Flower Therapy: Get Well Flowers, Plants, and Gifts

teacherp2We often have loved ones in our lives that are having health problems or just not feeling like themselves. They may be in the hospital or recovering at home. This is when they could use the healing powers of flowers or plants or maybe even another type of gift that matches their individual tastes.

Let’s start with the incredible healing power of flowers and green plants. On many levels, these truly do work as therapy for someone that is physically ill. It is how these flowers look as well as how some of them smell. For green plants, they also provide healing powers through greater oxygen quantities in the air, helping those around the plant to breathe easier.tropicalp3

The idea comes back to research that shows a person’s environment is, and can be, a part of their healing process. Traditionally the idea of bringing people flowers and plants has been associated with cheering a person up and making them feel better, but now scientific studies confirm that.

This is because flowers have been associated with comfort and peace due to their aesthetic beauty and a human’s need to be connected to the natural environment as an extension of themselves. In this way, flowers and even green plants create an inviting, cheerful aesthetic and, at times, even a peaceful and spiritual environment.

Some studies have found that patients that were healing from surgery actually recovered faster when looking at trees and flowers than at a break wall or empty room devoid of any natural décor. They even needed less medication because their pain disappeared at a faster rate.teacherp4

Even looking at plants or flowers is a way to remind ourselves of growth and renewal. This can be important too if we are in the midst of a grieving process. This is again a place where flowers can do the trick as they provide comfort and a sense that things will be okay and the circle of life will keep loved ones in our memory.

Of course, beyond the ability of nature to help us heal, other gifts can help someone heal from an illness. The act of giving provides a symbol of our love for others, including the idea that we want them to get better, which surprisingly goes a long way to helping the body get better.friendshipp3

Be sure to pick something special and personalized as this increases the mental response, which then manifests itself to whatever is ailing the person. This can be something small or large, depending on what you want to do for your loved one.

Focus on Freshness and Quality – The Hallmarks of Peoples Flowers

teacherp2Whether you are buying flowers or a gift basket for a loved one or colleague or you are just treating yourself to a green plant, blooming plant, or floral bouquet, you want to get as long a life from it to not only enjoy it, but you also want to get value for your money.

You Get What You Pay For

Although many people jump at flowers found at the grocery store or through online-only discount florists because they are on a tight budget and the price seems right. However, the saying, you get what you pay for, does apply here.Brom Garden

You Get More than What You Pay For

To get the freshest flowers possible as well as long-lasting green plants and fresh gift baskets full of fresh fruit and gourmet food, you actually do not have to spend much more than the prices found on these discount sites.

That’s because no matter which floral arrangement, plant, or gift basket you choose from Peoples Flower Shops of Albuquerque, you can be sure it will be the highest quality and the freshest possible.     nutritionP3

Our focus on quality and freshness has never wavered from our original philosophy developed when we opened in 1944. It has worked for decades and we are not about to change it now to turn a fast profit.

After all, these long-standing hallmarks have earned us a growing customer base of loyal clients who have continued to select us as their florist of choice for quality, freshness, value and personal service.

It is this focus on freshness and quality that has also garnered us local awards as the favorite flower shop in Albuquerque as well as helped us gain the position of “Preferred Florist” in a national network of award-winning florists who share the same hallmarks of quality, freshness, value and exceptional service.gerberap4

We are so sure of our freshness and quality that we have continually provided our satisfaction guarantee. Since 1944, our guaranteed satisfaction offer covers everything we sell. Whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or gift baskets, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

If you have not given us a try, please visit one of our many locations in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area or try our online store to experience freshness, quality, and value in one florist.

Veterans Day 2012: Salute Those Who Have Served

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day 2012 poster

Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11, but the federal holiday will also be observed on Monday November 12 this year. This is a time set aside to recognize some of our country’s true heroes: the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces. Peoples Flower Shops salutes these brave Americans and encourages everyone to participate in events to honor our veterans.

