fit. This premium corset utilizes steel bones that hug the body and leave you with an hourglass figure that will stop traffic. The fabric feels absolutely amazing, and the stunning satin inside leaves wearers with that smooth finish women all love, and you don’t have to worry about the corset being visible should you decide to wear it under certain dresses. I will say that it may take you a few days to get used to wearing something so form-fitting, but once your body get used to it, you will be glad you do. This corset is handmade for an even better fit, and the details have not been overlooked, so don’t worry about any loose seams.


The fit is stellar, fitting like a glove. If you need to find your true size, simply deduct about 5 inches from your normal fit. The goring technique is present here as well, so you can cinch and not have to worry about any discomfort. Where does the exercise come into play, you may ask? Well, wearing it up to 10 hours a day will gradually get your body acclimated and some women proclaim that they can reduce their waist up to 7 inches over a few weeks to months. The price is on the more expensive side at $200, but it is one of the best available on the market and you are guaranteed to get those curves you crave. But for the ultimate in style and results, accept no substitutes and invest in this waist cincher.


Squeem Waist Trainer

Squeem Women's Perfect Waist curver

For the perfect all-day trainer, the Squeem waist trainer is definitely for those women that stay busy and need a waist cincher that lasts as long as they do. The fabric feels amazing, available in two neutral colors (black and beige), with a rubber exterior that won’t be seen underneath dresses. There is also lining of triple cotton inside so you also don’t have to worry about irritation throughout the day. There is more breathability attached with wearing this trainer and I found that I could wear it for about half a day without any problems. The ‘Intelligent Fabric’ that comes with Squeem means that it molds to your natural curves for the best fit yet. What I particularly like about the Squeem is that your midsection is fully supported – the flexible boning will definitely improve your posture over time and I saw results fairly quickly, allowing you to adjust hooks that increase pressure, and flexible bones for a fit you will absolutely adore.


It’s also quite lightweight, giving you the flexibility to stay active throughout the day and not worry about impacting how tight the waist trainer is. If you are the type that moves around all day and are searching for a waist trainer that works like magic and leaves no discomfort, the Squeem is the perfect recommendation and I am sure you will love it as much as I do.



My Morning Routine

Ever since juicing became such an important part of my improved lifestyle choices, I cannot imagine living without one. Now that my current one has stopped functioning, I have had to go out and do quite a bit of research on the latest juicer machines on the market and make a list of the top contenders that meet all of my needs. Each day of the week, I have a special drink to go along with my fitness routine, so the thought of me getting up every morning and not being able to make them is definitely not in the cards, so my mission is to replace my juicer as soon as possible.


The juice that you attain directly from fruit provides all of the important vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and enzymes that often get destroyed when processed or cooked. For me, juicing is one of the best ways to increase your daily intake of vegetables and fruits and give your day to day drinking a bit of infusion. Fresh juice that is cold-pressed is the essential part of plant foods and most health nuts will extol the virtues of adding juicing to a health regimen. Of course, fiber is another reason that you want great foods that help to manage weight.


Before you get started with juicing, you should know that there are a slew of blenders and juicers out there that all promise to be efficient and reliable. Above all else, you don’t want a juicer that ends up not performing to your expectations and ends up collecting dust in the corner of your kitchen. What are some of the qualities that you want in a juicer? What functions should it possess? What are the best juicers available now for your money?


In order to extract the high fiber content available in leafy greens, only the most powerful juicers are capable of getting the job done. At least 400 watts minimum is necessary to extract the juice inside vegetables. You also want a juicer that has a warranty that totally covers any unfortunate accidents that could occur to your machine. If there is no warranty, the juicer is probably a cheaper model or a brand that cannot be trusted. Try to avoid these issues at all costs as you want to invest in a quality product at the end of the day.


I believe that if you are using your juicer regularly, you should spend a bit more on a model that lasts a lifetime or at least comes with a lifetime warranty. If you’ve just recently entered the juicing lifestyle, then I would recommend buying a cheaper model that has a limited warranty. There are a few cheaper models that perform adequately and provide warranties for their parts. The following juicers make my short life for the best on the market that are available at a great price.


Omega J8006 Juicer

Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Juice Extractor

The Omega J8006 slowly (at 80 rpm) extracts juice from fruits and vegetables without generating foam and heat, yielding a high juice quotient of premium quality that has a shelf life of 72 hours. This masticating juicer works quietly and comes with a warranty of 15 years for added security. Other features are that it functions as a pasta making and nut butter machine. As a top-quality juicer, some may find the price limiting, but it is so efficient that you will save money on produce over the life of the machine. For those searching for a juicer that is of top quality, this is arguably the best on the market in terms of masticating juicers.


Breville 800JEXL

 breville 800jexl juice fountain elite

As one of their top brands, the Breville 800JEXL is an extremely capable juicer that comes equipped with two-speed controls to yield you tougher greens and softer fruits. Generating only 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit, this juicer is teeming with antioxidants and enzymes. With an enlarged feed tube that is patented, it accommodates whole vegetables and fruits that means you don’t have to spend as much energy prepping produce. Not only is it a great juicer, I rate it among the most capable centrifugal juicers available on the market today.


Breville 700-Watt Juicer

Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt

Not every juicer has to look flashy and come with numerous bells and whistles. The Breville 700-watt juicer is small and hardworking and available for a great price that makes it hard to ignore when making a decision on a great product. Not only does it conveniently juice fast and is user-friendly, but it can be stored away between uses to grant you more countertop space in your kitchen. It is all extremely easy to clean so you save time. Legions of fans cannot be wrong because it has been one of the top juicers on the market for the last few years with no end in sight. For consistency, accept no substitutes.



Writing Our Vows

writing your own: tips & tricks


Since I made the decision to write my own wedding vows, I am glad that I took a bit more time to come up with the final product, because it has been a bit nerve-racking, to say the least. But, since I like to have enough time set aside to get things done right, I have been putting my thoughts anywhere that I can jot them down, from my cell phone to pieces of paper wad up in my purse. I just want to be sure that I say everything I want to say and don’t leave anything out when the big day arrives.


There are a lot of people these days that are considering writing their own vows on their wedding day. Not only does it make the event that much more unique, but it truly connects you not only with your partner but also with those in attendance. Experience has taught me that the best way to come up with your own vows is to read examples to get inspired. I started by reading traditional books, incorporating samples from original themes and using them as a starting point. Once you’ve got that love in your life and have aspirations of looking good in a wedding dress, you will soon find your own stride and be able to construct your own that resonate with your loved one. The following are some tips to help you create the perfect vows for your wedding day.


Agreeing on Formats and Tone


wedding vows

Have a discussion with your loved one and ask how they envision the words? Are they going to be humorous, romantic, poetic, dramatic? The logistics are also important as you can write them separately or you can even go the traditional route. You could also share them with one another or surprise one another on the actual day of the wedding.


Notate the relationship.


You may need to take some time to think about your fiancé and how they make you feel. What are the very things that made the two of you fall in love in the first place and how can that resonate in front of a loved one as well as the audience? Here are some questions to ask to get your creative juices flowing:


What made the two of you decide to marry?
What tough times have you endured together?
What do you see for one another in the future?
What goals do you have in common?
What makes the relationship work?
What was the moment you realized the attraction was mutual?
What do you respect most about one another?
How has life changed since you became a couple?
What inspires both of you?
What do you miss about the other when apart?
What qualities do you admire the most in your partner?


Come up with a list of promises.


We call them vows, which makes promises very important. One tip I was told was to include them in a broad way but in a way that applies to specifically you two.