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Who’d a Thunk it?

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Who’d a Thunk it?

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

Trees in Walmart

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

Nah, can’t possibly be!

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

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

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

Halloween Gift Basket  

Cornucopia Thanksgiving centerpiece

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

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

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

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

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

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

Snacks for Christmas  Awesome Roses and Lilies Christmas centerpiece

Tina and Pamela

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express

2007 W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-1271  888-446-1271

 

 

Christmas at the Movies!

Christmas at the movies

Christmas at the Movies!

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

Christmas at the movies

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

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

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tina Ashburn

 

How May I Help You?

Snowman and Christmas Cheer

How May I Help You?

You’re heard it a gazillion times, especially this time of year!  SPECIALS! SALES! COUPONS! Limited offers!  What are these businesses doing to actually HELP YOU?

Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist is in business to help you look good! That’s all we do! We custom design gift baskets that are unique JUST FOR YOU! We know you are special, and we know the people in your life are individuals who appreciate gifts that are One-of-a kind! That’s one of the ways we make you look good!

Custom designed gift baskets from $35 to $135! How special is that? Here are some examples!

Holiday Cookies  Snowman and Christmas Cheer   Christmas Goodies

Holiday Cookies                 Christmas Cheer        Christmas Goodies

Unique to Basket Express is our Songs for the Season: Christmas from the Heart gift basket. LIMITED supply (only 12) means they are exceptional, unique and really really special!

Christmas Songs From The Heart  Christmas From the Heart

If you’re looking for something really different, then we are the people who can help you!

Another way we make you look good is DELIVERY. Have you been hearing about the gifts that are being stolen from porches? That doesn’t happen when your custom designed gift is HAND DELIVERED for you! We offer professional delivery in the greater Phoenix area! Order NOW and have your gifts placed into the queue for the delivery date you prefer!

It’s not too late!! Those last-minute people (and you know who are you!!) who are waiting until the very end, you can count on us to fill your gift basket and floral needs for Christmas!

Tina Ashburn-Owner Basket Express  That’s me!!

Visit our unique websites www.giftbasketsbytina.com or www.roadrunnerflorist.com for your Christmas gifts this year!

Merry Christmas from Tina and Pamela at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Spring Forward, Fall Back! CORRECTION

Fall Gift Basket

Spring Forward, Fall Back!

Correction!! Blame it on Godaddy!!  They said the site wasn’t secure! But it is!! So go ahead and click and enjoy!!

We’ve all heard it: Spring forward, fall back! Frankly, it doesn’t mean much in Phoenix, except that we get confused AGAIN about whose time zone we’re sharing! Since we don’t change from Mountain Standard Time, sometimes we share with California and sometimes we share with Colorado. No matter what, we’re confused for about 6 months, and then once we figure it out, it changes and we get confused all over again!

No, we’re not jumping the gun! I Googled it and learned Daylight Savings Time doesn’t end until November 6th. That’s really late for us to talk about autumn, because by that time we’re getting ready for Christmas!

OMG, Christmas! Yes, that’s when you start thinking about your corporate gift baskets! How many will you need this  year? Do you have your list?

And what about the people in your life? Like your dentist and doctor, accountant and lawyer. How about a gift basket for that special waitress or hostess at your favorite restaurant?

OK, I’m way ahead of myself. (but not really, because today is a great day to get your list together and get it to me so I can guarantee Christmas delivery of your custom designed gift baskets)!!

Let’s talk about Fall.

Could it be that fall is just around the corner? Even here in the desert, we can feel the change of season. Our imported trees begin to change color (or we can drive just a couple hours north and be a mile high and enjoy the true change of colors). Mornings are absolutely amazing, including the breath of cooler air. Evenings are spectacular, with the earlier sunsets of many colors.

And people seem to get back into the swing of things, including school, Boss’s Day, Thanksgiving and holidays. (oh, my, we’re back to those holidays! See, I’m right…you have to start thinking about gift-giving for the holidays, like for the teacher and the policeman and the mailman and the gardener. Don’t forget about your web designer and IT guy. Maybe I’ll make a list (and check it twice) to make sure  YOU don’t forget anyone!)!

That’s where we come in! We love designing floral arrangements and gift baskets for all! Here’s a goodie gift basket that’s perfect for your fall outing, for Boss’s Day, Thanksgiving or a football party!

Fall Gift Basket  Fall Gift Basket 

Maybe you’re inviting people over for a party! Consider a Southwest Basket! Yes, we can ship this beauty across the country in time for your Fiesta (please allow 7 days’ notice).

Southwest party gift basket  Southwest Goodie Basket

You can choose the team and I’ll custom design the gift basket! Perfect for your tailgating party, hosting a football game party, or dare I say it, the Super Bowl!

Denver Broncos Sports Theme Gift Basket

ASU Snack Gift Basket  ASU Spirit & Snacks

Looking for something different? Consider our Grande Gift Basket or Today’s Healthy Fresh Basket. Each one can be custom designed for Autumn, if you wish! Simply indicate your preference when you call us at 602-246-0672 or when you place the order on our secure website.

As you’re beginning to think about Christmas, don’t forget, autumn is here! Let’s enjoy the change of season together!

Call, click or come by!

Basket Express, located inside Roadrunner Florist

2007a W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

602-246-0672

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

Keep On Believing!

Believe in Santa

Believe in Santa

KEEP ON BELIEVING!!

Sending warm wishes (OK, VERY WARM WISHES) from the beautiful Arizona Desert for a holiday season full of joy and health!

It’s the busiest time of year for all of us! Our days are full, our evenings are fun, and our nights are short! We celebrate with music and prayers. Most important, we still believe in the magic of the holidays, whichever holidays we are celebrating!

As we are gearing up for the busy holiday season, we want to tell you the very extra special item we’re bringing in for gift baskets:

This year we’re bringing in FUDGE!

Yes, old fashioned FUDGE!

It’s Blue Moose Fudge from Bountiful, UT. I’ve tried it. Pamela tried it. We LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and we know you will, too!

Custom designed gift baskets for Hanukkah and Christmas! Check out www.giftbasketsbytina,com  or call 602-246-1271 and ask for Tina! I’ll be happy to help you!

Here are a few of the beautiful Christmas gift baskets we’re designing FOR YOU this year! Each has holiday trim (from pine cones to ribbons and bows as well as the fragrance of REAL Christmas Greens) and are available for your to purchase NOW from www.giftbasketsbytina.com.

Santa's Gift Basket

Santa’s Gift Basket 

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman Gift Basket

Gingerbread Basket

The Gingerbread House Gift Basket

Christmas Cookies Gift Basket

Our Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Basket

xmas full

Our Loaded Christmas Gift Basket 

KEEP BELIEVING and Let us be YOUR Santa Claus! 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Tina and Pamela at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

 

 

 

Christmas In the Desert

Luminarias in the desert

Christmas In the Desert

We thought we’d take a moment out of our busy day to share with you some beautiful pictures of Christmas in the Desert.

We hope you can get out to see our beautiful desert “in bloom” for the holiday! Enjoy!

Luminarias in the desert  Christmas house in the desert

Christmas Cactus  Tucson Christmas

What does Christmas look like at the flower and gift basket shop? I thought you’d never ask!

PES Starts Christmas Tina designs a basket medium

Christmas is a wonderful time of year! Take a moment to get outside and see the holiday lights! Take a second to reflect on the past year and anticipate the next one! Make sure you enjoy the fragrances of the holiday (fresh Christmas greens), the delicious flavors (chocolates, muffins, cookies) and spread the cheer to everyone on your holiday list with a custom designed gift basket or floral arrangement from Roadrunner Florist or Basket Express!

We look forward to hearing from you!

602-246-1261

 

www.roadrunnerflorist.com     www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

 

‘Tis the Season…for Bows!

‘Tis the Season…for Bows!

Did you know I spend the month of July hand-making every bow that goes on top of the custom gift baskets I design for Christmas?  One year I forgot and left it until November! NEVER AGAIN!! I learned my lesson and I devote July to making Christmas Bows. Boy, is it worth it, because it gives you an opportunity to have lots of different varieties from which to choose when you order your gift baskets from Basket Express!

This year I have:

A beautiful satin red bow with gold trim.

Red Christmas Bow with Gold Trim

A gold metallic bow.

Gold Metallic Bow for Christmas

A red bow with gold dots.

Red Bow with gold dots

A soft white bow with “Merry Christmas” embossed on it.

White bow with Christmas on It

A red bow with gold trim.

Red with Gold trim Christmas bow

A metallic silver bow.

Christmas Bow Shiney Silver

A winter-white bow with copper Christmas decoration.

Christmas Bow

A red velvet bow with gold glitter.

Red velvet Christmas bow

A Christmas Plaid bow.

Christmas Plaid Bow

A festive bow with red birds.

Christmas bow with red birds

A soft gold bow Lamme with gold trim.

Gold lamme Christmas bow

An ivory bow with red swirls.

Christmas Swirl Bow

 

Each bow is a work of art. Each bow is different. Each bow sits atop a custom designed gift basket that YOU send to your loved one, friend, co-worker, customer, client, attorney, accountant, dentist, veterinarian, doctor or special person.

When you send one of our custom gift baskets, you know the lucky recipient is going to say “WOW!” 

You’re going to look like you are so smart, so sophisticated and so interested in them, and they will think you took a lot of time and effort into choosing the perfect gift just for them! (Little will they know how easy it is to choose from our amazing website www.giftbasketsbytina.com)!!

They’ll know you didn’t visit a big box store and pick something off the shelf because you think too highly of them to do that, right?

And they’ll receive their perfect Christmas present all wrapped up with one of these hand-made bows!

Assorted Christmas Bows

What a great way to say Merry Christmas to people who are unique and special, just like you.

Tina & Pamela

602-246-1271   888-446-1271

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

 

 

 

 

We’re Expecting!

Fresh Fruit for Christmas

It’s Official!

WE’RE EXPECTING!

I have some amazing (OMG AMAZING) but at the same shocking (VERY SHOCKING) news! WE’RE EXCPECTING!

Just under 8 weeks from now!

I know, I’m shocked, too! I can hardly believe it myself.

I wasn’t going to post it on facebook or google or twitter or pinterest! But I decided to tell YOU because you’re my friends! I don’t really want it to be a secret, but gee, I’m overwhelmed!

Who would have guessed that me, of all people, would be expecting again? But WE ARE!!

We are expecting Santa in less than 8 weeks!!  Can you believe it? ONLY 8 WEEKS!

Ha ha ha!!

Join in the fun by hitting the button below to “share” this with your friends!

Choose your gift baskets here! They’re custom designed (each and every one of them) with TLC! Each is unique and made to order (not sitting around on a shelf after a long boat ride from China).

Order them NOW in time for us to play Santa and deliver them for you!

Christmas Gourmet Gift Basket  xmas fruit b  Christmas Fruit and Candy Basket  xmas basket with fruit  Fresh Fruit for Christmas  Christmas Fruit Gourmet Chocolates

Click here for an amazing selection of holiday gift baskets, designed and delivered just for you!

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

 

Apples!

Really Nice Fresh Fruit Basket

Today I want to talk apples.

You know, the red ones, the green ones, the sweet ones, the tart ones, even the in-between ones!

Apples

I’ve never been to an apple orchard (apples don’t exactly grow in the desert southwest) but many of you have! This is your chance to tell me about your trips to an apple orchard! What did you do there? Did you actually climb the trees to get to the apples? How do they keep the worms and birds away? What’s the weather like? Does it rain all the time or is it foggy? Did you wear rubber gloves? Did you get to eat the apples right there on the spot?

Have you ever visited a cider mill? Pamela has, in Franklin, Michigan. Did you watch them make apple cider?

I did a Google search for a picture of an apple orchard. OMG…is this what they really look like?

Apple Orchard

My friend Arnie lives in Connecticut. We told me he was going grocery shopping today, and I asked him to pick up some apples for me!! Yea, right, as if he could do that and bring them right over (it’s only about 2,500 miles!). But he offered (wasn’t that nice of him) and then he told me “next month is apple picking season, so I’ll go to the grove and pick some for you. They’re delicious.”

So I jumped on the opportunity and said, Great, pick some for me!

Then I told him this tidbit: Abbie and I share an apple every day. (yesterday we didn’t have one and we had blueberries instead …not a good season for blueberries and she didn’t like them!).

(For those of you who don’t know, Abbie is my dog. She’s a Bagel (that’s part Black Lab and part Beagle). She LOVES apples.)

Abbie and Me

I was raised on apples. My dad (who is 92) still eats an apple a day! We used to have an Apple Par-tay (accent on the tay) in the evening. We would challenge him to peel a red delicious apple all in one piece (sometimes he could do it) and then we’d fight over who got to eat the peel! Of course it was the middle of that incredible apple that was the star of the show! Pamela’s mother ate an apple every day, too, and she lived to be 91. There must be something special about apples!

