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Diwali, The Festival of Lights: How to Celebrate

October 24, 2019

What is Diwali?

how-to-celebrate-diwali-candlesOnce a year in autumn, during the darkest new moon in the Hindu month Kartik, Hindu communities and temples will shine bright with millions of candles and lamps. This celebration, known as Diwali – or the festival of lights – dates all the way back to ancient times! Diwali 2019 is celebrated on October 27th and for several days after, depending on the family’s religion and traditions.

The traditional name of this holiday, Deepawali originates from the Sanskrit words deep, meaning light and avali, meaning row. Depending on the region and religion, the duration of the festival (3-5 days) as well as the history and origin of the holiday may vary. Although Diwali is mainly a family affair, Diwali is also a religious day for many Hindus. Many celebrate the holiday to bring prosperity and good health to their families.
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Fun Flower Facts

All About Roses

October 1, 2019

With their unparalleled beauty and versatility, it’s clear why roses are among the most popular flower around the world. From being showcased around homes to being a key ingredient in perfumes to being the subject of works of art throughout history, the rose has been immortalized from a flower to an iconic part of human culture. Read on to learn more about roses including their unique history, fun facts and care tips!

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April Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

April 1, 2019

April may be known for its showers, but those born in the fourth month make up for the seasonal downpour with their radiant personalities. So when their special day surfaces, show the birthday boy or girl just how much they shine with a thoughtful and impressive gift idea they’ll love. Here are some fun facts about April birthdays, including information about the April birth month and flower to give you a bit of inspiration for choosing the perfect gift.

April Birthday Fun Facts

April Birth Stone: Diamond

birthstone-bottle-necklace-april-89579With the brightest rays of sunshine peeking through the still-bare foliage of April, it comes as no surprise that the April birth stone is none other than the long sought-after diamond. The stone’s name is derived from the Greek word “adamus”, meaning invincible; a fitting name for one of the hardest substances found in the world. While diamonds are most commonly colorless, they can be found in shades from yellow to pink to blue, depending on the impurities of the rock.

Historically, diamonds have been used to aid in strength – from spiritual strength to physical and emotional. During ancient times, people even believed that diamonds were either tears of the gods or made of lightning bolts! Some of the earliest recorded history of the diamond dates back to around 300 BC in India, where it was valued for its reflective properties and used in talismans to ward off evil. During the Middle Ages, people would not only sleep with diamonds to strengthen their health, but would even go as far as to ingest diamonds to cure illnesses!

Shine on, you April diamond!
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Fun Flower Facts

Popular Spring Flowers

March 20, 2019
Daffodil field in spring

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!

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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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March Birthday Gift Ideas & Facts

March 2, 2019

Assorted color roses for birthday in a vase with stuffed bear and happy birthday balloonJust as the last icicles of winter are melting away, the month of March comes into play, tearing down the last of remnants of the winter season and replacing it with the seedlings of spring.

The beauty of this landscape makes for the perfect background for a celebration of life and birth! Read up on March birthday fun facts and history and make this year extra special with the perfect March birthday gift.

March Birthday Fun Facts

March Birthstone: Aquamarine

Like the month itself, the March birthstone is a mixture of two opposing forces – calmly cool yet wildly bright like its name’s meaning, “water of the sea” suggests. Found in varying shades of blue, this hypnotizing stone has been a subject of awe and mysticism for centuries. Both the Romans and the Greeks believed wearing the aquamarine would help ensure a sailor’s safety across the restless seas. Additionally, they believed this stone would help protect soldiers and give them in upper hand in combat.

During the Middle Ages, the aquamarine was believed to have magical properties, such as the ability to rekindle the flame in a couple’s relationship. It became a popular material for crystal balls, which was used for fortune telling and mystical rituals such as weather manipulation.

Although a majority of the world’s aquamarine supply comes from Brazil, this stone can also be found in the Middle East, Mexico, Africa, Russia and parts of the United States.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

Sing Your Way to Valentine’s Day: 16 Songs with Valentine In the Title

January 25, 2019

valentines-day-songs-with-valentine-in-the-titleThat time of year is finally here! A time of candy hearts, sweet sentiments, and celebration of love all kinds – from friendly to romantic. There are countless ways to celebrate this lovely occasion; whether you surprise a special someone with a Valentine’s Day gift, gather your pals for a Valentine’s Day themed party or simply mark the occasion in your own unique way, there is no one right way to celebrate.

On the days leading up to February 14, add a festive touch to your days with help from some “lovely” tunes. And of course, what could be more festive than a feel-good song that also has the word “valentine” in the title?! You can even take it to the next level by using the sheet music from your favorite Valentine’s Day song and turning it into a candle like Celebrations.com did here!

Read on for 16 songs with “valentine” in the title. Did we forget one of your favorites? Make sure to share it with us in the comments! Continue Reading…

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Bosses Day Gifting: Tips for Organizing a Group Gift

October 11, 2017

group-gifting-tips-for-bosses-dayHe’s there to aid you, direct you, and lend a willing ear when the work day gets tough. He may be the boss, but he’s also a friend, colleague, and confidante. Bosses Day is October 16th, 2017, so celebrate the head honcho with a gift of thanks from the whole team!

While a gift from the whole group is sure to make his day, it’s no secret that things can get a little hectic when multiple people at a time are involved. Make the planning a bit simpler and ensure success by following these 8 simple tips for group gifting! Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

DIY Rosh Hashanah Decorations: How to Make a Fresh Apple Vase

September 15, 2017

rosh-hashanah-decorations-diy-apple-vase-2Looking for the perfect Rosh Hashanah centerpiece or accent? Take inspiration from the star of the menu – apples – and turn them into wow-worthy décor with a few simple steps!

Using just a knife and flowers, we turned this go-to Rosh Hashanah treat into a conversation starting decoration. After creating your apple flowers, you can turn this DIY idea into place cards for a table setting (just tie a nametag around the apples), a juicy and vibrant centerpiece, or sweet accent pieces when you spread several throughout the room.

As this is a vase made from a fresh fruit, it is best to make these beauties the night before or morning of, if possible. Each apple takes about five minutes to make. Continue Reading…

Fun Flower Facts

The Life Cycle of a Sunflower

July 22, 2017
sunflowers

Towering over the fields and adding a burst of happiness to the gardens, sunflowers are one of the most recognizable and beloved flowers in nature. In fact, artist Vincent Van Gogh painted an entire series of still life paintings around the flower entitled “Sunflowers.” But just how does a tiny seedling turn into the awe-inspiring flowers of sunshine we know and love? Read on for the full sunflower life cycle – from seedling to petal.

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Delivering Smiles

Celebrate Friendship Day with These Inspiring Quotes About Friendship

July 20, 2017

Like flowers, friends are a colorful addition to our lives, adding beauty, inspiration, and happiness to our day to day lives. To celebrate this unique bond, we’ve put together some of the most inspiring quotes about friendship, from Hollywood to literature.

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Friendship Day 2017 is August 6, so grab your favorite pals and celebrate your special relationships and memories! If your friends are close at heart but far in distance, pick your favorite quote about friendship and pair it with a heartfelt card about friendship delivered straight to their inbox!

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