Monday, February 22, 2021

Calling All Good Deal Lovers!

Lets face it, everyone loves a good deal no matter who they are.  Imagine walking into Target and Walmart everyday and everything is 50% off or more.  You'd be so thrilled and would quickly scoop up plenty of items I can guarantee.  That's how I feel about Facebook Marketplace.

If you're not familiar with Facebook Marketplace, it's where all bargain lovers unite.  The marketplace consists of everyone in your town and surrounding towns selling things they no longer need for low prices.  You can search by zipcode but it's available pretty much anywhere.  Choose from categories like electronics, housewares, home/garden, furniture, baby/kids, tools, and more.  It's like one big virtual garage sale (and let's not get started on my adoration for those!) 

Since we moved into a big house, we obviously need to fill the space.  While we've bought brand new furniture, it can get expensive.  Gently used furniture is just as good as long as it's in excellent condition.  Just this morning I purchased a coffee table and matching end table set from a seller who was only asking $100.  The set is in perfect shape from a major furniture company and if I bought it new it would have been hundreds of dollars! I feel happy to decorate my home for a fraction of the cost of what new furniture would be.  We also got a high end electric fireplace for $200 that was $500 new.  What could be better than saving money and getting what you need? Nothing! 

I've sold plenty of Scarlett's old clothes and toys on there, and it's a great way to get some quick cash and declutter. I find myself always browsing the children's section looking for anything Jack or Scarlett would enjoy.  When we were moving back in November, I sold plenty of housewares that we weren't planning on bringing with us to our new home.

You never know what each click will bring and it's important to express interest in buying the item as soon as you see it.  It could be gone as quick as you saw it!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

5 Ways To Get the Whole Family Involved in the Moving Process

I’ve seen a lot of you on Instagram moving to new homes lately, so I figured that I would try to be timely and create an article that would help you out, if you are in the same boat as some of my friends. So, this one is for everyone that is moving in the near future - with kids!

Life doesn’t stop just because you’re moving. You still need to show up at your job, the dog still needs to get walked, and the kids still need your care and attention. And while you can’t do much about incorporating your job or your pets into the move, your kids can certainly get involved. Giving your kids some of their own moving responsibilities - provided they’re within their skill set - keeps them busy and entertained, and many kids love to help out with “adult” tasks around the house. So don’t just turn on the TV and distract your little ones. Instead, give them something to do. Here are a few ways to get the whole family involved in the moving process:

Still need to choose the home?

The first stage of moving is finding another place to live, obviously. Let your kids provide some input on where you go next by taking them along when you’re looking at houses or apartments or letting them browse listings with you. You’ll learn some important insight from them about what they consider to be the perfect home, and you’ll get an extra set of eyes for evaluating what you find. It’s one of the best ways kids can help move, and helps put a positive spin on the upcoming transition. When you finally do move into your new home, your kids will feel that much better about it knowing they had a say in where you chose (even if that say was more figurative than literal).

Toss out the junk

The cardinal rule of moving: always bring less. Moving is one of the best opportunities we have for throwing out junk and only holding on to the things that really matter to us or serve a necessary function. If you are a parent, I know that you have an overflowing room full of toys that you can probably scale down. Involving your kids in this organizational stage isn’t just a great way to take some tasks off your plate; it’s also a fantastic opportunity for teaching your kids about the importance of giving back. Explain that a lot of kids aren’t as fortunate and don’t have as many toys and books. Then, give them a box and tell them to fill it with things they no longer play with or use so another child can have them. You can go together to drop them off at a donation site. Just be sure to sift through the items they choose so you don’t accidentally end up donating your driver’s license or spare set of car keys. When it comes to baby items, you can do it yourself because the baby obviously cannot take on a task like this.

Explore your new city while the movers work hard

Welcome home! If you are moving to a new city, or even a new part of town, take it for a spin and let the kids (and yourself!) have some fun. Grab coffee or a fresh juice, head to a local playground, and have a fun picnic. While you are having fun, movers, like Fresh Start - The Moving Crew, can help you out because they offer a packing and moving service in Worcester and the greater New England area. They say, “Pride is taken on every job with every mover, as there is a mutual understanding that great work produces a greater reward.” They will give you a free over-the-phone moving quote and the quote will fit your budget, to the best of their ability. Following that, one of their experienced staff members will meet you for a completely free-of-charge onsite appointment to ensure that all details of your move are accounted for and that they are giving you the fairest price possible. They say, “our staff is friendly and completely dedicated to getting this on-site estimate done properly, because this vital step will minimize any headaches. We have the tools and vehicles for any job, and come prepared for any situation. As your local movers in MA, we’re dedicated to delivering the best moving experience possible. The highest achievement for Fresh Start – The Moving Crew is to know that every customer is 100% satisfied with the services provided.” When you get done exploring your new area, Fresh Start will have your new home set up for you!

