5 Ways to Have a Stress-Free Move

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Moving can be stressful, but it does not have to be. If you take the proper steps of preparation and execution, your life can be significantly easier during a move. How? Let me explain. First of all, everyone is different, so you have to make sure that you know your strengths and weaknesses. If your weakness is organization, maybe really focus on that before the movers come. If you cannot lift a box to save your life, outsource it. Whatever your ‘weakness’ is, admit it and find a solution to make it better and easier on you.

That’s really all life, in general, is about. Finding your strengths, focusing on them, and then getting help when it comes to your weaknesses. I will say that moving is a bit different because it’s not an everyday situation, so you might not know what your weaknesses are. In that case, go through my list of 5 ways to have a stress-free move and just walk through the motions. If you notice that you are absolutely awful at a certain step, find help. Easy, right? Let’s start talking about the ways to help you have a stress-free move:

Declutter

In order to make the overall packing and moving process seamless, you really do have to declutter. Uncluttered Simplicity says, “There are many benefits of decluttering before you move. Such as:

•You’ll save money. The less you have to move, the less it will cost to move it.

Your home will be easier to stage (if you are selling).

•You will have less to unpack in your new home.

•Your new home will be easier to organize/clean.

Out of these reasons, saving money is by far my favorite! As I said, we learned our lesson the hard way by thinking we needed to take everything with us the first time around. I still shudder when I think of the money we wasted on that move!”

There are so many benefits when it comes to decluttering before you start packing. A great tip that she gives is to declutter while you are packing, as well. There are times where you will skip over to miss and item or two. If you have a “trash” or “donate” box along with your packing/moving boxes, you can declutter a second time, which will help you unpack faster and more efficiently once you get in the new house.

Pack Over Time

Packing over time is always so much easier than rushing to pack at the last minute. It not only allows for more of a stress-free experience, but it also allows you to really take the time to go through each item and figure out if you truly want or need it, or not. Go Marie Kondo style and find out if the item brings you joy and adds to your life. More than likely, there will be quite a bit that does not bring joy to your life. Packing over time also lets you enjoy your life, without having to be glued to your old house and moving boxes. You can take the process slow and steady, without getting overwhelmed.

Hire Help

Hiring help for your moving experience is the number one way to reduce your stress and have an overall stress-free move. Just think about it – once you declutter and pack up, you are able to go out and enjoy life with your friends instead of having to lift heavy boxes and potentially risk hurting yourself by doing too much. Not everyone can lift a couch, but moving companies, like Atlanta Peach Movers can and will. Save your time, energy, and back by letting them do the heavy lifting for you.

Atlanta Peach Movers is Atlanta, Georgia’s premier full-service moving company. They have over 30 years of proven experience, a fleet of 38 vehicles, and thousands of satisfied customers. Atlanta Peach Movers offers residential, commercial, long distance, white glove, and even international moving services, as well, which shows that no job is too big or too small for them. They believe in doing an excellent job at a fair price – without hidden charges or fees – and they always strive to earn your trust during the moving process.

Every single one of their employees are professionally trained, as they go through an extensive training program unlike any other. They say, “We call it “Peach University,” an on-site training facility where our moving staff receives intensive instruction and practice in the careful handling of our customer’s belongings. Every employee is thoroughly trained before ever participating in a move, and all employees are required to revisit the training facility for continued instruction throughout the year. We have one the lowest claims percentages in the country because we make sure our professional movers do the job right the first time.”

President and CEO of Atlanta Peach Movers, Orlando Lynch, has worked non-stop since 1987 “to become one of the most recognized and respected leaders in the Southeast relocation industry and to create not only Georgia’s largest moving and storage company, but the region’s best, with an unwavering emphasis on customer service and quality.” His hard work and effort with Atlanta Peach Movers has been rewarded with many awards and honors such as being named the “2012 Affiliate of the Year – Atlanta Board of Realtors”, and “2011 Vendor of the Year” by the Women of AT&T – Atlanta Chapter, as well as being named the “2010 Supplier of the Year” by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Clean or Renovate Before Moving

If you are moving into a home that you need to clean or renovate (you should really clean any new home you move into), do it before you move. It’s so much easier to get your renovations done before you actually move in, so that you do not have to worry about your furniture or other items getting ruined from paint, etc. For cleaning specifically, you are going to want to give your home a really good clean. In fact, I always recommend hiring someone to do this for you AND also either replacing all carpet in the home, or getting someone to give it a really good deep clean. In addition, you should always get your air ducts cleaned. You never know what might be in there and the health of your family depends on it! Make the moving process just a bit easier by waiting to move until after your renovations or cleaning processes have taken place.

Have Fun!

