workplace

Spruce up your workplace!

With the first quarter of the year done and new contracts being signed, we know you may be having some difficulty deciding how to jazz up and feng-shui your work environment. Perhaps you know someone starting a new job, their first job or a new position and you are not sure how to say congratulations. NetFlorist has a wide variety of products to say “Well done, keep going, you got this” and more!

We’re not saying that these products will directly help you generate profit, but we can say it will generate productivity. Shop all kinds of workplace décor, stationery, desk necessities and more now on www.netflorist.co.za

SUCCULENT WITH WHITE STONES IN A TERRARIUM

R579.95
workplace

This one’s definitely a keeper! Two mini cacti and succulents are displayed in a beautiful geometric vase with white stones and potting soil for that extra glam effect. It’s the perfect gift for any plant-loving dad!

PERSONALISED FLORAL PENCIL BAG
R129.95

workplace

Everybody needs a personalised pencil case, whether it’s for school, work, or home! Spoil her with this awesome pencil case which is personalised with a black and white striped name design, making this one special gift! *Available in cream or black.: 33cm x 15cm

GET DONE MUG PERSONALISED

R189.95

workplace

If you have a pal who likes to get stuff done, surprise him or her with this quirky gift. A mug is branded with a cool ‘Gets Sh*t Done’ design, complete with the recipient’s name. If it is for yourself use it as a mug of inspiration or a cool pen holder. Send now and prepare to impress!

Ficus Bonsai Tree in Hessian

R279.95

workplace

This original gift will make any plant lover’s day, with an exotic Ficus Ginseng Bonsai Tree which is wrapped in hessian wrapping and tied with raffia for that special touch. Send now!

PERSONALISED FLORAL JOURNAL
R399.95

workplace

There’s no better gift for the upcoming new venture than a personalised journal! This 2018 journal features a unique floral cover design which is personalised with a name, and inside is a calendar, a yearly goals page,  an important dates page, a daily planner, and more! Keep up to date and meet your career goals with ease and organisation.  Store sticky notes, envelopes, and crib notes too.

RED DESK FRIDGE

R1549.95
workplace

This red desk fridge is the ‘coolest’ gift around, as it will allow the lucky recipient to keep drinks cold while on the go. With the ability to hold 6 cans, this quirky fridge can be plugged into a car’s cigarette lighter or it can be kept conveniently on a desk. Either way, this thoughtful and useful gift will be a real hit, no matter what the occasion!

ONE OF THOSE DAYS CANDY JAR
R299.95

workplace

If you know someone who is having ‘one of those days’, cheer them up with a chocolate-filled candy jar with a quirky ‘one of those days’ sticker design. It comes packed with your choice of Mini Bar One Chocolates (24), Ferrero Rocher Singles (20), or Lindt Red Milk Chocolate Truffles (30). Make someone’s day a sweet one with this great gift! Or just keep it for yourself when you need some quick brain power.

PERSONALISED FAMILY PHOTO MOUSE PAD
R99.95

workplace

Keep those family memories alive while you are spending extra hours at the office with a mouse pad which is personalised with family photos of your choice! Together with its ‘Love makes us family’ design, this is one meaningful gift! It is also a lovely reminder of why you are putting in so much overtime.

PERSONALISED INITIAL LEAF TOTE BAG
R199.95

workplace

Pack it all in with this cute poly cotton tote bag in black or cream which is personalised with the initial of the lucky recipient, with a unique leaf design. This glittery tote bag gift is both useful and special. From laptops to notepads this tote is the perfect accessory when travelling from one department meeting to another.

Personalised Bamboo 8G Flash Drive
R299.95

workplace

Store files in style with this 8GB USB Flash drive which is completely covered in and Eco-friendly Bamboo material. To make it even more special, it’s engraved with a name. Send now!

 

Tulips

Tulips are better than one!

Adding bright blooms such as Tulips to our winter days is something us sunny South Africans love to do! In an ideal world, we would want Tulip-season to stay as long as possible. So, we are here to help you make sure these tremendous florals stay blooming for as long as possible.

Tulips

Choose the Correct Vase

Choosing the right vase is key.  It must cover at least half the height of the tulip stems.  The tulips do love to stretch out and will usually grow upwards, approximately two inches in height during their vase lifetime. Give them space to stretch out in the vase and arrange them so that they don’t clump together. This also helps to reduce petal loss.

