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  • Tis the season to give

    Posted on November 6, 2015 by Todd

    Tis the season for giving! At PiggyBoxes we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. This Thanksgiving season we chose The Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County. Every order that we deliver to in the month of November, we are tying an orange ribbon to 1 box. We are asking our clients to get together canned goods or personal items. All items will go directly to The Second Harvest Food Bank. Second_Harvest_FoodBank_OrangeCounty.ashx
    If you don’t know about this awesome non-profit in Orange County, here is the 411 on Second Harvest.
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, you take a powerful stand in the fight against hunger. They serve of 200,000 hungry people every month. Most of the food is donated by local restaurants, grocery stores and food manufacturers. Second Harvest thrives off of the generous of volunteers. Last year alone they had over 18,000 volunteers to help sort, pass out food and planting new food in the Incredible Edible Park.
    It is currently estimated that 11.4% of Orange County residents, or nearly 350,000 people, struggle with hunger in Orange County. Children and seniors make up 50% of those in need of food assistance.
    If you have time this year or food to donate please keep Second Harvest in mind!!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Giving Back, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, los angeles

  • Tips for a greener move

    Posted on August 28, 2015 by Todd

    So, your moving. You’ve picked out your new place and you’re ready to go! You’ve picked the date the move is going to take place and you’ve hired movers. The last thing on your mind is being eco-conscious. I get it! But let me tell you, there are so many ways you can help out your planet without going out of your way or by spending a lot of extra money or even worse, slowing down what you already have in motion.

    The first green thing you can look into are the boxes your using. Did you know that cardboard fills up over half of our landfills? Try looking into rent re-useable moving boxes like Piggyboxes. Companies like ours exist all over the country! And when you can get the boxes for cheaper than cardboard and get them delivered, well you are on your way to an easier more eco-friendly move already!

    Another great tip: purge! Less stuff to move means less boxes and less for your movers to haul and less weight for them to carry. Often times, movers charge on weight so de-cluttering saves you money.You might even make some cash if you have a garage sell!

    Lastly, look into the moving company you’ve hired. Nowadays, moving companies are going green too! They are using biodiesel fuel which is much nicer to mother nature.

     


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Moving Boxes, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Eco Friendly, movers, orange county, moving, boxes, cardboard, los angeles

  • Living life in Orange County!

    Posted on August 19, 2015 by Todd

     

    It’s no secret that we love living in Orange County. Considering Todd and I both grew up in the Inland Empire, OC’s sweeping views and cool temperatures make for a nice home. I could give you a thousand reasons why I love living in Orange County but I’ll just give you my top 5.

    1. The beaches. Nothing feels better then putting my toes in the sand with the ocean breeze blowing in my face. I mean, people travel here to go on vacation! It also makes it really convenient when Todd wants to go surfing. If you have never been, be sure to check out The Strand in Dana Point, Corona Del Mar and Balboa Island. When I pull my beach chair out on the sand and close my eyes, it feels like I’m on vacation!

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    2. Orange County is dog friendly! There are so many restaurants, shopping areas and beaches that welcome your beloved pooch. We recently we to What A Dish in Dana Point and they brought Frankie his own bowl of fresh water and dog treats while we were eating. For us dog lovers, it doesn't get better than that! If your in OC and wanting a place to take your dog, check out the app called Bring Fido. It gives you all of the places where dogs are welcomed.

    3. Great shopping! Every store you could imagine is somewhere in Orange County. You have one of the biggest shopping meccas in Santa Ana called South Coast Plaza. There is Fashion Island in Newport Beach which is my personal favorite. Not only does every store allow your dog but you can see the ocean while your shopping! Also check out the Irvine Spectrum in Irvine. A fun, kid friendly place with a huge ferris wheel and great restaurants.

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    4. It’s safe and well kept. Irvine has been voted one of the safest cities for years now. But it’s not only Irvine, many of the cites in Orange County are safe for your children and families and kept

    clean. People take pride to live here so they keep it nice. I guess that’s why there is a premium to live in Orange County.

    5. Lastly, the weather. When it’s 70 degrees all the time, who can complain? It rains maybe 10 days a year and breaks 75 a few days during the summer. Other than that, it’s sunshine all day long!
    Regardless if you’re a resident of OC or just visiting, there really is something special about Orange County.

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    This post was posted in City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, travel, summer

  • Why is moving so difficult?

    Posted on August 7, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    We all know moving is one of lifes most stressful events. But what really makes it so hard? It’s important to understand what makes moving so difficult so you can make your move as easy as possible.

