It’s that time… business endeavors.

So I was perusing the internet, and guess what?

Life is short quote.

I came by our site (it’s constantly on my mind) to take a look and tilt my head sideways and continue to ponder how best to execute all my wonderful plans.  That was when I realized that the last post had been put up last month!  Wholly smolies!  A whole month (more if you are a stickler) has passed and no new posts?  Well that won’t work!!

So I had to write a little something because it’s that time.  Quite frankly I had all these grand thoughts about what I wonderful writer I would be!  I used to love to tinker with this site and think about all the great flower content that would be here one day.  Some of my own, and lots from all the wonderful creators I am blessed to know around the globe.

The funny thing is?  The more we are blessed in our business and the more things continue to move forward, the less time I can find to write the posts I want to write.  I give kudos to those who run a successful blog and a successful business (separately) because the good Lord knows it is truly two different endeavors.

Speaking of business endeavors, it’s that time.  The time when I can share a little bit of what’s going on around here, but not too much, in the hopes that we don’t jinx it!

We are working on spreading our wings again.  Having the same pangs in our stomachs caused from the anxiety of not really knowing where it all will lead.  Having the same daydream moments filling our days and nights with dancing sugar flowers in our heads.

Starting a business is scary.  Growing a business is hard. Living through it all is an adventure.  And I have to say, it’s all possible and worthwhile because of the blessing we have everyday.  The wonderful people that surround us near and far, and our angels above.

Having a business is like having a baby.  It needs to be nurtured and looked after constantly, and sometimes it causes additional worry and stress.  It definitely becomes an extension of the family, and it’s with you wherever you go.  My hubby has a bit more graphic take on it (about how it poops on you sometimes) hehehe, and while that is true, it can also be a source of joy to which there is no comparison.  I can also say, with a level of certainty, that my boys feel like they have a new, sometimes highly annoying sibling named Blossoms.   I will be quick to note here though that my family and my friends always step up, especially when it matters most.

These are the blessings to which I cannot compare.

So fingers crossed moving forward, and I hope to have some wonderful news for you soon!!

Thanks for listening to the rambles,

xo Lisa and BHI

 

No flowers, rather ‘A Fine Mess…’!

This was such a great post we found on Houzz, that even though it has no flowers (with the exception of the flowers on the island, which we like!!!) it seems synonymous with our summer challenges!! We hope this makes you all feel a bit better about those summer messes, as it did for us! Thank you to Houzz and Alison Hodgson for publishing this!

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ps. we are gonna be dyin’ to know what you think of it! annnnnnd…. Are we alone??


A Fine Mess: How to Have a Clean-Enough Home Over Summer Break

Don’t have an ‘I’d rather be cleaning’ bumper sticker? To keep your home bearably tidy when the kids are around more, try these strategies
by: Alison Hodgson ~ Houzz Contributor.

I awoke at 1:00 the other morning to my niece Grace’s soft voice informing me my daughter Eden was, as they say in the U.K., “being sick.” And boy howdy, was she ever!

My husband, Paul, and I have a team approach on these occasions, and we are guided by our strengths. Because I am usually more patient (when the children are sick) and Paul has a stronger stomach, I extricate the child and tend to all needs, bathing and medicinal, while Paul tackles the mess. Unfortunately, this time Paul was in Australia. Happily, my older daughter, Lydia, was there and lovingly on the spot. I was so thankful to hand over her sister before I turned to the wreckage.

I will spare you the details, but please know that the cleanup was involved, and more than once I fell into frenzied gagging and despair. After I had the first load (of three!) in the washer and everything else scrubbed and sprayed, the room airing and the little girls reshuffled — Grace in with her big sister, Beth, and Eden and her pug, Oliver, in my bed with me — I texted Paul to report the catastrophe. Though I had handled it with Lydia’s help, I concluded, “I think we’re going to have to move.”

Even before Eden’s sickness, we had reached the apex of stickiness combined with sandiness and warmth from moist dog noses pressed against too many windows, dirt tracked in and around the house and molting fur covering every surface despite desperate dusting, Swiffering and sweeping.

