5 tips for a fast and efficient moving

Moving is no joke; especially when you’re a busy parent and just don’t have enough time to invest in a moving project. However, having proper guidance and good moving tips can definitely help smooth out the process. I have moved a few times in my life, and I can assure that these tips that I’m going to share with you may seem very basic, but they do come really handy. So if you’re planning to move in 2020 or in a near future, or even help a friend or a family member move, you owe it to yourself to read this post all the way to the end!

TIP 1 : Planning and Budgeting.

Planning your moving process ahead of time is crucial; and as for every project, planning makes life so much easier. Would you need a sitter for your kids that day? Book one very early on. Would you need to work with a professional moving company? Do your due diligence and decide if you’d need to hire one or not? How much can you afford? Compare their rates. How many boxes approximately do you need? What other tools do your need? Don’t forget things like, trash bags, newspapers, sturdy tapes etc… Just like planning, budgeting for your moving is important. The cost of moving usually adds up when you factor in all the expenses from buying moving tools, or water for the helpers, to working with movers or renting a moving truck. Think about it; it’s going to be a pretty busy day and worrying about money should be the least of your concern. Have a budget in place and work around it.

TIP 2: Decluttering

Nobody wants to move into a new place with a bunch of things they don’t need or haven’t used in years. If you don’t already do a seasonal decluttering, a pre-moving declutter may just turn out to be very beneficial to you. One good decluttering practice is to donate, sell, or get rid of anything you haven’t used in at least a year. Things that don’t fit well or that you just don’t like anymore, kids toys that they outgrew, …etc can be donated to a local charity, a church, a daycare or a friend or neighbor that may need them. You’ll be checking your one good deed off for the month too! 😉

Doing a garage sale or selling items that are in excellent or good condition on websites such as ebay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist… is a good way to declutter, but also to make a little money on the side.

Decluttering may seem like a lot of work, but you would be surprised how many unused or unnecessary things you have in your house that are just using space you think you do not have. Decluttering is an excellent rule of thumb for a successful moving and will save you a great deal of space and money.

TIP 3: Protect and Organise.

We talked about newspapers, sturdy tapes, labeling, boxes and some other packing tools in tip 1. Remember? Yes, here’s how they come in place. Those wines glasses or other fragile gadgets need to be well-packed and protected. imagine your sentiment when unpacking your beloved belongings to only realize that they have been damaged or broken in the moving or unpacking process. Not a good feeling, so save yourself the headache and use some newspapers or clothes to protect your breakable items. I also find that trash bags can help in protecting your clothes that are on a hanger. Use them as the clothes bags used in the retail stores. Big blankets and sheets are also good to protect large mirrors or home goods; and some moving companies do provide some of those, when you work with them.

TIP 4: Labelling and Color Coding

I have labeled and numbered my moving boxes for most of my moving experiences, which I think is a great process, but some moving companies such as Relief Moving Company LLC are using Color Coding instead. The way color coding works is that you choose a color and you attribute that color to each room. For example, you may choose to use the color green for all boxes that belong in the Living room, and at a glance, the movers can see any boxes with the color green and know that those boxes are for the living room, without having to read what’s written on the boxe. Smart, isn’t it? Each room has its own color and the movers (or whoever is helping) would have a sheet with all colors and their designated room. Do you prefer color coding your boxes or labeling them?

Whether you choose to label and numbered your boxes or color code them, this is ultimately one of the MUST in your moving process and you not want to skip it.

TIP 5 : Hire a Professional Moving Company

We all can agree by now that moving can be quite stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. In my opinion, this is one step that a lot of people tend to overlook but it’s definitely an important one in my book. Professional movers help you save time and they ensure that everything is done in a timely fashion, and that your belongings are secure and safe. Another great perk about hiring professional movers is that they do all the heavy lifting for you and eliminate the risk of you or someone else getting hurt. If you live in Minneapolis or in the Twin Cities area, the folks at Relief Moving Company, LLC are highly recommended! They are located in Blaine and serve Blaine and its surrounding areas. Their customer service is outstanding and they are fast and efficient. The testimonials on their page are proof that they are one of the top movers in the twin cities with affordable and competitive rates. The lovely and friendly couple in charge, Adam and Itzel Page, own the company and have over 15 years of experience in the industry. They offer both residential and commercial moving services.

