Reducing the Expense of Your Move


Whether your move is job-related or you’ve decided that you would prefer to live in another state, , especially with children, is a big deal. There’s a lot of planning with things like hiring the movers, packing up, eliminating what you don’t need and scheduling it for the right time of year. Moving can become quite expensive, but with a list in hand and careful planning, you can save money.

Hiring the right movers

The movers you hire will be the ones responsible for the care of your entire worth of belongings. For this reason, you need to make sure that you do your research on several interstate moving companies before making a final decision. Moving companies are not all alike and making sure that their overall customer satisfaction rate is high, is very important. Get quotes and then decide which one with your combined research fairs the best. 

Avoid peak seasons

One of the biggest ways to save money on your move is to avoid the peak season. For most companies, this generally falls between the middle of May through the end of September. Another way to save even more is to schedule the move for a weekday. Since most people want to move when their children are out of school or on the weekends, you can really enjoy a huge savings. 

Do the packing yourself

Packing up your things, especially if you have a large family can become overwhelming. However, if you opt to do this work on your own you can save hundreds, even up to a thousand dollars on the original quote. For that price decrease, it’s well worth it. If you’re lucky enough to have time on your hands and over a month before the actual move, you can go room by room and do a little bit each week, starting with the off-season items and forward. This way the packing up process won’t seem so tedious and time-consuming. If you decide to do the packing yourself, just keep in mind the number and the sizes of the boxes that you got your original quote for. If you go over, those savings you received may all but disappear. Another point to keep in mind is to pack each box up carefully. If any damage occurs you will be responsible.

Getting the most space out of each box

While you’re under contract for a specific amount of boxes, there are ways to get more space out of each one. There are many products on the market that are great for packing up clothing, blankets and even stuffed animals. Many of them reduce the air with the use of a vacuum. This lets you double the load on several of your boxes. Since you need your things to arrive in good condition, it’s also important to wrap glasses and breakables secure. Bubble wrap, white newspaper, linens and even coffee filter are all essentials. 

Purchasing boxes 

Planning out a move is critical. It gives you time ahead to enjoy savings in many ways. Take boxes, for instance, if you have a month or more before you need to move, you can drop by your local supermarket or retail store and inquire about their shipment dates. Most companies still toss out their boxes and if you’re lucky enough to reach them before they do you can get you boxes for nothing more than an hour or so of your time. If your move is sudden and your time is of the essence, you can still save some money by purchasing them on your own versus through the moving company. Just make certain that you have the right sizes and count. 

Reduce your cargo

If you’ve lived in your current residence for several years, you probably have a lot of things in your possession that you no longer need or want. If this is the case hosting a yard sale or donating the items to a church or charity is a great way to give something to another and reduce the cost of your move. 

Moving doesn’t have to cost you your hard-earned savings or cause extreme amounts of daily stress. With careful planning and the willingness to do some of the work on your own you can cut your original estimate down significantly.



I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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Quality Dress Up Clothes by Little Adventures! Review and Giveaway @LittleAdv


Back in April I reviewed dress-up clothes from a company Little Adventures. They offer dress up clothes for all ages and also adults! I was so pleased with the clothes I reviewed for my son. It has been 2 months and the clothes have been washed and played in many times and they still look new! I was so thrilled when the company reached out to me for another review, this time for my 8 year old daughter.


Little Adventures offers a variety of dress up clothes and accessories for boys, girls and adults! All of the clothes are comfortable and not itchy. All items are made with quality fabrics and trims that are comfortable, washable and guaranteed!

The Little Adventures® Story
In 2002, when two moms discovered the lack of clothing-quality dress-ups and princess costumes available for their children, they decided take action. Jenny Harrison, mother of ten, and Heather Granata, mother of five, began their own little adventure by sewing and selling their very own dress-ups at local craft fairs. They made them soft and machine washable! They engineered them for everyday, all-day adventure! It didn’t take long for Jenny and Heather to realize the potential of their little endeavor. During their first year in business, they sewed over 2,000 dresses in Jenny’s basement…and with that, the Little Adventures brand was born.
“The kids played, and we sewed until we were deliriously tired,” Jenny said. “That was the start of a series of wonderful memories and an adventure that will never be forgotten.”
Today, Little Adventures is recognized as a leading provider of quality dress-ups in the specialty toy market throughout the world.

