Summertime Romance

Romance in the summer is the funnest of all. Dates can be filled with many activities. Those awkward silent moment you would normally have sitting at a table at a fancy restaurant while quietly chewing on your stake and thinking on what to say next to fill the baby elephant size void in the air. In the summer you have the luxury of arranging fun activities to do. Which is a great way to get to know each other, learn each other’s personalities, temperaments, “fun levels”, and simply have a good time without the heaviness of sitting and talking.

HW0_500847And we are here to facilitate your summer romancing. First you see a pretty lady that works at the office 2 floors down from you (you know this because you saw her riding the elevator and she gets off 2 floors below your floors, obviously) and think to yourself “I would like to get to know her” then you use your charm to get her name from the office’s front desk. next you call you call your trusted florist and arrange a same day delivery of beautiful flowers saying “hey saw you in the elevator this morning and wanted to know if you’d like to grab some lunch at the taco food truck tomorrow at noon” make sure to include your phone number and full name in the note so she can say “Um, yeah sure  but can we make it @ 12:30?” (most likely answer since people can’t say no to flowers) or “no, you are sweet and all but I’m married, but thanks for the flowers” (in which case you should be happy knowing that you made her day and next time to check for rings). And most importantly so she can google you and do some “social media stalking” to make sure you are not a nut case; a girl’s gotta protect herself. Flowers are a great ice breaker. They will promote happy feelings in whoever receives them, so, in our humble opinion, are a great way to seal the date.

HW0_65675 (1)The next day make sure you look you best and meet her at the location you both agree on, buy her the tacos and drink and sit at a nearby bench and get to know each other a little. Ask silly questions, talk about your favorite food trucks, enjoy the lovely day, do some people watching, then walk her to her floor and wish her a great afternoon. When you get to your office text her with a short not that you had a great time and hope to see her again. If she feels the same was she will let you know. If she doesn’t then she will let you know too. Because you sent her flowers to ask her out from the very start, she knows you are a nice guy, this is a good thing and highly likely that she will agree to meet you on a second date – unless of course you chewed you taco with your mouth open or smelled like sewer backing in the sun, in which case we suggest you don’t do that anymore, not even the best arrangements from the best florist can help you there.

HW0_352191Now that you have your second date and agreed to meet up on saturday afternoon you can plan a fun activity for you both to do. You can go to Treetop Adventure Course in rockville MD and show off your tarzan-esque skills ziplining through canopies of trees and man-made obstacle course. Or do a bit of scavenger hunting on The National Mall. This could actually be a great double date idea. Since this is your first official date part deux, you both probably would feel more comfortable if you had your buddies and their significant other tag along and make it a group outing. You can split in pairs and hunt for whatever is in your scavenger hunt list is like finding a Monet, the statue of a typewriter eraser, a moon rock, etc and taking a selfie with your finding. Person to fin all the items in your list first wins. Perhaps you can go to Art Jams for their Paint and sip date night where you can show off your creative side, sip on some vino and just have fun. You can tease each other about your brush strokes and stick figure level painting skills, peek at the other dater’s work of art, have fun light conversations getting to know each other more. Have a blast!

When the date is over and you all go back to your respective homes with a smile on your faces and think about how this all started with a beautiful arrangement of gorgeous flowers. Remember that flowers are not just at the beginning of relationship but the middle too. they are a great way of saying “Thank you for a great date” or “How would you like a repeat of our first date next week” or “I want to tell you that I love you but don’t want to scare you off too soon so here are some red roses to open the door to what’s coming”, “You are the love of my life”, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” “We are married!”,”Happy anniversary”, “You are as beautiful today as the day I first saw you” and much much more! Flowers are the language of romance so don’t do romance without them.

 

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.

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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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How Flowers Have Inspired Artists

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Walking through museums and art galleries or even people’s homes we see paintings or other art works by famous or lesser known artists. And it is not unusual to see nature depicted in the art as nature is known to have inspired artist throughout history. How could it not, right? And one of those elements of nature that have served as muses to artists are flowers. Not surprising right? We certainly are not surprised since we are inspired by some of the most beautiful and colorful flowers every day. All flowers are special in their own way if you take the time to really look at them. So many shapes, textures, colors and temperament; just beautiful.

In our quest to find who else was inspired by flowers enough to immortalize them on canvas, we found some amazing artists and artworks that in return inspired us. We were in absolute awe when we found Jeff Hanson’s work (painting above). This visually impaired artist brings the flowers to life with his amazing brush strokes giving his paintings wonderful texture and vibrant colors. The way he translates nature’s inspiration into artwork is truly breath-taking.

