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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!)!

Tina hydrangea Basket Express presents Blog Posts

What’s for Birthday?

Gayle

What’s for Birthday?

I’m asking you, What’s for Birthday? No, that’s not the same as “what’s for dinner”, but I guess it’s related somehow! Birthdays are one of our favorite occasions. We love when people call and tell us it’s mom’s birthday, or my son’s 21st birthday, or my granddaughter’s 5th birthday! Whatever the number, we have the perfect Birthday present just for you!

Our websites are loaded with ideas, so I thought I’d put some of our favorites here for you to see.  After all, if we love it, then you probably will to0, right?  So here goes!

We call this Happy Birthday Short N Sassy.  Maybe that’s because it’s a cute floral arrangement that’s great for a cute,  young (or young at heart) sassy lady!

Short N sassy

This is our Healthy Happy Birthday Gift Basket.  What makes it healthy?  The fresh fruit (and cookies!). Well, that’s pushing it a bit, but the fruit is healthy (even if the cookies aren’t!) We love the teddy bear that sits atop this great basket! He’s wishing a Happy Birthday from ear to ear and year to year!

Happy Healthy Birthday basket

The Happy Birthday Box is a fun-filled floral arrangement that’s decorated with ribbons and horns! This great arrangement can be designed in masculine colors and it’s perfect for a co-worker or friend!

Happy Birthday Box

 

Named our Happy Birthday Celebration, this fresh fruit basket is a healthy celebration. We’ll top a terrific fresh fruit basket with a white teddy bear that’s just waiting to be placed on top of your table or desk! He’s a cute reminder that today is your special day!

Celebration

A fun filled pamper basket is topped with a great Happy Birthday teddy bear! The fun of this is we also have the bear in Spanish (Feliz Cumpleanos) so we can make this personal for you!

Pamper gift basket flowers

Birthday in a Bag is one of our top sellers.  We really have fun with this, because we use the freshest flowers and colors to create a fun, festive birthday arrangement that’s PERFECT for a guy or a gal!

Birthday in a bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more picture, because I simply couldn’t resist! A special person ordered 6 red roses and a bear. This is our driver, Gayle, carring the flowers she was leaving the store! So pretty with her red hair!  If you’re interested in this arrangement, simply call me at 602-246-1271 and we’ll fix you right up!

Gayle

Birthdays are every day of the year! Remember your LOCAL FLOWER SHOP when you’re choosing this important gift!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina and Pamela
Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

602-246-1271

We love Teachers

Pedestal Fruit

We Love Teachers!

We love teachers, and we know you do, too!!

Teachers are the backbone of our community, from Kindergarten to College, and everything in between! We love these devoted men and women who try so hard to educate our children and prepare them for the life ahead.

Our schools start this week (or some started already) and schools across the country start in the next month or so.  A gift basket from Basket Express is the perfect way to say “THANKS” in advance or “HAVE A GREAT YEAR” to the teacher in your life!

What, you say, should be inside that basket? Well, Apples, of course!

Apples

That means a perfect gift for a teacher is a gift basket loaded with apples, oranges, pears and other fresh fruit of the season.

Really Nice Fresh Fruit Basket

A really  nice fresh fruit basket, we call this Dress Up! It’s fancy, but not too fancy! It’s perfect for sharing at school (if one is so inclined) or taking it home to enjoy with the family!

If you want to add cookies to your fresh fruit, then consider our Pedestal Fruit and Cookies gift basket.  It’s loaded with fresh, seasonal fruit, all topping a box of fresh baked cookies!

Many people are eating totally organic food these days, which includes fresh fruit that is hand-selected each morning.

All Organic

If your teacher is a coffee and nut connoisseur, then consider our Coffee and Nuts gift basket! Filled with  a delightful mixture of nuts, crackers, cheese and sausage, we’ll add assorted coffee to make sure she’s staying awake all day!