A Look Back at Veterans Day
The history of Veterans Day traces back to 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the holiday of Armistice Day to mark the 1-year anniversary of the signing of the treaty that ended World War I. Hostilities were halted on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That’s why so many Veterans Day ceremonies are held at 11 in the morning. In the 1940’s, Armistice Day changed to encompass honoring all veterans and Veterans Day as we know it was born.

Veteran’s Day Events Around Albuquerque
Albuquerque will honor veterans on Sunday, November 11 at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial at 1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE. The annual Veterans Day parade begins at 9 in the morning, starting from USS Bullhead Memorial Park. There will be music at 10, followed by a ceremony at 11. This year’s ceremony will focus on World War II veterans.

Weekend Activities
The National Park Service is recognizing Veterans Day weekend by offering fee-free days from November 10-12. For New Mexico residents, that means beautiful sites like Bandalier National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, and White Sands will be free to visit all weekend long.

Thank a Veteran
If you have a family member who has served, Veterans Day is a great time to reconnect. Give him or her a call, arrange for a lunch, or take a moment to send a letter saying,”Thank you.” This can be a great time to involve your children in understanding and recognizing the service and hard work of the military. Take them to the Veterans Day parade or help them make a drawing for or send a card to a family member in the service.

Operation Appreciation is another way to share your encouragement and make a personal connection with active-duty military members and their families. Download the information packet to get started. Put together a gift package to send to overseas military personnel. Organizations like Any Solider and Operation Gratitude can help you connect with active duty members of the military to show your appreciation for their hard work.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for people who want to give back to the veteran community. Check with local veterans organizations in your area or connect with the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service division. Please join Peoples Flowers in saluting our veterans this Veterans Day weekend.

Find Halloween Family Fun Around Albuquerque

Halloween decor

Halloween is near! (Credit: Sarah Ackerman)

Halloween is almost here. The little ghosts and goblins are sorting out their costumes and dreaming of a day full of sweet treats and spooky adventures. Peoples Flowers has your ticket to find top Halloween family activities in Albuquerque.

Zoo Boo: Albuquerque’s Top Trick-or-Treating Alternative
Halloween is on a Wednesday this year. If you don’t want to take your little ones out on a school night, you can still celebrate the holiday with a visit to Zoo Boo on Saturday, October 27 at the Biopark Zoo. Explore haunted habitats, join in the costume parade, and take part in costume contests for visitors 12 and under. Up to four children get in free with a paid adult admission of $10.

Haunted Maze
Looking for a real Halloween adventure for the whole family? The Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm is open until November 1. As we get closer to Halloween, this amazing maze will transform into the Haunted Maze! You can visit on October 26th through the 28th and on the 30th. Watch out around the corners, you never know what you might find. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 3 to 12, and free for 2 and under.

Trick or Treat So Others May Eat
The weather in Albuquerque at the end of October can be a little tricky sometimes. If it’s too cold or wet to go out, consider an indoor event. Trick or Treat So Others May Eat takes place from 6 to 8 on Halloween night at Coronado Center. Even better, it’s for a good cause. There are pumpkin decorating activities, but store-to-store trick-or-treating is the big attraction. Bring canned food to exchange for a starter bag. The food goes to Joy Junction Homeless Shelter and you get a safe, warm place to take your kids for Halloween.

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Sweet Halloween treats from Peoples.

Halloween Safety Tips
Peoples Flowers loves Halloween just as much as our customers. We want you to have a fun and safe night. Here are a few tips to get you started.

1. Wear safe costumes. If you plan to walk a trick-or-treating route, make sure your kids are in costumes that don’t restrict their movement or vision. Stay away from candles and wear fire-resistant costumes.

2. Lights on! When you have young ones out trick-or-treating at night, always keep a flashlight handy. You’ll want to carry one for sure, but your little ones can, too. Add some reflective strips to costumes so they light up and give both motorists and you visual feedback as to where the kids are.

3. Travel in groups. Safety in numbers. This can be extra fun if you get other parents and kids together.

4. Check the treats before you eat. Treat tampering is extremely rare, but it doesn’t hurt to look over the candy your kids have gathered for any obvious signs of problems.

