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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 20, 2018

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Are you ready for a cosmic break? Well, this week we get one! Nearly every aspect in the sky is one of harmony, grace, compassion, creativity and imagination, with just a touch of practicality to bring dreams into reality.

We start with a lovely fire trine between Sun in Leo and Moon in Sagittarius on Monday. This can spark some incredible emotional breakthroughs or fill us with the inspiration we need. When the Sun moves into Virgo (Happy Birthday, Virgo!), hooking up with Uranus and Taurus (all in earth signs), it’s a great time for kicking into gear and launching all those Virgo-like projects: clearing clutter (mentally and physically), paying more attention to your health, and volunteering. Projects should just seem a bit easier to tackle now.

The week ends with an ethereal Full Moon in Pisces, joining in the hyper-sensitive energy of the grand trine. Forgiveness, compassion, and romantic fantasies rule our thoughts, so make plenty of time to spend with your partner…no phones allowed.

How will all this play out for your sign? Read on below for this week’s horoscopes, courtesy of astrologer Suzie Kerr Wright.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

After a couple of false starts—perhaps a bit of jealousy and a bit of catch-up sleep—you’ll be back on track with big plans for you and your love. A surprise night out on the town will bring serendipitous events you won’t stop talking about for a long, long time. Use your imagination and think big.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

Everything about this week can be amazing if you are willing to see things completely differently than you have in the past. Family stress over money or possessions can make you feel like you have to be the peacemaker. The trick to making this week spectacular is to know that there is nothing, nada, you can do to change someone else’s mind. Once you internalize that, freedom is yours.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

You’re out on a limb—in a good way—when you come up with a way to make work/home life intertwine. Sparks may fly over what seems to be a crazy idea your partner may not agree on, however, you’ll win them over by the end of the week. It could be a new business venture, or a new way to do the usual. Either way, be patient while others catch up.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

It’s a busy week! Just when you think you’ve checked off all your to-dos, more pop up. As much as you’d like to get it all done, put the brakes on if you start to feel overwhelmed. Your partner wants your time and attention for all the right reasons, so make sure you’re not neglecting a chance for a super snuggly time. The list can wait.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

As the Sun prepares to leave your sign, it fires up your charisma and gives you a chance to really shine as you win supporters in the office. Your love life sizzles with passion as you invest in the next step in your relationship. A ring and a date, finally? Could happen!

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

A soul-to-soul conversation with your partner brings you to a new level of understanding. A misunderstanding from a long time ago is finally put to rest and you can move forward with the relationship into a more respectful and compassionate place. You’ve been after the same goal, just going about it differently.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

The Full Moon brings a reality check around an issue at work. You may have been allowing yourself to take the blame or responsibility for something that wasn’t yours to do. Gather up your confidence and move forward with your own work or ideas. Make sure you are taking care of yourself first.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Your reliability and networking skills are strong now. With your sweetheart you’ll want to be careful to not cross the line into manipulation. Use your charm for the good of all involved. Remember, they’re really on your side. Write them a beautiful love letter or pour your heart into creative expression of your love.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

The fiery trine between Sun and Moon in your sign brings a new level of passion and confidence. You’re ready to take on the world, if only the world was ready for you. A few bumps in the road early in the week shouldn’t slow you down. Focus on asking for what you need from loved ones. They’re more than willing to help.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

You’ll have vacation syndrome. (You know how you always get so much done at work when you’re going on vacation?) Keep your eye on the prize—which, literally, may be an upcoming vacay—and tie up all those loose ends. Even if you don’t have a specific trip planned, if you get in the flow of this energy, the freedom you feel by the weekend is worth it.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

You’re on fire with a new system that keeps your budget in line and a huge windfall is possible now. As things begin to click financially, your self-esteem kicks up a notch. Your relationship feels more grounded, too, as you are able to get your point across more clearly.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

Stepping back from the crowd helps you maintain your equilibrium. You’re like an antenna, picking up signals from everyone. Practice grounding, carry grounding crystals, or do visualizations to keep your energy in check and watch your personal boundaries. The upside to this energy is your creativity is soaring, and so is your connection to your partner. It’s intense!

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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7 Ways to Incorporate Local Foods, Items, and Vendors in Your Big Day

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Soon-to-be wed couples are often looking for unique ways to make their wedding stand out among others and want feature extra added details that are sure to please.

In the age of farm to table and a love of shopping small, it’s easier than ever before for brides and grooms to incorporate local fare into their big day. Many are opting to ditch standard menus, big box retailers, and outsourcing of ingredients, and instead turn to local purveyors to pull the big day together. Here’s how to keep your wedding filled with lots of local love.

Ingredients

While working with your caterer to make your cocktail hour or dinner menu, focus on dishes that highlight ingredients that can be found locally for a fresh and authentic feel. Live in New Jersey? How about some fresh Jersey tomatoes to pair with yummy mozzarella and basil. California? Avocados do the trick.

Stock the Bar

Thanks to the craft beer and cocktail craze, it won’t be too difficult to find a local brewery, or distillery to provide local libations that are sure to please. As an added bonus, perhaps feature them, or drinks made with them as your signature cocktail to make it extra special.

Vendors

One of the best, and more obvious ways to support local businesses and industries is to hire vendors from within the area. But this doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. Local food trucks are a great way to go, while performance artists, live event painters, sommeliers, cigar makers or other specialty vendors will add a truly unique aspect to your celebration.

Local Music

Have a favorite local band or musician? Why not hire them to perform either instead of or in addition to your DJ or wedding band? We’ve even heard of couples who have hired their favorite subway performers to provide some entertainment during their reception. Not only will it add some flare, but you’ll likely be supporting someone’s hard earned side hustle, or perhaps a struggling artist. It’s a win/win.

Apparel

Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE designer wedding gowns. Yet, handmade or custom gowns are often just as gorgeous and can even be more special to the bride. If you have a favorite dressmaker or seamstress you grew up using, ask if they’ve ever crafted gowns before. If not, we don’t necessarily suggest being the first guinea pig — but you could always seek their expert skills for alterations. Often times, doing so can result in discounted rates for your bridal party, groomsmen and other tailoring needs, too.

Rings & Things

Similar to apparel — shopping at your local jewelry is a fantastic way to support local business. While it’s always important to do your research on cut, class, and clarity (if you’re going the traditional diamond ring route, that is) smaller jewelry businesses are often more inclined to work with custom design requests, and can really help to make the process a bit more intimate and personal.

Why stop at rings? Local jewelers, artisans and even vintage shops may also be the perfect places to find your something blue, something old, or thank you gifts for your bridal party and/or parents!

