Our Top 5 Gift Ideas this Christmas

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Our Christmas Sleigh

Over the meadow and through the woods with this adorable, nostalgic sleigh filled with Christmas flowers, berries and pine cones.

Red roses, white lilies ad green button mums make this bouquet the perfect holiday gift or decorating accent!

Approximately 16”h x 15”w.
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DC Metro Areas
Starting at $64.95

 

 

 

 

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Poinsettias

You’ll send a really big Christmas wish when you have this wonderfully large, bright red poinsettia delivered to your family or friends. Poinsettias are a natural gift for the holidays, and this is sure to make a grand entrance!

A large red poinsettia is delivered in a 8″ natural container that’s all wrapped up with a beautiful red taffeta ribbon. It’s a beautifully traditional gift – with a sizable difference!

Approximately 24″ W x 25″ H
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Starting at $59.95

 

 

 

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 The Gift of Roses

This gorgeous blend of rosy blooms and frilly evergreens, accented with shiny silver ornaments and silver-sprayed leaves, is delivered in a wooden box adorned with a fancy silver ribbon.  A mix of fresh flowers such as red roses, gladiolus and carnations is arranged in a wooden box decorated with a silver ribbon.

Approximately 20″ (W) x 13″ (H)
Orientation: All-Around
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Starting at $129.95

 

 

 

 

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 Gourmet Gift Baskets

This basket is loaded with fresh fruit of the season, gourmet chocolates and finished with sparkling cider. Sure to brighten someone’s day.

Items may vary.

A MyFlorist Exclusive!
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Starting at $150.95

 

 

 

 

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 Candled Centerpieces

Make a festive fashion statement during your holiday feast. Dress up your table with red roses and white asiatic lilies laced with fragrant greenery and graced with the soft glow of two golden candles.  This magnificent bouquet includes red spray roses, white Asiatic lilies, white cushion spray chrysanthemums, cedar, fern accented with gold ribbon and assorted greenery. Comes with two 12″ gold taper candles.

Approximately 20 1/2″ W x 17″ H
As Shown : T579-1AM
Starting at $74.95

 

 

 

 

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De-Clutter and De-Stress!

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Siimon Reynolds, mentor and coach to many business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs, and a Forbes magazine contributor, writes, in the 2013 issues, about a few steps we can take to be calm in a stressful work environment. These steps allow us to look within and condition ourselves, rather than looking for outside forces to do the job.

He suggest we determine the ideal person/character we hope to be or have and make that our priority. When faced with difficult or problematic circumstances, we should shift our thought process towards finding a solution rather than focusing on the problem. He suggests we eliminated the thoughts that add stress through calming breathing exercises and remembering that we are in control of our sense of calm and that it is not dictated by the situation or problem that surround us. Read more here…

Of course, it helps to make our environment conducive to harmony and calmness which will then result in productivity and consequently make our boss happy. Take a moment to look around your work space and ask yourself “Is it helping me work efficiently?” If there is a lot of clutter and unnecessary distracting “stuff” disseminated around that is birthing more stress and anxiety of “too many unfinished work”, then your answer would be no.

Here are 10 simple steps we found on the Lifehack website that can help you. (We like the last step especially – for obvious reasons).

  • Clear papers. Take all the papers on your desk, and around your desk, and put them in your inbox. [...] With each document, your choices are to 1) Trash; 2) Delegate; 3) File immediately, 4) Do it immediately; or 5) Put the action on your to-do list and the document in an “action” folder.
  • Clear clutter. Now clear as much of the other stuff on your desk as possible. And it’s all possible.
  • Clear gear. You don’t need your office gear to be in sight. Put your pens, stapler, paper clips, digital camera, and any other assorted gear in a drawer, organized neatly.
  • Clear the walls. Clear every scrap of paper and most of the artwork from your walls.
  • Have an inbox. Have one inbox on your desk, and have all incoming documents, notes, phone messages and other papers be put into this inbox.
  • Simplify your computer. Clear your desktop of icons — it’s an inefficient way to launch documents or programs and organize yourself, and they’re just visual clutter.
  • Simple filing system. Use a simple alphabetical filing system with plain manila folders.
  • Edit, edit, edit. Once you’ve cleared the clutter, there’s usually still stuff you can clear away. Edit your surroundings.
  • Simple furniture. Go for the simplest furniture possible, a plain floor covering.
  • Simple decorations. Skip the bric-a-brac, and only have one or two simple decorations, such as a few flowers in a vase or a Zen garden. Read more here…

Growing Plants Indoors

HW0_417674Flowers, we love them, everyone loves them. Yes, even that girlfriend that said “Oh I really don’t like flowers” likes flowers and wants you to get them for her. However, the sad thing about flowers, is that they don’t live forever. You know what lives forever? Plants. Well maybe not forever, but for a very very very long time if we know how to take care of them. And do you know what some plants give us? FLOWERS!!! And when we have plants that live a long time and can produce flowers, we can have flowers all the time, or at least often. The question now is what plants should we get that will yield flowers and how do we take care of them? Our favorites are Phalaenopsis Orchid, African violet, and Peace Lily plants.