Coffee and Nuts Basket

Each of our baskets can be custom designed in the school colors or, if it’s higher education, with the school logo. Our local schools, ASU, UofA, GCU and many others, enjoy their special identification that we’re happy to include for you!

ASU logo  U of A Logo  GCU Logo

Custom designed gift baskets from Basket Express are the perfect way to welcome a teacher to the new school year! Order yours today!

Tina & Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

602-246-1271

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

 

August

August Gladiolus

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

Let’s talk about August.

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!

Poppy, Gladiolus

August is the last summer month, and the birth month flowers for this time of the year are the poppy and the gladiolus. The gladiolus stands in for infatuation, calm, integrity and remembrance. It is also called the “sword lily” and it shows that your heart is filled with love.  Gladiolus grow from rounded bulbs that are enveloped in several layers of browning, fibrous covers. Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, grooved leaves enclosed in a sheath.

Gladiolus bloom from the bottom up. As a beautiful, long-lasting cut flower, you should “tip” the tops and keep them in cold water.

 

August Gladiolus

Meanwhile, we also have the poppy flower.  This also has different meanings depending on the color it has. For instance, a red poppy symbolizes pleasure, while a white one is offered as consolation. At the same time, a yellow poppy is a sign of good wishes of success and wealth.

 

Poppy

Poppy Days have become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The American Legion Family recognizes the importance of honoring the fallen and supporting the living who have worn our nation’s uniform. That is why The American Legion Family called upon Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day.

After World War I, the poppy flourished in Europe and quickly became a symbol of the sacrifices made by Americans and allied servicemembers around the world. Soldiers returning from WWI brought home the flowers in memory of the barren landscape transformed by the sudden growth of wild red poppies among the newly dug graves — unforgettably described in a memorial poem by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae:

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

National Poppy Day
 broadens a tradition that dates back to the American Legion Auxiliary’s first National Convention in the early 1920s when the red poppy was adopted as The American Legion Family’s memorial flower. Today, it remains an iconic symbol of honor for the sacrifice of our veterans. ALA members distribute millions of poppies annually across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.

If you are fortunate to be an August baby, you can enjoy gladiolus all month long and share your month with the American Legion in a lasting tribute to our fallen heroes.

I thought I’d share pictures of some floral arrangements we’ve designed with gladiolus!

Roses and gladiolus  Pink gladiolus

White glads   Campanulas and Gladiolus

Campanula and Gladiolas

Do you see the gladiolas peeping their pretty heads out of these beautiful arrangements?

Red white and blue  Funeral for a man

 Red, White and Blue                                Masculine Funeral Flowers

Happy August Birthday!

 

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/

July

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

Let’s talk about July.

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!

Larkspur, Water Lily

For July, the birth month flowers are the larkspur, together with the water lily. The larkspur comes in various colors and, naturally, each of them has a different meaning. A pink larkspur stands for fickleness while a white one shows a happy nature. The purple ones usually symbolize a first love, so careful who you give them to! In general they show some strong love bonds.

At the same time, the water lily stands for majesty and purity. They are gorgeous and have a strong fragrance. Besides being extremely beautiful, water lilies are also used in ponds to stop the algae from growing. They also have the role of providing shade an cooling water for the fish and frogs the live in the pond.

Larkspur   Water lily

Growing larkspur flowers (Consolida sp.) provides tall, early season color in the spring landscape. Once you learn how to grow larkspur, you will likely include them in the garden year after year. Deciding when to plant larkspurs will depend somewhat on your location. Once established, however, larkspur flower care is simple and basic. Learning how to grow larkspur is easier if you are somewhat familiar with local weather patterns, although, of course, there is no guarantee that the weather will cooperate with your gardening schedule.

Most annual larkspur plants are grown from seeds, though planting larkspur seeds can be challenging. When planting larkspur seeds, they must have a cold period before germination. This can be accomplished before planting the seeds, after planting the seeds in peat pots, or after sowing the seeds directly in the flower bed.

