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10 Tips To Reduce The Stress Of Moving

Moving can be quite a stressful experience. While this is true regardless of where you move, it can be especially so if you’re moving across the country. Much of this can include which moving company to choose, how to pack your belongings, and much more. To help reduce this stress, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. While you might not get rid of the pressure completely, they can minimize it as much as possible.

Start Packing Early

One of the primary causes of stress when moving is packing away our belongings. The main reason behind this is that many of us can forget how many things we have. Adding to this is the fact that we’re keeping and throwing away.

As a result, it can take much more time than we might believe, which is why it’s recommended that you start packing early. Doing so should avoid much of the stress associated with moving.

Research

Choosing a moving company is one of the more critical decisions you’ll have to make. There are quite a significant number of high-quality companies that you can work with, such as North American Van Lines. They are the moving professionals that you need.

During the process, you should look for their customer reviews, where they can move your belongings to and from, how much they charge, and much more. By doing so, you should be able to choose the right moving company for you without having to break the bank.

 

One Room At A Time

One of the more overwhelming parts of moving is packing everything away. This can be compounded by the sheer volume of belongings we have. This could lead to many of us wondering where to start and how we’re going to get through everything. To simplify things, it’s recommended that you take things one room at a time.

 

Label Everything

While everybody will think about packing when they’re moving, many people forget having to unpack once they’ve gotten to their new home. As a result, they can often fail to make preparations for when they’re there, which could make unpacking much more difficult.

To overcome this as much as possible, it’s recommended that you label each of the boxes. This could be much more beneficial when you’re going one room at a time, as you’ll be able to label everything accordingly.

 

Downsize

Many of us will accumulate a significant number of things over our lives, many of which we may forget about and not use. This will mean that we’ll often be presented with quite a considerable number of belongings to pack when we’re moving.

However, you can avoid this by downsizing and donating any unwanted items to charity. Doing so could also mean reduced costs when you’re moving, as your belongings will take up less space on the van.

 

Nest Your Boxes

Small containers and moving boxes tend to move around much more than larger ones, which could mean that the items left in them could become damaged. There are a few ways to avoid this, however, with the most notable being to nest your boxes. This involves placing putting several smaller boxes into a larger box, which should then cut down this movement.

 

Important Documents

Naturally, nobody wants to lose their important documents when they’re moving, which means that you’ll need to take steps to avoid doing so. One of the easiest and most efficient ways is by placing all of them in a folder and keeping it with you during the move, which will avoid the stress associated with losing them.

 

Valuables

While nobody wants their belongings to become damaged, this will be especially true when it comes to valuables. There are a few things that you can do to protect yourself against it, with it being recommended to bring them with you in your vehicle, if possible. Insurance can also be recommended.

 

Keep An Inventory

One of the most important things you should do is to ensure that you keep an inventory of what goes onto and off the truck, especially if the belongings will be put in a storage unit at any point. Occasionally, mistakes can happen, and these are best found out as early as possible.

 

Double-Check

With the stress of moving, it can be quite easy to make a mistake, such as forgetting one of your belongings. As a result, it can be highly recommended that you double-check everything before you make the move. This can avoid the hassle of having to get anything replaced.

Fun at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Fun at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

 

A few weeks ago, my boys and I got a chance to go to the Field Museum together.  It was just a mommy and son day out since my husband had a nearby appointment.  I hadn’t been to the museum in about 13 years but they had been there just the year before, so they decided to “teach” me all about everything we saw.  It was so much fun and so educational!

We only had a couple of hours to explore but we made the most of it.  I let the boys lead me through and pick which exhibits they wanted to see.  

 

Be Prepared

  • Check local event schedules and time your trip accordingly – holiday weekends, Cub game days, special events at the museum, and even rush hour and construction could majorly impact your travel time.
  • Plan to arrive early – the museum can easily keep you entertained all day, and if you are done early, there are plenty of fun sights nearby.
  • Plan ahead on your parking – the Field Museum has some tips for where to park on their website, click here for parking information.
  • Bring snacks/lunch – you are allowed to carry a backpack, so I recommend bringing snacks and lunch to save a bit of money, or to help be more prepared if you have food allergies.  There is an area on the lower level as well as a beautiful grass yard outside for a lunch break.  If you do not want to tote around food, there are two restaurants at the museum.  
  • Look for discounts – As stated on their website, “Families with valid EBT (Link) or WIC cards from any state are eligible for $3-per-person Basic admission for up to six people.”  You can also qualify for free or discounted visits if you are a member of another museum.  I am a member of a local children’s museum, the Discovery Center Museum, in Rockford, IL and qualified for free basic admission for my family at the Field Museum.  You can also visit the museum on “Free Admission Days” but be aware that it will be very busy.  

 

Inside the Museum

After checking in, the first exhibit we went to was Inside Ancient Egypt right there on the first level.  It was absolutely amazing!  First you walk into what looks like a (mini) pyramid.  After walking through, you will reach a staircase.  You can go down into the “pyramid” and view real ancient mummies!  They have 23 human mummies and over 30 animal mummies.  You can also learn about ancient Egyptian life and see real and reconstructed artifacts.  

Inside Ancient Egypt - at the Field Museum in Chicago

 

The Egyptian exhibit was so impressive and interesting that we had to go through it again before we left the museum.  It was definitely a favorite of ours!

 

Maximo the Titanosaur at Field Museum Chicago - #HelloMaximo

 

Next, we couldn’t help but go check out Maximo, the Titanosaur!  Modeled from fossil bones, Maximo stands over 28 feet tall! 

