Stay Connected With Family Throughout The Nation!

If you’re lucky your family members all live very close to you. If you’re anything like us at the flower shop, your family is spread out throughout the country! You don’t have to send flowers all the time, it could just be to say a quick “hello” or “I’m thinking about you”. Who doesn’t want to be remembered? There are lots of reasons to send a family member a flower arrangement or gift basket. Here’s a few reasons and ideas to send for such occasions!

1. Living Another Year Birthdays are celebrated because we want to acknowledge that we have lived another year. We mark the anniversary of the beginning of a life. We are joyous. We give gifts. We have cake and ice cream. And we blow out the candles and make a wish.Flowers for Birthdays:
Birthday Fireworks – Colorful flowers with a Mylar balloon.
Birthday Flowers
2. Graduating Whether it’s high school or college, graduating is earned by hard work. We honor those who strive to make the most of their lives through education and gifts are usually generous for the graduate! We send cards with money, flowers, and gifts from the heart, congratulating the graduate and letting them know we believe in them.Flowers for Graduates:
Cotton Candy – A fluffy cloud of pink and white flowers. A sweet gift.
Graduation Flowers
3. Starting a CareerWe know the difference between a job and a career. A job pays the bills. A career has opportunities, benefits, and an available path in which to grow. We tell everyone we know when we land a position that fits our interests and talents. The excitement of better pay and a bigger office is too much to keep to ourselves! And we are given applause. Cards. Flowers & gift baskets.A Gift Basket for a New Career:
Gourmet Goodies – Have this delivered to the new office. Great for first days at work!
New Career Gift Basket
4. Getting MarriedSearching for true love is a romantic dream most of us share. Once we have found that special person we want to live our lives with, we celebrate in grand fashion. Planning a wedding can spiral out of control and deplete our bank accounts but they are often the celebrations of a lifetime. We want our wedding day to be perfect – surrounded by loved ones and friends in a beautiful setting with a meaningful ceremony. And in the background are flowers, making a glorious statement. That this is a big milestone!Flowers for Weddings:

Wedding Flowers
5. Celebrating an AnniversaryMarriage is an investment we make in hopes of creating a life together that will last. We celebrate each anniversary with appreciation and, hopefully, growing love and respect. Most women appreciate a night out along with a gift and a classic bouquet of roses.Flowers for Anniversaries:
Two Dozen Red Roses – Or choose roses in her favorite color!
Two Dozen Anniversay Roses
Two Dozen Anniversay Roses
6. Having a ChildBringing a child into the world is not only a milestone, but a miracle. We want to share gifts for the new arrival and the mother to celebrate, to prepare and to welcome. Sending flowers to the hospital is an easy way to be among the first to congratulate!New Baby Flowers:
Baby’s First Wagon – We have new baby girl and new baby boy versions.
New Baby Gift - Baby's First Red Wagon
New Baby Gift of Flowers
7. Getting a PromotionWorking hard and living the American Dream is what we do. And when we are recognized for our hard work, we deserve a celebration! Congratulations cards and flowers are less common for this life milestone, but doubly appreciated.
8. Buying a HomeBuying a home is like putting down roots. You are part of a community, you know where you will raise your children, you know exactly where your furniture will fit. First priority after unpacking? Throwing a celebration party!
9. Starting a BusinessTaking that risk, beleiving in ourselves and a dream, that’s something we admire. We applaud the entrepreneurial spirit. We offer positive words and then we hold our breath. Send a good luck wish!Flowers for a New Business:
Zen Artistry – Elegant and Confident.
New Business Best Wishes
Bold & Confident
10. RetiringA life of hard work, a family grown, a retirement planned. Now is the time to follow dreams and live at your own pace. Celebrate with family and friends.Flowers for the Retiree:
Manhattan Magic – Live the Dream
Congratualtions, Retiree!
Retirement Best Wishe

Minimalism & Extravagance Go Hand In Hand

We live in a time where being extravagant, over the top or even “extra” is the IN thing. However, you can be extravagant and pair it with minimalism as well in everyday life! Every day we hear another friend or acquaintance talking about “downsizing” or “going through things”. It almost seems like minimizing is the new up and coming trend happening when it comes to home decor. Everywhere you see magazines talking about how to down size and organize! All of the pictures they have of the home sections are beautiful, however, not over the top. You can have a gorgeous home without having every nook and cranny filled!

Decorating a home can be a crazy experience! You want to make it look perfect, yet be practical. Well, now less is more! Filling up your house with so many things doesn’t mean it can’t be extravagant! Simple decorating is all it takes!  For instance, instead of having a ton of furniture in your living room like book shelves, coffee table and end tables, you can take some of it out! Add tall lamps that sit on the floor instead of an end table and have a small coffee table instead. You can add extravagance to the room by adding lush curtains or rug, gorgeous artwork to the walls and a couple of decorative pillows to the couches and chairs. You can also get unique pieces that are hand carved or handmade to add extravagance.
Another trend that is crazing the nation are “Tiny Houses”! I have to say, I have a lot of respect for someone who can keep their entire lives in a house that is between 100 and 400 square feet!! Now I know what you’re thinking, yes you can have an amazingly extravagant home that is 400 square feet! There may not be many rooms in these tiny homes, however they have everything you could need from closet space to space for guests to stay! They are beautiful on the inside and out and the perfect way that minimalism and extravagance can be combined! Look at these gorgeous houses! Don’t they make you just want to downsize?!
Other people may take the minimalist approach when it comes to fashion!  You can dress up a simple dress with the perfect accessory! Some of the best pieces to make an outfit extravagant isn’t the outfit itself, it an accessory! You can add a necklace to an outfit to dress up a top that is plain! From a simple chain with a small pendant to a full on bib looking necklace, you can’t go wrong! Another way to add some extravagance to an outfit is a purse! Whether you’re a fan of name brands or something fun you can add pizzazz to the simplest outfit!!
Everyday gestures can also be simple, yet over the top. Have you ever given or received flowers?! From the receiving end, I have to say it feels amazing to get flowers!! I could get a single rose and be over the moon with it! Roses are a classic way to add a smile to someones face! From saying “I love you” to “You did an amazing job” they are the perfect way to add some extravagance to someones day, and house decor!!
 MyFlorist is having a special until the end of the month on Red Roses!! Our 1 dozen, 2 dozen and 3 dozen arrangements are on sale for an INSANE discount!! This is for our local DC Metro area delivery area only!! Check it out guys!!!

