Take Time For Beauty - Self Care Sunday

In my effort to take better care of myself I have tried to tune in a bit more to exactly what it is that makes me feel cared for, excited and alive. I have gone so far to make a list ( yeh, I am easily distracted that way.. lists are my saving grace) for when something deeply resonates with me so I can make sure to do it. One of those things is having fresh flowers around for the sheer joy of just having them. Fresh flowers make me smile.

No special occasion needed, and they don't have to be fancy. A bunch of daisies works just as well as a bunch of roses. Lucky for me I have a rather large  flower garden from which to pull from but in the lean times most any grocery store can provide me with a small bunch of flowers to brighten my day no matter the season.
Flowers from the store, lilac from my garden

To keep  flowers around longer I can offer you these suggestions based on my experience with wanting to get the most bang for my buck flower wise.
  • Change the water every day.
  • Don't let any leaves sit below the water level, with will cause scum.
  • Pick up a couple packets of the flower fresh stuff, and use it. If you don't have any a bit of sugar and a wee bit of bleach can help.
  • Keep them out of direct sunlight.
  • Re cut the flower stems on the angle on the first day and again on the 3 and 5th days. By cutting and changing the water I can get most flowers to last a week.
  • Choose more hardy flowers for longer life. Orchids, Mums, Gladiolas Carnations, Peonies, roses and lilies:
What do you do to make yourself happy and feel good each day?




Gene Black said...

My self care involves a cup of hot tea - I enjoy many varieties, but peppermint and chai are a couple of favorites.

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, flowers! How beautiful! I am in love with those lilacs. Not sure why I don't try to plant one in my yard. :)
Guess I don't really do much to pamper myself on a regular basis. I do try to find time to do the things I love though, like create things in my scraproom, read, or watch some mindless tv every once in awhile.