Five Ways to Transform Your Home

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With all that goes on in our world, the chaos of traffic, the hustle and bustle of the city, the stress of work, it is important to have our little sanctuary that will help us decompress. Usually our home is that place; therefore it is important that we make our home a peaceful one. There are a few steps we can take to make sure that our home is a place that help us relax, calm down and destress.

First step is to make sure that we check the stressors at the door. You shouldn’t take the mess of the outside world inside. Work stays at work, that person that cut you off while driving is left on the road anything that makes your shoulders tense up gets left outside the door. you can pick it right up on your way out if you want, but why would you want to?

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Second step is to make your home the peaceful place it should be. There are several ways you can do that. and all those ways will feed all your senses. What you see should be calming and pleasant. One way to do that it by choosing colors that promote serenity. Usual soft pastel colors help us become calmer. we can choose softer wall colors or choose furniture painting and other decor in colors that soothe us. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have bold bright colors at home, because you can and you should if those are colors you like. But have at least one room that you can go that will help you relax.

Now, we understand that we don’t all live in mansions and get to have a room for the sole purpose of relaxation. But we can all create a nook for our calming activities. It could be a reading nook where you can lose yourself in the story of your book, or a music nook to listen your music in or your crocheting nook if that’s what you are into. It doesn’t have to be a large space, the only requirement for this area is that it make you feel relaxed. it should be clutter free with only items that are conducive to your peace of mind. A disorganized, cluttered and unclean home will surely bring unwanted stress.

HW0_417678Sense of smell is very important too. Some essential oils, scented candles and air fresheners help in decluttering our mind. Make sure you have your favorite scent available. Usually the softer natural scents live lavender and chamomile are the ones that happy messages to our brain.

Natural items also help to center us and bring us a sense of calm. Fresh flowers, living plants, shells, pine cones and other items made with natural material truly help to ground us and fire up those happy feeling and memories in us. Place them strategically throughout your house or living space for optimal benefit. Places like near the entrance for you to see as soon as you walk in, in your living or family room, kitchen or dining room where you spend most of your time, your bedroom and definitely your favorite nook are the perfect places to place them.

For more and for the source of this blog read this Huffington Post Article go here

Red Hot Summer Romance and Roses

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Once upon a time, a long long time ago, we were called Exclusively Roses. Infact some of our long time customer still know us as Exclusively Roses. And all we sold were roses. As a business that sold roses, exclusively, we are seasoned pros at handling them. We design them in so many different ways to show their beauty. We know what they symbolize and what about them makes them attractive to our customers and their recipients. One of their many meanings is LOVE. Especially red roses. They are the universal flower for communicating the deep romantic sentiment. The Hot Red color makes them the special flower for any romantic occasion.

HW0_65675 (1)Flowers in general are a great way to communicate romantic sentiments or really any occasion. You know what else communicates your feelings? Words. Yes, shocking isn’t it?! Yes, the right, honest words are what you need to makes sure your loved one knows how your feel. The don’t need to be flowery, poetic words laced with words you looked up on a thesaurus. they can be simple, short and sweet. To the point even. We get it, sometimes, it is difficult to put deep feelings into words. Some words may feel to weak or inadequate or mediocre to really show how you feel. Or sometimes the feeling is so deep you get tongue tied. It’s ok when that happens. This were ACTION comes into play. When words fail you, show your love with action. Remember it doesn’t have to be a grand display. you don’t have to pour your life savings and cash out your 401K to do it. It doesn’t have to show it in the important ways. Sometimes, the simplest actions are the most effective ones. You could get you honey a pint of her favorite ice cream on your way home when you know she’s had a long day. You could pick his favorite movie on netflix order some meaty pizza and get some beer and make the evening about him when he’s had a rough day. Leave her a sweet post it message on the bathroom mirror. You’ve noticed that his favorite running shoes have seen better days, find the same ones and get him new ones. These aren’t grand gestures, but they are the ones that speak to the heart, that show you care.

Send flowers. We know that this is something a florist would encourage, but seriously, do it. And since we are just wonderful people we are going to make it easy for you without breaking the bank. We’ve already said that Red roses are the best way to communicate deep romantic feelings. Well, friends, we have a deal for you. Click here and find out! This deal expires soon so don’t miss out. It’s summer time, it’s hot out, it’s time to turn the heat up on your romance now.

