4th anniversary gift

Great 4th Anniversary Gift Ideas

By the fourth year you’ve got a little experience under your belt with how to treat your anniversary. Even if you’ve put a ton of effort into years past, you can always improve. If you’ve made some mistakes in the past, this is your chance to surprise your spouse with something truly special. That’s because the fourth year is all about fruit and flowers. These sweet and colorful gifts are a symbol of of hope, creativity, freedom and fertility. If you haven’t started a family yet and are thinking you would like to, this is the perfect time to make that statement. Then again, if you don’t want to start a family, or you have just the right sized family already, you might want to go with the more modern trend of giving your spouse a new appliance. When it comes to gifts, these traditions couldn’t be any more different. Although, it gives you several options, especially if your spouse is hard to shop for. Here are some great 4th anniversary gift ideas.

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wedding guest list

A Couple’s Guide To Narrowing Down The Wedding Guest List

Putting together the guest list is probably the part of planning the wedding that every couple dreads the most. Not only is it an arduous task to take on in the first place, but it’s the one that often causes the most tension between couples as they plan their wedding. That’s why you need a bit of a road map to get you through it all, without ruffling any feathers. Here’s our how-to guide for narrowing down the wedding guest list.

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Something Old, Something New

Most of us have heard the expression, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. It’s an old tradition, but it’s one that is still widely celebrated today. Except for the silver sixpence part. Aside from the sixpence becoming a defunct form of currency in 1980, the British stopped minting them in silver in 1947. Thus, the expression is known as the four somethings, a guide for what every bride should wear as a token of good luck in her marriage. If you’re the superstitious type, you’ll probably be doing the garter belt, the bouquet toss, and forbidding your fiancé to see you in your dress. And if you’re doing it right, you’ll incorporate all of those traditions in a smart and streamlined way. Here’s our guide to wearing something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

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diamond buying

Telling It Like It Is: Surprising Statistics About Diamond Buying

When you purchase a diamond, especially a diamond that has already been in someone else’s possession, you want to keep a number of things in mind. We’ve talked about discerning a fake from a real diamond, and we’ve talked about finding the best cut, and we have even talked about whether you should purchase an antique diamond or a new diamond. However, it is also critical to keep a number of statistics in mind. These statistics will help round out your knowledge of diamond buying and the diamond industry, and it will make you a more confident buyer.  Here are some surprising statistics about diamond buying.

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celebrity marriages

Five Celebrity Marriages That Have Actually Lasted

Everyone knows that a Hollywood marriage is usually shorter than a season of Downton Abbey. You’ve seen it all before: two celebrities are seen hanging out together, then they kiss at a bar and the next day they are married. It becomes tabloid fodder. Then the paparazzi descend and the next thing you know, the marriage has fallen apart. However, there are a handful of Hollywood marriages that have actually lasted a long time – a really long time. Exploring some of these relationships may even help you in your marriage. Here are five celebrity marriages that have actually lasted.
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valentines day date

How To Plan The Perfect Valentines Day Date

Valentine’s Day always seems like it’s right around the corner. When it does come around, it can be hard to do anything last minute. Jewelry stores are cleaned out of some of the best pieces. Restaurants are booked. And your date may already have other plans. This is why you want to take things into your hands well in advance. If you don’t, you may not be able to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day night. The truth is that planning a Valentines Day date to remember is easy if you have time on your side. Here is how to plan the perfect Valentines Day date.

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Five New Year’s Marriage Resolutions

It’s a brand new year, which can mean a lot of different things. Of course, you may be getting older, wiser and more mature. It may also mean that you are thinking of some personal resolutions. For instance, you may want to improve your diet or you may want to commit to a better fitness regimen. But what about your marriage? – Have you thought about making some resolutions for your marriage? Even if your marriage isn’t necessarily on the rocks, you can still benefit from making a number of resolutions – resolutions that could strengthen your bond. Here are five new year’s marriage resolutions.

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januarys birthstone

Garnet: The Story Behind January’s Birthstone

Those born in January were assigned garnet as their birthstone. Although this stone is known for its deep reddish-brown color, it can actually be found in a wide spectrum of colors. This is because garnet is actually a family of gemstones, and this family has 6 very distinct members: almandine, pyrope, grossular, spessartite, andradite, and uvarovite. Within each of these members there is a very specific chemistry to the stone, but there is also a range of colors that almost each member of the family can be found in. So if you don’t like the deep red color that most people associate with garnet, you can always choose from any of the other stones in the family. Here’s the story behind January’s birthstone.

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