    Time:
    Moving takes a lot of time. From deciding what materials you will need, organizing, choosing a reliable mover. Not to mention to purchase of your new home. The list goes on. Can you imagine doing all of this while your working a full time job or watching your children? One way to really cut down time is hire a reliable mover. Go to Yelp, Angie’s list or ask a friend for a reliable mover. Make sure you get all the fees up front so there are on surprises when they are done unpacking your belongings. Typically, free quotes are provided!

    Another way to save time is use Piggyboxes. Rather than going to Home Depot or Lowes for moving boxes or packing tape, we deliver our boxes directly to your door and then pick them up when you’re done. No need to find a friend or dumpster to relocate the boxes to. And no more packing tape!!
    We also have wardrobe boxes that can make moving your clothes a breeze!

    Children and pets:
    Moving can really cause stress upon your children and pets too. Adapting to a new home is no easy feat. Your children will need to find new friends and adapt to a new environment. If you know you are moving try to prepare your kids in advance and get them as excited for the move as you can. Making it something to look forward to not something that they are going to dread.

    For pets, make sure the backyard is properly fenced in before you let them go. Bring along all of their favorite toys and beds to they have something that isn't new. Often times, pets go into hiding. It will just take a few days for them to adapt. Time heals all wounds!

    Be organized:
    Make your move as organized as possible. If you know you have a lot of things you don’t need, donate them to a local non-profit organization. This will save you the time of having to move and unpack things you will never use. Make sure you label your moving boxes clearly so they can be unloaded in the correct room. Prepare in advance. Don’t wait last minute to hire a moving or start packing. Start doing this weeks in advance. Half of the stress people bring upon themselves is leaving things last minute.

    Moving is never going to be easy but with these little tips hopefully you can reduce the stress of your move!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Giving Back, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, boxes, mover

  • A blog about our dog

    Posted on July 20, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    If you are anything like us at PiggyBoxes, you prefer to have your four-legged companion by your side at all times. Well, our dog Frankie is no exception. He not only works with us, vacations with us, and sleeps with us. He has his own title at PiggyBoxes.

    So who is our Chief Executive Pooch? His name is Frankie! A three year old ti-colored King Charles Cavalier who runs our home, loves his Cavalier pals and documents his adventures on Instagram. Thats right, he has his own Instagram account (@thefrankiemonster). Having a dog has changed my life for the better so, no wonder I HATE leaving him at home. Our families think we're crazy but do you leave your children at home? No. So he comes with us, everywhere we go!

    Finding places to take him isn't always easy. I have scoured Southern California for the best places to bring your dog and here is what I have (all of them are Frankie approved!).

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    1. Wilma’s Patio on Balboa Island- This place is so dog friendly they bring your dogs their own bowl of fresh water. Chances are when you go, you’re not the only one with a dog. The front patio makes the perfect setting for a lunch date with you and your pooch! What's even better is you can take them on the ferry when you're done dining or anywhere on the Island because everyone there loves dogs!

    2. Corona Del Mar - We could spend hours walking around here enjoying the views and sunsets. Not to mention meeting lots of furry friends along the way! The best way to describe it is a gorgeous dog park with an ocean view, except it's not a dog park!

    3. Huntington Beach Dog Beach - The best place to let your dog run free to enjoy everything the beach has to offer! Waves, sand and lots of birds!

    4. Any where in Palm Desert. One of our favorite vacation spots is Palm Desert because literally every place allows dogs! The entire city is dog friendly. Outside of every shop on El Paseo are dogs bowls with water and treats. It doesn't get any better than that!

    5. Fashion Island in Newport Beach - This gorgeous shopping mecca is also a paw-some hang out for your dogs! All of the stores allow your pet. There are several eateries that have out door seating to bring your dog. It’s basically a woman’s dream - shopping and dogs!

    In reality, all dogs are happy to go anywhere with their owner. I know that I am happier with him by my side :) IMG_2707


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Moving Boxes, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, corona del mar, moving, boxes, dogs

  • 30 Tips for an Easier Move

    Posted on June 26, 2015 by Todd

    By Jamie Lohr

    1. Order your PiggyBoxes about 2 weeks prior to your move. That way we can schedule a delivery that is most convenient for you so you can begin packing! Screen Shot 2015-06-07 at 7.11.07 PM

    2. Pack an overnight bag containing all the essentials. After a long weekend of packing, your going to want to feel right at home as soon as possible. You’ll want to make sure that your essentials and clothes for the next day are easily accessible. Try putting those items in a large tote and put it in the bathroom so it’s easy to get to.

