Archive for July, 2009
Leo ~ July 23 – August 22
Leo is known for its dominant, spontaneous and creative nature. Leos are warmhearted, loving and generous extroverts. Their self-confidence exudes from their every pore; they are big thinkers who love the limelight.
This fire sign has a mighty roar and a heart of gold.
Leo’s colors are vibrant yellows and orange and their birthstone is the ruby.
Leos love roses and sunflowers and exotic flowers.
Leos love attention grabbing bouquets, the bolder the better. A cut flower bouquet of lush, brightly colored flowers warm a Leo’s heart. Appeal to the romantic side of Leo with a lush bouquet of sunset roses.
Be sure to order flowers for your favorite Leo from Eden Florist!
July 27th, 2009
National Make Someone Smile Week is really taking off. In fact, there is lots of buzz going on at Twitter. People are coming up with a variety of ways to “spread the smiles across the miles.”
Smile Week on Twitter
It all started last night when I posted about it being National Make Someone Smile Week ~National Make Someone Smile Week Begins Today http://bit.ly/3Aumrm I was linking to the post I wrote yesterday here..
Michael Long aka @theredrecruiter on Twitter retweeted a message I posted that had been retweeted by someone else. Here it is: “@HeidiRichards I’m digging this smile week thing! Let’s spread it! #SmileWeek“
Then Michael sent a message saying: “What are you doing for #smileweek? I’m going to buy a stranger a cup of coffee tomorrow. (Spread the smiles!!!)” followed by:
“Help spread the word about National Smile Week! Here is how to play! http://bit.ly/eFJIm #smileweek“
To which I replied “Whoohoo wouldn’t it be kool if #SmileWeek made Trending Topics????” (BTW, Trending Topics are the Top Ten topics people are talking about on Twitter. )
@HeidiRichards Absolutely! Let’s hope that #SmileWeek takes hold tomorrow when everyone gets to work!
That was the beginning! Since then hundreds of people have tweeted and retweeted about Smile Week sharing what they plan to do. People are buying cups of coffee for strangers, calling people they haven’t spoken to in a while, paying the tolls at toll booths and so much more.
So I thought it would be fun to find out what MY READERS are doing to Spread the Smiles Across the Miles for National Smile Week.
so far, my staff and I have sent flowers to two local nursing homes, the local post office, a hospital information desk, local library and I have given my UPS, FEDEX and Postal Carrier flowers. Not to mention all the fun quotes, riddles, stories and good will shared on Twitter!
Let’s get this Smile Week ball rolling so fast it goes round the world at least once!
Are you up for the challenge? If so, feel free let us know what your plans are and what you’ve already done (in the comments section below). And if you are on Twitter, leave your Twitter ID and be sure to post your replies on Twitter with the #SmileWeek hashtag so others will see what you are doing.
Looking forward to hearing your ideas and goodwill stories!
July 20th, 2009
Ever since the dawn of time, people (mostly men) have been in the doghouse. Imagine how much trouble Adam would have been in if he had not eaten that apple! He might have had to spend the night (or several) in the dogasaurus cave! But that’s another story….
For as long as I can remember, people (mostly men) have been coming into my florist and saying “Help, I’m in the doghouse.” In fact, I can remember the very first time a customer said that to me, I replied, “No problem, we specialize in doghouse repairs.”
And so began what would one day become a national holiday. Now Get out of the Doghouse DAy is not really a celebration. I mean how could it be? Its more of an observance. Because most of the time people (mostly men) are looking for something to “smooth things over.” While flowers can certainly help get back in the intended’s good graces, it is easier to be forgiven when the offender is remorseful, sincere and he (or she) ads a dash of romance.
Now, I’m not suggesting you BEG Forgiveness (unless the situation warrants it), I am suggesting that bringing home a bouquet and being open to talking it out will give you a better chance of “getting out of the doghouse.”
In 2002 my staff and I conducted a survey and a majority of women said that although they preferred to talk about their troubles, they also thought flowers were a romantic way to ask for forgiveness. For men the answer was much simpler. They prefer make-up sex. Maybe adding a petals around the house and on the bed would satisfy both!
