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Read This! Sunscreen’s chemicals make it worse than wearing none at all!

Someone posted this article to Facebook and I had to share it. It’s shocking to me that they are saying wearing too much sunscreen over a long period of time is actually BAD for you! It is supposed to be protecting us. What is the world coming to? Chemicals are in EVERYTHING! Our foods, our deodorant (just ordered some organic deodorant from Etsy) along with sunscreen too! All thanks to this article – please share!

 

According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

 Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

 That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”

A DISSIDENT DERMATOLOGIST

Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks. 

Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma.There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.

SUNSCREENS: CANCER-CAUSING BIOHAZARDS

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well. 

Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.

Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood! 

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.

 

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Got Wine? Your Guide to Planning the Wine Styled Wedding of Your Dreams!

This great theme is for all you wine lovers out there! A popular venue to have your wedding during the summertime are beautiful, picturesque vineyards. There are beautiful views, gorgeous landscapes and an enormous amount of space to turn your ideas into a reality.

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To go with your location, have a wine theme for your big day! The ideas for this theme are truly endless and you can even do a lot of the ideas on your own to help keep some money in your pocket. Take a look at these suggestions to help begin the planning process!

Save The Dates and Invitations
For your save the dates, send out a cork magnet with your wedding date on it! It is simple but makes a large statement and the magnet will be a reminder for your guests. You can add a bit more to the cork, like the names of the bride and groom or just the first initials of each name to help save room since corks are not too big in size. As for the invitations, there are a bunch of great ideas that include wine! You can send out an invite in the shape of a wine glass, or you can have each one “stained” from the bottom of a glass. This will add a cool effect to the invite and it still represents your theme.

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Guest Book
Rather than taking the traditional route when it comes to a guest book, think outside the box! You can use a large wine bottle or two for your guests to write their wishes or set up a jar filled with corks for each guest to write on. You can later on use this jar filled of corks as decor in your home and as a reminder of your special day. Another cool idea is to have all your guests sign a wine barrel that you can put in your backyard and use for parties!

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Centerpieces
The centerpieces are an item you can save some money on by putting them together yourself! You can do something as simple as a painted wine bottle with flowers coming out of it that match your colors. A fun idea is to paint the wine bottle with chalkboard paint which allows you to put the table number right on the bottle! This will not only look great but it will help save some room on the table. Painting the bottles with black chalkboard paint will give you the option to use multiple different colors for flowers or candles that can be set up nearby. To dress it up a bit, add a ribbon around the neck of the bottle so it hangs elegantly above the table number. Another great centerpiece idea is a wooden wine box! Set it up in the center of the table and fill it up with anything you desire! It can be flowers, candles or a wine bottle. Fill it up with all these items if you’d like! It adds a bit of a rustic feel and is more unique than the traditional floral centerpiece.

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Decor
Your wedding decor will make a lasting impression on your guests so you want every detail to be absolutely stunning! You want the decor to flow nicely and go along with your theme, and with a vineyard location this gives you more than enough room to do as you please with the space. Most vineyard weddings are held outside which also makes planning quite easier since you aren’t limited to a one size room. Set up a bunch of wine barrels throughout the party, even at the end of the aisle! Stick some floral arrangements on the top of them to add a pop of color to the wooden barrel. You can also use the barrels to set up a dessert bar or wine station by simply placing a piece of polished and stained wood across them! Hang some greenery from the trees or from the tent if you’re having one, along with bunches of fake grapes. You can use red or green grapes depending on which suits your color scheme better.

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Favors
Wine corks are a popular item that people have been starting to save and use for different types of projects. What a great idea to use corks as a keychain and send your guests home with them! This is something you can purchase or another way to save money is to make them yourself. Save a bunch of corks from all your wine bottles and attach a key ring to it, and there you have it! If you don’t think you’ll be able to save enough corks within a couple of months, have friends and family give you theirs as well. If you would like to take it a step further, have your wedding date engraved into the cork!

We hope you get the chance to incorporate these wonderful ideas into your big day to create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of! Add your own twist to things and remember, make some of the items on your own and see how they come out first before paying big bucks for something! Either way, the evening will be one that both you and your guests will talk about for years to come!

Make Sparks Fly at Your 4th of July Wedding!

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What better way to show your pride in your country than to have a 4th of July themed wedding? You don’t necessarily have to be married on the exact day either, you can have this patriotic styled day all throughout the month of July!

A 4th of July themed wedding is a wonderful idea for those who serve for our country and for those who would like to show their thanks in a special way. If you’re not quite sure how to get started, take a look at these ideas to help you throughout the planning process!

