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Any day that gets us talking about reading is great in our book! We have some fun things up our sleeves for International Literacy Day (September 8th) including a contest where you'll have the opportunity to have your favorite literary quotation made into a terrarium and Bloom Equation freebies that you'll be able to pick up at participating local businesses.
Do you have a favorite book? How about a favorite quotation? Comment and tell me about it! (I'm always on the look out for a good new read.)
Drinking good craft beer is a magical experience on its own. Ready for it to get even better? (I know, right? It doesn’t seem possible; get ready to have your mind blown!)
Most beer is brewed with flora -- specifically: hops. But how much do you know about the beers that are brewed with at least one other type of flower?
We’re going to argue that these flora-heavy beers make for an extraordinary experience thanks in part to the mysterious language of flowers.
Ready for something new? Dare you to try these.
Experience: Sexual Healing
Beer: Elysian Saison Poivre
Floral Addition: Peppercorn
Flower Meaning: Spice
Set the Scene: Sexual Healing, Marvin Gaye
Find it: www.elysianbrewing.com
If wine is the first thing that comes to mind when endeavoring to create a romantic mood, you’ve probably never experienced the power of brewed peppercorn. This heart-warming Saison is perfect for stirring up sexy thoughts. Yep, we said it. Share this with someone when you’re trying to light that fire.
Experience: Success with the hottie at the bar
Beer: The Bruery Tradewinds Tripel
Floral Addition: Thai Basil
Flower Meaning: Good Luck
Keep it Going with: Foxy Lady, Jimi Hendrix
Find it: thebruery.com
This Belgian-style Golden Ale from Placentia, California is a summer seasonal (Psstt! Go find it before it’s gone). Keep a good thought, order this beer, then go up to that hottie in the bar. Double your chances by ordering her one too. Luck be a lady!
Experience: Masterpiece Making
Beer: Evil Czech Gypsy Camomile Wheat
Floral Addition: Camomile
Flower Meaning: Ingenuity
Whistle While You Work: I am the Walrus, The Beatles
Find it: http://www.evilczech.com/beer/
Some artists swear they work best on a buzz. With this beer, we can see it. (Did you notice how I avoided incriminating myself there?) Maybe try a little next time your creative juices just aren’t flowing.
Experience: Happy Daze
Beer: The Commons Brewery Fleur de Ferme
Floral Addition: Lavender
Flower Meaning: Happiness
On the Speakers: Walking on Sunshine, Katrina and the Waves
Find it: http://www.commonsbrewery.com/
Need a pick-me-up? That’s one of lavender’s specialities. This brew’s a winter seasonal, so we suggest grabbing a bunch and storing them away for a rainy day. Or a sunny day. We like it best on the grass in Dolores Park.
Experience: Deep Connection
Beer: Captain Lawrence Hops and Roses
Floral Addition: Rose
Flower Message: Unity
Playing in the Background: One Love, Bob Marley
We love a pour of this during quiet times. Alone, I suggest a pen and favorite notebook. In good company, allow this golden ale to naturally lead you into the meaningful conversation you didn’t even know you wanted to have. This one reminds us that we’re part of something bigger than ourselves.
Beer: Dogfish Head Savor Flowers
Floral Addition: Hibiscus
Flower Meaning: Sense of Adventure
Make a Playlist Around: Here I Go Again, Whitesnake
I want to let you in one of our favorite ways to live it up: pack a backpack with a bottle of water, a great book and some great beer, then spend the day getting lost in a National Park. This barrel-aged brew is sure to take your enjoyment to the next level with its serious taste-bud stimulation. Just be careful around cliffs--this beer packs a punch.
Which of these flower based beers are you going to try today? Comment and let us know.
I’'m excited to announce that WE ARE HIRING!!
I am looking for a super-motivated, gregarious candidate to be part of our growing team. Somedays we’'ll meet in our San Francisco workspace and collaborate, but most days you'’ll be exploring the magical Bay Area and working from home. If you'’re a self-starter and good at managing your own time, you'’re the kind of person I’'m hiring!
