International Women’s Day – Three Awe-Inspiring Women

So, are you’re asking yourself what exactly is International Women’s Day? Well, I’m thrilled you asked! I’m here to answer your questions and play a fun game in the process. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day for unity, celebrations, reflection, advocacy, and action. Each year this occurs on March 8th, and a theme is chosen.

For 2020, the theme is “Each for Equal,” creating an equal gender world. With that being said, I thought it might be a fun idea to choose three people in the current culture. These women embody this ideology, contributing to our society as a female-identifying person. So see if you can guess each wonderful woman before I name them!

International Women's Day - March 8

Don’t Shoot Cupid – Valentine’s Day Cliches You Should Pay Attention To

It’s here again, Valentine’s Day. A day that people have so many mixed feelings about it’s a wonder it’s still known the world over as the most romantic day of the year. So, what is it about February 14th? Here’s a secret from me to you, I don’t get it either. I don’t have anything against Valentine’s Day mind you, but I don’t see why one day should get to have all the romance and fun. Aren’t you supposed to love the person you’re with year-round?

That’s a trick question, the answer is yes. Don’t think on that too hard.

So, if love is year-round, why shove all your dreams into one day, one day that isn’t even super unique to you and your love by the way. Unless you got engaged or something on Valentine’s in which case congrats. Your anniversary is that much more impossible to forget.

Now, this isn’t to say to not celebrate Valentine’s Day (we do sell flowers after all, I’d get fired for saying don’t celebrate). But I think, maybe, just maybe, you should make Valentine’s Day work for you. Even if you hate it. Or if you’ve never celebrated it before. And even if yes, this year, you’re single, and you wish Cupid would just shove it! Rather than shoot the messenger lets take a look at some of the Valentine’s Day Clichés that have helped this holiday last so long and figure out how they could make any day, even a random Monday, a little more filled with love and joy.

Date Night

Australia’s National Flower: Golden Wattle

When you think of Australia, the land down under, what do you think of? The adorable kiwi bird? Sprawling landscape and awe inspiring coral reefs? Animals that are big, adorable, goofy, and sometimes deadly? Whatever you think about, I’d like to add the Golden Wattle, Australia’s national flower to the list. My very first reason: the name Golden Wattle is just plain fun to say, and really sounds like an adorable anime spirit. Go ahead, say it a few times fast, I’ll wait. Feels good right?

My second reason, this adorable bud blooms in spring, which begins in September in Australia. The wattle blooms into large fluffy, yellow, sweet smelling flower heads that are actually clouds of tiny flowers. The scientific name for the Golden Wattle is Acacia pycantha, but I think we can agree the common name is just more fun. Let’s take a deeper look at Australia’s national flower.

Golden Wattle
Golden Wattle

Latvia’s National Flower: Daisy

Did you know that Latvia is the home of over 1600 species of flowers and plants? A majority of the land is covered in forests, meadows, and bogs, and with so many flowers to choose from, you might wonder how the Daisy came to be Latvia’s National Flower. I know I certainly was curious, and so I set my sights on learning everything I could about both Latvia and the Daisy they cherish. I’m so excited to share with you all what I learned and how much I want to visit this beautiful country! 

Romance 101 How to Approach Someone New

So you’re new to dating, maybe you’re new AGAIN to dating, maybe you were just never good at it to begin with. I have a secret for you, MOST of us are just stumbling by hoping someone finds our awkward attempts at romance charming. We’re rarely truly unique (with success anyway) and we certainly can use all the help we can get. So without further ado, here’s our guide to Romance 101 and how to approach someone new.

So what do you do? How can you approach a new (soon to be special) someone and increase your chances for a second date? What do you do after the first date? Where exactly is the line between creepy and attentive? Are flowers really the end all be all of romantic gifts? Who exactly pays on a date? What do you do if you’re a neverous rambler? Okay, maybe that last one was projecting. But you get the point. I’m going to dive into these pesky questions and more below!

Romance 101 How to Approach Someone New. Expert Advice

Feria de Las Flores: Festival Of the Flowers in Colombia

If in your mind Colombian city of Medellín is strongly associated with infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, it’s time to crush the old stereotype. These days, it’s the flowers in Colombia that they’re more famous for, and the transformation is truly remarkable. The second largest flower supplier in the world, Medellín  is home to the largest international flower festival in the world. It’s called Feria de las Flores, or in English, the Festival of the Flowers.

In the beginning of August, when the “city of eternal spring” Medellín blooms in all its splendor and the streets are flooded with flowers in Colombia, it is the beginning of the famous 10-day festival. Feria de las Flores celebrates not only the country’s floral heritage, but also the country’s diversity.

Festival Of the Flowers in Medellin, Colombia

Plum Blossom: China’s National Flower

In the long tapestry of Chinese history, flowers have always had a special place. Still, only the Plum Blossom has become China’s National Flower. Considered deeply symbolic, flowers are present in every aspect of life in China. This is evident in everything from art and folklore to everyday life. Even though peonies, chrysanthemums and orchids also play an important role for Chinese people, plum blossoms are the clear winners. Extremely popular both for its beauty and benefits, Chinese officials crowned plum blossoms the national flower on July, 21 1964. This decree replaced another national favorite, the peony, on the flower pedestal. Let’s take a deeper look at China’s national flower.

Plum Blossom: China’s National Flower

The Sunflower: National Flower of Ukraine

Flowers in Ukraine: Introduction

Flowers have always played an important role in Ukrainian culture. So much so, they’ve named the sunflower the national flower of Ukraine. The love for flowers in Ukraine started back when blooming plants were an integral part of many aspects of people’s lives. Ukrainians wove sunflowers into wreaths for girls during celebrations, embroidered them on fabric and clothes, carved them on wooden furniture and household items, and even painted them on walls. The flowers that embellished dresses and shirts didn’t have a merely decorative meaning. People also used them to protect the wearer against evil spirits, bad fortune and illness. Embedded in national folklore, you can find sunflowers in traditional Ukrainian songs, poetry, and art.

The Sunflower: National Flower of Ukraine

The Rose: National Flower of the United States

It’s probably not a surprise that the rose is the national flower of the United States. What might surprise you is roses have been around for about 35 million years! They grow naturally, and even wild) all around North America. This symbol of love and beauty has played a significant role in mythology, history, and poetry since ancient times. It inspired the greatest minds for centuries and still fascinates in the modern day.

National Flower of the United States

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