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  • Moving with a toddler

    Posted on October 16, 2015 by Todd

    Whats makes moving even worse than it already is? Moving with toddlers. Moving with toddlers is so much more than getting their stuff from point A to point B. You need to make sure your little one stays safe during the chaos.
    There are no rules for child proofing your move but a little common sense can go a long way! Maybe one of these tips could save you a trip to urgent care.
    First things first-keep track of dangerous items. Kitchen knives, scissors, poisonous chemicals, don't forget about medications cleaning supplies.
    Cleaning supplies is one many forget about. Keep those far out of reach from your little ones. Those are often times poisonous and potentially toxic. You should be using chemical free cleaners anyway!!
    Next-outlets, staircases, toilets and bookshelves. Consider keeping the baby gate around and blocking off areas that may be potentially harmful.
    Regardless, it’s better to be safe than sorry!


    This post was posted in Green Things, Moving Checklist, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, toddlers

  • Getting water wise!

    Posted on September 16, 2015 by Todd

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    Newsflash! California is in a serious drought. They are so many ways that we can all ban together to conserve this precious resource, especially here in California. Some of these tips even require minimal effort.

    Here are 15 way in which you can make a difference to conserve water around your home.

    1 Avoid putting water down the drain when you can. It can be used another way like watering a plant or garden, or cleaning.

    2 Check your home for any unnecessary leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

    3 Repair dripping faucets! If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water.

    4 Check for toilet tank leaks too! You can add food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. Make sure you flush as soon as your done, it can stain your tank.

    5 Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.

    6 Take shorter showers and change out your shower head to a low flow version.

    7 Try to avoid letting water run while you are washing your face or shaving.

    8 Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.

    9 Operate automatic dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or properly set the water level for the size of load you are using.

    10 When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink with soapy water and quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.

    11 Store drinking water in the refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water.

    12 Do not use running water to thaw meat or other frozen foods. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or by using the defrost setting on your microwave.

    13 Kitchen sink disposals require lots of water to operate properly. Start a compost pile as an alternate method of disposing food waste instead of using a garbage disposal. Garbage disposals also can add 50% to the volume of solids in a septic tank which can lead to malfunctions and maintenance problems.

    14 Consider installing an instant water heater on your kitchen sink so you don't have to let the water run while it heats up. This will reduce heating costs for your household.

    15 Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.

    If we all contribute we can make a difference!


    This post was posted in CA, Cardboard moving boxes, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with orange county, moving, cardboard, california, drought, rent boxes

  • 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

  • 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

  • Starting Fresh - Moving Ideas

    Posted on March 27, 2014 by Todd

    Starting fresh – Moving ideas

    Moving is never easy, especially because it involves change at so many different levels. Usually when you know that you need to move, you start making a plan of the things that you want to keep, and the ones you want to leave behind. After all, it allows you to start fresh in a new place, where you can change the page and live a different life. Therefore, you will need to make a list with all your stuff, and then organizing the ones that you have to take with you.
    In order to be able to move without difficulties, you should follow certain unwritten rules, such as:

    Moving boxes. Among all the moving supplies that are available, moving boxes are a must have, and you need to get as many as possible, in order to pack all the things you have. We rent plastic moving boxes that make moving way easier then with the standard cardboard moving box. Check out our packages and pricing here!

    Other moving supplies. Except moving boxes, there are many more supplies that you need to take in consideration, such as bubble rolls, moving blankets, packing tape, glass and dish packs, and many other supplies.

    Packing glassware. The biggest challenge is know how to pack glassware without breaking them. You can use bubble wrap, or even cotton clothing. Another tip is to pack them vertically. In this way there are lower chances to break.

    Organize. As mentioned before, it is essential to know how to organize all your things. Therefore, it is recommended to make a list. In this way you will make sure that you didn’t forget anything.

    Pack ahead. If you want to make sure that you will not forget anything, and especially if you want to save more time, then you should seriously think about packing ahead. Therefore you will save more time, and you will be able to think about everything else that needs to be done.

    Labeling. After you have packed the moving boxes, it is essential to label them. In this way you will know for sure where your things are, and you will also know which are the boxes containing the glassware, or the ones containing the essential stuff.

    Improvise. Besides boxes, you may also use baskets, laundry bins, and suitcases. Make sure that you use anything that you can, trying to be eco-friendly.

