Beautiful Cut Flowers in Spring
Mar31

Beautiful Cut Flowers in Spring

  As Spring approaches, fresh flowers begin captivating the attention of many people. Long a symbol of beauty and romance, these sirens of the garden allow people to convey a range of deep emotions gracefully. Just noticing a flowerbed in a neighbour’s yard can inspire joy: the beaming brilliant richly textured yellow and orange hues of a Daffodil planting, the delicate white lilies harmonising with the section of the garden wrapped in gentle baby blue Forget-Me-Nots, or the power of deep, red Tulips…all convey strong vibrations. These delicate blossoms reunite people with the majesty of the natural world in an enduring way. Small wonder that cut flowers today remain such a popular gift to share on dates! In addition to hugs, people express their romance through flowers. In her insightful book Flower Confidential, author Amy Stewart explores the dynamic world of the global cut flower marketplace. She notes that the most popular cut flowers in the United States are: Roses, Carnations, Chrysanthemums, Alstroemerias, Tulips, Gerberas, Lilies,Gladiolas, Irises and Gypsophilas. These attractive plants excite great interest among people because of their enduring ability to brighten daily life. Since many of these flowers will not grow well in certain locales or seasons, we are fortunate that global shipments mean that we can generally enjoy a large variety of flowers all year. The popularity of blossoms...

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A Guide to Popular Flowers: A – G
Mar21

A Guide to Popular Flowers: A – G

Nature produces hundreds of beautiful flowers, because that’s how many plants reproduce. In this new series will be be posting on alternating Saturdays this Guide to Popular Flowers: A – Z. This week we are focused on A – G. Not all natural flowers are popular, the buttery-yellow dandelion flower is considered a weed! When it comes to choosing flowers online, the best approach is to be guided by a competent florist or others that know the appropriate flowers for various occasions. The Ready Flowers customer service team are always there to help you with solid advice. As we might expect, roses are the most popular flowers, followed by Gerberas, Lilies, Chrysanthemums, Eustoma, Tulips and Narcissus. Still other kinds are not popular worldwide, but are much loved in their respective countries or regions because of their distinctive characteristics or cultural associations. Here are some of the more frequently purchased blooms beyond the standard ones from A-G. Alstroemeria: Alstroemeria resembles a miniature lily and is frequently used for bouquets and arrangements. It’s also called Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas or Parrot Lily because it grows mainly in South America, where it flourishes in about 50 species mainly from Andean regions. Anemone: This flower’s name comes from the Greek word for wind, anemos, providing its nickname windflower. It’s so called because a breeze causes...

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Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie Just Like Sisters
Mar20

Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie Just Like Sisters

  At the beginning of this year Cameron Diaz and Nicole Richie became sisters-in-law, when the former married Benji Madden, identical twin brother to Richie’s husband, Joel Madden. While they are now legally connected at the hip, Diaz and Richie already had many other things in common, beyond their in-laws. Following from InStyle, are seven ways the two stars are alike that you may or may not have known about. 1. They like blue hair. It’s no secret that Richie is a fan of sapphire strands, but it turns out Diaz isn’t opposed to them either. In an interview last year the actress broached the topic of pubic hair, stating, “Dye it blue if you want to.” 2. They’re hair chameleons. On the same note, neither Richie nor Diaz are afraid to change it up when it comes to the strands on top of their heads. While the former is somewhat synonymous with her ever-changing hair hue, Diaz used to transform her ’do quite a bit back in the day, although she’s since settled on her signature shoulder-length blonde style. 3. They’re all about having #NoFilter. From Diaz’s no-holds-barred account of all her bodily functions in The Body Book to Richie’s unapologetically honest way of dealing with just about everything on her show, Candidly Nicole, it’s obvious this duo is not one to use a filter. We can only imagine how fun their phone calls must be. 4. They’ve got California-cool style down pat. These girls are Southern...

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A Fun Romantic Game For Spring
Mar19

A Fun Romantic Game For Spring

Introduction: Annual Renewal As the first soft hints of Spring waft through a brisk late winter morning, and people notice their lawns developing a virile, reinvigorated green quality and birds beginning to return to the neighborhood, one can almost sense the power of regeneration flowing through the environment. Flowers begin to poke their way upwards, folks smile more; days just feel warmer, somehow. Many people naturally find themselves making romantic plans during this time. The impulse to savor beautiful surroundings in the company of someone we love feels especially powerful now. Perhaps Valentine’s Day occurs very early in the year for a reason? Consider one idea to spice up your relationship in a light, happy way. Making Plans For a Great Spring Together Among the gifts you can give to another person, time remains perhaps the most precious. People in dating relationships need an opportunity to share quality hours together. It is possible to order online to arrange a trip calculated to inspire romance, hugs and love, but sometimes the simple gesture of cutting fresh flowers side by side in the garden to brighten the kitchen table before breakfast conveys just as much information and meaning as a full length vacation to a more exotic locale. As the holidays of Spring unfold, from Easter through Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and people use Roses or dainty Gerberas or even sweet-smelling...

