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Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

April 16, 2015

Administrative Professionals Day 2015 is Wednesday, April 22.

Most businesses require a lot of time and effort from any number of employees in order to function at their best, all the time. Administrative Professionals Day is a celebration of the amazing people that help us do our jobs well from day to day. Every third week in April, we show our appreciation and reward the people that work closely with us by giving special gifts or doing thoughtful things for our fellow workers. If you are looking for gift ideas for Administrative Professionals Day, below are some simple ways to show how important your working peers are to you!

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How to Care for the Planet on Earth Day

April 14, 2015

Family Holding a Young Green Plant in HandsHappy Earth Day! It’s time to show Mother Nature some love. We have plenty of great ways you can celebrate … and help the environment at the same time! Read on to find out more about how to care for the planet on Earth Day.

Plant Trees Outside; Decorate With Flowers Inside

Flowers and plants aren’t just decorative items for our backyards. They’re like natural air purifiers: Through the process of photosynthesis, they remove toxins from the air we breathe. So to help make the environment a bit greener and cleaner on Earth Day, plant some trees outside with your friends, then buy flowers and plants for your home or office. No room for new plants? Find a local park or organization that needs some help with landscaping and lend them a hand, or make a DIY terrarium for your small living space. Check out the new 1-800-Flowers.com Greenhouse page to find out more about how plants help purify the air.

Make Eco-Friendly Crafts

Teach your kids all about preserving the environment … and have fun doing it! There are tons of great eco-friendly craft ideas out there for your children to enjoy, and most of them can be made with natural or reusable materials you already have at home. Here’s an easy one to try. To help support your neighborhood’s bird population, have your kids cover a pinecone with smooth peanut butter and then roll it in birdseed. Hang up the pinecone outside with a piece of string, and then watch the beautiful birds show up at your doorstep!

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Commit to living by the three R’s—on Earth Day and every day. Avoid packaged and disposable plastic products, cut down on buying products that you don’t need, and use cloth shopping bags and reusable water thermoses. All of these strategies help you drastically decrease the amount of trash you produce at home and on the go. When you’re all done using your products, make sure to toss any paper, plastic, glass and aluminum items into a recycling bin. But before you throw it away, ask yourself: Can I use this for something else? You’ll be surprised at how many items have multiple uses. Just use your imagination or browse for some ideas on Pinterest to see how you can turn your trash into treasure.

Give to Those in Need

Overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? Instead of filling up your garbage cans, take Earth Day as an opportunity to donate your unwanted and unused belongings to a local charity. You’ll produce less waste, your stuff will be given a second life, your home will be more organized and you’ll be doing a service to the community. Need any more good reasons? Didn’t think so!

Organize a Litter Cleanup Crew

We all have that one neighborhood park, street or highway that could use a thorough cleaning. So on Earth Day, grab some garbage bags and gloves, rally up your neighbors and head out to rid your hometown of litter. Some companies even give cleanup supplies to cleanup groups, and you can schedule a time for the sanitation department to pick up the trash. You’ll make your community a cleaner and safer place to live not only for you, but for the local wildlife too. Continue Reading…

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DIY Easter Craft Egg Bouquet

March 31, 2015

Turn brightly colored plastic eggs into an impressive bouquet with just a few simple steps. This DIY Easter craft can be used as not only an adorable Easter decoration, but also as a creative Easter party favor for kids! Simply fill the plastic eggs with festive treats for a deliciously sweet surprise.

DIY Easter Egg Craft Bouquet

Supplies for DIY Easter Craft: Easy Egg Bouquet:

  • Plastic, resealable eggs in a variety of colors
  • Glue dots® or similar adhesive
  • Easter candy for filling
  • Leaves – artificial or cut out of colored paper
  • Wooden skewers
  • Floral Tape

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Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

March 28, 2015

Spice up Your Easter Egg Hunt With These Helpful Tips

Family On Easter Egg Hunt In Daffodil FieldThe hunt is on! This weekend, tracking down those Easter eggs doesn’t have to be a plain old game of hide-and-seek. Check out these creative Easter egg hunt ideas and show your kids a hopping good time!

Use Flower Trails

Mark a starting point in the middle of your yard. Using Easter flowers, create multiple trails on the grass that lead from the starting point to each hidden egg. Each individual trail is made with a specific color flower. To make things even more exciting, make a few “fake” trails that lead the kids away from the eggs, with some clues at the end of the trail explaining how to get back on track. The kids have to follow the flowers to find the eggs, and whoever gets the most eggs wins! The best part is that the kids can collect the flowers as they follow each trail, so they’ll have a basket full of candy and blooms when the game is over.

