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August 2013

Fun Flower Facts

All About Daisies

August 30, 2013
Happy Gerbera Daisies

Happy Gerbera DaisiesWith their long, colorful petals bursting like rays of sunlight, daisies are the perfect flowers for delivering warm smiles to those we love most. But this beautiful blossom isn’t just an American favorite; its bright and cheery spirit is cherished by people all around the globe. After all, daisies are members of the biggest plant family in the world—vascular plants, which make up 10 percent of all flowers on Earth—and grow on every continent except Antarctica. Want to find out why this happy little flower has captured so many hearts? Here’s everything you need to know about daisies!

History of Daisies

It’s believed that the daisy gets its name from the Old English phrase “daes eage,” or “day’s eye,” because of the way the flower blossoms at the first sign of dawn. Daisies have been around since 2,200 B.C., when the ancient Egyptians grew them in their gardens and used them as herbal medicine. The daisy family, scientifically known as Compositae, was officially classified in 1792 by German botanist Paul Dietrich Giseke.

The Gerbera, the most well-known daisy variety in the modern world, was discovered in 1884 in South Africa by a Scottish man named Robert Jameson. In 1890, it was brought to England, where breeders grew a variety of Gerberas that boasted brighter colors and sturdier quality. The popularity of Gerberas slowly spread to the Netherlands, which became one of the biggest Gerbera daisy distributors in the world—a title it still holds today.

Daisy GardenTypes of Daisies

The daisy is no wallflower: With more than 20,000 different types in its category, this pretty bloom is an A-list celebrity in the flower kingdom. Here are three of the most famous kinds of daisies that really know how to soak up the spotlight:

Gerbera Daisy: The fifth most popular flower in the world, the Gerbera comes in a full rainbow of colors, including pink, orange, yellow and red. Its vibrant petals make it the flower of choice for celebrating every happy occasion, from birthdays to weddings.

Shasta Daisy: With its soft, pearly white petals radiating from a golden center, the Shasta daisy is a timeless classic. It’s not only one of the largest daisies, but also one of the easiest to grow and care for. Plus, you can enjoy its hearty blooms season after season.

Rudbeckia: Also known as the Black-Eyed Susan, the Rudbeckia has fiery yellow petals and a deep brown center—almost like a miniature sunflower. Their reputation as low-maintenance and long-lasting blooms makes them a favorite of flower-lovers everywhere.

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Fruit Facts

Fruit Nutrition Facts

August 26, 2013
Healthy Fruits

Delicious Health Food From Mother Nature

Healthy FruitsPut down that cupcake! If you’re in need of a snack that satisfies your tummy and your health, swap the sugar for a piece of fruit. These juicy little treats don’t just boast low calories and no fat; they’re also crammed with vitamins, minerals and endless health benefits. And not to mention the big, delicious flavor that comes in such a tiny package! Find out just how good your favorite fruit is for you with these fruit nutrition facts, courtesy of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Strawberry Nutritional Information

It’s no wonder that everyone’s favorite fruit is shaped like a heart: Strawberries protect your ticker, lower blood pressure and increase your HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels. Their high levels of the antioxidants called polyphenols also guard against cancer. In fact, strawberries are one of the top 20 fruits with the highest antioxidant levels. Plus, one serving of these plump berries has more vitamin C than a whole orange—the perfect pick-me-up for your immune system!

  • Serving Size: 8 medium strawberries
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Potassium: 170 mg (5% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g (4% DV)
  • Fiber: 2 g (8% DV)
  • Sugars: 8 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 0% DV
  • Vitamin C: 160% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

Pineapple Nutritional Information

This tropical fruit isn’t just a great treat for a summertime barbecue or a day at the beach. It also helps keep your bikini body in ship-shape all year round. Pineapples are high in manganese, a mineral that helps maintain your body’s muscle tone, nerve health and bone strength. They’re also loaded with an enzyme called bromelin, which supports digestion and promotes healing.

