Little Things that Make Others Smile

Smiling makes us feel happier—studies have shown that this isn’t just old wives’ tale.  It’s actually true.  Something about curving our lips upward helps put us in a much better mood.  There are many different things that make people smile, some large and some small.  While these large things may not come along every day, there are plenty of little things that make people smile.  You can even help some of them along!

The easiest thing to do to make someone else smile is to smile at them.  Sharing a smile can cheer someone up.  It’s a simple act that can mean a lot to people, especially when they’re having a horrible day.

Another little thing you can do is wish someone a good morning or say hello.  Like a smile, it takes very little energy, but it can have a major effect on people.  If you’ve never wished someone a good morning, give it a shot and see just how happy it makes them.

Invite someone out to lunch.  If you know someone in your office who usually eats lunch alone, invite him or her to eat with you.  Even if you just have lunch in the break room, sharing your meal with someone can be a great way of putting a smile on their face.

One of the smallest yet largest thing you can do to make someone smile is simply be their friend.  Being a friend to someone isn’t a difficult thing, but it can mean the world to someone.  Plus, being a friend is a two-way street, and you’ll find yourself smiling, too.

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Most Popular Winter Flowers

There are some great winter flowers out there, even though the weather is chilly and there’s not as much sunlight.  Some of these fun winter flowers match the landscape, while others stand out with their bright reds and vivid pinks.  Some of these flowers bloom in November and hang around for a few months, while others first appear during mid or even late winter.

It can be difficult to see some of the beautiful white flowers of the season, especially if you get a lot of snow.  However, they’re out there.  The snowdrop, in fact, seems to take snow as a challenge.  It will actually push its way up through the snow so that its white flowers can bloom and be seen.  Another white flower is the winter honeysuckle.  This gorgeous little flower can grow in many different climates.  While it’s not that bright and colorful, it does smell very nice.

For something more colorful, there’s the winter jasmine, which produces little yellow flowers.  Unlike the winter honeysuckle, winter jasmine actually has no scent at all.  Another colorful bloom you’ll see during winter is that of the witch hazel.  This shrub produces yellow and orange flowers that are very bright and cheery.

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Spruce Up the Front Door for Christmas

The Christmas tree is often the center of your holiday party, and when it’s not, your dinner table and the amazing food you’ve prepared is.  But before your guests see your tree, your table centerpiece, the stockings you’ve hung with care, they see your front door.  One way to make a great impression is to put a beautiful holiday wreath on your front door.

You have several options for this wreath.  If you’ve already got one, you can reuse it.  However, wreaths tend to start to look their age after going in and out of storage for several years.  You may want to spruce it up a little by gluing or otherwise adding a few new elements.  You can add pine cones, silk flowers, feathers, small birds, and just about anything else that relates to the holiday season.

If, on the other hand, you don’t have a wreath or want a new one, you have two options: buy one or make one yourself.  Buying one is the easiest option, and you’ll find some amazing wreaths out there.  If you’re more into making a wreath, you’ll need to find a basic wreath to start with.  Then add whatever decorations you want to it.

You may not even want a wreath on your front door.  You could put a large red bow on your door, for example, or hang sturdy ornaments on it.  No matter what you do, adding decoration to your front door is a great way of welcoming your guests.

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Holiday Organizing Tips

Organizing your holidays doesn’t have to be crazy.  In fact, all it takes it a little bit of effort and thought to get it done.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the shopping, baking, and decorating, here are a few ways to get the craziness under control.

Before you head out to shop for gifts, make a list of everyone you need to buy something for.  You might also write down an idea of how much you want to spend and what you might want to buy for them.  This way, you won’t spend too much or spend a lot of time walking up and down store aisles.

Don’t get caught up in second guessing your gifts.  Once you buy something for someone, don’t change your mind.  If you let yourself get caught up in “oh, but I think they would like this better,” you’ll find yourself buying a lot of gifts you don’t actually give.  Then you have to deal with returning them.

You may want to organize your gifts once you get them home, especially if you’re buying a lot of small items or similar items.  Put a sticky note on each one listing who it’s for, or set aside a box or bag for each person.  Be sure to put a tag on each one after you wrap it so you don’t get it mixed up with another.

Another tip for keeping your gifts organized is to buy a number of different colors/styles of wrapping paper and use one color for each person.  It’s a good way of organizing gifts for your close family and those who you’ll buy multiple gifts for.

These tips should help you organize your Christmas shopping and gift-giving.  Taking the stress out of what is one of the more stressful parts of the Christmas season and you’ll give yourself more time to enjoy everything else.

