Romance

Most Romantic Getaways in the World and United States

February 18, 2017

Private white sand beaches, miles of beautiful hiking trails and secluded bungalows – what more could you ask for? With nearly half the country still covered in snow, it can be especially tempting to get away during the winter. Whether you’re looking to spice things up with a trip across the world or just need some R&R over a long weekend, these retreats will surely turn up the heat.

Hawaii

With your choice of eight main islands, each more beautiful than the next, Hawaii is a popular travel destination for people all over the world. Its mix of large cities, lush natural foliage and white sand beaches leaves something for everyone. The main city of Honolulu offers a bit of everything, with high-rise suites, glorious beach resorts, luxury shopping, a boasting Chinatown and exciting nightlife. If you’re into something a little more adventurous, visit the Volcanoes National Park where you can walk along the trails of active volcanoes.

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Fun Flower Facts

6 Plants You Need in Your Bedroom for Better Sleep

February 16, 2017

Poor sleep can be caused by a number of things, like stress, too much caffeine and even late night cell phone usage (but let’s face it, when else are you going to catch up on your Facebook timeline?). This might be why the National Sleep Foundation found that lack of sleep is affecting more Americans than ever before – 130 million be exact. Believe it or not, there are actually a number of plants that have been proven to help induce sleep.

Gardenia

Simply smelling the flower has the ability to leave you feeling tired and groggy. After testing the effects of gardenia on mice, a German study found that these flowers had the same effects as valium on a neurotransmitter in the brain known as GABA. Many people in Europe have even began supplementing their sleeping pills with gardenia flowers.

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Romance

Movies and Series to Stream This Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2017

Sometimes staying in and cuddling up with your Valentine to watch a movie, or binge watch a television series, makes for the most romantic holiday.  Whether you’re going out to eat first at a local restaurant, cooking dinner at home, or ordering in, leaving time to watch something you both enjoy (or one of you enjoy :), could help make the night (or day) even more awesome. So sit back and relax as we give you some hand-picked favorites for movies and series to watch this Valentine’s Day.

Couple watching TV together

Romantic Cinema at Home Tips:

  • Flowers and candles on the coffee table or end tables really help set the mood
  • Don’t forget to get both of your favorite snacks! Popcorn helps for theatre authenticity.
  • Prepare a little and make sure the couch area is ready for hours of comfort and cuddling.

Movie/TV Guide:

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Entertainment

How To Throw a Galentine’s Day Party

February 13, 2017

I’ve become a little obsessed with Galentine’s Day, now that I know what it’s all about.

I had no idea! I thought it was “a lonely-hearts club for single ladies” on Valentine’s Day! As it turns out, I have been celebrating Galentine’s Day basically my whole life!!

What is Galentine’s Day? In the words of the holiday’s creator, Parks and Recreations’ Leslie Knope, “Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas.”

If you haven’t started celebrating Galentine’s Day yet, I would say 2017 would be the year to start! As a matter of fact, I think we should declare February Galentine’s Month. And make it a monthly celebration the rest of the year!  Any day of the month that you want, just do it and keep doing it. Celebrate each other, learn from each other, support each other, and in honor of Leslie Knope, let’s start by laughing with each other!

Now Let’s Get This Party Started!

 “Ladies Celebrating Ladies”

For inspiration, look no further then reruns of Parks and Recreation or a quick Google search of Leslie Knope quotes. Pick a quote to be your main theme or use them all and incorporate them into your decorations and games.

Galentine's Day Sunflower Quote

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Valentine’s Date Ideas for All Weather

February 12, 2017

Whether you just met the person of your dreams, have been dating for a while, or are married with children, it can be hard to break the cycle of ‘dinner and a movie’ dates. Sure they’re fun for a little while, but when was the last time you and your loved one went out and tried something totally new? Quality time with your partner can be hard to come by, so make it count when it does! No matter if you have the whole weekend or just a few hours after work, here are a few sure fire ways to spice up your average date.

