Category Archives: Julie’s Blog

Floral and lifestyle expert Julie Mulligan shares her how-to secrets on home decor, flower design and holiday decorations!

Create Fun and Simple Easter Decorations

You can create simple Easter decorations that are simply beautiful and inexpensive by using seasonal flowers and re-purposing hard goods that you already have around your house or from other holidays. Easter Tree Making simple Easter decorations couldn’t be easier! Take … Continue reading

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Festive Fall & Thanksgiving Table Settings

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. While you don’t necessarily need to add a place card, it is a nice touch to create … Continue reading

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How to Make Halloween Centerpieces

Halloween is arguably the most DIY friendly holiday. Between costumes for kids and adults, décor and spooky-inspired parties, the options are endless!   DIY Halloween Candy Vase Personally, I love the purple, lime green, orange and black combination for the … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Spooky Spider Tree Halloween Centerpiece

Here’s a “spider tree” that is very simple to make and will look great in a picture window, on a table in the foyer or as a centerpiece for a Halloween party. Begin making your own spooky spider tree Halloween … Continue reading

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DIY Sunflower Crafts for Fall

Make Your Own Sunflower Candles, Wreaths & Pencil Case Vases As we head further into Fall, the colors of the season are reaching their peak. Rich reds, yellows and oranges add beauty to the landscape. Also at their peak are gorgeous … Continue reading

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DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

Mom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself … Continue reading

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Be Happy: Work on Your Own Personal Happiness Project

I’m still thinking about this whole feeling good and being happy thing. Of course, I immediately think of the power that flowers have on one’s well-being and state of mind, but there are so many little ways and things we … Continue reading

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Show Your Valentine’s Day Flowers Some TLC

How to Make Your Valentines Flowers Last Most of us look forward to feeling special and loved on Valentine’s Day, and of course receiving Valentine flowers is the perfect way to know you are adored! Flowers represent love in many … Continue reading

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How to Host a Luau Party

Tips on Creating the Perfect Hawaiian Luau from Leis to Exotic Cocktails Nothing breaks up the monotony of a long, cold winter like a fun and unexpected “theme” party! When the temperature outside is dropping, why not turn up the … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Dramatic Candle Centerpiece

Think Fire and Ice Why purchase a centerpiece when you can create your own dramatic candle centerpiece?  This is a fabulous look for any special occasion during the winter and creating the dramatic effect of fire and ice couldn’t be easier. Here’s … Continue reading

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Great New Year Decor Ideas!

Ring In The New Year With Style! Whether you are planning an intimate dinner for a few close friends or going all out to ring in the New Year you’ll want to have party décor that will set the mood.  If … Continue reading

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Orchid Care & Decorating Tips for Different Types of Orchids

In the past few years we’ve seen the popularity of orchids, both potted and cut, skyrocket! It’s now one of the most popular flowers that we carry at 1-800 Flowers. Orchids are simple and pure with an air of sophistication … Continue reading

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How to Make Your Own Homemade Christmas Wreaths

One of my favorite traditions during the Holiday season is taking a day to decorate the house. While it may feel like a chore for some, I have always enjoyed putting a lot of creativity and effort into my décor … Continue reading

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Fall Reception Décor Ideas

The personal and the décor flowers should complement each other. I suggest having 3 different centerpieces in varying heights instead of having the same centerpiece on every table. It creates a much better rhythm and flow in the room. Various … Continue reading

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How To Create A DIY Autumn Leaf Table Runner

Fall is here, Thanksgiving is slowly approaching… What is better than an inexpensive, easy and creative autumn leaf table runner to bring the outside beauty of fall, inside your home? Your friends and family will feel as if they are sitting … Continue reading

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Create A Festive Table Display With Filberts and Mums

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and if you’re still looking for a centerpiece to make your festive table display elegant this season, try using filberts and mums. I prefer to use multiple smaller floral accents as opposed to one large … Continue reading

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Create Festive Floral Place Settings

Creating a decorative detail on each dinner plate is an easy and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your Thanksgiving table. You don’t necessarily need to add a place card, especially if your family is a “first at … Continue reading

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Have a Beach Inspired Thanksgiving!

While many of us associate Thanksgiving with crisp cold air, berried branches, turning foliage, and chrysanthemums, not everyone has to go over the river and through the woods to get to grandmother’s house. Some just take a barefoot stroll along … Continue reading

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Sweet M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece

Halloween is a great opportunity to have some creative fun! Make it sweet and simple with this easy M&M Halloween Table Centerpiece craft. Here’s a quick centerpiece idea for your Halloween festivities… I love the purple, lime green, orange and … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Fall Wreath

Wreaths can be used in so many different ways to decorate your home and are very easy to make. Here are three options, in three different sizes, using three different bases. Which one are you going to create this Thanksgiving? … Continue reading

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Make a Fun Candy Corn Inspired Centerpiece

From now until the end of the year is a crafters dream. From Halloween through Thanksgiving and right into the holiday season, there are more reasons to decorate and create than any other time of the year. Make a fun … Continue reading

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Make Delicious Apple Centerpieces For Any Occasion!

Big Apple Centerpieces I was recently asked by a New York bride and groom to incorporate apples into the place card display at their Manhattan reception. They had many guests coming in from out of town and wanted to visually … Continue reading

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Vintage Halloween Centerpiece

Vintage Halloween Pumpkin Give your table a vintage makeover with this vintage Halloween centerpiece.  This original papier-mâché pumpkin from the 1950’s is my favorite Halloween decoration. My mother-in-law gave it to me a few years ago. She finds the best … Continue reading

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Dazzling Dahlias, Flowers of Fall

As I’ve said many times that having flowers in your home or office is just plain good for you. It’s such a simple thing to do and yet makes such a difference. Take advantage of the different floral varieties that … Continue reading

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Celebrate Love Note Day This September!

Note Ideas For Love Note Day! The month of September continues to fly by, but I wanted to take a moment and share one of the sweetest holidays I have ever heard of! Love Note Day falls annually on the … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Flowers with Wax

Create Your Own Wax Flowers Just when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates … Continue reading

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How to Make Back to School Flowers to Start Their School Year Off Right

Back to school flowers can help everyone start the new school year off on the right foot! According to research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life … Continue reading

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Make a Simple Floral Bouquet Last Up to Three Weeks It has been scientifically proven that flowers make people feel good. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple … Continue reading

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Fall Wedding Flower Ideas, Trends & Themes

There are so many options for flowers and décor for fall weddings that it can be difficult deciding on one theme or direction. Here are just a few fall wedding flower ideas to help you with the perfect autumn combinations … Continue reading

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Caring for Cut Flowers in Five Easy Steps

Care for Cut Flowers In Order to Keep Them Fresh  Step One: Always use clean vases or containers. Bacteria in the water will shorten the life span of your flowers. Household bleach is an excellent cleaning agent for your floral containers. Step Two: … Continue reading

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Homemade Floral Food

How to Make Your Own Food For Flowers There are 3 ingredients that are helpful when trying to keep your flowers fresh and long-lasting. They are: Sugar – provides nutrition for flowers Citric acid – acts as an acidifier and … Continue reading

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How To Create a Love Altar

Did you ever want to tell someone just how much they mean to you and how much joy, comfort, and passion they have brought into your life? Sometimes it’s easier to show someone how much you love them than to … Continue reading

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How To Host A Wine Tasting Party

Not too long ago, I was asked to put together an elegant wine tasting event. It was such a treat to design a party with the sole purpose of saying “Thank You” to some of our local 1-800-FLOWERS customers! I … Continue reading

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Floral Cupcake Party!

