Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Flowers {not showers}

Spring is in the air!!!  Why not bring it into your home too?

Not only do fresh flowers make your home smell a little nicer and brighten things up, but a recent study done at Harvard also shows that having fresh flowers in your home can make you a more compassionate and less depressed person!!  

Here are the three main findings from their study:
  1. Flowers feed compassion: Participants who lived with fresh cut flowers for less than one week showed an increase in feelings of compassion and kindness towards others
  2. Flowers chase away anxiety, worry and "the blues" at home: Participants felt less negative after being around the flowers in their home after just a few days.  Participants most commonly placed the flowers in their kitchen, dining room or living room, and reported they wanted to see the flowers first thing in the morning.
  3. Living with flowers can provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm at work: Having flowers at home can have a carry over impact at work as well.  The study found that participants who had fresh flowers in their living areas in their home were more often happier and had more energy at work.  

Here are some tips for decorating your home with flowers
My theory is "if it can hold water, it can hold flowers!"  I love finding unusual vases or other containers to use to hold my flowers.  It just adds a little something.. The best place to go for them is thrift stores!
Scored this awesome vase on sale for $1.50 at a  local thrift store!!  This is on our fireplace mantel

Don't limit yourself! Don't limit yourself to just the kitchen or dining room!  Fresh flowers in the bathroom or bedroom can serve as a natural air freshener and make the room look for "inviting"

Entertaining ideas:
Welcome: Cut flowers are a great way to welcome guests!  Add a basket of fresh cut flowers to your front door or fill a couple of milk bottles with your favorite flowers and add them to your steps

Napkin Rings: Instead of using napkin rings at your next barbecue, use fresh flowers!  Just bend the stem around the napkin, slip knot it, and clip off the excess stem.

For the dining table: Put a single, short stem flower in a shot glass or mini-vase and set one at each place setting.  This is a great way to give every guest a fragrant gift to take home.

About the Author

Hi there! My name is Nichole!

I have a passion for fitness and helping others!

My family IS my life. I know how hard it can be trying to juggle it all. My goal is to live a long, healthy life to see my children grow up, so our fitness and health is very important to me!

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