Cut the Tulip Stems

Tulips grow after they’re placed in the vase, so we suggest holding the bouquet to the right side of the vase first, and cut the stems to make sure the blooms are the exactly the length you prefer. Cut the Tulips at a 45-degree angle – this creates a ‘straw-like effect’ and allows the stems to soak up the fresh water.

Plenty of  Fresh Water

Cold, fresh water is best. Some garden gurus suggest 3 blocks of ice in the water per 6 flowers. Tulips will drink a lot of water. We suggest changing the water every 2nd day and giving the stems a fresh trim when you change the water.  To keep your blooms blossoming, you can also add flower food. For less conventional solutions, throw a 5c coin at the bottom of the vase, or add lemon juice, or half a teaspoon of regular cane sugar.

Avoid Overexposure To The Sun

Tulips are “photosensitive,” meaning they grow and open based on the sunlight they are exposed to. You should avoid placing the vase in direct sunlight or heat, as they’ll wilt faster once the blooms open up. To achieve maximum floral life, you want to receive tulips at an ‘early’ cut stage or ‘closed’ stage,” like in the bud. Once the Tulips have reached the ‘open’ stage, the life of the flower is sadly quick. Just remember a little bending at the stems is natural for tulips as they “stretch” towards the sunlight, but if the stem looks “floppy,” that’s not a good sign.

Be Careful When Mixing In Different Florals

If you want to include other flowers in your bouquet, one should be mindful that tulips are very sensitive to other flowers. Some other flowers that affect the tulip life cycle are daffodils or narcissus as they emit a substance that will make tulips wilt faster. Tulips are gorgeous enough to be placed in a vase all on their own.

Celia Lopes, NetFlorists go to floral guru says: “Tulips do actually get along very well with Peonies, Roses, Hydrangea and lots of greenery.  So, let your creative juices flow when styling your arrangement or let NetFlorist do it for you. Just no daffodils in the arrangement

RED TULIPS IN CERAMIC POT

R159.95

Tulips

Red tulips are the perfect gift for any occasion. They have the power to brighten up anyone’s mood and home. With winter around the corner and people unsure of what will leave a lasting floral scent and memory in the home, Tulips are the perfect purchase.  Send these amazing red tulips planted in moss in a gorgeous, keepsake ceramic pot to a special friend or loved one and be the reason for their smile. Order this beautiful plant with NetFlorist! Colour of the plant may vary.

TULIP POT PLANT

R99.95

Tulips

Be the sender of smiles with a sunny purple tulip plant which is presented in an orange ceramic pot with moss. It will take pride of place in any home or office! It is also a great price for a lasting gesture.

PURPLE TULIP PLANT IN CERISE TISSUE PAPER

R89.95

Tulips

Make someone’s day with a gorgeous purple tulip plant which comes presented in cerise tissue paper with a special black and white striped ribbon. Send now!

RED TULIP PLANT IN HELLO POT

R189.95

Tulips

Say hello there with this lovely red tulip plant, which comes presented in a ‘Hello’ pot with moss. It works well in the welcome area of any home, hospital or workspace.

Beer

Beer today, gone tomorrow!

Today we are making all our readers aware of beer, its benefits, its facts and hidden treasures! Tomorrow is, after all, National Beer Day (7 April) so it seemed only fitting. Below are some of the interesting things we found out in our quest for knowledge. We even threw in some brew-tastic recipes to try out on the day.

Beer

Did you know:

  • Beer is the third most consumed drink in the world.
  • According to researchers, beer contains a mineral called silica. Silica is known to add volume to hair and make it thicker and is also commonly taken as a hair and nail supplement.
  • Zythology is mainly the study of beer. This also includes the study of the important roles of each beer ingredient used in the brewing process.
  • The first expert and professional brewers were all women.
  • Beer is surprisingly good at clearing up copper. Douse your pots or pan in a lager for five to 10 minutes and then use a cloth to remove the stains. Also, don’t bother buying expensive store-bought jewellery cleaners. Drop your rings and other trinkets into a dish of beer, then remove and polish to a beautiful sheen.
  • Beer helps soften meat. It also adds a distinctive taste!
  • If you’ve had a hard day at work, a cold beer isn’t just good for your spirits. Those tired, aching feet can be revived by a beer foot-bath.
  • According to Andrew Lopez, a professional gardener, the fermented sugars in beer stimulates plant growth and kill fungi. He recommends spraying either homebrew or Rolling Rock (both are chemical-free) on those annoying brown spots in your lawn. (Either that or just stop peeing there.) “The grass will absorb the sugar in the beer and draw energy from it, ” Lopez explains.

Source: Men’s Health

Beer Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Spanish onion, diced
  • 1 medium banana pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp capers
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup each wine vinegar, olive oil, soy sauce, brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp each Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, honey, Dijon mustard, horseradish, oregano
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Dash of ground clove
  • 12 ounces amber ale or porter

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and boil for 10 minutes. Lower heat and simmer about 4 hours until thickened. Cool and refrigerate for 24 hours so the flavours can meld. Then baste everything but the dog with it.
Bake Beer Bread thanks to JOE KITA
You already know how to put a bun in the oven. Now it’s time to go all the way. Here’s a healthful, foolproof recipe for high-fibre beer bread from the book Tailoring Your Tastes, by nutritionist Omichinski:

Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp each salt, dried basil, dried rosemary, thyme
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 12 oz beer, at room temperature

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients. Add oil and beer. Stir until dough is just mixed. Put dough in a greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 375 F for 45 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven and let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cool some more.

Citrus Beer Cupcakes from Deschutes Brewery

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¾ Cup sugar
  • 2 ½ Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup (plus more for brushing cupcakes) craft beer
  • 1/2 tsp fresh orange or lemon zest
  • 1/4 Cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

CITRUS BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 4 Cups confectioner’s sugar or castor sugar
  • 2 tsp orange or lemon zest
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-6 Tbs orange or lemon juice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease two muffin pans or line with paper liners. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition. Mix in vanilla and zest of your choosing.
    In a medium-size bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together. In a small bowl, whisk 1 cup Fresh Squeezed with the milk.
  2. Combine the flour mixture and beer mixture alternately with the butter, on low speed, beginning and ending with the flour.
  3. Bake cupcakes for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes are still warm, use a fork to poke holes in each cupcake and brush Fresh Squeezed over the top.
  5. Let cakes cool completely before frosting.

FROSTING

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add sugar, zest and vanilla. Add citrus juice, one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.
  2. Frost cupcakes while sippin’ on a pint of Fresh Squeezed IPA and be sure to share the cupcakes and beer with friends!
  3. Serves 4-6

We, of course, have the best beer inspired gifts for any occasion. So, shop Beer Day exclusives at www.netflorist.co.za

CRAFT BEER BILTONG AND CHOCOLATE BOX

R299.95

Beer Keep calm! It’s beer o’clock! Spoil the special people in our life with a gift that is perfect for celebrating any of life’s special moments with! This 27cm square wooden crate is filled with mouth-watering treats – an assortment of biltong, Citizen Alliance Amber Ale, Citizen Alliance Czech Pilsner and a trio of delectable, melt in your mouth Lindt Lindor Truffles! Send this gift and make their day today!

PERSONALISED SIX PACK MAN CRATE

R399.95

Beer Spoil someone near and dear with an extra meaningful six-pack of awesomeness! A six pack of refreshing Heineken Beer is presented in a wooden Man Crate, which can be engraved with the lucky recipient’s name. A gift like this will be enjoyed with pride, so send now!

CRAFT BEER PICNIC BASKET
R789.95

Beer What can be better than kicking back with craft beer and snacks? This Craft Beer Picnic Basket consists of a set of two plates, knives, forks, spoons, wine glasses, as well as a corkscrew and salt and pepper shakers, all secured with golden leather straps and handles.You will also find Citizen Diplomat Czech Ale (440ml), Citizen Alliance Amber Ale (440ml), Sliced Biltong (100g), Mixed Nuts (100g), and two ceramic mugs. It can be enjoyed amongst friends or family members for any occasion, so get sending!

CBC CRAFT BEER BRO BUCKET
R249.95

Beer Let a bro kick back and relax with this awesome Bro-Bucket! It’s filled with a bottle of CBC Craft Lager, as well as some snacks to go with it which include Pringles (100g), Oreo Cookies (175g), and Droewors. Send now and let the good times roll!

