How to Pick Mother’s Day Flowers to Match her Personality

Choosing the right flowers for a loved one can be a fine art, and this is no different when it comes to Mother’s Day.  If you’re determined to select the most suitable blooms for your mother to admire come March 10th, read our guide to matching seasonal flowers to your mum’s personality…

Traditional

If your mum is the traditional or romantic type, you’ll want to stay away from anything too adventurous and stick to the classics, such as:

  • Roses – the ultimate bouquet, with pink, red or white being the ideal colours
  • Carnations – a good all-round choice that you can buy in either a single colour or a mix of complementary shades
  • Chrysanthemums – a classic variety for Mother’s Day available in soft shades that’s also very long-lasting

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A mixed bouquet is a good option, especially if it’s finished off with some delicate sprays of smaller flowers to create a lovely look.  Traditional mothers will already have suitable vases (as they’re more likely to regularly buy flowers for the home), so consider what your mum has to put her bouquet in before buying.

Creative

Does your mum love to paint, write, invent new dishes or regularly redecorate?  Then she’s likely to be creative type and favour colourful and/or unusual flowers.  Just a few ideas include:

  • Sunflowers – bright and bold, these can’t fail to cheer up your mum
  • Gerberas – these come in a variety of vibrant colours and are fab in mixed bouquets that liven up the room

Sunflowers for sale at the Pike Street Market

Think about how you can present your flowers in creative ways too.  You could decorate any boxes that they come in with photos of you and your mum, or liven up any accompanying vase with colourful ribbons.

Adventurous

If your mum loves to travel and try new things, she’ll be pleased with any flowers that deviate from the norm for Mother’s Day.  Some ideas are:

  • Lilies – oriental and coloured lilies are perfect for a bouquet with a difference 
  • Orchids – exotic and elegant, they’re ideal for adventurous mums, especially when their tropical leaves are left on the stems

Lillies to the sky

You could team your flowers with some unusual gifts, too, such as an adoption certificate for a tiger or seal, or the chance to name an orchid!

Sophisticated

Does your mum favour all things elegant and sophisticated?  If so, the bouquet you choose will likely be luxurious yet understated to match her personality.  You could go for:

  • White Lilies – a classic option that’s sure to be much-admired
  • Mixed Orchids – decadent and exotic
  • White Victorian Roses – beautiful yet understated

Alternatively, consider presenting your mum with a single, perfect rose or orchid.  This might be a good choice if her home is minimalist in style and a large bouquet would look out of place.

General Tips

Hopefully, our guide should have given you some inspiration for buying the ideal flowers for your mum’s personality.  You might also want to bear the following in mind…

  • Be prepared and book delivery well in advance if you’re not going to give your mother her flowers yourself.  If you do end up organizing things at the last minute, click here to buy flowers with next day delivery.
  • Don’t forget extras like a card, chocolates and perhaps a nice bottle of wine!
  • Team up with your siblings and splash out on a huge bouquet if you can – your mum will really appreciate the gesture.

 

**This is a partnered post brought to you by Dipika Patel, a British blogger who loves buying presents for others – a writing about them!  She regularly contributes to  blogs with her thoughts on flowers , gifts and interiors with a view to helping readers make the right choices.

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph!

There are very few movies that my kids walk out of the theater and say “we HAVE to get this on DVD”.  Wreck-It Ralph was one of those movies.  They absolutely loved it.  So when it came to the house for me to review, I think the whole neighborhood heard them screaming with excitement!

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From Walt Disney Animation Studios, Wreck-It Ralph takes viewers on a hilarious journey.  For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has played the bad guy in his popular video game.  In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart.  As he explores exciting new worlds, he teams up with some unlikely new friends including feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman).  The film is directed by Annie Award winner Rich Moore.

Some of the amazing cast are:

  • John C. Riley as Ralph
  • Sarah Silverman as Vanellope
  • Jack McBrayer as Felix
  • Jane Lynch as Calhoun
  • Alan Tudyk as King Candy
  • Mindy Kaling as Taffyta Muttonfudge
  • Joe Lo Truglio as Markowski
  • Ed O’Neil as Mr. Litwak

Wreck-Ralph is available on the following formats:

  • HD Digital
  • SD Digital
  • 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)
  • 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD)

Each of the formats above contain the following bonus features…I don’t know about you, but my kids have to watch each and EVERY bonus feature on a film.  They just love them!

  • Bit by Bit:  Creating the Worlds of Wreck-It Ralph –   Fans of the film will get a look at five new worlds created for Wreck-It Ralph.  The short takes viewers into Game Central Station with the artists who brought Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty and Fix-It Felix Jr. to life.
  • Alternate & Deleted Scenes – Four separate scenes are highlighted with an introduction and optional audio commentary from director Rich Moore.
  • Video Game Commercials – Viewers can check out the commercials created for the video games featured in the film:  Fix-It Felix jr., Sugar Rush, Hero’s Duty and Fix-It Felix Hammer.
  • Paperman – This Academy Award nominee and Annie Award winning animated short film played in theaters along with Wreck-It Ralph.  First-time director John Kahrs showcases a minimalist black-and-white style with his story about a lonely young man in mid-century New York City who relies on his heart, imagination, a stack of papers–and a little luck–to change his destiny and win the girl of his dreams.
  • Disney Intermission:  The Gamer’s Guide to Wreck-It Ralph(exclusively on Blu-ray) When the film is paused, host Chris Hardwick appears on screen to guide viewers through a series of 10 video segments offering an inside look at the many video game references, Disney references and other hidden surprises featured in the film.

