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Self Care Tips to Do This Summer #guestpost

When it comes to self care, this is something that you should be practicing 365 days a year. In reality, self care gets put on the back burner with many other hustles such as work, relationships and other items in your free time. Now that summer is here, how are you helping yourself to incorporate a better self care routine to make your day run a little bit smoother? Of course, you can schedule a few vacation days to give you a few breaks and enjoy the warm weather, as well as enjoy the outdoors more because of the nice weather too. Below are a few easy self care tips that might improve your mood not only this season but continued into the next.

Clean Your Home: There are some of us that love to clean to help us distress but others loathe it. Honestly , taking just a few minutes to tidy up your home can give you tremendous relief. Look into the rooms of your home that you spend the most time in, aka your kitchen, bedroom, family room and garage. From there, this can help you dial back your anxiety of becoming overwhelmed and start in one room for a few minutes. Organizing, purging and cleaning can help you manage the stress and feel less overwhelmed and taking it one room at a time can assist in that.

Try A New Plan: We all attempt to stay as active as we can. If you already not as active or feeling restless in your routine, it might be time for you to commit to a new plan. Because the morning is often bright, consider meeting up with a friend before you get busy throughout the day and enjoy going on a long walk together. Another idea could be trying something new if exercising isn’t your style, enjoy a new experience such as hard labor like gardening outside. Physical movement and fresh air could be a great game changer for you.

Work On A New Style: We’ve all had the moment where we’ve had our hair done and it instantly improves your mental health and mood. Visiting a hairdresser or barber can help improve your well being and can take us to a happier time. Sometimes it could also give you anxiety because you might be loosing your hair due to stress or genetics. If you are one of those you should look into trying a new procedure that’s being done throughout the United States.  Picasso Scalp Micropigmentation, Austin Texas is a new way to help bring your confidence back to both men and women. Started by an incredible and talented barber, Jeff Villenas, this non-surgical treatment helps those seeking a more full head of hair with little recovery thanks to scalp micropigmentation in the Austin, Texas area.

Splurge On A New Outfit/ Space: With a new outlook on your hair and your home, now could be the time to splurge up your home with a new outfit or new items for your home. Some ideas could be changing out your bedding or donating old clothes to a local charity or church near me. If your budget allows it, treat yourself for a few summer theme items that you feel your best and feel great in. New sandals and shades could be your way of enjoying your new confidence.

Read A New Novel: I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a stack full of books next to their bedside table and have yet to crack any of them open. With the shades drawn and the cool air coming in, now is the time to enjoy some peace and quiet and enjoy a new book from the comfort of your bed or enjoy outside while your kids play on the swing set. Whatever it is, set a few minutes aside either in the morning or at night.

I hope that all these are helpful self care tips to help you improve your overall well being, mood and feeling your best self from the inside out. Try to do one thing per week or one thing per day to get going.


8 Packing Hacks When Moving #guestpost

Moving is almost rarely enjoyable. I mean, you have to pack up all your stuff just to unpack it again somewhere else? You eat off of paper plates with plastic utensils for your last week because you know your kitchen takes the most to pack. You shift boxes around for weeks while you try and continue living in your home. It’s just not fun.

The fun comes on the other end when you get to unpack and decorate somewhere new! Whether you’re moving to a new city, a new apartment, with a significant other, into your first married home…it’s exciting doing something new. Now, to get to the new, and past the terrible process of moving, here are my packing hacks.

Label everything! Unless you’re packing things in the boxes they originally came in such as your pans, Keurig or pots make sure to label your boxes with the room, general contents, and whether it’s fragile or not. This will help you to locate it once you move as well as you can tell the content inside without having to open each box and be surprised.

Wrap your clothes. Now…what does this mean? Chances are, you have a few things on hangers. Once upon a time, I would move the clothes separately from the hangers and then have to put everything back together. Then, thanks to Pinterest, I found the best hack. It saves so much time! Take a garbage bag and literally wrap up your clothes right on the hanger. This will keep them clean in moving trucks, and just make them easier to move.

Baggies are your friend. If you have furniture or hanging pieces that require particular hardware, take it off the wall or take it apart, and immediately put the unique pieces into their own unique baggie. Then, label the baggie. Keep all of your hardware in one box to make it easier to move as well. What is a magic box? See the post below!

Have a magic box. There are going to be a few things that you need pretty soon after arriving at the new place. Things like hardware, some cleaning supplies, box cutter, etc. Put all of this in a box and carry this box with you. The last thing you want is to have to go hunting for a box cutter so you can then find the toilet paper when you have to pee at your new home.

