5 Ways to De-Stress – Post Election

 

hw0_187832Well there is the choice of a stiff drink and a pint of ice-cream. But really you will only wake up with a wicked hangover and a doubling your run or spin class in the morning. Regardless of what party you belong to or who your candidate is, election season is stressful, you are not even the one running, for office that is. And that is why we are going to give you some steps to decompress after this year long roller-coaster of debates in making you want America great again or believe we are stronger together.

  • First of all, you need to unplug. No longer refreshing your browser to check which state closed and who won California every 2 minutes should help. Turn of the loud noise of electoral votes and why the candidate won or lost. The days of panic that if you didn’t vote you would let your country down are over for another 4 years.hw0_553656
  • What’s done is done now…whether you are happy or disappointed with the results. Focus on aspect of life. The ones that give you less anxiety and the one only you get to vote on and decide. Like deciding what your family has for dinner. No need to ask your significant other or your children what they would like to eat. Be the sole voter and decider of the meal that will fill your tummies. And while at it enjoy the fun and calm that comes with cooking a meal
  • hw0_225269Don’t talk about politics, don’t talk about the votes, if your candidate won don’t rub it in people’s faces and if your candidate lost don’t call pack your things and move to the neighbors to the north or the south. Focus on your work. Focus on what is beautiful in the world, you know…like flowers.
  • Listen to soothing music, read a good nonpolitical book, watch a numb numbing rerun of your favorite show or a side-splitting comedy. Occupy your mind things that makes you genuinely happy.
  • Exercise. No, we are not crazy, working out released the feel-good ingredients in your body. And you’ll be fit in the process. But you are not thinking about elections while you are engaging your core in your Pilates class or sprinting on an incline on the treadmill or lifting your body weight. You mind will be clear; you are feeling good and you will be able to run to Canada if you wanted to.

 

10 things that make Us Happy

 

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As the warm air is a thing of the past and the cooler days approach we try to find those things that give us comfort and happy feeling. Like PSL. But we do not have to look very far or spend a fortune to find them. why? Well for one, it is not difficult to fins small things that give use the warm and fuzzies or a small budget or for free and second, the simplest things are the ones that give the most. And we are here to guide you in the right direction.

  1. Warm/hot towel from the drier. Tell us that does not give you the warm and fuzzies. Very literally actually. Wrapping yourself with freshly washed warm codon goodness in a cool day ‘tis pretty much one of the best things in existence.
  2. while in the warm and fuzzy town, plush animals are one of the cutest things that can bring a happy smile to you face. Either getting one from a loved one of cuddling one that you already have and is full of loving memories
  3. while we are in the “animal” village, let us take a moment to appreciate all the happy heart palpitations we get when we see baby animals. puppies, kittens, lambs, chicks, baby monkeys actually any all animals bring us the “awwwww”s. “tis why we watch for ours videos of baby pandas on YouTube on bad days.
  4. And what do we send when someone is having a bad day? Flowers. you saw that coming, didn’t you? well, yes we are a florist and we would think that flowers will fix all ailments of the blues. But it is actually true. Flowers are certified joy bringers. there is actual certification after a grueling licensing exam that flowers must go through to be able to bring joy to people. those exams are given by tough and talented designers that go through each flower and make sure that they are worthy of you.

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  5. There are usually notes that go along with the flowers and they are our #5 happy feelings bringers (yes, that is a thing). Sweet messages, love notes, feelings poured in words bring us instantaneous happiness. But they also last a long time. We often go back to old postcards or text message and emails from family, significant others, children, and friends and read them to absorb and feel the same feelings they gave us when we first received them. They are a beautiful thing.
  6. Speaking of sweet notes, how about the sweet deliciousness of chocolate? There is comfort and decadence that comes from placing a delicious piece of chocolate in your mouth and letting it melt slowly as you savor the luxurious flavors and aroma. Yup, those cocoa beans back a ton of happiness friends.

