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Posted 7/26/16 at 5:41 PM | Robin Williams

Everything you need to know for a fairytale wedding

A fairytale is a story about magical creatures and generally involve a beautiful princess and her prince charming. A fairytale need not stick to a general theme of lakes and castles and mystic beings just like your wedding.
Below is a guide to plan a perfect fairytale wedding to save your effort:

Decide on a Theme

You can think out of the box for a “unique” setup for your own magical world. Follow these steps:

Start with the basics

  • Hobbies – The things you both like to do together as a couple.
  • Favorite things you enjoy together – Sports and other activities you share.
  • How you met – Consider how and where you met as a possible theme.
  • Favorite piece of art, music, movie, food.
Describe your theme using nouns and adjectives and their combination. Some examples are:
  • Rustic elegance
  • Artsy
  • Grand vintage
  • Glam royalty
List options
  • Come up with a list of options for your theme. Some popular themes are:
  • Country
  • Western
  • Italian
  • Vintage
  • Butterfly
  • Retro
  • Indian/oriental
  • Stars
  • A famous movie
Choose colors

After deciding a theme for your wedding you need not stick to a general color pattern, you can spice it up with colors of your choice. However remember to:
  • DO NOT go overly creative and choose a color which contradicts the theme altogether.
  • You can choose primary colors with a couple of accent colors for a supporting role.
  • Use the psychology of color to make a wiser choice.
  • Keep the color scheme consistent with all the elements of your wedding.
Here are some most widely used color combinations:
Monochromatic: In this scheme there is only one color with different shades (blacks), tints (whites) or tones (grays). For example pink, with blush and pale rose.
  • Analogous: These colors are adjacent to each other on color wheel. They create a harmony and a pleasing effect.
  • Complementary: Two colors opposite on the wheel of color are called complementary. This scheme makes the theme fun and exciting. Take care to not to overdo it.


Posted 7/26/16 at 11:00 AM | Brian Wallace

Save Your Family Money By Buying Glasses Online

You can save a lot of money buying glasses online. Learn how to take all the measurements you need from this infographic!

Posted 7/21/16 at 3:08 PM | Brian Wallace

Planning A Family Vacation? Why You Should Choose San Antonio

San Antonio has a lot for families to do, after you visit The Alamo, of course! Learn more about notable attractions to visit in San Anotnio from this infographic!

Posted 7/19/16 at 9:33 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What if You Divorced for the Wrong Reasons?

I hold both of these truths to be self-evident: sometimes women can be verbally and emotionally abused without other people understanding the extent of it, and need to get out of that marriage; and sometimes women claim that they are verbally and emotionally abused when they simply want to leave the marriage.

I have been quite passionate about the first group of women on this blog this year, writing about what submission really means; how to deal with a controlling husband; how we shouldnever make women powerless in the name of God.

But today I am angry about the second group. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/16 at 4:09 PM | Audra Jennings

Summer boredom buster from Focus on the Family

Summer boredom buster from Focus on the Family
Free 14 day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club

There are so many ways families can enjoy the summer for free:

  • Hiking
  • Visiting parks in the area
  • Swimming
  • Camping in the backyard
  • Visiting a public museum or library

However, parents across the country are starting to hear that dreaded summertime mantra, "I'm bored!" While it's tempting to let the TV or video games entertain the kids all summer, research suggests that nearly all young people experience some level of learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.

Now, parents can add more fun, imagination and education to their kids' summer through Focus on the Family with a FREE 14 day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) --- a safe and fun online environment where children can explore, create and imagine, while developing their faith and learning biblical truth. FULL POST

Posted 7/2/16 at 1:41 AM | Lara Sen

Renting to Unmarried Couples: What Christian Property Owners Need to Know

As both a devout Christian and a property owner, working within the confines of the law can sometimes mean going against your personal religious beliefs. Where can we draw the line?

Here’s what Christian landlords need to know:

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, which was passedin 1968, landlords cannot refuse to discriminate based on certain identity markers – including race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law would be further amended in 1989 to prohibit discrimination based on disability or familial status.

In this case, familial status refers specifically to pregnant women and/or the presence of children under the age of 18 – including single parents with children. An example of the Fair Housing Act in action is one, somewhat bizarre, case from 2011, in which a Wisconsin landlord refused to rent a property to a single mother because there was no man “to shovel the snow.” The landlord was subsequently sued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/16 at 6:37 PM | Sunny Shell

A Mother's Counsel: Attractive Girls Are a Dime a Dozen

Though God chose all Scripture to be penned by men, He did not decree that all of the wisdom therein, would come only from men. Proverbs 31:10-31 is an acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet; an oracle a mother taught her son. A son, who was a king.

King Lemuel is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible, except in the opening of this famous passage of a what a biblically submissive woman truly looks like—in spirit, and in the practical applications of her every day life. Most scholars believe King Lemuel is King Solomon (also called Jedidiah) since the names have similar meanings, and King Solomon wrote most of Proverbs. Lemuel means "devoted, or belonging to God" and Jedidiah (Solomon's other name) means "beloved of the LORD (2 Sam 12:25).

While it is uncertain who King Lemuel was, what is certain is that God chose for this wise counsel from a mother to her son, to be recorded—that men may know what a godly woman looks like, and women may know that her greatest "adorning...[is] the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." (1 Pet 3:4). FULL POST

Posted 6/30/16 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Dealing With Sexual Pain? Vaginismus vs. Simple Pain

That’s one of the most common questions I get from women about to get married as virgins. Every Monday I like to take a reader question and try to answer it, and today I’d like to tackle the subject of pain during intercourse on your wedding night, and hopefully set some fears aside and help out others.

And some people really could use some help, because I saw this message on a forum I belong to last weekend, too:

We got married 5 days ago and it’s been too painful to consummate yet — any suggestions? FULL POST

Posted 6/16/16 at 11:28 PM | Karen Kramer

No Fear—Get Married

Several wedding invitations are on my desk. Each couple has planned a special day with flowers, flowing dresses, serious vows, love, laughter, maybe some joyful tears, and a gathering of families and friends.

But beyond the moments shared at the altar or in a garden, and after a brief honeymoon, the real journey awaits. And honestly, their future is unknown.

Many couples delay marriage—sometimes fearing failure, money issues, or just too much uncertainty in our weary world of horrible tragedies, suffering and misfortune. But please don’t let that stop you from saying I do.

Scary highlights from the year I married:

Revolutionary forces in Iran under the leadership of Ayatollah Khomeini took over Iran.

Militants later seized the US embassy and held over 50 Americans hostage—for over a year. FULL POST

Posted 6/16/16 at 3:44 PM | Mark Ellis

Is the two-year-old snatched by alligator in heaven?

Melissa Graves with son, Lane

By Mark Ellis

The nation was horrified by the loss of two-year-old Lane Graves after he was snatched at the edge of a lagoon by an alligator in front of his parents at an upscale Disney hotel only a monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom.

One of the most troubling dimensions to the loss of a child is the question of their eternal destiny. There will be comforting words from friends, but some will be left wondering if they will see their little one in heaven.

One of the most famous sermons ever delivered by Dr. J. Vernon McGee, the legendary pastor and Bible teacher with a Texas twang, addressed this important question.

The subject was close to his heart because the McGee’s first child was stillborn.

“There is no sorrow quite so heartrending as the death of a little child,” Dr. McGee affirmed. “The image of the little one is written so indelibly upon the mind and heart that during the long watches of the night it appears on memory’s screen to haunt us.” FULL POST

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