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This is the perfect place for Basket Express to present blog posts and for you to join in the fun, too! Here we will discuss holidays, occasions, reasons to send gift baskets and flowers, exciting events occurring at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.  Click here to read about Pamela of  Roadrunner Florist and Tina of  Basket Express. We are REAL PEOPLE designing Floral Arrangements and Gift Baskets for REAL PEOPLE (like you!)!

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Safety and Efficiency: Tools and Resources for Disabled Parents

Safety and Efficiency: Tools and Resources for Disabled Parents

I was contacted by Ashley Taylor of Disabledparents.org and she asked if she could write an article for my Blog. It didn’t take me more than a moment to be both honored and humbled by her request and interest in Basket Express.

Her story is one of strength and courage. This is the request that she sent to me.

My husband and I both have disabilities. We’ve always wanted children, and knew that because of our disabilities becoming parents and parenthood, in general, would require extra planning and prep. From the get-go we started saving for IVF treatments and making modifications to our home that would make us and our future children safer. Along the way, we’ve picked up a lot of great resources on planning and preparing for parenthood as parents with disabilities and we’ve learned some valuable lessons, too.
Can I write an article for your website with advice for people with disabilities on how they can prepare their lives and their homes for parenthood? Today, my husband and I have two amazing kids, and I thought this might be a good way to show my gratitude to the universe for all the ways we’ve been blessed.
Imagine how I felt when I read this story, and the shivers that went up my spine when she sent me this information, which I gladly share with you today.
Disabilities

The days when disabled people were considered unfit to be parents are behind us thanks to the efforts of organizations like Through the Looking Glass, a resource that provides training and services for the disabled. Their advocacy, and that of others, has made it easier for the disabled to find products that help them care for their children effectively and efficiently. Many have been forced to use their creativity and ingenuity, devising new, more convenient ways to breastfeed, change diapers, and bathe their children. Performing these tasks is a lot easier with tools that can help save time and allow parents to multitask, an important capability for any parent. Fortunately, there are many products with designs and features that can make it easier to care for your child, both independently and safely. (Also remember that any modifications you make to your home, such as an entrance wheelchair ramp or widened doorways, may be a great help to subsequent owners.)

Wheelchair ramps can be works of art! Check out these pictures of home that have used their ramps to accent their flowers!

  

Accessible sleep space

This has long been a major hurdle for disabled parents. The traditional baby crib configuration is incompatible for most disabled parents, especially those who are in a wheelchair and can’t reach into the sleeping space. The Cocoonababy is a soft, cushioned platform with no sides or attachments. Your baby is safely secured with an adjustable strap that can be removed quickly for diaper changes. The Cocoonababy is light and easy to carry as you move around the house. For parents who prefer the conventional design, a side-opening crib allows parents to reach directly inside.

(I don’t know about you, but I had no idea this existed, let alone how important it would be for parents with disabilities.  The baby looks so comfy, and I can understand how easy it would be to use this great bed! )

Breastfeed with ease

Finding a comfortable breastfeeding position is a subjective thing for moms. Some prefer to breastfeed while lying in bed without having to move their child around. An adaptive cot with one open side can be wheeled up to the side of your bed, allowing you to lie on your side while feeding and keep your baby safely next to you while you sleep. It’s an ideal multitasking product – you can breastfeed, burp and put your baby to sleep all without having to change location. If you prefer a more mobile solution, the Breastfeeding Sling lets you feed your child anywhere. Its padded shoulder strap allows you to feed for as long as you need without getting tired.

(Don’t forget the privacy involved with breastfeeding, not only for the baby but for the mom as well.  As an able-bodied mom, I remember the issues I had breastfeeding Lauren. I imagine these are magnified 10-fold for a disabled mom.)
Convenient potty training

Potty training time can be a real challenge for disabled parents. If your mobility is limited, it’s difficult to be as encouraging and physically supportive as you’d like. Many training aids are heavy and difficult to move or lift with ease. The Disney Baby Winnie the Pooh Training Seat is lightweight and clips easily and securely to the top of your toilet seat. It’s also an excellent option if you need to move it between bathrooms.

(Oh, my, the joys of potty training! Just when you think it’s mastered, the “fun” can start all over again!  I guess the best part is this takes a short period of time and then it’s forever!)