Prep the new place. If you have the chance to get into your new place before your hired moving day, prep the place with the essentials. Make sure there’s some water for you and whoever is helping you. You’ll need toilet paper as well. Probably some paper towels. If you have things that are precious to you, go ahead and get them in the place before the movers start moving.

Image: Gameday Moving Services Houston

Take The Stress Out: One of the easiest hacks to help you through a move is having someone else help you with managing it. How can you do that? Hire a professional moving company to do the hard work for you! Gameday Moving Services Houston is the answer to this issue. These long-distance movers in Houston, Texas offer a variety of services to help you that not only include packing and moving but even more specific needs such as packing and unpacking, furniture disassembly and reassembling, and art and antique moving. They are friendly, professional, and extremely helpful when you need a break from the overwhelming feeling of moving.

Don’t procrastinate. Seriously. I’ve helped my sister move enough times to know that procrastination is the worst. Moving a grocery bag of miscellaneous socks and underwear isn’t efficient! Plan out weekends or nights that you have a few hours to go through room by room on what should be packed up.

Use things to help pack other things. Everything from your home will be moving to your next home. Use towels as padding for fragile items. Rip up old newspapers to act as filler for things. Use balled up socks to stuff into glasses. Use what you already have efficiently to also protect your belongings.

While these hacks are only the beginning of easy things to help you move, I’m sure there are many more that I’d love to hear in the comments below! What are some crazy hacks you’ve tried or heard of before? While I might not be moving personally for a while, I hope to take these into consideration when the big day does arrive!


5 Ways To Decide If You Are Ready To Move #guestpost

 Moving is a long, stressful process, but sometimes (although it is dreaded), it’s a process that you need to go through. If you are not sure if you are ready to tackle a move, or if you do not know if you need to tackle a move, read through this list of ways to decide if you are ready to move. I hope that it helps you figure out if a move is worth your time, money, and effort, or not.

You’re running out of space

Look around your space. Are you slowly running out of space? Books are piling up on the shelves, boxes are piling up in closets and in the attic, and before long, your items are all over your table, in corners, and in other random spaces. If this sounds familiar, then it may be time to move. One of the most obvious tell-tale signs that it’s time to move is when you no longer have room for anything. Maybe you had a baby. Maybe an aging parent is moving in with you. Maybe you need an extra guest room. Or maybe you just can’t turn around without tripping over all your stuff. Whatever the reason, when space is tight, you know it’s time to move to a bigger place.

Alternatively, maybe you have too much space. That is a thing, too. There’s no reason in spending more money on a home that you really aren’t using. If so, it might be time to downsize. Leaving a large home filled with memories can be a hard decision. But remember:  less really is more. By downsizing, decluttering, and moving to a home that better suits your current needs, you’ll be able to spend more time doing what you love and less time cleaning an empty house.

Your commute is killing you

Live far away from work? The process of commuting can be an extremely stressful experience. Sick of fighting traffic for over an hour? Figure out if you can rent or buy a home closer to your work. Over time, the daily grind of getting to and from work may be too much to handle. For this reason, many folks gladly pack their bags for the chance to live closer to work. Not only will moving closer to work grant you more sleep but it could also make you a healthier person. In fact, if commuting to work stresses you out, cutting that part out of your everyday life can dramatically improve your overall mood, stress levels, and happiness, which will in turn, improve your overall health.

Your financial situation changes

Financial changes at home can have a big impact on where you live. For the lucky ones, those who inherit money, receive a raise, or land a higher-paying job, this could mean possessing the financial resources to move to a new, nicer house. For the unlucky ones, those who lose a job or lose money somehow, this could mean having to downsize your home and lifestyle. Either way, this is a really great deciding factor to determine if you are ready (or need to) move or not.

You want more land

More and more people are starting to figure out that more land = more freedom. Raising your own animals and growing your own food is fun and liberating. You know exactly what is going into your body and you save a lot of money by doing this. For those that are looking into land, it’s expensive, but if you are able to afford it and you know that it’s the path for you, then you’re ready to move!

You’re ready!

While there are many other questions that you could ask yourself, or many other reasons that signal the readiness of moving, these are a few really great things to determine if you are ready or not. Once you are ready, make sure to set yourself up for success. Find a great real estate agent, get preapproved for a home, and find reputable movers, such as Our Truck Moving. They have a furniture pick up service that makes it really easy to declutter before you tackle your move, too, and also offer normal moving services such as residential moving, commercial moving, and more. They are experienced movers in Garland, Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and the surrounding areas. They have amazing customer service, great reviews, and they are ready to make the process easier for you!