December

Merry Christmas

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

Let’s talk about December.

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!

Holly, Narcissus

Thought you might think there aren’t many flowers left to represent December, you would be surprised to see that these are as beautiful as those of us who are December babies (haha!). The birth flowers for the last month of the year are the holly and the narcissus. The holly is a symbol of good wishes for domestic happiness. Even though some birds and animals love eating the berries, remember that they are semi-toxic for people.

Holly

Meanwhile, the paperwhite narcissus sends a message that you want the person to whom you give the flower to remain the same as they are. Keep in mind that even though there are lots of types of narcissus, the paperwhite one is the birth month flower for the month of December.

Narcissus

There are some people who believe that the flower of the month for December is the poinsettia. They are indeed associated with Christmas, but not everybody considers them the “flower of the month”. The ancient Aztecs considered them as being symbols of purity, but now they stand for success and good cheer!

Poinsettia

What fun it is to design and deliver beautiful Christmas arrangements with holly!

Here’s Glory at Christmastime                          and here’s Elegant Christmas Cheer

Glory Centerpiece   Elegant Christmas Cheer

This is A Country Christmas                           and this is Perfect for Christmas

A country christmas      Perfect for Christmas

We know you’ll be sending floral arrangements and gift baskets for Christmas this year. We look forward to hearing from you!

Merry Christmas

 

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/

Healthier Gift Baskets

Is there such a thing as Healthier Gift Baskets? If there is, then Basket Express is the place to find them! Do we really design gift baskets with foods that are healthier than ice cream?  Well, SURE!   We can certainly design a gift basket with 9 Mood-blasting Foods that are healthier than your go-to pint of ice cream!

Can you guess which one is the 10th one?

Experts like YourTango health expert Lisa Petsinis tell us ice cream may sound like a good choice when you’re feeling down or stressed, the truth is: If you really want a mood-boost from food, there are smarter ways to get it.

By eating “happy foods” that involve the right nutrients and neurotransmitters — such as serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine — you actually can eat your way to happiness.

Here is her list of the 10 Mood-boosing foods:

1. Nuts

Nuts are nutrient-dense, often containing high amounts of magnesium, selenium, and folate. Some nuts contain the amino acid tyrosine, which contributes to the creation of the neurotransmitter dopamine that activates your pleasure system. Bring on life’s challenges!

Eat just a few brazil nuts a day, and you’ll meet your requirements. Alternatively, make up a bag of trail mix of nuts, cherries and dark chocolate with even more good stuff and nibble your way to glee.

Yes, Basket Express can design a gift baskets full of healthy nuts!

We call this our Oh, Nuts Gift Basket

Oh, nuts

and this is our Nut Man Basket! Both are great choices for Nuts!

Nut Basket

 

2. Bananas

Another quick way to boost your mood is to grab a banana. In addition to its yellow cheeriness, a banana is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, B6 and vitamin C.

Bananas are full of tryptophan, too. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try making banana tea and ease your way into a slumber.

Most of the fresh fruit basket from Basket Express

include bananas.

They are a staple in my life, and should be a staple for you, too!

Here’s our Holiday Fresh Fruit Basket

Perfect for Christmas, 2018

This is our Fresh Season Fruit plus Nuts Basket.

Talk about putting great things together in one gift basket!

Fresh fruit and nuts

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal tops the list for power breakfasts because it contains complex carbohydrates that increase the absorption of serotonin, plus iron, B6, magnesium, and chromium.

To start your day off right, trying to have a bowl topped with banana slices and nuts for added benefit. This meal will stabilize your sugar levels and raise dopamine. You’ll be full longer, and your mood will be on an even keel. Oatmeal is especially helpful if you’re prone to mood swings (hint: eat some after you’ve indulged in a pint of ice cream to recover).

I LOVE Oatmeal!!  You can tell it’s winter (well cooler!) when I start eating Oatmeal for breakfast every day! I even like the Steel Oats (when I get it at a restaurant ’cause I haven’t figured out a way to make it at home … hint hint!).

If you’d like Oatmeal added to any of your gift baskets

from Basket Express, just let us know!

Oatmeal

 

4. Fish

Fatty fish is full of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamins D, B6, and B12. The omegas in particular release dopamine that some say similar to having sex. If you want to feel good tonight, try cooking a salmon steak or be adventurous and try some Portuguese mackerel.

We are happy to add Salmon to any gift basket!

Our preference is this the World Market® Classic Smoked Alaskan Salmon which is prepared with precision to bring out a medley of irresistible flavors. Caught wild in the icy, pristine waters of Alaska, each fillet is selected with care and slowly cured in savory brine before being lightly smoked over native Alaskan Alder wood. The result? A truly remarkable taste experience. And because it can be stored at room temperature or below, it can be enjoyed any time, anywhere!