Staging Tips to Sell Your House Faster

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They say “preparation is the key to success”. Well, they are right, whoever “they” are. In our business, being proactive and preparing for any and all possible events is key to our success in serving our customers. Another industry that requires an equal measure of preparedness is the real estate industry. We are both in the business of selling dreams and satisfying emotional expectations. There are similarities in the way flowers make us feel and how a good home make us feel.

HW0_345632Flowers have a role in the real estate business. In fact they has a role in all businesses but is has a very positive role in helping realtors sell a house. As experienced florist of 27 years, we know the power of a clean and well designed piece of art with flowers. We understand the power of color, texture and light coordination and balance. We understand what it take to catch a potential customer’s attention and delight their recipient. A realtor also understand that a well put together home or space has a potential of being sold faster than one that is disorganized and chaotic. Which is why it is important to stage a home that is up for sale.

A good designer knows that choosing the right vase, basket, lomey dish, ceramic pot and any container for the flowers is the first step in making a masterpiece. It has to be attractive enough to inspire the design of the flowers that will be arranged in it. To a realtor, the first step is to make sure that there is curb appeal to the home s/he is selling. Just like a scraped, broken, chipped or simply unattractive container would destroy the effect the flowers should give, a home with unkempt driveway or yard, or chipping paint or dented doors will render the house unattractive enough to not want to see what’s inside. Well maybe you’d want to see out of morbid curiosity. We all want to see the inside of a home that could pass for the Addam’s Family’s home but would we want to buy it? I think not.PHW_372732

A flowers designer will also have to go through all the flowers available and pick and choose the freshest and the prettiest flowers, discarding the ones that are old or damaged. Same applies to a home seller. There is no point in holding on to the broken, unnecessary, useless and old (not antique). Let it go. This will be helpful in the near future, too. When it’s time to move there won’t be any unnecessary items to pack. It’s just extra work to pack to then unpack and then deem useless and have to discard. Unless it is that chipped frame your daughter made you with that macaroni glued all around it, it’s not worth keeping. This will eliminate clutter.

Once the right flowers are chosen, the designer will go through the process of cleaning it, removing the extra foliage, dirt and imperfection to be able to create a clean arrangement showcasing the beauty of each bloom. Same concept applies when selling a home. Now that you’ve purged yourself of all the unneeded items, it’s time to clean your home. Either hire a cleaning company to scrub every square inch of the home and a painter to splash some fresh paint on the walls or make an event out of it by doing it yourself. It need to be done. Just like our customers don’t want to buy unpolished flowers, home buyers won’t be able to see themselves living in the house if their first impression is how dirty it is. So get to scrubadubdub-ing.HW0_34687

An experienced artist of flowers knows the power and effects of light on flowers. S/he would know how some flowers respond to light, like how sunflowers and gerbera daisies will turn their beautiful faces towards the sun or how the colors of some flowers would look under various lights. Lighting is equally powerful to the look of a home. Keeping the windows clean and the blinds open to let natural light while arranging the furniture to compliment it will give a home a glow and present it in a positive “light”.

Knowing colors is one of the most important tools a flower designer could have. Understanding which colors complement and compliment each other will help a designer in creating the most appealing arrangement. Sometimes flower arrangements look better when they are muted or have very few colors in them and at times they look best when they have a burst of every color in the rainbow. This is also true for the look of a home. Some homes will look attractive with just a few colors with a whole lot of whites and at times they can benefit from an array of colors. It’s all about the lighting in the house and it’s personality.HW0_417668

Flowers evoke many emotions for the designer, the customer and ultimately the recipient. They are a visual delight, they feel wonderful to the touch and smell divine. Their colors, the way they are arranged and the message that comes along with them communicate many sentiments. Similarly, the look and feel of a house has the power of conjuring many emotions in a person. staging a home that is for sale to speak to and appeal to a buyer’s senses is important. Playing soft music, setting the temperature in the house to a comfortable setting, burning some light scented candles or introducing the scent of home goods will help the buyer feel like this house can be his/her new home or bring back good memories of their childhood.

