Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes
Sep17

Wives – The Modern Day Super Heroes

Staring at a sink full of dishes and the bomb site that is my kitchen, I do what I always do; I roll my shirt sleeves up and start the cleaning process. Alas, this is my cliché married life. My husband is a good cook, but every time he cooks, the kitchen is a scene from a horror movie! He has tried washing up in the past, but I think he intentionally does it badly so that I don’t ask him to do it regularly! I put up with his feet up on the coffee table when he is watching TV; dirty clothes on the bathroom or bedroom floor; used mugs, plates, cutlery either haphazardly left around the tables, desks, and/or kitchen (but not sink!); even his annoying habit of emptying his pockets of keys, phone, lint, receipts, coins (why do men always just spend notes and leave the coins? What do they expect we’ll do with the jars and jars of change?) on the bedside table every evening instead of the designated “bowl” I have set aside for all his crap! Despite all of the annoying little things (that automatically become big things during the hormonal week!), he is the man who I vowed to love for better or for worse and that I am blessed to have him in my life. The jobs of today’s wives are not in any wedding rule books. Wives are now creatures that work hard, play hard and love hard!  We manage the home, the finances, the kids, the extended family, the friends, the extended friends AND the whinging husband! It’s a never-ending job,...

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Weddings, what the customer is looking for.
Jun10

Weddings, what the customer is looking for.

As you know, when it comes to weddings, people want the day to run and look just the way they have imagined it will be.  That means that they will be very careful when they are selecting every element that will contribute to their vision of the day.  The competition for florists is considerable and it all comes down to convincing the customer that you can provide their vision. The internet these days is host to a huge array of websites filled with ideas on wedding decorations, themes and floral designs.  Many of them encourage people to buy cut flowers wholesale and design their own arrangements.  Still more advise soon-to-be-weds on how to choose a floral designer.  All of these sites emphasise the importance of consulting at least three florists before making a choice.  So how do you make sure that you win over these savvy window shoppers?  They are, in effect, interviewing you and knowing what they are looking for is the first step.  Here is the checklist that a lot of the sites are advising people to look for in a floral designer: • Was the florist willing to spend the time you required during your initial consultation? • Was he/she professional, prompt, and courteous? • Did he/she listen to your ideas? • Did he/she “get it”? And did he/she make suggestions that you liked? • Was he/she knowledgeable, for instance did he/she suggest which flowers would be in season? • Did he/she have a portfolio of...

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