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Ham & Cheese Sliders with Brown Sugar and Honey Glaze

Recipe for Ham & Cheese Sliders w a Brown Sugar and Honey Glaze


Prep: 2 minutes
Makes: 12 sliders
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 pack Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
  • 12 oz. of thick ham
  • 4-6 slices swiss cheese or similar
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Place dinner rolls on a baking sheet and use a serrated knife to slice them half.
  • Place ham and cheese on the bottom buns and set the top half of the buns over the ham and cheese.
  • In a small bowl melt butter and whisk in the brown sugar and honey.
  • Brush the brown sugar glaze over top of the buns.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the buns are golden brown and cheese is melted.
  • Cut and serve

Busch Gardens’ Renowned Food & Wine Festival is BACK, Starting Feb. 20

Though I moved from Tampa, FL to Richmond, KY recently, I still have big love for my Tampa Bay! That is why although this post is NOT sponsored, I’m happy to share this news with my readers. If you happen to be visiting the Tampa Bay area around this time, I’ve been to the Food & Wine Festival and highly recommend it. Check out the press release and B-roll footage they share with me below:

Tampa, Fla. (February 4, 2021) – This spring, flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival starting Saturday, February 20! Guests are invited to take their taste buds on an adventure as they sample more than 110 tasty treats, including 22 NEW dishes. Serving guests every weekend from February 20 to April 25 with limited capacity, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the country that pair perfectly with more than 80 wines, brews, and cocktails.

In addition to the park’s already strict health and safety measures, which include increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face covering requirements, capacity will also be significantly limited to create more open space for guests to maintain physical distancing in a safe environment and enjoy their experience. 

Here are a few of the more than 110 tasty reasons to come back week after week:

  • Fresh finds with seasonal flavors: From the NEW five-spice duck lettuce wrapswith Asian pear coleslaw and plum sauce drizzle to meatless options like the Impossible® slider topped with caramelized balsamic onions and crispy jalapeños, there’s something for everyone.
  • Savory bites of BBQ, Tex-Mex and more: Try sharable dishes like slowly smoked beef brisket pub chips and tasty handhelds. All American Eats by Kraft-Heinz offers a new take on American favorites featuring bison sliders with bacon onion jam, vintage cheddar, and Heinz® MAYOCHUP™, and lobster white cheddar KRAFT® Mac N Cheese.
  • Sinfully sweet eats: From NEW Woodford Reserve® bourbon bread pudding, señorita sangria cupcakes, maple bacon cinnamon rolls and more, there’s something to satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • More than 50 wines, beers and seltzers for all tastes: Take a tasting tour of vineyards and breweries from around the state, country and globe without leaving Tampa Bay. Enjoy a curated selection from Benziger Family Vineyards® and Proud Pour Vineyards®; signature brews on tap from Tampa Bay Brewing Company®, Yuengling®, Florida Avenue Brewing Co. ® and Coppertail Brewing Co. ®; hard seltzers from Funky Buddah® and Maine & Vine®.
  • More than 20 refreshing cocktails: It’s easy to find the perfect pairing to complement this year’s festival menu with new hand-crafted mixologist recipes like the Tito’s® Handmade Vodka Smoked Bloody Mary and Falcons Fury Lemon Drop with Milagro® tequila, and Flor De Caña® Rum Hurricanes. Chill out with NEW Cutwater® frozen margarita popsicles or frozen watermelon margaritas.

Return to Live Music with Physically-Distant Concerts—Coming Soon to the Festival Field

From nationally recognized bands to local favorites, safely eat to the beat with plenty of open space across the expansive Festival Field. All concerts are included with theme park admission and will take place on select dates in March and April. Concert acts will be announced soon, including upgrade opportunities for premium seating.

For the first course of the Food & Wine Festival, guests can enjoy a taste of local acts at the Coke Canopy stage starting February 20 and running throughout the duration of the festival. Physically distant seating will be available in the open-air pavilion.