When it comes down to it, not everyone loves moving, so just have fun with it. Blast the music, goof around, have friends help you, and maybe even have a pizza party. Moving is just a temporary situation, so if you have fun with it, you are set! I will say, though, that they best way to have fun (in my opinion) is to go out for pizza while Atlanta Peach Movers are doing the heavy lifting for you! 😉

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How to Plan the Perfect Pool Party

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The hot summer months are coming up and trust me, if you are not familiar with Atlanta weather, just know that it gets hotter than hot and everyone just wants to hang out in pools. Each summer, I always plan to attend a few pool parties to keep up with friends and family, have fun, and stay cool. Over the years, I have always wanted to plan a pool party of my very own! This year will be the year! I wrote this post to show you how I will be preparing to have a successful pool party. It takes a lot of time and effort but in the end your guest will have a grand time.

Invitation List

First thing is first – you need to create an invitation list and you need to think long and hard about this list. The people you invite to any get together or party will make or break your event, so always think carefully about who you invite, before you invite them. Is it a family event? Are kids invited? Does everyone get along? These are just a couple of the questions you should ask yourself before creating the invitation list.

Chicago Tribune says, “For large events like weddings, some planners recommend using “A” and “B” lists. Send invitations six to eight weeks ahead to your A list, explained Jodi R.R. Smith, author of “The Etiquette Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Manners” (Sterling). As regrets roll in, send invites to your B list four to six weeks ahead.

But others warn this system can cause resentment when any guests learn of their B-list status. Instead, consider “save-the-date” cards to whittle out-of-towners from your list. “Before they get the invitations, they’ll tell you if none of them is coming or if they’re making it a big reunion,” said Danielle Couick, a Columbia, Md., event planner and spokeswoman for the National Association for Catering and Events.”

Although a pool party is typically a smaller event, you can still use this mindset and use people from list B when people from list A send in regrets.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks might even be more important than your guest list. Once again, it has the potential to make or break a party. For a pool party specifically, food and drinks are very important to make sure your guests are well fueled, in order to avoid potentially bad situations. So, always make sure to provide some type of food and drink and plan your menu accordingly. You want healthy snacks, maybe a few unhealthy (but tasty) treats, plenty of water, and something with electrolytes, as well. Watermelon is a great snack option because it not only tastes good and helps fill people up, but it also helps hydrate people, which is very beneficial during the hot summer months.

A Clean Pool

Talk about making or breaking a party! A clean pool is essential and more important than anything else. If you are looking for a trustworthy pool service to clean up your pool for a party, or more importantly, for the pool season, I always recommend Triton Pool Service. Triton Pool Service leads by example — they aim to set the bar for quality pool service and outstanding customer service. All of their service techs show up to your home in uniform, ready to take care of your pool maintenance, and all of their techs are factory trained, nationally certified, and fully insured, so you (and they) are fully protected. Triton Pool Service has serviced over 1,000 pools, has repaired over 500 pools, has replaced over 100 pumps, and has over 250 happy clients. They are officially the most trusted pool cleaning and pool repair company in Georgia!

According to the website, Andrew (Andy) May is the owner and operator of Triton Pool Service “Andrew has lived in Georgia his whole life, growing up in the Atlanta area and living in Hall county for over 10 years. He now lives in Braselton with his wife and two young daughters. In addition to being a husband and father, Andrew spends as much time outdoors as he can (which is great considering his choice in profession). He also spends time at race tracks across the south and is a high performance driving instructor for various tracks and organizations. Anticipating providing pool leak detection, in 2015 Andy received his Open Water Dive Certification with PADI. In 2019, he went a step further, receiving his Advanced Open Water Certification. Andy has been diving all over the world, including Thailand, Belize and Hawaii, and is ready to dive your pool to find that leak.”

Triton Pool Service provides services such as pool maintenance, pool repair, pool equipment installation, pool leak detection, pool opening and closings, salt water conversions, and more. A swimming pool is a huge investment and protecting yours is essential. Typical services from Triton Pool Service include, but are not limited to skimming, vacuuming any debris, brushing, emptying skimmer and pump baskets, chemically testing and balancing the water, backwashing sand filters as needed or cleaning cartridge filters as need. These services are essential, in order to lower your chances of encountering a major issue with your pool!

So, for your next pool party, or whenever you need pool services and pool management done to your pool, consider calling Andy at Triton Pool Services! They service cities such as Gainesville, Braselton, Hoschton, Oakwood, Flowery Branch, Buford, Suwanee, Sugar Hill, and more.

Music and Decorations

Music is essential and a few decorations here and there never hurt anyone. Choose your music based on your crowd and based on the time of the day. I always recommend making a playlist before the big day so that you do not have to worry about it on the day of. Also, having a waterproof speaker is amazing because you can take it in or around the pool without having to worry about it! For decorations, a little goes a long way. I always say that pool floats are good useful decorations, but whatever floats your boat (pun definitely intended).

Relaxation

Last but not least, you need an area or areas where your guests can relax. Like I mentioned, adding pool floats is a great way to add decoration and it can double as a great way for guests to relax, as well. In addition, always make sure to have enough chairs so that people do not have to stand or stay in the pool the entire time.

