Category: ‘Mother’s Day’

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Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. It’s no surprise flowers are a popular gift for mom! There is nothing like a gift of flowers to show mom she is special and appreciated. The beauty and ephemeral nature of flowers are a unique investment in memories. According to research, 77 percent of women can remember the last time they received flowers. Plus, receiving flowers — and just being around flowers — have so many wonderful emotional health benefits. A study by Rutgers University shows flowers create instant delight and increase enjoyment and life satisfaction. Who wouldn’t want that for mom?

How do you pick the best flowers for mom? That’s easy. Call your local professional florist who can customize the flowers to match your mom’s personality and style. Here are some ideas:

Colorful Mom: She brings fun and energy wherever she goes.

Mother's Day Flowers - Photo Courtesy David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Mother's Day Flowers - Kandinsky — Dr. Delphinium Designs in Dallas www.drdelphinium.com

Mother's Day Flowers - Hawaiian Tropical — Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.

Trendy Mom: She deserves flowers that are as cool as she is.

Mother's Day Flowers - O'Keefe — Dr. Delphinium Designs in Dallas www.drdelphinium.com
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— Photo Courtesy Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center in Lafayette, Colorado. http://www.lafayetteflorist.com/It was Abraham Lincoln who said, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mom.”

Every May, we celebrate Mother’s Day in the United States, honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. The tradition started in 1908 when Anna Jarvis from Grafton, West Virginia, held a memorial for her mother at church. She campaigned for years to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday.

Finally in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation that designated Mother’s Day to be a national holiday to honor mothers on the second Sunday in May — this year May 8.

Mother’s Day remains one of the most traditional holidays we celebrate in the United States, with the giving of flowers and greeting cards. It’s also the biggest holiday for long-distance phone calls. Read More

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Carnation-DonPedro-FlorigeneEvery year on the second Sunday in May, children of all ages celebrate their mothers. Flowers, breakfast in bed and homemade gifts are among some of the things children do to show their moms how much they are appreciated.

Did you know that the carnation is the official flower of Mother’s Day? Why you ask? Well, read on and I will tell you.

The history of Mother’s Day is fascinating. Starting in England during the 18th century, the household servants of the rich were given “Mothering Sunday” to return home to be with their mothers. This came to an end during the Industrial Revolution and it was re-established during the 20th century.

Mizuki-GoldenFlowers-Photoby-BetsyHansenFor the US and Canada, however, it was not until the 1900s that Mother’s Day became a recognized holiday. Anna Jarvis worked in her mother’s garden where her mom grew her favorite flower, the white carnation. After her mother passed on May 5, 1905, Anna swore an oath at her mother’s grave site that she would dedicate one day that honors all mothers, both alive and deceased. She asked the minister at her church to give a sermon in her mother’s memory and called it a special Mother’s Day service. They did this for 5 years on the same Sunday in May until in 1910 when the governor of West Virginia proclaimed Mother’s Day to be the second Sunday in May every year. In 1914, a bill passed through Congress proclaiming the second Sunday in May to be a National Holiday for Mother’s Day and was signed by President Woodrow Wilson.

Style: "Agfa"The carnation is still a popular flower for Mother’s Day. Churches buy red or pink for the mothers that are alive, and white carnations to give those who have lost a mother.

That being said, flowers of all varieties are being asked for. Children want to send their mom their favorite color or their favorite flower if it is not a carnation. Talking with your florist about your mom’s personality is a great way to customize a bouquet. Perhaps gardening is her passion? Your florist can create a garden-style arrangement to make her smile. Is she classic and sophisticated? Lilies, orchids or roses might do the trick. Florists are a great resource to create that extra special flower design for your mom. Be sure to order early so that you get what you want. Read More

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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

by Leanne Kesler on May 4, 2014 at 2:53 pm

Spring Flowers — David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Ore.What to get for Mom? The challenge arrives each year. It really is no surprise that Mother’s Day is coming but still, the question arises, “What to get for Mom”? The days tick by and the question gets louder … what, What, WHAT, W.H.A.T? Finding the perfect gift for mom can be a difficult task.

There’s one gift that always delivers and makes mom smile — FLOWERS! A Rutgers University behavioral study shows flowers have an immediate impact on happiness and increase life satisfaction and enjoyment. I can’t think of a better gift than giving mom happiness for Mother’s Day.

But there are so many types of flowers, what to send? Let’s consider all the requirements. It has to be special. It has to be perfect. It has to reflect “MOM” and, it has to fit the budget. (Oh yes, that pesky detail.) Mother’s Day gift giving does not have to be hard. In fact, it should be a lot of fun. Let’s start with an easy survey to help choose the perfect floral gift:

• Does your mom prefer high heels, sneakers or hiking boots?

• When planning a meal, which does your mom choose first, the main course or dessert?

• If your mom scheduled a dream vacation, would it be a bicycle tour of Paris, a luxury cruise in the Caribbean or a New York City weekend?

• When is your mom’s birthday? If you have to ask someone, you better spend more time talking to your mom. (This isn’t a gift choice question; just a reminder to call your mom.)

• What is your mom’s favorite color? Don’t know? Take a look in her closet; the prevalent color could be her favorite. Still don’t know? A safe bet is the Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant OrchidRead More

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Send Mom Some Love

by Jennifer Sparks on May 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

SAF_2013_facebook_pre_mothers_day_post_1I’ve always loved Mother’s Day, as a time to treasure the most important women in our lives and to honor the memories of those gone before us. But I never truly appreciated how special the role of “mom” is until I became one myself. Through the many, always changing stages of being a mom (I’m currently navigating the intricacies of raising teenagers), I’ve often wondered what it was like for my own mom as she was raising my sister and me, and for my grandmother in raising six children. While the times were different for each and some of the daily necessities and communication vehicles surely varied, the basic and ultimate role of mother is the same … to love, to care for, to nurture, to worry, to help, to hold on, and to let go … in little ways all along, and then in the big way of being satisfied that you gave them wings to fly and be their own person with their own life.  SAF-Facebook-Pre-Mothers_Day_DayOne-1

What I am realizing more and more as the years go on, is that from the very day you take on this most important job of all, you can never quit or be fired. You never stop being a mother no matter how much things change. So, on this weekend designated to honor the great ladies in our lives, take time to send some love and appreciation to your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter, friends — all who play a role in this wonderful privilege we call motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day!