Amazing Animal Moms That We’re Wild About

Amazing Animal Moms That We’re Wild About

From cleaning tips to emotional support, Mom is the go-to gal for all of life’s odds and ends. While all Moms are unique and have their own specializations and routines, they follow us from birth to adulthood, and then continue to offer their motherly love and advice even when we then become parents ourselves.

Just like our own Moms, mothers in the animal kingdom all have their own parenting styles and methods. Here are 6 standout animal Moms that take parenting very seriously.

Amazing Moms of the Animal Kingdom:

Polar Bear

Polar bears make living in the frozen tundra look easy! With temperatures reaching lows of up to -40°F, the mama bear ensures her cubs stay warm by digging an underground den for her and her newborns. There they will hibernate for the coldest winter months, with the cubs living off of Mom’s milk while Mom remains without food until the harshest temperatures of the winter have passed; this is a process which can take up to 8 months; this sure puts a new spin on the term “hangry!”

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Strawberry Poison Arrow Frog

Don’t let its size fool you, the female strawberry poison arrow frog takes her maternal duties very seriously. After her eggs hatch, mom then carries each of her tadpoles one by one to the top of rainforest trees to keep them from harms way. Talk about a post-pregnancy workout!

Octopus

While octopodes lay hundreds of thousands of eggs, each cycle of eggs is just as important as the last. The mother octopus will spend about month caring for her layed eggs, making sure they remain undisturbed by predators. That fact may not sound too impressive, but wait until you hear the most shocking part – during that month the mother will not dare to leave the den, sometimes opting to eat one of her eight tentacles rather than leave her eggs alone.

Orangutan

There’s nothing in nature quite like the relationship between the Orangutan mama and her infant. The baby monkeys will rely heavily on the mother for the first two years of life, and continue to learn from their resourceful Mom’s until they are about seven years old. In order to ensure her children’s protection, she will keep them consistently on the move – building a new nest of branches almost every night.

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Emperor Penguin

Emperor penguin moms get a bad rep. Animal observers put all of the spotlight on the fathers, who’s job it is to care for and protect the eggs shortly after the female lays them. While this penguin dad certainly deserves a lot of credit, let’s not forget what the penguin Mom does in the meantime; it her job to travel up to fifty miles to reach the ocean and gather sustenance for herself and her litter.

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Elephant

A twenty-two month pregnancy followed by the birth of a 200 pound baby? Sounds like one dedicated mama! Once the baby is finally born, it joins the unique matriarchal elephant society alongside their Mom, sisters, grandmothers, and aunts.

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Giraffe

After a lengthy 14 to 15 month gestation period, the baby giraffe is finally born. For the first two weeks, it’s all up to the mother giraffe to feed and protect the young ones, and she will almost never leave their side. The mother and  calf will become so close in fact, that they will be able to recognize each other by scent and spot pattern alone.

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DIY Wooden Coasters for Mother’s Day

diy-coasters-for-mothers-day-glassImmortalize Mom’s most treasured people and memories by turning her favorite photographs into beautiful DIY wooden coasters for Mother’s Day! Made out of natural wood slices, these easy-to-make beauties will really touch Mom’s heart and become a staple in her kitchen.

Use this ink to wood transfer method to add a photograph or design to almost any wooden material. From decorative wooden chests to photo memory blocks, the possibilities are endless! Continue reading

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1-800-Flowers.com Rings in Mother’s Day 2014 at the NASDAQ Opening Bell Ceremony

NEW YORK, NY – On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, founder and CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Jim McCann, spread the Mother’s Day cheer as he rang the Opening Bell at the Nasdaq MarketSite in the heart of Times Square in honor of this special holiday. Mr. McCann was joined by an enthusiastic crowd of 1800Flowers.com moms and team members to mark this exciting occasion.

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and the ticker symbol is ”FLWS.”

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To add a festive touch to the celebration, we decorated the NASDAQ floor with some of our most creative and popular Mother’s Day flowers such as our Handbag of Blooms™ and sophisticatedly sweet Mom’s Tea Party™.

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Meet the Moms in the Employee Spotlight’s Mother’s Day Edition

This May, meet some of the Moms and their children from the 1800Flowers.com family in the Employee Spotlight: Mother’s Day edition! Read on as these one-of-a-kind Moms share their favorite Mother’s Day Flowers as well as their most precious parts of being a Mom!

mothers-day-employee-spotlight-cathyCathy R. in Vendor Relations knows the importance of letting her child’s creativity soar. Her 4 year old daughter, Valerie, loves to sing, dance, and whistle! Cathy’s heart just melts when Valerie says the phrase, “I love you sweetheart.” It looks like Cathy may have learned a thing or two from her own Mom as she describes her as her role model!
Favorite Mother’s Day Gift: Mom’s Tea Party Floral Arrangement

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DIY Mother’s Day Gifts: Sunflower Wheel of Appreciation

Sunflower Wheel of AppreciationNothing short of being a superhero, Mom does it all. She cooks, cleans, consoles, and even coaches us through life’s toughest moments. This May 11, pair those Mother’s Day flowers with a creative DIY gift that shows Mom just how special she truly is like this Wheel of Appreciation, blooming with compliments sure to make Mom smile.