Hiring professional movers has become a necessity for most people, because of the amount of stress they can relieve and take out of your moving experience; so if you are living in the Minnesota area call this Commercial Moving Company in Blaine, MN for the relief you need.  Pun intended 🙂

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What 5 years of blogging taught me.

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That feeling of new beginnings is in the air… Can you feel it? 5 years ago today, I took a leap of faith and hit the “Publish” button for the very first time on my very first blog post. It was a very nerve-wracking yet exciting start. For so many reasons, I have tried to talk myself out of starting a blog; but eventually, I started it and I never looked back. 

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It hasn’t been easy; but easy has never been promised. I’m excited to see where this new milestone takes me; but I’ve also learned to trust the process and enjoy the journey as challenging it may be. 

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So you may be wondering what’s next? Well, there’s no big announcement or exciting news today; but what I can tell you is that if you stay the course with me, you may just enjoy the ride and appreciate the experience. Most importantly, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to you all. 💗

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I wish I had a blog anniversary post, or visual to share with you all, but this throwback will have to do for now.🙂 I have been extremely busy in the last month working towards a dear goal of mine and creating content just hasn’t been easy; but I’m working on it. 

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What I’m trying to say is,  with all new starts, fear may creep in, you may need to step out of your comfort zone, you may face criticism and challenges, you may lose friends (and gain new ones along the way), you may realize that it’s not as easy as you thought it would be; the thought of quitting may even entice you… but this is all normal and part of your new chapter and your new growth. It’s all meant to be; and if your desire to make your life learning journey a life-changing one is strong enough, you may become the absolute best version of yourself in every possible way. 

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The resounding “No’s” are one step closer to a big yes or many “yesses”. The temporary defeats are not failures. They are setbacks for a greater comeback; and failure will never overtake you, if your determination to succeed is strong enough.  If you will take anything away from this post, remember to greet each day with love in your heart, for that is the greatest secret of all success in all ventures. Cheers to a happy and prosperous August!

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Clean and Fresh with Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™!

This post is sponsored by Summer’s Eve®, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Hello darlings,
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for ways to make your life easier, simpler, and stress free… Who wouldn’t right?! While we can’t really control all the busyness life throws at us, we can certainly decide not to worry about certain things… And for me, starting my day fresh and staying fresh through it all with Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ is not just an option; it’s a necessity!

Made specifically for your period, the new Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ line keeps me feeling fresh during my period and beyond!
If you’ve never experienced the freshness of Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™, you’re probably wondering why the hype? Well, with ingredients including a patented odor-reducing ingredient, FreshCycle™ is proven to reduce period odor without dyes, parabens, and alcohol AND it is pH- balanced and gynecologist-tested

Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ is not just a perfect “refreshing” boost for that time of the month; you know what time I’m referring to… Yeah, Visit from Aunt Flo, Moon Time… or whatever you call it! FreshCycle™ is also perfect for any day of the month! We can all agree that period times are not
always the freshest moments of a girl’s life; and while that can lower your confidence and keep you anxious! Summer’s Eve ® can help.

Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ made it easy with their flushable* Cleansing Cloths, perfect for your everyday use and your convenience.
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While my FreshCycle™ No-Rinse Cleansing foam is a staple in my home, Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ Cleansing Cloths and soft packs are one of my on-the-go beauty must-haves.

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Like I mentioned earlier, they are flushable and the individually wrapped Cleansing cloths, are easily accessible and can fit in even the smallest bag! 🙂 These products sure do keep me clean and fresh at all times! Whether it’s after a nice workout at the gym or a quick bathroom break, especially during my period, they are my little secret weapon to keep things clean and fresh around “Mother Earth”! Did I mention that they are also the perfect Summer/Spring travel essentials? Furthermore, Summer’s Eve® is known for developing personal care products that are trusted, safe, gynecologist and dermatologist-tested. When personal care and intimate parts products are safely made to help women feel fresh and clean throughout the day, it can only boost their confidence and help with their daily lifestyle.

Well ladies, if you want to start your day fresh, stay fresh and stay confident, get yourself (and your girlfriends) these must-haves Summer’s Eve® FreshCycle™ essentials, and… mission accomplished! 😉

Thank you for supporting the brands that support Hypnoz Glam, Thanks to Summer’s Eve®for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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Kicking Off Summer…

This post was sponsored Optimum Nutrition as part of Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

There’s no better time in the year than Spring and Summer to enjoy outdoors activities, and for someone who lives in the Midwest, I cannot tell you how much this time is anticipated! We Midwesterners can’t just see a warmer weather without being overly excited to enjoy some sun-filled outdoors activities.