    Moving can be exciting, especially if you don’t have to worry about the procedure, and therefore you can make some plans and enjoy the new life. Even if it may seem scary at the beginning, you certainly are curious about anything that will await you in the new place, wondering about the neighbors, and the city, if you want to move away from your old town. Once you have a moving strategy, all you need to acquire are a few moving supplies, and of course, the famous eco-friendly plastic moving box, PiggyBoxes!


    This post was posted in Cardboard moving boxes, Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Moving Checklist and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Moving Boxes, Irvine, orange county, moving box rentals, cardboard boxes, packing supplies

  • Christmas 2013: ‘Tis the Season to Be Greening!

    Posted on December 11, 2013 by Todd

    Christmas 2013: ‘Tis the Season to Be Greening!
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    “Tis the season to be jolly and green too”!
    Don’t you just love Christmas? This is the season where everyone entertains only the positive vibes. It is also during this time when the intention of giving back something to Mother Earth is at its peak, intense as most people feel. It just feels so right to do anything that is favourable to our environment and not just for our self.
    Get into the trend of becoming green this Holidays with the following tips and suggestions!
    1. Give more by spending less- “It’s the thought that counts”! It’s a cliché, but this famous line is 101% true! The spirit of gift giving does not depend on the price and it does not need to be always brand new. This season, ignite your creativity and save your pockets from being robbed out.

    2. Remember the keyword “green” when gift shopping- If shopping for gifts is really cannot be avoided, remember the word “green. Look for eco-friendly labels. Stuff that are made from eco-friendly resources are a must on your cart. As much as possible, avoid items that are battery-operated.

    3. Start a “green” family tradition- Families normally unite during Christmas season. This is the perfect time to bond with your kin not only through festive dinner or exchanging gifts also in starting out a family tradition of getting connected with nature. This Christmas, plan an activity that involves caring with nature. Your future generation will surely be grateful on having this eco-friendly act during Christmas.

    4. Cut cost on your Holiday lightings- The generation we are living in today may have been advanced but people have also been more practical. Traditionally, a house with brightest lights is very much adored. Today, people are more concerned on the amount of their electric bills. Try to minimize your lighting decorations and turn it off when it’s already bed time. If you can’t, use LED lights instead as these are more energy saver.

    5. Opt for DIY greeting cards- Not only will you be saving your money from buying greeting cards, it will also the perfect way to showcase and share your creativeness. With your personal touch, the receiver of your cards will surely feel your love and importance to them which in fact is the true meaning of Christmas.


    This post was posted in Green Things and was tagged with Green, Moving Boxes, orange county, Christmas

  • 3 Ways on To Have an Eco-friendly Christmas tree

    Posted on December 10, 2013 by Todd

    3 Ways on To Have an Eco-friendly Christmas tree
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    The spirit of Christmas is just around the corner! With the popularity of different social media, you probably have seen many homes with Christmas decorations already. But wait, while it is so inviting to put up your own Christmas tree like your friends, you might want to consider having an eco-friendly Holiday tree this year.

    Opposed to the traditional idea of having a fake Christmas tree is eco-friendly and not those we see and cut in the woods—getting a real one is in fact the most favourable to Mother Earth.

    Fake Christmas trees are commonly made of plastics and/or other harmful materials which could be harmful to your family’s health. Yes, these Christmas trees can be used again for next year and on another year to follow but once you disposed this tree it will remain on the landfill for years before it could hopefully vanish.

    This year, cross out the idea of putting up a plastic Christmas tree because there are 3 ways on how you could have an eco-friendly Christmas tree!

    1. Rent a living tree-You read it right! Nothing is impossible these days and if we could rent almost anything, then renting a tree for Christmas is also doable. There are nurseries who offer that kind of services. The process is simple—they will deliver your own tree for the Holidays in a pot. It is your responsibility to take care of it so it will live until the end of the Holiday season. After that, the tree will be collected and returned again to the nursery for next year’s use. The tree can be used for about six to seven years and then it will retire. It will be planted permanently on the ground and would serve its main purpose for the rest of its life.

    2. Opt for organic tree- If you could buy organic fruits and vegetables to local farms near you, then you could also purchase organic tree from them. These trees are grown by local farmers and are safe from pesticides and other chemicals. You have the option to either keep it planted on a pot or have it permanently planted on your own ground.

    3. Plant your own- As stated on number two, you can also plant and grow your own tree for the Holidays. You can have it planted on a pot for the purpose of having it inside your homes and then you can plant it on a larger pot for next Christmas.

    Be on Mother Nature’s nice list and look forward on your reward in the years to come!


