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Moving Tips: Packing Boxes

Hello and welcome!

Today we’re going to talk a little bit
about how to properly pack a box.

Now packing is probably one of
the most dreadful times
when somebody is moving.

You get intimidated by the stuff you
have accumulated, year over year
and you have to go through stuff
which makes it a very not fun task
but an absolutely necessary task
when you are moving.

So today, I am going to talk a little
bit about how to make that easier,
how to have a systematic approach,
so that you can get packed up
in time for your movers to get there
and get you all located and
transitioned into your new home.

So the first thing I want to talk about
is setting a timeline for packing.

Set a goal for yourself.

Try to have one room each day
leading up to move packed up.

Obviously your going to have
to set aside some essentials
to get you through until the move
and it depends how big your home is
how many days out you start.

The last thing you want to avoid
is the movers showing up on moving
day and not everything being packed.

Which can add time for them,
maybe making things more complicated,
potentially more expensive.

So I want make sure that you guys
understand how to pack properly but
also have a good timeline.

If you set a goal to pack one
room per day then count how
many rooms you have in your house
and hold yourself to that goal.

If it is a big room, or if it’s
a room with a lot of odds and ends
like a kitchen that is going to require
more boxes than something just like
a bathroom, then maybe make it
a goal for two days
to have that room packed up.

So first as we get started here
we have some basic supplies
and materials that are going to
be needed for packing.

We have your standard cardboard
box, we’ve got some packing paper
also referred to as newsprint.

Now it is referred to as newsprint
however, I do caution you against
using newspaper because the ink
from the newspaper can wear off
on the things that you are packing.

If you don’t care about the stuff
that you are packing that much
or it’s just going to be a real
short term thing, sometimes that’s ok.

We always use blank newsprint,
it protects the items well and
also prevents ink from wearing off.

We have a marker for labeling the
box when we’re done with the pack,
and of course some packing tape,
and then the example dishes that
we are going to be packing today.

So first, we are going to go
ahead and get the box ready
for packing.

As you can see here, you’re got
a pretty standard box, you might
see when packing a kitchen.

So what I am going to do here
is fold over these two flaps here.
They are going to be kind of like
the brace flaps and then I am going
to fold over the two longer flaps here,
so that you’ll see it, like that.

Then I’m going to take my tape.

Now it’s really important to tape off
the bottom.

Sometimes what we’ll see when we go
to move people is that they’ve just
folded the corners of the box
flaps over one another.

That is something that I don’t recommend,
it’s not the strongest way to do it.

I recommend giving it a round there,
potentially double taping it.

So for all intensive purposes
we have the bottom taped up.

Now when you are packing
these boxes make sure that
they don’t weigh more than
50 pounds.

This can not only make them
harder to move but they are
also harder to stack on top
of one another.

They can crush boxes under them
if they are not loaded properly
or if too many boxes weigh too much.

There is just no way to create a base
with that many boxes.

It can also damage the integrity of the
box, so items can fall through the
bottom of the box when you go to pick them
up.

That leaves a mess, nobody wants
to deal with that.

So assuming that the bottoms of
your boxes are properly taped up,
and they’re ready to go,
then they shouldn’t weigh
more than 50 pounds.

So what we are going to do next
is we are going to take
each of our model dishes,
actually, before we do that,
it’s always a good idea to
pad the bottom of your box
with some packing paper.

This way, if your box is set
down on something, maybe a little
too hard, or you have stuff underneath it,
if you have glass on the bottom
of it, it is not just coming into
direct contact with the solid surface
the box is going down on.

I like to put a few pieces of packing
paper in my box to insulate
at the bottom of it.

Ok then once you have the baseline
covered down there, you can start doing
the individual items.

Now it’s really
important here to wrap each individual
item that you are going to be packing.

So as you are wraping them up,
something like a coffee pot
a lot of times, I going to stuff
some paper down into it to help
try and reinforce the sides and
the edges.

So you have that and going to put
one more for good measure down in there.

You’re going to want to put
your bigger dishes on the bottom.

