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.



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Walt Disney Animation Studios Presents “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE” On November 22, 2017



                                                             “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE”

New Disney Holiday Featurette to Debut in Front of

Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” on Nov. 22, 2017





Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) and Pixar Animation Studios are teaming up this holiday season when WDAS’ new featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”  opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature film “Coco” on Nov. 22, 2017. The new trailer for the featurette will run in front of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3,” beginning this Friday, June 16, when Lightning McQueen’s new big-screen adventure opens in theaters nationwide.


“I’m thrilled that Disney Animation’s featurette ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ will be coming to theaters in November with Pixar’s ‘Coco,’” said John Lasseter, chief creative officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. “It’s a perfect pairing – they’re both beautiful, heartfelt films about families and how people carry traditions forward. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see both of these terrific projects together on the big screen.”


Featuring four new original songs, the 21-minute featurette welcomes the original cast and characters back to the big screen, including Olaf (voice of Josh Gad), who is on a mission to harness the best holiday traditions for Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) and Kristoff (voice of Jonathan Groff). Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), with original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson (“Between the Lines”), “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” will be in theaters for a limited time beginning Nov. 22.


“Stevie and I were deeply honored to be entrusted by John [Lasseter] to create an all-new story with these characters we love,” said Deters. “We’re thrilled to have our film play on the big screen with ‘Coco’ during the holidays.”


“We loved getting in the recording booth with these incredible actors who know their characters inside and out,” added Wermers-Skelton. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the featurette, enjoy their performances, and hear the incredible new songs written by Elyssa and Kate.”


“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” celebrates characters who won over audiences worldwide when “Frozen” first hit the big screen in 2013. Earning more than $1.27 billion globally, the film won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). Slated for November 2019, Walt Disney Animation Studios’ untitled feature-length follow-up to the hit film reunites filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho with the Grammy®- and Oscar®-winning songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.


Click the link here for Entertainment Weekly’s feature on “OLAF’S FROZEN ADVENTURE” complete 

with a “first look” image and interview with John Lasseter:

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Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 21-minute featurette “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.” It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save this first Christmas for his friends. Directed by Emmy®-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”), produced by Oscar® winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”), and featuring a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer and four original songs by Elyssa Samsel and Kate Anderson, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s original feature “Coco” in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.



Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2017.


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Vive Precision Oral Thermometer Review

As my kids are getting older and away from the baby and toddler stages, I am happy to say they can now use an old fashioned digital thermometer. When I was a kid, digital thermometers were the best thing around to take your temperature. We didn’t have the ear thermometers or the forehead thermometers, or the “all in one” thermometers. Digital thermometers were great and did the job. I was happy to review an Oral Digital Thermometer from Vive Precision and step away from my ear thermometer I have been using for 9 years.



About the Oral Thermometer by Vive Precision:

Quick reading. Guaranteed accurate.

With the Vive Precision oral thermometer, taking your temperature has never been easier. Simply activate the thermometer, place it under the tongue, and see your temperature displayed in bold font on a large, easy-read LCD screen.

Each device has been rigorously tested for accuracy and consistency. It features an energy-saving automatic shutoff function, and displays temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Perfect for all age ranges, from babies to seniors.


Don’t get me wrong, my ear thermometer is great. However, it is not 100% perfect and gives me different temperatures in each ear which can be highly confusing. My 5-year-old has the habit of reaching 104 when he has a virus, so I do need a thermometer that is super accurate. Let me tell you about this oral digital thermometer and what I love about it.

First off, this thermometer is FDA approved and has been tested for guaranteed accuracy. I myself love when things are FDA approved, so right off the bat I knew this would be a great thermometer. It also has a memory recall feature which is great to keep track of past temperatures when you are tracking. It is interchangeable between Fahrenheit and Celsius for added convenience. It is waterproof! I never knew a thermometer could be waterproof, how neat is that?! The feature my husband loves most about this thermometer…..45 degree flexible tip! I remember being a child and hating having my temperature taken because it would hurt. This bends and shapes to your mouth so it is comfortable. My husband was thrilled with it when he took his temperature. The thermometer is very accurate, much more so than my current ear thermometer, and it takes your temperature within seconds…very needed with a sick child.

This thermometer also has a 1 year limited warranty. It is guaranteed to be free from manufacturing defects and they will replace or exchange the thermometer if it is.

This thermometer can be purchased at Walmart by clicking here. It was shipped to me super fast, received it in 3 days after ordering! The price is $10.49.

Even if you want to purchase this thermometer as a spare or one to keep in your luggage for vacation, it is very accurate and you cannot beat the price!


*I received this thermometer in exchange for my honest opinion. 


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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Enter The Cuddle Cub Giveaway For A Chance To Win Great Prizes!


The giveaway is sponsored by 

Prizes to be won are:
  1. The Ultimate fan – 1 Winner of Disneyland tickers for you and your family
  2. Target Gift Cards for Top 5 Sleep Gurus
  3. $10 Gift Cards to Amazon for ranks 6 to 15 Sleep Expert
  4. 3D Printed Animal Toy when you reach 500 point
  5. 15% Off Cuddle Cub Purchase for 200 points earner.

About Cuddle Cub

Cuddle Cub is a smart bear for your children! This cuddly bear is designed for your child’s bedtime routines to simplify those hectic nights and help foster their growth and development. It lights up to remind your little ones when it’s time for bed and when it’s time to wake. Cuddle Cub aims to aid parents in helping their children develop a consistent bed-time routine.

Below are testimonials on Cuddle Cub from fellow parents:

Daniel: “I like the overall concept, especially the idea of the bear lighting a certain color until a certain time in the morning. I liked the product because it would be able to tell me if my child had a good nap.”

Charvel: “It looks really cozy. Some of these noise making plush toys are not at all soft. This one looks much more squeezable. I like the idea of the light to alert a child to bedtime, and for when it is ok to wake up. This is especially important for kids who can get out of bed on their own. Being able to set their wake time is really important.”

Mariam“I think in concept, this would be a great tool for young children. If you start it early enough, it will become a habit for the child and it will build the nighttime/morning routine.”


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Cirque Du Soliel’s OVO Returns To Jacksonville In August!!









Cirque du Soleil returns to Jacksonville with its touring arena show OVO after having to cancel shows in October due to Hurricane Matthew.

To honor its commitment in Jacksonville, OVO will be performing at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from August 2 to 6, 2017.


Thrilling more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in 2009, OVO has embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their hometown.


Ticket Information


Advance tickets for OVO are now available online exclusively to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, please visit


Just in time for the holidays, tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, December 9th, 2016 at . Adult tickets start at $35 and child tickets start at $25 (subject to change).


About The Show


OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.


When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.


The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying Act where group of scarabs soar high above – from each corner of the stage – and land together on a platform in the middle.


About Cirque du Soleil


The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has almost 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from about 50 different countries. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit


Heather Little

My name is Heather Little and my husband and I have two sweet girls and one crazy dog. We moved to Florida 6 years ago and have loved every minute of it! I enjoy crafting, good food, shopping, and of course travel!

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