Saturday, August 28, 2010

Extreme Weddings: Ripley's Believe it or Not Style

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Enter If You Dare!

Ripley's Believe It or Not is known for showcasing all things wild, weird, crazy, extreme and flat out different.

Their newest Ripley's Believe it or Not book, Enter If You Dare, features the classic Ripley's material: wild people, crazy feats, and extremes of all sorts. It also features some interesting and extreme weddings that wedding lovers and trivia collectors will adore and regular people may just find to be plain weird.

Enter If You Dare mentions a sheep loving woman who made a wedding gown for herself and a waistcoat for the groom from her beloved sheep.

Not extreme enough yet? She even included the sheep in her wedding photos. Read more about this wooly wedding on page 28.

On page 29 you'll find that tens of thousands of Chinese people rushed to get married on 09/09/09 because to the Chinese the number nine is extremely good luck and they believe that marrying on this date would give them a long and happy marriage.

On page 54 you can learn about a frog wedding that took place in India to please the gods.

On page 75 read about a bear who played bestman at a wedding in Montana.

Want more wedding extremes?

Keep reading here.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bridal Bling T-Shirts

Brides-to-be are always on the lookout for something fun and unique- well here's a chance to add a little blingy fun while planning the big day. creates custom t-shirts with rhinestone sparkle that say whatever you want them to- like "The Future Mrs...", "Bride to Be 10-30-10", "Bridesmaid 2010", "Mother of the Bride","Beware Bridezilla on the Loose" or anything else you'd like the shirt to say. And it'll all be spelled out in Swarovski rhinestone crystals.

You can choose t-shirt colors, styles(they even offer eco-friendly organic t-shirts), sizes and sayings- it's all up to you.

Grab a couple shirts for when you're out bridal shopping so everyone knows you're a bride to be. Make some special shirts for the bachelorette party or for your bridesmaids.In addition to t-shirts they have sweat pants and sweatshirts, hoodies, baseball caps, tank tops, panties, aprons, and bikini bottoms and tops.

You could create a custom wardrobe for your honeymoon with just married sparkle on t-shirts, sweats, even your bikini. Make sure everyone knows you're a new bride so you can get a true honeymoon experience.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Review of Lulu's Photo Books

A couple week's ago I wrote about Lulu's photo books- how you can create them with your wedding memories.

Well I decided to give them a try and make my own photo book. I created a memory book for my oldest son who graduated high school this year and starts college next month. I think a nice keepsake book of photos of him from his first 19 years would be a great (late) graduation gift for him. Plus I can always order extra copies for me, grandma and anyone else who may want a copy.

I've used a couple of other photo book design programs before- Snapfish and Shutterfly. I have found Shutterfly to be the most versatile and user friendly. Their software lets you easily design each individual page from layout to background color and style. That I really like.

Lulu's current program allows you to pick a theme then you can only change pages around within the theme- there are a certain number of page layouts that you can choose from but the color scheme and backgrounds stay on theme.

However the result is a beautiful uniform book where everything matches up perfectly- which I truly appreciate. Having a nice uniform look without thinking too hard or scrolling through hundreds of pages and layouts made the book easier and quicker to complete.

I can't wait to see the printed- finished product.

A couple great features of the Lulu photo books:

* The ability to easily add photos from your Flickr, Facebook, or Photobucket accounts

* You can sell the finished product and make a couple bucks off friends and family who may also like copies of the book

* If you don't want to design the book from cover to cover it has an autofill feature that takes all your uploaded photos and puts them in the book for you. Me I'm too controlling to let the program do that but for someone who wants a quick and easy book its the way to go.

* Several sizes to choose from along with many themes to pick from (I love the seasonal autumn backgrounds- I am going to have to make a Fall memories book next)

One downside I had with the Lulu program was several times the program froze and I couldn't upload photos- but that could be because of my internet. I have DSL- high speed but not super high speed so some programs do run slow. So I don't think it was a Lulu issue more of a connection issue.

Overall I am very pleased with my finished book. I'll let you know how it looks once I get my print copy.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wash All Your Laudry for a Year for Just $32.95

Laundry balls are a wonderful invention that can help you save a lot of money in the long run.Laundry balls get your clothes clean without using a bunch of expensive laundry soap. They help agitate the clothes for cleaner results without the harmful chemicals in chlorine based bleach and some harsh laundry detergents. Laundry balls also help your clothes last longer by keeping the clothes fresher and in shape.

The Robby Wash laundry ball is an exclusive worldwide patented laundry system that has been "tested, proven and guaranteed" to work. Designed in France the Robby Wash ball meets the strict compliance requirements of Europe and contains no phosphates or chlorine. The Robby Wash ball has received many safety certifications including those from REACH and RoHS. Each Robby Wash ball is made of durable ABS materials.

Well I received a Robby Wash ( love the name my youngest is Robby) laundry ball to try out at home and I must say it seems to work very well. I was honestly surprised.

I have never tried a laundry ball before because I had my doubts about their effectiveness. I decided to give it a try and tossed the ball in with a large load of laundry- some with stubborn stains that had already went through the wash once without coming out. The ball is super easy to use- you just toss it in with the laundry and it works in both top and front loading washing machines.

Keep reading my review here.

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