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7 Of The Most Beautiful Wedding Venues Around The World

Guest Posts, Love · February 20, 2015, Friday · 0 comment

Where do you dream of getting married? 🙂 I accepted this guest post by Andrew Shepard for Honey-Babe.net because it contains not just useful advice for all my readers who are engaged or getting married soon, but also because the guest post comes with a hint of romanticism. Loved it!

Enjoy the reading and leave comments! I’m going to tell Andrew when you do, so he can respond. *huggles*

Choosing a wedding venue can be one of the hardest decisions a couple has to make. From creating the perfect atmosphere to ensuring that it caters for all your needs, the perfect venue is one of the key ingredients to ensuring you have an unforgettable day. Here are seven of the most beautiful (and unique) wedding venues from across the global to spark some inspiration. Regardless of where you choose to host your big day, don’t be afraid to add personal touches to make it your own!

Luvattumaa Ice Chapel Levi, Finland

If you’re after something a little different for your wedding, how about getting married in a Snow Castle? The Luvattumaa Ice Chapel Levi includes ice sculptures and beautiful romantic lighting to really make this a stunning place to say “I do”. It may be cold, but the wow factor is guaranteed.

Malcesine Castle, Italy

A gorgeous Italian castle with views across mountains and lakes, what is not to love about Malcesine Castle? Built in 1300, and declared a national monument in 1902k, this venue combines the romance of Italy with its history.

Grand Canyon National Park, USA

One of the natural wonders of the world, getting married at the Grand Canyon National Park will be a wedding like no other. With a private spot (away from tourists), overlooking the Colorado River, or deep with the canyon itself, this venue has something for everyone. How about arriving to your ceremony via helicopter? A sure way to add some extra glamour to your big day! Regardless of how you choose to arrive, getting married at the Grand Canyon is guaranteed to take your breath away.

The Byre at Inchyra, Perth, Australia

This magical barn is the perfect spot to personalise your big day. Hidden away for a private event, the Byre at Inchyra is beautiful venue, perfect for a romantic and intimate setting. The venue has maintained its traditional features, such as timbered roofs and stone and wooden walls, mixed with features such as skylights with automatic blinds, give this venue an amorous ambiance. With an array of different possibilities, it is worth checking out the website for more details on how you can personalise your wedding.

Santorini Princess, Santorini

A picturesque venue on a picturesque island, Santorini Princess has it all. Wedding can be held on the Caldera which boasts stunning views and the most perfect sunset guaranteed. This romantic setting is sure to be a hit and leave you feeling serene and blissful, as you celebrate the union between you and your loved one.

Peter Island Resort and Spa, British Virgin Islands

A hidden paradise in the largest private island of the British Virgin Islands, this is a breathtaking venue, perfect for your special day. The resort is the only one on the island adding to the exclusivity of this wedding location. With an array of wedding packages (which can be customised), Peter Island Resort and Spa is perfect to host the most amazing day in one of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Ocean Gallery, S.E.A Aquarium, Singapore 

Every dreamed of an underwater wedding, surrounded by sea life? Well your dreams may have just come true – to an extent. Ocean Gallery, is the world’s largest oceanarium, boosting an underwater view of over 50,000 marine fish. This is truly a unique wedding venue.

Image credit: Royalty Free or iStock source

About my Guest Writer:

Andrew Shepard is the Founder of one of the leading wedding videographers in Perth- Crystal Clear Visual. Andrew has been lucy enough to film in some of the most beautiful wedding destinations in the world.

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I’m selling some of my Domains because of health issues :(

Domain Names · January 29, 2015, Thursday · 0 comment

This is a slightly altered repost from my thread at TeaHouse MB

It means that basically I’ve been losing a lot of my yearly budget for domains because I could barely work for the past 6 months (still dealing with issues and therapies), so I’m selling some of my domains instead of giving them away because I need some money (for the domains and other things life, too, as this month I earned less than $200).

Of course, if nobody buys the domains, I’ll give them away for free 2-3 months before they expire, but I’m hoping to get some help in the meantime.

Price

I have set regular to premium prices for the domains below, but I want YOU (who are reading THIS post) to make your own price, according to your budget and how much you feel the domain has value. 🙂

This is because I’d like to give priority to small, personal bloggers over domain investors and businesses.

I will push the domain to your registrar account for free, of course, and I will also gladly host you for free when you buy a domain!