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Meaning of Flowers
Mar09

Meaning of Flowers

    Flowers Symbolising Love Suitable for Partners, Family or Friends Anyone wanting to give the gift of flowers in a bouquet or arrangement should understand the symbolism behind the specific plant. Long-term traditions and folk culture are the reasons behind the symbolism of flowers. When giving a gift of flowers, consider the plants meaning first to ensure choosing a variety that is appropriate. Flowers with meanings that are suitable for loved ones include: • Aster – deep purple colour blooms symbolising trust and love • Anemone – red or white petals representing unfading love • Honeysuckle – pink or coral colours symbolising devoted affection • Iris – dark blue flowers convey deep sentiments of admiration, faith, hope, wisdom and courage • Gardenia – symbolising secret love with a large white bloom • Gerberas – the most diverse flower, its bright colours are suitable for all occasions, bringing joy and love • Forget-me-not – true love represented by small blue flowers • Jasmine – aromatic white flower representing eternal love • Lily – sweet perfumed, large white blooms represents faith, birth and purity, while pink is for love and fertility • Tulip – red flower represents undying love • Primrose – represents eternal love with pink or yellow blossoms • Carnations – pink variety symbolises a mother’s love, while red is passion • Rose – gently perfumed, red buds for romantic love, pink for new love,...

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Giving Flowers
Mar07

Giving Flowers

  Valentine’s Day 2015 has come and gone, but there are plenty of other holiday opportunities to give fresh flowers to the special people in our life. Easter occurs on the inception of Spring on 5 April, Mother’s Day is in May and Father’s Day is in September. Floral arrangements are the most poignant and personal gift items to communicate all forms of love. A bouquet of Lilies or Roses is a wonderful gesture for anyone and Gerberas are like magical fresh flower hugs that no one can resist. Also even when it is not a holiday, a quick order online of fresh flowers for a burgeoning romance will always be appreciated, as beautiful bouquet is a unique symbol representing the delicacy of a relationship. Easter is also only a few weeks away. The gifts of Easter are important for a gesture of love toward the closest members of our families, especially grand parents and that favourite aunt who always spoiled you as a kid. Many people will celebrate Mother’s Day to show appreciation for the love, achievements and efforts of both mothers and mother figures, including friends, aunts, mentors, bosses and grandmothers. Giving fresh flowers to the person at the centre of a holiday or personal celebration is a gesture appropriate for any place and time. Additionally, love displayed with an online order of flowers communicates that you are someone who really cares, and never forgets a special occasion,...

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The End of a Friendship
Mar04

The End of a Friendship

  Having spent the better part of my life abroad and far from family, strong bonds with friends have sustained in times both good and bad. Many of these friends are more like family than some of my actual family members. They are who I spend the holidays with, tell my deepest secrets to and whose children call me aunty. My husband notwithstanding, life would be empty without the love and companionship my friends bring. In this blog we’ve covered the patterns of intimacy that form and cement relationships, namely reciprical self-disclosure, shared intimacy and social identity support. We’ve also talked about how to keep a friendship going. However, what happens with a close friendship finishes? In many ways it has the same emotional impact as a break-up, because our friendships are also in many ways like love affairs. There is the chemistry that begets a friendship, a heady beginning, time spent together, shared memories and intimacy, much like the process of falling in love. The following excerpt from the Huff Post Women’s blog discusses the different types of endings: I believe some are easier to come to terms with than others. When we meet people at a certain stage, or a particular place in time — perhaps our kids are the same ages; we get along as couples, or we live near each other — it works because the fit is right. Early on, you might let some things go, or overlook little...

