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Virtual Learning: Helpful Back-to-School Tips

August 12, 2020
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Advice from Interns Who Experienced It & Educational Experts  

Each year, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Enterprise embarks on an internship program, but due to the times we’re now living in, this summer has been a little different. In honor of BacktoSchool and International Youth Day on August 12th, we asked our interns about their interesting school year in regards to virtual learning as well as their virtual internship experience. We think their learnings can be helpful to students and teachers as they head back to the classroom, whether virtually or in person with a new view. 

In addition to speaking to our interns who have experienced virtual learning firsthand, there are also tons of educational resources to help get you comfortable, with tips ranging from making checklists and reducing distractions, to encouraging movement and giving positive feedback.  

As our Founder Jim McCann said, “Be curious. Every interaction gives you a chance to learn, to adjust your perspective, and get a new insight.” During this time, its so important we work together and learn from each other and we hope you find these back-to-school tips helpful 

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Celebrate the Young People on International Youth Day

August 9, 2020
How-To's

How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

August 8, 2020

FRESH TALK® – Your Floral & Gift Newsletter

Create Your Own Wax Flowers

You can make your beautiful fresh-cut roses last longer than you ever imagined by dipping the open blooms in melted wax! The best time to dip your roses is at the very end of their shelf life–after you have enjoyed their beauty for over a week–when the rose is in full bloom.

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I have waxed roses many times over the years using paraffin wax. Now that soy wax is readily available, I decided to give that I try… and I’m glad I did! Soy wax is a completely natural and renewable resource, has a lower melting point, and cleans up easily (with just soap and water). And soy wax is so versatile that you can melt it in the microwave! Continue Reading…

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Teachers Are Our Heroes

August 3, 2020
Local Heroes

Local Heroes

We’ve been collecting and sharing stories of local heroes from our community over the last few months. We’ve enjoyed hearing all your stories. We are humbled by all the amazing local heroes you have shared.

With back to school around the corner we have been thinking a lot about teachers and the role they play in all of our lives.

When someone says the word hero, many think about traditional heroes. As a Company, we’re also committed to our local heroes and teachers are certainly among the group we call heroes. Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

How to Paint Flowers on Wine Glasses

July 30, 2020

flower-wine-glasses-final-product-2Whether you’re making these wine glasses with friends, for a friend, or for yourself, you are sure to have fun letting your creative side come out!

Add a personalized touch to ordinary wine glasses by painting flowers on them to make them extraordinary! Not only are these hand painted wine glasses easy to make, but they’re pretty inexpensive too, which makes them great gifts if you’re on a tight budget!

Choose the flowers and colors of your choice to make them extra special for birthdays, holidays, or just because. So roll up your sleeves because we’re about to dive into Flower Wine Glass Painting 101!

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Tips for Practicing Meditation

July 20, 2020
Lindsey Gaterman

The practice of meditation can fuel positivity, improve focus, and reduce stress, especially in current times. Each week at 1-800-Flowers, our meditation instructor, Lindsey Gaterman, has been hosting virtual classes for employees to help them relax during this uncertain time. So far, the results have been nothing but positive. Below are our meditation tips from Lindsey that we’d like to share with you. Through repetition and practice, these exercises can become a habit you can make a part of your everyday life.

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Lifestyle

Sunflower Smiles

July 16, 2020

I wanted to share a just a few of the smiles that were created during a recent Sunflowers for Smile Farms fundraiser.  The fundraiser came about when the owner of Dos Gringos, a flower farm in California that 1-800 Flowers is proud to partner with, reached out to me about some extra sunflowers they had.  It was at the beginning of the quarantine and everything was on hold – but the flowers were in bloom and ready for harvesting!

At the same time, the big annual fundraising event for Smile Farms, Inc. had just been canceled due to the pandemic.  Smile Farms is the signature philanthropic  partner of 1-800 Flowers and my brother Kevin is a farmer at Smile Farms at IGHL.   So, when I got that call from Dos Gringos, I knew exactly what we could do with those sunflowers!

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Fun Flower Facts

Most Popular Flower Types

July 12, 2020
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Flowers come in thousands of different shapes and color combinations, each with their own name and classification. There are over 400,000 types of flowering plants, so there is sure to be a flower that speaks to your unique personality! If that seems like a lot to sort through have no fear – here is a quick list of some of the most popular flower types:

Alstroemerias

Alstroemerias are more often called either Peruvian Lilies or Lilies of the Incas and are native to South America. Peruvian Lilies come in a variety of warm colors like pink and orange and are symbolic of friendship, wealth and devotion. These flowers bloom in late spring/early summer when exposed to direct sunlight and watered weekly (water more often when you notice soil looking dry, water less when the soil looks soggy).

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Flower & Plant Shop Corner, Fun Flower Facts

Health Benefits of House Plants

July 11, 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

Have you ever noticed that the minute you step out into a lush forest or beautiful park, you instantly feel at ease? It’s not your imagination—people actually feel calmer when surrounded by greenery. Continue Reading…

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An Interview with Jason Wu

July 7, 2020
Jason Wu Wild Beauty

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We’re beyond excited to team up with renowned fashion designer Jason Wu on Wild Beauty, a collection of runway-inspired bouquets that celebrate unique inner beauty.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty, Fashion Inspired Bouquets
Wu is a leading global design talent who’s merged classic American sportswear elements with a refined couture sensibility to create an internationally recognized brand. Since debuting his Ready-to-Wear collection in 2007, he’s been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Not to mention, he dresses some of the most influential and stylish women in the world.

We sat down with Jason to get every last detail of this ultimate fashion-meets-floral collaboration.
Jason Wu Wild Beauty
How did this partnership come about?
I actually grew up around flowers (my father was an avid gardener), and I’ve had a deep love for them ever since. As a designer, flowers have come to play a significant role in my Ready-to-Wear collections and have been prominently featured in my shows, including many provided by 1-800-Flowers. So when the team approached me about introducing a fresh, new design aesthetic to their collection, I felt it was the perfect fit. Continue Reading…