So the bigger items you have,
put them on the bottom, so
you’re not just stacking big dishes
on top of little dishes.

So I’m just going to go item by item
here.

Cups you can just going to roll
them on up.

Cram that down
into the cup like so.

More glassware, notice how I’m
putting the items in the middle of
the paper and folding it into the paper.

This covers the edges and it also covers
the inside of the item.

Generally one piece of paper
per item works, but if it doesn’t
quite cover the entire thing,
it’s definitely ok to use more
than one piece of paper per item.

I always like to be safer than sorry
when packing a box.

This is just so
that items don’t have glass shards.

You want to make sure that you are
covering all the glass if you’ve got
nice books, figurines, or whatever
the case may be that you are packing.

Make sure that every area, ever portion
of that is completely wrapped up.

So we have everything wrapped up
here and we’ve actually played some
Tetris in this box and fit everything
fairly tightly.

So as you see, everything is in
there well.

Now we don’t have anything else
to pack right now and there is
still some room on the top.

So to prevent the top of the box
from caving downward, we’re going
to go ahead and just take some paper
and fill in the areas that could
potentially have air, to make them
more air tight, to fill that gap

This is going to provide cushioning
and support in case something gets
stacked on top of this box inside
the truck.

Alright, now that we have that all
packed in so that there are no gaps
in there to keep things from shifting
and also to add some support to the
top of the box
we’ll go ahead and close up the
top of the box the same as we
closed the bottom, like so.

and the final thing before
we tape off the top is going to
be to label the top

So remember when you are
bringing the boxes into your new
home, you are not going to
remember what is in each individual box.

Especially blank boxes if they aren’t
labeled.

You’re also not going to
remember what room they came out of.

So if you are looking for your
George Foreman grill or you’re
favorite Florida Gators coffee mug
the next morning when you are
trying to drink your coffee,
instead of having to go through
every room of your house
and every single box,
write on there.

So what I’m going to write on
this one, looks like all these
items came from the kitchen.

I’m going to write what’s in
the box, so coffee pot, bowl,
(there’s a few bowls in there
so I’m going to write 3)
I think there are about three
cups in there, and a couple other random dishes.

So I now know what is in the box
and I’m also going to write what room
it is from, so that I know
where to find it, where to put it.

But also, the movers know where
to put it.

Because remember when
they are all loaded up onto the
truck, the movers may not have
a photographic memory exactly
what box came from which room.

So it’s really important that
those boxes are labeled,
this way you don’t have to open up
every single box when it comes off
the truck and say it goes into the
bedroom or it goes into the kitchen.

They can just look at the top of
the box and say “oh it says kitchen”
and bring it directly into the kitchen.

Then that way you know which room to
go to when you are looking for
that Florida Gators coffee mug and
then you’ll see on there Florida Gators coffee
mug on the top.

So I hope this video helps with
some how to on packing and how to
at least get started.

Remember one room per day leading
up to your move is
a good goal to shoot for.

It’s going to not be as overwhelming
as you might think.
Packing can go quickly.

If you really dread it,
and want somebody to come
help you, we definitely
offer packing services and
are happy to come help do this
for you.

So that’s all I have for today,
thanks for tuning in.

 


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Guitalele’s Happy Place by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2017 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Kara Square (mindmapthat)


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Caves in Florida and Beyond

Terra Ronca Caves, Cape Verde, caves near me & beyondImage Credit: Caio Ribeiro, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Looking for something you haven’t tried for the summer? Plan a trip to visit a cave in Florida or beyond! Search for the closest local caves with, caves near me. Check out some natural wonders below:

Warren’s Cave:

Near Gainesville, FL

Warren’s Cave is best known as the longest dry cave in Florida. Roughly four miles long, its tight navigation is worth a trip to see. Fossils dating from the Miocence era have been found there!

Florida Caverns:Florida Caverns

Marianna, FL

Follow a guided tour of limestone stalagmites, take a break and go camping, fish, hike, horseback ride, have a picknick, and boat all in one place! For more on Florida Caverns, visit the Florida State Parks website.