We chose to craft ours to resemble a sunflower, but you can get creative and mix and match colors to replicate Mom’s favorite flower! White and yellow would make for a beautiful daisy, while pink with white would make for a stunning lily shape. Continue reading

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Just Because Messages for Every Relationship

There doesn’t have to be a reason to send a smile! Whether you want to show your appreciation for someone important in your life or to simply spread joy with a thoughtful gift or sentiment, sending a Just Because card or gift is the perfect way to put a smile on their face.

just-because-card-messageJust Because Message from Significant Other

Dear [name or nickname],
Each day with you is like a new adventure. Let’s celebrate today by making a whole new set of memories just because!
Love,
Your Name
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Graduation Gift Guide

Use This Graduation Gift Guide as Your Tool to Find That Perfect Present for Your Graduate!

School’s almost out! And, of course, that means graduation is just around the corner. Do you still need to find a special gift for a graduate you know? Don’t worry! Using this nifty guide, you can find the perfect gift for any graduate. And if it’s not in here, you can surely find it among the many graduation gifts that are offered at 1-800-Flowers.com!

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If your graduate has a sweet tooth, he/she will surely love our Congratulations Graduate Chocolate Dipped Oreos! These aren’t just any Oreos, but they the famous cookies dipped in decadent chocolate and carefully decorated with icing! This sweet graduation gift is presented in a unique graduation cap gift box, which the recipient can then use to store all of the memories and cards from their special day!
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Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Photo Vase

This year, take your Mother’s Day flowers to the next level with a creative and personalized vase! The beauty of this DIY photo vase is in the tiny details that reflect the child’s personality, making it the perfect Mother’s Day crafts for kids of all ages. Depending on the age of the child, you may want to prepare the tissue paper shapes beforehand, as they may have trouble cutting the delicately thin material. Be sure to provide them with a smock and clear out an area for crafting, as this project includes liquid adhesive.

Mother's Day Crafts for Kids DIY Photo VasePair this DIY vase with her favorite flowers or arrangement. If you’re short on time or simply looking for a gift for a long-distance Mom, you can always order a personalized photo vase for mom online and upload your favorite picture with Mom, or of the kids and grandkids!

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Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids: DIY Photo Flowers

mothers-day-crafts-for-kids_diy-photo-flower-1 Move over macaroni frames, there’s a new DIY Mother’s Day gift in town, and it’s not only fun to make, but easy too! Using our photo flower stencil template, some scrapbooking paper, scissors, and a bit of glue, we created creative and colorful DIY photo flowers for the perfect kid-friendly complement to those stunning Mother’s Day flowers you plan on sending. For even more photo fun, send your arrangement in a personalized vase - sure to make Mom smile!

Let the kids get creative by picking out their own patterned paper and colors! They’ll love letting their personalities shine in this personalized Mother’s Day gift idea.
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Nice Things to Do for Mom on Mother’s Day

mothers-day-card-message-ideasWhether she’s helping you run errands, cooking up your favorite meal, or watching the kids so you and your lovebird can get some alone time, your supermom always comes to the rescue when you need help. When Mother’s Day rolls around, make some of your own meaningful gestures to show her how thankful you are for all the little things she does. Here’s a list of some really nice things to do for Mom on Mother’s Day. They may be small, but they’ll definitely put a big smile on her face!

Get Her a Great Gift

From sending flowers to her doorstep to buying tickets to her favorite show, there are tons of big gifts in small packages that you can treat Mom to on Mother’s Day. Though they may be petite, these last-minute Mother’s Day gifts are enormously thoughtful and practical. Plus they save you some extra shopping time!

Have a Movie Marathon—Just the Two of You

Remember the good old days when you and mom would curl up together on the couch and laugh over a good movie? Set aside some time in your busy schedule to relive those treasured moments: Plan a mom-and-me Mother’s Day movie date. You’ll both laugh out loud with these good movies to watch with Mom for Mother’s Day, and she’ll appreciate you dedicating your whole night to her—just like you used to as a kid.

Send Her a Special Message or Poem

Showing your mom your gratitude for everything she does isn’t always about what you buy for her; it’s about what you feel in your heart. Tell her how much you love her by writing your own poem about mom or penning a fun, cute message in your Mother’s Day card. It’ll show how much thought and planning you put into it, and she can keep it forever.  If mom text messaeges or emails, send her shorter sweet “Remember when … ” notes throughout the day too. Continue reading

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