Ready to hear more about it? Cool!
· Be a highly motivated self-starter who has a strong sense of urgency, organization and follow-through.
· Have sales experience
· Have great communication skills to communicate back and forth with vendors, contractors, clients, etc.
· Be excited to improve through reflection, feedback and consistent reading
Seek out new businesses to stock our products
Manage and maintain our business accounts
Assist with the entirety of the ordering process (– follow-ups and updates are key)
Meet with me/the team for feedback and to share your ideas and learnings
You'll get to...
Get in on the ground floor! We're just a year old, so your opportunities for advancement are off the charts! Exciting, eh? We think so!
Work for a company that encourages and supports your own personal growth as a professional. We are all about improving our skill sets and love other people who are all about it, too!
Be part of a company whose focus is on bringing more love, fun, and connection into the world. Pretty magical, right?
You should have a reliable car and live in/near San Francisco. You MUST have a great attitude, be willing to work hard and be motivated to be consistently improving. I like to surround myself with movers and shakers.
JOB TYPE: Commission based
JOB LOCATION: Based out of San Francisco, California
SALARY LEVEL: The more you sell, the more you earn!
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Sales
Interested? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please use subject header “"Count me in!”"
And include your resume in the body of your email, please!
Excited to meet you!
2017 Wedding Flower Trends, What They Mean in the Language of Flowers, and What They Mean for your Budget!
1. 2017 Wedding Trend: Dahlias
Dahilas come in so many different colors and forms, it's incredible! They're beautiful favorites amongst gardeners and San Franciscans in general (I highly recommend paying a visit to the Golden Gate Dahlia Garden Dell one summer). My personal favorites are the Pompoms and Collerettes... and of course, the Cafe Au Laits!
The thing about Dahlias, though: they are one of the shortest-lasting flowers once cut. As a florist, I would advise to use something that will be guaranteed to last throughout your wedding day. Dahlias tend to wilt quickly once cut.
If you do decide to gamble on these beauties, take heart in knowing that their language of flowers meanings are particularly sensational: 1. good taste | 2. dignity | 3. forever thine | 4. gratitude | 5. pomp | 6. instability | 7. misrepresentation |8. participation | 9. I think of you constantly | 10. gratitude to parents | 11. I am happy that you love me.
2. 2017 Wedding Trend: Chrysanthemum
Like Dahlias, Chrysanthemums (known as "mums" for short), come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Unlike Dahlias, Mums are inexpensive and last longer than almost any other flower, EVEN OUT OF WATER!
Their language of flowers meanings aren't too shabby, either: 1. you are a wonderful friend | 2. long life| 3. fidelity | 4. cheerfulness | 5. optimism | 6. joy | 7. joviality | 8. mirth | 9. sense of adventure
3. 2017 Wedding Trend: Sunflowers
Sunshiney flowers are in this year, and what could be more sunshiney than a Sunflower? Actually, they even mean "sunshine" in the language of flowers!
SUNFLOWER= 1. homage | 2. devotion | 3. false riches | 4. adoration | 5. SUNSHINE | 6. spiritual attainment | 7 .flexibility | 8. opportunity | 9. good luck | 10. wealth | 11. ambition | 12. loyalty | 13. haughtiness
Contrary to popular belief, sunflowers come in tiny sizes, too. One of our favorite small-headed Sunflower varieties, adorably named "Bashful" is even pollen-free!
Sunflowers tend to last a while (we've even used them to make some bold and beautiful flower crowns!) and are generally inexpensive.
4. 2017 Wedding Trend: Carnations
Carnations have finally made a comeback-- and thank goodness! These durable, inexpensive beauties come in so many colors that you're bound to find the exact right shade for your big day.
We love them because they remain their beautiful selves all day, even outside of water. No wilting worries here!
Plus, one of their meanings in the language of flowers is "Yes!" Yes!!? Get it?! I DO!
(Check out their other awesome meanings on bloomequation.com/flowers.)
