Lyrics and Blooms: 10 Songs to Serenade Your Heart
Jun22

Lyrics and Blooms: 10 Songs to Serenade Your Heart

Lyrics and blooms are very much alike. They inspire and remind us of the joys in life. Serenade your loved one and give her a reason to smile.

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Ladies: We are Secret Sadistic Devils!
Oct15

Ladies: We are Secret Sadistic Devils!

The soothing relaxing aroma of perfumed oils and candles, the smooth and tranquil tones from the background music, the clean fresh sheets on a very comfortable bed, lying back buck naked with a towel around the nakedness waiting for the pain to start! Nope, this is not a scene from 50 Shades of Grey – it’s the monthly grooming session at the expensive Spa! Although – the torture involved is probably close if not more sadistic than a scene with Christian Grey! The lovely soft-spoken lady (who views your girly parts with more scrutiny than your Gynaecologist) standing at the bottom of the bed readying the torture material to rid you of any unsightly excess hair! As a modern-day woman, there are many things we do on a regular basis to make ourselves presentable to the outside world. The daily rituals of painting our faces, taming our hair and then the meticulous selection and re-selection of our clothes. The weekly dues of facials, manicure’s and pedicure’s. And then there is the monthly grooming practice that only you and whomever has the privilege of seeing your butt (pun intended) naked self will get to admire!   I asked a number of ladies on why they put themselves through all of this, and whether it was for the benefit of being attractive or desirable to the mate they are trying to attract? Believe it or not, the belief of beautifying ourselves for the reasons of attraction is a...

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Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?
Sep29

Rock Solid Guns & Buns of Steel – The Perfect Man?

  Broad solid shoulders, angry sweat laden faces, six/eight packs (apparently they do exist!), thick sculptured thighs and of course the buns of steel! Yes Ladies – it’s the Rugby World Cup! The men in our lives are watching the games religiously for the pure adrenaline rush, National pride and in the back of their minds thinking they are as tough and mean as the men on the pitch. As much as the ladies like to support their favourite team, National pride and in general, just enjoy watching the sport – there is always the hot-blooded female in us that appreciates all that is beautiful in the male form disguised as the rugged Rugby player. As with all social drunken evenings between a group of good friends, inappropriate conversation is the order of the evening; the subject of what type of “Man” they were in terms of what they found as most attractive “physically” in a woman! (Hey, it was a drunken evening – all sexist remarks go straight out of the window!) Answers ranged from the typical breasts, legs, buttocks to colour of hair or colour of eyes! This had the ladies reciprocating back on what is “hot” and what is “not” for the male form! Yes, I believe we were more on the road to blottoed than just merely drunk!   A few of my female friends are still looking for their perfect “other-half” with a number of them using the latest in social media dating sites. We are mostly led to believe that it’s mostly...

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My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!
Aug26

My woes of giving a perfect gift to my Dad!

It’s Father’s Day this coming 6th September and I am at a complete loss as to what gift to get my Dad! It’s the same every year! Only with Parents do you end up getting three gifts a year! Birthday, Mother’s/Father’s Day and Christmas!  Mums are easy – anything goes! Flowers, Perfume, Clothes, Food, Spa treatment, etcetera. The list is endless for Mothers! When I was younger, the classic Father’s Day gifts were Socks & Jocks, T-Shirts, Belts, Ties or Boxer Shorts. On the odd occasion whereby his Electric Razor was broken, (and that I’d saved enough from my pocket-money and scrounged the rest from my other sisters to make this a joint gift!) we’d get him something useful! There was no point in even wrapping the gifts as they were so obvious! Now that I am all grown up and working for a living, and my Dad having recently retired, I thought “This is my time to shine! This is when I can be inventive with my gifts!”. Little did I know that this was an even bigger task than I thought! Since retirement, my Dad has had very few hobbies. He likes to walk/go hiking, cooking and watch TV (mostly sport), sometimes read the odd classic book; but that’s about it! I tried to buy him hiking boots – he didn’t like the way they fitted (they’re still in a box under the staircase – because he is STILL a typical man and does not go back to shops to RETURN things! EVER!). I tried to buy him cookbooks – he said he likes to...

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My Affair with the 8th Deadliest Sin!
Aug10

My Affair with the 8th Deadliest Sin!

