Garden-Rose-Centerpiece— Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonOh, what is the world coming too? I saw a survey recently that said 20% of meals are eaten in the car.  What?! That cannot be. Just how do you have a life, with friends and family, if you are eating in the car?

It’s time to take charge and reclaim life. Start with flowers on the table. Yes, it is that simple.

Make sure there are flowers on your dining table. Visit your local florist and get flowers. Flowers on the table command attention to living. And, living life is what it is all about.

It’s a simple circle. Eat. Laugh. Love. Repeat. That’s life.

Organic-Autumn-Centerpiece— Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonWe know eating is a necessity of life. It is also the center of life. Take time to sit down with family and friends to share a meal. The dining experience… the laughter that ensues… the inspired living… all around flowers. It is true!

A simple arrangement of flowers on the table will promote connection. Gather your family and friends together. Sit down and enjoy a meal.

Set the phones aside — yes, really — the world will not end if you don’t check e-mail, post on Facebook or Instagram. One of my favorite memes circulating the social world is the photo of the table setting. Notice, there is no place for a cell phone when setting the table.

Fiesta Celebration-— Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

I know you’re busy. We all are. A dinner at home with flowers does not mean you work in the kitchen all day. Take a tip from me, the non-cooker: A fabulous dinner of Chinese take-out carefully plated on your own dishes will be just fine. To be honest, I’ve even gone so far as to unwrap Taco Bell tacos and put them on my own platter when entertaining. (A little tip, many restaurants will put the take-out food in your own serving dishes – just saying.) It really does not matter what you serve.  Just gather your friends around a central table, add flowers, sit back and enjoy the connection.Succulent-Tapestry— Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Join me in the car-food rebellion. Together we can do it. Set a goal: at least three meals a week sitting at a table. Then, work your way up. Wouldn’t it be nice to share a meal with friends and family every single day?

Autumn-in-the-Northwest— Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon