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What Celeb Moms Want for Mother's Day: Drew Barrymore, Ree Drummond and More Share Gift Ideas - PEOPLE.comMonday, May 07, 2018
What do the stars give their moms on Mother’s Day? PEOPLE asked and they answered.Drew Barrymore, Ree Drummond, Leslie Mann, Niecy Nash and Lauren Conrad shared their picks — from the things they plan to gift others to what they’re hoping to receive themselves on May 13.Barrymore, who is mom to Olive, 5, and Frankie, 4, chose one of the most functional presents out there: a pair of Crocs’ LiteRide clogs ($54.99).RELATED: PEOPLE Editors Share the Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: From Mom-and-Me Aprons to a Major SplurgeCourtesy Crocs“What mom doesn’t deserve a little extra comfort on her day?” says the actress and entrepreneur, who is a Crocs spokeswoman.She also offered up a picture-perfect present made for snapping family vacation photos.Courtesy Ban.do“For Instagramworthy beach photos,” Barrymore picked Ban.do’s Giant Circle Color Wheel beach towel ($68). “Bonus if you add kids and dogs!” she adds.Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, also has a colorful and fanciful find for the moms in your life.Courtesy Plump Pretty SugarRELATED: New Mom Laur... http://people.com/home/what-celeb-moms-want-for-mothers-day-drew-barrymore-ree-drummond-and-more-share-gift-ideas/
Booksellers Show Off Creativity in Holiday Window Displays - BTWTuesday, December 19, 2017
The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, New York: The bookstore won first place in the Woodstock Open House Window Display Contest of 2017. Co-owners Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad tapped their friend Lucia Reale-Vogt to create their displays. Reale-Vogt, an artist, crafter, and baker, created the “Let it Snow” tableau with old books, sheet music, and metallic paper. Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon: “Our stockings are hung in our window with care! Our holiday displays are bursting with great books for everyone on your list,” the store wrote on Instagram.Black Bird Bookstore, San Francisco, California: “Wintry snow flowers float around a holiday wreath in the front window at Black Bird Bookstore,” said owner Kathryn Grantham. Card Carrying Books & Gifts, Corning, New York: Co-owner Sarah Blagg said she wanted to harken to Card Carrying’s identity as a feminist bookstore while making a play on words. “We thought it would be fun to be a little tongue-in-cheek this holiday season,” she said. http://bookweb.org/news/booksellers-show-creativity-holiday-window-displays-102395
Tips for cutting costs on your wedding without sacrificing quality - Globalnews.caTuesday, January 08, 2019
READ MORE: What to do as soon as you get engagedWhere to saveDecorPick flowers that are in season The flower selection may vary across the country so ask your local florist what your best options would be for the month you’re getting married.And if you’re really dying to have a certain flower (but don’t want to pay to import them if they’re not in season), you may want to consider picking your wedding date accordingly.If your floral budget is smaller, know that you’ll likely end up with more green in the arrangements, which is golden if you choose that as one of your colours.Mix up the centerpiecesBefore you go all Pinterest-crazy with centerpiece ideas, know that what you see on there can be quite costly.Wise recommends putting elaborate and tall floral centerpieces on every other table, and simple low centerpieces (that can be a smattering of different-sized candles) on the rest.“Alternate centerpieces can give room definition,” she said. “It makes it more intriguing to look at.”Candles are also pretty cheap. Just make sure to check the burn time so they don’t go out during your reception.Find twinkly lightsThe little white lights are quite inexpensive, as well.But they can make a room look magical.“This whole twinkle light thing is super trendy and romantic,” Wise said.She suggests buying them online and getting your groomsmen to hang them up.READ MORE: Wedding décor trends: Tips to turn your reception into an ‘experience’ 2016 trends in wedding decor Don’t print everythingThis tip will help save you cash — and the environment.For those doing a sit-down dinner, you don’t need to print menus for everyone. Place a couple on the table instead.The programs can be cut out too, Wise said, unless you have a really unique DIY idea for them. People will figure out what’s going on.If you’re really worried they won’t, you could write out a breakdown at the entrance.Or just include the details on your wedding website.Another thing to s... https://globalnews.ca/news/2709285/tips-for-cutting-costs-on-your-wedding-without-sacrificing-quality/
A Different Bloom: Conroe-area flower shop blossoms - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, January 08, 2019
A Different Bloom owner Holly Burns spends her days surrounded by flowers and ribbons at her blossomy boutique. A florist for more than a decade, Burns creates contemporary flower arrangements, personalized gift baskets, corsages and formal items for a variety of occasions. https://communityimpact.com/houston/conroe-montgomery/business/2018/08/21/a-different-bloom/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Narcotics professor, florist found faith - Arlington Catholic HeraldTuesday, January 08, 2019
A few years ago, she took a class on floraldesign. By happenstance, her teacher was a social worker who donated flowers towomen’s shelters. Sale fell in love with floristry and spent three years offand on at a floral design school in Manhattan. She also volunteered arrangingflowers at women’s shelters. “It was the first time (the women) ever hadflowers. Can you imagine?” she said. “They would come up to me and cry. I wouldteach them and I would say, ‘Put them next to your bedside because you deserveflowers — always remember that.’ ” Now she has her own small business — Sandi’sFloral Creations. A few years ago, Sale took her flowersand retired to the beach. But after six months, she found she was miserable. Soher brother invited her to stay with his family for a while. One Sunday, shejoined them for Mass at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax. “Everybody seemed so peaceful, and thewelcoming was amazing,” she said. “I said, ‘What planet is this?’ And mybrother goes, ‘That’s our faith.’ I said, ‘How do I get that?’ ” So Sale wasback in the classroom again, this time attending RCIA. In 2017, she wasreceived into the church. Sale’s Catholic faith is “the best giftI’ve ever had,” and so she uses her talents to give back to the church. Sale arrangesthe flowers for the altar at St. Leo Church and occasionally at diocesanevents. She likes to volunteer with the youth group and is a member of the Legionof Mary. “It is finally a place where I feel Ibelong. I was meant to be here, and the joy I have every day from belonging andfinding my path is more than I can ever say,” said Sale. Her hope is to bringpeople the light of Christ through all she does. “I waited 60-some years to getthis gift — I want to shout it from the treetops.” ... https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Narcotics_professor,_florist_found_faith/
Protea flowers a rare treat from down under - West Hawaii TodayTuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.ADVERTISING If you are not familiar with protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called, and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, proteas are worth checking out. Other long lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaiian exotics.For further information on the protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona. Several books are available like Sunset’s Western Garden Book to give you tips on growing these amazing plants. Share this story... http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/10/21/features/protea-flowers-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/