Carnations are back! Inexpensive, durable and lovely, they're the perfect wedding flower!
5. 2017 Wedding Trend: Greenery
I mean, we knew it, right? This year's Pantone Color of the Year is "greenery" so it only makes sense that ACTUAL greenery would make the cut for this year's wedding trends.
Personally, I'm super excited about this. In fact, my own wedding (this September!!!) will feature greenery centerpieces and hangings!
Greenery is a great wedding choice because, as "filler flowers", they are, by definition, less expensive. Most greenery is pretty durable, too.
For my wedding, I'll have gorgeous, unique ferns under the spotlight. Here are some fern meanings according to the language of flowers:
FERN= 1. sincerity | 2. magic | 3. fascination | 4. shelter
FERN, ASPARAGUS= airy grace
FERN, MAIDENHAIR= 1. secrecy | 2. discretion
FERN, WALKING= mobility
Guest Post Written by Erica Francis of Readyjob.org
Don't let a “disability” stop you from living your dream of owning your own business. Read on for tips on how to get started.
Do your research
There are a number of online sources out there that will answer most of the common questions. A good place to start is visiting the U.S. Small Business Administration online at SBA.gov. Take the time to look at your market to determine what you can do to set yourself apart from the competition. For instance, if your goal is to open your own recruiting agency, you may want to avoid industries oversaturated with talent and focus in an area struggling to find employees.
Know your niche
Some of the most successful businesses are also the most obscure. Establish yourself as an authority in a particular area and use the assets you have available to catapult yourself into a successful self-employment situation. As an example, if you have welding skills but want to tap into your creative side, you may wish to look into creating art for industrial facilities using materials from their own scrapyards.
Consider being an independent contractor
Technical and creative skills are in high demand and lend well to entrepreneurship. There are numerous freelance careers that are great options for homebound individuals, including online tutoring, curriculum development, and marketing content author. These contract positions offer extreme flexibility and allow you to work for yourself from the comfort of your own home. Thebiggest caveat of being a 1099 contractor is that you become responsible for paying your own taxes.
Figure out your financing
The Small Business Administration used to offer a loan assistance program specifically for people with disabilities. However, things have changed and financing for special needs business owners is no longer an easily accessible option. Most small business founders acquire startup funds through private equity or via small business loans. A small business loan is one designed to help a startup company higher staff, create a functional workspace and, in the case of those with disabilities, acquire assistive technology to adapt your workplace to work best with your physical or developmental needs.
In today’s digital economy, it’s necessary for most businesses to create a website that caters to their clientele. A business website should be designed with the customer in mind. Start by creating a FAQ section so that potential customers can find answers to their most common concerns. If you wish to create a website yourself, there are a number of services that can help you get started. Your site should be search engine optimized and filled with high-quality content including articles, blog posts, instructional videos, and anything else your customers may actively seek. In addition to online marketing, you should have business cards and informational brochures available for those customers who would rather do business offline.
Write a business plan
If you’re going to seek funding, you will have to draft a business plan. This is a document that includes an executive summary with an outline of your business, a description of your industry, specific marketing strategies you plan to use, a competitive analysis of your company versus others in your market, a section devoted to design and development of your business along with operations and management and a clear outline of financial factors. It is unlikely that you’ll receive funding without a well-thought-out business plan.
Take some advice
There are numerous organizations that offer free and low-cost counseling to new small business owners. One such organization, SCORE, has been around for more than half a century and offers small business owners free access to a vast network of (mostly retired) business experts that offer online and face-to-face counseling. SCORE mentors are veteran business leaders from your industry who give their time freely to help others achieve their dreams.
You must nurture your business in order for it to grow. Don’t be discouraged if your company is not an immediate overnight sensation. Keep in mind that profitability and success are two very different things. It may take a few years for a successful start up to enjoy any significant profit.
Mom's New Favorite (The Best Thing Since Your Macaroni Necklace)
The days of macaroni necklaces & finger painted landscapes may be behind you, but that doesn't mean you can't still make Mom something she'll cherish.
We make it quick and easy for you to make meaningful gifts: tell us what you love most and we'll make something uniquely (your) Mom.
We're talking tears of joy.
It's simple, really: think of a message you'd like translated into the language of flowers.
Can't think of one? Instead, tell us 3 things you love about her. (This is a time-tested sure-fire hit, by the way.)
Choose your vessel. We have a myriad of offerings, from jewelry to terrariums, that will all hold the dried and/or live flora that your message translates into.
Confused? The language of flowers was a popular way of communicating via flora during the Victorian Era in the United States (earlier in France, with origins dating even further back to Turkey). Young lovers would especially use it to send secret messages by composing a message in flowers in the form of a bouquet.
We've taken that idea and have ran with it! This website boasts the most comprehensive language of flowers database in the world, searchable by flower, meaning or theme. This allows you to easily translate any message into flowers at any time!
But we don't expect you to do that leg work. We're happy to do it for you!
So c'mon, tell me: What do you especially love about the mother figures in your life?
Here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the sun has been teasing us with sprinklings of warm, sunny days in between rain showers. Personally, I love having rain one day, sun the next. It makes me appreciate both more. And when the rain showers start to end (which I suspect will be soon) the Mosquitoes will undoubtedly fill their void. Mosquitoes and I have a love hate relationship. The more the love me, the more I hate them.
At my mom's suggestion--Thanks, Mom!-- I've put together this list to get ahead of them this year, without the use of chemicals. Yay, Nature!
Mosquito Repellent Flora & How to Use Them to Put Out Your Perfect Vibe with the Language of Flowers
Peppermint! How wonderful is it that something that will make you walk around smelling like a breath of fresh air (ha!) will also keep Mosquitoes off you?
Although some say that natural repellents like Peppermint don't work, the fact that a solution of peppermint oil and water kills Mosquito larvae (according to research published in The Malaria Journal) makes me think otherwise.
Crush the leaves and rub them on your skin to use it as a repellent. I think I'll keep some in my pocket to reapply as needed.
Rosemary is magical. Not only does it make food extra delicious, smell heavenly, mean "love" (and "lust"--what a great combo, right!?) but now to learn that it'll keep me from getting bitten up by mosquitoes! Is there anything better than rosemary!!?
It'll repel dried or fresh, and if you throw it into a fire, the smoke will not only smell amazing but it'll keep the bugs away, too!
Marigolds mean so many fun things in the language of flowers, but I decided to go with two of my faves: health and creativity. Marigolds will act like a barrier, so have them near windows and entry ways to keep mosquitoes out of the house. Plus, they're pretty.
If you're a gardener, they also repel bugs that eat tomato crops. Some people are convinced that they even keep rabbits out!
And now, my favorite: BASIL! Basil's awesome at keeping mosquitoes away-- according to a study published in The Malaria Journal, the essential oil found in basil is practically 100% mosquito repelling!
You don't even have to crush the leaves for this plant to work its magic. Just having the plant around will keep Mosquitoes away, but if you're not going to be around it, just rub the leaves over exposed skin.
I'm totally going to walk around smelling like Basil. Who doesn't love the smell of Basil!?
Lavender is well-known for it's calming properties... I'm a lot calmer when I'm not getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, aren't you?
Apparently mosquitoes loathe the plant, so planting it in your yard or growing it in a pot beside a window will keep them at bay. Not planning on sitting next to the plant all day? No problem, just rub them on your skin to release the oils.
Added bonus (other than smelling amazing): it keeps moths and flies away too! Maybe hang dry sprigs of it in your closet instead of moth balls. Do people even use moth balls anymore?
I remember hearing stories when I was younger from my mom about the flowers of Hawaii and how beautiful she recalled them being when she was living on Oahu. Luckily in my own travels many years later I finally got to experience the illustrious flowers of Hawaii for myself.
And yes, they really are a beautiful as my mom said they were.
The one flower I found on the island that became my favorite is the Plumeria. These flowers come in a few colors but are most commonly white with a yellow center or are a vibrant magenta. Plumerias are often used in leis to celebrate special occasions, but are very popular flowers to wear in your hair.
Wearing the flower in your hair can have symbolic meaning, reflecting your relationship status. If worn in the hair over the right ear, that is a sign that you are available, but if over the left then you are taken.
Let’s bring this tradition to the mainland, whose with me?
Blog post and photo by Morgan Williams
So your Valentine gift might get there a little late and you're worried about showing up empty handed. Help is here!
Just print this card and they'll know that good things are a-comin'.
1. Download printable card here.
2. Get a piece of light-colored cardstock (different printers can handle different levels of thickness, so I won't suggest a weight for the cardstock).
3. Print the first page
4. Flip the printed paper over and refeed it through your printer to print the inside of the card.
5. For best quality, cut a piece of card stock to be 6.5" x 10" with a paper cutter. It will print fine on 8.5" x 11" paper, though.
6. Use a straightedge (or a ruler or a book) to fold the card in half
7. Personalize it with an additional message of your own!
PS- Don't forget to purchase their gift, or this card won't mean anything! :)
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With the holiday season approaching us we can't help but notice the abundance of holiday flowers and plants popping up around us. But how often do we stop and think about what hidden meanings these plants could have? Lets talk about the most popular holiday plant there is, Poinsettia. This lovely plant is most know for its red leaves, and if you are like me you have wondered how on earth are they red. Well, to demystify the red leaves for you, the Poinsettia is a light sensitive plant and when you deprive the plant of light when it is leafing, the chlorophyll used to turn the leaves green can’t be produced. The result of this lack of light causes the leave to only produce the color red. This is called photoperiodism. Cool huh? So, what hidden meaning could this plant have in the language of flowers? Poinsettia = Be of Good Cheer! Keeping Poinsettias around during this time of year reminds us to keep the spirit of the season alive.
Poinsettia (Be of Good Cheer) + Holly 3 (Enchantment) + Christmas Rose (Relieve my Anxiety) + Mistletoe 3 (Affection and Love) = Tis the Season to be Jolly!
It's a week after election day and the heavy fog has started to burn off. There seems to be a general coming to terms; and although I have always been an optimist, I feel comfortable saying my fellow San Franciscans and I are starting to see beyond the bubble that is big-city living in this country. I count that as something to feel good about.
Still, feeling good in a time of general uncertainty can be a challenge, so I'd like to share an inexpensive, easy way to get your feel-goods going.
Chrysanthemums come in many forms, last longer than almost all other blooms, are readily available in most grocery stores and are one of the least expensive flowers in the market today. Buy a bunch in a color that makes you smile.
Then, gather clean jars or glasses and fill them with water. Cut a blossom off and place it in a jar so the bloom floats.
Chrysanthemums mean cheerfulness, optimism, joy, joviality and mirth in the language of flowers-- now that you know that, you'll be reminded of this every time you see one of your gorgeous floating blooms.
Now, take the remaining flowers, remove them from their grocery-store wrapping and tie them with ribbon or twine. Decide which of your friends could most use a boost.
On a small piece of paper that will become your card, you can write something like "An infusion of joy". Maybe even print out the paragraph above (or include the address bloomequation.com/blog) so they can make their own little floating pick-me-ups.
Meaningful, floating flowers in glass is an easy way to turn a single bunch of inexpensive flowers into stunning displays. But don't skip out on giving the rest of your blooms to a friend! Doing something nice for someone else is one of the best ways to get happy.
Here's to experiencing joy, everyday.
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What an adventurous summer this has been! (My summer's included making "change" and "adventure" synonymous, as a coping mechanism.) We've expanded into the office world with customized closing gifts, started working with TWO powerful business coaches, welcomed our first amazing intern, hosted our first flower crown workshops, finally joined Snapchat, and revamped almost every page of bloomequation.com to appeal to every communication style! Wow!