So next time you are in the doghouse think of flowers as a start… flowers suggest romance and let’s face it, romance is what most people (mostly women) really want.
So next time you are in the doghouse, bring home a bouquet and a willingness to talk things out and you could find yourself out of the doghouse and back in the Main House.
And remember, Eden Florist specializes in “doghouse repairs.”
To read some fun doghouse stories visit: http://www.tulipstalk.com/category/doghouse-stories/
To submit YOUR Doghouse Story (and enter our doghouse competition) visit: http://tulipstalk.com/DoghouseSurvey.pdf.
July 19th, 2009
“The man who can smile when things go wrong has thought of someone else he can blame it on.” ~ Robert Bloch
Did you know that today begins National Make Someone Smile WEEK (July 19-25)? That’s right. And all across the country thousands of florists are delivering flowers to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and foster care centers to people who might not otherwise get any flowers.
Started in 2000 by Teleflora, it has become “the floral industry’s most successful charitable program. Last year’s program spanned 144 cities throughout the United States and Canada, more than 2,000 florists donated their time. Teleflora’s program delivered more than 35,000 bouquets to those most in need of a smile.”
Eden Florist will be participating in Make Someone Smile Week by dropping off flowers to my local library, favorite grocery store clerk and more.
Check out the article “How do you Make Someone Smile? Send Flowers, of course!” It’s my list of 21 people and places to send a smile and get on in return. and be sure to visit: EdenFlorist.com to send flowers to someone who needs a lift.
And when you give a smile, it is almost impossible not to get one in return! And wouldn’t it be nice to be “blamed” for doing something good (for a change)? *SMILE
So keep smiling! And be sure to send someone flowers to make them smile too! It could be a total stranger or someone you love. Its up to you.
Feel free to leave your LIST of people you would like to make smile in the comments section below. If we get enough response, I may even have a contest and give free flowers to the writer AND the person she/he wishes to send flowers. How about that to make someone smile?
Happy Make Someone Smile Week!
July 19th, 2009
PUT ON A HAPPY FACE… by Dana Wilson
“One Halloween after taking my daughter trick or treating, the doorbell rang. It was very late and I couldn’t imagine children still being out at that time of night “trick or treating.” I said, ‘who is it?’ The voice on the other side of the door said, ‘it’s my birthday.” I opended the door and there HE stood. My boyfriend with an open ‘trick or treat’ bag and this angry scowl on his face.” I just stood there trying to look happy to see him. I was, but I was also upset. You see, I had forgotten his birthday! After what seemed like an eternity ….I put on a Happy Face. He still wasn’t smiling back so I said to him “you look so cute when your angry.” I filled his bag with candy, said Happy Birthday, and finally got a smile out of him! Although he was upset for a while, my sense of humor and sincere regret sure helped to get me out of the doghouse!” (submitted by Dana Wilson – Milwaukee, WI)
Have a great story to share? Take the Get Out of the Doghouse survey: http://tulipstalk.com/DoghouseSurvey.pdf
Check out the Doghouse Survey Press Release and 2009 Contest http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=37
July 18th, 2009
My Love for a Set of Teeth by John MacNanamee
“When I first met my wife, I was a wild and crazy guy – into motorcycles. She was (and still is) the complete opposite. She is always well dressed and me, well let’s just say that most of the time, there’s dirt under my fingernails. When she finally decided she would go out with me, I picked her up on my ‘chopper’ (motorcycle), which did not impress her any. The date didn’t go too well; we ran out of gas about a mile away from her home and she had to help me push it to a gas station. Then we got back on the chopper to go out and the front pipe came off, shot a flame and caught my pants leg on fire. To top it off, I took her to a biker bar and she freaked out. In order to get her to go out with me again and stay together, she said I needed to get a driver’s license, get a job and get a set of front teeth! So that’s how I got out of the doghouse with her.”
Ps. “We’ve been together 25 years (dated for 3, engaged for 18 and married for 4) They say that opposites attract, I guess it’s true! (submitted by John MacNanamee – Pembroke Pines, FL)
Read our story: Women Want Flowers Men Want Sex – Doghouse Survey Says http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=36
Order flowers at Eden Florist – http://www.edenflorist.com/index.php?cPath=9_18
July 18th, 2009
This Story was submitted to Eden Florist by someone who took our original “Doghouse Survey”. (names were withheld at writers requests – and to protect the innocent)
Forget Me Not AGAIN! by Inez M.