Here’s our Send ’em Gourmet and More gift Basket. It’s loaded with everything you can think of, including crackers, cheese and salmon!

 

5. Lamb

While the sound of a juicy steak might make your mouth water, you’ll get even more of a mood lift from a leg of lamb. The source of iron is ideal, more easily absorbed by the body than other red meat. Grass-fed lamb is super rich in zinc, B6, B12, and magnesium, too.

It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which counteracts the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. If you want lamb, I suggest you find it at the grocery store!

6. Greek Yogurt

Mimic the taste and sensation of eating ice cream by enjoying a cup of Greek yogurt. Available in many flavors, this wonder food contains calcium, protein, CLA, and of course, the star, probiotics. Make it a daily treat, and you’ll notice a difference in your gut and your mood.

Fermented foods such as kimchi and kefir are natural probiotics, too. Add a spoonful of sauerkraut to your meals and see how you feel!

Seems to me, if you’re going to add Yogurt to a gift basket, then you want to add cheese and crackers! Maybe some nuts, fresh fruit and other healthy goodies! How about some veggies!

Here is our Top of the Line Veggie Basket!

We could add Greek Yogurt to these for you!

Top of the line Veggie basket

7. Spinach

This leafy green is high in zinc, magnesium, folate and other B vitamins, which makes it your ideal go-to in the fridge. Saute it, add it to an omelet or soup, or give it the starring role in a salad. Toss in some mushrooms to give yourself a vitamin D boost at the same time.

I see Spinach in our Veggie Baskets!

Vegies Basket

 

8. Fresh Cherries

Life is a bowl of cherries! And you will feel that way after you devour a dish of these delicious treats. Containing a variety of vitamins and minerals, cherries are also said to improve headaches and boost your libido.

Red tart cherries are well known for their melatonin content. Have a few or sip some pure juice an hour before bed and you’ll be whisked off to dreamland. That is one definite way to wake up happy.

During the season, we love adding red cherries to our

gift baskets. They’re a very special treat!

9. Espresso

If your head is spinning over whether coffee is good for you, you’re not alone. Anything in excess is probably bad for you. That said, an occasional or even daily dose of espresso might just do the trick.

A  Harvard study found that drinking coffee was related to 50 percent fewer suicides. The proposed reason is that coffee aids in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Coffee is packed with antioxidants that prevent cell damage and essential nutrients such as B2, B3, B5, manganese, and potassium. Some say the smell of coffee alone can reduce your stress!

Too much caffeine might make you jumpy, though — not the effect you are going for when you want to ease your anxiety. And take heed of this warning: drinking coffee on an empty stomach can spike your cortisol and keep you spinning throughout the day.

To counter all of that, what you need is a smaller dose of caffeine. Despite popular belief, a shot of espresso has less caffeine than a cup of brewed coffee

If you’re new to espresso (and I don’t mean the Starbucks variety), learn how to drink espresso like a true Italian. Imagine yourself in a bar in Venice, drink it back, and you’ll be sure to smile.

Each of our healthy gift baskets can include espresso.

We can substitute Coffee with espresso!

That’s why we’re unique and your gift baskets are, too!

Here is our Fresh Fruit Coffee Gift Basket!

Fresh Fruit Coffee gift Basket

And adding lots of healthy things together,

here is our Coffee and Nuts gift basket.

Coffee and Nuts

 

10. Dark Chocolate

Be prepared: always keep a dark chocolate bar on hand. Though you might want to indulge in the entire bar, only one or two squares will do. Eat the square mindfully, savoring each bite. It will taste so fantastic that you won’t even realize what you’re eating contains antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, copper, iron, selenium, and zinc.

For maximum happiness, go for organic fair-trade chocolate. And why not combine number 8 and 10 and dip your cherries into melted chocolate? Divine!

While a pint of cookie dough ice cream may be very tempting when you’re down in the dumps, trying these mood-enhancing foods will be better for you in the long run. Lift your spirits and build healthy habits at the same time.

I have a great story to share with you.  My mother, my sister-in-law and I were walking in a mall in Denver a few years ago. One of the chocolate stores had samples (how wonderful!) on their counter, and we each took a piece.Lucy took milk chocolate and my mother and I took DARK chocolate. We didn’t even notice that our favorite was dark until Lucy called it to our attention! I don’t think it was the healthy alternative for us, but I do think it was the tasty alternative for us!

It’s a Chocolate Christmas can be all dark chocolate if you prefer!

 

Chocolate Basket

Mix it all together for a custom designed gift basket from Basket Express!  Santa’s Bringing Christmas is a great option that can be “healthied” up for you!

Santa's bringing gooodies

Gift Baskets

From One Chocoholic to Another: Merry Christmas!