Bath time

This is one of the most challenging tasks that disabled parents face. The inflatable Bambino Duck Bath is a light and convenient alternative for parents with limited reach. It can be placed on a low table to take the strain off your back when lifting or stretching. The soft sides can be pushed down easily for improved access.

(It was difficult enough for me, at 5’2″, to bathe Lauren in the sink or tub.  Somehow we manage. Imagine having to “manage” on a daily basis when you are disabled. It’s a good thing these kids are so resilient!)

IVF

In-vitro fertilization is a proven successful alternative for couples having trouble conceiving, but it can be a pricey proposition, with couples paying an average of $19,000. You can defray some of the cost by using your Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings Plan. Shared risk or IVF refund programs can also help you prepare for the financial burden. As expensive as it can be, IVF has been changing lives for the better for decades. According to Qunomedical, “The success and availability of in-vitro fertilization have given hope to many infertile couples who have not been able to conceive. Since 1978, 5.4 million babies have been born worldwide with the help of IVF.”

Ergonomic efficiency

Thinking in terms of your physical challenges can help you identify tools that will make it easier to provide care. There are products and resources that make bathing, feeding and dressing your little one much easier. Remember that the best products are those that provide ergonomic efficiency.

  

Self-care

As important as your daily activities and amenities are to your parenting abilities, the way you care for yourself also plays a part. A warm bath each evening, a chapter of a good book while your baby naps, or a moment of quiet with a warm cup of coffee in the mornings can all enhance your mental health. And there are plenty of ways your friends and family can encourage you to focus on self-care. A gift basket with your favorite things, a bouquet of fragrant flowers to brighten up the room, or even just a friendly phone conversation and well wishes are all great gift ideas for new moms. With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s never too early to drop a few hints…

Daisies and butterflies  Top 'em Off with Fruit and Flowers  

Thinking in terms of your physical challenges can help you identify tools that will make it easier to provide care. There are products and resources that make bathing, feeding, and dressing your little one much easier. Remember that the best products are those that provide ergonomic efficiency and make life a little more comfortable for your entire family.

No matter the road you took to become a parent, it was and will continue to be an exciting journey. As a disabled parent you will face obstacles and have to make some modifications to your home and life, but at the end of the day you are a parent just like everyone else. Welcome to the ride!

Courtesy of Pixabay.com.

 

April

cube of roses and daisies

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about April.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

Daisy, Sweet Pea

In April, we can already see spring in full bloom. (Those of you who know me are aware that Mr. T, my desert tortoise, who has been hibernating all winter, peeks his head out in April to welcome Spring!). But which are the birth month flowers for this month? April comes with the daisy and the sweet peas for those who are born now. Daisies are used to represent purity, loyal love and innocence. Yellow daisies are also popular choices when it comes to giving flowers. Moreover, friends give this flower to each other to signify keeping a secret.

daisy  Yellow daisies

All white daisies  Daisies and butterflies

Mixed daisies Smiling daisies

Daisies are no longer boring! A professionally designed bouquet of all daisies, as seen here, is long-lasting and refreshing. When we add other flowers, WHOLA!

cube of roses and daisies  roses and lav daisies

The sweet pea symbolizes blissful pleasure. However, they are also used to represent goodbye. The fragrance of this flower keeps flies at bay, so maybe this is a good kind of goodbye!

Sweet pea Another sweet pea

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

 

 

March

Daffodils and stunning beauty

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s talk about March.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

March – Daffodil, Jonquil

For March, the representative flowers are the daffodil and the jonquil. The daffodil symbolizes unrequited love, so if you receive this flower you might be missing something along the way. The bright yellow petals are quite positive though, bringing a little bit of sun into your life, just like it happens with nature.

The other flower, the jonquil, is a special kind of daffodil. In its turn, it shows a desire for affection to be received. At the same time, it is also shown to convey sympathy.

Daffodil  jonquil

The Daffodil season is short-lived in the Valley of the Sun.  They love the spring weather, when it’s not yet too hot, but they don’t last into the 90 degree heat.  We love designing arrangements with daffodils! They are unique enough to be delivered all by themselves, or beautiful additions to spring floral arrangements.