Peoples Halloween Decor
Are you planning to stay in for Halloween? Peoples Flowers can help you decorate for the occasion with fun and spooky flowers and decor. We can put together dramatic arrangements in orange and black or help you find the perfect scary piece to sit on the table for your Halloween party.

Celebrate Mother-in-Law Day with Gifts and Flowers from Peoples

Dazzler bouquet

A bouquet is a classic gift.

We’ve all heard mother-in-law jokes, but there’s at least one very big reason to be grateful for your mother-in-law. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have your lovely spouse in your life. That alone is a great reason to celebrate Mother-In-Law Day on Sunday, October 28.

Guess what? The majority of mothers-in-law actually get along just fine with their daughters-in-law. A survey by ThirdAge last year checked in with 1,868 mothers-in-law and 2,000 daughters-in-law about what they think of each other. The survey found more than 60 percent of of mothers-in-laws consider their son’s wife to be a friend, the right woman for their son, or like a daughter.

We already have a Mother’s Day, so why do we have a day for mothers-in-law, too? Mothers-in-law often get overlooked by their daughters-in-law and sons-in-law on Mother’s Day. Mothers-in-law are often there to watch the kids when you need them. They can be a great source of wisdom. They may be the one person in the world who knows your spouse as well or better than you do. So let’s raise a cheer for mothers-in-law and celebrate them on October 28.

Show your Appreciation
If you haven’t celebrated Mother-In-Law day before, now is a great time to start with making it an annual family tradition. Since Mother-In-Law day isn’t as widely known as Mother’s Day, you’ll likely be giving your mother-in-law an unexpected and delightful surprise when you give her flowers or a gift. If you already have a good relationship, it will make your bond even better. If you’ve maybe had a few rocky places along the way, it will help smooth things over for the future.

Flowers are a classic gift. It’s hard to go wrong with any bouquet, but it’s especially sweet if you take the time to select flowers that are meaningful for her. If you’re not sure where to start, try to sneak in a word with your father-in-law. Your spouse may also remember if she has a favorite flower. Use this as the centerpiece for a beautiful bouquet.

Kiwi spa basket

The kiwi spa basket.

Give your Mother-in-Law a Spa Day
After all those times your mother-in-law saved the day by watching the grand-kids, why not express your appreciation with a spa basket? These specialty gift baskets from Peoples come in several different flavors. Choose from Kiwi Melon, Orchid Sensation, or Fresh Fruit. Even better, our Fresh Fruit and Spa basket is organic! It comes with apples, oranges, pears, and organic green tea. Rosemary mint hand wash, soap, and moisturizing cream round out the spa side.

Order for Anywhere
Still looking for gift inspiration? Come on into any of Peoples Flowers locations to see our fresh, seasonal flowers and explore our collection of fun and unique gifts in the store. Does your mother-in-law live somewhere else? No problem. Peoples Flowers can deliver almost anywhere in the United States. Check out our selection of online gift and bouquet ideas for women.

Albuquerque and Peoples Flowers Celebrate Balloon Fiesta 2012

Balloon over Albuquerque

A balloon floats over Albuquerque. (Credit: gardener41)

If you live in Albuquerque, you may wake up early in the morning to strange sounds coming from outside. There may be a whoosh and a roar. Run to your porch and look up. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one of the hundreds of balloons that have come to town to celebrate the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. They often float out across the city, sometimes landing in fields and sometimes in neighborhoods.

Known as the world’s most photographed event, Balloon Fiesta is a massive celebration of magnificent and colorful flying machines. They float gracefully through the Albuquerque sky, touch down near the cold waters of the Rio Grande, and light up the fields of Balloon Fiesta Park at night as anchored canopies glow in the dark.

Enjoying the Fiesta
The 2012 Balloon Fiesta starts on Saturday, October 6 and runs through October 14. Mass ascensions of hundreds of balloons at a time rise up in the early morning. Evening hours host balloon glows when anchored balloons light up brightly at night, but don’t lift off. There are plenty of food concessions featuring New Mexico specialties like breakfast burritos and green chile cheeseburgers.