Best Way to Play – Busch Gardens Fun Card and Annual Passes

With a Busch Gardens Fun Card, you pay for a day and play all year!* For a limited time, guests who purchase the Busch Gardens Fun Card for $113.99 will receive an Adventure Island Fun Card, plus a bonus single-day ticket to Adventure Island so you can bring a guest for FREE! For the price of a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens, the Fun Card allows access throughout the year, so you can visit again and again, and access great events like the Food & Wine Festival, Summer Nights, Christmas Town and more! Offer ends February 14, 2021.

For more park benefits, guests can upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most throughout 2021. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with the best benefits ever, including FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50-percent savings on merchandise, Quick Queue, and more!

Enjoy the Best of the Food & Wine Festival with a Sampler Lanyard

The best way for guests to savor and save on their favorite dishes and drinks at this year’s Food & Wine Festival is with a sampler lanyard. Guests can purchase a 5, 10 or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease, starting at just $34.99 for a 5-punch lanyard. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler to enjoy three FREE samples! Visit buschgardens.com/tampa/events/food-and-wine-festival/ to view the full festival menu.

Guests can visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com for more information and reservations—and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards, or Annual Passes. Fans can stay up to date with park events, attractions and more by following Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety, and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit buschgardens.com/tampa/safety

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About Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species and exciting seasonal events all year providing unrivaled experiences for guests of every age. For more information, visit www.BuschGardensTampa.com. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world.

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Balance Yoga Poses

Balance is key for proper technique and strength building, and developing a greater balance will allow you to have a more fulfilling yoga workout. Here five balance yoga poses, listed in order of increasing intensity.

Balance Yoga Poses for Beginners

 Tree Pose (Vrksasana): Tree Pose is a common favorite among many yoga enthusiasts. It’s a simple way to improve your balance without tiring out your legs. While initially challenging, once mastered, Tree Pose offers a truly centering and calming experience. To form the pose, stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Bend your right knee into your chest, then, keeping it bent, turn it out to the right side. Place your right foot against the inside of your left thigh. Inhale, raising your arms above your head, and then exhale, lowering them out to the sides. To come out of the pose, you can either return to standing or lean forward into Warrior 3, described below.

 Warrior 3 (Virabhadrasana III): This is a wonderful pose for increasing balance and stabilizing the legs. From Tree Pose, inhale, stretch your arms up over your head, and bring your knee in front of you, keeping it bent. As you exhale, press your palms together in front of your heart and take your bent knee under your body and extend it out behind you. Keep the back leg active and flex the foot. You can take your arms and stretch them out in front of you, out to the sides, or back along the sides of your body, whichever is the most comfortable for you.

 Eagle Pose (Garudasana): Eagle Pose strengthens the quadriceps and provides a nice twist for the legs and arms, and it is one of the best balance yoga poses for increasing leg strength. Start by standing tall with your feet together, then cross your left leg over your right, bending the knee to press the left foot into the back of the right calf. Bend the right leg and stretch your arms over your head. Next, lower your arms on an exhale and bend them to make a 90-degree angle. Your forearms should be perpendicular to the floor in front of your body. Take your right elbow and place it inside the crook of your left arm. Then face the palms toward each other and press them together as you sink deeper into the pose. Repeat the pose for the other side.

Intermediate Balance Yoga Poses

 Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana): This balance pose is a little trickier than Warrior 3, as it involves twisting the body and reaching one hand toward the floor. You can enter this pose from Triangle Pose or from Mountain Pose. Place your left hand on the ground, take your right hand to your hip, and lift your right leg into the air parallel to the floor. When you feel steady, extend your right arm into the air, perpendicular to the floor. Repeat on the other side.

 Upward Bow Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana): This pose is a great way to increase flexibility in addition to balance. Commonly known as a “bridge” pose in gymnastics, it is probably the riskiest of all of the balance yoga poses in this article, so be careful and don’t push yourself too hard. Start by lying down on your back with your arms stretched over your head. Bend your knees and point your toes straight in front of you. Plant your hands near your shoulders and come up onto the crown of your head first. When you feel balanced, push up with your arms into the full Upward Bow Pose. Stay here only for a few moments, then tuck your chin and slowly lower yourself to the ground. Stretch your arms over your head and hug your knees to your chest to neutralize your spine.

Shirsasana (Headstand) - Though inversions are challenging at first, this restful pose has a great effect on the body's internal systems. Use a wall and work gradually towards building enough core strength and a sense of balance to stand freely. This pose tones all the internal organs and circulatory system and calms the mind. A great way to start every day.