Florals and Decor

Nearly every geographic region has a native flower or other natural element that can be incorporated into your decor. Whether it’s roses or sunflowers, sea glass or driftwood, you can request your florist or decorator add these components for an extra special touch. For some fun, grab your fiancé and head out on a hunt together to find special elements that will add that “wow” factor.

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Everything You Need for a Killer Girls Night In

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P.F. Candle Co. Jar Soy Candle

Keep the beach vibes going with P.F. Candle Co. Coconut Grove soy candle, with notes of coconut water, citron, crushed coconut leaf, and pink musk. Made using domestically grown soy wax, cotton core wicks, fine fragrance oils and apothecary inspired packaging, each candle is hand-poured in an amber glass jar with a simple label and brass lid. Love.

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How to Manage Being Pregnant During the Summer

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Pregnancy isn’t easy, especially during steamy summer weather. The heat seems to make everything just that much more difficult — walking, talking, breathing—you get the idea.

So what’s a pregnant woman to do? We spoke with Dr. Mary Rosser, OB/GYN at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center for her expert advice.

Hydrate

Staying hydrated in warmer temps is essential, but especially for pregnant women. As heat is harder to manage when you’re growing another human, Rosser says to, “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!” She warns to not wait until you feel thirst, because that means you are already dehydrated. Instead, drink throughout the day, routinely carry a water bottle, and mist frequently if outside.

Protect Your Skin

Did you know pregnant skin burns faster? Yep, add it to the list of lovely pregnancy side effects. So, it makes it all the more important to properly protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Even if it’s overcast, ensure you are utilizing proper and pregnancy-safe sunscreen (SPF 30-40) to prevent harmful sunburns, which can be even more uncomfortable than usual while pregnant.

Be Informed

If you aren’t already, keep up to date with the forecast! It can help to provide you with essential information to keep yourself comfy and safe. Rosser warns, “If the Heat Index (temperature plus humidity) is 90 or greater, stay inside with as much AC as possible.”

She also says to avoid the outdoors for long periods of time during the hottest period of the day, as UV rays are typically the strongest between 10am and 3pm.

If you do head outside, stay in the shade and avoid midday sun. A cool damp cloth to your neck and head will decrease body temperature.

If you typically exercise, Rosser also says to do it early in the morning or late in the day to avoid overheating.

Mind Your Body’s Signals

Keep an eye out for any potentially dangerous symptoms while out in the heat. “If you are dizzy, lightheaded or weak,” Rosser says, “go inside and lay down. Consume water or a drink with electrolytes and apply a cool damp cloth to your neck and head.” If your symptoms do not improve, Rosser recommends going to the emergency room.

If at any point you have difficulty breathing, it’s imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Pregnant women with a history of asthma might have difficulty in extreme heat, Rosser warns.

It’s incredibly important to avoid overheating. Rosser explains that in the first trimester, fetal development is occurring, so you do not want your core temperature to be too high.

Dress Appropriately

You won’t be fully dressed without SPF, but what you wear is also important. Rosser suggests wearing breathable fabrics which will decrease sweating and help to heel you cool, adding that swelling of extremities may increase in the heat.

What you wear on your feet matters, too. Wear comfortable shoes about half a size larger than normal and elevate your feet intermittently throughout the day, and while sleeping at night.

See more: 8 Must-Have Items for the Second Half of Pregnancy

Swim!

Swimming is an excellent way to cool off, and a great (and generally safe) form of exercise for pregnant women, too. “It’s not only cool and relaxing, but the weightlessness relieves stress and strains on your back, reduces sciatic pain, and swelling of ankles and feet,” says Rosser.

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7 Registry Items for the Perfect Picnic

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Picnic Time Red Highlander Picnic Basket

A full on picnic in a basket, this set has quite literally everything you need for an al fresco afternoon in the park. Crafted in a beautiful chestnut brown, it offers perfectly packed service for four including porcelain plates, silverware, wine glasses, an insulated wine carrier, corkscrew, cheese board and knife, food storage, salt and pepper shakers and a red quilted blanket.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 13, 2018

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After the partial solar eclipse this past Saturday, this week will still, unfortunately, bring some miscommunication with the loved ones in our lives. Thankfully, it’s the last week (woo hoo!) of Mercury Retrograde, so that’s something to look forward to.

On the bright side, this weekend is shaping up to be a little calmer — issues will be resolved, and the love life will definitely be on the upswing with Mercury sextile Venus and the ending of Mercury Retrograde, which will officially occur on Sunday.

Check out what this week has in store for you, courtesy of astrologer Katy Ibur.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

This week will bring some confusion around how you want to express yourself creatively. The last few weeks may have stirred you to reevaluate what still brings you pleasure and what excites you, including in the bedroom. Expect some passionate gains with your romantic partner later this weekend!

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

The last few weeks have been intense emotionally, to say the least. A lot of things from the past have been coming up and the family life hasn’t been running as smoothly. Expect things to start to shift back to normal this weekend. Your family will also start to appreciate and notice all the effort you have been putting in to make their lives easier.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Use this week to try to listen more than you speak. There is a high likelihood that you have been misunderstood or felt anxious these past few weeks, so allow yourself to be quiet and just receive the messages being sent from the people around you. Harmonize with the daily stressors you face and know that you will feel lighter, more creative, and ready to communicate more efficiently this weekend.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This week shakes up how you view your self-worth. Be sure to prioritize self-care this week, whether that be cuddling up with a good book or a night in with your sweetheart. This weekend you will feel fantastic as you release some old emotions from the past. Self-esteem will also start to increase on Sunday as Mercury stations direct.

Leo (July 23-August 22)

With the Partial Solar Eclipse in Leo happening this past weekend, you may be feeling the residual energy more than most. You might also be feeling that your partner hasn’t been respecting or providing for your needs. Perhaps you’ve been re-evaluating what your needs even are, because they definitely have been shifting the last few weeks. This weekend is a great time to sit down with your romantic partner to talk about both of your needs. You will feel you are being truly heard for the first time in weeks.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

You may be feeling more anxious than usual this week. You have been very tuned in to all of the upsetting events happening in the world and there has also been more drama in your personal life. You have been scrambling to tune out these uncomfortable emotions, but just allow for imperfection in all its forms this week. The weekend will bring the end to some of the drama and you will feel more uplifted.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Your friend networks have been shifting the last few weeks, and you may be feeling confused about where you want to go in life and how to go about it. There are just too many options, and too many choices to make! This week, allow for the indecisiveness and know that this weekend you will feel more clarity around your needs and the best next steps.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

This week brings more unexpected shifts in both your career and professional life. You may be feeling a little hopeless about your work condition improving anytime soon but keep your eyes on the prize. Focus on what you DO want and know that you have the power to make the changes to get there. Avoid acting on these desires until next week, after Mercury stations direct on Sunday.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

