Friday, August 9, 2013

Another Thirty One Gifts Giveaway

Giveaway Closed!  Congratulations to Deborah G!

If you were not the lucky winner of the previous Thirty One giveaway I hosted, you're in luck because I have another one to share with you!  Jessica, a Thirty One Independent Director, is graciously giving away a Timeless Beauty Bag in the Lotsa Dots print!

This bag is a great addition to your honeymoon packing list!  So much space to store all your make-up and beauty supplies.

In addition to the great giveaway, I also wanted to share the monthly Thirty One Gifts special with you.  This month, for every $35 you spend, you receive 50% off any purse.  They have so many new purses in their catalog for the fall that I would love to get my hands on!  so if you're a purse fanatic like me, I highly recommend you check out some of their new offerings!

Enter to win the Timeless Beauty Bag by using the Rafflecopter form below.  The giveaway is open to US only will end at 11:59pm on Sunday, August 25th.  Good luck!

For those having problems accessing Jessica's facebook page, here is the link:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Taming the Tummy: It Works Wraps Review

One thing that all brides worry about before their wedding day is looking gorgeous and fitting in their wedding dress.  To accomplish these tasks, a lot of brides diet and work out.

My friend Amber, an It Works Independent Distributor, was telling me about the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator and we both thought it would be a great product for brides to help them lose a couple inches before their wedding day!  The It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator is an all-natural body contouring wrap to firm and tone your trouble spots.

How Does the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator Work?

The directions told me I needed to take 3 measurements before doing the wrap so that I would be able to see my progress.

These are my pre-wrap measurements: 

About an inch above my belly button: 39 inches
At my belly button: 45 inches
At my hips: 49 inches

I found this video on YouTube describing the way to put on your wrap:

The first thing I noticed about the wrap was that it felt very cold and tingly when I put it on.  It made it feel like it was actually working!

The ingredients also smelled really awesome.  Since it's all natural, you don't have to worry about any chemical smells.

These are my measurements immediately after taking off the wrap:

About an inch above my belly button: 38 inches
At my belly button: 44 inches
At my hips: 49 inches

I didn't take my measurements again the next day, but I did about 72 hours later.  There was even more of a change in my measurements!

Measurements 72 hours after taking off the wrap:

About an inch above my belly button: 37 inches
At my belly button: 42 inches
At my hips: 48 inches

So on average, I lost about 2 inches around my stomach, which isn't bad for only a 45 minute wrap!

Here's a picture of my before the wrap and 72 hours after (sorry for the blurriness and the dirty mirror!).  I can notice a little bit of a difference.  My stomach doesn't hang over my yoga pants near as much and my stretch marks also look a little bit lighter.

One thing I recommend is to make sure you drink a ton of water before, during, and after you wrap.  I had a pretty bad headache after I finished wrapping and I think it's due to me not drinking as much water as I should have.

More Information About the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator

One of my favorite things about the wrap is that it can be used on different parts of your body.  So after you're tightened your tummy to your liking, you can cut a wrap in half and then do your thighs!

The information packet I received with the wrap says a full treatment is 4 wraps, so you will see the best results after completing a full treatment.  That doesn't mean you won't receive results after only one wrap though!  Of course eating a sensible dieting and exercising will maximize your results even more!

Final Thoughts

Overall, I think the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator is a great choice for women (and men) trying to lose some inches.  I removed a couple inches with only one wrap, so I can only imagine how many I would lose with a full treatment.

This does not replace dieting and exercising, but it's a great addition!

If you would like to speak to Amber more about It Works, check out her website or facebook.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Free Wedding Guest Book

Shutterfly is offering up a free code for an 8x11 photo book.  All you have to do is enter your information on their facebook page.

These photo books are fantastic to use as guest books.  This is what we did for our wedding and it was a big hit!

You are required to pay the shipping cost which is around $8.99.  Not a bad deal though!

Go here to get your free photo guest book!  If you already have a guest book, you can use your code to make a cute photo book of your bridal shower pictures or another pre-wedding event!

*Fine Print: Offer expires August 11, 2013 (11:59 P.M. PT). Offer is good for one free 20-page 8×11 hard photo cover photo book at Offer valid for one-time redemption per billing address. Taxes, shipping and handling will apply. Any additional pages will incur a per-page fee. StorytellingTM styles and elements, hard photo cover with matte finish and memorabilia pocket will incur additional fees. Offer not valid on other sizes, layflat pages, soft cover, padded, cloth, crocodile, leather, genuine leather or faux lizard photo books.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Thirty One Gifts Review & Giveaway

Founded in 2003 in the basement of a Tennessee home by a stay at home mom, Thirty-One Gifts was derived from Proverbs 31.  Today, Thirty-One Gifts is one of America’s fastest growing enterprises, providing fun, durable, and functional bags in a variety of styles and patterns.  Thirty-One Gifts strives to celebrate, encourage, and reward women for who they are as individuals.

