Celebrate Memorial Day Outdoors

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend!  Many families celebrate the weekend with a traditional event.   For some, this means celebrating outdoors!  Whether it’s just a barbeque in the backyard or an out-of-town trip, there are many ways to enjoy this gorgeous weather.  Here are a few ways of celebrating Memorial Day outdoors.

Since Memorial Day is often seen as the start of summer vacation time, a lot of people take short weekend trips.  They go camping, have family gatherings, or visit the lake.

Others host cook-outs in their own yards.  They might have their family and friends over, or they might host a neighborhood party for everyone on their block.

Some people may spend the weekend outdoors playing sports.  Golf fans may attend the Memorial Tournament, a golf event that is usually held on or around Memorial Day, while racing fans might be in the outdoor seats at the Indianapolis 500.

What does your family do for Memorial Day?  Do you spend time outdoors, or do you stay inside in the air conditioning?

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Mother’s Day Movies you can Watch with Mom

Are you and your mom planning a quiet Mother’s Day this year?  If so, you might want to curl up on the sofa and watch one of these great movies with your mother.  It’s a great way of spending a low-key Mother’s Day, especially since you can snack on any of your favorite treats without dealing with the lines or high prices of a theater’s concession stand.

Great Mother/Daughter movies:
Terms of Endearment
Steel Magnolias
Step Mom
Mother
Mask
Anywhere But Here

Musicals:
The Sound of Music
Mamma Mia!
Hairspray

Romantic Comedies:
As Good As It Gets
Runaway Bride
Pretty Woman
Sex and the City
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Waitress

Something Different:
The Incredibles
The Princess Bride
Shrek
Office Space

There’s got to be something on this list you and your mom will enjoy watching.  If not, ask her what her favorite movie is, or if there’s a movie she’s been wanting to see.  Also, don’t forget to get all of her favorite snacks to have during the movie.

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Administrative Professionals Top Ten Qualities

Administrative Professional’s Day, also known as Secretaries Day, is coming up.  This year, it’s on April 24th, the last Wednesday of the month.  On this day, we take the time to thank those who help keep our offices running: secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, office managers, and the many others who fall under the administrative professional umbrella.  These professionals have many amazing qualities that ensure the office runs smoothly.

•    They keep the small problems away from you.  There are dozens of little fires they put out every day that you never hear about.

•    They don’t get fixated on the small stuff.

•    They make sure things get done efficiently.

•    You won’t find anyone else with such amazing spelling and grammar skills.

•    They understand the “professional” part of their title and always look great.

•    They keep their personal and professional lives separate.  They won’t bring their drama into the office.

•    Office equipment and computer software changes pretty regularly, and it’s up to your admin professional to keep on top of it all.  He or she often trains the rest of the office on this new technology after mastering it.

•    Because they often meet with clients before anyone else does, they understand that they function as the face of your business.  Whether on the phone, through email, or in person, they make sure to treat all customers and co-workers with respect.

•    They’re organized.  If you need to find something, they can tell you right where it is.

•    They come up with solutions that keep the office running!

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What to Do in Houston this Spring

Do you live in Houston, Texas, and want a fun event or two to do this spring?  Here are a few of the great upcoming events that will be held in Houston in the next couple of months.

Box City – this interesting art exhibit will run through April 20 at the Lawndale Art Center.  Artist Rahul Mitra created Box City from hundreds of cardboard boxes he found in the trash.  Box City recreates the slums of Mitra’s native India.

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts – The University Museum at Texas Southern University will be host to this amazing exhibit celebrating the history and art of dance.  It includes costumes, videos, photographs, tour posters, set pieces, and more.

Olivewood Cemetery: Past, Present, and Future – Take a guided tour of Houston’s first incorporated African American cemetery every day until May 25th.

The 43rd Annual Houston International Festival – This annual event will be held April 20/21 and 27/28.  This year, the highlighted country is Brazil.  The festival will begin at the Hobby Center on April 12 and feature different events over the next two weekends.  Highlights include a living museum, a global village, an arts and crafts market, and an international market area where visitors can purchase items from around the world.

Houston Art Car Parade – The 26th Annual Houston Art Car Parade will be held May 9-11 on 2402 Munger St. in Houston.  The parade features amazing cars that look like no other.  You’ll see cars covered in flowers, lights, and much more.  There are even cars shaped like shoes and other objects.

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Easter Flower Traditions

Easter is a great time for flowers!  There are a number of different flowers that are popular this time of year.  Of course, some flowers are specifically connected to Easter, while others are simply in season and look beautiful.  If you’re not sure what flowers you should use for your Easter centerpiece, here are a few suggestions.

The most popular is, of course, the Easter Lily.  These large, white flowers can usually be found decorating churches during Easter Sunday and make a great addition to anyone’s table.

Another popular Easter flower is the tulip.  Tulips are very popular spring flowers, and their bright yellows, reds, and other colors make them perfect for adding a splash of color to your holiday.

Another popular lily is the Calla Lily.  These flowers are very simple and elegant, and they work very well when mixed with other flowers or on their own.

Finally, the daffodil is often used as a symbol of spring.  Since Easter is fairly early this year, we’re still in the transition from winter to spring, so this is a great flower to both celebrate Easter and welcome in spring.

