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6+1 Bloggers Who Know How to Style Their Flowers

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6+1 Bloggers Who Know How to Style Their Flowers

From their hot hues, to their varied connotations, to their delightful fragrances; what’s not to love about flowers? Many of us will only buy them on special occasions, whether as a centrepiece for a dinner party, or for a loved one on their birthday. However, according to these top ten floral-fond bloggers, the act of buying flowers shouldn’t solely be reserved for special occasions. Here, we’ve detailed the ones to keep an eye on – providing you with inspiration, style tips and everything else you could need to create mesmerizing...

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers on a Budget

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10 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Flowers on a Budget

Flowers and plants are a great addition to any room in the household. They add an instant injection of life and colour to our homes, which not only elevates tired décor; it makes us feel more upbeat. Whether you opt for simple green foliage or an over-the-top floral centrepiece, both (when used in the right way) can create a striking effect and neither need cost the earth. Less is more Instead of filling an oversized vase with towering blooms, separate your bouquet into an abundance of containers. Groupings of flowers often create more impact...

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Infographic: 8 Things you Didn’t Know your Plants Can Do

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Infographic: 8 Things you Didn’t Know your Plants Can Do

Did you have any idea how many health benefits humble plants can have? Apart from looking pretty and cleaning the air, some plants have amazing qualities that improve our well-being, happiness and even health. NASA has published a study featuring all of the best air-cleaning plants. Surprisingly, some of the most common plants are able to remove toxic substances from the air, without any help from artificial cleaning agents. The research was first intended for use on space station as a way of cleaning air naturally and was later extended with...

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Wedding trends for 2017

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Wedding trends for 2017

From flowers to invitations, to food and venues – a new year is always brimming with new ideas for all things wedding related! So what’s expected to trend in the year ahead? Read on for some inspiration on what to consider to make your big day even more memorable… 1. Colours trending in 2017 Metallics – Just as they were last year, they’re still trending for 2017. Brides to be are embracing all things rose gold, copper and pewter. These hues are extremely versatile and add a hint of pizzazz to a black-tie event. However, when opting for this...

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SerenataFlowers.com Wins Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2017

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SerenataFlowers.com Wins Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award 2017

February 2017, SerenataFlowers.com has won a Feefo Gold Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers. Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine ratings and reviews. A badge of honour, this accreditation remains unique as all the awards are based purely on the interactions with verified customers. This feedback has been collated by the Feefo review platform, with the accolades being awarded based...

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Virtual Personal Concierge on Valentine’s Day? Read on!

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Virtual Personal Concierge on Valentine’s Day? Read on!

Valentine’s Day tends to be the holiday most of us forget about, either because we want to or because our lives are so busy that romance is unintentionally sidelined. Most of us celebrate with a card, maybe some flowers, or box of chocolates, which is great, but nothing special. The problem is organising something truly special takes time and our hectic schedules don’t allow for any extras. But what if you could make this the best Valentine’s Day ever without sacrificing your other commitments or loosing any time? Enter: the...

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Flower Deliveries – Common Issues and Quick Fixes

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Flower Deliveries – Common Issues and Quick Fixes

Flowers make a great gift for birthdays, Valentine’s Day and celebrations. If you’re gifting a loved one and wish to ensure your purchase arrives on time, it’s important to always read the terms and conditions issued by the site you’re buying from. This is a sure fire way to avoid disappointment. When do I need to place my order for next day delivery? Many of today’s florists have cut-off times when it comes to next day delivery. The likes of Serenata Flowers have a cut-off of 10pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and 6pm on Sundays. However, this...

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Flowers and Sentiments – the Complete Guide

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Flowers and Sentiments – the Complete Guide

Flowers have many different meanings and sentiments, which makes them an extremely versatile specie. Certain floral displays are the epitome of love, whilst others are the essence of beauty, innocence, purity and betrayal. Before gifting a loved one a bouquet of flowers, it’s wise to learn a little more about their hidden romanticism. Love If you wish to convey feelings of love to a certain someone special, choose the Lilac flower. This particular specie’s sentiment is one of ‘my heart belongs to you’. Another floral specie that indicates...

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How to Choose Organic Hampers

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How to Choose Organic Hampers

Hampers are a great gift for all of the family. They’re available in a range of sizes, styles and qualities. From meat hampers to fruit hampers, to hampers brimming with sweet treats and organic beauty goods – there is something to suit every persona. With so many of us trying to stay healthy in this day and age, organic produce is high on the agenda. Local and farm produce is a big business and as such, it’s no longer a chore to find moreish (yet healthy) organic hampers. In fact, some even prefer them – especially when the treats are just...

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Meet 8 Popular Designers and their Designer Flowers

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Meet 8 Popular Designers and their Designer Flowers

Just like there are many famous painters and actors in this world, there are also many renowned florists. Floral design is an intricate business and one that can take many years to perfect. Here we’ve listed some of the most celebrated floral designers of all time and discover exactly what it is that has helped put them on the map. 1. Vera Wang She’s not only famous for her incredible wedding dresses but also, the floral displays to accompany these high fashion items. Just like her couture, Vera Wang’s floral arrangements are stunning, chic,...

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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

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Investing in Wine – a Short Guide to Vintage Wines

The wine boom first began in the mid-1980s, when prices for finer beverages began to rise. Today it’s a serious sport for investors. If you have money to spare, vintage wines could be your ticket to an early retirement. To put this into perspective, it was only in October that the most expensive lot of wine ever sold went under the hammer. 114 bottles of Romanée-Conti Burgundy were purchased for an incredible £1,035,000 – that’s around £9,800 a bottle! However, as with every investment, there are risks to encounter, which means...

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Forget fruit hampers – how about meat hampers?

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Forget fruit hampers – how about meat hampers?

Hampers are proving to be a hugely popular gift for a number of occasions. The beauty of a food hamper is the fact it can be tailored to almost every taste, and with so much variation available, there really is something to suit all. Have you Heard about Meat Hampers? Something a little different… The majority of today’s hampers feature chocolates, fruits, jams, chutneys and a number of moreish beverages, including loose teas, smoothies, fine wines, champagnes and whiskeys. More recently, meat hampers have risen in popularity, and why not?...

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Know your Flowers – a Guide to Luxury Flowers

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Know your Flowers – a Guide to Luxury Flowers

Regardless of taste, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a guaranteed party pleaser! In fact, they’re the perfect gift for any occasion. With so many styles, shapes, colours and species of flower to choose from, there truly is something to suit all. If you’re searching for a gift for a particularly special occasion, simple add a little luxe to your bouquet! From ensuring they arrive in a crystal vase, to gifting a loved one a hamper containing both an exquisite floral display and a box of delectable chocolates, there are a number of...

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Best Office Plants to Boost your Productivity

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Best Office Plants to Boost your Productivity

Adding a little greenery to the office environment not only looks aesthetically pleasing; it’s a proven way to boost productivity. From wellness benefits to air purifying advantages, there are a number of reasons why you should invest in an office plant. Best Office Plants to Boost Productivity Here we’ve listed some of the best plants to place in the work environment… The Spider Plant This particular specie of plant is an ideal option for offices with plentiful shelves. Simply pop this low maintenance plant into a hanging basket, close to a...

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The Best of Black Friday Deals 2016

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The Best of Black Friday Deals 2016

Black Friday comes around and your inbox starts filling with spectacular deals in just a few minutes. It is a great chance to get your Christmas shopping done with some amazing deals and save money on something you would have to buy eventually. If you’re like most of us, you will still leave most of your Christmas shopping at the very last minute and all the deals won’t wait that long. Here at SerenataFlowers.com, we believe that great prices should last all year long, not just one day in a year. That’s why this year, we are...

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Currently Trending – Flower Walls

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Currently Trending – Flower Walls

Instead of a bouquet of flowers or a simple centrepiece, why not create a flower wall? This new, on-trend theme is certainly causing a storm and is a perfect display to choose for a wedding or event. From whimsical and elegant designs, boasting soft pastel hues and glamourous petals, to bold backdrops, awash with colour and fragrance, there is a flower wall to suit every persona. Pink is the new black Today’s trending themes boast an array of popping pink hues, and what better way to make a statement than to dress an otherwise simple wall...

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How to celebrate Kindness Day

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How to celebrate Kindness Day

Simple tips on how to be kinder every day November 13th is almost upon us and with it comes World Kindness Day – a 24-hour celebration of kindness in place to help promote random acts of kindness. Being kind is something we should all strive to do. From stopping to have a conversation with a neighbour to admiring a colleague’s new hairstyle, there are a number of small, almost effortless ways to be kind to those around you. Even just a smile is sometimes all it takes to brighten another’s day. Buy a loved one a gift just because you can Why...

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10 Most Frequently Photographed Flowers on Instagram

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Aww flowers… we can’t get enough of them. Especially on Instagram. Whether it’s a snap of a birthday bouquet, perfectly laid out flat photo or an extravagant display of red roses, flowers are reigning social media and are here to stay. With thousands of images shared daily, there is a lot of competition when it comes to the floral snaps. Have you ever wondered which bloom would make it to the Instagram hall of fame? Which particular flower would score the first spot and what flowers wouldn’t make it to the top ten?  We...

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How to find the best London florist

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How to find the best London florist

Looking for a little flower power? Look no further than our capital. It’s here you’ll discover an array of independent florists and flower shops, all stocking the latest blooms, plants and bouquets. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or a friend’s birthday, a fresh bouquet of flowers from a London florist is guaranteed to put a smile on a loved one’s face. Instead of opting for the local garage, do your research and ensure you pick the best of the bunch… How to find the best London florist Pick three...

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Your Guide to Thank You Gifts for all Occasions

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Your Guide to Thank You Gifts for all Occasions

It’s polite etiquette to buy the host of a party – be it an engagement soiree or a baby shower – a gift post the event. This thank you gift signifies your gratitude and is a welcome present to even the most sophisticated of hosts. Dinner parties From corporate dos to family events and friends’ dinner parties – regardless of whether they’re low key or OTT – all deserve a gift. After all, the host has most likely provided you with welcome drinks, appetizers, canapés and a three-course meal. In fact, they probably spent the...

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Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts

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Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts

When it comes to a wedding anniversary, every year is important, from the very first to the sixtieth year. There are an abundance of traditional wedding anniversary gifts to choose from, including an array of creative and fresh ideas suited to all budgets. Read on to discover our top picks… Guide to traditional wedding anniversary gifts 1st Wedding Anniversary – Theme: Paper Budget: If you’re looking for thoughtful yet cost-effective traditional wedding anniversary gifts, simply pick up a pen and paper. There are a number of fancy stationary...

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Glasgow Florists – Your Guide to Flower Shopping

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Glasgow Florists – Your Guide to Flower Shopping

Flowers are a wonderful addition to the home, office or garden. Whether you’re buying them for yourself or for a loved one, you can guarantee they’ll add a splash of vibrant colour to an otherwise dull space. When it comes to buying flowers in Glasgow, there are a number of options to choose from, including placing an online order, visiting a local farmer’s market or purchasing a bouquet from an independent or high street chain. With so many options to choose from, we’ve created a handy list to help you in your search for the perfect flower...

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London Flower Delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid

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London Flower Delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid

Regardless of whether you’re buying flowers for an event, such as a wedding or dinner party, or for a special someone, there are a number of tips and tricks to consider… London flower delivery – 5 mistakes to avoid 1. Damaging flowers in transit If you live in central London, it’s likely you travel by tube. Carrying even a small bouquet home in this way can have detrimental effects on your beautiful blooms – especially if in rush hour. Either choose a florist that offers London flower delivery or take the car! Alternatively, purchase...

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Flower Delivery in Manchester – looking for best deal?

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Flower Delivery in Manchester – looking for best deal?

Whether you walk into a local store, drive to one further afield, or purchase a bouquet online, there are a number of ways to buy flowers today – especially if you’re on a budget.. Flower delivery in Manchester – where to get value for your money 1. The hassle-free option If you’re looking for a hassle-free option, ordering your flowers online is a great alternative to buying them in store. Online florists, such as SerenataFlowers.com, are open seven days a week, 24 hours a day – allowing you to scour the many displays, reviews and...

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Flower Delivery in Birmingham – top tips for best blooms

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Flower Delivery in Birmingham – top tips for best blooms

Flowers are loved by all – they’re a great gift to give to a loved one, but also, to yours truly. Regardless of whether you’re purchasing them as a present for a friend, adored one or family member, or as an aesthetic to brighten up the home, knowing where to buy is a must! When it comes to flower delivery in Birmingham, there are a number of options to choose from, including shopping online, visiting a local store, picking your own flowers at a local farm, or purchasing them from a department store or garden centre. Finding the best flower...

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Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden

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Seven Types Of Flowers To Grow In Your Summer Garden

Whether you wish to brighten up your entire outdoor space, or quite simply your day – you can guarantee a summer garden bursting at the seams with fragrant, floral displays will do just that. From plants that require a great deal of attention to flowers that require minimum maintenance, there are a number of styles, shades and types of flowers to choose from – which you opt for will usually depend on both your lifestyle and the space you have to work with. Good soil, some great fertiliser and a little love and care will ensure your garden...

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7 impressive champagne gifts for any budget

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7 impressive champagne gifts for any budget

Champagne is a welcome and also an extremely versatile gift. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for a birthday present or wish to buy for friends who have recently announced their engagement, there are a number of impressive champagne gift sets to choose from. And the best part? They’re suited to all budgets! Champagne gifts under £50 Champagne and Belgian Chocolates – £49.99 If you know someone with a sweet tooth, the Champagne, and Belgian Chocolate gift set is an ideal option for those who adore both chocolates and...

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10 Father’s Day Hampers For Any Budget

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10 Father’s Day Hampers For Any Budget

With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the time to start planning a great gift for one of the main men in your life! Held on the third of June, this date honours both fathers and father figures in the UK. It celebrates a paternal bond, a friendship and the influence of father’s in society. Asides from a date that is celebrated in the UK, Father’s Day is also celebrated widely in other parts of the world and was originally installed in the United States in the early 20th century to complement Mothering Sunday. Hampers are a...

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for tight budget

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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for tight budget

Did you know that men in the UK spend on average £26 on Valentine’s Day Gifts for their other half? Do you fall in this category or are you trying to stretch your budget even further and get something on a cheaper side? The good news is that there is plenty to choose from even though your budget is pretty limited. Here are few tips to keep in mind before you start shopping: 1. What does she like? Get your priorities right and find out what she likes. Is it chocolates? Flowers? Fancy lingerie? Jewelry? Or a combination of all of these?...

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11 weird valentines day traditions from around the world

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11 weird valentines day traditions from around the world

Valentine’s Day, a festival of love, is an event celebrated all over the world. Whilst some nationalities present their partners with bouquets of flowers and handmade chocolates, others walk through frozen fields bare foot! Read on to discover some of the world’s most weird and wonderful traditions…                                                                    ...

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10 Resolutions for a Healthier New Year

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10 Resolutions for a Healthier New Year

It’s a tradition on New Year’s Eve to make one (or many) resolutions for the year ahead. For some, it’s to join the gym and for others, it’s to do something they’ve never done before – such as travel to a new and exciting destination, run a marathon or volunteer for a local charity. Below, you’ll find a list of common resolutions, guaranteed to give you inspiration for 2016. 1. Join the gym After splurging over the festive period, this has to be one of the most widespread resolutions out there. From eating healthy meals to toning up, sticking...

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Best House Plants for your Office Desk

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Best House Plants for your Office Desk

House plants add organic character and cheer to an otherwise uninteresting office environment. Additionally, they can separate workspaces, improve air quality and eliminate impurities. When choosing house plants for your desk, it’s important to choose one that will thrive in the office environment. We’ve made this decision a little easier for you by listing a number of our favourite work-friendly house plants. Top 10 House Plants for Office Desk Kalanchoe This easy to grow, delicate houseplant is an asset to the office space – not only...

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Xmas Hamper Ideas for Friends

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Xmas Hamper Ideas for Friends

Buying gifts for friends is not easy. You want to get them something thoughtful while not blowing your budget. You know they have everything they need, and lets be honest a GPD navigation is hardly a thoughtful gift, no matter how practical it may be! Don’t get them something that will be just collecting dust on the shelves either! The statute that you loved that much in the shop looks amazing right there, but your friend might not be equally impressed if it has to find a place on his or her shelves. Getting clothes is tricky because...

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Xmas Gift Ideas for Her

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Xmas Gift Ideas for Her

Are you looking for a Christmas gift for your lady? Something that will make her feel loved and appreciated? You can never go wrong with Flowers or Chocolates. All women love them and it will be a refreshing change from the usual perfume or shopping voucher! We picked some of our favourite flowers, plants, chocolates and hamper that are guaranteed to be enjoyed by her! Xmas Gift Ideas for Her – Flowers Opt for red and green hues for the traditional Christmas feel, or choose modern pink and silver sparkling hues that will appeal modern...

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Cheat Guide to herbs and food pairings

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Cheat Guide to herbs and food pairings

For any flourishing chef or foodie, understanding how to pair herbs with food is incredibly important, because let’s face it, if you get it wrong, it doesn’t taste too great! Believe it or not, herbs are just like people; each with its own style and personality – in fact, pairing them with food is almost like playing matchmaker. While there’s nothing wrong with experimenting to discover what these natural marriages are, almost every cuisine in the world has done the work for you, so why try to reinvent the wheel? Getting to grips with...

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5 tips for sending gifts by post

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5 tips for sending gifts by post

With Christmas fast approaching and many of our relatives living across the country, sending gifts by post seems like the best way to ensure everyone gets the Christmas present they want. However, sending expensive and thoughtful gifts by post does come with challenges and so it’s important that you prepare accordingly. Whether you’re ordering gifts online ready to be delivered by post or are sending a gift yourself via Royal Mail, here are some top tips you should keep in mind: Send as early as possible The earlier your Christmas gifts are...

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6 pampering ideas for ladies’ night in

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6 pampering ideas for ladies’ night in

Whether you’re rounding the girls up to celebrate a hen party or just fancy a night in with your favourite DVDs, there’s no reason not to indulge in a little pampering together. With pamper hampers selling out by the day, it’s time women decided to save their cash on spa days and treat themselves to a little bit of luxury and relaxation in their own homes. There is no better way to de-stress and recharge your batteries than having a little me-time while catching up on the latest gossip from your group of friends. Whether you’re the Carrie...

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Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

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Surprising health benefits of drinking beer

There’s nothing better than a refreshing cold beer after a week at work, and to make this drink taste even better, you may be surprised to know that there are actually a number of surprising health benefits to partaking in a beer or two. However, it is important to note that these benefits can only be gained when beer is drank in moderation and not excessively. It reduces the risk of heart disease According to the Harvard School of Public Health, beer can actually decrease the risk of heart disease by between 20% and 40%! Meanwhile,...

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A Little Indulgence – Luxury Hampers for Men

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A Little Indulgence – Luxury Hampers for Men

Contrary to popular belief many men like a little taste of luxury too, so why not give the man in your life a little indulgence every now and then? Whether it’s your partner, dad or even your brother, here are a number of luxury hampers that just about any man will love. Simply sublime Trust us when we say this hamper will impress any man who loves a little luxury in his life. This luxury hamper is ideal for promoting a little TLC with a beautiful gold mature cheddar, complemented with a cheese board chutney that will make his mouth water. To...

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Top Florist Tricks for Better Looking Flowers

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Top Florist Tricks for Better Looking Flowers

Do you just wish you had that knack of keeping your flowers looking absolutely perfect, just like your local florists does? There’s nothing worse than leaving the florist with a beautiful bunch of blooms, fully aware they won’t look like that when you get them home. Well, fear not! Here are the top secrets to keeping your flowers looking beautiful that your florist won’t tell you, so you can create the perfect flower display in your very own home. 1. Put the scissors away! We’re all guilty of having those kitchen scissors on stand-by for when...

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How to Impress a Gourmet Friend

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How to Impress a Gourmet Friend

Everyone has that one gourmet friend that’s the ultimate foodie and while it’s handy for when you fancy an exquisite meal or two, it can prove to be a little tricky when it comes to impressing them with a gift. You can guarantee your friend is always on the lookout for the next big thing, whether that’s a reservation at the most coveted table in town, a meal from the new hot burger joint, or a classy food hamper. From gourmet edibles all the way to beautiful bottles of wine, we’ve got nine gifts sure to impress even the toughest-to-please...

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Plant Gifts for Men – 5 surprising gift option even men enjoy!

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Plant Gifts for Men – 5 surprising gift option even men enjoy!

Times have changed: plants are no longer solely for women, but for men too! However, when it comes to plants, men aren’t exactly well known for their reputation as green thumbs so you should keep this in mind when you’re choosing a plant gift for your male recipient. There’s no doubt about it that plants are fantastic when it comes to boosting home decor and feng shui – not to mention the air quality. And believe it or not, not all plants require copious amounts of TLC, there are in fact a few that can cope with a little unintended neglect...

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5 plants with surprising beauty benefits

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5 plants with surprising beauty benefits

Sometimes it pays to order your plants online rather than popping out to your local garden centre, simply because they’re fresh, sure to look beautiful and believe it or not, are fantastic when it comes to home beauty treatments. Yes, you read the phrase “beauty treatments”! So, it’s time to get your green fingers out and grow some of the best plants that are sure to keep your beauty intact throughout the year… Here are the top five plants that you never knew contained such surprising beauty benefits that guarantee that stunning glow in your...

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How to choose a Christmas gift

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How to choose a Christmas gift

Christmas season is upon us, meaning it’s the annual tradition of picking the perfect present to put under the tree. From parents, in-laws, siblings, partners, friends and co-workers – your shopping list can seem endless at times. So where to start? Whether your recipient is creative, sporty, adventurous, geeky, intellectual or indoorsy – or a mixture of both – the perfect present is a combination of thought, delivery and presentation. If it’s not too late, keep your ears open of clues. Note down if they’ve mentioned any particular interests...

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Your Ultimate Guide to Cheese Tasting

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Your Ultimate Guide to Cheese Tasting

There is no doubt that cheese tasting is an art form and it takes a pretty long time and effort to really nail it. There are a number of cheese tasting events across the UK, but the best way to learn is probably in your own home. To help you along your cheese journey, let’s look at all of the elements behind the cheese. Milk – where would we be without you? We all know that cheese can’t exist without milk. In fact the milk of different animals provides a range of different tastes and even creates unique textures too. Once you’re used to...

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

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Your Cheat Sheet to Wine Tasting

Do you want to kick start your exploration of wine? Well, we’ve got you covered! Learning to taste wine is no different to learning to really appreciate music or art in the way that the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make. In order words, the more you fine tune your sensory abilities the better you’ll understand and enjoy the nuances great wines can express. If your stomach normally sinks when you share a bottle of wine with your wine-expert friend and they start to swirl, sniff, swish, spit and use words like...

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7 Delicious Food Hampers under £40

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7 Delicious Food Hampers under £40

We all deserve a little treat once in a while. If it’s a treat for a friend, then you should definitely consider sending a food hamper! Guaranteed to delight all senses, our food hampers are packed with the best ingredients we could source. Who wouldn’t like a surprise box full of goodies arriving at their door? Here is a selection of our wallet friendly gift options, all with free next-day delivery. You can order all of these at SerenataFlowers.com 1.Time for Tea Trug, £29.99, 2. Sweet Treats, £29.99, 3. Sugar Blush, £29.99, 4....

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

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Calories in wine – how much is in your glass?

For many of us, there’s nothing better than a nice soothing glass of wine at the end of a hectic day. But would you have that second or third glass if you knew how many calories you were knocking back? Well, new research has actually revealed that the vast majority of us have no idea just how many calories are in our precious vino and unwittingly drink ourselves fatter in the process. The highest calorie wines also tend to have the highest alcohol content which means plenty of other impacts on our bodies and general health. In fact, alcohol...

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Best Food for Stress Relieve

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Best Food for Stress Relieve

With work deadlines continuing to pile up and your social calendar completely booked, the last thing you want to hear is to stay away from the vending machine. Who has time to make a healthy packed lunch anyway? Actually, when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat can actually help to relieve your tension. While some foods may stabilise your blood sugar, or better yet your emotional response, others can help you feel much better about yourself. Whether you choose to incorporate these foods in food hamper gifts for your friends or...

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10 most expensive wines in the world

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10 most expensive wines in the world

Are you thinking of picking up a bottle of wine for your dinner tonight? Who can blame you! There’s nothing better than a nice glass of red with a thick steak or a glass of crisp white with a bit of monkfish but while most of the time we’ll settle for a medium-grade vintage sometimes it’s worth splashing out and enjoying something at the top end of the scale. While the prices of the wines on this list are, well, astronomical, they are also said to be the very best wines in the world. From the French Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti...

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5 pampering ideas for the weekend

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5 pampering ideas for the weekend

Let’s face it, whether you’re a stay at home mum or a working woman, you’re always busy. That means you have little time to spend pampering yourself and making yourself feel like the goddess you are. Even if you do have a free moment from time to time, you can bet your last pound there’s a basket full of washing that needs to be done or your hubby has left his breakfast dishes in the sink – which you’ve told him not to do, how many times? Anyway, forget time, what about the cash? It can be so expensive to simply pop to your local restaurant...

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8 beer hacks you didn’t know about

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8 beer hacks you didn’t know about

As summer hits its stride, there’s nothing better than dusting off the deckchairs and relaxing on the patio with a cold beer. But how to keep your drink cool? For anyone at a festival, barbeque or camping trip, keeping beer cold often proves to be an exercise in futility. And worse yet, what if there’s no bottle opener in sight? It’s every beer lover’s worst nightmare. But fear not – help is at hand in this new infographic which shows 8 clever hacks to solve all of your-related problems. Arguably the most common sight at any social gathering...

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

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7 unexpected health benefits of drinking wine

As far as simple pleasures go, there’s little that beats unwinding at the end of a hard day with a glass of wine. While there’s obvious risks from overindulging – those awful hangovers should be enough of a deterrent – could there also be some unexpected health benefits hidden inside that bottle of Malbec? It’s certainly true that wine – particularly red wine – contains a number of antioxidants, such as quercetin and resveratrol, which may play a part in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. Drinking an abundance of resveratrol-rich...

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8 unusual ways to display your indoor plants

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8 unusual ways to display your indoor plants

Ever since our ancestors first picked up their buckets and trowels, curating your own plant collection has been a great way to stay one step ahead of the Joneses. Green-thumbed creations can be traced back to around 600 BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was said to have multiple tiers, and so many trees that it resembled a green mountain. While most of us can’t match the Babylonians for scale or budget, there’s plenty of exciting and innovative ways to display your indoor plants. After all, your plants are much as an expression of your...

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10 World’s Most beautiful Gardens

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10 World’s Most beautiful Gardens

Take a stroll through some of the most beautiful gardens in the world! Featuring also the best of UK of course! 1. Botanical Gardens in Japan Did you know there are almost 300 Botanic Gardens in Japan alone? Picking just one to use in our list wasn’t easy! Japanese botanical garden are like no other in the world – they are extremely diverse and dynamic. Visitors can enjoy native Japanese plants from mountain regions, woodlands and aquatic habitats, but also a wide collection representing the history of the country and showcasing...

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5 Mistakes you make when drinking beer

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5 Mistakes you make when drinking beer

Even though beer is the oldest fermented drink in the world and we’ve been drinking it for many years there are a surprising number of us who still don’t know how to do it properly. You may not think it but there is actually an art to beer drinking. When you’re down the pub after work on a Friday, sinking a few cold ones, you probably don’t take the time to savour and taste it. Understanding how to taste beer properly is just the same as learning how to enjoy a good wine or scotch – and we’re going to teach you right now. Mistakes you’re...

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The word is out – 5 most popular cheeses in the UK

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The word is out – 5 most popular cheeses in the UK

Who doesn’t just love a good bit of cheese? Whether we’re enjoying a nice cheese sandwich with a touch of pickle or a bit of cheese on toast with a squeeze of Lea and Perrins, this dairy piece of goodness is a staple in our diets. The nation of cheddar Did you know that in 2008 Brits were branded Cheddar fanatics? That’s right, according to statistics we all love a bit of cheddar. In fact we love it so much, we voted it our favourite cheese! Word has it that one in three of us voted Cheddar – Britain’s oldest cheese – as our favourite with...

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14 Common Misconceptions about Food

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14 Common Misconceptions about Food

We’re all guilty of having a treat from time to time, whether that’s a nice cheese or a handful of chocolates. Because these foods are seen as calorific or bad for us in large quantities we tend to only have them on special occasions, but what if we told you that half the things you believe about common foods aren’t actually true? Let’s separate fact from fiction shall we? Here are 14 misconceptions about common foods that we’re all guilty of believing. 1. You can’t eat cheese if you’re lactose intolerant Yes you can! Those who suffer from...

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5 Best Park Hampers on a budget

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5 Best Park Hampers on a budget

Here in the UK, we don’t take good weather for granted! And when there’s gorgeous sunny weekend ahead, make sure you get the most out of it! Embrace the great outdoors and plan a trip to your local park. Invited friends and family, and bring around a hamper filled with treats for the whole family. We’ve got some ideas to get your started! If you need an inspiration for some delicious picnic food, check out our post here! 5 Park Hampers on a budget 1. Small Picnic Hamper Why we love it? Perfect size for an intimate picnic for...

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

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10 tips for buying a gift for a wine connoisseur

We all have that one friend who is obsessed with wine. They know just about everything there is to know about each and every bottle out there. From the grape to the fermentation process, they’re down with the lingo and know all the tricks to sniffing out a decent bottle for every meal. Although you appreciate their fine taste in wine, it makes it a nightmare to buy a gift. If you’re not a wine expert yourself, it can be a bit daunting task. We are here to make it easier for you – we compiled a list of ten practical tips that will...

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10 Best Recipes for Picnic Food

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10 Best Recipes for Picnic Food

Heading out for picnic this weekend? In that case, forget about the supermarket packed dry sandwiches and boring tasteless salads. With these 10 easy and delicious picnic recipes there are no more excuses for lame and boring picnic food! If you need a pretty hamper to pack these goodies in, check out our selection here! Do you have your own picnic food staple? Leave a comment and recipe link below! 1. Green Goddess Sandwiches Recipe from The Bojon Gourmet 2. Purple Power Salad Recipe by My New Roots. 3.  Avocado Summer Salad Recipe by Gimme...

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5 easy to grow mosquito-repelling plants

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5 easy to grow mosquito-repelling plants

Whether you’re partaking in a little gardening or simply lounging under the sun trying to catch some rays, there is nothing that disturbs your calm and serenity faster than mosquitoes! There really is nothing worse than hearing that awful buzzing around your head or seeing a blurry dark cloud hovering over your ice-cold drink. And with the long-awaited summer months finally here, it’s time we did something about these pesky insects that ruin everyone’s fun. To help you win the war in your back garden, we’ve listed five of the best...

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Top 10 spots in UK to enjoy a picnic hamper

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Top 10 spots in UK to enjoy a picnic hamper

With summer finally upon us it’s time to get the picnic hampers out and the sun lotion on! Travel to your nearest beauty spot and enjoy the delight of good food, great wine and a little British sun! With the UK being a hotspot for stunning parks and fields with beautiful sceneries, you have ample choice of locations. To help you find the very best spot to enjoy your gorgeous picnic hamper this summer, we have trekked far and wide and listed our top 10 beauty UK spots, perfect for a picnic. 1. The Royal Botanic Gardens, London Whether you live...

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5 tips for buying hampers online

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5 tips for buying hampers online

Want to give someone the perfect gift but can’t decide which of their favourite things to get them? Why not go the whole-hog with a hamper? They’re the ultimate way to spoil that someone special and with our five tips to buying them online, you can guarantee big smiles from the recipient. 5 tips for buying hampers online 1. Know your recipient! Everyone likes food and drink but not everyone will like the contents of every hamper. The trick is to know what the recipient really likes and then find a hamper that matches these tastes. If they...

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

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Champagne vs. Prosecco: What’s the difference?

Have you often wondered what the difference between champagne and prosecco is – apart from the price tag of course? Or have you been reprimanded by that wine snob at work for referring to prosecco as champagne? In light of this much debated topic, here is your ultimate guide to the differences between both bottles of fizz: Some Facts about Champagne: It is made with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes A standard glass of Brut Champagne has 128 calories Champagne is produced using the costly “Traditional Method” You will pay £25...

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

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5 mistakes everyone makes when drinking champagne

There is nothing better than drinking a lovely cold glass of champagne to celebrate a wedding, engagement, graduation…or just because we fancy treating ourselves. No-one can deny it. We all love a bit of champagne now and again? And who can blame us? It’s a gorgeous drink and as Madame Bollinger once said: “I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch...

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

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Simple guide to wine and cheese pairing

Wine and cheese have gone hand in hand for centuries. However, with the vast number of wines and cheeses available on the market it can be tricky to pair the right couple together. Everyone likes a nibble of cheese with a sip of wine but few realise how difficult it is to ensure they complement each other perfectly. With cheeses varying in colour, texture, fat and flavour and wines differing in acidity, sweetness, body and structure; match-making is complicated to say the least! Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re next shopping...

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10 Beautiful Desserts Featuring Flowers

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10 Beautiful Desserts Featuring Flowers

Have you ever thought of using flowers for decorating your desserts? Or playing around with floral shapes on your cake? No? In that case beware!!! The following images might make you want to run to the kitchen and start a baking revolution. Click on links for full tutorials. Enjoy! 1. Fairytale Wedding Cake Perfect for Fairytale inspired wedding. See details here.   2.  Raspberry (Rose) Cupcakes We are pretty sure these also smell of roses! Tutorial here. 3. Flowers Overload Design by Sylvia Weinstock, see more of her creations here. 4....

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Online Florist vs High Street Florist – which one is better?

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Online Florist vs High Street Florist – which one is better?

With 2015 seeing an even larger number of individuals turning to their tablets and smartphones in search of the perfect bouquet of flowers it poses the question; is online florist any better than a high street one? Using a high street florist No one can deny the fact that popping into your local florist is a great experience; the stunning smell and the sight of those lovely flowers, really is something to behold. Here are the benefits of using your high street florist: See before you buy An image of a flower is great but how do you know...

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The secret flower arranging tips from florists

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The secret flower arranging tips from florists

Receiving a gorgeous bunch of flowers is a wonderful feeling … until you try and arrange them in a vase. Trying to keep your blooms looking brilliant can be difficult to say the least and few of us are trained in the art of flower arranging which makes it even harder. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a whizz with the secateurs to get your bouquets looking their best. Follow our secret flower arranging tips and arrange flowers like a pro. The secret flower arranging tips from florists Lesson 1 – How to treat your stems First things...

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How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

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How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer

Who doesn’t love receiving fresh flowers? They make us feel happy, loved and appreciated. They turn your home into a little vibrant oasis and fill the room with wonderful fragrance. Sadly, it doesn’t last forever. As you know some flowers last longer than others. Zinnia for example, a widely used flower in fresh arrangements, is estimated to last for 24 days with regular water changes! Orchids are also a very popular choice in bouquets, they can last up to 3 weeks if you take proper care and regular water changes. One of the...

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How to grow your own mint

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How to grow your own mint

Are you looking around your kitchen and think it could use a bit of greenery? Growing your own mint might be just the thing for you! The bit of greenery will make your kitchen feel and – more importantly – smell fresh! Mint is one of those low maintenance plants and has wide variety of uses in cooking or for making cocktails. Sainsburys Money Matters Blog put together this helpful guide that tells you all you need to get started! Mint Facts Mint is known as Mentha, originating from a Greek word of Mintha. It belongs to the...

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Flower Crafts for Kids

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Flower Crafts for Kids

Making a flower craft is a fun way to learn about nature. Creating crafts with real flowers, also known as blooms, gives you the opportunity to look at them as well as touch and smell them. You can use blooms you find out in the yard or recycle some that are ready to be thrown away. You can also learn a lot about flowers when you use tissue paper, pipe cleaners, paints and other materials to create a unique craft. Making this type of craft gives you the chance to take a closer look at what a flower looks like. Check out a variety of exciting...

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5 biggest mistakes men make when buying flowers online

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5 biggest mistakes men make when buying flowers online

Buying flowers for your partner can always be a little tricky, right? You don’t want to get it wrong – after all, no flowers are better than bad flowers – but how can you stop yourself from making simple mistakes when it comes to ordering a bouquet? Luckily, we’ve tracked down the five most common mistakes guys make when buying flowers online – so listen up boys – and listen good! 1. Be original and ditch the roses Red roses may be the staple bunch of flowers you get your misses, but come on let’s be a bit more original shall we? It’s a...

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5 ways to use Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year – Marsala

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5 ways to use Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year – Marsala

It’s the beginning of 2015 and without disappointment Pantone has released their colour of the year: Marsala. Named after the gorgeous red wine we are all guilty of enjoying on a Friday evening, Marsala incorporates full bodied and elegant qualities that have the ability to create a real statement. So, why Marsala? The colour has found its way onto our catwalks, into our flower choices and even onto the latest cars to fill the showroom so it’s no real surprise that it’s the top choice for 2015. Here are our five ways to get the most out of...

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Mums

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8 Work-Life Balance Tips for Busy Mums

Do you feel like you are spending too much time at work and not enough with your family? Are you juggling work appointments with after school activities of your kids? Are you constantly faced with the same dilemma of choosing to invest more time into your career or your own family? You are not alone! 13% of mums feel guilty about working and 17% of women feel like they can’t achieve the right balance between their career and family life. The competitive world we live in dictates the pace of our lives and technology makes us accessible...

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9 work-life balance tips for busy parents

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9 work-life balance tips for busy parents

Getting your life and work balance right is almost an impossible task these days. You’re surrounded with technology that keeps you accessible nonstop. No one can blame you for working the extra hours as we all know we live in a competitive world. If you don’t go the extra mile, someone else will.  It is a common practice these days that employees are taking their work home and work at weeknights and even weekends. While the days are not getting any longer, the works seems to be piling up and there’s simply not enough time...

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Men

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Men

Every man knows how important Mother’s Day is. Forget to celebrate it and you’ll be in as much trouble as if you forgot your wedding anniversary or your girlfriend’s birthday! Your mum wants you to make the most of this day to celebrate her for everything she does for you. After all, mums support us in every aspect of our lives and nurture us into the adults we become – surely they deserve recognition for that at least one day a year. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time for you to dig deep into your pockets and find that...

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Sources: 8 tips for work- life balance for parents

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Sources BabyCenter (2012). Dividing childcare and housework duties with your partner.babycenter.com Bright Horizons (2014). New study reveals working parents fear family responsibilities could cost their job. brighthorizons.com Dube R (2013). ‘Pinterest stress’ afflicts nearly half of moms, survey says. today.com Gonzalez Carman, A. (2015). libertadcondicionalblog.com Jeffries S (2014). Ten tips for a better work-life balance. theguardian.com Lavoy-Furtado N (2015). How to reconnect with your kids in 12 minutes. 2forcouples.com Netmums...

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Impress your crush with the perfect flowers

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Impress your crush with the perfect flowers

Valentine’s Day is approaching. If you’ve got someone in mind that you want to impress, keep it sweet and simple with a bunch of flowers. It may be that you want to make your feelings known but you’re not quite sure how to go about it, so why not let flowers do the talking? Roses It may be a cliché but roses are still the go-to flower for this kind of occasion. If you’re worried about going a little too passionate it this early stage, it might be best to steer clear of red rose bouquets, particularly of the dozen variety (although who knows,...

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5 reasons to send flowers in January

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5 reasons to send flowers in January

You might be thinking that after all the expense and excitement of Christmas, January isn’t prime time for sending flowers. Read on and you’ll realise that’s not the case: 1. Everyone needs cheering up The post-festive slump affects us all. The nights are long and without the glow of the Christmas lights and the prospect of the presents under the tree to keep our spirits up, January is quite frankly just a bit gloomy. A bunch of flowers is a guaranteed way to brighten someone’s day … so do your good deed by picking a great bouquet! 2....

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What Flowers last the longest?

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What Flowers last the longest?

Whilst there is nothing like a bright bouquet or bunch of flowers to brighten up your home, it is always a little devastating when they begin to wilt and die. Here, is your guide to the top flowers with the longest life span: 1. Zinnia Zinnia has been named the number one longest lasting flower due to its ability to last a total of 24 days. In order for the plant to last such a long time, the water must be changed every two days. 2. Orchid The orchid is known for its beautifully elegant appearance however, they also last a very long time – up...

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Dinner party: How to choose the best floral centrepieces

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Dinner party: How to choose the best floral centrepieces

A dinner party wouldn’t be complete without a great centrepiece to bring together a theme or add some glamour to the occasion. Transform your home into a winter wonderland, a chic antique-inspired scene or simply give guests an easy ice-breaker with a floral centrepiece. Here are our top tips for choosing an arrangement to impress your guests: Think about the setting Flowers are beautiful in their own right but choosing colours that complement the room will really enhance their visual impact. With a colour scheme in place, consider using a...

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Choosing the perfect gift for your family and friends this Christmas doesn’t need to be stressful. Christmas hampers with traditional Christmas treats and flower arrangements are becoming increasingly popular and could provide you with the perfect gift idea for any relative, friend or colleagues you’re buying for. Our Christmas gift guide for 2014 will help you see everything that’s available from Serenata Flowers this winter. Flowers Christmas Flowers from SerenataFlowers.com are an obvious choice of gift. Boxed and vased varieties are both...

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Flowers and animals: A word of warning

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Flowers and animals: A word of warning

Who would think that the beautiful, cheery flowers that you place around your home and garden could harm your pet? It’s hard to believe that chrysanthemums, crocuses or foxgloves could harm or kill anything but the fact is that many contain properties that can, at the least, give your pet a rash or, at worst, be fatal. Of course you don’t really expect your pet to start chewing on a flower but it isn’t entirely unusual – stranger things have happened! Forewarned is forearmed. Being aware of what flowers could be harmful to your...

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Winter Flowers Guide

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Winter Flowers Guide

Whether bold and bright or pastel-coloured and delicate, winter flowers are the perfect pick-me-ups for your home for the cold months. Here is your ultimate guide to the ideal flowers to use during winter: Lavender Mediterranean in origin, lavender thrives in windswept conditions; one of the reasons they frequently flower in the winter months. Their bun shaped balls and sweet scent make them an ideal option for the home environment and their fresh and uplifting aroma is guaranteed to wake up any room in the household – even on the dullest of...

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Flower pressing: Make flowers last longer

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Flower pressing: Make flowers last longer

If you’ve recently received a stunning bouquet of flowers from a loved one and want them to last just that little bit longer, pressing and drying each bloom is a great way to preserve them. Once pressed and preserved, dried flowers can last for years, giving you a huge amount of pleasure and providing you with beautiful mementos with which to decorate your home or handicrafts. What’s more, pressing flowers is very easy to do, allowing you to preserve that precious bouquet quickly and effectively. Choosing your flowers Though it can be...

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Winter Flower Arrangements

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Winter Flower Arrangements

Getting your flower arrangements right over the winter period is important as flowers have the ability to brighten a room and enhance the Christmas spirit. Many people are unsure of how to execute the perfect winter flower arrangement, so here are a few ideas: A burst of berries Add a burst of berries with red tulips in a bronze or copper vase to create a wintery, earthy look that is perfect for this season. Due to tulips being a little droopy from time to time, it is a good idea to create a frame for them to sit around using holly for...