I’ve been a fan of Thirty-One Gifts for a while, so I was giddy when Melinda, an Independent Senior Consultant for Thirty-One Gifts, contacted me about doing a review and giveaway.  I searched the website high and low for items that I thought would be great for brides and found a few great products!

The first item I found was the Cosmetic Bag Set.  At only $35, this bundle comes with two great cosmetic bags!  The larger one is huge and would be perfect to carry all your travel products with you to your wedding day as well as on your honeymoon.  I emptied my way too full travel bag into my new Thirty-One Cosmetic Bag and it only filled it halfway up!  The smaller bag would be perfect for carrying your favorite make-up products with you on your wedding day in case of any needed touch-ups.

One of my favorite products from Thirty-One Gifts is the Organizing Utility Tote.  This bag is so versatile and can be used for so many different purposes.  The Organizing Utility Tote has a total of 7 pockets around the outside of the bag and the inside is huge, so you can fit so much in there!  It’s the perfect size to carry around your tablet, wedding binder, and all your other needs to vendor meetings.

Another item that I use a lot is the Zipper Pouch.  This pouch is ginormous at 9” tall and 12.25” wide.  The first time I ordered one of these bags, I was shocked by how big it was!  You can choose from a regular Zipper Pouch or a Thermal Zipper Pouch.  The Thermal Zipper Pouch is great for make-up items and other things that you don’t want to worry about melting or getting too hot.  This is the perfect product to create your bride and bridesmaid survival kits!  

The Bring-a-Bottle Thermal is a newer product from Thirty-One Gifts, but a very popular one!  At only $10, it’s an inexpensive choice for a gift when paired with their favorite bottle of wine.  Great gift choices for bridesmaids, family members, and any vendors that you would like to say thank you to.

Thirty-One Gifts has tons more products that will help keep your organized and stylish!  Make sure to check out their summer catalog.  It’s packed with tons of new styles and prints!

Thirty-One Gifts is running a fantastic special for the month of July.  For every $31 you spend, you receive 31% off your choice of any item in the catalog!  I love it when you can make your own sale!

In addition to the monthly special, if you make a $50 purchase through my party on Melinda’s website, she will throw in a FREE Hang it Up Key Fob.  If you’ve ever lost your keys in your too full purse, you absolutely need this item! I don't know how I ever found my keys before I started using this product!

Connect: You can connect with Melinda through her group, Melinda Stawicki Personalized Gifts, on facebook.

Buy It: Just for Bride on a Budget readers, Melinda is offering a FREE Hang It Up Key Fob when you place an order of $50 or more.  Just visit Thirty-One Gifts, click on My Parties, and then click on Shop Now next to Bride on a Budget Review & Giveaway.  

Win It: Melinda also has a great giveaway for you today!  She is offering one lucky reader a $31 gift certificate to use on your choice of items from Thirty-One Gifts!

Open to US Only.  Ends Sunday, July 21st at midnight EST.
Enter using Rafflecopter Form below.  Good luck!

For those having problems getting to Melinda's facebook page through the form, please click here.

Disclosure: I received a Cosmetic Bag Set and Hang It Up Key Fob for review purposes.

Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Readers' Choice Wedding Blog Contest

I received the exciting news on Friday that I've been chosen as a finalist for 2013 Reader's Choice Wedding Blog Contest!

Each blog has chosen a charity and if they win, their charity will receive a $250 donation!  My charity that I have chosen to support is March of Dimes.  This charity is close to my heart and I would love to see them receive a generous donation from

So, head on over to and vote for your favorite wedding blog!  

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Wedding Paper Divas: FREE Wedding Website & Stationary Samples

If you haven't had the chance to create your wedding website yet, now is the time!  Wedding Paper Divas is offering up free ad-free personal wedding websites, which includes only RSVP capabilities.  You can keep your website free for one year.

Also, right now Wedding Paper Divas is allowing you to order 8 wedding stationary samples absolutely free.  Just use code FREETRY.

Head on over here to get started.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bathing Suits on a Budget

Tropical honeymoons are one of the most popular among couples and most new brides want to take a couple of new bathing suits that she rocks.

Here are some of my favorites so you can pick 2 or 3 without breaking the budget.

And here's some cute cover-ups to pair with them.