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A Brief History of Memorial Day

May 22nd, 2015

Did you know Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day back around the Civil War times? And interestingly, Memorial Day only became a federal holiday in 1971. Every year at 3:00 p.m. local time a moment of remembrance is held throughout the country

Decoration Day

Decoration Day was established in 1862 to honor the war veterans of The Civil War, which claimed more lives than any war or conflict in U.S. history. May 30th was chosen because there was no anniversary of any battle on that day.

Memorial Day

The Memorial Day holiday evolved (due to the U.S. involvement in World War I) to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. May 30th also evolved to become the last Monday in May so that federal employees could have a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is commemorated with parades, visiting cemeteries and memorials. And people use this time to get together with friends and family, and welcome the beginning of summer.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and Thank You to our men and women serving, or who have served, this great nation.

Ten Unique Gifts at Almost No Cost – In Time for Mother’s Day

May 9th, 2015

1. Poems for Mom: Write out a poem for Mom – there are many to choose from here

2. Personalized card: Give Mom a personal card. Download and print here for free

3. Fill up her Tank and Wash her Car: Why not borrow her car and fill up the tank and check the tires, and while you are at it, wash her car, inside and out!

4. Cook Mom a Meal: There are lots of great recipies here for Brunch, dinner and meals the kids can help you make

5. Give Mom a Personalized Coupon: You can print out here and fill in what you want to give: ideas like Breakfast in Bed, Empty the Dishwasher, a Complaint free Hike!

6. Set up a Virtual Reunion: You can set up a family reunion conference. Use Skype or set up a reunion with one of the free services such as Free Conference Call

7. Make Mom a Recipe Book/Binder: Go to a recipe site such as and print out some recipes that you think she can and would like to make and give her a recipe inder (with a nice cover)

8. Give Mom A Custom Made Song: At Custom Made Songs you can download a song, and print out a cover, put it on the CD, print the lyric sheet and you have a lovely gift in no time

9. Make Mom a Playlist for her iPod or iPhone: Mom is probably pretty tired of the same old songs on her device, so why not introduce her to some new music. She will always be thinking of you when she listens

10. Give her an eBook: At virtually no cost (and many are free). Far from The Madding Crowd is a new movie and a great novel – you can download it for just .99c here

There are many more ideas on our last Minute Gift Ideas page – check it out and don’t worry – you still have time to give Mom a really personal and unique gift. Visit our Last Minute Gift Ideas here.


Last Minute Plant Ideas in Time for Mother’s Day

May 8th, 2015

Yes there is still time to give Mom a long lasting gift of a plant that she can enjoy indoors or on the patio or porch.


These exotic plants feel so special – and this particular arrangement combines white, lavender and miniature green orchids into one potted planter. The river rocks finish off the arrangement to provide Mom a Zen experience! There is still time to receive this beautiful arrangement directly here.


Speaking of Zen, succulents are easy to care for and long lasting (and don’t need a lot of water for our Californian friends).

This arrangement is in a bamboo container, with river rocks and a tall bamboo to accentuate the exotic nature of these plants.

Order in time for Mother’s Day And she will enjoy for years to come.
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Easy Gift Ideas Free or at Little Cost

May 7th, 2015

There are all sorts of really unique ideas that show how much you care about Mom. Here are a few and we will post some more tomorrow. You can give these gifts with a special card, even print out one of our free printable cards so you can make it more personal.

Charity Donation in Mom’s Name

Does Mom have a favorite charity? Many charities allow you to make a donation is someone else’s name. We’ve linked to AmeriCares here, but there are literally thousands of charities out there that are worth your attention.
Be sure you make the donation “In honor of”, or just tell Mom what you’ve done by noting it in the Mother’s Day card you give her.

Customized Cell Phone Screensaver

Create a personalized cell phone screensaver for Mom. There are many selections and it is easy to do – here are two that we have linked to:
Red Dodo provides online templates you may easily customize with your own text. Then you simply download to Mom’s cellphone.
• Download a program like Mobile Saver (Softpedia). The program guides you in creating a cell phone screensaver from the photos and transitions you choose.
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Candy, Sugar, Milk and Chocolate – Adored Through the Ages

May 6th, 2015

While candy has been around hundreds of years, with people using fruits and nuts rolled in sweet honey, the candy we know today can be traced to the middle-ages, when sugar started to be manufactured. However sugar was so expensive that only the rich could afford candy.