Ginnie Springs Ginnie Springs:

High Springs, FL

Dive below to find beautiful caves and an adventure not to forget. Ginnie Springs is home to an underwater cave, river tubing, overnight lodging, picnicking, canoeing, and volleyball.

Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons,CC 2.0


Terra Ronca:Angélica Grotto, Terra Ronca

São Domingos, Brazil

Feeling adventurous? If you want to feel like you walked into a movie, visit the Terra Ronca caves in Brazil. Shown at the top and right, the Terra Ronca caves are filled with towering views from over 200 tunnels and caves.

Image Credit: Rafael Rodrigues Camargo, CC 4.0.


Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, MexicoCave of Crystals:

Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico

Walk into gleaming views at the Cave of Crystals. Massive selenite crystals fill the expanse at one of the largest crystal mines in the world.

Image Credit: Alexander Van Driessche, CC 3.0.


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High Impact Upgrades for Your Home

Improving home value, house for sale image

 Image Credit: Mark Moz, cc 2.0.

Getting closer to moving season, are you planning to sell your home and buy a new one? Maybe it is time to make some worthwhile upgrades to your home?

Check out some of the highest impact ways to improve home value and sell your home more quickly. These improvements are great to update your home, become more energy efficient, and create a space that feels brand new.

Highest Priority Upgrades :

– Roof: if you have an older home, the roof and insulation can be a huge selling feature. Selling a home with a new roof in Florida helps with security against hurricanes and makes the house look updated. Tip: Ask a roofer about a magnet tool to clean up any left over nails from the yard. They will usually include it as part of the job.

– Ac/Heat: a new ac unit can literally be lifesaving in Florida heat! Upgrade your old ac unit to help with your energy bill going forward.

– Water Heater: replace the house’s water heater with a more energy efficient version. There are five main types of water heaters, see more information about them here if you are considering which one is the best fit for your space!

– Plumbing: fixing a broken water pipe can save a huge project like replacing water damaged drywall. Be careful of small leaks around the house from plumbing breaks, they can lead to a mess with mold.

– Electricity: wiring can get old and not work well anymore. You might have noticed old outlets around the house no longer work. If outlets no longer work in an older house or there is a lot of static shock, the house should get an estimate for rewiring the electricity. Old wiring can cause shorts, inefficient energy use, and eventually home fires so they should get repaired for safety!

– Insect Repel: Florida is well known for having termites issues in homes. Have an insect protection plan to save large bills later for demolished wood around the house. Other bugs and animals may be common in your area, research to help with prevention for them. Ants, bees, wasps, spiders, cockroaches, squirrels, armadillo, snakes, bats, and owls are other common home threats.

Pro Tip: Weirdly enough squirrels can eat through roofs or even the wiring of your car! Avoid having too many things that attract them around your house. For example, trim back trees around your house so it is more difficult for squirrels to get on the roof!

Pro Tip: A fake owl can go on a fence to protect a yard from smaller animals.

Pro Tip: Use careful consideration of what plants you have around the house, generally avoid having any plants too close to the house because they can attract bugs and animals. It can be safer to keep bushes at the edges of a backyard instead of near the windows.

Overall, make your house more energy efficient, protect against damages, and improve home value by making your home safer and masterfully upgraded!

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Planning for Summer

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Ready for a summer adventure? Today is officially two months before the start of summer! Planning for summer can start now!

Plan a Trip:

Remember to book hotels, car reservations, and purchase anything needed for a trip in advance. Hotels and popular locations can fill up and increase in price closer to summer. Booking in advance can save extra money for other parts of the trip or save a better spot that might be unavailable later.

Other items to consider in advance are: tickets (airplane, events), non-perishable supplies (sunscreen, beach chairs, swimsuits), and help for the trip. Talk with friends if you would like help with pet sitting to see if they are available and could schedule it in advance.

Activities:

Summer camps, concerts, shows, and activities are great for the summer! Check out some local activities below:

Gainesville: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Tampa: summer camps  concerts  shows  activities

Places to Go:

Find places to visit outside home with a location suggestion website to see a wide range of ideas for places to go! Many sites have options to sort how close you would like to travel, the type of activities you are looking for, and important landmarks around the location.

