Author Archives: Julie Mulligan

K.I.S.S. Centerpieces

Did you ever hear the expression “Keep It Simple Stupid”? Well I prefer to say “Keep It Simple Silly”, but that’s beside the point. I created these centerpieces using one (yes, that’s right, only one) gerbera daisy and a couple … Continue reading

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The Perfect 4th of July Centerpiece

Impress your guests or wow your hostess with the ultimate 4th of July centerpiece – a fresh flower flag! How To Make A Fresh Flower Flag This flag can be made in many different sizes. Choose a container that has … Continue reading

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4th of July Floral Arrangement – MADE IN THE USA!

When decorating for the 4th of July, a red, white, and blue theme is a “no-brainer”! Take your patriotism a step further and use vases and flowers that are all made right here in the good ol’ US of A. … Continue reading

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Fun Facts About Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses! June is National Rose Month. Here are a few fun trivia facts about roses and a few beautiful images of roses to brighten up your day! Since 1986, the rose has been the official National … Continue reading

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Flowers For Your Victorian Tea Party

Back in Victorian times a Tea Party was the equivalent of today’s “Girl’s Night Out” – although back then it was a traditional afternoon event! It was the ladies chance to get together and do what we do best – … Continue reading

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Spotted: Maggie Gray, Green Thumb Mom

Even though the Mother’s Day holiday has passed I am still not done “spotting” incredible women who are also moms. Today, I am recognizing a garden loving mom in my life. I had originally planned to feature her prior to … Continue reading

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Spotted: Kids in the City Blogger

Today I’m excited to spot Melissa Chapman who is a mommy blogger extraordinaire. Melissa writes a weekly column called Kids in the City, which is a news website dedicated to Staten Island, NY and the surrounding areas. Melissa also works … Continue reading

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Foodie Mom – Lori, My Wooden Spoon

Today I’m excited to spot Lori from MyWoodenSpoon.com. Lori is a mother of three and the wife of a cowboy. This award-winning cook’s food blog is her pride and joy, offering everything from recipes to health and fitness tips. She … Continue reading

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Foodie Gifts

SPOTTED! Vanessa Druckman is a French Foodie living in New Jersey with her husband and three kids. Chef Druck Musings is her space to talk about all her passions: parenting, cooking, books, TV, movies, and anything else that catches her … Continue reading

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Spotted: Foodie Mom

While I don’t technically consider myself a Foodie Mom, I certainly love food! I love eating out and ordering in! But, I also love reading and trying different recipes. And of course, I love food related gadgets too. Then there’s … Continue reading

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Family Photo Tree

Giving a Mom of a Mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a no brainer – she deserves them! Here’s a way to really personalize that bouquet. Use flowering branches so there are lots of areas to hang photos of … Continue reading

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Interview with a Mom of a Mom

Today I’ve spotted Edna, otherwise known as Grandma Henke. She shares experiences from her life with her many readers and of course her family. Grandma Henke says her motivation for staying on top of technology is keeping in close touch … Continue reading

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Gifts for the Pet Lover Mom

Today I’ve Spotted: Jan from The Poodle (and Dog) Blog. She is a former English teacher and writer turned blogger, living in Northern California with assorted people and animals. This blog celebrates the remarkable, the ordinary, and the very funny … Continue reading

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The Pet Lover Mom

Today and tomorrow I would like to honor all of our Pet Lover Moms out there in the world. To all they may not be the traditional form of a Mom, but when it comes to their pets – they … Continue reading

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Fun Gift Idea For a New Mom

SPOTTED NEW MOM: Liz from Mom-101. Funny Mom, Liz, is a busy working mom who blogs about her two daughters and her husband, the stay-at-home Dad. Liz shares stories about her life and adventures in parenting. She jokes that she … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for New Moms

I’ve Spotted: Kelcey from Mama Bird Diaries! Kelcey is a Manhattan-mama and former journalist. This dedicated mom and her team of contributors at Mama Bird Diaries share stories and tips for moms everywhere. So after yesterday’s sneak peak into a … Continue reading

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Q&A with a New Mom

From the life of a new mom… First things first, today I’ve spotted Candace and Debbie from Mamanista! Candace and Debbie are trendy moms, dedicated to sharing their budget-friendly ideas with other hip moms. Mamanista offers helpful product comparisons and … Continue reading

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Spotted: New Mom!