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Keeping Friendships
Feb28

Keeping Friendships

  Real friendships have a hugely positive impact and effect on our lives. As the adorable but very relevant NED video above shares, there are many ingredients involved in friendships. However, as we develop and change personally, how do we make sure we nurture and maintain the bonds that we share with our friends? The following excerpt from Psychology Today outlines the four behaviours required by both parties to ensure your special friends stay friends: self-disclosure, supportiveness (which combined bring intimacy), interaction; and being positive. From young adulthood onward, our notion of what makes a good friendship changes very little, but our capacity to maintain one does. It’s a poignant reality; we know what it means to be and have friends, but after we graduate from college and go our separate ways—launching our careers, getting married, having children, getting divorced, caring for ageing parents—we’re often unable to muster the time and energy to maintain friendships we profess to value. Like anything else in life, if we want to remain friends with someone, it requires a little work. Simply put, we must show up. According to Marquette University psychologist Debra Oswald, who has studied the nature and complexity of high school “best” friendships, there are four basic behaviours necessary to maintain the bond. And they hold true whether we’re 17 or 70. Communication...

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#TBT: History and Rules
Feb26

#TBT: History and Rules

  While many associate Throwback Thursday the main social media channel they use, such as Facebook or Twitter, the phenomena actually started in the blogosphere. However, it has now really flourished and come into its own on Instagram. At 13:02 on 25 February 2015 there are 314,790,097 posts on Instagram using the hash tag #TBT. That is not counting the 46,486,952 using the full hash tag #ThrowBackThursday or the 1,431,389 challenged posts with #ThrowBackThursdays. Those are people who can type, there are probably millions of posts with slightly different spellings in the ether. So how did this come to be such a popular weekly trend? Following is a rough rundown of the hashtag’s history from the Dumb and Genius blog: 2003 (March) – the word Throwback was first defined in the Urban Dictionary. 2006 (January) – first known blog appearance on Saxton Moore’s blog. 2006 (July) – the first Throwback Thursday series started by Nice Kicks’ blog. 2006 (July) – for the first time, Georgia Tech football game was themed Throwback Thursday. 2011 (February) – the first recorded Instagram hashtag of the phrase was made by @bobbysanders22 on his hot wheels photo but there’s no guarantee that this was actually the first one in the said application. 2011 – it became popular in the blog community 2011 (November) – the hashtags #throwbackthursday and #tbt became Instagram’s recurring trend. 2012 (January) – the phrase...

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Best Friends: Our Social Identity Support
Feb24

Best Friends: Our Social Identity Support

  In recent posts on friendship we’ve looked at the importance of self-disclosure and reciprocity in evolving an acquaintance into a friend. Following on from that in the development of a true friendship is sharing intimacy. There is another way that we bond with our besties, they offer us social identity support. We become friends with people who reinforce the beliefs, habits, hobbies, lifestyles or other elements that currently form our identity. While we would like to think that we have a broad spectrum of friends because we like there diversity and that that they support different parts of our identity, however research has shown that is exactly what is happening. If closeness forms the basis of friendship, it stands to reason that your best friend would be someone with whom you enjoy supersized intimacy. If I confide that money is tight or my boyfriend’s in the doghouse I might detail the money worries or give a blow-by-blow of the dramathon that led to the boyfriend’s banishment. We have with our best friends a “beyond-the-call-of-duty” expectation. If we suffer an emergency—real or imagined—and need to talk, we expect our best friend to drop everything and race to our side. But according to social psychologists Carolyn Weisz and Lisa F. Wood at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, there’s another component to best friendship that may trump even...

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Why Only a Few Friends are BFF’s
Feb21

Why Only a Few Friends are BFF’s

We posted before that self-disclosure and reciprocity are essential to the formation of a true friendship. However, there is more to strengthening that bond with your super best friend, namely sharing intimacy. As this excerpt from Psychology Today points out the research backs this up. According to the research of University of Winnipeg sociologist Beverley Fehr, author of Friendship Processes, people in successful same-sex friendships seem to possess a well-developed, intuitive understanding of the give and take of intimacy. “Those who know what to say in response to another person’s self-disclosure are more likely to develop satisfying friendships,” she says. Hefty helpings of emotional expressiveness and unconditional support are ingredients here, followed by acceptance, loyalty, and trust. Our friends are there for us through thick and thin, but rarely cross the line: A friend with too many opinions about our wardrobe, our partner, or our taste in movies and art may not be a friend for long. When someone embodies the rules—instinctually—their friendships are abundant indeed. Kathy is one of my oldest friends; we were roommates in graduate school and have been through cross-country moves, divorces, deaths, and births together. Her ability to be a friend shines during a lousy breakup. She knows when to listen and make sympathetic sounds, when to act good and outraged at your ex’s bad...