May your holiday be bright and your tummy be healthy!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271

 

 

November

November 1

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

Let’s talk about November.

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!

Chrysantemum

Probably one of our favorite fresh flowers to use in floral arrangements, the chrysanthemum is a beautiful, bright, cheerful flower that seems to say “Hello” to everyone it sees! We carry them in assorted varieties, and usually in white, yellow, lavender and green.

Like the rose, a red chrysanthemum symbolizes true love and the white one stands for innocence and purity.

November 1 November 2

The Chinese and the Japanese see the chrysanthemum as a strong symbol of youth. It is believed that a petal put on the bottom of the glass filled with wine will make you live longer! In the Chinese folklore, this flower keeps gray hair at bay. They are perennial flowers that are very beautiful. After they are done blooming, you should place a layer of straw as a mulch in order to keep the cold away from them.

We love designing with these beautiful flowers.  You can visit our “Fall” section on Roadrunner Florist for more pictures, and I’ll post some pictures so you can enjoy them with us! One of our favorites is the Cornucopia, which is the symbol of the bountiful harvest we celebrate in November.

Cornucopia

Cornucopia 

Fall with wheat Sunny Fall Flowers  Sunshine in the Fall

Amazing Fall Flowers  Sunny Fall Flowers     Sunshine in the Fall

I think November people are very special people. My mom is a November 25th baby. My first boyfriend Benjy is a November 23rd baby. What is your birthdate in November and what sets you apart from everyone else?

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/

 

October

Cosmos

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

Let’s talk about October.

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!

Marigold, Cosmos

The birth month flowers in October are the marigold and the cosmos. Marigolds are usually offered as signs of eternal love. They also mean that you are happy to be with the person who receives the flower. There a lot of species of marigolds, and they range from 6 inches to 5 feet in height.

Have you ever walked into a nursery and followed your nose to the marigolds? They’re often bright orange or yellow, and almost pungent! They are the best plant to add to your garden if you want to keep the bugs and critters away!

October marigolds

Cosmos stand in for serenity, order and peace. They are semi-tall annual plants that are planted along fences and borders. Usually, they attract bees, birds and butterflies to the garden.  Most people love the chocolate cosmos and prefer it for their garden.

Cosmos  Chocolate cosmos

 

 

 

 

Cosmos flower history states that it is a popular flowering plant grows and blooms twice a year. It is 3-6 ft tall plant and if cosmos flower history is to be believed it attracts visitors from nearby and far off places to see glorious and profuse blooming of poppies in spring season and autumn season. This means that cosmos glower history has witnessed blooming of these flowers every year from April to June and September to mid- October.

Because these are plants, we use neither when we design flowers at Roadrunner Florist. You can check out other autumn designs on our website or enjoy these now.

Autumn centerpiece  Autumn cube of flowers

Vegies Basket 

Happy October birthday to our friends celebrating now!  We hope you have a terrific day, month and year!

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/

September

September Morning Glory

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

Let’s talk about September.

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!

Morning Glory, Aster

September comes with a breeze of cool air and brings us the birth month flowers morning glory and aster. Morning glories are flowers that symbolize affection. If you are an early riser, you can notice them bloom. It would be best to take advantage of this moment of the day because later they will curl and close.

I found it a bit comical that there is a morning glory muffin! They are a glorious way to start any day. They combine the great taste and chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavors of apple, raisins, coconut, walnuts, and cinnamon.  Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

September Morning Glory

Asters have always been appreciated for their symbolism of a powerful love. Maybe because of their meaning, people used to burn the aster flower to keep serpents at bay. They bring some color to the early fall views and they don’t need that much maintenance.

Asters are the grande finale to the perennial garden, displaying vibrant fall colors in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. They’re also one of the last great feeding opportunities for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. For gardeners, it’s a two-for-one deal: beautiful blooms and a flurry of attractive wildlife.

 Although there are many varieties and classifications of asters—New England, New York, heath, calico, aromatic, smooth, and wood, all native to North America—the basic qualities to look for when choosing one are height, bloom color, and bloom time. Whether you’re choosing one variety or several varieties of aster to brighten your fall garden, consider all of these factors. Once you’ve narrowed your options and made your final selection, some basic know-how will help you get the most out of your asters and keep them looking their best.

September asters

We design many floral arrangements with larkspur in lavender or white. It’s a pretty, soft flower that seems to soften a floral piece in just the right places! Rhymes with Orange is one of our best sellers!

Rhymes with orange   Medley

Rhymes with Orange                             Rose Gerbera Medley

 

If you are fortunate to be, or to know, a September baby, then you share in the Fall Equinox. This beginning of the autumn season might change your mood, but it will never lessen the importance of having a September 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/

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

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/

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.