Most people cringe at the thought of taking care of an orchid plant. They think they are difficult to maintain. We assure you, they are not. In fact they are so low maintenance you might even forget that you have them. Especially Phalaenopsis Orchids are the least needy of all orchids that you will be surprised how they manage to survive after so much neglect. They need medium indirect light and need to be watered once a week and be allowed to dry out completely before watering, which makes them perfect for those of us that tend to forget our plants or those that travel often. If you need to re-pot (when the roots start vacating their current home) make sure to  add some new moist moss and bark chips to the new pot and you will not need to add fertilizers (score!). The plant should bloom 2-3 times a year; and once the flowers die cut the stem about 3-4 inches from the pot to allow a new healthy stem or stems to sprout out. Sometimes new stems will spring out of the “joints” of the old one, and when that happens do a happy dance for the bonus blooms.

African violets are another that requires little to no attention. They do not need direct sunlight but need to be in a well-lit area so that they keep blooming. Water the plant properly when soil is dry but be sure to let it drain well. Fertilize every so often and when re-potting. African violets bloom quite often and quite prettily and they are the perfect size for small office spaces.

Peace Lily plants or Spathiphyllum as the professionals like to call them, are a broad-leafed green plant that spring out some white blooms that look like a cross between an anthurium and a lily. And we think anyone capable of killing a Peace Lily plant should just give up on owning a plant all together. They require indirect light and need to be placed in an area that is neither too hot nor too cold, therefore, a perfect indoor plant. Keep the soil moist and never let it dry out.

By the way, just in case you were wondering, we have all those plants. In fact, all the plants we have are indoor plants.

 

 

 


Flowers & Fashion

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Passion For Fashion

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 When you think spring and summer, you think about beautiful, colorful, and fragrant flowers. We grow them in the cool tail-end of winter so that we can see them in their glorious bloom during the warmer months.

Like the beautiful flowers out in our gardens bursting in colors and fragrance, what we wear during this time are splashed with the same happy and lively colors. The delicate flirty pastels of spring and the bold and hot colors of summer dictate our clothing choices, allowing us to match and/or complement our beautiful surroundings. At times, even the prints of the very same flowers we planted show up on our clothing. We see hair accessories, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, belts, broaches etc all inspired by flowers.

Of course fashion is not only seen in what we wear, but also in what we choose to decorate our homes with. The table cloths, the curtains, the upholstery of our sofas and couches, the throw pillows, the rugs, the bed sheets and blankets, our kitchen and bathroom towels and even our wall papers or paints are often inspired by what is in vogue in the world of fashion.

Like fashion, flowers arrangements change and adapt. The same way that flowers influence what we wear and put in our homes, fashion dictates the way we arrange our flowers and choose our colors and accessories. Fashion and interior designers look for inspiration from flowers, and flowers shop designers look for inspiration for their creations from the fashion and interior design experts. In fact, for us in the flower industry, it is imperative to be on top of what is trendy in the fashion and interior design world simply because it will give us insight on what brides want and what our customers would like to see in their homes and offices.

We, at MyFlorist, can dress up your fashionable homes and offices with our outstanding flower designs that our capable and talented designers create whatever your taste might be. We understand that, like the garments you wear and the furniture you choose, your flowers should express your individual style.


Keep Cool & Have Fun

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After the looooong and cooooold winter we’ve had this past winter, we will not (or dare not) complain about the hot summer sun. Other than slathering on some heavy duty SPFs, and arming ourselves with hats and old timey parasols, there are other fun things we can do to keep ourselves cool. Some of these ideas will bring back some childhood memories.

Long, hot and dry summer days mean dry lawns and gardens. You can turn the the simple task of watering your garden into a fun activity for you and your family and/or friends. You have sprinklers? Turn them on and run around in your yard playing tag. Or unroll your hose and have fun chasing your friends with it. You’ll water your lawn and you will have fun doing it.

Water balloons and water guns fights are also an awesome  and cost effective way to have some backyard fun. Remember that all that fun you’re having with water may wash off  the aforementioned SPF, so make sure to reapply or use the waterproof kind. We don’t want to you to wilt like a cut hydrangea that has been sitting in the sun for too long.

Whether you are simply laying out on lounge chair soaking up some Vitamin D or engaged in an outdoor activity, make sure to hydrate yourself. Like flowers, we need plenty of water to stay fresh, healthy and alive. And the cooler the environment we are in is, the longer we last (OK, maybe not) but we know at least flowers do.