Don’t push yourself so hard that you risk falling, and always be sure to move slowly and safely. Beginner’s classes can be a great way to learn the correct forms of these balance yoga poses and receive feedback from a trained instructor.

Absinthe Cocktail Recipes How To Dance With The Green Fairy

Because of the almost 100-year ban on the drink, the U.S. isn’t exactly brimming with absinthe recipes; expert mixologists are busy making up for the lost time.

Absinthe purists recommend La Louche as the one perfect way to drink absinthe: drip 2-3 ounces of ice-cold water over a sugar cube on a slotted spoon into the beverage until it turns cloudy, and enjoy.

Indeed, that’s the traditional European method of drinking absinthe; but Americans have never really been too enthusiastic about blindly sticking to European traditions. Those of us who can only sit around dreamily puffing Dunhills and misquoting Oscar Wilde for so long want a more “modern” experience. Thus the rebirth of the absinthe cocktail is forcing dancing with the Green Fairy to encompass more than a few new steps.

Absinthe and Fruit Cocktails

Sugary fruits balance the bitter or bittersweet flavor of absinthe without overpowering it. Recipes call for about 1-2 ounces of real absinthe and approximately 2 ounces (or to taste) of chilled fruit juice, limeade, or lemonade. Pour the absinthe into a glass first, add the mixer, and stir or shake vigorously in a cocktail shaker.

A couple of easy beginner absinthe-and-fruit cocktail recipes are as follows:

 Pour 1.5 ounces of clear absinthe, ¾ ounce lemon juice, and ¾ ounce simple sugar syrup into a shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and top off with soda water.

 Shake ½ ounce absinthe with 1.5-2 ounces passionfruit or mango puré e; strain into a champagne flute. 1 ounce dry sparkling wine or Brut Champagne may be added if desired.

Fresh pear nectar, grapefruit, or pomegranate juice are also highly recommended as delicious absinthe mixers.

Combining Absinthe with Other Spirits and Liqueurs

These are for the adventurous, as absinthe is definitely strong enough all by itself. Still, some drinkers will want to experiment and see how absinthe mixes with their other favorite alcohols. Just remember that one of these is almost always enough.

Sean S. Graves from Nantucket’s Brant Point Grill has invented the Green Monster: Shake 1 ounce absinthe with 1 ounce Crème de Menthe and 1 ounce heavy cream. Strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass; garnish with mint.

Champagne lovers may simply combine their favorite bubbly to taste with 1.5 ounces of absinthe in a flute. This potent concoction is from Vieux Carré Absinthe and is appropriately called Death in the Afternoon. A ½ ounce of Crème de Violette and/or some blackberry syrup is sometimes included in variations on this type of recipe, too.

Less gutsy drinkers may wish to start out merely rinsing their glass with absinthe before pouring in the French Champagne or sparkling wine. Simply pour some absinthe into a glass, swirl until the inside is coated with the liquid, and discard the alcohol itself. This imparts a nice anise flavor without overly intoxicating the consumer. Of course, few dashes of absinthe in place of full ounces may also be substituted in any of the above recipes to decrease a drink’s potency.

½ ounce of absinthe may also be added to any standard martini or another favorite cocktail recipe to yield an interesting flavor and powerful punch.

Absinthe and Coffee or Tea: Cocktails with Caffeine

A popular way to drink absinthe involves mixing it with coffee after a meal. Because of absinthe’s bitterness, absinthe-and-coffee drinks are usually sweetened and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Absinthe contains a stimulant, to begin with, though, so combining it with caffeine is not for everyone.

Green Fairy Coffee combines 1-ounce absinthe with 1 cup of hot black coffee; top with sweetened whipped cream.

Tea aficionados will prefer ¼ oz. Absinthe in a glass of iced green tea with honey to taste; this blend is said to make a particularly refreshing summertime draught. Conversely, true absinthe-lovers note that substituting hot tea for iced will then produce the ideal warming winter’s eve beverage. In other words, for those who really like absinthe, there doesn’t seem to be any wrong way to drink it at all!