The website above offers an option to plan an entire trip if you already know some of the locations you would like to visit. It can be a great option if you know the start and end destinations and would like to visit some places along the way.

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Spring Activities in Tampa

Spring Activities in Tampa

Enjoy these spring activities in Tampa during April and May!


Pick Your Own Strawberries:

April (call for availability)

Visit local farms to pick strawberries through April. Farms may offer other fruits or vegetables, call to learn more about what they have available. Bring your own basket!

Check out some of these farms: Berry Bay Farms (Wimauma, FL), Favorite Farms (Dover, FL), Hydro Harvest Farms (Ruskin, FL), and Passion Organic Farms (Thonotosassa, FL).

Spring Sports:

Baseball: April – September

Hockey: April 15 – April 25

Ready for baseball and hockey season? Tampa Bay Rays baseball games run from April to September. Also, there is still time to see Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games in April.

Nature Hikes & Biking:

April – May

Enjoy the weather and travel through the springtime scenery by foot or bike around Tampa. Some of the top parks, preserves, and trail locations can be seen here. Check on availability for hikes, biking, fishing, and other activities.

Drive-in Theater:

Year-round

Spring is a great time to see a movie at one of Tampa’s drive-in theaters! Some theaters offer double features and prices are affordable. Try these drive-ins: Fun-Lan (Tampa, FL),  Ruskin Drive-in (Ruskin, FL), and Joy-Lan (Dade City, FL).

Sunday Markets:

Seminole Heights: Sundays  April 15 – May 27

Sweetwater Farm Market: Sundays  April 15 – May 20

Walk through a market on Sundays to find fresh produce, plants, crafts, and activities. Try visiting Seminole Heights or Sweetwater Farm Market.


For more upcoming spring activities in Tampa visit here!


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Ready for Spring?

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Need a hand with spring cleaning?

Tired of seeing piles of things all around the place?

Now is the perfect time to make things into a completely new space! If you need a help with some spring cleaning we can help!

  • Packing & Sorting:
    • Maybe you would like to get things in order by sorting through old boxes or packing things that you do not use much anymore?
  • Fixing & A Helping Hand:
    • Fix anything broken and make it look like new! Get a helping hand with disassembling and assembling new furniture.
  • Junk Removal:
    • Need an old sofa removed? Maybe there are tons of old boxes in a garage to get rid of? We can help with getting rid of any extra things you would like to get rid of while spring cleaning.
  • Item Delivery:
    • That patio set you wanted to set up for spring is available now but delivery can be a problem sometimes. We can help deliver furniture for a the new space you want to create for spring!
  • Storage:
    • After cleaning out the house, apartment, or office some items might want to go into storage. Call about storage options in your area to help store away some items.

Ideas for Spring Cleaning:

Also, try out some of these ideas while spring cleaning to save time and money!

– Repurpose old furniture into new ones

– Try cutting cardboard boxes to make dividers for office supplies

– create wire labels for electronics with post-its

– label boxes when sorting items to make them find later

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Timing a Move

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How far in advance should a move be planned? When should you call a mover?

Plan a move one to two months in advance. For a home, a moving timeline might look something like:

8 weeks out – Set closing or move-in dates
7 weeks out – Decide what will be going
6 weeks out – Schedule three estimates from movers
5 weeks out- Have termite inspections, home inspections, appraisal, survey, etc
4 weeks out – Begin packing and going through items
3 weeks out – Bind home insurance, verify compliance with lender
2 weeks out – Lock down moving dates with mover
1 week out – Finalize packing, or hire packers to come
Moving Day! – Welcome to your new home

Plan when to move based on how quickly you need to move, what items there are to move, and where you are moving. A home or new office will likely need more time to prepare for a move than an apartment or dorm. Timing a move can include time for anything from house repairs to packing.

When should you call a mover depends on what you would like help with and the time of year. Movers can help with packing, a helping hand, junk removal, storage unit assistance, delivery services, item assembly/disassembly, and moving for individuals or companies. Try to call in advance if booking a move in the busy season from May through September or if you would like additional assistance for a move.

