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LA Fitness dealt a knockout blow over unfair gym contracts. Ooof: LA Fitness felt the full force of the Guardian's consumer journalists and the Twittersphere.

LA Fitness dealt a knockout blow over unfair gym contracts

Photograph: Randy M. Ury/Corbis It was one of the most distressing cases of a reader in trouble that Guardian Money has ever had to deal with. But it resulted in an overwhelming outpouring of generosity from readers that led – belatedly – to a humble apology from the company at the heart of the storm. What's more, gym-goers across the UK may benefit as the Office of Fair Trading promises a crackdown on unfair contracts.

It began last Saturday when Guardian Money's consumer champions published a letter from a reader, Hannah, in Essex, a heavily pregnant woman whose husband had just lost his job. The couple had 15 months left to run on their contract with the gym and were finding it impossible to pay. But within hours of publishing the story, emails started to arrive in our inbox, then the phone calls started and the letters came. Easy DIY Wedding Programs Tutorial. Posted on April 27, 2009 by Christina By Amanda Colyer For our DIY Wedding programs, I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive, but still provide my guests with some entertainment.

Easy DIY Wedding Programs Tutorial

Kelli + Sam’s Vintage Garden Wedding. Wedding Seating Arrangement: Ideas On Place Card Holders And Seating Cards. Stay Updated to the Latest Blog Post!

Wedding Seating Arrangement: Ideas On Place Card Holders And Seating Cards

Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte Wedding from The Schultzes. Four words to describe Jen and Dan’s North Carolina wedding?

Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte Wedding from The Schultzes

Bea-u-ti-ful. Or maybe, oh my goodness beautiful? Sigh. Rustic Ivory and Brown Wedding Inspiration. The Blushing Bride. Monmouth Wedding by Ashley Forrette Photography. 10 DIY Vases – Inspiration for Centerpieces. Looking for some fun ideas for your wedding centerpieces?

10 DIY Vases – Inspiration for Centerpieces

I’ve pulled together some very easy and really cute DIY vase projects that would make adorable, unique wedding centerpieces. All of the vases here are easy to make and are great projects for all levels … even beginner DIY brides! Follow these tutorials or tweak them to create a completely custom look that is perfect for your wedding! 1. Copperwynd Resort Wedding from Melissa Jill. “I felt lucky just to meet you and be your friend. And I feel even luckier to have married you and love you for a lifetime.” Tanner and Rachel met on their first day of medical school and their friendship quickly turned into something special, and soon they found themselves gathering their closest family and friends for an intimate destination wedding at the Copperwynd Resort in Fountain Hills, Arizona, where Tanner spoke those words to his new wife.

Elopement Wedding Sedona Arizona By Ventola Photography » Destination Inspirations. Buy & Sell Used Wedding Gowns. Pop Stars. I’ve just added a bunch of cake pop photos to the Pop Stars section to the site.

Pop Stars

Yay! It’s something productive I can do on the site while I’m still recovering. (I added an update to the previous post. But, in case you didn’t see it, my mom and I are doing great.) You probably already know about this section if you’re a cake pop fan, but if you didn’t, let me tell you about it. To navigate the Pop Stars section, there’s an index with links. Fab Find: Vintage Window Seating Charts! Posted by Michelle Vintage weddings are all the rage right now and these antique windows transformed into seating charts perfectly fit into that mood and aesthetic.

Fab Find: Vintage Window Seating Charts!

Pure White DIY Party With A Hint Of Pink: Balloons, Doilies & Hearts. This handmade, pure white, DIY engagement party is going to knock your {preferably white} socks off! So much thought, care and attention to detail was put into this utterly gorgeous event but I wouldn’t expect anything less from the multi-talented Natalie Spencer! Natalie is a couture cake maker turned photographer, a crafty DIYer and I think you’ll agree after seeing these photos of this engagement party she organised with her friend Katie, an incredible event stylist too! Natalie’s thoughts on the shoot: When Katie and I found out that our best friend Alex would be getting engaged soon we started planning the engagement party.

Headband Makeover {How to Make a Bow} Mrs.

Headband Makeover {How to Make a Bow}

Priss Headband Makeover {How to Make a Bow} Feb01st2010 Supplies: Headband (mine was busted)Ribbon (I used 7/8″ wide for this size bow, but you should adjust measurements below according to ribbon width)ScissorsHot Glue Gun. Loving Birthday Cake.