Adopting a Puppy

Adopting a puppy is a big decision. Before taking the plunge, it is a good idea to research breeds, training techniques, breeders, and shelters.

Dogs have long been referred to as “man’s best friend.” They are often used in working situations (therapy dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, etc.) and make great companions. America has had a long love affair with its dogs, and each year more and more people adopt or buy a dog.

Pre-Puppy Adoption Process

Before deciding whether to adopt a dog, it is a good idea to research a few key things. For starters, research the many breeds of dogs. Information such as average size, amount of required daily activity, and other idiosyncrasies is readily available. Not all breeds will fit all lifestyles.

Another area of research is training. There are several popular training techniques practiced and taught (through books, websites, TV shows, and DVDs) by dog trainers. Some training techniques use positive reinforcement through affection, while others preach the use of treats. There are trainers who advocate shock collars for problem dogs, while others shun this practice. Classes exist from Puppy Kindergarten to Agility Training to Dominance Training. Before bringing a vulnerable puppy home, it is good to know the various types of training techniques. Practicing a specific training technique will make the transition process as smooth as possible.

The third area of research should consist of where to get the puppy. Most cities have county-run shelters, and there is an increasing number of private-run shelters popping. Both The Humane Society and The SPCA are excellent resources to utilize when looking for shelter.

All shelters have different rules and regulations; however, many do put unwanted dogs to sleep. Therefore, adopting from a shelter can potentially save a life. In addition, shelters are typically less expensive than buying a purebred dog from a breeder.

When a specific breed is desired, many choose to buy a puppy from a breeder. Before buying from a breeder, ensure that the breeder is reputable and that inhumane practices are not occurring in order to turn a large profit. Things such as over breeding of dogs and keeping the dogs in small, filthy cages do happen, so get references and visit the breeder before buying. Consult the Humane Society’s website for tips on how to find a reputable breeder.

Purebreds do exist in shelters, according to the Humane Society, one in four dogs in a shelter is a purebred. The challenge is finding the exact breed desired. A great resource for breed-specific puppy adoption is Petfinder. Petfinder is an online resource that enables users to key in a few search criteria, and it returns a list of dogs from area shelters and rescue groups that match the criteria.

Bringing the Puppy Home

Once proper research has been done, and a puppy has been chosen, it will be time to bring the newest family member home. This is an exciting time for the owners, especially for small children. However, this can be a very traumatic time for a young puppy. The puppy has most likely only been living for 8-10 weeks, and all that time was probably spent with his littermates and/or mother.

Before the puppy enters his new home, the owners should procure any necessary items the young dog will need. Keys items are a collar, a leash, food, treats, toys, and a crate. It is not necessary to focus heavily on training the first day, instead slowly introduce the new puppy to his new home.

The puppy needs to create a bond and build trust with his new owners. This is not something that will happen immediately, but with a lot of patience, positive reinforcement, and of course, love, a smooth transition will occur, and a lasting healthy companionship will grow.

Astrology Basics for Beginners

There is more to astrology than simply reading your sun sign. It is a complete work of all the planets and more to make a chart just about you.

How many times have you opened a book about astrology and read all you could about your Sun sign, only to put the book down and think, “That doesn’t explain me at all.” The reason for that is because there is more to your astrology chart, personality, and life path then just your Sun sign. And even though your sun sign may explain your personality in a broad spectrum, you need to know how the rest of astrology works before you can really make sense of who you are.

The Sun

The Sun is the most active force in your astrological chart. It is the most talked about and the most popular. That makes sense since it is the bigger part of your personality, and that part is what the world gets to see the most often. The Sun is the living force for our entire planet, and as such, the Sun sign is the living force for who you are and how you achieve your goals. It is the part of yourself that you can at most times control, the force behind how you act, and how other people perceive you. Yet, it is not the only planet in your birth chart and, if read on its own, seldom makes complete sense to the reader.

Decanates

Your Sun sign is broke down into three decanates. The first decanate is the first 10 days of the sign, the second is the next 10 days, and the third is the last 10 days. It doesn’t always follow a 10-day cycle since not every month has 30 days. Decanates help to refine your Sun sign without losing the basics for the sign. This is the first of many reasons why two people with the same sign can seem very different.