HW0_553675Sunflowers are , without a doubt one of the beautiful flowers we’ve worked with and we discovered that they are also one of the most painted flowers by some of the most famous artist throughout history. The most known painting of the flower is Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. A simple arrangement of a punch of sunflowers in vase sitting on a table. There is even a painting by Paul Gauguin entitled The Painter of Sunflowers that depicts Van Gogh painting sunflowers, and another one of a woman standing in front of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers by  Isaac Israel. Yes, that’s how famous it is. However, there are many other artists that couldn’t deny the beauty and majesty of the flower that they had to put their spin on them on canvas. Like Diego Rivera with his Girl With Sunflowers, Alfred Gockel, Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet and many many more.

HW0_223844Both Van Gogh and Claude Monet didn’t stop at just sunflowers. daisies, irises, poppies and an array of wildflowers had the honor of taking residence in their paintings. Of course, they are not the only ones that thought flowers would make great subjects for their masterpiece creations. Georgia O’Keeffe painted all kinds of flowers from the ordinary flowers like daisies to more exotic ones like Heliconia. Even Pablo Picasso, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Andy Warhol painted flowers in their brilliantly wacky ways.

Whether they are post impressionist like Cezanne, Impressionists like Renoir or Manet (not to be confused with Monet) , Abstract artist like Paul Klee or Renaissance artist like Leonardo (no, not one of the four Mutant Ninja Turtles) D’avinci all used flowers as subjects for their beautiful work.

HW0_193240So there you have it. there are so many beautiful paintings of flowers out there to convince us that we are not the only ones that see the magic in them. but then we thing flowers in any form we see them are beautiful. While we enjoy creating wonderful masterpieces with the flowers themselves to communicate and evoke many emotions and sentiments, many artist take the beauty that flowers offer and translate them with paints, and delicate brush strokes and evoke similar sentiments and communicate similar messages and immortalize them on canvas forever. We understand that unless we take a trip to museums and have millions stashed away to own some of these paintings we don’t get to enjoy the beauty they offer. So we offer a more affordable and obtainable alternative or art in fresh flowers. We highly recommend you get yourself a piece of creativity in your home and workplace.

Best Gifts for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Congratulations or Any Reason At All

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We’ve established that flowers are the best gift for any occasion, literally any occasion. You name any occasion and reason and we can show you how flowers are appropriate for it. Weddings, bereavement, new baby, not feeling well, she broke a nail, bad hair day, the wind blew west? all reasons to send flowers. Send flowers to congratulate, communicate your sentiments, show empathy, say you care, say thank you, passive aggressively say I love you but I am too cool to say it out loud. Any reason. Any reason AT ALL! You know why? Because, as we have have said many maaaaaany times before, flowers have ability to communicate in the purest clearest way and  put a smile on a person’s face and inject some happiness in someone’s day. It’s been proven in science. Would we lie to you?

So now that we all agree that flowers are the right way to go for any reason, let’s take a look at what kind of flowers are best for each occasion. First options, of course, is knowing what flowers they person loves and sending a beautifully designed arrangement of those flowers. This says that you know the person, you pay attention and you want them to have what they like the most. This is especially important in a romantic situation; if it’s a spouse or someone you’ve known for a long long time, it says a lot when you remember the small details. But we can’t always know what the other person likes or we want to change it up a little, So here are the best options for the most popular occasions:

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This is a romantic time where you remember and celebrate your union and a special milestone. It’s a big deal and should be celebrated.  Traditionally, roses are the romantic go to. Specifically red roses. But there are other options. The colors of romance are shades of red, purple, pinks and gold. The deeper the color the better. They show the hot flaming smoldering passion you feel for the person. So, if you want to change it up from the red-hot roses we suggest an arrangement of various flowers in those colors. If you want to keep it in the rose family then we suggest changing the colors. You can combine the hot pinks with the red or even add some Stargazer lilies to the mix to give an extra pizzaz.

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You are celebrating the day this person graced the face of the earth. It is a special day and needs to be celebrated with tons of flair and sparkly happiness. and the flowers you send need to have a touch of party,  a burst fireworks, a dust of glitter and a whole lot of “yay it’s your day!” in it. You can achieve that by choosing an arrangement with starburst colors of sunny yellows, royal purples, sky blues, hot pinks and other vibrant colors that adds a big ol’ ! to the day. And as a finishing touch add a pretty festive mylar balloon that will in fact announce that it is the birthday of the best human on earth!