Can you really blame us? Let’s break out the snacks and refreshment and let’s head outdoors; but before anything and all things, let’s not forget the most important meal of the day. Kashi GO Cereal -Peanut Butter Crunch is a favorite on the breakfast table, and I have to admit that we also love to snack on them. It’s good that this cereal is plant-based and packed with 10 gram of protein in every serving; The Bonus is that, you can’t deny how great this crunchy, peanut butter goodness cereal tastes. Yummy 🙂

From biking, to beach times, to entertaining family and friends, Summer just could not come any sooner; and we know there’s no summer entertainment without some delicious meals or snacks and refreshments. Some of the most coveted drinks at our get-togethers are Anheuser Busch Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold and  Lime Cactus. If you enjoy a light and refreshing lime taste, Michelob ULTRA Lime Cactus is for you. On the other hand, Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold is a light lager with a superior golden taste.

It’s good to know that it contains no artificial colors and flavors and is triple filtered and brewed. I also like that it’s made with organic grains which not only leaves you with a fresh and pure taste; but also gives you that guilt-free feeling of drinking a better version of similar beverages. In all cases and circumstances, it’s important to drink responsibly and not to drive under influence.

Summer calls for a lot of outdoor activities and one of the things I always try to remind myself of is to always have natural and delicious snacks at hands at all times; especially when kids are involved. Trust me it’s a lifesaver. Some of favorite are Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Pretzel Protein Crisp. I love that they are protein bars, but they are very unique and delicious with crispy texture. Another favorite is Chocolate Donut Cake Bites.

They are deliciously whipped and coated with chocolate flavored frosting. I love that they are a convenient grab and go option for both active kids and adults. These snacks are not only delicious, but they keep you fueled for the day.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet as to if you should try these yummy snacks for your summer time activities, wait no longer. Go to your nearest Walmart now and thank me later.

We love to enjoy precious and unforgettable moments, and while we have our own Summertime traditions, we also love to experience new things and explore new places; Summer is just perfect to get out and get active and Walmart is inviting everyone to enter their Get out Get active Sweepstakes.

Go enter HERE now to win some awesome prizes, including a Schwinn Sidewinder bike. For official rules please visit GetActiveThisSummer.com

Schwinn Sidewinder bikes with their steel mountain-style frame and front and suspension ride so smoothly and are perfect for your summer biking activities. Their light and strong alloy rims provide added durability and stability. I also love the fact that the bikes have adjustable seat to accommodate all heights. Another great feature of the Schwinn Side bikes is that the front disc brake and rear linear pull brake combine for reliable all-condition stopping. If you ask me, all these features are all important in choosing a good and reliable bike, but for more information on Schwinn Bikes, you can click on this link.

Happy Summer!

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Blooming In Spring

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Hello darlings,

Spring got me all blooming; and I can’t complain. When I attended the Spring Blogger Bash with Bachman’s in Bloom a couple of weeks ago, I knew I was going to be in a happy place because your girl loves flowers of all sorts; and this event was all about flowers!!! Bonus: the most interesting behind the scenes of how to grow them and protect them!

Getting to learn and experience all things flowers from the well-known and loved Bachman’s in Minneapolis, was not only educational and such a beautiful experience in its own, but also so much fun.

A group of wonderful bloggers were all prepared to take in the experience and we were warmly welcome and we also enjoyed light refreshments, pizzas, cookies, and more. Another bonus: we got to go home with  goodie bags filled with, well, flowers and plants, and gardening-related goodies, how obvious!

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One of the highlights of the event was the pretty and creative selfie station set up in the growing ranch. Everyone of us wanted to take some cute pictures there! #Bloggerslife… and it was so much fun and we took some cute pics! I did manage to take pictures around the ranch, because who wouldn’t with some beautiful and colorful flowers everywhere?!

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It was such a loving and great experience and I got to make a new friend! She’s such a beautiful soul and we both just hit it off right away like we knew each other for the longest time. I even went a little emotional and shared a lengthy Instagram post here along a picture with her.

Other than that, Bachman’s made a girl happy and blooming on a beautiful Spring day; and the pictures here can certainly attest to that! 🙂 

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As always, thanks so much for visiting me and cheers to a great weekend.

Love + Light,

Edwige

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