Cusps

To be born on a cusp is to be born on the day that one sign moves into the next sign. People born on a cusp often have the influence of both signs in their personality, yet one is always stronger. That is because a sign doesn’t change just because the calendar marks it. It is when the Sun will move from one to the next. A person who is born on Sept 23, the day Virgo moves into Libra, will be one or the other depending on the time of their birth. If that person is born at 8:32 AM and the Sun is still in Virgo until 4:03 PM, that person is a Virgo, not a Libra. It is important for people born on a cusp day to know what time they were born and where the Sun was on that day to know which sign is truly theirs.

The Moon

The moon is the second most important planet in your birth chart. In some ways, it is just as important as the Sun, for one doesn’t work without the other. The moon sign is the inner, sometimes darker workings of your personality. It controls emotions and how you feel, reacts, and fantasize. It forms the parts of your personality that you normally don’t want others to see, and at times you yourself don’t want to admit too. All your secrets and inner personality are formed by your moon sign.

The Other Planets

Of course, it doesn’t end there; the rest of the planets and how they were aligned the day and time you were born to play a part in the forming of your unique personality. Each planet controls a different aspect of human nature. They are as follows:

    * Mercury-Intelligence
    * Venus-Love and Pleasure
    * Mars-Physical Energy
    * Jupiter-Good luck, Optimism, Success, Generosity
    * Saturn-Responsibility
    * Uranus-Change, Originality
    * Neptune-Mystery, Illusion
    * Pluto-Awesome power

When each planet is charted, it is then put into a House. Houses divide the influence of the planets into specific functions to further narrow down who you are and how you make life decisions, form opinions and achieve your goals. There are twelve houses, all representing something different for your personality and your life path.

    * House of Self
    * House of Money
    * House of Communication
    * House of Home
    * House of Creativity
    * House of Service and Health
    * House of Partnership and Marriage
    * House of Death and Regeneration
    * House of Mental exploration and long-distance travel
    * House of Career and Public standing
    * House of Friends, Hopes, and Wishes
    * House of Secrets, Sorrows, and Self-Undoing

Getting to Know Yourself

There is more to astrology than a person’s sun sign. This is just the basics. To fully understand all the elements of astrology and birth charts, one must study the subject. By learning about astrology, you get the chance to understand yourself from the inside out. Astrology is about learning and understanding human behavior, and the first step in understanding is to first get to know who you are.

Moving With Pets

Moving can be a stressful and arduous undertaking for us humans, never mind our animal companions. As people prepare for a move, they also need to think about their pets.

Moving can be a stressful and arduous undertaking for us humans, never mind our animal companions. As people prepare for a move, they are generally concerned with things like packing boxes, hiring movers, and changing addresses. But another very important thing to consider is the well-being of your family pet. Moving from one home to another can be traumatic for a pet if not handled properly, and there are several important steps to take in order to make the transition an easy one.

Before the Move

  •  Plan transport – Ensure that your pet becomes acclimated to the actual act of transportation during the move. If your dog or cat is not used to being in a carrier or a car, plan accordingly and expose it to several short trips before moving day. Place its toys or blankets in the carrier or car with it so that it is surrounded by familiar objects.
  •  Pack a bag – Gather enough food and water for the duration of the trip, and some extra in case of emergency. Bring bowls for feeding, toys, treats, and blankets, and a disposable litterbox for cats if needed. Also, it’s handy to have a pet first aid kit on hand.
  •  Print paperwork – Print copies of your pet’s license and vaccination certificates, and ensure that your pet’s identification tags are up to date and show the correct contact information for your new address.

During the Move

  •  Provide space – On the day of the move, ensure that your pet is in a safe, secure place away from the heavy moving traffic. It’s best to leave it with a friend or sitter, but if you must have it at home during the time of the move, place it in a quiet room with its bedding. Ensure that others know not to leave the door open, as the animals may spook easily during this stressful time, and open doors can provide a quick exit for scared pets.
  •  Monitor behavior – Check in on your pet often to see how it’s doing and to provide it with food and water. It is normal for your pet to be stressed by the move, and any comfort you can provide it with will go a long way.
  •  Ensure safety – Once in transit, make sure that your pet is safely confined and restrained, and make frequent stops to allow it to go to the bathroom and provide it with food and water.

