Connectivity

Making a Plan to Connect
with Friends and Family

March 24, 2020
staying connected tips by jim mccann

Thoughts and Advice from
1-800-Flowers.com Founder Jim McCann

“If there is one silver lining to this fast-unfolding crisis, it has been remaining in close contact with my immediate family. I am lucky in that my three grown children and grandchildren are all (relatively) nearby. Over the last four or five days, I’ve had many more conversations than usual with my son-in-law, my daughter, and my two sons. Even while I worry about what they’re feeling – anxiety, fear of the unknown – all this contact has made me feel better. Today, I suggested that we have a daily conference call for the four of us. We first tried it this morning. We talked about real things, no nonsense at all. It was reassuring and, I think, healthy. I heard their concerns, and we talked about problems and solutions, namely, what to do if someone gets sick.

I suggested previously that you think about the people in your life you want to connect with – or even connect with on a more regular basis – and divide them into four groups: friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. I urged you to develop a contact plan and get into the habit of checking in on a regular basis, for your benefit and theirs.

I also would encourage you to use the amazing new communication technologies available today – Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangouts, etc. – to create regular group conversations among your family or specific groups of friends. If you have older folks in your circles who have never embraced a technology like that, do them a favor: Call them and walk them through setting it up. It will change their lives. In these anxious times, it’s more important than ever that they can see familiar faces as well.”

staying connected tips by jim mccann

Fun Flower Facts

Popular Spring Flowers

March 19, 2020

The first official day of spring, March 20th, is a date worth celebrating! Examine your garden closely and you’re sure to find the first signs of the season peeking through the ground, awaiting those first rays of sunshine to help them grow to their full potential. Look for the many crocuses popping up their colorful heads as the first true sign of spring.

While spring is known as the season of rebirth and growth, there are a few floral superstars that definitely stand out from the rest. Whether you prefer yellow flowers, blue flowers, purple flowers, or simple white blooms, spring flowers bloom in all sorts of different colors!

Types of Spring Flowers:

Here are some of the most popular spring flowers; use them to create stunning spring bouquets or to simply add some freshness to your home!

Daffodil

One of the first signs of the approaching spring season includes daffodil heads rising from the depths of winter. There are many different varieties and shades of daffodils, from golden yellow to combinations of yellow and white. Fun Fact: this popular spring flower used to be called the “affodil.” The “d” in “daffodil” was first added in 1538.

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Jim's Corner

Thoughts on Staying Connected from
Our Founder Jim McCann

March 19, 2020

“Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak, I’ve had four conversations with four different friends that were deeper, more emotional, and more honest than I can remember having had in the months that proceeded. The steps we take to keep ourselves safe – whether isolating or breaking up our normal routines – can also exacerbate our feelings of loneliness, even fear. Knowing we’re all experiencing these feelings in different ways is all the more reason to make the effort to connect. Here’s what I would suggest.

Jot down a list of people – even just three, four, or five – under the following headings: friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Develop a contact plan for the days and weeks ahead for those you should be reaching out to on a more regular basis. It could be an aunt who lives alone, or far away, that is taking this outbreak especially hard. It could be an older neighbor, or neighboring couple, who may be isolating as a precaution and may need help or just company. Some you may want to contact every day, some every week. These need not be long conversations – they can even be emails or tags on social media.

What I know is that this will make them feel better — and you, too. I certainly felt this with the friends I spoke to recently. They felt an empathetic release, and I did too. You’ll offer comfort to these friends, coworkers and relatives, and you may find benefit and greater intimacy that will, one day, pay dividends. At the end of this period – and rest assured, it will end – you will emerge with more, deeper, and better relationships.”

Easter, Holiday Decorations, Julie's Blog

Some-Bunny Loves Carrots

March 17, 2020
Tulips and Carrots for Easter Decorations

Carrots and bunnies go together like peanut butter and chocolate, which was my inspiration for these four fantastic Easter DIYs. Whether you’re attending an Easter celebration or hosting one, these creative ways to keep all of your bunnies happy this Easter season are sure to WOW!

Bloomin’ Carrot Bouquet with Orange Tulips

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, and we are in prime tulip season! They are so easy to arrange. Just give each stem a fresh cut to the length you need for your container and remove the excess leaves. Make sure that the container is totally clean and filled with fresh, cool water before arranging your tulips.

tulips-and-carrots 
Speaking of the vessel you use to display your tulips – what bunny wouldn’t love this carrot vase! For this carrot vase I used one bag of pre-peeled mini carrots, a rubber band, and a lowball glass.
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How-To's, Julie's Blog

Mug o’Blooms for St. Patrick’s Day

March 11, 2020

As almost everyone knows, a huge part of the Irish tradition is the enjoyment of delicious stouts, ales, and lagers! And this tradition will no doubt be a part of just about every St. Patrick’s Day celebration around the world. Here’s a way that you can honor this tradition and still be a designated driver!

Beer Mug Flowers

These floral Beer Mug o’Blooms are very easy to make and are a fun and unexpected way to raise a glass and wish your friends Sláinte!

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

International Women’s Day Quotes

March 4, 2020

Each year on March 8th, people all across the globe come together to celebrate the achievements of women – socially, economically, culturally and politically – for International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, Pledge For Parity (join in on the conversation using the hashtag #PledgeForParity), is designed to bring together both men and women in an effort to achieve gender parity and help young girls and women continue to follow their dreams and seek success.

As we get ready to honor this observance, today, we’re proud to share some of our favorite quotes from some of the world’s most influential women.

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How-To's

DIY Magical Unicorn Decorations

March 1, 2020

Magical Unicorns Are Here!

Who doesn’t love a unicorn?!  Unicorns are magical and make you smile – just like flowers!  So, what in the world could be better than a unicorn made from fresh flowers?

Introducing the newest Truly Original Arrangement from 1-800 Flowers.com – Enchanting Unicorn!

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Flower & Plant Shop Corner, Fun Flower Facts

Health Benefits of House Plants

February 20, 2020

Plants—they’re alive, colorful, scented , and did we mention just plain beautiful? While many people are aware of the many decorative benefits of plants, few realize that they have the ability to improve your mental and physical health. Whether you live in the “Concrete Jungle” or the vineyards of Northern California, every home can benefit from bringing the great outdoors inside.

They Reduce Stress Levels

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Valentine's Day

Celebrate Like A Girl

February 13, 2020

Galentine’s Day is officially Thursday, February 13th, but here in Rockaway Beach it’s pretty much a daily thing! To make this occasion special and kick it up a notch we had an early Galentine’s Brunch & Creative Workshop, at the Bungalow Bar, to eat and drink of course, but to inspire as well!

Bungalow’s GM, and my friend, Katy and I brought some of my favorite Galentine blog posts for 1-800 Flowers.com to life for 40 “ladies celebrating ladies” on a recent Sunday afternoon and it was a blast!

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