Posts Tagged ‘Grandparents’

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Flowers for Mom

by Carol Caggiano on May 6, 2015 at 8:44 am

DandelionGirlWhen I was a little girl I remember picking dandelions, bringing them inside the house and presenting them to my mom with such pride. She would smile as only a mother can, touched by the simple gesture. She would make a big fuss, getting a vase out of the cabinet and arranging those few straggly flowers as if they were exotic orchids. As I became a little older, I graduated to the neighbor’s rose bush where I would select a few blooms to again present to mom.

Looking back, it’s so very interesting that even as small children we instinctively gravitated to flowers when it came to showing love and affection. We learned from experience that whenever we gave someone flowers, they were happy and it made us feel special. We felt like “heroes.” Through the experiences of our youth, we learned that flowers brought radiating smiles to the faces of those we cared about. Whether it was a single bloom or lovely bouquet, the reaction was the same, complete and spontaneous joy.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to once again present mom, grandma or any special lady in your life with flowers to show you care. The really nice thing about Mother’s Day is that it arrives on the heels of spring with so many lovely flowers readily available. Peonies, lilac, lisianthus, hydrangea, tulips and of course roses fill the local flower shops just ready to create that very special bouquet.

Lush purples, lavenders and pinks are often the colors chosen for Mother’s Day bouquets, but the sky’s the limit and whatever colors your mom loves are the right colors. Read More

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Grow Roots

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh on October 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

SAF_LLAF_GrowRoots_404X404Four years ago I co-founded The Camellia Network, a nonprofit organization set out to change the way youth transitioning out of foster care are viewed and supported.  What I’ve learned through that experience, and through raising my two eldest foster sons, is that what foster youth need more than anything is a community that cares about them. No matter what your personal passion, the advice I offer below is how to grow roots in your own community.

Ask people to tell their stories. Everyone has a story, full of both heartbreak and triumph, but we can’t see their story just by looking at them. Asking people to share allows you to find common ground even when all you see—externally—are differences.

Be real. We have been trained to broadcast our successes and hide our failures. But the truth is this: our failures humanize us, and they connect us to one another. Being truthful about both sides of your story will help you form more honest connections with those you love and admire.  Read More

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Making Seniors Smile

by Carol Caggiano on April 8, 2014 at 9:04 am

Nurturing-CroppedSome of my most treasured memories are of my grandparents. I was fortunate to have them nearby sharing so many great adventures over the years. Now I am a grandparent myself and still remember those days like they were yesterday. Am I really a “senior?” Who would have ever thought that would happen? We definitely see things differently when we are personally involved.

Lately I have had the opportunity to help some other seniors who are having difficulty.  One has serious health issues and another is struggling with her own mother who has dementia. Often just being a good listener is a big help, but I have found another way I can contribute, and that is to bring flowers. No matter how many times I visit, I still get such a thrill out of seeing faces literally light up when a bouquet of flowers comes into view. A big genuine smile is such a welcome sight from someone you know is having a hard time.

I know for sure that having flowers in my house makes me feel good. The reason for their magic? I do not know, but when there are not flowers on the table, the house just doesn’t feel the same. Although research gives us a hint: Rutgers University released the results of a behavioral study, which proved senior citizens who had flowers in their living spaces were happier, more social, and had better recent memory than those who did not have flowers. How wonderful is that? It’s a privilege to grow older but not without cost. Failing health, memory loss and reduced social interaction can all contribute to severe depression. When someone is depressed, nothing else works right, but if a lovely bouquet of flowers can bring joy and happiness, then that is surely easy “medicine” to prescribe. Read More

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Celebrating Grandparents Day

by Shelby Shy on September 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

National Grandparents Day is celebrated annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that special day is Sunday, Sept. 8. If you are lucky enough to have grandparents, show them how much you care. A wonderful gift choice is flowers. They make grandparents smile. In fact, a Rutgers research study of senior citizens shows flowers ease depression, inspire social networking and refresh memory as we age.

If your grandparents love gardening, ask your florist to create a loosely designed garden inspired arrangement. This floral arrangement has a nice relaxed feeling with its gorgeous orange roses, white hydrangea, lisianthus, genistra and Italian ruscus.

— Photo Courtesy Shirley's Flowers & Gifts, Inc.. in Rogers, Ark.

— Photo Courtesy Shirley’s Flowers & Gifts, Inc.. in Rogers, Ark.

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Valentine’s Day isn’t only for your “Sweetheart.” It’s a perfect time to send floral love to “Non-Sweeties,” too. Here is my top five list of favorite “Non-Sweeties” to send flowers to for Valentine’s Day:


We know you show your daughters love all year round, but make them feel extra special on Valentine’s Day with a beautiful floral arrangement. Ask your florist for playful gerbera daisies, pink Asiatic lilies, hot pink spray roses and miniature hot pink carnations. Your little angel will love it.


Don’t forget the little man in your life. Sons love gifts, too, and every boy loves candy. Your florist can deliver a snack-attack gift basket. It is a manly Valentine’s Day surprise for your son. Read More