After the Move

  •  Explore together – Walk around your new home with your pet to monitor its reaction to and comfort within its new surroundings, and be sure to keep it restrained when near any open doors or open fencing, as it may be tempted to run away if frightened.
  •  Set up camp – Pick out a spot for your pet’s stationary belongings, such as the food and water bowls and bed, and try not to move them from that spot. Signs of stability are very important at this stage, and this will provide it with comfort if its belongings are in the same place consistently.

Moving Tips For An Easier Move.

Moving, involving packing and cleaning, is something that hardly anyone looks forward to. Follow these moving tips for an easier, more organized move.

For the most part, people know in advance that they will be moving or relocating. However, some moves are quick and unexpected. For the purposes of this article, these tips reflect planned moves. By following these tips for moving, you can save time and plan a more organized move. Make note of the various moving supplies mentioned, and get started!

Start Early

As moving can be a time of turmoil and unrest, it makes sense to start packing and weeding through your belongings as soon as you know you will be moving. But the reality of it is, a majority of people wait until the last minute. Starting to pack early will allow for more organized packing and a thoroughgoing through of unwanted trinkets and things you’ve outgrown. This is a great time to get rid of unused gadgets and donate old clothes to charity.

Buy or find sturdy moving boxes with enough room to organize and not overcrowd, which makes them heavy boxes of unorganized mess. Unpacking will be so much easier if you know what is in the box! Assign a theme to each box, choosing one word to define its articles. Write the location and theme on the outside of the box.

Consider investing a little money in buying plastic tubs to keep your belongings in for storage. These plastic storage tubs are durable and can easily be color-coded or labeled. They work excellent for storing art supplies, photographs, office supplies, clothing, pet supplies, etc.

Beware of Hidden Objects

Packing your residence in a particular order can help save time and back-breaking work. Begin by rounding up anything outside your home. Garden tools, outside toys, and other outside equipment can easily be forgotten during your move. Make sure to round up these items, bringing them into the garage or closer to the home.

Empty the closets, cabinets, and drawers. Some cabinets are very deep, revealing forgotten treasure or junk. Don’t forget to look under each sink. Pack up items not essential during your move. This way, you won’t overlook these hidden places during the move. Moving everything out into the open can help you take inventory of all your belongings, surveying for extra boxes needed or things to get rid of.

Consider Consistent Cleaning

How many people have waited until the last day of moving to do an overhaul cleaning of their rental unit in order to get a full refund on the deposit? Many people overlook this aspect of moving or neglect it thinking the rental company or new owner will just have a professional cleaning done. Yet, by keeping your home consistently clean, thoroughly cleaning when moving will be a lot easier.

Think of all the benefits of having a consistently clean home-like, fewer allergies, fewer pests, and more compliments! Find a detailed list of areas to clean and keep up. Make it a yearly or bi-annual task to be completed. Several overlooked areas to clean include cleaning the oven, cleaning behind the refrigerator and oven, cleaning under sinks, washing windows, etc.

Things To Consider When Relocating

Planning for a move is the best way to find success, be sure the important things have been thought over.

Remove doubt and insecurity before a move. Whether the opportunity is to relocate locally, to another state, or across countries, the secret ingredient to success is the consideration of all the aspects.

Planning For a Move

Employment is one of the most distinct reasons for moving to a new area. If employment is not determined before the move, be sure to have a resume prepared and ready to be placed in the hands of potential employers.

The new residence is important to think about. After determining your budget and price range, research will be the best friend of someone who is relocating. Vast internet resources and real-estate offices can be consulted for information about available rentals and properties for sale locally and worldwide.

Schools and child care are a concern for parents. This major influence on children and their families should be researched before relocating. Use Maps and/ or online images to discover the area’s schools, neighborhoods, streets, and landscapes. If possible, call or visit the schools before moving to gather information and paperwork that may be necessary for the enrollment of a student in the new location.

Moving Costs

Moving companies, moving truck rental, and doing it yourself, no matter how or where the destination there will be costs. Boxes, fuel, airline tickets, and temporary housing are all expenses that may occur. Deposits and securities are required to move into the new residence while establishing utilities, electricity, and other accounts.