Daffodils and stunning beauty  Daffodils  Daffodils and other flowers

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

If you are a March baby, you share your happy month with some very famous people.

Albert Einstein, Peyton Manning,  Bobby Fischer, Lady Gaga, Ben Rothlesberger, Eric Clapton, Elton John, President Grover Cleveland, President Andrew Jackson, President James Madison,  David Niven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carrie Underwood, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers, Vincent Van Gogh, and many more! But the most important person born in March is YOU!

I found this interesting about people born in March:

Affection and charisma are the qualities which are often associated with people born in the month of March. They are very compassionate and love to serve others, if given their due respect. Honesty and reliability are among the various virtues possessed by individuals born in this month. While most of them are born under the zodiac sign Pisces, they are many others who are born on the Pisces/Aries cusp. Pisceans can be described as romantic, sensitive, emotional, honest and sympathetic. Generally, they are selfless and very generous. Artistic by nature, Pisceans are attracted to beautiful things. They are imaginative and intuitive and are good in the field of art. Considered to be the most romantic zodiac sign, Pisceans are great lovers. They are the ‘givers’, in their relationship and do everything that would fascinate their partners. They remain secondary in their relationships and do not mind their spouse/partners’ dominance.  They are most sensitive and intuitive of all the zodiac signs. They adapt to their surroundings very easily. People who are born in the month of March and are Pisceans tend to live in two worlds – the real and the mystical. They do so to evade the pain and the suffering of the real world and sneak into an imaginary world of their own.  Source:  http://www.thefamouspeople.com/famous-people-born-in-march.php

Perhaps you know a March baby! If you do, then consider ordering a fresh floral arrangement that includes Daffodils from your local flower shop! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina & Pamela

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

 

 

 

February

Tina with Violets

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s take about FEBRUARY.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

February – Violet, Primrose

Violet Primrose

As surprising as it may be, the flowers of February is not the red rose, despite the Valentine’s Day celebration. The violet and the primrose are the flowers that represent the second month of the year. The violet symbolizes loyalty, watchfulness and faithfulness, so give a violet to someone if you want them to rely on you. Meanwhile, the primrose goes to show that you can’t live without the person you’re giving it to.

Contrary to its name the primrose is not related to the rose. They are beautiful perennials that come from Europe. They are the first to bloom when winter goes away and, if grown outside,  they can multiply each year with a little bit of shade and some moist soil.  They bloom in early spring, offering a variety of form, size, and color. They are suitable for use in garden beds and borders as well as in containers or for naturalizing areas of the lawn.

violet container Tina with violets

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

 You can say what you want, but February is always associated with a red, red rose.

The holiday of Love, Valentine’s Day, is always celebrated on the 14th. It’s our busiest day of the year and we plan, plan, plan and plan for it.  We love that day because we have so many people who call us once a year and we get to speak with them, and oodles of new people who call us and then end up loving us, too.

Love us on Yelp 2017

Today is the day to order your roses for Valentine’s Day. Get the order into our queue for delivery on the date that you’d like and let us work our magic for you!

A dozen red roses

   A dozen red roses

 

Tina & Pamela www.roadrunnerflorist.com 

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

January

I thought it might be fun to write about the Flowers of the Month!

Let’s start with JANUARY.

First, a little history.

Birth month flowers refer to certain species that are associated with each month of the year. It is said that the characteristics of each flower will pass down to the people who are born that month. You can also see them mentioned as “flowers by month” but they refer to the same thing.

The Origins of the Flowers by Month

Culturally speaking, it is important to see what flower to choose for a gift, depending on its characteristics (such as color, appearance or scent). But how did we get to offering flowers on birthdays? People think that the Romans were the first ones to use flowers to celebrate such events. They had seasonal flowers which were more than mere decorations since they offered them as gifts for people’s birthdays. As such, most likely this is how birth month flowers appeared. But let’s see what flowers fit each month!

January – Snowdrop, Carnation

Carnation mini carnations  Snowdrop

The birth flowers in January are the snowdrop and the carnation. The carnation is a flower that comes together with various meanings, depending on its color. For example, a pink carnation represents affection, while a red one means love. White represents purity (of love). The carnation, scientifically known as Dianthus caryophyllus, is a historically rich and meaningful flower choice. With its scientific name dianthus roughly translating to “flower of love” or “flower of the gods”, depending on the source, this flower is one that has been revered for centuries.

