Secretary’s Day

Secretary’s Day

Whether she’s your “Secretary” or your “Administrate Professional”, Wednesday, April 24th, is the day set aside to remember your Secretary!   You know who she is! She’s the one who keeps you in line (when it’s necessary), who keeps you on track (when it’s necessary), and who keeps you out of trouble (when it’s necessary)!!

How can you thank her? It’s simple, really!


Flowers are a great way to say Thanks!

Let Pamela Choose the freshest flowers in the shop! You’ll be sending fresh, seasonal flowers, lots of colors and a beautiful variety that’s the perfect way to say Thanks!

Let Pamela Choose

Our a Little Basket of Flowers. The perfect floral arrangement for her desk!

Little Basket of Flowers

Or send Lucky Goodies. Always appreciated, and often shared! Maybe even a winner in the Arizona State Lottery!

Lucky Goodies

Lucky Goodies

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong thanking your Secretary on Wednesday the 24th!

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express


2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015


Perfect Christmas Basket

It’s a Very Happy time of the year! Everyone is so pleased with their gift baskets that I can hardly stand it!  I love positive feedback, like this: “Thanks Tina! It looks great. I’m getting a lot of good feedback from the team so great work!”  – Celeste at Mercy Care

Mercy Care

and this posted on Yelp:  I’ve used this wonderfully creative shop many times over the last 20 years or so. Always quality, original designs you can’t find anywhere else. Just give them a call, tell them what you want & ask for suggestions. Tina will design the perfect piece, with a smile!  Elaine in Indiana

We’re doing a lot of gift baskets for groups of people.   Lots and lots of people!  Offices and groups. From dentists or lawyers to realtors to accountants, to nurses and doctors, we design and deliver great gift baskets to a group! Check out our Santa’s Bringing Goodies

Santa's bringing gooodies

or our Christmas Fancy Gourmet Basket for a group of people in your life!

Christmas Fancy Gourmet

We are busy being Santa Claus!  Order your Happy Gift Baskets from Basket Express! We’re anxious to work our magic so you look good!

We look forward to making you happy, too!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist 


2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015


It’s Beginning to Look a lot like … Christmas


Need I say More?

It’s Christmas Time and our little elves are working hard to make you look good!

PES Starts Christmas  Tina

From chocolates to fresh fruit, cocoa, muffins, cheese, candies, crackers to sausages, from cookies to nuts and everything in between, It’s Christmas Time at Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist!

Christmas Fruit in a Basket 

Christmas fruit in a basket

It’s a Winner

Our lottery basket can be decorated with the fancy Christmas colors and fresh greens! It’s a WOW!

Santa’s Gift Basket

This is another great option for you.  It’s a terrific gift basket including coffee and a great Christmas mug!

Santa's gift basket

Don’t forget the fresh fragrant flowers that brighten and cheer your family and friends! So many to choose from, so many people to make happy,… let us help you today!

Arrangements, centerpieces and yes, gift baskets on the website of Roadrunner Florist!

Check out my personal floral favorites:

Starry, Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

The Scents of Christmas

Scents of Christmas

Christmas Roses and Lilies

Awesome Roses and Lilies

I love centerpieces for Christmas. They’re festive, beautiful and they complete the table and they smell terrific!

We call this one Purity of the Holiday

because it’s all white flowers and the fragrant Christmas greens. I can smell it from here, can you?

Purity of the Holiday

This is my all-time favorite centerpeice: Christmas Cheer


Christmas Cheer

No matter which one you choose, now is the time to order your flowers and gift baskets from Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist! Let us design and deliver a unique gift from you! You’ll be glad you did!

Check out our reviews on Yelp! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express  & Roadrunner Florist


2007 W Bethany Home,  Phoenix, AZ 85015

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!



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




Kinda Sad

Hot Chocolate

It’s kinda sad when the Big Box Stores are already selling Christmas trees in October. Heck, the World Series hasn’t even started, and football season isn’t even half over! But here it is, Christmas, kicking us in the face even before Halloween!