Take a Staycation at your Desk!

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Are you overwhelmed with work and the pressures of life?  If so, you might want to take a vacation.  However, that’s not always possible due to your workload or other responsibilities.  One thing you can do, though, is take a short “staycation” at your own desk!

What is a staycation?  It’s a relatively new slang word that’s a combination of “stay” and “vacation.”  It means to take a break without going anywhere.  Some people take staycations by taking off work for a week or so and just staying home, kicking back, and doing nothing.  Sometimes that’s not even an option, though.

If you find yourself needing a major break during the day, you can take a quick staycation at your desk.  There are a few different ways of doing this.  One thing you can do is push your chair back, close your eyes, and just rest for a minute or two.  Now, be careful you don’t fall asleep—you certainly don’t want a co-worker or, worse, your boss stepping in and seeing you asleep!  But resting your eyes for just a few minutes, especially if you’ve been staring at your computer screen for several hours, can really help.  Take a make-believe vacation to a tropical island for just a minute.

Another option, especially if you spend all day sitting, is to get up and move around for five minutes or so.  Move around, do some jumping jacks or simple stretching exercises, and get the blood flowing to your legs again.  In recent years, a number of studies have shown how unhealthy it truly is for people to sit all day.  You need to do something every few hours, at the bare minimum, that gets you up and moving.

We love the idea of just using your imagination.  focus on something that reminds you of a peaceful getaway.  A green plant or a picture or screensaver of a beautiful beach, for example.  Then close your eyes for a moment and imagine being there.  Smelling the flowers, listening to the waves wash up on the shore.  The better your imagination, the better you feel!  Or simply plan the perfect vacations.  Even if you never actually go, just the act of planning a fabulous getaway can reduce stress.

A quick desk staycation can be a great way of stepping back and letting your brain recharge.  If you just can’t seem to figure out why numbers aren’t adding up or how to make two dozen schedules match up for a meeting, sometimes it really does help to take a short break.  Let your mind wander off, and it just might come back with the solution you’ve been looking for.  Just be sure you don’t take work staycations too often!

Pick a lush green plant as a focal point for your desk!


4th Of July In DC

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If you live in the Washington DC area, you must, at least once in your life, go to the National Mall and the surrounding area to experience the ultimate 4th of July extravaganza. Start with the America’s National Independence Day Parade on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW where you can see patriotic floats with some very popular personalities, marching bands from all over the country and military personnel. The parade normally starts late morning a little before noon. Best to get there well in advance to secure prime real estate.

You can then go to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to enjoy the Capitol Fourth Independence Day Concert, which features some of the country’s best singers and the National Symphony Orchestra. Although the hour and half concert does not start until 8 pm, admittance starts at 3 pm so get there early to find the best seats. While enjoying your concert, know that you are sitting at a prime location to view the magnificent fireworks that starts around 9 pm.

There are other locations for a fantastic view of the exclamation point of the day that is the fireworks. If standing along the Mall is not your thing, then consider the various hotels in the city that have roof top space, or you can take a boat cruise along the Potomac River.

Now, some of us don’t enjoy baking in the July sun longer than necessary and may be looking for entertainment indoors but still be in the middle of the festivities. Well, we have your backs; the Smithsonian museums, that are only a block or two away from where the festivities of the day are taking place, will all be open. If you have young children with you, we suggest the Air and Space Museum and the Natural History Museum.

While you are enjoying the passing parade and need to cool off for a bit, go to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden located on Independence Avenue and 7th Street NW where they have a cafe to buy refreshments from and an amusing fountain you can sit by and dip your toes in.

If you’ve “been there and done that” and are looking for a low-key celebration with friends and loved ones, then there are other options. Planning a small or medium or humongous BBQ party in your backyard, or if you are a condo dweller, in the backyard of that person who you know has a backyard or a deck/patio is an excellent way to celebrate our Nations’ Independence. And if you don’t have a backyard/deck/patio or know a person that does, then there are other options for a good time indoors (this is also a good idea in case it rains). Prepare some snacks and drinks, get some red, white and blue balloons, some pretty little flower arrangements and play some fun games.

Whatever you choose to do, just have fun, enjoy and be safe. We hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!!! And Happy Birthday to our Nation!


Event Flowers

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Whether we’re planning a small or large even, we start with a theme and we choose everything from plate settings to centerpieces to complement our chosen theme.

Like many other decorative items, flowers come in many colors, sizes and shapes to match our chosen theme. And if you choose the right florist and/or designer, the flowers can be designed in many different ways.