  • Serving Size: 2 3-inch slices of pineapple
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 10 mg (0% DV)
  • Potassium: 120 mg (3% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g (4% DV)
  • Fiber: 1g (4% DV)
  • Sugars: 10 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 50% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

Orange Nutritional Information

Although they’re most famous as a source of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system, oranges are also a powerhouse of other health benefits too. They’re rich in pectin, which lowers LDL (“bad cholesterol”) levels, safeguards the colon and aids in weight loss. Their bundles of different minerals keep heart rate and blood pressure under control, and their high antioxidant levels also keep your skin and vision healthy and help battle cancer. Is there anything oranges can’t do?

  • Serving Size: 1 medium orange
  • Calories: 80
  • Sodium: 0 mg (0% DV)
  • Potassium: 250 mg (7% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 19 g (6% DV)
  • Fiber: 3 g (12% DV)
  • Sugars: 14 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 130% DV
  • Calcium: 6% DV
  • Iron: 0% DV

Honeydew Melon Nutritional Information

In addition to being a sweet, cool refresher for a hot and sunny day, honeydew melons also revitalize your health. They’re a great source of B vitamins, which help your body get rid of toxins and reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Honeydews are also high in copper, which encourages skin and muscle repair. Plus, they help keep your metabolism in smooth working order and keep your blood pressure in check. New snack, new you!

  • Serving Size: 1/10 medium melon
  • Calories: 50
  • Sodium: 30 mg (1% DV)
  • Potassium: 210 mg (6% DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g ( 4% DV)
  • Fiber: 1 g (4% DV)
  • Sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin A: 2% DV
  • Vitamin C: 45% DV
  • Calcium: 2% DV
  • Iron: 2% DV

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Wedding Flowers

Wedding Flower Traditions Around the World

August 23, 2013

Wedding Flower Traditions Around the WorldYou’re up-to-date with all the latest wedding flower trends in the U.S., but do you know how international brides are incorporating flowers into their big day? Find out with these fun facts about wedding flower traditions around the world!

Greece

The first recorded use of wedding flowers was in Ancient Greece.  Flowers and plants were gathered together in the form of a garland wreath and placed upon the bride and groom’s heads during the ceremony.

India

In India, the groom’s brother throws flower petals on the couple to protect them from evil.

England

In England, some guests give the bride and groom a rose bush to plant. It is thought that the growth symbolizes the growth of a marriage, the blossoms symbolize happiness, and the thorns symbolize the trials of married life.

Sweden

It is an old tradition in Sweden for young girls to carry small bouquets of scented herbs down the aisle, and for the groom to carry thyme in his pockets. It was once thought to ward off any trolls during the special day.

Italy

In Italy, the grill of the bride and groom’s car is often decorated with flowers, symbolizing the road to a happy marriage.

Ireland

In Ireland, the bride’s bouquet includes English lavender, a symbol of love, luck and devotion.

Czech Republic

Many Czech brides will find a newly planted tree in their yards the day before their wedding. The tree will be decorated with different colored ribbons and painted eggshells.

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August Cookie Competition with Web Marketing

August 20, 2013

Cookie Competition with Web MarketingAt every company, each department has a little special something that helps bring them together. At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the Web Marketing team has their monthly cooking competition. This month’s competition was all about COOKIES!

The Web Marketing Team is pretty serious about their cooking competitions which is why they have chosen three judges from three different departments to fairly judge each cookie through a blind taste test: Bill from IT, Joe from Creative, and Rob from Merchandising. Joe even brought his own personal Cookie Monster mug for the occasion. Ballots are handed out to each judge and the cookies were based on four factors on a scale from 1 to 5: (1) Taste, (2) Mouthwatering, (3) Presentation, & (4) Originality. The numbers are added up for one total and 5 trophies are given to the winners.

Seven people from the Web Marketing Team baked and there were nine cookies to judge total. There are a couple of rules the Web Marketing Team must adhere to for the cookie competition: there can be more than one entry per contestant and no mixes.

The Web Marketing Team even provided the judges with milk to accompany their cookies which means they were ready to taste!

Cookies from Cookie CompetitionThe cookies entered were as follows:
Cookie #1: Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookie
Cookie #2: Chocolate Chip Cookie with Chocolate Caramel Candy Center
Cookie #3: Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie
Cookie #4: Round Butter Cookie with Cocoa Middle
Cookie #5: Original Chocolate Chip Cookie
Cookies #6a-c: Triple Bacon Combo
(6a) Maple Bacon Cookie
(6b) Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie
(6c) Chocolate Bacon Cookie
Cookie #7: Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookie

All of the cookies were absolutely delicious but by Cookie #5 the judges were hurting a bit, but like the troopers they are, kept trekking along to complete their cookie judging mission!