    3.  Pack the items you will need FIRST in a clear plastic bin. You should include items like trash bags, toilet paper, chargers, etc. This way, those items will set themselves apart so your not searching through dozens of boxes for toilet paper. That could be bad!

    4. Wrap your breakables (dishes, glasses, etc.) in clothing to save on bubble wrap. Or use recycled packing paper. Its cheap and re-usable!

    5. Use clean socks for extra padding for stemware or glasses!

    6. Come up with a labeling system to you or your movers know what boxes are going into what room. A color coding system works great! When labeling, make sure to label all sides of the boxes so you can see where they go when the boxes are stacked.

    7. When you arrive at your new home, unpack by room. This way, you will not only make your move feel more manageable but more accomplished when one room is finished!

    8.  If you can, show up to your new home before the move and pre-clean the bathroom and kitchen. If not, consider hiring someone to clean it for you.

    9. Put up a new shower curtain liner and stock some new bath towels and toilet paper, as well. You’ll want to take a hot shower after a long day of moving.

    10. Cover the openings of your toiletries with saran wrap, then put the tops back on. This will keep your toiletries from breaking and leaking all over your stuff during the move.

    11. Pack plates vertically, like records. They’ll be less likely to break. When ordering Piggyboxes, make sure to ask for dish dividers for our boxes.

    12. Press’n Seal is also great for keeping jewelry displays intact.

    13. Buy a roll of stretch wrap. It works like Press’n Seal but on a bigger scale. You can group items together, and it’ll protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.

    14. Keep sandwich bags handy for holding any small parts of things you have to take apart, like curtain rods or mounted flat-screen TVs. Tape the sandwich bags to the back of the item they correspond to. Before removing any cords or screws be sure to take pictures of them so you know exactly how they go back!

    15. Cut down on boxes by making all of your baskets, laundry bins, hampers, and suitcases work for you. Pack them with stuff! Use the wheeled suitcases for heavy things like books.

    16. The fastest way to pack a closet: Get wardrobe boxes!6-RdHNOoaJP8qdKqf079HfZScSG4ktTIETMI9-Xb0TI

    17. Vacuum seal your out-of-season clothing. Not only will they take up less space and be a breeze to pack, but they can go directly into storage in the new home.

    18. Along with food and alcohol, give your friends who help you move first dibs on anything you originally planned to sell or donate. Your friends will love you even more! Let’s be honest, you weren't planning on paying them anyway!

    19. Make sure everything is completely packed before your friends show up to help you move. Don’t be that horrible person who makes everyone wait around/help you pack.

    20. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself. Many movers come with insurance, which means if something breaks, they have to compensate you.

    Also remember to book them weeks in advance — you’re not the only person trying to get out of your space on the last day of the month.

    21. If you do hire movers, be sure to read the fine print and find out if they have any weird rules. Also check all of their reviews on Yelp and Angie’s List.

    22. If you’re renting, take photos of your cleaned-out old home and your new home before moving in. This could save you money and major headaches if you ever want to get your deposit back!

    23. Fill the nail holes in your previous home with a bar of soap.

    24. Change your address at least two weeks prior to moving.

    This might seem like a no-brainer for important things like utilities and cable, but don’t forget the small stuff. You’ve also got Amazon, PayPal, credit cards, your bank, magazine subscriptions, and your mail to worry about.

    25. If you own items that you want to get rid of but are too valuable to just give away, start selling on eBay, Etsy, or Craigslist at least six weeks before moving.

    26. Arrange for a charity organization to come pick up the items you don’t want at least a week or two before moving.

    27. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

    The more food you end up using before moving, the less you’ll have to throw out. Moving food is such a pain!!

    28. For same-city moves, hire a sitter for the children and pets.

    The last thing you need is to be worrying about losing track of your kids or pets on this stressful day.

    29. Remember to defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving and wipe up any liquid.

    Else you’re going to have a stinky, wet mess when you get to your new home.

    30. Call PiggyBoxes when your done with your boxes. We will come pick all of them up!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Uncategorized and was tagged with orange county, moving tips, Newport Beach, moving, cardboard boxes, packing supplies, rent moving boxes, boxes, cardboard, pink, packing

  • Changing the way you clean your house!