The carnation is fragrant and long-lasting. The less color (aka white, yellow and pink) the more fragrance. White carnations smell like peppermint! In the heat of the desert, we know carnations are the longest lasting flowers, even though they might not be your favorite. They are grown in hues of the rainbow and can be designed to highlight or accent other flowers in a beautiful floral arrangement. We know people who prefer “all carnations” of either all one color or mixed colors, too.

Mini carnations are a cluster of small carnations grown on one stem.  They open a few at a time, into a small perfect carnation.

Carnations for theresa  Carnation fantasy  Carnation funeral spray

festival of carnations Carnation spray Multi-colored carnations

lotsa carnations carnations for cheryl perfect carnations

Carnations are considered good luck for a newborn baby! We can customize a gift basket to add fresh carnations for good luck!

Meanwhile, the snowdrop was thought to bring bad luck, since it always grew in graveyards. However, nowadays people think it means beauty and hope.

Snowdrop flower bulbs (Galanthus) are grown in both cold winter regions and moderate winters, but keep in mind they truly dislike warm winters. So, if you live in Southern California, Florida or other hot climates, you will have to pass on having the snowdrop flower in your garden. Information about Snowdrops Bulbs Snowdrop flower bulbs are small bulbs that are often sold “in the green” or undried. They can very easily dry out, so they won’t be happy sitting around for weeks on end waiting for you get around to planting them. You will want to purchase your snowdrop bulbs and plant them immediately after you receive them.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Information About Snowdrops And When To Plant Snowdrop Flower Bulbs https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/snowdrop/information-about-snowdrops-and-when-to-plant-snowdrop-flower-bulbs.htm

If you’re fortunate to be a January baby, then remember the beautiful Carnation and it’s amazing fragrance. May the long-lasting life of the flower shed its joys on you as you celebrate your January birthday!

Order your January Carnations from your local florist today!! www.roadrunnerflorist.com

602-246-1271  Tina & Pamela

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

Some of this content is copied courtesy of https://everythingbackyard.net/birth-month-flowers/

Who’d a Thunk it?

snacks for christmas

Who’d a Thunk it?

Have you been in any retail store lately? Your neighborhood grocery store, a big box store, anything? Who’d a thunk you’d see Christmas in October? One of our local news stations asked people if they thought it’s just TOO DARN EARLY to see Christmas items in the store, and more than 78% of the people said Yes! And I’ll admit, we totally agree! But there it is, big as day, staring you in the face, asking that you BUY BUY BUY now now now before they run out (as if they’re going to run out) of inventory!

Trees in Walmart

Kinda makes me wonder.  I wonder if we’re really thinking about Christmas!

Nah, can’t possibly be!

(Of course those of us who craft start making our Christmas gifts for next year January, but we’re the exception to the rule!)

Most of us are going to wait until November, or even December, before we start making our lists and checking them twice!

If we wait, then we get to enjoy Halloween and Thanksgiving! Those are 2 great holidays that seem to disappear more and more each year. Sure, you see lots of candy and the frozen turkeys are starting to appear, but are you really enjoying Halloween and are you honestly thankful on the one-day-of-the-year-set-aside-to-say-THANKS?

Halloween Gift Basket  

Cornucopia Thanksgiving centerpiece

So, then, you’re wondering why I’m writing to ask if you’d even begin to think about Christmas! I dare say, YES!

The inventory at Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express is arriving fresh daily. We have limited supplies of delicious cookies, cakes, pies and pates. We are ordering our fresh fruit by the bushel, both organic and non. We have ordered our Christmas Greens (I can hardly wait for them to come into the shop because they smell so great!) as well as our holiday flowers! We have containers in various shapes and shades of red, green, silver, gold and white. We are setting out our candles for your centerpieces. We’re lining up our delivery drivers.

It’s quite a season for us, and a busy one, so we’re excited! But who’d a thunk you’d get excited too?

Well, I THUNK SO!! I think you can’t help get excited when you hear the music (Santa Claus is Coming to Town), when you start to think that YOU are Santa Claus and that we’re here to help you!