And most importantly make sure to include floral elements to your home staging. Either a vase arrangement at the foyer or in the living room or kitchen or restroom.  A tall lush green plant in the corner of the dining or family room, or a blooming orchid plant in the bedrooms will help the home give it a welcoming feel. As we mentioned, flowers evoke many positive emotions. And when you want to sell a home you want to make sure that positivity comes with it. Especially when you are taking pictures for your website or social media site. You can up your game by making sure that there are some flower arrangements in the background. “Look at this state of the art, chef’s kitchen” and low-key show an elegant orchid plant perched by the sink. Yes, flowers can help you sell a house!

And for more home staging suggestions go here.

Take Care of Yourself: With Flowers

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” – Buddha

Well, we couldn’t agree more.

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So, you are asking yourself, what’s with all these self-love, Self-care, self-worth quotes? Well, we think that no one will love us like we love us, or care for us the way we would care for ourselves. We believe we need to be our biggest champions and cheerleaders. And we want you to feel the same way. Not to love us the we love us (although that would be nice) but for you to love yourself and care for yourself and know that you are the bees-knees and the cat’s meow.

No we haven’t changed business, we’re still a florist. Which, we believe, is an industry that promotes care and love for one another. So, in reality, it is not beyond the realm of our duty to offer guidance on how we should all love ourselves.

 

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance”– Oscar Wilde

Why, Mr Wilde, we agree with you too

When we love someone else we send flowers. When we want someone ill to feel better, we send flowers. When we want to share sentiments of compassion and sympathy we send flowers. When we want to apologize we send flowers. When we what to say “thank you” we send flowers. When we want to celebrate someone’s achievement or special day, we send flowers, and at times we send flowers just because (and if “we” are not sending flowers, we think it’s high time “we” start, and by “we” we mean you). But, what about us. Why aren’t we sending ourselves flowers? Who said we can’t or shouldn’t do it. Really, who did? We want to know and talk to this person.

 

“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.”– Parker Palmer

MMMHM, Agreed

 

We are going to list all the various reasons why you should be sending yourself flowers. Or at the very least buying them for yourself to keep at home or in the office.

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Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital report that people that are not “morning people” and that are the least positive in early hours of the day are reenergized, happier and “perk up” after looking at flowers first thing in the morning. Our conclusion: Make sure to keep a small vase of flowers in your bedroom and in your work area, whether your office or your cubicle. It will your upsidedown smile to right itself in the AMs.

Just like yawning, positive moods and feeling are contagious. If you see someone laughing or smiling you can’t help yourself but smile. So it is really public service to keep yourself in the cheerful mood. When you are happier, people around you are bound to pick up on your sunny disposition. So get yourself flowers to put you in a good mood so you can influence other to do the same.

Buy yourself flowers for your home or workplace. This will create a welcoming environment. Researchers at Rutgers University concluded that because flowers promote positive emotional feelings, keeping them in a shared space will create a peaceful, warm  and welcoming feeling in visitors. We recommend you keep flowers in the living room and or kitchen at home and in your company’s lobby, front desk and meeting rooms.

Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. Jenn Proske

Yes Jenn, yes!

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Buy yourself flowers because your favorite flower is in season right now, or because that instagram picture of the brunch you made on Sunday would look on point with a small bouquet right next to the waffles. Or your selfie would look even better with daisies in your hair (much better than the SnapChat filter we promise), or because there is something calming about arranging your own flowers or for your DIY project of perfect little flower arrangements around your house. Or because it would be cool to stroll down the street on a Saturday morning to your neighborhood florist or farmers market and get some locally grown flowers. Flowers make you home smell and look good, will help you step up your instagram game. Plus you are a lot prettier when you smile, and we’ve already established that flowers make us happy and happy people smile more.

The Pleasure of Missing Out

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Going out, having fun, socializing, networking and being part of what’s happening is good, exciting fun and healthy. But sometimes is great to go off the grid and just RSVP NO. You will find that there is pleasure in just not attending every social event that comes your way. You don’t have to, furthermore, often times you really shouldn’t. If you happened to catch the Huffington Post article More Americans Embracing POMO (The ‘Pleasure Of Missing Out’) Read the full story, it is in fact, ok to not attend every invitation. There are many reasons to enjoy the POMO.

HW0_486256We, being who we are, and by that we mean just fabulous humans that get to play with flowers, are here to offer you ways to bow out of attending yet another summer hoedown this season with a lot of class.

