Category: ‘Relationships’

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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

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Celebrating Father’s Day

by Shelby Shy on June 13, 2016 at 7:52 am

PothosFather’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19. It is one of those holidays that can be challenging to find just the right gift.

Lucky for me, my father’s passion is gardening. This year, the big buzz for gardeners is potted flowers and plants, and interesting containers.

Even dads who are non-gardeners appreciate flowers and plants, so consider making your dad smile with a floral gift.

Simple grasses or hanging green pothos in industrial concrete containers make a masculine gift for dad.

Surprise dad at work with one of these plants — they’re perfect to spruce up office spaces. Read More

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If you don’t know her favorite flower, choose a fabulous millefleur arrangement so you can give her one of every flower available. Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8, don’t forget!) is just around the corner. Planning ahead (do it now!) will make for a perfect day. It might not be picture perfect. It might even be a little unconventional. It might not even be celebrated on the day itself. But, it can be perfectly grand if you plan for it.

First, let’s talk about what not to do. This is not a holiday to be an overachiever. Mom is not going to be thrilled with a stressed out child. This is not a holiday to take over the kitchen, yard or house and leave a mess. If you make breakfast, clean up. If you plant flowers, water them and sweep away the debris. In fact, if you were to clean the house and fill it with flowers, you might just be the favorite child forever.

Now, back to the five steps for creating the perfect Mother’s Day.  Read More

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She Deserves Recognition and Thanks

by Jennifer Sparks on February 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

SAFWD_CelebrateHer_v3Flowers are given to celebrate achievements of all sizes, from celebrating a birthday to achieving a personal goal – such as buying a new home or getting a promotion. Commemorating meaningful moments is a thoughtful way of sending thanks, encouragement and recognition. International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, is a contemporary way to honor the milestones of the women in your life. Women’s Day pays homage to the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

According to a recent survey, in the past year, 40 percent of U.S. women have achieved a personal milestone, including overcoming a health issue, learning a new life skill or having a child. Think about your friends, family members, co-workers, or mentors and the many things they have achieved for success or overcome through strength. Wouldn’t it be great to recognize them? Think about the people you know who are intentional about helping others. What is the best way to thank them? Read More

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The Red Rose ... Valentine's Day ClassicEach and every February 14 the holiday celebration of Valentine’s Day encourages us to show our love and affection to the special people in our lives. Sure, many of you think the day was made up by greeting card companies, florists and candy makers. Believe me, that isn’t how it happened.

It all started way, way back, rooted in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, a fertility celebration commemorated annually in February. Pope Gelasius I recast this pagan festival as a Christian feast day circa 496. There were early Christian saints named Valentinus.

AnthuriumIn Rome, Saint Valentine was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. Before his execution, he wrote a letter to the daughter of his jailer that he healed and signed it, “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Later, in Europe in the 1700s, it took on a more romantic love theme and began to look more like it does today. It wasn’t until the mid-1800s that Valentine’s Day caught on in the United States.

Now we enjoy the day with gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates for the ones we adore. Your local professional florist can help you with all your blooming needs. They know what the ladies love and can deliver it for you. Bouquets of reds, pinks and whites reflect the emotion of the day. In the language of flowers, red roses symbolize passionate love.

IMG_2162What about the guys? What do you send him? He might love a nice blooming plant. There are many great blooming and green plants. Read More