Cupcakes, Cupcakes, Cupcakes! I had such a great time last Friday afternoon at Hotel Giraffe in New York City. I had the opportunity to participate in a “Cupcake Party” to celebrate the launch of the NEW! Cupcake in Bloom from … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Day Gift Right in Your Backyard

SPOTTED NEW MOM: Dina from Momformation is dedicated to keeping parents informed on all things kids; from tips on parenting, to which shoes are best for your child. A great website for all Moms! Check out her blog. I think … Continue reading

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Beach Themed Wedding Ideas

If you are interested in having a coastal themed wedding, here are a few beach themed wedding ideas that can help you. You can go tropical and colorful or coastal and serene. Here I took the serene path and worked … Continue reading

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Make The Most Of Your Graduate’s Corsage

Tips on Choosing Your Grads Corsage! The summer weather is here and that can only mean one thing; graduation time! Whether graduating kindergarten or college, it is a blissful, bittersweet celebration. This is their day to shine, and what is … Continue reading

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Our Pet Loving Mom: Wendy from Paw Luxury

Spotted! I’m so excited to share with you one last mom! Wendy from Paw Luxury is a Pet Loving Mom! How cute is this super creative floral arrangement? Phil, one of the talented designers at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, has been revisiting a … Continue reading

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Simple Ways To Say I Love You

Show Your Love And Appreciation To Your Special Someone As summer comes to a close and we look towards the holiday rush, it is easy to get engulfed in the everyday “routine.” There are many simple ways to say I … Continue reading

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Fresh Floral Wedding Table Centerpieces

There’s a reason for the saying “Fresh as a Daisy.” Check out these great fresh floral wedding table centerpieces featureing the gerbera daisy with its wide selection of bold colors and its long green architectural stem adds a modern funky vibe … Continue reading

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How To Keep Your Valentine Roses Alive For Weeks

If you were the lucky recipient of a beautiful floral arrangement from someone special this Valentine’s Day, you want the flowers to last as long as possible. Learn how to keep your Valentine roses alive for up to two to … Continue reading

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The Power of Scent and Color!

Both color and scent have emotional components to them. They can help to cheer you up or calm you down. They can trigger a memory or help to bring balance to your life. Here are a few facts about various … Continue reading

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The Perfect Irish Supper

This time last year we were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a feast of beer, potatoes and a healthy side of… flowers! I can’t help but smile when I see these festive place settings that are just perfect for a … Continue reading

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Host The Perfect Irish Dinner Party

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! A six-pack and a potato please! Whether you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or throwing a fun Irish dinner party, I have the perfect touches to make it special. Of course with a name like McCann-Mulligan … Continue reading

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Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast

Top of The Mornin’ Tea & Scones March 17th is a grand day and what better way to start the day than with a traditional irish breakfast of a plate of hot homemade scones and a cup of irish tea?  … Continue reading

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Learn about Shabbat, A Jewish Holiday

Celebrate Shabbat! Recently, I was told that this Friday, March 5th, the Jewish holiday of Shabbat will be celebrated across America and Canada. For those of you who don’t know what the holiday Shabbat is, take a moment to read … Continue reading

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How to Dry Flowers

Create Your Own Dried Flowers There really isn’t any easier way to preserve flowers then to just let them dry. I think flowers look beautiful when they are dry; they take on such a romantic vintage feel. And while the … Continue reading

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Baby Shower Ideas For “Nesting” Mothers

Bird’s Nest Themed Baby Shower With so many baby shower ideas out there, my favorite one just had to be a bird nesting themed baby shower. At this point the new mom’s nesting instinct is in over-drive so why not make “nesting” the … Continue reading

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How to Preserve Flowers

Waxed Flowers Just when you thought your Valentine flowers were done here are two more tricks and tips to make the last few blooms more then just a memory. Waxing fresh flowers is a craft that dates back to the … Continue reading

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Great Ideas For a Romantic Valentine’s Weekend

With the craziness of Valentine’s Day officially over and a holiday weekend quickly approaching, I thought it might be a great time to do a round up of some of my favorite romantic ideas for those of us who may … Continue reading

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Setting the Mood with Food, Flowers, and Candles