Firstly, as Al Roker said in his morning segment, don’t be the “maybe I’ll make it” or “I’ll try to make it” person when you know all you’ll be doing that day is wearing your yoga pants drinking you yummy glass of wine binging on episodes of Game of Thrones. If you know you are not going then say so, there is no need or reason for you to create false expectations. But say it in a way that the person who invited you doesn’t feel insulted. Send flowers. Shocker! We know. It doesn’t have to be a ginormous arrangement fit for a king’s palace. A tasteful, artful and well created arrangement of fresh flowers with a note saying “Thank you for inviting me to you shindig, sadly I won’t be able to make it but hope these flowers brighten you day in my absence (because we all know I am the life of the party)” Obviously you can leave the last part out, sadly not everyone has the delightful sense of humor you do.

Sometimes, the invitations require you to travel, buy a new outfit gift for your host and book your lodging. All that is saying is more travel expense for you. And here you are meticulously planning and budgeting your summer vacation to Santorini or Disney World or anywhere. Now you have an invite that will require you to fly across the country which will inevitably put a dent in your vacation loot. Well guess what, you don’t have to go. Here is your chance to RSVP “gosh, I’m sorry but no but here are some beautiful flowers to thank you for valuing me enough to want me to be part of your party”.HW0_474534

These days, with everyone posting “look how great my life is and look at my vast social life” posts on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat, and incessantly Tweeting about it may lead you to believe that everyone is having a much better and fun life than you to. Not true. If you’ve read the article, on average, people attend 4 social events a month. That’s once a week. so if you go to happy hour with your coworkers one day, to lunch with your friend one day, brunch on one sunday and watched a game at a bar another day you are living the average life. And like you, the majority of people use any excuse to get out an event to netflix and pizza at home. Full disclaimer, I’ve used an imaginary BarBEQue to get out of a real one, simply because it was a great day for a nap and just didn’t feel like “people-ing” that day.

As mentioned before, we are pretty great people and we love our customers. In fact, we love them so much that we want to encourage them to experience the POMO. Soooo… we are offering a competition on Facebook. You tell us about you best POMO story on our FACEBOOK page and whoever gets the most likes to pick up from our store a $100 arrangement, and if you live or work in our delivery area we will deliver them to you. It’s simple, post, get the most likes, win. This competition will run until midnight July12th. Parameters for the competition will be posted on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Make sure to like and follow us for future competition posts. Who doesn’t love free flowers, right?!

 

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Flowers In History

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Like everything, flowers have a history and a story. A rich, colorful and fun one, well some were sad but we had fun learning about them. And as a florist we thought we should know the background of the flowers we work with, don’t you think? And we hope you enjoy them.

PHW_372732We get some customer that will call us and ask that we don’t use carnations in their arrangements. But did you know that the ancient Greeks used carnations in their ceremonial crowns and that the name is said to derive from the word incarnacyon (incarnation), meaning they were the incarnation of a god. That puts carnation on a different level doesn’t it? Chrysanthemums are another flower that some people consider “lowly and cheap”, we think they are beautiful (just the way a mother loves all her children equally) and we were tickled to learn that Japanese emperors sat on chrysanthemum thrones. AND they dropped the petals on the bottom of wine glasses because they believed they aided in sustaining a long and healthy life. The disdain for daisies rivals that of mums to some people but to the ancient  Egyptians and people of Crete, daisies were a symbol of beauty as they decorated their hair and ceramics with them. And in the 60 and 70s flower power era and more recently in the world of Coachella, daisies have raised in status as the symbol of freedom, free spirit and peace. And of course they were used to decorate the hairs of many.HW0_541835

Lilies have a loooooong history too. The Greeks used them to make a crown for brides as a symbol of purity. Even in Christianity in both the Old and New Testament, lilies were a symbol of chastity and virtue. Which explains why many brides think of lilies today for their wedding. Looks like their long history followed them to the present. And you may think that scattering rose petals to create a romantic ambiance was a modern tradition. You’d be wrong if you did because Cleopatra (of the ancient Egypt) used to scatter rose petals before Mark Anthony’s (of the ancient romans) feet. Pretty cool right?

Did you know that poinsettias became the traditional plant for the Christmas season because Mexican legends say that they resemble the flower of bethlehem and churches were decorated with the plant. And they got their name from the US Ambassador to mexico Dr Joel Roberts-Poinsett in the late 20s. The origin of sunflowers is said to be in Central and South America and are reported to have been worshiped by the natives of the Inca Empire in Peru. Actually the priestesses wore large disks made of gold that resembled sunflowers.