Our beautiful websites are ready to accept your holiday orders, for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. www.roadrunnerflorist.com  and www.giftbasketsbytina.com are loaded with ideas, and if you don’t see your favorite, then simply call us and we’ll design unique gifts for you!

I dare say it’s not too early … not too early to Thunk About It!  Happy happy happy holidays!

Snacks for Christmas  Awesome Roses and Lilies Christmas centerpiece

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271  888-446-1271

 

 

What do you Fancy?

What do you Fancy?

YOU, yourself and YOU, what do you fancy? We’re sending emails and posts and, for some reason, you don’t seem interested in what we have to say.  It’s surprising to us, really, because we are a real, local, fragrant flower shop and gift basket store and we try to send information that we think will appeal to you.

But we seem to be failing…   failing

So, what topics would appeal to you? What would compel you to read from the top to the bottom, to look at the pictures, to enjoy the antidotes and to “click” and make the Internet “magic” work for you?

Fancy Internet magic

We’ve told you the differences between us and a floral order-gather 1800flower type of guy (you know, the one sitting behind a computer who doesn’t have a clue about flowers) or the flowers shipped in a box. We’ve shared with you the problems people have when they order on-line and the flowers don’t show up, or when they order from a Big Box Store and the flowers never arrive.

in a box

We’ve told you about the importance of seasonal flowers, vibrancy, life expectancy and safety. We’ve told you that we don’t design floral arrangements until they are ready to leave our shop, insuring the freshest quality possible.

We’ve told you when it’s appropriate to send flowers or gift baskets (like sending fresh fruit to a grieving family). We’ve told you we drop everything (and I mean everything) to get flowers to Hospice.

Yummy Fresh Fruit Basket

We’ve told you about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and how important it is that you order early so the delivery can be made in a timely manner.

Halloween Gift Basket Cornucopia snacks for christmas Christmas centerpiece

We’ve told you about Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day and pleaded with you not to wait until the last minute to think about mom and your loved one!

Order early

We’ve told you about ourselves (Pamela, the graduate of Michigan State University Floriculture) and me, the published gift basket designer).

We’ve told you about the times we have cried when we learn about a loss and the times we have cheered for a new job and a new baby. We share in your life as you share in ours.

We’ve even shown you pictures of people who have come into our shop to pick up flowers (and that could be YOU).

Happy Man Annie Amanda Gabriel Jim

Troy and fancy roses Flagstaff friend Anthony Christine Nick

We’ve told you about plants and how to care for them. We’ve told you about our home sports teams and offered to design gift baskets for your favorite team.

Football Gift Basket  Denver Broncos Baseball  Baseball gift basket

We’ve told you about the  designs on our website and how we choose them, and how we custom design each and every item just for you!

What else can we do to please you?

Please take a moment and tell us! You can respond here or send an email to tina@giftbasketsbytina.com or call 602-246-0672.

We would LOVE to hear from you!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home

Phoenix, AZ 85015

ASU

ASU

ASU

Phoenix is home to every major sports team as well as the ASU Sun Devils and Dare-I-Say The UofA Wildcats!

Boy, it’s a long list.

We are the exclusive gift basket sponsor of the Arizona State University Sun Devils.

The University of Arizona now has a large presence of medical centers in Phoenix.

Just north of us in Flagstaff is Northern Arizona University.
ASU-Arizona State University    UofA Wildcats    NAU

We custom design gift baskets for each and every college and university.

All of that said, there are the Major and Minor Professional Teams, too!

The Arizona Diamondbacks, The Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Mercury, The Phoenix Coyotes, The Arizona Cardinals, The Arizona Rattlers, The Arizona Assassins, The Arizona Scorpions and The Phoenix Rising.

I got a kick out of this information from Wikipedia. It’s the name of the team, the sport, the league, the venue, the year formed and the number of championships earned!

Arizona Cardinals Football National Football League University of Phoenix Stadium 1898* 2*
Arizona Coyotes Ice hockey National Hockey League Gila River Arena 1972** 0
Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Major League Baseball Chase Field 1998 1
Phoenix Mercury Women’s Basketball Women’s National Basketball Association Talking Stick Resort Arena 1997 3
Phoenix Suns Men’s Basketball National Basketball Association Talking Stick Resort Arena 1968 0

(*)Note: The Cardinals moved to Phoenix in 1988, and both championships were won prior to that move. (**)Note: The Coyotes moved to Phoenix in 1996.