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If you know the gender you can choose a color scheme to fit; blue for a boy and pink for a girl. But that isn’t necessarily a must. remember, the people enjoying the flowers are the parents and the people who will file in to take a look at the baby’s rosy cheeks. So the choice of colors you can choose have no limits. Happy yellows, lavender greens are all great choices. incorporate pretty bows and fun little keepsake containers for the flowers add a plush soft and cuddly stuffed animal and bam you got yourself a lovely fun arrangement fit for the little prince or princes and the proud parents.

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This is a sad occasion and traditionally the flowers sent are in soft pastels, whites and creams. However, we have to remember that is also the celebration of a life. You are permitted to include some vibrant colors. Flowers send for bereavement are either sent for the viewing/service or to the family’s home or workplace. When sending to the viewing and/or service your traditional options are easel sprays wreaths or funeral baskets. But you also have the options of choosing arrangements in an array of colors arranged in a vase or a beautiful wicker basket designed in a way that the family can take home if they choose to. we give you this option because some arrangements, when don by the right florist, are so beautiful that a lot of people want to have the in their home but don’t because they are not in a leak proof container. And how weird is it to take a funeral wreath home even if the flowers are stunning. Another option is a lush dish garden or floor plant. this is perfect because it is something the family can keep in memory of the departed.

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This is not an occasion to use muted colors. this an occasion for you to send a vase of sunshine and make some one feel at least marginally better. So whites and creams with mousey yellows is not what you want to go for. You want popping colors that “I know you are feeling eeky for here something to make you perky” . Go nuts with the colors! Oranges, blues, purples. reds, pinks, lilies, sunflowers, spider mums, orchids, happy gerbera daisies are all great options. Remember you are trying to lift their spirits not bore them to death. They are sick in bed, no need to add more pain with boring flowers and colors.

 

5 Best Gift Ideas For Your Administrative Professional

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There you are sitting at your desk thinking, contemplating your next world take over when your calendar reminder pops up to tell you that you have a meeting tomorrow at 10am that you set up months ago while playing golf and rubbing elbows with who’s who of the industry and had forgotten all about. And your eyes go wide open and bug out and you think “Yawza! Forgot about that!” Well guess who didn’t forget. That’s right! Your Administrative Assistant. Your fabulous AA set up you calendar reminder and confirmed your appointment, prepared your PowerPoint presentation, pulled all the data and pertinent information, prepared your report, printed it collated, made copies arranged it perfectly and professionally in presentation folders. All while s/he ordered your office supplies, made your traveling arrangements, arranged catering for your lunch meetings, sent flowers to the employee who just had a baby AND remembered your mother’s birthday and sent her flowers too, arranged pickup and delivery of those important time sensitive documents, and made sure that you did what you did best without having to worry about all the other details. So you tell us, does your Admin deserve a thank you? We think a resounding big fat YES is the answer you are looking for. Your administrative Assistants are your soldiers and you are their general. Their success is your success and vice versa. Their reward is your reward. So tell us big boss, what are you rewarding yourself….er we mean you super-duper assistant with? We have some suggestions.HW0_647405

