Succulents In Your Basket This Christmas (My Happy Creation)

Succulents are one of the cutest, low maintenance plants I’ve known.  I first fell in love with those plants when I received them as a birthday gift some years ago.  I don’t want that beautiful bowl arrangement to go to waste, so I took care of them well.   With my fascination, I end up reading a lot of stuff on how to take care of them.  And it’s not really that hard, not like other delicate plants.

 

When leaves fell off, I just leave them there, and they grow on their own. 

It was terrific seeing leaves all around, starting to have roots of their own and little shoots.  It gave me the idea of why not propagate them.  I did my homework and researched on the proper method on propagating succulents.   I bought small pots, cactus mix soil, and put in there the leaves that fell off.  After a few months, I got a small garden of beautiful succulents from the gift I received and some that I bought at the garden center.

 

My First Succulent Arrangement

I transferred some of my succulents in cute ceramics and rustic tin cans.  I took pictures and post them on my IG.  My friends loved it, and someone invited me to join their succulent lover group.  Their collections were so amazing.  Their rare succulents and cactus inspired me to make more succulent arrangements.  It was not a beauty at first, but I learned by watching vids on YouTube.

 

It gave me so much happiness and fulfillment growing these plants and creating every container.

 

Started My Business

I have my friends as my first customers.  I persuaded them instead of simple flower arrangements, why not give succulent arrangements.   They can last for a year with very low maintenance.

 

When I had built quite a number of frequenters, I received requests to why not arrange bigger ones. Some of my customers would even ask me to arrange for their gardens and rare big bowls.

They came to love my succulent arrangement.   The used to be unloved, unnoticed, very inferior of all plants, now have their share in the limelight.  You can even see them now being used as a centerpiece, sharing the fame alongside with beautiful big flowers in the bouquet.

 

Color Combination, Trick On Making Your Own Arrangement

Succulents have a beauty of their own, and with little simple techniques, you can really make them stand out from the crowd.

If you receive a bowl of succulent arrangement, you may grow to love it also and make another arrangement out of it.  To give you some idea and have fun with them, you can arrange your own pot based on colors, sizes, and patterns.   Succulent arrangements come in various colors and different shapes.  Don’t be afraid to experiment to make your design more interesting.

 

Who would ever believe that I’ll be able to make it as a business?  It started as a simple gift that brought me happiness.  Then, it became a hobby that enhances my creativity and cultivates the entrepreneur side of me.

 

You, too, can turn your hobby into a business if you wanted to.   All you need is to be creative and have basic business skills.

 

This Christmas, I’m putting succulent arrangements in a basket.   We will put in together beautiful plants that can serve as your centerpiece this holiday as you enjoy the feast with your family.   It can you can give as a gift that can light up any room all year round.  Just water it a few times a week and with a little trim, you can keep it the whole year through.…

Road to Self-Improvement

In social media platform, self-improvement quotes are often shared to motivate and encourage people to be a better version of themselves. The #goals or #inspiration are often used in sharing statuses, videos, and pictures that we hope to attain the future. Achieving these dreams and goals will not happen with any regularity and action towards that particular inspiration. It entails daily decision to prioritize the essential and reject the unnecessary and senseless activities. It will involve sacrifice and break out your comfort zone. These ideas are easier said than done.  

Human Behavior And Its Principles

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A person has a wide range of behavioral aspects that they apply to their everyday lives. These traits or manners can somehow affect their decision making, environmental adaptation, mental development, and social involvement. It is a pattern of characteristics where the response is based on observable actions that executed in both negative and positive ways. The overall principle of behavior varies from teaching and learning where people tend to adapt to the environment and interact with different types of approach.

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The Law and Effect of Behavior

A person’s behavior is mostly affected by the environment and the product of an immediate response from his experiences. A psychological process can define the nature of how behavior can be understood. There are ways where it is measured according to the full application of practice. It is either positive reinforcement of punishment.

The positive reinforcement – A person’s behavior sometimes vary on incremental rewards and appreciation. This compensation serves as a motivational goal for an individual to use his internal attitude or value system. This system will serve as a tool to produce a long-term change in a person’s character as well as his manners towards others.

The principle applies to positive reinforcement. People tend to act friendly because they want to and not because they were forced. Positive reinforcement is used to establish emotional control that progresses on behavioral effectiveness. It is when someone greets a person with ‘hi,’ and a ‘hello’ is replied back.

A person’s behavioral response will be nice if treated nicely. Same as if he is treated impolitely, the response will be reciprocated. It is due to the human psychological reaction based on different types of approach. However, most people rely on reciprocal attitude compared to those who reward bad behavior. The natural response should be the same as the approach, though sometimes it is the other way around due to avoidance of conflict.

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The Attitudinal Changes

The negative consequences do not help a person’s attitude and can make it worse in some cases.  Too much argument can lead to misunderstanding and practically end up not being able to express at all. Bad behavior is commonly reflected as disrespect, and it can affect a person’s personality.