Go Candy-less

Candy doesn’t have to be the only prize for your Easter egg hunt. Fill those plastic eggs with something a little bit more healthy and fun. Here are some suggestions:

  • Money or loose change
  • Stickers
  • Flower seeds
  • Coupons that can be redeemed for fun activities (like a sleepover)
  • Miniature toys or trinkets, like Squinkies or toy cars
  • Hair accessories, mini nail polish or lip gloss for girls
  • Small magnets
  • Key chains
  • Bouncy balls
  • Plastic animals
  • Silly Putty
  • Costume jewelry
  • Movie tickets
  • Gift certificates

Glow in the Dark

Fill up plastic Easter eggs with glow sticks and hide them around your backyard. Once the sun goes down, you’re ready for a neon-themed Easter party!

Solve the Puzzle

Print out a photo of the grand prize for your Easter egg hunt. Cut out the paper into small puzzle pieces and put each piece into a plastic egg. Have the kids hunt for all the eggs and put the puzzle pieces together to find out what they win.

Get Color-Coordinated

Assign a color to each child, and then have each kid find all of the eggs in their specific color. Hide an equal amount of eggs for each color so everyone gets the same amount of prizes. Everyone’s a winner!

Find the Treasure

Draw a map of your yard and mark your egg hiding spots with an “X.” Have the kids dress up like pirates and use the map to find the hidden booty.
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DIY Manischewitz Passover Centerpiece with Purple Flowers

March 24, 2015

oSet the scene for your Passover Seder and celebrations with a creative twist on your décor! Taking inspiration from Passover’s most popular wine – Manischewitz – we came up with this creative Passover centerpiece that will add a fun and festive touch to your spread.

To celebrate vino’s robust purple color, we paired a stunning bouquet of purple flowers with an empty bottle of the wine and some juicy dark purple grapes. This centerpiece is simple to make and takes little to no time at all. Whip these up about an hour or two before guests arrive – that way, you can empty the bottles by filling their wine glasses. Or, pour the wine into mason jars and place in the fridge to chill.

Tip: one bouquet can go a long way so you can certainly make several of these creative arrangements and spread them throughout the table for a “pop” of fun!

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How to Throw a Puppy Party

March 23, 2015

National Puppy Day is March 23rd! Celebrate your favorite furry friend by inviting the (friendly) local canines over for a puppy party filled with woof-worthy treats and pooch-approved activities.

Be sure you dog-proof your home before the big day – this may include putting away valuables as well as placing gates in areas you prefer to stay closed off.
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Puppy Party Invitations

Since our furry friends are not able to RSVP themselves, you’ll have to send it to their loyal owners! Sending e-card invitations is a great way to invite your fellow dog lovers. There are many e-card sites that carry a wide selection of dog themed e-invitations like celebrations.com. Here are a couple that we thought were “a-dog-able”:

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DIY St Patrick’s Day Decoration: Pot of Gold Centerpiece with Flowers

March 2, 2015

diy-st-patricks-day-decorations-pot-of-gold-centerpiece-with-flowers-verticalSt. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re indulging in traditional Irish foods or celebrating with all things gold and green, add a touch of luck to your home decor with a creative pot of gold centerpiece.

The age-old Irish tale states that at the end of the rainbow, you may be lucky enough to find a leprechaun guarding his pot of gold. Reminiscent of a rainbow, the Kaleidoscope Roses from 1-800-Flowers.com inspired us to create our own pot of gold under the rose rainbow!

Using just river rocks which can be found outside or purchased at your local garden goods store, we created our own gold nuggets. While they may not have any monetary value, they added a simple and fun festive touch to the decor. Continue Reading…

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International Women’s Day Celebrations Around the World

February 23, 2015

Every year on March 8, one holiday takes the phrase “girl power” to a whole new—and global—level. It’s called International Women’s Day (or IWD), and it applauds the achievements of women all over the world. The holiday was born in 1911 when women in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland rallied together in support of women’s rights. It wasn’t until 1975, when the United Nations began sponsoring the event, that International Women’s Day started to gain recognition. Now, the day is officially observed in 27 countries across the globe. International Women’s Day to Honor Women Continue Reading…

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International Women’s Day : How to Honor the Women in Your Life

February 19, 2015

International Women’s Day, celebrated every year on March 8, is a day to celebrate and honor the women in your life. Be it a mother, wife, sister, friend or neighbor, take a few extra moments on this special day to really show them how much they are cared for and appreciated.

9 Ways to Make International Women’s Day Extra Special

international-womens-day-how-to-honor-the-women-in-your-life-card1. Surprise them with a thoughtful e-card. Looking for a simple way to remind them they are on your mind? Break through all the spam and send some love to their inbox with a fun e-card! This is perfect for all types of relationships – just choose an appropriate message or design for your unique recipient, personalize and send!

2. Give them a chance to relax. Book them a well deserved massage, take care of their chores for the day, or simply let them lounge around while you prepare them a full course meal – they deserve it!

3. Share with the world why they are so special. Thanks to the power of social media, is so much easier to get a message out for the entire world (or your social network) to see. Let the world know why they are so special – just make sure they OK this first so as to not embarrass!

4. Throw a party in their honor. Invite friends, family and neighbors over to celebrate those special achievements with a party in their honor! This can be focused on one person or multiple – the point is the celebration! Continue Reading…