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Bring the Springtime Indoors with Flowers

Springtime is almost here!  The bright and beautiful flowers will be blooming, the trees and grass will be bright green again, and the weather will be warm enough to stay outside and enjoy it all.  But right now, that last winter chill is still threatening to come in and keep March on the cool side.  If you don’t want to wait for spring, you can bring some of that springtime cheer into your home with some beautiful flower arrangements.

Flowers can truly bring a new look and feel to a room.  One of the reasons why is because they’re living.  Any living, natural thing will stand out in a room.  It also helps that spring flowers are usually bright and cheerful.  They will really pop out, especially in a room that tends to be dark or full of earth tones.

If you’re tired of the dull colors of winter and want something to bring some light and happiness to your home, pick out a beautiful arrangement of flowers.  The sight and smell of these gorgeous blooms is sure to make it feel like spring has arrived.

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Flowers Brighten the Winter Months

The winter months are plagued by cold winds, deep snow, and freezing temperatures (unless, of course, you’re somewhere like the California beaches.  Then things just get a little chilly).  A lot of people feel depressed and have less energy during these colder months.  If you feel these symptoms, you might think you have a touch of the flu or a cold, but you might have seasonal affective disorder, a medical condition that affects a good number of people.  Those who deal with feeling tired and depressed all winter long are always looking for some way of cheering themselves up.

How can you brighten up the winter months?  Here are a couple of ideas:

•    Add some brightly colored throws and pillows to your sofa and bed.

•    Put on some music.  Cheerful music can help chase away the blues.

•    Add fresh flowers to your home!  Flowers bring in the sights, smells, and touch of spring.

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Our Favorite Romantic Movies

We love movies, but we especially love romantic movie, and there’s no better month to watch a romantic film or two that February.  If you don’t want to get out and deal with the crowded restaurants and events on Valentine’s Day, why not stay in and watch a movie or two?  Here are a few of our favorite romantic movies.

1.     Ever After.  Sure, it’s a re-telling of Cinderella, but Drew Barrymore brings something amazing to the role.  It’s become just as much of a classic than the original story.

2.    The Bridges of Madison County.  Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood star in this adaptation of the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller.

3.    When Harry Met Sally is one of several classic romantic movies starring Meg Ryan.

4.    Slumdog Millionaire is a fairly recent film, but this romantic tell of a man searching for the love of his life for years is destined to be a romantic classic.

5.    Shakespeare in Love recounts the love story of William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow).  Lesseps pretends to be a man so she can appear in one of Shakespeare’s plays (at the time, men played all the roles).  This was the movie that gave Paltrow her first Oscar win and made women everywhere fall in love with the dashing Will Shakespeare (as played by Joseph Fiennes).

6.    There have been many movie versions of the novel Pride and Prejudice, but many people find the 1995 TV mini-series starring Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet the best.  If you love the novel, this is a great adaptation.

Love any of these movies?  Have any to add to the list?  Let us know!

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Romance Takes Times. And Planning Ahead

Romance isn’t always spontaneous, despite how it might seem in romance movies.  In real life, you have to make plans to make romance happen.  It’s not that difficult (unless you want a crowd singing and dancing to your loved ones like in a musical), but it takes work and planning.  Here are a few things you should plan ahead.  This is especially true for days like Valentine’s.

•    Make reservations at the restaurant.  You don’t want to arrive only to find that your favorite restaurant has a wait of a few hours.  This is especially important on Friday and Saturday evening and on holidays.

•    Order your flowers early.  Roses may sell out for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.  Poinsettias become harder to find the closer it gets to Christmas.  Remember, even the best-stocked florist doesn’t have an infinite supply of flowers.

•    Make sure you both know the overall plan for the date.  She needs to know where to meet you or what time you’re picking her up.  She also needs to know what to wear.  If you’re going someplace formal, don’t assume she will be dressed up unless you tell her to.

•    Don’t wait until the last minute to get tickets to that event you want to go to.  It may be sold out.

•    If you think the date may end at your place, be sure to clean up beforehand.  Nothing kills the mood faster than walking into a dump that smells like last week’s laundry.

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Valentine Romance 2013

Have you planned where to take your loved one on Valentine’s Day 2013?  If you’re in the Houston area, you’ll find a number of great things to do that are a bit out of the ordinary.  After all, you don’t want to go to that same restaurant and order the same meal again, do you?  Spice up this Valentine’s Day by trying these fun ideas.

Moody Gardens is a great place to go for Valentine’s.  You can stroll through the beautiful grounds and take a look at some of the unique exhibits.

Not a fan of Valentine’s Day?  Well, you can always attend the Howl at the Moon’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party!  It’s sure to be a lot of fun whether your single or part of a couple who isn’t into hearts and cards.

Sambuca is a great bar and restaurant for those who love contemporary jazz.  It’s consistently packed on Valentine’s Day, though, so if you want to treat your significant other to this great atmosphere, you better make reservations now.  You get a three course meal, amazing live music, and the chance to show off your dance skills.

Spending some time in Houston’s museum district is a different yet still interesting way of spending Valentine’s Day.  It’s certainly not traditional, but it may be exactly what you need to break out of the Valentine’s Day mold and experience something different.

Of course, if none of these ideas sound great, there’s always the old standby: a romantic dinner at home.  Whether you sneak in take-out or cook it yourself, there’s nothing quite like dining by candlelight with your loved one.  You can go all-out and make some exotic dish served with wine, or just go for something simple.  Either way, spending time alone together is what Valentine’s Day is all about.

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