The most reliable method of chilling larkspur seeds before planting can be done in the refrigerator. Chill protected seeds for two weeks prior to planting. Place seeds in a zip lock sandwich bag and include some damp perlite to provide moisture.

Planting larkspur seeds in peat pots or other plantable containers will also work. If there is a building, basement or cold room where temperatures will remain between 40 and 50 F. (4-10 C.), plant them in moist soil and chill them there for two weeks. Keep in mind that larkspur seeds often will not germinate at temps above 65 F. (18 C.).

Learning when to plant larkspurs that have been chilled requires knowing when the first frost date occurs in your area. Planting larkspur seeds should be done early enough before frost for them to begin developing a root system to hold them over through winter.

After germination, when seedlings in peat pots have two sets of true leaves, they may be moved into the garden or a permanent container. Growing larkspur flowers do not like to be moved, so plant seeds into their permanent location. Spring planting of larkspur seeds can be done, but flowers may not reach their full potential.

Larkspur Flower Care Annual larkspur flower care includes thinning sprouting seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart so that each new growing larkspur has enough room to grow and develop its own root system. Staking the tall plants is another aspect of larkspur flower care. Provide support when they are young, with a stake that can accommodate the potential 6 to 8 foot growth. These plants will also require occasional watering during periods of drought. Growing larkspur flowers centered in containers can be part of an eye catching display. Use containers that won’t topple under the weight and height of the growing larkspur flowers. Larkspurs in the garden will often self-seed and can provide more additional larkspur flowers for the following year.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Annual Larkspur Flower Care: How To Grow Larkspur Plants In The Garden https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/larkspur/growing-annual-larkspur-plants.htm

We love adding larkspur to our floral arrangements.

Do you see larkspur peeking out?

Princess Cindy   Feeling pretty today

Princess Cindy               Top Flowers                     Feeling Pretty

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/

Google-ish Humor

Google-ish Humor

Today’s Google-ish Humor is presented by the men and ladies who spend an hour or so with me every morning at the doggie park! Yes, because we are REAL people, (that’s Tina and Pamela) at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, I spend about an hour at 5 a.m. with my dogs and any other desert rats  who want to enjoy the best time of the day in Phoenix!

Dogs aside (if there is such a thing) today we were talking about the weather. It’s a common topic, even when it’s always the same: either 106 or 108 or 110 or more! It’s always a discussion about how “cool” it’s going to get at night (might be down into the 90s) or how hot it’s going to get tomorrow!

For Example:
Excessive Heat Warning
Central Arizona
9 hours ago – National Weather Service

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS … Hot temperatures of 105 degrees and above will significantly increase the potential for heat related illness …

Where do we get our information? The answer, in this case, is the National Weather Service! Which prompted me to say, “Where do THEY get their information?” The answer, of course, is Google! And where do THEY get their information? Of course the answer is the National Weather Service!

You get the idea!

So the question arises: Where does Google get their information?

Google

We decided the answer is there’s a little old lady with her Farmer’s Almanac, Dictionary and Encyclopedia and she tells Google whatever they want to know. Her name is Mrs. Googlestein.

So, if you’re wondering where Google gets their information, and want to share a little bit of Google-ish Humor, remember Mrs. Googlestein! She’s in charge of everything you ever need to know!

What does Google (and Mrs. Googlestein) know about us? They know a lot! Google knows people LOVE Roadrunner Florist (read the reviews here!)

Google knows people LOVE Basket Express (read the reviews here!)

I wonder where THEY get their information? Probably from Yelp!!!  Haha! Made you smile!

  Another Smiley

We hope this Google-ish information helps you have a happy day!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day June 17

Father’s Day June 17

Father’s Day 2018 is June 17.

I’m fortunate to have visited my 95 year old dad this past week. He and my 90 year old mom are living at a Brookdale in Denver, and they’re doing amazingly well for people their age!

Dad

For Father’s Day this year I sent him some new shirts, some fresh FRUIT WITH FLOWERS! What are you going to do for Dear old Dad?  How about FRUIT AND COOKIES!

