Kristina Libby

Why We Need Community in Moments of Mourning Now More Than Ever

September 15, 2020
Kristina Libby with Pink Floral Heart

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

When I created my first floral heart, I didn’t know why I was doing it. I simply felt compelled to do something for those dying from COVID-19 and for those around me who were suffering. However, as I have spent the last many months engaged in deep study on the rituals around death and dying, I’ve come to better understand the role that community can play in moments of tragedy. Community mourning makes death more tolerable. 

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Kristina Libby

Moving Forward: Understanding and Reimagining Loss

September 14, 2020
Floral Heart on Wood

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

When my high school boyfriend’s sister died, I remember watching their family suffer through the moment in a sort of catatonic blindness. His mother sobbed in grief. His father sat numbly. The other siblings walked around silent, crying and reckless. None of us had the vocabulary or familiarity with death to understand and mourn the sudden loss of a child — and perhaps no one ever does. However, I do believe that if we all had had more conversations about death, more familiarity with death, and more understanding of the grieving process, the moment would have been different.

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Kristina Libby

How Artist Kristina Libby Brought Comfort to Her City Through Floral Heart Designs

September 11, 2020
Floral Heart with Fountain

From recalling happy memories to celebrating a life well lived, our new series, Reimagining Grief, encourages you to rethink your understanding of grief. Whether you’re searching for ideas to honor a loved one, are seeking inspiration to brighten someone’s day, or are looking for supportive communities, our experts – from those who have experienced loss to professional therapists – are here to show you that positivity lives on. Through personal stories and uplifting videos, we’re here to guide you to a peaceful, pleasant mindset.

Creativity can be used to express a range of emotions, and after suffering a traumatic brain injury, it’s what artist Kristina Libby relied on to get herself through tough times. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Kristina used her imagination to bring comfort to the public in the form of floral heart arrangements. We were fortunate enough to catch up with her and discuss the inspiration behind her selfless project she shared with the world.

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Connections

New Year, New Challenges: Back-to-School Tips and Solutions

September 10, 2020
Teacher with Mask

Back to School Banner

Staying Connected features the many ways you can keep-in-touch with loved ones during difficult times. From stories highlighting generosity to tips on staying connected, we’ll bring you expert advice, inspiration, and great ways to ensure you maintain contact with the people who mean the most to you. 

 2020 is shaping up to be a year unlike any other. This is especially true for parents and educators who face unprecedented challenges as children enter a new school year with COVID-19 on everyone’s minds. 

Whether your child will be attending school in-person or participating in virtual classes from home, teachers want to keep everyone safe while providing a sense of continuity. Read on for more information from educators about how to ensure your family’s success during this school year’s transition. Continue Reading…

Connections

Top 8 Reasons Grandparents are the Greatest

September 4, 2020
Grandpa and Grandma

Celebration Inspiration is a new series all about bringing you top-notch advice and creative ideas to make the most of life’s special momentsWhether you’re celebrating a birthday, holiday, or any noteworthy occasionwe’re here to share fun, festive tips that will make a lasting impression. 

Grandpa and Grandma

Grandparents 

They’re the roots of our family, holding us all together. They’re the piece that keeps the family puzzle in place. They’re the family members that show us unshakable compassion, attention, and love— and honestly they’re nine times out of 10 our favorite relatives, too.  

Grandparents are a big deal, and we love them so much there’s even a nationally recognized holiday dedicated to them. Why? Because it’s the one day out of the whole year we can devote all of our attention to the people who spend the rest of the year showering us with affection and love. 

In honor of Grandparents Day, which falls on September 13th this year (quick, mark your calendars!), we thought we’d run down a quick list why grandparents are the absolute greatest.   Continue Reading…

Highlights

Labor Day Facts You Might Not Know

September 3, 2020
American Flag Outside

American flag and tools

Bet You Didn’t Know  

Bet You Didn’t Know is a new series all about exploring the different holidays we celebrate and why exactly we observe them. We dive deep into these important occasions to find out why we honor them while sharing their history and purpose. Get ready to be surprised! 

Every one of us has probably basked in the glory of the one day a year we all know and love.  

That’s right, we’re talking about Labor Day—the nationally recognized holiday that we celebrate on the first Monday of September every single year.  

Labor Day is often much looked forward to for folks who appreciate a Monday off work and spent with loved ones and is often punctuated by a fun activity, delicious food, and other holiday-esque events we look forward to every year. Often, Labor Day Weekend is also considered the official end of summertime, marking the close of a few months filled with sunshine and fun, quickly being traded in for school, responsibility, and cooler weather.  