    Posted on June 22, 2015 by Todd

    By: Jamie Lohr

    There was a time when people didn't think twice about what types of cleaners they sprayed around their homes. Full of toxins and chemicals, as long as it cleaned people didn't care. Times are changing and people are second guessing the harsh, hazardous chemicals they are spraying on their kitchen counter tops, floors, and putting in their dishwashers and washing machines. 

    Due to alarming research and case studies, many people are seeking alternative, all-natural cleaning methods that are not only better for the environment but clean just as well if not better! With ingredients you can pronounce, like vinegar, baking soda and coconut oil. Many of these products are not only better for your health and safe to use around kids and pets, but they’re also environmentally friendly.

    If you are a DIY-er try making your own cleaning solution! Here are five basic ingredients that serve as the building blocks for many safe home cleaning needs:

    1 Baking Soda - Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.

    2 Borax - Cleans and deodorizes. Excellent disinfectant. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store.

    3 Soap - Biodegrades safely and completely and is non-toxic. Available in grocery stores and health food stores. Sold as liquid, flakes, powder or in bars. Bars can be grated to dissolve more easily in hot water. Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors or other additives.

    4 Washing Soda - Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as "sodium carbonate."

    5 White Vinegar or Lemon Juice - Cuts grease and freshens.

    Don’t have time to DIY? Try one of our favorite house hold cleaners from J. R. Watkins in Lavender. It’s all-natural and smells amazing! Find it at your local Sprouts.

    It’s time to rethink what your spraying around your house, your children and your pets!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Green, Irvine, orange county, ecofriendly living, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, cleaning, grocery store

  • Digging Deep Into the Center of Orange County CA- Irvine

    Posted on February 17, 2014 by Todd

    Digging Deep Into the Center of Orange County CA- Irvine
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    Hello y’all! Did you miss our posts here?

    Well, it’s quite a shame that we haven’t got enough time to share interesting articles on our blog but it does not mean we are shying out from the “limelight”. Piggy Boxes just become too busy with the business and guess what? Just recently, we got featured in OC Business Journal on a full page spread! Whoop! Whoop! And with that we got our blogging mojo back hence the very first post for 2014!

    Piggy Boxes has been roaming around the entire Orange County doing business and in a snap, we decided that it will be great if we could let our readers in and get to know our country. So, with no further ado, we will take you with us as we dig deep into the center of Orange County California—the City of Irvine.

    Unlike the Irvine region, the City of Irvine has only less than fifty years of rich history. But as promised, let us dig deep some more.

    History

    12,000 years ago, they gathered evidence that people started living in the Irvine area. Land claims passed through Spain, Mexico and finally to the United States. The land that would be the City of Irvine was divided among the three large ranches which is the country’s main source of livelihood. It then became the property of Bixby, Flint, and the Irvine families. But in 1878, James Irvine bought out his partners’ shares becoming the Irvine family as the sole owner. As time passed, the Irvine family named several areas/places in the city right after their surnames. The city’s economy grew and the rest as they say is history.

    Fast forward to the 20th century

    The City of Irvine has a lot to offer to their residents as well as to their guests. Boredom is very far from anyone’s imagination when you stepped in to the City of Irvine. There are many ways you could enjoy your stay here. From local shopping, to nature tripping like hiking, whale and bird watching, sports like golf to diverse dining experience. We’ve listed few of the most sought after places and activities here:

    Bommer Canyon- a place where you can go biking or walking and enjoy the sunset. This is somewhat popular among couples who are in for a romantic bonding.

    The Flame Broiler- it offers healthy dinner options and you can stop by anytime your stomach craves for delish meals.

    Irvine Barclay Theatre- if you are in for theatrical shows, then this is the place to enjoy arts and culture.

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    The City of Irvine takes pride of their Newport Beach in Southern California as this is the place where over 1,100 giant blue whales are seen every year. Local residents and guests can enjoy whale watching cruises many times every day simply contact the Newport Landing Whale Watching.

    Visit our blog often as we aim to bring you more informative posts about the rest of the Orange County—the place where we live in and do business with.


    This post was posted in City of Irvine, Orange County and was tagged with Moving Boxes, moving supplies, moving companies, Irvine, moving, irvine moving, irvine moving boxes

  • City of Irvine - February Events

    Posted on January 24, 2013 by Todd

    Looking for some fun things to do with the kids in Irvine?  Here are some fun things coming up for the month of February!

    - Every Saturday at 10:00am: Family Art Time- Parents and children experiment with different media including drawing and painting, mixed media, clay, printmaking and more with guidance from an art instructor. Parent must enroll and participate with enrolled child. Ages 5+.