Perhaps you have been there too: that point where you reconsider pet ownership, motherhood and life in general; where you wonder — no, let’s face it, you know — you made a fundamentally wrong turn — in everything — but it’s too late to divest yourself of the children and the animals, so now is the time to go hardcore minimalist.

Yes! This is the way to live from now on as soon as you clear out all this mess! But — and you are just being practical here — your house is too far gone. The only solution is to put a For Sale sign in the yard in order to start fresh in another house, which you will keep clean and organized and where you will spend the majority of your time posing artfully with your family in your perpetually immaculate kitchen. That’s the ticket!

Or maybe, you think, it’s time to take up hard-core drinking … in the basement … in the dark … if you even have a basement. If not, you find yourself relieved because you can’t even imagine what a mess it would be if you did.

I know this spiral of horror and despair, because I’ve been down it almost every summer since I became a mother and certainly since becoming a dog owner.

Those of us who are Not Naturally Organized may think our Naturally Organized friends never feel this way, ever, but they do, with two key distinctions:

This feeling of panic is triggered much more quickly in the Naturally Organized than in us.

The Naturally Organized take immediate action.

Again, it’s as simple and as horrible as that.

For those of us who are Not Naturally Organized, the day-in, day-out work of running a home can be overwhelming. Add to that the extra demands of summer “break,” and it’s a lot.

Here are a few suggestions to keep your house running smoothly enough this summer.

1. Floors are foundational. When in doubt, sweep. I can handle a certain amount of disarray, but it feels like all the wheels are coming off when there are grit, sand and dog fur underfoot. We moved into our new house in the dog days of summer and had to wait until the cooling temperatures of mid-September to have our lawn seeded. This meant my kids and the dog were tracking in bright orange clay and sand all day long, and I almost lost my mind.

I try to sweep daily. In the summer especially, whenever I’m starting to feel twitchy, I know it’s time to break out a broom or the Swiffer and attack the floors. It’s my bottom line in every sense.

2. Put away the extras. Did you just return from the beach? Are your bags and baskets dumped by the door? Got back from vacation a week ago and you’re still living out of your suitcases?

This is the line of demarcation between the Naturally Organized and those of us who are decidedly not. The Naturally Organized, no matter how exhausted, will summon the strength to put everything away, right away, because it will drive them mad to leave it.

It’s usually a stick in the eye for those of who live with them. We just want to collapse and relax, but when your vacation has thrown up all over your house, that’s the last thing to do. It’s time to hit it. Call all the kids and have everyone pitch in. Gather all the dirty clothes and take them to the laundry room; put away all the clean clothes and toiletries and return the suitcases to storage. That last one will almost kill you — I know — but doing it will feel great.

Trip to the beach? Hang any wet towels and suits and put away the toys and leftover snacks. If you brought a cooler, be sure to empty it! We Not Naturally Organized folks love to forget that.

It really takes only a few minutes, and none of it requires thinking, just a bit of running around.

3. Create a sacred space. My home is open concept. When you walk in the front door, there is a small entry that ushers you into the main room: an 8-foot farm table straight ahead, kitchen to the left and living room to the right.

Our kitchen is basically a galley with a large island replacing the second wall. The island is the first horizontal surface you find coming in from the mudroom, and I knew it would be ground zero for all the crap our family drags in.

Thanks to respectful requests, outright threats and repeated confiscations, the island is usually clear. The end of our table, just adjacent, is another story, but we’re on a journey, right?

Pick a space and fight to keep it clean and free of clutter.

This kitchen gives you the gist of mine, minus the gazillion dollars for the tile, range hood and built-in refrigerator as well as the large arrangement of flowers, which would not be allowed on my island!

4. Take a break. If you have school-age children, I don’t recommend taking on large cleaning and decluttering projects in the summer — the exception being if you are on an absolute vision quest like I was three years ago.

A poem I have seen on plaques comes to mind (author unknown):

“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
For babies grow up we’ve learned to our sorrow,
So go to bed cobwebs and dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my babies cause babies don’t keep.”

The assertion: You have to choose cleaning or your children, and you’d better choose those babies!