  1. Flowers. Yes, yes, we know we are a florist and surprise surprise we would suggest flowers. Shocking! We know. But seriously, what’s more perfect? You tell us what would say “thank you” better than flowers. Nothing, that’s what. Unless you want to hand your AA handful of raw cash but that’s not classy, and we know you are one classy human. The beauty, colors, and ability to cheer even the grumpiest of humans that flowers possess is the best way to say “thank you, you are as delightful to have around as a bouquet of these blooms”. We honestly think that they are the easiest yet the perfect most excellent way to express your gratitude. Flowers are a gift that keep on giving. Win-win we think.
  2. HW0_64857Gift baskets. We understand that not everyone is into flowers. We think that’s just coo-coo, but we won’t judge. And for those that don’t get gooey feelings over flowers, we suggest something with gastronomic appeal. A basket laden with fresh, juicy and refreshing fruit with yummy gourmet cheeses, chocolates nuts and other delectable hand-picked and arranged to make the perfect gift that will make your Admin Assistant feel appreciated. In fact they will feel so appreciated and valued they may even want to share what’s in the basket with you.We told you a reward for them is a reward for you, didn’t we? You can actually throw in a bottle of wine or bubbly in there too! HW0_417674
  3. Now you are thinking, well flowers are pretty and all but might die and your sentiments of thanks will wilt and evaporate along with the blooms and the water they are in. And Gift baskets are fine but your admin is a picky eater and you don’t want to offend her/him by giving her/him non-gluten free, non-GMO, non-organic product that s/he is trying to avoid or items that are counter productive in her pursuit to maintain her/his figure. Well fine, we can work with that. We present the potted plant. This, as long as maintained well, is a gift that will last for ever and ever and ever or until that month your assistant gets too busy with organizing that conference you will be speaking at on top of his bazillion duties and forgets to water his/her plant. You can choose a fabulous blooming plant like a Phalaenopsis orchid or a melange of small green in an exquisite dish or a lush full plant s/he can put in the corner of her/his office or cubicle. Whatever you choose will send a truly lasting message of thanks for all the s/he does for you and the success of the company.
  4. 6454m_Balloon-Bouquet12-MylarPerhaps your AA just about kills every plant s/he so much as looks at and flowers are just not her/his thing and a gift basket will just ruin his/her healthy living road s/he’s on. Now what? Remember this is a day of celebration of a true professional. A party in a way. And no party is a happening party without balloons. You can embarrass (in a good way) the living staples out of your AA with happy, floating, mass of your herald of your thanks in the form of mylar balloons. Just imagine them hovering over his/her desk saying to every on looker and passerby that your AA is the BEST Admin Assistant EVER! Your AA will be the envy of the office, and rightly so! S/he works for a boss that recognizes and appreciates her contribution to her/his success. That’s you champ.
  5. AdminBlog REThis last suggestion may not feel like an actual gift, but it may be the most honest and probably the one that will truly speak the most. Literally. Either in the notes being delivered with your gifts or in person or both, tell your assistant that s/he is a truly valued member of your team. That what s/he does for you has not gone unnoticed, unappreciated and undervalued. Your AA may simply find reward and satisfaction in a job well done or may not expect or need an atta’a boy or a pat on the back for nailing that report for you. But how cool is it to just shock them  with a heartfelt thank you. We promise you that it will give your AA an extra boost to do even better for you and work with a ginormous smile on his/her face and feel like what s/he does actually makes a difference (s/he may already know this but it is good to be reminded sometimes). THANK YOU is a very powerful sentence. People take it for granted. Don’t give a passive meh-thanks-meh, but look your AA in the eyes and give him/her an honest, heartfelt, meaningful “THANK YOU”!

 

 

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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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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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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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.

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.

Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Tradition

 

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Planning a new and special Valentine’s Day every year can be taxing on one’s imagination and creativity. That is why we are here to help you. We’ve already established that Valentine’s Day, should be celebrated. And we have many holidays we celebrate throughout the year. We also have certain traditions on how we celebrate those holiday. So why should Valentine’s day be any different? We make special dishes for thanksgiving and eat special desserts for christmas, paint our eggs a special way every easter, Bar-B-Que every memorial day and so on. Those days wouldn’t be the same if we didn’t have our special thing, right? Well we can apply the same philosophy to Valentine’s Day.

Establishing a tradition for this day will help you as the planner in simplifying the day and the recipient of your love and romance’s expectations. it will create consistency in your relationship. You will be that one person that s/he knows will never fail at recognizing the glorious day for what it is and will say that we are solidly in this relationship together. It will communicate to each other that “we have our own way of loving each other and caring for one another and celebrating this love day the way we enjoy!”

Here are some examples of great Valentine’s Day traditions:

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  1. Lets say on your first valentines day together you sent her/him a dozen red roses. You could add one more rose for each year there after that you celebrate the day together. And if you work with a great florist, they will keep your past order on file to help you keep the numbers right, we know how memory goes.
  2. Let’s say you send your honey a beautiful mix of bright colored fresh cuts on his/her birthday and a dozen red roses on the anniversary. Your Valentine’s Day flowers can be different: like red roses and white lilies or red roses and gorgeous pink and red tulips. And give her/him those every year. Those will be YOUR Valentine’s Day flowers.