Life has been busy. In the midst of all that adventure maybe you felt forgotten about, what with the missing August newsletter and all. Beloved Bloom-Es, nothing could be further from the truth. And, in lieu of the ability to give you a confirming hug, I'm going to you a sweet something.
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It's festival season! In San Francisco, a huge festival is happening right now: Outside Lands. Yep, while I'm sitting here under a blanket typing this, flower-crown-headed lovelies are dancing or singing along with J. Cole or LCD Soundsystem or Beach House under the stars in one my favorite places in the whole world, Golden Gate Park.
Anyway, did you catch that flower-crown-headed part? This post is to give you the opportunity to DIY your own flower crown so you can be one of those lovelies. Because I teach flower crown creation workshops, I've developed a technique that is EASY and doesn't compromise BEAUTY. Check it out. Let me know what you think. And, if you decide you want someone to make it for you, let me know.
Thin wire, I like 24 Gauge
Scissors (Forgot to include those in the picture!)
It's easier to work when you know what you're working towards. So here's a preview. We're making the wire part of the crown (what you see in the picture below).
What makes this crown awesome are the little waves. The little waves are key. They hold the flowers and make flower-crowning so much easier.
What makes it even more awesome is that little dark brown part? That's how it's going to be able to open and close... which means you'll be able to put it on and take it off without fussing up your hair. Awesome.
Wrap the floral wire around your head to form the base.
Take it off your head and it will look something like this picture. Notice that we haven't cut or tied anything yet.
Where the floral wire continues, fold it back over the base of your crown.
Where the floral wire ends, make a little hook. In my picture it looks like a crooked finger. We'll cover this with floral tape later (this is the dark brown part of the Preview picture).
Test to make sure you didn't make your base too small when you crooked the end. Go 'head, put it back on and check.
Continue to make little sine waves. Yep, I took it back to math. An answer to the age-old wine: "What am I ever going to use this for?" Flower crowns!
You're using the extra floral wire (which you still haven't cut, by the way) to make little waves that barely fit your pinky finger in them above and below the base wire.
If your waves are bigger than a pinky, they won't be of much use to you-- the flowers won't stay. Stick your pinky in and measure each wave.
Once you've made enough sine waves, wrap the wire tight around the base two or three times, like in this picture. Now you can cut it.
Wrap the other end (the crooked end) of the base wire in about 1.5" floral tape.
This will keep the floral wire from fraying when taking it on and off.
You did it! This is what it should look like:
The beauty of the pinky-sized sine waves in the wire crown we just made is that you can literally just stick flowers in them (and pull them back out) until you've created something you love.
So stick the flower stems in the waves. You can use long stems, even vines, by looping them through several waves. Once you have a wave or two filled the way you want them, move onto Step 7.
Tip: Avoid trimming any rouge stems until the very end. (Sometimes long stems can be wrapped with wire to hold the flowers steady.)
When you've found a look you like, cut a 1-2" piece of the 24 gauge wire and wrap it around the flowers and floral wire.
Leave a little gap (as pictured below) between each wire wrapping to avoid slicing into the stems.
You don't have to fill every wave for it to look nice, either. Check out mine-- you can see the empty waves right in front.
That's it! Hope you have fun using this awesome wire frame to create a flower crown you love.
Want to step it up? Look up the meanings of your flora in our database at bloomequation.com/flowers and imbue your crown with meaning, like they did in Victorian times.
Shoot me any questions you might have. And send pictures if you try it out! I'd love to see what you come up with.
Today's experience of giving out meaningful flowers was my best yet... even if my phone memory did fill up before I could give away all the flowers I had planned to give away today.
The news (and my Facebook feed) have been particularly heartbreaking lately. I offer this video as something to smile about.
There's so much to love about how these kids (I didn't purposefully give exclusively to kids, but they happen to be the people I got to film before I couldn't film anymore) receive the message of their blossom. I love all of their reactions, but I have to say that my favorite might be when I say "it means, 'Joy'" and the girl's face immediately changes to reflect joy, as though that message were meant just for her today.