I think you can do both. Of course, if you are Not Naturally Organized and generally struggle to maintain consistency in cleaning, you need to pace yourself. This is true whether or not you have children. Take the long view, slowly make new habits and enjoy the long and beautiful days of summer with your children.

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It’s May! (so what’s coming soon?)

So here we are and it’s already May!!

Last time we wrote, we mentioned that we had a LOT of news coming soon!! We also talked about how thankful we are for each of you (which remains true everyday!)

So more on our news! At that time of the last post, we were working diligently on the possibility of opening a pop up retail shop that would last longer than just a couple of days. We were hoping to be around for the spring season. Alas, it was not meant to be. Of course this wasn’t realized until we had put our hearts, minds, time, effort and monies into it. It can be hard to accept things that don’t work out, especially when you are ready to go all in!!

We are always reminded though, time and time again, that we just have to put our faith into the plan. For us, we believe it’s God’s plan, but no matter your belief, there always seems to be a greater force or plan that aligns things just as they are meant to be, whether we understand, or not.

Our last post was in February. We made the decision not to move forward in early March. Fast forward to April, and we find ourselves having completed our biggest job to date. And it was a success!! (with the help and hard work of many!!) Looking back, I don’t think it would have been possible to do the job and the retail shop.

And so it goes, there is a plan. We will continue to work hard each day to find our way on the path of our plan. As anyone knows who has worked on a big project or your own business, there are ups, and there are downs. Sometimes all we can do is ride along, make adjustments, and hold on tight to ensure we persevere. For our ride, it helps us to remember it will be as it’s meant to be, and we are just part of the plan!

Quick note for next time: Keep an eye out for news on our new DIY offerings for weddings! And some of our recent pictures!! {as soon as we figure out how to sync just the things we want to the cloud, hehe}

Much flower love,
Lisa and BHI

Coming Soon …and we are so thankful for You!

Very soon we will have the final word on some exciting news!  It’s a little premature for us to announce anything just yet, but we did want you to be on the look out!

We have had the pleasure of working more and more with the local community in the past couple months.  What an amazing place we live in.  For so long, our fears (read: my fears) held us back. It’s so easy to let yourself become fearful of so many things, even if they are in your head.  (I think this must happen as we get older?)  Anyhow…  some of the fears became counterproductive and slowed progress almost completely.  Now we are pushing past all of that, and it’s in large part because of you!

I wanted everything to be perfect.  The perfect time.  The perfect flowers. The perfect place. The perfect skill set.

Perfection is a strange phenomenon.  I am starting to believe if you study anything long enough you will find imperfections.  But if your perspective is to enjoy something for the beauty it holds, flaws and all, then you can find “perfect” in so many places.  Here at Blossoms Hawaii, we are far from perfect, but we are committed to do our best each time to meet the needs of our clients.  Our blessing comes from the lovely and “perfect” clients we have!  If Valentine’s taught us anything, it taught us the joy of people.  I tried to come up with the right words to explain that statement, then realized, the emotion explains it, not the words.

Valentine’s was an adventure.  Things got a little nutty more than once (long before the big day)! And yet, it was all the people that made it great.  The believers, the teachers, the workers, the mentors, the cheerleaders, the sharers, the word-spreaders, and the visitors.

And it would be wrong not to mention “my guys”.  Leading up to the big week, my husband was key in helping to make things happen. And though they manned the home front during the week in my absence, the guys returned the day after, and the day after that, to help wrap up and clean up.  They were also my flower ninjas…. The Lonely Rose Project couldn’t have gone so well without them.

So as we look ahead, and feel the nervous energy and excitement building, we also look back and smile.  We are so thankful for you!  We are so truly blessed!  Thank you for helping us #sharethelove and for being a part of all the #flowerlove we had to offer.

Stay tuned… things are a’comin. Yes they are!

And to our flower angels, we think of you everyday. xoxo Lisa

Oh boy, Oh boy! Valentine’s is coming!!

Not to worry!! We are doing our best to make you look good, and keep it easy for you too!

Just click on the picture below to begin shopping!  If you would rather talk, give us a ring at (808) 280-1941!

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