Tips for Using Moving Boxes

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Choosing boxes for your next move is important, because they need to be strong and able to withstand the moving truck, movers and travel. Since we are in the business of shipping and hear horror stories of boxes getting smashed (or worse!), we want to give you a few tips to prevent this from happening to you.

Photo Credit - Wikipedia

Photo Credit – Wikipedia

The most important thing to remember is to purchase strong ‘moving’ boxes. If you need to purchase boxes, don’t settle for just any box, purchase real moving boxes from a moving company. This does not mean you need to buy brand new boxes, this means you need to buy actual moving boxes (you can find them on Craigslist or EBay). We recommend that you’re picky when buying used boxes – take a close look before you buy them and ask the seller what was used in the these boxes. If the boxes held heavy books over many miles, the box might be compromised. Whether you buy moving boxes from a moving company or buy them used, be smart.

Pick the right size box for what you are shipping. You want to make sure that your boxes are not over or under-packed, they need to be just the right size to fit what you need. If your boxes are not packed enough they will be crushed when other boxes are placed on top of them and if they are over packed they may burst at the seams. Read More

How to Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

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Medicine CabinetRather than throwing all of your medicine and vitamins in a drawer or making them fit in a medicine cabinet, we want to help you make them accessible and organized.

The first thing you should do is take everything out and sort. Once all of your items are out in the open take a look at the expiration dates and throw away anything that’s expired. Next, take a look at what you have and make a list of things you need. This will help with your shopping list.

Within your medicine cabinet I recommend categorizing everything by usage, like a daily medicines group (such as daily vitamins, sleep aids, Tylenol and Advil) and less frequent necessities like cough syrup, Vicks vapor rub and your cold medicines. Or you could sort things according to type of medicine, like a first aid group, cold & allergy group, and antibiotics. Then put together all of your cold medicines, your pain medicine, your vitamins, etc. Use whichever system works better for your family! Read More

Creative Ways to Display Your Child’s Schoolwork

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September has arrived and school has begun which means you already have papers coming home from school. There are so many papers to showcase and save, but the question is how? Below are three creative ways to save and display your child’s paperwork from school.

Photo From http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/

Photo From http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/

Create a Binder. We recently went to back to school night and my son’s teacher recommended taking all of the school work that comes home, putting three holes in it and placing it in a binder. Keep it in your kitchen, office or living room and show it to friends and family. It will be interesting to go back and compare the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

Laundry line. Take a wall in your child’s room or playroom and hang a clothes line which you can then hang your child’s artwork and papers on to display in a unique way. Check Pinterest, which is where we got the idea! Read More

TSI Ships Power Wheelchair to Disabled Veteran

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This is a power wheelchair from Permobil. This is an example of the wheelchair that we shipped to a veteran in need. Learn more about Permobil's products at http://www.permobilus.com/. The 'I Support Our Veterans' Pin is credited to Pinmart.com - you can purchase this pin online at http://www.pinmart.com/I-Support-Our-Veterans-Pin.aspx

Photo Credit Permobil / Pinmart.com

We were contacted by a gentleman who wanted to ship a power wheelchair from West Plains, MO to Knoxville, TN. At a quick glance this looks like any of the 8,000 shipments TSI does annually, but after you peel back a layer you can see this is a testament of good will and the good (giving) nature of Americans.

Richard requested a quote to ship a power wheelchair to Knoxville, to benefit a disabled veteran. The wheelchair was a Permobil brand wheelchair, and their motto is “Changing Lives” – a passionate company mantra that has a big impact on people’s lives.

This power wheelchair was fairly heavy, so the cost to ship it was higher than a regular wheelchair would be. Liz in our shipping team asked management to take a look at this shipment and what it was for. TSI discounted the cost of shipping the chair considerably, and the shipment went forward. So far, this is a typical TSI charitable shipment.

On following up with Richard about the shipment we learned so much more, and it gives everything that much more meaning. We asked how this situation came to be, and we learned that Richard had traveled to Knoxville to buy a dog, and that the person who was the dog breeder was a disabled veteran. Read More

What Exactly Can a Mover Do for Me?

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MovingBefore you can figure out how a mover can help you, you need to know what it is you want to move, how far you are moving and exactly how much help you will need.