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  7. A scenic ride in the car. sitting in the passenger seat with your case against the window and quietly watching the changing trees, fallen leaves on the ground pass. There is something serene and enjoyable about it. Living in the city can be especially tiring sometimes; it is important to get away for a few hours to absorb the calm and peace of the land beyond the hustle and bustle
  8. Those small things that brought us immeasurable enjoyment as children can bring us those same happy feelings. Like balloons. Remember when you were a child how much fun you had with balloons? How happy you were when they made you balloon animals or you were given one at the birthday party? the many hours you spent playing and chasing one? Believe it or not, balloons are full of happy airs (giggle). They symbolize cheery, festivities and happy occasions. Imagine how you would feel if you were to be give and bunch of balloons? Even their name is fun…thing about it BA-LLOONS
  9. Singing aloud. you cannot carry a note? it does not matter. turn your favorite music one and belt it out. sing it as loud as you can. close your eyes and just sing
  10. While you are at it do the 10th thing that will undoubtedly make you happy, DANCE. Dance around, jump around. No one care if you do not have rhythm. If someone cares, then that person does not matter. ENJOY YOURSELF.

Most importantly give to others all the things that make you happy. you find boundless happiness when you make others feel joy. That is a gift that keeps on giving.

 

Booh! Let’s Party!!!

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So, here we are in the final days of October, also known as Halloween Week also known as the day everyone asks “What are you going to be for Halloween?” or “Are you going to a party?” week. For a florist, this is the day we ask ourselves: How can we make beautiful flowers look scary? This holiday allows us to stretch our imagination and come up with some of the coolest creations you could ever come up with gorgeous flowers. With the help of googly eyes, tiny pumpkins, curly willows and a can of black flower paint we can turn an unassuming innocent pretty arrangement into a halloween masterpiece.

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You may be decorating your home with floating ghosts, spider webs, dangling skeletons and scary faced lanterns for your halloween party. But who said that you can’t class it up with a few flowers centerpieces. It’s true that halloween parties are not the kind of parties you plan to have flowers, and we are not saying you should, but there are ways to make your party different than the rest while maintaining the fun.  Imagine how the Addams Family would throw a dinner party. We all know that they are the epitome of class (in a spooky way). What would their decore look like? How would they set their table? What would their centerpieces look like?

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This the time to have fun with your imagination and step away from the “normal” of life, so why should you limit yourself to what is the “normal” for halloween parties?

So go for it, get creative, think outside of the box, call your florist! We’re armed with all kinds of fun goodies to add the BOO! in some BOOtiful flowers and the Spook in some Spooktacular arrangements.

 

 

Happy Halloween Y’all! Mwahahahaha!

 

Where to celebrate this Fall in DC

 

Fabulous Fall Roses in McLean VA, MyFloristWell things are happening this season. So many birthdays and anniversaries, milestones, life changes etc. It’s almost like we are preparing for more parties and events that will come as we get closer to the end of the year, or as we like to call it the events and celebration season.

So, it is important to know how and where we can celebrate and we can help. As far as “how” is concerned, the easy answer is: by making it the best day for the person you are celebrating or for yourself if you are the one you are celebrating. Make the person (or yourself) feel special. If you are planning a celebration for someone else, then find out what makes the person happy. Make it about that person. If the person is the kind that loves going out, dancing and partying then give him/her that. Even if you’d rather stay home and Netflix. You can take the person to the DC Fall Salsa and Bachata Dance Festival taking place in Crystal City this month, or you can reserve a table at JoJo’s for some good live music, good food and crowd of ALL ages. Or party it up at the many many night clubs anywhere from Adams Morgan, H Street or U Street Corridors, DuPont Circle, and Downtown DC. Have fun let loose and enjoy the fact that what you did is bringing happiness to the person you are celebrating.

If the person is a foodie, then make reservation at the person’s favorite restaurant. Or a restaurant that serves his/her favorite cuisine, like Filomena’s in Georgetown for Italian, Rasika in Penn Quarter for Indian, Dumplings & Beyond in Glover Park for Chinese, The Blue Duck Tavern in the West End for American, Fogo de Chao in Downtown for Brazilian and meat lover.

If shows and entertainment is what the person likes then you can catch shows at the Improv for some laughs, or head to the Folger Shakespeare Theater to watch Sense and Sensibility. And if instead of watching the show the person wants to be on the performing side then we suggest a fun evening of Karaoke at Muzette in Adams Morgan where you can rent a room for the guest of honor and friends to enjoy the night in private away from a mas of crowd or go to Wok and Roll on H street for Asian cuisine and some fun evening singing.