Today’s Spotted New Mom: Stephanie from Adventures in Baby Wearing. Stephanie provides all sorts of tips and tricks on natural and eco-friendly parenting. Adventures in Baby Wearing offers advice on everything from cloth diapers to vaccines. It truly is a … Continue reading

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Orchid and Candle Centerpiece

As we end our On-the-Go Mom stay-cation, I have one more On-the-Go Mom I’d like to recognize. Emily from Busy-Mommy.com: You’ve Been Spotted! Busy-Mommy.com provides helpful hints and tricks aimed at making Mom’s life a little easier. Emily posts everything … Continue reading

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Spotted: Floral Lei How-To

Erin from Queen of Spain – You’ve Been Spotted! Erin is an award winning journalist, contributing editor, avid blogger and a non-stop On-The-Go Mom. Visit Queen of Spain and tell me what you think! Erin is definitely an On-the-Go Mom … Continue reading

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Relax and Have a Stay-cation! Spotted: NY City Mama

Don’t you wish your On-the-Go Mom would slow down enough to take a really nice tropical vacation? And if she could don’t you wish you could afford to take her on one?! Well you could give her a one-day tropical … Continue reading

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Spot a Mom Campaign Launch

On Thursday, April 9, 2009, the staff at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM officially launched the “Spot A Mom” movement with a wonderful party for mommy bloggers and the NYC media in a beautiful penthouse of the Buckingham Hotel in midtown Manhattan, just steps … Continue reading

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Spotted: Confessions of a Craft Addict

Congrats! Mary from Confessions of a Craft Addict, you’ve been spotted as a DIY Mom. I see that beading is just one of your many mediums (I can so relate!), so I thought you would appreciate this stunning beaded vase. … Continue reading

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Spotted: A Craft Lover

You’ve been spotted! Marie from Make and Takes is today’s DIY Mom. This blog is great for the craft lover. Make and Takes showcases creative and fun craft ideas for moms and children everywhere. Visit Makes and Takes and tell … Continue reading

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Spotted: A Toolbox Full of Creativity

Laurie from Tip Junkie: You’ve Been Spotted! Laurie is the perfect example of a DIY Mom. Tip Junkie is a non-profit blog that promotes women and their creative ideas. Laurie’s mission is to improve women’s lives with unique, fun and … Continue reading

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Spotted: Resourceful Mommy

I think every mom has an element of DIY in her. Some just have more of it than others! One of the most dominant traits of a true DIY Mom is resourcefulness. She knows where to get it, how to … Continue reading

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A Hermes Scarf Vignette

As if a Hermes scarf wasn’t enough of a dream gift for a Red Carpet Mom, why not take that extra step and create a vignette to complement the scarf? My vignette was inspired by the Au Coeur des Bois … Continue reading

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Spotted: Momtrends and Vintage Accessories

Nicole from Momtrends: You’ve Been Spotted! Momtrends is perfect for any Red Carpet Mom. Momtrends is a great blog dedicated to helping all moms find what’s trendy and cool. Today’s vintage idea is in honor of Momtrends. Flowers and Vintage … Continue reading

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Spotted: The Perfect Shoe

This week I will be focusing on the Red Carpet Mom. To quote a song by Tom Jones, “She’s got style, She’s got grace, She’s a winner”. The Red Carpet Mom not only knows how to work it, but she … Continue reading

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Spot a Mom!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and 1-800 FLOWERS.COM has asked me to put on my creative cap and come up with some unique ideas for their Spot A Mom Movement. While being a mom puts us in a sisterhood of … Continue reading