This week you are looking for ways to break up your daily routine with a mixed bag of success. You are probably feeling stuck and in a bit of a rut, and your level of optimism has been a little dampened. You may feel your romantic partner isn’t being as adventurous as you would like. So, this weekend, schedule some time with friends doing a new, fun activity. This “friend date” will rejuvenate your spirits and you will feel more confident by the end of the weekend.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

This week continues to bring intense emotions that are very uncomfortable. Be sure to find someone to talk to about your feelings— whether it be your romantic partner or a good friend. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and ask for help. This weekend, complete a DIY project with your romantic partner that it is both decorative and practical. Putting your attention on a hands-on task will give you a sense of achievement that will start to pull you out of the bad mood by Sunday’s end.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

There has been a lot of miscommunication with your romantic partner the last few weeks. And if you’re single, this is not a great week to go on new dates. Instead, spend the week reflecting on what you want and need in a romantic partnership. If you are in a relationship, be sure to be more empathetic and generous with your partner than usual. Small acts of kindness will go a long way. This weekend, go on a day trip with your sweetie. If single, Sunday is a great time to set up a date with that person you have been messaging.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

This week your romantic partner may challenge you on the role you are playing in your relationship. Have you been emotionally checked out? Have you been withholding intimacy? Avoid engaging in any deep conversations until the weekend. On Saturday, let your partner know how you have been feeling recently, but be vulnerable and trust that the connection with your partner will deepen. Sunday will bring you more confidence with how you can best be of service to the loved ones in your life.

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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How to Make Your Blowout Last as Long as Possible

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Is there anything better than a fresh and bouncy blowout? With the exception of getting all your RSVPs in on time and hearing your fiancé’s heartfelt vows—nope! There truly isn’t. We know that after an hour in the stylist’s chair (or straining our arms under the weight of an at-home hairdryer), we want our blowouts to last forever. But, unfortunately, all good things—your wedding included—must come to an end eventually. The good news? There are steps you can take to maintain the life of your blowout in between washes, saving you both time and money. What bride-to-be can’t use more of those?

Brides spoke with Adam Livermore, Oribe educator, on all of the tips and tricks of maintaining your bridal blowout. Follow them and you can make the gorgeous style you got the morning of your wedding last until your honeymoon. (Sunset selfies, here you come!)

Preserve Your Blowout

When it comes to preserving your blowout, Livermore recommends choosing your products carefully. “Less is usually more when it comes to a lasting blowout,” he explains to Brides.

Initially, he says that all you need is something for hold and something for moisture—and it depends on your hair texture, too. In regards to prep products, styling and blowout creams are key. He recommends Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme for fine or flat hair, and Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream for curly or frizzy hair. “They both protect the hair and transform the texture completely,” notes Livermore.

Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme

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Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream

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Touch-Ups

All good things require maintenance and your blowout is no exception. Be sure to touch it up every day, Livermore advises, by utilizing a good dry shampoo on the roots “to absorb sebaceous oil and dry-clean your hair.” He also recommends using a restyling spray, like Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray, “on the lengths for refreshing moisture and adding memory and hold.” You can finish your touch-up session with a round brush and blow-dryer, if desired.

Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray

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Beware of Too Many Products

While it’s tempting to try all the products on the salon shelves, if you are aiming to have your blowout last a week, try to show some restraint. Livermore warns, “Too many products, especially if they’re volumizing or texturizing products, will limit how long your blowout will last…I choose one key product that addresses the specific needs of the texture I’m working with.”

Know Your Hair

It’s important to maintain reasonable expectations in managing your blowouts, too. By understanding how texture and even hair colors can react to blowouts, you’ll be better equipped to care for it. Livermore explains, “Usually blowouts last longer on coarse textures and dark colors. With the very lightest blondes and finest textures, sometimes even one day’s worth of sebaceous oil on the scalp becomes a problem that you can see and feel.”

See more: 30 Ways to Wear Your Hair Down For Your Wedding

Prime Blowout Time

If you’re struggling to figure out when to schedule your appointment pre-wedding, it’s largely an individual preference. Livermore says, “I think a fresh blowout always looks best. But for some textures, a fresh blowout can have a bit too many flyaways or feel a bit too ‘done’. In that case, it usually looks better after the second-day touch-up.”

Many brides-to-be opt for a blowout the day before their wedding, so they’ll have freshly blown-out hair for their rehearsal dinner and then perfect, updo-ready second-day hair for the main event.

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The Coolest High-Tech Skincare Devices to Add to Your Pre-Wedding Beauty Routine

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This certainly isn’t your grandma’s skincare routine! Say hello to high-tech skincare products and buzzy beauty devices. With the newest technology, these innovative facial devices are changing the skincare game, and we are here for it. After all, with tech-y upgrades available for every other aspect of your big day—from personalized snapchat filters to digital RSVPs—why not also give your skincare routine a high-tech boost?

Here are some of our favorite at-home facial devices and high-tech beauty products that can help you cleanse, buff, and tone your way to a beautiful bridal glow.

NuFACE Trinity

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This facial toning device has been clinically shown to help improve facial contour, skin tone, and texture. Using micro-current technology, it essentially sculpts the face providing visible benefits—also known as Fitness For Your Face! The three simple steps include cleansing the skin and applying the NuFACE primer, gliding the trainer over the face as directed, and then removing the primer with a damp cloth. With recommended use (directed as five minutes per day, five times per week), it’s an easy way to tone and improve the appearance of jowls, jawline, cheeks, eyebrows and forehead.

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System

A thorough cleansing is the first step toward a proper skincare regiment, and this handy device makes it easier than ever. Featuring two cleansing speeds, this electronic skincare brush works to remove dirt, oil, and makeup more effectively than traditionally washing your face by hand. Utilizing oscillation technology, 300 micro-massage movements per second work to cleanse your pores in only 60 seconds of use. Pair with the included Refreshing Gel Cleanser or your favorite cleansing product for a luxurious and thorough cleansing that makes face-washing less of a chore and more of an indulgence.

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Beautybio GloPRO Microneedling Regeneration Tool Face & Eye Set

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This innovative tool uses micro-needling technology to help induce micro-regeneration, which ultimately triggers your skin’s own natural healing process, resulting in brighter and healthier looking skin. Featuring 540 surgical stainless-steel micro-needles, the tiny punctures help jumpstart the rejuvenation process immediately, as new collagen is made and the skin’s volume is restored. Ideally used just before application of your favorite skincare products, it allows for deeper penetration and absorption, maximizing the products’ effectiveness. This complete kit includes separate attachments for your face and eyes, Bright Eyes Illuminating Colloidal Silver + Collagen eye patches, skin prep pad, Quench moisturizer, and an empty sanitizer bottle, providing all you need for an at home micro-needling experience that is both convenient and cost effective.