Farmer's Market  Pedestal Fruit

 

I wondered about the history of Father’s Day, so, in the words of my daughter Lauren, I Googled it! Here’s what it says:

Father’s Day is coming up, so in honor of dear old dad, the Art of Manliness is presenting a series of father-themed posts. Today we look into the history of Father’s Day. Sadly, retailers and marketers, in an effort to make a quick buck, have bastardized the original meaning of Father’s Day. A holiday that was supposed to honor dad and enumerate his special qualities, now is used to sell chili pepper ties and shop vacs. Hopefully by understanding why the concept of Father’s Day was created, we can better celebrate and honor the fathers who raised us into men.

The History of Father’s Day in the United States

There are two stories of when the first Father’s Day was celebrated. According to some accounts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington state on June 19, 1910. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring and celebrating her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. She felt as though mothers were getting all the acclaim while fathers were equally deserving of a day of praise (She would probably be displeased that Mother’s Day still gets the lion’s share of attention).

Sonora’s dad was quite a man. William Smart, a veteran of the Civil War, was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. He went on to raise the six children by himself on their small farm in Washington. To show her appreciation for all the hard work and love William gave to her and her siblings, Sonora thought there should be a day to pay homage to him and other dads like him. She initially suggested June 5th, the anniversary of her father’s death to be the designated day to celebrate Father’s Day, but due to some bad planning, the celebration in Spokane, Washington was deferred to the third Sunday in June.

The other story of the first Father’s Day in America happened all the way on the other side of the country in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. Grace Golden Clayton suggested to the minister of the local Methodist church that they hold services to celebrate fathers after a deadly mine explosion killed 361 men.

While Father’s Day was celebrated locally in several communities across the country, unofficial support to make the celebration a national holiday began almost immediately. William Jennings Bryant was one of its staunchest proponents. In 1924, President Calvin “Silent Cal” Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. But no official action was taken.

In 1966, Lyndon B. Johnson, through an executive order, designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1972, during the Nixon administration, that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a national holiday.

If you are fortunate enough to still have your dad, remember him on this special day with a gift from Roadrunner Florist and Basket Express.  If you dad is no longer with us, may his memory be a blessing.

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, Phoenix

602-246-1271

 

 

 

June

dozen roses with tails

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

Let’s talk about June.

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!

Honeysuckle,  Rose

The birth month flowers for June are the honeysuckle and the rose. The honeysuckle represents everlasting love between two people. This is not too different from the meaning of the rose.

honeysuckle

I wondered if hummingbirds are attracted to honeysuckle, so I did what my daughter would say: GOOGLE IT!

From our at Melinda Myers at Birdsandblooms.com:

Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees love native honeysuckle. Planting it in full sun or partial shade and moist soil will encourage the best flowering. The orange-red, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in clusters amongst the blue-green leaves, which persist through winter in southern states.  Why we love itUnlike a lot of other plants, trumpet honeysuckle grows in clay soil and near black walnut trees.

And then there is the rose! 

Pink rose  red rose  White rose   yellow rose

The rose has hundreds of meanings, depending on the color it has. For example, a pink rose symbolizes happiness, while a red one stands for true and passionate love. White roses are offered as a symbol of purity and innocence, while a yellow one means friendship. If you offer jut one rose, this underlines the meaning of that color. A bouquet means sincere gratitude instead.

Our customers LOVE roses! Even my daughter, who is about as “yuppy” as can be, loves the design of a dozen red roses by Pamela. And who doesn’t?  Pair them with Stargazer Lilies for an amazing look of love!

A dozen red roses  Roses and lilies

A stunning Dozen Red Roses                  Red Roses and Stargazer Lilies

There is no need to limit yourself to a dozen red roses!

