30 January 2014

Moving...Box 3

Don't be afraid to ask for help...

The majority of my friends that know I'm moving have offered to help in some way or another. It doesn't have to be helping to move the big heavy boxes. It could be something as small as helping put shelf paper the cabinets of the new place. And really it could be a fun giggly time to be had with some tea and cookies and giggly girl chatty time.

Or it could be as simple moving some delicate things that you'd rather the movers not take care of like moving your plants or your clothes. Your home is a really personal place and who better to help you get settled in than a friend who knows you well.

Do you  homework and have some little snacks and drinks on hand. Make it fun so you can get something done while you enjoy time together too. Sometimes it's nice to have another set of eyes help you figure out where to put that oddly shaped table for most efficient space usage.

25 January 2014

Gluten Free Goodies at Unrefined Bakery

Breads, muffins, cakes - oh my!!

I recently visited Unrefined Bakery and if you have food allergies, I highly recommend that you get yourself over there and quick!! There are yummy goodies waiting for you!

It's a gluten-free bakery - gluten-free, soy-free, organic, all-natural bakery with goodies that include breads, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc. Their goodies are made with fresh organic ingredients and unrefined sugars.

I sampled the carrot cake - delish! The sugar cookie - yum! And the chocolate cupcake -- yummy! You would not guess that there is anything any different than baked goods from a conventional bakery. Yummy, tasty! With no nasty allergen side effect - hooray!

The ladies that run it are super nice and really knowledgeable about food allergies. They'll ask you if there are ingredients you are avoiding and can suggest baked goods that you'll like and won't give you any unhappy side effects.

What are you waiting for?

23 January 2014

Moving...Box 2

 So you're moving? Let's get it all organized!

There's a lovely free printable calendar over on Oh My Handmade Goodness by Joy Ting Charde (color options available) I'm using this to count down the days I have left to pack for the move. Figure out scheduling utility tun on and offs, etc.

Here are some other things you may want to include on your list, calendar or weekly planner;
• Turning in notice, if applicable
• Finding a relocation specialist
Submit Change of Address, online if you like
• Utility transfers
• Date to turn in your keys
• Date to pick up new keys
• Schedule movers
• Sending out change of address cards
• Schedule a housewarming party

How will you pack your things?
Will your movers be doing this for you? or do you need to do this yourself? If you're packing yourself, you'll need to collect your own boxes. Groceries, copy shops and liquor stores seem to be good sources of cardboard boxes. (Most of the time free.) Another option that is new in the last several years is renting reusable boxes for your move. Services like this one will drop off and pickup the number of boxes your order for a small fee. I like this option for its' green appeal - there is no waste since it is reusable. I would have tried this if I hadn't already started collecting cardboard boxes the old school way. There's always next time right?

16 January 2014

Moving...Box 1


 So, I'm starting a new series this week as I lead up to my move at the end of next month. As I'm sure you've heard, moving is one of the most stressful things you can do. It's total upheaval of your home base. So, through my own experiences I'd like to share some ways to make it a little less stressful.

As I was exploring different places I discovered a Dallas based developer, Nessel Development, who focuses on green and eco friendly in apartments. Green Source DFW did a great article about them here if you want to read more about them. If you're in another area, a search for a similarly aligned developer may be worth your while.

Also, if you're planning a move to an apartment, I recommend checking out ratings by current and past residents. One useful site to do just that is apartmentratings.com. It's a good way to get the kind of inside look that you can't get by just looking at the property and seeing what's available to lease.

In future posts, I'll have some checklists and other suggestions to hopefully make you move less stressful and as eco as possible.

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