As you’ve heard me mention of late, we recently purchased a new home. One of the reasons why we love this house is that it’s great for entertaining! Wide open spaces, lots of natural light, great places to set up a hearty buffet, and plenty of room for our friends and family! We’ve had two gatherings here so far in the two-and-a-half months that we’ve lived here…and I’m about to have another one this coming weekend. Still loving how the house works so seamlessly for entertaining!
Besides the space, light and room, I, like you, have my own favorite elements to add to any gathering I host.
- Fresh towels in the guest bathroom. You know…the GOOD towels that people are afraid to use?! I LOVE having my bathroom stocked with those! it’s like bringing out the good china!
- A good variety of foods in the kitchen. I normally want something sweet, something healthy, something crunchy, something salty…you get the idea. As long as anyone who comes in my home has SOMETHING to eat, I’m good.
- A wonderful smell throughout the home. Sometimes that comes from whatever I’ve had baking in the kitchen. Sometimes from diffusing essential oils or burning candles. And sometimes…from fresh flowers!
In fact, fresh flowers will add to almost any gathering, wouldn’t you agree? I love my local grocery store, because they have a small “florist” section, and I can always pick up what I might need for any gathering. Or even grab a nice assortment of blooms if I feel like fresh flowers on the table for dinner!
But, you know what? I’ve gotten SO used to ordering just about anything online and having it shipped to the house. I mean, come on – anytime I have to go somewhere, I have to prep 2 one-year-olds and their diaper bag to go with me. Once I arrive wherever I’m going, I either have to get them all situated in their stroller or in a shopping cart…and if it’s a shopping cart, is there a double shopping cart? Do I have wipes to clean it off with? Do I have the shopping cart covers with me? It’s always an event for us to go anywhere!
Well, how did your first month of the new year go? I can’t hardly believe January is over! Ours was…different…than we had planned, but that’s for another post sometime in February. Let’s take a quick peek at the top 5 posts here on the blog for the past month!
1. Celebrating Loved Ones All Year Around! – It’s still a good time to be thinking about flowers, since Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, but remember that any time of the year is a good time to celebrate your loved ones!
There’s not much that puts me in a better mood than fresh flowers arriving at my office for no particular reason. Do you ever get flowers just because someone is thinking nice thoughts about you? So special!
(Of course, my hubby ALSO sends flowers if he knows he’s in trouble, but sometimes, he sends them just because he wants to.)
So when I was introduced to flower delivery by BloomNation about sharing their Bloomin’ Love! campaign, I headed over to their website to check things out.
I discovered that BloomNation supports local communities by partnering with independent florists and showcasing their handcrafted arrangements. Every order you place with BloomNation is always hand-delivered and always created by a local florist. I LOVE that!
I also love that you can browse all of the florist’s shops on BloomNation, and view lots of photos of their arrangements. It’s so convenient to have so many options on just one website!
Here’s one from Kara Bala Flowers in Glendale, California!
I feel like I start every one of these posts with the same kind of phrasing: “I can’t believe we’ve already gone through another month.”
But it’s TRUE! And here we are, having just finished out the first quarter of 2015. If you have a goal for this year, folks, get it done! Times a wastin’!
Lots happening here on the blog in the past month! Without further ado, here are the top posts:
1. More Reasons to Love Hometalk – I’m telling y’all, if you haven’t started using Hometalk, you’re missing out! Which is evident by the number of views on THIS post!
What are your thoughts on fresh flowers?
I happen to adore them. Which is rather amusing, since I’m highly allergic to them. HA!
I love all things bright and colorful and blooming. The list of trees I want to add to our yard is full of blooms and pollens…and my husband can’t understand why I want to purposely make myself have allergic fits.
I’m not sure I fully understand it myself, but all I know is, there’s nothing that finishes a yard off like a blooming tree with a carpet of blooms underneath. Or that finishes off a dinner like a simple vase filled with fresh flowers on a dining room table. It’s perfection, I tell you. (**Holds back a sneeze**)
Besides that, did you know that tomorrow is actually National Plant a Flower Day?! I kid you not! So when Songhua Hu contacted me to see if I’d like to do a blog post on his company, Bloominous, I was thrilled to comply!
Have you heard of Bloominuous?
I’ve seen references to the company around the land of blogging, but I had never stopped to see exactly what the deal was. Flowers. Great! But Bloominous is so much more than flowers!