  Chocolate should be named as the 8th deadly sin! This decadent piece of food is able to launch all the rest of the 7 deadly sins! I remember times in my life I would have hoarded a box of Godiva truffles for my own consumption and stared with envy when a friend was spooning a chocolate dessert in her mouth! There are many studies and health risk pamphlets that list all the do’s and don’ts for Chocolate, but I’m not writing about that. All I know is that when I’m out with friends and loved ones for a fancy meal – I’d like to finish the experience digging into a Chocolate lava cake that oozes a rich, creamy chocolate fountain when I put a spoon through it. When I’m feeling a little down, time of the month, crappy day at work, or in one of those moods of “no one understands me!”, I want to bite into a huge bar of Dairy Milk Chocolate (even better with the little nuts in it!) and pretty much mutter to myself that my Chocolate bar understands how I feel!    Do not get me wrong – men enjoy Chocolate too! But I noticed a pattern that men EAT chocolate like it’s a food source, similar to needing his meat and two veg on his plate every evening. It is sustenance food, an energy source. When it comes to Chocolate, Men eat to live, Women live to eat!    For women, Chocolate is an indulgence or in modern day language it is better known as “Food Porn”.   I asked a few girlfriends who were around in the...

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Mother’s Day in Thailand
Aug05

Mother’s Day in Thailand

  The 12 of August is the birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand. In honour of the Queen, this day is also recognised as National Mother’s Day. Queen Sirikit’s story is not one exclusively of privilege. It is a story of romance, self-discipline, courage, motherhood, devotion and, above all, support for her husband and service to the people of Thailand. Care and compassion is the central focus of Queen Sirikit’s life. The Thai people have a deep reverence for their monarchy, as well as mothers, so this is a very important day of celebration for Thai people both at home and worldwide. Thailand enjoys a rich history and culture. Although sometimes engaged in conflicts with neighbouring rulers, over centuries Thailand’s monarchy helped the nation maintain its political autonomy. Thailand developed a complex, beautiful society with many distinctive traditions; today over 67 million people reside in Thailand. Motherhood remains an important value in Thai culture, as does respect for the beauty and importance of the natural world. Recently, Thailand gained international media attention due to the efforts of Sangduen “Lek” Chailert. Born in a small village in rural northern Thailand, as a child this remarkable Thai woman grew to respect and appreciate the loveliness of the countryside and its plants and animal life. Her family cared for an elephant, and she developed a...

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A Special Relationship
Jul20

A Special Relationship

  A Special Relationship The celebrated English author Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) once made an observation that still resonates today: “(t)he longer we live, and the more we think, the higher value we learn to put on the friendship and tenderness of parents…” He went on to observe: “Parents we can have but once…” Even in the fast-paced, busy high tech Information Age, family life often revolves around the small daily acts of kindness shown by parents and children to one another. Although in one sense, every individual possesses a unique parental-child relationship, practically everyone would agree that few family ties remain as enduring, or as important, as the emotional ties linking parents and their children, whether biological or adopted. A Time For Thanks Children are usually focused intently on the moment. It is hard for us to fully appreciate the entire range of the daily sacrifices made by our parents on our behalf until much later in life. For example, the long hours a parent spent working to provide for family necessities may not register until one’s own children arrive. Or consider the attention and care your parents expended creating a comfortable home environment. Think of all those think of all those medical appointments, shopping trips, outdoor recreation, athletic meets, school events, social functions, etc. The love a doting mom or dad displays...

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The Happiest Person
Jul17

The Happiest Person

The Happiest Person Who wouldn’t love to be more happy? According to Instagram sensation Grandma Betty, happiness is living every moment with love, grace and gratitude. Pharrell Williams mentioned Grandma Betty on his Instagram account, which introduced her to a large number of his fans worldwide. Using this platform, she spread her joy, optimism, and happiness to as many people as possible, in particular to those with cancer. She insisted she would stay happy until the end, despite having lost her husband and daughter to cancer and having lung cancer herself. Sadly, Grandma Betty passed away in August last year. However, while alive she inspired hundreds of thousands of people to be happy and always smile, no matter what.  As she says in the video below, she wanted to become a Grandma to everyone, and I am sure most of her over 600,000 fans on Instagram would have loved to have had her as theirs. Do you have a Grandma or other mature woman who has inspired you? If so count yourself lucky to have that sort of happiness in your life. Whether or not yours is the happiest in the world, all Grans are a beautiful inspiration. Take this opportunity opportunity to remember your dear old (or not so old!) Grandmothers. Pick up the phone, send her flowers or even a special ‘hello’ Facebook, to let her know that she’s in your thoughts....

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The Dancing Granny
Jul16

The Dancing Granny

The Dancing Granny Nerea Auma of  is a 65 year old grandma from Atemo, a village in Homa Bay county, Kenya. The ultimate dancing queen, or rather the dancing Granny, she has 10 children and 18 grandchildren, but she beats all of them when it comes to dancing. Nerea began dancing as a young girl and it continues to bring her joy. According to her, life is about finding happiness within you, and she found her happiness in dance. Her dancing is a key attraction at private and public functions, both locally and beyond and she has remained unbeaten on the dance floor for decades. Her husband is also a bit of a local dancing sensation, and they met, of course, on the dance floor. Do you have a dancing Granny? If so count yourself lucky to have that sort of happiness in your life. Whether or not yours is a dancing queen, all Grans are a beautiful inspiration. Take this opportunity opportunity to remember your dear old (or not so old!) Grandmothers. Pick up the phone, send her flowers or even a special ‘hello’ Facebook, to let her know that she’s in your thoughts....

