You ever have one of those days when it just feels like the earth hates you? Nothing seems to go right, stress is at an all-time high, and nothing sounds more inviting than crawling back into bed and giving up on the day completely. (That was yesterday, when morale was at an all-time low). Well, according to a study conducted at Rutgers University, women who received flowers felt euphoric for three days as opposed to women who got candles or candy--the buzz didn't even last into the afternoon. So here's an easy, scientifically proven way to help a female friend out of her funk: bring her some flowers. Considering that fresh flowers seems to rank consistently in our top five home indulgences, we've compiled a few tips on where to get them (for cheap...er), how to arrange them, and how to keep get them to last a few days longer...
The holidays may be over, but Faith's three carnation-based arrangement tutorials over at AT Chicago can be used year-round...or at least while carnations are in season.
Also from Faith: How to Choose Flowers at the Supermarket. Perfect if you're on a budget, but still want to show a loved on that you care.
Abby offers her tips on how to order flowers over the phone.
Want to get the most out of cut flowers? Check out Faith's tips on how to keep cut flowers longer from The Kitchn.
We ruminate on our own flower arranging capabilities...or lack thereof.
[ Photo from Cindy1025's Flickr ]