Tying the knot might be the best day of your life, but it's nothing short of stressful! After sending out your invitations, planning everything from the flowers to the cake, saying your vows during the ceremony, and then dancing until your feet hurt, it's finally time for your honeymoon. Now, it's just you and your spouse, and you don't have to worry about anyone else. It's your chance to be a little selfish, relax, and take time for yourselves. Are you looking for honeymoon spots that are out of the ordinary? Maybe the typical destinations like Paris, Florida, and Bermuda aren't cutting it for you. That's why we've put together a list of the best honeymoon destinations that are just as unique as you and your new spouse.
The Top 10 Romantic Honeymoon Destinations:
1. Saint Lucia, The Caribbean
Love to explore while you take in nature's beauty? You can do both when you spend your honeymoon at Saint Lucia. From horseback riding, to trekking through the island's many rainforests, to sailing along the water, there's something for everyone. In addition, there are numerous beautiful resorts to choose from, complete with tranquil, renowned spas and other amenities. They'll all give you the relaxation you need.
2. Venice, Italy
Among newlyweds, Italy's always been one of the best honeymoon destinations. After all, it's a country with a rich history, iconic architecture, and a beautiful language. Venice in particular, though, is a must-visit. The picturesque layout of the city, comprised of over 100 small, connected islands, is more than enough reason! And you and your spouse can take one of those world-famous gondola rides down the Grand Canal to see everything Venice has to offer.
3. The State Of Hawaii
You don't have to leave America to visit paradise, because you can find it in the state of Hawaii. Immerse yourself in Hawaii's unique culture, festivals, and landscapes. For the full experience, be sure to visit all 8 islands. If you and your spouse don't have time, though, then you absolutely must see Oahu, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii. Not only is the Island of Hawaii the largest of them all, but it's also home to Kilauea, the world's most active volcano. And because airlines have now added so many more flights to Hawaii, it's easier than ever to visit the 50th state.
4. Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town just might have everything you're looking for in a romantic getaway with your new spouse. Scenic beaches, exciting city and night life, delicious wine, and more are all home to this port city. Cape Town is definitely not short on history either, as it's the oldest city in South Africa. You can enjoy foods from all over the world, find your center with yoga classes, and even embark on thrilling activities like shark cage diving.
5. Kyoto, Japan
Want to take in the sights and culture of Japan, without the hustle and bustle associated with cities like Tokyo and Osaka? Then Kyoto is one of the best honeymoon spots for you and your significant other. It's known for its stunning spring gardens, so make sure you plan your trip when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. People all over the world come to Japan to experience the ancient tradition of cherry blossom viewing, also known as "hanami." Plus, because Kyoto has been extremely well-preserved, it has many historic temples, shrines, and castles.
6. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
For a beach with a stunning view, coupled with a bustling city, visit Rio de Janeiro with your new husband or wife. You'll be surrounded by Rio's world-famous mountains, which will surely take your breath away every time you see them. The city is also home of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer that overlooks the entire city from the top of a mountain. Plus, Rio is home to many cultural festivals and samba shows, featuring dancers that celebrate the spirit of Carnival all year.
7. Sonoma, California
Sonoma is a must-visit for wine aficionados. If you can't picture anything more relaxing than strolling through a vineyard with your loved one, and tasting all the available wines, then this is one of the best honeymoon destinations for you. Complete your stay by staying in a resort with cozy wooden cabins. Also, be sure to enjoy some of the colonial architecture and shops in Sonoma Plaza, as well as the city's numerous art galleries and exhibits.
8. Mykonos, Greece
If you and your partner love to party under clear, blue skies, you need to go to Mykonos. Aside from its buzzing night life, it's recently become a hot destination for craft beer. You'll have the summer of your life with your spouse when you experience all the night clubs, and traditional landmarks, Mykonos has to offer. And at the end of the day, you can retreat to the peace and quiet of a luxurious hotel and take in the awe-inspiring view of the beach.
9. Sydney, Australia
Sydney's most remarkable landmark is the widely acclaimed Sydney Opera House. Not only does it host over 40 shows a week, ranging from cabaret to dance, but its architecture is renowned across the world. Sydney's also one of the best honeymoon destinations for pretty much anything else you could think of; it has a gorgeous beach, botanic garden, parks, zoo, harbor, historic pubs, and so much more.
10. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is filled with art, parties, and culture! Because the city has recently completed several new projects, you can look forward to festivals and celebrations that you and your spouse will remember for decades. Plus, New Orleans' distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture sets it apart from every other major American city. Without even stepping outside of the United States, you'll be able learn about so many different cultures and languages in one place.
Honorary Mention: Bali, Indonesia
Bali's always been a popular vacation spot, for both newlyweds and anyone else who just wants to get away from everything for a little while. It's absolutely stunning, with clear, blue waters and quaint architecture. The best thing about Bali, though, is that there's so much to do. You and your significant other can indulge in the finest cuisine and drinks, explore the jungle, and take long walks together along the shore.
