Back to School time

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As we get ready to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, it’s time to turn our attention to the new school year.

Whether you’re a student yourself or a parent responsible for one, make the often harsh transition a lot easier with these tips for starting the school year off on the right foot.

Create Calendar Central

Each school year floats on a sea of schedules. School functions. Lunch menus. Scout meetings and music lessons. What do you do when you’re drowning in paper?

Nothing calms school year chaos like Calendar Central: a centralized site for all family calendars and schedules. You’ll need a family event calendar to track after-school activities, school programs and volunteer work. Add specialized calendars and schedules, and you have it: a one-stop shop for family time management.

Form is less important than function. A paper calendar with large squares lets you enter information easily. Pre-printed white board calendars are easy to revise when necessary. Color-coding entries by family member helps keep busy lives straight.

Paper planner fans dedicate a planner section to serve as Calendar Central, while tech-savvy cybergrrrlz store the info in a smart phone or tablet and sync with multiple computers. Choose a calendar format that works for your family.

Post the family event calendar in a public place near the telephone. Use magnets to attach the calendar to the refrigerator, or tack it to a bulletin board.

Add other calendars to Calendar Central: school lunch menus, class assignment sheets, sports practice schedules. When the room mother calls for field trip volunteers, you’ll know at a glance whether you’re free to join the group on the bus that day.

Plan before you shop

August is the second-biggest sales month for clothing retailers. Back to school clothing sales begin as early as July! Are you prepared to run the school clothes gauntlet?

An informed shopper is a savvy shopper, so prepare before you shop.

Take an afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs.

Empty drawers and closets of outgrown or worn-out clothing, and either store or donate the discards.

Working with your child, clean and organize clothing storage before new garments are added–and cut down on school morning calls of “Mom! I don’t have any clean . . . . “

Develop a wardrobe needs list for each child. Check for possible hand-me-downs from older siblings as you make your list. If you discuss the needs list and the family budget with your children before you shop, you’ll avoid in-the-store tantrums.

Similarly, ask the school for classroom supply lists before shopping for school supplies. Forewarned is forearmed … and helps protect the family budget.

Do shop early! With back-to-school sales beginning in mid-July, tardy shoppers have a tough time locating needed supplies among September’s Halloween costumes and Christmas decorations.

Gather your papers

School entry may require documentation from immunization records to report cards from the previous school year. Athletes need proof of medical examination. A little preparation can prevent frantic last-minute searches for a birth certificate or registration confirmation.

Call your child’s school or check the school district Web site beforehand to find out what paperwork will be required–then find it! You won’t be sorry come registration day.


How to help your child battle with back to school worries:


Happy New School Year!

Moving Terminology

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Moving comes with its own host of terms, terminology, and language related to the transport of items.  Although your moving coordinator will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your agreement and what you can expect from moving day, this list provides a quick and easy way to stay on top the moving process and all its various lingo.

Moving Contract Terminology

Of all the moving language you’ll encounter, the contract terms tend to be the most complex. Before you sign any paperwork, you should know the following.

Binding Estimate: This estimate provides a firm quote for services. If you make no changes to contract or service (and all weights have been appraised accurately), your costs will be no lower and no higher than the figure provided here.

Non-Binding Estimate: This estimate is subject to changes, usually due to the weight of your items on the day of the move.

Not-to-Exceed Estimate: This estimate provides a maximum amount you can expect to pay. If your items weigh less than anticipated, you could end up paying a smaller amount.

Order for Service: This contract notifies the movers that they have a right to perform services in the estimate. Once signed, the wheels are set in motion, so make sure you’re happy with the estimate and company before you put this order through.

Change Order: Sometimes, things change in the process of packing and getting ready. This written agreement covers the costs of additional services you request that weren’t included in the estimate.

Bill of Lading: This official contract contains the terms and conditions of your move, as well as information related to your specific situation. It should include delivery dates, the valuation coverage you selected, and pricing and payment terms.

Inventory Sheet: This is the master list of all items being moved (it also covers the condition of each item, and is filled out during the initial moving stages).

Customer Check-Off Sheet: This sheet is provided for you to check off every item and its condition as it comes off the truck.

Valuation Protection: This refers to the level of insurance or protection for your belongings you receive from your moving company. It sets the available compensation and repairs your mover will provide in the event of damaged or lost items.

Appliance Service: This charge covers the preparation for shipment of appliances (including washing machines, dryers, etc.).

Expedited Service: When you need to move things along quickly, this agreement arranges to ship items by a set date in exchange for a higher fee.

Additional & Accessorial Charges: These charges are incurred in addition to the transport of your items (packing, labor, appliance service, etc.).

Moving and Mover Terms

As the movers head in and get to work, you’ll be less concerned about the contract and more concerned about the actual process. Here are a few words and terms you should know before that happens.

Carrier: Most professional movers who provide the actual transportation of your household goods are known as carriers.

Move Coordinator/Relocation Specialist: Your move coordinator is your point of contact throughout your relocation. He or she is who you’ll turn to for questions, support, and information.

Storage-In-Transit (SIT): If you need some time as you move from one home to another, you may need to opt for temporary storage that keeps your belongings safe for up to 90 days at a time.

Van Operator: This individual will be the one responsible for loading, unloading, and transport.

  Source: NAVL

5 Clever Packing Tips

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Use a plastic garbage bag with a draw string to pack up your closet. Then you can go directly from the old closet to the new, while keeping you clothes organized. Total time saver! Not to mention all the boxes you will save. Its the greatest trick ever.


Layer your plates between Styrofoam plates.  This makes life SO much easier, because not only is it easy to pack, it’s a snap to unpack, and they’re perfectly protected.




Moving Tip – Packing Tape As Nut and Bolt Holder: Gather loose bolts and nails for furniture, etc. by sticking them to a length of packing tape and layering another piece on top; label what they go with. (They eavesdropping even go in a little Ziploc) You can even tape them to the furniture piece, wall art, etc. so you don’t have to search for them after the move.



Press’n Seal Saran Wrap is your friend!  simply wrap your jewelry box up in this sticky stuff and then pack it away in a box.  When you get to your new home all you have to do was unwrap it and hang it up.  No having to fuss with each piece of jewelry.  So easy!!


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Cross Country Moving

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Cross Country Moving Company Services:              

When compared with other cross country moving companies, we offer a full scope of moving and storage services that ensure we are the cross country movers who can accommodate your unique needs. Florida Moving Systems, Inc. – North American Van Lines has a wide range of services that include full-service packing, packing materials sale, fragile-only packing, custom crating, unpacking/uncrating/debris removal, short- and long-term storage, vehicle shipping, piano moving, third party services and so much more. We offer many more services than typical cross country moving companies, ensuring when you move your life across the nation, your move will be the last thing you have to worry about.