When you choose a custom designed gift basket from Basket Express, you choose the team and we’ll work our magic. Yes, you can choose a team from another place, i..e., Pamela’s Alma Mater MSU or Tina’s Team the Denver Broncos.

MSU Logo 

When you place your order, simply put the name of the team on the order form. 

Custom designed gift baskets for ASU or any other team include a banner or other identifying mark or logo, and appropriate sport-themed gifts. Possibilities are peanuts and cracker jacks (for baseball), snacks, cookies, muffins and whatever else I can think of that’s perfect for you!

ASU   

ASU Gift Basket                          ASU Snack Basket

Football Gift Basket    Football cookie basket

Football Gift Basket                                       Football Cookie Basket  

Who Loves Football gift basket           Baseball gift basket

Favorite Football Team Basket          Baseball Gift Basket

You won’t be disappointed, and the recipient will be THRILLED to received this custom designed gift basket from Basket Express!

Deliver

Local, National and Worldwide Delivery

We Deliver

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-0672

 

A Special on Babies!

Baby Gift Basket a'la tina

We’re having a special for babies!

A special for babies?  Yes, a special on Baby Baskets! All babies are special! That’s yours, that’s mine! The baby born to a co-worker, to a neighbor, to a friend! Let’s celebrate babies!
We have a unique talent when it comes to designing baby gift baskets. Each and every one is different, and specially designed for the perfect baby. Some are delivered to the parents at the hospital right after the birth. Some are delivered to their home for the entire family to enjoy. Some have the addition of fresh flowers or a living green plant. Some are useful and some are fun. Some have fresh fruit or snacks for the parents to enjoy.
We help you welcome the little one with great items that the designer chooses such as
Crocheted custom baby blanket or soft velour receiving blanket
Gender appropriate teddy bear or other stuffed animal
Bibs, Onesies, brush and comb, baby bottles & wipes
Rattles and other baby-proof toys
Baby shoes or socks
Baby Gift Basket a'la tina   Babies girl gift basket
Baby Basket a’la Tina                                 Celebrate Babies
 Baby boy basket with snacks  Plants help baby breathe
           Baby  Basket with Snacks                      Plants help baby breathe
FOR A LIMITED TIME, WE ARE OFFERING 20% OFF ALL BABY BASKETS ORDERED FROM OUR WEBSITE www.giftbasketsbytina.com. 
Offer expires September 30, 2017.  Order must be placed online . Plus tax and delivery.
Basket Express
2007 W Bethany Home
Phoenix, AZ 85015
602-246-0672

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

St. Patrick's Day gift basket

St. Patrick’s Day 2017

What does St. Patrick’s Day 2017 mean to you?

St Patrick's Day Facebook cover

I thought I’d give you a little bit of St. Patrick’s Day history before asking what Friday the 17th is going to mean for you!  OMG, there’s so much information on Google that I hardly know where to start!

St. Patrick was the foremost patron saint of Ireland. In the 17th century the day of his death, March 17, was made an “official Christian feast day” and we’ve carried the tradition of wearin’ the green since then! Like so many holidays that began in with a religious tradition, in recent years, there has been criticism of Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations for having become too commercialized and for fostering negative stereotypes of the Irish. There’s quite a bit of history about him which you might find interesting at History of Saint Patrick.

Do you remember spending an afternoon in the sun looking for a 4-leaf clover (I did that in the grass in front of my house in Denver as a young girl…gee I still do it today as a not-so-young-girl!). After all,  what could be more lucky that a green shamrock?

Our customers help us celebrate by ordering gift baskets and flowers and plants for this fun day.

Here’s a picture of one of the gift baskets that I had the pleasure to design this year. Looks lucky doesn’t it?

St. Patrick's Day gift basket

And then there are green flowers!

Tall Green Beautiful

And then there are the green plants!

Dieffenbachia

I must editorialize here. You will forgive me, please, if I take a moment to tell you about something else that’s in March and that’s green.

