Category: ‘Seasonal’

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Experience holiday peace, not stress

by Jennifer Sparks on November 28, 2018 at 8:26 am

We are embarking on a wonderful season of joy and festive celebration! But let’s face it, decking the halls and many other to-do’s in the month of December can also bring stress. According to a recent poll, 68 percent of people feel stress on a daily basis, and 32 percent experience stress daily. Add the busyness of the holidays — from shopping, to organizing the guest lists, to putting up the decorations, wrapping presents, etc., etc., etc. — our feelings of overwhelm are heightened, as we worry about how everything will get done.

It’s important in these hectic times to step back, breathe, and take small opportunities to have a moment of calm, so we can enjoy the holiday festivities, rather than stress over them. Easier said than done, I know! But science offers a surprisingly simple solution: FLOWERS.

New research from the University of North Florida shows that women who lived with flowers, even just for a few days, reported a significant reduction in their stress levels. Click here to hear the results straight from the researcher herself.

Could it really be that easy? You’d be surprised at how just having flowers in your environment can make a difference in how you and your family approach your day. Try one or more of these tips on how flowers can help you and your loved ones have a productive, and enjoyable,  holiday season:

Combat Day-to-Day Busyness and Overwhelm: Keeping flowers on the kitchen counter, bedside table, or even the bathroom – somewhere that you will see as you are coming and going – can help provide a reminder to take a mental break. Flowers have a calming effect. We can use it to our advantage during busy times. 

Support Stressed Out Friends: We can help our friends cope with daily stress too. An unexpected surprise gift of flowers for a friend can go a long way. It might be the best gift they receive this season!

Show Appreciation to the Busy Party Host: Especially now that we have scientific proof of their positive impact on our well being – I find flowers are a great way to show our appreciation to the host of a holiday party. For instance, send flowers to the house the day before so he or she can experience their calming effects during the preparations — or thank them after the party is over.

Minimize Family Dinner Friction: If you sense there might be some conflict at the family gathering, use the stress-relieving effects of flowers to “ease the tension” by having flowers right there on the dinner table. It’s worth a try, and might take the conversation in a more agreeable direction.

Help Prevent Loneliness: As wonderful as the holidays can be for most, for some it is a season of loneliness — missing deceased loved ones, not having family in town, or even estrangement from relatives.  This can be a stressful time, and flowers can be a real help to show a neighbor or friend that they are acknowledged and cared for.

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Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCIThanksgiving is a time when families gather, feasts are prepared, and we say our final goodbye to the growing season before winter covers the ground in a blanket of white.

There is something comforting about this autumn holiday as it provides time to pause and reflect on our surroundings and brings family and friends to the gathering table.

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure flowers are part of your celebration. This time of year offers a variety of textural blossoms in rich tones of golden yellow, velvety burgundy and deep oranges.

Thanksgiving Flowers - Photo Courtesy Suzie Kostick, AIFD, CF, PFCISunflowers, roses, chrysanthemums, lilies and alstroemeria are widely available this time of year and range in almost every color of an autumn sunset.

Combining these harvest favorites in vintage or rustic containers with accents of bittersweet or rose hips make for interesting centerpieces perfectly fit for a traditional Thanksgiving table.

But what if your style and tastes take you in a different direction?  Read More

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Halloween Flowers with Candy and Spiders

by Lisa Greene on October 20, 2018 at 10:18 am

Halloween Flowers — Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIWith little ghosts and goblins trick-or-treating and adults enjoying special witch’s brew, flowers are a must for Halloween décor and gifts.

Festive fall floral arrangements designed in pumpkins are the spooktacular traditional option for celebrating Halloween. The addition of fun-size candy makes this floral arrangement a perfect conversation starter for party guests of all ages.

Be sure to display pumpkin floral arrangements on plate or platters to protect furniture surfaces and avoid placing them near heat sources or drafty areas.  Read More

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My Fall Floral Design Favorites

by Lacee Bilke on October 16, 2018 at 11:13 am

Fall by far is my favorite time of year with the cooler temperatures, leaves changing colors, pumpkins, pumpkin spice latte and all the fun ways to celebrate the season with flowers. Here are some trendy looks for fall arrangements.

Flowers in traditional fall colors arranged with traditional fall accents like figs, corn and other vegetables make a classic floral gift.

Fall Flowers — Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

Even soft colors can look natural for fall, like this lush garden arrangement.

Fall Flowers — Photo by Mandy Stansberry Photography, Floral design by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma

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Five Fall Flower Arrangements You Will Love

by Lisa Greene on September 24, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Fall flowers are so pretty, rich hues, inviting textures and visions of crisp leaves and fresh autumn air. Weekends filled with apples, pumpkins, hay bales and fireside s’mores are made perfect by having a beautiful flower arrangement waiting for you when you get home. Here are five fall flower arrangements you are going to love.

Pumpkins and flowers are a match made in heaven for fall home décor. Flowers in yellow, orange and red accented with foliage, cones, branches and berries atop a cheese curcubit (another name for pumpkin) fill the need to bring the feel of the season indoors.  Read More