    - February 3rd- Tennis Lessons: Lessons, Leagues and Camps are offered for ages 5 through adults at many parks throughout the City. Go to irvinequickreg.org to browse for classes.

    - February 8th 6:00pm- Have fun learning new dance moves at this hip hop class for teens. Open to high school students only. Includes lesson, open dance and refreshments. More info: 949-724-6739. $5 per student; register in course #122959.

    - February 8th 6:30pm- Moonlit Marshmallows: Make a warm and gooey s'more by the campfire. Each session is one hour. Bring a flashlight and dress warm. All ages welcome. Fee is per person; adults must accompany children under 18.

    - February 10th- Children's Garden Workshop Series- Flower Power: The Orange County Great Park Food + Farm Lab is hosting a series of fun-filled garden themed workshops specifically designed for children, on the second Sunday of every month.

    February's Topic: Flower Power
    Besides being beautiful, flowers are a necessary component in fruit and vegetable production. Come and find out why flowers are so important and then press some to make the perfect valentine for someone special.

    Presented by the University of California Cooperative Extension Orange County Master Gardeners, kids of all ages are welcome to come by between the hours of 11am and 1pm for what promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening time.

    The workshops run every half hour, and include a brief interactive presentation and hands-on activity to help kids develop a deeper understanding of the food they eat, the importance of environmental stewardship, the history of agriculture in their community, and what it takes to ensure a healthy and sustainable future.

    - February 16th- Art Happening- James Luna: Native Stories- Join us for a new Arts Happening featuring the premier of a performance art piece by award-winning Luiseño Indian and artist James Luna titled: Native Stories: From the Colonia to the Rez followed by a Q & A session session moderated by Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County. Seating is limited to 100 and will be filled on a first come, first seated basis. Luna’s stories transport audiences to his childhood where the family kitchen was the center of life, a place where he learned of his ancestors, heard heroic tales of family members, including military veterans and learned what it meant to be part of the American cultural revolutions of the 1950s through rock and roll, rebellion, religion and bell bottoms. He explains how and why he left Orange County in 1975 to move to the La Jolla Indian Reservation and why he never looked back.

    - February 22nd - Forms of Abstraction:  The Irvine Fine Arts Center is pleased to present Forms of Abstraction, a group exhibition focusing upon various artistic practices in the realm of abstract art.  The exhibition, which includes painting, sculpture and mixed media artwork from Southern California-based artists, will be featured in the Art Center's distinctive gallery space.  Exhibit will be on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center from January 12 through February 23, 2013.  Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.), Friday (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), Saturday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), Closed Sundays.

    - February 22nd- Battle of the Bands: Watch local bands showcase their talents and compete for prizes. Online registration not available. Student admission $5 and adults $6 at the door. More info: 949-724-6739. All ages welcome.

    - February 23rd- 2013 Chamber Music Series: Highly acclaimed classical concert pianist and former Great Park Artist-in-Residence Kevin Kwan Loucks returns to the Palm Court Arts Complex at the Great Park on February 23 with guest artist Iryna Krechkovsky on violin.

     

    For more info visit the City of Irvine's website: www.cityofirvine.org

    - Todd

     


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, community, kids

  • City of Irvine- January Events

    Posted on January 23, 2013 by Todd

     

    The City of Irvine is known for many things...Along with being a great place to raise a family you can count on safety, good schools, lots of stucco, expensive Real Estate, and lots of apartments.  We get a majority of our business from the Irvine area so we thought it might make for a good blog post to highlight some cool stuff happening around Irvine in January!  We will highlight a different cities events every so often.

    - January 5-6th: Surf City Winter Showcase. Bill Barber Park/Harvard Park.

    - January 11th: PJ & Disney Movie Night. Wear your pajamas, bring your pillow and blanket, and relax with your friends while watching a classic Disney film. Light refreshments provided. Ages 14+

    - January 12th/19th/26th: Family Art Time- Parents and children experiment with different media including drawing and painting, mixed media, clay, printmaking and more with guidance from an art instructor. Parent must enroll and participate with enrolled child. Ages 5+.

    - January 26th/27th: OC Coastal Classic Softball Tournament. Triple Crown Sports, Inc.
    Two Locations: Bill Barber Community Park/ Mark Daily Field

    You can follow different Irvine city events here!

     

    -Todd


    This post was posted in CA, City of Irvine, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Giving Back, Moving Boxes and was tagged with Irvine, events, january, 2013, calendar

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