Moving with a Portable Storage Container

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August 2009
June 2014

Now that we've been living in North Carolina for three months (What?! How did that happen?), I think it's definitely time to share insight into the long and torturous moving process. Call me dramatic if you will, but I truly never want to do it again. Despite our first buyers' financing falling through and having to terminate the contract after the home inspection on the first home we found in North Carolina, we got a better offer on our house and found a new home in North Carolina. Somehow, things always find a way of working themselves out, thank goodness.

Instead of trying to make the move in a moving truck through the curvy mountains towing a car (eek!), we moved with a portable storage container. We originally decided to go that route because we weren't sure if we would find somewhere to live in North Carolina immediately or if we'd have days or weeks in between. A portable container provided us with the ability to fill it over multiple days instead of in a rush all in one day since we were doing majority of the moving by ourselves. It also gave us the flexibility to take a few days between Tennessee and North Carolina to visit our family in Georgia while the container was in transit and waiting in storage until being delivered to our new home when we arrived. It only cost a few hundred dollars more than renting a moving truck with trailer for a car and paying for gas, so it was worth it for us.

We priced a lot of different companies. However, I only priced those with online quotes that didn't require a name or telephone number, and there were still a lot of great choices: PODS, 1-800-PACK-RAT, U-Pack, and UnitedMayflower, among others. We decided to go with...

UnitedMayflower

Pros:

  1. They matched the price to the lowest quote we received. 
  2. The unit had a clear plexiglass roof to make it easier to pack (but only during the day) and keep it cooler, but apparently a lot of the other companies have this too. 
  3. They had faster delivery and delivered on more days than other companies. 

Cons: 

  1. It wasn't very clean on the inside or out, even the writing on the outside was faded, nearly illegible. 
  2. The cable ties were in the middle of the wall which made strapping down things up high very difficult. 
  3. They weren't able to put it on our driveway at the new house, leaving it sitting on the street quite a distance from the house. (Though I doubt this would have been different with any other company, we might have been able to back a moving truck down it.

In all, it was a much better experience than it would have been with a moving truck. I'm glad we did it, and I would definitely recommend moving with a portable storage container. More moving tips to come!

XO,
Mad

Pretty Pouts

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I've been really into lip glosses this last year. Since having to be in front of people all day, it's become part of my daily routine. Plus, it makes me feel pretty! :) I don't know why it took me so long to figure it out. Berry is the new fall lip color. I don't think I could pull off anything too dark. But everyone looks good in jewel tones, so I think it's a color anyone can find the perfect shade of! I'll certainly be looking for some other berry glosses to add to my rotation. Who couldn't use a good lip gloss recommendation? Here are a few I've found that are worth sharing...


Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in "Dolly"

On a shopping trip to Sephora with my mom, she got a gift size of this lip polish that she let me try. It was a nice color that went well with both of our complexions, and it was tingly. Not too long thereafter, I went back to buy my own full-sized one.

Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in "Mudslide"

I don't think I've ever liked a lip gloss as much as I like this one. I received a sample size with my purchase at Sephora, and it has been my go-to ever since. It's creamier than the other Buxom, but it's also tingly and stays on a long time. I'll be buying another one soon.

bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor in "Panache"

I've had this one as a favorite for a while. It's one of the darkest colors I've worn, but it goes on smooth and just the right thickness. I do wish the brush were better though.

NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in "Creme Brulee"

This one was one in a "best of" set of five or six that my mom gave me for Christmas. I like a lot of them, but this one is my favorite. The color is more saturated than most other glosses, and it's a light pink that always makes me feel very feminine.


Always in my bag are my two classics: Smith's Rosebud Salve, which I've mentioned before is good for many things, and Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, which I can't live without (plus, they're headquartered here in Durham, NC, and it always makes me think of my grandparents who are beekeepers). During the move, I left mine in my golf bag and was constantly reaching for it as if in withdrawal. Silly, but only because it's the best!

XO,
Mad

My First Stitch Fix Experience

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Last week I mentioned that I was waiting for my first Stitch Fix to arrive, and it came! For those of you that don't know about Stitch Fix, it's a personal styling service. First, you complete your Style Profile including everything from what sizes you typically wear to your ratings of pictures of particular style compilations, and specific items or trends you are looking for. You can even link it to your Facebook profile to provide access to profile pictures and to Pinterest boards where you've pinned looks you like.

Then, you choose a date that you want to receive your fix. You can do them one at a time or schedule regular fixes at intervals of your choosing. By the date you chose, five pieces are delivered to your door specific to your style and fit. The cost? $20 styling fee per fix, and that's it! If you choose to purchase any of the items in your fix, that $20 gets credited toward your purchase. If you choose to purchase all of the items in your fix, you also get 25% off. Keep what you want, return what you don't.

But how was it, you ask?

Work Wardrobe on a Budget

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Remember that time I applied for a job one week, interviewed the next, and started the following? Well, it sure happened! I'm very thankful that it did as it relieved a lot of my stresses about money, health insurance, and the foreboding job search. However, that meant I was short on time, and I wanted to look sharp for my new job to set a good impression from the start. I dressed professionally when needed at The Home but typically wore more casual pieces and got rid of all my ill-fitting and worn out clothes before the move, so my wardrobe was limited.

I set out to purchase some new work wardrobe pieces with a budget of $500 to mix in with some pieces I already had. As I'm sure you've realized, I think it's important to spend smartly. Finding quality pieces is important, but you can do so without spending a fortune. You'll see purchases from thrift stores, ridiculously cheap prices of pieces found on clearance, and most other items at sale prices. To further my dollar and stick to my budget, I purchased gift cards at Kroger (where I get fuel points) on my credit card (where I get cash back) and collected coupons for places I shop regularly. Look out for promotions from Kroger for coupons on gift cards and chances to double and quadruple fuel points, too!

From common sense, everything I read on building a work wardrobe, and pictures on Pinterest, I was looking for classic, neutral, and versatile pieces. Forgiving the terrible lighting in my after-work pictures, here's the breakdown (prices rounded and include sales tax):

Our Adventure

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My Loves,

Our lives have been busy busy, and so much has happened and changed. We are now in North Carolina in our new home, and I cannot wait to share it all with you! What have I been doing for so long, you ask?

Well, it has certainly been an adventure...
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