Fall in Love with Your Next Pair of Glasses – Smart Buy Glasses is Here To Help You With That

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Love is definitely in the air this month and while some are soaking it up, others are reaching for their pollution masks. Each year, Valentine’s Day raises its heart-shaped head and the population seems to instantly divide into the happy, the scornful and the downright anxious. 

 

The controversial holiday raises the question of relationship status and commitment, but why? Why do we feel the need to celebrate finding someone to match our desires when we look for that in every other aspect of our lives as well? 

 

Think about it, how many online quizzes did you take last year, trying to determine which Harry Potter character you are or which A-list celebrity would play you in a movie? We’re constantly on the search for our best match; the jeans that make our legs look longer, the hair colour that makes our eyes look brighter and the person who makes our heart beat faster. 

 

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This year, eyewear e-tailer, SmartBuyGlasses, want to celebrate that feeling, the feeling of finding your perfect match! And that’s why they’ve designed the ultimate quiz to help you and anyone you love find the ideal frame for your face. Take the quiz here and celebrate love that is sure to last forever…

 

When you’ve found the glass you can’t live without, use discount VDAY10 for a 10% discount!

 

*This post is sponsored by Smart Buy Glasses.

Vegan Matcha Latte

“Today is a multiple cups of matcha kind of day.” — Unknown

I’m so glad I know how to make Matcha Lattes at home because it’s definitely too cold to get to the coffee shop today. What’s your favorite drink to warm up with??

Vegan Matcha Latte

1 tsp matcha powder

1/4 cup boiling water

1 tbsp + 1/2 tsp agave nectar

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Combine matcha powder, boiling water, and 1 tbsp agave nectar in tea cup and whisk with bamboo matcha whisk. Set aside.

2. In a saucepan, combine almond milk, vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp agave nectar.

Bring to a slight boiling.

3. Froth milk with frothing want until milk foam appears.

4. Add steam milk to matcha. Top with milk foam.

Sip & Enjoy! 🍵

Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019

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Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf Featuring Steviva Blend

I took The Steviva Holiday Keto Blogger Recipe Challenge and created a Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf. It’s the perfect bread for holiday entertaining! This recipe uses Steviva Blend, a combination of erythritol and pure stevia in granular form. It’s twice as sweet as sugar so you can use half as much. Plus, Steviva Blend contains zero carbs and calories, and no glycemic impact.

When baking, replaces table sugar about 2 for 1 (2 cups of table sugar = 1 cup of Steviva Blend).

How’s it taste? I personally loved the taste. I especially loved that there wasn’t an aftertaste . I definitely recommend using Steviva Blend as a natural no calorie replacement for sugar.

Keto Cranberry Lemon Loaf

Makes 1 loaf

INGREDIENTS

1 cup unsalted butter room temp

3/4 cup Steviva Blend

3 ounces cream cheese room temp

4 large eggs room temp and lightly beaten.

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

¼ tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp lemon zest

1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter and flour a 9 x 5 x 3 cast iron loaf pan.

3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine.

4. In a large bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer.

5. Add in the Steviva Blend, mix to combine.

6. Add in the cream cheese, mix to combine and until light and fluffy.

7. Add in 1/2 of the eggs, mix. Add in remaining eggs, mix.

8. Add in the vanilla and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

9. Add and mix in the flour mixture one spoonful at a time.

10. Mix until batter is smooth. Fold in cranberries.

11. Pour batter into prepared pan.

12. Bake for 70-75 minutes. Or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

13. Let cool completely.

14. Slice and enjoy.

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The Great American Lobster Festival 2018| Detroit, Michigan

The Midwest’s largest lobster and seafood festival landed in Detroit, Michigan today. The Great American Lobster Festival kicked off their 3 day festival in a most delicious way. I was excited to be in attendance to take part in the Lobster Meal Experience. And oh what a delicious experience it was.

The Lobster Meal Experience

The festival was presented by Lobster Gram, who flew in live lobster from the cold waters of the East Coast. This lobster was AMAZING! It tasted so sweet and fresh. I enjoyed the whole lobster and lobster roll meal options. Yes, I’m greedy! Each came with potatoes and a piece of corn. So TASTY!

About to smash this lobster!

In addition to the Lobster Meal options, guests of the festival could also enjoyed lobster creations from several vendors. We’re talking Lobster Mac & Cheese, Lobster Fries, and Lobster Tacos! While noshing on your lobster be sure to stop and enjoy the live music line-up. This is even is family friendly so bring the kids! Did I mention that the Great American Lobster Festival is free to attend? Yes! Admission is free! You do have to options of purchasing The Lobster Meal Experience, which I highly recommend, or you can purchase food tickets to get food from any of the amazing vendors.

Loaded Lobster Fries!

If you are a big fan of lobster, definitely make your way to Detroit this weekend to get a taste!

For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.americanlobsterfest.com.

*Big thanks to The Great American Lobster Festival for inviting me as your guest. I had an amazing time!