Set The Mood on Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is all about love and expressing your feelings, so I prefer to keep the event itself low key and comfortable. At the same time the mood should be sensual, encouraging contact and … Continue reading

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An Evening of Love with Robin Thicke

I recently had the honor and pleasure of hosting a Valentine’s event for 1-800 FLOWERS.COM at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in New York City. The event featured a performance by the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Robin Thicke. Robin and … Continue reading

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Dining in the Garden of Eden

Romantic Dinner Ideas Isn’t it wonderful that Valentine’s Day is in the middle of the winter? It’s such a great excuse to shut out the rest of the world and create a sanctuary where you and your loved one can … Continue reading

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Create Your Own Unique Valentine Love Note

Flowers have a magical way of saying what words sometimes cannot. The words that accompany the flowers can have a power all their own. Those words can be heart wrenching or funny, a simple “I love you” or something a … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Party!

Make A Touch Down At Your Super Bowl Party! A Super Bowl party is not the time to fuss too much with decorations – food, drinks, and of course the game will take precedent for this occasion. However it’s still … Continue reading

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Arrange Your Own Bouquet With The Perfect Pitcher!

Pitcher Perfect! Now that you’ve put all of your holiday decorations away doesn’t your home look so plain, empty, and boring? Arrange your own bouquet starting with a simple bunch of fresh flowers! Try it – you’ll be amazed at the … Continue reading

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Give A Personalized Wreath

Inspired by the ancient tradition of featuring a different floral arrangement in front of a home to identify the family and profession of the resident, I created these one of a kind designs. These are the kind of arrangements that … Continue reading

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Tips and Ideas For Creating Your Own Wreath

Here are a few basic tips and ideas for creating your own wreaths either as a gift to yourself or for a friend. TRANSFORMED BARGAIN WREATHS Keep your eyes open for bargains with possibilities. I always check out the clearance … Continue reading

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Great Holiday Flower Tree Ideas

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer, Mark Carr, hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years … Continue reading

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Welcome the Holidays!

Now that we are in December I hardly know where to start. I have so much that I want to share with you, from ideas for decorating your home using what you already have to the hot new colors for … Continue reading

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“Talking Pumpkins” and a Sweet Treat

You can carve more than just a happy faced Jack-o-Lantern into your pumpkins. Why not use these ubiquitous fall orange squash to spell out a special message? I set this vignette up to congratulate my niece and her then fiancé … Continue reading

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Kentucky Derby Party Tips

Run for the Roses! The Kentucky Derby is a great reason to throw a fabulous party. Here are some tips to help you create the feeling of fun and excitement in the comfort of your own home! THE CENTERPIECE Your … Continue reading

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Nominate Your Favorite TV Mom!

Mother’s Day is coming soon! To build excitement for Mom’s favorite holiday, we’ve come up with a fun way to get excited and celebrate Mom’s everywhere! We’ve collaborated with nine fantastic blogging friends who have each submitted their nomination for … Continue reading

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Trending: Spring!

This spring there have been many great new styles for florists to take and interpret into their décor. My favorite trend by far is the vibrant colors and rainbow collections popping up all over! The best part about this trend … Continue reading

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WETN Interview – Life is a Celebration!

Check out my interview with WETN where I share decor tips for upcoming events and holidays! Tweet

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Spotted: Sentimental Mom

Today I’m spotting a Sentimental Mom. Her name is Jennifer and she is from the blog Balancing Beauty and Bedlam. Jennifer is a girl after my own heart when it comes to her love of flea market finds and creating … Continue reading

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Spotted: Green Thumb Mom

Wow! I’m excited – I found a Green Thumb Mom. I’ve spotted Jane Marie from the blog Thyme-For-Herbs. I know that Jane loves herbs, as well as cooking, baking, quilting, and reading.  I found out from her blog that one … Continue reading

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Spotted: Tomato Soup Arrangement

I’ve spotted another Do-It-All Mom – Robyn from the blog Robyn’s Online World. I think Robyn would really like my tomato soup arrangement.  Not only does it speak to the “foodie” in her, but I also noticed that tomato soup … Continue reading