Hopefully we've given you some inspiration for planning your honeymoon! Although we've compiled the 10 best honeymoon destinations, there are still plenty more out there. Where do you plan to celebrate your new marriage with your future husband or wife? Tell us in the comments!
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It's February! The month of all things red, hearts, and if you're a mom, a last-minute mad dash to the store on February 13th at 8 p.m. to get a classroom's worth of valentines to send your child to school with (I'm that mom). This year, for my sanity, and yours, I've compiled the easiest and cutest kid's Valentine's Day crafts that a busy mom can pull off.
Rest assured ladies, all ideas have been pulled from the Mother's Bible: Pinterest.
Most schools have banned homemade food items, but some will allow packaged candies for children to take home. Here are some adorable ideas.
Put A Ring On It
A lady's love of giant rings starts young. Print out these free cards from TheGraciousWife.com and dazzle those little darlings. Little boys love Ring Pops too!
Time: 15 minutes
- $7 for the party pack of Ring Pops
- $3 for card stock/staples
The Color Of Friendship
Not a fan of sticky fingered rings? Try this Skittles card, downloadable at creationsbykara.com.
Time: 15 minutes
- $8 for the party pack of Skittles
- $3 for card stock/staples
If you want to skip the candy altogether, red Jello singles, or fruit cups, make little bug bodies for perfect kid's valentines.
Time: 20 minutes
- $15 for the jello/fruit cups
- $2 package of 101 googly eyes
- $2 package of 100 pipe cleaners
- $4.50 package of sticky felt hearts for feet & antennae
Quick & Cute Valentines For Kids
If your school won't allow candy, or you'd rather skip the sugar rush altogether, check out some of these non-food valentines.
Any parent with grade school children will tell you that the only thing that disappears quicker in the house than pencils is food and money. That's why I love Cupid's Pencil. It's cute, quick and easy. And if you're feeling super productive, you can put the names of your child's classmates on the pencils or hearts.
Time: 15/25 minutes
- $4.50 package of sticky felt hearts
- $3 for black felt for arrows
- $8 package of pre-sharpened pencils
Foxes are one of those animals that just about everybody loves! And luckily, they're easy to make into kid's valentines. You can personalize them for each child, too.
Time: 30 minutes
- $9 package of craft foam hearts
- $4.50 package of sticky felt hearts
- $5 for white, red, pink, and black felt for ears, noses, mouths, and bows
And that's it! Even if you're rushing around at the last minute, you should be able to finish any of these kids Valentine's Day crafts in no time. Plus, they're pretty fun (and almost even relaxing!) to put together. What other creative Valentine's Day ideas have you come up with?
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Some people find love at first sight. Others struggle to "find the one." And then there are people who meet their significant other by such a crazy coincidence that you can't believe it really happened. But whether you believe it or not, "meet cute" isn't only for TV shows and movies - it happens in real life! These modern day love stories from Reddit will show you how people lucked out just by being in the right place, at the right time. Or, in a few cases, they found love when they had to catch a cheater. Some of these stories are cute, and others are a little scandalous, but all of them will warm your heart.
15 Of The Most Unbelievable Ways People Met The Love Of Their Life:
How did you meet your significant other? Did it feel like a scene in a movie? Tell us in the comments!
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We've all been there. Interviewing for a new job is nerve-wracking. Not only do you have to make a good impression right off the bat, but you need to convince your potential employer why they should pick you over someone else. In most cases, you only have anywhere from five minutes to an hour to really sell them on hiring you. And you can count on being asked about your strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. If you always freeze up at this part, you're not alone.
The 3 Most Effective Ways To Share Your Strengths And Weaknesses In A Job Interview:
Think About Them Beforehand
The best way to identify your best and worst traits is to look back on your past jobs and evaluate your performance. What went well, and what didn't? What could you possibly improve? And what was something you excelled at? Prepare for any curveball questions your interviewer might ask you. While you're at it, you might as well check your background, too. You'll have an idea of what employers will learn about you before you meet with them in person. If your background has something out of the ordinary (whether it's good or bad), you should be ready to talk about it.
Be Honest, But Not Too Honest
Do yourself a favor - don't lie during your interview. Chances are, your interviewer will be able to tell if you do. After all, no one's perfect, and everyone has at least one weakness (even Oprah). So, the best thing you can do is be honest (and humble!) about your strengths and weaknesses, and how you can overcome them. Have your best qualities and flaws made you grow as a person? What about as an employee? That's what employers want to hear.
A Few Common Interview Weakness Examples:
- You used to run late until your supervisor talked with you about how it negatively impacted your performance. Now, you make sure you're 10 minutes early for every shift and meeting
- You only have experience with older software and programs. However, you're willing to learn and spend your free time researching your industry to learn more skills.
- Sometimes you miss the finer details when completing your work. But at your past job, your colleague showed you how to review your work with a fine-tooth comb before turning it in. You now apply this skill to any task you complete.