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5 Great Vase Alternatives

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5 Great Vase Alternatives

Think beyond the vase: Interesting flower displays A beautiful selection of flowers can instantly transform a room, so when it comes to displaying them why not make yours stand out from the crowd? Of course, vases are great if you simply want to transfer someone else’s arrangement straight into water. However, if you really want to create a unique focal point for your room or your dining table which really expresses your own individuality you should think beyond the vase. So, we have come up with five ideas for inspirational ways to...

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How to protect your flowers in winter

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How to protect your flowers in winter

Nothing says winter more than snow and frost on your garden plants however, whilst this is beautiful to look at it can really damage plant growth and kill fragile flowers. Frost in particular can cause the water in plant cells to freeze causing the flower to become limp, lifeless, black and distorted. These frost problems are usually made even worse when the flowers are facing the morning sun as this causes them to defrost quickly and damages the cell wall. Even hardy plants can suffer during the winter when the soil becomes frozen as the...

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How to make a Christmas Wreath

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How to make a Christmas Wreath

Are you looking to decorate your home for Christmas? Christmas Wreath would be probably the first thing you either buy or make yourself for Christmas! There are plenty of shops offering all the materials for your own Christmas wreath, so why not give it a go this year? Start with researching some ideas for design and styles online, and do your supplies shopping based on the decorations you will need. There are two basic techniques to do a simple Christmas wreath – you either wire materials into a metal form, or (most commonly) apply...

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Say Congratulations with Flowers

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Say Congratulations with Flowers

Whether you are congratulating someone on a promotion, a new baby or a graduation; flowers are the perfect gift. In fact, one of the top five most common reasons people send flowers is to say ‘congratulations’. There are hundreds of tips out there to help you choose the right way to say congratulations. However, one of the most important aspects to keep in mind is the recipient’s favourite colours. By handing him or her a bouquet of their favourite colours, you are demonstrating that you have invested real time and effort into your gift....

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5 Secrets of Longer Lasting Flowers

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5 Secrets of Longer Lasting Flowers

Whether you have been given a bouquet of flowers by someone special or a work colleague, it is important to know how to make sure they survive for as long as possible. Here are five secrets from Serenata Flowers on how to ensure your beautiful flowers last as long as possible: 1. Water It is vital to change the water you have placed your flowers in regularly. The main cause of wilting flowers is the bacteria found in their water due to it not being changed. So, the most basic tip on preserving flowers is to change the water once a day using a...

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10 ways to use edible flowers

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10 ways to use edible flowers

We can all agree that flowers brighten up any room, but have you considered using them in your culinary ventures? They would be the highlight of your next dinner party –  here is some inspiration from Pinterest, tutorials included! 1. Floral lollipop Satisfy your sweet cravings with these pretty floral lollipops. Here is how you do them! 2. Floral ice-cubes Spice up any drink with these beautiful floral ice-cubes – tutorial here. 3. Floral Popsicles Here is a tutorial on how to create these works of art! 4. Floral Cupcakes The...

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A room with a view: What flowers for where in your home?

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A room with a view: What flowers for where in your home?

It’s a well known fact that if you are selling your home you are advised to place fresh flowers in each room because their scent mixed with their beauty adds something to the home and entices people to buy it; FACT! Why this happens isn’t clear but the positive associations of having flowers in your home are accepted worldwide. So, we’ve established flowers are essential home accessories but where should we put them and are there different blooms for different rooms? Hall Let’s start with the space that people enter first. If you are lucky...

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Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

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Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

Grandparents play an important role not only in the lives of their children, but also their grandchildren. So, it’s important to celebrate and thank them. It may not be widely advertised, but each year in the UK, an entire day is dedicated to this special generation. ‘National Grandparents Day’ takes place annually on the first Sunday of October. If you’re struggling for the perfect gift, here are some of the best Grandparents Day ideas to give you a little inspiration: Personalised gifts Personalised gifts can be treasured forever and it...

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How to make a flower ball

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How to make a flower ball

How to make a flower ball – Simple Tutorial Flower balls are an easy and beautiful decoration for your wedding venue or a birthday party! Hanging flower balls will look great on the chairs on the way the to the wedding aisle or you can make traditional flower balls which make great centerpiece for a dinner party or birthday party! Here is a simple tutorial from Events with Alexa!  (scroll down for a video) You Will Need Flowers of your choice. Wet Foam (not Styrofoam unless you use silk flowers.) Scissors Ribbon Floral Pins 1. Wet the...

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How to press fresh flowers

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How to press fresh flowers

If you want to preserve your flowers for longer, the best way to achieve this is to use technique called pressing.  It flattens the flowers and allows them to dry. Pressed flowers are brilliant as a decorative addition to cards, jewellery or just as a simple framed wall art. There are 4 basic methods for pressing fresh flowers. Before proceeding with any of these techniques, there are few things you need to keep in mind: Choose flowers that are in full bloom Avoid using flowers with damaged leaves or petals If possible, choose flowers that...

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10 new ways to decorate with flowers

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10 new ways to decorate with flowers

Think beyond the vase – here are some creative ideas where to use your blooms! 1. Baby Room Decor Traditional flower wreaths can be transformed into this unique personalized baby room decor! 2. Ice Cubes Turn ice cubes into a piece of art by including edible flowers – use distilled water, it will be more clear and easier to see the flowers. 3. Cuff Floral crowns are very popular especially in spring and summer, but why not try something different? A fresh, fun approach is to wear them as a cuff on your wrist. They also make a...

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5 Strongest Smelling Flowers

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5 Strongest Smelling Flowers

Widely considered to be one of life’s most delightful treats, nothing can beat a fresh bouquet of flowers. Vibrant, colourful and rich in natural beauty, most flower varieties smell wonderful. Everyone loves the smell of roses, but did you know that some flowers have a lot stronger smell than others? Before we list some of the strongest smelling flowers, do you know which flowers are considered among the best smelling in the world? Here is the complete list: Rose Jasmine Lily of the Valley Gardenia Chocolate Cosmos Four o’clock...

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10 Garden Flowers that can help to sell your property

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10 Garden Flowers that can help to sell your property

Did you know that an average garden in the UK has a total investment of £1.790 by the house owners? Revealed in a recent study by Homebase, they also set a list of garden flowers that are most attractive to house-hunters and might help to sell you house! According to the study, “Gardens are also crucial to a home’s attractiveness on the property market, with two-fifths of Britons saying they would not buy a property unless it had a decent garden.” What’s are the other things that house hunters are looking at when...

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Flower Care Tips & Tricks

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Flower Care Tips & Tricks

Roses, daisies, mumps, hydrangeas, and other flowers. You name them and Serenata has them. If you are ever in need of some beautiful flowers, then this shop would be perfect for you. They sell the best flowers for the most inexpensive price and can make any event unforgettable and truly breathtaking. What makes these beautiful flowers stunning is not just the fact that they were harvested and grown with care: that is only the half of it. They are good because they are treated well by Serenata Flowers. First and foremost, they only get flowers...

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Wine of France

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Wine of France

Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Pinot Noir are among the different grape varieties from France. Popularity of French Wines France has several regions which produce French wine. They have the second-largest vineyard area and are the largest wind producer at about eight billion bottles per year. The French Ministry of Agriculture released statistics showing that French adults consumed about a glass of wine per day which made wine consumption down by four liters. The consumption of wine dropped across various social...