Fiesta is all about the excitement of the balloons and the fun food, but there’s much more going on. The America’s Challenge long-distance gas balloon race launches on opening day on Saturday, October 6. These racing balloons look much different from the big balloons we’re used to seeing. There is a car show on Sunday, October 7 and chainsaw carving competitions. Keep an eye out for fireworks and special shapes days when the Fiesta’s most unusual participants inflate to show off their unique looks.

Spirit of Fall

You will see these same colors on balloons at the Fiesta.

Capture the Fiesta Spirit at Peoples
What is most striking about the Balloon Fiesta is the sheer visual experience of seeing the balloons rise up into the morning sky with their bright colors and unusual shapes. What does it remind us of? A bouquet of flowers, of course! Stop into Peoples Flowers after your visit to the Fiesta and take home your favorite shades and hues from the day with a custom bouquet.

Share the exuberance of the festival with Spirit of Fall, an autumn-themed bouquet featuring daisies and roses in vivid oranges, reds, and yellows. Of course, you can also get literal about celebrating Balloon Fiesta and pick out your very own balloon bouquet. We have all sorts of colors available as well as messages for birthdays, births, and other celebrations.

Many Albuquerque residents host friends and relatives that have come in for this special event. Why not welcome them with a fresh bouquet that reflects the spirit of the Fiesta? Visit Peoples online at peoplesflowers.com or stop into any of our convenient Albuquerque shops. We get a kick out of sharing our love for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Happy ballooning!

Holiday shopping is coming! Get it done with Peoples’ Mobile App

iPhone app

Floralapp on iPhone

It’s late September. That means we’re right around the corner from a whole slew of holidays. Halloween is first up. After that, we get Thanksgiving. Before you know it, it will be time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. You probably haven’t started thinking about your holiday shopping list yet. Before you spend too much time fretting about the perfect gifts, download People’s mobile application and take all the worry out of the hectic holiday shopping times.

Get the App
Connecting with Peoples Flower Shops on your smartphone or tablet is as easy as pumpkin pie. It’s available for both iPhone and Android devices. Visit the app store for your mobile device and search for “Floralapp.” Download the app and start it up. Enter the keyword “PEOPLES” to get connected to Peoples Flowers. Alternately, just go to this page and follow the links.

You will be given the opportunity to create a profile or log in to an existing profile. This profile helps make ordering fast and easy. That’s especially smart when you’re running short on time right before a birthday or holiday and need a last-minute gift.

App Features
Great, you’ve got the app. What can you do with it? Browse bouquets, search for gifts and view specials. Check out the categories for quick access to gifts and flowers that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. There’s even a section for business gifts, so you can get timely and appropriate thank-yous out to your clients or employees. You can even order corsages and other wearable flowers right through the app. Keep that in mind if you have fall or winter wedding plans.

Large photos make it easy to see what you’re shopping for and find the perfect gift. Keep an eye on the coupon and special offers section for the latest deals. Add a custom touch by choosing balloons, stuffed animals or chocolates for your order. You will have the opportunity to include a personalized message for the recipient.

Floralapp

Peoples’ app is available for both iPhone and Android.

Your Holiday Helper
Peoples’ mobile app is like having a shopping elf on your side. You can avoid slogging through mall parking lots or getting lost in an unending maze of online stores. Just fire up your mobile app and take care of all your personal or business gift needs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic bouquet of roses or a playful gourmet food basket, we’ve got you covered. It’s also great for procrastinators who find the holidays are sneaking up on them faster than expected.

Convenient Ordering
Peoples Flowers Shops has been in business since 1944. We offer the same outstanding customer service that we always have, but we have consistently added the latest technologies to make buying bouquets and gifts easy for our customers. Come into our stores, visit our website, or order on your mobile phone. No matter which way you order, you will still get the finest flowers and gifts in New Mexico.

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