March is National Nutrition Month

sweettreatsafm4This month is all about eating right and educating more people on just how easy and tasty it can be to make better food choices each day for ourselves and our families. This special educational month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to call attention to the need of eating better and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” We want to help you discover and enjoy that theme as well as make it convenient for you to gift loved ones with something that is healthy and reminds them just how much you care for them.nutritionF1

Fresh and Seasonal Fruit Baskets

One of the delicious ways we can do that for you is through our gourmet fruit baskets that are overflowing with juicy seasonal fruit from California and around the world. These baskets can include such healthy delights as apples, bears, California naval oranges, kiwi fruit, pineapples, California grapes and so much more.

These fresh fruit gift baskets come in various sizes or can be combined with gourmet food items and then shipped anywhere in Long Beach or the surrounding communities.

Fruit Desserts

Even dessert can be a healthy choice when it is topped with delicious fruit. Our online bakery features some fruit-themed treats. The first choice is a Mixed Fruit Tart, which has a butter cookie crust layered with rich pastry cream and topped with assorted fresh fruit that has been sealed with an apricot glaze.StrawberryMousseAthinlayerofstripedCake13081784800goodieslb2

Then there is the Strawberry Mouse Cake that is laden with strawberry sauce and fresh strawberries. This is a true California favorite as many of the strawberries come from local strawberry farms in Southern California.

Other Ideas

While the month celebrates nutrition, it still is part of a push for an overall healthy lifestyle so here are some other ideas you can consider:

  • Gourmet gift basket with fruit, healthy snacks, and an indoor green plant or blooming plant;
  • A flower arrangement, bouquet, or blooming basket; and
  • Balloons and a greeting card.

Whatever you choose let your recipient know that you want them to be healthy and are celebrating their efforts to date. Eating better helps reduce health-related problems and helps extend lives. In the end, that’s what we all want and enjoy!


Gift Baskets & Fresh Baked Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion

goodieslb4While we are partial to flowers, flowering plants, and plants, we do believe that there is always room for gift baskets and fresh baked gourmet treats as part of our offering to customers both in our Long Beach flower shop and through our online shopping channels, including our website and Facebook page.

This blog post offers some highlights from our gift basket and baked goods selection, which is perfect for any type of occasion and offers a tasty alternative to flowers.

Gift Baskets Galore

Our selection of gift baskets includes a wide range of gourmet food as well as fresh fruit. In fact, our current focus is on expanding our range of fresh fruit gift baskets to encourage healthy lifestyles as well as emphasize how healthy food can be just as delicious.

goodieslb3Currently, our collection of fresh fruit baskets includes 18 different baskets in various sizes, varieties, and prices. Each gourmet fruit basket that we sell is overflowing with delicious seasonal fruit from California and other parts of the world.

Our California fruit varieties include grapes and oranges while the other fresh fruit options include apples, pears, kiwis and pineapples.

Some of our fruit basket collection includes other goodies, including cheese, crackers, and other savory treats as well as some that may have slipped in a few chocolates.

Our Online Bakery

That’s not to say that there is not room for sweets and baked goods! And, we have added to that part of our delicious gift collection as well to tempt you and the recipients that receive these fresh items.goodieslb1

Our baked goods selection features some of the most popular items today and focus only on the highest quality items from our bakery partners.

Here are just a few of the tasty baked good items we have recently added:

  • Brownies
  • Chocolate Mousse Cake
  • French Macaroons
  • Cupcakes

Then there are all types of cookie assortments – from those that taste like you made them at home to fancy bakery-style cookies to cookies dipped in chocolate!goodieslb2

Not everything on here is baked! You must try the chocolate dipped strawberries, strawberry mousse cake, or the mixed fruit tart!

Same Day Delivery!

Even if you remember a special occasion at the last minute, we can help you. We feature same-day gift basket and gift delivery service for Long Beach and the surrounding communities.

Give Thanks to Mother-in-Laws Everywhere

When you first start dating, the parents tend to be a nightmare for you. Of course, as you grow closer to them and they begin to accept you as family, things get a little easier.

If you propose though, it’s almost like starting over as they care about their child just as much as you do. Eventually though, you will be a part of the family in their eyes.

In-laws are Your Family

Husbands out there might look at their father-in-law as some kind of non-approving alien from another planet and wives could see their mother-in-law in the same light for many different reasons.

Whether they like a different football team or are always commenting about how the kitchen could be better arranged or that the meals have a funny taste to them, it seems like in-laws are a nightmare to please.

However, they often just mean well and just want the best for their child to whom you are married.

And, they often want to help in any way they can whether it is a loan to get you into your first home, babysitting the grandkids, or just simply advice when it is needed and appreciated.

Chances are they did those things and more, so while you may not see eye to eye it is plain to see that they have been there for you and your family.

Time to Celebrate

So, come the fourth Sunday in October, why not do something special for your in-laws and get a little something for the mother-in-law — after all, it is National Mother-in-Law Day.

Don’t fret too much if you haven’t put much thought on what to do for them because Allen’s Flower Market has put together a few inexpensive and sweet ideas that make for a great way to celebrate and show your appreciation.

Consider taking them somewhere they would enjoy and if you don’t know, ask your spouse — after all they are going, too. Whether they love the theater and fancy restaurants or a stroll in the park and a picnic, you can easily and inexpensively show them a great time.

Don’t Forget Flowers

At Allen’s Flower Market, we believe that flowers are the best gift for any occasion, and we offer the best and highest quality selection. So, whether you are too busy for an evening with the in-laws or need the perfect gift for your mother-in-law, we have the best gift solutions. Check out our fine selection of the freshest flower arrangements available as well as gifts and more!

Shopping with Colors: A Great Flower Gift Guide

Ever have one of those friends that either have everything or just don’t seem to like anything? Well, you are not alone because it seems like pretty much everyone has one of those friends or just knows someone like that.

They are the kind of person that just doesn’t seem interested in any of the new toys or that one guy that just had to have them all when they came out.

 They are the most challenging people to buy a gift for. How do you shop for these kinds of people? There are ways to find them a gift that will be special and make them smile.

 Favorite Colors

Everybody has one. Ask anyone and they’ll blurt out a color they like. Seriously, using someone’s favorite color as a guide to getting a gift for them is actually very sound advice because it has a surprisingly good effect on the recipient. While it can be applied to clothing or some décor item for the home, it can also work especially well on natural gifts like flowers and flowering plants.

Believe it or not, there is some sound reasoning behind this as well.  When you are getting a gift for someone you don’t really know or someone that has everything or wants nothing, you really can’t go wrong with flowers or a green plant. Flowers will brighten most everyone’s day regardless of the color.

Of course, for those with allergies, they may actually enjoy a beautiful plant that is not only easy on the eyes but good for the environment. There are even a plethora of available add-ons that include teddy bears of all kinds, cards, and even chocolate.

So this year, come birthdays or holidays, why not try shopping with colors? You can take their favorite colors and get them something that is truly geared specifically towards them and their personality.

Pink sneakers, white baseball bat, or green video game controller — they have everything these days and with that you can really add some flare to your gift. And, of course, throw in flowers and balloons that reflect that same color preference

Perfect for all Occasions

Allen’s Flower Market is Long beach’s go-to flower shop as a family owned and operated business with deep roots in the community. We love to create arrangements around color preferences and offer suggestions on different flowers that you may not know come in those favorite colors.