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DERMAFLASH 2.0

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Nothing feels better than a solid exfoliation session, but most over-the-counter scrubs just don’t cut it. Thanks to the Dermaflash 2.0, you can now instantly remove dead skin cells, debris, and even peach fuzz for a smoother and brighter complexion, and an even canvas for cosmetics. The set includes the Dermaflash 2.0 device, Preflash cleanser, Postflash moisturizer, charging doc and USB cord, and five exfoliating edges.

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Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

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FDA-cleared to be safe and effective for all skin types and tones, the Tria SmoothBeauty Laser utilizes Non-Ablative Fractional Laser Technology to aid in collagen stimulation, just like professional in-office treatments do. Geared towards smoothing fine lines all over the face, the device boasts results that include more radiant and refreshed skin, making it a great option to add to your skincare efforts.

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: August 6, 2018

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A Leo New Moon is fast approaching this week and Mercury is still in retrograde. To best prepare for what the stars have in store for your week ahead, here’s your weekly love horoscope, courtesy of the Love Astrologer Kathryn Andren.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

You are on fire this week, Aries. You’re full speed ahead, and hopefully Mercury Retrograde doesn’t slow you down. Your area of love and romance is extra energized this weekend by the New Moon meeting with Mercury on Saturday. Just remember to radiate your playful optimism. Take action on your desires, since Mercury the messenger energizes communication from the heart.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

Your focus is on family, so enjoy some playful time at home. The New Moon next weekend lights up your area of private life, so be sure to create some nurturing time just for you. The communication planet, Mercury, remains retrograde the rest of this week. Are your wedding plans going smooth or do you need to double check details with family members? Take time to check in and share the love.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Live it up, Gemini! You are the talk of the town. This weekend, the New Moon energizes your area of communications and connections. If you are still in the mode of party planning, speak up and assert the needs of your heart. Mercury retrograde supports slowing down to take time to network with the perfect people at the perfect time.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Relax yourself with life’s little pleasures. Delight in a nurturing massage at the spa, or indulge in a delicious dinner with your sweetheart. The New Moon meets Mercury this weekend activating your area of money and pleasure. So, if you are still organizing your party plans, be careful about blowing your budget! Have fun, but make adjustments accordingly.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

Happy Birthday, Leo! It’s all about you right now. The Leo New Moon this weekend energizes your area of perception and personality. The good news is, meticulous Mercury in retrograde invites you to review and reflect to double your pleasure! You’ll have second chances to ask yourself, truly, if your heart is singing. Focus on your priorities to maintain your center amongst the fray of parties and planning.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Slow down before revving up. The New Moon with Mercury the messenger actives your area of dreaming and rest. You may have more fun in bed this weekend, or you may also be asking yourself life’s bigger questions such as, “Am I living the life of my dreams?” This summer, there is supportive energy to take action on your vision and make dreams a reality.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Plan a girls night out this weekend, just for fun. The New Moon energizes your area of friendships this week, so reach out to your special someone or a group of friends for a heartfelt connection. Let it all go and lighten your load. Your generous spirit is enhanced with Mercury the messenger also in this area. Extend your best, and contribute to others.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

All work and no play? The New Moon this weekend serves as a reminder to keep your humor both in personal and professional life. Reveal yourself! If you are hiding anything, Mercury in retrograde invites you to reflect and reveal the truth into the light. Maintain your heart connection, both with your sweetheart and the public at large.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Hit the trail for a hike or plan a romantic adventure with your special someone because this weekend is perfect time to get away. Enjoy a fresh perspective on life and love, as the New Moon with Mercury activates your area of travel and higher learning. Bust out of your regular routine and explore something new!

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

This is a juicy weekend for you. Some of the greatest gifts of relationships come from exploring the unknown. Deepen your feeling of connection with your lover together this weekend as the New Moon and Mercury motivate your area of intimacy. When you speak the needs of your heart, you and your partner will have more safety by being truly vulnerable.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Let’s get this party started! It’s a fun loving weekend ahead as the New Moon lights up your area of marriage and partnerships. Make a date with your special someone, or plan a party with your best buddies. Just be sure to take some time out just for fun. Mercury supports dynamic discussions and reflecting on the bigger picture. Ask yourself what you really want to create with others for life and love.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

All work and no play for you, Pisces? Just remember to take care of life’s little details. By the weekend, the New Moon will energize your area of ritual and routine. Maintain your healthy habits, or have some fun starting a new workout. Don’t worry about distractions —Mercury is still in retrograde this week supporting you to slow down and take your time.

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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Real Brides With Tattoos Share If They Rocked Their Ink or Covered Up For Their Wedding

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Many brides to be have a specific vision for their wedding day, right down to their skin. Because of this, some brides to be are faced with a big decision – embrace their tattoos, or cover them up.

Whether pressured by family, or torn between the “look” they want to achieve, we asked real brides with tattoos to share how they handled their ink on their wedding day. From large colorful sleeves to tiny and dainty tats, here’s what they had to say. (Spoiler alert – it’s pretty unanimous!)

“I embraced it! Mine is just a small one on my shoulder but it’s a part of me, so no point in hiding it.” — Montana

“I embraced the ink. I got it for me, so why should I cover it up?” — Allie

“I’m going to be showing them off! I have them for a reason, and I love them all.” — Jen

“I showed them with pride. Each one has a special meaning and I wasn’t going to cover them up on the biggest day of my life. It wouldn’t have felt right, and I’m happy I didn’t.” — Christine

“ I TOTALLY rocked it. It’s part of who I am, and he married all of me. Granted, it’s small, but I feel like all women should embrace all parts of them, tattoos and all. Life is too short for regret.” — Jennifer

“I didn’t. intentionally hide mine, but they ended up hidden by my dress and my hair.” —Cassie

“I actually finished my sleeve tattoo within a month before my wedding date because I wanted to show it off. Tattoos shouldn’t have to be hidden on your wedding, they should enhance your beauty and. Show off to everyone the story you have behind them all.” —Alicia

“My wife picked her dress out to show off all her work including her chest piece. I was meant to show off my sleeves, but it was a crazy day and I didn’t have the chance to.” — Marinna

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6 Websites Every Pregnant Woman Should Know About

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Pregnancy presents with a wide array of emotions that come and go throughout the long, 40 weeks before you give birth. Most women have lots of questions, get oh-so-much unsolicited advice, and sometimes feel super anxious over the many dos and don’ts, strange symptoms, and nagging is this normal? feeling.