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Christmas Lights in Houston

Looking for some amazing holiday light displays in the Houston area?  Well, you can drive around your neighborhood and check out what others have done, or you can hit some of the large displays.  There are even some limo tours you can book if you want to see the lights in style.  Here are some of the subdivisions and neighborhoods that have huge annual light displays:

•    Prestonwood Forest
•    Woodland Heights (their Lights in the Heights event takes place on December 8, but the light displays will be up until Christmas, at least)
•    Timber Lakes
•    Graystone Hills
•    Firethorne
•    Pin Oak Village
•    Fairwood Subdivision

A number of the homes in these areas may have entered the annual Houston Area Christmas Light Display Contest.  In order to win, you’ve got to go big, so be on the lookout for some giant displays!

There are a number of other displays, of course.  Check out the Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands.  Produced by the Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau and presented by Donoho’s Jewellers, this event features a huge light display.  You’ll find a giant Christmas tree, lighted toy soldiers, angels, snowmen, and much more.  If you donate non-perishable food items at Donoho’s, you’ll get a $2 off coupon to the nearby Ice Rink.

Another great walk-through event is the Dickinson Festival of Lights at Paul Hopkins Park.  Admission, parking, and shuttle service are all free, which is great for your holiday budget.  There are thousands of lights on display here, plus there are a few activities, too.  For a small fee, you can decorate cookies, eat some great food, or get a picture with Santa (which is free if you use your own camera).

Moody Gardens is hosting their Festival of Lights once again.  There are more than a million lights used in these amazing displays.  There’s also live entertainment, an outdoor skating rink, and a ice slide.  Admission is $6.95 for the Festival of Lights trail, and fees vary for the other activities.

These are just some of the amazing light displays in the Houston area.  Do you decorate your home?  If not, maybe you should start this year!

Don’t forget to decorate indoors as well. We’ve got some great Christmas flowers in Houston, TX, that will help bring the holiday atmosphere into your home.

Christmas Events in Houston Updated

The Christmas tree at the Galleria Mall in Houston

Can you believe it’s almost December?  That means Christmas is just around the corner!  Before the holiday season hits and brings with it all that craziness, take a moment to look over some of these upcoming events and decide if you want to attend any of them.  Houston has a lot to offer during the holidays, and while you’ll probably be too busy to do everything, you should be able to fit a few events into your busy schedule.

Every night between December 5 and January 5, the Houston Zoo will light up with thousands of Christmas lights.  You and your family can take a tour through this magical wonderland and check out some amazing decorations, sing carols, and drink hot cocoa.

One Christmas tradition is seeing the Nutcracker ballet.  While some people prefer to watch the ballet on TV, there really is nothing like seeing it performed live.  The ballet will be performed by Houston Ballet every weekend from November 23 to December 30.  The ballet will also be performing the Jubilee of Dance on Friday, November 30.  This special performance will serve as a send-off to principle dancer Amy Fote, who is leaving the Houston Ballet after seven years.

You might also want to attend a performance of the Winter Wonderettes show at the Stages Repertory Theatre or catch the Santaland Diaries at the Alley Theatre.  Both shows run through December.

Another thing you don’t want to miss is ice skating outside at Discovery Green.  While some places have indoor skating areas during the Christmas season, skating outdoors is much more fun. If you like indoor skating, though, you can always visit the Ice Galleria Skating Rink.

If you enjoy seeing holiday displays, go driving around Houston.  Load the family up in the car, pack some snacks, and crank up the Christmas carols on the radio.  There are many great festival displays in the area.  If you want to do a little walking, you might want to take the Heritage Society’s Annual Candlelight Tour in the Park.  While you will have to walk in the cold instead of riding in the warm car, it’s certainly worth it.  The tour features some of Houston’s oldest buildings decorated in the traditional 19th century holiday décor, plus there’s live music and Santa!

Don’t forget to decorate your home with some of our gorgeous Christmas flowers in Houston, TX!

Thanksgiving Decorating

Have you done any decorating for Thanksgiving?  If you’re hosting the dinner, you might want to put up a few decorations.  Fortunately, decorating for Thanksgiving doesn’t involve a lot of stuff, unlike Christmas or Halloween.  You can get away with just a few table decorations and a bouquet of lovely fall flowers.  Here are some decorations you might want to use for Thanksgiving:

A centerpiece for your table: the Thanksgiving meal is the center of the holiday, so you want your table to look great.  A centerpiece can come in many forms and may involve pumpkins, gourds, candles, fall flowers, a ceramic turkey, or pilgrims.  Find something that fits nicely on your table so it doesn’t crowd out the food.  You may even want to put your centerpiece on the dessert table or side table if you need more room.

