Putting your clothes in good hands

Ok, raise your hands if you’ve had a difficult experience with dry cleaning?

I have, and sadly I’ll never be able to wear one of my favourite outfits again.

I once had the misfortune of smudging wedding cake frosting on a PERFECT dress (alcohol may or may not have been involved *cough*). I won’t name and shame, but the fabric was never the same after my previous dry cleaner got his hands on it. I don’t know what he did, but honestly, it looked better with the cake stain!

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even insist on getting my money back, because I couldn’t muster the energy to argue with the man at the time (it had been a long day, which is a poor excuse, I know).

And I probably won’t get the chance to exercise my assertiveness muscle any time soon, because I’ve changed drycleaners, after my cousin sang the praises of Maria’s Ironing Services in Sydney.
Maria's Ironing service Sydney

Dry cleaning isn’t really a topic that would excite the average person, but I’m pretty satisfied with the service they deliver. I figure this information could be useful to others who’ve been burnt by clumsy operators (yes Mr Dry Cleaner, I’m talking about you).

So far I’ve taken a few items to Maria’s for altering and they’re now the only service I use if I need delicate fabrics pressed or cleaned. They’re really good at fitting you in at the last minute and having your clothes ready in time. The prices are fairly reasonable too!

I generally drop-off and collect the clothes myself, but I’ve used their pick-up and delivery service once, which was a godsend on that particularly hectic day.

Have you ever had a disastrous dry cleaning experience, or is there an excellent service you recommend? If so, please leave a comment below!

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7 Coffee Articles You Must Read! ☕ Mmmmm… COFFEE!!!

I can’t tell a lie – I love my coffee. From a fancy double-shot java brewed with love to a soy latte whipped up by a slick city barista, I love it all! I’ve gotten into the habit recently of experimenting with new types of coffee and I have to admit its been a delicious adventure!

There’s nothing like a great cup of coffee, which is why I’ve gone into research mode to find MY ideal cup of coffee. I’ve learnt a lot about coffee beans and production – it’s been very interesting. Anyways I found these on Pinterest and thought I should share them with you all!

  1. Coffee pods with its rich taste that would make anybody go gaga over it
  2. Single Origin Coffee-Get Top Quality Packs at an Affordable Price
  3. How Shade Grown Organic Coffee is made
  4. Coffee is perhaps the most popular beverage in the world today. For millions of people around the world, the day does not start until they take one sip from their favourite cuppa.
  6. Speciality Coffee – Find Top Quality Brands Online At Affordable Pricest
  7. The store sells products made in a particular location, and every pack contains best quality coffee.

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I just received fantastic advice!

I just received the best advice for developing a digital marketing strategy that I had to hop on my blog and rave about these guys:

Not I see why they’re known as the “#1 Digital Agency in Brisbane, QLD, Australia
I work full time and am building my own business on the side, which is extremely challenging. Especially the whole “digital marketing part. Between trying to figure out that and raising two energetic kids, I enjoy any downtime I can muster with bubble baths, regular date nights with J and reflecting about life on this here blog.
Any advice which saves me time means more “mum time”, bubble baths and date nights with J! 
It’s okay to be a little bit selfish, right? 😉

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The Marketing Mystery that is Gen Z

I’m helping a friend with a new project that requires marketing to Gen Z. For those of you that don’t know, Gen Z is:

Generation Z is the demographic cohort after the Millennials. There are no precise dates for when Generation Z starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use mid-1990s to the mid-2000s – Wikipedia

I came across this tweet online, which helped me out a little.


My previous role had me running all different kinds of marketing campaigns, but I feel my skills are a little out of date. Gen Z are on platforms like Snapchat, and I have absolutely no idea how it works! I downloaded the app to my phone and literally couldn’t figure out how to even share an image.

Maybe its time for me to upgrade my skills, eh?

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#BusinessInspo – Walking in the shoes of your customers by Nigel T Packer

Extremely relevant to me right now with my new business idea
Check out the video below featuring Nigel T Packer, through his international work, has provided businesses with a wealth of understanding in the way we use it and the irritations that make us want to throw our mobiles, tablets and PC’s out of the window. 
This talk has helped me understand that developing an awareness of the user’s journey is integral in getting more customers.

