Long before email, texting, instant messages or even phone calls, people used flowers to communicate. The language of flowers — also known as floriography — was popular in the 18th and 19th century. While we now have more ways to communicate, the messages told with flowers are as meaningful today as ever. If you’re looking for a birthday gift for a special someone who is impossible to shop for, try birth flowers. read more
My husband agrees that the best Father’s Day gift is time with his family, and also baby back ribs, but mostly the gift of time. So why not combine both? Planning a Father’s Day barbeque doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. Putting together some simple but delicious food with a few fun decorations can make the occasion feel festive. read more
Marriage is all the good and all the bad rolled into one lifelong journey. It takes careful intention, hard work, love, commitment and forgiveness. And those first five years are both the most difficult and the most joyous. All this makes yearly anniversaries important to celebrate. Honor your day and the one you love with these wedding anniversary gift ideas for your significant other. read more
While the lavish gardens of yesteryear were lovely, for most Americans, they are no longer realistic. For nearly 39 million California residents tasked with mandatory water reduction, extravagant gardens could make you a target for water waste fines. For others, housing budget limitations or city-centered careers prevent manicured landscapes. But you don’t need an expansive yard or even a ton of water to maintain a lovely garden; instead think outside the (planter) box. read more
Turn your backyard into a gathering space for family and friends. You don’t have to wait for a special day. With these handy party tips, any day can be a special occasion. It’s the start of the outdoor party season with warmer days, fresh air, and green grass to tickle your toes. So invite your favorite friends to raise a glass. Enjoy the moment!
Mother’s Day is one of those special times when we all stop and recognize our mothers and their undying love and strength. I will always cherish the fact that my mother was at every dance recital, took me to school every day, always had a home-cooked meal prepared for dinner and was always there to help with homework. My mother would lose sleep if it meant helping someone in need — she is the Energizer Bunny and my idol. read more
When you’re a mom, being the vessel of unconditional love often means it’s too easy to neglect yourself and become worn out, stressed out and run down. Maybe you’ve witnessed it with your own mother, or maybe you’re nodding your head in agreement based on your own experience in the journey of motherhood. While “me time” and pampering may sound like a selfish indulgence, taking the time to relax the body and mind is an investment in your overall wellness. Although every mother is unique, I firmly believe in the age-old saying, “If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody’s happy.” read more
Fresh tea leaves picked from the tea garden from 2006 and a single tulip from those 2005 bulbs plopped into a vase, all on a tray as I open my eyes. The kids cluster around the bed, excited to wake me up for Mother’s Day, the one day a year when I get to sleep in as long as I please and wander amidst the flowers for hours on end.