You can pre-order your copy of Wreck-It Ralph right now and have it when it is released on March 5, 2013!

 

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Academy Award Winning Film, Undefeated

Success, Football and the American Dream.

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Three of America’s favorite things are incorporated in the Academy Award Winning film, Undefeated!

No hope.  No future…Until a football season united a team and revealed the character that turned them into heroes.  Undefeated, an Academy Award winning documentary is the inspiring and moving tale of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

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Special features for this film include:

  • Audio Commentary with directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin
  • Deleted Scenes
  • A Black and White Teaser Trailer
  • “The Making of Undefeated” Featurette.

From Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, Undefeated is available now on Blu-ray and DVD!  So head out to the store and pick up a copy today!  On Blu-ray the price is $24.99 and on DVD the price is $19.98.

 

**I am purely sharing this with my readers.  I did not receive a copy of this movie or any compensation.

 

Valentine’s Day with My Best Friend!

“This day I will marry my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love”

That was the quote and theme of my wedding 10 and a half years ago and it still holds true today…I definitely married my best friend!

25578_385973892623_6293752_nIn the past, Valentine’s Day has always been “just another day”.  Sometimes we celebrated it, sometimes we didn’t.  It wasn’t because we fell out of love or anything like that, but it just wasn’t important.  We always said, “why get all crazy to show how much you love someone on one day when you should show it every day”.  However, now that my husband has a job that keeps him in another state every day of the week and I don’t see him as often, I want to go all out on holidays like Valentine’s Day.  We both know how much we love each other every other day, but why not have a special day…just for us?!?

This year we are celebrating Valentine’s Day this upcoming weekend.  Our kids are having a sleepover at my in-laws house (yay!) so I have our entire day planned out!  After we drop the kids off, we are heading to a pottery painting place.  I think it will be fun to paint something together that when I look at, I will think of him (and I am thinking about painting a vase that he can randomly send me flowers to put in…hint, hint Dan!).  After painting pottery, we will have dinner at Red Robin (his favorite place) and finish the night with a movie (what should we see??).

Dan is always asking me what I want for different holidays.  I never know what to tell him.  Until I saw this canvas:

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I have a big open wall in my living room that I would love to put a bunch of pictures of the kids, Dan and I.  I think this canvas would be perfect to hang above the display of pictures!  However, knowing my husband, he will want to get me something along these lines:

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I like that he can personalize this necklace to say whatever he wants it to say and I’ll always be wearing it close to my heart!   Whichever gift option he chose to go with, he needs to make sure he uses a coupon code…it’s nice to save money wherever you can!

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day??

 

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Disney’s Peter Pan Diamond Addition on Blu-ray!

I still remember the very first time I saw Peter Pan.  I wanted to believe that Peter Pan existed…that he would show up in my bedroom with fairy dust and make me fly to a far away place and never grow up.  When I showed my kids Peter Pan, my daughters first reaction:

“Wouldn’t it be so cool to fight pirates?”

Yep.  That’s my daughter for ya!  The average girl would probably wish she were Tinkerbell and a bag of fairy dust.  But not my Bella!  And to tell you how much both of my kids like Peter Pan, my parents will be taking them to see the play.  Apparently their seats are right below the area that Tinkerbell flies over.  They will be beside themselves!

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On February 5, 2013, The Walt Disney Studios will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Peter Pan by releasing it for the first time on Blu-ray and I got my hands on a copy!

The classic tale that taught us all “to believe” and first introduced us to the Darling Children — Wendy, John and Michael — as they flew with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell past the second star to the right and straight on ’till morning to the enchanted world of Never Land.  Rediscover the magical adventure and relive childhood memories of this great bedtime story.

Peter Pan, Diamond Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack will only be available for a limited time for the a suggested retail value of $44.99 (U.S.) and $51.99 (Canada).

The combo pack will contain:

  • Blu-ray disc
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy
  • Storybook App

Bonus Features:

  • Disney Intermission
  • Growing up with Nine Old Men
  • Disney View
  • Introduction by Diane Disney Miller
  • Deleted songs and scenes
  • You Can Fly:  The Making of Peter Pan
  • Tinker Bell:  A Fairy’s Tale
  • Disney Song Selections
  • Audio Commentary Hosted by Roy Disney
  • Music Videos

To learn more and keep informed on the release, “Like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and view videos on YouTube!  If you would like to print coloring pages and activities for your kids, click on the image below and enjoy!

Download Peter Pan Never Grow Up Games