Call movers around six weeks before moving. Moves outside of May through September can be scheduled with less time due to more availability. Although you may want to book in advance to get the date and time you would like to move or leave extra time for moving services. Other moving services can be requested around one week to two months in advance depending on the type of service.

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Guide to Unpacking

space saving techniques
Ready for some reverse spring cleaning? Try out some of these space saving techniques during your next move-in.

Planning a space

Plan out what you would like in a new space with a few quick notes. Something like, “Twin size bed near window, moving planning notedesk on right, storage in front of the bed, shoe holder on back of door.” A few notes will help minimize clutter by choosing what you would like in the space. For more tips on creating a plan for a new space, check out here.

Removing clutter

Unpacking can sometimes lead to a lot of clutter even in a new space by bringing in old items. Reduce clutter by getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit a rough idea of what you would like a new space to look like. Boxes stacked full of old magazines might not fit well with new furniture for example. Moving into a new place is a great time to get rid of a few things that are adding up to a lot of clutter.

Space saving techniques

Organize items with space saving techniques like airplane folding and stacking. Roll clothing that is not on hangers to fit them more easily in a dresser. Lay items like blankets flat so they can be stacked to save space. Space bags can be helpful for comforters and blankets that are not used often. Bulky and less used items can be put in containers under a bed or in a closet for easier storage.

Use items with multiple functions

Sometimes saving space can be done by reducing how many items you have by replacing them ones with multiple uses. Bedding with build-in storage, a desk lamp with office supplies, a multi-color pen instead of five pens, or one multiple size measuring cup could save a lot of space!

Simplify the space

Reduce the total number of items and keep like items together in a room to keep things simple and less cluttered. Place similar items together in a way that is easy to remember helps make things easier to find. It is never fun trying to find something in a drawer with tons of random items. Keep up with clutter as it happens easily by making it easy not to clutter a space with a trash can, organized spaces, and a easy to manage room layout.

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Redesign Your New Space

Planning a move this spring? Completely redesign a new space by decluttering for a move.

decluttering for a move

Plan out how to organize things for your next location to save time unpacking and have a chance to redesign a new space. The dream office or bedroom is right around the corner!

Planning & sorting through items:

Sort through items and get boxes to ready to unpack by planning the new space. What is the space you are moving into like? Try using a few sheets of paper to draw out a few ideas of how you would like everything to look. From there, make a list of how you would like to sort through items and how they should be labeled. A new office’s boxes could be labeled: office supplies, books, electronics, and accessories.

Boxes can be divided into sections if there are not enough items for one box. For example, you could get a piece of cardboard to divide one box in half and have the right side for office supplies and the left for books. Cardboard sections are also great for creating dividers for office supplies when unpacking.

Decluttering for a move:

While sorting items keep in mind the new space. Declutter for a move by sorting all items into three piles: items to keep, undecided, and not keeping. For items that are undecided, consider how they would be in the new space, how likely they will be used, or if you would like to keep them. It would be a great chance to consider if you want to keep things like a huge dvd collection, books, old notebooks, or anything that is not used too often. Sorting items before moving will help keep things more organized when unpacking.

Unpacking & designing a new space:

When you are ready to move and everything is packed and ready to go based roughly on the plan you made, it is time to unpack! Set up for the new space should be a lot easier. Place boxes in each room based on labels and easily sort them based on the plan for the space. Fewer boxes to unpack will help unpacking go faster. Enjoy the new space with a movie and pizza by decluttering for a move!

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Valentine’s Ideas for Everyone

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Make this Valentine’s Day special for everyone with some heartfelt ideas that will make their day brighter.


1. Create a delicious Valentine’s treat

• Make heart shaped muffins, desserts, or a fruit and vegetable tray to share with everyone.

2. Write a note

• Let someone know you care with a short written note. “Thinking about you”, “Thanks for being you”, or “Happy Valentine’s Day” are a simple reminders you are thinking about someone.