The adjustment to one’s attitude negatively varies from the restriction of privilege, verbal correction, physical punishment, and silent treatment. A negative interaction creates a negative impact on behavior making it crucial on a pre-existing lousy mood. The attitudinal changes happen when someone tries to imply both negative and positive consequences and end up complicating both.

To determine a person’s behavior, one could make a judgment. Do not tell a person they are wrong because they will not listen. It will only complicate things and might result in an unpredictable situation. You have to understand that their actions create impact based on the deliverance of your statement. Always remember that every behavior will depend on the approach and the results may depend on how a person is environmentally raised, socially involved, and psychologically treated.…

Healthy Snack Options In Gift Baskets

 

Consumers are becoming ever more aware of what they eat, and this translates into how a person will view a gift containing edible components. Some are always going to prefer a 500-calorie candy bar to something more natural, but as a business owner trying to cater to the largest possible clientele, anyone making gift baskets to sell has to keep the market in mind and consider healthier alternatives. Customers and gift recipients will be appreciative, costs might well be lower, and your offering will be applicable to more a wider range of events and circumstances.

Dried Fruit and Nuts

These look good, stay fresh for months and are popular among people between the ages of 4 and 104. One thing to keep in mind is that dried fruit often contains a large amount of added sugar, and the same with salt and nuts. It’s therefore not always a very healthy snack, but it does at least have that reputation.

If selling gift baskets from home as a supplementary income or doing so on a large scale, you can even consider buying a slicer, dryer and a couple of apples and making your own dried fruit (unless doing this in an oven you already have, or producing enough to justify the cost of a fruit dryer, it will probably be more economical to buy them wholesale or even retail). There are few better ways to present dried fruit than either in a bowl or clear plastic bags, but putting nuts in a glass bottle can take them from being a snack to an unusual countertop decoration.

Fresh Fruit

Unless a fruit basket is specifically requested, offering them is something of a gamble. Produce that looks nice doesn’t always taste that good, certain fruit can be hard to come by out of season, and it’s not possible to store them for very long.

If, however, you can track down and make a deal with a local organic farmer, the situation changes. A gift basket containing a bottle of champagne becomes twice as special when it comes with a few strawberries, while most kinds of fruit can add a little color and vibrancy to any gift hamper. Of key importance is to make sure that the quality really is what you yourself would expect in a gift, and include a card or note emphasizing that the fruit does not come from a supermarket cooler.

Cookies, Muffins and Other Baked Goods

Most high-quality bakeries are afraid to make more products than they can sell during the same day, but they will generally be more than happy to fulfill any order with 24 hours’ notice. Ordering from the same place regularly can mean a discount, as can including a coupon or advertisement in the basket.

Ideally, these will only be put into gift baskets that will be delivered the same day. A large number of people are fed up with the taste and texture of factory-produced, plastic-wrapped baked treats that are so heavily dosed with chemicals that even mold dislikes them, so offering the fresh kind can be a unique selling proposition.

Preserves, Sweets and Other Edibles

There are dozens of snack options available for those who care to look, but not all of them are suitable for inclusion in a gift basket. You want your product to stand out from other options without costing the earth, and including brand-name candy that can be found at every gas station is not the way to do that.

The key points to remember are health appeal, taste, appearance and especially uniqueness. It’s also worthwhile to make sure that whatever you include is kosher, vegetarian and so on as appropriate, rather than leaving people in a position where they have to ask. Food plays a huge role in social customs including the giving of gifts, but giving someone low-quality snacks will never be the way to impress them.

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Promoting Your Company With A Sample Basket

 

Selling a somewhat artisanal product such as gift baskets can be difficult. People don’t always understand how they can be beneficial in a business context, which is where the most consistent, most profitable sales are likely to be found. Others will prefer to assemble their own baskets without realizing that this is likely to cost them more, both in terms of time and money. Luckily, there exists a simple solution to this problem: giving away a few of your products to the local businesses who are most likely to order from you in future. Free stuff is rarely unwelcome, and doing this can drive the point home that you are able to provide an excellent, useful product for a reasonable price.…

Gift-Giving In Different Cultures

 

Giving a present to someone from a different society can be a way to show appreciation and a way to build bridges, but the little things can easily turn a thoughtful gesture into a massive faux pas, or even a social event into a fist fight. For instance, particular types of flowers are sometimes associated with funerals, so bringing a bouquet of these to a dinner party can really upset your hosts. In other countries, presenting a gift without holding it in both hands is a sign of insincerity and can easily cause the gift and the offer of friendship it represents to be refused. In some places, opening a gift in front of the giver is mandatory while it’s considered rude in others.…

Appearance Is Everything: Starting up a Gift Basket

 

The Chinese have a saying, “You eat with your eyes,” meaning that the appearance of a plate of food can be just as important as its taste. When designing a gift basket, this principle is just as important. Someone receiving a gift is unlikely to make a catalog of what it actually contains as they go through it, what matters most is how they feel as they first see it.…