With all these emotions going around, Google can quickly turn from a helpful friend to a downright enemy. After all, the internet can be a scary place filled with unreliable information and alarmist message boards.

To help, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite websites all pregnant women should know about, from general advice and milestone tracking, to shopping and beyond. (We recommend bookmarking them to avoid a future Google spiral!)

Ever wish you had experts on hand that could help clarify any questions you have regarding exposures, cosmetics, or medications? Well, now you do. A service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS), Mother to Baby provides access to evidence-based information with experts available to answer your questions via email, chat, text and phone. (Talk about convenient!) Doctors often refer pregnant women to this site—the helpful fact sheets help to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about exposures and medications during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Keep this site handy for any questions from cleaning products to manicures, medicines and more!

Having evolved from the trusty book that many of our own moms relied on through their pregnancies, this site offers week-by-week tracking and expert advice and articles on all things pregnancy related. Not only a site for pregnant women, you can rely on this site to also help with childcare and parenting information, covering everything from breastfeeding to developmental milestones, discipline and potty training.

Even though maternity fashion has come quite a long way in the last few years, it’s still no fun to shell out tons of dough for clothing you know you’ll only need over the next few months. Thankfully, ThredUP can help you recycle your maternity clothes, and make back some of your hard-earned cash. Calling itself “not your typical thrift store,” the service is the largest online secondhand shopping destination with a special section dedicated to maternity. When it’s time to part with your elastic waistbands and flowy tops, you can rest assured knowing they’re on their way to a good home, and you’ll have some cash back in your wallet.

Some things just can’t (and shouldn’t) be found with a simple Google search, and newborn care classes are certainly one of them. Thanks to Pulling Curls, you can take online prenatal classes for couples created by a labor and delivery nurse who is ACLS, NRP and AWHONN fetal monitoring certified. With three children of her own, you can be sure that the classes are presented by a qualified professional, and fit it in to your busy schedule.

Much more than just a handy (and fun) app to track your pregnancy milestones, the full Baby Center website offers videos, information, message boards and “birth clubs,” as well as parenting advice. The Expert Advice and Community pages offer both insight from medical professionals as well as message boards and communities for moms-to-be to share concerns, fears, support, and experiences. Think of it as a coffee club for preggos, without having to leave your couch.

See more: Demystifying Pregnancy: Fact vs. Fiction

In the world of pregnancy, truth and evidence matter most. Enter, Evidence Based Birth, a site created by Rebecca Dekker, Ph.D., who is also a mother and nurse researcher. The site’s manifesto includes the belief that everyone has the right to the highest standard of childbirth care and presents non-biased, evidence-based information. With plentiful resources for both parents and professionals, their blog also curates information on hot topics such as the uses of massage and hypnosis for pain relief during labor, everything you wanted to know about fetal monitoring, epidurals, and more.

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Is It Rude To Have a Wedding the Day Before a Holiday?

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Holidays are exciting and special. Typically, they mean a day off from work, perhaps an out-of-town trip, and lots of fun with family and friends. But, what if you have to go to a wedding the day or night before? Say, on the 3rd of July, the night before Thanksgiving, or on New Year’s Eve?

While when and how a couple celebrates their wedding is entirely up to them, we asked real wedding guests how they feel about being invited to a wedding that’s the night before a major holiday.

“It’s totally up to the couple when to have their wedding, but when the holiday falls on a week day and they have their wedding the night before, it’s a huge hassle. Most people have to work that day, and I think Tuesday night weddings are just not cool. I know it’s cheaper though, which is probably why so many people are starting to do it.” — Nicole

“Just no. I wouldn’t go. I say, don’t be cheap and let me enjoy my holiday.” — Tara

“I actually like attending weddings that are the night before holidays. Everyone is already in a celebratory mood because of the upcoming holiday, there’s no pressure to worry about work, and it adds an extra day to the celebration time!” — Merry

“They’re kind of annoying. Unless, you have a Monday off and it’s on a Friday or something.” — Pamela

“We don’t have too many holidays and usually I want to plan something fun, so when there is a wedding involved, the plans change.” — Anat

“They just throw in a wrench. And are a pain. You usually have to pay more for hotels on holidays, and gas is more expensive. And if you have to fly somewhere, flights go up too.” — Jen

“I don’t mind them. It’s whatever the couple wants and I’ll happily go.” — Stacy

“RSVPing yes to a wedding the night before a holiday, for me, depends on how close I am on the person. If it’s a coworker or I know I was on the B-list, I’d be less inclined to go. But if it’s a close friend or family member, it’s probably people I’d spend the next day holiday with anyway, so I’d be more inclined to go and be excited for it.” — Chris

“I think night-before-holiday weddings are rude to be honest, and selfish. Unless it’s a family wedding, then it would be nice to be with all family.” — Christine

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What Should New Moms Eat While Breastfeeding?

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Just when pregnancy ends, another transformative and challenging moment begins for many new moms. Enter: breastfeeding.

The process of breastfeeding your infant can be exhausting and confusing, and doesn’t always come with ease to all new moms and babies. Plus, you need to keep in mind that what you eat affects what your baby consumes.

While breastmilk is always best regardless of the feeding manner, for as long as your baby is getting their nutrition from you, it’s important to know the ins and outs of nutrition for breastfeeding moms.

BRIDES spoke with Hoboken-based registered dietician Vanessa Rissetto for advice and insight.

Don’t Worry About The Baby Weight

While it’s tempting to want to start your journey to post-baby fitness right away, Rissetto warns that when you’re first trying to establish breastfeeding and regulate your milk supply, you don’t want to restrict calories to try and lose the pregnancy weight. She reassures that while it will come off, it’s time to focus on the task at hand first. “If you’re stressed out about your weight, it’s going to affect your mindset and make successful breastfeeding difficult,” she says.

There is some truth to the concept that breastfeeding helps you shed some baby pounds. Rissetto explains that research tells us that both more frequent breastfeeding and doing it for longer than six months increases maternal weight loss.

Things to Limit

After a long nine months, there’s no shame in looking forward to the occasional glass of wine. But Rissetto advises to watch the booze and the caffeine. “Meaning, don’t drink five or six cups of coffee, as it it take 12 hours to leave the system, so it can affect your baby,” she says. “Alcohol eventually gets metabolized so you don’t have to pump and dump if you have one glass of wine, but if you feel very impaired, you might want to not feed your baby until you are feeling well enough that you would be able to drive a car.”

Aside from those two big temptations, breastfeeding moms may have to play around with with eliminating or limiting other ingredients, too.

“Often babies are fussy and the pediatrician will recommend cutting out all dairy, gluten, soy, or nuts,” Rissetto says. So, she recommends keeping track of your baby’s reactions and then adjusting your diet accordingly.