Back to the tidbit about apples. I have seen noticeable improvement in my skin since Abbie and I started this at the first of the year! Could it be? Well, the dark spots under my eyes are gone (are you listening, Cindy, because we always thought it was inherited). And I’m tanning beautifully (no burning skin here). I discovered the benefits of eating fruit each day — 1.5 cups for women or 2 cups for men is recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They say, “Consuming apples boosts your intake of essential nutrients, including fiber and the essential mineral potassium. Apples also benefit your appearance, since they contain nutrients that nourish your skin.” They also say apples provide Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Copper.”  Copper? Yes, Copper. Here’s what the U.S. Department of Agriculture says about apples and Copper: “Copper helps you make melanin, the brown-black pigment that colors your skin. Melanin in your skin protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, so being able to produce melanin provides natural sun protection. Melanin also makes up an essential part of other tissues, including your eyes and hair. Each large apple contains 60 micrograms of copper, or 7 percent of your daily copper requirements, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.”

Whenever I design a fresh fruit gift basket, I always include apples. There are so many kinds! Here’s a chart I found that tells about the different types and varieties of apples.

Apple Chart

I remember one day last December I was designing about 25 fresh fruit gift baskets for Christmas presents. I brought in cases of apples from a local farmer’s market and started to separate them for the baskets. Pamela said, “Gee, aren’t you putting anything in the fruit baskets except apples?” But of course I was (I added pears, oranges, lemons, grapefruit and bananas) but the highlight of the fresh fruit baskets were the apples.

Really Nice Fresh Fruit Basket  Fruit basket for Seymour  small fruit basket  Fresh Fruit Coffee gift Basket

My dad still prefers red delicious apples, Pamela, Abbie and I like galas. What is your favorite type of apple and why?

Are you Making Your List?

Are you making your list? And checking it twice….

Business people all around the world are making their lists and checking them twice.

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What are they finding?

They’re finding it’s been a pretty good year, and it’s time to THANK their customers, clients, business associates and friends.

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How do they do that? They contact Tina at Basket Express for custom designed gift baskets! (602-246-1271 or 888-446-1271)

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Amazing Fresh Fruit Gift Baskets from $25 (this is our 2014 Christmas Special) 

(regular price $39.99)

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Christmas Fruit in a Basket

Send a large fresh fruit and goodie to a group or office for $100 and please 10 great people! (call 602-246-0672 and we’ll fix you right up!)

Or send amazing Christmas Greens (so fragrant and long-lasting) for everyone to enjoy throughout the holiday season.   Original price $34.95, on sale for Christmas 2014 $24.95.

Find more Christmas Floral Ideas at RoadrunnerFlorist.com.

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Pretty Fragrant Christmas Greens

So, who are these people that deserve a gift basket from Basket Express?

Customers, clients and business associates! Those are the backbone of your business. Without them you wouldn’t have any business at all! You find them in all sorts of places, from the Internet to personal networking, to your neighborhood.

customers

They’re the people who have worked with you throughout the year.

Maybe you remodeled their home.

home

Maybe you designed their new website.

website

Maybe they hired you for marketing strategies or took you out to dinner.

marketing strategy

 

 

 

 

Maybe you added some new landscaping or you put in new flooring or painted for them.

flooring

Maybe you sold some furniture to them, or some brickwork, or maybe you did some plumbing or electrical work for them.

furniture

Maybe they held a meeting at your location or purchased a piece of artwork.

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They’re the people who list their homes with you, and the people who help you sell homes.

buyers

  Don’t forget your doctor, lawyer, accountant and business partners!

partner  Sure, many are your friends, too!

 

 

Did you know we will be happy to include YOUR business card in your gift baskets? And YOUR calendars, YOUR pens, YOUR business information? Why do we do that? Because we know the value of YOUR CUSTOMERS to your business! So, call us today at 602-246-1271 and we’ll make arrangements to get YOUR advertising items from you so we can include them in your unique and personalized gift baskets!

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we can help you

A gift basket that is individually designed by Tina at Basket Express is as unique as you are. From $39.95 up, they are expressions of the care, concern, thanks, and yes love that you have for the people in your life.

Xmas gourmet 2014 $50 Custom Designed Holiday Gourmet Gift Basket

xmas fruit with santa  Santa’s Healthy Fresh Fruit Basket

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for you

Maybe you want to add chocolate. (Oooh, I LOVE chocolate!)

chocolate

Or maybe you want to add coffee or tea! 

coffee     tea

OK, maybe you want something healthy.

That’s not as much fun, but sometimes it’s appropriate. 

veggie basket

 Top of the Line Vegies

 Whatever it is you’re looking for, we can help you say THANK YOU this Christmas season.

Simply call, click or come by!

602-246-1271       888-446-1271

www.giftbasketsbytina.com

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