Tell A Story From Your Past Job(s)
What's one of the most effective ways to show off your strengths and weaknesses in a job interview? Tell a story. You can really engage your potential employer when you not only identify your strengths and weaknesses, but give actual examples of how they played into your work performance. How did your biggest strength help you complete one of your tasks? And vice versa, did working on a project with your colleagues help you conquer one of your weaknesses? These are all important things to consider.
Of course, you can't just stroll into your interview with perfectly rehearsed answers. That'd be too easy. So, you have to be confident and ready to roll with the punches. No matter what, you need to let your interviewer know that you're qualified to perform the job you're applying for. Good luck, and happy job hunting!
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I am no expert when it comes to cheating, but I can say (from my unofficial research, which consists of being a woman, and having many female friends) that typically when your gut tells you something is wrong with your relationship, it's because there is. Subtle signs can be clues, like changes in his appearance, new cologne, spending extra time at work or with his friends, or the biggest: being jumpy and secretive when it comes to his phone or tablet.
Between dating apps, messaging apps, vaults, and secret phone numbers, 2018’s technology makes cheating pretty easy. Ladies, that knot in your stomach is not all you have to go on anymore. The same technology that enables cheaters to slither around seemingly undetectable can also help you catch a cheater.
Here Are The Top 5 Ways To Catch A Cheater:
Check His Phone and Tablet (Without Him even knowing!)
Most guys know to delete text messages, and hide, or rename, apps. Another favorite tactic of
cheaters is to change his side chick’s name in his phone so when she calls it comes up as "Steve from accounting." Don’t fall for those lame go-tos from the Cheater’s Handbook.
Remember my research above? Two of the women I know caught their husbands cheating through a cell phone spy app. There are a number of programs available that will allow you to see your significant other's call logs, pictures, browser history, any messaging services used, and even GPS location.
Use His Own Phone Against Him
All iPhones have the Find My Phone app so users can track a lost or stolen phone. You can find his phone (and him) by logging in with his Apple ID and password. If that’s not possible, convince him to download Find My Friends, that will function the same way, but if he’s smart he will turn it off when he’s not where he’s supposed to be. If he's not smart, and he must not be if he’s cheating on you, then you can also grab tons of information from the cloud. Anything uploaded to the cloud is visible, even if he has deleted it from his phone. My Photo Stream is like cloud storage on steroids. It stores photos and also pushes them to Apple devices like iPads, Mac computers, and iPhones. If the two of you live together, or he has ever connected to your iCloud there is a good chance you can see any of the pics he’s taken or been sent.
Stalk His Social Media
Just about everyone has some type of social media profile. Most of us have many. Social platforms like Facebook and Snapchat make it easy to cheat, but they also make it easy to be caught. While we’ve all done our fair share of creeping before, I’m going to share some next level creeper stuff.
The Graph Search on Facebook allows a user to enter just a few phrases and find a pool of people. Search “friends of [enter cheater’s name]." Does he talk incessantly about a new girl at work/his gym/that lives next door to his buddy? Search “Alissa works at Cheaters R Us” voila! Not sure who he’s talking to? Try to search this: “Photos [cheater name] has liked” or “photos [cheater name] has commented on." Any qualifying question could work. If he uses other, less transparent social platforms you can always use the spy app Cara used to catch her cheating husband to see all of his online activities.
Check The Garbage
Now, this might sound insane and kind of old school PI movie-esque but most people are mindless when it comes to physical evidence. Receipts torn off of new clothes, women’s clothes maybe? Lingerie you did not receive, or even new clothes he bought for himself that he hasn’t shown you. Other giveaways are credit card receipts to movies, restaurants, hotels even. And if your SO is of the super thoughtless species you may even find condoms, wrappers, boxes, or pregnancy tests! I’m not suggesting y’all go digging through the garbage right now, and if you’re at the point where you feel this desperate, he is probably cheating on you. But this might give you closure.
Don’t forget to check the trash on his computer too.
In the age of selfies, SnapChat and beauty filters on everything it’s not a stretch to say that a hidden camera will also provide you undeniable proof your man is not doing right by you. There is everything from the nanny cam (don’t hide it in a teddy bear, that will be creepy), to hidden camera apps for both Android and iPhone. Not ready to take the leap into full-on FBI mode? Try this little trick: If you have an Apple Watch you can access your camera from it if you leave the camera open on your phone. Leave your phone inconspicuously facing your boyfriend or husband and use the bathroom. Turn your camera on from your watch and see if he immediately picks up his phone to start texting. It’s sneaky, but it will give you the intel you need.
Once A Cheater, Always A Cheater
So here is the part that everyone reading this probably should have skipped right to. If your instincts tell you he’s cheating, he probably is. If he is, doing the aforementioned things to catch a cheater might give you the proof you need to walk away, and that is worth it. Don’t, however, let him convince you that you’re crazy. Trust your gut, prove it with these tips.