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Celebrate Her

by Jennifer Sparks on February 28, 2017 at 11:52 am

International Women’s Day, annually March 8, is held in celebration of women’s achievements today and throughout history. What do we do to celebrate Women’s Day and how do we best show the women in our lives that we respect, honor, or appreciate them?

Try this: Pick a woman you admire — a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, friend, teacher, co-worker, mentor, or even a stranger — and let her know what she means to you. It can be as simple as a handwritten note or a random act of kindness. (And remember to be kind to yourself, as well.)

Watch here to see how a simple, unexpected gesture of compassion can turn a person’s day around:

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Happy Women’s Day! How will you celebrate?

 

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Flowers and Smiles Brighten Seniors’ Days

by Jennifer Sparks on February 24, 2017 at 10:42 am

20170214_0122As seniors age, they experience different living situations and greater life changes, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Research shows that one solution to the challenges seniors face can be as simple as a gesture of kindness. In fact, a study by Rutgers University demonstrates that the receipt of flowers decreases depression and encourages companionship as we age. The research also shows that seniors perform higher on everyday memory tasks and experience enriched personal memories in the presence of flowers.

screen-shot-2017-02-20-at-11-35-39-pmAs a society, it is important that we show the elderly they are loved and cared for. This past Valentine’s Day, the Society of American Florists did just that, as we gave roses and shared smiles and conversations with nearly 200 seniors in two assisted living communities in Alexandria, Virginia. Our “Cupid Crew” was among the 1,000 volunteers in dozens of events nationwide delivering 10,000 roses to senior citizens through the national wish-granting organization, Wish of a Lifetime.

In the Rutgers study, 81 percent of seniors reported a reduction in depression following the receipt of flowers. Forty percent of seniors reported broadening their social contacts beyond their normal social circle of family and close friends. And, 72 percent of the seniors who received flowers scored very high on memory tests in comparison with seniors who did not receive flowers.

img_7195These findings played out right before us as we handed these roses to seniors — their eyes lit up and many seemed genuinely appreciative of our gesture of compassion. This simple gesture of handing them a rose helped to open up communication and spur more lively conversation. It made a difference in their day.

It doesn’t take a lot to change a moment in time, as a little kindness goes a long way. Try it. Visit an elderly neighbor or your local senior center. Want to ensure smiles? Bring flowers.20170214_0101

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How to Be a Valentine’s Day Pro

by Leanne Kesler on February 5, 2017 at 1:55 pm

The holiday of love can be a stressful event. Couples together for years are on the hunt for a new twist on the flower gifting. Those in a new relationship are wondering how to send the correct message without being over-zealous or too remote. Singles raise their hand and ask, “What about me?” There’s no need to be a Valentine’s Day amateur. Everyone can feel like a Valentine’s gifting pro with a little help from your flower friends.

Flowers can convey a gentle caress, a big bear hug, a simple “you’re special,” or a grand “I love you.” Which message is correct for you? Florists around the world are at the ready to help you navigate the flower world to find the perfect floral gift with just the right amount of romance and unique creativity.

Let’s start at the beginning with young love (no matter the age). A bright palette of sunshine hues is sure to make the recipient smile. Male, female, young, old – everyone likes to receive flowers. Add a creative wrap at the base and you are on-trend with textured style.Valentine’s Day - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com

Valentine’s Day - Photo Courtesy Florists' Review magazine. Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, www.floraldesigninstitute.com

Photo Courtesy Florists’ Review magazine

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Homecoming Couple - — Floral design by Joyce Mason-Monheim, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, AzMFWith autumn comes football, bonfires and homecoming. These traditions have been passed down for years. The presentation of the Homecoming royalty with a king and queen, the hometown parades and of course the dances have all withstood the test of time. So with all of this tradition, how do you choose flowers that make your total look epic?

It’s all about fashion and applying the newest trends to those traditions. Fashion drives the colors, the themes and the accessories of homecoming and prom. The fall chill may be in the air, but no keeping warm with the trendy style of shorter cocktail dresses. These dresses have unique shoulders with cutouts, asymmetrical lines and the retro halter style necklines. Now apply sequins, layers of lace or tulle, and you can add fun and creativity with floral adornments.

These homecoming party dresses might be a two-piece midriff style, show textural embellishments or be the traditional long formal gown. They are available in wide varieties of floral prints, sheer fabrics, lace and illusion in just about any color palette that complements your taste. Created especially for you in colors that complement you best, from reds and blues to pastel shades of pink and lavender, and of course the traditional black. Read More

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How to Say Thank You this Summer

by Carol Caggiano on July 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

Make Any Day SpecialThere is something about summer that causes our social lives to “bloom.” Maybe it’s that we are outside more to connect with neighbors and those around us, or possibly that we have some time off from work, school or other commitments, which then gives us the opportunity to travel, visit friends and family, or maybe they come to visit us. Picnics and barbeques are the norm, and the “living is easy” and fun.

Summer also represents the space between adventures. The end of the school year starts summer and the beginning of a new school year ends it. Work often slows down during the summer months giving everyone a little break before things ramp up in the fall. Camp, vacation and other special activities pop up during this season, which is no wonder why we all look forward to it so much.

No matter what our plans are for summer, there are always people that make this time of year special and remarkable. Your favorite teacher or coach, a graduate, a host or hostess, all play a part in our summer experience. Or what about those great neighbors or friends that take care of our pets, water our plants, bring in the mail, watch our kids or any number of tasks that make it possible for us to do what we do? Read More