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14 Valentine’s Day Fun Facts

February 12, 2020

While we know Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, there is plenty more to the holiday than just that. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship. Today, we continue to celebrate love on February 14th, the day Saint Valentine died, by exchanging flowers, and the more modern chocolates and teddy bears. But just how many flowers, candy and teddy bears is it really?

Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or coupled up for Valentine’s Day, here are a few fun facts about our most beloved holiday.

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Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

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How to Say “Rose” in Different Languages

February 11, 2020

In his beloved play, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare taught us that, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words — a person or thing is special because of what it is, not what it’s called. And regardless of its name, we think it’s clear that a rose is pretty unique. Just seeing one conjures up images of love, beauty, and hope. In honor of spring’s bloom, here’s how to say “rose” in 45 different languages.Single red rose Continue Reading…

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Valentine’s Day Rose Color Meanings

February 10, 2020

What Color Roses to Send for Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, nearly 200 million roses will be sold — that’s right, 200 million! To put that in perspective, that’s enough to give every other person in the United States a single rose, and there would still be a few million flowers left over.

While there’s no denying most of us associate Valentine’s Day with red roses and romantic love, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of all kinds of love. So if you’re looking to send some love to a friend or family member, you can still reach for roses, as a rose’s coloring determines the meaning behind the gesture.

Say, “I love you,” “I’m grateful for you,” or, “I think you’re unique,” with different colored roses.

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10 Facts That Will Make You Rethink Love and Romance

January 19, 2020

It seems like John Lennon was right when he said, “love is like a flower, give it time and it will grow.” Romance is a complex mixture of panic, excitement, and joy. And while you may feel as though love and affection are entirely up to you, there’s actually a lot of science going on behind the scenes that you may not even realize. Here are some fun facts about romance you may not have known:

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Do You Believe in Love at First Sight?

According to researchers, it only takes 4 minutes to decide whether or not you like someone. Maybe that’s why we put so much stress on a first date! Hugging someone actually releases a chemical from your brain called oxytocin. When this hormone is released, it triggers feelings of intimacy and comfort. Continue Reading…

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30 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your 30th Birthday

January 18, 2020
Buy yourself flowers on your birthday

You did it — you survived your 20s! Over the past decade, you’ve loved, you’ve lost, and you’ve probably burnt a dinner or two along the way. But most importantly, you learned a lot about yourself and how you want your life to be, which we think warrants a celebration! If the fact that you’re turning 30 has left you feeling a little overwhelmed, take the guesswork out of celebrating and embrace this momentous milestone with something from our list of 30 fun ways to celebrate the big 3-0. Continue Reading…

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History of Love Sayings

January 16, 2020

If you’ve fallen madly in love with someone, sometimes a simple, “I love you” just won’t suffice. For centuries, writers have dazzled us with their ability to describe the seemingly indescribable feeling of love. Below we explore the origins and meanings of some of our favorite sayings about love.

Love You to The Moon and Back

Every night, thousands of parents turn their children’s lights off, start to shut the door and whisper, “I love you to the moon and back.” The phrase of course means that you love someone a lot (477,710 miles to be exact), but where did the expression come from? The phrase originated from the best selling picture book, Guess How Much I Love You by sam McBratney.

The entire passage reads:
‘I love you up to the moon,’ said Little Nutbrown Hare.
‘Oh, that’s far,’ said Big Nutbrown Hare. ‘That is very far.’ Big Nutbrown Hare settles Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves.
He leaned over and kissed him goodnight. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’

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What Flower are You Based on Your Zodiac Sign?

January 12, 2020

Whether you start every morning by reading your horoscope or you only look at it from time to time, there’s no denying that it’s fun to learn what the stars have in store for you. But has astrology made its way down from the sky to Earth?

While most people know they have corresponding traits, likes, dislikes, and even numbers associated with their zodiac sign, few know that they also have an astrological flower. Take a look below to see what your flower sign is and the traits you both share!

Aries: March 21 – April 20

Flower: Honeysuckle

As the first sign in the zodiac, Aries signifies the start of something new. With honeysuckle blooming in early spring, the season most associated with rebirth and new experiences, the two pair perfectly together!

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A Dozen Strange Facts About Roses

September 27, 2019
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When it comes to roses, there’s more to them than meets the eye. Sure, roses are renowned for their beauty and symbolic meaning, but they’re also an incredibly interesting flower with a rich history. To help you enjoy your favorite flower even more, we’ve picked a dozen strange facts about roses that you probably didn’t know.

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Floral Occasions & Holidays

National Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

August 25, 2019

Children and their grandparents have a special bond unlike any other. After all, who else are you going to turn to when mom and dad say no? But in addition to being the ones who take your side and sneak you extra cookies, grandparents offer unconditional and unwavering love and support. In honor of National Grandparents Day on September 8th, 2019, it’s time to flip the script and start spoiling them!

The History of National Grandparents Day

It wasn’t until 1978 that President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the first Sunday after Labor Day to be National Grandparents Day. Though President Carter officiated the day, it was Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia native, who truly began and popularized National Grandparents Day. And it’s clear to see why — together with her husband, she had 15 children, 43 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild before passing in 2001.

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Why August is the Best Birthday Month

August 3, 2019

Let’s face it — any day that it’s your birthday is a great day. After all, what more could you want in a day than presents, cake, and good friends? But those of you lucky enough to have been born in August enjoy a few extra perks that some of us will never know. From the beautiful weather to the freedom that summer brings, here are just a few reasons why August birthdays are wonderful.

You’re one of the youngest of your friends.

When you had to wait an excruciating six months to turn 21 after all of your friends, your August birthday seemed like a curse. But once your friends started turning 30, you realized that an August birthday is basically a blessing. Continue Reading…