How to Create your own Royal Wedding

We were all moved by Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding – the theme was ‘unpretentious, simple, and natural,’ and we could barely hold back the waterworks as we dreamed of our own fairytale ceremony.

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Now that you’ve set the date, take a leaf out of Kate’s marriage portfolio, and feel like a true princess on your big day. Here’s how to create your own royal wedding:

Choosing The Dress

One of the most important decisions before the wedding: the dress. We all remember Kate’s stunning Alexander McQueen gown which was both tasteful, simple, and flawless. To get the Kate look, opt for a dress with a lace bodice and a satin skirt. Don’t be afraid to remain conservative and cover up your shoulders. Bearing all is not always beautiful.

Accessorise with a little tasteful bling: diamond earrings are a must-have adornment, as well as a simple veil with minimal lace trimming.

Your Wedding Bouquet

If you’re wondering which flowers made an appearance in Kate’s bouquet, she chose lily of the valley, sweet William (of course!), hyacinth, ivy, and myrtle. Use similar arrangements to get the same, gorgeous assortment of blossoms.

Instead of throwing her bouquet, Kate placed the flowers on the grave of an unknown fallen soldier – a tradition in the royal family that began back in 1923. Follow in her footsteps by placing your posies on the grave of a loved one who couldn’t be at your wedding, in honour of their memory.

Treetastic

We’re sure you remember the simply stunning aisle of 20 foot trees that decorated Westminster Abbey on Kate’s big day. You can replicate this lovely sentiment at your wedding venue. Although it’s unlikely many indoor venues will accept large, potted trees in their rooms, it doesn’t hurt to ask, as country house weddings are perfectly posh.

Alternatively, you can have your wedding outdoors and either sneak the foliage in there or have your ceremony in a forest! With lights in the trees, you can really capture the fairytale magic.

Do Your Hair and Make-up Like Kate

We all love Kate’s signature hairstyle – those loose, long, and chic curls. On her wedding day Kate stuck by her guns and supported a similar ‘do to her everyday look. You can achieve the same style by separating your hair into three sections (maybe more if your hair is particularly thick) and curling each one. Don’t let go of the curl, but pin it back and leave it to cool.

Once you let down your hair (Rapunzel!), spray it with a good layer of hairspray and run your fingers through your hair gently to slightly loosen the curls. From here, you can attach your veil however you want or pin your locks back into a half-up/half-down style.

Serious points go to Kate for doing her own makeup on her wedding day. Here’s how you can get the same look for your ceremony: swipe a neutral shade of eyeshadow across your lid. In your crease, use a slightly darker shade. Line your eyes with black kohl and blend with a cotton bud.

Add a few coats of waterproof mascara (just in case!) and then turn your attention to your cheeks – pink blush on the apples, blended up to your hair line. Finally, finish off with nude/pink lip gloss and you’re good to go!

Blogger’s Day and ParenTIN.tv 2nd Anniversary

I finally had a time out, away from my keyboard last Saturday, September 10, 2011. It was surprising that I survived a day without internet. I spent the day with Mommy Blogger friends celebrating the ParenTIN.tv 2nd anniversary and blogger’s day at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Libis, Quezon City.

Before the program started, we were asked to have lunch first and I forgot that I am on a diet. Who wouldn’t be with a sumptuous meal like this?

The buffet was prepared by Chef Bienvenido B. Chavez of Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. Thank God the program started before another pound would be added to my weight that day.

Ms. Christine Bersola Babao, a multi-awarded host, hosted the said Blogger’s Party and greeted us all with a big smile and warm welcome.

She created ParenTIN.tv two years ago to share parenting lessons, her personal experiences as a Mom, make friends and touch lives. Now ParenTIN.tv has 40 parenting episodes, 11 successful events and more than 2,000 members which all mark its success and she’s very thankful. According to her, ParenTIN.tv is ardent to share more parenting episodes on developmental milestones and toddler tips in days to come that can be watched on its website www.parentin.tv, Knowledge Channel and Sky Cable Ch. 42 with the following schedules…

• Sundays 8 p.m.
• Mondays 7:20 p.m.
• Wednesdays 8:40 p.m.
• Saturdays 9 a.m.; 2 p.m.; 9 p.m.

Of course parenting is not just taking care of the babies and toddlers. If there’s the hardest part I think it’s parenting teenagers. That is why ParenTIN.tv came up with the search for Teen Bloggers because they wish to know, see and hear the feelings of teenagers. If you are a teen blogger and interested in the said search, you can send your articles to hello@parentin.tv.

Ms. Christine Bersola Babao is also known for being a mompreneur. Now that Christmas is in the air, ParenTIN.tv wants to help mompreneurs to earn extra this holiday season. They just launched another online promo that gives enterprising Moms an opportunity to win a free booth at The Grand International Importers and Exporters Bazaar in World Trade Center Hall A from November 11-20, 2011. All you need to do is turn in successful referral and you’ll have the chance to win. The value of booth is Php60,000 and two winning moms and dads can share it to sell wares this Christmas. You can email t.bersola-babao@parentin.tv for inquiries.

Guest speaker Vanessa Garon of Golden Values discussed about Internet Addiction and Aggressive Behavior.

A student from Golden Values (name withheld to protect her identity) who is undergoing therapy shared how she got addicted with the internet and used it to escape from real life until it led her to cyber sex. The other student shared how tough discipline from his parents pushed him to be rebellious and bully in school. Both topics are sensitive yet very informative and helpful to parents like me. It was good that the speakers are quite humorous and know how to break the ice that made the mood lighter.

The other guest speaker Ms. Zonito Torevillas-Tamase, a health advocate, talked about Healthier Foods and Alkalinity.

She imparted her knowledge on the nutritional facts and benefits of Moringa (Malunggay). She made great tasting smoothies for us; mixture of ripe mangoes, bananas and a tablespoon of powdered Moringa. It was so delicious that you cannot taste the Moringa. Ms. Zonito also discussed the right way of drinking water and how it can maintain the body’s alkalinity which is a great tip for hyper acidic like me.

Of course the event won’t be complete without the raffle and awarding of winners from ParenTIN.tv online contests. An intermission number from Ms. Star Orjaliza and giving of cards from Mommy Bloggers to Ms. Christine graced the event as well. Ms. Christine was delighted that the cards were handmade and dedications were hand-written and she gave her heartfelt thanks to Mommy Bloggers.

It was a fun-filled and memorable blogger’s day with ParenTIN.tv and Mommy Bloggers. Each and every one of us went home with gift packs from Smart Steps, Permasoft pillow from Uratex and healthy Moringa chips from Ms. Zonito.

Do you want to be part of ParenTIN.tv? Then head on to their website now www.parentTIN.tv for free registration.

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Sati’s Fun-Filled Day

Wondering why we’re in purple? It was one of the motifs in Sati’s first birthday that was held at Jollibee, Ortigas Roosevelt. Sati the famous baby in blogniverse, is Pehpot’s youngest child.
RJ with Joy, Pehpot and Sati
It was a fun-filled day not only for our little ones but for the Mommy Bloggers as well. I got the chance to meet some of the mommies in blogniverse and they are all nice.
RJ had fun too and was happy with her prizes and loot bag.
RJ and Jill
RJ and Joy
We went home with foods and fab give aways.
I used this eco bag right away. It’s a cute addition to my eco bags.
To Pehpot and Sati, thank you very much for that wonderful day! Mwaah!