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Invitations
The invitations are one of the very first things you will have to plan. By using a red, white and blue palette, it will set off an understated but beautiful patriotic look. The ideas are endless for this theme, you can go with stripes, stars, the American flag or just use your theme colors. Add some ribbon to your invite or throw some tiny stars into the envelope so they flow out when your guests open it!

Decor
There are a bunch of great ways you can incorporate the red, white and blue theme into your wedding decor. Whether you are having your wedding indoors or outdoors, string some sparkly lights all around or hang lanterns to set a romantic mood. Complete the look by adding red, white and blue balloons throughout the party and setting the tables with patriotic details. You can use a different color table linen on each table or you can have all red or all blue table linens with a white linen overlay to set it off perfectly. If all three colors are too much for you, try using two as the highlight of your look.

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Centerpieces
When it comes to your table centerpieces, they can actually save you money if you do some of it on your own. Floral arrangements are popular for centerpieces, as well as candles, which set a passionate mood. The main items used for these centerpieces are easy to find at local dollar stores, then you can decorate them so they match your theme. Place ribbon around the candle holders, creating a stripe effect or glue mini stars to each holder. You can use this design with any type of glass holder or mason jar and put whatever items you desire into them. Lanterns are another great centerpiece choice and are nice for any summertime wedding. You don’t have to just put a candle inside either, you can add whatever you’d like to the lanterns, like an American flag in each to go with your patriotic theme.

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The Food
Set up an All-American style food station for you and your guests. Have all the classics like hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, french fries and grilled cheese. For a tasty dessert, have strawberries dipped in white and blue colored frosting and some cake pops decorated with stars and stripes! Next to the food table, quench your guests’ thirst by having a cocktail station with a mini juice station for the kids. Represent your theme here as well by putting together some red and blue mixed drinks then stick some patriotic straws in each one to really set it off!

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Wedding Party
Since the bride will already be in white, incorporate red and blue colors into your wedding party. Have the bridesmaids dress up in patriotic colored dresses while carrying roses in a contrasting color. Another wedding party idea is to have your maid of honor wear red while the bridesmaids wear blue, or vice versa. For the gentleman, dress them up in sleek black suits with patriotic striped ties. They can all wear the same one or you can switch it up by having some wear blue stripes and the other wear red stripes. This will not only be a great pop of color but it will look gorgeous in photos!

Favors
Give each guest a favor they can use throughout the summer, like a little baggie full of delicious seasoning to use while cooking on the barbecue. Along with the baggie full of seasoning, give out some matches with your wedding date on them. You can also put your wedding date onto a ribbon used to tie the baggie together!

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Your Grand Exit
For the ideal grand exit, give your guests hand-held sparklers and have each person light them all at the same time. This is a unique idea instead of using rice which is what most people do at a traditional wedding. Have your photographer take photos as the sparklers are going off, they will come out spectacular! The effects will look magical, especially with the bride and groom perfectly in the middle of all the colorful sparks.

Now that you have some starting ideas, it’s time to plan! Get started as soon as possible so you don’t have to worry about things later on and most of all, remember to have fun with it! The planning process will come to an end and you will be able to look back on an extraordinary evening that you and your guests will never forget!

Inspiration for Your Summertime Wedding

Although Long Island has had some hot days the past couple of weeks, we can all completely go into summer mode now because it has officially arrived! Some of us are hanging out on the beach, having barbeques in the yard and others are planning a wedding!
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Summer weddings are extremely popular and there are countless ideas for this time of year. A wedding in the summer months gives off a cheerful and laid back kind of vibe, so take a look at these great planning ideas to help your guests let their hair down and enjoy the night!

Invitations
Invitations are one of the starting points to planning your big day. Once you know you want to go ahead with a summer styled wedding, make your invitations scream sunshine! This can mean something as simple as using fun and bright colors to going a few steps further and sending out a sun shaped invite! The invitation ideas for a summer wedding are truly endless, you can add some floral designs or even have watercolor invites!

Centerpieces
Your centerpieces should flow nicely with the rest of your summer decor. If you are using lots of flowers, set up a mason jar filled with lemons then place some sunflowers inside. The lemons will create a nice pop of color and will look wonderful with the yellow flowers. If you are interested in choosing a different color, throw in some oranges and set it off nicely with an orange or pink colored flower! Another unique idea is to have a colorful watering pot set up in the center of the table with flowers coming out of it. You can even paint each one a different color or have it match the colors you are using in your theme.Image

Decor
When it comes to decorating for your wedding, a lot of thought is put into it along with small details that can make large statements! Think outside the box and add your own touch to things to make your day extra special. If you are having an outdoor wedding, which are a huge hit during the summer, set up a white tent to keep your guests out of the sun and hang colorful tissue paper pom poms from the ceiling. These pom poms will add to the summertime look and the colors will create a bold impact in your photographs! Since the weather will be on the hot side, a thoughtful idea is to attach programs to each seat that double as a fan! Add some colorful ribbon to them to match your theme. Set up a table with chilled water to serve to your guests throughout the celebration, all that dancing and heat are sure to leave them thirsty!
 
