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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • So what makes PiggyBoxes so much better than cardboard?

    Posted on June 17, 2015 by Todd

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    Before the move:  To find cardboard are you really going to go dumpster diving? Ew! Chances are you will have to drive to your local home improvement store and stock up on boxes and packing tape. Not to mention you have to build them!

    With PiggyBoxes, we deliver our crates directly to your door, NO ASSEMBLY REQUIRED! Just go on our website or give us a call, pick a package that works for you and your boxes are on their way!

    During the move: If you think about it, cardboard is really just a heavy form of paper. While cardboard can be great to light weight items, there is one huge downside. Durability. Once you throw a few books or pair of shoes in a cardboard box, chances are it’s going to break. There goes all that time you put into building and packing that box. Plus, the cost of the box and packing tape.

    With PiggyBoxes, our totes are made of extremely durable plastic that can hold up to 100lbs! Just stack the PiggyBoxes 4 crates high on one of our awesome dollies and off you go!

    After the move: Once your done un-wrangling yourself from the packing tape and emptying out your cardboard boxes, you'll need find a new home for them, the trash. Lugging these boxes to the local dump is time consuming especially after you've just moved.
    With PiggyBoxes, we conveniently pick them up from your new house! Just pick a date and time that works for your schedule and just like that, the boxes are gone!

    Because PiggyBoxes are so durable and convenient, we promise to save you time and money on your next move!


    This post was posted in Eco Friendly Moving Supplies, Moving Boxes, Orange County, Plastic moving boxes and was tagged with Irvine, Eco-Friendly Moving Boxes, orange county, Newport Beach, moving, boxes, cardboard, reusable boxes

  • 5 Great Neighborhoods in Newport Beach, CA

    Posted on December 16, 2013 by Todd

    Beyond the radiant sun, sand and surf, discover the sophisticated charm of Newport Beach California. A place so intoxicating, one taste of the perfect life will keep you coming back for more. With 8 miles of beach, amazing schools, shopping and restaurant no wonder Newport Beach is one of the most coveted cities to live. Newport Beach is the "Beverly Hills" of Orange County, Ca with a large majority of multi-million dollar homes found within 9 distinct neighborhoods. Each with it's own unique personality and natural beauty. From those 9 here are our top 5 neighborhoods to live Newport Beach.

    1. Dover Shores- This unique community consists of 310 single family homes in upscale Newport Beach. Each home sits above Upper Newport Bay and enjoys panoramic views. Dover Shores residents have North Star beach and exclusive access to Larry's beach. Many residents enjoy private docks with boat slips as well as volleyball and basketball courts. The streets in Dover Shores in Newport Beach include Morning Star, Evening Star, North Star, Whitecliffs, and Polaris. Dover Shores in Newport Beach is also located in highly sought after elementary school – Mariner’s Elementary School. Also, located in Dover Shores in Newport Beach is the Newport Aquatic Center, where you can rent kayaks to enjoy exploring the back bay and Newport Harbor.

    2. Eastbluff- This unique community consists of 460 single family home planned community in the heart of Newport Beach, California with sweeping views of the Back Bay, Newport Bay, and city lights from many of the homes. Built in the early 60's as a tract home community, Eastbluff has evolved over the years as both remodels and new construction has changed the appearance, but the heart of the community remains its family orientation. The East Bluff area in Newport Beach has some beautiful and varied communities. From homes on the back bay with incredible views, to golf course homes, the Eastbluff area is one to peruse when you are considering a home purchase in Newport Beach. Residents of Eastbluff are also part of the Newport Mesa School district and are walking distance to Corona Del Mar Middle School and High School.

    3. Spyglass hill-Located near the San Joaquin reservoir in the Corona del Mar area. Spyglass Hill has 325 home sites in the area, and the streets in the Spyglass Hill area in Corona del Mar include Bodega Bay, Carmel Bay, Cambria, Dana Point Way, Jade, Malibu and Mission to name some of the streets. Many of these Corona del Mar homes offer sweeping views of Newport Harbor, Catalina Island, and the Newport Beach coastline. One thing that differentiates home in Spyglass are the lots sizes. The lots sizes are significantly larger offering these home owners more privacy, which can be hard to come by in Newport Beach.

    4. Newport Coast is the most affluent community in Newport Beach, California. It is home to celebrities, professional athletes and the wealthiest residents in Orange County. The master-planned community was developed by the Irvine Company. There are a variety of home types in the community, from small studio apartments to ocean view mansions. Framed by the prestigious Pelican Hill Golf Club, the legendary location of this Newport Beach resort provides convenient access to many luxurious destinations. This amongst many other things makes 92657 a highly desired zip code.

    5. Balboa Peninsula-is a beautiful area of Newport Beach with bay front as well as ocean front homes. The Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach is a great place to live, and it is very easy to either walk to your destination, or to ride your bike. There is shopping and dining on the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. There is one grocery store for the local residents on Newport Peninsula and several fantastic restaurants. Balboa Peninsula is also home to Newport Elementary, one of the only schools located on the beach. Lucky kids!


    This post was posted in Orange County and was tagged with Moving Boxes, moving supplies, orange county, Newport Beach, corona del mar, balboa island, newport coast

  • Green Travel Tips When You Visit Orange County

    Posted on August 7, 2013 by Todd

    Green Travel Tips When You Visit Orange County
    By: Mylene Dela Cena

    We have been moving around Orange County as often as anyone could because of our business. And somehow, during our travel, we realized what a great place this county is! Travelers should definitely take time to visit here especially with Orange County's main pride-- that this is an eco-friendly place!

    There are many eco-friendly establishments here that amidst the advanced technology and modernization, the goal of saving the environment and keeping it safe and secure for the next generation is still on top of the list of many residents here. So, if you are looking for a green place to visit this summer or even on any given time, Orange County should be on your list. To keep you on the right track if you finally decided to visit Southern California, allow us to give you few green travel tips when you visit Orange County.

    Limit your carbon footprint.
    Make sure that you had your car checked before you travel. Obviously, driving can emit carbon footprint and it could produce more if there is something not right on your car. But do not fret, once you step in to Orange County, it will be more advisable for you to take some long walks in appreciating our environment.

    Plan your Eco-Tour.
    The best thing to do first when you get to OC is to plan your visit to OC Wildlife and Beach Tours. Here in Orange County, you will find the best beaches in towns that are certified clean! Preservation of nature is the number one goal here so rest assured that you will have the "greenest experience" here.

    Arm yourself with reusable goodies.
    As you go around OC, make sure that you are also participating in their green advocacy so you will not feel out of place. How? Bring reusable water bottles and eco bags as you stroll. In this county, people are more aware of how their landfills are being filled up by non-biodegradable waste. This is why the use of eco-friendly products are very much encourage.

    Get in to local farmer's market.
    Have the freshest and greenest produce treats of your life when you visit any of the local farmer's market here in Orange County. Locally grown farm products will surely make your palate craves for more even when you go back home.

    Check-in to green hotels.
    It may be rare to other places but here in Orange County, we have many hotels and inns that offer eco-friendly experiences. Some of the hotels that you might want to check out are the Waterfront beach Hotel, Casa Laguna, and Fairmont in Newport Beach.

    Enjoy your "green stay" here in Orange County!


    This post was posted in Green Things, Orange County and was tagged with Eco Friendly, orange county, Newport Beach, green things, laguna beach, green traveling, travel tips

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