3. Give flowers or a grown gift

• Fresh flowers from a local store always make people smile. Buy a few dozen flowers and attach a small note to each flower. Then give one to everyone you know for a simple gift.

• Also, check out heart shaped fruit for a fun idea for growing or buying fruit you could give to others for Valentine’s Day.

4. Give a compliment or offer to help

• Tell someone you like something about them to let them know you care.

• You could offer to help by pick up everyone’s lunch orders if you are at work, pay for the person behind you’s order at a restaurant, pay for a toll for the next person if you are traveling, hold open a door, pick up dropped items, or say something thoughtful.

5. Spend time together

• Spend time together by going to the movies, taking a walk together, or spending time together just to talk.

6. Do something you have been meaning to

• You planned to go shopping or put together an entertainment center but it was slowly put off. Surprise someone by doing something you planned to do but didn’t have a chance to yet!

7. A thoughtful gift

• Someone you know likes gardening, try bringing them a gardening magazine or something related to their hobby to bring a thoughtful gift.


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10 Unique Events to Experience in Tampa 2018

Tampa Events 2018 ship

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1.) Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta

Looking for something new and exciting for lunch? Check out the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta on the first Wednesday of every month from 11am to 2pm. Enjoy an amazing lunch in the outdoors!

2.) Gasparilla Pirate Fest & Parade of Pirates

Visit an event unique to the Tampa Bay area, Gasparilla Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates! The event is free for Pirate Fest and Parade of Pirates. Embrace a water going life for a day on January 27.

3.) Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival

Enjoy delicious food and drinks at the Beer, Bourbon, & BBQ Festival on February 18th. A variety of beer, bourbon, and bbq will be available for sampling and purchase. Tickets are $39 for regular admission, $25 for designated driver admission, and $75 for the VIP admission ticket.

4.) Lights Fest

Light up the night at Lights Fest on February 24th. Enjoy sending off an environmentally friendly lantern, eating under the stars, and listening to music. Tickets range from $25 to $55 depending on when they are purchased and include a lantern and a marker. Children between 4 and 12 years old have a discounted ticket rate (no lantern included), children under 4 are free.

5.) Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Experience medieval times in Tampa Bay area style at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. Listen to live music, eat medieval style food, and experience 16th century entertainment! Visit on the weekend from February 10th to March 25th.

Tickets are $18.95 for adults and $10.95 for children in advance. At the door they are $21.95 for adults and $13.95 for children, parking is free. Discounted tickets can be purchased at participating Walgreens and MOSI.

6.) Bush Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Visit the Bush Gardens Food and Wine Festival on weekends from March 3rd to April 29th for a culinary experience. The entry to festival is included with a one day ticket or season pass. Food and drinks can be purchased at the event. One day tickets to the park are $89.99 and annual passes are $168 online.

7.) 5th Annual Foeder for Thought

Try a variety of samples from breweries around the world at the 5th Annual Foeder for Thought on March 9th. Learn about different beers from seasonal to rustic. Tickets are $100 plus an online service fee.

8.) Tampa Bay Blues Festival

Blues fan? This event is for you! Visit the Tampa Bay Blues Festival on April 6th through the 8th for a soulful experience. Tickets for 3 day admission are $115, Saturday admission is $50, Sunday admission is $40, and VIP tickets are available from $200 to $475 plus a convenience fee online.

9.) Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Step into the view of a storybook scene at the Broadway musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, or see one of the many other shows at the Straz Center. Ticket prices start at $38 from July 5th through 8th.

10.) Christmas Lights

Travel through Christmas light displays in the Tampa Bay area! There are a wide variety of places to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay including: Holiday Lights in the Gardens, Wonderland of Lights, Christmas Trail, and Celebration of Lights. Dates and prices vary by location.


See Visit Tampa Bay for more events!


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Why We’re Thankful to be Your Gainesville and Tampa, Florida Moving Service

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and for many of us, it’s a time to visit with friends and family… and overload on food.

It’s also a time to think about the things that are important in our lives and give thanks.