It is all about making the person be in the spotlight, made to feel cherished and honored…You know what else makes them feel that? Yup, you guessed it…Flowers.

Fall in the DC Metro

 

hw0_225271It’s that time again for pumpkin spice lattes, fuzzy boots and warm cardigans. Well it is still a little warm for the boots and cardigans but you know what we mean. FALL is here. The leaves are turning, people are planning their Halloween costumes, envisioning the pumpkins they will carve and planning their Netflix movies for the inevitable cooler rainy evenings.

The DC Metro area is preparing in its own way for the season. We have repeated ad nauseam just how beautiful our area gets in the autumn. the gorgeous colors, the crisp air, the whole atmosphere of the city and the surrounding “burbs”…intoxicating, delicious, romantic, moody in that artistic way. And we want you to enjoy every drop of dripping jewels our area has to offer.hw0_673904

Food is one way to enjoy a culture, a city and a season. DC VegFest is on of the festivals that ill offer yummy AND healthy food and entertainment for adults AND for children. Then we have Taste of William County for food fun and live music for the whole family. And there is also Taste of DC in the nation’s capital with the Capitol as your backdrop. Or you can go to the Centreville Food Truck Rally taking place at the Centreville Bible church. Guys, it can’t get better than a bunch of food trucks all at the same place offering food. But wait… for those of you that want to have some fun without the young ones, go on to Fort Washington for some Das Best Oktoberfest.

hw0_494365Fall is the season for reading. And the Library of Congress is sponsoring an even the National Book Festival where you can enjoy some readings, book signings, panels, poetry performances and a kids zone where children can meet characters from their favorite books. For some book filled day to Fall for The Book event in Fairfax Virginia and Enjoy readings, performances and exhibitions from authors from all around the world.

For those that are sporty and want to mix in some fun with their fitness we suggest the Color Fun Fest 5K. If you don’t know what this is then we HIGHLY suggest you participate. We won’t give it away but it is very colorful. Of course being a flower shop we do love things that are colorful. It is CRAZY fun too. Just go to it. You won’t be disappointing. And for a meaningful fun/fitness time participate in the Washington Prevent Cancer 5K Walk/Run taking place at the National Park.

And if you do not want o go out and enjoy some POMO, then stay home, curl up with a good book or a good movie. Make sure you get some beautiful jewel toned flowers fro your local florist and put it somewhere you can easily see and enjoy the peace that only fall can give.

 

 

Pregame Your Thanksgiving: Part Two

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Last week we talked about your pre plan for Thanksgiving. By now you know exactly what you want for your Thanksgiving celebration, the food you want to serve, how you want your house to look (the flowers, the table setting), how many guests you’ll have, and you are feeling confident that you have it all planned out. We’re proud of you.

This week is when you tighten up your list of all the things you need. Especially if (from your trial last week) you know what key ingredients you need for your special dish, or thought you had but didn’t, you know what works and what doesn’t and what needs to be changes. So now you have your final list and your opportunity to get most of what you need ready so that you’re not overwhelmed on cooking day.

If you are a “make everything from scratch” kind of person then this is your week to prepare all the time consuming items that you absolutely must have. You can make you pie crust, vegetable soups, cranberry sauce and gravy over the weekend and freeze it. Actually anything you can make ahead and you know will be good by Thanksgiving, make it and freeze it or store it. Buy all your ingredients except for the items that will go bad or won’t taste as fresh if not consumed soon like your green or fruit salads.

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This week is also the best time for you to clean your house. Not that we are saying that you belong on an episode of Hoarders, but you are inviting guests to eat in your home. There is nothing as appetizing as eating in home where everything is disorganized or even dirty. Casts a shadow of doubt in the cleanliness of the food you are serving. So take your time to make sure the duts are off the shelves, the bathrooms are sparkling, and your kitchen is spotless. Make sure that pretty much all the rooms you know your guest will be in looks fresh and clean. This doesn’t mean that you have to redecorate and throw some fresh paint on your walls; just spruce up. Make sure to get some scented candles to burn on the morning of Thanksgiving so you can give your home that welcoming smell and mask some unsavory scents that come from cooking, we all know that some dishes taste fantastic but do not smell appetizing while cooking.