Your pediatrician can be incredibly helpful during this time too, so don’t be afraid to communicate.

Things to Increase

Most importantly, you’ll need to increase your water intake. Rissetto recommends at least two liters per day—if you aren’t consuming enough water on a daily basis, you’ll be dehydrated and your supply of breastmilk will be low.

It’s also important to be sure to get adequate amounts of protein, vegetables and carbohydrates. “You want to make sure you’re getting enough macronutrients so you aren’t depleted,” she says.

Calories

You may have heard that you’ll need an increase in calories during the time you’re breastfeeding. While that’s true, Rissetto explains that there is no hard and fast rule, but that, in general, 500 extra calories per day is adequate.

In fact, she says studies show that maintaining an intake of about 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day supports adequate milk supply.

Supplements

Just as prenatal vitamins helped to fortify you during pregnancy, it’s worth considering what supplements may be vital during this time period, too. (Just speak with your doctor, of course!)

Rissetto advises that calcium might be a good thing to add in the mix—if you are low in calcium, your body will break down bone to get enough. Now that you’re nursing your baby, the body will do what it needs to maintain homeostasis.

Be Wary of Gimmicks

Thanks to the age of the internet, pregnant mommas who have been actively Googling might now be inundated with ads for lactation cookies, supplements, teas, and more. But Rissetto warns that many aren’t actually scientifically backed.

See more: New Moms Share: What They Couldn’t Live Without During the “Fourth Trimester”

Words of Wisdom

Breastfeeding is tough, and Rissetto offers her own wisdom and humor to all moms who might be struggling. As a mom of two who breastfed both for over a year, she says: “There is no need for guilt if breastfeeding doesn’t work for you. There’s going to be plenty in parenting that you can feel guilty about. Just do your best, and your kid can still go to Harvard even if he/she had some formula.”

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New Moms Share: What They Couldn’t Live Without During the “Fourth Trimester”

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Ever hear of the fourth trimester? Many new moms and experts alike have now coined the term “fourth trimester,” which cleverly refers to the adjustment period between raising and caring for a newborn and recovering from pregnancy and birth.

While it’s often thought to be quite a difficult time period, luckily, there are lots of products that can help ease the transition for both momma and baby.

Here’s what real new moms had to say about their most cherished items during those first three months.

“One product I couldn’t live without was Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, because of the fire red nightmare of a diaper rash he came home with.” — Christine

“I couldn’t have survived those first few months without a Rock n’ Play.” — Jessica

“A Baby Bum Brush! I can’t stand cleaning diaper cream from under my nails. Oh, and a Rock ‘n Play!” — Carolynn

“One thing I couldn’t live without in the fourth trimester was a comfy but light robe. I lived in that for probably the first 2-3 months. Especially if you have a c-section some pants just won’t sit comfortably or will bother the incision, so just wearing a robe around the house all day was key.” — Christina

Tucks Pads, sports bras with removable padding, Soma pajamas, water bottles on hand all the time, a peri bottle, Aden and Anais muslin swaddles, HALO SleepSack, and Baby Magic lotion.” — Brittany Ann

UPPAbaby Bassinet in the house, because it was his favorite place to sleep during the day. We were obsessed with Aden and Anais swaddles, we basically used them to cover any surface he laid on. Also, I was and still am (9 months later) obsessed with sterilizing and would be lost without my Baby Brezza sterilizer. Also, I had a ton of stitches and as far as products for me, witch hazel saved my life!” — Danielle

“Google.” —Pam

Velcro swaddle blankets and a Rock ‘N Play! — Sarra

The Baby K’tan Breeze is the easiest wrap to put on and it keeps newborns all cozy against your chest. I wear her around the apartment and also take her out on walks in it. Pick the size that will fit YOU vs. the baby.” — Meredith

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: July 30, 2018

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Is anyone else really feeling the effects of Mercury in retrograde? Yeah, us too.

During these times, it’s more important than ever to tune in to the universe and prepare for what the week ahead may have in store. Courtesy of expert astrologer Christian Klausner, here are your weekly love horoscopes so you can head into the week prepared, and ready to tackle whatever is thrown your way.

Aries (March 21 – April 20)

This is a good week to relax, Aries. That electrifying Lunar Eclipse may have sparked some new realizations in your life relating to creative projects, technology, and the networks you associate with. But, it’s going to need time to fully settle within your energetic mind. Your character has grown a lot this month with Mars retrograde, and you’re getting a better handle on miscommunications and curbing impulse. Let this be a week to chill out with your loved one, soak it in, and enjoy taking your time.

Taurus (April 21- May 20)

Whatever is welling up under the surface of your emotions is only seeking a channel to be expressed. This week is wonderful for all creative ventures, and for finding outlets in your career that can allow you to work off this raw energy building up within you. Insights may come as to how to do apply this energy on Friday and Saturday, as the Moon moves into your sign. The thing to guard against however, is “leaking” energy. Proper containment and clear discernment with allow you to find a clear and productive channel to express more of your heart’s depth.

Gemini (May 21- June 20)

Talk has been a little less important, as of late. It’s more about action, and what we are doing for one another that can truly have an impact, especially on our emotions. You’re getting a chance this week to show yourself beyond your skills of communication as your other dexterous talents are getting highlighted. However, its important to remember that during this Mercury retrograde, everything is still being recorded, and it’s not that we’re not perceiving everything little thing being said. Therefore, don’t speak carelessly, but sparingly—and show your depth of love through action.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)

There may have been a few distractions thrown in your way, Cancer, but did you let them get you off course? If you did, then this is an adjustment week, where you’ll be lifted right back onto your tracks. If not, then your concentration will be rewarded by an increase of speedy momentum as you continue to chug along toward your destiny. The key this week is to keep your heart centered on what you want. If you can do that, your mind will act as a magnet, attracting the ideas you need to make it happen. Shrug off any disturbances. Stay light and free.

Leo (July 23- August 22)

This is a soul-shaking time for you Leos, with a Solar Eclipse coming soon in your sign (on the 11th). Not only is this week going to make this more apparent as the energy builds, but you’ll become transfigured by exposing yourself to the purifying flames of passion, vulnerability, and acceptance of responsibility. Endure the growing pains, use your words wisely this week, and remind your loved ones that you love them dearly.

