SOME TIPS FOR PCS-ing, MOVING, RELOCATING

Hi everyone, hope your new year is off to a great start.   Can you believe January is nearly over already? 😲

Let’s talk about that often-dreaded task: MOVING...

For military personnel and military families, it is about that time of year again or maybe it's just time for a change or you find yourself relocating for a job, either way, it is often a stressful task.

We all know though the change is often exciting, but, when you have children as well as pets it can be even more stressful.  So today I am going to share somethings that have made doing so a bit smoother, at least for us.  

Please understand I’m NOT at all saying that Pcs-ing/relocating/moving isn’t stressful, because honestly even though I’ve moved at least 20+ times in my lifetime and NO I am not exaggerating sadly! It is a stressful time, but there are some things I’ve found if I do ahead of time, do make the whole process easier. 

Whether it be personal move, relocation, partial ditty, or PCS, it can be a crazy time, whether it’s a few cities over, across the country or out of the country it’s bottom line it's stressful.

If you relocate a bit for your work or you PCS, I’ve found keeping a journal with my lists of things to do, things to pack, things to get copies of before you move, what utility accounts to shut off or have moved to the new location, plus a note to remind me to put a change of address in with the postal service as well as all bank and credit accounts. 

Plus, in this journal, I log if a utility required any type of deposit, as some do, depending on area or state, even when you have good credit! So, if you make note of that right when you start the account, you’ll remember to contact them to request any deposit or money they may owe you.

Now there have been several people say to me, oh moving for you all (military families) is so easy, they do everything for you! Ha Ha Ha Ha...Well…. It’s not true and honestly, it can be even more stressful than a personal move and I’ve done both, so I do know. 

Sure, they usually move you, however, we’ve often had very short orders, like we’re talking less than a week!!  Plus, sometimes, crap goes wrong and I mean WRONG!

There have been times the moving estimator doesn’t show up, we’ve had Packers not show up or show up a day or two late! We’ve had items that were poorly packed, thrown around, dropped, heck we’ve had one small item packed in a dish pack box with a freaking ton of dish pack wrap just so they could add to the weight of the load! 

I’ve had packers that, I kid you not, went through all my stuff, took pictures of things she liked and texted them to her friends or called her friends on her cell phone to ask them what they thought about an item, to no surprise sadly several of those items never made it into the box and were never seen again! 

We’ve had Packers or unloaders who showed up so hungover, just wreaking from booze and spending the entire time in one of our bathrooms barfing, yes barfing! Some people say, well you can always file a complaint or a claim.  Sure, but that process is so bad, it’s easier to often just let it go!

If your move is all done by your job or the military, most moves will go smoothly, but you must know something may get broken, lost or even stolen.

One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is that if you are able to, be home the entire time your household goods are being packed up and if possible, have a family member, a friend or two with you so you can casually check on the progress or situation.

If you have little children, you may want to have a sitter handy or have your children stay with a trusted friend, for safety, plus let’s be honest, it’s not only going to be a long day but a boring day, especially for the little ones!

***If you have pets, you defiantly want to have them safely in a yard, a room that is off limits to movers, for their safety as well as the safety of the movers and packers. Remember this is a stressful time for pets as well. 

What we do is have the cats in a room with all the stuff we have set aside that we are taking with us and not having the movers pack.

The dogs we set them up in our yard or if you can take your dog to a trusted friend or doggie daycare or a kennel. Believe me, we’ve had the movers let our dogs out of the yard before, so whatever you can do to keep your pets safer, you want to do it.  Plus, I've heard of horror stories of animals getting packed up by movers and the movers packing them up in the box, loading them in the moving truck and no the outcome wasn't good at all!   

If you have movers moving you, even if you don’t have pets, you still most likely have items you’d rather the movers not pack.  whether it be for personal reasons like sentimental or maybe it’s something of value or something you’ll need during your move or need right away as soon as you get to your next location.  The best thing I’ve found is to have a closet or room with a sign clearly marked DO NOT ENTER, DO NOT PACK, etc. This has worked out well for us, except one time when a packer wanted to be nosey and rifle through the stuff in that room, to include the luggage.  Plus, having a designated area like this can be a great central location to keep important papers, maybe a document safe, small gun safe, medications, luggage, toiletries, toys or DVD’s for the kids, necessities for your pets, plus snacks and beverages for your trip.

I’ll be honest, at least for me, even the few times that I've fully trusted our movers, packers etc., It still felt like it's a bit of a violation, after all, they are rifling through all yours and your families’ belongings! So, this makes it a bit easier all around.

Though it’s not required, I do find that it helps with the productivity if you provide things like water, sodas, sandwiches or a pizza for lunch, even if it’s just on the last day, plus, it always seems to be appreciated. 

Another thing I do to make our moves easier is to try and keep things in the refrigerator so that you can make easy meals or snacks out of.  I've found it’s a great way to eat healthier, it just makes it so much easier at the end of a long day to have that quick meal. 

