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Jerseylicious, Bloggerlicious, it’s Octoberlicious!

Happy Blogtober!  I asked you to blog and blog you did. AND, since I am a woman of my word…. Here are some wonderful new blogs written by a few extraordinary Butterflies:

  1. It’s Not Fair, by Julie Cole, mother of SIX. Read about Julie’s stellar performance in “showing” her kids what IS and IS NOT fair.
  2. A Radical Way to Organize School Lunches by Evelyn Cucchiara, mother of three. Revealed- a step-by-step guide to school lunches made easy!
  3. Scraped Knees and Broken Hearts by Cheryl  Shireman, mother of  three and grandmother of one.  A MUST-READ piece about a mother/daughter journey in lessons of love.

 

October boasts more than inspiring and resourceful Butterfly blogs – October is the month to meet Gayle GiocomoGatsby Salon Owner, star of Jerseylicious, single mother and, oh so young looking, grandmother.  Get to know Gayle in our face-to-face video interview showcased on Butterfly’s homepage. Learn how this Jersey mom proved to herself, after losing her husband Daniel to a sudden heart attack, that she has was it takes to persevere as a successful single mother and business owner.

 

Ahh, October, also a time to embrace the season of Fall (not in a literal sense) and National Breast Cancer Awareness month– “Celebrating 25 Years of Awareness, Education and Empowerment.”  It’s a time to wish those who observe Yom Kippur – an easy fast, those who have off- a nice Columbus Day and to all Halloween goers- a spooktacular Halloween!

Bradi

Co-Founder and Mother

Work/Life Advocate

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Irene is a B!tch!

Irene is a b!tch! There, I said it.  This awful being caused the cancellation of our family flight home from the west coast and delayed my recent blog posts!  She also caused the upheaval of so many friends and family as we took in un-housed guests of our own.  Such community damage tends to bring out the best in people with grand gestures of kindness and a willingness to help.  I do hope those of you who were affected leaned on your network of friends and family to get you through this difficult time, the same way we lean on one another at Butterfly.

With Irene behind us, and the anniversary of the catastrophic date of 9/11 ahead, perhaps we enter into a new school year and a new season with a sliver of renewed hope.  Catherine McCord, Founder of Weelicious.com, admits that her life changed when the towers came down on September 11th.  Catherine decided at that moment that it was time to move away from modeling and acting to pursue her real passion- culinary school! Sometimes it takes a disaster for one to re-evaluate a journey and to know that we go through different stages in life, with different careers.  Catherine went to culinary school at night and argues that moms can do it all.  With two children and as the Founder of Weelicious, Catherine is joyfully serving up, “fast, fresh, delicious recipes for the entire family.” Watch Butterfly’s video interview with Catherine McCord here.

Irene is a b!tch, and the memory of 9/11 is still painfully heart-wrenching.  But, use Catherine as an inspiration that something wonderful can grow from something so horrific.

To you and your family, warm wishes in the wake of 9/11 and a speedy recovery to all of Irene’s victims.

Bradi

Co-Founder and Mother

Work/Life Advocate

MyWorkButterfly.com

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What Happened to Being Serviced?!

I need to get something off my chest!  I have been in the service industry, in one form or another, since I graduated college in 1993. My goal throughout the years has been to ALWAYS make the client happy, to make good on my word, to apologize for any wrongdoings and to create the best possible experience for someone.

In the past two days I have been shocked by the unbelievably poor service that I have received from two different vendors. Here are my stories – please let me know if you agree with my disappointment:

1. A sweet woman working at the nail salon in my town inadvertently drops my cell phone – it smashes to the ground. It is working but cracked! Recognizing that it was an accident, I pay for my service and even tip the pedicurist.  The nail establishment offers to pay to fix my phone- how nice! (I thought) Verizon informs me immediately after that I need a new phone. I buy one and bring the receipt to the nail salon – they adhere to their word (at first) and cut me a check for the new phone. NEXT DAY- I get a call from “the owner” of E NAIL who informs me that they CANCELLED THE CHECK!!! He offers to fix the phone for me and suggests that I hand it over to him to do so. NOT!  Am I crazy? YELL, YELL, and he agrees to issue me a new check for a MUCH LESSER amount (less than half!!) of the original check. Now I’m out $260 dollars (the difference in new phone cost and 2nd check). And, I have to find a NEW nail place!!

2. After agreeing to use a Kitchen Designer, I paid a visit to the showroom to finalize plans with a $500 deposit in hand.  I gladly handed over my deposit for the time spent drafting the plans, knowing that it would go towards the overall project. Somewhere in the middle of our meeting I learned that Paramount Kitchens does not typically do INSET cabinets (which I stated I wanted from the get-go). And that, if I wanted INSET they were going to charge me an additional 8K! The wonderful designer, who came highly recommended, somehow had no recollection of the fact that I wanted INSET cabinets. In the end, I decided to go with a less expensive designer who does INSET, without the redick up-charge. Naturally, I called the first designer back to say THANK YOU for your time and for the designs but obviously there was a HUGE misunderstanding. I amicably asked for HALF of my deposit back, knowing full well she put a lot of time into the drawings. SHE SAID NO! A few words back and forth and she hung up saying, “I’ll think about it!”

Am I crazy to higher expectations of these two companies?  I am flabbergasted over these two, back-to-back, incidences! Would you be?

Bradi Nathan

Co-Founder

MyWorkButterfly.com