Ready Flowers: Gratitude Attitude on World Gratitude Day
Aug26

Ready Flowers: Gratitude Attitude on World Gratitude Day

In celebration of the World Gratitude Day, Ready Flowers would like to thank its customers by sending a lovely bouquet to four (4) lucky weekly winners.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day: Activites
May08

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Activites

  This is the second of two blog posts on celebrating Mother’s Day. While this one is focused on activities, the is post on Wednesday covered suggested Mother’s Day gifts. Mother’s Day is this weekend and many people are already settled on how they are going to make it special for their mother, partner, grandmothers, aunts or other women who have supported and nurtured them. Maybe you and Mum or your favourite aunt have a tradition of choosing plants for her yard and spending the day gardening? More sporting families may like to indulge in a bit of hiking or water sports together. Of course a get together with lots of delicious food on the BBQ is also a favourite in Australia. Following are some other ideas on how to make this a day she’ll remember: Home-Made Dinner As I get older, time with family seems to become limited to holidays and birthdays, meaning less time with my mom. This year could just be about bonding and having a nice meal with Mom. I’m sure she wants to hear what’s been going on in your life in person, not just over the phone. Go to her house or have her over while you prepare her favourite meal. Summer Kick-Off For active families in the Norther Hemisphere, let Mother’s Day be the first family activity of the summer, while for those below the equator it may be your first occasion to plan something to take advantage of the cooler autumn weather. Each week plan a family event....

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Celebrating Mother’s Day: Gifts
May06

Celebrating Mother’s Day: Gifts

  This is the first of two blog posts on celebrating Mother’s Day, this post is on gifts and the one on Friday will cover suggested Mother’s Day activities. This year, Mother’s Day will fall on May 10th. It is a special occasion  that people often celebrate by taking their mother out for a special dinner. Traditionally, people in the United States wear Carnation corsages at this time, while Chrysanthemums are favoured by people in Australia and New Zealand. A brightly coloured corsage indicates a living mother in the family; a creamy white one honours the memory of a beloved deceased mother. Mother’s Day recognises the vital role mums play in the lives of their children. A Beautiful National Custom A custom of gift giving arose in Australia, too, in part as a result of the kindness of Mrs. Janet Heyden, a resident of Sydney during the 1920s. In 1924, she discovered that many of the female patients living at the Newinton State Home for Women were separated from their children during this important time of year. She responded by encouraging the local community to bring them Mother’s Day gifts so they would not feel excluded. In many locations around Australia, Mother’s Day today represents a time for communities to recognize mothers and to support charitable causes at a local level through fairs, organized walks and other public fund raising activities. Gift Exchanges In many...

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Appreciation for Mothers
May04

Appreciation for Mothers

  Mother’s Day remains a wonderful opportunity to express sentiments of appreciation and love for mothers. Today, people celebrate the contributions of motherhood to society in many ways. Often, they take steps to get in closer touch with a parent who may reside thousands of miles away. More telephone calls reportedly occur during the 24 hour period of Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year.The wide variety of presents available to relay appreciation to a mother can offer extra fun for family members on these occasions. Many people enjoy shopping for just the right combination of gifts to enliven Mother’s Day festivities. They spend time searching for flowers, cards and gift baskets that express their love for their mother in a kind, individually meaningful way. The popular holiday only obtained official recognition in the United States in 1914, yet the enduring power of appreciation for mothers lends the celebration ongoing vitality around the world. In large numbers, children send gifts of flowers to their mums on this special day, too. Delicate, sweet-smelling blossoms convey gratitude and affectionate sentiments so well. With many lovely annuals and perennials going into bloom, a rich array of choices await anyone ordering May bouquets for Mother’s Dayon line. Many mothers receive corsages from children, too. From colourful arrangements utilising Lilies, Daisies or Violets,...

