Celebrating Life’s Achievements

There are some who would say that all of life, every day, is an achievement.  But most people agree that some are bigger achievements than others.  These are the achievements that should be marked with a celebration of some sorts, or at least a gift or two. 

The first major achievement in our lives is usually our first birthday.  Birthdays, in fact, are often marked as milestones in our lives.  Some are bigger than others: 1st, 16th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, and, if we make it, our 100th birthdays are usually celebrated with big parties.  Even if it’s not one of these, many people have cake, go to dinner, and receive gifts on their birthdays.

During our high school years, many people go to prom.  This achievement isn’t as large as some of the other ones, but it is often our first semi-formal or formal event.  Getting dressed up, buying or receiving a corsage, and renting a limo are all things we do to mark this achievement.

Our next milestone is graduation.  Some schools have a number of different graduations: kindergarten, middle school, and high school.  Then there’s college graduation, and some people go into higher education programs and graduate again.  Graduations, especially high school and college, mark the ending of one chapter of our lives and the beginning of another.

While it’s not always done in this order, the next achievement for many people is to get married.  For some, women especially, their wedding is a huge event that they have been preparing for their entire life.  The dress, the cake, the decorations, the flowers…months are spent on ever little detail.  This achievement is shared with the entire family and many friends.

Another major achievement is having children.  The birth of a child, especially the first child, is a major life-changing event.  Your life will truly never be the same after having your first child.  While this achievement is celebrated at first with a baby shower, gifts, and flowers at the hospital, in a way you’ll celebrate this achievement for the rest of your life.

Celebrating your anniversary, especially the first, tenth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth, is a great milestone in your life.  Give your spouse a gift, go out to dinner, or spend the day doing something special for just the two of you.

These are the biggest achievements in life, but they aren’t the only ones.  Getting a new job, getting a promotion, buying a house…all of these and more are huge achievements and a reason to celebrate.  So remember to celebrate all of your life’s achievements in the best way possible!

Flowers for New Babies (and Moms)

When you go to visit a n

A New Mom and her Baby
A New Mom and her Baby

ew mom and baby in the hospital, there are a few things you may want to take with you.  A stuff animal.  A balloon.  And, of course, some flowers.  New moms often have a room full of bright flowers.  But which flowers are perfect for new babies and new moms?  Here are a few ideas.

Go with blues or pinks, depending on if the baby is a boy or a girl.  While some flowers can be dyed blue, some are naturally that color.  These include irises, delphiniums, hydrangeas, and even some roses.  For pink flowers, think roses, hydrangea, pink alstroemeria, and stargazer lilies.  You can accent these colorful flowers with some white carnations, white roses, and some baby’s breath.  Put them in a nice blue or pink vase, add some ribbon, and you’ve got a gorgeous bouquet perfect for welcoming a new life into the world.

Of course, you don’t have to go with traditional colors.  Purple or lavender flowers work for a new baby girl, and some bright yellow, white, and even red flowers work for both.  Carnations, chrysanthemums, tulips, daises, and asters, for example, all are perfect for bouquets for new babies and moms. 

When it comes for vases, you have several options.  Yes, you can go with blue or pink, but you can also use a clear vase.  Wicker baskets or decorative containers like a hollow ceramic duck are good choices if you want something a little different. 

Finally, as mentioned above, you can add a balloon or a stuffed animal to the arrangement.  This adds a bit of extra flair to the bouquet, although neither is required.  In fact, sometimes a new mom’s room is so overflowing with balloons and stuffed novelties that she might appreciate a simple bouquet with no extras!

All in all, selecting flowers for a new baby and mom is fairly simple.  If you can’t decide, an associate at your local florist will be more than willing to help you out.  He or she can assist you in selecting the perfect bouquet for the new baby and mom.