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Spotted: Traditional Mom – Stefany

I’m so happy to be spotting Stefany from the blog To.Be.Thode.  She is a Traditional Mom. My inspiration for Stefany’s bouquet, came from this framed photo that I have with the saying “Home is Where Your Story Begins”.   The bouquet … Continue reading

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Spotted: Jolly Mom

Today I’m spotting Piera from the blog Jolly Mom.  She is a Traditional Mom. I love the look and feel of Piera’s website.  It has a fun (or should I say jolly) vibe that’s both vintage and modern at the … Continue reading

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Spotted: Diane – Green Thumb Mom

I’ve spotted a Green Thumb Mom – Diane from DK Mommy Spot. The first sentence in “About dkM” states that Diane is a work-at-home mom who is fascinated with herbs, natural remedies, and healthy cooking.  What better floral bouquet to … Continue reading

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Spotted: Traditional Mom – Linda

Here’s to today’s spotted mom Linda Sellers from the blog LindaSellers.com. I’m spotting Linda as a Traditional Mom. I love the way that Linda thinks!  She really knows about branding and has such a head for business.  She takes it … Continue reading

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Spotted: Sentimental Mom – Felicia

Today’s spotted mom is Felicia Carter from the blog, Go Graham Go. Felicia is a Sentimental Mom. I know that Felicia will get a kick out of this Instructional Baby Bouquet of pretty white gerbera daisies. I found a really … Continue reading

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Spotted: Children’s Book Floral Container

I’m excited to be spotting Dee from the blog Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House. Dee is a Traditional Mom. Dee is all about her children and what is best for them.  I am sure that reading … Continue reading

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We Interrupt Spotting…

I realized that I didn’t get a chance to show my lovely creation for Christine Young our latest Do-It-All Mom from the blog From Dates to Diapers. In reading Christine’s “Top Ten Random Things You May Not Know About Me,” … Continue reading

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Spotted: Recycled Can Vases

Here’s to another week of spotting moms! I truly love this countdown to Mother’s Day. Today’s spotted Mom is Dana Adams, from the blog Mrs. Moneysaver. I know that Dana would appreciate this stunning bouquet nestled in an old tomato … Continue reading

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Spotted: Do-It-All Mom

Today’s spotted Mom is Christine Young, from the blog From Dates to Diapers. Christine is beyond a Do-It-All Mom – she is one busy mama with six children. Spending most of her days as a mom homeschooling her crew and … Continue reading

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Spotted: Red Carpet Mom

Today’s spotted Mom is Audrey McClelland from the blog Mom Generations. In honor of Audrey, a woman who has gone from the world of high fashion in New York City, to raising four boys in Rhode Island, I present my … Continue reading

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The 2010 Spot a Mom Movement Begins!!

The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Spot a Mom Campaign was so successful last year that we decided to host it again. I can’t believe a year has passed, but I am so excited to be “spotting” well deserved Mommy bloggers again this year! … Continue reading

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Chinese New Year – 2010 the Year of the Tiger

Celebrate Chinese New Year! The Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the New Moon. This year, the year of the tiger, the Chinese New Year falls on February 14th – Valentine’s Day! So even if you’re not … Continue reading

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Make Lemonade

And speaking of flowers in pitchers, have you seen the new 1-800-FLOWERS.COM commercial featuring the Make Lemonade in a Pitcher arrangement? If not, check it out here. I love this product. It’s a bouquet of white and yellow daisies in … Continue reading

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Holiday Flower Tree Workshop

1-800-FLOWERS.COM and I recently hosted a DIY Holiday Flower Tree Workshop for some of our friends and fellow bloggers! I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community of women. The workshop was low key and intimate, … Continue reading

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Warm Fuzzy Event Recap

Our “Warm Fuzzy Pay-It-Forward Experience” was a HUGE success. Everyone who attended really enjoyed themselves and best of all they will now keep that warm fuzzy feeling going when they share one of their floral creations with someone else. Conducting … Continue reading