The Little Adventures® Promise
At Little Adventures we have a 100% quality guarantee! This guarantee begins with our brilliantly sewn dresses, and extends throughout our entire line of dress ups.
Our dresses feature a variety of fullness options such as organza overskirts, hip puffs, and peplums. Our stretch velvet is soft, and accommodates a variety of sizes.
Many of our dresses feature wrapped seams on the inside of the dress to prevent any itchy, scratchy or uncomfortable seams from irritating a child’s sensitive skin. Bodices are adorned with fancy trims and fabrics add to the elegance of the dress.
Our apparel-grade fabrics and construction, including finished seams and edges, provide optimum comfort to the child.
Our dresses are made using soft, durable, and snag resistant fabrics, keeping our dress-ups looking new at all times. We promise that your child will love them!


I was sent two dress up dresses for my daughter.



This traditional Asian Princess will transform your child into a beautiful Asian Princess. This exclusive design features a beautiful floral pattern with flowing sleeves which make wearing this dress a unique experience.
Features: Clothing quality fabrics; machine washable. Stretchy, soft and very comfortable.



This dress is so beautiful, my daughter just loves it! This dress comes in sizes SM-XL (Ages 1-9). I reviewed this dress in size XL which fits girls ages 7-9. It fits her great with plenty of room to grow. This dress is very silky soft and is machine washable. Little Adventures also offers this style dress in a doll sized dress for $15.99.





Your child will feel like a princess in this enchanting Renaissance dress. This beautiful coral dress leaves a world of imagination for every day play or to wear to a local festival or school event.
Features: Clothing quality fabrics; machine washable. Stretchy, soft and very comfortable.


This dress is gorgeous! It is super soft and my daughter just loves wearing it. This dress is shown already worn and washed and as you can see it still looks great. It comes in sizes SM-XL (Ages 1-9). I reviewed this dress in size XL which fits girls ages 7-9. It fits her great with plenty of room to grow.  Little Adventures also offers this style dress in a doll sized dress for $15.99.

These dresses will last after many washes and will look great. These would make great birthday gift and christmas gifts!! Check them out today!

Here is a special discount code just for my readers! 15% off promo code: mhtw15% (expires on 7/18/17)

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*I received the mentioned dress up clothes in exchange for this honest review. All thoughts are my own. 



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My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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A Guide for Wearing a Strapless Homecoming Dress


Strapless dresses whether they are worn on the beach or formally, they are some of the most favorite items in the wardrobe of most women. If your daughter is planning to attend homecoming night, a strapless can be a great option. Strapless dresses can create new desirable looks that are attractive for various occasions. For homecoming, different factors should be considered when deciding what to combine with a strapless dress. Some of the factors include; the weather, type of people your daughter will meet, and the distance.


During a cold night, faux fur or fur wraps can be used to make the outfit comfortable. There is no point of looking good in the strapless dress yet your daughter is freezing. Staying warm also gives her the confidence and the ability to sit for a long period of time in public. She can also move around easily without shaking due to the cold weather. The warm coverage also makes it easy for her to dance, eat or drink. Using a fur wrap is also manageable and attractive thus making it appropriate for the homecoming in such weather.


Furs come in shades of white, black, gray, and brown. Depending on the color of the dress, you may have to choose a blending or matching color for your daughter to use. However, the wraps can go well with different colors and styles of dresses. Asking a fashion-savvy friend may help to decide which color of a wrap will go well with the strapless dress. Matching colors and bright colors do not disappoint people who like being conspicuous. Additionally, the wraps should not drag on the ground or someone might step on it accidentally.


Other strapless dresses go well with a velvet jacket, especially dark colors. Depending on your daughter’s level of confidence and preference, creativity makes a velvet jacket go well with a variety of dresses from a trusted Chicago dress retail store. A coat decorated with rhinestones, beads or other types of glittering embellishments is a good choice. Most formal jackets are specially designed with bolero style. Bolero jackets are an excellent choice for warm weather because they are short, generally ending at the bust line. Such jackets usually have no fastenings or buttons meaning that they should be worn open.


If it is heavily raining or snowing, it is best for your daughter to wear a classic black coat with her strapless dress. The coat should not always be worn, but it is best to carry it around just in case the weather worsens. Such heavy jackets also look presentable and give your daughter the confidence she needs for the homecoming night. You may also want your daughter use a light wrap under the coat in case the venue becomes chilly.


Those are some of the tips you should take note of when your daughter is planning to attend homecoming and wear a strapless dress. The tips we’ve discussed above can help your daughter look her best and be confident about herself.


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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