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Make sure that the centerpiece you ordered is coming from a reputable florist. You don’t want to get to the big day and have a gaping hole on your dining room table where there should be colorful flowers. And if you’ve done your homework last week, and called a good flower shop (you know, like us) you will not have any doubts that you will have a gorgeous arrangement of fall flowers and colors to display and put an exclamation point on your whole table setting. Plus if you burn one of your dishes, you at least have beautiful flowers your guest can look at. Again, You’re Welcome!

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Pregame Your Thanksgiving: Part One

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When we go out for the evening with our buddies, we “pregame”, right? Why should it be any different for the one day of the year we get to get “wasted” on yummy goodness? The same way we plan our outfits, hair and makeup for the ladies, Imbibe in our choice of “refreshments”, plan our transportation and decide weather we need a designated driver or we’re Ubering it, we believe that Thanksgiving deserves the same enthusiasm and excellent planning.

This week we’ll focus on the not-so-fun but could be fun aspect of “Thanksgiving pregame”. The preparation. Make a list of everything you need from the guest list, to the decor, to the menu (therefore ingredients), to the anti-acids and the “cleanup crew” (the younger guests are perfect for this). Thanksgiving is the season open of the holiday season. So this is the time to dust off your cookbook and your dinner party planning skills.

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If you want to make a dish that you’ve never made before and you are experimenting and you know it will be complicated, we suggest you try it first now. Your family and your friends can taste tasters, giving you the opportunity to practice , know what works and what doesn’t, feed your family and friends and have the confidence that you will not end up with inedible lump of something or other that your guest will talk about till next Thanksgiving. Also, plan your drinks for both your adult and minor guests. This week, buy all the ingredients that can be stored and stay fresh till the big day like your spices, dry ingredients etc, so that you are not overwhelmed and can be sure you haven’t forgotten anything on the day of. If you start now then you know what you have and what you need to get and there is still time to go out and buy it without fighting the late shoppers later on, there is nothing worse than being in grocery store on a holiday.

Plan your table setting. Take your time to inventory your plates, water and wine glasses, serving dishes, cutlery napkins etc. This is your opportunity to replace the wine decanter Uncle Bob broke last Thanksgiving while telling that funny joke (again). Call your florist and order your centerpice(s) for your dinner table, buffet table, powder room, kitchen, mantle, foyer, and coffee table. Remember a good flower arrangement can help you hide imperfections in your home. You have a glass ring stains on your wooden coffee table that that guest made by not using the coaster (Uncle Bob has destroyed your home, we get it), plop a beautiful arrangement on it. The fireplace mantle paint has chipped? Place a long and low centerpiece on it. Powder room is going to get a lot of action so place a fragrant arrangement by your sink (again, Uncle Bob). Plan on some entertainment for the young guests and for those that don’t have the desire to unbutton their pants and luxuriate with a happy tummy in front of the tv watching some pigskin action.

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Now you know if that croquembouche recipe you wanted to try will work, you already know what you need to buy (food or otherwise) and how your table will look. You know where to sit Uncle Bob (away from the flammables, breakables and down wind), and you already feel the weight of the holiday stress falling from your shoulders. You can now strut your stuff knowing you’ve got it this year. You’re welcome.

 

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Make Your Fall Bucket List

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Why is it that we don’t treat and love fall like we do the warmer months? Is it because it’s the naughty season that chased the warm weather away? Perhaps that’s true, but if we change our attitude about this actually wonderful season we may learn to love it. It is up to us to choose to not dislike it and we can do that by creating a bucket list of all the things that we can only do in the fall season.

Here are our favorites:

  1. Drinking PSLs of course is number one. That’s Pumpkins Spice latte for those of you not in the know.
  2. With fall comes football and with football comes tailgating. And this is perfect the time it’s still warm enough to do it without losing extremities and appendages.
  3. Get the awesomest and funkiest leggings and wear them with the cutest skirts while you can still show them off. No one cn see them under wool trousers.

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  4. Apple picking. Duh. Then making fresh apple pies…yum.
  5. Play in a pile of crunchy fallen leaves. No other season that allows to be a kid again like this.
  6. Ahm…Hello good sir, is that a handlebar mustache you are sporting? Must be Movember. Facial hair is in now, and now you have another reason to get creative with your mustache…even a fu-manchu could be fun!
  7. You get to make a huge mess carving pumpkins. And remember scary, sad and happy faces are not the only things you can do…get really creative.
  8. Wear the cutest boots and booties and outfits. No snow and frigid temperature forcing you in ugly but warm boots and coat that best resemble dawn blankets. This is the time to stay warm WHILE looking stylish.