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A Chic Bridal Shower

Bridal showers have come a long way since when I got married! Brides are older and wiser now. A chic bridal shower idea for the urban sophisticated bride-to-be is to have the bridal shower at a lounge or club. You … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Flowers

St. Patrick’s Day is not just about green carnations and beer. Ok, well it is about beer, but another way to celebrate the day is with a floral bouquet that honors the beauty of the fields of Ireland. This was … Continue reading

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Add a Burst of Color to a Grey Winter’s Day

One thing you can say about New York in the middle of January is that it’s so grey outside! Everything from the air to the ground and also the buildings look grey. I love the various changes from season to … Continue reading

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DIY Vase – Bring on the Bling!

Here’s a pretty project for a cold winter’s day. Add a little sparkle to someone’s day and create a dazzling arrangement using a glass, some beads, and fresh flowers. Take this initial idea and make it your own. These vases … Continue reading

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Flowers Make the Perfect Gift!

I know from experience that flowers are a great gift to give to anyone. Flowers are usually unexpected and unfortunately not something that we usually buy for ourselves. Flowers also make people feel good. The next time you run into … Continue reading

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Urban Baby Shower

I was recently asked to do the flowers for a baby shower that was to be held at The Core Club in midtown Manhattan. The Core Club is a private club with an urban art gallery atmosphere. After taking a … Continue reading

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Toast in the New Year with Easy Decor

New Year’s Eve is a time to enjoy cocktails and champagne toasts. Using cocktail glasses and barware as vessels for your floral décor is a great way to add a festive celebratory feeling to any size gathering. Here are a … Continue reading

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Williamsburg Centerpiece

The people of Colonial Williamsburg began decorating with fresh greenery and fruit in the 1930s. At that time the pineapple was already a well-established design element in architecture, ceramics, and art. It only stands to reason that beautiful fresh pineapples … Continue reading

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Tabletop Trees with Personality

Three trees, three different materials, three different stories. What’s your story? Tie A Yellow Ribbon A small way to keep the troops in our hearts and minds throughout the holiday season is to decorate a tree with yellow ribbons and … Continue reading

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“A Christmas Story” Inspired Vignette

If I had to choose my favorite holiday movie it would probably be “A Christmas Story”. But I do have to say, the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” certainly runs a close second on my list. Just thinking about the … Continue reading

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Floral Snowman

Who doesn’t love a snowman? There’s something so innocent about them. This year create a snowman of your own to enjoy throughout this festive season or to give as a gift to someone you love. The best part of creating … Continue reading

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Have a “Shiny Brite” Holiday

I have always had a real affection for the old Shiny Brite ornaments that were part of the Christmas tree décor of almost every American home throughout the 1940’s and 50’s. These colorful and charming ornaments were first introduced in … Continue reading

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Inexpensive Tabletop Ideas

I’ll be sharing lots of ideas and inspiration with you from now until Christmas on how to decorate your tabletops for everything from lunch with the girls to family holiday dinners. I look at the surface of the table as … Continue reading

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Use Your Collections

I tend to have “collections” of things. When I like something I usually pick up various pieces as I go along and tend to display them together. I love to pull the seasons into my collections. Most of the time … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Leaf Placemats

This is the last Thanksgiving video to complete the tabletop look. Watch the video to learn how to make simple leaf placemats. They are easy, inexpensive and fun to do with the family. They go great with the Colored Bottle … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Colored Place Card Holders

Take a look at this video for tips on how to make Colored Bottle Place Card Holders. They add a great touch to any Thanksgiving table setting. These place card holders go great with the Sunflower and Fruit Candle Holders … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Sunflower and Fruit Candle Holders

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! I’ll be posting videos with ideas for setting a creative Thanksgiving table. Look out for them during the upcoming weeks. I hope they inspire you to add a few unique touches this … Continue reading

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Ink Bottle Decoration

Who knew?! I can’t take credit for this unique design. Believe it or not, I found this put together at a garage sale at an old house. This garage sale was like a scavenger hunt! There were piles of the … Continue reading

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Keeping it in the Tin Can Family

Canisters with herbs I had been using this set of vintage kitchen canisters for a while. Then I saw another set of the same canisters at one of my favorite haunts, Barntique Village in Moriches, New York. I couldn’t resist … Continue reading

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If It Can Hold Water, It Can Hold Flowers!