PHW_372750Our favorite story, however, is that of tulips, many economists would agree. Their history starts in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey), then in the 16th century they were imported into Holland. Tulips became soooo popular that the bulbs were stolen from gardens and as you can imagine that was a problem especially when the “dutch Golden Age” took off as did the cultivation of tulips because their popularity increased. In the mid 17th century came Tulip Mania, the first economic bubble happened where more and more people bought tulips bulbs. As supply/demand dictates their price went up to the point that they actually became so expensive they were used as money. As we all know from history of what happened when the market is inflated, the market crashed as it’s known to do when the growth is not sustainable. But the tulip remained Holland’s or the Netherland’s national flower. Although they are not a long lasting flowers we think they are just so beautiful especially because there are so many varieties of them.HW0_417683

Another sweet story behind a flower is the one behind violets. We all know about the love Napoleon had for Josephine so this little story is so sweet it might give you cavities. So here is the shortened version of the story: Josephine wore violets on the day of their wedding and every anniversary he sent her a bouquet of violets. In 1814 when he was exiled to the Island of St Helena he asked to visit his beloved Josephine’s tomb first. And when he died it was discovered that he had violets that he picked from her grave in a locket that he wore around his neck. Sweet right? Just don’t think about what Napoleon did and think of only this story.

There are many more stories about many other flowers but we thought these were the loveliest ones. So remember that next time you send a bouquet of flowers that each flower has a history and a story.

 

The Best Songs About Moms

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Our boss, lord and master of the best florist in town (in our humble opinion) always says around this time of the year: “everyone has a mother”. True, everyone does have a mother. She may be alive or has passed, we may never have known her, or we may have grown smothered with her love or we may have mother figures in many shapes and/or forms, but we all have a mother. Even musicians have mothers. Shocking, we know. But it’s true, they too have one and some of them have sung some of the most beautiful songs dedicated to their moms. Because a mother’s love does inspire some of the sweetest melody.

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Today, we will share some of them with you. We had fun finding them for you.

Through our search for loving songs for Moms, we found that a number of rappers had rapped about their momas. It’s not something you’d expect. Even tough rappers do have soft moments where they let the love for their mothers shine and we thought it was sweet. Check out the rhymes Of Tupac in “Dear mama”, “Hey Mama” by Kanye West (yes, the self-loving rapper took a break from the self-love to love his mother), “Dance” by Naz, Snoop Dogg, or is it Snoop Lion now, well he said “Took me to school the first day , Taught me how to kneel down and pray , You learned (poetic licence) me how to count from one to ten , And never forget, where I’ve been, momma” in his “I love My Momma” rap song and Talib Kweli put together some of the sweetest lyrics about his mother in  “Momma Can You Hear Me”.

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The tough and rough artist of hard rock, rock and roll, and punk rock also penned some sweet mother’s love lyrics. Singers like Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Lucero, Elvis Presley and The Beatles have sung to show their love to their mothers. With lyrics like “Mama, she has taught me well, told me when I was young, ‘Son, your life’s an open book, Don’t close it ‘fore it’s done” by Metallica and “Seashell eyes, windy smile calls me, So I sing the song of love” By The Beatles, what mother’s heart wouldn’t melt into a puddle of goo.

R&B singers are known for their special way of making people get into their feelings. So imagine what we would feel when they sing lovely songs for their Moms. When the Boys II Men said “There was so many times, looking back when I was so afraid, and then you come to me and say to me, I can face anything” in their song “A Song for Mama” in their soulful voices and when R. Kelly said “I just can’t forget how you gave me love, oh no, if there’s a heaven up above, know she’s teaching angels how to love” in his song “Sadie” we felt all the feelings and so did all the mothers around the world.

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Even Justin Bieber made Beliebers out of mothers with his song “Turn to You” when he said “So when you’re lost and you’re tired, when you’re broken in two, let my love take you higher, Because I still turn to you” Other pop singers brought the fun in the mom-love too like The Spice Girls and the Backstreet boys.

So whatever genre of music you are into there is a song that will speak to that part of your heart that holds your mom. They are beautiful songs and they are pure and honest. Just like your mom’s love for you. And we leave you with one last song by The intruders “I’ll Always Love My Momma, She’s My Favorite Girl!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

Springtime Romance

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Some say springtime is when everyone falls in love. We couldn’t agree more. This is where the sun shines and removes the cobwebs from our eyes, everything blooms and we catch the love bug. The fairytale-ish look and feel of the season make us walk around with that dreamy air and heart form in all our eyes like in the cartoons. Yup springtime romance is in the air and we want to help you make the best of it.