DESK FRIDGE WITH CASTLE LITE
R1299.95

Beer
Save water, drink beer on the weekend and send the lucky guy a fun and quirky gift that is something he needs and definitely something he wants. This mini fridge comes filled with delectably refreshing beer.

PERSONALISED HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEER MUG
R149.95

Beer There’s nothing like a big mug of beer to ring in a birthday, so let a loved one do so with this beer mug with ‘Happy Birthday’ design which is also personalised for that special touch. Cheers to that! * 1 Glass only, props not included

PERSONALISED BEER PRESSURE APRON
R299.95

Beer Spoil that beer-loving guy with this poly cotton twill apron with quirky personalised ‘Beer Pressure’ design. It’s the perfect gift for any fun-loving guy who loves to cook up a storm! *Available in white, black, red, grey and denim.

1-year birthday

1-year birthday gift ideas!

Smashcakes, fuzzy teddy-bears, personalised baby blankets, plush nursery pillows, and decadent cupcakes; there is so much to choose from for a 1-year old birthday. As usual, NetFlorist has gone out of its way to help make the big decision just a little easier. Whether you are a family friend, the favourite uncle, or merely a 3rd cousin, we have great baby gift ideas perfect for the very special occasion!

It can sometimes be hard to decide whether you should buy something cute for the toddler or rather opt for something useful that the parent of the child, might need. Our baby range boasts a variety of adorable gifts, add-ons, tasty treats and unique trinkets. Visit our official site and shop newborn, baby, toddler gifts and apparel today!

Here are some of our bestellers AKA, our ‘safe’ options:

PERSONALISED FIRST BIRTHDAY BOY SMASHCAKE
R499.95

1-year birthday

A baby’s first birthday is a big event, so it needs to be celebrated with a tasty, special birthday cake! This First Birthday Boy Smashcake not only looks great, but it is made especially for the little man to smash up and enjoy! A giant vanilla sponge cupcake is covered in fondant and butter icing. To make it even more special, the cake can be personalised and comes presented in a black luxury keepsake box. Get your camera ready for the perfect photo opportunity! Send the gift now and make memories that will last a lifetime! Allergens: wheat, gluten, cow’s milk, egg, dairy.  All our products are Halaal.

PERSONALISED FRAMED FLORAL PRINT
R359.95

1-year birthday

Give the cutest toddler a gift that can be displayed with pride! This adorable floral and butterfly printout is personalised with the toddler’s name and date of birth. The adorable personalised design has a white frame. The frame makes for a great interior design piece too. Send now! *Size: 30x40cm.

PERSONALISED BABY GIFT TIN
R289.95

1-year birthday

Your niece or nephew deserves this personalised baby tin, which consists of a fluffy cream teddy and Johnson & Johnson baby products! The cylinder-shaped tin features an adorable teddy design that is also available for free personalisation. This gift will be perfect for that upcoming baby shower or a 1-year birthday! Send the special gift today.

PERSONALISED SUPERHERO SCATTER CUSHION
R299.95

1-year birthday

Celebrate another year of life with this adorable scatter cushion! The fun bunny design is available for personalisation so, replace ‘Jaylen’ with the special toddler’s name.  This is one gift that can be used for years and years to come, as the cushion design and its playfulness certainly doesn’t age! *Size: 50 x 50cm.

PINK CUDDLE STORY TIME NAPPY CAKE
R299.95

1-year birthday

Delight both parent, baby or toddler with this gift hamper. Make mom’s life just a little bit easier with this adorable nappy cake gift! 13 Huggies Nappies (size 1) are beautifully arranged in the shape of a cake. The gift includes a pink teddy cuddle blanket and Tiny Touch Animal book to keep the baby entertained and intellectually stimulated. The gift is perfect for a baby shower, congratulatory gift or a birthday present! *Please read the warning label on the blanket. Not to be used without adult supervision.

CARROL BOYES GIGGLE BOWL GIFT SET FOR GIRLS
R499.95

1-year birthday

Now even the little ones can dine in style! This sweet Carrol Boyes porcelain pink giggle bowl and stainless-steel giggle spoon set is the perfect gift for a little girl for any occasion! Her face is bound to light up when she receives this cute gift set and it will be cherished for years! Make her day and send her this lovely gift today.