I think the most interesting floral arrangements are the ones that are in a unique or unexpected container. You’ve seen the seasonal veggie and flower arrangements that I’ve posted recently and how great they look. So why not use old … Continue reading

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Cupcakes at the Brooklyn Flea

I visited my friends from Cupcakes Take the Cake this past weekend at the Brooklyn Flea. I don’t know how it’s possible that I wasn’t aware of this flea market before. Brooklyn Flea Market I read on Cupcakes Take the Cake … Continue reading

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Say It With Pumpkins

I really like to use seasonal elements when decorating for events and parties. When planning the décor for an event, you need to keep in mind the purpose of the gathering. You always want to make sure the décor “speaks” … Continue reading

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Make a Super-Sized Cupcake!

Just as I promised, I am unveiling my tips for making a super-sized cupcake. Making a super-sized cupcake is very easy! Obviously it will take quite a few chrysanthemums (‘Football’ mums), but it is a statement piece that will last … Continue reading

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Flower and Veggie Gathering Basket

You don’t have to choose just one! Make a stunning statement by filling up a traditional English gathering basket with an array of seasonal veggies on one side, and an exquisite profusion of autumn blooms on the other. Simply place … Continue reading

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Artichoke Vase

The artichoke is really a natural vase. Again, using what’s in season, I decided to go with dahlias and lavender. Using fresh lavender sprigs as accents make it smell delicious too. Here are some simple steps to follow to create … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Asparagus Vase!

The asparagus vase is always a hit! Everybody loves it and it’s so easy to make. Simply take the rubber band from around a bunch of asparagus and put it around a clear beverage glass. Take a stalk of asparagus … Continue reading

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Autumn’s Bounty – Fall Decor

I love the fall – as a stand-alone season! I hate the fact that it means the summer is over and that winter comes next, but fall is a nature’s bounty of beauty. A farmer’s market, green market, or fruit … Continue reading

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How To Choose Fresh Flowers

Look for flowers that are not yet fully developed. Most cut flowers, with the exception of some tropical flowers and fresh orchids, will continue to open after they’ve been put into the vase. A flower bud should be just slightly … Continue reading

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Flower Care

I believe that having flowers in your life on a regular basis, no matter how simple, makes your life a little nicer and a little more special. I will be sharing many ideas and tips on creative ways to bring … Continue reading

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Hosting an Emmy Viewing Party

Watching the Emmy’s can be fun but watching it with your friends is even better. Not only do you get to dish immediately but you can feel so much more a part of all the excitement. Decide how much planning … Continue reading

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Fun Finger Foods

A bright tray of Columbian and Mexican foods in a splashes of various colors: Arepas Electric Chimichurri Sauce Empanadas Paisas Tortilla chips All of these are fun finger foods. Garnish with fresh cilantro, peppers and sliced limes. You can get … Continue reading

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“Lost” Viewing Party Mini Palm Trees

These came in plain white plastic pots. I sprayed painted them gold as a nod to the Emmy Statue and painted one of the six significant numbers (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42) on each. It will be interesting to … Continue reading

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Daisies and Wheat Grass Centerpiece

What you’ll need: A tray that is a least 1” in height. A tray of fresh or faux (that’s what I used) wheat grass. Oasis – if using faux wheat grass Daisy poms Step x Step: I bought a wooden … Continue reading

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“The Office” Pencil Vases

What you’ll need: A tall cylindrical beverage glass 25-20 pencils for each glass 5 rubber bands flowers Step x Step: Put at least 1 rubber band around the middle of the glass. Insert the unsharpened pencils between the rubber band … Continue reading

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