After the judges had completed filling out the cookie judging paperwork, all the bakers were invited into the room to hear the judges comments. Points were added up to determine the five winners for each category and the bakers names were disclosed for their cookie creations.

Judges for Cookie CompetitionSince we can’t capture the ENTIRE contest for you in just one blog post, we will share with you some of the comments from the judges. In regards to the bacon cookies (Cookies #6a-c), Bill said “Tears in my eyes, go bacon!” Joe decided to embody Cookie Monster and said in regards to the toffee chocolate chip cookie (Cookie # 3), “T is for toffee that’s good enough for me.” For Cookie #2 (chocolate chip cookie with caramel and chocolate candy center), Rob said the “marshmallowy goodness sends chills down my spine,” however no marshmallows were used in this cookie.

Cookie Taste Competition WinnerAnd the winners were…
* For the Taste award, Cindy won with Cookie #3 for her Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie, which she said used four sticks of butter!
* The other four awards for Mouthwatering, Presentation, Originality, and Overall went to Leslie for her Three Bacon Cookies. The Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie was an overall favorite!

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The INTERNal Perspective of Online and Mobile Marketing Intern Keith Crumpler

August 20, 2013

Online and Mobile Marketing intern Keith Crumpler shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how he has contributed to the Marketing team and how he has learned from his summer internship:

Keith Crumpler, Online and Mobile Marketing Intern” Working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM this past summer has been one of the greatest career opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have. Graduating from college a few years ago, stepping back into the life of an intern was both trying and rewarding. Having an extensive background in non-profits, my work at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is my first experience in a corporate organization and I am very grateful to work under Amit Shah, VP of Mobile and Social Media and his growing mobile/online marketing team.

” I was initially very nervous about working as an intern this summer, as I had no true analytical/digital marketing experience. However, I knew this opportunity would be exactly what I needed to not only develop my own skill sets but contribute to a growing and developing division in the marketing department.

“From managing a developing brand, to complex forecasting, working with the mobile marketing team has truly been a blessing. What really made the summer exceptional was the overwhelming comfort and atmosphere I felt throughout the entire organization. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has a family atmosphere that not only expects and pushes for new, innovative and dedicated work, but also nurtures and genuinely cares about each of their employees. I’ve not only experienced this first hand, but I witness it countless times daily and it made coming to work everyday very enjoyable.

“My experience has been so rewarding that I will continue to work throughout the fall and onwards as I finish my MBA program at Hofstra University and continue to learn and develop priceless skills daily under my great Marketing team!

Keith Crumpler, Online and Mobile Marketing Intern, Hofstra University MBA

Fun Flower Facts

Quick Flower Tip: Store Your Bouquet in the Fridge to Keep it Fresh

August 16, 2013

Summer Dunes in Blue Cobalt VaseYour flowers can really take a beating from the heat, especially during summertime. Too-high temps can lead to floppy petals, causing a healthy arrangement to fall flat before its time. To keep your bouquet strong and healthy, try this super-simple flower tip: Store the flowers in the refrigerator overnight. It’ll help slow down the process of water loss and keep your blooms looking crisp. To store the flowers properly, fill a vase about ¾ full with water, and then put the flowers in the vase. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40 F and remove all fruit from the refrigerator. (They give off gases that could decay the flowers.) Clear out some shelf space and place the flowers in a secure spot in the fridge. Leave the flowers in the refrigerator for about six hours overnight, and you’ll have a cheery bundle of blooms waiting for you in the morning!

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan

August 14, 2013

“When I heard first heard about the chance to intern at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I immediately took action. As a rising senior at Marist College, I researched the company, learned about their mission and values and immediately knew that the environment would be one which I could excel in.

Business Gift Services Intern Melissa Meehan“As a Communications major (concentrating in PR) with a minor in Business Administration, I was nervous about working in Business Gift Sales (BGS). Yet my experience here thus far has been the exact opposite. Learning how to work with invoices, create marketing plans to expand our business relations has taught me more than I could have imagined. The atmosphere here is extremely supportive and everybody is always happy to help. I have never met a better group of people than here at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

“Each day I come to work and I enjoy myself. Between the people I work with, the nature of the work we do, and the lessons I learn each day, I am now confident that upon graduating from Marist I will take what I have learned and find success.