Christmas 2018

What does that mean to the customers of Basket Express? It means we’re getting ready for a great Christmas season, a time to help you choose FRESH, CUSTOM DESIGNED GIFT BASKETS, the kind  you won’t find at the Big Box Store!

Your gift basket is UNIQUE to you! It’s a one-of-a-kind, perfect for the lucky person in your life! It’s not one of a thousand, sitting on a pallet after a long ride on a slow boat from China! It’s DIFFERENT, because YOU ARE!

For us, it’s the year of the Hot Cocoa! It’s been a long time since we celebrated the joys of cocoa, but our cool, wet weather has inspired me to hope that we’ll have a winter season this year! So Basket Express is specializing in cocoa this year, with Biscotti, mugs, chocolates and marshmallows! What a fun way to say Merry Christmas!

Hot Chocolate

YUMMM!!!  The Year of the Hot Cocoa!

We promise it won’t be kinda sad when a person receives your gift basket from Basket Express!

Our gift baskets guarantee a WOW!


We Deliver

Are you Ready for Some Football?

Are you ready for some football?

Of course you are!

You’ve been waiting with the rest of us, watching as the teams and players unfold, preparing  your Fantasy League and hoping for a winning season! You’d love to see YOUR team play in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on February 3, 2019!

Super bowl 2019

We’ve had our preseason and the predictions are in! But we all know the chosen one isn’t always the winning one, and we love to cheer for the underdog! But in football, we cheer for OUR team and no other, no matter what!

Which team is my team?

It’s no secret I’m a Denver Bronco fan.  Born and raised! I joke that I was born in Denver Mile High Stadium, and the tickets that my dad bought in the 1960s have been passed down to my brother and now to my nephew!

Bronco Logo As a transplant, I support the Arizona Cardinals, except when they play the Broncos!

 Cardinals logo

Which team is your team?


Arizona Cardinal LogoAtlanta Falcons Logobaltimre ravens logoBuffalo Bills Logo

Carolina Panthers LogoChicago Bears LogoCincinnati Bengals Logo    Cleveland Browns Logo

Dallas Cowboys LogoBroncos LogoDetroit Lions Logo Green Bay Packers Logo

Indianapolis Colts LogoHouston Texans Logo Jacksonville Laguars Logo Kansas City Chiefs Logo

Los Angeles Chargers Logo  Los Angeles Rams Logo Miami dolphins logoMinnesota Vikings Logo

New England Patriots LogoNew Orleans Saints Logo New York Jets logoNew York Giants Logo

Oakland raiders logoPhiladelphia Eagles logo Steelers logo San Francisco 49ers Logo

Seattle Seahawks logoTampa Bay Buccanneers logo Seattle Seahawks logoWashington Redskins logo

Can you name all of them? I can!! (Hint: They’re in alphabetical order)!

The first person to comment on this post with all 32 names will receive $10 off your next FOOTBALL gift basket order from Basket Express!

It doesn’t matter which is your favorite, we can design the perfect gift basket just for you! Simply tell us the team (professional or college) and we’ll add the special paraphernalia that’s perfect for you!

Football Gift Basket    Go Team

Favorite Football Team Basket                                         Go, Team Basket 

Here’s a beautiful funeral spray that can be designed in the colors of your favorite team.


The first game of the season is September 6! Hurry and contact me for that perfect football gift basket!

We look forward to playing football with you this season!

Tina and Pamela

Basket Express & Roadrunner Florist





What’s for Birthday?


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!


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!


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


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!


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





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!


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





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 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.

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!)


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.



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!

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Who’d a Thunk it?

Who’d a Thunk it?

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

Trees in Walmart

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

Nah, can’t possibly be!

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

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

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

Halloween Gift Basket  

Cornucopia Thanksgiving centerpiece

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snacks for Christmas  Awesome Roses and Lilies Christmas centerpiece

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271  888-446-1271





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

Boy, it’s a long list.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSU Logo 

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

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


ASU Gift Basket                          ASU Snack Basket

Football Gift Basket    Football cookie basket

Football Gift Basket                                       Football Cookie Basket  

Who Loves Football gift basket           Baseball gift basket

Favorite Football Team Basket          Baseball Gift Basket

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


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