BABY BOY ELEPHANT BATH TIME SET
R399.95

1-year birthday

Make bath time fun with this elephant-themed bath time set for boys. This set comes with an elephant plush toy, an elephant towel and baby bubble bath. Useful bath time lotions have also been included to take the gift to new heights!

MONKEYING AROUND GIFT SET
R299.95

1-year birthday

There’s no monkeying around with this gift set, which includes a fun monkey plush toy and a monkey-detailed blanket (1m x 0.60m). This is undeniably the perfect gift for the little one. Stop the monkey business and send this gift!

HELLO HANDSOME BABY BOY GIFT
R349.95

1-year birthday

Gift the handsome little man with a gift set that is almost as adorable as he is. This gift set includes a “This is what handsome looks like” bib and a NUK bowl and spoon set. This gift makes feeding time practical and easy too.

BABY BOW TIE & SUSPENDER COMBO
R469.95

1-year birthday

Show off your darling baby boy in this adorable Baby Bow Tie & Suspender Combo. A blue and white spotted baby bow tie is paired with little suspenders that will make him look like a real little gentleman. The gift is packed into a special gift box and is the perfect baby shower or 1-year old birthday gift. Make mom and baby both smile with this cute gift from NetFlorist! Dad can also match his son as NetFlorist has men’s sizes too.

CASTLE LAND PLAY MAT
R729.95

1-year birthday

This is a cute and functional gift that any parent will love receiving! This play mat is educational and eco-friendly making for the perfect way to give a child that head-start! The Castle Land play mat is brightly coloured and features a scene right out of the pages of a magical storybook as well as educational elements like letters, words and numbers.

JUMBO MICKEY MOUSE BALLOON

R139.95

1-year birthday

Few things are as cheerful and bright as Mickey Mouse! Celebrate the occasion with this 71 cm x 58 cm quintessential Disney character balloon. A fantastic surprise awaits your loved one. This is perfect to give as an add-on to the birthday gift, you would be surprised at how many hours of entertainment this balloon can provide.

 

 

Easter 2018 Treats

Easter 2018 treats!

This Easter 2018, we are helping you put the ‘egg’ in ‘egg-cellent’ Easter treats. These treats can be used for a family brunch, or maybe even a tea at the neighbours. We have tips, recipes and tricks to ensure a joyful occasion.

10 cake toppings to make your cake look exquisite:

  • Speckled Eggs
  • White chocolate shavings
  • Purple buttercream
  • Fondant flowers
  • Berry coolie
  • Marshmallows
  • Popcorn
  • Oreo cookie crumbs
  • Fondant chicks
  • Fondant carrots

5 tips for icing your Easter cupcakes:

  • Always keep your icing cool before using it on the cupcake
  • Don’t use oil base instead use butter
  • Mix cornstarch to thicken up your icing
  • Ensure your piping bag is thick enough
  • Don’t add too much icing sugar if you’re adding sweets on the top

Chocolate speckled egg brownies

Ingredients:
  • 160g dark choc (broken into pieces)
  • 200g butter
  • 1 ½ cups castor sugar
  • 3 extra large eggs (beaten)
  • ½ cup Cake Flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 300g Speckled eggs
To decorate:
  • 40g chocolate (milk/dark/white)
  • 180g miniature eggs (Speckled Eggs/chocolate eggs)
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 170C.
  2. Grease and line a high-sided, 20 cm by 30 cm baking tin with non-stick baking paper.
  3. Put the chocolate and butter into a heatproof bowl and place on top of a pot of simmering water on medium heat (the water must not touch the bottom of the bowl) and stir until the chocolate and butter have melted.
  4. Take off the heat, add the sugar and whisk until it has mostly dissolved. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. Once the chocolate mixture has cooled down a little (it should be lukewarm), you can add the beaten eggs and beat well to combine.
  6. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the chocolate mixture. Mix together until there are no visible lumps.
  7. Add half of the Speckled Eggs and gently fold through.
  8. Pour into the lined baking tray and scatter over the remaining Speckled Eggs.
  9. Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes – you want the brownie to be cooked, but still gooey – so the surface and edges should be firm, but the centre should still be slightly gooey when you insert a knife into it.
  10. Allow it to cool completely in the baking tin before removing and peeling off the baking paper.
  11. Cut into squares.
To decorate:
  • Melt the chocolate and use it to stick the miniature eggs to the brownies.