Let your kids choose their own room

I remember the best part of moving when I was younger was the ability to choose my own room in the new house. Get your kids involved by choosing their room and where to put their furniture. They will have so much fun doing so! 

Get them involved in the unpacking process

Once you've moved into your new place, get your kids involved in the unpacking process. Put them in charge of unpacking things in their own room, such as the books on their bookshelf or the clothes in their dresser. Keep in mind that you can always rearrange, and it’s an easy fix if they put something in a not-quite-ideal spot. Throughout the rest of the house you can have them help bring items to the rooms where they need to go, telling them to just leave things on the counter or floor so you can put them away later.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Make Your Floors Look Amazing with Toppin's Cordless Vacuum

As a mom of 2 kids and a dog, my floors need to be vacuumed everyday if not more.  Scarlett complains about how loud the vacuum is and says I vacuum too much.  Dust and debris gathers so easily and I hate seeing it on the floor.  What can I say? Clean floors make me happy.

Toppin focuses on creating premium products in home comfort that can help their customers to live cleaner and healthier lives.  By using powerful and innovative technologies, they strive towards the goal to keep their customers living in a comfortable environment in an easier way.  The brand offers air purifiers for small and large rooms, humidifiers, automatic soap dispensers, and a cordless vacuum.  As you can see, Toppin really focuses on a clean and healthy lifestyle. 

The air purifiers would be perfect in any room of your home to ensure the air is clean and safe.  Any bathroom would be thrilled to have the automatic soap dispenser to avoid germs and contamination.  Keep Toppin in mind for any of your clean living needs from here on out.

I definitely believe in freshly vacuumed and washed floors whenever possible.  My parents also enjoy the same thing, so I knew they'd be delighted when Toppin's cordless vacuum showed up at their door. 

One thing that instantly drew me to this vacuum is that it's cordless.  In the past the cords on my vacuums always get tangled and become a complicated mess.  I've spent a lot of time untangling them in frustration.  Let's not mention that I've accidentally vacuumed over the cord which did not lead to anything good.  The fact that this vacuum is cordless and you'll never have to worry about being too far away from the outlet is wonderful.   The runtime between each four hour charge needed is 35 minutes.  In my opinion, 35 minutes is more than enough time to vacuum whatever areas of your house you need.  Once you're close to recharging time, the battery level indicator is convenient for telling you when it's time to recharge.  

There are so many things to love about this vacuum including the tangle-free brush roll that resists and reduces hair wrap and attachment while vacuuming.  This is fantastic for someone who has a dog that sheds a lot! The LED headlights can clean up the dirt behind a bed or any other dark place like a closet.  

If you're looking for a vacuum with a strong suction, this one is it! Dirt, debris, and pet hair is tackled instantly with the 12kPa strong suction that delivers a perfect floor-cleaning performance to meet all of your flooring demands.  This vacuum is not just for hardwoods, but ideal for wood, tile, and low rug.  You'll love being able to easily convert it from a stick vacuum to a handheld vacuum with versatile attachments, allowing you to reach corners, stairs, and crevices.  

The best part about the vacuum is how light-weight and space saving it is.  At just 3.08 lbs, it's ideal for storing in a basement, garage, or closet.  It can also be placed on the wall with a wall-mount and charge at the same time, saving you more storage space and time! 

My parents opened the vacuum and set it up as soon as it arrived.  My dad vacuums several times a day due to pet hair.  He of course had to test it out right away with this sleek and beautiful vacuum.  I was told that it was beyond simple to put together and took no less than one minute to assemble.  The vacuum is not overly loud and has amazing suction.  It can effortlessly go from hardwoods to low-pile carpet with ease.  If you have a tile floor, it works wonderfully on that too.  My dad said it was easy to hold the trigger to use and it was not uncomfortable to push.  The vacuum easily switches to a handheld to banish dirt away from baseboards, stairs, and other crevices.   Of course the best part is there's no cord and the freedom to vacuum anywhere in your home you want. 

Once you've done all the vacuuming you need to do the canister is easy to empty into the trash.  The vacuum's suction was fantastically powerful and the amount of dust, dirt and debris picked up was impressive.

Both of my parents are very pleased with how well the vacuum performs.  They are going to wall-mount it in the garage to save space in their home.  

If you're in the market for a compact vacuum that is well designed, Toppin's cordless vacuum may be the one for you.

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Toppin for providing a product sample in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own.