Make it a BEACH weekend!!

Here we are mid-July and summer is in full swing!! It’s been more than a little hot and humid in the DC area over the past week! I don’t know about you, but my thermostat and electric bill have been battling it out for the past few weeks to see who can climb the highest! Now seems like the PERFECT time to beat this summer heat by taking a trip to the BEACH!! Near or far we love them all! There are just so many things you can do at the beach! Everyone here LOVES waking up early and watching the sunrise on the beach! Early morning is one of the BEST times to get amazing sea shells too!! Perhaps you’re not a morning person, well that’s ok! Building sandcastles and playing in the water during the day are a sure-fire way to catch up on that tan you’re always working on! Make sure you wear your SPF; sun damage and skin cancer is no joke guys! Maybe you just like to kick back and relax! The best part about the

beach is the boardwalk (and let’s be honest boardwalk fries!!).

Were you aware that the best regions for dolphin sightings in the summer are from Southern Virginia all the way down to Florida?! Lots of different beaches offer boat tours and excursions that take you out into the water for a closer look! If you’re adventurous there are also places that will take you parasailing or scuba diving! I know Ocean City has a TON of things to offer if you’re feeling adventurous!

Remember guys, whether you’re relaxing on the beach, being daring and diving with sharks, or just walking around on the board walk, the beach is an amazing place to kick back and relax! In case you were interested we included some of the top things to do in Ocean City this summer!!

 

http://ococean.com/things-to-do/

 

 

 

Courtesy Of The Red, White & Blue

 

It’s that time of year again! Fireworks, parades, picnics and backyard barbecues! Our nations day of independence is upon us! Independence Day is this Tuesday, but there will be festivities all weekend!! Remember, a floral arrangement is the one of the best ways to decorate for this holiday weekend! Let MyFlorist help you out with all of your holiday centerpiece needs this year!

And as always, remember be safe and smart!!

If you’re looking for ideas on how to celebrate in the district this year, here’s an awesome link!!

https://washington.org/visit-dc/ways-celebrate-independence-day-washington-dc

 

 

Anniversary Season Is Upon Us!!

Wedding season is upon us, which means if you know anyone who has gotten married in May, June or July, it’s anniversary season as well!! Flowers are the perfect way to show how much you care for your special someone or a friend who just had an anniversary! Here at MyFlorist we can create the PERFECT arrangement to say “I Love You” or “Happy Anniversary, My Friend!”! Our arrangements will really wow whoever you’re trying to send to and are an amazing way to say you’re thinking of them.

After you send your leading lady a drop dead gorgeous flower arrangement you have to follow it up with an amazing meal! In case you’re at a loss where to take her for your special day, here is a list of the top 100 restaurants in the DC area for 2017 according to The Washingtonian!!

100 Very Best Restaurants 2017

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Show Dad That You Care

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, here are some tips on small ways you can show dad you care! If your dad is anything like mine, he is not a talker. For the past few years I’ve asked my dad to tell me about his childhood or some of his favorite stories from his life. He doesn’t know it yet, but I’ve recorded every story time and I’ll be giving it to him in the next few years.  Another way to show him that you care is to let him know you still need him! Since my dad is a contractor I am always asking him to help me fix something. Not necessarily have him fix it for me, just help so we can spend some quality time together!  If you dad is the athletic type, take him out to a game! Or even better, challenge him to one! Parks are always free and there are tons of fields in the area! If you’re lucky you can make a day out of it and use the grills some of the parks have as well!! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach! Another great way to show him you care is making his favorite meal! When I was little I would spend time with my grandmother and she showed me how to make my father’s favorite meal. It took me about 4 years ( I was only 8 when she started teaching me!), but I finally mastered it and now it’s a tradition that he gets it made for him on his birthday and Father’s Day! Just remember, take the time and let him know that you care!!

 

And in case you aren’t a fan of the things above, below is a link of some cool things to do in the DC Metro area for Father’s Day!!

https://www.tripsavvy.com/fathers-day-in-the-washington-dc-area-1039046

 

Father's Day Picture

Take A Break From The Noise

blog1There are many ways one can take some time to unwind and recharge. Some people meditate, unless you’re like me and can’t sit still long enough for “it to work”, some people vacation, which can be stressful enough just getting ready and planning for a trip, and some people nap. Did you ever stop and think about how flowers can help you with this?
Some people find drinking tea as very calming and soothing, but did you know that Chamomile tea is one of the top choices for calming the nerves? It has been used for thousands of years going back to Ancient Egypt to calm nerves and help with anxiety and stomach ailments, which is where some people find anxiety affects them the most. Lavender has also been used for thousands of years to help with relaxing and calming people. I know when I’ve had a hard day I enjoy a nice bath with a couple drops of Lavender in and let the calmness take me over!
There have also been numerous studies where flowers have made an impact on depressed and stressed out patients in the hospital. Flowers are said to immediately brighten up the day of the recipient and give them energy all day! So, remember whether you get them for yourself or get them for someone else, take time and smell the roses

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