When choosing your flowers for an event, you have to consider the kind of flowers that will be in the season at the time the event takes place. If you are planning now for a party in November and you fell in love with an arrangement of peonies you received last week, you can’t plan your fall centerpieces around those beautiful fragrant flowers. You might want to consider cabbage or garden roses; they look similar and are available year-round. You should also look at what colors look spectacular during a particular season. You want the bright bold colors like hot pink, bright orange, and likely purples in the summer, the pastels for the spring, the earthy and jewel tones for the fall, and the primary colors for the winter.

You’ll also have to decide if the event you are planning is a sit down reception and if the tables are round or rectangular, or if you are having a cocktail party. You’ll have to decide if you will have a buffet table, a head table, a stage, and a guest sign in table. All these factors will dictate how many pieces of flower arrangements you will need and how they should be arranged and designed.

If you are having a party at home rather than at a venue, here are a few things to consider: you will have to examine the layout of your house and decide which rooms the guests will be in and decide if it is a casual party or a formal one. To decide how many flower pieces you will need you have to ask yourself: Do I have a fire-place? Will my guest be standing and circulating or will the party be more intimate and they will be seated? What is the entrance like? Once you’ve answered these questions you will know if you need flowers for your fire-place, dining room table, coffee table, side table, kitchen table or counter, bar counter, foyer, and powder room/bathroom.

There are many details to think about when choosing your flowers but one thing remains constant: your planning will not be complete if you do not have flowers. One advise we can give you is, if your are not an experienced designer, don’t tackle the designing yourself. Event flowers are much more than just buying your loose flowers from the farmer’s market and sticking them in a vase. A lot of thought goes into it and the flowers have to be professionally processed and prepped. You don’t want to ruin your party/event with sloppy flower designs. Remember, you only have one chance to do it right.


No-Fuss Flowers

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There are many occasions to celebrate in our lives: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new babies, new job/promotion, engagement/marriage, holidays, a new home, life, a very well made sandwich and more.

We can throw parties or invite friends and family to lunch or dinner or celebrate in any other way we want and/or can and there are businesses out there available to facilitate our celebrations needs. There are those that cater food, those that sell decor, those that provide entertainment, those that rent the venues and those that provide flowers. Let’s face it, a celebration is not complete until you add some floral elements to it. They are the icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae, the exclamation point.

We don’t celebrate only the milestones of our lives, but that of our friends and family too. However, you are not always able to congratulate them in person and join them in their celebration. This is where we come in and make life easier for you. With just one short phone call or a few clicks of the mouse and  some key strokes you can send an artfully handmade arrangement of beautiful fresh flowers or a basket of yummy fruits and gourmet cheeses,  nuts, chocolates and other delicious goodies or a lush green plant. You can attach a card with your heartfelt message and some finishing touches like balloons and teddy bears to you selection and we will deliver it for your with a smile and make you look like a rock star.

For over two decades we have made it our business to not only to deliver your flowers but to do it well and make it easy for you. We understand that when you are sending a vase of our best creations, you are not passively doing it. We understand you are putting your thoughts and sentiments into it. We, in return, put our skills and dedication to work to deliver your thoughts and your sentiments. We are in the business of making you look good, whatever the occasion may be. In short, we know our stuff.


Dad, The Hero

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Growing up we had our super heroes: Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc., but we all knew, if they ever turner villain, our dad, the hero, could take them all. He is, after all, bigger, stronger, smarter, handsomer, faster, and richer than anyone EVER! And then, we grew up. Now we have jobs, mortgages, responsibilities and our own families (or not) and our dad is still the hero, but in a different way. He is the man who did everything he could in his power to give us the best life possible. He worked hard to provide for us without complaining. He taught us through his words, his actions and his mistakes what a husband, a son, a brother and a father should be. He is our hero, now, because we know he is not perfect.

Dad is the hero that changed the flat tire, mowed the lawn, “fixed” the sink, and bought all those toys…err…we mean tools and started to build the shelves in the garage (on that note: he is going to finish it OK! Get off his back!). He taught us to ride our bicycle and drive his car stressing the importance of knowing how to drive stick. Taught us to respect others, look people in the eyes when talking to them, and shake their hand firmly. He taught us to know we are on time when we are early and late when we are on time. Taught us to save money for rainy days but know how to enjoy life. Showed us his super-secret recipe that mainly involves ketchup and beer. Taught us how to order at a restaurant and how to tip. Taught us how to tie a tie and how to dress down and dress up. Showed us how a man should treat us and how we should treat a woman and that real men cry too. We could go on and on but there aren’t enough hours in a day to list everything we learned from our daddy (and this blog would turn into a book).

We don’t celebrate our dads on Father’s Day the same way we celebrate our moms, and we thinks that’s shame. This year show him just how special he is; and we, at MyFlorist, are more than happy to help.

Dad, THANK YOU and HAPPY FATHER’S DAY you imperfectly perfect hero!