Favors
Summertime means lots of sun. What better way to send your guests home than with a pair of cool shades to help protect their eyes from those dangerous rays? On each pair of sunglasses, have your wedding date engraved and be sure to have a bunch of different colors for your friends to choose from. Since it is summer, bright colors such as yellow, neon green, orange and pink, are a wonderful way to go! For the kids, send them home with some bubbles for them to play with during the summer.
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We hope these summertime wedding suggestions come in handy during your planning process. Remember, you can add your own style to pretty much anything. Make it a special day for the both of you by surrounding yourselves with beautiful things and people that you love!

Fire Island, New York

As a Long Islander, I am lucky enough to have Fire Island to go to during the summer. There’s water every which way when you’re on Long Island and it is one of the reasons why I would miss it if I left here. ImageWalking towards the Fire Island Lighthouse!

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Photos of the lighthouse from the beach. 

Thanks for taking a peek! 🙂 More Long Island photos to come this summer!! 

 

Helpful Tips to Planning Your Tropical Wedding

If you’re interested in having a tropical style wedding, check out these helpful suggestions to create the ideal setting for you and your guests!

The warm weather is finally here to stay and wedding couple and sunsetseason is still in full bloom! If you are planning a summer time wedding, we have some great tropical themed ideas for your big day. A tropical style wedding is a great idea for those who enjoy vacationing and being in the sun and would like to incorporate their love for these things on their special day. It is also a great theme for those getting married outdoors or on the beach.

While reading these ideas, keep in my mind that you can choose any colors you’d like to match your theme. Some fun and colorful tropical color suggestions include pink and orange, yellow and orange, blue and purple and orange and purple. You can even mix and match the colors and add some white into there, as well. Whether you’re getting married next summer or need to put some finishing touches on this summer’s wedding, we’re sure these suggestions will help make your planning less stressful!

Save the Dates & Invitations

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Get creative with your save the dates by having your guests open up their “boarding passes” to your tropical wedding! Make them feel as though they are going on a mini vacation to a beautiful island. A boarding pass save the date is a great idea for a destination wedding as well! For the invitations, send them the other necessity they would need for an island getaway, their passports! Put all the important information on a passport style invite to get them excited for your big day.

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Guest Book
Unique style guest books are becoming more and more popular because people are realizing that they don’t need to stick to the traditional guest book. A one of a kind idea to go with your tropic setting is a surfboard as a guest book! Set it up by the entrance for your guests to sign as they walk in. This is a fun way for everyone to wish the couple well and can be used later on as decoration at home!

Seating Cards
Set up a large colorful

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tinwith sand inside to place your unique seating cards. Use cocktail drink umbrellas with the name and table number attached and stick them in the sand! Set them up right near the entrance of the party so your guests can simply grab them out of the sand to find their table!

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Centerpieces
Centerpieces are an important addition to your wedding decor and they help make the tables stand out. For this tropical theme, take pineapples and cut the insides out so it is completely hollow. Once you have done this, take some flowers to put inside. Be sure to choose tropical colors that flow nicely with the rest of your decor. This pineapple centerpiece idea is not only a wonderful tropic touch but is easy to do on your own, which will save lots of money!

Decor
When people think of the tropics, the beach, palm trees, flowers and the ocean come to mind. Incorporate all these things into your decor to make you and your guests really feel like you are on a tropical island! Set up some fake palm trees all around your reception area and on each side of the bride and groom as you say “I do.” When it comes to flowers, choose colors that are bright and will make a lasting impression when your guests enter. Remember, the brighter, the better!

Favors
Couples sometimes find it difficult to choose the perfect wedding favor, not sure if their guests will enjoy it. It is a good idea to give them out though as a gesture of appreciation for those attending your big day. For your tropical wedding favors, send each guest home with a large coconut candle. They are sure to put this to use and will thank you when they have that tropical island smell all throughout their home!

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These tropical recommendations are sure to help you create the ideal wedding day for you and a beautiful setting for your guests. It will certainly be a memorable day for everyone!