Plus, if you have items that are easily stored or can easily be packed up in an ice chest you can always take the rest with you as a part of your road food!


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find a tip or two helpful.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your week,

Missy❤️

Trends This New Year: Handcrafted Wooden Watches by JORD (Plus $100 e-Gift Giveaway) Ends Feb 20, 2019

** Missy was not monetarily compensated for this review.  I was provided a Jord Wood Watch for review; however, my views and opinions are my own and are solely based good or bad on my or our experience with a product or service.

Hello everyone, hope your New Year is off to an amazing start!  Today I am excited to share with you a product review that I have truly enjoyed as the subject of this review has long held a place in my heart.  

That subject is watches, Jord recently reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of their watches. Now I'm about to get a bit nostalgic... My love of watches and clocks goes back to my childhood when my great grandfather was still alive.  You see, my great grandfather had a love for timepieces, from grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks, pocket watches and especially wrist watches.  My great grandfather loved the sound the movements made and how the hands would sweep across the face to the crystal that covered that face. I had never seen a watch or clock great grandfather didn't like until digital watches came out!  














I remember, my great grandfather was the one who showed me how to tell time and the reason he didn't care for digital watches or clocks, because to him a watch should be able to be an heirloom, one that you can pass down to your children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren.   He said these types of watches are crafted with passion and by actual craftsmen.

Now I've seen and had even purchased a wooden watch, years ago, however despite the cost the quality really wasn't there.  So honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect, when Jord had reached out, but I am glad I accepted as their watches have completely changed my views on a wooden wristwatch.


Jord Luxury Wood Watches are handcrafted heirloom quality timepieces!  We're not talking about a watch that was merely sent to me we are talking about a handcrafted timepiece that was even sized to fit me.





So, if you are in the market for a timepiece or one shopping for one that is a unique gift, Jord Watches offers a great selection from classic to modern, even a few in between, as well as engravable pieces.



Jord Watches makes it easy to buy for oneself or as a unique gift because they are handcrafted and have a beautiful selection of woods they work with.  



Jord Watches have also provided me with a link for a giveaway they are having for $100.00 e-Gift to use on their site.   



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Thank you for stopping by today, take care and have a wonderful weekend,   Missy 💖














Ways to Save, Earn Points or Cash Back Year Round!

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing with you my favorite ways to save, saving money while shopping doesn't just have to be 1-2 times a year it can be done year-round!  

Anyone who follows me on Social Media or on my main blog or knows me I love to save, in fact I used to be one of those people who could go grocery shopping, end up with free items which I usually donated and would end up paying $20.00 -$30.00 on a $300-$400 bill! 

But with our last two Military PCS's it became a bit of a challenge to keep it up because of so many different policies at different stores, so I've kind of gotten away from couponing, but plan to get back into it for the new year!

Just because I no longer coupon, doesn't mean I don't save though, I save, I earn points and even get cash back from my purchases, just in a different way.  

I am going to share with you those ways as well as the sites and apps I use to do so.  

The links I'm sharing are referral links and not affiliate links and I've used these sites as well as these apps for years now and so far I've never been spammed, so I don't think they spam, so these are the real deal, meaning I've always earned my points, savings or cash back no hassle and the rare time something was missed they took care if it right away!

My Favorite Websites and Apps that help me save Year-Round:

Ebates Giving a bonus when you sign up, sometimes it's a Cashback bonus or a Gift Card Bonus and this is honestly my overall favorite, I'm always earning Cashback either online or with their App.

Ibotta Is my favorite Grocery one, though they offer  a bunch of other categories, I mostly use this app for Grocery shopping as they even have Cashback for place like the Military Commissary, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, a lot of the Warehouse stores such as Costco, Sams Club, BJ's  and they offer Cashback for other stores as well, whether your shopping in-store or online, plus items can be on sale or clearance or if  you've used a coupon for them!  So it's great to earn something every shopping trip!


Fetch Rewards App  Avail in Google Play Store or the Apple App Store, the app allows you to earn points to use towards Gift Cards, Restaurants, Charity and more, plus you can earn 2000 points when you use code: F2TFN

Swagbucks Is a great way to earn points to use towards Gift cards, Giveaways and more, plus there are other ways to earn points and the points add up quickly!

Other ways to save are your Credit Cards or ATM Cards:

Check with your Bank or even your Credit Card company, because this time of year many cards offer Cashback savings or points that can be redeemed for Gift Cards when you shop specific types of retailer or restaurants, even grocery stores or use certain services.  My bank as well as Discover Card

Other Places to save money is through sites such as Groupon 

Like to try products and give feedback?


Thank you for stopping by today, I appreciate your time, take care and have a wonderful week.  

Happy Holidays! 🎄


Missy
❤️

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