This is helping me decide on how to target my customers! 
Next up? Choosing a business location! Eek i’m so excited 😁😁😁

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Taking the leap – starting my online business

If anyone warned me what a headache building my own business would be, I probably never would have taken the leap.

In many ways I feel as though I’m falling without a parachute (the closest experience I can relate this to is that weird jumpy sensation you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re on a roller coaster).

But honestly, I’m relieved that nobody scared me away from embarking on this adventure. As daunting as it is, I’m actually enjoying being thrown out of my comfort zone.

I never thought I’d be someone who says that (oh how the times have changed from those days when watching Dirty Dancing in my trackies was as exciting as life got).

I embrace this evolution, even though I’m stumbling along the way…and it seems I’m not the only one.

Did you know that roughly 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs fail when opening their online business? via simonstapleton.com

Believe it or not, I’m comforted by this fact!

Not only does it lift some of the pressure to hit the perfect note the first time, but I’m reminded of the importance of doing my research before launching my website and promoting it through social media.

Wrapping my head around how the internet works from a business perspective is no easy task, but I’ve been doing a lot of reading and I’m keen to work with an SEO services company to develop a powerful marketing strategy (but first, I want to create an amazing website).

I’m currently in the very early stages of conducting market research to find out who would be most interested in my business. I’ve learnt there’s no point in trying to appeal to everyone. In fact, this can be detrimental to your brand. Once I figure out my target demographic, I’ll be able to tailor my marketing campaign to appeal to that group specifically, which will make it more powerful (I hope!).

More food for thought – what’s my unique selling point that will set me apart from the fierce competition? (in some ways, narrowing this down depends on who my target audience is….which I’m yet to figure out).

I’ll admit, it isn’t easy juggling my full time job and “mum duties” with starting this business, but I’m excited to see how it develops. Watch this space to find out more about my project (which I won’t jinx by giving too much away during the pre-conception days).

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My toothless adventure (and what I did about it)

If you’re the observant type, you’ll notice something unfortunate about my photos from the past year – I NEVER show my teeth when I smile.

In fact my lips are pressed so tightly together, you’d be forgiven for wondering if I have any teeth at all.

(I promise I do.)

It’s not that I’m a grouch, but I’ve been hiding a missing tooth for the last seven months (one of my front-ish side teeth…I believe it’s called a “first premolar”).

Last summer I tried surfing for the first (and last) time at a health retreat with my friends (J looked after the little ones…bless him). Never again. It was a disaster. The ocean tossed me around like a toy and a particularly vengeful wave sent the board flying into my mouth.

Not only was this humiliating (the spunky instructor actually laughed at me, I kid you not) but it must have loosened my tooth somewhat.

Nothing “zen” about that.

Fast forward to a week later, there I am eating an olive (perhaps a little too enthusiastically). I accidently chomp down on the pit, and BAM….my poor tooth is hanging on for death life. I had no choice but to yank it out – instantly transported to my childhood, but with no gift from the tooth fairy to look forward to!

Anyway, you probably don’t want to read my entire life story. The point of this post is to brag that I now have a smile that rivals even the flashiest models in those toothpaste ads. My confidence has been restored with a full set of teeth, and I have Dr Alistair Graham from Mona Vale Dental to thank for that (thank you, thank you, thank you!).  

  (not me…but this is how I now feel)

“Dental implant” sounds like a daunting procedure to me – which is why I delayed getting one for so long. Dr Graham put me at ease straight away. He explained everything and patiently answered my long list of questions (I like to be prepared). Dr Graham held my hand (figuratively speaking) through every step of the process – from the consultation, x-rays and scans to the actual procedure and recovery.

A dental implant is basically an artificial root that’s surgically inserted into your mouth to replace the root of your natural tooth. This attaches to an artificial tooth that looks and feels every bit as real as an organic tooth (I can’t tell the difference, neither can any of my loved ones…and they’re painfully honest about these things).

The surgery itself went really well and I’m booked in for another appointment in a few days (not dreading this one).

Why didn’t I have this procedure sooner? I could have spared the world so many grimacing “half-smile” photos and avoided looking like a camel when chewing food disproportionately on one side of my mouth.

If you’re in a similar situation but feeling anxious about getting a dental implant, don’t procrastinate like I did. The sooner you get it done, the better (so you can stop hiding your smile and chewing like a camel too).

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