Make a list, expect, and prepare for these costs, and the moving costs will not damper the adventure of discovering your new area will not be financially hindered.

Moving Made Simple

After arrangements for the current residence that is being said farewell to have been made, it will be important to Cancel or Forward Postal services, utility, electricity, and internet providers. New accounts and services can be established when the new address has been discovered and confirmed.

Start packing well before the move date. Clearly labeled boxes will make life easier to organize when it is time to unpack and set up the new home.

Pack lightly and enjoy the excitement of upcoming change while deciding what to pack and what to donate to charity. Another project for things unwanted items is to have a festive moving sale to help offset moving costs or host a Moving Party.

Being Prepared to Move

Some areas have extra moving concerns. Be sure to determine and plan for any special needs, for example:

 - Rural areas and the availability of water, internet services, electricity, and food sources.
 - Airport proximity should be considered for frequent travelers.
 - Native Language of the destination
 - Dog parks, large animal accommodations, and veterinarian locations
 - Availability of Doctors, pharmacies, and other specialists

Church groups or clubs similar to those involved with before relocation bring consistency to new schedules after moving to an unfamiliar area. All needs should be considered, and resources gathered like after school care, fitness /rehabilitation facilities, or therapists.

Share The Success

Tell loved ones about the change so they may prepare for the difference in routine and prepare for future holidays. Avoid unnecessary stress when family and friends call for surprise visits by discovering nearby accommodations in advance.

Share the fun new location, and with all things considered, enjoy the move with grace.

Things To Avoid When Moving

Moving is one of the major stressful situations in life, but avoiding these common mistakes can make things easier. Here are the pitfalls to avoid on and leading up to Moving Day.

Not Having a Moving Plan

Preplanning and organizing your move is boring and takes a lot of thought and time. But failing to do so will make a move, whether it’s a short distance or cross-country ten times harder. The first decision you have to make is whether to do it yourself or hire a moving company.

Thinking Doing-It-Yourself Is Always Cheaper

Not. There are many factors to consider when deciding to Do It Yourself. Unless you have a lot of friends and family willing to loan you their trucks and vans, you’re going to have to rent a vehicle. According to all the major moving rental companies, the cost varies greatly depending on the area you rent your truck and also whether it’s what they consider a local (you pick up and return the truck in the same location) or a one-way.

Some rental companies charge a total rental that includes mileage, while others allow you a certain number of miles then charge a mileage rate. All companies expect you to pay for the gas you use and return the truck with at least as much gas as was in it when you picked it up. Some companies require the truck to be returned with a full tank of gas.

Size Doesn’t Matter

In addition to time and cost, there’s also the size of the truck to consider. Most rental companies have trucks with automatic transmission and power steering, but if the drivers aren’t used to driving a larger vehicle, there can be some learning going on. An empty truck also handles differently than a full truck, so that can make the trip more stressful, especially if the move is long-distance.

Believing Hiring A Moving Company Is Always Headache Free

Having professional movers do the job for you can be the best thing in the world. It can also be the biggest nightmare. Be certain you read the entire moving contract paying special attention to guarantees of delivery date and the condition of your stuff. Nothing is more heartbreaking than finding personal items damaged beyond repair.

Thinking Family Pets Are Excited About The Move

Cats, in particular, are territorial and don’t like changes in their environment. Be certain that you take into consideration how they are going to react — from the planning stages when there are boxes everywhere to the actual moving day.

If your pet doesn’t like to travel, he probably isn’t going to suddenly enjoy riding 12 hours to a new home. Some pets do well with acclimation — taking them on shorter, test drives in the weeks and months before the move — others get more agitated.

If your animal is especially stressed about traveling, your vet may be able to provide a sedative to help ease the way. There are some natural solutions also but be sure to discuss them with your vet before giving them to your pet.

Not Marking Contents On The Boxes

Telling yourself you can remember which box has the towels and which has the dishes may sound reasonable before you pack them, but when they are sitting row after row in your new home, you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to figure out where they are. Leave a marker out of the packing process and write on the outside at least which room the stuff belongs in. It will only add a few seconds to the time spent packing each box but will save you immeasurable time and frustration on the other end.