Believe it or not, but Mother’ Day was not invented by a big company looking to sell greeting cards. It is felt that the roots of this day date back to an annual Greek festival to honor Rhea and Cybele who were the mothers of many gods. Originally, Christians celebrated this festival on the fourth Sunday of Lent.
160 years ago in the United States Anna Jarvis organized a day to make people aware of the poor health conditions in her town. She felt that it would be best if mothers promoted this day so she called it “Mother’s Working Day”.
Julia Ward Howe who was a poet and pacifist in Boston (also lyricist of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) organized a day to rally mothers to promote peace. She felt mother hurt more over the loss of life than anyone else.
Anna Jarvis died in 1905 and her daughter, also called Anna Jarvis, campaigned to follow in her mother’s work to promote a day for mothers. She worked with businessman, John Wannamaker and Presidents Taft and Roosevelt to create this special day. In 1913 the House of Representatives adopted a resolution requiring federal government officials to wear white carnations on Mother’s Day. In 1914 a bill was signed by Woodrow Wilson acknowledging Mother’s day as a national holiday.
The early years of Mother’s Day people attended church with their mothers, wrote them letters of gratitude, and gave flowers and gifts. As gift giving grew in popularity during this holiday, Anna became angry. She felt that the commercialization of this holiday diminished the purpose of the holiday. In 1948, Anna said that she regretted establishing the mother’s day holiday.
Regardless of Anna’s feelings, Mother’s Day is extremely popular in the United Sates. Mother’s Day is the most popular day of the year to dine out, telephone lines have their busiest traffic day of the year, and it is the biggest day of the year to send roses or flowers. Regardless, sons and daughters take time out of their busy schedules to honor and express their appreciation to their moms for everything they have done for them.
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Top 5 Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Hopefully, you have plans to let Mom know how much you appreciate everything she has done for you. If you have not defined your strategy, we want to get you headed in the right direction by giving you 5 wonderful gift ideas from 48LongStems that Mom will love.
Show Mom you care this Mother’s Day. Remember she changed your dippers when you were young.
#1 Premium Mother’s day Bouquet
This Bouquet is made up of white lilies, lavender roses and white snapdragons. Every year this is a top seller for Mother’s Day
#2 12 Months of Roses
Looking for something for Mom that will last all year? This is it. “Flowers of the Month” allows Mom to experience Mother’s Day one day every month for an entire year. Let her know how much you care for her all year long.
#3 50 Long Stem Pink Roses
This gift has over four dozen roses in this bouquet. This bouquet of roses almost 22 inches long with huge heads will make Mom feel special on her . . . → Read More: Top 5 Gifts for Mom this Mother’s Day
Recital season is here and there is a company that specializes in ticketing and recital management for dance studios and their patrons. If you love holding performances, but not the hassle of selling the tickets, ShOvation is a company that can take this stress out of your next event! This is very cool. It is like having your very own online box office to sell your tickets for you. No hassle at all.
They have a limited time offer for your spring recital. If you book your spring performance with them by June 30, 2013 you will receive a $50 DISCOUNT DANCE GIFT CARD ( 500 ticket minimum).
Check out their web site to see some of the benefits that their customers enjoy…
· Print at home tickets · Mobile ticketing convenience · Purchase and show e-ticket on smartphone · Merchandise sales like recital bouquets · Facebook ticket sales · Assigned or General Admission seating · Interactive seat maps
Visit their website to look at their Welcome Kit. This company has been featured on Dance Studio Owner, Dance Teacher Magazine, and Dance Teacher Web
Check them out – you won’t be sorry.
Shantha Wilson . . . → Read More: Dance Studios, Check Out Shovation!
The 48LongStems Flower of the Month program allows you to send roses to a loved one or to an office to freshen up the lobby every month without ever having to think about it. You choose when you want it to start. Then we will make sure they arrive on the third Wednesday of every month depending upon the length of the program.
You can choose from a 3 Month, 6 Month, or even a 12 Month program. Also you can choose from a 12-stem or even a gigantic 25-stem bouquets. Whichever bouquet you choose you will be sure to make someone’s day.
Flower of The Month…The Gift that Keeps on Giving
Spring is the time for flowers and Dance Recitals. It is great to see the eyes of children open up as they get a beautiful bouquet of flowers given to them after their performance.
Making rose bouquets for has always been a lot of work the Dance School if not just a plain “hassle”. With all the stress and things to do before a performance, getting the flowers, cleaning the stems of the bulk roses, and assembling the bouquet is not something that can easily be done. There are always too many things to do before the recital.
At 48LongStems we offer a turnkey program that allows fully assembled flower bouquets to be delivered directly to a school. All that needs to be done is to cut the stems and place in water once they arrive. Best of all the price for the flowers are so low that a school can make money as a fundraiser at the same time. Call with questions on how we can help you make money with recital bouquets at your next recital.
