Birthday Party Traditions Around The World

August 12, 2016

Ask any kid what their favorite holiday is and we bet a large majority will respond with “my birthday!” After all, who wouldn’t? There’s cake, a party, presents, and it’s a day all about them!

Aside from what you normally associate birthdays with, though, does your family have other traditions that you follow when it comes time to celebrate another year of life? If you’re looking to start something new, take a look at how people celebrate in other countries – you may want to give one of these a try!

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Holiday Decorations

Celebrating Grandparents Day

August 11, 2016

Being a grandparent is the best excuse to be a kid again! At least one afternoon a week I plan some type of creative activity to do with my granddaughter Juliette – watercolor painting, calligraphy, planting a fairy garden, and one of my all time favorites – coloring! According to Digital Trends website, adult coloring books are the latest, and definitely least techy, method that people are choosing to help relax! In the past few weeks anywhere from four to eight of the top 20 best selling books on Amazon are coloring books!

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Fun Flower Facts

Top 5 Flowers That Grow Best In Shade

August 10, 2016
Bleeding Heart Flowers

When planning your garden or figuring out where you’ll place your potted plants and flowers, chances are you look for somewhere sunny. After all, plants and flowers need light to survive, right? While yes, the sun is probably a factor that you’ve associated with healthy plants and flowers since you first learned about science and nature, keep in mind that there are also some species that can do well in shade – in fact, some even prefer it!

Bleeding Heart Flowers

If your home is surrounded by mostly shady conditions, consider including these flowers in your garden for the best results:

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Fresh Flower Fashion: Techniques Used To Make Flower Jewelry

August 8, 2016

Adorning oneself with fresh flowers is an age-old custom that’s been around for centuries and practiced all over the world. There are many examples such as flower crowns, prom & wedding corsages, and Victorian posies. And many famous women, from Frida Kahlo to Billie Holiday, have used flowers to set themselves apart from the crowd. Indian celebrations have always incorporated flowers in their celebrations, not just as décor but also as headdresses, necklaces, rings and bracelets.

I’m so happy to see a new interest in this practice. One of the big influencers of this trend has been music festivals—especially Coachella! But why stop there? With a little imagination and the following tips, tricks and techniques, you just might become the next trendsetter in fresh flower fashion.two-girls-with-flower-crownsThere are a few basic techniques that you should be aware of. As you start to create you’ll find that you’ll use these techniques in multiple ways and may vary your style and tools from piece to piece. Taping, wiring and gluing (and even sewing) are all acceptable methods to make shapes and attach flowers.

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Fun Flower Facts

10 Types of Flowering Weeds

August 8, 2016

Although you don’t need to have a garden or even grass on your property to know about weeds, if you have either, then you know just how frustrating weeds can be – they certainly add some time to your lawn and garden maintenance and can take away from the aesthetics of your home! However, there are some weeds that don’t look as if they’re just poking up from the ground to get in the way, and in fact, some beginner gardeners may not even realize that they’re actually a weed at all – here, we’re talking about flowering weeds.

To help you better differentiate between true flowers and flowering weeds, we’ve put together the following list of different flowering weed types:

Black Nightshades

Black nightshades are classified as broadleaf annuals, and they are commonly found in lawns and/or gardens that have really rich soil. These weeds are visually described as being climbing or bushy plants, and they typically produce white or purple flowers – they are also known to produce red or purple fruits. If you notice any signs of these in your yard you’ll want to remove them as soon as possible, as all parts of the plant are considered to be poisonous.

Common Ragworts

Common ragworts are described as having lobed leaves that are blue/green in color, and yellow flowers that are shaped like a star. Since common ragworts do re-seed at a pretty fast rate, it’s important that you remove the first few as soon as you notice them to prevent future growth. Tip: common ragworts do produce toxins, so as you remove them make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands.

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Top 10 Mosquito Repellent Plants

August 5, 2016
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All winter we look forward to having the chance to sit outside once again, lounging with a cool, refreshing drink in hand, surrounded by friends and family. But while each summer brings new opportunities, new memories and new experiences, one thing that stays the same are those pesky critters creeping up on us, biting us until we can’t take the itch any longer. Yep, you guessed it, we’re talking about mosquitoes.

While some bug spray may hold you over for a while during your time outdoors in the summer, we have something else that can be helpful in keeping these blood-sucking pests away – plants! Here are the top 10 that we recommend using if you’re striving for a mosquito-free yard:


Marigolds are known to give off a rather distinct smell that mosquitoes aren’t a fan of. You can either plant new seeds or grab a potted marigold from a nursery nearby – either way, just make sure you place your marigolds in the area where you and your guests are probably going to spend most of your time.

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If you usually keep a citronella candle on your deck or patio, you know how helpful citronella can be in deterring pests. In fact, citronella is known to be one of the most commonly used ingredients in various insect repellents! Instead of a candle, this time try using an actual citronella plant to keep mosquitoes away – either plant it in the ground or place it in a pot.


Lavender can be your biggest saving grace when it comes to keeping any type of pest out of your garden – other insects and rabbits are just a few things that tend to stay away from lavender plants in addition to mosquitoes. Although you might enjoy their smell, mosquitoes can’t stand it! For the best results in growing a lavender plant of your own, make sure it’s placed somewhere that receives full sun. Continue Reading…

DIY Flower Crafts

DIY Friendship Bracelet with Flower Beads

August 4, 2016

“I get by with a little help from my friends” — The Beatles

In honor of friends everywhere and Friendship Day on Sunday, August 7th, we decided to celebrate our BFFs with the timeless tradition of friendship bracelets! Consisting of a series of tied knots, friendship bracelets represent the strong and unbroken bond between two friends, and they look pretty, too! 🙂

Whether making a friendship bracelet as a gift for your closest friend, or organizing a party to make bracelets with a group of friends, the sentimental value of handmade bracelets is priceless! Just like every friend, each bracelet is unique, and can be made to fit your bestie’s personality, so take out your string and let’s get crafty with these easy-to-follow instructions below! friendship-bracelet-final-image Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

10 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends On Friendship Day

August 3, 2016
Friendship Day

Take a minute to think about the people who are closest to you – many will be members of your family, but the rest will be your dearest and truest friends.

Although you should never need a reason to celebrate your friendship with others (though some have adopted the tradition of the “friend-aversary”), each August, Friendship Day gives us the chance to truly honor our friends and let them know just how grateful we are to have them in our lives. How do you and your BFF(s) plan to celebrate this year?

If you’re looking for ideas you’ve come to the right place – below, we’re sharing 10 of our favorite friendship day activities.

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Fun Flower Facts

How Are Colored Orchids Made?

August 1, 2016
Blue Orchid

Among other things, flowers are known for their natural beauty and the amazivariang tions of colors that we find them in. But despite their current aesthetic appeal, sometimes we’re left wanting more – more flowers in more different colors!

If you’ve ever seen your favorite flower in a color that’s different from how they normally look in full bloom, you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is “painted flowers.” Today, we’re specifically taking a look at colored orchids (one of our favorites!) and answering one of the biggest questions we’re sure you have – how are they made?

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