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Mother’s Day Trivia
May01

Mother’s Day Trivia

  Time is moving fast and Mother’s Day is almost upon us. While motherhood has been celebrated and honoured in various way throughout history, this is modern holiday was first celebrated in the United States in 1908. It became a legal public holiday there in 1912. In Australia it was started in 1924 by Mrs Janet Heyden of Sydney, when she found there were many lonely and forgotten mothers at the Newington State Home for Women. She brought them gifts from local school children and businesses, with this becoming an annual tradition. To honour the amazing contribution and sacrifice of mothers everywhere we found other interesting Mother’s Day trivia. Mother’s Day is the third most popular holiday, after Christmas and then Easter. The carnation is the special flower for Mother’s Day in the United States. Tradition calls for wearing a red one if one’s mother is alive, and white if she has died. However, in Australia it is the chrysanthemum, as the name ends in “Mum”. People will give there mothers chrysanthemums and men wear one in their lapel to honour mothers. Mother’s Day is the third biggest day of the year for sending cards. Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time. There are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. A 2010 AT&T survey estimated that in the United States an 122.5...

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The Honeymoon Period and Beyond
Apr29

The Honeymoon Period and Beyond

  This is the second instalment of our ongoing bi-monthly posts on marriage. We started with a look at six benefits of marriage. This post will look at the phases of a relationship that lead to marriage, and more specifically the honeymoon period and what follows. The natural progression of most relationships is through the initial lust phase, the honeymoon period and finally the long-term relationship. In the initial phase we are attracted to our potential partner enough to want to pursue a relationship. This phase is fraught with doubt, intrigue and invariably people being on their best, though maybe not genuine, behaviour. This polished you will carry on into the the next phase of the relationship, the honeymoon period. The honeymoon period is where bonding begins. You have passed from a mostly physical to an emotional relationship. There is a cocktail of hormones racing around your mind and body, such as Dopamine, Seratonin and Norepinephrine, that ensure this is an extremely heady and exhilarating time. Dr. Joy Davidson has the following to say about this period and what is coming after it: This is when we’re still infatuated, still a little starry-eyed over one another. During the honeymoon phase, the qualities we’ve sought in a partner gleam like perfect crystal, and the traits we detest fade away like fog. Psychologists call this the “idealisation” phase, a time when we can still project the...

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A Mother’s Day Story From the Distant Past
Apr27

A Mother’s Day Story From the Distant Past

  As the year advances, it sometimes surprises busy people to realise that Mother’s Day rapidly approaches. The second Sunday in May inspires warm celebrations of motherhood in many parts of the world. Families take some time to express their love for the women who contribute so much to daily life. Millions of people share bouquets of flowers at this time, sending fresh roses, daisies or even a single mum to convey profound gratitude. They sometimes give other small gifts to mothers, too, as tokens of their esteem and undying affection. One of the best ways of sharing Mother’s Day involves symbolism. A beautiful Mother’s Day story from the distant past illuminates this idea very well… Over a century before the birth of Christ, the City of Rome developed a thriving cultural life. Many aristocratic Roman families enjoyed comfortable lifestyles, supported by the efforts of large numbers of poor Roman workers, labourers and slaves. During this period, two of the most influential reformers seeking to improve the working conditions of ordinary Romans by according them more civic rights were two brothers, Tiberius and Gaius Gracchi. Their mother, Cornelia, often earned praise for the way she had raised them. After a happy marriage that produced 12 children, Cornelia had become a young widow when her high ranking husband passed away. She impressed the people of Rome favourably with her modest...

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Tips to Avoid Credit Card Fraud
Feb13

Tips to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

Everyone has heard plenty of horror stories about online credit card fraud. Subsequently, a lot of people are very nervous about typing down their credit card details on the internet. The reality is that a secure online order form is much more reliable than all of the people you hand your credit card to every day. While there are some risks, as a consumer, there is actually a lot of protection on your side. What you, as a florist and a business owner, are probably more interested in is the risks involved with accepting credit card payments over the phone and via the internet. Surprisingly, there is a much higher rate of fraudulent purchases made over the phone (often on mobile phones) than through the internet / online stores. Here are a few precautions you can take when you are receiving payments over the phone or through the net: 1. Take a few extra steps to ensure you have complete information, including full address and phone number, before filling an order. It is worth checking the phone number by calling the customer back and verifying the address. 2. A lot of business owners are advised to be wary of orders using a different billing and shipping address. Obviously, this is often going to be the case for you. You can, as an added precaution, ask the customer to send a fax with their signature and credit card number to authorise the transaction. 3. A large number of Fraud cases are orders that come from free...

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