There are so many different types of moving companies – local movers, long distance movers, PODs, uHaul, etc. This means that moving companies can do exactly what you need. Long-distance movers like Transit Systems can move only a few items across the country at an economy price, or local movers can move your whole house right down the street while you pick up nothing and tell them where everything goes for a lot of money. Read More

Must Haves for Your Laundry Room

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Let’s be honest, the laundry is where you spend a lot of your time. Whether you have a new baby spitting up on their clothes, a teenage boy who plays sports or a construction working husband with tons of sweaty, dirty clothes, you can’t seem to ever finish laundry – it always multiplies!
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Since you spend so much time in your laundry room, you should make sure that it works for you and has everything you need, like:

Counter Space. If you haven’t purchased a washer and dryer yet, consider buying front-load machines. This will allow you to use the top of your washer and dryer, so you have more space to fold and/or organize things! If you already have the ‘normal’ machines then find a way to create counter space either next to or even behind them.

Sink. A sink is great to have in your laundry room because it allows you to prewash stains right there. Plus if you need to rinse cleats, boots, etc. this is the perfect place – so much better than in your kitchen sink! Read More

The Return of Thursday Night Football #TNF

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Thursday Night Football – Food Ideas and Recipes

Photo of Dave's Ultimate Guacamole posted by ~TxCin~ILove2Ck of Corpus Christi, Texas

Photo of Dave’s Ultimate Guacamole posted by ~TxCin~ILove2Ck of Corpus Christi, Texas

Guacamole

This is a staple of dipping foods that go well with almost any kind of chip! That said you preferably may want to go with tortilla chips, but this is going to be served at your house – so dip as you please with chips you like!

The best guacamole starts with ripe avocados, so make sure you pick a few good ones at the store for this. The recipe we chose for this is called Dave’s Ultimate Guacamole – find the recipe link here. The photo was taken by TxCin~ILove2Ck of Corpus Christi, Texas, and it sure looks good! Read More

Our Favorite Chocolate Brownie Recipes

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Chocolate is one of the most popular desserts, whether you like dark chocolate, milk chocolate or mint chocolate, chocolate has a way of making you smile! This could be used to realize the stress of moving, a comfort food or just to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Here are some easy chocolate brownie recipes that put a fun twist on brownies.

Brownie Mint Cookies

– there really isn’t a recipe for these, making them simple and delicious. Purchase a box of brownies and mix according to the box plus an extra cup of flour and a whole pack of chopped up Andes mints. Bake them at 325 for about 9 minutes. Delicious! Read More

How to Help Make a Smooth Transition to a New School

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You may be moving to a better school district and neighborhood, moving to be closer to family or maybe you are running away from a bully – either way you, as the parent, know that this move is in the best interest of the child. The child may disagree and be very angry with you for taking them out of their comfort zone and for making them leave their friends, which is why we put together a list of things you can do to help your child adjust.

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Spend time at the school. If you know that you will be moving in the next few months, then go to the school and get familiar with the building and the area. For younger children spend an afternoon playing on the playground and for teens take them to a chorus concert or sports game. Most schools have a lot going on during the school year which is a great time to engage your child with the school and get them excited about this new chapter!

Talk up the school. Tell your child about the great features of the school. If your child plays a sport, tell them how good the team is that they would be joining – try to introduce them to the coach as well. For the younger kids, tell them about the exciting new playground or the fun new gym that they will get to play in.

Find someone that goes to the school. Do some research and figure out if an acquaintance or an old friend of your child’s goes to that school, which will give your child a small sense of comfort because at least they know one person when walking into the lunch room or going out on the playground. Read More

Do’s and Don’ts When Taking Listing Photos

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Listing photos are what will attract potential buyers to your visit your home, so take the time to read these dos and don’ts of taking listing photos.

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Do: Use a real camera, not a Smartphone. Your smart phone takes good photos but using a ‘real’ camera will allow the photos to be enlarged and viewed better online.
Do: Take a shot from the curb and use that as your main photo. The first photo that you take should be of the house and a great spot to take it from is the curb. Make sure your landscape is taken care of before you take the photo.
Do: Order your photos. Put your photos in the order that you would see the photos as you walk through the house. This will help potential buyers feel as though they are walking through your house. Read More

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