    This post was posted in Green Things and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Moving Boxes, orange county, green things, Christmas

  • Making the Big Switch: From Harmful to Eco-friendly Products for Your Home

    Posted on December 6, 2013 by Todd

    Making the Big Switch: From Harmful to Eco-friendly Products for Your Home
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    Did you join any kind of spring cleaning campaign this year? This might be a bit late but then nothing can be too late or too early when it comes to cleaning your home, right? Aside from the traditional thorough cleaning of your home, spring is also the perfect time to start your “live a green lifestyle” goals. It may sound overwhelming but the truth is, this is just plain and simple.

    In keeping your goal of living a green lifestyle, the best place to start is at your home. If you would only try to look around and check out what you have been using all these times that could be a threat to our health and the environment, then you are in the right starting point.

    Listed below are products inside your home that could be switched to eco-friendly ones:

    Fabric refreshers- aerosol products are popularly made of chemicals that are both harmful to our health and the environment. Why risk you and your family with this kind of damaging items when you can use eco-friendly ones? Here’s what you could do on your carpets, rugs or upholstery when you do another spring cleaning: Get a baking soda and sprinkle it on them. Leave for about ten minutes. After that time frame, vacuum the powder and you could have fresh smelling upholstery. Wondering why use a baking soda? It is because this product is a natural odor neutralizer. With this you can rest assured that no allergic reactions could happen to any members of the family and won’t even hurt our environment.

    Dryer Sheets- most people use these all for the love of good scents and huggable cotton fabrics after washing. But what good could it bring when we you know that every time you use these sheets and throw them after each consumption, it only adds up to our landfill? Solution: Use dryers balls instead. These product are re-usable and have the same purpose like dryer sheets but in a most eco-friendly way.

    Incandescent Light Bulbs- this should be a no-no inside your home if you want to at least lessen your carbon footprint. There are more eco-friendly light bulbs in the market today that would not just save the Earth but would also cut an amount on your electric bill. Switch to CFL or LED lights now.

    Disposable Food Services- not because you wanted to do things fast and easy, you would think that it is best to go for disposable food services. Yes, it would save you time from doing the dishes but think about how will occupy the landfills. And worst, think about how long will it exist. Living a green lifestyle means going back to the basics as well. Use your ceramic plates and stainless cutlery. For all you know, doing the dishes could give you some time to relax and refresh your memory.

    There are a lot of ways that you could do if you really aim for a greener lifestyle. If you do not know where and how to start, be resourceful. Looking around you would see that you are in the perfect spot to start your goal and that is—inside your home.


    This post was posted in Green Things and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Green, orange county, green living, green products, green job orange county, green business, moving

  • Eco-friendly Crafts for Thanksgiving

    Posted on December 3, 2013 by Todd

    Eco-friendly Crafts for Thanksgiving
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    Thanksgiving is fast approaching and most home makers these days are rushing in and out of their homes to complete their list of what to do on Thanksgiving. That includes food to prepare, activities for the whole family and even their Thanksgiving decorations.

    Since we are living in an advanced technology today, perhaps some of you would simply choose to dine out with your family or set up a video game marathon for the kids in order to celebrate Thanksgiving. And we could say that it is understandable.

    However, would it be better if we celebrate Thanksgiving with gratitude to our Mother Earth and not just for the material blessings we received?

    It is never too late to start a green living and on Thanksgiving, get your hands busy not on video games or driving through the town but on making eco-friendly crafts. We listed a couple of DIY green crafts for the kids and even the adults which they could do together as you prepare the dinner table.

    1. Create a Thanksgiving/Gratitude Box- You do not have to look further for the materials in creating this craft. You only need to browse through your cup boards and find a cereal box! Empty the box and use colourful art paper or even used glossy magazines. Wrap it on the box as if you are wrapping a gift. Cut a slit either on the sides or at the middle. Give each guest a small sheet of paper and ask them to write what they are thankful for this year. After dinner, gather around and read each notes.

    2. Create a tin can turkey- Turkey, as we all know is the star of the night during Thanksgiving. Clean empty tin cans and hand them out to the bigger kids. Using images from old magazines, let their creativity flourish. They could transform these pieces into cute pencil holder using the theme “Thankful Turkey”.

    3. Organize an outdoor adventure- Lead the kids into the backyard and allow them to look for anything they could find interesting. Perhaps a twig, colourful leaves, or stones. Gather them around. Each child has to describe or tell something about the object he/she picked. Through this activity they will start appreciating the things they normally see around their environment yet failed to appreciate.


    This post was posted in Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Green Things, Moving Boxes, Orange County and was tagged with Eco Friendly, Green, Moving Boxes, orange county

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