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

With the love-planet Venus coming into the last degrees of your sign, this can be an intense time where the passions, desires, and cravings are becoming solidified. The only way through them is to confront them head on. It is a time to surrender to the feeling of love, and to the conviction that it may be time to employ more self-discipline. Let your passion be the fuel that allows you to integrate more routine, health, and consistency into your daily life.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

You’ve probably been reevaluating what your true sources of entertainment and joy are. There is a new kind of creativity being born within you, and it is threatening to substitute old ways of “enjoying yourself.” This may be the week that supplies that extra energy to say “no” to that which does not truly make you happy, and to move toward creating a new version of life that is more fitting to facilitate the expression of your growing soul. Those who are loving and encouraging of your evolution are the ones to keep around.

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

This week, with Mercury square to Jupiter, is going to invite you to accept the challenge of owning your voice and of feeling powerful, even when surrounded by superiors. Know you’re enough, and that you are worthy. Your power will be displayed through composure, tranquility, and a silent reliance on the life that dwells within you, and not on outer validation. In fact, outer validation will do you very little good this week. Tune in to your self, and enjoy the blessings that Jupiter is bestowing in your sign for the next few months!

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

The sadness of separation is supplanted by a newfound gain this week, and it is the gain of freedom, excitement, and “bouncing back.” The horizons are widening for you, but remember the joy of maintaining a creative direction! Staying true to your heart will reveal the context and meaning of the new experiences before you, so setting aside some time for meditation and contemplation will certainly be rewarding this week. Developing clarity and stability will be all the remedy you need to weather the storm.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)

This Mercury retrograde is likely putting a magnifying glass to your creative depth, showing you the things which are so simple and little to you, yet have such a far-reaching influence on those in your life. Just because something comes easy to you, doesn’t mean it’s not of incredible value to others. This week you can put a profound investment into your relationships by finding a spiritual relaxation, and giving freely of little comments and compliments which help to build up the security and confidence of your loved ones.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

Mars retrograding in your sign may have brought up (with striking clarity) how you stifle yourself and apply the brakes in passion or intimacy. In reality, it would actually be just fine to step on the gas. These insights will provide lifelong benefit to the new and confident self you are becoming. Forgiveness can be a powerful element to have on hand this week, along with the abiding feeling that you are right where you need to be. You may experience a surge of courage this week, so use it to love more ferociously.

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

You’ve been so helpful, kind, and agreeable to be around, but now you may have frustration building up because recognition is not flowing so easily to you. This week will be a reminder that your value is not measured by the credit given to you by others. With Mercury retrograding in your sector of work and service, this is a fantastic time to implement little routines or habits that will make you more efficient, and thereby build up confidence, worth, and self-esteem from the inside out.

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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The Best Wave Sprays for Year-Round Honeymoon Hair

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This aerosol, salt-free spray provides perfect beachy waves—without the drying ingredients!—while instantly adding texture, volume, and shine. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, gluten, mineral oil, or petroleum, you can rest easy knowing this spray packs a punch without harmful additives. With how well this spray enhances your natural texture, plus its summery aroma of guava, coconut water, pink lotus, midnight violet, and vanilla, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to spray this all over!

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What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Love Life This Week: July 23, 2018

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There’s a busy week ahead in the zodiac world, with Mercury retrograde starting on Thursday, July 26 and a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on Friday July 27th.

The sometimes-dreaded Mercury retrograde happens about three to four times a year and causes chaos with our communication, technology and short-distance travel. Try to save those serious talks and signing that contract until after Mercury moves direct on August 19. Also, be sure to back-up important files on your devices and leave for work early to avoid being late.

The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse will bring awareness to where we feel we need to stand our ground, even if no one else is on our side. Stand up for your beliefs if they are being challenged, but also allow yourself to be “revolutionary” by keeping the peace and not stirring the pot.

See what the rest of the week has in store for your sign courtesy of astrologer Katy Ibur.

Aries (March 21-April 20)

There could be some delays at the end of the week with your new creative projects, or some miscommunication with your new boo as Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday. Don’t lose your cool; you may blow this obstacle out of proportion and make things worse. This week also brings the realization that you can’t continue to do things the way you have been. Time to re-evaluate your life’s direction and check where you want to go next. Resist the urge to take action on these ideas until the end of the month. This weekend, get a massage or go to a fun concert for some self-care.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)

Watch out for some family drama or unexpected, repressed emotions rising to the surface once mercury goes retrograde! Your co-workers may call you out for being overly stubborn on a project at work. Swallow your pride and admit where you have been unnecessarily inflexible. Go on a walk in nature this weekend and eat nourishing, healthy food during this full moon. Be sure to give extra love and attention to your body.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your thoughts may run more wild than usual during mercury retrograde. Put your thoughts into action with some mindless creative projects—maybe coloring or a craft project. On Friday, you may feel an urge to throw all of your responsibilities out the window and take a spontaneous adventure. Only follow the urge if you can find time to finish all of your errands. This weekend be sure to do something with your partner that involves some stillness. Go fishing or take a quiet walk in nature.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

This week something happens that makes you question your security, both financially and emotionally. You may feel that no one has your back or that things are pretty intense, but don’t fall too far into victim-mode. You have friends that will be there for you, so reach out to the friends that make you feel calm and centered and avoid the people in your life that feed on the drama! In the bedroom, focus on being generous toward your partner and things will definitely heat up!

Leo (July 23-August 22)

This week it is time to get honest about where and how you have been stubborn and how you have been the “rebel-without-a-cause” with your partner. You may feel a strong need for your partner to treat you like royalty and fulfill your every need, but you need to figure out how you can give that to yourself. Be your own biggest cheerleader during this mercury retrograde and reflect on how to recognize and fulfill your own needs. This week, focus on creating some peace and calm within your workplace. Maybe take a walk during your lunch break or dive into a new project where you can get in the zone.

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

This week may bring some confusion about where you are going next and how it will all come together. Trust that everything is working out, but also be sure to trust your gut and not over-analyze new opportunities when they arise. The lunar eclipse will highlight how the way you are expressing your gifts and talents is limited. You are not being as helpful as you would like. The solution? Do some research on new ways to be helpful to others and try something new and adventurous.

Libra (September 23-October 22)

You are starting to realize who your real friends are. It’s time to cut the friends and relationships that are holding you back and make more room for the people who believe in you and support you. This full moon highlights where you have been careless and flaky in your love life, with your children, or with your creative spark. It’s important for you to address the emotions you have been hiding. Share these feelings with your partner or close friends and know that you will be supported. Put some calming music on in the bedroom to set the mood.

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

As Mercury stations retrograde on Thursday, expect some delays at work and in your community. Wait to ask your boss for the raise or to confront your lazy co-worker until after Mercury stations direct on August 19. The full moon lunar eclipse will shed light on how you might have been stubborn and controlling at home. Lighten up and be sure to only pick the battles that matter. This weekend have a relaxing, drama-free night in with your sweetie.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

How do your beliefs and convictions serve other people? This is a worthy thought to ponder during Mercury retrograde. You will want to re-evaluate how to be more open-minded and generous toward the people in your life. Friday’s full moon will bring miscommunication and conflict if you remain stubborn about getting your point across. Instead of participating in a verbal battle, focus instead on being of service to the valuable people in your life. Bring in some cupcakes to your co-workers or take your partner to their favorite restaurant. You will be rewarded for your thoughtful efforts!