 

Meteors, gems, and minerals at the Field Museum in Chicago

 

We wandered through some more exhibits, took a few bathroom breaks (and snack breaks because that’s life with two growing boys!) and eventually came across the Metetorites, Minerals, and Gems exhibits.  We probably spent equal time in each as my boys oohed and awed about everything.  Now that both are becoming avid readers, they were able to read the descriptions and maintain interest as we walked through.  They read and learned about birthstones and found each one around the room of gems, and then looked to see which gems were their favorites.  

We checked out more exhibits but I was focused on my time with them so I didn’t really get a lot of photos.  I am actually patting myself on the back for that.  It felt great to just be there in the moment!  

 

Chicago Illinois (behind the Field Museum)

 

Since we only had a couple of hours to explore, we got through everything that was on their list, then went behind the Field Museum for a snack and quick view of the city and Lake Michigan before we had to leave.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we took a nice walk before leaving.  

We definitely look forward to another visit as there were several exhibits we didn’t have time to see.  Next time we will definitely set aside more time since it just wasn’t in the books for us that time.  The Field Museum has so much to offer and you will discover something new with every visit!  It is such an educational place for all ages.  

 

CozyPhones – cozy comfy headphones for kids and adults!

Paw Patrol Marshall CozyPhones Headphones for Kids

 

Just before Christmas, CozyPhones sent me a pair of Marshall and Chase Paw Patrol headphones to try out.  I was able to get them added to my 2018 gift guide, but I have been bogged down with multiple family health issues that I didn’t have time for a full review. I’m so excited to finally get around to telling you how much we like our CozyPhones!  

Most headphones are too big for kids; they slide around, fall off, or just are plain uncomfortable.  CozyPhones sit snug on your head and are comfortable, so you can almost forget you even have them on! 

My kids were so excited to have their favorite characters that they immediately put them on and had to test them out.  Since the headphones do require a cord, they are easy to use.  Simply plug in and enjoy.  There is no need to mess around with complicating Bluetooth buttons to set them up.  The cord is actually pretty durable too which is a major plus around kids.  However if Bluetooth is more convenient for you, you can purchase a Wireless Bluetooth Adapter separately.  

My kids use headphones most while working on their Acellus homeschool work.  Wearing their favorite characters definitely made them a little more excited to get started, which definitely makes my day easier!  There is no more fidgeting with and being distracted by their headphones as these stay comfortably on their ears without needing much adjustment.  I was glad to learn that there is a volume limit as well!  

Who wants a pair of CozyPhones for yourself now, after hearing of how comfortable they are?  There are Lycra active-style headphones as well as sleep headphones with a cool mesh lining for adults.  I am so excited and definitely looking into getting a pair for myself.  

And good news – all CozyPhones are washable by removing the cord and speakers to wash the headband.  

What pair excites you most?  Honestly this pair of Unicorn kid’s CozyPhones is absolutely adorable and I wish they had it in adult size ;)  

How Great Coaches Make Kids Become Elite Players

People love cheering for famous professional soccer teams. A lot of those followers are so impressed by the way they play that they also decide to start practicing that sport. Some people are really interested in knowing the origins of those teams as well.

Imagine, today, you decide you want to be like them. You start training like them for a few days. After that, you quickly realize some facts about these teams and their players. Professional players are generally elite athletes who practiced almost every day since they were kids.

Kids have a higher chance of becoming the best in their game when they start practicing early. Even more, to ensure they make as much progress as they can and avoid losing time making unnecessary mistakes, they need the best sports coach training them.

 

WHY TRAINING WITH A GOOD COACH IS IMPORTANT FOR KIDS

Let’s be general first. Kids love trying a lot of different sports to have fun. They have little experience and most of them are unable to decide which one they like. However, other kids are conditioned with the dream of becoming amazing professional athletes.

Regardless of their motivations, we all agree they like playing because it makes them have fun and be happy. Even better, when having a coach who is making you do your best, you can improve a lot faster. Players that have better skills in soccer win more and this makes them get even better.

We all know it is important to do what makes us happy. In this case, these kids enjoy playing soccer. Great!  Now that we know what they love doing, we can make them improve and be more successful at that sport. This is where a good coach comes into play.

 

A GREAT COACH CAN IMPROVE KIDS’ LIVES

A good coach has the ability to use their dedication to improve their skills and gain recognition. And when kids see others being rewarded, they also want that attention. They will work even harder to become better players.

When it comes to soccer or any activity they enjoy, professionals have the opportunity of teaching them core values, such as teamwork, respect, work ethic, concentration, problem-solving, imagination, leadership.

When they train enough, they won’t only achieve success in their activity, but they will also be able to transfer those values and confidence to other areas of their life. This is why it is so important to keep them motivated.

 

HOW TO CELEBRATE THEIR VICTORIES

How do we find a way to inspire them to never stop improving? One of the best options motivation experts recommend is using acrylic awards. By doing this, every time those kids see those awards, they will feel special and believe in themselves, even when they lose a game. They will have a desire to work hard and achieve more awards.

They start using their best abilities, especially when they can receive crystal awards. It makes them feel special because they know their award is unique.  

 

ONE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE

In essence, the work of creating a winning soccer team is not always easy for a coach. However, the best coaches that kids enjoy training with understand the importance and responsibility of leadership.

The best leaders know how to make kids find reasons and rewards in putting more effort towards a meaningful goal. What’s more, good leaders know how to make athletes become leaders for their teams as well.

One of the biggest lessons a soccer coach can teach them is that nothing in life is guaranteed, even if you have the best training in the world. The most important part of a team is to solve problems together in order to achieve victory.

By doing this, coaches do a great service in creating successful people in life while enjoying what they do.

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