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How to choose the right flowers for your home

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How to choose the right flowers for your home

Whether you have just moved into a new home, or just want to spice up the décor in your current home, adding flowers to your space is a great way to accomplish this. When determining what types and colors to go in each room, it is best to take into consideration the type of theme you have in the space. Although there are no hard and fast rules to decorating with flowers, there are some things to keep in mind. Here are some answers to the questions you may have regarding floral decoration. Q: Should I decorate with real flowers or fake...

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangment Resource Guide

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Ikebana: Japanese Flower Arrangment Resource Guide

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Ikebana is a more disciplined form of art that brings together humanity and nature. Normal floral arrangement is intended to bring together multicolored arrangements, whereas ikebana emphasizes other parts of the flowers, particularly the stems and leaves. It draws more emphasis to the form, line, and shape of the flowers being used. The intention of the artist is seen in the arrangement: the combinations of color, shapes, and lines. Ikebana also emphasizes minimalism in the arrangement. It...

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Online Guide to Floral and Herbal Medicine

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Online Guide to Floral and Herbal Medicine

An herb may consist of an entire plant or portions of it. Herbs are often used for its scent, flavor, or medicinal properties. Herbal supplements are ingested by people who suffer from particular physical or psychological ailments in order to improve their health. Herbs have been used for centuries because of their health benefits. Herbal supplements come in a variety of forms, including capsules, powders, tinctures, teas, tablets, extracts, and partially fresh or dried plant material. Herbal medicines should be administered under the...

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Flower Essences

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Flower Essences

What are Flower Essences? Flower essences, diluted extracts from a variety of flowers and plants, have been used to treat physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments in animals and people. Flower essences fall into the same category as homeopathic and herbal remedies. Dr. Edward Bach, a famous English physican, first developed and experimented with flower essence remediation. He developed the Bach Flower Remedies in the latter stages of his life. He had an idea of treating people with simpler forms of treatment, rather than more intrusive and...

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International Holidays – Gifts Around the World

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International Holidays – Gifts Around the World

You already know about the major holidays we celebrate here in The United States, like Halloween, Christmas and Thanksgiving. But did you know there are literally dozens of other major holidays that are celebrated in different countries all over the world? Just like in America, some are national and some are religious. Some gives thanks to special people, and some are a day for remembering a certain event in history. Some are even celebrated by everyone all over the world! Keep reading to find out more about these special holidays and...

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A Resource Guide to Flower Pollination

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A Resource Guide to Flower Pollination

A Resource Guide to Flower Pollination Flowers are not only delightful to behold but they serve a higher purpose. Do you know that through the pollination of flowers many plants are able to reproduce and many animals get enough protein or carbohydrates to survive? Consider the food you eat everyday, around 30% is the result of pollination. This source guide to flower pollination is a good way for you to learn and appreciate this important mechanism. About Pollination Pollination is the process of transporting the pollen of a flower to the...

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5 Ways to use Flowers for Good Feng Shui

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5 Ways to use Flowers for Good Feng Shui

Flowers have a common language of beauty and elegance, and are used in feng shui to promote harmony and healing. Feng shui can offer positive and negative energies to flow through the home depending on the placement of furniture and the use of natural elements of wood, metal, fire, water, and earth. The art of feng shui uses flowers to promote positive chi in the home and in the lives of those that practice the ancient art. Here are five ways to use flowers to promote positive feng shui in your home. 1. All flowers and plants that are brought...

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Kids Nutrition: Grapes

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Kids Nutrition: Grapes

When it comes to fruit, one thing is certain: men, women, and children have eaten grapes for thousands of years. Grapes are berries and though they are enjoyed in jellies and jams, grapes were grown as food dating back 6,000 years. There are many varieties of grapes and each is enjoyed for different reasons and benefits. One of the oldest uses of grapes is in wine, but the fruit is delicious eaten straight off the vine. Several popular ways to enjoy grapes are in the form of grape juice and as raisins. The top four countries that grow the...

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Decoupage: Lacquered Art

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Decoupage: Lacquered Art

Decoupage: Lacquered Art Have you ever seen a piece of furniture that looks like pictures have been glued onto it? Most likely you were looking at an item that had been decoupaged. The word decoupage stems from a French word decouper (which means to cut out). Decoupage is a creative art form where paper cutouts are arranged and glued onto various objects that are to be decorated. The final step in the process is varnishing the cutouts. If you enjoy cutting pictures out and gluing, you would like decoupage. The history of decoupage can be...

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Homemade Gifts: Needlepoint Resources

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Homemade Gifts: Needlepoint Resources

Homemade Gifts: Needlepoint Resources Needlepoint is a type of embroidery that has been used for centuries. Like any other craft, needlepoint does have a steep learning curve. Fortunately, there are a number of resources available to make it easier to learn how to do this craft. Pattern books, project kits, and websites devoted to needlepoint all have instructions on selecting tools and materials, creating basic stitches, using specialty stitches, and doing other tasks related to needlepoint. This craft can be used to make pillowcases,...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Grapes Grapes (Vitis vinifera) are a form of berry and the earliest domesticated fruit crop, which is cultivated for use as table fruits, in juices, jams, jellies, pies and wines or dried to make raisins. Some grapes are seedless, while others have seeds, some of which are edible. Grape vines can also be used as an ornamental part of landscaping, when used as screen plants or on trellises. Grape cultivar, which is the act of cultivating the fruit, may be American, European or French hybrid. Some...

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The Science of Fermentation

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The Science of Fermentation

Fermentation is a chemical process that converts sugar found in fruits or grains to ethyl alcohol and carbon dioxide. Wine, beer, and alcohol all begin with the basic fermentation process that uses a source of sugar in fruit or grains and yeast to begin the chemical process to break down the sugar into the other components. Alcoholic beverages or spirits take the additional step to distill the alcohol released from the fermentation process and removes the excess water from the alcohol until the desired percent (proof) is obtained. Yeast is...

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A Comprehensive Wine Glossary

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A Comprehensive Wine Glossary

Just about everyone enjoys a good glass of wine now and then, but it can sometimes be a little confusing when that one connoisseur in the group starts showing off a little bit. However, there is something to be learned from them. When you start to delve into the world of wine, you’ll find that there is practically an art to choosing, recognizing and tasting wines. Read on to become familiar with some of the terms that are commonly used when discussing wine. Acidic – An excess amount of acid in the wine, giving it a sour flavor. Aftertaste – A...

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Dust, Mold, Flower Pollen – Guide to Airborne Allergies

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Dust, Mold, Flower Pollen – Guide to Airborne Allergies

Guide to Airborne Allergies and Asthma – Guide to Airborne Allergies and Asthma Allergies Allergies are extremely common and occur when the body`s immune system is triggered by a typically harmless substance. Allergies are not contagious since it is the body`s false alarm reaction to something which is benign in nature. Airborne allergies are caused by particles within the air that cause a reaction when inhaled. Common airborne allergies include pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. Allergies are believed to be caused by...

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The United States Prohibition

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The United States Prohibition

Prohibition is the act of prohibiting something through legal enforcement. The possibility of prohibition opens anytime people come together collectively and lobby against something they deem inappropriate. The fight against cigarettes in today’s society could, for example, wind up in the prohibition of cigarette manufacturing and has already resulted in smoking bans in public places. In most cases, however, it is argued that the act being prohibited is not actually unlawful. Rather, it is an enjoyable act that causes no material crime. As...

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