.INFO
azherxi.info (CrazyDomains.co.uk)
retro-smash.info (expire in March 2015, GoDaddy)
nolimitshost.info (GoDaddy)
wheelicious.info (GoDaddy)
wohm.info (GoDaddy)

.EU
crazy-cutie.eu (Name.com)

.ORG
brushy.org (NameCheap) — SOLD (30/jan/2015)

.NET
cuteyummies.net (Name.com) — PENDING SALE (30/jan/2015)
elegant-charm.net (Name.com)
heartiziia.net (Name.com)
bella-chic.net (Name.com)
love-lots.org (Name.com)
siansa.net (NameCheap)

.US
infotorv.us (NameCheap)

Thanks!

Comment on this post or get in touch at luana@openmailbox.org about this.

P.S. I’m also hoping to use some of the money to help a friend and a girl in need. Right now I have nothing to donate.

P.P.S. Verisign has increased .NET domain price of another dollar this year; it’s why I had to give up on so many lovely .net domains. 🙁

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The Inside Scoop About Your Morning Cafe Coffee

Food, Fun Stuff · December 24, 2014, Wednesday · 0 comment

Discover surprising, sometimes odd, facts about coffee and learn unusual new ways to enjoy that cup of Joe. 🙂

It’s an American obsession. Every weekday morning, thousands of people wait in line to order the special cup of coffee that makes getting up worthwhile. Unimaginable thirty years ago. Coffee shops and baristas were nonexistent. Now there are over 50,000 coffee shops bring in more than $18 billion dollars annually in the United States.

So you enjoy that barista-crafted gourmet nonfat latte, but how much do you really know about this tasty, invigorating beverage? Some of these strange but true coffee facts may surprise you.

Coffee and Bacon…and Cats

Creme Puff the cat is a record holder. She is not around anymore but, according to the 2010 Guinness World Records, was the longest-lived cat ever recorded. Her owner, Jake Perry, of Austin, Texas, also owned Granpa, a cat who lived to the ripe old age of 34. Perry fed his cats an unusual diet that was most certainly not recommended by his vet: Every morning, the cats ate bacon, eggs, asparagus and broccoli along with a bit of coffee. Folgers was Granpa’s favorite, according to Perry.

Coffee and bacon are paired together in Boca Java’s Maple Bacon Morning Coffee. Reviewers frequently mention its pleasing aroma and smooth taste. Of course, there’s also Joy the Baker’s Coffee Bacon Sandwich. Some people can’t get too much coffee and bacon.

Instant Coffee: A Presidential Invention?

George Washington invented the first mass-produced instant coffee. No, not THAT George Washington. This George Washington, whose first brand was called “Red E Coffee,” came up with his invention for American soldiers in WWI. The brew, according to most, didn’t taste very good, but soldiers in the trenches loved it.

Theodore Roosevelt had, according to his son, a coffee cup that was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” Roosevelt reportedly drank a gallon of coffee a day. He was also instrumental in helping Maxwell House come up with its famous slogan. One day when Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson were having coffee together, Roosevelt exclaimed, “Good to the last drop.”

The Cup of Joe Conspiracy

Where did the term “Cup of Joe” come from? It’s a good question. Theories abound, but no one knows for sure. Some think it started in the Navy in 1914. That’s when Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels prohibited alcohol on Navy vessels. The strongest drink left on board was coffee. Using a play on Daniels’ first name, the sailors started calling coffee a “cup of Joe.”

A second theory is that “Joe” is a combined, shortened version of two slang terms, java and jamoke. In fact, jamoke is a combination of java and mocha.

The third theory is also based on slang usage. First appearing in the English lexicon in approximately 1846, “Joe” was slang for the common man; therefore a “cup of Joe” became the drink of the common man. The term “cup of Joe” first appeared in the English language lexicon in 1930.

The Life of the Barista

The word barista is the Italian word for bartender. In the United States, baristas are the coffee shop artists who make your custom cup of coffee in the morning. It’s not easy being a barista. It takes a lot of patience to make coffee for people who haven’t had their first cup in the morning yet. Many baristas are college grads and have attended barista school. It takes time to become great, but top-level baristas compete in contests. There is even a United States Barista Championship. Who knows? You may be getting your favorite cup of coffee from the champ.

You Put What in Your Coffee?

People put some awfully strange things in coffee. How does smoked salmon cream cheese sound? Probably not good, but there are some additives that may appeal to your palate. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are tasty additions. Some swear that the taste of crushed bananas in coffee is heaven. Cocoa powder gives coffee a richer flavor. Ice cream in your cup turns a hot summer day into a delight. Scandinavian people like to mix a raw egg with the coffee grounds, believing it clarifies the coffee and gives it a sublime color.

Coffee: The Legend

It all started with dancing goats, or so the legend goes. Shepherds in Ethiopia discovered that after their goats ate coffee berries, from whence the seeds that are coffee beans come, the goats became lively and started dancing. African tribes originally ate coffee berries, which gave them an edible form of energy. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on the face of the earth. The first is oil.

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