10 Life Hacks to Relationship and Romance

HW0_331853We hate to be captain obvious with suggestions that so basic and simple. but we must remember that the most basic and simplest romance tricks are the tried and the ones and the ones we take for granted or forget about the most.

  1. Tell your honey you love her or him and show the love in your actions. This could be anywhere from picking up his favorite snacks on your way home to rubbing her feet in the evening to letting him eat the last chicken wing
  2. Share your goals and dreams and fears with your partner. Include your partner in your day to day life. Speak in “we” rather than “I” wen talking about your future. Be considerate, understanding and encouraging towards his/her future
  3. Be forgiving of your sweetie’s shortcoming and compromise. You don’t always have to win. Not all arguments need to be won.
  4. Listen to your partner. But realy listen, not the passive listening while reading a book or watching a game or a TV show. Really understand what s/he s saying to you. There is nothing as romantic as someone giving you their undivided attention.
  5. Remember you are equals. Not one is better or more important than the other. You both bring your truest selves wholly so you are both equal in the relationshipHW0_463017
  6. Do not try to change each other. Love your partner for who they really are and despite their shortcoming. Why would you want to change the person you love anyway? Then they will stop being the person you fell in love with. That said, always strive to be the best person you could strive to be better for yourself and for your partner.
  7. Be whole as a unit and individually. Enjoy it each other company but you should also be able to be content by yourself.
  8. Buy each other gifts. Just because. No special occasion. Only because you thought about each other or you saw something that reminded you of each other or you know that your partner would absolutely love it.
  9. Let go or your preconceived ideas or expectation of what romance or relationships are alike or should be like. Your neighbor’s, friend’s or even parents’ relationship has nothing to do with yours. Let your love and companionship grow organically at its own pace and into its own space. Don’t force it to become the status quo or like your ideal of a relationship.
  10. Brag about each other. Be each other’s cheerleader and publicist. There is nothing sweater, more romantic, hear warming and satisfying like a partner that sings your praises to others.

 

The Cutest Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

HW0_748793The super bowl of dates is upon us. many plans being drafted, playbooks being studies, date budgets increased, romance levels turned up to the max, Of the pressure. But why? Valentine’s day does not need to be an elaborate circus with openers, main shows and after parties. Don’t get us wrong, it is wonderful that you are putting a lot of thoughts into celebrating your loved ones. But it does not mean that you absolutely need to cash in your 401K to do so.

The point of the day is in making sure our sweethearts are treated to what makes them the happiest. And there is nothing more romantic than knowing what they love and offering it. Some are not impressed with your ability to obtain a coveted reservation at a fancy restaurant, or that you copied some RomCom because you could not come up with an idea of your own. This does not mean your sweetheart will not appreciate it. It only means that s/he is getting something unoriginal or something that truly makes her/hi happy.

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  • Grubhub, Netflix and chill. 2017 Valentine’s day is on a Tuesday. A work day. Imagine she has a long day at work. Nothing like having her favorite dish from her favorite restaurant; her favorite show and just relax with her favorite person (that is you).
  • While in the theme of chill, how about an evening of nothing. Sit together drinking wine eating cheese and grapes and just talk and be there with each other. Get to know each other even better. Really listen to each other and share what in your heart, stories funny or sad, tell jokes
  • Have an evening of games with just the two of you. Make yourselves yummy sandwiches and drinks and have a fun evening with you beau
  • Go to the gym together. Couples that sweat together stay together. Run and challenge each other on the treadmill or spot each other at the weights. Encourage each other to do more and complement each other on accomplishments
  • Make it known who your sweetheart is to the world. Call you favorite florist and order some beautiful flowers and have them delivered at work. DO it even a day early. This shows that you didn’t wait till the day off to remember and it will be a beautiful surprise to receive them a day early.

Let love rule!

Let Love Shine

HW0_565175There is power and strength in love. Love conquest all. In Love, there is compassion, patience, respect, and kindness. Some of us welcomes it and others fear it for its ability to destroy us, because the power that love, true love, possesses is like none other. And because of this power, Love, is often celebrated and hailed and written and sung about throughout history and eras, throughout cultures and religions. Love is more than the cozy warm and fuzzy feeling. Love is fearless and great. Wars have started in its name and has inspired art.HW0_691479

We chase love in any way it manifests its self. we follow our love for our profession, Love of our passions and hobbies, Love of family. And with Love comes responsibility. A great one. When we love something, and make our sentiments known, we are responsible and must be true to our words. When we profess that we love, we must show the object of our sentiment an immeasurable respect.

So, let us celebrate Love. Let us acknowledge its power and give it the respect it deserves. And how do we do that? When do we do that? As for when, Every hour of the day of the week of the month of the year of our lives. As for how, by using it for a greater good. By serving humankind, the world we live in our community and society. By letting love shine through hate, anger, and discontent.

 

Springtime in D.C.

HW0_210513We are in the middle of December thinking, no, dreaming of the spring. We are a few months away, but er know it is around the corner; it is coming. A few earth rotation and a bit of revolution and boom SPRING. And in preparation for the season we did some research of what’s happening in DC.

  • The Cherry blossom festival
  • ShamockFect
  • Environmental film Festival
  • Color Vibe, Holi for All and Foam Glow 5K
  • MusiCom
  • Blossom Kite Festival
  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
  • No Kid Hungry Taste of the Nation
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  • Truckeroo
  • Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival
  • USA Science and Engineering Festival
  • Smithsonian Craft Show
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration
  • Kingman Island  and Charm City Bluegrass and Folk Festival
  • National Electronics Museum RoboFest
  • National Cinco de Mayo Festival
  • Amazing Pet Expo
  • Saint Sophia’s Greek Festival

HW0_581697So how full is you calendar now? Nothing beats ad a fun jam packed spring. You get to celebrate the rebirth and rejuvenation of the earth when the trees are green and the glowers bloom, the air is warmer and fresher and you are no longer wearing layers upon layers of cotton and wool and a combination thereof.