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  3. If your honey loves jewelry (who doesn’t, right?), you can give her one charm every valentines day to add to her neckless or her charm bracelet that is symbolic of your love for her.
  4. If he has a particularly favorite dessert he lives that doesn’t or can’t always indulge in, let this be the day you make it for him. Nothing says love like your babe by your side and you favorite dessert in your tummy.
  5. Every Valentine’s Day could be the day you stay off the grid. No cell phone, no internet, no facebooking, instagramming and twittering, no emails, no TV, no movies, no radio, no nothing. cover the clocks so no sense of time. Just you and your honey luxuriating in each other’s company and drowning in the love you have for each other.

So traditions make your job easier and will make your honey feel that constant love and affection you have for him/her. It’s a win win.

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Valentine’s Day Dates Vs Regular Dates

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Dates are fun. No doubt about that. But there are dates and there are DATES. Valentine’s Day Dates are DATES. The super bowl of dates. The date you work hard all season long to make sure you come out with a W at the end of that date.

Yes, yes, we’ve heard it before. Valentine’s day is a Hallmark holiday created for businesses to take money from poor folk by manipulating their heart …blah blah blah. We all know that there shouldn’t be ONE day of the year to celebrate your love. That’s a given. You should celebrate your love every day of the year. Think of it this way: there is a National Pancake day and a National Doughnut Day. We celebrate these by gorging on these yummy treats, don’t we? Are you saying that LOVE doesn’t deserve to have it’s own day? Are you?!

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White Lilies

With that said, let’s remember that your celebration of love, on this specific day, much like your celebration of pancakes, should be multiplied by 100. This is not where you play safe. This is where you pull out all the tricks and magic out of your hat and deliver the best possible “you are my valentine” message possible.

This doesn’t mean that you have to cash out your 401K to fund your master date. It only means that you’ll need to make a special effort to wow your honey. You know him/her better than anyone, so you know what will knock his/her socks off. So get to it and start planning.

A regular date out is all about getting to know each other or simply spending more time with each other enjoying one another. And that’s great. Think of it as your “regular season” date. Where you hone your skills and learn each other’s likes and dislikes. Try out different restaurants and romantic locations so that you know once you come to the playoff season and ultimately the superbowl you already know how your honey will respond to your various plans.

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Happy Hearts

Valentine’s day dates are the the dates that top all dates. The culmination of a year long plan and intel collected for the soul reason of knocking the aforementioned socks off the feet of the babe. This is were everything’s a go. You can be as corny, as embarrassing, as over the top as you like with your dating game and no one will judge.

So, there is a difference between a regular day and a Valentine’s day date so don’t treat them the same. You don’t want your honey’s feelings hurt because a. you didn’t make any special efforts more than the date you had the other day b. his/her friend’s date put a lot more thought in it than you did. Not all dates are created equal.

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Romantic Getaways in the City

 

 

 

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HW0_446483A long weekend is coming up and you are probably thinking what you can do with your sweetie to enjoy the time off. You’ll be surprised to know that you don’t have to go very far to have a romantic time away. There some hidden gems around our lovely city that will offer you some much deserved RR&R (rest, relaxation and romance). And you do deserve to have some time where you put your day to day hustle and bustle aside, put your responsibilities and obligation on pause and get to enjoy your honey. Don’t you think?

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There are some of the great places you can go that we think will give you that “I went away on a getaway” feeling without really leaving home. There are several Bed & Breakfasts peppered around the Washington Metro area that would be a great option to get our of your house and pretend you are in a far away land with your love. Most of these places are converted old mansions or historical houses. So you can enjoy their history playing love struck tourists and live out some Downton Abbey fantasies.

Or you can book yourself a room at a hotel. the point of his is to get away all the things you think you have/must do at home and just enjoy each other. you don’t have to make the bed, do the dishes, vacuum or pick up after yourself. Your sole responsibility if ensuring that you and your hone have a great time with hearts in your eyes.

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And you really want to take a not so far trip but far enough to feel like you are not within reaching distance from home, there  are plenty of places around our fair city that we can escape to and have some much  needed cuddle time with our babe. There are a plethora of cabins and B&Bs and resorts that you can book yourself in for a couple of days and take advantage of all the amenities and service spoiling you honey and yourself rotten.If you are feeling adventurous and don’t mind driving an hour or so out of the city you can venture to resorts that offer entertainments for lover like couple’s massage, wine tasting and various activities. You can go to Lansdowne Resort if you don’t want to go too far. This way you don’t have to take a long trip and you are not too far if you need to rush back home.

Romantic getaways do not have to be to a tropical island or a european city nor does it mean you have to spend a ton of money. It only takes a few days, you honey bu your sides and emptying your brain of all those things that bug you all day long.