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The Friendship Zone
Feb18

The Friendship Zone

  One of my best friends, Liz, and I met almost two decades ago through a community group we were both involved with. An older member who had taken me under her wing told me to stir clear of Liz, who she said had a smut mouth and a was a trouble maker. That was pretty much the catalyst to our becoming friends. However, it blossomed into true friendship because of our shared sense of humour and because we supported one another as we each went through some tough times. Friendship is at the top of the list of things that give our life meaning. But how do these complex relationships come to be? It seems they don’t just happen according to the following excerpt from a Psychology Today article on research into the attraction between friends.  New research shows that the dance of friendship is nuanced—far more complex than commonly thought. With intriguing accuracy, sociologists and psychologists have delineated the forces that attract and bind friends to each other, beginning with the transition from acquaintanceship to friendship. They’ve traced the patterns of intimacy that emerge between friends and deduced the once ineffable “something” that elevates a friend to the vaunted status of “best.” These interactions are minute but profound; they are the dark matter of friendship. Entering The Friendship Zone Years ago researchers conducted a study in which they followed the...

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Selling Flowers Online / eCommerce
Feb12

Selling Flowers Online / eCommerce

Here is a question a lot of you might be asking yourselves. Is my business going to benefit from ecommerce? With a lot of people confused about what ecommerce actually is, that question can be very hard to address. So, let’s clear up a little bit of the mystery surrounding it. The term Ecommerce refers literally to electronic commerce and, quite simply, is any form of business conducted electronically. There are a lot of options from electronic payments to email marketing to SMS messaging. However, the one that pops into most peoples minds when they hear ecommerce is online stores (websites that have a shopping cart function). I think we all know what a website is, but what is a shopping cart exactly? It is, in very simple terms, a series of scripts (computer codes) that make a list of what the customer chooses to buy until they have spent all their money and “checkout”. The shopping cart has the appearance of completing the whole transaction for the customer. The truth is that it just takes the order and passes it on through a secure connection (a separate service) to a payment gateway (another service). The payment gateway then transfers the details to an internet merchant account with your bank. Finally, the shopping cart receives confirmation of funds (or denial) and responds accordingly.   Now, that was supposed to be a simple explanation, but it still looks pretty confusing. The truth is that setting up...

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4 types of friendship attraction
Feb09

4 types of friendship attraction

Can real friendship exist between the sexes? Many people have a very close friend who is of the opposite sex and find the relationship worthwhile despite potential issues. Research into relationships reveals a four different types of relationships between the close other-sex friends. Dr. Heidi Reeder, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University, has analyzed hundreds of interview transcripts and surveys of men and women reflecting on their closest other-sex friend. While these can change over time, and there may be grey areas, according to Dr. Reeder the 4 types of attraction are: 1. Friendship attraction 2. Romantic attraction 3. Subjective physical/sexual attraction 4. Objective physical/sexual attraction She defines these types of relationships as per the following: Friendship attraction is not romantic or sexual in nature, but is the kind of attraction you feel when drawn to someone because you like that person and enjoy being with him or her. It’s the type of attraction that most heterosexuals presumably feel for their same-sex friends. This was by far the most common type of attraction between cross-sex friends in our survey. Nearly all the respondents, 96 percent, said they currently feel friendship attraction for their friend, and over two-thirds said that their friendship attraction has increased over time. Next is romantic attraction. It’s important not...

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How to find love
Feb07

How to find love

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many people’s thoughts turn to an eternal question: How to find love? This might have qualifiers, like how to find love after 30, 40 or 50, or after a breakup, or even a divorce, but it all comes down to the same thing. People social creatures and as such are always looking to for not only romantic love, but also love from our friends, family and others around us. We all have questions about how to find love around us. But all of our questions come from the common place of not wanting to feel lonely. Looking for answers and desperately wanting to know that we’re not alone, we go over and over the story of why we think we don’t have love in our lives with our friends, co-workers and sometimes, anyone else who will listen. What most of us don’t realise, probably because no one has taught us, is that every answer we need lies inside of us. And any time we look outside of ourselves for the answers we seek about love, we’re looking in the wrong place. Here are four ways to access your own answers: 1. Give yourself permission. Give yourself permission to want what you want. When you give yourself this freedom, you’ll no longer be in the place where you need to justify chasing after the wrong sorts of people. Instead, you will know what you want, and therefore be better prepared to find it. Allow yourself to spend some time dreaming about what...

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