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Gorgeous Grandma Day
Jul14

Gorgeous Grandma Day

Gorgeous Grandma Day While almost everyone loves their Grandmothers, many people don’t realise that there is a special day for our lovely Grans. Next week, Thursday 23 July, is Gorgeous Grandma Day. Did your dear old Gran bake you cookies or is she more of the type to teach you to skateboard? However they showed their love, everyone here at Ready Flowers would like to thank those special and influential women for their unconditional love, treats and hugs. To honor Grans that rock, following are some wise grandma tidbits from HelloGiggles. 1. Make today a good day.     Age certainly hasn’t slowed down 95 year-old yoga instructor, Tao Porchon-Lynch. With over 70 years of experience teaching yoga, Tao continues to thrive in both body and mind. Her daily mantra? “This is going to be the best day of my life.” Sometimes, making the decision to be great rather than expecting greatness to find you is much more effective. Who’s got time for waiting, anyway?   2. It’s never too late to start something new.     Would you have guessed this woman is 77 years old? Yep, seventy-seven, and that’s not even the half of it. Ernestine Shepherd started working out a mere 21 years ago, and was subsequently named the oldest female body builder in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010. So, was it too late to start body building at 56? For Ernestine . . . naaah.   3. Some of the greatest things in...

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Red Rose Day
Jun08

Red Rose Day

Red Rose Day is a holiday to celebrate the lovely flower that is synonymous with romance. It is this Friday, 12 June, and roses are also birthday flower of the month. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. They were used in many early cultures as decorations in wedding ceremonies and wedding attire.  Because of this association with weddings, over the years the red rose has become intrinsically linked to endearing love and people still give red roses to symbolise love, whether it is for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries or other romantic occasions. Ready Flowers offers a wide selection of roses to order online for your convenience. Roses are also loved as decorative plants by gardeners worldwide, whether in gardens where the climate is suitable or where the environment can be adapted, such green houses, conservatories and in homes. Their essence is used in many perfumes and rose water has long been a beauty secret. Some are also used as landscape plants, for hedging and for other utilitarian purposes such as game cover and slope stabilisation. Roses make up a decent percentage of  the growing floraculture business sector, as they are always in demand for the reasons mentioned above. During the pre-Valentine’s Day period sales cut fresh red roses soars in both volume and price. Because of this huge leap in prices on that holiday, Ready Flowers actually recommends that you start your very own romantic...

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June Bride
Jun01

June Bride

The year is moving fast and June is already here. Historically, June has always been the most popular month for weddings. That is where the term “June bride” comes from, plus the month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. In times of old it was thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness.  June as the Traditional Wedding Month Historically, June has always been the most popular month for weddings. That is where the term “June bride” comes from. The month of June derives its name from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. It was anciently thought that couples who married in June would be blessed with prosperity and happiness. Ancient Reasons for June Weddings There were also many logistical reasons for brides to consider June weddings. Brides married in June were likely to give birth to a first child in spring (also thought to bring good luck) and recover in time for the fall harvest. During medieval times a person’s annual bath usually fell in May or June, meaning that June brides still smelled relatively fresh. Contemporary Reasons for Getting Married in June However, these reasons aren’t very relevant to couples today. Couples today may plan a June wedding because of the nice weather, in-season flowers, and the higher number of outdoor venues available. In June, there is also less likelihood of spring rain or a mid-summer heat wave. June...

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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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In Remembrance
Apr24

In Remembrance

  Tomorrow Australians, New Zealanders and people around the world will observe ANZAC Day, which broadly commemorates the contribution and suffering of all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in the armed forces during World Wars I and II, plus all worldwide conflicts, and peacekeeping operations since then. This year marks the centenary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in Gallipoli on the morning of 25 April 1915. They were fighting to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula to allow the WWI Allies navies access to the Black Sea. However, they met with fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turks. Most remembrance ceremonies feature a reading of an occassion appropriate poem, which is traditionally the Ode. Laurence Binyon wrote the poem For the Fallen, from which the Ode comes, while sitting on the cliffs in north Cornwall in 1914, as a remembrance of British troops suffering heavy casualties in WWI. The poem has seven stanzas, however it is the fourth which became the League Ode. This was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” In honour of this national day, following are 20 nuggets of information about ANZAC Day that you may not have known....

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