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Fiery emotions are bubbling under the surface during this Mercury retrograde. Try your best to address and express these emotions or you could end up taking it out on the people you love. You may also encounter some financial problems and things not panning out the way you planned. You are getting too wrapped up in anxiety over your to-do list. This weekend don’t think about work and instead do an activity that is fun and playful! Take your partner on a romantic picnic or go out for a night of salsa dancing!

Aquarius (January 20-February 18)

Mercury retrograde may bring up feelings of discontent in your intimate relationships. You may feel you have been the one giving and giving with nothing being given in return. Hold off on any serious talks with your partner until after Mercury stations direct on August 19. Do not withhold affection and instead focus on how to compromise where both of your needs are met. You may feel a need to be stubborn about what your “needs” are in the relationship but try to honestly find a solid middle ground that works for both of you. This weekend be sure to carve out some alone time, whether it be reading a book or taking a bubble bath.

Pisces (February 19-March 20)

You may start to feel unappreciated for the work you do for others, or you may find that a mentor or authority figure is not supporting you in the way you need. This week will have you wanting to feel like a victim or the martyr but resist the urge. Know that you are responsible for the quality of your own life. This weekend, spend some time meditating or do some deep breathing to get yourself centered. Find ways to be of service to others, without expecting anything in return. The favor will be returned to you in the future in unexpected ways.

See more: The Pros and Cons of Marrying Each Zodiac Sign

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6 Apps that Can Help You Nail Gift Giving

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Finding the perfect gift isn’t easy to do, especially when people have so many parties leading up to their wedding (engagement gift, plus bridal shower gift, plus wedding gift…). And, in a day and age where grab and go gift-cards are sometimes just too convenient, the art of gift giving can (and does) get lost.

Luckily, you can thank good ‘ole technology to help you not only give the perfect gift, but with less stress and time, too.

From engagement parties to showers, birthdays to anniversaries and beyond – here are some helpful apps to help you nail gift giving.

With a curated array of unique lifestyle items and home decor, Fab has something for everyone and every style. With departments including home, art, tech, and “fun and style,” you can find funky and fun home accents and decor that are sure to please any preference. As an added incentive, you can earn points within the app as a Fab Insider, which will accrue towards your next purchase. And, shipping over $75 is free, with free returns.

Not only a great service to keep your gift cards organized and digitized, Gyft also enables you to send e-gift cards to any recipient, along with an accompanying note or video. As a perfect way to say “thanks” or “thinking of you,” send an instant gift card from over hundreds of retailers seamlessly and instantly.

Gifts on demand? Yes, please! Without needing to track down the recipients shipping address, you can shop from categories including tech and gadgets, alcohol, flowers, gourmet, and more – and then gift on demand! You can even set birthday and event reminders while adding personalized messaging, too. The best part? Gifts are added weekly so there’s always fresh and fun new options!

No need to panic if you forgot to send a bouquet for a special day, and no need to pay exorbitant rush shipping costs either. Enter, Bloomthat. Available in select cities, you can now have fresh and seasonal arrangements that are not only guaranteed to always match their picture, but are even available with same day delivery.

If you’re looking to give something a bit different or unique, aha might have just what you’re looking for. With over 25,000 items from artisans and designers throughout over 45 countries, you can send an amazing gift to be on its way to your recipient within 60 seconds. The best part? With a “buy now, pay later” option, you only pay when your gift is digitally accepted (or it can be swapped, too!) AND standard shipping within the United States is free.

See more: 50 Unique Wedding Gift Ideas That Fit All of Your Guests’ Budgets

In keeping with the gifts-on-demand trend, how about something more experiential? Who couldn’t use a massage these days? Thanks to Zeel, you can seamlessly order a massage for a lucky recipient who is in some need of R&R. The service provides a background checked and certified massage therapist who will come to your home, and the gratuity is included in the pricing so the lucky gift-getter has nothing more to do.

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Real Brides Share: When They Began Trying For a Family

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby…right? Well, not all the time.

Not only does family planning sometimes not go as, well, planned, surprises tend to happen and journeys often take longer than anticipated. Regardless of what the future holds, many couples discuss and agree upon desired timeframes for beginning their journey to parenthood.

Whether it’s after 6 months or 6 years together, here’s what real brides had to say about when they began trying for a baby, and why.

“We knew that our road might not be the easiest due to past medical issues that might affect fertility, and even still, we knew we wanted to be married at least a year and a half to two years before beginning to try. We were 28 when we got married, and figured 30 was a good age to start, even if it did take a while. We had places we wanted to travel to, and wanted to purchase our first home before taking the leap. Overall, it took us about a year to successfully conceive, and we couldn’t be happier.” — Nicole

“We waited 6 months after our wedding to start trying for our family, as we had about 7 other weddings that year and wanted to enjoy them all. I did get pregnant the first month we tried in October 2016 but that ended in miscarriage, unfortunately. It took us a year of trying after that before getting pregnant, so we are super excited for our baby girl to arrive in 2 months!” — Meghan

“We got married in December and started trying in April. I looked back at the timeline a few years after our first, Isaac, was born and was surprised how soon after the wedding we started trying because it felt like we were married forever at the time.” — Yelena

“We got married on 12/29/17 and our baby is due 9/21/18. (So we waited about 12 hours!) We have been together for 5 years and I’m 38, when I deliver I’ll be 39.” — Melissa

“We got married on 8/8/08 and our son Charlie was born on 9/3/09. We were technically young, 26, but had been together since we were 20 and wanted to be young parents. We decided we would rather have kids early that way we would still be ‘young’ when they were older.” — Jessica

“We waited just shy of 3 years to have our first. We got married at 25 and then delivered our daughter Caitlin at 28 and a half. We did not live together before marriage—in fact we lived on separate coasts! I was teaching in New Jersey and my husband was an officer on a destroyer out of San Diego. We wanted to concentrate on our careers, figure out home ownership, figure out/establish our roles in our new partnership, and enjoy our time with each other—ALONE. My husband Phil also deployed for 8 months right after we got married. We timed the rest of our kids so they were born during shore duty and not sea duty, approximately 3.5 years apart. Now that we are outnumbered by loud, crazy girls we are so grateful for our first 3 quiet years together and for the comfort and stability in our marriage we were able to build up early on.” — Colleen

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