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Share That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

1-800 FLOWERS.COM is committed to helping everyone get that warm fuzzy feeling this holiday season, so they are sponsoring a “Share that Warm Fuzzy Feeling” event next Thursday night in their Bethpage, New York facility. I will be there along … Continue reading

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Wreath Party

My friend and kindred creative soul, Maggie Gray, recently asked if I would do a wreath-decorating workshop at her new space, New Leaf, in Rockville Centre, New York. I actually featured Maggie on my blog last Mother’s Day as part … Continue reading

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Cupcakes For a Cause at the Brooklyn Flea

I was so excited to have participated in the Cupcakes for a Cause event at the Brooklyn Flea this year. We had a great turnout and wonderful support from CancerCare for Kids, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Cupcakes Take The Cake. More great … Continue reading

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Are You Still In The Mood For Cupcakes?

The Cherry on Top This super-size cupcake makes the best centerpiece for a young person or a person who is young at heart. Made with carnations and football mums it not only looks super, but it lasts a long time … Continue reading

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Cupcake Inspired Centerpieces

As if a cupcake wasn’t a great thing already, along comes Cupcakes for A Cause by CancerCare for Kids. I first learned about this wonderful cause from my friends at Cupcakes Take The Cake. We first met at the launch … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget About Grandparents Day!

The Traveling Grandma! Grandma and Grandpa are always willing to help baby-sit for the grandchildren whenever they’re in town. You’re really happy for them. They’ve worked hard all of their lives and deserve it, but that doesn’t mean you’re not … Continue reading

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Grandparents Day

The impetus for a National Grandparents Day originated with Marian McQuade, a housewife in Fayette County, West Virginia. Her primary motivation was to champion the cause of the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to persuade grandchildren to … Continue reading

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM Floral Design Council

This week I was invited to attend a design council presentation by the BloomNet, division of 1-800 FLOWERS. In their continued pursuit of excellence in the world of floral product development 1-800 FLOWERS reaches out to leaders in all areas … Continue reading

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More Fun Ideas for the Dorm!

LUCKY BAMBOO Known for centuries as Lucky Bamboo, the plant is not a bamboo at all (botanical name: Dracaena), but a resilient member of the lily family that grows in the dark, tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and Africa. Along … Continue reading

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Dorm Room Decorations

With everything else you need to buy when setting up a dorm room plants and flowers probably aren’t on the top of your list, but they should be on the list! They naturally clean the air by removing toxins and … Continue reading

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Keep the Classroom Green

Plants are like little mini air purifiers. They naturally clean the air by removing toxins and can actually fight fatigue and colds. In other words, plants are perfect for the classroom. The fun part about this coffee plant teacher gift … Continue reading

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Back to School!

“Back to School” time is fast approaching, which is good news to some and not so good to others! Whichever category you fall into, it’s time to get the kids ready for school, but not without a party to soak … Continue reading

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A 60`s Centerpeace

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” John Lennon “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” The … Continue reading

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Decades of Birthday Celebrations

Using icons from the decade in which the guest of honor was born, makes decorating fun and easy. Whether it’s the 50’s, 80’s, or 90’s, each decade has its own unique style and vibe. You can also mix it up … Continue reading

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French Floral Designs

There are many styles of floral design. The one that I am naturally drawn to and inspired by the most is the French Country style. I think I enjoy this type of design, because the designs themselves are so artistic … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Savvy Auntie’s Day – July 26th!

Isn’t it funny how things come your way at just the right time? I was introduced to Savvy Auntie’s Day a few weeks ago and the first person I thought of was my oldest daughter Meggie. She has always been … Continue reading

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The Perfect Margarita!

Margaritas and summer just seem to go hand in hand. Some prefer them straight up and others go for the frozen concoction! Well 1-800 FLOWERS.COM has a version that is neither and yet will still be the hit of any … Continue reading

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