3 colors of roses  Roses and Tropicals  Roses and sunflowers

3 colors of roses   Roses and Tropicals   Mini Roses & Sunflowers

sunflower cube with roses  Modern 16 roses  'Tis Pink with Roses

Sunflowers & Roses          Uptown Roses                      ‘Tis pink with roses

    Contemporary pink roses            Unique roses tall

Lavender Roses            Contemporary Pink Roses      Unique Tall Roses

Did you know that on November 20, 1986 President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution making the rose the national floral emblem at a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden?

Celebrate this month with Roses from Roadrunner Florist!

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/

 

May

Kate's lily of the valley

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

Let’s talk about May.

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!

Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley

The birth month flowers for May are the hawthorn plant and the lily of the valley. The hawthorn plant stands for hope an ultimate happiness. If you give a hawthorn to someone, this means that want the best for that person. At the same time, the lily of the valley has a strong fragrance that symbolizes humility, sweetness and even a return of happiness. They also have a romantic meaning, showing the person you give a lily to that they complete your life.

Hawthorn plant  lily of the valley

I was so surprised to read this about growing a hawthorn plant in Phoenix! Thanks to http://www.public.asu.edu/~camartin/plants/Plant%20html%20files/raphiolepisindica.html for the information (we can always count on ASU!!)

Scientific: Raphiolepis indica
Common: Indian hawthorn
Family: Rosaceae
Origin: India to south China

Pronounciation: Ra-fee-o-LEP-is IN-di-a

Hardiness zones
Sunset
 8-10, 12-24
USDA 8 (sometimes foliage in winter is damaged by cold)-11

Landscape Use: In Phoenix, Indian hawthorn is a serviceable shrub for many types of mesic and oasis design themes such as a flowering accent, foundation plantings, border shrub, small informal hedge, tree standards (mostly seen in southern California landscapes), and bonzai.

Form & Character: Rounded, informal, clean, well behaved.

Growth Habit: Evergreen woody perennial shrub, moderate to slow growth habit ranging in height from 2 to 8 feet in height depending on cultivar.

Foliage/texture: Leathery green, dark green to sometimes burgundy red, oblong to lanceolate to 2 to 3 inches long, sometimes tinged with purple, oval leaves with sometimes crenate margins; medium texture.

Flowers & fruits: Flowers grown on many 1 to 2 inch terminal panicle clusters, individual flowers small, ranging in color from white, pink to wine red; fruit is a small black drupe borne in summer and fall.

Seasonal color: Brilliant display of flowers mostly in Phoenix during March.

Temperature: Indian hawthorn is tolerant to 10oF, but foliage is damaged if temperatures exceeds 115oF.

Light: Full sun to partial shade, not for full shade, eastern exposure best in Phoenix.

Soil: Tolerant except of high alkalinity where intervenal chlorosis will develop.

Watering: Mildly drought tolerant, but looks much better with some regular water especally during summer.

Pruning: Little, except to rarely use heading cuts to promote shape. Prune in May only after bloom.

Propagation: Seed, though vegetative softwood cuttings are best.

Disease and pests: Aphids, firelight, and bacterial leaf spot during periods of moist cool weather (like that ever happens in Phoenix).

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to have that blooming in my garden!

The lily of the valley grows mostly in the south, appreciating the humid climate, full shade and rich, dark soil. That lets us out, we desert-dwellers, whose “soil” is really caliche (gravel, sand, clay and silt).

Perhaps the most famous arrangement with lily of the valley carried this century belonged to Kate Middleton when she married Prince William.

Kate's lily of the valley Lily of the valley with Kate

If you are fortunate to have a May birthday, you represent  the beginning of spring and blooms for both hemispheres. In the North, spring is gradually blooming into summer, while the South celebrates the beautiful colors of autumn and its harvest.

Welcome to Flowers in May!

It wouldn’t be nice of me if I didn’t mention Mother’s Day, which is celebrated the 2nd Sunday in May (this year May 14th) and Mexican Mother’s Day on May 10th.  Don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day flowers early!

Love is in the air  dozen roses with tails

Love is in the Air                                         A Dozen Stunning 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/

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.

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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/

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