Melissa Meehan, Business Gift Services, Marist College

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The INTERNal Perspective of Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis

August 12, 2013

Business Development intern Brittany Kritis shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how she has contributed to business development and how she has grown from her internship.

Business Development Intern Brittany Kritis“Working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has been a unique and enriching experience. I grew up being very familiar with business terms, as my dad has established a successful business of his own. When I was hired as an intern I was confident in my understanding of the business world, however I now consider my “understanding” as elementary compared to the wisdom I have gained since working with the company in 2012. My experience interning with the International team confirmed my passion for providing services to people all over the world and expanding my knowledge of cultural barriers in growing a business.

“I have returned for my second summer in a row to find that the company has grown just as I had grown during my first year at Fairfield University. Working with my manager in Business Development has been an enlightening and educational experience. Not only have I learned the methods used to utilize and expand a company’s resources but I have also acquired skills to support my future career. My various projects include drafting and comparing sales techniques, participating in meetings, and collecting relevant data for plans and proposals. I have also arranged proposals to help bolster the company’s initiatives for expansion.
“I was especially impressed by the commitment to charity work that the company encourages within the local community. During our Summer of a Million Smiles Event, I worked with Surfer’s Way, an organization that empowers children with special needs by giving them the opportunity to surf. I have found that 1-800-FLOWERS.COM is truly committed to delivering smiles, even on a hot beach in 100º weather.

“I value and appreciate the sense of belonging to a company that is concerned with advancing its methods of service as well as supporting local communities. It is truly inspiring working with a talented and colorful group of people that are abundant with new ideas, just like the stunning works of art they provide to an ever-expanding local and global community.

Brittany Kritis, Business Development Intern, Fairfield University

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The INTERNal Perspective of Marketing Intern Ishan Prasad

August 11, 2013

Marketing intern Ishan Prasad shares his internal perspective working at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Hear how he has contributed to the Marketing team and how he has learned from his summer internship:

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern“With a specialized degree such as “Financial Engineering”, there weren’t many choices for a career path. After interviewing with my supervisor for a mobile marketing internship position, I was able to extend my horizon, skill-set and logic to one of the most dynamic fields – mobile marketing at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.

” Over the course of my internship, I have progressed from a “data grabber” to a data analyst. Thanks to my manager, I was able to work on analyzing marketing strategies aimed at new initiatives for the company. Being an avid programmer, I was able to deepen my knowledge into SAS and SQL, which are at the forefronts of data analysis. My managers/colleagues were kind enough to allocate time from their busy schedules and explain new concepts which were tough to understand on my own (on one occasion, my manager spent over an hour explaining these concepts). Most of all, my projects add real value to the team and company. As an intern I couldn’t ask more than to learn and be challenged to realize my potential.

Ishan Prasad, Marketing Intern,University of Illinois-MS

Fruit Facts

What Fruits Are in Season?

August 11, 2013

stack of fruits
A ripe, juicy piece of fruit makes a satisfying and healthy snack for any time of day … and a delicious gift for any occasion! But whether you’re throwing a birthday party or just preparing dinner on a weeknight, you can’t serve just any fruit. Seasonal fruits that have reached their maximum flavor potential make the best snack. When we select all the yummy fruit to create our Fruit Bouquets, we make sure to choose only the freshest of fruits. For fun fruit facts, we used our expertise to put together this handy list of what fruits are in season throughout the year.

 

Summer Fruits

The Sweetest Bunch Fruit Bouquet

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Boysenberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Casaba melon
  • Cherry
  • Currant
  • Fig
  • Gooseberry
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Huckleberry
  • Kiwi
  • Lime
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Mulberry
  • Nectarine
  • Papaya
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon

Fall Fruits

  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Clementine
  • Cranberry
  • Date
  • Fig
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Guava
  • Huckleberry
  • Kiwi
  • Kumquat
  • Mandarin orange
  • Melon
  • Orange
  • Passion fruit
  • Pear
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Pomegranate
  • Quince
  • Raspberry

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