Thanksgiving linens:  a tablecloth and napkins are necessary for a nice meal, so you might as well make them decorative.  You can get ones in a solid fall color (orange, red, brown) or pick something with turkeys or other Thanksgiving-related images.  Napkin rings are another nice accessory, as are placemats.

Decorative dishes:  you can use decorative platters and bowls for your Thanksgiving meal or platters that match your tablecloth.  Even dishes with a fall color pattern on them can be useful.

These are just a few decorations that can make your Thanksgiving table gorgeous.  You can do more if you want, including adding a fall wreath to your front door or finding some other fall items to place around your home.  Get creative, and make your Thanksgiving decorations something special for your guests to enjoy.

Don’t forget your Thanksgiving flowers in Houston, TX!

Labor Day Events in the Houston Area

Labor Day Weekend is here again!  There’s a lot going on in the Houston area this year.  Now that the worst of the summer heat is over, you can head outdoors and enjoy your three-day weekend!

But what if you don’t want to go outdoors, or you just want to relax this Labor Day?  That’s certainly an option.   A number of people take their three-day weekend and spend it at home doing very little.  They just sit back, relax, and catch up on their reading or list of movies they want to see.  Some cook out, but just as many order in so they don’t even have to do the dishes.

If you do want to get out and see what’s going on, here are some fun Labor Day events:

Start off the weekend by seeing Marc Anthony in concert at the Toyota Center.  He will perform Saturday the 1st at 7:00 p.m.

The Houston Labor Day Classic is a weekend-long event featuring Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M.  The two go at it on Saturday at Reliant Stadium.  The game starts at 7:00 p.m.

The Houston Labor Day Cup is the area’s premier youth soccer tournament.  It will be held all weekend, and more than 400 different teams from Texas and Louisiana will participate.  Games are held at Bear Creek Park and Katy Park.

Labor Day is also the Free Day of Yoga.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an expert or a beginner, you can visit Rothko Chapel Plaza and join with thousands of others who practice yoga and enjoy its many benefits.  This is the 7th year for the Free Day of Yoga.

The 21st annual Kerrville Wine and Music Festival will be held in nearby Kerrville.  The festival lasts all weekend and features concerts, wine and microbrew seminars, camping, and, of course, tastings!

If you’re staying home this Labor Day, treat yourself to some beautiful flowers in Houston, TX.

Show Someone You Care

You’ve heard the saying that actions speak louder than words, and this is often true.  However, it’s also true that actions themselves are, in a way, words or messages to others.  Showing someone you care is much more powerful than simply saying it.  Here are a few different ways you can show someone you care.

Flowers are a great way of saying “I care about you!” when words just aren’t enough.  They can say anything from “Your friendship is valuable to me” to “I love you.”  Giving someone a bouquet of flowers shows just how much you care about them.

A meal can also say that you care.  If you want to show a friend how much you appreciate something they’ve done, you might want to take them out to lunch.  Asking someone out to dinner shows that you may care about someone as more than a friend since dinner sometimes means romance.  The same may be true of asking someone to go for drinks or for coffee.  Sometimes, just sharing a meal is enough to let someone know that you care about them.

Other ways of showing you care include helping them out, inviting them to a day out, or just spending time with them.  You don’t have to go above and beyond to show someone you care.  Sometimes, in fact, it’s the small gestures that really mean a lot.

Of course, one of the best ways of showing someone you care is to give them a hug!  Hugs convey so much, and they’re always welcome.  Whether you’re comforting someone, saying hello or goodbye, or just want to be physically close to someone, a hug is a great way of showing your feelings.

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Best Friends Forever – Why Friendship Can Last for a Lifetime

While some friends come and go, some friendships, especially friendship between best friends, can last for a lifetime.  There’s something about your best friend that just clicks, and the two of you become very close.  Sometimes it seems like you’re reading each other’s minds, and other times you’re practically one person.  Even when you have a fight, you’re still best friends, and you know you’ll forgive each other.  But why do these friendships last for so long?  Here are a few reasons:

Your best friend never judges you, only gives you the love and support you need when time are bad.

Your best friend always has your back.

Your best friend is there when you’re hurt, sick, depressed, stressed out, or sad.

When you’re with your best friend, you can be yourself—you don’t have to hold back or hide parts of your personality.

When you need the best advice, your best friend is there to offer it.

Your best friend will do any favor for you, even those that inconvenience them, if they can.  They will help you move, drive you to work when your car breaks down, or be a last-minute babysitter when your regular one cancels.

Why don’t you show your best friend how awesome he or she is by sending him or her one of our amazing flower arrangements in Houston, TX?