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Holiday Roses

Such a pretty dining room, but something is missing...

I have something to add to my list of Christmas gift ideas. It's an idea that can be sent to your friends and family near and far, or ordered for yourself if you're having company over (there's actually still time to have it delivered by Christmas, if you can believe that!)

This holiday season, I had a little surprise for my Sexy Nerd.


No one had ever sent him flowers before!


Biscuit was very jealous.


But she was still better off than Pica, who was banished to the opposite side of the doggie gate for constantly being under foot.

(Seriously, she's going to break my neck one of these days!)


I went with a bouquet called "Fortified", which contained a dozen long-stemmed red/yellow roses.


How could I resist flowers that match our decor?


The answer: I couldn't.


The flowers were delivered by mail from theBouqs.com, which grew them on a volcano.


I'd never seen rose petals that start out yellow and fade to red. How did theBouqs.com do that?


The vase they're in was given to me by my awesome boss. She had been using it as a water pitcher and asked if I wanted it. Of course I wanted it.


The handle is a horse!


When guests came over, they thought the roses were fake at first and couldn't believe they were real. They'd never seen anything like these!


Admiring my clean and tidy house? Good, because it's one of the few times over the past 8 or so years that it has looked like this.


It even smelled clean (and delicious!) courtesy of some homemade hot apple cider. It was exactly what the house needed to banish the doggy funk.

Funky, funky little dogs.


With a bottle of pino noir (Sexy Nerd's favorite) thrown in, I scored some serious points!


Now, here are more photos of my clean house to enjoy. My plan is to revisit this blog post each time the house is a disaster (rather than, you know, actually doing any sort of tidying up.)

(I highly recommend this method. It's much easier!)




Ooh, I nearly forgot! Normally, I'm not a big fan of spending money on flowers (no matter how high the quality, they're just going to die, right?) but my roses from theBouqs.com were an especially good deal because of how well they matched my decor. Two weeks after receiving them, I turned them into the most beautiful, lovely-scented potpourri ever!

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