Spring is coming. We promise. But until it does you can bring spring indoors. How? Fresh flowers and green plants of course. and you know who has them? We do silly. We have all the fresh blooms to  bring the light and airy feeling that spring does. Give it a try get some flowers or send some to that person that is really over winter already.

Our Favorite Holiday Memories

hw0_495766Traditions, laughter, family, friends are what make lasting memories that you carry through your life and get to relive and revive year after year every holiday. And if you are lucky you get to recreate and pass on to your children. We all have our favorite holiday memories and those memories are what tie us together in the merriment of the season. The smell of cinnamon-ey, ginger-ey, sugary baked goods, the taste of spiced wine or creamy eggnog, singing Christmas carols as you studied your Christmas tree and devised the best way to hand your ornaments or that time you sat on your father’s shoulders and reached up to put the big bright and shiny star on top of the tree. And that time your uncles strategized on how to best hang the Christmas lights on the outside wall of your home, or eyeing the Christmas presents siting at the foot of the tree and guessing what could possibly be in the boxes.

hw0_629767It could be going to midnight mass at church, or playing Mary and Joseph at you Sunday schools play of the nativity. Or going to a nursing home or children’s home with you parents to bring some Christmas gift and spreading some holiday cheer. or it could be watching the joy and surprise in your loved ones’ faces when they open the gifts that you put so much thought in or spent the money you worked so hard for.

Or it is  the stories you told, games you played, laughter and tears you shares with your family on Christmas eve. or that  time you went ice skating at your neighborhood skating rink, or the time you caught the Nutcracker at the theater. I could be the holiday trip your family took to a cabin for a special holiday trip, or the tropical Christmas that one year where you said Mele Kalikimaka instead of Merry Christmas.

hw0_495728We all have our own special memories that we will keep and treasure for all the days of our lives. And there are the memories we are going to make. Every holiday season is an opportunity to create a joyful memory for our loved ones. Every day of the season is an opportunity to make the days special for our families, friends and ourselves. But we should not limit this opportunity to only the holiday season. Every day of every year is an opportunity for lovely long lasting memories and and opportunity to make someone smile and have a heart full of joy and cheer. We urge you to make memories. We make memories every day, people never forget the day they received flowers, no matter ho many times they receive them in their lives.

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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    Giggles and Smiles
  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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    Golden Days
  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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Spooky Sweet

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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Witch’s Brew

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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Wicked Bouquet

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.

Customers Matter

hw0_576178We are who we are because we value those we serve. We find joy in our work well done and in the satisfaction of our customers. We pride ourselves in the quality of our creations and find fulfillment in the appreciation of those that enjoy them. In short we wouldn’t be who we are if it weren’t for the integrity of our business model and our loyal customers. We strive to please them and serve them the best way we know how.
Businesses that don’t fully grasp the fact that customer satisfaction matters is a business that is doomed to fail. It is of course important to do work we love. But, ultimately, when in a service industry it is important to understand that a service industry cannot flourish without the important element of consumers to service. Nominally happy consumers that are pleased with the service offered and are willing to come again and again and again to quench their thirst of the product and services offered with a big’ol smiles. And ladies and gentlemen we are in the business of delivering not only smiles to our customer but we do it with a smile.hw0_197667
We believe in the philosophy that we need 3 wins to succeed. When our customers win, the business wins and the employees win. But it always starts with the happiness of the customers. Because without them, really, what’s the point. Right? Who are we serving? To what end? It would all be for Not. Right? Right!
But we don’t think our customers matter only because it is good for “business”. It’s for very selfish reasons too. We are artist. Creators of beautiful thing. We take raw gorgeousness and turn it into a masterpiece. But there wouldn’t be anyone to appreciate it if it weren’t for our customers. An artist is an artist only when consumer call his work a piece of art. And because of our very happy customers, we are not only great at keeping our employees fed but at having our creations appreciated.
And we have to tell you. We, MyFlorist, have just about the best customers any business could ever dream of. Just read our testimonials and reviews. We love them and they love use. We are grateful, no doubt about that.

Growing Closer Every Year, Why Your Anniversary is So Important

 

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The longer time you spend with someone, the more you get to know them, the more you learn to care for them and the more you fall in love with them (or not but we are trying to look at the brighter side of things). And each year that passes you thank the good Lord that they are in your life. This is why we celebrate anniversaries. Remembering your anniversary and celebrating the day is not just done because it’s the nor, what expected or because your wife will evict you to spend the year in the dog house if you don’t or to congratulate yourself for making it another year. 

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Anniversaries are a way of celebrating your ever growing, ever evolving nature of your love. Every year you gain new experiences, you grow and become a better person, And that is largely because of your partner in life. You grow together and that is something that needs to be celebrated. 

hw0_400653Romantic Love is a strong and great feeling. It is a bond between two people. It’s a force that expands and grows with each passing time as long as it is nurtured and cared for. And for every year of love that you gain you know that your love is that mush stronger and that much greater. Don’t you thing that is something that needs to be recognized and honored? We do!

Anniversary celebrations help us to do that. They are not just a date on a calendar, they are dates that symbolize and mark your undying love for your honey has grown one more year with a promise of more.