These beautiful bouquets will help take the stress out of the recital season by coming fully assembled and ready . . . → Read More: Recital Bouquets for Dance Schools
Golden Gate Ficus Bonsai Plant
Bonsai is a Japanese term that when translated means “tray plantings.” It is an art form that dates back over a thousand years, and describes miniature trees that are grown in containers. Many plants and trees are grown for food production, medicine, or landscapes. Bonsai have a different purpose—these are created to inspire contemplation by the viewer.
Most people think Bonsai trees are specially cultivated to produce smaller plants than we might find in nature. Bonsai does not require special sized trees, rather their size is maintained by pruning, potting, trimming roots, and constant maintenance to produce smaller versions of their full size counterparts.
You’ve seen these mysterious little trees before and you’d love to have one in your home or office but you’re intimidated at the idea. How do I take care of one? Well it’s simple. One hug each morning and a pat on its trunk twice a day and you’ll be all set! Alright, perhaps there’s a bit more involved but we can assure you, bonsai are becoming a very popular item–and they’re a wonderful gift idea when you need to make a lasting impression! There’s a great selection . . . → Read More: Introducing…New Bonsai Plants!!
Have you had your fruit today? How about your morning coffee? If so, you’re on the right path! Did you know that coffee beans are not beans at all, but seeds from the coffee cherry? They’re a small fruit found on trees in over 70 countries across the world. These trees grow from 15-30 ft, begin bearing fruit after 3-5 years, and continue for the next 10-20 after that. Most coffee berries are still handpicked since a tree will have ripe and unripe berries at the same time. As you can imagine its quite labor intensive!
Coffee Cherries Still On Their Branches
Once these berries are picked, either wet or dry methods of processing can be used. The wet method involves stripping the seeds from the flesh of the berry and soaking them in water for about two days to clean the seeds. The dry method is simpler, and more common – the cherries are spread out on large concrete slabs and left to dry naturally in the sun for a week or more. These cherries are turned regularly to ensure even drying, and husked by machine to reveal each seed once the drying process is complete.
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November is a wonderful time of year, especially here in Maine. Granted, the moment we’ve been dreading has finally arrived…it’s time to pack away our summer gear and turn up the thermostat. Brrr! With change there is always something new to look forward to, and new opportunities around the bend. We say bring it on, but honestly there isn’t much of a choice! Halloween seemed to fly by before we knew it and Thanksgiving is well on its way. In just a couple weeks there will be more turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes than you’ll know what to do with! Then it’s off to the races in retail madness – selecting just the right gift for everyone on your list. Phew! We’re tired just thinking about it all! November marks the beginning of the holiday season (or madness, as it often seems) – it’s easy to get caught up in our routines, trying to make preparations so everything goes according to plan. It’s funny though, when we look back and remember holidays from years past it’s the memories of our families and friends that stand out most. In fact, I hardly remember those missing peas or worrying about . . . → Read More: Stop and smell the roses…
Here at 48LongStems we don’t just provide fresh flowers for you to send your loved ones, we really care about our community—and we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is! We’re always looking to join with our customers who purchase roses, calla lilies, and daisies to give donations to causes that are close to our heart. What better way to give back than by donating to some great causes that affect our communities every day? Check out what’s going on with our “We Give Back” program:
U.S. Soldiers are deployed overseas every day, often for months at a time. It’s no surprise, they leave loved ones here at home who miss them dearly. We distribute discount codes through Give To The Troops to these overseas soldiers so they can send flowers back home. What better way to say “I Love and Miss You” than a bouquet of fresh roses? Have you checked out our Premium Pink Flowers lately? Pink roses, pink carnations, pink tulips…we love pink! We love the inspiration that the Susan G. Komen Foundation brings as well, and we donate a portion of each pink flower order to their cause. Click the link to . . . → Read More: Put your money where your mouth is!!!
Do you get stuck when you buy roses or send roses, but can’t think of what to say on the message card? A message attached to fresh flowers is the finishing touch. We’ve heard it before, finding the right words is not always easy. Here’s a collection of messages for a variety of occasions that we feel express their sentiments well. If you’re looking for ideas check out the messages below – and feel free to adapt any of these to fit your own situation.
You are the one who knows my stories, gets my jokes, warms my feet, takes my side, ignores my quirks, finishes my sentences, soothes my worries. You’re the one who makes all my days better and makes me a better me. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
25 BEAUTIFUL ROSES FOR MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE OF 25 YEARS. I LOVE YOU
Thank you for 10 wonderful years. We have had ups and downs, and in-betweens. But we have made it through it all, our love is strong and lasting. I will love you forever, you are the true love of my life. Happy Anniversary
One rose for every year you’ve brightened my life. I . . . → Read More: Writer’s Block? Need a Message? We can help!