Good morning, friends!

Loving Birthday Cake

Today I have to wish a big happy birthday to my little sister. She moved away for the first time earlier this year so it’s her first birthday away from home. So I figured, why not celebrate with her from afar by sharing a whole bunch of birthday cakes that had me at hello? When all else fails, a great cake makes for an instant (and totally awesome) party. Happy birthday, ‘Lil! Muah & Mustache Favor Tags. Free Printable Downloads allow you to create your own personalized favors that can be downloaded and used in any way you can imagine on your special day.

Muah & Mustache Favor Tags

All you need is some paper, a printer and a little creativity. The Muah and Mustache Favor Tag Free Printable Downloads are available in a variety of colors. Choose your colors below and get started today. So simple. The following fonts were used in this printable: American Typewriter and FG Jasmine. Photobooth Props - Blog - Indianapolis Wedding Planners. Wedding Blog: S'mores Bar Desserts. Today, many brides and grooms are incorporating more of their own personal style into their wedding day. Many couples feel if they are going to spend thousands of dollars on this day, it should be one that they will enjoy and one that is filled with all things that they enjoy.

So, when I ran across the idea of having a S’mores Bar during a wedding reception, I immediately fell head over heels in love … It is such a warm, family friendly idea (reminds me of the times spent telling stories around the campfire). It is an idea that has definitely been preserved over the years and lately is seems to have had a ‘face-lift’. The Girl With A Curl » Blog Archive » Jar Cakes. Hair Comes the Bride- Bridal Hair Flowers. DIY Lollipop Favors. Bridal Inquirer Blog » Blog Archive » Custom Jones Soda Bottles! DIY Ceremony Backdrop. Posted June 29, 2011 | 1 Comment If you’re looking to brighten up your ceremony space a bit, and aren’t keen on the archway idea, consider this colorful DIY ceremony backdrop with tons of texture. We spotted this backdrop at Style Me Pretty.

10 Cute & Clever Centerpieces. Looking for wedding centerpiece ideas that’s a bit outside the box? I’m a big fan of weird and quirky and I’ve been collecting unique centerpiece ideas just for you! 1. Carnations in test tubes, held by rolls of colorful yarn is pure genius, not to mention DIY friendly too {by Rachel Ray}. 2. The Dopeness Digest // The Week That Was - Beyond Beyond. Well we are on the eve of showing you some awesome behind the scenes action of the big fat bloggers shoot, so for now we are holding you over with some awesome links and bits that have had us bubbling over this week.

Inspiration Board: Pewter & Rose « Cap Classique – Cape Town South Africa wedding blog. Ultimate Wedding Planner And Organizer. Creative Wedding Guest Books. Welcome to ohAmanda! Gabbiano on Fashion Served. L’Auberge des Adrets Wedding by Xavier Navarro Photographie. Beautiful Braids « Inspiration « Bow Ties & Bliss. When it comes to braided hairstyles, the possibilities are endless. Waterfall braids, side braids, traditional french braids, fishtail braids, crown braids, braided updos… I could go on and on!

Whether you have long or short hair, thick or thin hair, or straight or curly hair, there is a braid that will work for you. Here is a collection of several braided hairstyles, which are just perfect for summer! Make sure to check out the sources below the photos as many of them provide helpful video tutorials.:) An Anthropologie Inspired Wedding in Texas. A Fun DIY Idea To Keep Kids Entertained At Weddings. An Insider's Guide to Cruise Tipping.

Note: The following piece is an op-ed. The views expressed about tipping are those of the writer. For a comprehensive, line-by-line look at "official" tipping rules, check out our At Your Service: Cruise Line Tipping Policies. "A $12 per person, per day service charge will be automatically added to shipboard account. " DIY Bridesmaids Cards. I love the idea of formally asking those whom you would like to be in your bridal party. 201006024312-16427.jpg (JPEG Image, 2560x1600 pixels) - Scaled (39%) Do It Yourself Photo Booth Style Wedding Save-the-Dates And Invitations.

It’s very easy to create your very own photo booth styled save-the-date cards or wedding invitations. 43 DIY Wedding Projects For The Budget Bride. DIY Design Community « Keywords: DIY, Craft, Inspiration, vases. {real couple} Marissa + Brandon at Nestldown. Portrait Projecting Wedding Ring.