How to Make Pudding Pie

Chocolate Pudding Pie Dessert

Whatever the occasion, the one dessert my cousin’s kids beg me to make is Chocolate Pudding Pie. Fortunately, it’s also very inexpensive and simple to prepare. Plus, it doesn’t take a lot of time, so if I’m short on desserts or having company last minute, I can whip it up pretty quickly.

Ingredients

  • 1 ready-made graham cracker pie crust
  • 1 box chocolate instant pudding (5.1 oz. size) – I often skip the vanilla pudding and just double the chocolate! But, you do you boo!
  • 1 box vanilla instant pudding (5.1 oz. size)
  • 5-6 cups of 2% or whole milk
  • 8-16 oz. heavy whipping cream (8 oz. makes 2 cups whipped cream, 16 oz. makes 4)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or sugar substitute)

Directions

Pie

  1. Prepare vanilla pudding by mixing the packet with 2 1/2 to 3 cups of cold milk. (The less milk you use the more mousse-like the consistency. I use 2 3/4 cup for more of a classic pudding texture).
  2. Prepare the chocolate pudding and keep separate from the vanilla pudding.
  3. Pour vanilla pudding into the ready-made graham cracker crust until halfway full.
  4. Cover vanilla pudding with chocolate pudding until crust is nearly full (leave about 1/4″ unfilled to make cutting easier later on and room for whipped cream)
  5. Cover pie and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours)

Whipped Cream

  1. Pour one or two cups of heavy whipping cream into a cold metal or glass bowl
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat on high until soft peaks form
  3. Add sugar or sugar substitute to taste (1 tablespoon per 8 oz. heavy whipping cream is usually sufficient)
  4. Continue beating until desired consistency

Tips

I recommend allowing guests to put whipped cream on their own pie as everyone has different preferences. Putting the whipped cream on the pie in advance is not recommended as it can become runny in the refrigerator.

You will probably have extra vanilla and chocolate pudding. Pour the pudding into tall milkshake glasses (alternating vanilla and chocolate) and top with whipped cream for those who don’t like pie crust.

I use Keebler Ready Crust, which comes in several flavors and sizes. For a larger pie, buy the “two extra serving size.” No extra pudding is necessary, but you won’t have any leftover.

For a kids party, or just for fun, make extra pudding and buy the “mini graham cracker” crusts. Then let the kids fill the crusts themselves. You can also put out toppings like sprinkles, coconut, or chopped nuts for decoration.

Ready-made crusts can also be found in chocolate, shortbread, and fat-free varieties. The flavor makes no difference; use any kind.

Chocolate and vanilla are my family’s favorite, but pudding comes in different flavors too. Match two of your favorites, or for picky eaters, make one that is all chocolate or all vanilla.

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3 Easy Casseroles

Three Easy Casserole Recipes-min

During a busy holiday season, nothing is more comforting than a trusted casserole. Loved ones will appreciate the aroma of the delicious food baking in the oven.

Casseroles were designed for convenience. They can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen for baking later. Or they can be whipped up and cooked right away. Since many casseroles are also one-dish meals, cleanup is easy, so hosts can enjoy their guests.

Healthy Fish Casserole Recipe

Sometimes it’s nice to have something besides standard holiday turkey, ham, and roast beef. Fish is not only delicious; it’s healthy for the heart.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1-1/2 pound of white fish fillets
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Swiss or mild cheddar)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet.
  3. Sauté the diced onion until translucent. Add the wine and cook until the wine is reduced to half.
  4. Pour sautéed onions and wine into the casserole dish. Layer it with the fish fillets.
  5. Bake in a 400-degree oven for approximately 12 to 15 minutes until the fish flakes with a fork.
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the cod and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix 1 tbsp. oil with the garlic powder. Gently fold the bread crumbs into the mixture. Sprinkle the bread mixture on top of the cod. Add the cheese.
  8. Return to the oven for approximately 5 to 10 more minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Holiday Vegetarian Casserole

Vegetarians will appreciate being thought of during holiday meals. This dish can be prepared in advance and baked right before the meal.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large package of ziti pasta
  • 1 14 ounces can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounces can of kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounces can of navy beans
  • 1 24 ounces jar of prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and put it back into the pot.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, kidney beans, and navy beans.
  4. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese over the top.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Easy Potato Side Dish Casserole Recipe

Quick and inexpensive, potatoes are a favorite among adults and children. This potato casserole is filled with flavor and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 bag thawed hash brown potatoes
  • (Optional) 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken or cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine hash brown potatoes, ham if desired, soup, 1 cup of cheese, melted butter, diced onion, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and the diced red bell pepper over the top.
  5. Cover and bake in 350-degree oven for approximately 1 hour.

Casseroles are perfect for the dinner menu at home, offering as a holiday food gift or bringing to a covered dish dinner. Attach a recipe card so others can make it later.

Wine Storage Tips

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How you store your wine can have a direct impact on its shelf life. This post features proper wine storage tips to improve your wine's shelf life.

The following is a guest post from Firstleaf wine membership club. This post is not sponsored, however they did send me a bottle of their wine to try.

The special occasion — a new job, an anniversary, a new addition to the family — is finally here. You’ve been saving a bottle of wine just for this. Maybe you got it at a long ago winery visit. Maybe it’s a bottle you’ve been saving from the day of your wedding. 

Now it’s time to finally open it. But wait! The cork has dropped into the wine! Or the liquid looks grainy and separated. Or has an off smell. What happened? Suddenly all the good vibes from the special day are gone.

Unfortunately, improper wine storage can lead to unhappy moments like these. The wine subscription service Firstleaf has put together a guide to make sure this never happens to you.

How to Build Wine Storage covers everything you need to know about keeping wine for longer than a few weeks.

  • The science behind wine storage
  • An overview of the main types
  • How to build your own

Why Is It So Important To Store Wine Correctly?

The flavor of wine is actually quite delicate. Even a few minutes in a hot car trunk could ruin it. But if you store wine properly, it will not only stay delicious, it will develop deeper flavor that you can enjoy when you drink it.

It’s okay to keep wine on the kitchen counter if you plan to drink it in the next few weeks, but any wine you plan on storing for more than six months requires some sort of refrigeration, or naturally cooled location like a basement. Wine must be kept close to 55 degrees Fahrenheit for long-term storage, and most of our homes are a lot warmer than that!

A few other things to know:

  • Avoid direct sunlight, which can quickly heat the wine up even on cool days
  • Keep the wine horizontal. This keeps the cork moist. If the cork dries out it shrinks and may drop into the wine. 

The Main Types of Wine Storage

There are three main types of wine storage. 

Wine Racks

A wine rack goes in your kitchen or bar area. It has space for 10-15 bottles to lay horizontally. A wine rack is for short-term storage of wine you plan to drink in the next few months. Wine racks must be hidden away from direct sunlight, and shouldn’t be kept next to anything that gets lot, like the stove or your toaster.

Wine Refrigerators

A wine refrigerator is the simplest option for long-term storage of wine. These appliances are designed especially for wine and will hold a certain number of bottles. They keep the wine at the proper temperature and humidity to ensure quality.

Wine Cellars

Traditionally wine was kept in underground cellars, which stayed cool year-round. But many of us live in homes without basements — or if we have them, we heat them. So a modern wine cellar is usually a room that is build especially for storing wine, with custom heating and cooling elements.

How to Build Your Own

There are a few interesting options for DIY wine storage, especially racks. They make a good beginning woodworking project. See Firstleaf’s guide for more details.

Wine Storage Tips From First Leaf

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

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.