Spend a Day at the Spa

Sometimes all the planning, dinner reservations and outfit changes are more stressful than fun. Instead of a typical night out, spend the day in at a spa. Relax in the steam room or get a massage and facial all at your own pace. And who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a tip or two from the masseuse that you can try on your loved one at home later. Continue Reading…

Entertainment

Galentine’s Day: Ladies Celebrating Ladies

February 12, 2017

You can make your “Ladies Celebrating Ladies” gatherings even more meaningful by adding an element of giving back. There are so many ways to do this, in big ways or small. It’s all up to you. If you are gathering with a group of friends monthly, set a dollar amount that each person will contribute per month and vote on an organization to donate to at the end of a year. In honor of the creator of Galentine’s Day, you could contribute to or get involved with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls or another organization that is committed to supporting girls’ and women’s causes.

Or you and your friends could organize a larger special event. Each planning meeting is another excuse to get together with the girls! I recently helped organize a Paint & Wine event that raised money for Smile Farms, an organization that is near and dear to my family and me.

A larger scale event requires more work and attention to detail, but it is worth it. Here are some tips and ideas from this event if you are thinking of giving something like this a try.

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Contests

Cirque du Soleil #MakeYourLoveBloom Valentine’s Sweepstakes

February 12, 2017

You have two chances to enter a trip to Las Vegas to see Cirque du Soleil:

(1) For your first chance simply fill out the form via this link.
(2) For your second chance, submit a selfie of you and your significant other on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag 1-800-Flowers.com using the hash tags #MakeYourLoveBloom and #sweepstakes.

This sweepstakes begins on 2/13/17 at 12:01 a.m. PST and ends on 2/17/17 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Three Grand Prize Winners:
Win a trip to Las Vegas Plus a Pair of Tickets for Any Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil Show

Three Runner’s Up:
One Year of Flowers

Three Third Place Winners:
$50 Savings Passes

Entertainment

Galentine’s Day Fun With Friends

February 10, 2017

I’m a doer, a creator, a lover of learning!  So, I think having an activity planned for your Galentine’s party is a must.  You can have someone come and teach a class or you can set up an online class.  You can also take it as serious as you want or just have fun with it.

One of my passions is hand lettering, so I planned chalk lettering activities, as well as a bounce lettering online tutorial.

Chalk Lettering

I incorporated chalk lettering into my party décor, which provided lots of inspiration for my guests!  And, once again, I turned to Leslie Knope’s own words for inspiration!!  I used an oversized glass canister with chalkboard label to display this fresh and fabulous arrangement of sunflowers, free spirit roses, asters, and tulips.

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Romance

History of Love Sayings

February 6, 2017

If you’ve fallen madly in love with someone, sometimes a simple, “I love you” just won’t suffice. For centuries, writers have dazzled us with their ability to describe the seemingly indescribable feeling of love. Below we explore the origins and meanings of some of our favorite sayings about love.

Love You to The Moon and Back

Every night, thousands of parents turn their children’s lights off, start to shut the door and whisper, “I love you to the moon and back.” The phrase of course means that you love someone a lot (477,710 miles to be exact), but where did the expression come from? The phrase originated from the best selling picture book, Guess How Much I Love You by sam McBratney.

The entire passage reads:
‘I love you up to the moon,’ said Little Nutbrown Hare.
‘Oh, that’s far,’ said Big Nutbrown Hare. ‘That is very far.’ Big Nutbrown Hare settles Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves.
He leaned over and kissed him goodnight. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’

Moon over the ocean

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Flowers in the Arts

Roses in Pop Culture Movies and Stories

February 4, 2017

For years, directors and creators have relied on roses to tell a story in ways that words never could. While you may assume roses just symbolize love and romance, storytellers have long used the rose as a metaphor for everything from lust to destruction and rebirth. Below are some of our favorites films and stories where roses play an important role.

Rose shadow against the sun

American Beauty

It’s hard to watch American Beauty and not stare in awe at the use of roses throughout the film – filling bathtubs, on the coffee table and growing outside of the house. Initially, it appears as though roses represent love, lust and passion. While that may be true, the rose has been said to hold a deeper meaning in the film. Based on the tagline “Look closer,” it’s believed that roses symbolize the decay of American suburban life – as the films main (and married) character, Lester Burnham, begins to fantasize about being with his daughter’s best friend. The roses used for the film were chosen specifically because they are susceptible to rot, mirroring the family that began pure and whole, but is now falling apart. Continue Reading…