“My husband usually gets in the doghouse when he forgets my birthday or our anniversary. He usually remembers a day or two later when someone reminds him! That’s okay, though because he generally makes it up to me by sending me two dozen of biggest, most beautiful, fabulous red roses! Big red roses always do it for me!
And he gets something special in return! My good mood!” (Submitted by Inez M. – Miami Beach, FL)
Read Top Ten Ways to Stay out of The Doghouse: http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=35
July 18th, 2009
I Left My Heart For San Francisco by Marie
“I was engaged to this guy and we had set up a joint savings account. One day I decided I wanted to go to San Francisco, so I took money out of our joint account and went on a trip. When I got back, he was really mad at me and wouldn’t talk for two weeks. To punish me, he wouldn’t take me anywhere, we just stayed home. He made me promise never to do that again, but after that our relationship just went downhill. He never really trusted me again and I thought if he’s going to act like this before we get married, what’s it going to be like after? So you could say, I got out of the doghouse when I got out of the relationship. It turned out to be less than I hoped for, you really learn a lot about someone when money is an issue. I am just glad I found out before we got married.” (submitted by Marie in Miramar, FL)
Take the Get Out of the Doghouse survey: http://tulipstalk.com/DoghouseSurvey.pdf
July 18th, 2009
This Story was submitted to Eden Florist by someone who took our original “Doghouse Survey”. (names were withheld at writers requests – and to protect the innocent).
How Green is My “Dog” House by Paul L.
“My wife loves growing things and has been ‘hinting’ that she really wanted a greenhouse. I told her it would take up too much room, that it was too big. After all, 30 feet by 20 feet is a little bit much. She was not happy with that answer and as a result has not been as friendly toward me lately. One day while walking along Las Olas Blvd I stopped at one of those gift shops. Inside was a miniature greenhouse with real plants in it. I bought it for her and brought it home. Needless to say, she was very happy. And so am I, because it only takes up 30 inches by 20 inches! The irony is that when we were first married (20+ years ago) I wanted a biclycle that we couldn’t really afford. We had other priorities, like food, rent, electric…. That Christmas she bought me a miniature bicycle for our Christmas tree. I got my bicycle and she got her greenhouse. Relationships are full of compromise. In order to stay out of the Doghouse, one must know when and how to compromise.” – Paul L. – Miami, Florida
For more great fun read our the Doghouse Survey Results at http://www.tulipstalk.com/results-of-the-doghouse-survey/
July 18th, 2009
Today I was surfing the ‘net to find just the perfect floral quiz to share with readers of Tulips Talk. There were so many floral personality quizzes it amazed me. I had a difficult time narrowing them down. However, I did ~ here are what I consider the TOP SEVEN flower personality quizzes online (I did not include any that required a login or to subscribe first to see the results):
1. What’s your flower type at Quizilla http://www.quizilla.com/quizzes/9959891/whats-your-flower-type
2. Flowers that Match Your Personality Type Quiz http://www.streetdirectory.com/florist/singapore/flower_guide/quiz/flower_and_personality_type/
How do your friends see you? http://www.youthink.com/quiz.cfm?action=go_detail&sub_action=take&obj_id=340
4. What is your flower personality (at SelectSmart.com) http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=flowerprsnlty
5. Blogthings What Flower are you? Personality quiz http://www.blogthings.com/whatflowerareyouquiz/
6. Which Flower are You at AllTheTests.com for under 30ish http://www.allthetests.com/quiz14/quizpu.php?testid=1118970425&katname=Plants-Personality-tests
7. And my favorite (it seems to be the most comprehensive) is the Society of American Florists Personality Quiz which I wrote about here: http://www.edenflorist.com/article_info.php?articles_id=34
To help you to find out the “floral personality” of your intended recipient here’s a direct link to the quiz: http://www.aboutflowers.com/quiz/quiz.html
Good luck with your quiz taking! Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how accurate you think they were.
July 15th, 2009