That’s why we’re putting this list together of why we’re so thankful to live and work in Florida. As a Florida moving service serving Gainesville and Tampa Bay, we get to be a part of two of the greatest communities int the world! There’s a lot to love about these communties. From the people to the sights, here’s why we’re thankful to be YOUR Florida moving service for Gainesville and Tampa Bay!

The People

We’re a homegrown group. Starting small as student movers-for-hire, we helped friends, neighbors and others in our community. It’s because of them that we’re where we are today. Bringing that same mindset towards community involvement to Gainesville, we were able to grow along with the community. Now we’ve brought that same commitment to Tampa. We’re so happy to be a part of these two great areas.

We’ve made so many great connections with the people of these communities and we’d like to give a big “Thank You” to all who’ve helped us grow.

Things to Do

Living in Gainesville or Tampa, you’ve got access to tons of awesome things to see and do. From outdoor recreation, to sports, entertainment and nightlife Tampa and Gainesville both have a lot to offer. We are so thankful to live and work in a place that offers the best of what Florida has to offer plus the history and culture to add vibrancy.

In fact, there’s so much to do in both Gainesville and Tampa that we’ve got an entire recurring segment devoted to it in our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segment features the best of Tampa and Gainesville culture and entertainment, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Thank You!

We’re so happy to be a part of these vibrant, growing communities. Our focus as a Florida moving service is to provide professional, personalized support for your move. We believe in being a part of the communties we serve because they are our communities too. We want to thank our clients for welcoming us in and allowing us to grow along side you.

Happy Thanksgiving from 2 College Brothers!

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Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Moving to Tampa or Gainesville?

Moving can be a stressful. On top of all the packing and planning, you probably have felt a little anxious moving to a new area. It takes time to get a adjusted to a new home and a new neighborhood.

We want to make moving easier for you. That’s why we’re making lists of all the neighborhoods in Tampa and Gainesville that make them great cities to live in. We’ll be keying you in on the hot restaurants, attractions and all the things that make these neighborhoods awesome.

Know Your Neighborhood: Carrollwood

Carrollwood is an unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) just north of Tampa. While it technically holds autonomy and exists as a separate entity of Tampa, its direct proximity makes it a popular neighborhood for families and retirees. Carrollwood features the convenience of urban amenities and Central Florida’s rural charm.

Great schools, safe neighborhoods and an easy commute into Tampa make Carrolwood great for families, while scenic beauty and convenient shopping and recreation make it popular among retirees. If you’re moving to Tampa, find out why Carrollwood is a great place to live!

Things to do in Carrollwood

Carrollwood is loved among residents for offering a slice of natural natural bounty within minutes of urban convenience and entertainment. In a way, it’s a lot like Tampa’s backyard.

Carrollwood has a lot to offer by way of recreation.

things to do in CarrollwoodLake Carroll

Often cited by Hillsborough County residents as the most beautiful lake in the area, Lake Carroll offers both the majestic beauty of Old Florida and ample opportunity for water sports and activities. Take in a sunset or take the boat out for a day of fun on the water; whatever you like, Lake Carroll has something to offer. You can even soak up some rays on the lake’s white-sand beach!

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From Carrollwood, you’re only a short, 5-10 minute drive from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

During baseball season, save yourself the drive over to St. Pete and catch a game over at George M. Steinbrenner Field, directly across from Raymond James. The stadium is home to minor league team, the Tampa Yankees, in addition to serving as the annual spring training grounds for the New York Yankees.

Places to Eat

places to eat in CarrollwoodCarrollwood has no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for international cuisine, quick-service, or casual eats, you’ve got it all in Carrollwood.

Here’s our Top Five spots:

 

 

Welcome Home!

We hope this gives you a small taste of what’s waiting for you in your new neighborhood! Living in Carrollwood is awesome. There’s tons to do, it’s family-friendly and you’re close to pretty much everything. If you need help with your move, call us for a quote or fill out out this online form for a free estimate.

 

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Tampa Named One of America’s Best Up-and-Coming Cities

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America’s Up-and-Coming Cities

Since 2004, the popular online review platform Yelp has been collecting and recording a massive array of data; tracking consumer trends, business openings, user reviews and other business information; which they’ve scrupulously analyzed and compiled as a part of their recently launched Local Economic Outlook program.