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Pamela E Smith, owner of Roadrunner Florist, is proud to be an alum of MSU Floriculture. Whenever the Spartans play basketball in March, it’s a proud moment indeed!!

March Madness

 Let’s see how far they can go this year!

Final Four

What are YOUR plans for Friday the 17th? Are you going to be wearing green or watching basketball? Maybe both? Maybe you have your own special way of celebrating? We’d love to hear what that is!

Here’s sending you lucky wishes for your Green Holiday!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

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Happy Birthday to ME: My day of reflection

Today is December, 18, 2016, and it’s Happy Birthday to me!

62 years ago this evening I came into this world on a very cold night in Denver, Colorado. My mother remembers it as if it were yesterday, and she loves to tell the story that she had just seen the doctor and he was getting his coat on to leave the hospital when they called him back upstairs to deliver the baby. Of course I tell a different story, because I suggest they put her under (which they used to do in those days) and when she woke up 3 days later she had a baby!

Needless to say, in all these years I’ve had quite a life.  My childhood world revolved around school in Denver, following the footsteps of my parents and older brothers, religion, friends, family and the most wonderful collies. We had an incredible circle of protection, a large extended family, and learned a work ethic that I carry on to this day.

My dad served in the United States Navy in WWII and used his GIBill to study accounting. He and my mom ran a small CPA firm that eventually grew into one of the most well-respected firms in the city and carries on his name to this day. After he retired, he continued to work For Free for the District Court of Denver and he and my mom still live in their own apartment, on the 9th floor, in Cherry Creek. They will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary a month from now.

I was blessed to have 2 older brothers. Well, when I was young I certainly didn’t consider it much of a blessing! They were always picking on me, from the day my parents brought me home and they named me “Sister Baby” to the day my brother Gary passed away in January. But I was always their “Monkey” “Lil Sis” and “Tiner” (a name Gary gave me in honor of President Kennedy’s Bostonian Accent).  My brother Sheldon is now a retired attorney who is playing golf for a living (we’ll see how long that lasts!). He and his wife Lucy have raised a son in his own image: strong, powerful, philanthropic.

I have a beautiful daughter and a 4-year old granddaughter whom I hope to see today. Sharing this day with them will make it even more special. I have invited a few of my closest friends and family to brunch in a couple of hours, and it should be fun to get together and schmooze and talk about this year and dreams for the next.  Those of you who were not included in this invitation, please know that I anticipated you might be at church this morning and therefore unavailable to celebrate with me, but please know that I’m thinking about you as I write this.

It’s been quite a year for me. We lost my brother Gary in January and I’m still reeling. My 88 year old mother had knee replacement surgery this summer (they told her it’s a “young person’s surgery”) and she’s recovered so well they have released her from PT. The flower shop is thriving (thank you, Pamela) and the gift basket business is having a great holiday season.  We spent a few months enjoying the fiasco of a presidential election that will difficult to forget. I rescued a new puppy who has destroyed the carpeting in my living room (I will be replacing the flooring soon). I have been volunteering my singing voice in the choirs at Temple Beth El in Sun City and  the North Phoenix Baptist Church. I am crocheting plastic blankets for homeless Vets and trying to keep the businesses current on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest while Pamela keeps me apprised of current events that she reads all over the Internet.

My mother always says Next Year will be a better one. I hope and pray she’s right for all of us. May this season bring you light. May you be blessed with health and happiness. May my birthday be the beginning of a new year filled with joy, blessings and peace.

Happy Birthday to me!

Love,
Tina

Christmas at the Movies!

Christmas at the movies

Christmas at the Movies!

Once a year the choirs and orchestra at North Phoenix Baptist Church welcome the holiday season by opening the doors of the church and talents of the musicians to the community at large. Please accept my personal invitation to come to North Phoenix, 5757 N Central Avenue, Friday or Saturday, December 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. to enjoy Christmas at the Movies!

Christmas at the movies

You’ll hear music from White Christmas (my personal favorite) to Home Alone, you’ll meet the Grinch, Olaf, and much, much more! This is a wonderful evening of free fun for the whole family!

Get into the holiday spirit this weekend by joining us as we raise our voices and our instruments at North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N Central, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tina Ashburn

 

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