Sugar Production

By the mid-1800’s the cost of manufacturing sugar was considerably reduced and as a result candy became popular. There were over 400 factories in the U.S. producing candy as early as the 1850’s! Read the rest of this entry »

Plants are Memorable and Long Lasting

May 5th, 2015

Plants make an excellent gift for Mother’s Day. With a little care Mom can enjoy her plant for years and years. You can give her an exotic Bonsai Tree or a gorgeous, luscious plant.

A Living Organism

Plants have been around for millions of years. In fact, if plants had never evolved we would not be able to breathe, so you could say that giving Mom a plant is giving her the most important living organism on earth!

Only the green parts of the plant help us breathe because they contain chlorophyll. The process is called photosynthesis and basically when carbon dioxide, water and sunlight work together they form sugars and oxygen which then are let out into the air.

The oxygen is also stored in the leaves and eaten by animals and humans.
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Millions of Years of History: the Lily is a Classic

May 4th, 2015

Lilies, like so many other flowers we have featured on our blog are steeped in history and mythology.

The Lily: Jealousy, Chastity and Purity:

Fossils have been traced from millions of years ago back to prehistoric times. They are also found in Greek and Roman Mythology; according to the Romans, Venus – the goddess of love and beauty was jealous of the lily’s beauty. The Minoan civilization considered the lily sacred.

The lily is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments and became the symbol of purity and chastity in Christianity.

Known for Their Extraordinary Scent:

The lily has been depicted in art, music, books and tapestries from the 1600’s as an expression of feelings, rituals and beautifying the area. In the Victorian-era the flower was an important accent to one’s appearance and the scent was used to perfume a handkerchief. Read the rest of this entry »

Carnation – The Official Flower of Mother’s Day

May 3rd, 2015

Did you know that carnations bloom in almost every color of the rainbow except blue?

It’s Official:

The scarlet carnation is the official state flower of Ohio, the national flower of Spain, and – it is the official flower of Mother’s Day! Anna Jarvis founded Mother’s Day (1914) and chose the carnation because it was the favorite flower of her mother.

Pink Carnations Connote Gratitude:

There are over 300 species and they been cultivated for over 2,000 years, but their history goes back even further. Different colors of carnations connote different emotions: for example dark red carnations are associated with love, white carnations with purity, pink carnations with gratitude.
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Aphrodisiacs, Sex, Medicine, Vanilla – The Orchid has Unique Qualities

May 2nd, 2015

Orchids have always seemed exotic and have been the object of intrigue for centuries. They were thought to have magical cures, even cures for sexual problems due to their similarity in appearance to a certain part of the human anatomy.

Aphrodisiac Qualities:

The Ancient Greeks believed that the orchid roots had aphrodisiac qualities and would cure reproductive problems. In 1640 a Botanist wrote that if “a man ate a large orchid tuber, he would begat many children”.

Medicine and Flavoring:

The Ancient Chinese and Japanese used orchids as medicine which you can see in some of the earliest paintings and vases. And in India they made a drink out of orchid roots. In fact Vanilla is derived from the seed pods of orchids.

The Royal Family of Plants:

Orchids are known as “The Royal Family of Plants” and can now be successfully cultivated at home. If you think your Mom would like an orchid (and who wouldn’t) she can maintain the orchid and be rewarded by her efforts.
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Don’t Forget To Share a Short Story About Your Mom

May 1st, 2015

Share a memory: silly, funny, serious, whatever you like and we will post five stories on our website

Who doesn’t have a story (or two) to tell about growing up with mom? And in celebration of Mother’s Day, we’d like to hear those stories!

It’s a chance to share your memory with others and if your story is chosen, you could show your Mom, because we will share our top 5 picks on our website.

You can read one of the entries in the original blog post.
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