Using this data, Yelp recently released their list of the top 50 up-and-coming cities in the U.S. The list ranks cities based on economic opportunity and growth.

Coming in at number seven is none other than the Cigar City itself.

That’s right, it’s Tampa’s time in the spotlight. It may have been a long time coming – with a lot of hard work – but Tampa is finally earning national recognition for being a great place to live and work.

More and more – including major industries – are finding Tampa and the bay area a desirable place to be. Tampa is beginning to attract a diverse and vibrant economy. And what’s not to love? Tampa has something for everyone. Plus, joint economic and community-building efforts have revitalized business opportunity and growth in the area.

In Tampa, you’ll find great weather, awesome food, and tons of fun! From sports, to culinary and cultural festivals, Tampa offers year-round entertainment.

Moving to Tampa?

There’s a reason why Tampa is one of America’s hottest up-and-coming cities: it’s got a lot to offer! If you’re moving to Tampa, there’s a lot we think you should know about your new city! Check out our blog, where you can find our ‘Know Your Neighborhood’ series, which offers a snapshot of the best of Tampa’s food and entertainment scene, neighborhood-by-neighborhood.

Whether you’re moving your home or business, we can help! Let us handle the moving and logistics while you get to know your new city! Get a moving quote, or contact us to discuss your needs.

 

 

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Tampa Ranks as One of the ‘Best Foodie Cities’ in America!

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What are America’s Best Foodie Cities?

WalletHub recently released its 2017 list of best cities in America for finding good food. The list rated cities based on the accessibility, diversity and affordability and quality of their food options.

Just missing the top 10 cut, Tampa comes in at #11 on the list of best foodie cities in America! And the #11 is nothing to snuff at – Tampa beat out well-established foodie cities like Chicago and Philadelphia for a top spot. It even beat out its sister city across the bay, St. Petersburg (#91)!

Tampa restaurantsFor Tampa residents, the rank really comes as no surprise. Tampa’s diverse history and culture have allowed for a vibrant and thriving ethnic food scene combining Spanish, Latin and Caribbean cuisines to create a thriving foodie culture. What’s more, the influx of innovative, ‘new food’ concepts that have been coming to Tampa recently are pushing the city into the national spotlight.

Tampa’s food scene is ever-evolving, with more great things coming in everyday, positioning it as one of the leading destinations for food-lovers from all over the world.

In honor of making the list as on of America’s top ‘foodie’ cities, here are some of our favorite foodie spots around Tampa. If you’re moving to Tampa, make sure to put these stops on your list!

Cuban

Let’s start with the cuisine that put Tampa on the map – Cuban food. And we’re not just talking Cuban Sandwiches. While Tampa is known for the iconic sandwich, there is so much more to Cuban cuisine. Mixing Latin and Spanish cooking with Caribbean flavors, Cuban food creates unique flavors that will

For some real home-style Cuban cooking, check out La Teresita or Arco Iris.

For traditional Cuban Sandwiches and Medianoches, check out West Tampa Sandwich Shop or head over to Brocato’s Sandwich Shop.

‘New Food’

For lack of a better term, ‘new food’ describes the innovative food movement that has emerged in Tampa recently. New concepts, focusing on fresh, farm-to-table options and seasonal ingredients have reinvigorated whole neighborhoods. The Seminole Heights neighborhood , in particular, has emerged as a local leader in these new culinary concepts.

In Seminole Heights, make sure you check out Ichicoro Ramen or Rooster and the Till. Ichicoro is serving up some of the finest traditional ramen bowls you’ll ever taste and Rooster and the Till is a pioneer in the area for modern, farm-fresh dishes.

A Foodie’s Paradise

Tampa has so much more for all you food-lovers out there – too much to fit in one blog! For even more great restaurant ideas in Tampa, check out our blog. Our “Know Your Neighborhood” segments highlight some of the best food options neighborhood-by-neighborhood!

 

 

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