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Isn’t It Romantic

As flowers are budding this season, so might your love life. You might just be going on your first date with what could be your forever date. You might find yourself overthinking things and your neurosis taking over and sparking all over the place. Don’t fret, you are not the first one with sweaty palms and re-evaluating everything in your closet and deeming them not worthy of your first date with the most amazing human you’ve ever laid eyes on. It happens to all of us, at least once. Gents, this is your chance to show your date the romantic side of you. Your chance to calm the crazy sparkles of thoughts that are going on in her head. If you are picking her up from her home for her date bring her some flowers. We don’t mean you need to bring an explosion of blood-red roses and confess your eternal undying  love to her on the first date and henceforth forever be known  as that crazy guy. All we mean is bring her a small bouquet for colorful spring blooms. Say, if you are meeting somewhere for your date and you think it went exceptionally, make sure to send her flowers the next day to thank her for a wonderful day/evening. Ladies, there is no law that says you shouldn’t do the same for the man. Really, we looked it up. No law.

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Explosion of Roses

If you are in the middle stages of your relationships, this is a perfect season for you to turn on the romance  with the aforementioned explosion of roses. This could be your time to go full on Mr Romance. Send her and I’m thinking of you” or a “just because” flowers to her work. She’ll love the Oohs and Ahhs her coworkers will give her. We all like showing off our babe  and tell everyone that we are cared for without sounding obnoxious, well this is the best way to allow her to do so.   And receiving flowers out of the blue for no occasion it will be a great surprise that will get you rewarded for. And ladies, this is you chance to embarrass him by sending him flowers at work too. He really won’t expect it, it will make him think of you all day and in the end he might end up bringing the flowers to you….so that’s a win! You’re welcome!

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P.S. I Love You

For those of you in a seasoned relationship, spring provides a perfect time to revamp, refresh, rejuvenate and dust off your romantic skills. Rediscover each other and the reason you first started dated and why you fell in love. Men, show your lady that you see her the same way you did when you first started going out. Tell her that you still get those butterflies in your stomach every time you go out or you see her. Take her out on a date somewhere special to show her that she’s still got it and you want to show her off. Make sure to have a beautiful centerpiece delivered to the restaurant so you can turn on the heat some more. And ladies, show him that you still appreciate the little things as well as the big things he does for you.

As the sun shines and warms the earth, let the shine in your heart show and the warmth glow. Springtime is the perfect season for fresh new love, even with the honey you’ve been married to for 50 years.

Springtime Fun Around Washington D.C.

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HW0_581741There is something very special that happens in our area once Spring springs. Many events spring along with it and we can’t wait to partake and enjoy the lovely weather and our lovely DMV area. Most of the event are planned outdoors, so it’s perfect to shade all the winter gloom we’ve been under for the past few months and soak up the sun while enjoying the newly springing blooms outside.

Here are some of our favorite event that we hope you will get to enjoy to, we know we plan to:

  • Most of the event in the spring, or rather the month of april, revolve around the Cherry Blossom festivities on the National MAll. SO wear your comfy shoes and take part in one (or several or all) the happy event taking place. One of which is the Blossom Kite festival, taking place on april 2nd at the national mall where kite enthusiasts go to fly a kite. you can join of sit back on the grass and watch the happy little (or huge) kits fly in the wind. Then there is the International Pillow Fight day even taking place on April 2nd at the national Mall too. How fun is that?! you can use the pillow to sit on afterwards to enjoy the lovely weather. Win win we think.HW0_646216
  • April is also the Smithsonian jazz appreciation day. GOsh, we do love us some Smithsonian! They do have some of the awesomest event around town. Go to their website and get the various locations and dates you can enjoy some of their fun events. you simply must.
  • THere are also some film festivals planned in DC, Virginia and MD with showing of movies/films of various genre. some outdoor some indoors (perfect during the april showers). Go here to see all options.
  • SOme of the events are culturally educational. allowing us to explore various culture’s food, music, art, etc. The Around the World Embassy tour is a perfect way to learn about our neighbors and cultures across the oceans and seas. Many embassies participate in this event bringing us information and entertainment that show us that we are similar in many ways than not. Go here to learn more and get locations for events.
  • PHW_586479Japan gave us the bonsai trees in the National Arboretum, the cherry blossoms we get to enjoy every year and sushi among many other things. and on April 16th they give us the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. You will see  performances on three stages, martial arts demonstrations, interactive exhibits, food from many japanese restaurants and product from japanese vendors. Seriously, why wouldn’t you want to be there to witness this majestic culture. Really, why?
  • National Harbor Food and Wine festival is another must. Taking place April 23-24 right at the water with live music, over 100 wines, spirits and beers, wood tasting. Be there or be square people. There is a lot that can be missed, this is not one.
  • DC Funk parade on U Street Corridor is another favorite with its live performance, workshops, artists, food and so so so much more. This fun funky party is taking place on May 7th and guys, IT’S FREE! Can’t beat that!
  • And we would be doing a disservice if we didn’t share our absolute favorite. The National Cathedral flower mart on May 6-7. Here you get to  witness gorgeous displays of flower arrangements produced by embassies and international designers, you get to tour the Cathedral grounds and see the beautiful landscapes and perennials, there is musical entertainment, gourmet food and various activities for children and families.HW0_207648
  • Lastly for our health enthusiasts, or rather Yoga enthusiasts, we do not want you to miss out on the GINORMOUS D.C. yoga week where many studios offer discounted or free sessions and finish off with the exclamation point where over a thousand yoga loves of various stages of experiences gather at the national Malls near the Vietnam Memorial and  practice yoga. Namaste.

There you are! You have no excuse to not go out and enjoy the festivities of the season. You want to enjoy the sunny days before you get in the hot, humid, oppressive DC summers. We will bring you more summer fun in the near future, but so now we want you to make the best of the rare short-lived spring dais we get in our area. Because you are our customers, and we love our customers!

How To Schedule Some R&R During The Workweek

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We’ve all heard the saying “stop and smell the roses”. We in the flower industry roll our eyes at it because we stop to smell the roses, literally, on a daily basis. But we do strongly believe that we need to find some time in the day to shut off the noise appreciate our surrounding, see the beauty in our life and take the time to take a deep breath and decompress.

Weather it taking a few minutes during the day or scheduling some time after work to have some “me” time. It doesn’t mean that you have to go to a spa for a full body massage. it just meant to take a few quality minute for yourself to shake off the daily stress off of your shoulders.

  • Take 5 to 10 minutes to meditate. No we are not talking about attempting to levitate and traveling thru the universe to find yourself. We mean take a few minutes to allow your mind to relax and disengage from the daily thoughts that clutter our mind. Yes it is easier said than done because our mind just won’t quit thinking but with practice every day we can do it. Just take the time to close your eyes and imagine your peaceful place and actively relax each and every muscle of your body.

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  • Step out of your office and breath in some fresh air. remove yourself from your work, take your yummy cup of coffee or tea and step out and enjoy our beverage away from that blinking cursor on your screen or that progress report you are working on or the endless list of to-do that keep buzzing on your outlook task manager. Change your scenery for a few minutes and enjoy it.
  • After work reward yourself for a job well done with you favorite flavor of of ice cream or frozen yogurt, sit on a bench and relax while people watching. this can be your time between the work you and the hoe you. your inbetween responsibilities relaxed self
  • When you get home, remember you don’t have to jump in your routine of cooking for your family or doing the laundry or cleaning up or what ever else you need to do for yourself or your family. put your bag down take your shoes off and take a moment to give your family and pets a hug and kiss and absorb all the love they have for you and you have for them. And if you don’t have anyone at home just sit on your favorite chair and close your eyes and luxuriate in the knowledge that you are in your castle where you are the king/queen. put your feet up and take a few relaxing breaths.

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  • Remember that if you don’t do the dishes one evening or you don’t pick up after yourself one evening the world will not implode. You can get away with one day of doing absolutely nothing, ordering takeout and watching your favorite show or game and drinking a delicious glass of wine or  hot cocoa and just relax.
  • Take the ‘take a moment to smell the roses” saying literally. Get some flowers at home or at work and use it at your haven. it’s a known fact that flowers bring out the happy in us. They do have that power to relax us and give us that warm and fuzzy feeling. You don’t have to take our word for it, check this study out.