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From organizing your bridal shower, to reviewing 47 napkin choices, to dancing with that obnoxious groomsman, brides depend on a small army of friends and family to help keep their wedding together.  Here’s a chance to thank them.

The simplehuman “shower her with thanks” campaign will award five lovely and deserving wedding helpers with a shower makeover. They helped organize the bridal shower; now brides can thank them by organizing a shower of their own – literally! 

Brides-to-be can nominate their friends on simplehuman by Aug. 14 in hopes of winning a new shampoo and soap dispensers (pictured).

To enter the contest:

pregnancy survival kitCongratulations – you’re expecting a little bundle of joy!  With all the changes your body goes through in nine months, are you equipped with the tools for pregnancy survival?   Here’s what Marvelous Girl suggests you keep in your mommy toolkit:

  1.  A Topless Undershirt by Blush ($15):  Soon your belly will outgrow every cute shirt in your closet.  Now you can keep the wardrobe you already have and use the topless undershirt to help cover your belly as your shirts start to ride up.  The undershirt is to be worn like a tube top, but around the waist, allowing a huge amount of stretch and great support.
  2. Tummy Rub Oil by Mama Mio ($35):  Every pregnant woman’s biggest fear is stretch marks, so taking care of your skin is a must.   This tummy oil is the best stretch-mark protection you can buy, having gone through 15 years of trials and been praised by celebrities like supermodel Christy Turlington.  With 100 percent natural ingredients, Tummy Rub Oil has Omega-3, 6 and 9 …and isn’t at all oily. 
  3. triple oxygen™ instant energizing mask by bliss ($52)When you become pregnant it’s frustrating because there are so many products and medicines you can’t use.  Moms with troublesome skin will most likely have to stop using their usual skincare products all together, but triple oxygen instant energizing mask will help keep problematic skin under control while being safe enough for baby.  The mask is an oxygen facial in a bottle (without the expensive spa price) so it refines and exfoliates the skin, clearing and minimizing pores.
  4. Vitamin C Home Infusion Facial Kit by Murad ($70):  A woman’s hormones go crazy during pregnancy, and many experience blotching, darkened skin.  This weekly home facial kit is safe for your baby and will help prevent dark spots caused by hormones.  You’ll notice brighter, smoother skin…I love this product!
  5. Preggi Bellies Ball Workout ($24):  Staying fit during pregnancy will make birthing easier.  This workout video involves a bouncy ball and will raise your heart rate without you ever standing up!  The toning includes both on and off-ball exercises — they use whichever technique is the most effective.  Taught at three different levels, the moves are all designed to make it easier to give birth and care for your baby.

With these tools you’ll be better prepared for pregnancy.  So take care of yourself and make the pregnancy all about you…because in nine months life will forever be all about baby!

Photo by Scyza

Photo by Scyza

In dire need of a last minute gift for the man in your life this Father’s Day?  Don’t fret.  This holiday, give him what he really wants: YOU

Set the mood by shedding your clothes in style as Marvelous Girl brings you stripping tips from the famed New York City Gentlemen’s Club, SCORES.


Stripping Tips:

  1. Fill the room with romantic and sexy music to strip to that fits your style and mood
  2. Awaken your man’s senses with aromatic candles
  3. Pour wine or a drink with ice – the ice will send chills up your man’s spine
  4. Decorate yourself with a naughty outfit or lacy lingerie
  5. Pole dancing is a thing from yesteryear. All you need are seductive moves and “come hither” eye contact, and he’ll be putty in your arms. 

For additional information or tips, visit the official website at

Photo by petr0

Photo by petr0

Despite the economic downturn and retail sales plummeting, this Father ’s Day it looks like dads are going from handyman to dandyman, as sales of pampering services and related products are expected to increase 35.7 percent, according to industry research firm IBISWorld

Although pampering services only accounts for a small portion of total Father’s Day spending on the nation’s 66.3 million dads as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, pampering is emerging as this holiday’s fastest growing gift category with consumers expected to spend $190 million compared to $140 million in 2008.

“Traditional Father’s Day gifts, such as tools and electronics are declining this year while spa services, personal care products, and greeting cards are increasing,” explained Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “It seems that ‘New Age’ dads are this year’s fad.”   Mr. van Beeck added, “According the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an estimated 66.3 million fathers in the nation today which demonstrates the impact spending on Father’s Day has on the U.S. economy.”

Photo by LotusHead
Photo by LotusHead

Consumers are expected to spend significantly less on Easter candy this year, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.  Overall sales are forecasted to decline by 10.2 percent, compared to a decline of 7.1 percent in 2008.  


“Although candy sales are expected to decline greatly, the forecast could have been much worse had it not been for the holiday’s calendar date,” explained George Van Horn, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Easter occurs 20 days later than last year, so candy producers and marketers have additional days to merchandise their products.  This will cushion some of the inevitable blow on spending.”


More than 30 percent of all holiday confectionary purchases are made during the Easter period, totalling $1.77 billion.  Chocolate confectionary accounts for the majority of purchases at 56 percent, followed by non-chocolate candy at 33 percent and gum at 11 percent.


When it comes to purchasing, more than 55 percent of all Easter confectionary sales in 2009 are estimated to arise from supermarkets, while 18 percent will be from chocolatiers and specialty confectionary retailers.  The remaining will be made up by big box retailers, discount, convenience stores and online sales.


This Easter the nation will roughly consume:


  • 16 billion jellybeans (with cherry, strawberry, grape, and lime being the favorite flavors)
  • 700 million Marshmallow Peeps


As far a chocolate is concerned, 65 percent of adults are expected to consume milk chocolate while 27 percent are predicted to consume dark chocolate.

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