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Connections

How to Create a Memory Journal for Grandparents’ Day

September 2, 2020
Grandparents' Day Memory Journal

 It’s incredible how you can know someone so well while not knowing much about their past. This is especially true with grandparents. With Grandparents’ Day coming up on September 13th, why not take this chance to interview Grandma and Grandpa (or have your children interview your parents) to learn some interesting family history? Then, record their answers in a memory journal. Below are 15 questions to get you started. 

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Connectivity

Happy Labor Day

August 31, 2020
Thank you essential workers

Our Sunday letters are direct from our Chairman and CEO and aim to provide a message of hope and inspiration. We share the best stories that show how others aim to express, connect and celebrate the people most important to them during these times.

Thank you essential workers

Paying Tribute to our Unsung Heroes

On Labor Day, we pay tribute to the people who work to make the products we use every day and who provide the goods and services that make our way of life possible.

The holiday was begun as part of the labor movement in the late 19th century as it wrought reforms for working conditions and hours. We all pay homage to their successes — moving from standard seven-day work weeks to five, limiting shifts to eight hours, making child labor illegal and improving working conditions and safety protocols.

Labor Day today is unlike those in the past

We also want to salute our unsung local heroes who probably don’t get the recognition for their contributions that they deserve — such as the people who stock shelves, check out our groceries, drive taxis and buses, work in the hardware store and those who painstakingly clean and sanitize virtually everywhere we go. We invite you to say a special thanks to those heroes on Labor Day, especially those who may spend the holiday working and who we consider a #LocalHero

In past years, we’d celebrate the holiday with a long weekend of cookouts, parades, picnics, fireworks and other public gatherings. Like so many things, it will be different this year, but we have the obligation to ourselves, our friends, families and communities to make the best of it.

Yet one thing will be familiar. In addition to a day set aside for workers, Labor Day also has become known as the official end of summer. We all recognize only too well that this has been a peculiar and trying summer for many. We’ve missed our normal vacations and traditions, and we’ve worked hard to try to wring something special out of the summer months. It’s not too late to knock off another item or two from that list of summer activities you created back on Memorial Day.

A new reality for education is right around the corner

With the mornings becoming a bit cooler and the sun setting a bit earlier, we now turn our attention to back to school. This is a tough time for parents and children alike, whether they’re learning in person or remotely, and whether your kids are starting kindergarten or heading to college. You also might consider reaching out to others in a similar boat as you. You can join our Connection Communities, powered by Wisdo where you can meet others and discuss topics like COVID-19 anxiety and self care. The community is free, it is our gift to you.

If back to school doesn’t affect you directly, consider dropping a note or calling a struggling parent to let them know you care or even offer to help if you can.

Whether you have kids or not, work is also changing. Many people are still working remotely, and, for some, their jobs may never be in a large open-office setting again.

How we respond is more important than the situation we are in

Others have lost their jobs and are looking now for new placements or even new career paths. Some of their organizations are pivoting to new business strategies, so their jobs may be different.

Many people are responding by joining the burgeoning gig economy, where they don’t have a single, steady job but take on serial assignments from multiple employers. In short, the future of work is changing for many people, organizations and industries.

Everything is a bit different this year for everyone. We’ll just continue to face challenges and hope they’ll turn into new opportunities, to make new traditions, to rekindle relationships and make new connections, to accept the changes we can’t control and to look for whatever silver linings we might find.

All the best,
Jim & Chris

P.S. This week @Mark Cuban mentioned on @GMA the power of partnering with virtual event companies to meet customer’s changing needs for entertaining and gathering. At @1-800-Flowers.com, we are thrilled to partner with @Alice’s Table to provide virtual floral classes to our customers. #virtualclasses #sharktank #floralarranging

Delivering Smiles

How to Turn Your Backyard into the Ultimate Outdoor Movie Theater

August 24, 2020
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Summer is winding down but there are so many ways to end it on a high note. With a little imagination and DIY knowledge, you can make the most of the warmer days, right in the comfort of your backyard. In response to closed movie theaters, one fun idea is to create your own outdoor theater, and it’s easier than you think! Below are tips for putting together the ultimate outdoor theater so you can enjoy your favorite movies under the stars.  

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Connectivity

Getting Organized

August 24, 2020
Getting Organized

Getting Organized

Many people are spending more time at home than they typically would during the warm summer months. Some have even taken this extra time to “nest.” The term, typically associated with expectant parents, describes the process of getting a home ready for a new child; however, in the context of our current pandemic, it has taken on an entirely new meaning. Families are working to make their spaces more special.

Make Your Space Work for You

At the beginning of summer, we wrote about our suggestion to use this time at home to turn your attention to home-improvement projects you just couldn’t get to before. We shared examples like focusing on your interior space by trying some new decorating touches that make your space work for you or turning your backyard into a paradise by taking up gardening. According to a survey by Scott’s Miracle-Gro, because of COVID-19, over half of the country has turned to gardening, while another 20 percent indicated they plan to test their green thumb. Continue Reading…