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  9. Find the funnest and most creative Halloween costumes (pssst this year Halloween is on a Saturday…Score!).
  10. Send someone that’s having the gloomy day’s blues some gorgeous fall flower arrangement to lift their spirit. You want others to have the positive attitude you are having, don’t you? And don’t get it twisted, fall flower colors are actually gorgeous. They are like sweet dripping honey, sparkling rubies, and magical sunsets.

So there is our list, borrow ours or make your own, it doesn’t matter. Just make it fun. Remember you can’t change the season, but you can change how you feel about it. And we feel FANTASTIC! (ahm…that’s since we chose to adjust our sentiments for the season.)

 

The Magic of Autumn

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Yes, It is officially Autumn now. The leaves are changing from lush greens to amber, Orange, red, purple and brown making the trees look glorious. The hot days are turning into a moody and sultry. you’re unpacked your trusted boots and warm sweaters to combat the sudden cold evening and burst of rain. You’ve savoured the unofficial welcome to fall in the form of PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte). Yes, fall is here and we couldn’t be more thrilled!

What?! Gasp! Shock! Swoon! Who could possibly be happy about cooler days? A florist, that’s who! You know why? Because we get to play with the most luxurious colors of the season. The flowers have the rich deep colors of the jewels and the earthy, rustic look you find in the countryside. It’s just glorious, nay, it’s magical. We just love it! And we invite you to find the joy Autumn brings the way we have.

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Aside from the delicious PSLs we think there is a lot to look forward to with the start or fall. For starters, the wonderful new season of our favorite TV shows. Yup, they all start in the fall, why? Because Fall is Awesome and the weather allows us to stay home and watch them. You know what else is great about fall? The food! You get to  indulge in some of the best meals you denied yourself in the summer. Like pies. and you know what pie you can make fresh in the fall? Pumpkin pies, because pumpkin is the fruit of the season! You can also have pumpkin bisque, pumpkin stuffed ravioli and pumpkin bread Just pumpkin everything. and then there is pumkins cousin squash for your soups and the famous low carb option for spaghetti. Look it up, so delish! Think about all the reason to drink those hot chocolates? Another thing you will get with Fall – The End Of Day Light Saving! Meaning one more hour of snooze in the morning! Who doesn’t love that?

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End of summer doesn’t mean end of fun. Fall brings you Halloween, and that is the king of all things fun, from haunted houses to dressing up like your favorite character and letting loose. and let’s not forget Thanksgiving, the day your willingly and blissfully gorge on all the yummy yumminess you can put your hands on and where elastic waist bands are a must.

So, let’s not be sad that summer is over and Autumn has began. Let us be glad and rejoice and absorb all the magic that the season brings… because the possibilities are endless.

 

Things to be thankful for

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There could be big things in our lives that we could be thankful for like our family (even if they are loopy) our friends, our health, our jobs. but lets not forget the small things that we take for granted. Here is our list:

  • Deodorants (Thank you Lord).
  • Hair conditioner (Anyone with unruly curly hair out there?).
  • Sporks (It’s a spoon AND a fork!).
  • Libraries (Lots and lots and lots and lots of books. ALL kinds of books. books with pictures, funny books, sad ones, serious ones, historical ones, old ones, new ones…).
  • Opposable thumbs (Go on, try not to use yours for  a day. Go on, we dare you. Good luck with texting).
  • Umbrellas.
  • Washing machines (Imagine what you would do, just imagine).
  • Air conditioner (DC summers without one? No thank you!).
  • Indoor plumbing (Enough said).
  • Q-tips (You can use them for so-many-things!).

At MyFlorist we are thankful for a lot of things. We are mostly thankful for our loyal customers that trust us with their gift needs. We are thankful for their recipients’ happy, excited, and surprised faces when they see our flowers. We are thankful that each and everyday when we turn off the lights we know we have worked hard to make you happy and content. What fills our hearts with untold gratitude is knowing that we get to do it all over again when we turn on the lights the next day. We are thankful for YOU.

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